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Top Destinations for 2019

It’s that time of year when we start planning holidays and adventures to sunnier climes so here are the Do More Movement top destinations for 2019. If you’re seeking winter sun combined with a yoga or surf retreat we’ve shortlisted our Top 5 fitness retreats for winter sun. Or, if you fancy getting a date in with friends to navigate a tough cycle why not check out our favourite cycle holidays for advanced riders.

As you know we’re all about fitness holidays – there’s nothing quite like combining a physical challenge with visiting a new destination so if you’re not sure what’s for you why not take a look at our Top 5 fitness breaks in Europe, where Run the Wild’s events in the French Alps are always special. We’ve listed our favourite surf retreats for beginners which are super sociable holidays. The European summer is a marvellous time to enjoy a yoga retreat and we’ve got a pretty special line up in our Top 5 yoga retreats in Europe but if you’re looking to go further afield take a look at our Top 5 fitness breaks worldwide.


Top 5 fitness breaks in Europe

  1. Run the Wild, various locations
  2. Buzz Performance, French Alps
  3. SurfaWhile, Portugal
  4. Wild Running, various locations
  5. Velo Tours, Spain


Top 5 surf retreats for beginners

  1. Dreamsea Surf, Spain
  2. Rise Up Surf, Nicaragua
  3. Surf Berbere, Morocco
  4. Mondo Surf Village, Bali
  5. SurfaWhile, various locations across Europe


Top 5 cycle holidays for advanced riders 

  1. Tours Du Tarn, France
  2. Mellow Jersey, various across UK and Europe
  3. Podia, Poland, Slovenia and more
  4. Cycle Retreats, Spain
  5. Yorkshire Velo Tours, Yorkshire


Top 5 fitness retreats for winter sun

  1. Talalla Retreat, Sri Lanka
  2. LipHe SAL, Lebanon
  3. Surf and Yoga Mirissa, Sri Lanka
  4. Canyon Tribe, Mexico and worldwide
  5. Shaka Surf, Morocco


Top 5 yoga retreats in Europe

  1. La Roane Yoga and Holiday centre, South West France
  2. Shamballa Yoga Retreat, Portugal
  3. Yogaion, Portugal
  4. Yogarama, UK and Morzine, France
  5. Alpine Yoga Retreats, France


Top 5 fitness breaks worldwide

  1. Mamma Shanti, Sri Lanka
  2. Back to Nature, various locations worldwide
  3. Danyasa Eco-Retreat, Costa Rica
  4. The Surfer Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  5. Sion Surf Camp, Sri Lanka


More than a Yoga Retreat

Much more than just a yoga retreat in the lush green mountains of Sri Lanka, Mamma Shanti is a little piece of magic…….

Life is full of magic, if we only open our eyes to see and our senses to perceive. It’s in
the fireflies that dance with the stars in the night, incense that sweetens the scent of
temples, the soft echoe of chanting across the lush mountainside, energy of one
hundred years imbued in a tree… Mamma Shanti is my proof that magic is real.

My name is Camilla, and I’m the soul mamma of Mamma Shanti – a unique retreat
space and guest house in the tea tangled foothills of Ella, Sri Lanka. Since starting my
travels in 2015, I’d been on a mission to help others make their dreams come true .
Until one day, I asked myself what my biggest, most daring dream was. How could I
truly help others live their best life if I hadn’t first reached the other side?

So I got going with my biggest manifestation yet…


Mamma Shanti the Yoga Retreat is born….

Sitting in a lakeside treehouse, in Kandy Sri Lanka, as the stars mingled in the waters
below and the sky above, a word drifted into my conscience.

Mamma Shanti.

It was a message echoing in the stars around me, and I was ready to listen. The more I
pondered on it, the more illumination I received, and an idea started forming in my

After two years of travelling, it was time for me to pursue my purpose for being on this
planet – helping others to be as happy and as peaceful as they possibly can be, living
as the grandest version of themselves.



Since a young age I’d believed in magic. 29 years on and not much has changed.
Except that now I know it’s real. It’s not make-believe. And this is my own personal
proof that life can be whatever you want it to be.

You can have anything you want.
You can be happy.
Life can be an incredible journey.

It’s all a matter of choice, being clear in what you want and then believing it’s already
yours. Mamma Shanti is my way of sharing my magic with the world.

I invite everyone who crosses our threshold to experience a different way of being, a
different way of experiencing, a different way of living. If only for a night, a couple of
days or even a few weeks, to live fully immersed in the healing energy of nature, to
take time to reconnect to earth and yourself, to switch off from the system and plug in
to your soul.


Where the magic happens

I welcome you to come lose your senses and find yourself in the majestic mountains
of Ella, Sri Lanka. Boasting a magnificent view of Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak and
Ravana Waterfall, with only the sights and sounds of nature all around – Mamma
Shanti makes the ideal mountainscape for rest, relaxation, and renewal.


The perfect spot

Our boutique yoga and wellness retreats are fully adaptable; tailored to your
unique desires. From forest walks to mountain meanders, secret waterfalls and
undiscovered trails… sense satiating yoga and delectable Sri Lankan bounty.. At
Mamma Shanti we offer you a soulful serving of nature at her best.

Salute the rise of each new day with an active Vinyasa practice, meditate at secluded
spots hidden deep within our wild banana plantation and magical forest, and wind
your way down with evening Yin and Yoga Nidra sessions as the fireflies light up the
night. Or, simply curl up with a book as the mist drifts through the valley and the ever
changing mountainscape shifts to a new form of your imagination’s creation.

Far from the stress of everyday living and the hustle and bustle of city life, we invite
you to unplug from technology and plug in to nature. We provide the paradise
playground for you to discover who you truly are and to find the inner tools you need
to live the life you’ve always wanted.

If you’d like to learn more about the magic of Mamma Shanti or organise a visit check out their DMM profile here or website here.

Triathlon Training with Buzz Performance

.Hi, we are Amelia & Joe Pearson, owner & operators of Buzz Performance based in Morzine, France. We are passionate about fitness, sport and a healthy lifestyle. The aim is to inspire and empower others to become the best version of themselves. Our speciality is triathlon training but we just as happy hiking or playing on the snow in the winter months.


Why did we choose to live in Morzine?


When I retired from competing in triathlons at the elite level we wanted to try something different from living and working as teachers and coaches in Tasmania, Australia. Morzine was one of the best places I had visited whilst racing and training around the world. Morzine is a French village in the Alps, about an hour from Geneva. It has a relaxed and spacious feel, with gorgeous chalets, alpine trees, a river flowing through the centre of town and mountains all around. In the summer, our favourite time of year, the town is decked with hanging baskets of flowers and a backdrop of snow-capped mountains make it picture perfect.

Through our sporting travels, we hadn’t found anywhere quite like Morzine. The opportunities for training and exercise are endless. There is a great pool and large lake for swimming, stunning cycle routes and gorgeous running trails, and at 1000m and close to Geneva, it became a perfect base for us to call home.


Triathlon in Morzine


After a lifetime in sport and 10 years of teaching, we now work as coaches and fitness instructors. Year-round we offer fitness sessions and personal training. Throughout summer we host triathlon and cycling holidays for athletes and fitness enthusiasts who want to come and experience this great area for themselves.

We aim to make our holidays unique to the individuals who visit. Each week is a little different depending on the needs, goals and fitness levels of the participants. We develop a training schedule and while it can be challenging it should be equally rewarding. Everyone gets the opportunity to improve technique, endurance and performance, no matter what their level of ability. There are a mixture of sessions of varying in duration and intensity.

We love what we do and we hope that transpires to what we offer our guests. We aim to create an environment that trumps being a professional athlete. For one week (or shorter or longer if you’d prefer) you get to train, eat, sleep and repeat. The accommodation is in a super comfortable luxury alpine chalet with a chef cooking fresh, nutritious and delicious breakfast and dinners.


More than just a training camp


Open water swimming, a vital component of any triathlon training programme

We also make sure there is ample time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Morzine offers a vast array of activities from mountain biking, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, paragliding, white water rafting, horses riding, golf and more. So even if not everyone is into triathlon or cycling, our vistors have lots of options for doing more movement.

Being around like minded people helps inspire and motivate us. Whilst we consider ourselves to be experts in our field, other’s stories and experiences are extremely interesting.  There is always something to learn for each and everyone one of our visitors. Triathlon and cycling can be tough sports and we believe everyone is a winner just by taking part. We hope that by bringing people together they are also inspired to go out to chase their dreams and be the best they can be.

Supercharge your triathlon training by taking to the mountains of Morzine with the Buzz team

If this story is of interest to you please read more about us at and get in touch on or check out our profile on Do More Movement.

Bearfoot Breaks – Bootcamp Retreat and more

Bearfoot Breaks is a beautiful retreat centre, based in the centre of France in the Limousin countryside. Our aim is to offer tailored fitness and wellness retreats for individuals or small groups. By keeping things small, we can keep things personal and make sure that each guest receives individual attention from our on-site personal trainer, movement enthusiast and nutrition coach, Jake Duval.


Why Bearfoot Breaks?


Bearfoot Breaks was created to enable us to share our passion for all things health related. Kirsty has the hosting and cooking skills, and Jake lives and breaths all matters related to health. Originally coming from a personal trainer background, Jake only got to spend time with people in the gym, knowing that this small window of time, simply wasn’t enough. Coming to the lodge, and spending 3-5 days engulfed in a holistic health approach will give your body the experience that it continuously needs.

So whether you are simply looking to get it away from it all and give yourself some true “me time” or whether you’re looking for an alternative type of break, for a small group, pre-wedding, birthday celebration or preparing for a big event, then this is the place for you!


So what can you expect?


Our luxury yurt at Bearfoot Lodge

Before you arrive, you’ll have a call with Jake so he can get to know more about you, understand what you’re trying to achieve and what you like or dislike. That way he can put together a programme that is tailored just to you or to your group. On the first day of the retreat, he’ll do a full body movement assessment and GAIT analysis and each day will start with a body check in, to see what differences you can feel. Each day will consist of a range of different fitness activities, with most, if not all being done in the great outdoors. So imagine the equivalent of three personal training sessions a day, it could be TRX, HIIT, obstacle course, circuits, or lake running – all with the fresh air on your face, allowing you to reconnect with nature.


Perfect Setting


We’re surrounded by stunning scenery, with lakes, hills and forest walks a plenty. We’ll build these guided walks into your days and you can experience the French lakeside beaches, and even have a go at kayaking or paddle-boarding in the summer months.

Ready and waiting to be run around or swum in

And when you’ve had enough exercise? Well you’ll have the grounds to explore and chill out in, with secret nooks and hammocks, where you can disappear with a good book. Or you can explore the medieval towns and villages, or take a visit to one of our local goat farms, where you can see how the cheese is made, the goats are cared for and even sample the local honey!

And finally, you’ll dine like a king or queen, with super tasty organic meals, fresh juices or smoothies and some fantastic ideas to take back home with you, like making your own almond milk. Our aim is for you to leave the retreat feeling energised, healthier and with a renewed passion for life.


Want to find out more? Check out Bearfoot Breaks at: or check us out on Do More Movement.


Retreat highlights
• 3 or 5 day bootcamp option – personal or small groups
• Fitness and lifestyle assessment before arrival
• Individual posture and GAIT analysis
• Daily movement assessment and drill
• Two to three fitness classes daily (circuits, HIIT, TRX, OCR, running)
• Homemade smoothies and juices daily
• Three delicious organic and healthy meals daily
• Live in personal trainer, nutrition coach & movement enthusiast
• Daily walking and hiking options
• Pick up / drop off at airport

Typical Day
07:00 – 07:30: Daily body check-in
07:30 – 08:00: Clear your mind walk in the grounds
08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
09:30 – 10:15: 3D movement workshop
11:00 – 11:30: HIIT class
11:45 – 12:15: Meditation
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 16:00: Free time / or visit to local lake
16:00 – 17:00: Lake run / 5k run
17:00 – 17:45: Mini TRX circuit
19:00 – 20:00: Dinner
20:00 – 21:30: Free time (petanque, volleyball, chill time)
21:30 – 22:00: Star gazing/meditation/floor mobility

An Introduction to Trail Running

Trail running is probably one of the most liberating sports out there. The total freedom of stepping off the pavement onto countryside footpaths is an experience that everyone should try at least once. I grew up running trails as a child. Living in the remote areas of South Wales with no public transport or even street lights in our village, running on trails was part of my everyday life, just a quick way to catch up with my friends at the beach or getting home in time for dinner. Roads and pavements in towns are getting busier as more people live and work in urban areas, particularly London. This combined with the increased popularity of running and cycling to and from work makes for busy pavements. If you are tired of running the same old route or losing your mojo to pound the streets, perhaps it’s time to have a look at trail running to escape the crowds and get back to the true freedom running provides.


Where to run?

The route options are limitless and all within just a few hours from London. From the wild areas around London, like the Chilterns and South Downs to the Alps in France. The key thing is to have an adventure and really enjoy your running. Don’t forget that over 80% of the UK is considered to be ‘rural’. You may be surprised at how near you are to finding some trails, even if it requires some effort to get there, it is certainly worth your time.


Our UK home - the stunning Chiltern Hills

Is trail running good for you?

There are many health benefits to trail running, improved plyometrics and proprioception, stronger core as well as less impacts on joints. It’s also a very easy way of burning calories whilst having fun! But preparation for trail running is just as important as heading off on the roads or track. Building up core strength and overall strength conditioning is key to remaining injury free and getting the most out of your runs. Getting into trail running is easier than you may think and a countryside path, or trail around a city park is a good place to start. These changeable surfaces can build up strength and refine your technique, avoiding the more repetitive actions of road running. Trail running can be a stimulating, 3-dimensional experience. Watching out for the different surfaces, steep ups and downs, the scenery, the peace and quiet. They all add to an experience that is both mentally and physically challenging.


What are the challenges?

Within the world of trail running, it’s not always about speed or distance. Sometimes the terrain itself or height gained is challenge enough but it really does offer something for everyone. Whether you’ve never even walked a footpath or you are aspiring to run a mountainous 100 miler. Having been fortunate enough to race as well as take on some personal challenges in many of the mountainous areas of the globe, or indeed climbing I find that many of the highlights of my life have been found right there. There are many races, from club cross-country runs, fell runs, ultra runs and everything in between. But there is another option too, why not head to the trails without racing? Run the Wild is the UK and Europe’s premier running holiday company, set apart from races it’s purely about running adventures. It takes a less pressured approach, helping people to rediscover the spirit of adventure within in a team, running wild places and along the way learning about trail running techniques and the environment. (“Exploring places… not running races.”)


The Alps offer a new set of challenges for even the most experienced trail runner


Eating right is such a big focus in society whether you are involved in sport or not. Nutrition is a key element in remaining strong and focussed for the trail ahead as well as helping your body recover post run. Again there are many options on the market! Hydration and salt replenishment is particularly key on longer runs.


Trail running as a team can make all the difference

Will I need extra kit?

Some of the well-worn footpaths in the English countryside can be run simply with road trainers. However as soon as the terrain becomes wet or rougher then trail shoes are definitely worth investing in, arguably essential. There are many options, each with their own advantages. Kit for trail running has become a very large market as endeavours become more challenging and those at the sharp end seek out more challenging environments. The wealth of experience at Run the Wild can help give you some guidance on what to buy from navigational tools to head torches.


Beats another lap of the park!!!


By stepping off the asphalt and onto the trails you will need to prepare a bit more for the run ahead. What’s the weather going to be like? When will it get dark? How technical is the route and how long will you be out for? Consequently, preparation is key. Both from learning new skills, like navigation and also spending a little bit of time doing your homework on what the route ahead will entail. From planning the amount of food to packing a warm layer and head torch. This though is one of the many reasons that makes trail running much more exciting than road running.  It’s by its very nature an adventure!
Trail running is running in its truest and most natural sense. The adventure and the outdoors bring together so many aspects that make this sport so rewarding and it’s much easier to get involved than you may have at first thought. So, take a step on the wild side, you might like it!



If you would like to find out more about Run the Wild trail running adventures in the UK and abroad then check out them out on Do More Movement or their website: