Harvest Yoga Retreat in the Catskills

  • Who: Our very own Aarona Pichinson
  • What: A long weekend of hiking, cold-plunges in waterfalls, soaks in the wood burning hot tub, two-a-day solar and lunar vinyasa flow classes, and a bonfire ceremony for the harvest full moon, with farm fresh meals throughout. 
  • Where: The Waterfall House in West Fulton, New York (the Catskills)
  • When: October 21 - 24, 2010

Waterfall House

New York


A Week of Boot Camp Wellness in Costa Rica

  • Who: Ariane Hundt of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp and Stefanie DiLibero of Gotham Wellness
  • What: A week of two-a-day boot camp classes, yoga, biking, surfing, running, and acupuncture on the beach in Costa Rica
  • When: April 24 - April 30, 2011
  • Where: Playa Cocles, Costa Rica
  • Why: Butt-kicking is so much better on a beautiful beach

Costa Rican Boot Camp


A Weekend of "Igniting Your Feminine Fire" in San Diego

  • Who: S Factor Founder Sheila Kelley
  • What: The "Essentially Sexy from the Inside Out" retreat. Daily workshops with titles like "Erotic Creature Intensive" and "Lap Dance Intensive" and daily "chats" with Sheila Kelley with titles like "Igniting Your Feminine Fire & The Male vs. Female Campfire." Worth noting, you have to be at least 18 and a woman to attend the retreat.
  • When: October 21 - 24, 2010
  • Where: Paradise Point Resort & Spa in Mission Bay, California, twenty minutes from San Diego.
  • Why: If you're already a pole dancing devotee, this retreat has your name all over it. If the repeated use of the word "erotic" freaks you out almost as much as the phrase "female campfire" I'd like to remind you that Sheila Kelley's S Factor converted me, and I'm way more cynical and uptight than you could ever dream of being. 
Sheila Kelley (via


Six Days Of Pilates And Rolfing In The Philippines

  • Who: Yoga and Pilates instructor Mareile Paley, with certified Rolfer and massage therapist Ea Holm
  • What: Daily Pilates group classes, with yoga and meditation classes, one-on-one assessments, spa treatments, and a Rolfing workshop plus a personal Rolfing session (FYI, Rolfing, very different from Ralphing. It's holistic massage technique)
  • When: November 13 - 18, 2010
  • Where: The Farm retreat center in Batangas, Philippines 
The Farm


An Inside Look at The New Kripalu

What do you know about the Kripalu Center? That it's in the Berkshires? You're right. That, like, everyone hosts yoga retreats there? Right again. That the whole experience is vintage 70s vegetarian patchouli bunkhouse? Well, not so much anymore. The Washington Post sent a reporter up for the weekend to check out the Kripalu Center's new "Annex" building and to see whether Kripalu could appeal to modern yogis without losing its soul. The reporter's take: Good work, Kripalu.



New Years in Costa Rica with Kula Yoga

  • Who: The Kula Yoga Project with instructors Jillian Tureckin and Oceana Baity
  • What: Skip New Year's in the city and spend a week on the beach in Costa Rica, with two-a-day vinyasa yoga classes, lots of beach time, and hikes in the jungle. Kula is known for their advanced classes, but don't be intimidated if you're more of a beginner — Jillian teaches Kula's absolute beginner courses. 
  • When: December 27, 2010 - January 3, 2011
  • Where: Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula
Osa Peninsula (via <a href="">wha'appen</a>)


Four Days of Mayan Mysticism and Yoga in Mexico

  • Who: Bruce Bassock and Rita Trieger of Elemental Yoga Retreats
  • What: Four days on the beach in Mexico with daily yoga, including a restorative "aromayoga" session, meditation, a Mayan purifying ritual conducted by a local shaman, and "complimentary use of land/sea sports equipment" owned by the resort.
  • When: November 7 - 11, 2010
  • Where:Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort in Riviera Maya Cancun, Mexico 
Ceiba del Mar


Take a Man Retreat at the Lynx Lodge in Australia

Imagine a women's only yoga retreat, then twist that concept to fit something sponsored by the Axe body wash people, and you have The Lynx Lodge. It's a lodge on a lake in Australia. It's staffed by eight buxom beauties (with photos and profiles on the website). It's a haven where you can enjoy breakfast-in-bed, massages whenever you want them, and wakeboarding, dirt biking and beach volleyball. I really want to go, but, sadly, I can't. It's for men only. Amusing promo video after the jump. 

The Lynx Lodge


11 Days of Ashtanga Yoga in the Thai Jungle

  • Who: Yoga instructor Danny Paradise
  • What: Swimming and kayaking, daily Ashtanga yoga practice, hiking, birdwatching, and lots of fresh Thai food
  • Where: The Jungle Yoga retreat center located on a lake in a wildlife sanctuary in Thailand, an hour drive from Surat Thani
  • When: February 3-14, 2011
Jungle Yoga (via <a href="">jungleyoga</a>)


Autumn Biking And Wine Tour In Italy

  • Who: DuVine Adventures with chef Josh Ziskin and wine director Jennifer Ziskin, co-owners of La Morra Ristorante in Boston
  • What: Five days of cycling through the hills, vineyards, and villages of Italy's Piedmont region, with gourmet Italian carb loading and regional wine pairings every evening. Roughly 15 - 30 miles of biking daily, with optional longer rides
  • When: October 4 - 9, 2010
  • Where: Trip begins in Alessandria, Italy and ends in Monforte, with hotel accommodations each night along the way
Piedmont (via

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