Let’s be honest, vacations are something we all look forward to. Whether it’s hitting the slopes, lounging by a pool or heading into the wilderness for a weekend of camping (or glamping!), getting away takes the mind off the hustle and bustle (read: stress) of life.
But if your vibe is more meditation and mindfulness and less Mai Tais and sunburns, there’s a new trend calling your name: wellness retreats! Ok, let’s not call it a trend, we think wellness retreats are here to stay.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism has experienced a 14 percent growth over the last two years, nearly doubling the growth of overall tourism. Last year alone, more than 690 million health and wellness-centric trips were taken! See what we mean when we say wellness retreats are here to stay? Healthy-lifestyle enthusiasts are foregoing the temporary relaxation of spa treatments at 5-star resorts and opting for curated, restorative and holistic programmes that result in long-term health benefits, leaving you feeling good inside and out.
Most importantly, wellness retreats are all about taking time for you and putting your health first, making room for morning yoga, tinctures and tonics happy hours, and evening reiki sessions with your favourite health gurus.
Where do we sign up?!
Let’s Talk About The Benefits
With workplace burnout and near constant stress, wellness retreats have become the outlet many people are choosing to help reset their health, refocus on positive habits and even learn new practices to take back home. Here are a few ways a wellness retreat can reinvigorate your body and soul:
Goodbye mobile, goodbye laptop, goodbye to-do list! Disconnecting from the daily grind allows you to be more present and appreciate the experience at hand. Many retreats offer optional classes and experiences all day long, allowing you to participate as much or as little as you want - do what calls you!
Learning something new, somewhere beautiful
You’ll walk away with newly honed skills and memories of a beautiful location! Retreats not only allow accessibility to wellness practices of your choice, like writing, meditation, yoga, etc., they also happen to be held in amazingly designed accommodations in exotic locations. And we’d be remiss not to mention the delicious meals utilising fresh, local ingredients.
Sometimes all it takes to re-inspire yourself is a new perspective. Venturing out during your retreat to experience the sights, sounds and culture of a new place may be all you need to help spark creativity! Try a local cooking class, go on a peaceful hike or spend the day at a local farm or co-operative.
Connect with your tribe
You will meet some amazing humans. People come from all over the world to attend wellness retreats, so chances are you will find a tribe of people you have a lot in common with. Not only is it a chance to connect with like-minded health and fitness enthusiasts, you can also learn a lot from chatting it up with someone from across the world.
What About The Results?
Wondering how you’ll feel after all that namaste-ing? In a word, refreshed! You’ll be heading back home with a full heart, a happy mind, body and soul, a new perspective, and even a variety of new life-enhancing skills to use daily when coping with stress, anxiety or overwhelm. Plus, you’ll have amazing memories to hold you over until your next wellness retreat!
How To Choose The Right Retreat For You
When it comes to finding the right wellness retreat, research is key. Remember, this is your time, so go the extra mile, put time into researching what’s out there. Here are just a few things to consider:
Location, location, location
This old adage holds true when it comes to choosing your wellness retreat. Start by picking a location go from there. This is your special trip, a time to reset and reconnect with yourself, so make sure you choose a place that excites you!
If you’re booking a retreat through an independent company or wellness tourism agency, research all the modalities and programmes available. Have you been dying to try a sound bath or a niche yoga practice? Itching to do a digital detox? There’s a retreat gear towards whatever it is you want. Do some digging to find the retreat that checks all your wellness boxes!
While cost is always something to consider, it shouldn’t be a barrier to your wellness practice. And you don’t have to break the bank to get the retreat of your dreams! Increasing popularity means that these bespoke experiences are available at a wide range of price points.
BRB packing our bags!