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: 1 – 7 September / 8 – 14 September / 15 – 21 September

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.

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:  8th – 14th 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:  3 – 10 September, 10 – 17 September, 17 – 24 September

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.

7 day Santorini summer yoga retreat 

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.

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: 26th August – 1st 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.

7 day Yoga in Crete – A Yoga Yamas retreat

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

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: 7th – 13th September

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.

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

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)

summer yoga retreats Europe

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

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: 28th September – 5th 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 in 2019. 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: 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.

Culture, Self Discovery and Yoga Retreat in Lucca

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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Author: CHERYL SLATER