Yoga, surf, and adventure retreats for people of all abilities. Swell Yoga is all about moving, meditating, and having fun anywhere near the ocean.

Yoga Retreats (3)

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Instructors (4)

Elly Whittaker

Nikita Leys


Tom Heath

Reviews (15)

Nicholas Smith

from Great Britain, August 2021

"Perfect escape from the city."

I had an amazing time staying with Elly, Tom and Nikita.

The campsite has beautiful views of the countryside perched upon a hillside with many thoughtful touches throughout the accommodation. The campsite's shared facilities are well kept and are equipped with electric showers so no danger of the hot water running out!

The food was excellent (and abundant) with every meal being looked forward to. Unfortunately, this meant I had to bring all my snacks back home, and probably result in some unhealthy gorging!

I thoroughly enjoyed the surfing; the idea of a mini road trip is great. I visited more beaches than I would usually this way and learnt about how different conditions affect each spot. All the hosts surf themselves and it was fun to see everyone in the water enjoying themselves.

After all the surfing it was time for some relaxing yoga to unwind for the evening with a focus on meditation and restoration. Not an arm balance in sight, which I was personally grateful for!

Such a well put together programme.

Sarah Al-aali

from Great Britain, August 2021

"Amazing week"

I had such a great week. The yoga and surfing were both great. Tom, Elly and Nikita are all so lovely. I hope to go again.


from Great Britain, July 2021

"Lovely break with Nature & the Sea"

I had a great time with Elly, Nikita & friends. The location was cool, good facilities and food was yum! Yoga was really good, helped to be away from the city and relax in nature. It would have been great to have more time at sea but I think in the future I’ll book a longer trip :)

The cider tasting was a pleasant surprise as was the hike in the hills around the area.


from Great Britain, July 2021

Everything about it was just great! Really delicious food, comfortable tents, nice views. The yoga and surfing were really good, just what I needed and everything was very well organised. A good, friendly group of people too.

Christina Adamopoulou

from Great Britain, July 2021

"Fantastic retreat and great experience overall! "

I booked this retreat for my birthday and it's probably one of the best decisions I made in 2021. I met some really cool people and the whole experience was amazing. As soon as I arrived at the campsite, my brain just switched off - which was why I was there in the first place! Elly, who runs the retreat is an amazing host, who makes you feel at home as soon as you meet her. The tents were big and comfortable and despite the rainy weather, I was warm and slept like a baby! The yoga sessions were a combination of practices for all levels and very relaxing but also rejuvenating. And the food... OMG. Nikita is a brilliant chef all our meals were filling, delicious, and absolutely brilliant. Last but not least, the team did a surprise for me during breakfast for my birthday and I couldn't have been more grateful and touched by the gesture. Thank you Elly, Gemma and Nikita for making this weekend an unforgettable one! You're rockstars.

Brigid Garvey

from Great Britain, October 2020

"Special place and special people who are creating a special "

Elly and her team make a tremendous effort to set this up really well. Great place and many special touches.

Georgina Capone

from Great Britain, September 2020

"Awesome! "

Had the best time with Swell Yoga. The whole experience was so relaxing as Elly and Nikita really made you feel looked after. Being so close to the sea was absolutely fantastic. Its been an absolute game changer for me and I've even decided to relocate to Devon sooner than I'd planned because of it!

Thanks for everything guys! ❤️


from Great Britain, September 2020

"Fabulous escape "

Loved my time on the coast, out in nature, kindred spirits, healing sea, breathtaking coastal views, blustery beach, calming yoga practice, nourishing food, singing around the campfire, majestically stargazing, friendships, grounding, reset and earthed back to nature. I loved it 💚

Emma Walkling

from Great Britain, September 2020

"What a magical, relaxing and enjoyable experience 😊"

My sister and I went to the yoga and surf retreat with Swell Yoga. Nikita and Elly were very welcoming when we arrived. They had taken lots of precautions at the accommodation for the Covid situation. The accommodation was comfortable and cosy and located a short walk from the beach. It was a relaxed atmosphere and everything we needed was catered for. Elly and Nikita were friendly and helpful. The surfing was brilliant, the yoga was invigorating and the food was delicious! Would highly recommend the experience and will definitely try to go back again. Thank you Elly and Nikita for a wonderful experience and lovely couple of days.


from Great Britain, September 2020

"Devon yoga and surf retreat"

Three really wonderful hours of yoga, perfectly pitched to the group. For me, an ideal balance of challenge and restorative time on the mat and I really enjoyed Elly’s personality, skill and approach as an instructor.

We had access to beautiful beaches for surfing and walking - both Saunton sands and Croyd are an expanse of golden sand with excellent surf and glorious weather during our mid September weekend retreat.

Zoe Adlam

from Great Britain, August 2020

"We had a fantastic time"

We were made to feel so welcome. The yoga was perfect and views across the bay made the classes very special. The food was incredible. Surfing was fantastic too / I have found a new hobby


from Great Britain, January 2020

"Effortlessly lovely"

The weekend flowed in such a lovely way from beginning to end. Wonderful hosting from Elly, perfectly attuned yoga sessions from both Elly and Patricia. I learned a lot about my own practice. We surfed (I use the word loosely for myself) both days and did a fab coast walk on Saturday. Amazing food, star gazing, conversation and I loved my room. I even got loads of work done. Thank you so much!


from Great Britain, September 2019

"Super swell "

Everything was lovely! I wish I could have stayed longer but will definitely return. Excellent food, company and activities

Kelly Jenkins

from Great Britain, September 2019

"Great weekend, well organised and rally happy to have been"

Great selection of people and positive vibes from everyone. We all made the most of the time we had. Would love to go again.