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Posted on February 15 2023, By: Michelle Topham


One of Skipton’s iconic medieval buildings, High Corn Mill, is set to cement its role as one of the leading wellbeing hubs of The Dales.

The ancient mill, with a history stretching back to the 12th Century, is getting ready to host its first 21st Century style body, soul and mind wellness retreat in April. The three-day yoga break will capitalise on the mill’s growing number of wellbeing businesses along with the opening this Spring of its first luxury holiday apartment.

Said Claire McGillycuddy-Smith who runs the mill-based Balanced Life Physiotherapy business and is organising the April 14 – 17 retreat: “This is a first for the mill, using space and businesses around the building to give up to eight people a unique opportunity to rest and relax.”

 In conjunction with other mill businesses and specialist local yoga practitioners, Claire’s three-day relaxation retreat offers yoga sessions for all levels, a woodland picnic, the opportunity to book holistic therapies with other tenant practitioners and free time to explore Skipton. Guests will stay in the newly opened Eller Beck House luxury four-bedroomed apartment which has been created within the Grade Two listed building.

 Said Claire: “I’m working with other specialists from around The Dales to create a varied programme of sessions and workshops. Lauren Blackwell who runs Fellbeing will offer a soundbath immersion workshop, Laura Molyneux will lead a Clover Yoga session and mill-based Jessica Smithson is available for optional holistic therapies at her salon.

“We’ll be running some of the sessions in the newly created EK at the Mill space and guests will enjoy a variety of nourishing food from local caterer Rachel Osborne of That Food Girl. I’m incredibly excited by the whole venture – the mill has a real healing energy and is the perfect venue for a complete get-away-from-it-all break.”

Said mill owner Andrew Mear: “This promises to be a very special and popular event which makes the most of the special mix of resources and businesses which now operate from the mill, particularly now that we are able to offer residential accommodation.”

The three-day yoga retreat costs £395 per person including accommodation, all meals, yoga sessions and the woodland picnic. For more information visit