Stretch Yourself with These 6 Fantastic Yoga Retreats
As women, we tend to spread our energies in a thousand directions without noticing, until one day we realize the well has run dry. At Sixty and Me, we think it’s time you focused your attention on your own well-being. Transformational vacations are all the rage, so we scoured the globe and handpicked six fabulous yoga retreats we think you’ll love.
Eternal Blossoming – A Weekend Yoga Retreat For Women Over 50 | United Kingdom
No 25-year-old contortionists in skimpy spandex gain admission to this yoga weekend held at The Grange, a lovely English country house and retreat dedicated to women in full bloom. Yoga instructor, Kim Rossi hosts an introductory yoga weekend for the mature woman who is just beginning her practice.
Kim will lead participants through gentle yoga, meditation, and yogic breathing that facilitates freedom of movement and heightens body awareness. Three distinctive vegetarian and organic meals will be served daily. This exhilarating weekend of liberation runs October 11 – 13, 2013 and costs $280/Single or $260/Double per person. Find out more about Eternal Blossoming – A Weekend Yoga Retreat For Women Over 50.
Wild Women Yoga Retreat | Porto Vecchio, Corsica, France
Bring out the sacred and sensual feminine spirit in you with rejuvenating yoga classes that support a different theme each day – physical vitality, love relationships, sexuality, spirituality, creativity, and life purpose. Daily Tantric exercises and meditations are designed to open your heart and ground you in the present.
Enjoy seven days in a private villa with a personal chef on this stunning French island. Pampering the Woman in you takes place May 26 – June 1, 2013. There will be ample time to relax by the pool or at the beach. The rate for this retreat package is $2350/Double per person. Optional Corsican excursions are paid separately. Find out more about the Wild Women Yoga Retreat.
Symphony of the Senses Acoustic Yoga Retreat | Maui, Hawaii
If it’s serenity you’re looking for, there is no better place than Lumeria Maui’s sanctuary of the senses. Anusara yoga instructor Skeeter Tichnor and Grammy nominated pianist Peter Kater guide you to connect with your infinite potential through five days of integrated sound and yoga. Lumeria’s luxurious and transformative Maui retreat includes three daily Farm to Table organic meals, all classes and sessions, and on-property activities.
Add-ons include spa treatments, classes in organic gardening and Hawaiian culture, stand up paddle and surf lessons, and local tours. You can get your Zen on from April 27 – May 1, 2013 for $1500/Double per person. Find out more about the Symphony of the Senses Acoustic Yoga Retreat.
Yoga For Spirited Women Over 45 | Tulum, Mexico
Grab your Karma and head to Tulum Mexico for a high-energy retreat with the masterful yoga duo, Suzie Hurley and Betsey Downing at Amansala Eco Chic Retreat Center. The intermediate level yoga event is all about continuous self-exploration and empowerment as we age.
For seven days Suzie and Betsey will lead you through progressive yoga sessions to help you tap into your own Divinity, releasing your personal courage and abundant enthusiasm for life. Quieter afternoon sessions will draw on the ancient energies of Tulum to inspire meditation and sacred expression through journaling. The retreat runs from November 9 – 16, 2013 and costs $1350/Triple or $1595/Double per person. Payments may be divided into three parts. Find out more about the Yoga Retreat for Spirited Women.
Deepen Your Yoga Practice: A Weekend Yoga Retreat | The Berkshires, Massachusetts
The renowned Kripalu yoga-based retreat center presents this weekend event dedicated to the yogi who is ready to delve deeper into her traditional yoga practice and take it to the next level. Attendees will improve their breathing and posture techniques, and learn restorative yoga poses and a sequence of postures for home practice. Esteemed Kripalu yoga teachers Jurian Hughes and Jovina Chan lead the sessions.
The weekend retreat, June 28 – 30, 2013, is held on the Berkshire campus, and includes a no frills shared room and shared bath. Meals are buffet style and primarily organic and vegetarian; some chicken, fish, and dairy options are available. Breakfasts are silent. The fee is $481 for a shared room and shared bath; scholarships are available. Find out more about the Deepen Your Yoga Practice: A Weekend Yoga Retreat.
Elisa Williams Yoga: One-Day Urban Retreat | London, England
In this one-day yoga intensive, Elisa Williams guides participants through a morning session of powerful asanas aimed at strengthening the core and deepening the meditative aspect of yoga. After a freshly prepared seasonal vegetarian lunch (with homemade cake!), Elisa will lead the group on one of her traditional yoga hikes through Kensington Gardens.
The restorative afternoon session will focus on breathing techniques and guided meditation. The price for the day is 60 pounds ($95), and includes all sessions, drinks and snacks, and the vegetarian lunch. This yoga mini-retreat will refresh and rejuvenate you on November 2, 2013. Find out more about the Elisa Williams Yoga: One-Day Urban Retreat.
Note: Airfare and transfers are not included in any of the retreat prices.
What’s your take on this? Have you ever attended a yoga retreat? Do you know of any great yoga events that our community should know about? Please add your ideas in the comments section below and remember to check out our gentle yoga video series that we filmed in beautiful Bali specifically for you!