DRIFT JERSEY is our home Retreat, based on the west coast of Jersey in the Channel Islands. A DRIFT Retreat is a unique wellbeing experience incorporating surfing, yoga and delicious nourishing food.
At DRIFT we take time out in nature, share delicious wholesome
food, practice yoga and get in the sea. We stay in a magical, historic Tower renovated with all the mod-cons, located within the Jersey National Park. We are five minutes drive from the airport and airport / ferry transfers are included in the price.
Yoga, surfing and good food are the staple of every day and we also have meditation sessions, walking and workshops available.
Nutritious organic vegetarian food is served for every meal. We aim for as much plant-based and locally sourced as possible. The menu is mostly gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free deliciousness. We cater for all needs: Fill up with healthy fuel needed for your day, detoxing without noticing: Fresh juices, smoothies, super foods, Raw snacks and wholesome food made with love.
Wake up to yoga each morning, surf sessions every day and explore the nature and wildlife on your doorstep with five miles of pristine beach and Jersey National Trust’s Wetland Centre nearby.
Nature dictates the schedule. We are flexible and we roll with what the conditions dictate. If there are waves, we surf. If the surf is flat, we SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board). If the wind is strong we visit a more sheltered beach. We aim for a group swim in the sea every day. In the afternoons we walk or go foraging for wild food or you can relax and enjoy a massage.
The Tower is your sanctuary for the duration of your visit. We adapt to make sure we make the most of the conditions and offer everyone the best experience of nature and wild adventures balanced with healthy down time and relaxation. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
"We have no wifi but you'll find a better connection."
DRIFT is located in the magical Channel Islands, surrounded by some of the cleanest beaches in Europe and best coastline in the British isles. We are based in one of the Jersey's most amazing locations: the iconic Kempt Tower, built in 1834, restored with all the modern conveniences, situated inside the Jersey National Park, which encompasses 1900 hectares of fully protected coastline. Kempt Tower is perfectly situated overlooking St Ouen's five mile beach on one side and the Pond Nature Reserve with a state-of-the-art bird hide on the other.
There are many beautiful coastal walks, bays and beaches to explore. Or you can simply relax on the beach or up on the roof of your Martello Tower; home for your retreat. The whole experience is about unplugging from the stresses of modern life, digitally detoxing and getting back in touch with nature, so you'll leave feeling refreshed, renewed and rejuvinated.
Kempt Tower was originally built as a defensive tower against possible French invasion. Constructed with Jersey granite, the Tower has the best of both worlds, with being a stone’s throw from the beach below and also picturesque paths through Jersey’s wetland nature reserve and sand dunes just minutes away.
The Tower is our sanctuary for the Retreat. There is a Roof top area with magnificent views across the Bay.
The nature of Drift is about sharing this unique experience together. The Tower is open-plan and there are bunk beds with a double bed as the bottom bunk and a single bed on the top. It is possible to share the double bottom bunk at a reduced rate per person.
The beds are comfy and cosy for a good night's sleep after a day by the sea. This is closer to glamping than camping and bunks are divided by screens if requested. Linen and towels are provided.
There are hot showers and a comfortable living and dining space with a wood burner and a selection of classic surf films and good books.
Where would we be without it? We are all made of it. Sometimes the best thing for us is to spend a little time in it.
At DRIFT we like to get in the sea all year around, no matter the weather. We focus on surfing with a one hour and a half session every day tailored to individual needs. We cater for complete beginners through to intermediate surfers wishing to improve. We can film surf sessions so you can analyse your form if you wish and you can receive individual feedback on your progress and style from our coaches.
If there are waves we surf. If the surf is flat, we SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) or SUP yoga or kayak or go coasteering. If it’s too big we go to a different sheltered bay and we can consider a different activity to fit the conditions.
Surfing is about the pure child-like joy of riding a wave, whether you do that lying on your belly, or you are a seasoned pro, Drift is about having fun. It’s as simple as that. The tide dictates when we surf and this decides when surf lessons will be each day.
No matter what we will provide excellent activities designed to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated by your time by the sea.
At DRIFT we want to move our bodies and spend time with our 'selfs’ honouring the good intention to put aside some time for our own personal movement and development. We run one hour yoga session each morning and an hour each afternoon minimum over the four day weekend.
We are very relaxed when it comes to our yoga, just like everything else. The main thing is to get moving and fluid. The relaxed style of our teachers means it is mostly about having fun.
It will be more about cultivating BALANCE by combining both Yin and Yang yoga. Vinyasa Flow to move, strengthen, stretch and breathe - a dynamic style focused on synchronising breath with movement to build awareness of the whole body; create flexibility, stability and coordination; following alignment principles to allow more energy flow throughout.
Yin yoga to restore and delve into the fascia, connective tissues and reach the organs through the Chinese meridians. More static, floor based and rooted in mindfulness; it is a functional approach and accessible to all. We’re focused on being happy, confident and getting good energy flowing.
The afternoon class is even more relaxed with an easier session designed to stretch out the muscles used in the day’s activities and usually incorporating elements of mindfulness and meditation. Just like the best surfer is the one having the most fun, our ethos is the best yogi is the one with the biggest smile.
Food is at the center of everything we do. Everything rotates around what we put into our bodies.
Food is at the center of wellbeing and at the center of the DRIFT retreat. We all know what we put in we get out, so we will be putting in lots of the good stuff.
During the weekend DRIFT offer delicious super foods, healthy scrumptious meals and snacks so you won’t ever feel you’re missing out. You’ll always have enough and you will have the right fuel for the activities involved with our specially designed menu for the duration of your stay. You will have had a detox whilst still having that yummy holiday feeling of eating lots of delicious meals and treats. Our menus are designed by Gemma from WILD HEALTH. Most of the food will be gluten-free, dairy-free and Raw, with a few exceptions where we will clearly tell you. We’re proud most food is locally sourced and organic and includes seasonal and wild treats where possible.
Fresh invigorator shots
Cucumber, apple, spinach and lime juice
Rainbow breakfast bowl
Nut bread with beetroot carpaccio, roasted pepper hummous with avocado and sun dried tomatoes and a fresh local green salad, served with rock salt, herb kale crisps and wild dressings.
Vegan banana ice-cream sundae, with mini raw millionaires shortbread pieces
Fresh rejuvenator smoothie
Tiger Nut muffins / power balls
Drift sweet potato coconut curry and wild rice
Local wakame seaweed salad and raw nut crackers
Raw vegan lemon and raspberry cheesecake
kefir fizz / fresh herb teas
We prepare as much locally sourced whole foods as possible. Please let us know in advance if you would like your food to be gluten-free / dairy-free / vegan or if you have any major dislikes and we prepare some delicious alternatives.
we are so lucky at drift to have a talented team of unique individuals who make each retreat special
REBECCA COLEY began DRIFT Retreats four years ago after she moved back to Jersey from London, feeling a strong urge to 'retreat' and get back to the sea. Born and raised on Jersey, Rebecca spent much of her childhood on the beach and spent a couple of years managing a surf school in between studying and trained as a lifeguard and surf coach before becoming a filmmaker. Rebecca is a meditation teacher and is passionate about reconnecting with nature and encouraging others to do the same. She is an advocate for cold water swimming, getting in the sea all year around and she loves storytelling and bringing like-minded people together to share inspiring experiences together.
INDIA HAMILTON is a passionate chef, obtaining the Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu. India worked in a variety of London Restaurants - including the Wapping Project and the Windsor Castle - before initiating her own projects.
In Jersey India is a co-founder of SCOOP a sustainable cooperative that is plastic-free, zero-waste, celebrating local biodiversity focused on building a local food network. India's aim is to create 'wow' foods, in a local accessible and sustainable way. At DRIFT India creates organic, mostly local, predominantly plant-based feasts and discusses the menu with you and adapts to your needs as part of the group. Vegan is available, you let us know your preferences in advance. India looks to explore all avenues to improve the food systems from production to wellbeing and waste and we're delighted to have her feeding us at DRIFT.
MEAGAN JONES is a yoga instructor, surf coach and massage therapist. She is a local Jersey girl with a passion for adventure. It was in Jersey as a young teen that she became obsessed with surfing and everything involved and through training for surf competitions that she was directed towards yoga and wellbeing. Meagan studied journalism, and traveled to as many surf and yoga orientated places as possible returning to Jersey to teach surfing at local surf schools. After university she trained in 200hr Ashtanga Teacher training and has studied to become a massage therapist, Sekhem healer and 100hr yin yoga teacher. She is passionate about anything that involves working with people to enjoy life and being a part of her clients healing journeys and when she is not pursuing her working passions, she loves to write poetry, be outdoors, in the ocean and take any workshops to add to her holistic well being work.
SARAH CARR is a yoga teacher, a nutritional Health Coach and a holistic facialist with over 18 years’ experience in facial treatments specialising in facial massage. Sarah believes that feeling confident in your own skin is not just products and treatments - it is feeling empowered and knowing what you can do to feel your best. Helping you look at sleep patterns, eating well, movement and hydration to gain results. Sarah's experience in the beauty industry has seen her treat clients with her personalised techniques all over the world and present as a skincare expert on QVC and she is an ambassador for Liz Earle. Sarah's facials address the whole body and mind, encouraging complete relaxation and helping to rebalance on a deeper energetic level. Each treatment is totally unique and personalised to your needs and is included in the cost when Sarah is with us on Retreat.
CHAROLTTE BAYLISS is a chartered physiotherapist who has a passion for the way that Pilates helps people move and feel better. Charlotte has travelled the world and competed in surf competitions around the globe. Nowadays she
spends most of her free time in the water and rides everything from a 5,7 short board to a 9’6 single fin with everything between. Charlotte says she feels lucky to have travelled a lot over the years and particularly love spending time in Costa Rica and California. She used to compete a lot in both shortboarding and on the longboard, however in recent years she's enjoyed surfing just for fun so much more! Charlotte join us to teach a pilates session during the Retreat working on our cores and alignment, which is so important for surfing.
NATALIE FOX - Originally hailing from Stratford-Upon-Avon, Nat is proof that coming from a land-locked place does not stop you becoming a sea lover. Nat was drawn to the ocean after studying media at Uni, began surfing in Cornwall and continued to pursue her love of pointbreaks around the world, becoming an ISA surf coach in 2008. Nat has practised yoga for over ten years, originally attracted to aid her surfing but fell in love with its traditional and spiritual philosophy and in 2011 she travelled to India to train in Quantum Yoga and she has trained in Yin yoga focussing on restorative postures and mindfulness techniques. She has taught surfing and yoga all over the world. Nat is a Roxy Fitness Ambassador and an advocate for marine conservation, having volunteered for Sea Shepherd, Surfers for Cetaceans, Surfers Against Sewage Representative and co-founding of Women for Whales, a global network of conscious activists dedicated to whale freedom. Nat runs Snow Drift and Drift Away Retreats when she's not off expeditioning around the world.
GEMMA BARTLETT is the owner of 'Wild Health' Food and Lifestyle Company and co-owner of Barrow at the Manor. She is a living foods chef and advocate of eating whole, natural, organic foods. Gemma loves to create delicious colourful healthy meals and snacks and studied to become a Health Educator at Hippocrates Health Institute, learning the incredible power of living foods combined with mindfulness, exercise and emotional freedom techniques for healing and reversing many health conditions. A holistic therapist, Gemma works alongside many clients helping them to heal themselves. She has spent time in South America working on conservation projects and studying medicinal plants and she has studied phytobiophysics frequency medicine in Jersey with Diana Mossop, the founder of the philosophy. When she isn't hanging out with her awesome little girl Violet you can find her at festivals selling delicious raw juices and plant-based meals and snacks. Lover of lucid dreaming and raw chocolate, she makes the most delicious raw chocolate cakes, millionaires shortbread and delicious desserts you can sample during a DRIFT Retreat.
DRIFT Retreat long weekend in Jersey includes:
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation in Kempt Tower
- Surf lessons (including wetsuit, board hire)
- Yoga sessions (2 hours per day)
- Pilates session
- Stand Up Paddle session (including wetsuit, board hire)
- Three nutritious plant based meals a day prepared by our chef
- All juices / smoothies / teas / fruit / raw snacks
- Mindfulness meditation morning sessions (daily)
- Hike / walk / wild coastal foraging
- BBQ / Camp fire / picnic
- Additional activities such as - raw chocolate / creative session (we provide optional additions to each retreat tailored to make each retreat unique)
DRIFT Retreats are all-inclusive for 4 days / 3 nights.
DRIFT Retreats run 4pm Friday - 4pm Monday
Prices include all food, surf, yoga sessions, activities and three nights accommodation in Kempt Tower.
Airport transfers included. 50% deposit is required to Book.
We hope that DRIFT 2020 will still take place however we have currently pressed pause on all bookings and are waiting to assess the situation. Please email us for more info:
Friday 11 - Monday 14 September 2020 - DRIFT FIT - Health & Nutrition focus
Single Bunk - £620
Double Bed - £680
Friday 18 - Monday 21 September 2020 - SOUND & SURF LONGBOARDING FOCUS
Single Bunk - £620
Double Bed - £680
The Tower is open from Midday Friday for early arrivals.
Cancellations up to 30 days before - 50% deposit return.
Group / private bookings also available.
Please email for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to drifting with you.
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DRIFT, Kempt Tower, St Ouen, Jersey
DRIFT takes place in Kempt Tower which is a Jersey Heritage Property.