27 Life-Changing Wellness Retreats for Winter and Spring 2017
No matter what your goals are for the new year, there's one intention just about anyone can get behind: have more adventures.
Okay, so out-of-town escapades may have once been at odds with your wellness resolutions—looking at you, swim-up bar—but that's definitely not the case anymore. We're in a golden age of healthy travel, with fitness stars, lifestyle brands, and exotic resorts offering getaways that'll give you awesome memories (and Instagram photos), but also a few new habits. (Even your flight there is getting healthier.)
Need further proof that wellness retreats are one of the biggest trends of 2017? In the first five months of the year, you can embark on circuit training and safaris in Botswana, do a digital detox under the Northern Lights, take nightly sound baths in Nicaragua, learn about astrology in Costa Rica, or work on your warrior pose in Cuba, Japan, and Morocco.
So add a few more pages to your passport and memorize your frequent flyer number—there are so many dreamy healthy getaways coming up, you'll probably be tempted to book more than one.
Keep reading for the 27 best wellness retreats happening winter and spring 2017.
Ongoing: Ayurvedic Detox Wellness Retreat
Gurgaon, New Delhi, India
If you're intrigued by the idea of an Ayurvedic cleanse but aren't down with induced vomiting, this seven-night experience is a happy medium. The journey starts with a doctor-administered Ayurvedic wellness consultation, followed by a wide range of detox therapies including 12 (!) massage sessions, nutrition customized to balance your doshas, personalized yoga classes, pranayama, and meditation. Oh, and enemas are indeed part of the deal, but at least you'll be receiving them in luxury—everything goes down at the lush ITC Grand Bharat, India’s first all-suite resort.
January 22–28: FP Escapes Todos Santos
Todos Santos, Mexico
Feeling a little off-kilter after a gnarly 2016? This retreat, a joint effort between Free People and Yogascapes, will help you find your center again. Nutritionist Tara Curran and aesthetician Hayley Roy of Skin Food have designed a menu of cleansing foods for the week, which will help fuel you through their holistic beauty workshops and the yoga and breathwork offered by instructor Kate Mulheron. Guests receive $500 in Free People gear and a pair of Teva sandals to wear to all the retreat's activities—from stand-up paddleboarding to a sweat lodge ceremony.
January 29–February 4: Y7 Yoga Retreat
Montezuma, Costa Rica
Booming bicoastal hip-hop yoga brand Y7 is gearing up for its first ever international getaway. You'll join co-founder Sarah Levey and instructors Stephanie LaSpina and Casey Layne Anderson for a packed schedule of twice-daily yoga classes and workshops, surf lessons, bodywork, hiking, drinks, and dancing. But perhaps the coolest experience of all? A "waterfall wellness ritual" involving indigenous fruits, flowers, herbs, and oils. (Insert bad TLC joke here.)
February 2–5: Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo
Wairakei, Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Early February is the time when winter starts to seriously lose its charm, but thankfully Wanderlust is giving us an excuse to escape Down Under for a little glimpse of summer. Top teachers including Rod Stryker, Elena Brower, Briohny Smyth, and Dice Iida-Klein will be making the trip, and Ladyhawke will be leading the dance party. And if you need to take a break from chaturangas, expect plenty of outdoorsy extracurriculars like bungee jumping, guided forest hikes, swims at the Wairakei Thermal Resort, and tastings of the region's famous wines and brews.
February 12–16: 5-Day Women’s Ski and Wellness Week
There's nothing quite like skiing for relieving stress and sparking an endorphin high—and those feelings are amplified when you're navigating the slopes with a squad. During these four days of expert instruction for women, by women, you'll get personalized feedback on your technique, daily yoga and fitness classes, nutrition counseling, and après-ski lectures from some of the most knowledgeable pros in the biz. (That is, if you're not already cozied up with some cocoa at one of the two host hotels: the Telluride Ski Resort or The Peaks Resort and Spa.)
February 12–18: Maha Rose Healing! Healing! Healing! Retreat
Maha Rose founder Lisa Levine and multifaceted healer La Vonne Natasha Caesar are ditching Brooklyn for a week of holistic wellness on the coast of Oaxaca. You'll start the journey with a circle honoring the full moon in Leo, which will be followed by hands-on healing, natural spa treatments, tea ceremonies, hiking, sound healing, whirlpool swimming, and other ways of recalibrating your energy for the year to come. And the Maha Rose crew couldn't have picked a better spot for all this R&R—the location was used as an astronomical viewing point in ancient times and is known for its sky-high vibes.
February 17–20: Nourish Your Soul Retreat
Santa Barbara, CA
Want to manifest something huge in 2017? Learn from wellness entrepreneurs and BFFs Rachelle Tratt (creator of The Neshama Project jewelry) and Sophie Jaffe (the chef behind Philosophie Superfoods), who are teaming up for three nights of glamping on the California coast. They'll be leading you through daily yoga and meditation practices, workshops on love, entrepreneurialism, vision boarding, biking, hiking, and at least one all-out dance party. You may leave with a few new ideas—and definitely a lot of new girlfriends.
February 17–24: Folk Rebellion's Digital Detox Under the Aurora Borealis
There are a lot of arguments for giving up your phone on vacation, but it's definitely not easy to power down. One way to distract yourself from the discomfort: Witness the Northern Lights in person before they go dim for a decade. At Folk Rebellion's next digital detox retreat, you'll be doing just that while staying at the remote Blachford Lake Lodge in Northern Canada. Other activities on deck include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, arts and crafts, analog photography lessons, and yoga. You'll be so busy you won't even miss your Instagram feed, promise.
February 24–26: Reclaiming Goddess: A Women's Workshop for Sexual Inspiration and Power
When you're hustling at the office and going hard at the gym after hours, it's not exactly easy to remember to tap into your feminine energy. At this Kripalu retreat—hosted by spiritual guide Gabrielle Bernstein, self-love expert Teal Swan, and love and sex therapist Laura Berman—you'll be focused on stoking your sensual side through guided meditation, intuition-building work, and rituals. See you later, inhibitions.
February 25–March 3: Love x Kassia + Surf x Maderas: Yoga, Surfing, Sound Healing, and Meditation Retreat
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Pro surfer Kassia Meador's sound baths are one of the hottest tickets at Los Angeles' Love Yoga, and this winter, they're going international. At Maderas Village in Nicaragua, guests will partake in two yoga classes a day with Love founders Kyle Miller and Sian Gordon, nightly sound baths led by Meador, surf lessons, a catamaran cruise, horseback riding, massages, and more. Given how blissed-out one feels after a single session with the singing bowls, you're practically guaranteed to be floating home at the end of the week.
March 1–5 and March 29–April 2: For the Love of Wellness with Kelsey J. Patel
Isla Holbox, Mexico
For the ultimate in unplugging, wellness insiders have been flocking to Isla Holbox—a near-deserted island off Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula with no cars or paved roads. ("Holbox" is actually the Mayan word for "black hole.") This March, LA-based healer and entrepreneur Kelsey Patel will be leading two separate excursions to the destination, filled with guided meditation, yoga, cooking, nature excursions, reiki healing, and a manifestation workshop. And don't worry: There will be ample hammock time included.
March 3–10: Nuna Wellness Retreat
Sacred Valley, Peru
If you like your wellness with a mega-dose of culture, you'll love this eight-day trek throughout the Sacred Valley of Peru, led by energy healer Maggie Harrsen and Hannah Rae Porst of Peruvian non-profit Willka Yachay. Yes, you'll participate in plenty of spiritually charged Andean rituals, ceremonies, and healing circles, but you'll also get to know the locals with visits to organic farms and botanical gardens, and you'll flex your creative muscle during a fabric dyeing workshop.
March 4–11: Fresh Body, Fit Mind with Amanda Bisk
Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
This year, the ritzy Le Soleil d'Or resort in the Cayman Islands is debuting a killer new program of wellness retreats led by digital influencers. One of the first up is Instagram sensation and former pro athlete Amanda Bisk, who will be leading guests in her signature "Fresh Body, Fit Mind" workout program each day. When you're not sweating, you'll be busy with island excursions, water sports, spa treatments, and yoga, all of which will be fueled with a menu of organic meals.
March 5–10, March 26–31, and April 16–21: DuVine Southern Spain Bike Tour
Various locations, Spain
You'll never be satisfied with indoor cycling again once you've taken this tour with DuVine, during which you'll bike through olive groves, mountain ranges, gorges, and natural park land from Granada to the sea. Rest breaks take place in charming Spanish villages that aren’t on the usual tourist maps—like the market town of Rute, historic Ronda, and the whitewashed Pueblos Blancos—while you'll be spending nights in hotels with out-of-this-world spa amenities, from thermal baths to Spain's only ice cave. And don't expect the typical wellness retreat menus—you'll be noshing on gourmet feasts and family recipes served in locals’ homes, with nary a raw kale leaf in sight.
March 25–31: Syncstudio Retreat
Santa Marta, Colombia
Brooklyn-based Syncstudio is giving its members a change of scenery with a jaunt to the Gitana del Mar resort on the northern coast of Colombia. There, you'll participate in daily yoga and circuit classes led by the cycling gym's top instructors, take a day trip to the rainforests of Parque Tayrona, and choose from other optional adventures and spa treatments—or take a well-deserved rest day.
March 19–24: Cosmic Mind/Cosmic Body Yoga + Astrology Retreat
Cahuita, Costa Rica
Well+Good’s resident astrologer, Sandra Sitron of Strong Eye Astrology, will be giving guests a deep read of the 2017 stars during this Costa Rican getaway. Attendees will each get a personalized astrology reading and take part in group workshops and hypnosis, while yoga instructor Ashley Newsome is set to lead classes each day. Add in organic, Ayurvedic food and plenty of downtime to explore or unwind, and you've got an experience that ticks just about all of the wellness retreat boxes.
March 19–26: Escape to Shape Botswana
Various locations, Botswana
Don't forget to pack your khaki leggings. On this unforgettable fitness trip, your circuit workouts and vinyasa flow classes will be sandwiched in between twice-daily safari expeditions into Botswana's Okavango Delta. Expect to get within an exercise ball's throw from zebras, hippos, elephants, wildebeests, and more—by car, by boat, and on foot. Healthy gourmet meals and massages are also part of the package, which all plays out at the super-chic Vumbura Plains North Camp.
March 19–26: Sky Ting Yoga Morocco Retreat
Various locations, Morocco
The ultra-full itinerary for Sky Ting's latest retreat is split between the city (Marrakesh), and the beach (Taghazout). You'll be taking a cooking class, visiting Morocco's famed souk and Jardin Majorelle, surfing, wine tasting, visiting an argan oil farm, riding camels, chilling in a hammam— and somewhere in the midst of all that, you'll also be practicing yoga twice a day. Rest up!
April 2–9: Yogascapes Japan Yoga Retreat
Various locations, Japan
For an alternative to the usual tropical retreat destinations, check out Yogascapes' ultra-Zen sojourn in Japan. Your guides will be leading you through not just a daily practice, but also an authentic matcha tea ceremony, a hot spring dip at a local onsen, and tours of the gardens and castles of Kanazawa and Tokyo. Plus, you're sure to come back with some super-cool new translations for "down dog" and "mermaid pose."
April 4-10: New York Pilates Retreat
Don't let the laid-back beach setting fool you—you'll be seriously sweating for your margaritas during New York Pilates' inaugural out-of-town excursion. Founder Heather Andersen will be leading two Pilates classes per day, and as if that didn't sound tough enough, you'll also have the option to embark upon a daily beach jog and Ashtanga yoga class. When you're not knocking out teasers and hundreds, you'll have plenty of time to explore Mayan ruins, scuba dive, go hiking—or just eat guac by the pool. (Whatever, you'll have earned it.)
April 6–10: Ketanga Fitness Desert Escape
If you're looking to break a major sweat on your healthy getaway, join P.E. Club owner Nedra Lopez and holistic health expert Holly Goodwin among the red rocks of Arizona. You'll bookend each day with high- and low-intensity workouts, with free time in the middle to hike and explore. (Hummer tour through the desert, anyone?) And after dark, you'll be heading into town for dinner and drinks, so bring your going-out sneakers.
April 7-9: Fontainebleau Wellness Escape Weekend
Miami Beach, FL
Think of this as the Coachella of boutique fitness: six superstar players coming together for a weekend of programming in paradise. The lineup includes classes by Barry's Bootcamp, Tone House, 305 Fitness, Daybrkr, Green Monkey Yoga, and Meditation by Nikki Novo—and there will also be cooking demos, expert powwows on holistic health and spiritual healing, and a marketplace where you can shop for all manner of healthy gear. Rock on.
April 15-22: RKSolid Retreat
Attention, adrenaline junkies: Barry's Bootcamp rockstar Rebecca Kennedy is taking 10 fit friends on a week-long trip to Hawaii, where you'll ride the waves, climb waterfalls, and hike all 3,922 steps of the super-steep (and kinda scary) "Stairway to Heaven" trail. If you're feeling sore just thinking about it, know that Kennedy also created the A.C.C.E.S.S. active recovery class—so she'll be able to give you plenty of stretches to do before the next day's adventures begin. (Though she can't promise the same relief for mai tai headaches).
April 16–22: Yoga for Bad People Cuba Retreat
Various locations, Cuba
Couldn't make it to Yoga for Bad People's December Cuba retreat? Don't stress—they're doing it all over again in April. Judging by the Instagram snaps from the last trip, it's bound to be next-level, with walking tours of Havana's stunning old city, museum visits, a tobacco farm trip, beach days, private cultural performances, and traditional meals. Plenty of yoga and meditation will also be on offer, to help you recover from all of the fiestas.
May 2-9, 12-19, and 22-29: The Runaway Experience
If a week-long retreat just isn't enough for you, you could always post up in Bali for all three installments of this holistic wellness getaway. (Of course, you're welcome to come for a single session, too.) The first week's hosted by yogi Koya Webb, who'll be schooling guests on self-love and self-care. During the second week, fitness coach Lita Lewis is kicking things into high gear with eight days of bootcamp training. And the final week will be all about healthy eating, led by the registered dietician BFFs behind Food Heaven Made Easy. Sounds like the perfect excuse to take a month-long sabbatical.
May 6-11: Bend & Bloom Yoga's Full Color Cuba Retreat
Havana and Viñales, Cuba
We're calling it—Cuba is the yoga retreat destination of 2017. Park Slope instructors Amy Quinn Suplina and Karen Shelley will be your fearless leaders for this two-city tour, which features artist home visits (including that of the late Ernest Hemingway), city walks, museum time, and more. Each morning vinyasa practice will prep you for the sensory overload you're sure to experience during your explorations. (Palm) tree pose, anyone?
May 7-13: AKT Austin
Anna Kaiser's taking a break from her busy studio-opening schedule to hold court at Austin's ultra-dreamy Travaasa spa resort. There, she'll be leading two of her signature dance cardio conditioning classes per day, plus topical Q&A sessions over lunch. And you know how, after a killer AKT class, you want nothing more than a good massage? Well, there will be plenty of time for that, plus other adventures like a mechanical bull workout (!), vision boarding, wine tasting, and Texas two-step lessons. (Don't worry—if you've already mastered the Rocking Horse, you've got it in the bag.)
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