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Weekend Well-Being: Take a Wellness Retreat

Summer is a great time to get away from your job and take a vacation. Sometimes it's hard to get away for a whole week, so why not take a long weekend to get away on your own? It'll be a time for renewed perspective, emotional wellness, physical health, and spiritual growth.

There are tons of wellness retreats going on at one of my favorite places, the Omega Institute in Rhineback, NY. You can sign up for a retreat and stay there on their beautiful campus complete with home-cooked organic meals. You'll come back from your workshop feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

July 6-8: Seane Corn: The Body & Beyond, $340
July 13-14: Couples Massage, $265 per person
July 20-22: Flying Trapeze, $475
July 27-29: The Dance of Tennis, $265
Aug 3-5: Yoga & the Gentle Art of Healing, $270
Aug 1-17: 7-Day Cleanse, $745

Want to see some others that take place at Kripalu, in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts? Then

July 1-6: Circusyoga for Adults, $190
July 6-8: Yoga and Kayaking, $240 (add $200 if you need to rent a kayak)
July 13-15: Introduction to Kripalu Yoga, $190
July 13-15: Introduction to Thai Yoga Massage, $210
July 15-20: Salsa and Yoga, $295
July 22-25: Yogilates Roll & Release, $280
Aug 12-17: Sacred Nourishment: The Art of Eating Mindfully, $350
Aug 17-19: Anusara Yoga Weekend, $225
Aug 17-19: Traditional Ashtanga Yoga, $225

Fit's Tips: If these are too far to travel, check out the retreat centers in your area. Sometimes you don't have to travel that far to "get away."

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Wellness-Watcher Wellness-Watcher 8 years
In the last decade, the increasing popularity of cellular phones, pda’s and blackberries have created a culture ofoverstressed multi-taskers. These “time saving” devices have simplified many of our daily tasks and given us more time in which to do them. But we find ourselves doing more work in spite of technological advances. Living a balanced lifestyle and engaging in wellness activities, such as going to the spa, doing yoga, eating healthy and organically, have become almost a necessity in managing stress. Incorporating these things into your everyday life is important, but sometimes hard to do on a daily basis. So how do we manage our busy schedules and maintain some sense of civility and sanity? I heard about this place called Amrit Resort and Residences, which will be a destination resort that will soon bring true balance-living to Singer Island, Florida through its Aveda Spa and Himalayan Institute partnership. Amrit, Sanskrit for “elixir of life” has partnered with Aveda and the Himalayan Institute to not only to create a spa, but a complete balanced living destination grounded in the principals of Ayurveda, the Indian term for “Science of Life.” We go to the Spa. But is this relaxation the answer for our hectic lives. Spas have become almost as commonplace as cell phones, yet the offerings of most spas seem to fall short of the term’s definition of enhancing the overall well-being of a person through a variety of services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit. Spas can sometime be a mere Band-Aid to the fixing the problem of stress living, but a change of lifestyle can last forever. Amrit offers complete rejuvenation services, teaches you how to manage the complexity of your life, and helps you attain true virtuous living. Ayurvedic belief is that everything in the universe—including us—is composed of five elements: Infinity, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. With over 5,000 years of practiced philosophies and treatments available through an extensive spa menu, the Aveda Spa and the Himalayan Institute’s Center for Balanced Living at Amrit will offer personalized treatments to identify individuals’ Elemental Natures and evoke a new sense of balance. Ayurveda’s goal is to help us help ourselves to rebalance and restore health. The pinnacle of Amrit’s healthy living will be the first Southern U.S. outpost of the Pennsylvania-based Himalayan Institute, offering residents and visitors access to a health shrine providing a range of holistic experiences, including breathing, cleansing and nourishing techniques; yoga and fitness classes; and Ayurvedic treatments and therapies based on the ancient practice at its Center for a Balanced Lifestyle. Renowned for its work in integrating the best of the East and West in the fields of holistic health, Ayurveda, yoga, and spirituality for more than 30 years, The Himalayan Institute will bring its vast experience in these authentic, time-honored therapies to the Center’s offerings. Amrit’s developer Dilip Barot, a native of Gujarat, India, has practiced Ayurveda all of his life. He is also a self proclaimed student of the lessons of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi. Upon moving to the United States and entering the development business, Dilip saw a void in the destination and spa industries upon which Amrit seeks to capitalize. While many spas offer treatments that encourage temporary relaxation, Dilip’s vision for Amrit is a holistic approach to balanced-living. It is his leadership that brought Aveda and the Himalayan Institute together in this novel, but practical approach to well being.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 8 years
the 7 day cleanse would be neat
girlwonder76 girlwonder76 8 years
My husband and I have made a lot of positive changes in our lives this year (quit smoking, quit drinking and he is eating WAY less meat - I've been veg for over 2 years) so for his birthday, I wanted to take him to a wellness retreat. We live in LA and I had a really hard time finding anything online. The closest thing is the San Ysidro Ranch which does not come cheap. Can anyone recommend anywhere within a 2 hour drive from LA?Thanks!
girlwonder76 girlwonder76 8 years
My husband and I have made a lot of positive changes in our lives this year (quit smoking, quit drinking and he is eating WAY less meat - I've been veg for over 2 years) so for his birthday, I wanted to take him to a wellness retreat. We live in LA and I had a really hard time finding anything online. The closest thing is the San Ysidro Ranch which does not come cheap. Can anyone recommend anywhere within a 2 hour drive from LA? Thanks!
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