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Five locations for your next retreat

Do you want to go on a holiday that goes beyond the norm, based on relaxation, exercise and time with like-minded people? Then you should treat yourself to a retreat! Retreat means something like withdrawal. This means a break from everyday life. So you spend a lot of time with yourself in a beautiful place and try to find yourself (again). With various activities such as yoga, meditation, Pilates, surfing or hiking, you can also meet other interested parties and exchange ideas with one another. A retreat is usually rounded off by a healthy culinary offer and exciting workshops. If you're considering trying a retreat, we've already got some really great places to go for you.

1. Find your center in the Austrian mountains

The MoaAlm Mountain Retreat in Kals am Großglockner in East Tyrol proves that a retreat does not always have to take place under palm trees in distant places. At an altitude of over 1.800 meters in the midst of beautiful nature and surrounded by nothing but birdsong and the occasional mooing of happy cows in summer and the soft trickling of snowflakes in winter, you can relax here wonderfully.

Body, soul and spirit are brought into balance in the daily yoga courses. Every morning there are several hatha, vinyasa and restorative yin yoga classes to get your day off to a great start. An inversion class is also offered in winter and an AcroYoga session in summer, and restorative classes are also available. The optimal balance to the challenging mountain activities.

Yoga on the Moa Alm
Moa Alm

Single rooms from 175 euros per night.




2. Ground your mind and body in South West France

South West France's wild nature, gardens, forests, prairies, valleys and natural springs offer a fantastic escape for those seeking relaxation. In the midst of all this is Happy Hamlet, a centuries-old property that offers its guests a successful mix of nature, impressive furnishings and delicious, organic, local food.

Various retreats are offered here many times a year. Their focus ranges from yoga and Qi Gong to Pilates and Barre. In addition, there is a natural pool and a barrel sauna heated with wood. The hosts are also happy to provide therapists and masseurs. Perfect to really ground your mind and body again.

happy hamlet
Terrace at Happy Hamlet

Double rooms from 110 euros per night.




3. Find new strength in the Swiss Alps

A vegetarian adult-only hotel in the middle of the Swiss mountains? Yes, there is! The Berglodge37 is a true mountain oasis and the ideal place for a break. A place to share mental and physical health, sustainable ideas and entrepreneurship. The lodge with seminar center offers qualified workshops, cozy meals together, hikes or yoga on the sun deck.

You can also visit so-called "experience binaries" in the BergAcademy, which take place in cooperation with selected organizers and experts and pass on a wide range of exciting topics.

Buffet in the Berglodge37

Single rooms from 240 euros per night.




4. Decelerate wonderfully in the fresh Baltic Sea breeze

What would a list of places for a retreat be if there wasn't one near the sea? Bed and Breakfast MØYN is only two minutes away from the Baltic Sea. There, guests can look forward to Nordic-style rooms, a sauna and steam room, and their own concept store, located in the same building, where you can also buy what you find in the rooms.

Various yoga and Pilates courses at the MØYN ensure a retreat character. In addition, the surroundings and the nearby forest are perfect for forest bathing. But you can also enjoy hiking, biking, surfing and kayaking on site. To round off the retreat perfectly, there is a freshly prepared breakfast every morning with homemade granola, pancakes and fruits from the garden or the region.

MØYN canoeing
MØYN hiking

Single rooms from 85 euros per night.




5. Create inner balance between lakes and mountains in Switzerland

Small natural stone streets, still almost untouched nature and a height difference in a small area that allows you to swim in one of the numerous lakes, to hike through the gentle hilly landscape and wildly romantic forests and at the same time to look at dreamlike mountain tops in the high mountains - we're talking about Miglieglia, a typical Ticino village in the heart of the Malcantone in Switzerland.

At home is Casa Santo Stefano, which used to be part of a monastery and is over 300 years old. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the stylishly renovated Ticino houses radiate a great deal of tranquillity. But not only that: Numerous yoga seminars, Qi Gong or Shiatsu courses as well as coaching, Pilates and guided hikes ensure even more relaxation in the hotel. After the physical activity, qualified massage therapists ensure that the stressed areas of the body are relieved with a wide variety of relaxation massages, foot and head reflex massages and connective tissue massages.

Santo Stefano House
Yoga at Casa Santo Stefano

Single rooms from 75 euros per night.


© Photos: MoaAlm, The Happy Hamlet, Berglodge37, MØYN, Casa Santo Stefano


Nadine is a freelance editor and copywriter. She lives in Austria and commutes between Salzburg, Styria and Vienna. She is therefore either in the mountains or in the urban jungle, but at the same time tries to spend as much time as possible in her heart country Portugal.


  • Reinhard de Witt

    Unfortunately, these prices are not affordable for most people... I find this information extremely inappropriate here as an advertisement for "holidays for the rich"!
    I think it makes more sense to publish places as retreats at affordable prices, for example offers where people work together and the retreat is co-financed.

    • Cecile Meier
      Cecile Meier

      Dear Mr. de Witt, thank you very much for your comment. We'd love to hear your ideas for future articles. Greetings from the Good Travel Team

  • Deedee

    I can only agree with Reinhard's comment. It would make more sense if the general public traveled sustainably. Sure it costs a little more, but how much? It's great what these people offer, but I wonder how these prices are justified. I would find it more interesting if a wide range of sustainable accommodations (from – to) were presented. So I click in at most because of the beautiful pictures, but not really because I think I'll find what I'm looking for here. I think the concept is really good.


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