Where to Find Inner Peace: Our Favorite Wellness Retreats
Whether you're looking to detox at a spa, learn to meditate, or reconnect with nature, we've got you covered.
Chill in an Exotic Oasis
There are many ways to achieve serenity; for some, it takes indulging at a luxury wellness resort like Como Shambhala Estate. Set on the banks of the Ayung River near Ubud, Bali, the intimate property has a resident nutritionist and naturopath and offers programs in Ayurveda, stress management, and rejuvenation -- each of which includes lengthy sessions in the ahh-inspiring spa.
From $2,100 per person for three nights, comohotels.com.
Be Here Now
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in West Marin County, is an ideal stop for an om moment on a coastal-California road trip. With its weekly drop-in classes and affordable sliding-scale fees, the center makes learning to meditate easy and accessible for beginners. Themed courses ranging from two to seven hours are also available, covering everything from mindful eating to the Chinese practice of qigong.
From $15, spiritrock.org.
Commune with Trees
A hike in the woods feels rejuvenating, but did you know it's also been linked to reducing stress and improving memory and cognition? That's the theory behind the Japanese concept of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, which involves taking a guided, contemplative walk in nature while doing deep-breathing and mind-body-awareness exercises. Experience it at Arizona's L'Auberge de Sedona; the Lodge at Woodloch, in Pennsylvania; Blackberry Farm, in Walland, Tennessee; Nova Scotia's Trout Point Lodge (above); or -- if an island is calling -- Secret Bay, in Dominica.