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The Best Yoga Retreats in California
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The Best Yoga Retreats in California

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Updated: 30 December 2017
When looking for the best yoga retreat, it’s important to know your options. With so many different styles of yoga, the possibilities to open and expand your yoga practice are endless. These programs are perfect for finding peace, connecting mind-body-spirit, and getting greater in tune with your inner self. Here is a list of some of the best yoga retreats in California for all you dedicated yogis out there.

White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center

The yoga retreats held at the White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center bring together the acts of rejuvenation between both mind and body. Yogis from all over come to White Lotus to bring harmony back into their lives that can get muddled with everyday tribulations. The center overlooks the gorgeous beach town of Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean, and even the the mystical Channel Islands. Among yoga, guests can enjoy nature hikes, massages, a swimming hole and hot tub, and finding the perfect meditation spots within the surrounding nature. The yoga retreats include staying in beautifully constructed yurts, tents, or even private and customized sleeping quarters. Body and mind empowering vegetarian meals are also included in the stay. Rates start at $650 for the entire weekend and encompass the living quarters, meals, two yoga classes a day, and complete lay of the grounds. Finding your zen here is as easy and pleasurable as it comes.

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SpaFari

This yoga retreat is for those seeking both adventure and the connection of mind, body, and spirit. Held all over the world at secluded locations, retreats at SpaFari go beyond yoga, and incorporate challenging and peaceful hikes, meditation, pilates, kayaking, sailing, and more. SpaFari’s Santa Barbara retreats will get you back in tune with the earth before you know it. Meditate in an unreal mountain temple, veg out with gourmet, locally-sourced vegetarian meals, sit in during health and wellness discussions; all this is wrapped together in a yoga retreat. You will leave SpaFari with a completely different outlook on the world and a new connection to the earth. Yoga retreats are held through the months of March, April, and May, rates begin at $1,750 for a single person or $4,500 for double occupancy.

SpaFari, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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Body Flows

Yoga retreats at Body Flows are held throughout Sonoma and Napa County and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as destination retreats. Body Flows puts yoga and yogis first. Their signature yoga classes specifically developed for whichever year-round retreat you choose are held daily, as well as beautiful hikes and meditations. What’s better to accompany a yoga retreat than wine tastings? Nothing. Daily wine tastings are included with Body Flow retreats as well. Guests can choose between yearly retreats like Spring Equinox, a Thanksgiving Gratitude weekend, Fall Harvest weekend, and much more. The mornings begin early, rising with the sun with outdoor vinyasa yoga class, and the retreat continues on to rejuvenate and connect guests with their centers. Rates begin at $125 for one-day retreats.

Body Flows, 525 3rd Street West, Sonoma, CA, USA, +1 917 913 1144

Esalen Institute

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Lodge at the Esalen Institute.
Lodge at the Esalen Institute. | © Tom Beil / Arkin Tilt Architects

Esalen Institute

Nestled deep within the dazzling mountains and ocean cliffs of Big Sur lies the 120 acres of Esalen Institute. Retreats vary on needs and yoga styles like hatha, vinyasa, restorative, and couples programs. Esalen is all about bringing together different aspects of yourself and melding them together to create the best you possible, even after leaving the retreat. Among yoga, guests can enjoy dance, writing, hot springs, and much more. The meals include farm-to-table cuisine to keep up with guests’ inner connections to the earth. Not to mention the absolutely breathtaking ocean views that serve as the backdrop. The Institute is open year-round with retreats and varying programs, prices are all-inclusive and depend on chosen accommodations.

Esalen Institute, 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, USA, +1 888 837 2536

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The Pearl Laguna

For an unforgettable yoga getaway, The Pearl Laguna pulls out all the stops. This ultra-modern retreat encompasses yoga, cleansing, and the ultimate mind-body connection. Yogis can rejuvenate themselves with clean vegetarian cuisine, guided hikes through the timeless Laguna Canyon of Laguna Beach, massage, and luxury sleeping arrangements. The Pearl Laguna is an exquisite yoga retreat for those seeking the best of the best. Retreats are held year-round and include accommodations, meals, and all programs, starting at $5,250 a person for six-night retreats. If you want to treat your inner self and spirituality like royalty, make sure to reserve a spot with The Pearl Laguna.

The Pearl Laguna, 21095 Raquel Road, Laguna Beach, CA, USA, +1 949 715 1674

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Sivananda Yoga Farm

Make your way through Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills to Sivananda Yoga Farm. True spiritual beings, or those on the journey to discovering their spirituality, will adore the simplistic yet invigorating ways at these retreats. Two daily yoga classes and two daily satsangs—better known as meditation, chanting, and lecture—are the pillars at Yoga Farm. The rest of the retreat is filled with relaxing saunas, trail hikes, swimming, and more. Delicious vegetarian meals are included in the program, along with dorm stays. Sivananda Yoga Farm is open all year with prices ranging from $65/night to $240/night. Tap into your inner self through the many programs held at this beautiful Gold Country location.

Sivananda Yoga Farm, 14651 Ballentree Lane, Grass Valley, CA, USA, +1 530 272 9322

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