When trying to plan a vegan-friendly fitness retreat, you may think there aren’t many options. However, there are plenty of places you can visit around the world that accommodate vegan lifestyles. As the number of environmentally conscious people grows, we’re likely to see more of these places open up.
Visit the French countryside where orchards and gardens will surround you at this vegan Pilates and yoga retreat. A former dancer with the Royal Ballet teaches classes daily—they can be technical but still fun. After, head into the kitchen and learn to cook some amazing vegan meals made with local produce.
Take a break from your hectic life and recharge in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. Established in 1983, the Kripalu Center has a reputation for teaching yoga and meditation to anyone willing to learn. They also offer advanced classes for the more experienced visitor. A variety of classes are available multiple times a day., Their Buddha Bar has locally grown, minimally processed options that are delicious.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is home to one of the world’s five blue zones—these are regions of the world with a high concentration of people living past 100 years old. Many believe that there is something in the area that supports a long-life span and promotes wellness. Set off the beaten path, away from the more tourist attractions, Hacienda del Sol embraces this claim. Their seven-night, raw food and yoga retreat offers vegan options including fresh juices and coconuts.
In the Magaliesberg mountains in South Africa, you’ll find a simpler more relaxed retreat with a focus on Buddhist traditions. Learn Sacred Spiral Yoga that uses breath work, Tibetan chanting, mantra, and other practices that deepen your spiritual journey. The Emoyeni Centre offers vegetarian and vegan meals.
Embark on a seven day, all vegan getaway in Goa, India. There you will enjoy guided meditation, mantra chanting, chakra workshops, and lots of yoga. The yoga academy offers Kriya and Nidra yoga for all experience levels. Visitors rave about practicing yoga with experienced yogis on the beach while the sun rises. Plus, every meal served is organic and plant-based.