Dive into wholeness
Pure Balance Retreats is a luxury, exclusive, sumptuous retreat experience. One that draws on the transformative arts and practices of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and sound healing. An exclusive wellness retreat experience, founded by Woody Edmiston and Charlie Jouning.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for health and vitality. From the sports fields at school to my career in wellness and professional sailing, I’ve strived to perform to the best of my ability and to see others do the same. We live in a world that is driven by success, be it physical or intellectual, and because of that drive we neglect one of the most important aspects: That which gives us a connection, not just to others, but most importantly, to ourselves.
With the assistance of Charlie I founded Pure Balance Retreats because people often have a mixed idea of what a retreat really is. Many believe them to be the preserve of hippies, or those that want to pursue a spiritual journey and opt out of conventional life. Living in diverse places like Monaco, Ibiza and London, and travelling as a professional yachtsman, racing in many far flung locations, has led me to this point where I could assemble a team of wellness experts and blend their knowledge and skills to deliver a retreat experience where it is most needed. Here in the UK.
Woody and I first met some 17 years ago, shortly after I relocated my publishing business from its conception in London to Lymington on the South Coast. I sold the publishing company in 2001 and focused mainly on property development and a slightly less chaotic lifestyle. Sailing became a passion for me and when the economic and global banking disaster of 2007 hit us, I turned my passion into a successful business.
Over the last few years I have been intrigued by Woody's quest for personal improvement through exercise, diet, meditation and mindfulness. Earlier this year I became even more interested in his desire to help other people by running retreats in the UK. Having experienced firsthand stress and anxiety caused through the pressure of work and emotional turmoil, I was hooked and wanted to explore how his collective techniques could help me deal with my own situation.
The more we discussed his vision the more intrigued I became, at which point he suggested that I might like to become involved. I am delighted to say that my decision was immediate and together we formed Pure Balance Retreats.
Forging Lasting Change
If we can start again, then so can you. Founded by two adventurous souls, we’re great believers in taking stock of your life and being really honest with how happy you are. How successful your relationships are. What’s really missing in your life and what you truly value.
Coming from a variety of backgrounds, from super yachts to ceremonies, and meeting people from all walks of life, we’ve learnt that what really matters is connection. Of being deeply connected to yourself and having authentic connections with the people around you. Real relationships based on truth, trust and nourishment.
We’re all here to evolve and that’s the heart of Pure Balance Retreats. A luxury yoga retreat, based here in the UK, that helps you expand in surprising directions. With an open heart and an open mind, we can all experience wholeness without ever having to look outside ourselves. To have a sense of real freedom and contentment, through simple practices that lead to real transformation.