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Need a healthy escape? Here are 16 meditation retreats in Upstate NY
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Here are 16 meditation retreats and spiritual centers to check out in Upstate New York.
Blue Cliff Monastery
Location: 3 Mindfulness Road, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Activities: Visit for a Day of Mindfulness, themed retreats focusing on a holiday or particular community, or seasonal retreats. Basic practices include sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mindful eating. There’s also The Wake Up retreat which is geared towards young adults (ages 18-35) to come together and practice mindfulness.
Accommodations: Simple dorm-style room with bunk beds. Single rooms are currently not available. Three meals (95 percent vegan) per day are included in your stay. Guests can camp with their own tents and equipment. Shared bathroom and showers are available.
Details: Blue Cliff Monastery is a mindfulness practice center and monastic training center founded by the world–renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. Nestled on 80 acres of woodland in the southern Catskill region, Blue Cliff offers a space to rest, heal and grow.
Spring Water Center
Location: 7179 Mill St., Springwater, NY 14560
Activities: All-day sittings, talks and discussions, group dialogues, weekend and seven-day retreats, and individual meetings with teachers. Silent retreats are among the main focus.
Accommodations:There are 14 guest rooms, a kitchen and dining area, and a sitting room which accommodates up to 45 people.
Rates: During a retreat cost is $91 per night which includes meals. Outside of retreat, a guest stay is $65 per night.
Details: Located in the Finger Lakes region on more than 200 acres of rolling hills, Spring Water Center is is a 12,000 square-foot retreat center. The building also has a library, solarium, and an outdoor area with lovely views for sitting and eating. All meals are vegetarian. The Center is maintained by a full-time staff.
Location: 13 Sapphire Road, Monroe, NY 10950
Activities: Morning and evening meditations, Yoga-Vedanta studies, yoga and movement classes, Sanskrit classes, music lessons, and Kathak traditional dance classes.
Accommodations: Three guesthouses with 50 beds and dormitories with bunk beds, up to six people per room are available. Semi-private rooms have two beds. Bathrooms are shared. Camping is available and guests can bring their own tent, bedding or small vehicle. Meals served are all lacto-vegetarian and/or vegan. Meal cost for day visitors is $10 for lunch or dinner and $5 for breakfast.
Rates: Overnight for weekday is $100 for semi-private room and $80 for dorm. Weekend/holiday is $115 for semi-private room and $95 for room. Weekly rates start from $485.
Details: Ananda Ashram is a yoga retreat and spiritual-educational center founded in 1964 by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (then Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.) as the country center of the Yoga Society of New York. Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the Ashram is surrounded by the woods and meadows, and a lake. Ananda Ashram is also the location of the International Schools of East-West Unity (Gurukula) established by the founder in 1992. The workshops and courses cover the various aspects of yoga, the creative arts, and natural health.
Chuang Yen Monastery
Location: 2020, Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512
Activities: Weekly Dharma classes, meditation retreats, and traditional religious rituals.
Accommodations: Due to the limited space, accommodations are currently not available and reserved only for volunteers and staff.
Rates: Donations are suggested for lunch.
Details: The Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS) was founded in 1964 by a group of Chinese Buddhists living in the greater New York City area. BAUS has two monastic facilities: the Temple of Enlightenment, located in the Bronx, and Chuang Yen Monastery, located on more than 200 scenic acres in Putnam County. Chuang Yen Monastery is home to the largest indoor statue of a Buddha in the western hemisphere. It is 37 feet tall and sits atop an 8-foot-tall pedestal shaped like a lotus leaf.
BAUS is a non-denominational organization and does not represent any particular school of Buddhism, nor affiliated with any other Buddhist organization. Instead, it adopts a broad perspective on Buddha’s teachings, and hosts programs by qualified teachers from all genuine Buddhist traditions, both Theravada and Mahayana. Chuang Yen Monastery welcomes visitors from all faith and backgrounds.
Location: 506 Main St., Andes, NY 13731
Activities: A variety of yoga style classes are offered for both beginners and advanced students. Styles include Hatha and Ashtanga yoga, group meditation. There is a hiking excursion to the Andes Rail Trail. Donations are appreciated for all classes. Residential retreats are available. Retreats include meals, yoga classes, meditation sessions, lecture, hiking excursion to Andes Rail Trail.
Accommodations: Streamside’s on-site Airbnb apartments at Willow Drey Farm include Streamside 1 and Streamside 2, Grapevine 1 and Grapevine 2 apartments. Each is designed and decorated by artist Sean Scherer. Housing is available for up to 23 guests.
Rates: The price for retreats for more than three days start at $550 per night and includes unlimited use of the yoga studio at all hours with exception of Sunday from 10 a.m.to 11:30 a.m.
Details: Streamside Yoga is a 40′ by 40′ studio with an 18′ by 30′ deck overlooking a sylvan stream in the mountain village of Andes in the western Catskill Mountains. The beautiful landscape helps guests to stay present in nature. Guests can come for relaxation, deep connection and renewal.
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Dharma Drum Retreat Center
Location: 184 Quannacut Road, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Activities: Retreats include Beginner’s Mind, Day of Stillness, Foundation, Weekend Relaxation Retreat, Western Zen Retreat and more. Retreats are conducted in Noble Silence, which means refraining from conversation, no reading, writing, texting, email, phone calls, music playing devices, or internet. The retreat leaders will speak when they need to direct you. When communication is necessary, short handwritten notes are allowed.
Accommodations: The retreat fee includes a single-occupancy bedroom. Dormitories are segregated by gender. Bed is twin-size and includes a pillow. Guests must bring their own sheets and blankets. Bathrooms are communal-style with multiple showers and restrooms. Bring your own towel and toiletries. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in retreats. Meals are vegetarian and follow monastic dietary rules of no eggs, garlic, or onions.
Rate: Varies but sample 7-day retreat is $250.
Details: Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) was founded by the renowned scholar and teacher of Chan Buddhism, Chan Master Sheng Yen. The center lies below the Shawangunk Ridge amid 125 acres of woods and meadowland. The center is maintained by staff members and volunteers who, together with our strong faculty of lay and monastic teachers, aim to provide a home of Buddhist practice and learning for everyone. Whether for a few hours or a few weeks, we offer a range of activities to suit your interests and needs.
Location: 14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524
Activities: The Garrison Institute’s mission is to apply the transformative power of contemplation to today’s pressing social and environmental concerns, helping to build a more compassionate, resilient future. Retreats and programs are sometimes described as a “monastery for the 21st century” or a “think and action tank,” where leaders and practitioners across diverse fields can meet, connect and collaborate. Previous themed retreats include “Exploring Race and Racism through a Buddhist Lens,” “Preparing the Heart and Soul for Passover,” or “Mindfulness & Meditation in Clinical Practice.”
Accommodations: There are 90 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 165 people. Single, double, limited number of triple and quad rooms are available. All rooms are provided with sheets, a pillow, blanket, bedspread and bath towel for each guest. Guests share communal bathrooms. Vegetarian meals are served through an in-house caterer, Fresh Company, led by executive chef Shelley Boris. Most of the ingredients come from farms and producers in the Hudson Valley.
Rates: Rooms range from $290 to $330 with partial scholarships available.
Details: The home of the Garrison Institute is a former Capuchin Franciscan monastery of 77,000 square feet that was restored and renovated in 2002. Originally built in 1932, the Institute overlooks the Hudson River and sits across from West Point. It’s located on 95 acres of Glenclyffe property, formerly the estate of Hamilton Fish, New York governor and President Grant’s secretary of state. It’s a tranquil, park-like setting with the gardens and the gazebo on a bluff by the river with many walking paths to create a natural setting for contemplation.
Location: 375 Pantherkill Road, P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464
Activities: Many weekend and week-long group retreats focus on Buddhism, yoga, holistic health and wellness, the sacred feminine, shamanism, conscious dying, addiction recovery, and much more. In addition to classes with world-renowned teachers, guests can enjoy ancient restorative therapies of Tibet at Dewa Spa, one of the few places in the West where you can experience the Tibetan KuNye massage. Dewa offers a wide range of Eastern and Western spa treatments.
Accommodations: Deluxe rooms and suites include private and shared ones. Standard rooms include private, shared, dorms, cabins and camping.
Rates: Depends on the retreat, can range from $100 to $3,000.
Details: A project of Tibet House US, spearheaded by Robert and Nena Thurman, Menla is a non-profit retreat center and health spa located in the Catskill Forest Preserve. Menla is committed to bringing authentic Tibetan mind-body healing arts and sciences to the West. Its vision is to draw from Tibetan wisdom sciences to reinforce the new wave of holistic integrative medicine now emerging in Western societies.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch
Location: 500 Budd Rd, Woodbourne, NY 12788
Activities: Silent meditation, kirtan/chanting, yoga, vegetarian cooking lessons, retreats, and yoga teacher’s training course.
Accommodations: Rooms range from single, double and shared to tents. The accommodation rates include daily Satsangs, organic vegetarian meals, Hatha Yoga classes and access to ashram facilities.
Rates: From $60 to $130
Details: Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, the Sivananda Yoga Ranch is a peaceful haven where people of all walks of life come together to practice Yoga, meditation, and get in touch with their True, Divine SelF. Founded in 1974, the Yoga Ranch provides a peaceful retreat structured around a full immersion into Yogic living. The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers is a not-for-profit organization named after Swami Sivananda – an influential spiritual teacher of the 20th century. It was established in 1957 by Swami Vishnudevananda, a close disciple of Swami Sivananda.
Kadampa Meditation Center NY
Location: 47 Sweeney Rd, Glen Spey, NY 12737
Activities: Meditation workshops, prayers for world peace, finding peace retreats, silent retreats, and free public talks.
Accommodations: Single, deluxe, double, twin, shared room, dormitory, camping, and cabin.
Rates: Ranges from $15 to $110
Details: Kadampa Meditation Center NY provides in-depth courses and retreats on its 82-acre of grounds and nature trails. Its modern Buddhist Temple was designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as part of the International Temples Project and built largely through the help of volunteers over five years. The Temple’s unique design is based on the celestial palace of Heruka, the Buddha of Compassion. The design also represents all the stages of the spiritual path.
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Location: 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Activities: Mindfulness workshops, retreats, community engagement, yoga, and hope and healing to veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress. There is also the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, an environmental education center and natural water reclamation facility.
Accommodations: Single, double, deluxe, shared, dorm, tent cabins, and camping.
Rates: Weekend rates range from $246 to $702
Details: Omega is a nonprofit, mission-driven, and donor-supported educational organization. For more than 40 years, it has been at the forefront of holistic studies – helping people and organizations integrate personal growth and social change. Each year, more than 23,000 people attend Omega’s 350-plus programs in-person.
Location: 54 O’Hara Road, Haines Falls, New York 12436
Activities: Residential retreats, workshops, and classes in spiritual awareness, meditation, and the practical application of spirituality.
Accommodations: Rooms with private baths.
Rates: Donations are welcome.
Details: Since 1999, Peace Village has been serving thousands of people based on the principle of heartfelt volunteerism. It is housed in six buildings on 300 acres of woods and streams in the Catskill Mountains. The facilities and the spiritual atmosphere of Peace Village are sustained by the residents and by the volunteer servers, experienced yogis, who come in from all over the world to support retreat guests.
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Zen Mountain Monastery
Location: 871 Plank Rd, Mount Tremper, NY 12457
Activities: There is an introduction to Zen Training Retreat each month and various retreats on weekends. Residential programs are also offered. For first time visitors, the Sunday Morning Program is available every week to learn beginner’s instruction in Zen meditation, an orientation to the Monastery, and a chance to meet monastics, residents and lay practitioners. There is also a Zen Kids/Teens program.
Accommodations: Dormitory-style accommodations segregated by gender are provided in the Monastery’s main building. Each room has bunk beds and sleeps six to eight people. Vegetarian meals, bed linens, pillows, and a blanket are provided.
Rates: Ranges from free to $150 and up.
Details: The Mountains and Rivers Order is a Western Zen Buddhist lineage established by the late John Daido Loori Roshi. It has two locations—Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper and Zen Center of New York City in Brooklyn. Built in the 1920s and 30s, Zen Mountain Monastery was originally a Benedictine monastery and boys’ camp. Now, for over three decades, it has offered practitioners from all walks of life to learn Buddhist teachings and practice.
Sky Lake Shambhala
Location: Sky Lake, 22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale, NY 12472
Activities: Meditation, qigong practice, contemplative arts like flower arranging and photography, mindfulness and more.
Accommodations: Linens, blankets, towels and pillows are all provided in the rooms. Bring your own toiletries. Meditation cushions are provided in the meditation hall. Guests sleeping in the Shrine hall will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and towels.
Rates: Varies, depends on each program. Ones through this summer start at $165.
Details: Nestled in a forest of cedars and white pines in the Shawangunk Mountains, Sky Lake is a Shambhala center for meditation, arts and community. It is part of an international community of meditation centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
The Assisi Institute
Location: 1400 North Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14609
Activities: Among the offerings include Kriya yoga meditation, Assissi yoga, prayers, chanting and silent meditation.
Accommodations: One-day and multi-day overnight retreats are available. The facility can accommodate up to eight overnight guests in seven single occupancy rooms and one double room. Bed and bath linens are provided for guests. Meals are not provided, but the retreat center has a kitchen and dining room for guests to make their own meals.
Details: The Assisi Institute is where Kriya Yoga and mystical Christianity integrates peacefully. It’s a place of stillness, silence, and peace for those who seek God-communion in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi and Paramahansa Yogananda. Eastern and Western spirituality blends together with a special emphasis on Christian mysticism. All spiritual seekers are welcome regardless of religious affiliation.
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Won Dharma Center
Location: 361 State Route 23, Claverack, NY 12513
Activities: Dharma and meditation service, yoga, weekend retreats, and themed retreats with focus on mindfulness, healing, and more.
Accommodations: Timeless Zen House and Placeless Zen House are two guest residences that accommodate 60 overnight guests in single, double, and dorm-style rooms featuring forest and mountain views. There are several single rooms, but most rooms are double rooms with twin beds and an ensuite sink. Each room shares a modern tiled bath with the adjacent room.
Rates: There are single, double and quad rooms available ranging from $90 to $200 per night for self-retreats. Other retreat programs vary in price.
Details: The Won Dharma Center is a refuge where people can restore their true self through faith in the universal truth and practical spiritual training, based on the teachings of Sotaesan, the founding master of Won Buddhism. Its mission is to create a world free from suffering. The Center is creating a sangha where people from all walks of life study dharma, practice and work together, regardless of their faiths, in order to enlighten their minds.
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The irony of Westernized yoga is how damn expensive practicing has become. From the attire to the cost of weekly classes — you basically have to be in diamonds and furs to be considered a legit yogi in the United States.
Thankfully, if you’re looking to get away for a while and immerse your mind and body in a life-changing, relaxing experience, there are some yoga retreats out there that will leave you feeling enriched — but won’t leave you penniless after you attend.
If you’re looking for bliss on a budget, check out these experiences.
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Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health
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Located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts on the well-manicured grounds of a former Jesuit seminary, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health attracts novice yogis and instructors alike and offers respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. On a Kripalu R&R retreat — which includes a private room, shared room or the dormitory option, and three all-natural buffet-style meals per day (breakfast is silent) — guests can participate in several yoga and movement classes a day, attend wellness workshops and get healing arts treatments for an additional fee.
Prices vary depending on when you go and what type of room you choose, with weekend rates ranging from $199 – $702.
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The 18th-century Hudson Valley garden villa in upstate New York is an idyllic setting for a weekend yoga retreat. Through a balance of yoga, nutrition and a simple, natural setting, guests of The Garden can achieve sattva — a Sanskrit word describing a state of harmony, balance, joy and intelligence that radiates from the inside out.
All weekend retreats include four yoga classes, all meals, a hands-on cooking class and nutritional talk and plenty of time to relax and rest. You can also choose to take a walk, hike, visit a museum or the town of Beacon, take in a massage or a private yoga class, according to their website.
The weekend base rate is $575 per person (weekends run from Friday at 4 p.m. to Sunday at 3 p.m.).
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The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, truly offers an unmatched experience. Big Sur’s beauty is breathtaking, and the institute regularly hosts workshops given by remarkable instructors (Margot Anand and Jim Benson have a workshop going from April 29 to May 4, for instance).
The best part? Esalen’s getaways aren’t over-the-top expensive. Workshop tuition includes accommodations, meals, movement program and use of facilities and starts at $420 for the whole weekend or $900 for a seven-day workshop. Granted, that price is for their sleeping bag accommodations, but there are other options if that sounds a little too rustic for you.
Retreat in the Pines
Downward Dog deep in the heart of East Texas at Retreat in the Pines, a pristine pine cabin tucked away on a quiet country road just outside Mineola — a two-hour drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and four hours from Austin and Houston. At the Pines’ retreats, women from all walks of life enjoy shared accommodations, a beautiful yoga studio, a meditation deck and yoga programs for all levels. Rates are $399 per person for the all-inclusive weekend retreat.
“Take a break from reality, and enjoy yoga, wine, laughter and free time to relax. Ideal for girlfriend getaways, mother-daughter escapes and women looking for a solo adventure,” the website states.
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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat
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If you’re really looking to get away, practice in paradise at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Located just across the bay from Nassau, the retreat’s lodging ranges from modest cabins to beachfront suites surrounded by the natural beauty of a tropical garden, crystal-clear water and pure white sands.
The retreat wants you to immerse yourself in the yogic lifestyle and increase your vitality and positivity through daily practice, a healthy vegetarian diet, silent meditation sessions and uplifting teachings.
Rates for the workshop start as low as $20 a day (in the summer), and that includes your meals, yoga classes, daily workshops and satsangs as well as access to their beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities. Lodging can be as low as $69 a night if you’re down to camp on the beach. The most expensive part of your treat to this island retreat will be airfare, but if you book in advance you might be able to get a good deal.
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Searching for serenity? Sign up for a yoga retreat to discover true inner peace.
Built against scenic natural backdrops and established for the exact purpose of fostering tranquility, yoga retreats provide the quietude and relaxation necessary for discovery, reflection and rejuvenation.
Check out our list of the top eight yoga retreats in the United States and sign up now for a sojourn into deep, calming peace.
1. White Lotus Foundation
Nestled in a steep canyon on 40 acres of land in the San Marcos Pass, the White Lotus Foundation overlooks the city of Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. Accommodations include indoor lodging, Yurts and campsites on plateaus overlooking the ocean.
Founded by renowned yogi Ganga White, the facilities include gourmet vegetarian dining, an underground Hopi-style “Kiva” temple and a library-media center designed and crafted by Santa Barbara artists.
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2. Big Sky Yoga Retreats
Big Sky Yoga Retreats offers a number of summer and winter yoga retreats in the scenic snow-capped mountains and fresh-pine forest of Montana. Combining yoga with activities like photography, skiing and hiking, Big Sky offers an experience that is both serene and leisurely.
Big Sky prides itself on Cowgirl Yoga™ — retreats for women with an emphasis on horseback riding. The vast Montana landscape provides the space necessary for unfettered personal growth and reprieve from the clamor and din of daily living.
3. The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island
Near the village of Greenbank, Washington, the Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island resides in a forest on Puget Sound. A retreat that put you close to nature, the surrounding area is full of lush vegetation and thriving wildlife, including eagles, owls, heron, rabbits, coyotes, deer and more.
This environmentally conscious institution harbors multiple orchards, organic vegetable and flower gardens, a small pond and stretches of beach. Private, semi-private and group yoga lessons are available throughout the week.
In the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Kripalu is the largest and most established yoga and holistic retreat and educational center in North America. Kripalu focuses on lifestyle changes through immersion programs.
Retreats combine yoga with healthy eating, sauna relaxation and close proximity to nature. Take a walk around the lake or enjoy a number of additional services, such as massages, energy work, facials, Ancient Ayurvedic treatments and health and nutrition consultations. A meditation room and quiet outdoor areas serve as excellent spaces for introspection.
5. Rolling Meadows
Contained within a fully restored 1840s New England Farmhouse, Rolling Meadows sits on 100 acres of land in rural Maine. The building, perched on a high ridge, offers unobstructed views of rolling hills and bucolic landscapes.
The grounds contain gardens, streams, woods, walking paths and a spring-fed pond for swimming. The farmhouse is small but elegant, housing up to 10 people at a time. In addition to yoga, the facility offers a wood-fired sauna and cross-country skiing in the winter months.
6. Shambhala Mountain Center
The Shambhala Mountain Center in northern Colorado offers a wide selection of yoga and meditation programs. The resort, nestled in a valley of meadows and pine forests, employs “authentic lineage teachers” who bring together a variety of mind- and body-healing disciplines.
The center is also home to The Great Stupa, a monument to peace, and has hiking trails and botanical gardens with optional massage therapy and healthy meals.
7. 7 Centers Yoga Arts
The first yoga studio in Sedona, Arizona, 7 Centers Yoga Arts is internationally renowned for transformational yoga teacher trainings. With scenic views of red desert rocks, the center possesses a gorgeous Spanish-mission architectural style.
In addition to teacher-training programs, the center offers yoga therapy, classes and retreats to the public. Their retreat programs are extremely flexible (terrible pun), allowing guests to stay for as many days as they like any time of the year.
8. Feathered Pipe Foundation
The Feathered Pipe Foundation in the Montana Rockies is a mountain sanctuary fueled by organic health food and mountain spring water. Guests can bask in the glory of the scenic Rockies while unwinding with any number of yoga programs.
Many of their retreats are created with a sharp focus on yoga practice and therapeutic breathing exercises. Both personal and group retreats are offered year-round.
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Yoga Retreats in United States
Yoga has exploded in the US and that means there are tons of yoga retreats being offered.
Escaping to a retreat center for a quick weekend retreat every once in awhile may be the secret sauce to your health and well-being.
Improve your yoga practice or learn how to prepare healthy vegetarian meals. Deepen your meditation practice in the middle of a beautiful forest or strengthen your body on the coast of Florida.
Meet like-minded people or bring your own.
All yogis will be excited to know that there is something for everyone. Yogis with limited mobility can look for a yin yoga retreat or a retreat that focuses on restorative yoga. Our spiritual friends can find a vacation designed to deepen your spiritual well-being and others that open a whole new world, such as an Ayahuasca retreat.
You can find retreats on the beaches of California, Florida, and Hawaii. Or retreats in the buzz of New York and yoga holidays in the great outdoors of Colorado.
No matter what kind of retreat you’re looking for, or what surrounding area you want, the US can provide. Most retreats are offered in supremely comfortable centers that provide incredible service and attentiveness.
Oh, and remember: if any of these retreat centers offer yoga classes, then they might also offer yoga teacher training courses, too. Check to see if they are approved by the Yoga Alliance to book your teacher training course with them, later. You know, when you figure out which yoga style you rock and you want to spread it to the masses 😉
Top Yoga Retreats in the USA
The US is an incredible expanse of land with so much to offer. Whether you’re looking for tropical or mountainous, luxurious or simple, you will find whatever you’re looking for.
Though there are certainly many extravagant retreats being offered, there are also many affordable yoga retreats to choose from.
Here are three ways that the US really shines when it comes to yoga retreats:
People in the US know successful business very well, and they place a strong emphasis on customer service. This shines forth in many ways in the retreats that are offered in this country.
The same goes for prices.
The businesses know that a high price can scare away customers, so they offer great prices for their incredible services.
When they come partner with us, we make sure that we bring you the lowest price possible. While retreat costs will vary, depending on what they offer and where they are located, you will find that there is likely the retreat of your dreams right within your price range.
2. All-Inclusive Packages
In the same theme as good customer service, the retreat owners in the US really know how to put on a good show.
It’s the American way.
You have saved up your vacation days (and your pretty pennies) so go ahead and indulge in a spa resort yoga retreat or even an all-inclusive yoga holiday this year.
You deserve it.
Many all-inclusive packages include healthy vegetarian meals, daily yoga classes, accommodations, spa treatments, and more. Yogis looking for luxury yoga retreats will find that most of them are all-inclusive. Many will also have an in-house yoga teacher so that you can get to know the people running your retreat.
All-inclusive packages help improve your health and well-being because they take away all the stress of planning and organization.
The US also knows how to have fun outdoors. After all, the expansive land is practically begging to be played on!
So you may find that a lot of retreats offer something to go along with the yoga.
You can go on yoga and surf retreats in Waikiki, personal yoga retreats in Massachusetts, week long ayurvedic yoga retreats in Florida, getaway yoga retreats in Virginia, weekend health retreats in Texas, or even a surf, hiking, and yoga retreat in California.
Winter months are November, December, January, February and sometimes March. So if you’re looking for a retreat in Colorado, California, or Oregon, consider going during their prime ski seasons so that you can enjoy a Christmas or New Years retreat while hitting the slopes. Or if you’re looking to escape your own winter, then head down to Florida, where their “winter” season is probably like your summer during these months.
Springtime is nice virtually all over the country, with the sun peeking out in April and May. June, July, August, September and October are the warm summer months that lend greatly to outdoor activities.
Want some advice about summer, though? Avoid Florida during those months because the heat and humidity are in full swing during its “hurricane season.”
Another way to choose a specialized yoga retreat is based on the type of yoga style you are most interested in.
Many yoga retreats will offer daily hatha yoga classes, which often include a vinyasa flow and short meditation sessions. Others will offer gentler yoga, such as restorative yoga.
Some may not even include yoga at all and focus primarily on the health and well-being of the mind. Spiritual retreats or yoga and meditation retreats may provide meditation sessions to help improve both your cognitive and spiritual well-being.
Come one, come all; man and woman. A yoga retreat in the US awaits you…
Retreats on the West Coast
The West Coast is the Best Coast, right? There is a reason that phrase is so popular. Imagine being in a place that has the best snow for winter sports, all powdery and fun. This place also has some of the most breathtaking national parks in the United States. This same place also has a massive coastline along the Pacific Ocean, which, by the way, is infamous for its steady flow of killer waves.
For a slowed down, surfer-meets-hiker vibe, head to the West Coast.
Yoga Retreats in California
Ah, the golden state, where the sun shines all year round and the golden fields gently stretch out over the hills. Half of the state is one, long coastline while the rest of the state is a mix of national parks and deserts. The vibe is chill no matter where you go and the food is next level. There aren’t supposed to be favorites, but…
… seems kinda natural here, don’t you think?
Head down to Los Angeles or San Diego for some surfer vibes. In Los Angeles, check out Sivananda Yoga Farm, directed by the wonderful Swami Sitaramananda, for a truly inspiring experience.
Head up to San Francisco for a chilled out city that is kinda like New York but with a California pace. Go to Big Sur to see where forest meets turquoise water, or venture inland toward Palm Springs to see what the desert is all about.
Retreats on the Oregon Coast
You know that place that has all of your favorite things? Your favorite beer and coffee, your favorite music and food, your favorite beaches and mountains, your favorite people and styles? Yeah. That’s Oregon.
Stop by Portland to be transported into a place where only trendy things exist and absolutely nothing is out of style (ironically or otherwise). Then, meander through the rest of the state, stopping in Eugene and Bend, to see how the Oregonians are living so peacefully and happily.
Yoga Retreats in Washington State
Hiding out in the upper western corner of the country is Washington. It is notoriously beautiful thanks to the mountains with alarmingly sharp peaks and bright blue lakes. The people are down to earth, educated, and peaceful. Seattle is the hub of Washington, attracting people from all over the world as the cultural launching point for all of the amazing expeditions in the Pacific Northwest.
Plus, have you ever seen the skyline of Seattle? Whoa, man. The shiny buildings reflect the light that is hidden in the misty clouds and the impressive mountain range looms in the background. Forest surrounds one side of the city and water surrounds the other. It’s incredible.
Midwest Yoga Retreats
The Midwest is the heart of the country. It’s where the land whispers its secrets to you and the people invite you into their homes. It is where America is happening day to day, moment to beautiful moment.
Weekend Yoga Retreats in Illinois
Illinois is home to Chicago, arguably the trendiest city in the Midwest that is worth a visit at least once in your life. It is easily accessible, beautiful, and full of that Midwestern charm.
Retreats in Indiana
Looking for a place to kick back and enjoy the fresh air? Indiana is just the place to do it with fields stretching out throughout the entire state and a tiny slice of Lake Michigan in the northwestern corner.
Central Iowa Yoga Retreats
Have you ever seen farmland so beautiful that it hits you right in the chest, right where the heart is? That is basically the essence of Iowa. To see the beautiful heart of the US, take your yoga retreat to Iowa.
Quietly hidden beside Colorado and Missouri is Kansas, where the countryside is so beautiful that it practically sings to you. America’s farmland can be found in Kansas and so can peace of mind.
Retreats in Michigan
Michigan is so special, where forests meet the largest lake in North America. Nature is bursting with color and the landscape is varied. Winters are truly wonderland-status and summers are classic American style. All the beauty makes meditation retreats in Michigan a growing trend.
Minnesota Yoga Retreats
Outdoor lovers love Minnesota and work hard to keep it a big secret. Why? Because there is something so special about the untouched beauty that of this northern state. Head to Minnesota for a retreat with impossibly beautiful views and summer camp vibes. Wellness retreats in Minnesota are especially popular during the summer, so be sure to check it out.
Retreats in Missouri
There is something so magical about the weather in Missouri that the entire state always looks like a scene out of a movie. The humid air serves as a magnifying glass for the sun, creating drastic skylines and lush fields. It is surreal, sticky, and absolutely breathtaking. Treat yourself to the ultimate retreat with a spa retreat in Missouri.
Retreat Centers Near Nebraska
The quiet beauty of Nebraska leaves a blanket of tranquility over the land, making it the perfect place to take your yoga practice even deeper. Take a wellness retreat in Nebraska to reset yourself.
Head up to North Dakota for peaceful countryside, super friendly people, and a wholesome vibe. Spiritual retreats and women’s retreats are popular in the area because of the perfect atmosphere for self-reflection.
Ohio Yoga Retreats
Ohio is right in the center of the Midwest, giving it a bustling energy unlike many of its surrounding neighbors. Head to Cleveland for a beach vibe that is unique to the lakes of Michigan. Or head down to Cincinnati for the sparkly big city feel with the Midwestern hospitality.
Escape to South Dakota for a women’s retreat or a weekend getaway. It is peaceful, beautiful, and shockingly impressive with its jagged mountains.
Retreats in Wisconsin
Places like Wisconsin are made for picnics, camping, and bonfires. It is a place with endless pastures and chill beach towns. For a beautiful vacation, consider a wellness retreat in Wisconsin.
Yoga Retreats in the South
The Southwest of the United States is known for its cowboys and killer food. Seriously. You have never had a real burrito until you’ve had one from some tex-mex hole-in-the-wall restaurant with homemade guacamole and fresh salsa. Oh, and the weather is nice, too.
Arizona Yoga Retreats and Spas
For a warmer getaway with breathtaking views, consider taking your next yoga retreat in Arizona. Spiritual retreats in Sedona are especially popular as the brilliantly red rock formations give it an otherworldly feel. Try some restorative yoga, yoga meditation, or an entire yoga and meditation retreat in the beautiful red rocks of Arizona.
Yoga Retreats in Colorado
The Rocky Mountains in Colorado make it one of the more mountainous states in the United States. The dry, crisp air and notoriously sunny skies make it a popular destination for basically any kind of retreat. Head to Denver for your next yoga retreat and explore the surrounding areas for serious adventure. To truly deepen your vipassana practice without having to head to a Buddhist country, check out the Vipassana Association in Colorado to connect with like-minded people.
New Mexico Yoga Vacation
New Mexico is a popular destination for yoga retreats. Meditation retreats in Taos and women’s retreats in Santa Fe are especially popular. If you want to focus on woman wellness, then Taos or Santa Fe may be a good fit for you.
Utah Yoga Retreat Centers
Utah has all the best parts of Colorado and Arizona. There are countless national parks filled with jaw-dropping red rocks. There are mountain peaks covered in snow. There is plenty of sunshine. Mindfulness retreats near Salt Lake City are especially popular. Or, if you like winter sports, in particular, check out Utah’s cross-country skiin opportunities. You will fall in love with nature there.
Yoga Retreats in Alabama
Alabama has very few people, but they like it that way. This means that the beautiful nature is mostly untouched, giving you a serene Garden of Eden sort of feel. Head down south for a 60 mile stretch of beautiful beaches looking out into the Gulf.
Kentucky is bursting with color and beautiful views. Head to Louisville for a wellness retreat, or escape to the countryside for a meditation retreat. You may even find some weight loss retreats during the summer, when the outdoors are absolutely perfect for exercise.
Mississippi is a quiet state that is known for its southern charm, amazing food (beer battered anything, anyone?), and an amazing stretch of Gulf Coast magic. It’s the perfect setup for a meditation retreat, where you can get some serious inner work done.
Yoga Retreats in Tennessee
Nashville is the hub of Tennessee, offering great live music, delicious barbecue, and good beer. So why not make a vacation out of it? Head to Tennessee for a meditation retreat to balance out the fun that this charming state has to offer.
Arkansas is set right at the center of the Midwest, giving it the ultimate southern charm. Escape to the South for a wellness retreat in Arkansas and you will surely fall in love with the southern charm, too.
Yoga Retreats Louisiana
New Orleans is known for its jazz and soul food, making it a great place to unwind and take a vacation. Spiritual retreats in Louisiana are especially popular, considering the soul feel of New Orleans. Consider taking a meditation retreat in Louisiana, too, for the ultimate soulful experience.
Retreats in Oklahoma
Whether you’re heading to Tulsa for a spiritual retreat, or you’re keen on the countryside for a wellness retreat, you will love the tranquility of Oklahoma.
Yoga Vacation in Texas
All things are big in Texas (or so they say), including the yoga retreats. Take a meditation retreat in Texas to do some serious inner work, or head to Austin for a fun yoga getaway.
Yoga Getaways on the East Coast
Though the East Coast is known for its hustle and bustle, it offers so much more than big business. Each season bursts forth in an explosion of colors and American history is alive and well on the streets. Yoga retreats in the Northeast are popular during the summer and getaways down south are popular during the winter. There is so much to be seen along the coast, from the fancy homes tucked away along Martha’s Vineyard up north to the bright blue tropical waters in Miami down south.
Wellness and Spa Retreats in Connecticut
Connecticut is the blissful suburbia in between all the major power cities of the East Coast. Many people head to Connecticut to escape the busy city life. Take a moment to recenter yourself with a wellness retreat in Connecticut.
Weekend Yoga Retreats in Delaware
Delaware is the perfect little strip of East Coast charm without all the stress of managing a larger state. Get yourself the perfect beachfront yoga retreat to balance out regular life.
Weekend Yoga Retreats in Florida
Head to Florida for your Caribbean getaway without leaving the U.S. Miami offers excitement while Naples provides a tranquil escape on the Gulf Coast. The entire state is essentially coastline so you’re bound to have a beautiful experience no matter where you go. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat center is a quick plane ride away from Florida in the beautiful Bahamas, where guests can eat fresh and delicious vegetarian meals, practise yoga on the beach, and enjoy the balmy nights.
Georgia Wellness Retreats
There is a reason Georgia is known as being so charming. The people are super kind and the streets are lined with massive moss-covered oak trees, giving the entire place a fairytale charm. Head to Savannah to be transported back in time (seriously, the cutest little place) or head to Atlanta for a trendier urban retreat. Take care of yourself with a wellness retreat in Georgia.
Yoga Retreats in Maine
Maine is the northernmost state on the east coast of the US. You are sure to encounter beautiful weather during the summer, but careful in the winter as it can get quite cold.
Weekend Yoga Retreats in Maryland
If you’re looking for a great place to escape to during your tour of Washington D.C., Baltimore, and New York City, then Maryland may be the perfect place for you. It is well connected to public transportation so that you can visit all the major cities without the city prices.
Yoga Retreats in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is a beautiful state, especially during the fall. The general population in Massachusetts, especially in the Boston area, are well-educated, making it a very affluent state. It is the home of the infamous Kripalu Center, making it a top destination for Kripalu yoga and wellness retreats.
Women’s retreats and meditation retreats in New Hampshire are super popular. Given the proximity to all the major cities nearby, New Hampshire serves as a perfect getaway location to the New England area.
Weekend Yoga Retreats in New Jersey
The Jersey Shore has quite the reputation and it’s not the one that you think. Book yourself a weekend retreat to see what it is all about.
Yoga Retreats in New York
New York has the hustle and bustle of the city, but upstate New York provides the perfect ambiance for a meditation retreat. Balance out your big city vacation with a calming meditation getaway.
Yoga Retreats in North Carolina
North Carolina is the perfect place to slow down, take a deep breath, and reset yourself. Consider taking a spiritual retreat in Asheville for the ultimate experience.
Rhode Island Retreats
Many people looking for a cute little getaway head to Rhode Island. Beachfront resorts and weekend retreats provide the perfect little escape.
Yoga Retreats in South Carolina
South Carolina has the cutest little towns, making it an incredible location to transform your life. Charleston is a charming little town that is great for wellness retreats, thanks to its emerging health scene. Want a beach retreat? Head to Myrtle Beach for some serious relaxation.
Weekend Yoga Retreats in Virginia
Many people head to the East Coast to visit Washington DC, New York City, and Boston, but then end up looking for some reprieve from the city. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a full-on wellness retreat, Virginia will have plenty to offer.
The Best Yoga Retreats in the United States of America (USA)
You don’t need to go half-way around the globe to have a life-changing experience. Dip into that spring-fed pond hidden in the woods outside of your city or relax in the bubbling hot springs just one state over. Attend workshops on topics that can improve your everyday life, like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and healthy eating.
The best yoga retreats in the United States aren’t necessarily in the most exotic places. The best are those that improve your sense of well-being and bring you soul-satisfying relaxation
A women’s retreat, yoga and meditation retreats, or even just a week to yourself can all be just the life-changing experience you were looking for. And they all are happening near you.
Here are some of our favorites:
3 Day Immersive Meditation & Healing Retreat in Colorado
Colorado is the hottest place in the US right now. It is still quaint and peaceful. It boasts some of the most drastic mountain ranges in the entire country. Weed is legal. Needless to say, it is a super popular state. So take yourself there to see what all the fuss is about and get lost in the beautiful surroundings. You will fall in love, too.
4 Day Sacred Yoga Backpacking Women Pilgrimage – Washington, USA
The state of Washington is one of the lushest areas in the entire United States. The cold rainforests promise moss covered trees, year round. The glacial mountains give one area of Washington the nickname “The American Alps”. Now, imagine losing yourself in such a beautiful place while you get your yoga on. Among like-minded women. Yeah. It’s cool.
4 Day Yoga Hiking and Health Retreat in The Redwoods, California
Are you feeling lethargic, unmotivated, or uninspired by your life? Are you hoping something will come along to help you make a lifestyle change? This program is your remedy. Clarify your intention and we will guide you to reconnect with the healthiest version of you. During the retreat, we’ll focus on exercises that boost your metabolism, achieve healthy weight loss and prevent aging-related declines in the body and mind.
4 Day Pure Rejuvenation Retreat in Pennsylvania
Escape to the peaceful countryside of Pennsylvania. Located in the heart of the Northeast, it makes for a great spot to get away from your hectic day-to-day life. Plus, the five-star rating with so many reviews from our precious little yogi clan must mean that it’s spectacular, right? (Yes.)
15 Day “Total Body Detox” Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Florida
If you are feeling or experiencing low energy, tiredness, belly distress and bloating, eczema, acne, bleeding gums, or mood swings, this program is for you. Boost your body and soul to be able to come home with a clean slate and new energy. Join this retreat center in a program designed to support your inner healing ability through food, breath, asana, as well as clearings for the mind and spirit.
Yoga Retreats in USA
Discover the Best Yoga Retreats USA
Yoga is huge in America so are the array of retreat options for you.
A quick weekend retreat is just a short drive away for most.
Enjoy the opportunity to spend time on our health and well-being.
Yoga, meditation and escape to space and time away from our demanding lives.
You can find yoga retreats everywhere with some very cool yoga vacations in California and Florida.
Whatever you are looking for you will find it. Whichever yoga style and type of retreat.
In the wild outdoors or in a luxury resort.
Top Yoga Retreats USA
Across this huge land with just as large a population there is every type of retreat to choose from.
Along with location and programs activities there is also the choice of yoga style that you are into.
And maybe you would like to spend time exploring your meditation off the yoga mat.
Whether it be large groups, small groups, camping or touring on a yoga retreat, America has it all.
America and Yoga retreats is a combination full of cool options.
They also tend to be good value with comfortable accommodation and lots of green healthy food.
On top of great value there is such a large choice of retreat type.
Whether it’s mixing yoga with surf in Hawaii, weekend health retreats
in rural country or glamping in the wine regions.
When to go on a yoga retreat in America?
Spring, Summer & the Fall are typically the busiest retreat months.
Winter can be fun if you want to ski the slopes before, during or after your retreat.
Florida always has a mild climate in winter so you could catch some good weather here at this time of year.
There are many retreat centers which mix activities in their programs too so you will be able to find a variety of health and wellness focused retreats.
The yogi looking for a vacation is just spoilt for choice here in the USA.
For those wishing to get away to a different country the most popular and convenient option from the USA are the awesome yoga retreats in Costa Rica. Us American Yogis love it down there on the pristine jungle coastline.
You could always decide to embrace the world traveller in yourself and set off for distant lands.
One of the most popular destinations worldwide are the yoga retreats in Bali and they have some amazing retreats to choose from, especially the great choice of well organised Bali health retreats and detox retreats in Bali.
Or still in Asia, consider the trusted yoga retreats of Thailand.
The most popular programs are the Thailand detox retreats.
Thinking of Asia there is always Mother India to consider, with a huge variety of program types and styles.
Popular Yoga Centers in the United States of America
Zen Den Yoga School & Retreat Center in Florida
Wellness, Detox & Yoga Program Retreats
Sagrada Wellness in California
Sagrada offers retreats over weekends and short getaways on California’s Central coast.
Yogascapes in USA
This adventure yoga retreat company offers well planned yoga vacations for you to take part in over long weekend breaks in different states across the USA.
Silver Island, Greece
Silver Island is special. A 60-acre, off-grid haven, it is covered in olive groves and wild flowers, with pebbled beaches, hidden coves and space for just 10 guests in two stylish, whitewashed traditional houses. American yoga and ayurveda teacher Karuna DiLibero is among the teachers lined up for next year (21-27 April and 28 April-2 May). Two daily classes of yoga and meditation and delicious organic vegetarian cuisine are included.
• From £1,160 a week, April to October, silverislandyoga.com
Jungle Yoga, Thailand
Jungle Yoga, Thailand
Surrounded by limestone karst and rainforest, Jungle Yoga literally floats on a freshwater lake – everything from the 30 bungalows to the restaurant and yoga shala is on the water, connected by wooden walkways. It’s an idyllic place for a yoga retreat and total digital detox (there’s no wifi signal here), with various teachers leading holidays from December to April. Join Sarah Williams for gentle, slow-flowing yoga, with a focus on self-exploration (23 February-2 March), or Simon Low, one of the original founders of London’s Triyoga, for a week of vinyasa, breath work and restorative yin (9-16 March). In the middle of Khao Sok National Park, you’re fully immersed in nature with the soundtrack of gibbons in the misty mornings and cicadas in the evening as you dine on healthy vegetarian Thai fare under the stars. There’s plenty of time for swimming or kayaking, hiking, exploring nearby caves or just hanging out in a hammock.
• From £925 a week, jungleyoga.com
Free Spirit Yoga, France
Chateau du Fraissinet, France
On the edge of the Cevennes National Park, an hour from Nîmes, Château du Fraissinet – an old mansion in six acres of grounds bordered by the river Gardon – makes a picturesque setting. Days start with alignment-focused vinyasa flow led by Brigitte Riley, complemented by yin or yoga nidra (sleep yoga) at night. There’s free time to visit local markets or the lakes of Camboux or to hike in the mountains. Not one for beginners.
• From £730, 24 June-1 July, freespirityoga.co.uk
Kali Yoga, Italy
Kali Yoga, Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Abrusci
Combine yoga and cycling in Puglia, southern Italy, staying in a 16th-century farmhouse near the historic town of Martina Franca. Yoga teacher Tashi leads two classes most days, encouraging students of all levels to develop at home. There are two 30km cycling trips, exploring the beautiful Itria Valley, famed for its trullo houses (electric bikes available). Delicious, inventive vegetarian meals, meditation and optional chanting sessions included.
• From £945, 14-21 October, dates for 2019 to be confirmed, kaliyoga.com
Amayour Surf, Morocco
Amayour Surf, Morocco. Photograph: Shiraz Ksaiba
The Anti-Atlas mountains are the backdrop, the call to prayer the soundtrack at Tamairt by Amayour in pretty Agouni village, which opens this month. The latest venture from the owners of Amayour Surf and Yoga Hostel in Taghazout, it’s hippy-chic with dorms or private rooms and different yoga teachers running retreats each week, with two classes daily. Cuisine is modern Moroccan, there’s a pool and, as retreats run Saturday to Thursday, you could tag on some surf time.
• From £360 a week, amayoursurf.com
Soul & Surf, Portugal
Soul & Surf, Portugal. Photograph: Peter Chamberlain
After the success of its Sri Lanka and Kerala holidays, and pop-ups in Portugal, Soul & Surf is opening a permanent home on the Iberian peninsula in 2019. Based at Quinta de Mesquita, a farmhouse with 10 guest rooms close to some of the Algarve’s best surf beaches, all levels are catered for with five surf sessions and five yoga sessions included in a week’s stay. No experience needed.
• From £385 for a long weekend, £760 for a week, April to end of November 2019, soulandsurf.com
Cocoon, Portugal. Photograph: Anton Brandt
Start the day with meditation under the pine trees and end it with an (optional) skinny dip in the lake. Cocoon Portugal is a new retreat on a 275-acre coastal farm near the fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar. Co-owner and yoga teacher Anton Brandt has hosted retreats around the world. The converted farmhouse has room for 24, with indoor and outdoor shalas. The vibe is distinctly carefree. Sheep and goats roam the fields and chickens provide fresh eggs. There are homemade granolas and yogurt for breakfast, and Mediterranean stews, Japanese curries and pizzas from the wood-fired oven for dinner. On the roster of yoga teachers for 2019 is Jess Horn from London who favours slow vinyasa flow (3-10 August, with yogaonashoestring.com). Between daily classes guests can hop on bikes to explore the Atlantic coast, which is 10 minutes away, or hike the stunning Costa Vicentina trail.
• From £895 a week, April to October, cocoonportugal.com
Tania Brown Yoga, Devon
Tania Brown Yoga, Devon. Photograph: Rebecca Bernstein
Practise yoga on a platform in the woods or in a converted barn on this idyllic organic farm near Axminster in Devon. Experienced teacher Tania Brown leads a mix of energising hatha flow and more restorative evening sessions, while creative veggie meals, prepared with produce from the land, are a highlight. Accommodation is in a guesthouse with simple ensuite rooms filled with flowers.
• From £395 per weekend, various dates from April to October, taniabrownyoga.co.uk
Yoga Explorers, Sri Lanka
Yoga Explorers, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Jim Tarran
Brighton-based yoga teachers Jim Taran and Khadine Morcom host week-long retreats at Talalla Retreat, on the beach in southern Sri Lanka, with alfresco yoga to the sound of the Indian Ocean. Classical yoga is taught in a friendly, light-hearted way and suits both seasoned yogis and novices, with two daily classes fuelled by delicious, healthy vegetarian cuisine. Whale-watching safaris and surfing are among the free-time options.
• From £835, 11-18 November 2018 or 2-9 April (with London teacher Jonelle Lewis), yogaexplorers.com
Adventure Yogi, Montenegro
Adventure Yogi, Montenegro. Photograph: Alamy
Combine three hours of yoga a day with outdoor adventure in unspoiled Montenegro. Based in a renovated olive mill, 10 minutes’ drive from the coast, the days are topped and tailed by Amy Williams’s accessible classes – a mix of gentle flowing hatha and slow-paced yin and meditation. In between there’s time for wild swimming in rivers and lakes, mountain hiking and visits to the old town of Stari Bar and the beach.
• From £645, 8-15 and 15-22 May, adventureyogi.com
Summersalt Yoga, Croatia
Summersalt Yoga, Croatia
If plain old, land-based downward dog seems a bit tame, how about giving stand-up paddleboarding yoga a go? Teacher Caroline Graham-Wood leads week-long holidays based in a villa on the island of Vis – and no SUP experience is required. Daily yoga (on the board and on the ground), meditation, great vegetarian and vegan food and island tours are included, as well as transfers from Split.
• From £800, 29-6 June, 6-13 and 13-20 July, summersaltyoga.com
Chaya Yoga Retreats, Goa
Chaya Yoga Retreats, Goa. Photograph: Ifusha Kalia
A five-minute stroll from Ashvem beach, Kaju Varo is a lush oasis, with stylish, minimalist accommodation around a pool and courtyard. Chaya Yoga Retreats runs several holidays, each with a different theme. Join London-based teacher Paula Andreewitch from 9-16 February for the “Hydra: into the Heart” retreat. Expect flowing, playful sequences, pranayama breath work, meditation and chanting designed to declutter minds and connect to the heart. Chaya founder Lucy Hill carefully curates every retreat, with nourishing plant-based feasts, inspiring workshops and healing treatments included in the price. They’re lots of fun, too. There’s time for the beach and trips to night markets. It’s also supportive of all, from beginners to advanced yogis.
• For the summer, Chaya relocates to Ibiza with a choice of three week-long yoga holidays in two beautiful villas with top-notch teachers. From £1,111 a week, chayayogaretreats.com
Akasha Wellness, Romania
Akasha Wellness, Romania
Akasha Wellness Retreat’s outdoor yoga platform makes the most of views over the Piatra Craiului National Park. Join one of the timetabled six-day breaks – try wine tasting and yoga from 30 November – or create a mini-retreat with the three-night flexible stay option (arrive Friday, Saturday or Sunday). Twice daily yoga with experienced resident teachers, outdoor hot tub, mountain and forest hiking and organic, nutritionist-devised menus add to the appeal. • From £375 for three nights, £500 for five, akasharetreat.com
Swasti Eco Cottages, Bali
Swasti Eco Cottages, Bali
Bali is awash with slick (often expensive) yoga retreats, but Swasti Eco Cottages is a delightful, unflashy eco-haven close to Ubud’s Monkey Forest. Several yoga classes of various styles run each day. Accommodation is in cottages made from recycled wood. Food is from the organic farm and the spa uses all-natural products. Good for those who want flexibility rather than a fixed-date retreat.
• From £68 for a double room, yoga classes extra, baliswasti.com
Yoga on a Shoestring, Ibiza
Yoga on a Shoestring, Ibiza
Ibiza Moving Arts, an old farmhouse surrounded by forest, makes a beautiful base for Federica Clements’s week-long retreat. Mixing yoga styles, from ashtanga to iyengar, Federica brings a sense of playfulness and wealth of knowledge to her classes. There are two free afternoons – allowing time for the pool and beach.
• From £785, 4-11 May 2019, yogaonashoestring.com
Destination Yoga, Italy
Destination Yoga, Italy
Locanda Cugnanello, a family-run country estate 90 minutes from Florence, is a beautiful setting for a yoga holiday. Surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, the 800-year-old farmhouse has 12 rooms and a spacious indoor yoga studio for twice-daily classes. There’s a saltwater pool, great hiking trails and lots of Tuscan treasures to explore nearby, from San Gimignano to Siena, with delicious, healthy meals served on the outdoor terrace.
• From £995, 24-31 August and 12-19 October, destinationyoga.co.uk
Reclaim Yourself, Iceland
Reclaim Yourself, Iceland. Photograph: Karen Yeomans
You might spot the Aurora Borealis on this trip to a remote part of Iceland. Based in a farm with luxury cabins, sauna and outdoor hot tub (naturally), it’s not cheap, but a day exploring the geothermal wilderness of Myvatn is included – as well as 15 hours of yoga. Emma Henry leads strong flow classes with longer afternoon sessions and workshops. Hiking, whale-watching and riding Icelandic horses are optional extras.
• From £1,295, 4-9 October 2019 and with Adam Husler 12-17 October 2019, reclaimyourself.co.uk
Jessica Lambert, Cumbria
Jessica Lambert, Cumbria. Photograph: Nicholas Yarsley
A historic manor house in Cumbria’s Eden Valley is home to Jessica Lambert’s long weekend yoga retreats. Her energising morning and gentle evening classes suit all and, as a qualified osteopath, she’s spot on with adjustments. Elspeth’s Kitchen provides sustenance with creative plant-based menus – don’t hold back on the mouth-watering raw cakes. There are 25 acres of grounds, open fires to curl up by and massages to be had.
• From £440, 22-25 November 2018 (women only) and 10-13 January, jessicarlambert.co.uk
Bodhi Adventure Yoga, France
Bodhi Adventure Yoga, France
Combine skiing or snowboarding with yoga on a luxury chalet holiday in a traditional village near Méribel. Mornings begin with a strong practice to create heat for a day on the slopes, with more gentle après-ski classes (sometimes in the snow), and meditation some evenings. Nutritious breakfasts, afternoon tea and three-course plant-based meals are included. Maximum eight guests, but bespoke trips arranged, too.
• From £975, 5-12 January and 9-16 March, including transfers to slopes. Lift passes not included, bodhi-adventure.co.uk
Suleyman’s Garden, Turkey
Suleyman’s Garden, Turkey. Photograph: Huzur Vadisi
On the dramatic Turquoise coast, Suleyman’s Garden is a little Eden, with paths that lead through pine forests to a rocky swimming cove. Accommodation is in traditional cottages and all have sea views. Vegetarian meals use homegrown produce. But it’s the calibre of teachers that sets it apart – including Scaravelli-influenced, anatomy expert Gary Carter in 2019. Olu Deniz is a 20-minute drive away and boat trips and hammam visits are among excursion options.
• From £775 a week, huzurvadisi.com
Self-care is something that is overlooked as a mama. We tend to take care of everyone else, including the animals, before ourselves. Finding the time to add in a trip to the gym, getting a pedicure, going for a massage or even ordering a glass of wine with friends is often the last priority on a mom’s agenda. One great way to get some self-care time in is attending a yoga retreat weekend. The Pacific Northwest is not only an amazing place to live, but a wonderful place for yoga retreats. Being able to drive a few hours to a nature filled yoga retreat is a great luxury that we have living in the Pacific Northwest.
Here are FIVE local yoga retreats near Portland. Why not try one this summer and improve your self-care?
1. Heaven and Earth Retreats (Banks, OR)
Located just 30 minutes west of Portland, the Heaven and Earth Retreat Center is in the scenic foothills of the beautiful Oregon coast, making it the perfect place for a weekend retreat. They offer daily yoga classes and meditation at all different levels of experience, and host different workshops and retreats during the weekend throughout the summery.
2. Back to Nature Yoga Retreat (Eugene, OR)
The Back to Nature Yoga Retreat is put on by Ambuja Yoga at the Tipi Village in Marcola. This three-day, all-inclusive “glamping” style women’s retreat is held in July. Located right next to the river on beautiful grounds, it’s a beautiful background for practicing yoga and the perfect location for a retreat.
3. The Yoga Lodge (Whidbey Island, WA)
The Yoga Lodge resides on beautiful Whidbey Island, just northwest of Seattle in the beautiful San Juans. With twice-daily yoga classes, beautiful hiking and meditation workshops, and a whole calendar of retreats on their schedule, you are sure to find the right self-care yoga retreat for your needs here.
4. Aham Yoga, Sleeping Lady Resort (Leavenworth, WA)
If you have never been to Leavenworth in Washington, this retreat is worth the excuse to visit the quaint Bavarian town tucked away in the mountains. The Sleeping Lady Resort is just as beautiful with its glorious grounds filled with pines and the river. Aham Yoga is a Yoga studio in Redmond, WA and every year they bring their yoga practice to the middle of the woods in Leavenworth. The weekend is filled with yoga, relaxing, great food and beautiful scenery.
5. North Cascades Summer Retreat, North Cascades National Park (Diablo, WA)
A beautiful summer retreat for yoga in July. The retreat is in the Northern Cascades of Washington state, which provides a breathtaking view of the surroundings. Not only do they host tons of yoga during the day, but they also offer a guided canoe tour on Diablo Lake and wonderful, nutritious meals during the retreat weekend.
Know of any local yoga retreats we’ve missed? Please leave them in the comments below!
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Yoga Meditation Hiking Retreat
This year’s retreat theme will be “Joy and Gratitude”. Many of us believe we are lacking in these traits, but in truth, joy (in Sanskrit, “Ananda”) is the essence of who we are. Gratitude flows easily when we align with the truth of who we are. Joy and gratitude lift our energy vibration out of despair, anxiety and fear.
What else will we do
Besides twice-daily yoga, we will do some hiking in beautiful, bug-free mountains and forests. We will do some breath and meditation playshops, as well as kirtan (call and response chant-song) to help us connect on all levels.
Kirtan and Sound Bath
Kirtan (call and response singing or chanting) is an easy way to calm the mind and access higher energy vibrations. We will also invite the group to lie down and relax while Liz and Roy play a variety of instruments and sounds to help us move into blissful rest before bedtime, ahhhhhhhhhh ….
Peaceful Mountain is a beautiful accommodation near Mt. Baker with everything we need: yoga space with hardwood floors, meditation spaces, exercise room, hot tub, sauna, full kitchen from which we will serve three delicious meals daily, and access to nature and hiking trails. Rod is a wonderful owner and host, who may play his didgeridoo for us if we are lucky!
Teachers, cooks and hike leaders
Liz and Roy pride ourselves in creating loving, organic, healthy yet amazingly tasty meals. Included is Friday night dinner, three meals each day, Saturday and Sunday, and bountiful Monday brunch.
Roy Holman will teach some of the yoga classes and lead the hike. Roy teaches a breath-connected, meditative, flow viniyoga, and has led over 60 retreats, in the North Cascades as well as in Sedona, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bali and Guatemala. We will have a total of four or five yoga classes over the weekend in the beautiful space, breathwork workshops, meditation classes,, a hike, a silent meditation walk..
Liz Gross is an amazing, intuitive healer, and will also teach yoga, meditation and energy work, and help cook! She will offer a variety of optional extra healing gifts extra cost), and each of us is available for issues or questions that arise.
Liz: “I believe all healing involves alignment of the soul with the body. When you’re consciously in touch with the life energy within yourself, you have awareness & communication with the flow of energy that connects you to spirit. I feel very passionate about Vibrational Medicine and love working with others in this way & helping others to connect with their purpose and passion in life.”
Vibrational Energy Medicine brings the physical, emotional, mental, & spiritual bodies back into balance, which opens the way for rebuilding the healing systems of the body. Please read more about Liz at her website
You! We usually have about 15 people, a chance to make new friends and connect, but also quiet time to read, relax, and rejuvenate. You are invited to do as many or as little as the classes and activities as fits you and your needs.
Workshops & Retreats
The retreat begins at 3 pm on Friday with checking into your room or cabin and settling in. Our first yoga class is at 4:30 pm, helping you to unwind and ease into retreat mode. The retreat ends on Sunday, after lunch, at about 1 pm. We make the special request that people take the day off from work on Friday, so that they can make their way to the island leisurely, avoiding the weekend lines and catching an early ferry to Whidbey, arriving to the island unhurried. During the weekend, you’ll have plenty of time to relax, hike, read, walk the labyrinth, nap, or meditate in the sanctuary. The pricing for this retreat depends on your choice of accommodation and ranges from $500 to $695. This weekend is all inclusive with cozy accommodation, delicious vegetarian meals, a blend of hatha flow and restorative yoga sessions and group circle time.
During the weekend, you’ll have plenty of time to relax, hike, read, walk the labyrinth, nap, or meditate in the sanctuary. The pricing for this retreat depends on your choice of accommodation and ranges from $500 to $695. This weekend is all inclusive with cozy accommodation, delicious vegetarian meals, a blend of hatha flow and restorative yoga sessions and group circle time.
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