Wellness Retreats That Will Reinvigorate Your Life


Candice Lim

Summertime has come and some of you desperately need a vacation. If you're a traveler that wants more structure and purpose to your trip, a retreat might be right up your alley. We've collected six retreats that focus on wellness, from daily yoga meditation sessions in New York to surf coaching in Costa Rica. Take a pick at your next rejuvenation retreat!

1. Sacred Wisdom Retreat in Cusco, Peru

Marissa Gandelman, the owner of Elm City Wellness in Connecticut, is more than familiar with Cusco. She moved there when her first marriage hit the rocks. But from her transformative time there, she helped to create an organization that plans women-only retreats that focus on healing with workshops in sound healing, dance, and yoga. With the majority of meals included, this eight-day retreat will empower and reinvigorate your spirit.

2. Purple Valley Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

If India is calling your name, look no further than the Purple Valley Yoga Retreat. With sandy white beaches and three vegetarian meals a day, your stay will include morning walks through tropical gardens, birds singing in trees, and a laundry service to take the load off your shoulders. The retreat specializes in Ashtanga Yoga with 1-week and 2-week retreat options, both of which are perfect for solo travelers.

3. The Sivananda Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne, New York

If you’re a New Yorker who needs some time off, this yoga ranch is the quiet recluse you’ve been looking for. With buses going to and from NYC, you can spend a day or even a month taking yoga classes only two hours away from the city. The ranch specializes in “yoga vacations” and provides organic vegetarian meals for each visitor. Accommodations range from single dorm-style rooms to shared apartments for families, so whether you’re a small company or a hard-working parent looking to get away, this yoga ranch has a space for you.

4. Museflower Retreat & Spa in Chiang Rai, Thailand

We’ve been talking about a lot of yoga retreats here, but if you would rather soak in a hot bath with aromatherapy candles, a spa retreat is just what you need. At the Museflower Retreat & Spa, green hills, flowers, and a Himalayan natural salt pool will welcome you to Thailand. With options for a 3, 5, or 7-night retreat, your daily routine will consist of two group wellness classes, a spa treatment, and vegetarian meals.

5. Surf and Ballet Fitness Adventure in Nosara, Costa Rica

For fans of barre, this retreat will put you in a beautiful tropical oasis while working out in your ballet shoes. Each day starts with a light breakfast, then a ballet fitness class, a one-hour therapeutic massage, and surf lessons. The resort provides suites with private terraces and nearby access to beaches and jungles, depending on what you prefer that day.

6. Mii Amo Retreats in Sedona, Arizona

If the heat and rocky plateaus of Arizona are calling your name, Sedona is the place to be. Mii Amo provides 3 to 7-day all-inclusive retreats that use expert-led sessions to explore holistic wellness. These curated retreats touch on everything from careers, relationships, and spirituality. Visitors first select a retreat they would like to attend, depending on scheduling and topical focus, then they pair it with a journey to personalize their experience. Mii Amo is a good option for those looking to stay in the States and close to home.

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