Therapeutic Sessions

Therapeutic Sessions

Therapeutic sessionsAt Three Cliffs Retreats we offer a number of therapeutic sessions to help you relax and unwind during your stay, as well as courses and group sessions.

Sessions can help with relaxing and unwinding  or issues such as pain and bad backs, and stress related disorders.  We can provide a free consultation session and the start of your stay to help you decide which sessions are for you and what will bring most benefit.

We also offer a free consultation to help you to determine which sessions might be for you and answer any questions you may have.

As we offer remote sessions for certain therapies it is possible to continue your program with us once you return should you wish – Coaching and Mindfulness are two examples which you can practice on an ongoing basis and which can continue to benefit you once you return to your daily life. We will help you to include these in your every day routine and help combat  stresses and find your ‘centre’ more readily and easily

Therapeutic Sessions include:

Alexander Technique, Coaching, Chi Touch, Colour Light TherapyMindfulness, Massage, Hypnotherapy, Intuitive Readings, Spinal Touch, Tai chi read more

Sessions are run with a number of local, experienced practitioners, including Robert Ripley and Bel Spencer. Please contact us if you would like further information on any of these sessions. Tel 07940 860 204

 

Christmas breaks

Christmas Day Yoga

Christmas Day Yoga

We offer Christmas breaks, for those who wish to get away this Christmas an celebrate in style in a beautiful area of the uk.  Choose from our comfortable self catering apartments, close to Three Cliffs bay in the heart of the Gower Peninsula.

Planning your Christmas Break

Planning a Christmas Break is reasonably easy especially when there is easy access by road and no flights to catch!  Take a look at what’s on over Christmas and new year in Swansea and the Gower.

How about planning a Christmas day excursion – it can be a beautiful time of year to go walking on the beach or visit Cefn Bryn and King Arthurs’ stones!

Christmas Day – Places to eat:

Mamma Mia is an Italian restaurant in Swansea that uses only the freshest ingredients to create their delicious dishes. With a Christmas lunch and dinner menu available offering both traditional Christmas meals as well as delicious pizzas

 

Cosy Christmas festivities

Cosy Christmas festivities

Pre – Christmas events:

Winter Wonderland on the waterfront:

This ice rink is an award winning attraction offered in the run-up to Christmas, offered both children and adults in Swansea, close to the marina..

Christmas Parade 2015
Santa will visit on Sunday 15 November from 5.00pm to switch on the Christmas Lights.It starts near the Dylan Thomas Centre, before continuing through the town and ending at the Guildhall.

Gower Heritage Centre Christmas Craft Fayre  with Artisans selling their waits in a festive atmosphere. Enjoy freshly baked cakes and hot mulled wine and cider.  The perfect place to buy handmade gifts for Christmas!    Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November     10.00am – 5.00pm

Christmas Concert 

19:30 Friday 18 Dec 2015    Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

A concert to get you in the Christmas spirit. Taking you on a journey through winter wonderland you are sure to recognize some of your favourite Christmas pieces. Packed full of festive treats, enjoy highlights including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, music from the frost tale of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden 
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tickets: £10-16      Grand Theatre Box Office: 01792 475715

 

 

 

 

 

Gower Retreat, Three Cliffs

Gower Retreat, Three Cliffs

 

Three Cliffs Retreat Apartment

Gower Retreat

Gower Retreat, Three Cliffs is a spacious, comfortable bungalow with three bedrooms which can sleep up to five people.  There is a large lounge and dining area, with french doors opening onto decking and garden area. There is both a family bathroom with shower and bath.

The apartment is bright and airy and is decorated with a ‘coastal’ theme, with hand painted furniture and wall murals.   There is a decking and garden area with a sunny aspect and a variety of shrubs and fruit trees.

 

  • Fully equipped kitchen (with washing machine, dishwasher, oven, microwave, hob etc)
  • Family bathroom with shower and bath
  • Three  bedrooms (Two double and one single) plus extra bed can be made in the lounge on sofa bed
  • Private decking and garden area
  • Towels and bedding provided
  • Off road parking

 From £100 night 

For any further enquiries about Gower Retreat, please do get in touch on 07942 816 502 / 07940 860 204

 Location:  

Gower Retreat is located just a 10/15 minutes walk from Three Cliffs Bay, with its spectacular Pennard Castle, river, sand dunes and coastal path, it makes an excellent excursion and views of Three Cliffs Bay have been voted some to the best in Britain.

Situated in the area of Pennard, and Southgate village the apartment is well located for exploring the Gower Peninsula as well as within easy reach of Mumbles and Swansea.  The village contains a number of shops (one within just two minutes walk) as well as a golf club and a couple of cafes and pubs.  You’re also close to the Gower Heritage centre which runs regular cultural events.


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Private decking area

There is a shop just two minutes walk away and the apartment and it is on a main Gower bus route.

 

Three Cliffs Retreat has two bedrooms, one double and one single.  It also has the option of a pull out sofa bed in the lounge.  There is a dining area and fully equipped kitchen; the family bathroom includes a bath and shower. There is a private garden with decking area, which includes mature shrubs, fruit trees and flowerbeds as well as lawned area.

Local Amenities and Buses

There is a local shop within just two minutes walk for groceries and everyday shopping items. The village of Mumbles is a ten minute drive, while Swansea centre takes around twenty minutes.  The apartment is on a main bus route serving the Gower with buses every hour during the daytime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gower to keep its title of – ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ -.

Gower’s AONB title

There was recent plans in 2015 to review looked at whether Wales’ three National Parks and five AONB should come under a single designation, and that the name Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty is changed to ‘National Landscapes of Wales’.
The proposal to remove AONB status from Gower and the other such areas across the country was made by an independent panel which had been commissioned by the government.  The suggestion came as somewhat of a surprise to many and was not popular given the existing fondness for the title of ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ which has been developed over 50 years. Many feel it is a suitably an accurate description for these landscapes, whilst also offering them much needed protection.

Gower to keep title of AONB

Gower to keep title of AONB

Feelings are re-enforced on this subjec, given that the Gower peninsula was the very first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be designated in the uk in 1956. This is really something to be proud of and which makes it unique, and it just wouldn’t be the same, many feel if it were to be designated another title.
Gower was spotted for its stunning scenery, its geology and outstanding coastal habitats as well as historic sites.

Ancient sites in Gower

The area has eighty ancient monuments and sites which include Palaeolithic caves, Iron Age hill forts, Bronze Age Burial Sites and castles. Paviland Cave, was the site of the earliest known human burial site, discovered in 1823, archaeologists found bones, and beautiful ivory objects. These findings date back around 33,000 years.

Wildlife

The area is extremely rich in wildlife, with its unspoilt countryside and nature reserves making it an excellent destination for bird lovers and bird watchers, It is not unusual to see cormorants, birds of prey, herons and many other birds when out walking.  There is also a bird hospital, helping to care for sick birds.  In addition to this it also has the delightful feature of wild horses which range freely on common land, which is a unique and favourite feature to many.

You can read more about how we can protect the Gower AONB on the following website: www.savegower.com

 

Finding Peace on your Retreat

To create the conditions for a peaceful retreat we need ensure that the conditions are right externally as well as internally. It actually requires a change of pace. Going to a calm quiet location is great, however we need to really allow ourselves to adapt our pace to suit the environment. This could involve something a simple as slowing down the pace of our walk, say on a beautiful beach. Perhaps walking barefoot in the sand or water – salt water will in itself have therapeutic properties, as well as giving our body the message that we are in a different environment – encourage relaxation and perhaps even conjure childhood memories.

In addition to this, we can also encourage deeper stillness – when was the last time you let yourself just sit and watch the sea? Or the passing seagulls? Being in nature is the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern living, so make the most of it. Its surprising how many people go out for a lovely walk and take their phones with them, spending large portions of time in conversation rather than taking in the surroundings around them. There are many triggers to keep our minds busy – and mobile phones are definitely one of them…

peaceful retreat

 

 

If its your intention to de-stress, and find more inner calm, try to stick to this goal, by setting up your day accordingly. Its so easy to re-create a busy schedule for ourselves when on holiday just like our busy home life. To set up a retreat you need a different intention. The word ‘retreat’ can mean to ‘withdraw’ – in other words to step back from business and familiar routine. It is about finding stillness – and experiences that are less to do with what we are doing and more to do with what we are not doing. This is so deeply needed, and yet to those who need it the most, who are accustomed to being entrenched in a busy workload it can be a surprisingly difficult feat to achieve. Mental chatter, habits of being always busy, addictions, poor diet, difficulty sleeping and other obstacles can get in the way of our genuine desire to give ourselves a break.

This is where practices such as mindfulness, yoga, tai chi and meditation come in as even more essential in showing us the way to find restore calm and balance amidst what is often an unsustainable and unhealthy routine of fast lane living, with increasing pressures and stress levels.

Places to visit

Places to visit

Places to Visit include a rich cultural heritage and colourful array of visitor centres, castles, markets and museums

Clyne Gardens

Clyne Gardens is a botanical garden based in Swansea  The park as it is now known was formed from the landscaped gardens originally created by Glynn Vivian who bought the castle in 1860. There is a gentle slope to the gardens, with paths that meander amidst trees, beside brooks and over little bridges – a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and spot your favourite plants and shrubs.

Dylan Thomas Centre

The Dylan Thomas Centre is a permanent exhibition featuring Swansea’s famous poet, which holds regular events relating to Dylan Thomas throughout the year. 2014 saw the Centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth and there were many events: exhibitions, shows, readings, festivals (including the Dylan Thomas Festival) held not only in Swansea but in many locations around the uk.

The centre is well worth a visit, set in a lovely location in the popular maritime quater – it is an atmospheric building – with its own cafe and book shop with free entry for the centre’s permanent exhibition.

Gower Heritage Centre

The Centre is a rural life museum, holding regular events throughout the year.  There are craft shops and activities, a children’s play area, cafe, a rural life museum and a small animal farm.  The centre is open every day from 10am to 5pm

King Arthurs Stones

A legendary site, well worth a visit and located on Cefn Bryn in the heart of the Gower is known as “Arthur’s Stone” or “King Arthur’s Stone”.  The description is said to originate  from a legend that King Arthur threw a large stone from Llanelli which landed on this spot.  Another story says that if a girl crawls around the stone three times and views the face of her lover, then she will know that he will remain faithful to her.

The site is a well known neolithic burial ground and the stone is situated on the north facing slope of Cefn Bryn with fine, expansive views across the estuary of the River Loughor and towards Llanrhidian sands. There are several other simpler cairns spraid along the same slope.

Pennard Castle

Pennard castle is located in a superb position, overlooking Three Cliffs Bay and is often described as one of the most picturesque ruins on the Gower Peninsula.   Pennard castle is an early 12th Century Castle and  is believed to probably have been built by the Earl of Beaumont, 1st Earl of Warwick. While there are castles with more renown and history on the Gower, Pennard castle remains have both atmosphere and mystery… even more so at dusk – where it provides the perfect setting for watching the sunset!

National Botanical Gardens

The National Botanic Garden of Wales are located near Llanarthne in Camarthenshire, providing 568 acres of parkland with historic and futuristic buildings, lake, horticultural displays, flower meadows and artwork such as sculptural exhibitions. There is a lovely cafe and bookshop, and a surround-sound experience of Theatre Botanica, with films celebrating the world of plants.

The Glasshouse is perhaps its most famous feature, designed by architects Norman Foster and Partners.  Inside the glass dome is a Mediterranean landscape, rock terraces, streams and waterfalls. Outside, there is a peaceful Japanese Garden, double walled garden and more – this is the first National Botanical Garden to be created in the new millennium.

Swansea Market

Swansea market is well worth a visit with its rich choice of local produce, from seafood such as fish, cockles, muscles larverbread and more as well as local cheeses, bread chutneys, meats and more and all manner of things that you’d find in a traditional welsh market including crafts, quirky gifts and marketfayer.

 

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