Epic Wellness and Fitness Retreats for Women Only
Women-Only Fitness Retreats
When you're planning your next escape, consider booking a fitness or wellness retreat that takes the guesswork out of your itinerary—because, well, it's all done for you. Even better, the retreats we've rounded up here are not only just for women—they're also geared toward specific athletic interests and pursuits, so you can dedicate a few days to honing a new (or practiced) skill.
What are you waiting for? Grab a friend (or fly solo) and go, girl! (Runners, also check out the 10 best marathons to travel the world for.)
Ladies AllRide Mountain Biking Skill Camps
Want to learn to mountain bike? Ladies AllRide organizes two-day, women-only mountain biking retreats, which are open to all skill levels. You'll learn proper mountain bike techniques, build confidence and solid skills for any trails, and receive personal feedback from your coach.
Wild Women Expeditions
The activity outfitter has been taking women across the globe for nearly three decades. Pick a trip by destination (Greece, New Zealand, Argentina, Arizona) or activity (horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, yoga). Wild Women Expeditions works hard to create an inclusive, confidence-boosting experience for all travelers. The Italian biking-and-hiking adventure includes wine tastings, cooking classes, and gelato sampling between the beautiful rides and walks.
Active at Altitude Running Camp
Held in Estes Park, CO—one of the top high-altitude training areas of the world—Active at Altitude Women's Running Camps are perfect for everyone from women training for their first 10K all the way up to more experienced runners. There are two camp levels, each with a blend of activities to raise conditioning levels: trail runs, speed work, and guided climbing/hiking, as well as yoga sessions, form and injury prevention, mental workshops, and journaling.
These three-day retreats are set in breathtaking spots like Lake Tahoe or the White Mountains, and you can customize the experience. Camp, glamp, or stay in a lodge, and opt for outdoor classes, guided adventures (like rock climbing), or creative workshops. Half the women come solo to REI Outessa, so it's a great place to meet new friends. Retreats start at $899 for three days, not including lodging.
Earth Goddess Rising Yoga Retreats
Ready to unplug and get in touch with your spiritual side? Earth Goddess Rising Retreats promise to change your life in some of the most awe-inspiring locations—Ireland, Hawaii, Colorado, Spain, and France, just to name a few. The retreats bring together some of the world's leading holistic and spiritual healers, yoga teachers, and speakers for workshops that nurture your mind, body, and soul. For example, one of their retreats to Pagosa Springs, CO, included a mineral hot springs spa day, yoga, meditation, healing workshops, and locally grown, organic meals prepared onsite. (Before you jet off, indulge in some celeb inspiration with these cool Instagram photos of celebrities in yoga poses.)
Pura Vida Adventures Surf + Yoga Camp
Offered weekly throughout the year in Costa Rica, Pura Vida Adventures is a women's surf and yoga retreat. You'll learn how to surf (obviously), stand-up paddleboard, and practice yoga against the backdrop of Costa Rica's white sandy beaches and tropical flora. All of your meals, daily surf and yoga lessons, surf equipment, accommodations, and a spa treatment are included in your 7-day/6-night retreat. Stunning sunsets aren't guaranteed, but they come free too!
Alta Lodge Women's Camps Skiing Retreat
Hone your skills at Alta Lodge Women's Camps, where you'll be able to challenge yourself, improve your techniques, and meet new ski buddies for three days of instruction and four nights of lodging and meals. As you're taught by instructors from the Alf Engen Ski School, you'll also get the latest scoop on the newest women-specific skis and gear. Off the hill, there are two yoga sessions, après-ski opportunities, meals, and time in the sauna or hot tub. (Also see our healthy travel guide to Jackson Hole.)
Chicks Climbing & Skiing
If you're into something more extreme, join Chicks Climbing & Skiing (presented by legendary outdoor gear brand Patagonia) for alpine-, rock-, or ice-climbing clinics where you'll expand your climbing skills and get a better understanding of what it takes to succeed in this type of sport in the country's most beautiful outdoor playgrounds. They also offer skiing and avalanche rescue programs that'll teach you how to shred and stay safe in the backcountry.
Intrepid Travel Women's Trips
Intrepid Travels recently created expeditions to help female travelers get a more authentic experience in conservative countries like Morocco, Iran, and Jordan, offering experiences that would not be possible in a mixed-gender group. On the Women's Expedition in Morocco, for instance, you'll visit a traditional hammam bath and dine in residents' homes; in Jordan, you'll pick up cooking tips and spend time with a female shepherd.
Fit & Fly Girl Wellness Retreats
Want to see the world, experience different cultures, and try a whole host of different workouts? Check out Fit & Fly Girl, a fitness and wellness retreat company, which hosts weeklong retreats just for women in locations all over the world. Held at either private villas with staff (personal chef, butler, housekeeper) or at luxury boutique hotels, the company flies in a personal trainer to the retreat location to hold daily fitness classes, including cardio fitness, circuit training, or dance fitness. Plus, the company often brings in a local yogi to teach yoga. You'll also enjoy healthy meals and spa treatments, and participate in a variety of excursions specific to the locale, like surf lessons in Costa Rica, kayaking through sea caves off the coast of Ibiza, or tango lessons in Buenos Aires.
Paws Up Horseback Riding Retreat
Ever dream of being a cowgirl? During this three-day weekend retreat at The Resort at Paws Up, you'll hone your equestrian skills under the tutelage of women who embody the true cowgirl spirit. Located in Montana with private access to the legendary Blackfoot River, the Cowgirl Spring Roundup is the ultimate immersion into cowgirl culture. At this all-inclusive weekend that includes educational workshops, trail rides, sporting clays shooting, campfires, and mingling with the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees, you'll even learn to herd cattle across the land on an authentic cattle drive. Giddyap!
Damesly Creative + Professional Retreats
Damesly's getaways combine professional-growth opportunities with all the fixings of a dream vacation. Take its Islands & Identity trip to Hawaii, where you'll get workshops with a life coach to start taking proactive steps toward your dreams—in between surf lessons, shaved-ice treats, and R&R sessions on the beach.
Big Sky Yoga Retreats
Try the Culinary Cowgirl Yoga getaway in California, where you'll practice downward dog with nine other women on a 160-acre working organic farm and sit in on private food and wine tastings. Or sign up for yoga and meditative catch-and-release fly-fishing in Montana. At all the Big Sky Yoga Retreats, you'll stay in luxe accommodations, eat delicious food, and enjoy fine wine.