12 Recommended Retreats and Wellbeing Destinations for Spring 2017

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After the winter months get ready to step into Spring and travel to a new and exciting places that you have never been to. Here are 12 recommended retreats and wellbeing destinations that will make you ready to come out of hibernation.

EAT.PRAY.MOVE yoga and photography in Iceland, 29th April – 3rd May

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Join EAT.PRAY.MOVE for a life changing retreat in Iceland. With geothermal spas and lichen forests, Iceland is one of the most jaw-dropping places on the planet. 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 three primary stops on the route: the national park Þingvellir, 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 minutes interval. We will also spend a day in the capital city of Reykjavik to explore some sites, take a walking tour, had 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. Plus a drive to the sites of the Southern Shore, including the waterfalls, glaciers, volcanos, and black sand beaches is on the itinerary. 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!

Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles. Find out more.

Easter Yoga and Surf Retreat in Costa Rica, 15th – 21st April

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This Easter Yoga and Surf retreat in Costa Rica is designed for adventurous people and nature lovers that want to escape from their hectic routine and dedicate a few days to connect with their inner self while enjoying the beauty of Costa Rica, a tropical paradise that was recently declared the happiest place on earth.

During this retreat you will strengthen and detox your body and clear your mind with daily yoga practice adapted to suit all levels of practitioners, will taste amazing local food prepared with love by our professional chefs, will enjoy multiple activities in some of the best unspoiled beaches of the world and make long-life personal connections.

Besides the yoga classes, the retreat includes one surf lesson in the Marino Ballena National Park. Created in 1989 to protect coral reefs and the visiting humpback whales, the park’s conservation area covers 110 land hectares and 5,385 ocean hectares, and is touted as being the first marine park in Central America. It was listed by National Geographic Spain as one of ten best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin watching, and one of the most important habitats for humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, it is an incredibly special corner of the world to spend time, and an especially unique place to learn to surf! Are you ready for a life changing experience? Find out more.

7 Night Caribbean Island Retreat Experience, 16th – 23rd April

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Join us for a 7-night Caribbean Island retreat experience on Anguilla, just a Ferry away from St. Marten. Anguilla is a high-end tourist destination with many beautiful beaches, fun activities and night life. Our fun and fitness yoga program boasts a mixture of structured time and free time that we hope you will enjoy.

Situated in the British West Indies Anguilla is a beautiful, peaceful, friendly, authentic Caribbean Island and it boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. It has long been established as a destination for the rich and famous and has mainly small, independent high quality hotels coupled with an excellent range of restaurants. It offers a friendly and accessible local nightlife with mainly live music. Most venues enjoy a healthy mix of both tourists and locals. It is a leading wellness destination offering world-class spa services and the full mix of sporting activities. It is an authentically Caribbean island with none of the usual mass tourism trappings.

All activities are optional – if you want to do your own thing that is fine. However, if you want company there will always be someone to have breakfast, lunch, cocktails or dinner with and an activity to take part in. Find out more.

3 – 5 Day Yoga Retreats Mafia Island Tanzania, March

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Do you feel stressed out, or out of balance due to hurries and worries of daily lives? Looking for a relaxing health giving getaway or just looking for a lovely break?

Reinvigorate your mind, body and spirit through a combination of yoga, meditation, healthy food, excursions, and relaxation in an intimate tropical paradise in Mafia Island. Get back in touch with the elements of nature and experience yogic practices in peaceful beaches, and more adventures. Our yoga retreats in Mafia Island are the perfect opportunity to find deep relaxation and quiet as well as adventure exploring the diverse marine life and the Swahili culture.

Experience the heart of Mafia Island Marine Park in this regeneration yoga retreat and get back in touch with the elements of nature and its simplicity. After few days enjoying yoga, empty beaches with gently swaying coconut palm trees, sailing and other adventures, we are sure you will be leaving us feeling more relaxed, and grounded.

We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Pole Pole lodge to offer holistic yoga getaways on the shores of Mafia Island. Pole Pole’s fundamental philosophy is founded on natural rhythms, harmony with its surrounds, and the soothing ebb and flow of the ocean – and as such, is quintessentially made for yoga. What’s more, Orenda’s founder Leila has lived on the Tanzanian coast, allowing her to absorb its cadence and flavour, and is the perfect person to impart it to you as she guides, teaches and heals. Find out more.

Divine Women’s Retreat Sri Lanka, 22nd – 29th May

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This retreat in tropical Sri Lanka is dedicated to all of my sisters out there! I truly believe that this Earth needs us women to all allow ourselves to truly shine and lend our feminine energy to healing this world. We are goddesses!

So with that in mind this retreat is all about us! All about dusting off our hearts and allowing our light to shine through from underneath. Letting go of limitations that block us from being the best version of ourselves, falling in to self love, realising our beauty and worth and having a whole lot of fun and feminine bonding along the way!

We shall have 7 days and nights of amazing activities, with twice daily Yoga, Sup Yoga and surfing and be pampered in the way we deserve with 5 full spa treatments. Tapping in to our innate quality of giving and nurturing we shall also visit a local orphanage to donate some toys, teach a Yoga class and sing with the these beautiful children. As part of letting our beauty really shine we shall also all be making ourselves a new wardrobe with my dressmaker Nishanti. So if you’ve ever loved the idea of getting your clothes made from scratch then this retreat is really for you!  So come prepared with your designs or favourite pieces of clothes to copy! To make the experience even richer and leave you with meaningful memories you will also have the chance to volunteer with us be helping us lead a Yoga and music class at the local orphanage. All this will end with a day of shopping and exploring Galle Forts quirky streets, boutique cafes and shops, before taking high tea at the Amangalle hotel and ending with our final group dinner and a night in a luxury hotel. Find out more.

Yoga and Pilates Retreat in Turkey, 20th – 26th March

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If you are looking for a truly meaningful retreat, one that gives you more than just a holiday with some nice movement classes, join Pilates Retreat Asia in Turkey! Each year, Mareile and Anja are refining this retreat for an in-depth exploration and understanding of your body. Expect fun and laughter and be ready to dive in deep.

Turkey’s turquoise Aegean coast has some of the best air and Spring is one of the most special seasons to see Alacati, the picturesque village where Anja Kursawe and Mareile Paley will host you for a very special retreat week. Every day we will dive together into the beauty of movement and experience the connections between Pilates, Yoga and what lies within. We will also taste Turkey’s fresh produce (lots of cheeses, fruit and seasonal vegetables) and have time to explore cobblestoned alleys and narrow streets lined with cafes and art galleries. Come for a feel-good week full of laughter and holistic healthy living. Yoga on the beach? Let’s do it!

Alacati was a sleepy backwater until the gusty bays nearby were discovered by windsurfers in the 1990s. Today, Alacati’s old Greek houses and cobblestone streets are well preserved and attract romantics, eccentrics as well as Turkey’s high society. In the high season (July/August) artsy boutiques and Turkish cafes line the alleys and the many nearby beaches invite to linger for a summer cocktail. Come in the off-season and you will discover an authentic village full of charm, enjoy the nature and unspoiled coastline. Find out more.

Climbing & Hiking Winter Yoga Escapes by Balearic Retreats, 23rd – 26th March

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Join Balearic Retreats for their Climbing & Hiking Winter Yoga Escapes, designed for adventurous people and nature lovers that want to escape from their hectic routine and dedicate a few days to connect with their inner self and enjoy the beauty of the island.

This retreat will be held at the Balearic Islands in Mallorca, Spain. In the heart of the Mediterranean, the Balearic Islands have their own unique touch and character. Mallorca, the largest one, offers excellent hiking in the mountains, lovely old towns, beautiful beaches, and cliffs plunging into clear water. The sunny climate combined with the beautiful scenery makes it a perfect getaway for a peaceful and relaxed holiday. The soothing energy of the island makes Mallorca a perfect place to practice yoga while merging yourself with the beautiful surroundings. Located at the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains, a 16th century ancient but renewed and stunning villa will be your home for a long weekend. The views over the UNESCO World Heritage Mountains make this place a heaven of charm and quietness, a perfect location to disconnect from the external world and relax your mind.

During this retreat you will strengthen and detox your body and clear your mind with daily yoga practice adapted to suit all levels of practitioners, get nourished on our delicious food prepared with love by our professional chef, visit some unique places on the island and make long-life personal connections. Besides the yoga classes, we´ll go either hiking or rock-climbing every day with experienced instructors that will show you why Mallorca is world-renowned for these activities. Find out more.

Easter Yoga retreat in Crete, 15th – 21st April

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Imagine a place where time seems to have taken a deep breath and paused for a moment. Imagine the sun and sea shining and the stars shimmering like your own inner radiance. Visualise relaxing in heaven on earth and being healed by Mother Nature, transforming and enlivening your soul. You have just been thinking about our Easter yoga retreat in Crete at Triopetra.

In the isolated mountain villages of southern Crete, tottering against a private bay of healing waters under cloudless skies and emerald slopes smothered in olive trees and cacti, where many locals live to over a 100 as they guzzle on an elixir diet of homemade soups and salads, goats’ yoghurt and Cretan greens, there is a secret place; so sacred; so special, where Kat Webster hosts a selections of yoga retreats intended to create the greatest levels of health and lasting happiness.  This Springtime, conveniently running over Easter week (not only is Springtime the best season for renewal and growth, the perfect dates also mean there are less holiday days to take from work thanks to the long bank holiday weekend), travel to this divine spot; lay down your weary head at the cosy family run tavern Agios Pavlos, a place where time has stood still in the name of beauty, and allow nature to work her magic. Practice yoga at sunrise and sunset in a mountain top shala with sea views, eat homemade Greek food in the bohemian bar, swim with the fishes and pick up some local honey and handmade beads in the local hippy-esque stalls.  This retreat will help you rediscover your brightest self, enabling you to live a life full of luminosity, health, radiance, success, light and love. Find out more.

Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat in a French Chateau, 21 – 25 June/29 -23 July/17 – 21 August

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A 5 day retreat at award winning Yobaba Lounge to re-establish a rich, soulful connection to your yoga and meditation practice. Located in a picturesque medieval village in the southern French Pyrenees, the house feels like a temple, the rooms are large and stylish.

The gourmet vegan food has been described as sensational, outrageous, alchemical, the best ever, and more. It is often raw, always free from dairy, meats, gluten, and sugar. The food supports the practice and quickly rebalances digestion. Retreat facilitator Gertrud shares her practice of Embodied Meditation, which is the yoga of breath, mindfulness and movement. Without excessive effort, the practice strengthens your core, legs and hips, tones your parasympathetic nervous system and sets alight your inner space.

There will be periods of free time each day, which gives you opportunity to just relax in the walled garden, pamper yourself or explore wild swimming in nearby lakes and rivers. You will be held within a clear daily structure. The Yobaba Lounge team will look after all your practical needs whilst you let go and spend time with your self. Our retreats include periods of delicious silence (until mid-day each day) to help you reflect and integrate what arises during practice.

The retreat is intended for all those in need of rejuvenation, rest and relaxation, and those who are seeking a more mystical connection to their existing yoga and meditation practice. Nevertheless, it is suitable for beginners or those already proficient in either yoga or meditation. Find out more.

Restore and rebalance in Ibiza, 6th – 11th May

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Restore and rebalance in Ibiza with Ibiza Retreats this spring and summer. Our yoga, fitness and eat-clean retreat will restore, rebalance and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. We have specially created this well balanced, holistic retreat using our deep collective knowledge and experience. We have balanced yoga, fitness, meditation, nutrition and clean eating in this perfect retreat package. We will set your body, mind and soul into a conscious, present and loving state that will springboard your onward life journey and empower you to take on life’s ups and downs. By creating a positive foundation to lead a healthy, balanced life, you can be the best you can be.

Our retreat is held inside the beautiful whitewashed walls of Can Amonita, in the stunning countryside of north Ibiza. The unique sanctuary reflects the beauty and peace of this side of the island with a beautiful outdoor practice space. We offer a daily deep yoga flow that will banish tension and remove stress from your body. It is strong and challenging, but the body movements, aligned with breath and conscious awareness will nurture your body and mind. It is adaptable, so all levels are able to flow with us. Our focus is connecting you with your body and helping you to establish a powerful personal practice.

Our fitness programme is no bootcamp. It is an intelligent conscious way to exercise. Our experienced trainer will provide you with all of the tools you need and will build your knowledge of techniques and practices to find what is right for you. Everybody and every body has a different story! Find out more.

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Yoga and Horse Wisdom Journey in Jordan, 14th – 22nd April

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This transformative yoga and horse journey in Jordan is an incredible 9 day adventure. Travel Jordan with yoga, meditation and horse wisdom sessions. Embark on a desert journey that connects to the wisdom of this ancient land, its people and horses.

We will visit breath-taking scenic and energetic places like the Dana Nature Reserve and the awe-inspiring Wadi Rum Desert. We will explore the ancient wonders of Petra and float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea. Daily yoga and meditation will deepen both your practice and your experience of Jordan’s remarkable landscape.

In Petra, we will interact with horses, highly intuitive animals with immense compassion that reflect what is left unspoken. Horses invite you to soften your body, connect from the heart, quieten your mind and communicate from the soul. They lead you to an authentic space of expanded awareness and harmony, bringing you peace and inspiration to transform your reality.

As sustainable, eco-tourism is important to us, we will stay in camps and family run hotels. We will also eat at Bedouin camps and cooperate with the local community. Sandra Jelly has extensive yoga, mediation and horse coaching experience. She focuses on vinyasa and hopes to inspire students to trust in themselves and allow their practice to unfold from an inner wisdom and movement, bringing fluidity and authenticity in your practice. Interacting with horses expands your awareness and lets you integrate more of yourself. Sandra will guide and support you throughout this process of transformation so that you become more powerful in your vulnerability. Find out more.

FIND FLOW | A Yoga and Wellbeing Retreat in Goa, 26th March – 5th April

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A luxurious 10 day yoga and wellbeing retreat in Goa, the heart-home of yoga. In celebration of our fifth year at our Goan winter residency and in honour of India’s power to re-connect and re-align, Chaya return in 2017 with a truly game-changing retreat; lead by Annie Clarke (Mind, Body, Bowl) and Chaya’s own Lucy Hill. In line with the change of seasons, our FIND FLOW retreat will create the perfect platform to gently help you get back to you.

We can’t wait to welcome you in our incredible Indian home, one of Goa’s most exclusive properties, ‘Kaju Varo’. Alongside the epic pool-side yoga with Annie, expect delicious, healthy menus by world-class chefs, award-winning, luxurious, tranquil accommodation, deeply healing therapies, inspiring workshops and a whole lot of R&R. This all-inclusive retreat is quite literally, a game-changer. And the perfect gift to yourself to kick-start the rest of your life on every level. Find out more.

Don’t forget to follow our travel journeys on instagram @soulseedtravel and contact the team on retreats@soulseedmedia.com who will help you find your perfect retreat.


Naturally Better You

Author: CHERYL SLATER