Centred around hormone health, gut health and energy, here’s everything you need to know about Rosemary’s upcoming trio of day treats at the prestigious Gleneagles Townhouse
Calling all wellness worshippers. Following the success of her inaugural in-residence retreats at Gleneagles, Perthshire, the legendary hotel’s Edinburgh outpost Gleneagles Townhouse will be welcoming renowned author, nutritionist and naturopath Rosemary Ferguson for a trio of one-day retreats from 15 – 18 November.
Situated in the historic former Bank of Scotland headquarters in St Andrew Square, these brand-new itineraries mark the first collaboration between Rosemary and the newly-opened hotel’s unique wellness and culinary teams.
The must-try retreats will be dedicated to hormone health, gut health and energy, with the aim of motivating guests through autumn, and energising them ready for the festive season ahead.
Throughout the retreats, which are available as either a day, multi-day, or overnight experience, also include access to exclusive exercise classes in The Strong Rooms – the state-of-the-art wellness space housed in an old bank vault at the heart of the Townhouse – which will compliment and support Rosemary’s one-hour workshops.
“It is amazing how powerful a day of the right food and lifestyle can be,” says Rosemary. “A day of taking care of yourself can break a downward cycle of low energy, taking that step can turn your mood and motivation around.”
1 Hormone Health, Tuesday 15 November
The first day will kick off in The Strong Rooms with a Rework Class; a Yin-inspired movement session targeting the energetic channels that nourish the kidneys. After enjoying a special breakfast in The Courtyard – based around a hormone health menu, with dishes incorporating healthy fats, oily fish, antioxidants and wholefoods to create balance, help sustain blood sugar and ultimately aid hormone function – Rosemary’s hour-long workshop delves into the role hormones play in our health.
Guests will be offered a deep-dive into insulin and cortisol, and negative changes and imbalance; the role nutrition plays; lifestyle techniques which can help imbalances and associated conditions, and useful supplements and herbs to support hormone health. Next, guests have the chance to explore The Strong Rooms further, and try cryo-therapy, infra-red sauna or perhaps even an express spa treatment, before the Townhouse wellness team lead a Hypebrid Class.
Designed to strengthen metabolism, improve how energy is produced and used, and increase the capacity to face challenges and bring awareness to mobility, heart rate and breath, the class is an opportunity to further experience the holistic fitness programming at Townhouse. The day will culminate in an intimate question and answer session with Rosemary – an opportunity to review the day’s learnings and takeaways – before a specially curated dinner back in The Courtyard.
2 Gut Health, Wednesday 16 November
The second retreat begins with a metabolic conditioning class, also known as the Power of 3, allowing guests to focus on all three energy systems in the body, involving heavy conditioning movements which elevate the body’s metabolic rate. Breakfast in The Courtyard will follow, with a menu featuring gut-healing recipes; easy digestible ancient grains, probiotic rich food and well-cooked root vegetables.
During the hour-long gut health workshop, which explores common misconceptions around gut health, Rose will spend time sharing her own insights into what causes imbalance and a poorly working gut; key lifestyle factors to support gut health and nutrition and ways of eating that support good gut health.
Following a short break and an optional cryo-therapy, infrared sauna or express treatments, guests will head to The Strong Rooms once again for a Rework Class, designed to help re-establish the balance of our nervous system by holding each pose for 3 – 5 minutes and breathing deeply.
A massage, of sorts, for internal organs, this is a great way to relax the gut. An intimate question and answer session with Rose follows, before a specially curated dinner back in The Courtyard – Thai green tempeh curry with buckwheat flatbreads – concludes the day.
3 Energise, Thursday 17 November
Last but by no means least, the final day will start with a Reactivate Class – a yoga-inspired flow class designed to warm the muscles and activate both the body’s full range of movement and digestive system – which sets the tone for the Energise retreat, before an hour-long workshop with Rosemary, detailing what energy is; the causes of low energy; ways of eating to support energy; lifestyle hacks to maximise energy and useful supplements.
After a specially designed lunch in The Courtyard, optional cryo-therapy, infrared sauna or express treatments are once again available. Aiming to support the nervous system, and restore and refuel the natural balance of body and mind, the wellness team invites guests to relax in a Restore class; expect bolsters, blankets and lavender eye pillows to allow the body to rest fully. Rosemary will be on hand to answer any questions in a final session, before a deliciously nourishing dinner in The Courtyard.
Access to exclusive wellness
While staying at the Townhouse, guests can enjoy unlimited access to the hotel’s unique wellness experience, which includes an enhanced fitness programme unlike any other in the city. The Strong Rooms has partnered with a talented and accomplished group of practitioners for its classes, including Amy Connell – a Combat Trainer and former Team GB Karate athlete – and former ballerina Lauren Anderson, who has hung up her pointe shoes after studying and performing with The Royal Ballet Company and Scottish Ballet, and brings her expert guidance to Strong Rooms Pilates classes.
Make it happen
Cost: £300 per day (£250 for Gleneagles Townhouse Members and their guests). Available as either a day, multi-day, or overnight retreat. If you’d like to stay over, you can book a room for £350 bed and breakfast, per room, per night (£295 for Gleneagles Townhouse Members and their guests).
Where: No. 39 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh
How: Find out more and make a booking via gleneagles.com