7 of the Best Yoga Retreats to Attend in the Summer
Attending a yoga retreat is a great way to deepen your practice, meet like-minded people, and take time for yourself. With so many locales and themes to choose from, there is a yoga retreat for everyone. With summer fast approaching, there is no better time to plan a yoga getaway to soak up the warm sunshine and relish in your practice. Here are seven of the best yoga retreats to attend this summer.
Where: Departing from Camden, Maine
When: July 22–26
Price: Starting at $890
Take your practice onto the water with a four-night yoga and wellness cruise aboard a 130′ traditional-rigged sailboat. This all-levels experience offers daily kundalini and vinyasa yoga; meditation practice; daily wellness workshops including aromatherapy, sleep, and breath work; sailing experience in Maine; and daily family-style healthy meals. Shore excursions on each day give you a chance to walk through a fishing village or small town. One special evening excursion will have you anchored off a deserted island for a traditional lobster bake!
Where: Ithaca, New York
When: August 17-19
Price: Starting at $648
Spend three days and two nights camping under the stars in a fully furnished tent at the trailhead of Buttermilk Falls State Park. Wake up to vinyasa and restorative yoga sessions, guided waterfall and foraging hikes, farm-to-table meals, and spa services on-site. Wind down each evening with a complimentary glass of local wine and s’more making around the campfire.
Where: Boone, North Carolina
When: July 27-29, with additional dates available year-round
Price: Starting at $495
This retreat at the Art of Living Retreat Center provides practical tools using the breath to help you access the present moment. In addition to daily yoga, a powerful breathing technique known as Sudarshan Kriya makes up a core component of the retreat. You will learn a form of this practice that you can continue at home to get you unstuck. The option to combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda treatments allows for increased rejuvenation in body, mind, and spirit — which we think makes it one of the best yoga retreats to try out. Optional activities during the retreat to enhance your experience are a guided nature walk and pottery class.
Where: Rhinebeck, New York
When: June 24-29
Price: $475, and retreat tuition covers workshop costs. Accommodations/meals booked separately with commuter option available.
Join Beryl Bender Birch, one of the pioneers of power yoga, for five days of daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama practices at the Omega Institute. As you enjoy the beautiful garden and lake surroundings, you will spend your time eating healthy food, reading, walking, and relaxing.
Where: Pāhoa, Hawaii
When: June 17 – 23
Price: $750 retreat tuition. Accommodations/meals booked separately.
Explore the big island of Hawaii at the Kalani Retreat Center while taking a journey through the seven centers (chakras) of your body, mind, and self. Each day, a specific chakra will be examined and you will learn how the healthy flow of energy through the chakras relates to your physical, emotional, and subtle well-being. Specific yoga practices to balance this energy will be taught including breathing, meditation, energy work, lifestyle choices, sound healing, expressive writing, and art.
Where: Moab, Utah
When: May 31-June 3
Price: starting at $799
Combine adventure and yoga at one of the best yoga retreats designed for the outdoor enthusiast. You will experience rock climbing, canyoneering, stand-up paddle boarding, a slackline workshop (plus access to slacklines throughout the retreat), an acroyoga workshop, daily yoga classes, and daily guided meditations and pranayama exercises throughout the retreat. All meals and snacks, activity-specific gear, overnight camping gear, and transportation during the retreat are included.
Where: Sonoma, CA
When: August 10-12, 2018
Price: Starting at $774
Taking place during the new moon, this women-only retreat at The Lotus Feed organic farm and retreat center provides kundalini yoga sessions, sunrise meditations, and fresh farm-to-table food to help you tap into your most balanced, vibrant self. The alignment with the new moon will help you release what does not serve you, creating space for deeper wisdom.