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Suitcase Series: Co-founders of Circle Retreats in Suffolk, England

Introducing the founders of Circle Retreats, childhood friends Krysia and Gabriel.

Throughout their adulthood, they had often discussed their views and interests in emotional wellbeing. Both specialising in the therapeutic arts they were both struck by this deep desire to look at the whole of a person and noticed how focus on one aspect required focus on another. There became a natural search for balance. They began to exchange ideas on how to create a retreat that offered a holistic view in personal wellbeing and together set out to create Circle Retreats, a personally designed programme that focuses on nurturing the whole of a person.

What is the first trip you remember taking?

GM: I remember the first trip back to the USA with my family and falling in love with New York. The love affair is still going strong!
KH: I remember a trip to Istanbul with my parents and brother when I was about 5, and visiting Medusa. I was captivated by the mosques and would sit and draw them.


Circle Retreats Ibiza

If you could sit next to anyone – dead or alive – on a long-haul flight, who would it be?

GM/KH: We both travel alone a lot and are always struck by those conversations we have with people we meet en-route to our destinations. We have had the most inspiring conversations brought together by chance or serendipity with people we may have never encountered and may never meet again and those are the most special meetings of all.

How do you recover from jet lag?

GM/KH: We try not to focus much attention on it. We take the first day slowly allowing us time to fall in to the rhythm of our new surroundings.

Your flight’s delayed an hour and your phone’s out of battery. How do you pass the time?

GM: I can pass many an hour people watching!
KH: I always carry a book with me. I’m currently reading the Book of Joy by the Dalia Lama.


Biggest lesson from your travels?

GM: My mum used to send us off on our travels with a ‘traveler’s mind’ the ability to be open to the unknown, knowing it might not all be an easy ride. I still try to take that mindset with me wherever I go.

KH: Funnily enough my dad would always send me Desiderata by Max Ehrmann which begins ‘Go placidly amid the noise and haste’.

Do you travel for food, leisure, culture or something else?

GM/KH: All the above. Food, leisure, culture and everything else! Our business allows us to travel across Europe regularly, getting to know new places and collaborate with locals, which we love.

Favourite Hotel? Why?

GM: I was treated to a weekend at Babington House this year which was pretty special. Between the outdoor hot hub and indoor spa, it made for a very happy home from home!

KH: I prefer my van to a hotel! I converted it last year and always keep a duvet in the back, for those trips to the mountains.

Babington House

Favourite airline?

GM/KH: Whichever one gets us there soonest!

What’s on your travel playlist?

How long have you got…….? We have shared playlists for our business which we take with us on our travels.

Some of our favourites right now are: Sohn, Joni Mitchell, Ben Howard, Nick Mulvey, Johnny Flynn, Keith Jarrett, Tender Central, Maya Andrade, Buena Vista Social Club, Miles Davis, And our favourite car duet is Sonny & Cher’s “I got you babe” the UB40 version featuring Chrissie Hynde!

Where next?

So far 2018 takes us to Suffolk, Ibiza and Almeria in the south of Spain, hopefully with trips in between hunting for new locations!

What are your must-have travel picks?

GM/KH: For our holiday clothing essentials we always visit Antibad for wonderful ethical and sustainable pieces.

GM: I always travel with a tube of Aesop rind body balm
KH: I love the Neil’s Yard wild rose hand cream

First thing that comes to your mind?

Hand-luggage essential?

GM: Aesop body balm and a warm scarf
KH: reusable water bottle, lip balm and a sketch book

Packing: roll or fold?

GM/KH: Both, often together!

Time killer on a long-haul flight?

GM/KH: Sleep, read, films, films films

On-flight tipple of choice?

GM/KH: Water, all the way!

Bucket list top destination?

GM/KH: Himalayas

Best shopping gem found abroad?

GM/KH: We love to stock up with baskets from Ibiza town, artisan ceramics from Nijar, Almeria and espadrilles from Madrid

Beach or City?

GM/KH: Both! And the mountains too.

Ultimate hideaway?

GM/KH: Our own homes amidst the woodland and mountains. We shall in fact be sharing one of our hideaway spots for our Spring Healing Retreat in Suffolk this spring.

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