Retreats Just for Women
8/1/2019, 10:08 a.m. | Updated on 8/1/2019, 10:12 a.m.
You know what they say, a woman’s work is never done. Well, sometimes it is. It’s up to you to claim what’s rightfully yours. Take a break, without the boys. Whether you go alone or with your gal pals, pamper your mind, body and soul and one of these retreats just for the ladies.
Two hours outside of Dallas is the Retreat in the Pines. They’re known for women’s weekend wellness retreats. Surely, you’ll find serenity on their 30 acres of greenery. Pick from a variety of themes—Mindfulness and Meditation, Ayurveda & Yoga, Gratitude & Yoga. Each weekend includes, yoga (beginners welcome), meditation, hiking, wellness workshops and more. You won’t have to worry about blowing your diet as the food is made from scratch with local and organic ingredients. Dinner is included/complimentary. Inquire about the Retreat Assistance program that is available for women who would like to attend but can’t afford to.
The California vibe is about the healthy lifestyle. Restore yourself at Cal-A-Vie Health Spa, which boasts a 5:1 staff to guest ratio. There are 32 private villas and an adjacent Country Club, with an 18-hole golf course. Though you’re in California, just north of San Diego, uber luxe European spa philosophies reign and pair well with the golden state’s fitness, health and nutrition mindset. There are three, four and seven-night spa packages that include gourmet cuisine, over 160 fitness classes, hiking, beauty and spa treatments, mind-body awareness programs, lectures, guest speakers and accommodations.
Sedona is ideal for resetting your soul. Turn to REI’s Arizona Hiking’s Sedona Women’s Adventure to do just that. You can spend four days in a small group of 4-12 people. Each day you’ll hike Sedona’s scenic trails, make-like a yogi and practice yoga in an environ of colorful mesas and canyons. You’ll also explore the historic town of Jerome and 1,000-year-old pueblo ruins. REI Women’s Adventure is designed for women and guided for women.
San Juan Islands, Washington
In spring and fall the YMCA Camp Orkila offers a Women’s Weekend Getaway. Get intimate with Mother Nature on the Orca Islands in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Expect to see deer, striking views of Presidents Channel, walk on driftwood-strewn beaches and roam over 280 acres of forest—perfect for forest bathing. Let go of all that stress as you focus on crafts such as pottery and jewelry making. If you’re game, a zip line and giant swing await. Strengthen your body with yoga, kayaking and hiking. Replenish your spirit with a massage or a long nature walk. Reconnect with friends and make new ones while nurturing your spirit, mind and body.
Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
Girls rock! Chicks Climbing & Skiing sponsors several women only adventures. The scenery is drop dead gorgeous in Red Rock Canyon. Get up close to the sandstone cliffs and deep canyons. Climb, climb, climb. The sculpted cliffs have holds that will remind you of what you have at the gym. No worry if you’re a newbie to the sport. There is fun for all levels of climbers. You’ll be paired with ladies of similar ability. You’ll work with female AMGA Certified Rock Guides. If you want a different kind of action to finish off your days, you’re just 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.
BMTM Adventures offers a one-week women’s Galápagos trip. Go for this bucket list adventure. Snorkel, hike, climb the Sierra Negra Volcano, surf, bike, kayak. Experience the Villamil Lagoon, known for its iguanas and abundant species of wading bird, flamingos. The sea life is stunning, between the sea turtles, whitetip reef sharks, sea lions, parrot fish, rays, and seahorses. And added plus is the photography workshops. You’ll impress your IG followers.