6 Wellness Retreats I’m Daydreaming About Right Now (2024)

January 18, 2022 (updated January 26, 2024) — Written by

Do you need to recharge and spend some time focusing on yourself? I hear you! Luckily, we have some incredible options for wellness retreats in the UnitedStates. Here, I list some of the best solo wellness retreats for women, all of which focus on spirituality, meditation, mental wellness, and movement.

woman wearing robe from Pattern Village
Dreaming of a wellness retreat.

By: Lisa Fennessy


I’ve been daydreaming about taking a SOLO wellness resort vacation. I’m feeling this pull to just really put my face to the sun and fill myself up. But as I started looking around, I realized that “wellness resort” can mean a lot of different things to different people. And that’s why I’m writing this post.

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What kind of wellness retreat I’m looking for

Nothing weight or fasting focused

For example, I want to avoid any type of “wellness resort” that focuses on weight loss or liquid fasting—NO THANKS! Part of my wellness plan is green smoothies, but it’s also a thick-ass gluten-free Belgian waffle with all the fixins. 

Includes adventure

In addition, I want to see spa and meditation time on the schedule, but also adventure. I want to get out and do a hike that makes me sweat or try kitesurfing or geronimo into a hidden waterfall. Basically, a little bit of everything, AKA anything but a 7-day silent retreat sitting still in a room by myself—which is the definition of ANTI-WELLNESS IMO. 

Gives me space for spontaneity

Another aspect of life that I’ve been fantasizing about lately is spontaneity. Gosh, I miss that call from a girlfriend like, Wanna grab a glass of wine after work? Or my husband texting me on a Thursday like, Let’s get atta town this weekend. Or me, myself and I exploring the city on a whim like let me hit up this Korean spa, try some Float Therapy or get a cute-ass tattoo…I DON’T KNOW, JUST SOMETHING!!! 

Welcoming to solo travelers

In that vein, I’m thinking a solo trip would be best. The chances of spontaneity, meeting new people and trying new things goes way up for me when I’m alone, so I’m seeking out places where I can feel comfortable as a solo guest. 

Structure with flexibility

I also want some sort of structured wellness program without losing complete control of my day. Like, take care of me and challenge me…I want to “have to” do that meditation session because if no one is making me do it, I won’t. But at the same time, ya girl needs some pool and nap time too, so I’m not looking to be fully scheduled, just mildly. 

Location, location, location

And on that note, don’t give me a “wellness retreat” that’s in a city like Miami or NYC for christ’s sake. I don’t have THAT MUCH will power. I’ll be all meditation and green juice during the day and then by 4pm I’ll be ordering up bottle service at the Loews like, What wellness retreat? 

So with all that in mind, here are some places that fit my idea of a perfect wellness vacation. I realize these are luxe picks, but a girl can dream right?! 

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6 wellness retreats in the US that I’ve got my eye on

Common wellness retreat questions

What is a wellness retreat?

Wellness means different things to different people. It’s good to consider what wellness means to you and what you find important when considering a retreat. Adventure, spontaneity, good food, and location were important to me when evaluating these options.

Are there mental health retreats?

Yes, there are wonderful wellness retreats throughout the U.S. I profile six of them here.

How much do wellness or spiritual retreats cost?

I found that the price of a retreat varies greatly depending upon location and amenities. My top six retreat destinations are listed here.

Where can I go for a wellness or spiritual retreat?

We found six great options in a variety of locations throughout the U.S. for a wellness or spiritual retreat.

Which retreat sticks out to you as a wishlist trip?

xo, lisa in cursive

By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


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    Maia James

    This is basically my own travel wish list. I look forward to reading your review of wherever you end up going!

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Well, you’ll be coming with me Maia so you will know! lol, xo, L

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    Mary Benoit

    WOW! All 5 sound amazing. Golden Door is a place I always dreamed about. Blackberry Farm looks so fun and relaxing too… good luck choosing. 😊

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      Lisa Fennessy

      I really think I’m going to need to do them all to make a fair assessment. lol. xo, L

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    Um…these look amazing! Thank you for posting! Now, super important question…do you mind sharing those robe/kimono details in the photo you’re wearing?! #toocute

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    I just love your posts, this was soooo good! I want them all. Lol, “is the Fanny pack cute tho” You’re the best Lisa!

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Let’s get to the important stuff 😜 – xo, L

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    I’ve been to Miraval, and I’d go a million more times in a heartbeat! You literally can’t do everything they offer in a week. Plus, the food was excellent, which I can’t say about a lot of places I’ve stayed.

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Great! Now I want to go even more so! lol – Thank you!!! Did you do a specific track?? xo, L

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    It was a romantic long weekend/Thanksgiving trip, so no specific track. We did all the massages (the hot stone in the outdoor location was to die for,) facial, Tai Chi and yoga classes. some of the cooking demos, and a 2-hour consult with an astrologer (that was not something I’d normally do, but totally worth it.) If you do go, make sure you call and inquire about the special events happening during your visit. These fill up quickly and are usually booked up before you arrive.

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      Lisa Fennessy

      I love this so much! I wouldn’t normally do a 2 hour consult with an astrologer either but I can see how fun that would be to learn something new. Great tip on calling in advance. I want to go SO BADLY. Give me that massage! lol. xo

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    Diane… Entitled to self care! Entitled to peace! Entitled to a break! Entitled to healing! Entitled to wellness! Entitled to learning and yup Entitled to luxury! Here’s the gotcha gotcha tho SO ARE YOU!!!!

    I am well aware of others circumstances and realize there is a large gap due to so many reasons mainly religion, colonizers, politics etc. But that is not a reason to shame American women for taking care and treating themselves. If you can’t do that right now I understand the pain and frustration. Trust me I do. America has our own ish / poverty and it falls mainly on my people so trust I know what it feels like to NOT be entitled. I am NOT a white woman in America. I am of the race and hue every country loves to hate!

    Claim your worthiness! Claim what you do want (these retreats)! I pray it all comes true for you.

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    I’m response to the “entitled” comments: please stop with the negativity. This list is invaluable to me and wouldn’t exist if the author was influenced by them. I was diagnosed with a rare terminal disease and have been looking for some place to go where I can be at peace. I’ve been working since I was 15 and had three jobs before I became disabled due to my condition and am in no way entitled. I’ve been desperately searching for the right place for almost a year and am so grateful to have come across this list as I’m running out of time. Thank you so much Lisa for the helpful information in your article!!

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      Lisa Fennessy

      So glad this can be a resource for you Sonia! Hope you find what you need and feel better soon. xo, Lisa

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