We’re all told to give our brains a little break, even just to practice deep breathing for five minutes a day. But that’s not always enough. Sometimes we need a complete seclusion from the constant dinging of notifications or the hustle of a long commute or the drain of tiresome work hours. With that, a plethora of fitness retreats is born for us to step back and get our zen on.
The only issue is the forever-long list of yoga/mindfulness/meditation-focused getaways that are available. The good thing? Some include super-unique elements that stand out among the rest.
Whether located halfway around the world or loaded with the coolest not-so-everyday activities, these retreats are designed to push you out of any sort of funk, get your body moving and reboot your mind to take on the next big thing. Which of these trips would you book next?
Retreat: Retreat in the Pines
Location: Mineola, Texas
The takeaway: Gather your #squad for this women’s wellness retreat available almost every weekend of the year. Each retreat includes sessions focusing on mindfulness, meditation, yoga and sound healing. Plus, the homemade organic meals served every night come with complimentary wine. Still debating whether you should go? We didn’t think so.
Retreat: Chill’Asana Retreats
Locations: Thailand, Mexico
The takeaway: If you really need to get away, SoulPlay Yoga’s owner Nathania Stambouli might just have the trip for you. Her two upcoming retreats—one in Thailand, the other in Mexico—combine yoga, fitness, martial arts and meditation to provide a well-rounded body and mind experience for those looking to transform and open their lives.
Retreat: Satori Retreats
The takeaway: Find relief in the desert with this four-night, five-day wellness retreat, where each guest is assigned to a specialized private instructor and receives an itinerary packed with customized spa and fitness activities, like mountain biking, horseback riding or kayaking. Then, two weeks after the program, trainers follow up with participants to provide additional motivation and help adjusting personal plans if needed.
Retreat: Lesley Logan Pilates Retreats
The takeaway: Already searching for a spring break trip? Make it a Pilates-focused getaway to Siem Reap, Cambodia. A certified Pilates instructor will lead you through six classes and two workshops to help strengthen your practice, plus you’ll get to explore the temples and be a part of a feast for 300 monks.
Retreat: 420 Yoga Retreats
Location: Parshall, Colo.
The takeaway: Want something a little more…mind-opening? These retreats in the Rocky Mountains mix yoga, meditation, massage and, you guessed it, marijuana to help warm your hearts and ease your aches and pains. Yogi D and his crew lead a relaxing journey through their weekend retreats filled with yoga sessions, healthy meals and a mindful (420-friendly) crowd.
Retreat: ConBody x AlSol Fitness Retreat
Location: Dominican Republic
The takeaway: Train like a prisoner (literally) at this four-day, three-night retreat hosted by the New York City-based ConBody fitness studio founder Coss Marte. You’ll take part in daily ConBody classes (they blend cardiovascular training and bodyweight exercises with the resistance properties of everyday objects), plus group meals, nightly entertainment and free time to take advantage of the area’s adventurous activities like ziplining and cave swimming.