Wellness Retreats

Wellness Retreats – How to be Happy


P2014-09-28 16.59.21icture yourself in a beautiful, natural location.

A peaceful place to relax and renew.
Sessions of yoga and meditation
Delicious, wholesome food freshly prepared for you.  
The perfect setting for a course in happiness.

A wellness retreat is a great way to experience the feel-good factor which comes from immersing yourself in positive psychology, the science of happiness.

“I took a week-long ‘ how to be happy’ course with Miriam. The course was inspiring with plenty of thought-provoking yet fun interaction between other participants. I found myself really able to connect with my strengths, something I’ve been unable to do previously. Miriam is a fantastic facilitator and I ended the week with a solid but surprising resolve. Since returning I’ve found new vigour and purpose, somehow things that might have stressed me, no longer do.  I’d recommend this course for anyone and everyone….just bring an open mind, a desire to be happy and a playfulness.” Ingrid

We offer week-long and weekend workshops where you can sample the scientifically-grounded tools that raise your well-being. You will come away with your own personal toolbox of happiness boosters. Explore the positive side of life in an environment that will add to your well-being.

Do you run a spa or retreat? If you have the right environment for the how of happiness, then we have the right content for you. These are some of the ingredients that can feature in a course in wellness.

  • The Power of Positivity
  • The Feel-good Factor of Positive Emotions
  • Flow: Being ‘in the zone’
  • Meaning & Purpose in Life
  • Strengths: You at Your Best
  • Positive Relationships: Other People Matter
  • Resilience: How to Bounce Back
  • Optimism: Look forward with Confidence
  • Positive Directions: Planning the Way Ahead


2016 Retreats

hawkwoodwinterHappy New You, 8-10 January 2016, Hawkwood College, Glos.

This New Year retreat at Hawkwood College, a stunning holistic venue, in the Cotswolds near Stroud. This is a fun, uplifting and inspiring retreat using positive psychology, the science of well-being, to build your House of Happiness for 2016. We’ll explore the how of happiness, sample the simple practices that science has shown will grow your well-being and reflect on what your wishes for the New Year. You will come away with a toolkit of happiness boosters to develop a happy new you and a plan of action for a happy new year.  Bookings via Hawkwood College. Some comments from previous participants.

“Hi Miriam,  thank you for a great course. A nice group and I found much to ponder and think about in a positive way of course!  We were so blessed to have been able to have it in such a wonderful place with the added bonus of beautiful weather.”2013-09-28 11.17.52

“Marvellous and inspirational. Tremendous.”… “Excellent. Very good course, well presented.”… “Plenty to inwardly digest. Well thought out and presented.”  “Lovely grounds, lovely food, friendly and approachable tutor, friendly and welcoming staff.”


“Found a woodblock wall plaque with the following  inscription: “BE AWAKE to the songs of singing birds, the warmth of the sun and the small joys that have no words”. Sounds like gratitude &  savouring to me! It’s now on my wall as a reminder. Thanks again for a great weekend. See you next Autumn, if not before, for the How of Happiness 3.”



How to be Happy and Laugh Your Socks Off: Miriam Akhtar with Nigel Shamash, La Roane, France. Aug 2016.


13996204_1019517324835248_8318908056969554062_o (1)An uplifting, fun and practical exploration of the how of happiness that delivers the feel-good factor and will put a smile on your face. Miriam will introduce habits of happiness from positive psychology that include savouring positive experiences, practising gratitude, playing to your strengths and learning optimism. You will be welcomed by Nigel Shamash, who will host walks and excursions and offer sessions of laughter yoga, hatha yoga, chi kung and singing. Through the week you will experience the power of positive emotions and how they can spark your creativity, lower stress and transform your life. You’ll also discover ‘flow’, the state of happiness which puts you ‘in the zone’. Alongside peak moments of laughter and joy, we’ll be diving into a deeper kind o 14040072_10154754760729123_270160940469270301_nf happiness to explore your meaning and purpose in life.  We’ll help you identify your strengths, finding out how you are at your best and share the techniques that help you view the glass as half-full.

You’ll come away tanked up on positivity, with the healing benefits of laughter and a toolbox of happiness boostersthat will put you on the path to flourishing, the state of high well-being. Find out more about La Roane and its genial host Nigel Shamash.