It’s easy to fall into an indulgence mind-set in the fall and winter seasons, when our bikinis are tucked away and everything’s suddenly infused with pumpkin-flavored sugar. As we rush toward the year’s end, however, it might be wise to consider taking a time-out to focus inward—rather than simply ordering another round of martinis—before the whole “it’s a new year and I’m still in the same place” panic sets in on January 1. Here, some of the best retreats to book (last minute) for doing just that.
The Mermaid Sisterhood
If you feel creative stirrings calling to you after years of dormancy, we highly recommend you opt into this Costa Rican retreat hosted by wellness gurus Emily Pereira and Dorry Golden. Included are beachfront accommodations in Santa Teresa, organic and locally sourced meals and juices, daily vinyasa yoga, morning meditations, writing workshops and, perhaps most importantly, dance parties. The retreat will take place October 22 to 28.
Magical Marrakech Yoga Retreat
If it's been a while since you've made your Instagram friends properly jealous and you're in need of a little R&R, we suggest you check into this Yogascapes retreat. The setting will be the art-wellness-design hotel Fellah, and the program includes exploration of Moroccan culture, daily yoga classes, meals prepared using ingredients from the onsite farm, a mountain excursion and more. It will take place October 23 to 29.
Wanderlust Sunshine Coast
Who says you can't book a last-minute trip to Australia? Wanderlust Sunshine Coast takes place October 20 to 23 and is billed as a four-day celebration of mindful living. Associated experiences can be booked à la carte and include guided adventures, world-class yoga and meditation classes, live music and sustainable meals.
Darling Magazine Creative Retreat
Darling Magazine's latest retreat sounds like a dream—creative women converge in an iconic Palm Springs home for organic meals and wine, workshops and provocative conversation. It'll take place October 21 to 23, and you can get 30% off the ticket price of $1,995 with promo code ZOEREPORT.
Yoga For Bad People
If you can't make it to the Mermaid Sisterhood retreat in October, Yoga for Bad People is also hosting a week in Santa Teresa November 5 to 12. It includes two daily yoga classes, a seven-night stay at La Casona & Palm Grove, daily meals and more. We're also eyeing the Cuban retreat December 4 to 10.
The Wild Woman's Way
This retreat takes place at the world-famous, Goop-approved Esalen Institute in Big Sur. It's hosted by Michaela Boehm and is billed as follows: "Through exercises, movement, dance, immersion in the Esalen baths and art, you can discover how you express yourself as a woman and experience a deepening of your relationship to yourself and those around you." It's October 23 to 28.
Sagrada Wellness Retreat
Reiki master and intuitive healer Kelsey J. Patel hosts this retreat October 14 to 16 at the Sagrada Wellness Center in picturesque San Luis Obispo, California. It includes yoga classes, Reiki healing circles, meditation practices EFT, a chiropractic session, accommodations and more.
Gratitude & Manifestation Yoga Retreat
We're including one directly post-Thanksgiving retreat here in case you know you'll need it after a full-on turkey binge. This one is to be held at the Prana Del Mar Yoga Retreat Center in Mexico, and it includes lodging, daily "feasts," daily classes, meditation, kayaking, snorkeling, hikes, tequila tastings and more. It takes place November 26 to December 3.