We can’t always eat, pray and love our way through life’s challenges – but fitness can almost always help to clear your head and blow off some steam. That being said, while we’ve all known someone whose life was changed by a yoga retreat, sometimes it’s not zen you’re seeing so much as a zap of the unfamiliar to get you back on track. No matter what you’re going through—a breakup, depression, your 30th birthday—here’s the best fitness retreat for you:
To turn over a new leaf
At Amansala’s 6-day full body detox on the beautiful beaches of Tulum, Mexico, daily yoga and meditation are par for the course, but this retreat is so much more. With dairy-free and gluten-free dining options, nutrition consultations, gentle walks on the beach, intense body sculpting classes (you haven’t lived until you’ve used a coconut as a medicine ball!) and excursions to pristine local swimming spots and ancient ruin, your mind and body will be fully occupied and focused on YOU. It’s exactly what you need post-breakup.
To travel alone
The all-girl vibe at the Las Olas Surf Camp is like the camp you wish you could still escape to every summer, with the added bonus of returning you home with ripped abs and perfectly tousled hair. Run by a crew of veteran surfer girls, the beachfront villa is close to gentle, warm-water breaks that are the perfect place to learn to surf. And if you’re craving a little more socializing, don’t worry—you’re expected to eat out and explore the surrounding town and get to know the local surf community. We bet you’ll hardly remember your first-day jitters by the end.
To recover from a breakup
Need to hack your mind as much as your body? This retreat, specifically designed to help rewire your brain after a breakup, uses group therapy, hypnosis and gentle exercise to coax you out of your post-breakup slump and back into the real world. Held in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley, it’s a weekend-long retreat held in a beautiful historic home you’ll like a lot better than the Heartbreak Hotel.
To get fit with your girls
Remember when you were little and all you needed in the world was your best friend and a pony? The Cowgirl Spring Roundup at Paws Up in Montana is literally all that, plus some cowboys in broken-in Wranglers. You’ll learn to rope, ride and relax in their luxury cabins once the day is done, and you’ll discover muscles you didn’t even know you had in your thighs in the process!
To face your fears
Even if you’re not someone who suffers from a fear of heights normally, there’s something about mountain climbing that simply seems superhuman. Dangling from a rope on the side of a cliff face is enough to force anyone to dig deep. Set in beautiful Colorado Springs, First Ascent Climbing School will get you up a mountain and out of your comfort zone in a weekend clinic designed to teach you everything you need to know about climbing. If you decide to tack on an extra day at iconic luxury hotel The Broadmoor, we promise not to tell your boss.
To really, really get away from it all
It’s hard to get much farther away from the everyday than the eastern edge of Australia, and at Queensland’s beloved Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, you’ll be able to leave all your bad habits behind for good. With a special focus on liver function, the diet-focused program is designed to support you in every way as you detox, including spa treatments, qi gong classes, all-organic meals and seminars to help you truly understand your body’s needs. Of course, if you didn’t fly all that way for just a week, custom programs are available to address any of your health and fitness goals. Or simply take advantage of the rural bushland setting to explore acres of wild land; test out boxing, dance, swim and cycling classes; and enjoy the lush woodland spa.