Healthy Christmas and New Year Retreats

Soul Seed Travel Guide: Recommended Healthy Christmas and New Year Retreats

Have a happy, relaxing and unstressful Christmas and start the New Year feeling your best self. Escape the mayhem of the holidays and treat yourself to a life changing (and fun!) adventure. Here’s our top picks of healthy Christmas and New Year retreats.

EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Iceland Form + Focus Retreat, 28th December – 2nd January 2018

Our day trips will allow us to experience the many unique landscapes and activities that this area has to offer. We will take a tour through Iceland’s famous Golden Circle which will include the main stops on the route, such as the waterfall Gullfoss (meaning “golden falls”), and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur.

Though Geysir has been inactive for a long time, Strokkur, on the other hand, continues to erupt at every 5-10 minute intervals. We will also have time to explore our home for the week – the capital city of Reykjavik – to see some sites, take a walking tour, have some free-time to shop, see more of the Icelandic design, or relax before our dinner in town! A day in the village of Hveragerði will allow guests to see more of this thermal water capital and even visit various sites and thermal parks.

And a trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without a day at the Blue Lagoon with its healing waters, silica masks, unparalleled views, and overall spa experience! Each night we’ll stand watch for the glorious, and sometime elusive, Northern Lights – this natural phenomenon is on so many people’s bucket lists and it’s the perfect time to catch a sighting! Last minute deal of $250 0ff!


New Year Yoga Retreat in Bicester, Oxfordshire 28th December – 1st January

Our Bicester venue is well loved by our guests for its grand, yet incredibly homely feel and love our New Years Eve retreat because it is a chance to pause, reset, be thankful for the year behind us and set intentions for the year ahead! This year, alongside guided walks, twice daily yoga, and our intentions workshops, we have added a cookery workshop so you can take a little piece of the retreat home with you. Start 2018 feeling like your true self: rested, rejuvenated and ready to take on the year with a renewed sense of purpose.

This retreat is suitable for anyone who’d like a New Year away with wellness, healthy food and Yoga. Beginners are welcome as well as all ages. Our accommodation is a beautiful family owned stately home that has been refurbished to a beautiful standard. All rooms are all spacious, luxuriously decorated in amazing fabrics and have beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.


Pure Intentions New Year Women’s Retreat in Taiwan, 28th December – 2nd January

Celebrate the new year with a spiritual journey by the ocean, discover your deepest desires, create pure intentions, and bond with like-minded inspirational individuals. This women’s only retreat will unite our core feminine energy, celebrate and alchemize our intentions.

Every action, thought, and feeling begins with an intention. By planting seeds of intentions, you invite the best into your realities and embrace your desires with grace and ease. At this retreat, you will experience a holistic approach to life planning and creative writing through connecting with your intuitions and strengthening your self-love muscles. Jen Yang, personal development mentor for professional women, will help us get in touch with our intentions in order to manifest love and abundance for the new year.

You can also expect a complete yoga practice, including asana (physical postures), pranayama (control of the breath), meditation, and ancient wisdom of natural healing for a truly balanced, grounded, and holistic experience, with Lydia Chang.

Join us and start this new year by learning to get touch with your core desires and activate pure and powerful intentions. May we nourish, support and create magic with each other.

We are located in an abandoned rustic residential complex right by the ocean, with the most beautiful beaches in northern Taiwan as backdrop. Our retreat size is small and intimate, with no more than 8 people. This allows for more focused and personalized teaching. We welcome all level yogis (from beginners to advance). Our retreat is great for first timers, who have never attended a retreat before.

This retreat will offer a one-on-one personal development mentoring with a leading personal development mentor, who has guided many women worldwide.


Earth Body Activation: A Sacred Journey to Costa Rica, 27th December – 7th January 2018

Come practice yoga, meditation, dance, ritual, and connect with nature. Meet amazing people, eat incredible organic local food, and utterly transform yourself. Discover the heart of the Earth with us. We can’t wait to meet you at the intersection of the mountains, jungle, and sea!

Through the practices of yoga, meditation, and ritual, discover the infinite well of wisdom and power available to you within your own sacred body, heart, and mind. Explore the inspiring land and astonishing wild life of Costa Rica on adventurous river hikes, tree climbs, boat trips, and horseback rides. On this retreat, we will hold space for each other to deeply feel and experience a direct connection between our individual bodies and the body of the Earth.

We will begin with 5 days in the mystical mountains, and then travel down to the pacific ocean for 5 more incredible days in the jungle by the beach. There will be a number of activities, services and excursions available to the group during this retreat: Mountain and jungle hikes to beautiful waterfalls, visits to hot springs and botanical gardens, swimming in the mountain river, surfing, tree-climbing, horseback riding, boat trips with dolphin watching, spa services and bodywork, as well as our daily yoga and meditation schedule.

Beautiful, healthy, locally harvested food will be prepared fresh every day for us. Food will be mostly vegetarian, with option occasionally for local free range chicken, or freshly caught fish. Dietary requirements and allergies can certainly be accommodated. We are fortunate that we will get to eat in a very nourishing and mindful way together.


Dar Jaguar bespoke Wellbeing and Culture Retreats, Marrakech open all year round


Dar Jaguar is perfectly located in the best part of the medina in central Marrakech. It offers the opportunity to go away at any time you wish and to create your very own bespoke “Escape” whether that be alone, with a friend or with a group of ten or more taking the entire riad exclusively.

The UK based owner, Lucia Silver, will work with you to design a programme of wellbeing and cultural activities that will nurture your body and romance your soul. In Lucia’s words, this is a “Gorgeous marriage of the radical self love we owe to our hard working-selves and the style, fun and cultural sophistication of Sex and the City”. All you need to do is tell us what you need and want and leave us to do the rest. All you need to do is get on a plane here and enjoy it. All mainstream styles of yoga, pilates and meditation practice are available and there is a wonderful house chef, so food can be prepared to your specification. Subject to availability we can fly in our expert and award winning nutritional and gourmet chef(s) to cater for you for your specific dates.


Reset Yoga and Meditation Retreat in the heart of Dorset, 12th – 14th January

We always complain about how quickly life moves and yet most of us seem to wish January away. This retreat is all about your happiness. We’re not about detoxing or taking away life’s pleasures. In fact the complete opposite; we are about taking a moment to really immerse yourself in all these wonderfully simple pleasures life has to offer.

Our retreats are an opportunity to relax, to laugh & to find peace within yourself. A chance to remove yourself from the expectations you and others put on you and instead experience a slice of time where none of those expectations exist. Giving yourself a slice of time, after the chaos of christmas and before the if’s and then’s of the next year, to instead focus on how you feel, in this moment. It’s a weekend to take stock and find that space in time to find a little clarity ready to take forward into the rest of the year.

On hand you will have your very own yoga teacher and mood coach, Nathalie, who is an experienced mental wellbeing practitioner & advanced yoga instructor and available to support you throughout the weekend. You will also have our in house nutritionist, Rooted London, who will be feeding you full of goodness whilst having a wealth of nutritional knowledge to share. Last but not least you will have the added bonus of aromatherapy and reiki expert, Ellie Seilern; who will be providing a wonderful resetting workshop as well as being available for guests to book individual treatments with.


Restore, Reset and Inspire, New Years Suryalila Retreat Spain, 3rd – 6th January

At the wonderful Suryalila we will be served with three delicious, varied, nutritious vegetarian meals per day, allowing you to reset your system. We will stay in the gorgeous, cosy little cottages, with amazing character and we will enjoy energising and detoxifying flows, restorative and nurturing practices, meditation, yoga nidra and workshop space and use ritual to let go of the past and invite in the new and exciting.

Allison will use her background as a therapist and life coach along with being a yoga teacher to ensure this is a safe, nurtured and transformational space for you to retreat.

Leave behind your resistance or fear and consciously and positively set the wheels in motion to create an amazing year as you connect deeper to your truth. Expect to be challenged whilst being nurtured, cherish time together as a group and time alone to process.

There is no way I expect you to be on my retreat, just turn up and give yourself the gift of fully showing up and being real, being open and ready to experience.

There are the most amazing sunrises and sunsets here – imagine setting intentions for the year ahead, feeling nourished on all levels and having the space all around you to visualise your hearts desire.


New Year Detox Ski & Yoga Retreat in Meribel, 6th – 13th January 2018

​Love your winter break but always come back feeling sluggish and worn out? This week is full of nourishing food and mountain air, the perfect ski break you have always dreamed of…

With a focus on you detoxing from the festive season our January retreat is a perfect time to realign your body, mind and intentions. Challenging your body on the ski slopes and on the mat daily you will feel strong, alert and more balance each day.

For way too long ski holidays have been about excess. Our New Year Detox Ski & Yoga Retreat in Meribel combines energising mountain time with clean, wholesome food, yoga and meditation. We are tipping the balance, on our ski retreats we want you to head out onto the hill bouncing in your ski boots. With the combination of three daily yoga sessions, delicious and energising food, mountain air and a cozy luxury chalet we will help to make this winter’s ski holiday something more than the run of the mill.

We want to help you to embrace the vitality that mountain life brings. Time in the mountains should be time to develop and grow, a Bodhi Adventure winter retreat is all about rekindling energy levels and allowing your mind to quiet itself in an environment of wellbeing. Join us in our beautiful, modern alpine chalet in the Three Valleys, deliciously designed for relaxation and calm. Salute the sun in the morning as it beams through our large picture windows and cosy up in front of the fire in the evening with tales of the days adventures.


Yoga and New Year Retreat in Sussex, 30th December – 2nd January

Feel the need to get away for the New Year? Want to completely unwind, immerse yourself in your yoga practice and soak up some tranquillity? Our New Year retreats are very popular and we have been running them since 2007 to bring you the best combination of celebration and peace to welcome in the New Year.

Our retreats are wonderful in the winter with the silent walks to the sunrise, yoga classes, delicious wholesome, warming and nourishing healthy food and healing treatments. For New Year we offer a setting intention workshop to let go of what isn’t needed from the previous year and what you would like to create in the new year. There’s a special evening schedule to see in the New Year with the setting of intentions, meditation, a delicious vegetarian feast, and dancing.

These retreats are perfect for those who want to get away from the usual New Year celebrations, feel healthy, alive and set positive intentions for the year ahead. These retreats are alcohol-free over New Year. You can really start the new year feeling a healthy buzz naturally.


New Year Yoga Retreat in the heart of the Breacon Beacons, 28 December – 1 January/1 – 4 January

Are you feeling the need to get away for the New Year? Want to completely unwind, immerse yourself in your yoga practice and soak up some tranquillity? Be one of the first to join us at our new venue, deep in the heart of the Llangorse Valley. Take the opportunity to kick back, relax, stretch out the Christmas excesses and enjoy the company of new friends. Our new year retreats are very popular and we have been running them since 2009 to bring you the best combination of celebration and peace to welcome in the new year.

For 2017/2018 we are delighted to invite you to our elegant Georgian manor house, situated ideally in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Explore some of the best walking country in the United Kingdom, relax in idyllic surroundings or simply curl up with a good book in front of one of our open log fires.

The week is split into 2, so you can stay for 5 days from December 28th – January 1st for the New Year, for 4 days from the 1st – 4th January or for the whole week. On both halves of the week there is a setting intention workshop and a guided hike with experienced mountain guides. Energise and invigorate on these days in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Our retreats are wonderful in winter; think silent walks to the sunrise, energising and restorative yoga classes, wholesome and nourishing healthy food, holistic treatments and roaring open log fires to curl up with a good book at the end of it all. For New Year’s Eve we hold a special evening schedule; setting your intentions for 2018, meditation, a delicious vegetarian feast with mocktails and dancing.

These retreats are perfect for those who want to get away from the usual New Year celebrations, starting 2018 feeling healthy, alive and with positive intentions for the year ahead.


Tailor Made Weekend Wellness in Paris

Visit Paris in the winter for a short or long weekend break focused on wellness. Stay in shape and healthy by choosing a hotel with a gym or pool, taking a yoga class at a local studio, walks in the parks city and gardens and eating at the best organic, vegetarian and vegan restaurants. For tourists looking for a little retreat, Paris in the winter is for you.


New Year’s Hot Yoga Retreat with LUXYOGA, 27th December – 2nd January 

The tenth year of our most sought-after retreat, New Year’s 2017 embodies the LUXYOGA ethos that practice is focused and strong and life is balanced and joyful. A week of deep practice and cozy elegance, this is the healthy celebration that reflects your own evolution as modern human who loves to live and but doesn’t want spend the week after a vacation reovering. Get “Far From the Madding Crowd” and connect with people who like you, want to improve in yoga, live well, enjoy life, and feel great. All levels are most welcome.

Hot Yoga Evolution is our way of presenting our long-time Hot Yoga New Year’s students with a program that honors the past but also expands the potential of the future. Join us for a powerful yoga curriculum effective for practitioners of any style of yoga that goes beyond the 26&2 postures of traditional Hot Yoga to empower you, the practitioner with the ability to know your body and mind in a way that transcends any one style of practice – we consider it Yoga Higher Education: trying harder and harder can only get you so far and this retreat is for those who are ready to turn effort to grace in the hot, or moderately heated room.


Yoga Alchemy Release & Let Go Retreat, South Goa 7th – 13th January

India is no foreign land, it’s the Mother Land. Every year she calls us, and we always answer. Except this time around, you’re invited. We’re taking along a few friends to re-create the Akasha experience. Join us on a transformational retreat in the beautiful region of South Goa.

Release the constraints held tightly in your being, and restart your system on this 6-night retreat that will leave you ready and open for the magic that 2018 has to offer. High expectations and daily stresses create negative emotions in our physical body which can then create an ongoing cycle of frustration and bad habits. Quite often, instead of taking more energy in, we first need to clear and release that which we are holding on to.

This rejuvenating retreat will give you the chance to gently detox the subtle body, then set a solid, unshakeable foundation for the year ahead.


Christmas Yoga and Pilates retreat in Fuerteventura, 23rd – 30th December


Celebrate Christmas in the sunshine this year…enjoy a week of relaxation, rejuvenation and wholesome celebrations, taking time to bring 2017 to a positive close or maybe to get a head start on New Year’s resolutions. In addition to our comprehensive yoga and Pilates programme, we will have seasonally themed meditations and some fun activities to celebrate the holidays, as well as a wonderful menu of healthy, delicious and nourishing food.

This Christmas we will be celebrating two of the finest retreat experiences for you on the sun-blessed island of Fuerteventura, with epic sand dunes rolling down into the turquoise ocean, breathtaking white-sand beaches and dramatic volcanic sunsets. Choose the Lotus Retreat for beach town boutique, or Surya Retreat for a rejuvenating escape. The Lotus Retreat is perfectly placed for relaxation and respite, just a short walk from Waikiki beach in Corralejo. Designed with solo travellers, friends, couples and groups in mind, Lotus Retreat is perfect for those looking to combine the relaxation and chilled vibe of a beach holiday with the benefits of a well-being retreat.

Surya Retreat has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, beautifully decorated rooms from and lots of comfy chill-out areas. You can relax with a book in the garden, have a dip in the pool, chat with your fellow guests in the bright open lounge or Spanish courtyard or sit and enjoy the view to the sea from the terrace.

With a range of affordable options to suit a variety of budgets, we can help take the stress out of this typically busy time with our refreshingly wholesome yet fun approach to the festive season.

These special retreats include all our amazing classes and activities plus some special seasonal extras, including additional meditations to cultivate peace, compassion and gratitude during this special, but often stressful, time of year and some festive activities to celebrate and enjoy some festive fun.

You will also be able to enjoy some special meals, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals. This will be traditional with a healthy wellbeing twist and will change the way you look at festive food – delicious doesn’t have to mean unhealthy!


Christmas and New Year Retreat in Koh Samui Thailand, 23 – 30 December/30 December – 6 January

Samahita Retreat has been a pioneer in healthy programming for the body, breath and mind for almost 15 years. Known as one of the most authentic yoga retreats & teaching locations worldwide while introducing a balance of practices and activities for both body and mind that includes meditation, Pranayama and breath work as well as full cardio and core strength fitness routines

This Christmas and New Year retreat in Koh Samui integrates yoga and fitness to give you a great way to escape the commercial onslaught of the holiday season. Paul and his team will share in the task of teaching and guiding all guests across the range of yoga practices, core strength work and cycle classes. Yoga and its techniques cover a number of practices that include sitting meditation forms, focused breath work that develops into a pranayama practice, and the physical yoga practice of asana.

There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for our local charities. On New Year’s Eve there will be a special ceremony to acknowledge 2017 and welcome in 2018 as well as a feast and performances. The special ceremony will help you close and heal the past year, setting the energy and intention for the year coming with an impetus to follow through on it. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the ‘holidays’.

New Year Yoga & Pilates Retreat, Fuerteventura 30th December – 6th January

Fancy spending New Year in the sun? Join us for our new year yoga and pilates retreat and enjoy a week of relaxation, sunshine and wellbeing, taking time to focus on a positive end to 2017 and a fresh and healthy beginning for 2018. In addition to our great yoga and Pilates program, we will have seasonal themed meditations and some fun activities to celebrate the holidays.

Stretch off the Christmas cobwebs and start 2018 in the sun with Azulfit … have time to focus on the year ahead feeling supported, rejuvenated and pampered at our New Year retreats.

Alongside a daily yoga and Pilates programme we will have guided meditations to help you to find focus and set positive intentions for the coming year. There are also some fun activities planned in to mark this special occasion, and a menu of delicious healthful meals that will leave you feeling balanced and invigorated, alive and refreshed.

This New Year we will be celebrating two of the finest retreat experiences for you on the sun-blessed island of Fuerteventura, with epic sand dunes rolling down into the turquoise ocean, breathtaking white-sand beaches and dramatic volcanic sunsets. Choose the Lotus Retreat for beach town boutique, or Surya Retreat for a rejuvenating escape.

These special retreats include all our amazing classes and activities plus some special seasonal extras, including additional meditations to cultivate peace, compassion and gratitude during this special, but often stressful, time of year and some festive activities to celebrate and enjoy some festive fun.

You will also be able to enjoy some special meals, including our wonderful New Year’s Day meal. This will be traditional with a healthy wellbeing twist and will change the way you look at festive food – delicious doesn’t have to mean unhealthy!


Sen Wellness Retreat Sanctuary in Sri Lanka, open all year

This is the perfect place to immerse yourself in natural beauty and relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. The Sanctuary offers Yoga and Ayurveda retreats all year round and hosts detox retreats and special Signature retreats a few times a year. Founder Sam Kankanamge, is a world-renowned Osteopath who runs a clinic in London as well as hosting the signature retreats at the Sanctuary himself.

The Sanctuary offers Kundalini Yoga and other yoga styles in twice daily classes and meditations that mark sunrise and sunset. The gentle rhythm of the sanctuary and the pared back approach and architecture of the place allow for a genuine retreat. The focus here is on rest and connection with nature and oneself. The eclectic and fascinating selection of books available are perfect to fill your time between yoga, treatments and walks on the beach. You’ll be encouraged to put away your devices as much as possible and allow for a digital detox too.

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.


Navutu Dreams Resort and Wellness Retreat, open all year round

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.

Destination-inspired activities also include forest bathing or the practice of ‘’Shinrin-yoku’’ in a selected path at the Angkor Archaeological Park and sunrise meditation within the grounds of 9th century temple on a hill over-looking the Tonle Sap Lake.


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