Five health retreats to start the New Year off right

Young woman doing yoga
Young woman doing yoga

Avoid the rigours of the real world by booking yourself into one of these health retreats that will set you up for a cracker of a year in 2019. Here are our five top spots 2019.

Soul & Surf retreat in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka topped Lonely Planet‘s list of Top 10 countries to visit in 2019. Enjoy the country’s culture and climate on a week-long Soul & Surf retreat devoted to surfing, yoga and relaxation. Choose between premium rooms with private balconies overlooking the pool and river, or rooms with large bathrooms and tubs that open up to the stars. In addition to surfing lessons and yoga, guests can attend medita­tion mornings or explore the river on paddle-boards. 

Find your happy place at Happy Buddha Retreats

Urbanites who want to farewell the frazzled year that was 2018 should retreat to Blue Mountains for one of the Happy Buddha Retreats. The popular retreat offers a facilitated program of yoga, meditation and mindfulness with vegetarian meals prepared fresh each day. Note: all activities are optional and there is plenty of free time for adventurous diversions into the surrounding bushland.

Unplug for five minutes in Falls Creek

Lovers who want to invest in some self-care should book the February Valentines Yoga Retreat in Falls Creek. The yoga retreat, to be held from February 12-14 at Trackers Lodge, is aimed at everyone from beginners to advanced yogis. In addition to two sessions of yoga each day, the retreat include guided walks into the pristine mountain environment and wholesome communal dinners. Ski bunnies should consider a snowga retreat (a mash-up of skiing and yoga) in June.

Mountain Yoga Festival

Channel your inner swami and book a New Year Yoga Retreat in Reith, in the Tyrol region of Austria. Imagine a yoga vacation where you start and finish each day with asanas that will help you restore balance to your mind and body. The Sivananda Yoga Retreat House invites everyone from newbies to yogis to deepen their practise with meditation and mantras. Hardcore yogis should also consider the Mountain Yoga Festival in St Anton in Spring.

SunMountain Centre, Colorado

Think of Colorado and you’re sure to conjure up some of the world’s most spectacular mountains for skiing. But the region is also shaping up as a wellness destination. After descending the face of Pikes Peak, head to the SunMountain Center in Manitou Springs for a Meditation, Yoga & Mineral Springs Retreat (read: getaway for grown-ups).  The week-long retreat includes daily sessions of yin yoga and meditation followed by a soak in the mineral hot springs.


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