The White Cliffs Hotel has teamed-up with social enterprise trailblazers Primal Roots to deliver retreats in White Cliffs country, using outdoors fitness to empower participants with a sense of joy and wonder at the force of nature. Working with people in recovery from addiction and homelessness, Primal Roots at The White Cliffs aims for guests to leave with a positive outlook on the future of community and a feeling of pride at having played their part – perhaps, even a spark of inspiration to start something new where they live.
These unique retreats are as suited to friends and couples as they are to teams and companies, being rooted in physical, mental and nutritional balance - but most of all, adventure!
Day retreats are available under Tier-system COVID-19 restrictions, including in Tier 3, from £50 per person. These retreats do not include overnight accommodation and will be carried out adhering to government COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor sport.
Overnight retreats including accommodation in twin, double, or single rooms, healthy breakfast and evening meals and sessions led by Primal Roots’ instructors cost from £99 per person.
Sample Programme – One Night Trail Running Retreat
Check in at The White Cliffs, put on trail shoes, pack head torches (in winter months) and follow the path to the lighthouse to find the tracks along the rolling cliffs for breath-taking views across the Channel. The group then takes the path along the cliff edge (not too close!) with hill climbs and steep descents, zig-zags down to Dead Man’s Bay and climbs down to the beach for an invigorating dip (tide, daylight and weather permitting). It’s then back to the hotel and bunkhouse to freshen up before a nutritious dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Early in the morning the group takes a warm-up run to the beach for a sunrise meditation, then an icy dip in St. Margaret’s Bay. With the backdrop of the White Cliffs, this makes for an unforgettable experience. Then it’s a looping run up and over the cliffs towards Kingsdown and back to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, a body care workshop helps guests to maintain a functional, mobile and strong body – picking up techniques that integrate the brain body connection. Then it’s either a short drive over to Walmer for a run around the Castle gardens or a run up over the cliffs via Kingsdown along the seafront path to Deal to find the place where Caesar’s Roman Army invaded!
There’s an opportunity to explore the vibrant town of Deal with its chic cafés, markets, galleries and shops before heading back to the hotel by taxi or bus.
“I’ll admit that I was a little apprehensive about going on a ‘running retreat’ in the middle of October, with the threat of a sea swim thrown into the mix, but I needn’t have worried! Gavin kicked things off with a blustery and exhilarating dusk run to the light house and looped us back along the cliff path for a magnificent sunset and the excitement of some secret tunnels. On our return we were given time to soak in a hot bath before sitting down to a delicious and very jovial dinner, and finally heading off to our comfortable beds.
“Saturday morning kicked off with a short jog to St Margaret’s Bay and a refreshing dip in the sea (for some of us - or a rare lie in for others), followed by a lazy and excellent breakfast. Then we headed out on the trails again for a gentle run down to Deal. The views were spectacular, the wildlife varied and a joy to see and whole experience was thoroughly uplifting. It felt like my usual stress levels were being rebalanced with any unnecessary mental load being literally blown out to sea. I would thoroughly recommend Primal Retreats at The White Cliffs, rest assured that Gavin is an excellent host and guide and he knows the best places for coffee and cake too!”
Jessica Brogan, a busy working mother and Company Director living near Ashford, Kent.