3 Retreats that Embrace Transformation & Human Connection

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Tis' the season for transformational wellness retreats. Just because January is coming to close, doesn't mean you need to kick your new year wellness programming to the curb. 

We spoke with top holistic and well-being destinations that are hosting innovative retreats with offerings that include physical fitness, time spent in nature and personal meetings with seasoned wellness professionals who specialize in helping others connect to their own mind, body and spirit. 

1. Euphoria Retreat 

Overlooking ancient Sparta and just below the Byzantine ruins of Mystras, Euphoria Retreat is a holistic well-being destination spa. Known for its seamless blend of science with ancient wisdom (borrowing from both ancient Greece and ancient China), Euphoria has just announced its 2024 range of unique retreats. The retreats have been designed by founder Marina Efraimoglou, whose personal story of transformation informs Euphoria’s healing philosophy, including a Women’s Leadership and Empowerment retreat and a Feel Alive retreat for cultivating purpose.

Several best-selling retreats will make their return for the 2024 season, including the Spartan Spirit of Adventure for unleashing physical fitness while celebrating inner resilience (tying into the history of the area and the importance of physical fitness for the ancient Spartans). The three, five or seven day program will incorporate two to three hours of physical exercise per day, with activities including interval training, rock climbing, and hiking through 20 acres of private forests. In their downtime guests will enjoy treatments in the four-story spa and local, seasonally driven fare in the Gaia restaurant.

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2. Embracing Connection Retreat

With over 40 years of experience combined between them, retreat attendees will be guided and held by life partners and co-founders of Mindfulness & Beyond, Rajesh Ramani and Smitha Jayakumar. As two of the globe’s leading spiritual mentors, Rajesh and Smitha specialize in emotional and spiritual transformational work, spanning the mind, body, and heart, to allow individuals to live aligned with the truth, purpose, and possibility of who they were born to be

During this transformative retreat, Rajesh and Smitha will take attendees through a deep inner journey in getting in touch with themselves and creating a space of emotional balance, which in turn strengthens their ability to connect with others. With compassion, empathy, and love at the center of the teachings and practices, guests will leave with an understanding of how to manage their individual space and boundaries, while simultaneously maintaining a sense of belonging and connection. Including core themes of the relationship matrix, algorithm of emotions, staying vulnerable and inter-living in relationships, attendees will learn to improve communication, listening skills and mutual expectations.

3. Swadharma Retreat

Aimed at those who are looking to make positive changes in their lives, the retreat will take place in March 2024, offering a fully immersive and life-changing process including Swadharma – a chance to discover your life’s purpose and potential. Formerly monks, both mentors hold a deep understanding of the way the human mind works, blending ancient teachings, traditional Eastern practices, and modern Western techniques to connect people to their true potential. Offering an approachable and gentle space for introspection, Rajesh and Smitha teach attendees to break free of patterns and the past that holds them back.

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