A yoga retreat is exactly what it sounds like: doing yoga on vacation, sometimes in an exotic locale. While most people associate yoga’s core beliefs with green juice and detoxing, more and more of these zen escapes are incorporating boozy activities into the itinerary. From a Tuscan yoga wine retreat to an epic mezcal-fueled Tulum beach trip, these are the five best boozy yoga retreats to take now.
The 5 Best Boozy Yoga Retreats
For those who prefer to travel within the States, Body Flows provides wine-heavy yoga retreats in California and a cocktail-laden version in Hawaii. For more adventurous travelers, Body Flows also offers international retreats in exotic locales, like on the beaches of Tulum, Mexico and in the Costa Rican jungle. Expect full accommodations, meditation sessions, hiking and a chance to disconnect from technology (all locations expect their guests to avoid using phones). In Costa Rica and Tulum, guests are allowed to explore the neighboring cities during their free time. Each trip is priced differently (their upcoming Fall Equinox excursion to California wine country starts at $625), and none include travel expenses or the cost of extras like massages and other spa treatments.
If starting your day with sun salutations in a vineyard sounds like the perfect vacation, book this trip right now. Located in the heart of Sonoma wine country at Campovida winery, this retreat includes a two night stay, outdoor yoga classes with local yogi Pete Guinosso, farm-to-table meals (there are gardens throughout the estate) and wine tastings. Between epic meals, yoga and lots of imbibing, you can wander the estate’s vineyards and lush gardens in search of tranquility and inner peace. The entire package starts at $875 a person but does not include transportation, massages, or the cost of wine at meals.
This company offers yoga-based excursions all over the world. From a Christmas retreat in Mexico to a Peruvian mountain retreat to an African yoga safari, there’s literally something for everyone. Our vote goes to the Tuscan Vinyasa retreat where guests get to stay at a historic, 800-year-old Tuscan farmhouse that’s been renovated into a luxe boutique hotel. Between yoga sessions, guests can enjoy the villa’s pool, acres of lush grounds and fresh, farm-to-table cuisine. If that’s not reason enough, there’s plenty of Tuscan wine to drink throughout the visit. You can even breakaway for a jaunt to nearby villages for a scavenger hunt to find the best local amari. Has anyone written Yoga Under The Tuscan Sun? The retreat starts at $1,995 for a shared room.
Leave your ego on the shore with these weekly SUP (stand up paddle board) yoga retreats on the Finger Lakes. Yes, you read that right, this is yoga, done on a paddle board, on the water. The women-only retreats occur almost every weekend and include SUP yoga on Canandaigua Lake and a boozy respite at the lakeside bar afterwards, which is included in the registration price. At only $49 dollars for the session, it’s a fairly risk-free way to see if yoga retreat life is the life for you.
Hosted in upstate New York, this annual yoga retreat is set on an organic farm in the tranquil Catskill Mountains. Treat yourself to a relaxing three-day getaway of blissful yoga sessions, local wine tasting and tasty farm fresh eating. There’s a swimming pond, lush fields for hiking, a hammock for daytime naps (after a few aperitivos) and a hot tub for late night soaking and star gazing. Only a few hours from New York City, it’s the perfect way for city dwellers to escape the monotony of yoga in packed studios. Prices available upon request.