Yoga Retreats

Michaela Atiae, Staff Writer

Yoga for Bad People Menorca

Whether you take your yoga hatha, power, vinyasa, or 105 degrees hot, chances are, there is a sublime yoga retreat for that. ‘Tis the season to take off for a long weekend, and a little can do the body a whole lot of good. So, these are the yoga retreats you should check in, to literally check out for a few days.

The Yoga Retreat: Yoga for Bad People

We’re not condoning bad behavior, but sometimes a few rules need to be broken. Yoga for Bad People (YBP) Cofounders, Katelin Sisson and Heather Lilleston’s yoga philosophy focuses on the classics without the rigidity. The name derives from adding a bit of “spice” to the expected experience. With the inclusion of local activities, exercise, and nightlife outings – mind, body, and spirit are all well accounted for. So let’s go through their options.

The Location: Menorca, Spain

When: May 26 – June 1, 2024

Yoga twice a day in a 19th century Menorca Finca surrounded by sprawling Spanish countryside, sign us up. YBP is hosting a wellness stay at the luxurious Villa ES BEC d’AGUILA. The property has all the essentials of a luxury stay, including a 33-foot pool, a garden pavilion, and an outdoor dining area. Also equipped with a bar, ceramic workshop, cinema room, and gym, this is the perfect getaway. Participate in yoga and meditation classes overlooking the olive tree groves and opt for a massage and brunch afterward. All meals are included and you get six hours of free time that allows you to explore local spots and do some quality beach hopping. Submit your deposit here, before the March 15th cutoff to snag a spot.

The Location: Lagos, Portugal

When: June 23-29th, 2024

This property will make you feel like you’re living in an Italian romance novel. Enjoy meditation from underneath a 400-year-old olive tree. Admire the garden’s cypress collection or pick fresh fruit from the orchards. A six-night stay at Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel includes local breakfast and lunch. Four group dinners are also available. Time for local exploration includes hot air ballooning, wineries, crystal healing, surfing, and more. Partake in therapy sessions, and enjoy a facial or reiki treatment when you’re not using the Portuguese tiled yoga shala. Pro tip: Book before March 1st for the early bird rate.

The Location: North Shore, Oahu

When: August 18 – August 23, 2024

If you’re looking for a beach-centric yoga destination, consider booking YBP’s Oahu retreat. The Ke Iki Bungalows are on an acre and a half tropical beachfront. Daily meditation, yoga-led classes, and personalized astrology readings are offered. The retreat is a five-night stay with daily brunch options and four dinners. You can pick garden views or beachfront bungalows with shared common areas and private bedrooms. Excursions are heavily water-related, with options like snorkeling, diving, fishing, and whale watching. But the area is best for the yogi who also loves to surf. Some of Hawaii’s world-class surf spots are just a 15-minute walk away (Cute turtle sightings included). 

The Yoga Retreat: Canyon Ranch

Canyon Ranch is a spiritual health and wellness-focused resort franchise founded in 1979. What’s special about their programs is the attention to detail and tailoring of a very personalized experience. Be mentally prepared to dissect your stresses, as the two retreats primarily focus on long-term life changes. 

Cardiovascular Health Retreat

When: Feb 18 – 22, 2024

Learn all about your heart health during a four-night stay in Canyon Ranch’s birthplace – Tucson, Arizona. They provide a world-class education on heart management whether you’ve dealt with prior health issues or want to learn preventative care. With Valentine’s Day just passing, it can’t hurt to nurture our own hearts. The retreat includes a cardiovascular assessment exercise, dietary assessment, and history lessons with Dr. Regis Fernandes. Some retreat highlights include acupuncture, musculoskeletal and joint assessment, and crystal sound activation. All meals, spa, gym, and yoga classes are part of the booking.

Peak Performance Retreat

When: Feb 22 – 26, 2024

The Woodside California ranch is a four-night stay for learning how to minimize burnout. A day in the life includes options like hiking, forest bathing, HITT workouts, balance training, yoga, and meditation. The program helps those working in high-stress thrive. You’ll begin with a benchmark stress assessment and leave the West Coast with a blueprint for daily fitness and spiritual routines. All meals, spa, gym, and yoga classes are available. 

Copal Retreat

When: March 9 -18, 2024, April 27-May 6, 2024

Think traditional Indian medicinal practices meet Mexican culture. The Copal Retreat is in a villa in the small beach town of Paamul, Mexico. The tranquil space is the yoga oasis for guests wanting a longer, ten-day stay. The cleanse composes Power, Vinyasa, Yin, and Ayurveda Yoga alongside dietary practices, and nature’s natural rhythm within our bodies. The rooftop studio is a sight, looking onto the Caribbean ocean for most yoga sessions. Exciting inclusions consist of, cenote and Mayan ruin tours, sound bowl therapy, messages, and a night on the town.

The Yoga Retreat: Bodhi Tree Signature Retreat

When: April 20th, 2024 – April 27th, 2024, November 30, 2024 – December 7, 2024

The setting of the Bodhi Tree Signature retreat makes it a compelling choice in itself. Located in Nosara, Costa Rica, the retreat is in the center of a world Blue Zone. The retreat is a high contender for those not ready to shut out the real world. Modern Balinese finishings, big windows, and workspace are available to send a few emails during your rejuvenation. Did we mention the Egyptian cotton sheets, private balconies, and rainfall showers? Bodhi Tree synchronizes its schedule with solar cycles for flow, vinyasa, and restorative yoga alignment. Surf lessons, boat tours, jungle trails, gyms, and an 82-foot infinity lap pool are also perks.

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