Take a deep breath…Traveling, reconnecting with nature, meditating, or even detoxifying and transforming yourself, are all possible ways to immerse yourself in a retreat and do yourself some good for a while. Yoga and wellness retreats are becoming more and more popular and are flourishing all over Europe and even further afield. Detox, sport, reconnection to oneself, yoga, meditation, nutrition… How to find one’s way in this plethora of offers? Le Colibry has selected for you some of these enchanted retreats.
Freeing yourself through movement with yoga
For purists : In the heart of Sicily, yogic philosophy, self-reconnection and minimalism
It is in a beautiful nineteenth century Masseria located in the wild natural landscape of southeastern Sicily, that a center dedicated to yoga retreats has taken up residence. Here, the monastic comfort resonates with the Yogi spirit, which advocates a certain idea of simplicity.
The program includes : intensive yoga practice, meditation, vegan meals, reconnection to nature, music, body care and cleansing. The retreat program is extremely varied, ranging from the practice of a yoga accessible to all, to the certification to become a yoga teacher. A unique place, and a must for all followers of the discipline from which one returns transformed.
Bonus : the possibility to explore this incredible island, its beaches, the surrounding villages or even Syracuse and Noto. Some good addresses to find on @lecolibry
Next retreats : danenasicily.com
I personally attended a luminous retreat there with Alex Perez @alexperezyoga and Audrey Gordon @audrey11.11, both experts and inspiring professors who teach in Geneva.
For nature lovers: In Portugal, yoga and well-being in the middle of rice fields
In Comporta, a dream hotel in the middle of rice fields, a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, regularly hosts yoga and wellness retreats. A soothing and regenerating setting, the opportunity to reconnect and fully recharge oneself in the heart of a preserved nature.
The program includes : yoga, meditation, Sea bathing, sports activities (surfing, horseback riding…), massage in the divine spa, tasty meals… nothing is missing in this little heaven still preserved.
Among the organizers and teachers : Constance (@cocorainbowyoga ), a yoga teacher for 10 years, fell in love with this place and offers yoga retreats for all levels.
Next retreat with Constance : Happy autumn yoga retreat, 25 to 28th september 2022.
Other retreats : quintadacomporta.com
For the most hedonistic : Yoga, luxury and slow food at Es Saadi Palace in Marrakech
I already spoke to you about it in a dedicated article (to find ici ), This retreat is the perfect combination of luxury, calm and pleasure. For a few days, we practice yoga with teachers from the famous Tiger Yoga Club in Paris.
The program includes : 1h30 yoga sessions twice a day, wellness treatments at the hammam, scrub and massage at the spa, slow food, and cultural stop at the Majorelle gardens or the Yves Saint Laurent museum. A unique experience. Not to mention the hostess of this magical place Caroline Bauchet Bouhlal who will be happy to give you some of her favorite addresses in Marrakech.
Next yoga retreat : November 18 to 21, 2022 with Cyril Lagel
More info : – +212 5 24 33 74 00 – www.essaadi.com
In Switzerland, between summits and lakes, majestic settings for the practice of yoga
What do this yoga retreats have in common? The full immersion in nature and the physical practice in an exceptional environment.
The program includes : yoga and meditation practiced outdoors facing the peaks, hiking and reconnecting with nature. We go with Sparkling yoga retreats ou Swiss yoga retreats
Next retreat with sparkling : 20 to 23rd october 2022
Info : sparklingyogaretreats.com – swissyogaretreats.ch
Get your energy back with intensive sport
Fitness and good mood with the famous coach Julie Pujols
In the retreats organized by the famous French sports coach, we move (a lot), yes, but while enjoying ourselves.
The programs includes : pilates, pilates booty, muscle strengthening, fitness, body sculpt on lively music. Good food, Good mood,
in inspiring places offering all the comfort and services – spa, hammam, massages – fully appreciated after a good sports session! An invigorating interlude, to be enjoyed once a year.
Info : follow Julie Pujols on her instagram (@juliepujols) to know the dates of the retreats. The latest one is at Selman Marrakech, a 5-star setting for a sporting and well being break g.
Intense, medical and effective : The Ranch
The concept comes straight from the US, where the place has become a must for accelerated fitness. Good news: The Ranch has just opened a center in Italy in the heart of the majestic Palazzo Fiuggi. Here, there is no excuse, sport – sometimes intense – punctuates the days, the key to quick results and a change of mindset at the end of the program. Participants, limited to 25 per week, have access to all the services of the Palace, from the sumptuous swimming pool to the spa, and a massage is offered every day. Intensive recovery, for a new start!
Info and program : theranchmalibu.com
Regain energy through fasting or healthy eating
The unmissable detox retreat of the very chic “Lily of the Valley
A 5-star hotel located on the French Riviera, a member of the very select Leading Hotels of the World club. A splendid place, imagined by Philippe Starck, and inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon, the architecture of Provencal abbeys and the design of Californian villas… among the most chic establishments on the coast.
The program includes : weight-loss, well-being and happiness. Various activities: chromotherapy, pilates and breathing exercises, exchanges and discussions withMathilde Lacombe (@mathildelacombe), the founder of Aime Skincare and the famous coach Julie Pujols, healthy and tasty cuisine by Chef Vincent Maillard. And (last but not least) the famous Aime products created by Mathilde Lacombe as a gift.
next retreat : Happy mind, Happy body – October 11 to 14th 2022.
Info : lilyofthevalley.com
Detox and rejuvenation at the luxurious Vivamayr center in Austria
Located near Lake Wörth in Austria, the center offers a unique technology to diagnose problems originating from the digestive system. 8 medical programs are offered, ranging from weight-loss, immunity boost, diabetes control etc.
Info : vivamayr.com
Detox, hiking and back to basics with La Pensée Sauvage
Pioneers in the field of detox retreats, La Pensée Sauvage team has developed a reknowned and highly professional expertise over the years. Four programs of detox treatments are offered, adapted to the objectives, needs and personalities of each person: strict fasting, vegetal detox, gourmet detox or gentle detox. Professionals assit you before, during and after your stay.
The retreats are all located in exceptional places: at the Origine Center in the Vercors, in Corsica at the sublime Domaine de Murtoli, in the mountains , in Minorca, Ibiza …
Info : lapenseesauvage.com
Holistic and reconnection to oneself: disconnect to better focus
Italian Fugues: sisterhood, creativity and introspection
“Italian Fugues” are 3-day weekends in Italy in groups of ten women. A real creative decompression bubble to refocus on oneself, but also to connect with the energy of others.
The program includes : discovery of the secrets of a city or a region (Roma, Firenze, Tuscany …), various creative workshops, we learn to let go and reflect on our desires. The getaway is guided by the founder Alice Chéron.
Next Fugues : alidifirenze.fr
Les Merveilles : a journey of inner exploration and reconnection to the environment
Les Merveilles factory offers several trips around various holistic themes: élan vital in Provence, Sagra women vibes – yoga and hiking in Spain, holistic beauty in Sardinia to find your glow, empowering yoga in Italy, liberation and wonder in Formentera…
The duration of the stays vary between 4 and 6 days and the prices between 1500 and 2000 euros all included except transport.
Info : lesmerveilles.fr
Relaxation, personal development and reconnection to oneself in the Douro Valley
The hotels Six Senses famous for its eco-conscious and luxury approach, offers holistic retreats at some of its properties in Europe.
The program includes : immunity boost, youth capital management, yoga, self-discovery, multiple guided activities, therapies and workshops led by experts. To do at least once in a lifetime.
Info : sixsenses.com au Portugal et à Ibiza
next retreats :
soul shift : a spiritual immersion with Maureen Hancock Nov 9-13, 2022
Queen’s retreat with Malika Soul Nov 5-8, 2022
Journey to reconnection with Dr.Ana Moreira dec. 8-11, 2022
Holistic stay in the heart of the Swiss Alps for a fresh restart
In the idyllic setting of Saas-Fee, at The Capra hotel, the retreat organized by Peak Health is thought of as “an immersive healthy stay in the Swiss Alps.” The alliance between the prestige of the accommodation and the simplicity of nature is perfect for a gentle refocusing without giving up comfort. The promise is a lasting improvement in several key areas of life through increased productivity, better sleep, stronger mental concentration, higher energy and a more positive state of mind. This is achieved through sports (mountain walking, fitness, yoga), meditation, healthy eating, and methods for better sleep. Holistic and professional.
Info : capra.ch
Before you go to your next wellness trip, I recommend these two short meditations to practice in the morning or at another time of the day when you need to reconnect to yourself and breathe.
Morning meditation with Mea Jenner
8 Minutes to connect with your body and calm your mind : à écouter sur le podcast the beauty of ayurveda : écouter
Meditation for optimism and emotionnal Resilience with Jenna Reiss
A 14-Minute Meditation to Help You Let Go
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