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12 Handpicked Destination Retreats For A Transformational 2018

12 Handpicked Destination Retreats For A Transformational 2018

If you’re still following through on your new year’s resolutions, we salute you. But for those who have fallen short on their promises, don’t lose hope! While we subscribe to the “new year, new you” mentality, we are pragmatic in our approach and recognize that the path to becoming a better version of yourself does not always begin on day one. Good things take time – right? Luckily, there is still plenty of time to hone in on your inner goals, desires, and aspirations for the year ahead. We handcrafted a list of unique, destination retreats that are much more focused on the inner journey than the physical one to help you achieve them. Whether you’re craving a deeper connecting to yourself or your surroundings, seeking abundance or practicing gratitude, these wellness retreats will leave you feeling like a whole new you – with plenty of time left in the year to spare.

Godai Escapes

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Tulum, Mexico
March 28 – April 2, 2018
Theme: Immersive Slow Travel

Tulum is an incredibly unique (and magical) destination for transformation, and few know it better than Godai Escapes. Each of their slow travel experiences aim to integrate guests deeper into the destination’s creative culture and culinary scene, and include photography lessons from a pro to make sure you’ll never forget it all. Godai Escapes also hosts an unforgettable Ibiza escape, and is working on a unique Poland retreat for later in 2018.

COMO Shambhala Estate

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Bali, Indonesia
Date: Anytime
Theme: Oriental medicine retreat

If you’ve ever been curious about oriental medicine, this anytime program at the COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali may be a good place to start. The program focuses on balancing the physical, emotional and energy systems of the body through Japanese style acupuncture, private qigong sessions, private meditation sessions and signature massages. Guests also receive personalized healing itineraries based on classical systems of health and longevity.

Yoga Adventures Worldwide

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Havana, Cuba
February 13 – 18, 2018
Theme: Yoga, Salsa & Art in Cuba

If Cuba is still on your bucket list, then head to Havana with Yoga & Adventures Worldwide. This immersive destination retreat includes salsa music & dance classes, daily yoga, artist’s studio and gallery tours, and a day trip to Viñales to visit an artisanal cigar maker & tobacco farm, followed by lunch at an ecological Farm-to-table restaurant with garden walk and agricultural discussion.


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October 5 – 16, 2018
Theme: Buddhist Festival + Yoga

In today’s nonstop world, we rarely have time to pause. Pravassa’s founder, Linden Schaffer, is the best-selling author of Living Well on the Road, a story inspired from her own life that seeks to help busy professionals slow down and recommit to the things that bring us joy. Each one of Pravassa’s programs are expert-led, curated wellness travel experiences addressing the self-care needs and the time constraints of today’s modern explorer. If you’re looking for a reset button, sign up for the waitlist to receive more information about their upcoming Buddhist Festival + yoga experience in Cambodia.

Local Milk

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Date: TBD
Theme: Slow Food + Travel

This creative travel and culinary experience is hosted by Beth Kirby & Haruka Sakaguchi in Kurokawa, Japan. Expect to create with your hands and explore means of visual storytelling in an effort to help you set and obtain both personal and professional goals. The magical secluded forest retreat, Ryokan Sanga, is sure to spark some inner creative energy.


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Sicily, Italy
May 12 – 19, 2018
Theme: Live Deeply in the Heart of Umbria

If red wine and pasta is more your thing, head to Italy with Yogascapes this year. Guests will stay in an incredible local farmhouse, enjoy cooking classes, learn about the region’s wine history, practice daily yoga and meditation, and indulge in healthy, delicious home cooked Italian meals.

Secret Yoga Club

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Olhoa, Portugal
April 30 – May 5, 2018
Theme: Prosperity, Abundance + Quantum Laws of the Universe

This six-day destination retreat is all about empowering abundance, creativity and energy flow. Set in a stunning villa in Portugal and hosted by established Kundalini Teacher and Psychosexual Therapist, Carolyn Cowan, this experience promises to help guests understand, and even manifest their deepest desires.

Kalari Kovilakom

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North Kerala, India
Date: Anytime
Theme: A Palace for Ayurveda

Set within the palace grounds of the old Vengunad kingdom, Kalari Kovilakom is truly a palace for Ayurvedic healing. Learn the fundamentals of Ayurveda, or extend your knowledge further with a variety of anti-stress, cleansing and rejuvenating treatments available from some of the most seasoned practitioners in the field.

Paint Awake

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Tuscany, Italy
April 22 – 27, 2018
Theme: Eat + Paint + Yoga

Let the softly-colored Tuscan countryside inspire your inner artist. This 5-day intuitive painting retreat is intended for all levels of artists, including beginners. Experience daily yoga and meditation, intuition painting sessions, wine tastings and plenty of delicious meals to renew your spirit and creativity.

Santa Catalina Retreats

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May 27 – June 2, 2018
Theme: Surf + Yoga Retreat

Escape to this tranquil, unspoiled and authentic Central American surf town of Santa Catalina for an adventure-inspired experience. Surf and practice yoga daily, indulge in local fresh fruits and organic seafood, and connect with a community of friendly locals who will give you plenty of reasons to come back and visit again.

Yoga For Bad People

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Maderas Village, Nicaragua
April 4 – 8, 2018
Theme: Yoga at Maderas Village

Yoga For Bad People was one of the first companies to balance out the disciplined spiritual practice of yoga with a playful and lighthearted approach. This destination retreat in beautiful Maderas Village promises to be just as playful, combining twice-daily yoga sessions with fun adventure activities such as surfing and horseback riding.

The Lotus Feed

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Occidental, California
June 15 – 18, 2018
Theme: Self Care Retreat

This nature-inspired destination retreat is set on a beautiful California farm near the coast, where guests can opt to stay in luxe tents or yurts. Experience fresh farmed and foraged meals, daily vinyasa and restorative yoga, natural wine tasting, and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a personal development coach and an ayurvedic counselor to master your own self care practice.


What destination retreats are on your bucket list this year?



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