(re)treat yourself: yoga retreats

February: time to get away

Here in Vancouver, we're in the middle of the annual long-weekend drought. We decided to see it as an opportunity to create our own mini-vacations, whether close to home or abroad. The same spirit that brought you "Happy Place Friday" is bringing you "(Re)treat Yourself," a bevy of yoga retreats. Consider booking some vacation time soon.

The long road from New Year's to Easter is relatively holiday-free. Of course, depending on where you're reading this from, you may be blessed with a long weekend or two, but overall it's pretty sparse. The weeks run long. The weather is less appealing (unless you're south of the equator) and you are probably dreaming of that elusive getaway. We are.

Getting away doesn't necessarily mean searching for your passport and hoping your carry-on shampoo bottle will make it through customs. You can escape from the day-to-day with an amazing yoga class, a trip to a new studio, a night with friends and new recipes - heck, even an inverted pose will clear your head. No, you don't have to travel to get away from it all...but who doesn't want to travel? Certainly not us.

Retreat agenda: Inhale. Exhale.

the retreat appeal

Our Community Relations Manager Tracy is gearing up for her first yoga getaway: Baron Baptiste, Hawaii, sunshine, surf and healthy food. (Can you say jealous?) Remembering that jealousy works the opposite way one wants it to, we decided to look on the bright side and discover some other great retreats on the horizon.

There is a yoga retreat for everyone. Hit your mat then hit the surf, hit the slopes or hit the bottle - pinot grigio, that is.  Prices and accommodations will vary and you'll want to check whether airfare is included. (Most of the time it is not.) Many trips offer detailed itineraries so do some research before you commit. Here we go. Let's hit the yoga retreat buffet.

yoga in general

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Head to this Conde Nast award-winning centre in Australia and you'll likely meet Gold Coast Showroom ambassador Emma Burridge.
Retreats dates vary

Yoga Holidays in Greece
Vancouver alumni ambassador Gloria Latham plays host to regular getaways in Greece. The sun-soaked pictures are intoxicating, especially with the rainy weather outside.
Kythira, Greece - June 26-July 2, 2011 or July 24-30, 2011

Yoga in Paradise
If you're looking for an exclusive retreat, leave the traffic behind and join alumni ambassador Krista Cahill in Bora Bora.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia - June 11-18, 2011

Fiji Yoga Retreat with Mark O'Brien
Mark is one of Sydney's hottest yoga teachers and he's taking his expertise to the South Pacific for a week of relaxation and restoration.
Savusavu, Fiji - May 14-21, 2011

The Casanuova garden in Tuscany

Forecast in Tuscany: bliss
Image courtesy of Casanuova

Ashtanga Yoga in Tuscany with Tim Miller
Visit Casanuova, a 350-year-old estate in the Tuscan countryside, and unroll your mat beside Carlsbad ambassador Tim Miller.
Tuscany, Italy - Oct 1-8, 2011

yoga + food

Yoga for Foodies Retreat with David Romanelli & Angela Gargano
Featured in this month's Food & Wine magazine, this retreat is seriously making us drool.
Napa Valley, CA - May 26-29, 2011

This cozy retreat had us at Tuscany (and pumpkin risotto, pasta al forno, slow roasted fennel with red onions, salads with wild rocket, pecorino and fresh figs).
On the border of Tuscany & Umbria, Italy - July 3 - 9, 2011

Eat, pray, move

Can't get to Eat.Pray.Move.? Feast your eyes on this visual retreat.
Image courtesy of Eat.Pray.Move.

yoga + wine + cycling

Yoga, Bike & Wine Retreat
Experience Loire's historic countryside with Plaza El Segundo ambassador Julie Rader.
Loire Valley, France - September 11 - 16

yoga + service

Yoga Ventures Yoga & Service Retreats
Lisa Reuff, an ambassador out of Marin, CA, is hosting four trips for yogis looking to challenge their practice and serve their hosting communities. Head to Peru, Haiti, India or Bali.
Retreat dates vary

Ambassador Ted McDonald

Ted McDonald likes the snow and the surf

yoga + snow

Tony, Dean & Ted's Yoga Ski/Ride Excellent Adventure
Santa Monica
ambassador Ted McDonald teams up with Dean Decas and Tony Horton (P90X!) to host a one-of-a-kind retreat on the slopes of Chamonix.
Chamonix, France - March 20 - 26, 2011

yoga + surf

Tidal Dreamings Yoga & Surf Retreats
Hey ladies - Tidal Dreamings offers regular ladies-only yoga/surf retreats on Australia's east coast. Get packing.
Various dates and locations

Surf's up down under

image courtesy of Tidal Dreamings

while you're away

If you're vacationing anywhere near one of our locations, you can make your own mini yoga retreat by taking part in our complimentary in-store classes. Get class schedules on each store's site.

Help! We can't decide where to go. Where are you planning on retreating?

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HOly moly, these all sound AMAZING. One of my lifetime dreams is to take a bonafide yoga retreat vacation.

Comment by Lauren @ Sassy Molassy — February 17, 2011 @ 11:03 am

A yoga retreat is on the top of my 1year goals list…Any Run,yoga retreat you would recommand?

Comment by Elodie — February 17, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

For those looking for a small retreat for any level, beginners welcome,( we meet you at your level and have 26 years experience) we have been offering retreats in a B and B style setting with great food (we just did our first recipe book by request) beautiful lakes and hikes and private rooms..only 6 guest bedrooms, no dorm, all private rooms..since 1997 in Maine chosen top ten world wide 2009-2010 and featured in lots of publications like Yoga Journal, Shape and Travel and Leisure.
Sewall House Yoga Retreat Island Falls Maine

Comment by Donna Davidge — February 17, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

You missed the beautiful Rancho Margo in Costa Rica. http://ranchomargot.org/ I spent four days there. In addition to an excellent yoga program, the ranch’s dedication to environmental sustainability, community service and educational programs should be a model for all “yoga” destinations. The people, food and beauty of this place makes one feel like you are in the land of lotus eaters and never want to leave!

Comment by might aswell — February 17, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

Yoga hotel in Costa Rica is amazing.

Comment by Lizzie — February 17, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

I LOVE the idea of a relaxing holiday seasoned with some yoga! I was recently in Mexico with my wingman and even though there was lots to keep us occupied (body boarding, reading, eating, snorkelling… I suffered serious Yoga withdrawal, finding myself standing beside my lounge chair while the wingman caught some z’s and sinking into half poses without even catching myself until I caught the drifting eyes overtop of someone else’s read. I particularly like the idea of combining yoga & surfing… & Yoga & Philanthropy!
Great post!

Comment by Barefoot in the City — February 20, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

Wow, thanks Elissa and Lululemon for posting about the Eat.Pray.Move Yoga Retreat! So excited to have been featured :)

Would love to have all the Lululemon fans come out this summer to Italy!


Comment by Erin :: Eat.Pray.Move — February 23, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

Any Yoga retreats closer to Texas? Or maybe in Florida? :)

Comment by Brittany — March 1, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

Thank you so much for posting this. I would definitely include this in my bucket list!
Are there any yoga retreats in Asia? I would really love to join!

Comment by Bernadette — March 2, 2011 @ 11:47 am

Any Yoga retreats closer to Missouri??

Comment by Bianca — March 2, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

Just wanted to let everyone know that our July ITALY retreat just filled up, but because of demand, we just announced another one JUNE 19-25 (same place/program/price). http://www.eatpraymove.com

Also, stay tuned for an EAT.PRAY.MOVE retreat in Marrakesh, Morocco this fall!

Comment by Erin :: Eat.Pray.Move — March 21, 2011 @ 7:46 am

Three Jewels Retreats offer an inspiring fusion of yoga, surfing, delicious healthy eating and massage that wakes our bodies, clears our minds, touches our souls and connects us to the beauty of life.
Participants indulge in twice daily yoga classes, surf lessons and access to excellent surfing, transformative massage, walks on the secluded beach, or they just relax and soak up the beach front villas surroundings. This exclusive retreat has been designed to provide the “very best of the best,” and each teacher, guide and staff member has been handpicked to insure guests have a unique and incredible experience. Offering Yoga instruction from acclaimed instructors, the healing touch of spa treatments from expert masseuses, world class surf guides that quickly turn beginners into full fledged surfers, and a personal chef that prepares healthy, locally sourced delights three meals a day.
All of this while staying at an exclusive ultra-luxury beachfront estates in Punta Mita, Mexico and Santa Teresa, Costa Rica limited to 15 lucky guests.

Comment by Johnny — January 14, 2013 @ 8:10 am

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