Recharge for the New Year!


You need a break. These five spiritual retreats will recharge you mentally and physically and help you stick to those New Year’s Resolutions. 

If a hastily devised meal plan and a gym membership just won’t cut it this New Year, a full recharge may be in order. Whether you’re looking for a spiritual retreat, wellness weekend, yoga getaway, or just a few days off, you’re not alone.

The Global Wellness Institute estimates that wellness tourism grew to $639 billion in 2017 up from $563 billion in 2015. That’s a 6.5 percent increase, meaning wellness tourism is increasing at more than double the rate of tourism overall, which grew only 3.2 percent in the same period. It’s expected to soar to $919 billion in 2022.

As our phones beep and our screens flash, we all need time to recharge. The numbers prove it. Leave the devices at home (or at least in your suitcase), shut out the world and treat yourself to some much-needed time away from it all at these five wellness retreats.

King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons, Georgia

Golden Isles Wellness Weekend:
The Medicine of Nutrition, Movement and Mindfulness. February 21-23, 2020

Join Clean Your Plate Rx, a nonprofit partnership between healthcare professionals, chefs and community groups, for a weekend of seminars, movement classes and workshops on the healing powers of food. The weekend kicks off with a lecture on implementing lifestyle medicine. It closes with a keynote from Alicia Latham, MD, ABFM of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics and General Internal Medicine Services on how the environment affects your genes and health.


Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island, Georgia Winter Yoga Retreat , January 31 – February 2, 2020.

Savannah Yoga Center owner, Kelley J. Boyd, leads this weekend workshop hosted at the Jekyll Island Club for a rejuvenating retreat filled with yoga, meditation, nutritious food and connection. Deepen your yoga practice or start building one this weekend. The retreat is open to yogis of any ability and provides all the right ingredients to rejuvenate your body, nurture your soul and refresh your spirit.


Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Wellness Programs at Hilton Head Health

Craft your own itinerary for a wellness retreat at Hilton Head Health. Their all-inclusive wellness resort experience offers endless choices when it comes to fitness programs, spa treatments, seminars and workshops and chef-prepared cuisine. With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, the professionals at Hilton Head Health can help you overhaul your diet or fitness routine while you relax and recharge.


The Elohee Center, Nacoochee, Georgia

Rest, Revitalize, Restore with Charlotte Johnston E-RYT 200. January 31 - February 2, 2020

The Elohee Center hosts year-round wellness and spirituality retreats, but they scheduled this one just in time for those New Year’s resolutions to wane. This program focuses on yoga, rest and relaxation, including restorative yoga practices, yoga seminars and mindfulness and breathing workshops. Slow your engines, recharge your burners and return to your busy life a little more Zen.


Callaway Resort and Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia

Wellness Weekend: Conscious Living. February 7 - 9, 2020

Callaway Resort and Gardens hosts Wellness Weekends year-round. This retreat in early February gives guests a blueprint for conscious living — welcoming each moment with intention. Cultivate gratitude and self-care as you spend time discovering your inner compass through yoga and breathwork. 


How to Meditate:

Why is sitting still sometimes most difficult thing in the world? For many of us, it's torture. Here are a few ways to start a meditation practice even if you're a restless soul.

1. Find a quiet place and sit in a comfortable position.
2. Set a timer. Start with five minutes.
3. Close your eyes.
4. Start by simply focusing on your natural breath. Don't force it.
5. Focus on your breath and the way your body moves as you inhale and exhale.

Subscribe now to the print edition or get instant access to our interactive digital edition.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Greatest Professional Photographers 2020

Calling South’s Greatest Photographers! Are you a professional photographer with beautiful work? Enter South’s Greatest Photographers 2020!

Greatest Amateur Photographers 2020

Calling South’s Greatest Photographers! Are you passionate about capturing life through a lens? Enter South’s Greatest Photographers 2020!
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Events Calendar

  • “Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick” Exhibition

    Oct 11, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick examines the work of six contemporary artists—Corey Arnold, Guy Ben-Ner, Patty Chang, Tristin...

  • Blowing Rock WinterFest

    Jan 23, 2020
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Downtown Blowing Rock

    Don’t hibernate-celebrate! Join us for the fun side of winter with events like the Polar Bear Plunge, WinterFeast, WinterPaws Dog Show,...

  • Savannah Jewish Film Festival

    Jan 22, 2020
    6:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Jewish Educational Alliance of Savannah

    This year’s festival has been capsulated into five days in which movie-goers are encouraged to attend the films, enjoy meals and interact in...

  • Mountainfilm on Tour - Savannah

    Jan 23, 2020
    7:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Trustees Theater

    Mountainfilm on Tour - Savannah returns for its 11th annual film festival on January 23-25, 2020.  Please plan to join us for a weekend of...

  • Forsyth Farmer's Market

    Jun 29, 2019
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ South end of Forsyth Park

    The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese,...

  • Beatles By Request

    Jan 25, 2020
    8:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    The Savannah Theatre cast and band recreate the timeless sound of the most influential band of the 20th century. Not an impersonation, but a...

  • Cocoa 5k Fun Run & Walk

    Feb 01, 2020
    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Crystal Coast Civic Center

    Come be a part of the Cocoa Fun Run / Walk on February 1, 2020!  The 5K Race Course is flat and begins and ends at the Crystal Coast Civic Center,...

  • Carolina Chocolate Festival

    Feb 01, 2020
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Crystal Coast Civic Center

    Chocolate lovers indulge! The annual Carolina Chocolate Festival takes place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City and is packed with...

  • First Fridays in Starland

    Jun 07, 2019
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Starland District

    First Fridays in Starland celebrates local business, art, and food in Savannah’s coolest neighborhood! Join us every First Friday of the...

  • AURA Fest: Underground Weekend

    Feb 21, 2020
    7:30 PM - 11:45 PM @ The Jinx

    AURA Fest: Underground Weekend at The Jinx February 22, 2020 Torche, Bask, Oakskin, SHEHEHE, Knightsquatch February 21, 2020 Inter Arma, CLOAK,...

  • Savannah Antiques & Architecture Weekend

    Mar 05, 2020
    6:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Various Locations, Downtown Savannah, Georgia

    The Annual Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend is a three-day series of presentations, tours, appraisals, a glittering gala, and a cocktail...

Show More...

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Scenes of the South

Dining in the Dark 2020

The Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision held its annual Dining in the Dark event on Saturday, January 18th at the Embassy Suites Downtown Savannah. Guests were served a four-course meal in complete darkness by the Savannah Metro's SWAT team. Dining in the Dark serves to raise awareness about vision loss.

January Brews for a Cause

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle Distributing hosted their monthly Brews for a Cause on Thursday, January 16th at the Savannah Taphouse in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. The night featured delicious appetizers by Savannah Taphouse and a range of flavored Bud Light Seltzers provided by Southern Eagle. These events provide good food, fun entertainment, refreshing drinks and most importantly – raise money for a great cause! Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Brews in February!

Ford Plantation's Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Silk Hope

The Ford Plantation celebrated the completion of its two new Silk Hope model homes on January 10, 2020. The Silk Hope project is limited to 53 homes, on beautiful lots of buyers’ choosing amongst old oaks and a Lowcountry marsh setting. This member-backed project is the first new for sale residential development at The Ford Plantation in more than fifteen years and represents the final phase of home development to be offered. The Silk Hope community is the product of a collaboration of some of the world’s top residential architects and landscape designers and has been modeled to capture tranquil European village and Lowcountry architecture.

Mat Best Signs his New Best-seller at Nine Line

Veteran, entrepreneur and author Mat Best met fans and signed copies of his new book “Thank you for my Service” Thursday Dec. 12 at Nine Line Apparel. Best’s best-selling authorial debut chronicles his service as a U.S. Army Ranger. Best's Black Rifle Coffee co., partnered with Nine Line Apparel, has shops on River st. and off route 95 on Ft. Argyle rd.

Victory Antiques and Engel & Völkers' Holiday Party

Dickey Mopper and his team at Engel and Völkers celebrated the season at their annual holiday party on Wednesday Dec. 11, with a special appearance from the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus. Mopper and company, celebrating alongside the crew of Victory Antiques, showed off the newest Engel and Völkers office at 1650 East Victory Dr. in Savannah.

Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant's 2nd Anniversary Celebration feat. Lady Leah

Jazz lovers celebrated Good Times Jazz bar's second anniversary on Nov. 8 and 9 featuring jazz vocalist Lady Leah and the culinary stylings of Good Times' chef Joe Randall, the dean of southern cuisine. In 2017 Randall teamed with Danielle and Stephen T. Moore to create one of the city's smoothest spots, a confluence of culture and taste fit for the soul of Savannah.

14th Annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Fundraiser

The 14th Annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Fundraiser was held on Friday, November 1st at the Swamp Fox Farms. Guests enjoyed listening to the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra while tasting New Orleans themed dishes. There was a silent and live auction held to raise money for the Focus Fund Campaign for the Cross Schools in Bluffton, SC.

Brews for a Cause November at Savannah Octane Bar

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle Distributing hosted the last Brews for a Cause of 2019 at the Savannah Octane Bar on Thursday, November 21 in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for Georgia Police K9 Foundation. The night featured tasty chicken appetizers catered by Himalayan Curry Kitchen, and special brews from Wicked Weed and Monday Night Brewing provided by Southern Eagle. These events provide good food, fun entertainment, refreshing drinks and most importantly – raise money for a great cause! Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Brews in January!

6th Annual First Responders Luncheon

Harris Lowry Manton LLC hosted its 6th Annual First Responder Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 28 at Daffin Park. Free lunch was offered as a “thank you” to local paramedics, firefights, police officers and emergency medical responders.

DineSouth's VIP Icebox

DineSouth 2019 VIP room sponsored by IceBound was a hit at this year’s event! With a special performance by Ken Roy, guests enjoyed exclusive vendors such as sushi from Rue de Jean and popsicles from Savannah Square Pops. Made complete with a full-serve bar, the VIP room was chillingly spectacular!