Written by Monica Krake, founder of Head + Heart, your go-to spiritual and wellness resource and online calendar. Find events, retreats, teachers, tips and community to support your journey from the head to the heart. @headplusheart
If you’re interested in diving into some new holistic practices this year (perhaps breathwork, ayurveda or shamanism is calling to you?) a wellness retreat is a great way to give yourself the time, space and support needed to truly absorb and integrate a new wellness practice.
Here are several retreats happening throughout the Pacific Northwest this spring. Yoga retreats at their core, each of the following retreats includes additional offerings such as breathwork, ayurveda, essential oils, white water rafting, sound meditation, bodywork, digital mindfulness and shamanism. No matter what your 2020 intentions are, one of these is sure to be supportive!
There’s nothing more powerful than gathering in sacred space. If you’re looking for personal transformation, this weekend is an invitation to immerse yourself in receiving just that. Led by two extraordinary teachers, Carmen Ganne and Jenn Field, sharing breathwork, yoga, Hawaiian healing arts, dance and profound personal exploration, you can expect a potent mix of guided breathwork journeys, yoga and movement, sisterhood and connection, spa and oils, and sound meditation at the quaint Halfmoon Haven Oceanfront Resort on BC’s Sunshine Coast. Show up, relax, and allow yourself to receive deeply. Warning: these retreats sell out quickly.
Dates: March 20-March 22, 2020
Location: Halfmoon Haven Resort, Sunshine Coast, BC
At this time of year, many of us need more than rest: we need to fully recharge our bodies and reset our nervous systems. That’s exactly what this retreat, happening at the beloved Breitenbush hot springs in Oregon, is offering you. Head deep into the woods, slow down, immerse yourself in both active and supportive yoga, and experience deep renewal. Join Chiara Guerrieri, bodyworker, anatomy instructor, meditator, and yoga practitioner and Anne Phyfe Palmer, founder of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers, for five days of yoga, meditation, guided relaxation, and personal support.
Dates: April 3 – 7, 2020
Location: Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon
Head to the iconic Salt Spring Center of Yoga for a weekend of intense self-care led by Ayurvedic teacher Melanie Philips. Perfect for anyone needing some nervous system care, and general wellness support, this weekend offers nourishing Ayurvedic yoga, delicious homemade vegetarian meals, self-care workshops, and lots of time to rest and explore within. Located on Salt Spring Island, the Salt Spring Center is one of the oldest and most revered yoga centres in BC, a truly beautiful place for personal renewal.
Dates: May 22-24, 2020
Location: Salt Spring Center of Yoga, Salt Spring Island, BC
Join yoga teacher Tracy Hodgeman and mindfulness meditation coach Ashley Dahl as they weave together yoga, mindfulness and time in nature over three nights on Oregon’s beautiful coastal range. This retreat offers active and restorative yoga sessions, pranayama breathing, walking + sitting meditation, reflective discussions and journaling. Prepare to tap into your deeper heart wisdom and experience boundless presence.
Dates: June 4-7, 2020
Location: Coastal Mountain Sport Haus, Oregon
Do you feel a call to disconnect from technology? Join Psychotherapist and Digital Mindfulness expert Christina Malecka for a weekend of nature immersion and deep connection with self and others at the stunning Whidbey Institute. With lots of hiking trails, incredible plant-based organic meals, cozy cabins and a labyrinth to walk, this retreat includes guided breathwork, yoga, self-discovery, lots of time for rest, and the opportunity to know and be known by fellow participants on a profound level. More than just a “digital detox,” this one-of-a kind retreat will nourish your mind, body and spirit while empowering you to right-size your relationship with technology long after you depart.
Dates: June 12-14, 2020
Location: Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington
Since ancient times, summer solstice has been celebrated as a sacred turning point in the year. It honours the earth’s most dynamic time of expansion, growth and abundance. This diverse yoga retreat is an invitation to immerse yourself in four days of discovering the art of breath, the healing of yoga, the transformative powers of shamanic practices, and the mindful awareness of meditation. This retreat is led by yoga teacher and shamanic practitioner Mara Branscombe at the sublime Hollyhock retreat centre on BC’s Cortes Island.
Dates: June 17-21, 2020
Location: Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
Take an adventure this summer to the beautiful Nahatlach valley’s REO Rafting + Yoga Resort to experience exhilarating white water rafting, herb walks and the foundational practices of Hatha and nightly Yin yoga and meditation. Led by yoga teachers Susan Horning, owner of Unity Yoga Teahouse, and Dr. Nicola Bennet, a Naturopathic Dr., this diverse retreat experience includes Thai Massage, Herbal Medicine workshops, and optional guided white water rafting for the adventure seekers!
Dates: September 4-7, 2020
Location: REO Rafting + Yoga Resort, Fraser Canyon, BC