While summer boasts some of the biggest yoga events around the globe, this season offers a slew of luxurious boutique-style yoga retreat packages catering to varied interests, from Bosnian sightseeing to paddleboarding off Turks and Caicos to downward dogs with yoga rockstar Rodney Yee. Here is a selection of a few to consider.
Miraval Journeys: Bosnia and Croatia
The famed Miraval Spa in Arizona is leading a 10-day adventure vacation in historic sites in Bosnia and Croatia, with early morning yoga and meditation sessions on the daily menu. $6,740 (most meals included).
Paddleboard/Core Fusion in Turks and Caicos
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
NYC-based Exhale and Core Fusion cofounders Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito are hosting this five-day retreat at their off-shore at the Hotel Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. Offerings include paddleboarding, barre classes, their signature Core Fusion yoga sessions, and 50-minute massages. $2,050-$2,900.
Ojai Yoga Crib
Ojai Valley, California, USA
One of the few big yoga events happening this season, this event in Southern California draws thousands of yogis and elite teachers such as Erich Schiffman, Patricia Sullivan, Cyndi Lee, Scott Blossom, and Jason Crandell. Expect morning meditations, daytime workshops, and evening kirtan sessions. Tickets range from $200 to $575.
Yoga Tango Retreat with Ashley Turner
Buenos Aires, Argentina
October 28-November 3
American yogi Ashley Turner is leading a group to Argentina to mix her sensual vinyasa yoga with wine tasting and tango lessons, with accommodations in the chic VAIN boutique hotel.
www.ashleyturner.org or www.solyogatrips.com
Escape to Shape
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Escape to Shape traveling fitness retreat heads to the gorgeous Lake Atitlan for six nights of yoga, spa treatments, nutritionally balanced meals, and cultural exploration. Also includes guided tours of Mayan sites and markets. $3,500-$4,800.
Holly Rilinger's Destination Training Camp
Nevis, West Indies
Hotshot Flywheel instructor and Training Camp founder Holly Rilinger is offering boot camp and yoga classes, plus plenty of options for biking, hiking, and kayaking in Nevis. Also expect white sand beaches and the royal treatment at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. $2,100-$4,000.
Jennifer Pastiloff's Bali Manifestation Retreat
Join Los Angeles-based yoga instructor Jennifer Pastiloff at this eight-day retreat in Ubud, Bali, for yoga, cooking classes, wine tastings, and Pastiloff's signature karaoke yoga and manifestation journal workshops. Located at the gorgeous Soulshine villa, created by musician Michael Franti and his partner, Carla Swanson. $1475-$1995. Pastiloff is also offering a retreat at an eco-sanctuary in Ojai, California, October 19-21.
The Essence of Yoga with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Famed yoga couple Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee are leading a retreat at the Tao Wellness Center in the Mayan Riviera, where you can sample twice-daily yoga classes, meditation, and pranayama. The trip also includes a Mayan sites tour and a "deep jungle" excursion.
$1,690-$1,770 (10% off if you book before October 10).