A women’s retreat 2018 is one of the biggest trends for travel and they look set to grow over the coming months and years. We have compiled a guide of women’s retreat ideas for you and not only included yoga retreats but wellness retreats, surf retreats, raw food retreats, transformative experiences or just the chance to relax and unwind in a safe and supportive, women-only environment, there’s a unique wellness retreat out there waiting for you. Because nothing beats stress, overwhelming health problems, or even a lack of direction in life than booking a trip, getting away from it all, reconnecting with nature and nurturing yourself for a change. Especially if it involves a tropical location, like a Bali Women’s retreat!
There’s also something special about being part of a group of women who are all looking to grow, to share, to support and to have fun together that just can’t be matched in a mixed-sex environment. We’ve worked hard and left no stone unturned in our quest to find you the best women’s retreat 2018. Some are a bit of a splurge, some are more budget-friendly, but they’ll all help you shake off stress, hit that reset button and have a ton of fun at the same time. Read on!
WOMEN’S RETREAT IDEAS
1. Bali Women’s Retreats
2. UK Women’s Retreats
3. Women’s Retreats – Continental Europe
4. Women’s Retreats – America
5. Women’s Retreats – Rest of the World
Shake off your everyday worries, disconnect, and find your bliss with this women’s wellness retreat nestled between the rice paddies in beautiful Berawa Canggu, Bali. Unlike many other retreats, this one doesn’t give you a schedule or any planned activities you’re obliged to turn up for. Just come along, indulge in the unlimited yoga sessions, unlimited massages, unlimited sightseeing and unlimited meals and create your own retreat schedule that suits your needs.
Activities on offer also include personal training, surfing, SUP, sessions with a healer, cooking lessons or even a trek up Mt Batur volcano to help you walk away feeling happier, nurtured and totally serene. And when you’re done with that, enjoy your indoor/outdoor bathroom, take a walk through the tropical gardens, enjoy the beaches close by and enjoy the luxury bohemian feel you’d expect from a Bali retreat.
Style of yoga: Various (choose when you arrive)
Price range: Luxury
Food: Gourmet local, healthy cuisine
Activities: Yoga, sightseeing, meditation, surf, healing, spa treatments
Pros: Wide selection of unlimited yoga classes
Cons: The price might be off-putting to some
Women’s yoga and wellness retreats don’t need to be just about practicing yoga, meditating and stillness. They can also be active, adventurous, educational and tons of fun. Like this two-week women’s only retreat in the heart of Bali. More coming up too in Malawi & Morroco,
Strictly speaking, this isn’t exactly a yoga retreat (there’s only one yoga class) but we’ve included it in this list because of the wealth of education and wellness inspiration it offers.
On this Bali women’s retreat, you’ll learn everything you need to know to kick-start a career in the blogging world whilst kicking back and enjoying Bali from an insider’s perspective. You’ll also enjoy 7-nights’ accommodation in a luxury villa, full 3 meals per day, a ton of eBooks, all entrance fees paid, a yoga class, a massage, great tours of the island and of course, the exciting chance to get to know a ton of other like-minded women.
Having said that, if you don’t want to buzz around the island exploring or want to skip an activity or two, that’s perfectly fine too.
Style of yoga: Various (please contact the retreat organisers)
Price range: Luxury
Food: Delicious food inside the villa and also in restaurants
Activities: Yoga, blogging and business workshops, massage,
Pros: Brilliant way to experience Bali, learn more about online business and stick to your yoga practice.
Cons: This retreat is more about the blogging and Bali than the yoga.
Whether you’re looking for a fantastic all-round women’s wellness retreat to help you shake off the stress and escape from the mayhem, you’re looking to grow spiritually, physically and emotionally or you’d love to try your hand at surfing or SUP, award-winning Goddess Retreats has the women’s wellness retreat package for you.
Nourish your body with healthy organic meals, lift your spirits with transformational yoga and meditation sessions, spoil your body with unlimited spa treatments and develop a brand-new skill by indulging in surf or SUP lessons in a supportive, women-only environment with plenty of laughs, friendship and understanding.
If you’d like to explore more of the cultural side of Bali, you can also enjoy Balinese healing sessions, cultural activities at sacred Balinese sites and enjoy the magic that this tropical jungle environment can provide.
Unlike many other retreats, Goddess Retreats also offers a range of women’s retreat packages to suit every budget, so you can enjoy this transformative space even if you’re not so well off.
Style of yoga: Transformational Yoga
Price range: Mid-range to luxury
Food: Personalised gourmet menu
Activities: Yoga, meditation, cultural activities, wellness activities, healing, surf, SUP.
Pros: They’re one of the longest running wellness retreat organisers around, so they really know how to create a retreat that rocks!
Cons: Despite the packages, the price might still be too high for some.
Escape Haven Retreats, Bali
Voted best women’s retreat by Harper Bazaar and in 2017 won the Best Luxury Wellness Retreat in the World award at the world luxury hotel awards, this high-quality wellness sanctuary is surrounded by nature, in the heart of the Bali jungle and will help you ‘rejuvenate, transform, and blossom’ into the most radiant version of yourself whilst having fun.
This yoga retreat will allow you to unwind and recharge your batteries in whatever way your heart desires. Do as much or little of the wellness activities on offer as you like, or simply kick-back, reconnect with your spiritual side and enjoy everything that this tropical destination has to offer.
You’ll get unlimited yoga and meditation sessions, daily spa treatments and luxurious activities that will help you feel calmer and de-stressed. Don’t forget to enjoy the spa menu whilst you’re there- it’s nourishing and delicious and they even offer complimentary exotic fruit baskets, picnic snack packs and poolside snack platters that will get you glowing from the inside.
When it comes to the private luxury accommodation, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Expect fresh cotton linen, an iPod dock stereo (private retreat villas), hair dryers, custom-blended spa products and even the sound of birdsong first thing in the morning.
They even provide a butler and free airport transfers too. It’s no wonder that they’re consistently voted number one on TripAdvisor for women’s yoga retreats in Bali and they continue to win travel awards around the world.
And if you’re still feeling energetic after all that, you can add surf lessons to the mix and experience a whole new side to Bali.
Style of yoga: Hatha, Vinyasa flow, Kundalini and Yoga Nidra (plus plenty more like partner yoga)
Price range: Luxury
Food: Personalised gourmet meals created by Therapeutic Chefs and designed by whole food nutritionists
Activities: Yoga, meditation, surfing, spa, healing, sightseeing, fitness
Pros: the only women’s specific surfing programme – over 40 staff looking after 14 guests, the most luxurious accommodation of any Bali retreat, a holistic healing centre, unlimited yoga, meditation and spa treatments. Set in the famous Canggu surf village.
Cons: Again, the price might be too high for some.
For women who are serious about deepening their yoga practice and want time out to relax and catch some sun, the Inner Temple Yoga Retreats offers a healthy, creative and inspiring break for all levels. It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or you’re on a pretty limited budget, these guys have a women’s yoga retreat that will be perfect for you.
Choose from Creative Escapes (Yoga & Sacred Arts), Body Balance (Yoga & Pilates) and Inner Bali (Yoga & Nature Retreats) and you’ll unwind, relax and feel completely blissed-out.
Stay in the tropical villas near the surfer’s beach at Canggu, feel soothed and connected from taking daily yoga and meditation sessions, get nourished with the gourmet vegetarian and vegan food and enjoy daily treats such as raw chocolate classes, massages, healing sessions, creative art workshops, spa treatments and even free WIFI. Yay! Stay connected with the folks at home and enjoy your yoga retreat! What could be better?
Style of yoga: Various (please contact retreat organisers)
Price range: Budget
Food: Healthy and delicious gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals
Activities: Yoga, guided meditation sessions, creative art workshops, raw chocolate classes, spa treatments, massages, healing sessions.
Pros: They have plenty of retreats throughout the year and they’re all fun and affordable.
Cons: You might not want to join in with all the group activities.
Interested in more Bali Retreats? Read our Top 20 Bali Retreat Guide here.
The Body Retreat offers a wonderful range of women’s wellness retreats which promise to help you lose weight, overcome stress, eliminate sugar, and feel wonderful about yourself over the space of a few days or a week.
Designed by women for women, they’ve really paid attention to the finer details of their wellness retreats, including mindfulness sessions, group hypnotherapy, yoga, Pilates, exercise and tasty nourishing foods in the programme so you can walk away feeling pounds lighter and a million miles more relaxed than when you arrived.
I love their focus on whole-body wellness, their supportive, calm and gentle manner, and the sense that you really will be taken care of on one of their women’s only retreats.
Style of yoga: Various (please check with the retreat organisers)
Price range: Mid-range
Food: Delicious personalised meals
Activities: Yoga, mindfulness, group hypnotherapy, Nordic Walking, Gymsticks, Pilates, strength training, HIIT, workshops,
Pros: Brilliant range of retreat options and dates
Cons: If you’re not keen to lose weight, this might not be the best choice for you.
If you’re looking for a women’s yoga retreat which targets the unique needs of women at every stage of their lives, helps to unlock inner female wisdom, awakens female energies and celebrates what it means to be a woman in a spiritual, soothing space, you should definitely check out Womb Yoga.
You’ll learn how to disconnect from everyday stress and worry, relax deeply and unleash your inner goddess through plenty of deep relaxation sessions, sound baths, Bhakti yoga, movement, dance, delicious vegan food and walks in the Wiltshire country air. You’ll emerge feeling like your goddess energy has been unlocked and you’ve been reborn!
I love the fact they also have an inclusion statement on their website which helps outline what you should do if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or have young children but still want to attend this wonderful women-only retreat.
Style of yoga: Bhakti yoga, Yoga Nidra
Price range: Budget
Food: Tasty vegan food
Activities: Sacred dance, yoga, meditation, nature walks
Pros: Affordable, plenty of yoga and delicious vegan food!
Cons: This retreat focuses heavily on the spiritual and the divine female energy. This might not be great for all.
If you’re a girl who prefers to get out into the great outdoors and dreams of slipping away from the craziness of modern life and connecting with Mother Nature, you’ll be a big fan of the Nature Connection Retreats for Women offered by the Sharpham Trust.
You’ll sleep in a beautiful bell tent with the fresh air wafting through the woodland around you, you’ll wake to the sound of birds singing, you’ll experience life-changing guided meditations, movement and sitting practices, attend medicine walks, and forage and feast on wild food. But don’t worry- you don’t have to gather all your own food- they’ll also provide a beautiful spread of home-cooked vegetarian food throughout the retreat.
Whether you’re new to mindfulness, you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress or you’re just looking for a soothing and rejuvenating breakaway, you’ll finish your retreat with all the tools to stay calm even when life is giving you lemons. You’ll also start to grow into your most authentic self and feel connected and strong. I should mention though that this retreat emphasises the meditation aspect of yoga instead of the postures, so if you’d prefer to get moving you should probably choose a different retreat.
Style of yoga: Movement meditation practice
Price range: Budget
Food: Home-cooked vegetarian food
Activities: guided meditations, movement & sitting practice, nature awareness and nature sensing activities, medicine walks, foraging and feasting on wild food
Pros: You’ll be in a beautiful bell tent in the forest. What could be better?
Cons: This retreat mainly focuses on meditation and stillness and downplays the movement element of the retreat.
If you’re looking to combine a transformative Kundalini yoga retreat with meditation and delicious raw food, make sure you reserve your place on the Raw Horizon’s two-night yoga retreat. Whether you’re already living a raw food lifestyle, or you’re simply curious what this energizing and restorative food can bring to your life, this wellness retreat is perfect for you. It will leave you feeling enlightened, relaxed, cleansed both inside and out, and ready for anything life might throw at you.
What makes it unusual is the Kundalini yoga. This style doesn’t feature often in most yoga retreats but it’s a wonderful style for helping reconnect the body with the mind and unleashing any untapped energy. I love it!
All this detoxing and reconnecting takes place at Split Farthing Hall, an 18th-century Georgian mansion located in the peaceful North Yorkshire countryside, just 2 hours train journey from Manchester or London, England.
Did I mention how there are also therapeutic spa facilities, a hot tub and far-infrared sauna to enjoy as well a range of massages and even high-speed WIFI available?…
Style of yoga: Kundalini
Price range: Mid-range
Food: Healthy, gourmet raw food
Activities: Yoga, group workshops, energy work, massages, meditation
Pros: Small groups of no more than twelve women
Cons: Might not be the best option if you’re not keen on the idea of raw food
Banish your worries and overcome your hormonal issues by attending this luxury women’s wellness retreat in a stunning country house in Devon, England.
With the expert guidance of two loving and supportive women, you’ll learn how to banish night sweats and mood swings, overcome PMT and adrenal fatigue, and start living in flow with your unique female energy. Over the course of the weekend, you’ll enjoy womb yoga sessions, hormone workshops, healthy and nourishing food, optional spa treatments and hormone testing, plenty of outdoor walks and even an open fire to return to when you’re feeling chilly.
Because this retreat is all about ageing gracefully, it’s specially designed for women over 35, and very much focused on sexual health and the menopause. I’d highly recommend it for women who are starting to struggle with their hormones and want to feel grounded, soothed and radiant.
Style of yoga: Womb yoga
Price range: Luxury
Food: Healthy food
Activities: yoga, dance, breath and meditation sessions, Workshops on menopause, hormones and weight gain, spa treatments, hormone testing,
Pros: Great way to address symptoms of the peri-menopause and menopause.
Cons: Not a great option if you’re under 35 and your hormones are fine.
Interested in more UK Retreats? Read our Top 18 UK Yoga Retreat Guide here.
Start putting yourself first and give yourself some TLC by joining Lynda and her team for the Menogo Retreat for Mind, Body, Spirit & Menopause.
From the top of a hill in the stunning Andalucian countryside, looking down on acres of olive and lemon trees, you’ll learn how to make the most of your blessings, move forward with enthusiasm, energy and self-awareness, and create brand new healthy habits that will allow you to make the second half of your life, the best half.
Be aware that this isn’t purely a women’s yoga retreat, nor a women’s wellness retreat, more like a masterful blend of the two- offering life coaching sessions alongside yoga, meditation and mindfulness sessions, healthy food and great sleep, self-care rituals and plenty of the fresh Mediterranean air.
If you’re struggling with your hormones or any aspect of the menopause, this is definitely the women-only retreat you need to choose.
Style of yoga: Various (please check with retreat organisers)
Price range: Luxury
Food: Fresh healthy foods for hormonal health
Activities: Life coaching, yoga, meditation, massage, waterskiing, paddle boarding, cycling and rock climbing, Hormone Mastery Workshop
Pros: Perfect if you want to heal your hormones and feel great
Cons: Might not be the best choice if you’re under 35 and not concerned about your hormones
When you have a crazy busy life and you’re constantly taking care of the kids, or staying late at the office, or trying to remember a million and one things, you often find you need time to disconnect and learn healthy ways to deal with the stress so it doesn’t overwhelm you.
If this sounds familiar, then you’ll love heartcentre.yoga’s women’s yoga retreat in sunny Portugal. _
Enjoy the peaceful off-grid boutique eco-accommodation, take leisurely swims in the natural pool nearby, sink into the twice-daily yoga sessions, enjoy the three wholefood nutritious meals available (gluten-free and vegan options are available), treat yourself to a massage, reflexology or reiki session, take long walks, and enjoy learning more about herbs, hormones and adrenal fatigue, and return to everyday life feeling like a brand-new woman!
This place is perfect if you’re really desperate to get away from it all and reconnect with nature.
Style of yoga: Hatha and vinyasa
Price range: Budget/mid-range
Food: Fresh, wholesome and tasty
Activities: Yoga, pranayama, meditation, massage, reiki, reflexology, herb and nutrition workshops,
Pros: Located in the heart of the stunning Portuguese countryside.
Cons: Might feel too isolated for some.
Chicks on Waves offers yoga retreats or combined yoga and surf retreats in the stunningly beautiful, isolated, sunny location of Sagres, in the Algarve, Portugal.
With the best waves in Europe, and more than 300 days of sunshine each year, this is the place to go if you want a women’s only retreat with yoga lessons, meals, free water tea, coffee and fruit and perhaps even daily surfing lessons. If you want to explore some of this craggy, lush coastline, jump on the free mountain bike they provide and pedal your way around the coastline, or visit the nearby town of Lagos and other pretty fishing villages in this part of the Algarve.
The best part about these women only retreats is the fact that they keep everything super-simple, without frills or unnecessary details on the website or unnecessary extras.
Style of yoga: Various, including Ashtanga/Vinyasa Flow.
Price range: Budget
Food: Healthy food for maximum energy!
Activities: Yoga, surf, use of mountain bikes
Pros: Emphasis on quality surf lessons and for a really affordable price!
Cons: Accommodation is in a shared room, which might not be suitable for all(though a private rooms are available at request)
Get the guidance and support you need to unlock your innate female wisdom and start making the most of your full potential on this women’s retreat, hosted by The Chopra Center.
Awaken your power with the daily Shakti yoga sessions, reveal your inner wonders with their unique style of meditation, and attend inspiring talks from big names in women’s wellness such as psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff, author Geneen Roth, leader of The New Heart Movement, Louise Laffey, medical director Dr. Sheila Patel, and master educator Sara Harvey.
You’ll also enjoy delicious Ayurvedic meals, stay at the luxurious Omni La Costa Resort & Spa near San Diego, and enjoy the opportunity to learn more about female self-care, how to nurture yourself, and how to unlock your immense female potential. The life benefits you’ll reap from this retreat are very much worth the price.
Style of yoga: Shakti Yoga
Price range: Luxury
Food: Ayurvedic food
Activities: Yoga, meditation, workshops & talks,
Pros: Wonderful way to learn more about female health from a group of experts and spoil yourself a little.
Cons: If you’re without psychological issues and just looking to do a ton of yoga, this might not be the best choice for you.
Las Olas believe that yoga isn’t just about stretching your body, but it’s also about stretching your mind, trying new things and slow down to relish each and every moment, and we couldn’t agree more. That’s why we’d highly recommend these surf and yoga retreats at Las Olas in Mexico.
Founded by Bev Sanders, co-founder of Avalanche Snowboards, Las Olas have been running their ground-breaking retreats since way back in 1997 and continually prove that yoga and surf are the best paths towards relaxation and self-empowerment.
What I love most is the way they add a ton of cultural activities to their women-only retreats, such as salsa and guacamole making, fun salsa dancing lessons, margarita-making, Huichol beading presentations and perhaps even the chance to see baby turtles released into the wild, or dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.
You’ll stay in their gorgeous villas which have been individually designed and built by local craftsmen and artisans, dine on the freshest local food around and have an incredible amount of fun.
Style of yoga: Surf-specific yoga
Price range: Mid-range
Food: Delicious healthy food
Activities: Surf, massage, yoga, spa treatments, Salsa y Guacamole Lesson, Love Your Surfboard workshop, SUP, salsa dancing, Margarita-making, Huichol beading presentation, “¿Que onda?” Neighborhood Spanish Lesson.
Pros: Great way to immerse yourself in Mexican life and get plenty of surf and yoga.
Cons: This retreat is mainly about the surfing. This might not be ideal for everyone.
Crossbow Villa offers an incredible women’s retreat that will keep you up and moving, burning those calories, shaping and flexing your body, and enjoying the beautiful island of Barbados.
You’ll be staying in a luxury retreat room, complete with Egyptian cotton sheets, ceiling fans, AC, flat-screen TV, DVDs, and full ensuite facilities, and most rooms have a stunning view right outside. All meals have been carefully designed to promote healthy weight-loss and are included in the price.
Style of yoga: Various (please contact the retreat organiser to find out more)
Price range: Luxury
Food: Healthy and delicious
Activities: Stretching, swimming, cardio, Pilates, paddle boarding, snorkelling, spinning, HIIT, Boxercise, hiking and more.
Pros: Brilliant women’s retreat if you’re keen to lose weight and get fit.
Cons: This retreat is ultra-light when it comes to the yoga, but heavy on the fitness which might not appeal to all.
Sometimes, you find yourself in a place in life when you simply need to heal. Perhaps you’ve struggled with a difficult, person, place or situation. Perhaps ill health has taken its toll. Perhaps you’re grieving a lost loved one, a lost relationship or lost dreams.
When you feel like this, the perfect place to go is the high desert of New Mexico, right next to Santa Fe National Park. Because there you’ll find the New Mexico Women’s Retreat featuring a group of fully equipped adobe casitas, 1000 acres of nature, wild eagles and other desert animals, complete peace and quiet, love and friendship and sometimes even female healers who could share their skills with you if required.
Stay here in the depths of nature and you’ll find your pain slowly melts away and the joy will fill the darkest parts of your heart.
This is the perfect place to heal, read, write, compose, draw, practice yoga or meditation (although classes aren’t provided), make new friends and simply be at one with nature. If you’re interested, please do read through their website- there’s a ton of information there.
Style of yoga: Whatever you desire
Price range: Budget
Food: Not included
Activities: Whatever you feel like doing.
Pros: Beautiful unspoilt New Mexico with all the time in the world to enjoy it.
Cons: No direct yoga instruction so not the best option if you’re looking for a teacher-lead class.
If a women’s yoga and surf break in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Maui, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka or Indonesia sounds like your dream come true, book yourself a trip with Swell Women.
They offer a range of dates and locations around the world which combine epic surf lessons, nourishing breakfasts, soothing yoga sessions and even a Sunset sail dinner to help you unplug from the madness and find your ‘inner om’ in just a week.
Get up early for the expert surf lessons, indulge in a nourishing breakfast that will energise you for the rest of your day, head out on excursions, slip into the spa or just sit and read a book in paradise. You’ll soon feel revived, refreshed and ready to head back to everyday life.
Style of yoga: Various (please contact directly)
Price range: High-end luxury
Food: Only breakfast included
Activities: Surf, yoga, catamaran trip, massage.
Pros: Expect an action-packed trip!
Cons: The price is very high compared to most yoga retreats…
A Women’s retreat is all about spoiling yourself, so what are you waiting for? Book yourself a break from the madness of everyday life, then relax and reconnect, unleash your true female power and feel amazing whilst you enjoy a holiday you’ll never forget. And if you have any Women’s retreat ideas that we might have missed out, please leave a comment below.