Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. The holiday season is coming and here are some amazing retreats for those who want to escape the holiday fuzz. Not only will there be Christmas yoga retreats involved, but there will also be holiday retreats in general. This all to give your new year a kickstart with some positive and carefree energy!
Why Going on a Retreat During the Holidays?
I know it’s not that common to go on a retreat during the holiday period, but, why not? If you’ve always found that the holidays were too hectic and that they weren’t giving you any energy at all, then this time might be suitable for you to do it differently. It’s not only a good way to be sober, but it’s also a way to stay relaxed and fit during the holidays. And on top of that, it might be a good way not to gain weight during Christmas ;).
As you’ve all seen ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ you might think that a lot of people will judge you and think you should stay at home during the holiday period. But that’s not true, more and more people are deciding to go on vacation during December. It might even be nice to discuss this with your near relatives. They might be open to enrolling with you on a retreat!
Warm Winter Retreats
Yoga Retreat Spain
Yoga - Meditation Retreats (Dec. 21st-Dec 27th, 2019; Starts at US$ 997)
This retreat will be taking place on the Canary Islands, Lanzarote. It’s an island and the climate is perfect if you’d like to spend your winter holidays in a dry and sunny location. During December, chances are small that you’ll be getting rain. And if there is a drizzle, then it will disappear quickly as you are on an island. Temperatures in December vary between 68°F (20°C) and 77°F (25°C)
Besides this sunny area, it’s also absolutely stunning. It’s an island so you are always close to the ocean, it’s hilly, but not too much so you can have some gently hikes if you’d like, in addition to your yoga practice.
Yoga on an island always creates a different dimension. As you are there and you can feel the borders of the island itself, things might happen, it’s a great opportunity to reflect upon. This is why I suggest you try it out. If you are feeling stuck in your life, you might find some salvation in your yoga practice (on the island).
You’ll be getting two classes a day, and yoga is mixed up with guided meditation, yoga Nidra and more. In your free time, you can do whatever you want, or you can decide to tag along with the group on an activity like a hike. The yoga sessions will be provided by a very capable yoga teacher, Ladan Soltani, who has been educated in the Sivananda and Ashtanga style.
If you’d like more information about this Christmas yoga retreat, click here.
Yoga Retreat Bali
In December it’s high season in Bali. This is probably because the island has a mystical and very spiritual glow. And the temperatures can still climb up to a proper 79°F (26,5°C). Although it’s the rainy season, rainfall is mostly heavy and short. This means that even though it might rain on your trip, you’ll still have the time to go to the beach to relax. Here are a few retreats in Bali that I recommend.
Balitrees Retreats (3 Dates in Dec./Jan.; Prices starts at US$ 598)
If you are into a deep and very profound yoga retreat during the holidays, then this one is perfect for you. This retreat is available before, during and after the Christmas season, which means that you can start the Christmas season on a positive note.
The program is quite full, which means that you will have a lot of workshops and sessions to benefit from. If this is not your thing, then just skip this one. However, if it is something for you, except to go into the depths of your soul to do some proper searching. You will leave this retreat as good as new!
The teachers offering this retreat are highly skilled and there are even a couple of native Balinese instructors, which is always a plus! This will not only give you a sense of the Balinese culture, but you will also experience it fully!
There is so much included it’s almost too hard to compress it all into this article, so I just suggest that you click here if you’d like to have more information about this retreat!
ShambalaRetreatCenter (Dec. 21st-Dec. 28th, 2019; Prices at US$ 1,990)
If you are looking for something relaxing, then this one is for you. There is not a big program as the previous one had. Just a morning class and an evening class, the rest of the day you are free to do what you want or you can join one of the tours the center has to offer. There is even a dolphin tour involved to make your holiday unforgettable!
The center is located close to the beach and in the middle of nature, so there is something for everyone. Not only that, but the organizers also offer a lot of things. There are 3 meals per day included (no alcohol), dolphin tour, two yoga-sessions per day, Balinese massage and a free transfer from and to the airport!
If you want more information about this retreat, click here.
Yoga Retreat Dominican Republic
CaribeYoga (Jan. 12th-Jan. 19th 2020; Prices start at US$ 1,240)
If you truly want some hot weather during the winter months, then I can advise you to go to the Dominican Republic. Temperatures here rarely fall below 80°F (26,5°C) during the day. And they are never too hot as well, never exceeding 86°F (30°C).
When I looked at this retreat I was quite surprised about everything it has to offer. Not only are they offering daily yoga and meditation classes, but their excursions are looking stunning! You’ll be going horseback riding, on a whale-watching trip to a deserted private island, … Anyway, it’s looking so great that I’m already packing my bags to leave right away!
The island itself is also very lush, and the property is lying in nature. You’ll be having great views while you are doing your yoga routines and the beach isn’t too far away.
This retreat is highly recommended to do with your partner if he/she is into yoga as well!
For more information, click here.
Yoga Retreat Morocco
Yoga Laila (Dec. 21st-Dec. 28th, 2019; Prices start at US$ 1,375)
Morocco is not so well known for its yoga retreats, but it is a location to keep in mind. The yoga industry is booming there as well and I can understand why, with its very enjoyable climate in the winter and the hospitality of the Moroccan people. This retreat will be held in December, and although Morocco in the winter isn’t ideal for sunbathing on the beach, it’s highly comfortable to do other things during this season like hiking and visiting surrounding cities of the location you’ll be going to.
The itinerary of this retreat isn’t too packed, so it’s great for people who’d like to discover a bit of the local culture as well. You’ll be getting two yoga or meditation classes and all meals are included. One trip is included, a hike to a secret beach. Other activities are optional and at own cost, but highly recommended. These are for example a horseback riding tour or a camel trip, visiting the magical city of Medina, or you can just stay on the property to relax and book yourself a massage.
For more information about this retreat, click here.
Those were the five retreats that I highly recommend for this winter holiday. If you are looking for the sun and some warmth during Christmas, these retreats are a must-do.
If you do have members in your family that are highly against you going on a trip during the Christmas holidays, I suggest you buy them one of these gifts to relax. Or you can just buy a gift for yourself and take it with you on your trip ;).