After 2020 and the drama that continues as the calendar turns, who isn’t ready for a retreat from madness? At this point, even if only for a few days, although a week or more would be ideal, you undoubtedly need some time to replenish what the locusts have been eating (be it the pandemic, racial conflicts, fill in the blank ). Maybe you’re not ready to fly far away to places like Santorini, Tahiti or the Maldives – don’t worry, the US has plenty of places to unwind.
Here are some favorites.
The Grand Wailea in Maui just launched its Live Grande wellness program in response to the pandemic. Live Grande therapies and services include healing lightwork, astrology readings, mindful nutrition sessions, chakra crystal therapy and more, all designed to promote spiritual health and healing. The beach resort is set on 100 acres of tropical gardens in front of Maui’s Wailea Beach – feeling better, right? To get a glimpse of what awaits you at Spa Grande, the largest spa in Hawaii: Reiki, a healing Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and pain relief through light touch of the hands, Chakra Crystal Therapy, which uses crystals, breathing techniques, and visualizations to cleanse the energy center and support the free flow of energy throughout the body; and craniosacral therapy, which optimizes the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, a vital fluid that protects the nervous system and brain, relieves pain, and relieves physical and emotional stress and tension solves .
Sedona is all about mind, body and soul. Its vortex fields are said to have a healing effect. People come to seek comfort, healing and adventure. It is likely that no one will go home disappointed. When your gaze is fixed on the massive red rocks, awe sets you on the path of transformation. You can find yoga, many spas, stargazing tours, hikes, and all sorts of metaphysical things to get your mind, body, and spirit in order. Eighty art galleries and eclectic shops will keep you entertained. There is an energy specialist at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock whose energy therapy services range from tarot card readings to tuning forks to aura cleansing. Consider the Amara Resort and Spa or the Sky Ranch Lodge, which has one of the best views of Red Rock overlooking Sedona 500 feet below.
With its European charm, quaint shops and restaurants, and those mountains, Vail is the stuff of movies. Find your zen at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. Spa Anjali will soothe what ails you. Shower off with TLC in the 27,000-square-foot spa. Choose between three healing mountain traditions – the Rocky Mountains, the Alps and the Himalayas. One of their most unique treatments is the Chakra Blessings, a collection of ancient rituals designed to help clear negativity, balance energy and create an optimal state of well-being. Ponderosa Pine Therapy borrows ancient Native American remedies to treat inflammation and muscle pain. With a deep tissue massage and light stretches, a warmed pack of sage, pine and lavender is used to release tension. Try the sound therapy treatment, an energy balancing treatment that is an antidote for the mind, body and spirit that needs a reset. Tibetan singing bowls are placed on and around your body while your energy fields are balanced and enhanced by the resonating sound and vibrations.
St Pete Beach, Florida
Wellness has long been a cornerstone of Don CeSar Resort, which dates back to the vision of 1928 founder Thomas Rowe, who spent his life battling health issues and seeking to create a destination for relaxation and serenity; His mantra is engraved on the resort’s main entrance: “Come, ye that seek health and rest, for they are in abundance here.” The resort unveiled a multi-million dollar three-year full resort renovation this January and features an expansive private white-sand beach, two pools, six restaurants and bars, fitness center, and more. Spa Oceana, the Don’s 11,000-square-foot spa, offers more than 100 treatments, many of which are ocean-inspired. Indian Ocean-inspired treatments include the Hamsa healing ritual with sound healing from Tibetan singing bowls and Garshana, a brisk dry brushing of scrubs to prepare skin for shea butter and aromatherapy oils. Inspired by the Atlantic, Oceana Renewal incorporates local ingredients such as sweet tea, citrus fruits, beach grass and live fruit extracts, which are incorporated into a customized massage. Then there is St. Pete Beach, paddle boarding in the Gulf and Caladesi National Park. St. Pete also includes Florida’s Great Florida Birding and Wildlife 2,000 mile trail.
The Raj is the only facility outside of India specifically built to offer the traditional Ayurvedic detoxification treatments known as Panchakarma. It doesn’t accept more than 15 guests at a time, so you’re the center of attention. Enjoy the individual service and treatment. Yoga, meditation, a range of detox programs and more await. The 36,000 square foot French country style property is set on 100 acres of rolling meadows and woods in the heart of Iowa. It is an ideal environment to transform and rejuvenate.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Mexico offers numerous opportunities to restore and revitalize the body, mind and spirit, including hot springs known for their healing waters. Check into Ojo Spa Resorts and connect to the sacred, natural world and deep rejuvenation that are Ojo’s legendary healing waters and amenities, like free yoga and Pilates classes and access to trails for peaceful and energizing walks and hikes through the sprawling, 70-acre Ojo refuge. Another option is Ten Thousand Waves, just 10 minutes from downtown but full of tranquility and relaxation inspired by Japanese techniques. Ten Thousand Waves is receiving recognition for its hydrotherapy and will soon offer massage and transformation, a fully immersive experience that combines Ten Thousand Waves’ relaxed natural beauty, hospitality and healing spa treatments with the benefits of neuroscience and psychedelic medicine.
Boone, North Carolina
The Art of Living Retreat Center is a meditation and Ayurvedic wellness retreat in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Located at 3,700 feet and sprawling over 800 acres, you can relax, renew and discover inner peace. The wide open spaces and outdoor activities are invigorating. Yoga and meditation in a beautiful scenic setting will get you exactly where you want to be – your happy place. Choose from a variety of programs including Meditation Retreats, Happiness Retreats and Silent Meditation Retreats. The Silent Meditation Retreat in particular is a deep spiritual immersion that integrates the famous Happiness Retreat and several days of silent contemplation with unique guided meditations, yoga and breathing techniques. Surrounded by a mighty mountain range and the silent magic of the forest, make your way to the trails for walking or hiking, nature trails for guests of all skill levels to walk and hike, make your way to winding streams that lead to small swimming holes for summer bathing , and discover the soft treetops for forest bathing. Stroll through the property’s meditative maze, a circular labyrinth with a winding path to a purposeful center. It is designed as a metaphor for the journey of life and self-discovery, where people enter with purpose and exit with a clearer mind and deeper understanding of themselves. There is a variety of Ayurvedic treatments and therapies, consultations, cleansing and detoxification and other educational programs at Shankara Ayurveda Wellness, which combines ancient Ayurveda with modern wellness to balance the body, mind and environment.
Nestled in the remote Pacific Redwood Forest on 120 pristine acres just minutes from downtown Healdsburg, NewTree Ranch is one of Northern California’s few multi-sensory destinations, offering unique discovery and adventure amid a naturally beautiful, culturally rich setting. Located on a biodynamic ranch in one of the most magical landscapes on earth, NewTree Ranch is a mecca for mind, body and soul. Find your tranquility through a range of healing and outdoor adventure offerings such as biodynamic farming, flower picking and arranging, nature walks, vegan cooking classes, tea making, fruit and vegetable picking and the opportunity to sleep under the stars in the ranch’s glamping tent. Try something new. Try the Wim Hof experience. You will practice special breathing techniques and immerse yourself in ice-cold water.