Have you noticed lately that your Insta feed is packed with gorgeous photos of blissed-out, beautiful people practicing yoga on a mountain or getting their sweat on in exotic destinations around the world?
Wellness retreats, which can range in theme from meditation and mindfulness to CrossFit throwdown, are definitely finding an audience across the globe; after all, with packages that promise to detox your organs, calm your mind and balance your body, who wouldn’t want to jump on board?
Taking a break from your everyday—truly changing your scenery and the company you keep—can provide an opportunity to shift your mindset and help you find clarity… or at least serve as a little diversion from whatever is stressing you out. Plus, if you’re looking for a fitness intensive (aka five straight days of workouts and great nourishing meals), a retreat might be the best place to do it, sans the siren song of your email inbox or your regular weekly commitments.
The best part? These often all-inclusive trips take place in beautiful corners of the world that we’d perhaps not consider visiting otherwise. With classes, instructors, meals, excursions and accommodations generally part of the deal, no matter your interests or your body’s particular needs, there is a retreat (and a cool group of people) perfect for you.
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The Farm at San Benito, Philippines
Located outside of Manila, The Farm at San Benito offers a variety of fitness-focused retreats throughout the year. Their holistic programs, including the Fitness and Sports Recovery getaway, aim to address all aspects of fitness for participants 30+ years old (although we think anyone with an active lifestyle could benefit from the physical therapy, workouts, relaxation treatments and nutrition coaching provided). They are staffed by doctors, coaches, yoga teachers, nutritionists and physical therapists, all working to support your optimal fitness development. Cram everything you can into this customizable week, and consider taking an out-trip to the nearby highlands for some outdoor adventure. Bonus? Their on-site menu is designed to alkalize the body with a specific focus on eating for fitness and physical goals.
HEALTHY HEART LIFESTYLE AT THE FARM “The best way to look after your heart is with a healthy lifestyle”. This is the universal recommendation of all doctors as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). All over the world, diseases of the heart remain in the top 10 causes of illness and death. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, a family history of coronary artery disease, if you are overweight and if you smoke, then you are at risk for developing CAD or Coronary Artery Disease. Also called ischemic heart disease, CAD occurs when the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients (coronary arteries) become damaged or diseased with the buildup of cholesterol and other materials, called plaque. As it grows, less blood can flow through the arteries, resulting in less blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscles, leading to chest pain (angina) or a heart attack. Most heart attacks happen when a blood clot suddenly cuts off the hearts' blood supply, causing permanent heart damage. Over time, CAD can also weaken the heart muscle and contribute to heart failure and abnormal beating rhythm. The WHO Fact Sheet as of January 2017 states that “Ischemic heart disease and stroke maintain their position as the leading killers, accounting for 15 million deaths in 2015.” Because coronary artery disease often takes a long time to develop, most people do not notice the problem until they have a significant blockage or a heart attack. But there are several things you can do to prevent and treat coronary artery disease. A healthy lifestyle can make a big impact. Recognizing the call of WHO in educating people on preventive measures against developing Coronary Artery Disease and other heart conditions, The Farm has developed a customized program to help you keep your heart and blood vessels healthy, by focusing on proper nutrition and heart healthy eating, achieving the proper weight, management of your daily stress, having sufficient physical activity or regular exercise, smoking cessation, and getting the screening tests you need. Call +632 884 8074 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.thefarmatsanbenito.com
Beach Movement Balance, Mexico and Costa Rica
If you’re a super-active person and the idea of sitting on a beach for a week is more stressful than your job, consider Beach Movement Balance from some of our favorite Denver-based fitness pros. Offered twice yearly, the BMB retreat features daily fitness classes (think high-intensity, full-body strength and conditioning) and daily yoga to balance and realign your body. With a flexible menu for any dietary needs and high-octane instructors to lead you through the week, this experience provides focused attention to your fitness goals and a chance to mellow out (if you need convincing).
Infinity Yoga Greek Bliss Yoga Retreat, Greece
Popular Atlanta-based studio Infinity Yoga operates numerous retreats throughout the world each year. The studio’s September excursion to Aegialis Amorgos, Greece offers eight days and seven nights of yoga, wine, cooking, snorkeling, beach time, massage, spa and outdoor adventures. The package includes two locally-grown organic meals per day, accommodations and transportation from the local ferry station. You’ll practice yoga twice daily surrounded by the expansive beauty of the Mediterranean.
Ditch your day-to-day routine! Take your practice to one of the world’s most blissful destinations for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with the best yoga teachers in the world. Visit yogaworks.com/classes/retreats/ for our complete list of upcoming retreats. Feat. teacher @vinnievinyasa // Find him leading retreats around the world and teaching at our West Hollywood and Main Street Santa Monica, LA studios!
Yoga for Bad People, Zanzibar
If the title alone doesn’t convince you, perhaps the morning meditation, daily double-dose of yoga and nearly every meal catered will! Yoga for Bad People offers retreats throughout the year—this excursion to Zanzibar takes place in June. Your seven-night stay at the village resort will also include snorkeling, beach time, kite surfing, diving, guided tours of the town and nearby Prison Island, a spice tour and time with dolphins. Expect to feel entirely zen and entirely outside of your everyday.
Love Yoga Space, Majorca
Journey to a converted monastery in Deia, Majorca for Love Yoga’s seven-day yoga experience. You’ll enjoy delicious meals crafted on-site by a private chef using local ingredients, which will fuel the 14 yoga practices built into your week-long stay. Love Yoga keeps the group sizes small so that you can expect lots of personalized attention. The retreat also includes sailboating, massage and a pool, as well as a couple of day trips off-site to experience the local culture.
Kripalu Center: Relaxation, Guided Imagery and Meditation for Stress Relief; Massachusetts
Taking time out of your busy life to focus on getting grounded and tackling your stress can be a beneficial investment for your health, your mind and your relationships. Kripalu Center offers hundreds of workshops and retreats every year. We love this one for its focus on relaxation and stress relief using meditation, as you’ll walk away with concrete tools and a better understanding of your habitual responses to stress. Surrounded by nature, you’ll learn in small group classes throughout the week. The program focuses on practical strategies to support health and promote instant and long-term stress relief, yogic breathing and guided imagery to promote relaxation and a variety of meditation techniques. You can expect to return home with a practical self-care plan.
Yoga on the Farm; Salt Spring Island, BC
Set in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, Yoga on the Farm melds together nature, yoga and organic food. Everything takes place on-site at Stowel Lake Organic Farm and Wellness Centre. You’ll spend six days immersed in your yoga practice, deepening your connection to pranayama and strengthening your asana and meditation practices. This transformative week is led by a skilled yoga teacher and promises to leave you feeling connected to yourself, the land and the group of like-minded individuals with whom you attend.
Floating Leaf Eco Retreat, Bali
Floating Leaf Eco Retreat’s wellness and yoga retreats combine authentic Balinese culture, traditional healing, expert spa treatments, philanthropic opportunities and holistic wellness with yoga instruction. Modeled around the Art of Happiness, Floating Leaf’s mission is to create a community that facilitates profound and lasting wellness. The retreat offers an opportunity to learn from a team of wellness professionals about how to access your happiest state possible and return home rejuvenated, with tools to craft your most joyful life. Expect to participate in meditation, massage, yoga, delicious local food and out-trips to local cultural spaces.
Unit 27, Phuket
This fitness boot camp retreat is not for the faint of heart. Unit 27 is a little intimidating to the uninitiated, but if you’re a CrossFit aficionado (or looking to dive in headfirst in one solid week), and seven straight days of intense fitness sounds chill to you, check out this week-long fitness throwdown to get your sweat on across the world. You’ll participate in several workouts daily, but fear not: the facility also includes an ice bath and a Swedish sauna. You’ll probably need them.
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas
Lake Austin isn’t just a beautiful outdoorsy ranch where you can work out, stretch, commune and hike to your heart’s content; it’s also a great place to learn a new skill. Their culinary experience themed week offers classes and practical cooking workshops with award-winning chefs in a casual, hands-on environment. When you’re not learning new things in the kitchen, check out a strength and conditioning class or yoga, get a massage or a facial or go for a swim in the lake.
Bliss Sanctuary for Women, Ultra Fitness Detox Retreat; Bali
Bliss Sanctuary offers many themed getaways throughout the year. For the ultimate blend of high-intensity fitness, yoga, wellness treatments and sightseeing, the Ultra Fitness Detox Retreat truly combines them all. You’ll get five private personal training sessions, one colon hydrotherapy session and one infrared sauna session, on top of unlimited spa treatments, unlimited yoga for all levels, healthy meals and snacks, day trips to local cultural sites and natural reserves, mineral springs, beaches and bicycle outings to neighboring areas. Get sweaty and then recover however suits you best.