Attending retreats has grow to be an necessary a part of my combine after I’m touring. Being on the street and sightseeing is superior, and dancing the night time away is fantastic too, nevertheless it’s these locations that go away a long-lasting impression, change you somewhat bit for the higher, and open your thoughts that may make the advantages of a trip final a lifetime.
If my experiences all over the world have taught me something, it’s that wholehearted journey happens in lots of kinds, from meditation retreats to festivals to experiences in nature, typically in locations you by no means even anticipated. Listed below are a few of the greatest girls’s retreats from all over the world:
1. Vipassana Meditation Retreat – Wat Suan Mokkh in Chaiya, Thailand
Prepared for a problem? Go in with an open thoughts and an open coronary heart and you could be amazed on the outcomes.
This sort of meditation retreat is rooted in Buddhism and centered round silent meditation. It lasts for 10 days, consists of primary lodging, and requires silence, a digital detox, and sometimes sleeping for simply six hours per night time. You’re principally doing a little kind of meditation nearly across the clock.
Within the case of Wat Suan Mokkh in Thailand, retreats start on the primary of each month and are fairly conventional. Individuals sleep on a concrete mattress with a mosquito internet, are given 1-2 vegetarian meals per day, and do combos of sitting and strolling meditation along with yoga and a few chanting for a donation of 1000 Thai baht (about $30). The meditation primarily takes place within the open-air sand meditation corridor and within the coconut forest across the retreat grounds.
When I went on New Year’s Eve several years ago, I discovered that it was a tremendous option to ring in a brand new 12 months. I gained’t sugarcoat it: this sort of retreat is hard. It exhibits you the entire points it’s essential work on and the way to cope with the issues that come up in your individual thoughts. It’s additionally an extremely efficient train in studying the way to cope with damaging ideas and feelings.
Although these retreats are coed, men and women have been saved separate for many of the retreat at Wat Suan Mokkh; some facilities provide women-only retreats as effectively. Vipassana meditation retreats are at all times donation-based and sometimes first come, first served.
For extra silent meditation retreats all over the world, together with some gentler ones, check out this post with extra choices and extra element on what to anticipate.
2. Sofia Sundari’s Priestess Faculty – Worldwide
The primary time I skilled any form of Tantric observe was after I blindly adopted a buddy right into a workshop held by Sofia Sundari at Burning Man. What I got here to study is that no, Tantra isn’t all about sex, and that it may be profoundly therapeutic.
Tantra is all about balancing our masculine and female energies, and as girls, it means a number of letting go of disgrace and damaging self-image and embracing our feminine energy. Sofia’s Priestess Faculty offers a secure, female-only house wherein to develop and discover this by ritual and practices drawn from a number of cultures. I’ve attended Modules 1 and a pair of now and have skilled unimaginable development from each.
Retreats final for one week and happen all all over the world, with Module 1 typically held in Bali, Spain, or the Netherlands. Read more here.
3. BMTM Adventures – Worldwide
In 2017, I made a decision to create girls’s adventures that will be completely different from what already existed. These could be alternatives for girls to expertise probably the most lovely locations on Mom Earth, on backpacking and journey journeys all around the world with one central theme: constructing bravery, perseverance, and immersing ourselves in nature.
These journeys have taken us alongside the Inca Path to Machu Picchu; backpacking within the Alaskan backcountry, the place we noticed tons of elk and moose and no different individuals; mountain climbing for 9 days in Patagonia, with some unimaginable stargazing; to Namibia and Botswana, the place we climbed sand dunes and noticed wild elephants up shut; and backpacking the magical highlands in Iceland.
Those that go on these journeys actually are superb energy girls who wish to strive one thing new, develop with one another. They wish to courageous navigating with a map and compass, grow to be higher at images, and discover ways to backpack wherever on the earth.
Our subsequent journey is to Maldives. Learn more here.
4. Camille Willemain’s Female Awakening Retreats – Mexico and Greece
Camille’s retreats — starting from the Jungle Goddess to Medication Girls — are an invite to awaken your wild, expressive, playful, joyful internal little one. Camille created these unconventional retreats from the assumption that yoga and meditation are solely a part of the transformation journey. Via her personal experiences touring the world, she feels that connecting with overseas locations could be probably the most profoundly therapeutic factor of all.
In her personal phrases, “Our retreats create a loving, secure, and profound container the place we are able to every reawaken the depth and light-weight inside ourselves, to recollect who we actually are and why we actually got here right here.”
She continues: “By turning to the knowledge of historic mythology, receiving the tales of goddesses and ladies all through the ages, and diving deeply into our personal tales on this lifetime and past, we open a strong gateway to… absolutely understanding our function at the moment in evolution. Quite than making an attempt to transcend the physique and our ache and our dramas, we breathe them open into life, and absolutely embrace the messy, juicy, and at instances darkish features of our complete selves. Our journey on retreat is impressed by the land we collect upon, turning to the spirits and the ancestors for steering. We straight join with our personal internal supply by distinctive embodiment practices and ceremonies that weave collectively transcendental dance meditation, rebirthing breathwork, womb therapeutic, female intuitive yoga move, compassionate listening, priestess arts, and a lot extra. It’s an honor and a present to share this sacred heart-womb work with each other and unfold that gentle out into the world by our radiance.”
Within the phrases of an attendee, “I felt earlier than I got here it will be a life-changing expertise. However….omg …. I had no concept the depth of what I’d expertise and the way a lot it will empower, encourage, and take me to a different stage inside myself. I’ve tapped into the very best a part of me! It’s simply starting and I’m so excited to go from right here and see the place it leads me.” (Sandi W., entrepreneur)
Her upcoming retreat takes place in Greece. Learn more here.
5. Alex Baackes’s Wander Girls Retreats – Worldwide
Launched in 2018, Alex’s Wander Girls Retreats have been born from founder Alexandra Baackes’s need to create a supportive setting the place girls might scuba-dive and discover collectively. The choices have expanded to incorporate signature annual dive + yoga retreats in Thailand and Egypt, in addition to retreats targeted on different actions, like aerial arts + yoga, and images + yoga.
I’d advocate her retreats for individuals who choose a laid-back, enjoyable, girlfriend getaway expertise to a full-on religious retreat. I additionally like that her schedules are completely versatile, as you may select to choose in or out of all actions.
Baackes says, “I regarded round at my life and felt an unimaginable sense of gratitude for the journey and journey I’d skilled [and the] pleasure and power that motion like yoga had introduced me, and awe on the sisterhood and the neighborhood of unimaginable girls I’d been blessed with in my life. I noticed how fortunate I used to be — and I wished to create areas the place different girls might expertise that as effectively.”
Alex’s retreats have taken place in Thailand, Massachusetts, Florida, and Indonesia. Her subsequent retreat in 2022 might be held within the Maldives. Get more info here.
6. Kekaikialealea Girls’s Tropical Hawaiian Retreat – Hawaii
On this retreat residence, located deep in a strong vortex in a sacred triangle of therapeutic temples proper alongside Kealakekua Bay, Dr. Anna “Noe” Bonas shares her knowledge with contributors on a one-on-one foundation. This retreat goals to assist girls “unravel psychological and emotional routine patterns”, “expertise an expanded consciousness and discover an internal pleasure”, and join with their “internal knowledge, perception, and consciousness”.
Dr. Bonas, as talked about on her website, “teaches lomi lomi therapeutic massage, La’ua Kahea (the ‘calling drugs’), coaching programs, and ho’oponopono”, which is an historic observe of reconciliation and forgiveness, rooted within the Hawaiian tradition.
Taking part on this retreat means that you can spend seven days in a comfortable residence, the place you get to calm down, benefit from the white-sand seaside, and swim with spinner dolphins. The Girls’s Tropical Hawaiian Retreat can be inexpensive, at $800 per particular person for every week, for those who don’t thoughts sharing a dorm with others. More info here.
7. Spirit Weavers Gathering – United States
Girls from all around the world have participated in Spirit Weavers to “uncover the roots of who we actually are and discover methods of strolling on the earth which might be in alignment with each our deepest reality and our highest potential.” The retreat is a five-day celebration of cultures previous and current, the place the contributors can study farming, weaving, creating ceremonies, making plant medicines, and different data that’s in steadiness and concord with nature.
What units Spirit Weavers other than different retreats is its loving assist for all girls. The fee construction is damaged into three classes: sister assist, normal admission, and abundance assist. The abundance assist payment helps donate to the sister assist payment, which permits Spirit Weavers to supply a reduction to these with restricted revenue. There’s even a Mama Bear Lodge (how cute is that?!) particularly curated for moms who’d prefer to take part within the retreat.
In response to the founders of the retreat, “We consider that this remembering comes by our reference to our nice planetary Mom. We acknowledge our symbiotic relationship to the earth, and that it’s to our direct profit that we take excellent care of her, however greater than being linked to her, we search to know that we in reality are her. We aren’t separate from her, and small actions on our half have an awesome affect on her.”
8. Soul Seed Gathering – Central America
When girls come collectively and share their knowledge, highly effective therapeutic unfolds. That is the concept behind Soul Seed Gathering, a collective competition for girls at numerous areas all over the world. That is far out of your typical competition, although. Think about it a gathering level for girls to take part in sacred ceremonies, observe yoga, eat nourishing meals, be immersed in nature, study from highly effective native traditions, and weave collectively their distinctive particular person items.
Retreats have taken place on the gorgeous Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, and there’s presently a residency program each final Sunday of the month, which features a cacao ceremony and convention speak, in Costa Rica. Get more info here.
9. Goddess Retreats – Bali
Bali is a mecca of yoga and religious retreats, which may make it overwhelming to choose one. Goddess Retreats have been occurring for over 19 years there, specializing in yoga, well being, and wellness for girls. There are 4 forms of week-long retreats to select from: Bali, yoga, surf, and match. There’s additionally a “snow” possibility in Japan.
The group behind Goddess Retreats says, “We don’t consider in deprivation or having to ‘tough it’ to have a wholesome, transformational vacation that awakens your physique, thoughts, and spirit. We’re not the retreat the place you need to take a vow of silence or solely eat uncooked greens to realize enlightenment.”
Every part is taken care of as quickly as you land in Bali, and apart from the yoga retreat, you get limitless spa therapies! Need to take it up a notch? You may even personalize your retreats. So when you’ve got every week in Bali and simply wish to have every little thing properly deliberate out for you, you could wish to look into Goddess Retreats.
10. Namaste Retreats – India
India has lengthy been the seat of spirituality, whether or not it’s yoga, Tantra, meditation, and so on. In recent times, the “pray” of Eat, Pray, Love has popularized the notion of going to an ashram for transformation.
Namaste Retreats India affords this chance for girls by yoga, meditation, and juice fasting. They purpose to offer a secure container for emotional launch. You may read more here.
11. SwellWomen Surf and Yoga Retreat – Mexico
Whether or not you’re a novice or professional surfer, this surf and yoga retreat affords a pleasant expertise for girls who wish to have a enjoyable, lighthearted, and energetic journey.
Swell Girls retreats happen in Punta de Mita, close to beautiful Sayulita, Nayarit. Incorporating teaching into surf classes, meditation, and yoga, facilitators emphasize wellness and goal-setting all through the retreat. This one has an emphasis on holistic wellness and health, specializing in the connection between thoughts, physique, nature, and neighborhood.
The following SwellWomen surf and yoga retreats are in November 2021 and April 2022. Find more info here.
12. Wilderness Retreat – Scotland
This one is for all of the wild girls on the market who’re dying to get out into nature. Happening within the Cairngorm Nationwide Park in Scotland, this rugged girls’s retreat will discover the Scottish wilderness, providing new expertise and a supportive setting. Actions embrace mountain climbing, swimming, restorative yoga, navigation, and rewilding (restoring land to its pure uncultivated state).
The following Wilderness Retreat with Wilderness Scotland is in Could 2022. Discover particulars and a visit itinerary here.
13. Wild Journey Retreats – Belize
This girls’s retreat is about as action-packed because it will get! Combining outside adventures, health actions, and wellness initiatives, Wild Journey Retreats has one thing for everybody. It focuses on well being, vitality, and goal-setting to present contributors an empowering expertise. Wild Journey Retreats prides itself on discovering specialists and skilled coaches to facilitate workshops, so that you could be assured you’re in nice palms.
The most well-liked (and most advisable) retreat by Wild Journey is the Non-public Island Journey Retreat. The following one is that this coming quickly; you could find an in depth itinerary here.
14. Gwinganna Way of life Retreats Girls’s Discovery – Australia
Diving deep into the internal workings of the feminine thoughts and physique, Gwinganna Way of life Retreats’ Girls’s Discovery retreat is geared towards holistic well being practices to rejuvenate and revitalize. It’s led by holistic physician Dr. Karen Coates and Gwinganna’s wellness advisor, Sharon Kolkka. By specializing in balancing hormones, enhancing your immune system operate, and detoxing from dangerous stimulants, this retreat offers contributors a healthful and academic expertise with classes that they’ll apply to their on a regular basis life afterward.
The following Girls’s Discovery retreat is in Could 2022. Test it out here.
15. Girls’s Yoga & Climbing Retreat – California
Run by Whitney Base Camp and Climbing Faculty in Lone Pine, California, this girls’s retreat is for the adventurous soul. It’s only a weekend lengthy, and you may guide it for the inexpensive value of $425, making it extra accessible than different, extra luxurious retreats. It consists of morning yoga periods adopted by full days of mountaineering and evenings spent with different girls round a campfire.
This retreat is fitted to newbie to superior rock climbers and yogis, as facilitators break the group into completely different ranges to offer specialised steering. The following retreat is in March 2022; you can book here.
16. Sonoran Winds – Arizona & Costa Rica
Centered on the idea of wind being the aspect of change and transformation, Sonoran Winds retreats concentrate on sisterhood, energy healing, and private development. The retreats are customized for every participant after which tailor-made to the group’s particular vitality and targets. Actions embrace horseback driving, acupunctures, facials, drumming, dancing, Tantra, and extra.
Retreats in Tucson occur all 12 months lengthy, and you may select between having a solo room or having a roommate. There’s even a particular retreat known as StarSeed, which is only for girls 18-24 years outdated. Discover the correct possibility for you here.
With the entire diverse choices on the market in all corners of the world, plus an increasing number of girls touring solo and in search of immersive and growth-promoting experiences, girls’s retreats could be discovered on nearly each continent. I can’t wait to maintain exploring and discovering new avenues for development and growth, and I hope this record lets you discover a possibility to do the identical.
Do any of those tempt you? Have you ever discovered a retreat overseas that you just liked?