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 10 MUST-TRY WASHINGTON WELLNESS RETREAT DESTINATIONS

Written by Monica Krake, founder of Head + Heart, your go-to spiritual and wellness resource and online calendar. Find events, retreats, teachers, tips and community to support your journey from the head to the heart. @headplusheart

It should really come as no surprise that some of the world’s best wellness retreats and meditation destinations are located in the sublime landscapes found in Washington. The rugged mountains + coastal bliss add up to wellness inspiration.

Whether you’re a seasoned retreat-goer, or pretty new to the idea of taking a retreat, Washington offers a beautifully diverse smattering of retreat options.  

Here is a list of 10 must-try yoga retreats and meditation retreats happening in Washington. Take a look and let me know if you plan to explore any of these!

  1. The Northwest Vipassana Center is an internationally respected silent meditation center and part of a world-wide organization of Vipassana centers. They offer 10-day silent meditation retreats, welcoming meditators of all levels. Bonus: These retreats include vegetarian meals, and are all by-donation. They do fill up fast so be sure to visit the site to explore the registration process and requirements. Meditations happen several times per day, starting in the early hours.

  2. The Islandwood Retreat Center, on Bainbridge Island, is one of Washington’s most quaint and cosy destinations to go on a yoga or wellness retreat. Depending on your fav style of yoga or teacher, you’ll find no shortage of great retreats at destination such as this upcoming retreat  with Michele Hausman and Cindy Abrahamson and this Winter Yoga Retreat with Tracy Hodgeman and Terilyn Wyre.

  3. The Whidbey Institute, also on Whidbey Island, is a gorgeous, magical place that inspires reflection and deep rest.  This upcoming Digital Mindfulness retreat with Christina Malecka is one I’d like to try.

  4. Open to all faith traditions, Trout Lake Abbey is a Zen Buddhist Center, organic farm, and bed & breakfast where guests can book their own self-guided retreats or explore joining a group retreat.

  5. Located in Bothel, Washington, Ananda Washington, offers a variety of guided and education-based retreats, all of which are linked to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, yet open to people from all faiths and religions. Ananda offers several silent retreats annually, like this upcoming silent retreat offered at Islandwood Retreat Center.

  6. The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island is a stunning setting for retreat, offering self guided or packaged retreats. If you’ve always wanted to check out Whidbey Island, I’d recommend making a retreat out of it. Check what’s coming up here. 

  7. Tushita Kadampa Meditation Center in Olympia offers meditation education that’s very accessible and easy to integrate into modern life. Tushita is a great place to discover community and join weekly meditation practices. You’ll find many one-day retreats as well as the occasional weekend retreat which are referred to as courses on their website. Check their calendar to see what’s coming up.

  8. The Sleeping Lady Fall Retreat with Melina Meza and Megan Sloan is not just for tired ladies. It’s happening at a beautiful retreat center retreat center nestled on 70-acres of meadow and forest along Icicle Creek Canyon in the Cascade Mountains, called The Sleeping Lady Resort.

  9. Harmony Hill located in Union Washington is best known as a healing refuge for those facing cancer, but today this facility has expanded to host many wellness and meditation retreats, like this upcoming retreat with one of our fav teachers, Mark Nepo. Yoga teachers, such as Erin Josse, also offer yoga retreats at Harmony Hill.

  10. Skalitude Retreat Center in the heart of the Cascade Mountains offers true nature immersion to all who retreat there. Their philosophy of oneness and focus on eco-consciousness is central to the space they provide. 

As you nail down the perfect retreat for you, take the time to explore all your options. Here are more Washington yoga retreats and meditation retreats to consider. Looking for more of a wellness party? These North American wellness festivals may be up your alley.  

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Remember, only you can define wellness for yourself. There’s no right way forward, but there are a lot of great teachers, healers and experiences to support you.