7 Can’t-Miss Summertime Wellness Retreats, Workshops, and Festivals

Want to make the most of your summer? It’s time to practice what “time off” is really all about and plot your next self-care journey!

The summer months are filled with an abundance of healthy getaway options. Why not turn it into one big summer Friday? We’ve said it before: Wellness tourism is reaching all-time highs. What better way to reboot, recharge, and learn some “endless summer,” self-care techniques to keep you going until your next vacation? Workshops, retreats, and festivals may only last a few days to a week (or more) but are designed to set you up for long-term benefits. Here are seven summer health and wellness options to consider booking while tickets last!

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The Feel Good Summit

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1. The Feel Good Summit

Terranea Resort, Southern California
June 7 – 10, 2018
Cost: $1,950

The Feel Good Summit is a well-being program hosted by author Dr. Mark Hyman. He’s been #1 on the New York Times bestseller list TEN TIMES! He’s also the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and Founder of The UltraWellness Center. This summit takes place in a BEAUTIFUL setting! The goal is to help you create a personalized wellness plan and help put it into action. Nearly 30 health experts — including doctors, community facilitators, and movement instructors — are there to “inspire you into your highest health and well being.” You’ll have the chance to say “Om” with top yoga instructors like Nicole Sciacca, and balance your mind and body with the likes of Heather Dorak, who just so happens to be Meghan Markle’s Pilates instructor and one of her BFFs!

Commuter passes for all 3.5 days at the summit are still available. If you’re not already in the area and can’t stay at the resort, book an Airbnb!



Wanderlust Retreats


2. Wanderlust Festivals

Various awesome locations
June – August 2018
Cost: $15 – $1,050

Wanderlust is great for its variety of experiences. These festivals bring together massive yoga sessions, speakers, musicians, healthy chefs, food stands, and usually a pretty rockin’ marketplace. The settings are mesmerizing and inspire you to move your body within nature. There’s almost no better environment to inhale and exhale than the mountains of Snow Shoe, Stratton, Lake Tahoe, Whistler, or Mont Tremblant. This season’s festivals kick off on June 8th in West Virginia with featured guides including Chelsey Korus, davidji, and Tiffany Cruikshank with music from Southern Avenue. Wanderlust also presents smaller “Wanderlust 108” day-long meditation, running, and yoga events throughout the year, all over the globe. Wanderlust also hosts “Wellspring” in Palm Springs for three days in October which brings together innovators, teachers, and mindful/socially conscious companies.



Pura Vida Adventures: Women’s Surf Retreats

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3. Pura Vida Adventures: Women’s Surf Retreats

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Summer 2018, Various Dates
Cost: $2,895 – $3,795

Do you want to learn to rip? Tierza Eichner launched all-women surf camps and yoga retreats in 2003 in response to the male-dominated sport. While some of PVA’s retreats are now co-ed, a solid selection of women’s only retreats are still available. You’ll stay in Hotel Tropico Latino, a quaint, tree house style hotel right on the beach. Many women just learning to surf have expressed a greater comfort level with retreats designed just for them. You’ll receive your very own PVA rash guard upon arrival (very necessary for surfing — and you will also feel like part of the gang!). The retreat includes daily surf lessons for all skill levels, sunset sessions, equipment, and day trips to additional surf spots. Santa Teresa is a beginner’s dream with relatively calmer waves. For those skittish about the depth of ocean water, Santa Teresa is also reassuring. It is pretty much hip deep until you need to hop on your board and do a bit of paddling out.



Jessamyn Stanley Every Body Yoga

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4. 1440 Multiversity: Vinyasa With Jessamyn

Santa Cruz, CA
August 10 – 12
Cost: $375 tuition + all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

Jessamyn Stanley is one of our favorite authors and fitness personalities. When we found out she was hosting a weekend retreat in the Redwoods, we knew we had to share! In her weekend-long workshop, you will learn how to create a yoga practice you can take home with you! “This workshop is fundamentally about body love and body positivity, with a focus on empowering new yoga practitioners,” 1440 program organizers explain on the site. In this beginner-friendly workshop you will learn the basics when it comes to building your at-home yoga practice, and methods for designing your own flow, along with journaling to tap into that self-love you might not always give yourself.



W Hotels Fuels Weekends


5. FUEL Weekends by W Hotels

Verbier, Switzerland
August 16 – 19
Cost: Check online

After already running a series of successful yoga retreats throughout the globe with super chill guru Tara Stiles, FUEL weekends are the next step in destination wellness for W Hotels Worldwide. In addition to Stiles, W Hotels is adding Jason Wimberly, Joe Holder, and Ashley Guarrasi into the mix to create a full roster of pros. At FUEL weekends participants will get a mix of yoga, boxing, surfing and HIIT sessions. They are designed to be high-energy and nonstop. Packages include healthy, locally-sourced meals . . . and there’s also usually a popular DJ in the mix for workouts and cool down parties. The first FUEL weekend launches at W Punta Mita Memorial Day weekend. We’re eyeing for Verbier’s epic summer setting, where the hills will certainly be alive with the sound of your sweat sesh! FUEL weekends comes to W Dubai later in the year.



REI Outessa Lake Tahoe Retreat


6. REI Outessa

Squaw Valley/Lake Tahoe
August 2 – 5, 2018
Cost: up to $899

This event draws hundreds of women every year who are looking to hike, rock climb, mountain bike, or get into activities like standup paddle boarding. This year’s SOLD OUT event is waitlist only — so there’s still a chance to make it to Lake Tahoe. If not, this is a good one to file away to save your coins for next summer. This is a chance not only for physical activity where you don’t mind getting dirty, but also to link with other female athletes, creatives, and businesswomen. You can sleep under the stars and “glamp” in a deluxe tent or bring your own. Booking rooms at the Squaw Valley Resort is also an option for those who aren’t so into sleeping in the wild. But who doesn’t love an outdoor shower? If you really want to make this happen for 2018, get on the waitlist now. More of a “last days of summer” type of person? There are still spots available for REI Outessa’s New England retreat at Waterville Valley Resort September 13 – 16. By the way, REI Outessa’s hashtag should explain it all: #SweatyDirtyHappy.



Big Sky Yoga Retreats

Larry Stanley Photography

7. Big Sky Yoga Retreats

Yellowstone, Montana
September 13 – 16, 2018
Cost: $2,195

Big Sky likes to say this is “How the West Was (Warrior) Won.” We hope you get that one! Each day includes a yoga practice combined with hiking. The retreat is designed to help you unplug and get connected with your body while surrounded by Montana’s natural setting. Lodging is included, along with pampering massages and gourmet food and beverages. Big Sky Yoga Retreats was launched by Margaret Burns Vap, founder of Georgetown Yoga in Washington, DC after moving to Montana with her family. The former city slicker says retreats shouldn’t be about escapism but “finding your inner self and gaining the tools you need there to improve your health and well-being.” Big Sky has additional retreat dates throughout the summer including Cowgirl Yoga with horses! Most of those dates are already sold out for the year. Who knew horses combined with down dogs was such a big draw?



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