More social than a solo sabbatical, more intimate than a big group getaway, a trip with just one (or two) of your closest confidantes hits the sweet spot when it comes to restorative escapes. And these far-flung retreats and workshops—covering everything from photography to hygge—were practically made for bonding with your bestie.
6 Retreats You’ll Want to Take with Your BFF
Style Your Life
When: June 2019
Ever wonder how some people’s lives look straight out of a magazine spread? Get some insider insight from three super-talented Insta gurus during this Tuscany retreat. Hosted by photographer and blogger Joanna Hawley (aka Jojotastic), food stylist Maren Ellingboe and floral designer Sarah Abare, this five-day workshop covers things like recipe development, floral arranging, dinner-party styling and honing your personal brand.
Yoga For Bad People
Where: Portugal (but also Tanzania, Colombia, Italy and more)
When: July 2019
Price: Starting at $2,400
No, yoga retreats aren’t just for expert-level practicers. YFBP combines hands-on classes with a lighthearted attitude that fully supports grabbing a post-Savasana cocktail. Led by Katelin Sisson and Heather Lilleston, the retreats take place all over the world in locations that provide peaceful opportunities for self-reflection...and also incredible nightlife. Whether you’re into vigorous vinyasa, therapeutic body alignment or chilled-out meditation over a glamorous beach somewhere, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling a little more refreshed than when you arrived.
The Paris Street Photography Workshop
When: September 2019
Paris is never a bad idea—just ask Peter Turnley, an esteemed photographer who’s been documenting the City of Light for four decades. Under Turnley’s guidance, you’ll spend a week with the city as your muse, learning things like image composition, camera technique and how to capture Parisian spirit and day-to-day life through images. Ready to elevate your Insta feed and quench that wanderlust all at once? The May workshop has already sold out, but there are still slots available in September.
The Art Of Hygge
When: May 2019
Price: Starting at $2,265
Find out why Denmark is continuously voted one of the happiest nations in the world as you sample local food and enjoy plenty of photo ops in the chic Scandinavian city. Cookbook author and Danish native Sif Orellana will guide you through the veritable hygge wonderland, taking you to her favorite local cafés, a cooking class and various districts of the city to show you firsthand how to “live Danishly.”
Den Meditation Silent Retreat
Where: Ojai, California
When: May 2019
Price: Starting at $1,100
Shh: Bring a friend who can keep her lips sealed for this one. Hosted by L.A.–based meditation studio the Den, this silent—yes, as in no talking—retreat aims to help you disconnect from day-to-day distractions in order to reconnect with yourself. Senior mindfulness and compassion teacher Heather Prete leads the four-day, three-night experience, which features meditation and yoga, in the service of helping you get closer to what the Den calls “bare awareness,” or facing the world with true kindness.
Body Flows June Yoga Retreat
When: June 2019
Price: Starting at $675