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Where to go wellness guide: September & October Yoga Retreats

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Keep the summer alive with an early autumn escape. Savvy travelers know that taking a trip in September and October promises two things: fewer people on the beach, and weather that’s just as good (if not better) than sizzling July and August.

Luxury Boutique City and Sea Yoga Escape in Sicily, 8th – 14th September

Our all inclusive city and sea yoga escape in Sicily begins in the vibrant and flamboyant city of Palermo. Famed for its storied past and street food culture, this is a city at the edge of Europe, at center of the ancient world. A place where Arabesqu rub shoulders with baroque churches, a place where fallen empires and faded frescos collide.

Staying in the heart of the old Souk markets, at the luxury boutique hotel Baglio San Giovanni we find ourselves in the lively centro storico wandering the labyrinthine streets, breathing in the dazzling aroma of spices, and savoring local delights.

We greet each morning with a guided meditation, followed by a yoga class focusing on the chakras to recharge the body’s energy centres. Weather permitting, our morning practice will take place in the gardens of our Hotel. Following this, we indulge in a café breakfast Sicilian-style, before taking some precious moments for riposare — the lovely Italian word for relaxation.

The rest of our days we spend in the ancient heart of Palermo, wandering the colourful markets with fruit stalls piled high resembling works of art, breathing in the dazzling aroma of spices, and savoring street food delights.

We take you on a tour, exploring the aphrodisiac properties of Sicilian spezzi and enjoy a cooking class with a local chef, who will share culinary secrets passed down from generations. We lunch and dine at restaurants serving local specialties sure to captivate the senses.

This escape is open to singles and couples of all levels of yoga, and every walk of life. For anyone interested in the mind-opening experiences inspired by yoga, meditation and travel, as well as a love of Italy and it’s food and culture, then this is the retreat for you!. DETAILS.

Wine Tasting & Yoga Retreat Sienna, Italy 25th – 29th October

Besides daily yoga classes, our VINO+VINYASA retreats offer another way to fully experience your time on the retreat – by engaging your senses with wine tasting classes! For individuals new to wine study, these classes provide a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings.

Wine tasting classes will be led by award-winning wine writer and expert Emily O’Hare. A certified sommelier, she considers herself first a wine-lover, someone passionate about sharing the history, cultural aspects, and genuine enjoyment of this ancient drink with others. This beginner level introduction is a perfect way for anyone interested in wine to take their interest further, experience stimulating classes and on-site visits to producers.

Best of all, at the end of the week, there is the option for a WSET Wine Certification! The globally recognized WSET (Wine & Spirit Educational Trust) course is step one of three for becoming an official sommelier, and upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin. This is a chance to gain a specialized wine knowledge in a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Guests will not only enjoy the villa and encompassing estate, but the richness of the Italian cities in nearby regions. Day trips will allow students to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience. Daytrips include visits to the nearby cities of Siena, as well as private wine tours of the on-site winery, and other vineyards in the neighboring “wine-famous” areas of Montalcino and Chianti. DETAILS.

Body Balance Wellness Retreat in Ibiza, 15th – 22nd September

It’s all inside you, every single thing you need. The body balance wellness retreat is an empowering and life changing experience all about you. We create an organic and nurturing environment for you to relax, recharge, switch off from daily stress and strain of life.

Stepping in to your power to redirect your attention to what you truly want and move forwards towards your dreams.

Delve in to activities at your leisure, taking part in as much or as little as you like. From yoga to Pilates, nature hikes to pampering, cooking workshops to creative art workshops, there is something for everyone. Nurturing body and mind.

Our timetable will be perfectly balanced between exciting activities and personal time to relax, dip in the pool and catch up on ‘me time’. You are invited to try everything, however, extra personal time and long lies are also supported.

Your villa is nestled amongst a fragrant pine forest in the beautiful North of Ibiza, a peaceful and tranquil sanctuary.

This organic and nurturing home has gardens to explore, meditative spaces to switch off, Bali style huts to relax and a beautiful pool to dip in and refresh. Step away from the party scene and find the most beautiful and breath-taking Mediterranean paradise.

Together we will discover an island of turquoise waters, hidden coves, pine tree forests, the magical Es Vedra filled with magnetic power and explore Ibiza’s best kept secrets. DETAILS.

Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat in the Portuguese Mountains, open March to October

Vale de Moses is a family run yoga retreat in the heart of the Portuguese mountains. Spend a week or more practicing yoga, receiving massage and acupuncture treatments, walking in forests, swimming in natural river pools and eating delicious nutritious food. Stay in one of the beautifully restored stone cottages, Soulpads or in a Tipi.  Our retreat home is perfect for those in need of a break, rest and relaxation. We are surrounded by nature and forests, peace and tranquility – the perfect ingredients to restore your body and mind. The combination of good food and sleep, clean mountain air and water, therapeutic massage and acupuncture, hill walking and river swimming, all create a highly restorative context in which to begin, or to deepen, your yoga practice.

Soulfully reconnect with our planet and with your own body. This warm invitation to deepen your love affair with yoga, is open for everyone, travelling alone or with friends, new to yoga or practicing for decades. Most of our retreats at Vale de Moses include morning and afternoon classes, a health consultation, massage/acupuncture treatment, 3 nourishing daily meals and a trip to the nearby Rio Zêzere. DETAILS.

Luxury Yoga Marrakesh Move + Manifest Retreat, 23rd – 29th September

Marrakech

This Yoga Marrakech Move + Manifest retreat offers a series of mindful workshops that will guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life. Expect meaningful discussions and fun activities intended to help you tap into your own inner wisdom and heartfelt desires.

Your retreat home for the week is the  fabulous Peacock Pavilions boutique hotel. This stylish and eco-friendly abode has been featured in worldwide publications, including National Geographic Traveler.

You will not only enjoy the grounds of Peacock Pavilions, the outdoor areas including a lovely pool, patio, private terraces, and covered yoga platform, but the retreat includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites.

A guided day trip in Marrakech will lead you through an introduction to souks and visits to sites such as Ben Youssef Medrasa.

A full day will be spent exploring the nearby Atlas Mountains with a base at the Kasbah Tamadot Hotel with a traditional mule trek to the nearby village of Asni followed by time at the beautiful grounds of this 5-star location overlooking the vista and tasting menu lunch.

The final full day entails a trip to the famous Bains de Marrakech, a luxurious spa facility, where guests can be pampered to their heart’s content with a full program of various treatments. What better way to wrap up a week of yoga than a day of pure relaxation. DETAILS

Yoga, Wellness and Meditation Retreat in Bicester, Oxfordshire 12th – 14th October

On our wellness yoga retreat in Bicester, Oxfordshire be prepared to switch off, let go and give permission to yourself to totally relax.

Retreat to the Oxfordshire countryside and escape for the weekend! Our Bicester venue is well loved by our guests for its grand, yet incredibly homely feel. Enjoy first class yoga teaching from Senior Yoga teachers, Meditation to calm your active mind, incredible meals lovingly prepared by our talented chefs and served as a community, optional holistic treatments to soothe your body and guided walks of the local countryside; you are guaranteed to leave feeling energised, a little lighter, and grateful to yourself for taking some time away.

Stay in our gorgeous manor house and enjoy the peace that the meditation practices bring to you during the silent walk and in the yoga classes, and feel the body loosen and open up with the asana practices.

Explore the local surroundings and enjoy being in the countryside away from the frenetic pace of life in your day to day. Enjoy a massage from one of our expert in-house therapists or take time to rest and just be.

Situated alongside one of the Oxfordshire canal routes, it is a beautifully serene spot to come and while away the afternoon, meandering along the canal, taking in the countryside and nature at its best. Trading the urban skylines, noise and hustle and bustle for this tranquility.

Feel space to breathe, unwind and release tension and your troubles away. This retreat is suitable for anyone who’d like a weekend away with wellness, healthy food and Yoga. Beginners are welcome as well as all ages. DETAILS.

7 Day Santorini Yoga Retreat, 15 – 22, 22 – 29 September

Be energised and inspired on this trip of a lifetime and join us on our 7 day Santorini yoga retreat. Enjoy flowing vinyasa practice, gentle restorative sessions and rejuvenating meditation.

This rejuvenating 7 day Santorini yoga retreat programme combines vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga and meditation to take you on an incredible journey of wellbeing and discovery in stunning Santorini.

From your arrival in Greece you can feel at ease and enjoy the wonders of this glistening jewel of an island, safe in the experienced hands of our team. We look forward to welcoming you, supporting you and guiding you through this incredible wellbeing experience.

As well as the expert teachings you will also find yourself rebalanced by the beautiful nature of Santorini, with inspiring walks and views all around.

You can take in the stillness, soak up the Greek sunshine and enjoy the energy of this special island, allowing yourself the time and space to invite relaxation and wellbeing in. DETAILS.

Ibiza Holistic Wellbeing Retreats, 13 – 19 October 20 – 26 October 27 October – 2 November

soulshine IbizaMore than a yoga holiday, our meticulously curated retreats allow you to pause from the crazy pace of modern life.

Reconnect with your true nature and let your soul shine with a whole heap of love from the  team and a jam-packed schedule of holistic, healing and transformative loveliness.

The perfect opportunity to explore, develop and deepen your yoga and meditation practice whilst gaining a greater understanding of holistic healing.

Laugh a lot, make new friends, snooze, sunbathe, explore, relax, read, walk and indulge in yummy food. A transformative holistic wellbeing experience that nourishes your body, mind and soul.

During your six nights on our holistic wellbeing retreat you can expect to enjoy an extraordinary amount of delicious daily Yoga, Meditation, Wellness Talks and Healing Workshops from our wellness experts, plus pampertastic and deeply healing remedial treatments from our talented wellness team (to ensure maximum relaxation and soul soothing!).

Not to mention being cared for by our utterly loving and attentive hosts who are constantly on hand to ensure that you don’t lift a finger (we’re quite strict about that!). It is a truly holistic wellness experience. DETAILS.

Euphoria Emotional and Physical Transformation Retreat, Greece 7 – 14 September, 26 October – 2 November

The Euphoria Emotional and Physical Transformation Retreat is our signature intensive retreat and aims to improve your overall state of emotional wellbeing and bring harmony to your life.

By addressing all levels – physical, emotional and spiritual – it assists your self-reflection and contemplation and enhances your evolutionary journey towards self-awareness and illumination.

The Ancient Hellenic and Chinese civilisations observed the cosmos and human organisms and developed philosophies that in detail describe both. Most of the principles of these philosophies have been confirmed by today’s science.

Euphoria Retreat’s concept stands on these two pillars of ancient wisdom, which describe how energy flows in our body and how the body is influenced by the cosmos, giving guidance that derives from thousands of years of experiences on how to live a euphoric and healthy life.

Modern evidence-based science provides clear answers on whether something is valuable or not, and gives information on a biochemical level regarding what is needed to support wellbeing – vitamins, minerals etc – and uses medicine to cure and set a safe basis for complementary and alternative medicine.

In this way, Euphoria Retreat has developed wellbeing programmes that centre around the five elements of earth, fire, water, wood and metal and their related energies and emotions, with treatments designed to bring balance by addressing the three levels of existence (emotional, physical and spiritual).

A variety of individually designed programmes includes signature retreats, mini retreats, wellness consultations and mental coaching, as well as a wide range of massage therapies, signature bodywork experiences, holistic healing practices, pampering face and body treatments, wellness coaching, and body and movement fitness activities that focus on bringing enduring harmony.

On a daily basis, you will explore your relationship to each element (water, wood, fire, earth, metal), with physical/energy treatments as well as in intimate group sessions. The program also includes nutritional assessment through innovative technologies. DETAILS.

5 Days Luxury Santorini Sailing Retreat: Hiking, Yoga, Meditation 11th – 15th October

Join us for a magical and transforming small-group Retreat experience of 5 days of Yoga, Meditation, Saing and Hiking on the famous Greek island of Santorini, staying on a beautiful private villa overlooking the stunning volcano view!

On one of the days we will sail with a private catamaran to the Santorini caldera, have our meal on board, enjoy the sun and have the chance to swim to the hot springs. Our evening session that day will include meditation and yoga nidra right next to the volcano.

One evening, we will hike to Skaros rock where we will enjoy our evening session at the edge of an amazing view witnessing the setting of the sun.

This retreat is for everyone. From beginners to the more advanced students. Your teacher Athina has many years’ experience of Hatha yoga and will accommodate you based on where your level of practice is at the moment.

During your stay you will be able to book and enjoy personal Thai Massage or Reiki sessions with Athina. DETAILS.

Sailing Yoga Holiday Croatia, available weekly September – October

SAILING YOGA HOLIDAY

We combine a retreat and sailing yoga holiday in Croatia, on a beautiful Split to Dubrovnik (and vice versa) itinerary. The itinerary is like ‘a tasting plate of Croatia’ including some of the best destinations when you sail Croatia, including Hvar, the magical Pakleni Islands, the National Park in Mljet, the fortified town of Korčula and the magical island of Vis and its hidden gem; Stivina Bay.

Our Croatian retreat + sailing yoga holiday itinerary is like no other. You will have yoga classes in the morning (depending on the day), daily swim stops and evening meditation before heading out to explore a new town/port every day.

Yoga classes are an hour long in some of the most breath-taking settings you’ve ever taken a class. There is still time to explore world famous islands, such as Vis, Korčula and Hvar where you can wander the streets, explore the old castle and enjoy sunset cocktails.

As you sail Croatia, you have the freedom to relax as you please with a book, sunbathing, chatting with your fellow yoga retreat guests or learning to sail with your skipper.

If your schedule allows it, stay an extra day before and after your trip.  Don’t fly in on Saturday and join the boat immediately, then finish your trip on Saturday, then fly out that day, you will miss out on so much of the amazing Old Towns.

Available dates

1 September – 8 September Dubrovnik to Split
8 September – 15 September Split to Dubrovnik
22 September – 29 September Split to Dubrovnik
29 September – 5 October Dubrovnik to Split

DETAILS.

Luxury Breathe Vitality Retreat at Aleenta, Phuket, 9th – 14th October

This luxury breathe vitality retreat at Aleenta in Phuket is designed for those who wish to go into a much deeper restorative and healing process by dealing with the root causes of stress and burnout.

It will help you unlock the key to feeling joyful, healthy, and energetic: discovering what balance means for You. You will have time to relax and renew your energy and reinvigorate your mind body and soul.

Nature and the elements are important components of our retreat, as they help you in the healing and balancing process. We combine knowledge of Thai holistic medicine, soul coaching and traditional Hatha yoga practices with an analysis of the 4 life elements.

Situated on a pristine 10km beach a short dash from Phuket, it lies on a peaceful and refreshingly undeveloped stretch of coastline and is designed with the signature ‘Outside Living In’ philosophy.

Sunlight and soft breezes stream through glass-fronted rooms and private pool-decks, with sea views to help you unwind. Pampering is de rigueur – expect sumptuous Thai and fusion cuisine, highly personalised service, great attention to detail and extensive spa treatments based on the 4 elements of moon, sun, earth and sea. It bills itself as ‘a sanctuary of mind and body’, within easy reach of Phuket’s international airport. DETAILS.

Pilates and Nutrition Retreat in Fuerteventura, 13th – 20th October

pilates and nutrition retreat

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to join us on our pilates and nutrition retreat, recharge your body and reset your mind with energising practice and explore the rejuvenating effects of nutrient rich cuisine. Two world class teachers lead this perfect winter wellbeing escape.

Join Jamie, one of the world’s first Pilates retreat teachers, and published cookbook Author Jo, in a sun-kissed, beautiful and enchanting environment. Azulfit Surya Retreat in, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands is an oasis for you to experience an unforgettable Pilates retreat. Be energised and rejuvenated with the power of Pilates, with daily classes and workshops in Pilates, nutrition and ayurveda.

  • Look and feel stronger, leaner and more vibrant
  • Immerse yourself in your Pilates practice with one of the world’s leading teachers
  • Learn lifelong nutrition tools for maintaining health and vitality
  • Learn how to develop a consistent self practice even in a busy world
  • Sweat, smile and amaze yourself in Paradise

You will finish the week feeling healthier, stronger and more energised, and will discover the healing power of classical Pilates. Be prepared to return home looking younger, feeling stronger and rejuvenated and ready for the winter season ahead.

You will experience energising workouts, a nurturing and nourishing environment. Thrive and grow in your practice and your life. Did we mention, have a lot of fun, whilst sharing the Pilates and delicious meals in a blissful setting with like minded souls?

With a warm, fun and open approach and a passion to share his expert knowledge of the Pilates method, Jamie’s Pilates retreat weeks are rapidly gaining the reputation for being one of the most popular Pilates retreat experiences available. Jo’s expert knowledge on nutrition and lifestyle inspire many to live a healthier, happier more energetic lifestyle.

Health, balance and vitality can be yours by joining us for this life changing retreat. Jamie Isaac is a certified 2nd Generation master teacher, as well as a teacher trainer for Peak Pilates, and has a passion and understanding of the method that is infectious.

His unique fun, empowering and compassionate teaching style will take you on a true Pilates adventure, leaving you feeling energised, inspired and rejuvenated.

Sweat, smile and amaze yourself, as each class and workshop combines with the scenery to create an experience like no other. DETAILS.

Sunshine Yoga Retreat at Suleyman’s Garden Turkey with Emma Spencer-Goodier, 8th – 15th September

The Sunshine Retreat is the perfect yoga getaway at Suleyman’s Garden, carved into terraces of abundant fruits and vegetables, nestled in the pine forests that cascade down to the Mediterranean.

There are breathtaking sea views and sunsets from the dining terrace and yoga shalas. The accommodation is in very comfortable stone or wooden cabins with verandahs, shaded by vines and flowers.

Dappled sunshine, yoga, forests, the wild seashore and the ripening fruits in the gardens; this is a retreat, an escape to Eden and far removed from the bustling tourist routes, a hideaway beneath the mountains for those who seek a space of peace.

A taste of old Turkey on the Lycian Way and a potent venue to reveal delight through an immersive yoga programme that dives into the body, breath and heart.

A long established and highly respected teacher from the Isle of Wight, Emma’s teaching over nearly two decades has evolved into one that provides clarity, invites a fresh understanding of alignment and a deeper internal conscious and energetic awareness as participants are guided mindfully through creative graceful sequences.

The retreat experience is liberating and the perfect way to move forward lighter and freer, fitter and healthier – a more contented you.

This is a yoga retreat for those wishing to delve deeper into the practices and teachings of yoga. There are local walks in the forest and along the coast, fantastic swimming in the sea and trips available by boats to secluded beaches. Fethiye is a half hour drive away with its historic hammam and vibrant market. DETAILS.

Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat in a French Chateau, 18th – 22nd October

yobaba loungeA 5 day Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat at the 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.

Explore the endless spaciousness of your inner universe and come with us on an adventure in the center of your being. Through the gentle practice of Embodied Meditation, Gertrud will share tools and philosophies that help you come into vibrant connection with your true nature as explored in the non-dual Shaivinist Tantras and mystical traditions of the world.

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.

This Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation 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. You are welcome to add additional nights to the end of your stay. DETAILS.

The Alchemist Meditation and Yoga Retreat, Lefkada Greece, 14th – 21st October

Join us for a beautiful and transformative Indian Yoga and Alchemist Meditation experience in the scenic backdrop of Lefkada Islands, Greece. Learn to go inside through deep Buddhist meditation and classical yoga in order to release our blockages and undo the cycles of our past, while simultaneously applying this powerful knowledge in order to heal the body through tantra, ayurveda and reflexology practices.

Winner of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2017 for Asia and Australia region and Service Excellence by Tripadvisor this is an intensive spiritual experience, where with the back drop of pure nature you can learn to go inside, let go off the pain, the cycles of limitations and expand beyond your original self through simple direct work on and into the mind which the Yogis have practiced for thousands of years.

There are opportunities to work directly with the Zen master and seek Transcendental appointments and therapies from him during the retreat. Come, allow yourself the change you have always wanted, but did not know how to create. This retreat is immerse and content rich, suitable for the student who is ready to form his her spiritual path.

Our luxurious back drop if the Urania Luxury Resorts, standing on top of a mountain overlooking the 7 Ionian Islands and the beautiful Ionian Sea.

The retreat happens in Urania Luxury resorts in Lefkada Islands of Greece. Rated as one of the top 25 resorts in the world the experience of retreat is only heightened by merely being present here.

Located in one of the most beautiful areas of southern Lefkas island, the “Urania” Luxury Villas stand on a low hill overlooking breathtaking vistas of the Ionian sea near the famous Greek beaches of Egkremnoi and Porto Katsiki. All the rooms have exceptional sea views. DETAILS.

Having trouble choosing? Email us at retreats@soulseedmedia.com and we will help you find and book your perfect retreat.

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