Save The Date: 2015 Yoga Retreats To Book Now

You’re ready to shake things up and to try something new. Brava! Let me personally welcome you to the world of yoga retreats. Here are a few upcoming destinations, which have made it to my own bucket list, with prices starting as low as $223 per night. Here’s your chance to mix yoga and surfing on the warm coasts of  Baja, Mexico and Santa Catalina, Panama. If sitting back with a glass of wine is more your speed, than escape to Asti, Italy to expand your knowledge of yoga and wine from the Piedmont region. There is even a trip for you history buffs, like me.  Soak in the summer sun and ancient sites in Paros, Greece. If my latest yoga retreat in Costa Rica has inspired you, than you’re in luck. Paraiso Adventures is returning to Santa Teresa, next month (May 2015.) Hope to see you all there, and to make it myself!


Surf Villa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Surf Villa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

When: May 3-9, 2015 (6-nights)

Where: Surf Villa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Hosted by: Paraiso Adventures

Instructors: Isabel Allen and Maria D’Ambrosio

More details: This retreat is brought to you by the same planners, as my Costa Rican Yoga Retreat. Therefore, I can promise you an amazing experience. This group will settle into a true Surf Villa in the lush jungle overlooking Santa Teresa’s shorelines, which is the perfect backdrop to your yoga sessions.  Two mind-body classes are offered to deepen or initiate one’s yoga practice with a focus on Yin and Vinyasa. Led by Isabel and Maria, a mother-daughter duo with experience in positive psychology, yoga for recovery, Sivananda and Ayurveda, you’ll have all the opportunities to customize your practice just for you.  With retreat coordinator, Laurie, organizing excursions and activities, you can be sure to get an authentic, local experience with a flare of luxury. 

Starting prices: $1,900 ($316 per night)



Rancho Las Cruces, La Paz, Baja, Mexico
Rancho Las Cruces, La Paz, Baja, Mexico

When: May 11-16, 2015 (6-nights)

Where: Ranchos, Las Cruces, La Paz, Baja, Mexico

Hosted by: Paraiso Adventures

Instructors: Cheryl Moss of Goda Yoga (Los Angeles)

More details:  With an Hacienda made famous by old Hollywood, nestled on 10,000 acres of private land at Rancho Las Cruces, in Baja , California Sur, this yoga retreat will be one surely to be remembered. Package includes 6 days and 5 nights with esteemed Cheryl Moss leading two daily classes of restorative and energizing yoga. After class award yourself with a 90-minute massage included in your package, and fill up on local dishes served by Paraiso Adventures’ private chef serving up healthy and hearty meals. Join local guides on a hike through the Santa Cruz mountains and reach the “Seven Sacred Pools” and be rewarded with  breathtaking views of the Pacific coast and a swim, ironically in a dessert oasis. 

Starting prices: $2,250 ($375 per night)



Panama Surf Santa Catalina Panama
Photo Credit: Santa Catalina Retreats

When: May 22 – 26 (Memorial Day Weekend, 4-nights), July 1 – 6 (July 4 Weekend, 4-nights), September 3 – 7 (Labor Day Weekend, 4-nights)

Where: Santa Catalina, Panama

Hosted by: Santa Catalina Retreats

Instructors: Michelle Barge

More details: Make the most of your long weekends this year. Join us in Panama where yoga and surfing have an intimate relationship with each other, both liberating the mind and body among nature’s beautiful grounds and oceans. With Santa Catalina Retreats, get a taste of both worlds with daily yoga and surf classes. Start the day on your yoga  mat, atop a tranquil tree top open air yoga studio, followed by time on your surf board on the beaches of beautiful Estero, an ideal place to connect with nature, while you soften and invigorate the mind.  Michelle Barge leading daily yoga brings nearly 20 years of devoted practice. Having attended her Baja Retreat in Todos Santos, Mexico, you can be assured to be gently guided through your Hatha flow, as well as your travels. Her beautiful spirit adds a lightness and brightness to the group, while making for a transformative yoga experience. 

Starting prices: $890 ($223 per night)




Paros Land Hotel Greece
Paros Land Hotel Pool, Greece

When: June 14 – 20, 2015 (6-nights)

Where: Paros Land Boutique Hote, Paros, Greece

Hosted by: Paraiso Adventures

Instructors: Dominique Sawyer

More details: Hosted in a quintessential Greek boutique hotel, you’ll partake in yoga twice a day and three Greek culinary courses to delight your palette. Enjoy day excursions by boat to Antiparos, where you’ll indulge in a picnic on the beach and explore ancient artifacts. Paraiso Adventures’ local guides will take you to the ancient marble quarries of Paros and lead you to distinct destinations for a full immersion of Greek history.  I’m most excited about the 4-star accommodations at Paros Land Boutique Hotel. This charming and chic property is straight out of a dream for me. 

Starting prices: $2,500 ($417 per night)



Asti Italian VIlla Paraiso Adventures
Paraiso Asti Villa

When: July 26 – August 1, 2015

Where: Private Villa, Asti, Italy

Hosted by: Paraiso Adventures

Instructor: Michelle Barge

More details:  This retreat focuses on Hatha Yoga, with a practice twice a day led by Michelle Barge, in the fresh Italian air overlooking a valley of roses from your private villa. With a local Italian chef serving up three meals daily, be prepared to come with an appetite, as there will be plenty to consume. To take a break from class, the group will visit the local Asti town, tour wine cellars highlighting and tasting some of the region’s best wine. Led by local guides you’ll explore the Castle Monferrato and participate in a Rose Gastronomy Class to learn to cook with roses.  If you’re in NYC and would like to experience Michelle’s class, visit her Hatha Yoga class at Golden Bridge on Saturdays at 12:30pm. 

Starting prices: $2,900 ($483 per night)



Paros Greece Yoga Hotel
Paros Land Boutique Hotel

When: September 13 – 19, 2015 (6-nights)

Where: Paros Land Boutique Hotel, Paros, Greece

Hosted by: Paraiso Adventures

Instructors: Rachel Nicks

More details:  After high demand for June’s Greek escape with Paraiso Adventures, they’ve just added a September itinerary with instructor Rachel Nicks. Here’s another opportunity to stay at the beautiful Paros Land Boutique Hotel, while taking in the beautiful sites of Paros, Greece. Luckily, the daily yoga classes will be on hand to help you remain in the moment to soak in all the splendors of being in one of world’s oldest and most beautiful cities. 

Starting prices: $2,500 ($417 per night)


Reader Perk! Book a Paraiso Adventure Retreat and receive a complimentary 60-minute massage during your trip by using the promo code TIHPERK. If you’re new to yoga or need a refresher before you head out on your next retreat, here is a beautiful and handy eBook with whimsical info graphics to guide you through your seven Chakras. Download your free copy of Chakras in the Modern World. 

Alexandra Avila, Traveling In Heels


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  1. All places look appealing. You’ve forgotten to mention Sri Lanka as location and Yoga Light-House there. ;-)

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