The holidays are coming up and it’s a nice moment to retreat yourself. This is if you aren’t that fond of the Christmas and New-Year period at all, of course. Going on a retreat during the Holidays might be nice when you don’t look forward to over stuffing yourself with all the turkey that you could get. Or maybe you just want to do it a bit differently this year. Then going on a Christmas Yoga Retreat in Europe might be a good idea.
Of course, in Europe, you won’t be enjoying warm temperatures as on these retreats. But there is nothing that screams Christmas as sitting in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of chocolate. And the greatest thing is, these Europe retreats will all (but one) be under US$1.000. It’s not precisely a budget yoga retreat, but they are not gonna break the bank either!
Here we go!
Christmas Yoga Retreats Italy
The Art of Silence (Starts from US$737)
Just the name itself already sounds amazing: The Art of Silence. Unfortunately, no men allowed. So, ladies, this one is all for you. And for the blokes out there, don’t worry, there will be more retreats to share right underneath this one. Or if you feel discriminated, you can just check out these retreats that are men only!
The title of the retreat itself is also really amazing: Empowering Women’s Yoga Journey. That has a nice ring to it as well, right? And what’s better than giving yourself the gift of empowerment for the holidays?
Of course, you’ll be doing yoga, Federica Clemente will be organizing all the sessions. You’ll be getting two yoga classes or movement sessions per day. And besides that, there will be a lot of healing circles and rituals as well. This combination is excellent to heal your soul or just to make it stronger.
During your retreat, you’ll be getting two meals per day. These will be lunch and dinner, so it’s up to you to decide if that will be enough for you. Knowing the great Italian kitchen, they normally serve big portions, so it’s best to decide together with the retreat leader to see if you need to go shopping before the retreats start.
The retreat itself will take place in Ostuni, in the Puglia area. It’s in the south of Italy so during the Holiday period it’s always a bit tricky to know what weather it will be like. It can be very sunny and enjoyable, but as you are close to the Mediterranean sea, it can also be very windy and cold. So before you leave for this trip it’s advisable to check your weather app to see what you’ll need to pack!
Villa Santa Maria (Prices start from US$ 1.954)
If you’d like a taste of the countryside in Italy, then you have to visit this place. Have you ever seen those movies where they are having a typical Italian wedding at a traditional Italian villa? Well, this place comes just out of the movies with its lush garden, amazing view and above all very comfortable rooms.
As I mentioned before, there is one retreat that didn’t make it on the budget list, which is this one, but that doesn’t make it any less attractive. The schedule itself during this yoga retreat is stunning as well. Not only will you be getting meditation and yoga sessions during your stay, but you’ll also be getting some workshops.
These workshops are varied, you’ll have a cooking class, a wellness workshop, and you’ll have a lot of free time as well, to do some exploring. Or if you just want to relax, there is a lot of space for that as well of course ;).
And on your last evening, you’ll even be enjoying a traditional Italian meal in town!
This retreat is located in Cortona, which is in central Italy. This means that it can be cold during the winter. Temperatures are between 32°F (0°C) and 44°F (12°C) in the winter, which means that you can use your winter stuff while you are staying there.
Christmas Yoga Retreat Portugal
Shamballah Retreats (Prices start from US$ 670)
Oh, what do I love Sintra. Sadly, during the summer months, it’s way too busy and too expensive. But the area itself is amazing to see. And you are close to the Lisbon area but still surrounded by plenty of trees as this area is protected. There are even a lot of spiritual hikes going on in this area, which you can check out after you’ve done this retreat.
During this retreat, you’ll start your day with a vigorous Vinyasa yoga practice. This will wake you up in an instant and it will warm up your body, as the winters at Sintra might be cold-ish. In the late afternoon, you’ll be getting a Hatha yoga session to prepare your body to calm down for the day and in the evening there will be a guided meditation before you go to bed.
All of these combined, make that you’ll be getting the rest and replenishment you need. Together with two meals a day and a lot of free time to explore the area, with or without your fellow attendees.
Besides all of this, the location itself is quite luxurious as well and you’ll be granted access to a Jacuzzi as well!
New-Years Yoga Retreats Spain
Ateltrainer's Transcendental Spiritual Training Center (Prices start from US$ 558)
Near Valencia, in a small town called Hortunas, you’ll find this retreat center. And they will be focused on your Spiritual Growth as they are only having three participants maximum. They also claim that it’s not a yoga retreat, but a spiritual journey. So for all the seekers out there, this spiritual retreat is something for you!
Because it’s such a small group, you’ll be invited into the center as you are part of the family. You’ll be able to enjoy the family meals that will be served at their house, which is fully catered of course. And isn’t it nice to reside in some family energy during the holidays? I think it is. Besides that, you’ll be getting a lot more guidance as well during your stay there, so it’s always nice to build your own spiritual family.
The sessions that you’ll be getting is very diverse, it can be yoga, or Tai Chi, Healing meditations, and so on. It’s also great that within this trip all energetical diagnoses and treatments are included.
The only thing I have to mention is that the accommodation itself isn’t that luxurious. You’ll be getting a caravan or a cabin, so you’ll have to bring some extra things like a blanket yourself. Of course, with this price and with all the guidance you’ll be getting, this will be just fine for the adventurers out there.
As you’ll be in the mountains, weather conditions might be very variable. It can be snowy, so it might be best to bring your winter boots with you as well.
Are you ready to dive deeper into the depths of your soul? Click here to find out more.
Armonia Alpujarra Healing Retreat Centre (Prices start from US$ 759)
If you go more south in Spain, you’ll discover this retreat center, Armonia Alpujarra Healing Retreat Centre. Yeah, it’s a mouthful of words, but they are stunning.
Have you ever done yoga in the middle of nature on a beautiful wooden deck? Well, it’s possible to do it here! Of course, this is if the weather conditions are suitable enough to do yoga outside. The schedule itself depends all on you, you’ll be getting yoga and meditation sessions, and what you want to do besides that, you can discover together with the retreat leaders.
This retreat is very ecological, so it might have belonged as well in my article of nature retreats. As you’ll be residing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, away from everything during the New Year. So, if you don’t like the fuzz about the whole celebrate the new year thing, then this retreat is just for you!
And if you want, you can even sleep in your magical yurt! It’s a great way to be closer to nature and to enjoy your privacy as well. Of course, if that’s not your thing there are other options available as well. Just have a look and see if something is fitting for your needs!
Post-New Year Retreat UK
Yogamoves (Prices start from US$ 668)
And after the Holidays comes the … well, eventually the sun, but first it might be good to detox from all the food you’ve had during the Christmas period ;). If you’ve never done yoga in a mansion, and that’s just on top of your list, then you should go here. It’s not a castle, but while you are doing yoga in the classic rooms, you can imagine yourself ringing a bell for the butler to come.
Okay, there probably won’t be a butler, and it’s not such a good thing to think about it while you are doing yoga. But this location is stunning and to dream of. Prices are good as well, so it’s quite attractive overall.
The yoga sessions will be given by Vicki Snow and she’ll be having her hands full! Not only will you be doing yoga, but you’ll also be doing Kriya cleansing practices, meditation and a fire pit cleanse. There is no better way to start your new year with some detoxing and doing some rituals to clean yourself of all the energy you’ve accumulated during the past year!
Besides that, there will even be some time for you to book an extra treatment.
All meals will be vegan to support the detox effect of your yoga retreats, and all drinks and snacks are included as well. So you won’t have to spend an extra dime on food.
That said, it’s only a shame that this retreat only lasts 3 days and 2 nights. Are you ready to embark on your dream yoga retreat? Click here to find out more information.
Having a getaway during the Holidays, or even after to relax, is a great way to distance yourself from the hectic that is surrounded by the Christmas period. These Holiday yoga retreats over Christmas and New Year are ideal to attend alone, or with someone else. So if your family isn’t that supportive of your Holiday plans, then just take them along with you ;).
I hope you’ll be enjoying your Holidays and please let me know in the comment section below what you liked about them!