Everyone needs to take some me-time every now and again. For some that comes in the form of a yoga retreat, for others it might be a wine-focused wellness weekend. From Florida to Arizona; Colorado to Virginia, Culture Trip has rounded up the best retreats in the USA.
3-day imagine retreat, Montauk Yoga and Wellness Retreat in New York
This women-only three-day retreat will refresh your mind, body and spirit, while providing you with a long weekend surrounded by strong and supportive women to help you combat self-judgement. Staying in a resort within steps of the beach, you’ll not only have access to a range of incredible wellness classes, but you’ll also benefit from the calming powers of the ocean. Over three days you can make the most of yoga, meditation, one-on-one wellness coaching and guided meditations, leaving you both mentally and physically rested.
With a focus on ayurvedic practices, this wellness retreat harnesses yoga, massage and ayurvedic nutrition for a holistic approach to your wellbeing. Staying in a private room in a resort in Alachua, you’ll be treated to a daily two-hour ayurvedic massage, vegetarian meals that adhere to ayurvedic food guidelines – which involve eating certain foods based on your personal dosha and body type – alongside practicing yoga, meditation and pranayama. This is a three-day trip that will have you glowing from the inside out.
If your idea of wellness focuses less on yoga and more on the calming presence of animals, a weekend at a ranch could be just what you need. Spend your three-day getaway on horseback, exploring the mountains that were once home to Apache chiefs Geronimo and Cochise. Experienced staff and friendly horses mean that even novice riders will be trotting through the mountains with ease. Accommodation comes in the form of fabulous four- or six-person cabins set among the ranch, and three meals a day are provided to keep you fueled for your adventures.
Though breakfast and lunch are provided, guests of this home-style retreat may cook their own meals if preferred. Each day kicks off with breakfast followed by a late morning yoga session, before the chance to explore the surrounding hiking trails that lead through acres of lush forest. After dinner in the evening, there’s a wellness-focused session to help you wind down – such as sound bath chakra meditation, which involves using a singing bowl to create a mellow humming sound that instills a sense of inner peace.
Wellness is subjective, and there’s no judgement here if your version of wellness involves savoring a good glass of wine. This four-day trip will have you doing yoga in the morning, and touring vineyards and exploring cellars in the afternoon, before taking part in a series of wine tasting and cooking classes that go beyond food to focus on internal wellness and joy, too. They do say that a glass of red a day has enormous health benefits, and this trip will prove just that. Accommodation comes in the way of delightful rooms in a colonial-style villa.
This four-day trip balances mental nourishment with physical wellbeing through a series of mindfulness sessions that aim to make sure your health starts with your brain. Set in an idyllic lodge on the edge of the Kennebec River, the accommodation aims to evoke nostalgia about summer camps, but with a distinctly adult air. Lots of time is dedicated to being outdoors so you can benefit from the healing powers of nature, plus have ample opportunity to lie by the pool for a few hours if you want to (in between yoga classes and workshops).
This yoga retreat strongly abides by the idea of disconnecting to reconnect, and that’s exactly what will happen to you on this six-day getaway. Days will consist of morning yoga, meditation and breathwork – some of which takes place on the nearby beach at sunrise – and free time to stroll the sands and swim in the ocean, or relax in the hot tub before your afternoon sessions. You’ll be kept fueled by nutritional smoothies, and you can soothe your yoga-wearied muscles with a complimentary massage and acupuncture.
Escape to paradise and spend 10 days in an incredible beachfront house, learning to surf steps from your front door and relaxing under the palm trees. When you’re not carving up the waves, you can spend your time reading in the seaside hammock, doing sunrise yoga on the sand and exploring the surrounding area. Those looking to dabble in other board-riding activities can also go skateboarding in the surrounding area or paddleboard along the nearby Haleiwa River – fully immersing yourself in the Hawaii way of life.
Instead of signing up for any old yoga course, commit yourself to the training needed to become an instructor so you can pass your skills on to those around you. On this 15-day intensive course, you’ll undertake a series of yoga classes and instruction taught by Shri Yogi Hari, who has more than 40 years of experience teaching yoga. Dorm rooms in this breezy house will help you get to know your fellow attendees, while the pool is ideal for cooling off after a big session. The days are full on, but this will be a rewarding experience that will leave you with invaluable knowledge of your yoga practice, regardless of whether or not you want to teach when you get home.
Following along the spiritual guidelines of yoga, this 16-day experience leave you as a fully qualified teacher. The course takes place in the spectacular setting of Big Island in Hawaii, so you’ll be surrounded by lush rainforests and jaw-dropping beaches. In between learning, bending and meditating there is also loads of time to visit the beach and explore the island. Shared and private rooms are available so you can tailor your choice depending on your budget.
This highly personalized yoga training experience has a limit of just five participants at a time, allowing for more one-on-one time to enhance your education. Over 21 days you’ll go cover traditional yoga teachings and learn about the chakra energy system, diving deep into the specifics of meditation and eating appetizing organic meals in an incredibly lush natural environment. This is a peaceful retreat that will both educate you and allow time for personal rest. Your spacious private rooms are the perfect spot to retreat to after a big training day.
Live by the beach for a month while you undergo your 200-hour yoga teacher training. While you’ll undergo a base level of training, you will also have the opportunity to add on qualifications in yin, restorative and SUP yoga, allowing you to make the most of your time. When you’re not going through the basics of yoga teaching and practice, you’ll be able to spend your time on the beach, diving into the ocean and strolling along the golden sands – just a short stroll from your temporary home.