Scouted Wellness Retreats You Should Know About
We are deep into the age of self care, where no longer is the act of taking care of yourself considered an indulgence, but a necessity for living a healthy and joy-filled life. For those looking for ways to continue or begin a commitment to self care, we asked The Scout Guide editors to recommend wellness retreats that have the power to restore, reinvigorate, and renew the mind, body, and spirit. From an adventure-focused getaway in Iceland and transformative experience in Morocco to girlfriend gatherings in Virginia and restorative pampering in Pennsylvania, this collection of wellness retreats are just want you need to recommit to yourself. To find a scouted wellness ritual near you, visit the The Scout Guide Directory.
Photography by Ben Finch Photography.
RETREAT: Windy Hill Farm and Preserve
LOCATION: Loudon, Tennessee
WHAT THEY OFFER: Windy Hill has something for everyone—from beekeeping, to yoga, to archery. Their new onsite restaurant and garden features garden-fresh cooking classes with chef Ben and they even offer wine hikes. The easy commute from Knoxville, Chattanooga, or Nashville, makes it the perfect getaway spot in East Tennessee.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “If time could stop, I would welcome it with open arms when I visit the farm—it’s magical and every hour shows you something new. From the mystical sunrises to the glowing sunsets, Windy Hill nourishes your mind, body, and soul,” reports Frances King, editor of The Scout Guide Knoxville.
Photography by Daniel Walsh.
RETREAT: Bee the Wellness
LOCATION: Based in Jackson, Wyoming with retreats in Jackson Hole, Iceland, Zion, and beyond.
WHAT THEY OFFER: Bee the Wellness offers an experience that expertly blends the best event ever, soul-searching retreat, and transformative journey. They take great care in choosing the most stunning, high-impact locales to provide the backdrop for life-changing goal setting, self exploration, and personal awakening.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “When you’re ready to be shaken out of your rut, investing in a retreat from Bee the Wellness is one of the very best gifts you can give yourself,” says Jill King, editor of The Scout Guide Jackson Hole.
Photography courtesy of Nemacolin.
LOCATION: Farmington, Pennsylvania
WHAT THEY OFFER: Nemacolin is a luxury resort located south of the city of Pittsburgh. For decades, Nemacolin has been a place for individuals, couples, and families to enjoy their time—whether they want to be adventurous or just relax. With a full-service spa on property, as well as a holistic healing center, Nemacolin is truly a one-stop shop for wellness.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Nemacolin offers an atmosphere and service that is truly second to none,” says Jayme Keffalas, editor of The Scout Guide Pittsburgh. “ I love that you can come here for a relaxing wellness retreat, but also find adventure if you’d like.”
Photography courtesy of Los Poblanos Ranch.
RETREAT: Iron Buddha Retreat to Los Poblanos Ranch
LOCATION: Based in Bergen County, New Jersey, with retreats to Albuquerque, New Mexico and beyond.
WHAT THEY OFFER: Iron Buddha will be hosting a one-of-a-kind fitness and wellness retreat for your mind, body, and spirit at the historic and award-winning Los Poblanos Ranch on September 22 to 26, 2022. Join an intimate group for a curated restorative experience that includes daily yoga, farm-to-table cuisine, hikes, harvesting of the lush lavender fields, horseback riding, spa services, and more.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Roseann Lynch and the Iron Buddha team design luxury retreats that build connections to the others on the trip and to yourself,” shares Chris Doherty, co-editor of The Scout Guide Bergen County. “The Los Poblanos Retreat is about way more than yoga. It’s an opportunity to center and surround yourself in positive energy, savor the beauty of the stunning New Mexico landscape, and pamper your body and soul.”
Photography by White Rabbit Studios.
RETREAT: Awaken with Maria Mercedes
LOCATION: Based in Huntsville, Alabama, with retreats to Nashville, Puerto Rico and beyond.
WHAT THEY OFFER: Owner Maria Mercedes is what makes these retreats and programs notable as she relishes in guiding the collective through soul work and seeing each individual awaken, transform, and find sovereignty and fierce ownership over their own lifes. Maria guides life-changing retreats all year long in beautiful settings such as Isabella, Puerto Rico, and Smith Lake, Nashville.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Maria has a background in physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. She has the unique ability to coach women into finding their own strength and awakening,” says Dawn Pumpelly, editor of The Scout Guide Huntsville. “If you’re in need of a shake up, book a retreat with Maria.”
Photography by Sara Harris Photography.
RETREAT: Simply Panache Girlfriends Weekend Getaway Package
LOCATION: Phoebus, Virginia
WHAT THEY OFFER: Connect and bond with your girlfriends at the swank boutique hotel Simply Panache Place in the heart of Phoebus in Hampton, Virginia. This all-girls retreat includes cocktails, dinner, a spa day, brunch, and more. Added bonus: you never have to travel as it’s all centrally located.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The Simply Panache Groupe was founded by three inspiring women whose passion and attention to detail can be seen and felt at each of their businesses from the beautiful décor to the delicious cuisine, the incredible customer service and so much more,” says Sara Harris, editor of The Scout Guide Williamsburg & The Chesapeake Bay.
Photography by Esther Rohr.
RETREAT: Dare to Detour
LOCATION: Based in Bozeman, Montana with retreats to Montana, Italy, Morocco, and beyond.
WHAT THEY OFFER: Drawing from my life experiences, Sheryl Wright, the founder of Dare to Detour, helps women find genuine community and connect with who they are now — through retreats, workshops, and transformative experiences.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Sheryl believe we are all meant to live vibrant lives and her life’s work is to help women step out of their everyday experiences as they rediscover who they truly are through daylong experience or week-long adventure retreats to far flung locales, says Jill King, editor of The Scout Guide Bozeman. “Her upcoming retreats to Montana, Morocco, and South Africa are sure to be game changers in the best possible way.”
Featured photo of Windy Hill Farm and Preserve. Photography by Ben Finch Photography.