Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Wellness Retreats Where You Can Recharge With Philly Instructors

For when you need to get away, but still want a slice of home.

These wellness retreats — both international and across the U.S. — will help you relax and recharge alongside Philly instructors. / Photograph courtesy of Thrive Pilates & Yoga

If you’re feeling stressed, overworked, or just out of your element, changing your environment can work wonders to recharge your mind, body, and attitude. Being in a new place surrounded by strangers, though, can be a tad intimidating. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of wellness retreats that’ll let you relax and recharge — with the support of some pretty great Philly-based instructors. You’ll get the self-care you need plus the familiarity of home all in one glorious package. 

Anahata’s Purpose

Featuring: A bunch of Philly-area wellness practitioners
Where: Camp Innabah, Spring City, PA
When: September 8-11, 2022
Cost: $80-$370

Maybe you clicked on this guide because you’re super eager to attend a retreat — like, already-packed-your-bags eager. If that’s you, register for Anahata’s Purpose, which is happening next weekend. (We love a last-minute booking!) The weekend wellness festival is packed with classes — many of which are led by Philly-area instructors and practitioners — that span the gamut: natural dyes, shadow work, rhythm-based movement using drums, meditative art, aura photography, and more. Plus, every night of the four-day retreat features live music — Snacktime will be there!

Hudson Valley Yoga Retreat

Featuring: Ella Cuda and Alli DelGrippo (Lumos Yoga & Barre)
Where: Orchard Hill Estate, Harriman, NY
When: September 15-18, 2022
Cost: $1,149-$2,299

Another super-soon getaway is Lumos Yoga & Barre’s retreat to the Hudson Valley happening in two weeks. The three-day, three-night experience — which is being held at Orchard Hill Estate, about a 2.5-hour drive from Center City — includes your accommodations, farm-to-table meals prepared by an on-site chef, morning and evening yoga and Pilates classes led by Lumos instructors Ella Cuda and Alli DelGrippo, a wine tasting, a baking class, and transportation to and from activities like SUP yoga and apple picking.

Rise Gatherings Annual Weekend Retreat

Featuring: An array of instructors
Where: Trails End Camp, The Poconos
When: September 30-October 2, 2022
Cost: $957-$1,597

The fifth annual Rise Gatherings weekend retreat provides the whole shebang of wellness classes, workshops, and treatments. Focused on women empowerment, the weekend retreat includes events such as forest bathing, restorative dance, meditation, yoga, henna, relationship talks, acupuncture, a pop goddess dance party, and so much more. Registration includes all meals, unlimited movement and meditation classes, four workshops, and lodging.

Wellness retreat hosted by Rise Gatherings. / Photograph courtesy of Rise Gatherings

Yoga & Functional Movement Retreat

Featuring: Justicia DeClue and Alan Foran (Maha Yoga)
Where: The Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA
When: October 7-10, 2022
Cost: $397-$447; lodging excluded — must be booked directly with The Himalayan Institute

If you want to get away without having to go too far, join Justicia DeClue and Alan Foran from Rittenhouse’s Maha Yoga at The Himalayan Institute this October — the Honesdale-based wellness center is roughly a three-hour drive from Center City. During this four-day, three-night retreat, enjoy six yoga sessions that focus on functional movement, range, and mobility, plus vegetarian food and ample time to hike nearby trails or meditate inside the institute’s shrine.

The Well Studio x Tulum

Featuring: Marissa Nash, Sammy Dickey, and Kyra Miller (The Well Studio)
Where: Tulum, Mexico
When: October 19-24, 2022
Cost: $2,607-$3,737; airfare excluded

Join instructors from Fishtown-based The Well Studio in Tulum this October. Your six-day stay at Amansala Resort — a beach-front eco-chic venue — includes accommodations, daily classes centering on yoga, mindfulness, breathwork, and journaling, and light breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner (excluding one off-site dinner) every day. It’s the boho Tulum escape of your dreams — but better.

The Well Studio’s wellness retreat in Tulum. / Photograph courtesy of The Well Studio

Gather & Ground with Gratitude

Featuring: Kerri Hanlon and Gaby Borelli (Yoga Home)
Where: The Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA
When: November 18-20, 2022
Cost: $300; lodging excluded — must be booked directly with The Himalayan Institute

Kerri Hanlon and Gaby Borelli from Conshohocken-based Yoga Home are running a late fall retreat at The Himalayan Institute. For a weekend in November, enjoy daily yoga practices, vegetarian meals, hikes on the institute’s grounds, and time to be with yourself or in community. No yoga experience is necessary; classes will be beginner-friendly.

Pure Bliss

Featuring: Hally Bayer (Thrive Pilates & Yoga) and Ella Cuda (Thrive, Lumos Yoga & Barre)
Where: Treasure Beach, Jamaica
When: February 23-28, 2023
Cost: $1,995-$2,325; airfare excluded

Picture this: You’re working out with views of a cerulean sky and white, sandy beaches. Sound ideal? Then register for this five-day wellness retreat in Jamaica with Hally Bayer and Ella Cuda of Thrive Pilates & Yoga. You’ll get daily yoga/Pilates/meditation classes, ocean-front accommodations, three meals per day that showcase local fare, and a 20-percent spa discount.

Tales in Tulum

Featuring: Mariel Freeman (Three Queens Yoga)
Where: Tulum, Mexico
When: March 5-10, 2023
Cost: $1,550-$3,850; airfare excluded

Book this five-night escape to Tulum at the serene oceanfront Shambala Petit Hotel this coming March. The retreat includes accommodations, daily beach-front yoga with Three Queens’ founder Mariel Freeman, three chef-prepared meals per day, a private pool, and access to water activities like stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling. You’ll come back home recharged, rejuvenated, and wishing you had never left.

Three Queens Yoga’s wellness retreat is held at Shambala Petit Hotel in Tulum. / Photograph courtesy of Shambala Petit Hotel via Three Queens Yoga

Pana con Prana Medellín Yoga Excursion

Featuring: Alison Margolies (Pana con Prana)
Where: Medellín, Colombia
When: Exact dates TBA; Margioles is aiming for February/March 2023
Cost: Estimated cost $2,200-$2,400; airfare excluded

If you’re looking to blend your wanderlust wants and your yogi needs, then this retreat to Colombia is right up your alley. Led for the fourth time by Alison Margolies of Pana con Prana, the typically week-long urban yoga excursion is all about “how yoga works on and off your mat every day, about deepening your practice to support your everyday efforts as a global citizen,” according to Margolies. Along with yoga, you’ll immerse yourself in Colombian culture — past activities have included a hike to the top of La Piedra, salsa lessons, and a tour of the botanical gardens. Margolies is also aiming to offer a second, new retreat to Cali, Colombia around the end of July/early August 2023. Details are still in the works; check their website for news and updates.