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Best yoga retreats spring 2018
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The best retreats to book this spring

Have PTO days, will travel.

by Clark Williams | 03.13.2018

For when your PTO days are precious and your trip-planning time is limited, there are retreats: organized escapes that have the added bonus of helping you master the yoga headstand, learn to prepare raw food, make it a week without talking, or just generally feel chill af.

While there’s sometimes “work” involved (hey, emotional breakthroughs don’t just happen), it’s a different kind of work than what you might usually deal with in the office and often happens far away from the stresses of everyday life. Best of all? You just need to show up at the retreat, and the rest is taken care of. (In case The Glassy’s ultra-curated city guides still require too much trip planning.)

Here are the top retreats around the globe this spring—from long weekends to multi-day intensives—that are so worth the vacation days.

Live Better retreat in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

When: March 19-25
What: Dude-friendly surf-slash-yoga retreat at Maderas Village (AKA Little Brooklyn) with activities like “actionable meditation sessions around crushing life”. Um, yes?

Ganja Goddess Getaway retreat in Coachella Valley, CA

When: March 23-25
What: Like adult sleepaway camp, only your weed won’t get confiscatedhere, it’s used as a “creative tool” during workshops throughout the weekend.

Real Love retreat with Sharon Salzberg in Stockbridge, MA

When: March 23-25
What: If you’re that person who loves to remind everyone, “Sharon Salzberg’s book changed my life,” here’s your chance to experience the beloved meditation guru’s Real Love ethos IRL at the old-school Kripalu Center.

Yogascapes Life as Offering retreat with Kelsey Patel in Ubud, Bali

When: March 24-30
What: Some hiking here, some reiki therein one of the dreamiest spots on earth with one of The Glassy’s favorite energy healers.

Surf With Amigas retreat in Punta Banco, Costa Rica

When: March 31-April 7
What: Although accommodations are a far cry from upscale, you get what amounts to your private wave at this week-long surf camp founded by surf pro Holly Beck. There’s also daily yoga, surprisingly delicious (and fueling) food, and ample hammock timegreat for napping between early-morning surf sessions.

Yoga For Bad People retreat in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

When: April 4-8
What: Yoga…with a heavy dose of tropical cocktails and late-night dancing with the Maderas Village regulars. You know, the things “bad people” do.

Soul Wellness Method retreat in Olhao, Portugal

When: April 12-19
What: Between the sweat-intense workouts with onetime Tracy Anderson Method trainer Sam Garcia and the hyper-photogenic house you’ll be staying at, you’ll want to Insta your way through this retreatwhich might be why there’s a 25-hour digital detox as part of it.

Peace Camp retreat in Malibu, CA

When: April 13-15
What: Loads of yoga (think Iyengar) and loving-kindness meditation sessions, no passport needed. Accommodations are rustic, but the rumor is the (healthy!) food will be cooked up by none other than one of Pies ‘n’ Thighs co-owners.

Cannabliss Retreat in Malibu, CA

When: April 19-April 24
What: A six-day retreat (running through 420, natch) that incorporates cannabis into everything from yoga to hot tub hangs. Yes, it’s BYO.

Soul Adventures’ Vibrate At Your Highest Frequency retreat in Ibiza, Spain

When: April 21-28
What: Seven days of Kundalini yoga and meditation (with some reiki and shamanic healing mixed in because YOLO) meant to clear energy blockages and help you get high on your own supply. Each day focuses on a different chakraincluding the food you’re served up each day.

New York Pilates retreat in Tulum, Mexico

When: April 25-30
What: Pilates retreats are few and far betweenbut what makes this one a Glassy fave is that you get both your ab workouts (two-a-days, in fact) and your marg-and-guac-by-the-pool time. Plus, New York Pilates’ founder Heather Andersen is one of the sweetest people in the biz.

Get Loved Up retreat with Koya Webb in Scotts Valley, CA

When: April 27-29
What: Kind of like the real-life version of that heart-covered Instagram filter. Instagram-famous holistic health coach Koya Webb leads this multi-day deep-dive into extreme self-love at this 1440 Multiversity retreat.

Become Your Own Astrologer retreat with The Astro Twins in Tulum, Mexico

When: April 28-May 4
What: Basically boot camp for horoscope junkieswith the added bonus of learning to read and interpret your chart from the comfort of a beach chair. I’d say your future looks bright…and very relaxing.

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