Events on the Swinton Estate

Wim Hof Retreat

Two-night Wim Hof wellness retreat

Join us for a Wim Hof Method retreat at Swinton Bivouac in the Yorkshire Dales. Wim Hof’s foundations are built on the ‘three pillar method’ of breathing, cold exposure and positive mindset. This two-night wellness retreat will help you to learn, or become better practiced, in the Wim Hof Method. Helping you unlock a host of benefits including increased energy, better sleep, stronger immune system and reduced stress levels. A retreat at Swinton Bivouac will help you to take a step away from your day to day life, re-assess and re-balance.

Swinton Bivouac is in a beautifully remote location, set on the edge of moorland on the Swinton Estate, with sweeping views over the stunning Yorkshire Dales.

A stay in one of Swinton Bivouac’s Tree Lodges, with hammocks in the trees, private wood-fired hot tub and use of the Woodland wood fired sauna, is a gorgeous experience in itself and just a short distance from the Bivouac Café.

£492.50 per person, based on two people sharing a Tree Lodge

Meet your host

Emma Estrela is a certified instructor of The Breathing Class by Dr. Belisa Vranich and the Wim Hof Method level 3, the highest possible. She is an international speaker and an ambassador for the Wim Hof Method. She has completed both a Marathon and an Ultra Marathon without any conventional training, fully incorporating the Wim Hof Method, the valuable mechanics by The Breathing Class by Dr. Belisa Vranich and the Buteyko Method by Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko as part of her training regime.

Since then, Emma has studied with Patrick Mckeown (Oxygen Advantage) to gain a deeper understanding of the science of efficient breathing through the nose.

Emma understands the body doesn’t lie and her key has been discovering the true power of breathwork for healing

Wim Hof Method

Wim Hof is a Dutch extreme athlete noted for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures, which he attributes to the Wim Hof Method.

The Wim Hof Method is comprised of three pillars, Breathwork, Cold Exposure and Commitment. The power of the Wim Hof Method is the combination of the three pillars. A committed, consistent practice including the breathing technique and cold exposure can help you unlock a host of benefits including; increased energy, better sleep, reduced stress levels, heightened focus and determination, increased willpower and stronger immune system.

Cold Dip

The cold is your friend and one of the three pillars of the Wim Hof Method. Proper exposure to the cold starts a cascade of health benefits, including the build-up of brown adipose tissue and resultant fat loss, reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.

You’ll take a daily ‘cold dip’ in the cold tub located at your Tree Lodge.

Breathing Session

The daily breathing session will be lead by Emma in the Tipi, just a short walk from the Tree Lodges.

Breathing is the second pillar of the Wim Hof Method, we’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialised breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.

What to bring

Whilst some of the activities are undercover, there will be walking to and from the Tree Lodges to the Tipi and Bivouac Café (about a 5 minute walk) whatever the weather, so warm and waterproof clothing and footwear is essential, whilst remaining comfortable for full benefit of the breathing session. Torches are provided for guiding the way first thing in the morning and in the evening!

Don’t forget your bathing suit for the cold dip and time in the sauna, if desired.

There will be time around the firepit after dinner, even though the fire will help keep you warm please remember an additional layer of warmth to keep you cosy.

What’s included

  • A vegetarian breakfast basket will be served to the lodge each morning (where you can prepare it at your own leisure).
  • Dinner is vegetarian, wholesome and nutritious, served with water and a herbal tea for after the meal.
  • Day one – Arrive 4pm | Check-in to your Tree Lodge | Refreshments in the Tipi | Introduction and breathing session | Dinner in the Bivouac Café | Campfire
  • Day Two – Breathing session in the Tipi | Breakfast delivered to you in your Tree Lodge | Cold dip at the Tree Lodge | Free time, sauna will be ready | Breathing session | Dinner in the Bivouac Café | Campfire
  • Day Three – Breathing session in the Tipi | Cold dip at the Tree Lodge | Breakfast delivered to you in your Tree Lodge | Check-out of Tree Lodges at 10am

Upcoming dates

  • 29th September 2024 to 1st October 2024

FAQs

A vegetarian breakfast basket will be served to the lodge each morning (where you can prepare it at your own leisure). Dinner is vegetarian, wholesome and nutritious, served with water and a herbal tea for after the meal. 
Emma Estrela is a certified instructor of The Breathing Class by Dr. Belisa Vranich and the Wim Hof Method level 3, the highest possible. She is an international speaker and an ambassador for the Wim Hof Method. She has completed both a Marathon and an Ultra Marathon without any conventional training, fully incorporating the Wim Hof Method, the valuable mechanics by The Breathing Class by Dr. Belisa Vranich and the Buteyko Method by Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko as part of her training regime.

The event will take place at Swinton Bivouac:

Swinton Bivouac
Masham
Ripon
North Yorkshire
HG4 4JZ
United Kingdom

Home to rustic tree lodges, meadow yurts, a café and more, Swinton Bivouac is sited in one of the most picturesque settings in the Yorkshire Dales.

A delightful rural experience for friends and family.

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