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Yoga Retreats & Spas

30 Yoga + Adventure Retreats Calling Your Name

Climb, paddle, or surf your way to bliss on a retreat marrying yoga + outdoor sports.

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The dusty rock formations that dot Joshua Tree National Park stand out against the cool, crisp blue of the California desert sky. Kate Scherer was looking forward to seeing the view from the top of one of those rocks. A few minutes into the climb, she was surprised to see the peak already just a few feet away, and that’s when the first-time climber got stuck on the rock face. “I started to panic,” says the creative director of a marketing firm and vinyasa yoga practitioner from Santa Monica. “My body was shaking. I felt like if I moved, I’d fall.”

Harnesses and rope connected Scherer, who was on a yoga and rock-climbing retreat, to her fellow climbers and the group’s instructor. Her companions encouraged her to keep going, to trust that if she stood up on the tiny outcropping of rock that her shoes were gripping and reached up, she would find something to grab. She took a deep breath, extended her legs until she was on her tiptoes, and reached the peak. At the top, she took in the view with the group, and reveled in the climb. “It was like I laid down my fears and left them there,” says Scherer. “I felt alive, empowered, and overall just lighter.”

If you’ve ever been on a yoga retreat, you know that the experience of practicing yoga in a beautiful place, with the support of like-minded people and plenty of time for rest and relaxation, can refresh your outlook and create the conditions for breakthroughs in your practice and in your whole life. Vacations that combine the elements of a yoga retreat with outdoor activities like rock climbing, surfing, and hiking are ideal when you want to up the exhilaration factor. Think summer camp for grown-ups, but with yoga to inspire you, help your body adjust to an unaccustomed activity, and heighten your awareness of every moment.

“Watch any little kid running around outside. They are so full of life and vibrancy,” says Eoin Finn, a vinyasa- and surf-retreat leader in Vancouver. “Yoga takes care of so many of the needs of the body, mind, and soul. Many people find that when they combine yoga with adventure and sport retreats, they begin to experience a rapture in being alive.”

Most yoga adventure retreats accommodate all skill levels, for both the yoga classes and the activity at hand. Before you book your trip, contact the organizer to describe your experience level, and make sure the itinerary will offer the kind of asana and activity you’re looking for. And be prepared for what you experience in your yoga practice to overflow into the rest of your vacation, and beyond.

“After yoga practice, you feel more agile, stronger, yet looser, which makes your activities so much more graceful. It’s a balance that creates both focus and ease, the best mindful space from which to learn and grow,” says Finn. “We call it ‘retreating,’ but it’s really embracing all of our activities with a new sense of passion.”

Hiking and Backpacking

Banff National Park

Alberta, Canada

Spend a week in the heart of the Canadian Rockies on a trip that includes daily Anusara Yoga classes, five to seven miles of backpacking per day, and a luxurious last night at a lakeside chalet.

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Oak Creek Canyon

Sedona, Arizona

Take meditative hikes through the awe-inspiring canyon and red-rock country of Sedona. Yoga sessions at dawn and dusk let you connect with the energy of a unique landscape.

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Yosemite National Park

Northern California

Hike in to a pristine camp in the wilderness and experience practicing yoga in the backcountry. Each of the trips offered here focuses on a different theme or style of yoga.

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Explore hiking trails and hone your backcountry skills along with your yoga and meditation practice while surrounded by the rocky bluffs, cliffs, and waterfalls of Yosemite.

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Continental Divide

Aspen, Colorado

Enjoy daily yoga classes and hikes along the breathtaking trails of the Continental Divide, and finish each day with massage and fine dining at the Aspen Sky Hotel.

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Mt. Rainier National Park

Western Washington

Explore the old-growth forests and glacier-fed rivers of Mt. Rainier National Park with a professional guide. Practice yoga, with views of the state’s highest mountain.

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Rock Climbing

McDowell Mountains

Scottsdale, Arizona

Camp for the weekend in the Sonoran Desert, learn the essentials of rock climbing, and practice yoga on a supportive retreat. For women only.

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Pacific Northwest

Take your rock-climbing skills to the next level with individualized instruction during a weekend workshop on camping, climbing, and yoga.

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Shawangunk Mountains

New Paltz, New York

Practice yoga on a cliff top, with views of the Shawangunk Mountains, before taking a guided climb on beginner or intermediate terrain.

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Kripalu Center

Berkshires, Western Massachusetts

YogaSlackers lead this playful rock-climbing and acrobatic yoga retreat at the Kripalu Center, which includes climbing and yoga, plus optional activities like slacklining, hooping, and hiking.

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Devil’s Lake State Park

Baraboo, Wisconsin

Camp near the sheer quartzite bluffs of Devil’s Lake State Park in southern Wisconsin. Explore the complementary practices of rock climbing and yoga, with guidance from a professional instructor.

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Paddle Sports

American River

Northern California

Start your day with an invigorating morning practice with yoga teacher Pete Guinosso, followed by a day spent rafting the rapids of the American River. In the evenings, join kirtan musician Dave Stringer for chants by the campfire.

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Algonquin Provincial Park

Ontario, Canada

Travel by canoe through the pristine waters and deep, quiet forests of Algonquin Provincial Park. Practice yoga each day at sunrise and sunset.

You can also learn sea kayaking skills on a scenic inland lake in Ontario and practice yoga on this retreat for women at the Northern Edge eco-retreat center.

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Mississippi River

Northwestern Illinois

Take a seven-mile kayak trip down the Mississippi, followed by a yoga class, a picnic lunch, and a leisurely bike ride back to your starting point.

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Lake Michigan

Eastern Wisconsin

Learn sea kayaking in a weekend and explore the rocky bluffs and pine forests of Lake Michigan’s rugged shoreline, with daily yoga and meditation at your campsite.

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The Berkshire Hills

Western Massachusetts

Led by world-class kayaker Johnny Snyder, this weekend trip lets you hone your kayaking skills on the calm lakes of the Berkshire Hills. Practice yoga and qigong back on dry land.

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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area


Raft down the Snake River through Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America, with daily yoga to keep you calm in the white-water rapids.

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Green and Yampa Rivers


Raft through deep canyons on these river and yoga excursions, which include postrapids massage. For women only.

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Montauk, New York

Outdoor vinyasa yoga classes and surfing or standup paddleboard instruction.

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West Maui Mountains

Maui, Hawaii

Enjoy daily surf and paddleboard lessons, yoga sessions, and accommodations at an oceanfront resort with views of the West Maui Mountains. For women only.

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Clayoquot Sound

British Columbia, Canada

Yoga teacher Eoin Finn leads flow yoga and surfing lessons on an ecology and surfing adventure that lets you explore a stunning landscape of beaches, tide pools, and rain forests.

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La Jolla Shores Beach

La Jolla, California

Learn standup paddleboard surfing on this women’s retreat from Surf Diva and stay balanced with daily yoga sessions at an oceanfront resort on La Jolla Shores Beach.

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Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast, Mexico

Stay at a secluded beach house on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, and enjoy five days of surfing and paddleboarding instruction as well as vinyasa and restorative yoga classes.

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Running and Biking

Wolfe Island

Ontario, Canada

Enjoy group runs and practice yoga in a yurt at the Shanti Yoga Retreat, which has serene views of the expansive St. Lawrence River.

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Arapahoe National Forest

Northern Colorado

Learn advanced trail-running techniques, injury prevention, and proper fueling and hydration at this women’s running camp. Runs range from 4 to 12 miles. Daily yoga helps you tune in to your body rhythms and breath and savor the meditative quality of running in nature.

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Aspotogan Peninsula

Nova Scotia, Canada

Bike the quiet coastal roads of the Aspotogan Peninsula, stopping to view whales, seals, and sea birds along this remote stretch of Atlantic coastline. Rest and practice yoga in rural inns and cottages along the way.

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Sierra Nevada Mountains

Northern California

Join the Ananda spiritual community for yoga and meditation in the morning, and then ride the gorgeous climbs and breathtaking descents of the surrounding Sierra Foothills.

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Provencal Countryside

Provence, France

Ride 20 to 30 miles every day through the scenic Provencal countryside, with yoga at the beginning and end of each day to soothe your tired limbs.

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Horseback Riding

Home Ranch

Clark, Colorado

Join cowgirl Tammy Pate and equestrian yogi Janice Baxter to explore the connections between yoga and horseback riding at the Home Ranch in northern Colorado.

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Cowgirl Yoga Camp

Wilsall, Montana

Learn horseback riding, practice yoga, and enjoy fresh air and ranch living at the Cowgirl Yoga Camp.

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