11 destinations for your next wellness retreat: how to pamper body and mind between forests and magic rites.
Sometimes, sooner or later, it comes the time to take care of ourselves. 2018 has just begun, but it is never too soon to search for beauty and devote valuable time to a remise en form. Even better, if that’s done in some crazy place around the world. On the web there are many offers and proposals for your next wellness retreat, you only have to make a choice: from Italy to America passing by less well-known destinations to be discovered.
Grail Springs Retreat – Ontario – Canada
The award-winning wellness centre, founded by bestseller author Madeleine Marentette, has a holistic approach that seeks to improve the balance between body and mind. In fact, Holistic Detox theory, explained by the founder in his book, is applied to the treatments offered here.
You can choose between meditation, yoga, and horseback riding sessions. One important aspect is the proper healthy and balanced nutrition, which contributes to the purification of the body.
There are 7 rules to achieve happiness, well-being and wisdom: awareness, body cleansing, nutrition for body and mind, respiratory technique “Prana”, physical movement, mindfulness and support.
2004 Bay Lake Road, Bancroft, Ontario CANADA
Bodhi Khaya Retreat – Capetown – South Africa
At two hours drive from Capetown, you’ll find an oasis of well-being and silence. A kind of great spiritual house immersed in 217 hectares of indigenous forest. The activities offered here vary every month and range from art to music and oriental disciplines.
All year round you can practice yoga in the various available spaces, participate in meditation sessions, and experience labyrinth therapy, a particular activity that acts on psychophysical well- being and allows you to reconnect with your body through a natural labyrinth, a maze built in harmony with the ecosystem using native plants such as aloe and fynbos.
Six magical paths in the Fynbos and Milkwood Forest allow you to immerse into the spectacular nature of the place, meditate in the shade of centuries-old plants, and admire the ocean view.
In addition to the meditation halls and the labyrinth, there are two dams where to swim among lilies and swallow singing in summer.
7220 Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa
Breathing Space Retreat – Lanzarote – Canary Islands
Trying the experience of “conscious breathing” led by guru Alain Dolan can be a good reason to visit the wildest of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote. Throughout the year you can stay at the beautiful Dolan’s villa near Nazaret, and access the practice sessions with a unique master who will teach you how to breathe in the right way.
According to the breath guru, the most powerful mechanism of physical, emotional and psychological healing is just the breath.
Breathing consciousness is a powerful and safe way to infuse your body with oxygen and energy. It opens doors to higher levels of consciousness, enabling you to exploit your resources and live your life with fullness and satisfaction. This type of practice can be amplified when paired with the Thai massages offered in the villa.
Nazaret, Lanzarote Canary Islands
Itinerant and explosive wellness retreats are offered by the guru team who founded Wellness Playground. Two locations for 2018: Costa Dulce in Nicaragua and the Greek island of Amorgos. The team consists of acrobatic yoga masters, aerial yoga teachers and dancers.
The activities differ according to the destination chosen, but there are always included genuine and healthy meals, yoga and dance activities, Thai massages and side activities such as surfing, sauna and gym. You do not have to be an expert to take part in the activities; what is required is, above all, the spirit of adventure and the will to challenge the limits of your body to rediscover yourself stronger and more conscious.
Tuscan Fitness Retreat – Arezzo – Italy
The Tuscan Fitness Retreat is located in the heart of Tuscany among the most famous hills in the Chianti region. The international vocation of the centre attracts many foreign travellers who want to combine a healthy holiday and the discovery of a magnificent land.
In the centre, yoga activities are a must, but you can also take part in training circuits and guided walks immersed in the local nature. On top of that, the menus offered, typically Italian, are balanced and tasty thanks to local and organic products.
Fontebussi, 52022 Cavriglia, Arezzo Italy
Como Shambhala Fitness Retreat – Ubud – Bali
A tropical oasis located in Ubud, Bali, Como Shambhala features the latest generation of facilities. These include a vitality pool, a Pilates studio and fitness gym, as well as a pavilion dedicated to yoga practice in the jungle.
Behind the concept of this luxurious wellness retreat, there is a Buddhist matrix philosophy. In fact, “Shambhala” means “sacred spot of bliss”. The extraordinary location and the pleasant climate that the resort enjoys all year round make it the ideal location for outdoor activities.
Especially relevant, the highly qualified staff follows the guests in all their needs, from physical activity to the choice of proper nutrition, all tailor-made according to individual needs. Everything is realized in an exclusive and luxurious context, really out of the usual paths.
Br Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, 80571 Payangan Indonesia
Earth Yoga Village – Goa – India
A true village where intimacy and nature create a perfect mix, just a few meters from Palolem Beach, near Goa. The motto that animates this village is “Live the life you love and love the life you live in“.
From November to April you can enjoy daily yoga classes, meditation sessions and wellness treatments, accompanied by healthy and nutritious foods. For a deeper immersion into the spirit of the place, you can take part in further retreats and yoga workshops.
Their program is based on the healing and harmonization of body, mind and soul. In addition, the village is built in the respect of the environment, so everything is studied to be ecological. In short, restoring body and mind has never been so eco-friendly.
Palolem Beach, 403702 Goa India
Gaia House – Devon – England
A retreat and meditation centre, Gaia House is nestled in the English countryside of southern Devon. It offers a space for silent meditation according to the typical Buddhist tradition, led by experienced Dharma teachers from all over the world.
There are several programs depending on your needs: individual retreats, family classes, training for the workmate groups. The minimum duration for an individual program is three days to a maximum of three months (and beyond). Teachers have an international background and all of them have specific training on Buddhist meditation practices.
The charming and elegant location, in the heart of Europe, makes your stay even more fascinating.
West Ogwell, Newton Abbot, Devon England
Willka T’ika – Sacred Valley – Peru
A luxurious home-garden and wellness retreat in Peru. Willka T’ika sits in the heart of the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu, one of the most energy-rich places on Earth.
Here the connection with Mother Earth comes through the sensory experience of the renowned Chakra Gardens, through the Q’ero ceremonies and through Andean excursions and through the taste of vegetarian cuisine.
Owner Carol Cumes built Willka T’ika in 1994 as a private retreat centre with a special focus on yoga, making it the first meeting point for yoga practice in the Sacred Valley. Willka T’ika also features ceremonial temples, a library and the renowned beautiful and restorative Seven Chakra Garden. The healing and wellness services include Andean massage, reflexology, thermal baths, heated pools of sunshine, meditation under the stars, and light therapies.
Willka also invites external spiritual leaders to retreat into the eco-friendly structure. The structure hosts 8-day and 10-day magic retreats with guided tours to Cusco, Machu Picchu and other archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley, as well as spiritual ceremonies and individual sessions with Andean healers. In addition to “Magical Journey” retreats, founder Carol Cumes conducts an annual program called “Magic Trip to Machu Picchu“.
Sacred Valley, Cusco Peru
Ryk Yoga and Meditation Center – Las Vegas – Nevada
This is the first Kundalini Yoga and Meditation centre in Las Vegas. A cozy space where you can start, develop or reactivate your yoga practice. The Ryk Centre offers a wide range of yoga and meditation lessons, as well as personal development laboratories designed to raise awareness and re-engage passion to start new experiences.
The trainer’s goal is to guide guests on a path of self-discovery and inner illumination. Various types of yoga are practised, such as Yin Yoga, Yoga Retreat, Reiki therapy, and a unique type of meditation called “meditation under the full moonlight”.
The founder and teacher is the Romanian Cosmin Mahadev Singh, who holds courses all over the world. His motto is “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and feed him for the rest of his life”.
840 W Sahara AVE, Suite 109, 89117 Las Vegas Nevada
Yoga In Italy – Tuscany/Liguria
Why don’t you help yourself to a break from stress, an escape from the working routine, or simply a relaxing Yoga-getaway? This is what Yoga in Italy offers: 7-days yoga retreats where you can reset your stress level and, finally, find that interior peace you were always looking for.
You will be hosted in luxe facilities, and precisely where Italian authenticity shows at its best: we are talking about the Tuscany countryside and the region of the Cinque Terre in Liguria. A nature-immersion therapy, where you will find relax, slow-food, spa and massage treatments, enchanting excursions and genuine Italian experiences; and above all, the Yoga.
The Yoga Retreats’ calendar for 2018, that you can find on www.yogainitaly.com, provides for customized 7-days holiday packages, in particular from May 5 to October 20.
Via della Chiesa XIV, 920, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy