ICMYI retreats are the new way holiday—if you don’t believe me, just check out the 1.2 million posts on the #retreat tag. As an ideal way to unplug from the daily hustle and escape the stress of modern day life, retreats give you a chance to tune in, realign and relax—all while being in some pretty dreamy locations. While you may think switching on the OOO to knock back cocktails on a sunny shore does the same thing, holistic yoga retreats are the healthier alternative with the added benefit of returning you back home feeling better than when you left.
Keen to retreat and revitalize? Here are some of the best upcoming yoga retreats in 2018.
New Year Intention Half Day Retreat
If you’re looking to clear energy from 2017 and set your intentions for 2018, then this half day retreat will propel you forward. A special four-hour event will guide you through a variety of Yoga practices and meditations, all designed to assist you in clearing away the stagnation of the year we’ve left behind and make space for the vows and promises you manifest for the New Year. Not just another “set your resolution” workshop, this retreat will positively uplift you to direct your 2018 trajectory and tune in to your higher purpose. Oh, and did we mention there will also be a delicious lunch provided by New Ethic Plant Food?
When: 7 January, 2018, 11am – 3pm
Where: Yoga Sita, Booragoon
Fit Chill Out
If you are looking to make 2018 the year you finally smash your goals and tick off your New Year’s resolution list, then the Fit Chill Out Retreat may just help you transform your life. With a market niche—being the only retreat offering Life Coaching facilitated by a registered Life Coach and Psychologist—while also including daily fitness workouts and yoga sessions, this week long retreat is guaranteed to provide you with sweat, relaxation and a transformative mental shift. Held in idyllic, tropical locations, you can expect nourishing organic food, activities—including surf lessons–designed to get you outside of your comfort zone, provocative life coaching workshops and all the time to chill out and unwind by the pool, with a coconut in hand–of course.
When: Get updated dates here
Where: Bali and Cambodia
Quantum Yoga Retreats
Bringing you back to a place of balanced, optimal living is the goal with the Quantum Yoga Retreats. As a way to reconnect and reset, these retreats combine the practices of Quantum Yoga and Ayurvedic techniques. Described by Ro Doleman, founder of the retreats, as “a method of personal practice optimisation, based largely on a creative vinyasa flow style of yoga, and using the wisdom of Ayurveda to create your ideal, optimised practice” Quantum Yoga is a playful, authentic practice, suitable for all levels. 2018 retreats will be held in both Goa and Sri Lanka, where retreaters will be immersed in seven days of practice, Ayurveda therapies, meditation and delicious, organic meals, all within pure paradise. From luxury villas nestled amongst a healing centre in Goa, to jungle safari tents in Sri Lanka, these retreats are like a total nervous system reset–bringing your attention to the body and mind, leaving you feeling harmonious, balanced, revitalized.
When: 3-10 March (Goa) 22-29 September (Sri Lanka), 2018
Where: Goa, India and Ahangama, Sri Lanka.
Soul Glow Retreat
One just for the ladies, the Soul Glow Retreat invites you to step into your feminine essence, to reclaim your power and ignite a fire in your soul to manifest and inhabit your dream life. With a focus on nourishing and honouring your body, this three-day retreat, held in the enchanting Yallingup forest, will incorporate daily healing yoga, plant based meals, meditation and creative sessions. Hoping to bring more light into your life, there will also be coaching sessions, crystal crown and fierce love workshops. If that’s not enough, you even experience a signature “sparkle session”, where you legitimately get to play with glitter and sparkles while listening to sassy tunes! This retreat aims to empower and uplift your spirit so you can authentically shine brighter in your everyday life.
When: 6-9 April, 2018
Summer Bliss Retreat
Yoga Sita is bringing you to Denmark, one of the South West region’s most scenic and idyllic locations for their Summer Bliss Retreat. Focused on exploring the bliss and joy in your life, raising vibrations and opening you up to experience more passion, happiness and love, the three-day retreat will restore and revitalize. Nestled between the Karri forest and picturesque coastline, be immersed in Vinyassa, Yin and restorative yoga, meditation and conscious discussions with like-minded attendees as you unwind on this mid-summer escape.
When: 1-4 February, 2018
Lembongan Island Retreat
If you are looking for a complete health and fitness retreat that has equal emphasis on training hard as it does on relaxing and unwinding, then you will want to check out the Lembongan Island Retreat. Just 30 minutes off the coast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is fast becoming a dreamy destination with a more laidback vibe, so you can unplug and focus on yourself for seven days of yoga, fitness, food and recuperation! Not just a typical fitness retreat (though you are guaranteed a sweet sweat from the PT led boot camp workouts and HIIT) you will be immersed in Yoga sessions, surfing lessons, meditation classes and even wellness, nutrition and lifestyle workshops for an immersive holistic health experience.
When: 23-29 April, 2018
7 Day Silent Retreat
Digital detoxes are a wellness trend for 2018 and this seven-day silent retreat will have you totally unplugged, to explore your inner silence and build a deeper connection to yourself. Held in tranquil Margaret River, this one of a kind retreat is meant to replicate a solitary cave retreat and you can expect a strong emphasis on meditation practices, complemented with yoga, relaxation and philosophy. With the intention of disconnecting from the external world and dialling inwards expect a transformational seven days.
When: 30 March – 6 April, 2018
Where: Margaret River
Bali Dance Retreat
Nestled in the rich spiritual homeland of Bali, take the time away from daily life to explore a week of movement, dance and yoga with Dancing Dhevas Bali Dance Retreat. Utilising the practice of Yoga to intuitively approach the body and invite opening and relaxation, alongside the modality of movement and ecstatic dance to deeply release and shed what has been holding you back, this retreat will give you the space to literally dance your heart out. With a daily schedule revolving around movement, meditation and relaxation, there are also plentiful opportunities for massages, exploration and adventures around the island!
When: 15-21 July, 2018
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