We get it: Life is busy, and we all have calendar alerts that remind us of how much we have to do, but in the interest of your long-term health, it might be time for a reset. In fact, taking time out has been scientifically proven to boost productivity and make you live longer. That's something we can all get behind.
If an ordinary fitness regimen isn't working for you, consider a wellness retreat. They're an ideal way to break routine and reassess habits with the help of nutrition, fitness, or mindfulness experts. Ahead, we spotlight 15 options that are both affordable and in line with your intentions, whether that be to build stress resilience, practice self-love, or tap into your spiritual side.
Book one of these 15 affordable wellness retreats to relax, recharge, and realign your life.
Pura Vida Adventures, Costa Rica
The Retreat: Pura Vida Adventures hosts weeklong surf camps and yoga retreats in Costa Rica. It has co-ed and women-only options.
The Itinerary: Learn how to surf with daily lessons guided by skilled instructors, explore Costa Rica with travel excursions, practice yoga on the beach, and stay in a chilled waterfront resort.
The Dates: There are roughly one to three retreats a month.
The Price: Prices start at $3195, which includes seven days and six nights of accommodation, surfing/yoga lessons, activities, all meals, and a one-hour massage.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas
The Retreat: The Yoga Vacation Program hosted by Sivananda Ashram Yoga on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
The Itinerary: Expect an immersive, spiritual yoga experience that includes meditation, yoga classes, guest lectures, and workshops, all in a tropical, waterfront location in the Caribbean.
The Dates: The retreat welcomes guests year-round round, with a two-night minimum stay.
The Price: If you're willing to BYO tent and sleep under the stars, the nightly rate is as low as $65, but if you prefer a roof over your head (and A/C), expect to shell out $120+ per night. The rate includes two vegetarian meals per day, yoga and meditation sessions, satsangs, and beach and amenity access.
The Retreat: YogaScapes Weekend Retreat in Joshua Tree National Park.
The Itinerary: Watch the sunrise over the desert from your tent, practice morning yoga, hike and bike the ancient rock formations, and marvel at the starry sky every evening—this itinerary was made for people who love to explore nature.
The Dates: May 17-19, 2020
The Price: Prices start from $650 and include two-nights accommodation in Indian Cove Campground, vegetarian meals, daily yoga classes, and more.
Kripalu Radical Self-Love, Massachusetts
The Retreat: The Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, located in Stockbridge, Mass.
The Itinerary: Harness the quiet energy of the winter solstice through gentle yoga, meditation sessions, and restorative walks through the winter woods.
The Dates: Dec. 20-22, 2019
The Price: Prices start at $468 and include a two-night stay in dormitory accommodations, meals, and group activities.
The Lodge at Woodloch, Pennsylvania
The Retreat: The Lodge at Woodloch's Just One – One-Night Midweek Escape.
The Itinerary: Nestled among 500 wooded acres in the Poconos, this destination spa resort combines a 40,000-square-foot spa complex, fitness and wellness classes, outdoor excursions, and gourmet dining to create a sanctuary intended to inspire personal awakening within its adult guests.
The Dates: Offered year-round.
The Price: Nightly rates at this award-winning, luxury resort are typically a splurge, but midweek stays bring the price down to as low as $329. The rate includes accommodations in a Veranda Classic Standard room, plus three gourmet meals, guided group excursions, and access to health and fitness amenities. Spa treatments can be purchased a la carte.
1440 Awakening Heart Weekend, California
The Retreat: The Awakening Heart weekend, lead by world-renowned teacher Saul David Raye and musician Jim Beckwith. It's held on a 75-acre campus near Santa Cruz with the goal of helping guests tap into their personal and collective hearts. There's a focus on heart- and soul-centric yoga, breathwork, and meditation, too.
The Itinerary: This weekend program includes explorations of ancient and modern teachings, mindfulness activities, Q&As, and advice for implementing the lessons into your daily schedule.
The dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019
The price: $633 for a two-night, three-day stay. Package price includes a twin pod in a shared room, tuition, meals, signature classes, Wi-Fi, and parking.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, New Mexico
The retreat: A part of the landscape of northern New Mexico since 1868, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa grants guests access to ancient mineral hot springs believed to be sacred by Native American tribes for thousands of years.
The itinerary: Spend a day hiking and biking the 1,100-acre property's desert terrain, practice yoga, go bird watching, then wind down with a restorative soak in the healing waters of the mineral hot springs.
The dates: Open year-round.
The price: Rates start at $169/night and include a private room within a historic, Mission Revival-style adobe hotel. Complimentary bathrobes and access to the mineral springs are also included.
The Peaks Resort and Spa, Colorado
The retreat: The Spa Escape Package at The Peaks Resort & Spa, located in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
The itinerary: Book a three-night minimum stay and unwind within the resort's 42,000-square-foot spa, complete with an indoor-outdoor pool, saunas, steam rooms, an oxygen inhalation room, and more. If you stay during the winter months, you can hit the slopes of Telluride Ski Resort.
The dates: Offered year-round, but black-out dates apply.
The price: Prices start at $199 and include a private room and a $150 spa credit.
Aqua Wellness Resort, Nicaragua
The retreat: The Aqua Wellness 3-Day Refresh Program at Aqua Wellness Resort, situated on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast.
The itinerary: A personal wellness reboot inspired by yoga, massage, water activities, and lush, tropical surroundings.
The dates: Offered year-round.
The price: $605 for the four-day, three-night program, which includes massages and/or a facial, private yoga sessions, a branded tank top, private ground transportation from the airport, and more. Accommodations are extra and start at $100/night.
Red Mountain Resort, Utah
The retreat: The Red Mountain Essential Retreat at Red Mountain Resort, located in the breathtaking red rock country of southwest Utah.
The itinerary: Enjoy guided hikes through breathtaking canyons and sandstone cliffs, plus yoga, wellness workshops, spa services, and more.
The dates: Offered year-round
The price: Prices start at $405, but be sure to check for any available promo codes. The nightly rate includes meals, activities, events, and access to all amenities.
Ann Wigmore Natural Wellness Institute, Puerto Rico
The retreat: The One-Week Intensive Certificate Course hosted by Ann Wigmore Natural Wellness Institute in Puerto Rico.
The itinerary: Start your day with yoga and wheatgrass juice by the beach, followed by healthy-eating classes, a nutritious lunch, and a massage.
The date: Offered year-round.
The prices: $1175 for the seven-day, six-night program, which includes classes, meals and snacks, yoga, wheatgrass juice, and more. Accommodations are additional and start at $210/night.
RAAS Jodphur, India
The retreat: RAAS Jodphur, a luxury spa hotel situated in the shadow of the massive Mehrangarh Fort, which was built in the 15th century and is one of India's largest forts.
The itinerary: Treat yourself to organic, holistic spa and beauty treatments followed by a dip in the heated, outdoor pool and sightseeing around Jodphur.
The date: Open year-round.
The price: Nightly rates start at ₹13,000 ($186.60) and include a buffet breakfast.
Middle Piccadilly, Dorset, UK
The retreat: The Living Smart Living Clean Lifestyle Retreat at Middle Piccadilly, a wellness center situated on bucolic acreage in Dorset, United Kingdom.
The itinerary: Reconnect body and mind with an immersive experience that centers around healthy eating, juicing, lifestyle sessions, and detoxifying spa treatments.
The dates: Offered year-round.
The price: Prices start at £710 ($862.72) for a four-night stay that includes accommodations, juicing, rawfood and vegetarian meals, spa treatments, and more.
Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Austria
The retreat: The Stangl Moments package offered by Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, a wellness resort and spa nestled in the Northern Limestone Alps in Austria.
The itinerary: Begin your day with breakfast sourced from the resort's very own farm, then take a dip in Europe's largest hotel saltwater pool and follow it with a spa treatment, yoga, a guided hike, and/or cross-country skiing.
The dates: Offered year-round.
The price: Prices for a three-night stay between Sunday and Friday start at €695 ($772.45) and €30 ($33.22) spa credit.
Yogarosa Retreats, Ibiza
The retreat: A tranquil yoga retreat with Yogarosa, which is based in Santa Eularia, Ibiza.
The itinerary: A three-night minimum stay that focuses on holistic wellness through outdoor yoga, detoxifying vegetarian/vegan meals, meditation, and silent reflection.
The dates: Offered year-round.
The price: Prices start at €297/night ($330.23) and include accommodations, yoga, meditation and sound healing, vegetarian/vegan meals, and more.
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