10 Powerful Spiritual Retreats For Yoga Enthusiasts

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Have a spiritual yoga retreat to rejuvenate the mind and body. Photo via Matthew Kane/Unsplash; Edited by Epicure & Culture.

By Katie Foote 

Are you looking for spiritual retreats that harnesses local wellness wisdom and celebrate regional traditions? Epicure and Culture has identified yoga retreats worldwide that allow you to experience cultural exercise, meditation and relaxation techniques to kick-start a mind and body transformation. Intimately connect with the spiritual side of your environment on trips like:

Domestic

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Yoga at Miraval. Photo courtesy of Miraval.

1) Southwest Desert Spa (Tucson, Arizona)

Embrace the spirit of the Southwest with Miraval in Tucson, Arizona.  This resort embraces its desert location and cultural identity through spa treatments, restaurants and wellness classes taught by a local Navajo. Get slathered in desert mud, prickly pear and locally grown honey in their spa before taking yoga classes and savoring healthy Southwestern cuisine. Tony Redhouse, a local of Navajo heritage, shares Native American wisdom through wellness classes, Native American talking circles, drumming classes and meditation and healing ceremonies.

Rates start at $549 per night. Click here for more information.

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Hands up over Denver. Photo courtesy of Denver yoga festival.

2) Celebrate The City (Denver, Colorado)

Colorado is home to some of the top yoga and spiritual retreats in the world; however, attending these often involves leaving the city in favor of the state’s remote areas. Luckily, Denver’s first ever Yoga Festival is designed to celebrate the cosmopolitan setting and community.

The festival capitalizes on Denver’s creativity and spirit with events helping attendees find peace and mindfulness among the urban hustle. This family-friendly festival will run classes and workshops in places frequented by the Denver community to celebrate the city’s heritage, like a group practice on Coors Field (Denver’s baseball stadium), a yoga hike at Red Rocks and a session in a local brewery. There will also be certification programs, intimate sessions with renowned yoga mentors and panel discussions scattered throughout the downtown.

The festival runs from August 4-7, 2016. Tickets start at $239 for a 3-day pass.  Click here for more information.

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Happy YogiHikers. Photo courtesy of YogiHiker.

3) Hikes In Indigenous Lands & Cave Meditation (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Celebrate the best of New Mexico with Yogihiker during a two-day outdoor adventure that honors 1,000+ years of indigenous history and wellness tradition. Their traditional itinerary takes you deep into the Santa Fe National Forest for hiking and yoga practice. Here, you’ll also participate in the Medicine Wheel ceremony, learning about the Native American sacred hoop that includes the four cardinal directions and the elements guarded by animal totems.

You can also choose the Three Element Tour at Origin where you’ll do yoga in a yurt followed by guided mediation in Ra Paulette’s spectacular sandstone art cave. Hike the sacred San Juan pueblo lands while learning about the rich history (you’ll even see Petroglyphs!). Your day also includes a healthy Aruvedic meal, designed to aid proper digestion and healthy internal functioning.

The experience starts at $108. The Three Elements Tour starts at $250/person plus tax. Twenty percent of the proceeds get donated to the Origins Cave Restoration fund. Click here for more information.

International

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Meditating in Myanmar. Photo courtesy of David Lazar and The Luminous Journey

4) Yoga For The Mind (Myanmar)

Sitting meditation, walking meditation, sunrise meditation, sunset meditation… this journey through Myanmar incorporates Vipassana Meditation throughout so you can experience “yoga for the mind” in one of the most spiritual settings on the planet. Beth Kanji Goldring, a Buddhist nun with a worldwide reputation as a meditation practitioner and human rights activist, will lead your tour. She’ll guide you through daily morning and evening meditations, bring you to a monastery in Bagan, and take you to visit a nunnery in the Holy Hills of Sagaing to practice alongside other Burmese Masters.

You’ll also engage in other awe-inspiring experiences like ballooning high above the thousands ancient temples at Bagan, viewing a sunset at the longest teak bridge in the world with monks at Amarapura, sitting with a Burmese Master in the Sagaing Hills, or traveling past fishermen and floating villages at Inle Lake.

After the 10-day trip, you can elect to extend with a mini-retreat at Yangon Meditation Center.

The retreat runs from October 22-31 and costs $4,495. Click here for more information.

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Tequila Massage at Vidanta Resorts.  Photo courtesy of Vidanta Resorts.

5) Wellness Wisdom of Ancient Mexico (Mexico)

Vidanta Resorts in Mexico have just started offering guests completely customizable wellness beach vacations that incorporate Mexican traditions. There are seven resorts located on the most coveted beaches in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Penasco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan — all offering a wide variety of experiences to revive your mind, body and spirit. For example, participate in an authentic Temazcal ritual, enjoy meals made from indigenous ingredients sourced from a secret garden or balance your energy on the beach with a local shaman. You can undergo therapeutic treatment in Mexico’s only salt cabin, try a tequila massage or get a buzz with vibration therapy during Tunning Harmonic Yoga.

Rates begin at rates begin at $155 USD per night.  Click here for more information.

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Kaya Kalp spa entry. Photo courtesy of ITC Grand Bharat.

6) Indigenous Indian Therapies & Ancient Ayurvedic Practices (New Delhi, India)

India is the ultimate pilgrimage for wellness travelers wanting to experience the birthplace of yoga, Ayurveda and meditation. Just 40 minutes outside of New Delhi, ITC Grand Bharat has developed a series of wellness retreats and a new Yoga menu for guests who want to experience a variety of essential Indian health services. Kaya Kalp Spa offers everything from personalized yoga sessions to health consultants with resident Ayurvedic doctors, Indian massages and signature body treatments. You can also enjoy Swasthya cuisine and healthy drinks.

The one-night “Signature Wellbeing Retreat starts at $430 USD per night. Click here for more information.

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Night view of Resorts Entrance. Photo courtesy of Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali.

7) Choose Your Path To Healing (Bali, Indonesia)

Four hours from Bali’s Denpasar airport resides Spa Village Tembok, Bali’s exotic black sand beach location that will instantly relax you. Choose from Spa Village’s menu of ancient regional remedies, such as a Discovery Path emphasizing Balance, Creativity or Vigor with bespoke stress relief.

The Balance Path relaxes through soothing body wraps, massages and calming activities like gentle yoga, guided relaxation and leisurely walks. Moreover, the Creativity Path inspires artistic expression through the beauty and colors of Balinese arts like lessons in woodcarving, basket weaving, drama, music and dance. Lessons will be supplemented with creative yoga practice, meditation and traditional Balinese treatments to inspire the imagination. The Vigor Path renews your energy through movement and activity, building strength and stamina along the way. This itinerary includes daily personal training, yoga, beach walks, spa treatments and options for outdoor adventure such as scuba diving, snorkeling and white water rafting.

Don’t leave without experiencing a Massage Under the Stars, a candle-lit massage at the ocean’s edge after dark intensified by crashing waves, sea breezes and a star-filled sky.

Prices vary. Click here for more information.

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Yoga in Nepal. Photo courtesy of Alex Treadway/ KimKim.

8) Yoga In Monasteries & Nature (Nepal)

Yoga, meditation and appreciating nature are activities deeply rooted in Nepalese culture. Your stay can include a 3-day retreat with Pranamaya Yoga, with a revitalizing program suitable for beginners or regular yogis. You’ll practice yoga in Tibetan monasteries, eat local food and even do a yoga trek. You’ll also learn about yoga’s philosophical roots and how to use mindfulness to change your life.

The three-day Pranamaya retreat starts at $295 USD per person. Click here for more information and dates here.  KimKim can help you plan a spiritual journey through Nepal that includes this retreat and more.

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Spa at Soneva Fushi, Maldives. Photo courtesy of The Luxe Nomad

9) Treetop Yoga & Asian Massage (Baa Atoll, Maldives)

Sonenva Fushi is a famous resort with an optimal location on the Maldives’ only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. You can do yoga in a treetop perch or try a Tibetan hot stone healing massage. For a spa adventure choose the multi-step Asian Fusion Journey, which starts off with a Maldives’ Kurumba Kashi coconut scrub and continues with Balinese or Thai massage before ending with a blissful Indian head massage. You can also enjoy countless outdoor activities, including sharing a sunset with eagle rays and dolphins at the overwater bar, volunteering at the Eco Centro recycling center or identifying constellations with astrophysicists at the resort observatory.

Click here for more information.  Rates start around $800 USD per night.

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Hariharalya retreat. Photo courtesy of New Girl in the City

10) Home cooked Vegan Food & Blind Massages (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

For an affordable yoga retreat that supports the local community try Hariharalya in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Every day offers extensive yoga and meditation classes, with retreats offered continuously throughout the year. These spiritual retreats specialize in vegan Cambodian food made by women in the surrounding villages. After yoga, pamper yourself with a traditional spa treatment, including the Blind Shiatsu Massage — a specialty of Cambodia — where you’ll be walked on by a nimble blind man (the activity is organized by a nonprofit that works with the blind).

Six-day retreats are offered on a continuous basis and rates vary based on the type of lodging chosen. Shared accommodation starts at $220 USD and includes meals, yoga and meditation classes. Click here for more information here.

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What are your favorite yoga-infused spiritual retreats? Please share in the comments below! 

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Katie Foote may be a physicist by trade but she travels the world any chance she can get. After four years of semi-nomadic life as she finished her PhD, she's recently moved to Auckland, New Zealand. Despite beginning a more traditional life, she has insight on how to travel the world on a graduate student budget (cheap!), explore off-the-beaten-path destinations and authentically experiencing new places by connecting to locals. When she's not doing physics or globe-trotting, she likes to swim, do yoga and hike (or "tramp" as they say in New Zealand). Check out Katie's blog to follow her adventures around the world.

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  1. My wife’s a really into yoga and is always looking for retreats to participate in. I think Southwest Desert Spa sounds like a good place. I’ll add it to my shortlist of places we can visit on our anniversary next month. Thanks for sharing this!

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