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Whisky and wellness retreat to launch in Speyside for summer 2022

Former brand ambassador turned whisky consultant, Mitch Bechard, has teamed up with wellness and hospitality professionals to offer a brand new whisky experience in Speyside.

Published: October 5, 2021
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The No Sleep Till Speyside Whisky and Wellness Retreat includes whisky tastings, dinners, yoga and mindfulness as part of an all-inclusive four-day experience..

The retreat will combine whisky education and tutored tastings, bespoke culinary experiences using locally sourced ingredients prepared by a private chef, holistic therapies such as sound healing, massage and meditation, plus restorative yoga and more.

It will be hosted by CopperCairn, a company founded by whisky professional, Mitch Bechard and will run from 17-22 June 2022.

CopperCairn creates whisky experiences with a twist and for the retreat, Mitch has teamed up with Yoga instructor Claire Martin; head chef at Tattu, Edinburgh, Emma Hanley; and Holistic Therapist, Jo Bechard.

Speaking of the retreat, Mitch said: "Whisky is my passion that I love to share with people.

"I have been doing that for the past 15 years as a whisky ambassador. I am always looking at new and interesting ways show people the craft and beauty of Scotch Whisky.

"My wife practices holistic therapies and we were looking at retreats that specialise in this which gave us the idea of combining the two together."

The retreat will be based at the Craigellachie Lodge, which has five deluxe en-suite rooms, a fully licenced bar, large dining room and is within walking distance from The Craigellachie Hotel and Highlander Inn.

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With only 10 places available the retreat promises to be a bespoke experience.

The four days will be a combination of whisky tours visiting some of the world class distilleries Speyside has to offer, whisky dinners and tastings combined with yoga sessions, sound baths and mindful relaxation.

Jo added: "Retreats are all about escaping the day-to-day and immersing yourself in something that feeds the soul and awakens the senses.

"Wellness doesn’t have to mean that you can’t enjoy the things in life that don’t necessarily fit into that category.

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"Life is all about balance; the Yin and Yang, and both Mitch and I feel strongly that this retreat offers people the chance to experience that."

The retreat will cost £995 per person, based on two people sharing a room. This will include all meals, yoga sessions, sound bath sessions, a distillery visit, a three course paired whisky dinner and of course whisky.

For more details and to book this experience visit the CopperCairn website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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