Yes, it’s possible to create an oasis of harmony right at your workplace or in the privacy of your home in order to relax, meditate, and practice yoga. But when you can do the same (and more) in a space that allows you to connect with nature, feel the earth beneath your feet, and revel in the great outdoors, it makes for a deeper and more satisfying experience.
We point you in the direction of five brilliantly designed wellness retreats in the America, where you can practice yoga:
1. Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Big Island, Hawaii
More Than Just Tiki Bars
Indulge in beach bumming and surfing at what’s known as Hawaii’s largest retreat center. Here, people come from all over the world to attend personal and group yoga retreats, with a lavish program that includes performing arts, nature and adventure set against a stunning backdrop of 120 acres of organic agriculture, preserved heritage, and retreat accommodations. Immerse yourself in some relaxing wellness activities surrounded by fiery lava, the invigorating ocean, tropical foliage, and the spirit of aloha.
For details, visit kalani.com
2. White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center, Santa Barbara, California
Yoga In The Mountains
This mountain retreat enjoys spectacular views of the city of Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Located in a steep canyon on forty acres in the San Marcos Pass through which the San Jose creek flows around the year, the retreat is built on land that was once sacred to the Chumash Indians. Prepare to enjoy pure air, spring water, beautiful sandstone swimming holes, hiking trails and plenty of secluded places for silent reflection, as well as indoor accommodations and Yurts. Camp under the bay trees, near the waterfall or on plateaus overlooking the ocean, and lose yourself in nature’s bliss.
For details, visit whitelotus.org
3. Kripalu, Berkshires of Western Massachusetts
A Restorative Retreat
This yoga retreat allows you to be immersed in an experiential curriculum designed to bring vitality to your life from the inside out. You can participate in daily yoga classes, dine on world-class natural-foods cuisine, experience massages and healing arts, go on hiking and walking trails, relax on a lakefront beach area, along with a sauna and a labyrinth, all while you take in extraordinary views of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
For details, visit kripalu.org
4. Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
For The Modern Yogi
Travel to this center, which is nestled high in the Colorado Rockies in a serene 600-acre valley surrounded by rocky peaks and pine and aspen forests. Here you can access paths of personal health, deepened awareness and transformation through more than 100 different programs held around the year. Reconnect with your inner self amid natural beauty, unspoiled wilderness, blue skies and crisp mountain air with the comforts of a modern retreat campus. A range of accommodations to suit all price ranges is available, and meals with vegetarian options, are included.
For details, visit shambhalamountain.org
5. Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
Find Peace In The Pacific
Situated on the Pacific coastline, this center is spread over 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain and ocean, blessed by a cascading canyon stream and hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff. Enjoy the serenity of deep forces of nature and take refuge, practice reverence, healing, and contemplation, all while perched at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. With around 600 workshops and programs devoted to cultivating deep change in self and society, this is one wellness center that’s worth the visit.
For details, visit esalen.org