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 Portugal

7 Day Yoga Retreats at Vale de Moses

Location: In the Portuguese mountains (fly into Lisbon or Porto)

Mood: Run by husband and wife Andrew and Vonetta Winter, Vale de Moses is set in a heartbreakingly beautiful valley surrounded by pine and eucalyptus forest

Dates: Open March to October

Val de Moses yoga Portugal

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.

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Yoga Surf Holiday at Vale da Lama Portugal

Location: Quinta Vale da Lama, Odiáxere Lagos

Mood: If you like to be physical and train your body (or want to start doing so) or if you are simply looking to throw some beach & waves at your yearly yoga retreat, this week will be unforgettable.

Dates:  7 – 13 June & 20 – 26 September

Our yoga surf holiday is for those who want to express this joy through their relationship to nature, open spaces, wind and yes, a surfboard!

Combining hatha flow, restorative yoga, meditation and surfing this retreat gives you the opportunity to combine the wonderful surf of the Portuguese South West coast with a healing and insightful yoga practice.

Our retreat home is Vale da Lama, a solar passive house, where temperature is controlled without any use of electricity, only by sunlight and firewood. A happy week. Two yoga sessions, movement in the morning and restorative in the evening, sandwich a daylong surfing session.

Sun, waves and excitement at the beach, good food, lush gardens and lazy hammocks back home. All the good feelings and smiles of an Algarve holiday plus quality yoga lessons to support the healing, strength and flexibility of the body.

If you like to be physical and train your body (or want to start doing so) or if you are simply looking to throw some beach & waves at your yearly yoga retreat, this week will be unforgettable.

Last but not least: we keep getting raging reviews of our associates, Future Surf School. Serious, attentive and trustworthy instructors will guide your in your first steps onto a surfboard, you are in good hands with them!

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Summer Yoga Retreats in Greece

7 Day summer yoga retreat on the beach

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 to October

summer yoga retreat Corfu

Join us for a 7 day summer yoga retreat  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.

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7 day Santorini summer yoga retreat 

Dates: 30 May – 6 June / 6 – 13 June

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.

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7 day Yoga in Santorini – A YogaYamas Retreat 

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: 31st August – 6th September

7 Day Yoga Holiday in Santorini

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.

This 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.

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Yoga retreat in Kythnos Island

Location: Kythnos Island, just a short boat ride from Athens

Mood: Kythnos Island is a place where time passes a bit slower and you can barely distinguish between what is design and what is nature.

Dates: 18th – 25th July

Join us for a transformative yoga retreat in Kythnos Island on the ancient and unspoiled seashores of Greece. Kythnos Island is a place where time passes a bit slower and you can barely distinguish between what is design and what is nature.

It is known for its magnificent 100 km coastline of sand and pebble bays. Just a short boat ride from Athens, it is surprising how this island has evaded mass tourism. Kythnos truly is Cyclades’ hidden gem.

Practicing yoga in an open studio with a view over the Aegean Sea is one of the most beautiful experiences. Enjoy the benefits of Vinyasa Flow Yoga in the mornings. Take pleasure in yin yoga in the afternoon while watching the magical sunset. Feel energised, nourished and centred.

Spend your free time exactly as you like. Delight yourself with a massage, swim in the infinity pool, sunbathe on the near-by beach or visit the thermal waters with their therapeutic properties.

The K4 Kythnos Retreat Centre is located by the beach. A sustainable complex of four independent villas, each one boasts a unique Cycladic style and a terrace overlooking the infinity pool and the Aegean Sea. The whole place feels like it’s been suspended 100 feet above the crashing waves.

Each villa is 100 square meters and has an open-space living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of the bedrooms has a double bed, one bedroom has two twin beds and the third has bunk beds (one large, 160cm wide bed on the bottom and one bed of same size on the top). Each villa can host a maximum of five people.

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Summer Yoga Retreats in France

Alpine Yoga and Hiking Retreat in the French Alps

Location: Stay in our beautiful rustic Chalet style accommodation nestled on the mountainside surrounded by alpine pastures.

Mood: If you are a lover of the mountains and enjoy being in the great outdoors this is the hiking yoga holiday for you.

Dates: 29 July – 5 August / 5 – 12 August / 19 – 26 August / 26 August – 2 September

 

Join us in the beautiful French Alps for an alpine yoga and hiking retreat. 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.

The hiking yoga experience is unrivalled here. 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! There’s nothing like a hiking yoga holiday to exhilarate and enliven body and mind.

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. If you feel like a day off from walking why not try paragliding or white water rafting, or enjoy the Olympic sized pool in Bourg St Maurice. Or simply relax in the garden of the chalet and catch some sun whilst enjoying a good book.

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Summer Yoga Retreats in Spain

Luxury Ibiza Holistic Wellbeing Retreat

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:

11 – 17 April

2 – 8 May

30 May – 5 June

5 – 11 September

10 – 16 October

Holistic Wellbeing Retreat in Ibiza

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.

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Surya Retreat – Rejuvenating Yoga and Pilates

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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Transformative Yoga Retreat with Jeff Phenix

Location: Almeria

Mood: A wonderful opportunity to enjoy some sun, sea, relaxation and yoga in stunning Almeria, which is Spain’s sunniest and least developed region.

Dates: 18th – 25th July

The venue is set on the edge of one of Europe’s most remote and beautiful natural parks, the Cabo de Gata, which is one of Spain’s last unspoiled stretches of coastline. Offering an amazing landscape of perfect half-moon bays, hidden coves, bizarre volcanic rock formations, and spectacular flora and fauna, this really is an idyllic location and the perfect place to deepen your yoga and meditation practice.

The long morning practice will be a dynamic, creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice and will include meditation and pranayama.

By emphasising the breath, mindfulness & skilful action and building up through a range of appropriate options – students, from the less experienced to the more advanced, will discover how to work peacefully at the level appropriate to them.

The afternoon session will be a mellower, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras, yoga nidra and meditation. This will totally bliss you out!

Your teacher Jeff Phenix has lots of experience teaching students of all levels. His depth of understanding, playful approach, ability to challenge students to safely explore their edge and his love of pranayama and meditation will give you the perfect opportunity to deepen your practice both physically and internally.

In between yoga sessions you have time to relax by the pool or enjoy a massage by the amazing onsite therapists. There are some lovely local walks form the Finca or we can arrange trips to local beaches and coast line within the national park which is a 20 – 30min drive away and we will have one afternoon off yoga to allow for a longer trip.

We can also arrange a visit to Granada to visit the Alhambra which is 1.5 hours away but this needs to be booked well in advance so let us know if you would like more details on this. If you are looking for peace and quiet and want time to yourself there are plenty of quiet shady spots or if you are feeling sociable a yoga holiday is a great way to make new friends. This really is the perfect place to immerse yourself in yoga and meditation.

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6 night Mindful Yoga and Spanish Retreat

Location: Stay at the beautiful residential complex of La Alcazaba in the stunning coastal town of southern Spain, Estepona.

Mood: If you’d like a holiday with a difference, then perhaps you’d like to come along with some friends and have a well-deserved break that will leave you feeling restored and stimulated.

Dates: 6th – 12th July

If you’d like a holiday with a difference, then perhaps you’d like to come along with some friends and have a well-deserved break that will leave you feeling restored and stimulated. This year, Su and Mayte are offering the option for retreat guests to learn Spanish and do Yoga or do more of either just Spanish or just Yoga. This will take pressure of those guests who may want the holiday and retreat experience but have a preference of which activity they’d rather do.

This is more than a retreat; it’s also a holiday where you can mix and match different activities and make it as stimulating or as relaxing as you need it to be. There is flexibility in the schedule to ensure that everyone’s needs are met.

The holiday will include options to take part in Yoga, meditation/guided visualisations and Spanish informal learning sessions. The retreat space itself is a beautiful apartment that looks out onto stunning gardens in a residential complex that houses several swimming pools and a restaurant. Estepona town is a short distance away and guests either walk or cycle there although there’s the option to go via taxi too.

Mayte and Su have been visiting Estepona for more than 40 years and know the area well. You will be offered tours as well as being taken to local beaches and renowned restaurants. There are many opportunities to be involved other optional activities although you may just want to chill out for the entire week!

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Summer Yoga Retreats in Croatia

8 Day Detox, Yoga, Cooking classes, and Hiking Retreat in Mljet Island

Location: The retreat will take place in an old stone village right above the lakes and the national park

Mood: This holistic wellbeing yoga retreat is a short training that will help you start a balanced, healthy lifestyle

Dates: 26th September – 3rd October

This 8 Day Detox, Yoga, Cooking classes, and Hiking Retreat in Mljet Island, Croatia will nourish, nurture and inspire your body, mind and spirit. It will create a platform on which you will be able to build on once when your return home, so that you can continue implementing positive changes and healthy life style in your daily life.

During this retreat you will experience the joy of yoga practice combined with meditation and breathing exercises. The healthy cooking classes are led by our macrobiotic chef whose love and knowledge of nutritional, healthy, organic food is truly exceptional. You will also join hiking trips with stunning views of the island, lakes and sea and to Odysseus’ cave.

You will be spoiled and nurtured by our chef who will cater for your needs with love and care. The retreat is also a great way to relax, meet new people and just have a joyful, restorative and rejuvenating holiday.

During this retreat we will accommodate a small number of participants, in order for us to be able to serve you in the best possible way and to care of each of participants needs as well as to give everyone the personal attention that is needed during yoga classes as well as cooking classes.

The schedule is designed in a way that every day is a new experience. At the evening tea time, you can discuss and reflect on the experience that you had throughout the day.

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Summer Yoga Retreats in Italy

7 Day Luxury Yoga Retreat in Puglia

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: 20th – 26th 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.

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7 Day Iyengar Yoga, Amazing Food & Wine Retreat 

Location: Puglia – in the countryside outside of Ostuni at an immaculately restored resort property

Mood: Journey throughout the region to explore Puglia’s beautiful and varied landscape – from ancient hilltop towns to white limestone beaches with turquoise waters. Free time is yours to spend as you wish, doing what feeds your soul.

Dates: 28th June – 4th July

Explore and experience the stunning natural beauty of the heel of Italy’s boot while immersing yourself in the unique regional culture of Puglia.

Spend a relaxing week in the countryside outside of Ostuni at an immaculately restored resort property comprised of authentic stone trulli and lamie paired with modern amenities. The spacious, yet intimate, property is reserved for the exclusive use of our group of 14 travellers.

Begin each day with yoga practice led by Katie at the villa. Let the ritual of the asanas practiced within the ancient stone buildings centre your mind and spirit and set the tone for a day of good living.

After morning yoga, nourish your body with a breakfast in the Italian style – local fruits, juices, pastries from the nearby pasticceria or homemade by Cara, yogurt and cheese direct from local farms and, of course, espresso.

Journey throughout the region to explore Puglia’s beautiful and varied landscape – from ancient hilltop towns to white limestone beaches with turquoise waters. Free time is yours to spend as you wish, doing what feeds your soul.

Lounge poolside and get lost in a novel, paint with watercolours or knit in the shade of an olive tree, meander through the kitchen to see what Cara is preparing, walk along the country roads, tag along on a trip to the market to shop for the nights dinner or simply enjoy a nap in a hammock.

Each day’s menus will be based on the best seasonal offerings of the local markets, focusing on traditional regional recipes and presenting a wide variety.

Meals will be served family style and always include an abundance of dishes ranging from simply prepared vegetables to homemade pastas and grilled meats and fish.

Guests with dietary restrictions such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free can easily be accommodated.

 After a late afternoon restorative yoga session or planned outing we will partake in the Italian tradition of the Aperitivo – a small snack paired with a cocktail or glass of prosecco enjoyed before dinner.

Again, in the ways of the Italians, dinner will be served in the early evening in one of the properties outdoor dining rooms. Like the midday meal, dinner will be served family style and paired with regional wines.

Over the course of the trip you will be introduced to regional specialties like Orecchiette con Sugo di Pomodoro e Cacioricotta, Purea di Fave con Cicoria, Ciceri e Tria and Pasticiotto.

Experience fruits, vegetables and sea creatures not found in the US and taste some of the finest cheeses, olives and olive oil you’ll ever have.

You’ll learn how the incredibly varied landscape of the Puglian region is the source of an incredible bounty of diverse foods, from olive oil and wheat to burrata, lamb and seafood. Come live ‘La Dolce Vita’ this Summer in Puglia!

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