10 Affordable Wellness Getaways to Revitalize Your Life
We all know how difficult it is to maintain New Year's resolutions, particularly ones about health and wellness. According to a Statistic Brain survey, the top resolution for 2017 is to lose weight and eat healthier, followed by "life/ self-improvements," but only 9 percent of people report successfully following through. So here to offer help is a roundup of some of the most affordable wellness programs for discovering a new, healthier you in the new year.
One of the most renowned wellness centers in the country, Kripalu in Stockbridge, offers more than 700 programs a year focused on yoga, dieting, health, fitness, and wellness. There is a variety of weekend workshops, such as a two-night A New Way of Being retreat costing $310 for tuition. Accommodations and meals are additional.
How does a Costa Rican getaway sound for budget-friendly winter sun? Pura Vida offers a variety of health-oriented packages, the most affordable being a three-night Mind, Body + Spirit Package. It includes four yoga sessions, two one-hour massages, three meals daily, airport transfer, and nightly accommodations starting at $755 (double occupancy). The five-night version adds a hike and full-day and half-day eco-adventures starting at $1,156 with double occupancy -- about $232 a night.
If you're looking for a budget-friendly yoga retreat, consider one of the three retreats offered every year by West Broward Mindfulness Sangha at the Casa San Carlos Retreat Center in Delray Beach, Florida. Meals, snacks and shared accommodations for the two-day event, which include yoga and meditation sessions, are just $283 per person.
The Minnesota Zen Meditation Center puts on Beginner's Mind Retreats that are just a few hours long ($35 for non-members), full-day retreats ($65), and monthly weekend retreats ($130) designed to provide deep immersion in meditation. The center also offers daily dharma talks, one-on-one meetings with teachers, and vegetarian buffets.
The specialty here is affordable retreats for women combining yoga, outdoor adventure, and farm-to-table meals and local wines. In winter, yoga takes place outdoors on snowshoes. (Hold off until summer for a glamping yoga retreat.) Yogascapes' three-day "snowga" retreat in February is $778, double occupancy with a complimentary wine and chocolate tasting, followed by a martini happy hour the following night.
Want to decrease stress? Or add more meaning to life? There's a workshop for that. The Inn at Vaucluse Spring offers mini mindfulness retreats on weekends in January and February led by Tiffany Nilde, a medical doctor and Ph.D. with a background in personal mindfulness practice. The cost of the inn's Introduction to Mindfulness weekend workshop is $240. Accommodations are additional, starting at $185, and include gourmet, three-course breakfasts.
At the Jekyll Island Club Hotel's January Yoga & Meditation Retreat, mornings are spent watching the sunrise and meditating on a beach, followed by gentle yoga classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, and more. During downtime, guests can explore island scenery, wander Driftwood Beach, paddleboard, or kayak through winding marshes. Costs start at $539, which includes two nights' accommodation, breakfasts, one dinner, yoga and meditation sessions, and a cooking demonstration with lunch on Saturday.
Immersing yourself in yoga amid the beauty of wine country is yet another way to do 2017 right. This three-day experience in Sonoma County (about an hour north of San Francisco) also includes access to an outdoor hot tub. The schedule for the February 9-11 is $549 for a shared room -- vegetarian meals and daily meditation sessions are included.
This four-day festival in June has health-oriented speakers and overflows with movement and yoga classes. Attendees can also indulge in massages, reflexology, and intuitive readings. In the past, festival day passes have started at $100. Accommodations at the resort start at $289, but there's a special festival lodging rate of $139 that can be obtained by calling the hotel.
If those health and wellness resolutions start to falter by spring, check out the Vinyasa Flow Yoga Retreat. Offered March 24-April 1 in the quaint Mexican coastal town of Sayulita, the weeklong program helps participants reconnect with mind and body, eat clean food, and explore new movement practices. Costs start at $1,750 for dorm accommodations. The price includes three daily gourmet vegetarian meals plus yoga and meditation classes.