A great way to spice up your yoga practice or fitness routine is to use principles from yoga to enhance your other activities. Slowing down, being present and cultivating awareness are all lessons that we learn from yoga that can benefit other areas of our lives. Try these retreats that allow you to build your practice and enjoy other activities, whether it be hiking, surfing, cooking or learning about permaculture.
Epicure & Culture has rounded up the best “yoga and…” retreats around the world to satisfy a variety of interests and budgets.
1) Yoga & Hiking Retreat (Goblin Valley State Park, Utah)
Get In the Wild combines invigorating and restorative yoga practices with canyoneering adventures to create the unforgettable Red Rock Yoga and Hiking Retreat. You’ll feel like you’re doing yoga on Mars in Utah’s Goblin State Valley Park where goblin-shaped stones lure visitors to their desert playground (and provide the perfect place for after dark stargazing). This retreat includes guided hikes and an all day canyoneering adventure as well as free time to explore the mysterious valley. If you can’t do the full retreat, they offer single-day yoga and hiking adventures offered throughout the year.
The full retreat (May 15-21) costs $1,299 per person and themed day hikes start at $149 per person and are offered throughout the year.
2) Yoga, Hot Springs & Horseback Riding (Gunnison, Colorado)
Treat yourself to a magical weekend filled with horseback riding, yoga and relaxation in the hot springs at the 3rd generation Waunita Ranch in Gunnison, Colorado. Your retreat includes three unique rides, daily yoga sessions, time to soak in natural hot spring pools and stargazing by the campfire. Wholesome, predominately vegetarian meals will be served family style at the ranch, and the experience is open to all levels of riders and yogis
The Prana & Ponies retreat runs from June 23-26 and starts at $995 per person.
3) Yoga, Hot Springs and Thai Massage (Sierraville, California)
Yoga, hot springs and massage… doesn’t that sound like a dream come true? You’ll spend three days soaking and unwinding in soothing hot springs, deepening your relationship with your yoga practice and learning Thai massage techniques to use on yourself and friends. Hatha and vinyasa yoga classes are geared toward all ability levels and accompanied by morning guided meditation sessions. Sierra Hot Springs is located in a forest that Native Americans considered a sacred healing space for centuries. There are four different hot springs of varying temperatures around the property.
Click here for more information. This retreat runs from July 15-17, 2016 and costs $375 for a dorm style room.
4) Yoga and Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro Under A Full Moon (Kilimanjaro, Tanzania)
If you want the adventure of a lifetime, try climbing Kilimanjaro, with daily yoga sessions under a full moon. WHOA travel and Yoga Travel Tree has planned a trip for women to summit Africa’s tallest mountain with daily yoga, guided mediation and intention setting. WHOA travel is an adventure travel company who inspires women to come out of their comfort zone while supporting local women’s causes. Your Kilimanjaro climb will sponsor local women from their partner girls’ school so they can climb as well.
Click here for more details. The retreat runs from July 13 – 21, 2016 and costs $3350.
5) Permaculture & Yoga Retreat (Costa Rica)
Spend some time with Rancho Delicioso and Anamaya in the jungle of Costa Rica and learn to plant a life-supporting garden. Modern consumerism causes the world to face many challenges from loss of habitat to environmental degradation and social disconnection. Rancho Delicioso believes it’s time to educate and to cultivate opportunities for positive change. Permaculture — derived from the words permanent and culture – uses scientific design to mimic efficient patterns and relationships found in nature and promote self-sustainability. Permaculture is yoga for the land, as yoga is permaculture for the body. Their permaculture and yoga retreat includes daily yoga and permaculture gardening classes, aerial silk and archery classes and healthy cooking workshops.
Click here for more information. This retreat is offered throughout the year- tent accommodation for the 6-night retreat starts at $450.
6) Spain Yoga and Cycling Retreat (Mallorca, Spain)
Chillout Retreats has teamed up with international cycling experts Cyclespeed to offer a week of yoga and cycling in a Spanish island. Mallorca is a biker’s paradise and a training ground for professionals, though they welcome riders of all abilities. Every day, you will go on guided rides around the island coupled with traditional Hatha yoga classes that are fused with Pilates strategically designed to help cyclists. These yoga classes are complemented with meditation sessions, which help you strengthen and gain control of your mind. Building awareness is a tool that can help you in life and especially on long, challenging cycle rides. You’ll also re-energize the body with healthy, nutritionally balanced meals designed for athletes.
Click here for more information. This retreat happens on April 10-16, 2016 and prices start at $934 per person.
7) Yoga & Volunteering & Spanish Immersion (Argentina)
Las Tierras de Avalon is a yoga retreat center 30 miles outside Buenos Aires, Argentina that also offers yoga coupled with volunteer opportunities. You will experience the harmony caused by yoga and meditation, enhanced by helping others in daily projects. Las Tierras de Avalon offers a rich cultural Argentinian experience, and can boost your Spanish language skills in a peaceful ambience and an ecological environment. Volunteers work three hours a day while receiving comfortable accommodation, vegetarian organic cuisine, and Hatha yoga and meditation classes. Volunteer activities are catered to interests and need but can include bringing firewood, painting, helping in the vegetable garden, building with earth and natural materials, and feeding animals of the farm. The property has llamas, horses, rabbits, chickens and ducks.
Click here for more information. Shared room accommodation for the 6-night retreat starts at $380.
8) Yoga and Ayurvedic Cooking Course (Kerala, India)
The healing system of Ayurveda dates back more than 6000 years and is considered the oldest system of medicine in the world. It is becoming increasingly popular for people hoping to lead healthy, balanced lives. Santi Yoga’s 7-day intensive Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking Course in Kerala, India will teach you about various aspects of healthy living expounded by Ayurveda. You will learn how to create nutritious vegetarian meals made from grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, seeds, dairy products, fat, spices and herbs, based on Ayurvedic principles. Cooking and theory classes will be complemented with a daily yoga asana. This course is open to all.
Click here for more details. The retreat is in December 2016 and starts at $600.
9) Yoga & Extreme Adventures (Caberete, Dominican Republic)
If you’re a woman who loves to play in the outdoors and has a penchant for thrilling adventures, Explorer Chick has just the trip for you. Their 8-day female-only Dominican Republic trip combines travel, community, fitness and adventure. On this excursion, you’ll jump from waterfalls in a jungle canyon, learn to surf, fly on a trapeze, hike Mt. Isabel de Torres and float down a lazy river in the Dominican countryside. You’ll balance out the adrenaline rush with morning yoga classes in an ocean loft and evening fitness class in a tiki hut.
You’ll stay in an eco hotel that runs 90% on solar power and collects and uses rain water. Most of your meals will be organic farm-to-table thanks a partnership with a local farm, which you’ll visit to learn how the farm operates and how they are becoming completely self-sustaining. After your farm tour, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the property.
Click here for more information. This retreat will run from November 6-13th, 2016 and costs $1,599.
10) Writing, Culture & Yoga (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Spend five days with Pink Pangea in the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel exploring your fears and your dreams. Through yoga and interacting writing activities you will reflect and open your heart, strengthen your mind and body, and reconnect with yourself. At the same time, you’ll deeply experience the Israeli culture by sampling the foods in the outdoor market, ambling through Jaffa’s ancient plazas, admiring the handmade crafts of Tel Aviv’s artists and relaxing on the beach. You’ll even meet a few of Israel’s contemporary artists.
Click here for more information. The retreat runs May 23-27, 2016 and prices start at $895.
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