From Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way to the foothills of the Himalayas, the Scottish Highlands to the ancient heritage sights of Bhutan, these incredible yoga retreats will take you to the world’s wildest locations…
Nestled in the soaring red rock of the Boynton Canyon Arizona, the Native American-inspired Mii Amo spa will make your heart sing, as it calls you to reconnect and transform your body and mind through their wellness workshops. MiiAmo, which means ‘journey’, focuses on one’s ‘personal journey to health and wellness’. Visitors can choose from five journeys: healthy lifestyle, rejuvenation, de-stress, spiritual exploration and ayurvedic balance. Multitaskers can create their own experience, combining elements of multiple journeys.
The Cliffs of Moher Retreat, Ireland
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs, hidden beaches and epic bays. The Cliffs of Moher Retreat is located just steps away from the cliffs, with the purpose-designed luxury venue offering views of the Atlantic from the glass-fronted yoga studio, alfresco hot tubs, a sauna and incredible organic fare grown in a geodesic dome on site. Options include yoga and hiking weekends, with 14km of walking along the dramatic cliffs.
The fresh air of the Scottish Highlands is a sure-fire way to get in the mood for a healthy outlook on life. Head to the tranquil, riverside retreat of EcoYoga Scotland for its relaxed vibes; here you’ll find a variety of yoga courses and retreats that are married with the teachings of sustainable eco-living. The EcoYoga Centre is powered by a hydro turbine and solar panels, water comes directly from a natural spring and guests can get involved in forest creations, gardening and a number of other eco-style activities.
Wim Hof Method, Switzerland
Dutchman Wim Hof – aka Ice Man – has been making headlines for his ability to withstand extreme cold and hold his breath for minutes on end. The method he uses – which he attributes to a form of yogic breathing and meditation – is claimed to reduce stress, boost energy, increase endurance and fortify the immune system. Wim, or one of his trainees, hold one-day workshops around the world, as well as weekends and week-long experiences, all designed to help participants towards optimal mental and physical health. One option is a three-day You Are Limitless weekend in the Bernese Oberland run by Linda Koeman, which includes breathing exercises, exposure to the cold, hiking and optional winter river swimming.
Como Shambhala Yoga Retreat, Bhutan
Bhutan measures its success on the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index – a holistic and sustainable approach to development, which balances material and non-material values with the conviction that humans want to search for happiness. This annual retreat led by Anusara yoga teachers Lynn Yeo and Sumei Shum offers yoga classes with healing foods and holistic therapies aligned with those principles. You stay at Bhutan’s luxury hotels Como Uma Paro for three nights, then Como Uma Punakha in the Punakha Valley for another three. The programme includes excursions to heritage sites including Paro Taktsang.
The Retreat, Costa Rica
With celebrity chef Diana Stobo as the mastermind behind this glorious retreat, it is no surprise the restaurant is a force of nature. Literally. Every dish is carefully constructed, with eighty percent of the ingredients grown in the gardens just outside. In fact, there is no menu. The kitchen is an open concept – welcoming guests to observe, ask questions, and even tour the gardens and participate in culinary classes with the chef. Nestled high atop a quartz mountain, literally in the clouds, rests a true place of peace, relaxation and wellness.
Describing itself as a ‘holistic ashram of the contemporary world’, Vana Retreat, at the foot of the Himalayas, is a luxurious integrated lifestyle sanctuary that aims to nourish guests physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Vana designs personalised wellness programmes for each guest based on the details shared by them prior to their arrival at the retreat. Their wellness offerings include Ayurveda, yoga, natural therapies, Watsu and aqua therapies and Sowa Rigpa, a Tibetan method of healing which has its roots in Buddhism. This 21-acre estate in the mountains is the place to be if you want to escape the daily raucousness of city life.
Harness the raw power of nature with AquaVia – one of the world’s world’s most alkaline waters, with a pH of 9.4. Deep in the Carpathian Valley, AquaVia is extracted from aquifers hundreds of meters deep and bottled at the source in order to preserve its superior taste and special properties.