Friday Fantasy

Happy Friday! I am having a busy but exciting week. I’ve been keeping up with my running, yoga and sweatboxing – which definitely makes me super duper happy. This week, I haven’t been able to stop smiling and just being genuinely happy for the first time in a while! Outdoor yoga or going to a yoga retreat is something I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the chance to. I am going to an outdoor yoga next Tuesday, Outdoor Yoga with Bre Nourse, which I am pretty excited about but I would love to go on a yoga retreat soon too! Here are five yoga retreats around the world I’d love to go to.

1) Yoga Barn, Bali. All the classes take place in one of its two mud-walled, thatched-roofed studios overlooking terraced rice paddies. The Ubud Aura Retreat Centre next door has single rooms from about £15 and doubles from about £40, so you can literally roll out of bed straight into downward dog. drop-in classes £7.70 each

2) Adventure Yoga Retreats, Portugal. Surf, climb and yoga in Portugal just sounds way too amazing. This yoga retreat is held in a gorgeous villa with lots of outdoor space for meditation and yoga classes; as well as a swimming pool for cooling off after morning practice. That is the dream.. do yoga, jump in the pool – go to the beach, rock climb… amazing nutritious food, this all sounds too good to be true. The retreats are held from Sept. 15th – 22nd and Sept. 22nd – 29th. It is 695 euros per person if booked before July 1st and 795 euros after.

3) Rolling Meadows Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center, Caribbean Retreat. Rolling Meadows offers year-round retreats in rural Maine and destination retreats in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Guatemala. All retreats blend the daily practice of yoga with meditation, unstructured time in the natural world, and communication only when necessary (social silence), allowing your social tendencies to rest. With breathtaking views from each of the centers, it’s easy to melt away into the retreat atmosphere and leave your “to-do list” behind. Rolling Meadows Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center, 83 Sullivan Rd., Brooks, Maine, 888-666-6412, Maximum participant number varies with destination. All inclusive rates $450-$850 (in Maine) vary beginning at $1,195 plus airfare (Tulum, Mexico). ** Text from

4) Sivananda Shram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Nassau. What is better than a yoga retreat in the Bahamas? exactly. “Nassau’s Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat follows a specific pattern. You’ll rise at 6 a.m., meditate through dawn, chant until tea time and do two hours of hatha yoga before breaking for your 10 a.m. vegetarian meal. The afternoon follows a similar pattern with a session of Karma yoga, where you’ll help with ashram duties (known to non-yogis as chores). Nonetheless, this is all offset by the retreat’s island paradise, complete with crystal blue waters, white sands and swaying palm trees.” **Text from

5) Jatoba Terra Prana Lar Yoga in Sao Carlos, São Paulo As much as I love the beach, I love still water even more. Yoga next to a lake sounds way too relaxing – exactly what I want. “Situated in the Brazilian countryside, Jatoba Terra Prana Lar Yoga retreats feature different types of yoga (Kundalini yoga, Yin yoga, Hatha yoga, partner yoga, Karma yoga and Mandala yoga), as well as meditation, mantras, silent walks, sacred dances, fire rituals and Zen Shiatsu. The retreat also boasts a sweat lodge, a fresh water pool, a meditation deck on the lake and the requisite vegetarian meals complete with homemade cheese, bread and yogurt. Founder and former dancer Lila established the retreat on her family farm in 2000 after traveling the world and studying yoga.” **Text from

Have you been to any yoga retreats around the world? Have any favorites or recommendations? I think my ideal yoga retreat would be one on a floating resort on a river, with lots of wine tasting at night – or…does that defeat the purpose of a yoga retreat? Haha.


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