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. cleanyourplaterx.org

 

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. jekyllclub.com

 

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. hhhealth.com

 

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. elohee.org

 

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. callawaygardens.com 

 

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.

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