Most Incredible Yoga Retreats You Can Take
While yoga has become popular around the world, it’s easy to forget that this ancient spiritual practice is intended to integrate mind, body and spirit. And sometimes, the only way to really achieve this is by getting outside of your comfort zone.
That’s why some of the best yoga retreats around the world take a hybrid approach, integrating unusual activities — think belly dancing, hula hooping and even cannabis tastings — to take the practice of yoga to the next level. At these unique yoga retreats, you can hit the reset button and return to your real life fully present and grounded with memories you won't soon forget.
These are the 15 most amazing yoga retreats around the world, ranked from amazing to life-changing.
15. Wave and Dance Yoga Retreat in Morocco
Meals: Some meals included
The Experience: Wave and Dance Yoga Retreat
Head to Morocco for eight days of restorative yoga classes in the fishing village of Tamraght, overlooking the Atlantic sea. A variety of yoga practices — including Vinyasa, Yin, Nidra, Hatha and Kundalini — are taught.
But what sets this retreat apart, besides its location, is that you can also take belly dancing and surf lessons. You'll have to pay a small additional fee for these classes, but it certainly adds different ways to connect to your body and to nature.
Center yourself at the Wave and Dance Yoga Retreat.
14. Cannabis Yoga Retreat in Colorado
Location: Manitou Springs
Price: $1,595 per couple
Meals: Some meals included
The Experience: Cannabis Yoga Retreat
For couples who are 4/20 friendly, this weekend retreat in Manitou Springs pairs yoga practices with Colorado’s best cannabis crops. Because, when in Rome.
You and your partner can embark on an intimate journey that includes daily yoga sessions paired with first-rate local marijuana, cannabis massages and gourmet vegan dinners complemented with carefully curated ganja. Plus, every guest receives a goodie bag of tasty treats.
Singles are also welcome.
Center yourself at the Cannabis Yoga and Massage Couples Retreat.
13. Surf and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica
Location: Santa Teresa
Meals: Most meals included
The Experience: Surf and Yoga Retreat
The location for this four-night retreat — Punta Arenas, Costa Rica — boasts some of the world’s best surfing, making this an ideal destination for riding the waves. It's also one of the best places to practice yoga.
You'll have daily yoga classes as well as surf lessons without having to spend an arm and a leg. Besides the included lessons, you can choose an extra activity, like an extra surf lesson, a ziplining adventure or horseback riding.
Center yourself at the Surf and Yoga Retreat.
12. Yoga and Wine Retreat in California
Location: Santa Margarita
The Experience: Yoga and Wine Retreat
This intimate yoga retreat at Sagrada Wellness, a 45-acre retreat in the heart of San Louis Obispo's wine country, combines two of your favorite things: yoga and wine.
All levels of yogis are welcome to lose themselves in mornings of rejuvenating yoga practices, afternoons relaxing by the pool and evenings sampling varietals from local wineries. Guests will also be able to treat their bodies to acupuncture sessions for an additional fee.
Center yourself at the Yoga and Wine Retreat.
11. Aerial Acroyoga Retreat in Nicaragua
The Experience: Aerial Acroyoga Retreat
CircAsana is one of the most distinctive forms of yoga, using the circus arts as inspiration for acrobatic, aerial and Vinyasa poses. If this sounds intriguing (and how doesn't it?), we recommend booking this seven-night retreat in Popoyo, Nicaragua.
As part of the getaway, you’ll learn how to master handstands, hooping (dancing with hoops) and slacklining (balancing on a suspended length of flat webbing, similar to tightrope walking), among other acrobatic silks.
After an intense session of acrobatics, you can relax in your room perched atop a cliff at the Magnific Rock Hotel or enjoy one of several stress-relieving activities, including a hot springs outing and the choice between a one-hour massage and a surf lesson. Just for good measure, the retreat also offers a beach acroyoga photoshoot.
Center yourself at the CircAsana Aerial Acroyoga Retreat.
10. High Altitude Hoop and Yoga Retreat in New Mexico
Location: Santa Fe
Price: $925 - $1500
The Experience: High Altitude Hoop and Yoga Retreat
This unique retreat changes place every year, but it remains constant in its focus: helping people find physical and spiritual balance. It's main selling point is combining yoga with hula hooping, making for a namaste experience steeped in childhood nostalgia.
Besides daily yoga and hooping classes, you'll have time for journaling, guided meditation and evening fire jams. There are also personal development workshops taught by a certified life coach.
Center yourself at the High Altitude Hoop Retreat.
9. Holiday Yoga Retreat in Mexico
Location: Puerto Vallarta
The Experience: Holiday Yoga Retreat
Yogis who seek to begin the year with the wisdom of the sea will find peace at this annual holiday retreat in Puerto Vallarta, one of the most beautiful destinations along Mexico's Pacific coastline.
You’ll spend six days at the tranquil Xinalani retreat resort practicing meditation, varied yoga practices and inversion workshops. The luxury retreat center also provides opportunities for surfing, hiking in the jungle and horseback riding. This is a great way to send off the old year and welcome the new one.
Center yourself at the Holiday Yoga Retreat.
8. Culinary Yoga Retreat in Italy
The Experience: Culinary Yoga Retreat
Who says you can’t wine and dine during your yoga getaway? This five-night experience offers a deep dive into Italian food and wine, plus leisurely walks, massages, swimming, lounging, excursions to the Italian countryside and, of course, sacred yoga practices.
Visit a 10th century castle for an Italian wine-tasting experience, take a cooking class, and end each day with pranayama and restorative yoga sessions before indulging in an aperitif under the stars.
Center yourself at the Wine, Dine and Yoga Umbria Retreat.
7. Ski and Yoga Retreat in New Zealand
Meals: Most meals included
The Experience: Ski and Yoga Retreat
Many yoga retreats take place in tropical locales. But if you’re more of a cold-weather customer, this six-day ski and yoga retreat in Queenstown, New Zealand, offers the best of both worlds.
Start your day with classes designed to help you deepen your yoga practice before hitting the slopes. Post-ski yoga classes focus on poses to soothe your joints and connective tissues, followed by a guided Yoga Nidra meditation. You’ll also be treated to organic, locally sourced meals in front of a roaring fireplace.
Center yourself at the Ski and Yoga Retreat.
6. Midnight Sun Yoga Retreat in Iceland
Meals: One meal included
The Experience: Midnight Sun Yoga Retreat
Travel to Iceland during its season of endless daylight to practice yoga in the heart of the world’s geothermal energy center. The awe-inspiring landscape will put you in a meditative state as you soak in all-natural hot springs, find your footing during glacial hikes, climb ancient icebergs and enjoy daily morning yoga.
Featuring stops at three different hotels in three different cities, this is also an excellent way to explore Iceland’s many wonders. Just don’t forget to bring a sleep mask if you want to get any shut eye because it’s always daytime when this retreat takes place.
Center yourself at the Yoga and Hike Midnight Sun Retreat.
5. Chakra Energy Healing With Yoga in Indonesia
The Experience: Chakra Energy Healing With Yoga
If you’re feeling out of sorts, it might be time to leave the urban jungle for an immersive five-day yoga and meditation retreat in the heart of one of Bali’s spiritual villages. At the Balitrees Retreat hotel, you’ll learn traditional Balinese yoga poses, practice Balinese moving and sitting meditations, and learn mindful martial arts during a Balinese Pencak Silat session.
Importantly, the retreat is committed to preserving the original 13 types of yoga, developed thousands of years ago in the Himalayas.
Center yourself at the Chakra Energy Healing With Yoga Retreat.
4. Self-Discovery and Healthy Living Retreat in Cambodia
Location: Siem Reap
The Experience: Self-Discovery and Healthy Living Retreat
For over a decade, Hariharalaya Meditation Retreat Center has been offering an alternative way to see Cambodia's most touristy destination. Of course, you'll still get to see the temples that make up the Angkor Wat complex, the largest religious site in the entire world. But instead of visiting them superficially, you'll connect to them as centers of spirituality.
Outside of the temples, you'll be immersed in holistic learning, anchored in yoga and meditation. The most basic experience is two weeks, but the center also offers one-month and three-month retreats for those who want a fuller experience.
Center yourself at theSelf-Discovery and Healthy Living Retreat.
3. Namaste Yoga Safari in Southern Africa
Location: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Meals: Some meals included
The Experience: Namaste Yoga Safari
Connect with the majestic animal kingdom during an invigorating Namaste Yoga Safari in southern Africa. Retreats vary widely, from luxury wellness experiences in Botswana to gorilla treks in Uganda. But they all provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife in the cradle of civilization.
Besides daily yoga instruction and spa treatments, you may spend time with rehabilitated animals in a wildlife sanctuary; embark on guided game drives to view lions, zebras, elephants and giraffes; or enjoy guided nature walks and bush dinners.
Center yourself at a Namaste Yoga Safari.
2. The Mindful Unplug Experience in Montana
The Experience: The Mindful Unplug
Turn off your phone, log out of your email and prepare to transport yourself to a blissful sanctuary nestled in the Montana wilderness at Feathered Pipe Ranch.
This off-the-grid yoga experience is designed to reintroduce you to your senses while rediscovering the natural world. Featuring celebrated teachers who share practices born out of ancient life-sustaining traditions, the retreat marries elements from both Indian and Native American wisdom.
Surrounded by almost 1 million acres of national forest, the Feathered Pipe Ranch inspires self-care and introspection and is ideal for yogis looking to reconnect with themselves.
Center yourself at the Mindful Unplug.
1. Off-Grid Yoga Retreat in Greece
Location: Silver Island
The Experience: Off-Grid Yoga Retreat
Put a mindful spin to your Greek island vacation with this unique yoga retreat. What makes this center so special is that it is located on a privately owned island that is dedicated entirely to providing an eco-yoga experience.
Silver Island doesn't use the word "eco" loosely. The whole island is entirely off-grid, relying only on solar panels for electricity and on rainwater for everything from cooking to bathing. All waste is recycled or composted, and the food comes from local sources as much as possible. Even the toiletries are produced locally and fully biodegradable.
Besides, you'll have the beauty of the Mediterranean at your disposal, so you can swim, hike and connect to nature.
Center yourself at Silver Island Yoga Retreat.