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The world’s top five wellness festivals

The hugely popular Envision Festival in Costa is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. ENVISION FESTIVAL/INSTAGRAM

The world’s top five wellness festivals

The words "wellness" and "festival" may not seem to go together at first glance, but these gigantic global wellness gigs are worth checking out.

The world’s top five wellness festivals

Fitness on the Rocks, USA

Billed as “Colorado’s premier fitness festival”, this boot-camp-meets-wellness-retreat is pretty intense.

Located, you guessed it, on the rocks of the Colorado wilderness, this is a day-long fitness fest designed to push you to your limits – but leave your mind refreshed in return.


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Some 10,000 people fill the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a whole day of yoga, Zumba and martial arts, while DJs keep the heart racing from the main stage.

Participants cool down after a day’s heavy sweating in a huge water-gun fight.

Envision Festival, Costa Rica

A far less intense excursion, the gentle Envision Festival takes place in a quaint Costa Rican village where the rainforest meets the sea.

Celebrating its 10th year, there are yoga classes, astrologers and environmental workshops designed to give you back your soul, with international musicians taking the stage over four days.

BhaktiFest, USA

World-renowned tantric teachers and gurus define BakhtiFest as “bucket-list” in the world of wellness festivals.


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Taking place annually in Joshua Tree in California, an otherworldly landscape hosts six days of yoga and meditation.

The classes and workshops cover tantric practices and focus on personal growth and healing from within.

International Yoga Festival, India

Held every year in the birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh, this is a week-long festival that attracts yoga enthusiasts and devotees from across the globe.

A yoga pilgrimage, attendees come for lectures and training, enormous group classes, and for the chance to meet yoga’s spiritual masters

Spirit Fest, South Africa

Great for a physical detox as much as a mental one, Spirit Fest is completely smoke and alcohol-free.

It takes place on a farm in South Africa’s Western Cape and embraces anyone who wants to come away with an ounce of self-nourishment.

Yoga plays a big part in this enormous camp-out, as does shamanic dance if that’s your thing.

Read more: Top 5 retreats for mental health and wellbeing

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