Solo self-discovery trips are nothing new. In fact, solo trips have become so popular among baby boomers that millions of dollars are funneled into the travel industry each year as spirituality seekers embark on meditative retreats throughout the world. Often times, such retreats orbit around individuals searching for an enlightened approach to their everyday existence, and the focus can be on relaxation, wellness, adventure, stress management or even romance. Resorts have responded to the rising demand with a myriad of classes and seminars designed to enhance travelers’ sense of self-awareness and inner tranquility. While the approaches may differ, the ultimate goal is the same: provide participants with the necessary knowledge and tools that will eventually lead to self-fulfillment. So, if you’re ready to embark on an inward journey, head to these U.S. retreats.
Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, Pennsylvania
The Lodge at Woodloch, a luxurious destination spa tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, offers Hatha yoga and inner-smile meditation classes led by certified on-site instructors. The lodge also offers a Holistic Constitutional Assessment to help guests reconnect with stress-relieving outlets to continue to reap benefits long after their stay. Meanwhile, the lodge’s Journaling for Self Discovery class teaches the basics of writing a journal through guided self-exploration using personal observations, thoughts and feelings. Explore new or hidden talents with watercolor painting, cooking classes and wine tastings designed to help you tap into your passions.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona
This wellness resort offers guests a picturesque escape with sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert. Named for the Japanese word for enlightenment, the retreat provides an array of spa and fitness activities in an inspirational desert setting. The Soul Connect experience allows guests to connect with their higher selves by aligning their physical, emotional and spiritual being. The journey begins by setting intentions with the help of divinity cards, where guests are expertly guided into a meditation that sets the tone to connect with their inner being. Meanwhile, the Satori Adventure program beckons the spa-goer to take on new challenges: mountain biking on the region’s trickiest trails and hiking and rock climbing up striking mountains in the Valley of the Sun.
The Mayflower Grace, Washington, Connecticut
The Mayflower Grace is a calming retreat in close proximity to the hustle and bustle of New York City and a favorite destination for meditation and relaxation. The Mayflower Spa offers Forest Bathing which promotes health and wellness by integrating the natural outdoor world with the practice of present moment hiking, engaging all of the senses. Guests can participate in Sound Healing which incorporates the rich, pure, vibrant tone of a Tibetan Bowl, eliciting a deeply relaxing as well as rejuvenating, deep state of well-being. Sound Healing can lead the body into homeostasis, an optimum state for self-generative healing.
Keystone Lodge & Spa, Keystone, Colorado
While Colorado is known for its iconic winter settings, savvy travelers looking for a digital detox opt for a summertime escape. With meditation at 11,640 feet, Keystone Lodge & Spa is bringing a new level of zen to mountaintop yoga. Take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Dercum Mountain with breathtaking mountain views. At the top of the mountain, the resort’s certified yoga instructor leads hourlong classes with the majestic Rockies in the backdrop. This uplifting experience is sure to replenish your sense of physical and mental well-being, but for even more pampering, head to the spa, where you can indulge in soothing facials, massages and body treatments.
Contributed by Roger Sands