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Fri, 02 Feb



Embrace the Winter

A 3 day breathwork, cold water therapy and natural rhythms weekend retreat in the heart of the Cairngorms. Join us for a magical 3 day breathwork and cold water therapy experience and learn to embrace the winter together!

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Embrace the Winter
Embrace the Winter

Time & Location

02 Feb 2024, 12:00 GMT – 04 Feb 2024, 15:00 GMT

Crathie, Crathie, Ballater AB35 5TL, UK


Come and join Allan Brownlie (more info here) and Lisa Krause for a winter weekend experience in one of the most magical places in Scotland.

Learn how to embrace the Scottish winter instead of fighting it,  and experience the power of the cold by tapping into your body’s innate ability to adapt to the elements.

During this weekend retreat you will be guided through breathwork sessions, cold water immersions and you will learn about your circadian rhythm and how to adapt your body to the darker months of the year for optimal health& wellbeing, just like our ancestors would have done.

What’s in the program:

• Guided breathing sessions

• Learn tools to optimize your circadian rhythm

• How to be the manager of your energy

• How to lower your heart rate, lean into stress, and feel more relaxed

• Stand-alone workout to strengthen the respiratory muscles

• Nature cold water dips

• Chats explaining how to use the breath as a tool in everyday life

• Deep focus meditation

• Hike in the Cairngorms National Park

• Barefoot walking

• Fun forest games

• Evening fire gathering

• Sauna session 

• Community connection


The gorgeous Tomidhu Steading. The Steading in Crathie is a converted farm building situated in the Cairngorm National Park between Braemar and Ballater. All bedroom doors are accessed from the outside, double beds and single beds available with underfloor heating. Click here for an impression of the Steading 


Accommodation, all meals, all activities

Lunch at the Tarmachan Cafe

Evening Sauna session on the hill

Harvest Chaga and Pine needles to make natural teas from the Scottish Highlands.

The food over the 3 days  will be based on the Scottish & UK seasonal food calendar. The quality Scottish Wild Venison is bought at a local butcher from a local estate.


Royal Deeside is a gorgeous area with its characteristic Scottish blend of mountains, crags, forests and rivers.

Not included:

Flights & Transfer

Your experience is our priority

Everyone can participate to their own ability and level of comfort. It is all about fun, new experiences, group connection and learning. If you have any health conditions or concerns please contact us beforehand.

How to prepare:

Checking in with your breath throughout the day

Nature walks

Walking in the rain and wind

Cold shower

If you would like to pay by bank transfer (which is preferred) please get in touch with me, this way you won't have to pay the service fee for processing the payment through the website.

Please get in touch with any questions or if you need a payment plan. A non-refundable booking deposit of £100 will be needed to secure your place. 




What previous participants say: 

"A few weeks after the retreat: I’m still carrying this sense of peace and connection to my environment and the seasons.  It’s truly a wonderful thing to be able to retreat and I’ve done quite a few at this point. Never have I known one so well held and cared for.  If you want to take a minute to stop, recalibrate and reassess, a retreat with these two is a great place to start"- Bran

"I just wanted to write something to thank Lisa and Allan for the most amazing experience at the winter retreat.

From the minute I met them I knew they were not only experienced in what they did, but that they were lovely down to earth people.

The accommodation at the steading was a perfect setting for our weekend. I had a huge room with all that I needed and the ambiance of the main house was so tranquil and relaxing.

The day started straight away with a lovely cold water dip in the beautiful River Dee before an afternoon of breath work, relaxation and learning. A beautiful dinner that night allowed us all to bond and learn about each other.

The next two days were so freeing and learning about our gratitude's and breath work before another dip allowed us to put all our learnings to use. The final dinner and night around the fire with a sing song was just perfect.

Our final day in the Cairngorms was just breathtaking. Our dip and then walk to the bothy was amazing. Especially the tree game we played. I don't think I have laughed so much.

Lisa and Allan, I can honestly say this was my first retreat and it won’t be my last. I can’t wait to come back and learn more and spend time in your company.

For anyone thinking of doing a retreat with them then do it. It’s been life changing for me. I will be eternally grateful" - Jennifer

Please have a read through our cancellation policy: There is a non-refundable £250 deposit upon booking of your ticket. If you cancel less than 14 days before starting date of the event, no refunds of the remaining ticket price can be given. This is because of the energy, time and care it takes to organize, do admin work and run the event, also considering the fact that the place could have been offered to someone else instead. If cancellation occurs between 2-4 or more weeks before the event, you will be refunded 50% of the ticket price (minus the deposit). If you need to cancel short notice in case of emergency, severe sickness or in other exceptional circumstances we are happy to find a solution together depending on the situation, such as rescheduling your ticket for another event. We also recommend you to get travel insurance to cover your costs if you are unable to come due to things such as missed travel, illness, bereavements, extreme weather, government restrictions etc. 


  • Private room ticket

    +£17.38 service fee
    Sale ended
  • Shared room ticket

    two single beds in a shared room

    +£14.88 service fee
    Sale ended
  • Group Ticket for 3

    3 Spaces, one room with ensuite (double bed & two single beds)

    Sale ended



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