If you’re ready to stop living your life on autopilot, or you’re just ready for a change, a yoga retreat in upstate New York might just be what you need. A short getaway from the city can take you to beautiful places, from state parks to beautiful mountains. Take some time off to discover new places — in New York and within yourself.
Reconnecting with nature (Photo: Sivananda Yoga Ranch)
Yoga retreats in upstate New York are typically short weekends away so you can break the cycle of stress and overwhelm. Lakes, rivers, cascades, and greenery are available to inspire you to live in the moment and take in the beauty of every day life. Here are 5 of the best yoga retreats in upstate New York:
Sivananda Yoga Ranch
From $60/per person
Sivananda Yoga Ranch provides rejuvenating yoga retreats in upstate New York, just 100 miles from New York City. Their retreats are available all year round, offering a fantastic getaway from reconnect with yourself. They offer 2-3 day refreshing meditation retreats and month-long teacher training courses. You’ll leave feeling inspired, refreshed, centered and peaceful. Their retreat highlights are 2 daily yoga classes in Hatha and Sivananda styles, 1 hour of Karma yoga (selfless service), mantra chanting, silent meditation, and 2 organic vegetarian meals per day. The retreat includes 2-nights’ accommodation on their ranch in upstate New York in the Catskill Mountains. Single, double, and shared rooms and apartments are available. Guests are also welcome to bring their own tents and camping gear. You will have access to a traditional Russian wood burning sauna, as well as country walking, swimming, and spa treatments.
Streamside Yoga is a retreat in the historical village of Andes in New York’s western Catskill Mountains. A stream and forest run through the retreat area, a highlight. Highlights of the four-day retreat include daily yoga classes in Hatha and Ashtanga styles, group meditation, a hiking excursion to Andes Rail Trail, and a Welcome Dinner on the first evening. The retreat includes three-nights’ accommodation in their on-site Airbnb apartments at Willow Drey Farm, as well as breakfast and lunch. The beautiful landscape will help you stay present in nature, connect with your creative energy and the universe. Previous guests have loved the atmosphere, as it’s a perfect place to relax and get away.
Surrounded by Long Island Sound and 26 acres of scenic trails, the Yoga Darshana Center is a great retreat to for a transformative and restorative yoga experience. You’ll head to Wading River, New York for daily Hatha yoga and mindfulness sessions, fire ceremony, and nature walks. Included in the retreat is one night’s accommodation and vegetarian meals. You’ll stay at the Camp DeWolfe Retreat Centre on Long Island, with a quarter-mile beach and beautiful natural surroundings.
Enjoy a weekend of complete relaxation and rejuvenation with Daunt’s Albatross in collaboration with Ideal Living Studio. This detox weekend is hosted by Lacey Daunt, yoga instructor and juicing aficionado. Highlights of the retreat include Buti yoga sessions, aromatherapy work, Reiki healing, a nutrition workshop, and a visit to Montauk’s salt cave. The retreat includes one dinner and one brunch and two nights’ accommodation. You’ll be hosted at the Daunts Albatross Motel in Montauk, with a standard or deluxe double room. The retreat serves local organic food, and you’ll have the opportunity to book visit the spa at Gurneys, visit the lighthouse, or just enjoy the town of Montauk on foot.
The Long Island Center for Mindfulness is committed to providing mindfulness meditation to local residents of Long Island. The weekend yoga and meditation retreat’s goal is to help you live with greater peace, clarity, and joy. That is achieved through individually tailored instruction, gentle stretching and mindful yoga sessions, guided instruction in a variety of meditation, and communication exercises. Included in the retreat are three meals daily and two nights’ accommodation at Camp DeWolfe, overlooking the beauty of the Long Island Sound. There are eight heated cabins, as well as the retreat lodge and deluxe Benson house for guests.