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The White Cliffs Hotel has teamed-up with Primal Roots to deliver retreats in White Cliffs country, using outdoors fitness to empower both individuals and teams with a sense of positive responsibility for more than just their personal well-being.These retreats, which cost £150pp per night, are as suitable to friends and couples as they are to teams and companies, and are rooted in physical, mental and nutritional science; using the collective and holistic pursuit of shared goals as a tool to inspire leadership and develop community.
Primal Roots' co-founder Carl Adams says, “We work with teams who share our values of responsibility and ownership of their health, and who want to push themselves to be the best they can be. Not only do our retreats provide the benefit of improved health and wellbeing, they also serve to boost productivity, team communication, and ultimately, a sense of fulfilment.
“Primal Retreats can end homelessness in Dover while the receiver creates memories to treasure for the rest of their lives on the iconic White Cliffs. For every place sold, we’ll give away a full day of Primal Health & Fitness to a person experiencing homelessness in Dover.”
“What can we learn in and on The White Cliffs that can be taken back and applied to every aspect of our lives? There are so many elements that can be applied to entrepreneurship, family life, friendship or athletic pursuits. Come and find out more and live like a local. Connect to your primal roots.”
The retreats, which cost £150pp per night, include accommodation in twin, double, or single rooms, healthy breakfast & evening meals and sessions coached by Primal Roots expert instructors. Even better, for every place sold, Primal Roots gives away a full day of Primal Health and Fitness to a person experiencing homelessness in Dover.
Sample Itinerary – One Night Trail Running Retreat
Day one, afternoon/evening
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. We’ll then take the path along the cliff edge (not too close!) with hill climbs and steep descents and zig-zag down to Dead Man’s Bay and climb down to the beach for an invigorating dip (tide, daylight and weather permitting), then it’s back to the hotel and bunkhouse to freshen up before a nutritious dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day two, morning
Early in the morning we take a warm-up run to the beach for a sunrise meditation then icy dip in St. Margaret’s Bay; with the backdrop of the White Cliffs it 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 to help you maintain a functional, mobile and strong body. Pick up some amazing techniques that integrate the brain body connection. Find out how your wrist and hand flexibility has a direct relationship with your feet and ankles. Learn how to minimise knee and hip injuries. 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 cool cafés, markets, galleries and shops before heading back to the hotel by taxi or bus.
Past retreat participant, busy working mother and company director Jessica Brogan says, "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!"
Check out www.thewhitecliffs.com/retreat/ and www.primalroots.org.uk