This is a big year of recalibration, for many of us. Astrologically, 2023 is about meeting and letting go of the deeper layers, so we can truly expand. I think of the metaphor of a tree. We can only expand to the extent that we are solidly rooted. And, in our highly stimulated modern lifestyles, an immersion (aka nature retreat) is one of the best ways to help us align back to our inner strength. If you’re looking for a nature-based experience this year, here are the nature retreats I’ve come across that I’d most love to partake in myself. Hope to see you there!
Tofino Spa Yoga Retreat with Carolyn Anne Budgell
Dates: April 20–23, 2023
Location: Tofino, BC
A retreat for all the senses, with all of the elements, you’re invited into 3 nights and 4 days of Meditation, Spa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, delicious food, and additional activities to help you recalibrate as you emerge from winter. This is a nourishing nature retreat to revitalize your entire being. Carolyn will be sharing all things Mindfulness and Spa Yoga, while Marika offers nutritious meals and a Kundalini practice.
Sunshine Coast Retreat with Jenn Field & Dr. Diana Lu
Dates: April 21-23 or September 15-18, 2023
Location: Halfmoon Haven, Sunshine Coast, BC
Designed for heart-centered professionals, Jenn Field and Dr. Diana Liu invite you to breathe, move, feast, share and explore your inner and outer terrain together. This catered nature retreat includes land based learning, breathwork journeys, daily yoga, the use of indoor and outdoor spas, and oceanside accommodations.
Oregon Yoga, Breathwork & Nature Retreat with Tai Hubbert
Dates: August 10-August 13, 2023
Location: St. Helens, Oregon
An invitation to four days in personal retreat – an opportunity to take pause from the demands and routines of everyday life – and reconnect to what is most essential and alive within you. Through the practices of yoga, meditation, and breathwork, and with the essential medicine of being in community and in Nature, this experience is designed to fill your cup in all the ways.
Breathwork + Ancestral Healing Retreat with Ariana Fotinakis
Dates: September 22-27, 2023
Location: Hollyhock Retreat Center, Cortes Island in BC
This nature retreat with Ariana weaves together daily conscious connected breathwork ceremonies with creative, land-based practices and time for rest and relaxation – all designed to expand your mind, open your heart, nourish your body, and strengthen your spirit. An invitation to connect with the medicine of your own ancestry, the decolonial journey will also be explored, with a compassionate look at how colonization has impacted both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Kin.
Yoga + Spa Retreat to Mexico with Mara Branscbombe
Dates: March 2-9, 2024
Location: Haramara Resort, Mexico
Spend 7 luxurious nights in Haramara’s breathtaking accommodations and enjoy 3 organic gourmet meals daily prepared by Haramara’s world classchefs. Experience 2 daily yoga classes (vinyasa and hatha) along with guided daily meditation, yoga philosophy, and shamanic practices for cultivating inner radiance. Enjoy afternoons by the infinity pool, private beaches, or take advantage of optional surf lessons and spa services. This is less of a true nature immersion, but still makes our list!
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Not quite ready to book a retreat but do want the benefits of immersing into nature? Here’s a great article on how to explore your natural spirituality, here’s another one on how to start a breathwork practice, here’s a beautiful new moon meditation for grounding + manifesting.
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Written by Monica Krake, certified Breathwork Practitioner and founder of Head + Heart. Monica helps businesses get clear on their mission and bring it to life in the most aligned way via breathwork +spiritual website creation.