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A weekend with Wild & Free Retreats

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There’s something about the Cornish coastline. It draws you in with its honesty, lifting  you away from the everyday. There’s an energy that roams free whether you’re in the water or exploring the headlands. We can’t get enough of it, and were lucky enough to be invited down to Kernow by Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis last weekend, for an exclusive Wild & Free Retreat experience. Needless to say, we duly accepted the offer.

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis - yin yoga

Philly taking a morning yoga session

The retreats are the perfect outlet for Alan, who’s been sponsored by Animal as a pro surfer for 20 years now, and fellow advocate Philly to pass on their expertise through tailored surf and yoga retreats.

“We want other people to feel and experience what we do and love on a daily basis. We know how good it is for you and passing on our knowledge and seeing people having an awesome time makes us smile.

We came up with Wild & Free earlier this year and are busy building unique experiences with surf and yoga at their core.” Alan Stokes, 3 x British Surf Champion.   

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis - Stokesy sharing some surfing tips

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis - Surfing at King Surf Surf School

Stokesy sharing some pointers and getting the crew in the water thanks to King Surf Surf School.

Held in the quiet, idyllic cove of Mawgan Porth, just a short drive along the winding coastal road from Newquay, this exclusive weekend was just for a handful of magazines to enjoy so we were naturally chuffed to be asked to come along. It was ace to meet Rosie (OK Magazine), Francesca (Women’s Health), Emily and Hannah (Twice the Health) as well as the super friendly folk of The Park Cornwall. Read all about TTH's Emily and Hannah's Cornish experience here

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis - sunset yin yoga

Left to right: Twice the Health testing the Kayleigh double layer top and Eyelyn Ocean legging; Philly wears the Rebel Twist vest and Amy Enlighten legging; Rosie tries out the Kayleigh double layer top.

Amazing fun was had by all with yurt camping in the valley under the stars, with wood fires and great food. Sunrise Vinyasa beach yoga with yogi Philly and expert surf tuition and coaching with Stokes left smiles all round. Sunset Yin yoga and meditation on the decking amongst the trees was the perfect ending to a beautiful two days. Thanks for having us along guys!

If you want to feel Wild & Free head to www.wildandfreeretreats.com or follow @wildandfreeretreats to check out all of their adventures.

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis - beach side yoga

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis - Yurts at The Park, Cornwall.

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis - surfing with Stokesy!

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis - strike a yoga pose

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis - Vinyasa Yoga

Wild & Free retreats with Alan Stokes and Philly Lewis

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