Soul Seed Travel’s essential guide to a healthy summer escape

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Still looking for a healthy summer escape? Here’s our essential guide to the top ten not to be missed yoga and wellness retreats.

8 Night Go With The Flow Yoga-Luxe Retreat, Thailand 2nd – 10th September

yoga-luxe retreatA perfect yoga-luxe retreat where yoga, wellness and adventure come together! Located in a serene location of Samujana, Koh Samui’s most exclusive villa estate, this 8-night retreat is designed to connect, balance and restore the flow of prana or life force energy in your body and mind. Between daily yoga and meditation sessions, guests will be able to enjoy an immersion into the best experiences Samujana has to offer – from relaxing walks on the beach to private yacht charter trip with snorkelling on the house reef to Six Senses Spa pampering. With awareness of breath (prana), you’ll be guided through a beautiful fusion of Hatha + Flow Yoga, softly opening and strengthening your body, providing just the right amount of challenge to balance and bring peace and clarity to your mind. Find out more.

Navutu Dreams Resort and Wellness Retreat, open all year round

navutu dreams wellness retreat

Tucked-away in a village within 5 minutes from the Old Market in the colonial French Quarters of Siem Reap, is the beautiful oasis that is Navutu Dreams. With 28 rooms and suites housed in low slung chalet on a hectare and half of gardens speckled with 3 swimming pools, it is the only upscale resort and wellness retreat in Angkor. This is where detoxing or a mini-break can easily be a part of a relaxing holiday highlighted with a visit to Angkor Wat which is a mere 30 minutes driving distance from the resort. Navutu Dreams has a core team of seasoned wellness practitioners who have crafted programs designed to detox the body, the mind or both. Yoga classes are available three time a day, each day of the week. Private bodyworks, breath-work, yoga, meditation or even partner yoga sessions can easily be arranged. Traditional Chinese medicine is also available at the resort. Within its menu are services for acupuncture, shiatsu, cupping and auriculotherapy. Alternative healing is also readily on-hand. Reiki, Crystal Healing, Tibetan Bowl Sound Bath and the resort’s signature BreathLightBliss which is a combination of these plus breath-work. Find out more.

Yoga retreat in Krabi, 24th – 29th September

Disconnect with the chaotic world and commune with your inner self at this yoga retreat in Krabi, Thailand. Refresh, eliminate toxins from your physical and mental body, detoxify, immerse into nature and rid yourself of your daily stress. Be in the company of like-minded beings. Rejuvenate, relax and unwind in the beautiful resort of Beyond Krabi Beach Resort, a luxurious destination in the Land of Smiles. Beyond Krabi is an award-winning luxury resort located on Krabi’s beautiful Klong Muang Beach. From the moment you check-in you will be greeted with stunning views of the limestone karst-studded Andaman Sea. Beyond Resort Krabi follows freeform curves and shapes, with local cultural touches and design motifs inspired by the surrounding tropical environment featuring six distinct room designs. Surrender to pampering and relax in a contemporary luxury resort inspired by nature’s beauty. Find out more.

Breath of Life retreat sanctuary in Sri Lanka, open all year

Breath of Life Retreat sanctuary in Sri Lanka welcomes you to come and experience fantastic yoga instruction in a stunning Sri Lankan setting. We tailor our retreats to your needs, allowing you to have more control over how you enjoy your time. We offer twice daily yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, as well as osteopathy. Our retreats allow you to relax, rebalance and rejuvenate in a peaceful, healing environment in our natural sanctuary.  With our retreat sanctuary in the mangrove forest by the beach, we invite our guests to reconnect with nature and feel the vital energy of Sri Lanka. We hand pick the best international yoga teachers for Breath of Life and offer twice daily classes. Styles vary from kundalini, vinyasa, restorative yoga and yin. Find out more.

Summer yoga retreat in Hokkaido, 17th – 24th August

Join experienced yogi Aram Raffy for this once in a lifetime summer yoga retreat in Hokkaido. One of the world’s most breathtaking places, a land filled with hot springs, mountains and a culture that is unique to the northern part of Japan. This exciting retreat will be held at the world famous Ki Niseko resort in the mountains of Japan’s northernmost island. Aram, a native of London, has travelled the world to study and teach yoga. His totally packed out classes in London’s top venues are a testament to his teaching style. He is known for his fun, uplifting style of astanga vinyasa-krama. He is a student of both Eastern and Western philosophies and he transmits the spiritual essence of Yoga through powerful physical practice, deep conscious breath-work and active meditation. Find out more.

Yoga retreat in Sintra, 2nd – 8th October

Recharge and rejuvenate at our ocean yoga retreat in Sintra, Portugal. This week of yoga, pranayama and meditation also gives you the chance to discover the hidden gems of one of Portugal’s most beautiful regions. The stunning setting is between the ocean and the mountains. Close to three breathtaking beaches it has incredible views of the Serra de Sintra Unesco World Heritage Site and is near to picture-book fishing villages and Europe’s westernmost point, Cabo da Roca. This retreat will provide tranquillity, inspiration and a powerful boost in energy levels.  All levels are welcome to join us in beautiful Sintra. We will ensure that you are guided out of your comfort zone in our safe and loving environment, while receiving individual attention. Find out more.

EAT.PRAY.MOVE yoga and photography in Iceland, 27th December – 1st January

EAT.PRAY.MOVE is so happy to host yoga and photography in Iceland alongside Julian Hyzler from EASEL&LENS. Yoga and meditation classes will aid us in finding focus of body and mind that we can apply to our art and photo projects, including “ifonography” (smartphone photography). Iceland’s amazing landscape will provide us with ample places to explore and experience unique scenery. With geothermal spas and lichen forests, Iceland is one of the most jaw-dropping places on the planet. Our daily yoga and meditation will hone our focus so that we can creatively use our visual experiences in our artwork. We will be staying in a few locations in southwest Iceland throughout the week. Our first stop will be the Clinic Hotel at the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, surrounded by stunning volcanic landscape. We will then move on to Hveragerði village, which has one of Iceland’s biggest concentrations of natural thermal waters.  Finally we will finish in Reykjavik to bring in the New Year. We’ll stay in a lovely hotel in the centre to see the cultural hub of the county. Find out more.

Autumn Equinox Goddess Retreat Ibiza 17th – 24th September

 

This week will be a beautiful celebration of all the wonderful things in life. The Autumn Equinox is a time of balance and also the time of the year where we harvest all of the wonderful things the year has already brought. This retreat will be all about reviewing the last year, giving thanks, planting new seeds and most of all celebrating balance, life and new beginnings!

Join me for an awakening retreat that will leave you feeling inspired, uplifted and deeply connected to your power to manifest and create whatever you desire. To create a sacred, safe, beautiful space in which you can take time out of your day to day lives, time where you can simply Be. Find out more.

Yoga, wine, cooking and culture retreat in Italy, 8th – 15th October

Our yoga, wine, cooking and culture retreat in Italy blends the fun of yoga practice with good living! Stay in a historic casale (farm), turned luxury boutique hotel, set in the Italian countryside and enjoy the bliss of Italian cuisine, culture, wine, nature, all dressed up with classic Italian art and history! As we are in an incredible setting, Tuscany being one of the most beautiful regions in Europe, we try to offer a good balance of workout, down-time and cultural excursions. Some people are perfectly at ease staying at the hotel to enjoy the peace and luxury of the countryside, pool and relax. For those people who enjoy excursions and cultural discovery, we have a choice of suggestions ranging from the world famous UNESCO heritage city of Siena to the famous medieval town of Montalcino, known for the famous wine Brunello di Montalcino, to the sea side resorts or nature reserves. We will also organize for you two hands on cooking classes with the chef Fabio Loda, and an in-house wine tasting of the prize winner “Montecucco wine” produced by the farm. In the program you’ll also find a visit to the hot spa of Petriolo just a few kilometers away. Find out more.

4 Day Yoga and Juice Fasting Detox Retreat in Marrakech, 14th – 18th October

This yoga and juice fasting detox retreat is a powerful and thorough cleanse for body, mind and spirit. Hosted by Yoga Detox Holidays, there are 4 days of juices and broth and 1 day of healthy alkaline foods. There are 2 yoga classes each day, meditation sessions and talks on healthy living. The yoga detox retreat is held at an amazingly beautiful and luxurious riad in the heart of Marrakech. It is an intimate environment and exclusive for each group. It is an inner city sanctuary – you leave the chaos of Marrakech behind you as you enter the gates of the riad.

 In between yoga classes and juices, you can choose to explore Marrakech, rest by the pool or enjoy a treatment. A light, vegetarian dinner will be served on arrival day, followed by four days of a liquid only diet – juices and broth. There will also be detox supplements served to help with the cleanse. On the 5th day, there will be breakfast, lunch and dinner – all vegetarian and alkaline. Breakfast will be served on departure day. Find out more.

 

 

 

Author: CHERYL SLATER