Yoga, meditation and cooking classes offered at King Charles’ Scottish Retreat
Chinese meditation and journaling workshops are just some of the alternative wellness therapies that will be offered at King Charles’ Scottish stately home as part of a charity fundraising weekend.
Costing £500 per person, visitors to the 2,000-acre Dumfries House will be instructed in the art of qi gong, myofascial release – a form of muscle therapy to relieve pain and ‘sound baths’ where participants lie down and listen to the sounds of clanging bowls.
The Ayrshire luxury weekend will be led by Finlay Wilson, also known as Kilted Yogi, who is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, the Mail on Sunday reported.
Mr Wilson, 30, said the program aims to beat the winter blues and will also offer basic cooking and mediation classes.
He told the Mail on Sunday: “These types of retreats are often in other countries, but it’s more about staying, cutting costs and opening up the market for people in Scotland. Health and well-being are worth investing in.
“It will be an intimate weekend in a beautiful setting.”
Profits reinvested in the Prince’s Trust
Mr Wilson, who lives in Dundee and rose to fame practicing kilted yoga at Scottish beauty spots, said: ‘The grounds are beautiful, it’s such an oasis to be able to walk through the cultivated gardens up to at the wellness center on the estate but away from the main house.
“The food at home is amazing. We want people to feel good and eat good.”
All profits from the weekend are to be reinvested in the Prince’s Trust.
Sixteen places are available in total for the weekend of January 28 – 29 at the estate, who featured last week in a special episode of The Repair Shopin which the King appeared, to mark the BBC’s centenary.
Guests will stay in five-star bed and breakfast accommodation at Dumfries House Lodge, with chefs teaching them how to cook healthy, energy-dense food.
The then Prince of Wales bought the estate and all its contents for £45m in 2007 and unlike other royal homes it is not intended to be used as a residence for himself and the Queen Consort Camilla.
Instead, it is used for a range of education and training opportunities and is open to the public year-round.