By Sky Fisher, Epicure & Culture Contributor
Alcohol and yoga may not seem like the most likely combination, but maybe they should be. Yoga retreats are a time of restoration and there are few things more relaxing than a glass of wine in the mountains or a margarita on the beach. It only makes sense to put the two together, as the yoga and wine (and beer and spirits) retreats listed below do.
These boozy yoga trips range from the Finger Lakes region of New York to the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua and several destinations in between. Feel free to share your favorite in the comments below!
1. Aqua Wellness Resort (Nicaragua)
The Aqua Wellness Resort is located just beyond the Costa Rican border in Nicaragua, on the stunning “Emerald Coast.” The resort is located in a private cove and surrounded by nature, making it an ideal spot to disconnect for a few days. They offer several Wellness Programs, starting with the 3-Day Refresh Program ($1,031+) that includes a welcome drink, group yoga and meditation classes, a massage, three healthy meals daily, and a glass of wine each evening. There are also 5- and 7-day wellness retreats, with additional activities available. And yes, yoga and wine are always part of the itinerary.
2. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Mexico)
The Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita is located just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, but offers guests a beachfront property with many health and wellness options. Daily yoga classes are offered with ocean views by bilingual expert Yoga Flow instructors. Unlike the many retreats that offer yoga and wine, the Four Seasons Punta Mita focuses on tequila with a hands-on tequila tasting and blending experience. The custom blend will be poured into a Damajuana bottle and registered in the logbook of the Casa San Matias Tequila Factory.
3. Meditation & Margaritas (Isla Holbox, Mexico)
FTLO Travel is offering two Meditation and Margarita retreats in March, with special guest and spiritual guru Kelsey J Patel. Each 5-day retreat ($1,499) is hosted on Isla Holbox off the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. 85% of Isla Holbox is still uninhabited and few tourists visit, making it a perfect destination to experience island life and relax. The retreat includes several yoga and meditation classes with Kelsey, a Reiki healing session, and plenty of opportunities to sip margaritas on the beach.
4. Women’s Wellness Retreat (Finger Lakes, New York)
The Inns of Aurora, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, offers a 3-day women’s retreat ($600+) focusing on relaxation and inspiration. The sessions are designed to boost health year-round and give guests the opportunity to prepare for the year ahead through yoga, meditation, inspiring conversations, and workshops on topics like essential oils and Ayurveda. Healthy farm-to-table food is provided along with a Signature Cocktail-Making Class and a wine pairing dinner.
5. Retreat In The Pines (Mineola, Texas)
Retreat In The Pines, located in the woods of East Texas, offers many women-only retreats throughout the year. The most popular, Yoga Nurture Retreat, has the irresistible tagline of “Yoga, Wine, Laughter.” Prices range from $389 to $649, making it one of the more affordable yoga retreats, too. There are several yoga and meditation classes during each retreat and beginners are welcome. Wine is offered with dinner, and there are plenty of wineries to visit during free time.
6. Glamping Yoga Retreat at Firelight Camps (Ithaca, New York)
The Glamping Yoga Retreat at Firelight Camps ($742+), hosted by Finger Lakes Yogascapes, is a luxurious camping experience with tents furnished with beds and porches as well as a bathhouse and sauna on-site. The retreat includes four yoga classes, meals inspired by local ingredients, guided waterfall hikes and, most importantly, a glass of wine each night.
7. Sunflower Retreats (Casperia, Italy)
Sunflower Retreats offers 4- and 6-night yoga retreats in the rustic Italian village of Casperia. The yoga classes are suitable for all levels of yogis with classes in Asana, Pranayama, meditation and relaxation. For those who want a customized practice, private lessons are available. Though the retreat itself does not offer boozy relaxation in the evening, Casperia is home to many fine local wines and guests can can visit the wine bars in the village square to get a taste of Italian wine. Additionally, Casperia is only an hour’s drive from Orvieto, known as the epicenter of the Umbria and Lazio wine regions.
8. Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resort (Siena, Italy)
If you’d prefer a boozy escape with a side of yoga, Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resort might be the perfect destination. The resort was voted Best Resort in Europe in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards, not to mention with over 4,200 acres it’s a true Italian getaway. There are over 100 acres of vineyards on property, and you can partake in wine walks with Castello di Casole’s winemaker to learn about Italian wine-making. Group yoga classes are available in the castle gardens as well as the vineyards (bucket list item, check!).
9. Yoga & Wine (California)
We also mentioned this awesome trip in our article on recommended yoga fusion retreats for 2017. This is a combination we were skeptical about at first, but health experts do say that wine in moderation is good for you, right? Castoro Cellars in Templeton, California hosts a monthly Vinyasa yoga class led by in-house yogi Lauren Harvey, followed by a Champagne or mimosa brunch at their family-run estate. Classes are held on the grounds of the vineyard or indoors with vineyard views, depending on the season. Castoro also offers day-long retreats, combining yoga, massage, craft-making, food, and wine tasting.
Classes are held on Sundays. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.
Whether you want to travel to tropical paradise or stay near home, there’s a wine and yoga retreat for you!
How To Combine The Benefits Of Yoga With Giving Back [Blog Inspiration]
How To Stay Fit & Focused With Yoga On The Go [Wellness Travel]
Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice [Great Reads]
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