British Columbia is the place where you can always find a vegan meal and a scenic outdoor activity. The plethora of lakes, forests, and mountains make it a favourite for getting away from the hustle of city life and back to nature.
Stowel Lake Farm Garden, British Columbia (Photo: Dorothy Price)
Options for yoga retreats in British Columbia run the gamut from luxury getaways to adventure-filled expeditions. We’ve compiled a list of the best retreats The Pacific Province has to offer so you can choose the right one for you.
Nectar Yoga B&B, Bowen Island
From C $378 per person
Nectar Yoga B&B, Bowen Island offers some of the most popular private yoga retreats in Canada, ranging from three to 14 days on Bowen Island, just northwest of Vancouver. Morning Hatha, Power, and Vinyasa yoga classes allow you to explore the island in the afternoons — whether it’s hiking, kayaking, swimming, visiting the local artisan community in Village Square or Artisan Square, or just relaxing and meditating, you’ll find a way to fill the time. Included in the rate is a private room and daily vegetarian continental breakfasts with plenty of vegan options. Relax and unwind at the end of the day with a yoga lesson and guided relaxation.
This spectacular lakeshore village and spa in Nakusp, British Columbia invites guests for four days of pampering and relaxation during their luxury yoga retreat. Soak in the hot springs, indulge in gourmet fine dining, and let go with three yoga sessions per day. The multi-style yoga practice includes Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative styles with three instructors. Included in the cost is accommodation in private single, double, or triple rooms, access to hot springs, two 45-minute massages, three vegetarian meals designed by an executive chef, and a champagne reception.
REO offers adventure and restoration at their yoga retreat in Fraser Valley. The four-day retreat includes daily yoga classes overlooking the Nahatlatch River, a guided canyon hike, and your choice of whitewater rafting, kayaking, or full-body massage. With access to beaches, nature trails, and daily meals with vegan options, you have the opportunity to make this retreat yours. Three-nights in shared glamping tents and meals are included in the retreat price.
The 180-kilometre long Okanagan Valley is British Columbia’s wine country, with vineyards and fruit orchards decorating the landscape. Yoga & Wine Holidays combines two of Okanagan’s strengths—wine and the beautiful outdoors—for three-day luxury retreats. Highlights of the retreat include five yoga classes, a chauffeured wine tour in the Osoyoos, and two nights’ accommodation at the Watermark beach resort with the option of private and shared double rooms.
Deepen your yoga practice on the beautiful Salt Spring Island in British Columbia with a Santosha yoga retreat. Founded by Dorothy Price, yoga practitioner and teacher based in British Columbia, Santosha retreats will help you get in touch with nature, release stress, and develop or refine your practice. Retreats include two daily yoga sessions, meditation and pranayama classes, and accommodation on Stowel Lake Farm. Delicious vegetarian meals and snacks are lovingly made with ingredients from the organic farm; in your free time, explore the garden, hike, or visit the Saturday market in Ganges with local crafts, produce, and artisanal treats.