A ‘magical’ Sanctuary in the Sea
Ever dreamed of escaping the rat race and disappearing to a remote island? That’s exactly what twenty-six people did recently when they set off for a wellness weekend on Flat Holm Island.

Therapists ran reiki, reflexology, yoga and mindfulness sessions and a delicious menu of vegan food was sourced from Cardiff Market-based business, The Greenery.  Participants also found time to take an eye-opening tour of the island with the resident island wardens.

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Peter Bradbury said:  “For somewhere so close to the mainland, Flat Holm feels incredibly remote, it’s really unique and for such a small place it’s packed full of historical, natural and cultural features.

“We want to make the island available to as many people as possible. These weekends are a great way of bringing that Flat Holm experience to a completely new audience.”

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, added “During Wales’ Year of Discovery we are encouraging people to discover something new about Wales – and about themselves too. These weekends fit the bill perfectly and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support their development.  Our ability to market Wales to new and ever-changing markets is reliant on having a great story to tell – and part of that includes investing in experiences and places that appeal to future visitors.”

There’s already a waiting list for the next retreat, planned for Friday 6 September – Sunday 8 September. More retreats are planned for next summer and Cardiff Harbour Authority are asking people interested in escaping to the island to register their interest at  

Kate McCarthy, one of the people who sped across the Bristol Channel to take part, said: “It was such a magical experience. Everything was seamless. The staff were so wonderful and so helpful. It really was a very special experience and a very happy and memorable weekend.”

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – RuralDevelopment Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund forRural Development and the Welsh Government.