Soul Seed Travel Guide: The Best Summer Retreats in Europe

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A retreat is the perfect summer getaway when you’re bored of your annual re-tox holiday and you’re in need of a healthy holiday, a lifestyle detox or you want to deepen your yoga or meditation practice.

We’ve chosen these summer yoga retreats for those of you thinking about where to go on holiday this summer, who fancy practicing yoga in the sun, on a beach or in the Mediterranean countryside.

It’s time to breathe in the fresh clean air and get plenty of time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. We’re sure you’ll find something here for you!. Here’s our guide to the best summer yoga retreats in Europe.

Summer Yoga Retreats in Greece

Location: Almyros is a peaceful paradise escape placed along the North coast road of Corfu.

Mood: Perfect for those looking to take a relaxing beach yoga break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Dates:  Open May – October

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Join us for a 7 summer yoga retreat holiday on the beach. Offering a beautiful yet tranquil alternative to the bustling, cosmopolitan beach of Acharavi, Almyros is a peaceful paradise escape, perfect for those looking to take a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

We welcome couples; solo travellers and friends who’d like to combine their love of yoga with a sunshine holiday. Located within the stunning Greek island of Corfu, our experienced and inspiring yoga teachers will challenge your mind and body, encouraging you to enhance your overall wellbeing through daily practice of yoga techniques.

With its rich, mountainous landscape, Corfu offers a beautiful view to its visitors. The Northern area of the island has preserved its natural and architectural environment, making it popular with visitors and locals alike. The house is located right on the beach where you can spend your days chilling out in between the meals and yoga.

Location: Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. It is located between Ios and Anafi island. Your retreat home of Oia is located high up on what is considered the balcony of Santorini.

Mood: Be energised and inspired with a yoga & meditation program that will take you on an incredible journey of wellbeing and discovery in stunning Santorini.

Dates: 31 August – 7 September & 7 – 14 September

Santorini is considered the precious gem of the Aegean. With its white-washed clifftop villages set against the deep blue sky, multicoloured beaches, vast volcanic vineyards, crystal clear waters and world famous sunsets, it is easy to fall under the spell of this magical, mythical island.

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

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. 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 completely relax.

Location: Santorini, at the hotel Αkrotiri. The hotel is built just next to the beach and offers a unique view of the endless deep blue sea.

Mood: The majestic energy of Santorini is related with the Atlantis myth and as soon as you arrive in the island you will feel a special aura welcoming your entire system.

Dates: 26th August – 1st September

Words are not enough to describe the mysterious energy of this island. The island of Santorini is located in the southern part of Aegean Sea, it is considered one of the top 10 worldwide destinations and one of Greece’s great attraction because of its volcanic beauty, myth, history, mystical power and vast sacredness.

One of the island’s names as Homer mentions in his work is Kallístē, which means ‘the most beautiful one ‘. The majestic energy of Santorini is related with the Atlantis myth and as soon as you arrive in the island you will feel a special aura welcoming your entire system. That’s one of the reasons we chose Santorini for our retreats so that everyone can have this significant experiential perspective.

The 7 day Yoga in Santorini – A YogaYamas retreat will take place in hotel Αkrotiri. The hotel is built just next to the beach and offers a unique view of the endless deep blue sea. The sun and moon’s reflection on water is a perfect companion for the hours of relaxation and rest. The hotel is near to the famous Red beach, in ancient Thira and the Lighthouse with the magnificent sunset as well as in just 200 meters you can find Santorini’s most famous fish taverns.

Location: Crete is Greece’s largest island.  Due to its large size and rich culture, this place offers amazing things to see and do.

Mood: Practicing Yoga within the purity and balance of this wonderful island’s landscape will reduce stress and tension as it will create a sense of calmness.

Dates: 8th – 14th September

Crete is Greece’s largest island. Due to its large size and rich culture, this place offers amazing things to see and do. This is why holidays in Crete are such an extraordinary experience and give valuable moments to cherish. The climate and nature, the sea that decorates the surroundings, the historical and cultural heritage are all contributing to the mental health and well-being.

Crete is the ideal destination, combining all of the above. Practicing Yoga on this 7 day retreat within the purity and balance of this wonderful island’s landscape will reduce stress and tension as it will create a sense of calmness.

We’ll use Milia, as our shelter, a recreational place away from the crowds. Milia is a traditional eco village, hidden among plane trees, chestnut trees and mountain tops reaching the skies. The spring water, the clean air and summer breeze and the bright stars that spread along the night sky, as well as the delicious food and even the eco-structured approach of Milia, will provide the necessary serenity.

See more images on our Greek Islands photo album.

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Summer Yoga Retreats in Spain

Location: Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands and an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.

Mood: Reconnect with your true nature and let your soul shine with a jam-packed schedule of holistic, healing and transformative loveliness.

Dates: Open May – October

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Laugh a lot, make new friends, snooze, sunbathe, explore, relax, read, walk and indulge in yummy food. Our retreat is a  transformative 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!).  Your retreat home for the week is Can Shui. For such a magical space nestled into the stunning Ibiza countryside and with endless uninterrupted views out to sea, the translation of Can Shui, a ‘place of harmony’, could not be more appropriate.

Surrounded by pine forests and olive trees, nestled into a cliff with endless breathtaking views out to sea and a private secluded beach within walking distance along a rugged cliff path.

♥ See more images on our Soulful Ibiza Guide photo album.

Location: Fuerteventura

Mood: Relax and revitalise at one of Europe’s leading yoga and pilates retreats with expert teaching

Dates: Open all year round (retreats run weekly Saturday – Saturday)

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Join us year round at our seven day yoga and pilates retreat, 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.

More than just a holiday, we are here to support you in your wellbeing journey, making you feel at ease from the moment you arrive., Spain. Stretch and strengthen your body and mind and bring yourself back into balance with a unique blend of yoga, pilates and meditation.

Our seven night yoga and Pilates retreats running every week from Saturday to Saturday are designed to help reduce stress, improve fitness and vitality and most importantly take time for you.

Perfect for all levels from beginner to advanced practitioners, we are here to support you and your goals every step of the way.

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Summer Yoga Retreats in Croatia

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Location: Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. Situated steps away from the Adriatic Sea, the Royal Blue Hotel features the only outdoor rooftop swimming pool in all of Dubrovnik.

Mood: Think wine tastings, spa, and blue waters!

Dates: 2nd -7th July

We’re returning to Croatia, this year at a new luxury hotel, for our luxury yoga, culture and mindful workshops retreat in Dubrovnik for a week on the gorgeous Adriatic.  Combine yoga and manifestation, and coaching workshops to consciously create the life you dream.

Besides daily yoga classes, our retreat in Dubrovnik offers a series of mindful workshops that will guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life.

We will have meaningful discussions and fun activities intended to help you tap into your own inner wisdom and heartfelt desires. And between the beauty of Croatia and the serenity of the sea and landscape, the atmosphere will surely ignite your being with an energy perfect for the creative process.

Location: The central-Dalmatian island of Korcula is the sixth largest and one of the greenest Adriatic island’s.

Mood: A Mediterranean atmosphere with swimming, hiking, walking, kayaking, relaxing in beautiful unspoiled nature and exploring old villages and towns.

Dates: April – September

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From April – September you can join a Yoga and Wellness weekend retreat (Thursday – Sunday). This is the perfect opportunity to refill and restore your energy under the Mediterranean sun surrounded by crystal blue seas, and bring your body and mind into balance with daily yoga classes, meditation and breathing exercises.

The extensive local knowledge of the retreat team ensures that you will enjoy the best authentic sights, flavours and experiences of Croatia.

You will enjoy hikes through Korcula’s lush and unspoiled wild fields, explore hidden bays of breathtaking beauty and experience an excursion to the magical natural park of island Mlijet, with its salt lakes, a bicycle wine tour to the famous Croatian wine region on Peljesac, and most of all to discover all the joys of the Mediterranean and have a lot of fun in the process.

Have a week to spare? In May, June & September you can roll out your yoga mat by the sea on these 7 day nourishing yoga and detox retreats.

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Summer Yoga Retreats in France

Location: La Thuile, a small peaceful hamlet that’s part of the commune of Sainte Foy Tarentaise. It’s nestled on the mountainside surrounded by alpine pastures, at 1250 metres altitude, halfway between Bourg St Maurice and Val d’Isère.

Mood: An active holiday including yoga, hiking & adventure.

Dates:  2nd -7th July

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Join us in the beautiful French Alps for an alpine yoga and hiking holiday adventure. After touring around the French Alps, we love hiking in this area. With so many routes to choose from and breathtaking views, you won’t want to go home!

If you are a lover of the mountains and enjoy being in the great outdoors this is the hiking yoga holiday for you. An exciting week of adventure activities during the day beginning with yoga and then a choice of hiking, white water rafting, paragliding or wild swimming.

Stay in our beautiful rustic Chalet style accommodation nestled on the mountainside surrounded by alpine pastures. Start and end the day with yoga to stretch out your hiking limbs, and soothe them with a sauna and hot tub, or treat yourself to a massage.

Step out of the chalet and the mountain trails are yours for the picking. If you’ve not visited the French Alps in the summer time, you’re in for a treat. As the winter snow melts away in the spring, the mountains take on their summer mantle of bright green grass and colourful alpine flowers. The views are equally as spectacular in the summer as they are in the winter.

After a long walk reward yourself with a swim to cool off in a refreshing glacial lake. There are so many hikes to choose from, at blue, red or black levels. Enjoy views of Mont Blanc in the distance.

Location: Bastide Avellanne is the ideal location to visit Provence. Situated only 30 minutes from the sea and from the Cote D’Azur between Cannes, St. Tropez and Hyeres.

Mood: Daily yoga, walks, and food-focused activities throughout the week.

Dates: 9th – 15th June

Get ready for our annual getaway in the south of France – this time with a new itinerary with daily yoga, walks, and food-focused activities throughout the week. From gourmet tastings, the famous Provencal rosé, and plenty of time to take in the gorgeous surroundings on our hikes past lavender, blue waters, and vineyards.

With its hundreds of kilometers of white beaches, rocky capes and wild bays, Bastide Avellanne is considered the most beautiful coastline of France – 300 kilometers of coast accompanying the Mediterranean Sea, white sandy beaches, a preserved landscape, protected islands and famous locations renowned worldwide.

It looks just as you see in postcards: fields of lavender, medieval villages, chateaux, markets full of colours where you can find local products and exotic spices, lively small towns with a slow way of life.

Day trips will allow guests to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience. Trips may include visits to small villages, large cities, outdoor activities, even a gorgeous spa day in a 5* countryside chateau where guests can swim, enjoy lunch, use the spa area and receive a relaxing treatment (included in the retreat).

See smaller villages that few tourists visit, and get a true education and taste of France with various tastings of regional wines, aperitifs and cheeses.

One day will be spent on the French Riviera on the island of Porquerolles for free time to explore the beaches, hiking trails or town. We will take a tour through the countryside to see quaint villages, French markets, and hopefully get a peek at the early-blooming lavender fields.

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Summer Yoga Retreats in Italy

Location: Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s “boot,” is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline

Mood: Move + Manifest: A combination of yoga, mindful workshops & day trips to explore the local towns & culture

Dates: 1st – 7th September

On this wonderful seven day retreat we will stay at the luxurious Masseria Fumarola and experience the landscapes and activities of this incredible rising star of Italy.

Besides daily yoga classes, our new MOVE+MANIFEST retreats offers a series of mindful workshops that will guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life. We will have meaningful discussions and fun activities intended to help you tap into your own inner wisdom and heartfelt desires.

Between the beauty and serenity of Puglia alongside the sea and ancient olive trees, the atmosphere will surely ignite your being with an energy perfect for the creative process.

We will tour through Puglia’s famous trulli; cone shaped houses in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site. After walking around the town and enjoying a delicious tasting lunch, we will make our way back to the stunning Masseria Fumarola, an ancient farmstead that will be our home for the week.

There will also be a relaxed day at the beach where we will explore the incredible coastal part of the region, followed up with an amazing and unique dining experience in a cliffside grotto. In this open cavern, we will eat while looking down upon the sea at Polignano al Mare, one of the most picturesque villages of Puglia.

Location: Lucca is a city on the Serchio river in Italy’s Tuscany region.

Mood: A week of artisanal workshops, and immersive experiences ranging from wine making to silk weaving

Dates: 14th – 21st September 

Join us for our culture, self discovery and yoga retreat in Lucca. Nestled in this lyrical landscape, and a short distance from the medieval city, we find a true haven for relaxation, Villa Boccella — an immaculately restored 17th century Tuscan estate.

The area around Lucca, is often referred to as the ‘green island of Tuscany’. In the verdant splendour of this countryside, we take our first day to relax and settle into our exquisite surrounds. Take the day to swim, read and walk in nature or just perfect the art of il dolce far niente – the sweet pursuit of doing nothing – as you acclimatise yourself from your hectic life to the soothing balm that is Villa Bocella.

The path to creative awakening begins each morning in the Boccellina garden with our yoga and meditation class. Wake up to the sweet scent of jasmine with views of the Pizzorne mountains on the horizon. Our morning sessions are followed by a deliciously abundant patio breakfast, lovingly prepared by your host

Follow the enchanting trails that lead you past the wild thyme or simply bask by the pool, in the golden light of the afternoon. The focus of this retreat, is manifesting the muse within you!

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