If you find yourself dreaming of a sunny getaway, you’re not alone (it’s pouring outside my window as I write this). So, you’ve got some vacation time, and you’re ready for some sunshine: check, check. Now the question is: What kind of wellness experience are you after? There are so many wonderful options out there, from intense yoga retreats dedicated to strengthening your practice, to the straight up beach + yoga holidays. Here are the sunshine-filled yoga and wellness getaways I’ve got my eye on.
The beautiful Sagrada Wellness retreat in Santa Margarita, California, offers a nurturing blend of nature therapy, hiking, Yin Yoga, Iyengar and Ashtanga-influenced vinyasa, gentle Hatha and Pranayama. Begin each day with a guided hike on one of the nearby picturesque trails, and explore some of the best unspoiled scenery in all of California. In the late afternoon enjoy yoga classes, led by Aaron Ogden, followed by restorative yoga postures that will leave you feeling grounded and at peace. An invitation to embark on an inward journey of renewal, this retreat leaves guests feeling a deeper sense of connectedness to oneself and to the world around them. Sagrada guests can also enjoy the reflection garden, a healing saline pool, acupuncture and hot tub. All levels welcome.
Playa Grande, is a lush, serene and magical location, which makes it the perfect spot for a yoga and meditation retreat. This Costa Rica retreat led by beloved San Francisco-based teacher, Christie Pitko includes morning and evening yoga classes and meditation, three delicious meals each day, served in an open air tree top cafe, personal guidance as needed, a group sunset sail on the Pacific ocean, and options to snorkel, SUP, or chill as much as you like. If you’re looking for a combination of relaxation and adventure, this retreat offers just that. All levels of yoga and meditation experience are welcome.
Dates: March 30-April 4, 2020
Location: Rip Jack Inn, in Playa Grande, Costa Rica
This yoga, breath and sound retreat with the renowned Janet Stone offers a weekend to practice coming home to your still point—the place within you that remains steady amidst the chaos of daily living. If time is of the essence, this weekend retreat packs a punch, including daily Vinyasa practice, with pranayama, meditation, and group activities. Expect to bolster your faith, embolden your love, and deepen your devotion. If you’ve always wanted to visit the stunning 1440 Multiversity Campus in Scotts Valley (I haven’t been there yet, and can’t wait to go!) consider this your official invitation.
Dates: March 20-22, 2020
Location: 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, California
If you’re looking for relaxation and renewal, this yoga and beach holiday will deliver! You are invited to unwind in a boutique hotel near the beach and practice yoga and meditation with renowned San Francisco-based Christie Pitko for six beautiful days. Savor delicious meals, and enjoy the charming town of Sayulita, Mexico. Experience daily all-levels yoga and meditation in a beautiful covered outdoor yoga shala. Classes include morning Vinyasa flow, as well as slow, therapeutic sessions in the evening. In addition to daily guided meditation and pranayama, you’re invited to explore the surrounding culture via a thrilling eco-discovery adventure to the Marietta Islands and an excursion to the nearby Los Muertos Cemetery and beach. Ready to pack your bags?
Dates: June 7-June 12, 2020
Location: Hotelito Los Suenos, Sayulito, Mexico.
For spontaneous travellers, who want the yoga retreat experience without investing your entire holiday into a retreat, the sought-after Present Moment retreat center offers this genius“add on” two-day retreat option. Personally, I plan to do this with my husband one day, as 2 days of yoga and meditation is just perfect for him. Present Moment is known to offer quality yoga teaching in a tropical paradise. This flexible package includes beautiful private accommodations, delicious gourmet breakfasts, and daily classes of your choice. During the retreat, you will have plenty of time for sun worshipping and beach combing – plus other exciting water sports and activities available at the resort.
Location: The Present Moment Retreat Center, Playa Troncones, Mexico
Join yoga teachers MJ Daniels and Leisha Davis for one week at the beautiful Haramara Retreat, named one of the top 10 yoga retreat destinations by Yoga Journal. You’ll find this tropical jungle haven just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The focus of this retreat is personal inquiry, through the teachings of the Yoga Sutras. Yoga classes are offered twice daily, which include mantra, asana, pranayama and meditation, all designed to help you experience the Divine within.
Dates: March 14-21, 2020
Location: Haramara Retreat in Nayarit, Mexico
I hope these options inspire you to go on a new adventure this year! For those seeking a retreat closer to home, explore these upcoming BC yoga and wellness retreats, Washington yoga retreats, Oregon retreats, and California yoga retreats.
PHOTO CREDIT: PRESENT MOMENT RETREAT CENTER