Book These Warm Weather Wellness Retreats ASAP

This article was originally posted to My Life OOO on February 9, 2017.

Not that anyone’s counting, but there are just over 100 days left until summer (okay, maybe we are counting). But what better way to beat cabin fever than to think warm, happy thoughts and book a retreat to thaw you out. With so many wellness retreats to choose from, it’s hard to know which are worth your time and money. Before you embark on your retreat, ensure you’re in good health by meeting your nutritional needs. Consider exploring our Nutrition Counseling services at The Wellful for personalized guidance on maintaining a healthy diet prior to your retreat. If you’re ready to set your email to OOO, here are a some favorites to check out.

Surf Yoga Beer

It’s exactly what it sounds like. You surf, do yoga and drink beer. Surf, Yoga, Beer offers retreats across the US and the World so you can pick what makes most sense for your schedule, travel bucket list and budget. The 5 day retreats include surf and meditation lessons, beach boot camps classes with top NYC instructors and dinners catered from acclaimed restaurants. In their words: We’re here to have a damn good time, not take ourselves too seriously, and leave feeling renewed in body AND spirit.


Whether you need to get out of cold ASAP, or want to plan ahead for your summer getaway, YOGASCAPES has year-round retreats in locations from California to Bali. Retreat activities range from farm-to-table meals, group hikes, morning meditations, and daily yoga to Red Rock glamping, stand up paddle boarding and seeing the Northern Lights. After a week of this yoga-escape, they say this combo of yoga, nature, nourishing food and company is bound to leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Yoga For Bad People

If you’re looking for a retreat where you can relax, do some yoga, but also want to have time for other activities, and meet self-proclaimed ‘cool’ people, Yoga For Bad People might be for you. The daily schedule includes group meals and morning yoga, with lots of free time in between to explore, hike, get a massage, or just ‘do whatever.’ The perfect mix of activities and free time to make you lose a little bit of your always-on-the-go NYC mentality. Just a little.

Canyon Ranch

A rustic retreat that focuses on your well-being, Canyon Ranch offers various lengths of stay and wellness experiences in the scenic desert of Tucson, Arizona. You choose the focus for your retreat, anything from stress management, spiritual wellness, sleep or mindfulness. You’ll have a personal wellness advisor throughout your stay and have access to a team of professionals who will help you craft the best plan for your individual goals.

Well + Good Retreat

If you’re feeling like you need to to escape the cold, like….now, Well + Good is hosting their first retreat to Palm Springs in March! Sign up on their site for a 3 day winter escape with celebrity leaders in wellness. Enjoy daily prepared meals from Avalon, learn health tips from Candice Kumai and stretch it out with Charlee Atkins. A bit of a tough sell since these wellness retreats run Sunday-Wednesday but if you can swing it, it sounds like our kind of long weekend.

Kara Goucher Podium Retreat

The date isn’t set yet for 2018 but the Kara Goucher Podium Retreat sells out so you might want to mark your calendar now. Normally, taking place in October, two time Olympian, Kara Goucher hosts a female-only, strength and empowerment retreat in Colorado.  The retreat hosts multi-disciplinary guest speakers and features daily runs, healthy, delicious food from Lottie by Running on Veggies and lots of time to unwind and connect. The retreat is open to runners, joggers and walkers, women of all ages and fitness levels are invited to attend.

WELL Summit

Looking for short wellness retreats? This 2-day summit has been traveling across the US since last year and is making its’ way to Boston this spring and back to NYC this fall. Offering a 360 degree view of wellness, you’ll hear from and connect with some of your favorite influencers, brands and products. On the line up features Ksenia AvdulovaSara DivelloLatham ThomasChelsea WilliamsCaleb Dean and more. The summit and panels aim to explore all things wellness, “from what we put ON our bodies to what we put IN our bodies to what we feed our minds and spirits.”  Sign ups for the Boston this April are now open and NYC registration will open this spring.

Not planning to travel or don’t want to fork over the cash to leave town? Host your own wellness retreat like this!


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