4 Women-Run Yoga Retreats to Visit This Year
Made by women, for women
When it comes to the world of wellness, we have a lot to thank our women-led businesses for. Like for making our favorite water bottle to get us through a serious hot yoga session. Or for magically turning black beans into some of the most delicious, nutritious brownies out there. So in honor of International Women’s Day, we’re rounding up some of our favorite women-run retreats. From their calming aesthetic to their expertly curated wellness programs, these retreats provide the perfect opportunity to cleanse your mind and body of negativity, focus on and expand upon your yoga practice, and discover a more purposeful and fulfilling way to live, travel, and interact with your surroundings. Check out these women-led retreats and treat yourself to a little something special this year.
Where ~ Big Sur, California
When ~ April 26 - 28, 2019
Price ~ $675 +
Mindfulness, Transformation, and Vitality: Tools for Powerful 21st-Century Women
This women-led retreat is all about 360 degree wellness. Perched on the most perfect California cliffside, this transformative retreat is designed to help you rediscover your strength, resolve, and resilience. You’ll return to your life and job with greater purpose and peace.
A team of acclaimed female authors, speakers and scientists will lead you to the tools and mindsets necessary to establish a balanced, successful life. This retreat features daily yoga sessions, clothing-optional natural hot springs by the ocean, plus meals based around produce from Esalen’s farm and garden. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views all while connecting with a community of inspiring women.
Where ~ Three Forks, Montana
When ~ May 23-26, 2019
Price ~ $2,195 +
LUXE Cowgirl Yoga & Creativity
For a more active retreat, check out LUXE Cowgirl Yoga & Creativity. This female-focused getaway offers a unique mix of horseback riding, yoga, and art in the heart of Southwestern Montana. Enjoy local wines and gourmet meals crafted from healthy ingredients sourced from nearby farms. Activities include daily yoga classes, meditation and journaling, pottery workshops, and cooking classes. Wind down after a full day with a soak in the hot tub under a stunning canopy of stars, the kind only Montana can offer. It’s the perfect retreat for escaping your worries and furthering your wellness journey. Big Sky Yoga Retreats, who runs this one, has many others on offer as well!
Where ~ Puerto Morelos, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
When ~ May 12-18, 2019
Price ~ $1,895 +
Body Positive Yoga Mayan Riviera Retreat
For a week of full-on body-positive vibes, check out this yoga-centric retreat. If you’ve always wanted to practice yoga but felt a bit intimidated, this one’s for you. Founder Amber Karnes dreamt up the retreat after she discovered self-acceptance through yoga and wanted to help others do the same. Expect gentle classes led by teachers who know how to help everybody (whether you’re a size 2 or 22) achieve yogic bliss. This retreat features two daily yoga classes, a morning swim with the sea turtles at Akumal, a visit to Mayan ruins, hands-on cooking and gardening, plus a variety of vegetarian meals. Whether you’re ready to start your yoga journey or connect with other women about the power of practice, it’s sure to be a memorable experience.
Where ~ Hawaii or Costa Rica
When ~ multiple dates available for 2019
Price ~ starting at $2,195 (Hawaii) or $1995 (Costa Rica)
Kelea Surf Spa retreats were the first ever all-inclusive women’s surf and yoga retreats, founded by Elenice Sean in 2000. These women-run retreats are more heavily directed towards those looking to advance their surfing abilities and uses yoga as a tool to do so. The retreats are timed around when waves are at their most gentle, so even beginners can enjoy the best breaks in the world. They also features two meals daily, two yoga sessions, a one-hour massage, and daily surf lessons, with all needed equipment included. It’s ideal for yogis who want to dip their toes into surfing.
Ready to call up your girls and book one of these balancing retreats? Know a women-led retreat we didn’t mention? We’d love to know what you think! Share in the comments or tag us on Instagram @shetravelswellco.