'I've now been on several weekends and always enjoy them. The instructors are experts in their field, and good teachers. It's lovely to be in beautiful countryside, surrounded by nature. Lindi organises these weekends very well, and is great at communicating plans and details in advance.
One of the nice things is that I enjoy the company of many people in the group, and although some people know each other well, it's a welcoming, friendly and not "cliquey" atmosphere! I like to spend time on my own and if that's what I feel like doing, it's easy to do so.'
Sarah T, Manchester May 23, 2018
'You don't have to be good at the activities on offer, just have an eagerness to participate and to do as much or as little as you can. After all, it's your weekend.
I like the way it was organised and the fact that the groups weren't too big so there was a chance to chat to fellow guests. I think the choice of locations is great and it provides the opportunity to take part in the activities as well as exploring the local area. I also liked the fact that even though there were schedules, it felt relaxed overall, which is what I was looking for. It's up to you how much you would like to participate. There's no obligation to spend time with other people if you don't want to, although I found this happened naturally.
I went on my own the first time and then with a couple of friends the second time. I enjoyed both weekends equally as much.
I honestly think SIMPLY ESCAPE weekends are a great idea. They're in lovely locations, all communication is spot on and they're affordable. Lindi is lovely too and really goes out of her way to check you are having a good time and that your needs are met. People were lovely on both weekends I went on and can't really think of anything that I would change.'
Zainab, Manchester May 9, 2018
'I've been on a few of these weekend escapes and they're always really enjoyable and great value. The venues are in stunning locations and there's usually time allocated during the weekend for you to explore so that you really feel like you've properly visited the place. Lindi provides very clear information about what's included for each escape and is responsive to any questions you may have. She creates a really friendly and welcoming atmosphere on these weekends and I always leave feeling great!'
Steph, Aberdeen May 7, 2018
'A lovely weekend break in the beautiful Peak District and a chance to relax and unwind. The activities are designed so that beginners or more experienced people can participate. Everyone we met was very friendly and the organisation was spot on. There is no pressure to do anything you don’t fancy. There is plenty of opportunity to relax, either alone or with friends.
Good for anyone who wants to try new activities from yoga to boxing! Simply fabulous.'
Cinny, Bury May 1, 2018
'The weekend was recommended by friends, and I was interested in finding activities to give me some me-time. There was time for exploring and socialising, and the venues are always well chosen. Your time is your own there is no pressure to mix with everyone else but there are plenty of friendly faces if you do want to mix.
I'd recommend these weekends for anyone seeking a quiet time away from the stresses of life, and anyone looking to explore ways of improving their quality of life. I attended with friends and felt rejuvenated and less stressed after the weekend. Excellent.'
Alison, North West England April 30, 2018
'The weekend was fab-u-lous. It was highly organized, relaxed and fun and very mindful. I will CERTAINLY be on the next one and I would like to say I met some great people and I would highly recommend it to Mindfulness Teachers or some one that has not even heard of mindfulness. Any ability range in Mindfulness could enjoy the weekend.Really was good and the venue and scenery was spectacular. Thank you for such a peaceful and grounding experience. First class job.'
Dave, Blackpool Exploring Mindfulness April 20, 2018
'I've been on a number of retreats including yoga, MMA, mindfulness and kickboxing since it started 5 years ago. Set in lovely countryside we also have time for hiking and exploring the village to sample local delights.
Excellent classes led by lovely supportive instructors. I love it - everything's well organised and I always have such a great time - it's been a laugh ;-D'
Diane, Manchester April 18, 2018
'I go on these weekends for the yoga, friendliness and relaxation, and I like the warm welcome and excellent guidance in all the activities. The locations are set in beautiful scenic areas, and there are opportunities to explore and enjoy local walks and eateries. As well as being active, the weekends are very relaxing.
There are many opportunities to have time to yourself if you wish to do that. The chosen locations are set in areas where you can go for a walk, or wander round a few local shops, or enjoy a cup of tea and a cake. There are areas where you can relax with a book, or simply sit and observe nature.
I'd recommend them for anyone of any age who has an interest in well being. Simply Escape weekends are simply great! I keep coming back. Thanks so much!'
Gaynor, Stockport April 17, 2018
'We knew Cilla and enjoyed her classes - she is very experienced, patient, makes the experience fun and makes everyone welcome and safe. We went on a weekend because we wanted to meet like minded people in a relaxed environment.
If someone wants to rest or read, Lindi and Cilla enable individuality whilst not singling anyone out. Everyone felt they could do what they felt they could. Also, most people on these weekends attract like minded, patient, kind people who are concerned about everyone’s enjoyment.
I'd recommend the weekends to people looking for relaxation in the countryside and the opportunity to learn or extend gentle exercise to practise during the weekend and back at home. Very enjoyable.'
Helen, Lancashire April 17, 2018
'I had such a good time at the retreat. Thanks for being helpful and supportive and making me feel welcome! I wish to thank Cilla and Tony for their professional yet personal attitude in their classes, especially as I have a few physical limitations and they both made a point of adjusting the exercises accordingly.'
Wyn, Cheshire Pick 'n' Mix Fitness Weekend April 15, 2018
'I went on the weekend to mix with like minded people. All activities are aimed at people of all levels, and you are free to do as little or as much as you like - there's no pressure. Thoroughly enjoyable. You can workout... Chill out... and have fun.'
Liz, Cheshire April 15, 2018
'A friend saw it advertised and we thought it sounded interesting and good value. It's a peaceful and refreshing break in lovely countryside locations providing a good balance of exercise and free time to enjoy the company of friends. Well-organised and welcoming.
The instructors explain everything fully and guide you through, giving alternatives for different levels of fitness. You are free during the day and the evening to socialise or spend time on your own. It is very relaxed.
For anyone who would like to learn about a new form of exercise and relaxation, or who would like to further develop their skills of one they have already experienced. Refreshing and restorative.'
Ruth, Stockport April 15, 2018
'I enjoy Pilates classes & felt a retreat would be a lovely way to spend a weekend. You can be a total beginner or quite experienced as all levels are accommodated. Along with the classes, it was lovely to spend time meeting new people, who have now become good friends. It’s totally up to each individual whether they spend time with the group or if they are happier having time to themselves.
I'd recommend the weekends to people who like to try new activities & who like to meet new people. Having been on a number of these, I've always found them to be great fun & have thoroughly enjoyed myself.'
Gale, Manchester April 14, 2018
'The ‘Simply Escape weekends’ have been a great favourite with me and my friends since they started about 5 years ago. They are truly an activity heaven - accommodation in absolutely lovely locations, really interesting themed weekends with a variety of activities to choose from and friendly, professional instructors.
There is always time for walking, exploring local villages, cafes and hostelries as well or, if you prefer, just to sit back and soak up the relaxing atmosphere (unless of course you want to sign up for every activity on offer!!) We have had lots of laughs and great fun over the years - always coming back feeling rejuvenated, fitter and with memories of a great time. They are definitely a yearly (or sometimes twice yearly) ‘escape’ for us!!'
Debbie, Stockport Pick'n' Mix Fitness Escape March 7, 2018
'Fab weekend - lovely group of people, great location and Rachel and Lindi were superb. Teaching was fun, informative and inspiring.'
Jean, Hebden Bridge Energy Medicine Workshop June 20, 2017
'Great weekend, lovely group of people and great venue. Had a great time learning Energy Medicine. Rachel was very good teaching us over the weekend. Thank you both Linzi and Rachel for the weekend. Look forward to the next.'
Julie, Blackpool Energy Medicine Workshop June 19, 2017
Had a fabulous wind-down weekend with everyone at SIMPLY ESCAPE
Christina, Halifax Energy Medicine Workshop June 19, 2017
Fabulous weekend in Conwy. Thank you so much... great organisation and fun.. good accommodation and food.
Liz, Stockport Pilates & Stretch, Conwy May 30, 2017
'I go on the weekends for exercise and fun. They're relaxing, I feel energised and I've made new friends. They're for anyone who likes to experience mindful exercise and enjoys healthy leisure activities with fun people.
Great classes, walking, restaurants, venue and lovely people - what more can you ask for? '
Adele, Cheshire Pilates & Stretch, Conwy May 29, 2017
Enjoyed everything about the weekend and didn't want to go home at all. Thank you.
Sonia, Staffordshire Exploring Mindfulness Weekend March 15, 2017
'It was such a lovely weekend with some lovely people. I wouldn't change anything about how it was organised or the practices and the beauty of having such a small group was that we could all share and have plenty of time to talk. My favourite exercise was the chocolate one 😂'
Janet, Preston Exploring Mindfulness Weekend March 14, 2017
'As a solo traveller I was really pleased to arrive to a warm welcome & a very well organised weekend. I felt I was in the hands of such a friendly and helpful host. Come with a smile and an open mind and you will benefit. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend. I left with a warm heart and a smile on my face. Thank you Lindi !'
Anwara, Manchester Pick'n'Mix Fitness Weekend February 28, 2017
'Fab weekend in Castleton! Thanks.'
Gaynor, Stockport Pick'n'Mix Fitness Weekend February 27, 2017
'Fantastic weekend away staying at YHA Castleton on a Simply Escape event, Pilates, Yoga, stretch and a very muddy, windy an slippery hike up Cave Dale. Lovely meal on Saturday night at the Castle Inn and very well catered for at the hostel.'
Colette, Stockport Pick'n'Mix Fitness Weekend February 27, 2017
'Thank you for a great weekend.'
Gill, Stockport Pick'n'Mix Fitness weekend February 26, 2017
'Thank you Lindi for another successful weekend in Castleton loved the accommodation and the setting.. great classes...as always with Cilla Thwaites also enjoyed the yoga session with Tony….xx'
Liz, Stockport Pick'n'Mix Fitness Weekend February 26, 2017
'What a lovely weekend - enjoyed every minute x'
Christine, Stockport Pick'n'Mix Fitness Weekend February 26, 2017
'I have been on several Yoga and Boxing retreats & I thoroughly enjoyed every one! The retreats are great for beginners to more experienced people.
Lindi herself is very friendly, helpful and organised. She will bend over backwards to help or accommodate you in whatever way she can (excuse the pun).'
Alastair, Manchester January 20, 2017
'Lindi is passionate about providing affordable short term breaks in beautiful scenery. I've joined on many breaks over the past few years and met some wonderful like minded people. Lindi's relaxed approach is a breath of fresh air.
Working closely with great instructors who will inspire and encourage you to get the most out of your break. I have gained friends and enjoyed new experiences all in a comfortable relaxed environment, that won't break the bank. Once you have enjoyed your first visit, I guarantee you will return year in and year out.'
Michelle, Stockport January 19, 2017
'Another brilliant Pilates retreat weekend. Many thanks to the wonderful Cilla & Lindi - thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend xx'
Gale, Stockport Pilates & Stretch Weekend November 20, 2016