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A Yoga Surf Retreat Much Closer To Home

  • Who: WB Surf Camp
  • What: Women's only retreat, with daily yoga classes and surf lessons with a 3:1 student to instructor ratio.
  • When: August 14 - 19, 2010
  • Where: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina with accommodations at the Shell Island Resort
  • Why: Flights to North Carolina are definitely cheaper than flights to Costa Rica.

Surf Retreat (via <a href="http://www.wbsurfcamp.com/camps/camp_women_only.asp">wbsurfcamp</a>)
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Yoga Safari Service Adventure in South Africa and Madagascar

  • Who: Zuna Retreats and yoga instructor Marlize Joubert
  • What: Start with yoga and wine tasting in South Africa's wine country, then head to Lesotho for hiking and yoga with children in an HIV orphanage, then to a game reserve for a two-day safari, and finally, an eight day trip to Madagascar with more animals, more yoga, and wildlife conservation and education service projects.
  • When: September 24 - October 17, 2010, though you can opt to join for only 8 or 16 days rather than the full 24.
  • Where: Cape Town followed by Lesotho followed by Kwazulu Natal followed by Madagascar
South Africa (via <a href="http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-69423701675436_2113_26729317">
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A Week of Yoga in Goa

  • Who: International Yoga with instructor Ashley Albrand
  • What: A week on the beach in India, with two-a-day yoga classes, meditation, and bungalows surrounded by lush gardens.
  • When: October 23 - 30, 2010
  • Where: Mandrem Beach, in Goa, India, with accommodations at the Ashiyana Retreat Center
Goa (via <a href="http://www.internationalyoga.com/retreat_india_10_23_10.htm">internationalyoga</a>)
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Long Weekend Kula Catskills Escape

  • Who: Alex Auder and Erin Dudley of the Kula Yoga Project
  • What: Three days upstate with waterfalls, swimming holes, hikes, and two-a-day classes with "generous, revelatory, hands-on assists and mind-blowingly-trippy savasanas and meditations"
  • Where: The Waterfall House in the Catskills, 2.5 hours north of NYC
  • When: August 19 - 22, 2010
Kula Retreat (via <a href="http://thewaterfallinn.com/">thewaterfallinn</a>)
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Hamptons Weekend Yoga Retreat

  • Who: Gina Norman of Kaia Yoga
  • What: A weekend of yoga in the Hamptons, plus a pool, the beach, all that Hamptons jazz. Vigorous vinyasa in the morning, restorative yin yoga and meditation in the evening, massage and reflexology also available, plus an evening lecture on yoga and philosophy by yogi/author Beryl Bender Birch. There'll be a gourmet chef on hand, though if you'd prefer not to eat, you can sign up for a juice cleanse. Kaia Yoga runs three studios in Connecticut, so expect a group that skews Greenwich-y
  • When: August 19 - 22, 2010
  • Where: Sag Harbor, New York with accommodations at a private home
Sag Harbor (via <a href="http://kaiayoga.com/retreats/">kaiayoga</a>)
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Spend Thanksgiving Surfing and Sun Saluting

  • Who: Via Yoga with local yoga instructor Sandra Tedeschi 
  • What/Why: The giant family Thanksgiving where various aunts and uncles awkwardly unbutton their pants at the end? Maybe skippable. Alternative plan — escape to Costa Rica and fill your mornings with surf lessons and your afternoons with long, luxurious yoga classes. 
  • When: November 21 - 27, 2010
  • Where: Nosara, Costa Rica (on the Pacific Coast) with accommodations at the Harmony Hotel
Via Yoga Surf
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A Week of Beachy Yoga in Aruba

  • Who: Costa Rica-based yoga instructor Monika Ramos Tapia 
  • What/Why: Two-a-day yoga classes steps away from Aruba's widest beach. Other than yoga and an optional tour here and there, the time is yours for white sand lounging. 
  • When: August 7 - 14, 2010
  • Where: Eagle Beach, Aruba, at the Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa
Manchebo (via <a href="http://www.manchebo.com/aruba_caribbean_yoga_vacations.html">manchebo</a>)
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Yoga and Boot Camp in Sicily

  • Who: Escape to Shape and yoga teacher, registered dietician, and nutritional chef Marissa Jedell
  • What: A week of daily yoga, hikes, and body sculpting classes, plus healthy Italian meals, cooking lessons, Italian lessons, guided tours of nearby ruins, plus wine tastings.
  • Where: Taormina, Sicily with accommodations at a swanky villa.
  • When: October 23-30, 2010
  • Why: Yoga plus endlessly lying on the beach bores you. Escape to Shape lets you see the world while simultaneously getting in all the healthy living you can handle.
Sicily (via <a href="http://www.escapetoshape.com/index.html">escapetoshape</a>)
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Cooking and Yoga in Mexico

  • Who: Active Gourmet Holidays
  • What: A week of yoga, salsa dancing, walking, hiking, and hands-on cooking lessons at an ocean front bed and breakfast in Mazatlan.
  • When: November 12 - 19, 2010
  • Where: Mazatlan, Mexico
  • Why: Really good food with more than enough activity to make use of all that fuel.
Mexico Retreat (via <a href="http://www.activegourmetholidays.com/">activegourmetholidays</a>)
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Yoga and Singing in Devon

  • Who: Yoga on a Shoestring, with instructor Sue Pendlebury
  • What: Four days of yoga and meditation at an English country house, plus singing and dancing workshops in the evenings to "free your creative spirit."
  • Where: South Devon, England, with accommodations at the Hazelwood House
  • When: August 23 - 26, 2010
  • Why: Imagine a romantic Austen-esque summer in the English countryside, then add yoga and fun workshops. FYI, the whole nightly singing and dancing thing is totally optional. 
Hazelwood (via <a href="http://www.hazelwoodhouse.com/house.html">hazelwoodhouse</a>)
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