Feeling the need for a break from the daily grind (and politics)? Planning a yoga retreat can give you something to look forward to. Whether you want an opportunity to engage in community service, pick up personal insight through life-coaching and self-reflection, or simply to take a beach vacation with plenty of yoga, retreats deepen your practice, introduce you to new people and places, and provide time with your favorite teacher. Here, 12 trips we'd like to book ourselves this year.
1. Retreat to the Woods with Mary Beth LaRue and Jacki Carr
Where: Cleveland, Ohio
When: February 10–12, 2017
Cozy up with Mary Beth LaRue and Jacki Carr for a tree-house cabin getaway weekend. Power down your phone and practice self-love with heart-opening yoga and intention-setting life coaching. This retreat is perfect for helping you stay true to your new year resolutions and unwind from the busy to-do lists.
2. Annual Women's Yoga Retreat with Colleen Saidman Yee
Where: Tulum, Mexico
When: February 22–27, 2017
Ride the good vibes from January's Women's March all the way to Colleen Saidman Yee's women's retreat to Mexico. The perfect place to connect with other like-minded ladies, bask in the sun, and enjoy the benefits of yoga, this retreat will recharge and empower you to return home ready to face the real world again.
3. A Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Spring Equinox Retreat with Guru Jagat
Where: Rivas, Nicaragua
When: March 17–22, 2017
Kundalini master teacher and author of Invincible Living, Guru Jagat, is hosting a retreat in Nicaragua during the Spring Equinox to maximize the revitalizing and recharging energies. This nourishing, healing retreat will focus on exercise, mantras, meditation, and rich gong baths. Not to mention, effectively syncing your body with the moon cycle to keep your health and emotions optimized throughout the year.
Looking for a way to give back? Sign up for Liz Arch's Baja retreat. Proceeds will benefit Purple Dot Yoga Project, an organization aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence through yoga. Then enjoy ocean-front eco-lux accommodations and specialty workshops focusing on challenge poses like the inversions and arm balances that have been eluding you.
Where: Havana + Pinar Del Rio, Cuba
When: April 16–22, 2017
Enjoy the lush culture, vibrant colors, and rustic cars of Cuba with Heather Lilleston and Yoga for Bad People. Now the door is open for American tourists to Cuba again, you won't want to miss out on this unique experience. The cost of the retreat includes Cuban insurance, a visa, taxes, and complies with U.S. Treasury Department regulations so you won't have to stress about the nitty-gritty.
Every yogi's travel bucket list includes a visit to India to experience the ancient practice's roots. But finding the right ashram or retreat center can feel daunting—or frustrating when faced with long waitlists. Enter Kripalu. The trusted US yoga authority will take care of the details so you can dive right in to the practice. Kripalu faculty member and Yoga Journal contributor Larissa Carlson is offering twice-daily yoga practices along with Ayurvedic practices on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
If you're an outdoor enthusiast, this retreat is for you! Enjoy the benefits of camping in style (aka "glamping"), including luxury tents with real beds, chef-cooked meals, and plenty of fresh air. Then get dirty rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. "My motto is 'be sincere, not serious' so it’s an especially good retreat for those who like to explore their relationship with Nature and Spirit with a little dose of irreverence and a big dose of fun," Caputo says.
Shiva Rea's "living flow ocean ashram" experience in the Mediterranean sea is centered around the rhythm of Prana Vinyasa, meditation, and a sacred pilgrimage to the ancient mesa of Skaros. This retreat has a teacher training element, as you will learn to teach the 15 namaskars. Here, you'll study Soma Prana Vinyasa, a regenerative practice to restore love, and Prana Danda Yoga, an empowering flow designed to awaken the energetic spine. Your day will be structured around sunrise and sunset meditation and immersion in the Greek Way of Life.
9. Vinyasa Yoga, Movement + Classical Indian Sound Healing with Benjamin Sears
Where: Nice, France
When: August 1–7, 2017
Dive deep into the study of movement and sound with Benjamin Sears, Tatiana Depillo, and Jaya Ramaprasad of LuxYoga. Your time with these masters will deepen your understanding of joint mobilization, body fluidity, and the importance of body-mind balance. Plus, you'll experience the power of sound meditation through mantras and chanting from ancient Indian traditions.
Where: Reykjavik + Vik, Iceland
When: August 20–29, 2017
Iceland has become a travel hotspot for its stunningly blue landscapes, rustic horses, and Northern Lights. Hit it all with Janet Stone this summer. You'll venture out for glacier hikes, lagoon boat excursions, and natural spas. You'll also taking your yoga practice outdoors to connect with the abundant natural beauty.
11. Revitalize and Deepen Your Practice with Jason Crandell
Where: Maui, Hawaii
When: October 4–10, 2017
Enjoy a life of luxury on Maui's North Shore with Jason Crandell. From farm-to-table cuisine to elegant rooms—you'll think you have died and gone to heaven. Treat your body to local fish, fresh vegetables and fruit served daily and enjoy immersive workshops with Crandell on hip openers, pranayama, inversions, and more.
Where: Noord, Aruba
When: November 30–December 5, 2017
Island Yoga, Rachel Brathen's new Aruba yoga studio, recently opened its doors and will be hosting retreats throughout the year. Live like YogaGirl for a week as you enjoy delicious meals from the in-house chef, practice SUP Yoga twice a day, relax on the beach, and visit the Sgt. Pepper animal shelter.