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Sweet retreats: De-stress at one of these Maine (or near Maine) retreats

Sweet retreats: De-stress at one of these Maine (or near Maine) retreats

April 10, 20182884Views1Comment
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We all need time to chill the heck out (put down the phones, step away from the computer, and just breeeeeaaaaathe). Usually we grab our downtime wherever we can get it – a half-hour with a book before bed, a glass of wine on a Sunday evening, seven minutes with our eyes closed waiting for the Casco Bay Bridge to come down. But these Maine (or close to Maine) retreats will give you multiple days of de-stressing glory. Most include yoga – some also include paddleboarding, meditation, hiking, s’mores, bonfires, sailing, and archery!

I feel more chill already.

Photo courtesy Amara Muse

Wild Woman Immersion

April 20-22
Race Brook Lodge, Sheffield, MA
Triple occupancy: $460 – $535, double occupancy: $502 – $577, single occupancy: $597 – $672
www.facebook.com
“Expect a weekend steeped in ceremony with yoga, dance, circle work, story telling and some new additions like sound healing meditation, vocal coaching, song sharing and drumming and more. You’ll leave feeling renewed, inspired, powerful, aligned and READY! *Not in Maine, but it’s close!

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Eco-Friendly Women’s Yoga Retreat: Allow your soul to expand

April 27-29
Nurture through Nature Retreat, Denmark
$550
www.willardbeachstudio.com
Unplug, simplify & nurture your soul for the weekend in the Maine woods. The weekend includes sitting and walking meditation, Hatha yoga, restorative yoga, Yamuna body rolling, aromatherapy, sauna, and time in nature. “This soul nurturing retreat will allow you to quiet your mind, gain clarity and invite your soul to expand into the here and now.”

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Pacha May Yoga & Hiking Retreat

May 11-13
Nurture Through Nature, Denmark
$500 (through April, get $100 off using the code PACHAFRIENDS&FAMILY)
pachaadventureco.com
It’s a little spring escape during Mother’s Day weekend at the lodge and yurts of Nurture Through Nature in Denmark. Pacha Adventure Company has a great itinerary planned for the weekend, including a day-hike to Pleasant Mountain, a variety of supportive yoga classes & workshops, plus a private wood-fired sauna right near the studio.

Hike and Paddle for beginners

May 18-20
Medawisla Lodge and Cabins, Greenville
$279 AMC members, $329 non-member
activities.outdoors.org
Perfect for folks who are new to paddling and hiking, this weekend includes a stay at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Medawisla Lodge and Cabins, day hikes, and evening paddles. The hikes are accessible to beginners (including a hike up Shaw Mountain, with some spectacular views of Katahdin and Baxter) and the time on the water – in canoe, kayak, or on a paddleboard – will expand your skills. (The AMC has loads of events, overnights, and weekend getaways.)

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Overnight Seaside Adventure

June 16-17
$130 before June 1, $150 after June 1
Private residence, Penobscot
maineyogaadventures.com
“With the beach just steps away from a glorious seaside home with amazing views, we’ll enjoy yoga & nature explorations, healthy food and wine, stargazing, an outdoor fire, and more.” Bring a kayak or paddleboard if you’d like, too! (Check out more Maine Yoga Adventures.)

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CAMP HIKE SUP YOGA Acadia NP Weekend Retreat

July 19-22
Acadia National Park (KOA Oceanside Campground located in Bar Harbor)
$320-$445
sup-yo.com
It’s a camping retreat in beautiful, picturesque Acadia National Park with SUP YO! The weekend includes three nights/four days of camping, hiking, paddleboarding, yoga, and the ultimate connection with nature. Choose from Oceanfront Tent Sites or Shared Cabins.

Rustic High Cabin Weekend Retreat

July 20-22
Mount Cardigan, Alexandria, New Hampshire
$325
www.wetravel.com
“Explore the mountains of southern New Hampshire without needing too many camping supplies. Open to all levels, even hiking novices, this retreat is a perfect balance of challenge and comfort. Together we will spend time in nature learning to be present, practicing yoga and meditation, and pushing our physical limits.” (Backcountry Yoga does lots of events and retreats in Mass., New Hampshire, and Maine.)

Brenda Cyr leads yoga aboard Angelique and on paddleboards during this getaway. Photos courtesy Windjammer Angelique

Yoga & Wellness Cruise

July 22-26
Aboard Angelique
$890
www.sailangelique.com
Yoga and a sailboat. It’s a splendid and oh-so-relaxing combination. This four-night sail includes yoga, breathwork, and healthy meals and snacks, plus time for you to kick back with a book or take a nap or just sit and think, “wow, I’m on a sailboat.”

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Summer Celebration Maine Yoga Retreat

August 3-5
Tops’l Farm, Waldoboro
$395-$500
www.yogawayretreats.com/maine
“Play and reflect all day, stargaze, chat and chill fireside at night, sleep in a magical brand new woodland retreat, and wake up refreshed and ready for the next adventure” during this weekend with Yogaway Retreats. Instructor Courtney will lead you in four yoga practices over the course of the weekend, and there will be plenty of time for canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, archery, bocce, badminton, croquet, tree swinging, and more.

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Allagash Canoe & Yoga Retreat

August 7-11
Allagash River Wilderness Waterway
$1,000 before June 30, $1,100 after
www.foreverwild.yoga
“Canoe the Allagash River Wilderness Waterway in the heart of Maine. Sit quietly by the water or by the fire, breathe deeply during your yoga practice surrounded by nature and enjoy the company of others on guided canoe adventure down the Allagash River. Yoga & canoeing retreats include canoe instruction, daily yoga classes, delicious meals and exploratory adventures through natural wonders.”

Adult Summer Camp Weekend

August 10-12
Tops’l Farm, Waldoboro
$499/person for a shared cabin — includes breakfasts, dinners and accommodations. Some activities included – others are a la cart.
www.topslfarm.com
This isn’t a “retreat” in the traditional sense. There’s no yoga or meditation on the agenda (although you’re welcome to bust out some downward dog or take time to meditate if you’d like). But I had to include this event because it sounds like so much dang fun. The weekend includes throwing axes, foraging for cocktails, playing barn games, s’mores and stories by the fire, naps, bloody Marys and archery. Retreat or not, it sounds like a really cool getaway.

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SUP Yoga Retreat

Sept 14-16
Rangeley, Maine
$550 before August 1, $600 after
www.foreverwild.yoga
“Learn to SUP with talented guest teacher Ashley Flowers and enjoy the outdoors and deepen your yoga practice while surrounded by the beauty of the woods and water. Sit quietly by the water, laugh as you do yoga on your SUP board, breathe deeply during your yoga practice and enjoy the company of others on guided adventures through the rangeley region.” You’ll also have access to canoes, bikes, hiking trails.

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Autumn Equinox Yoga + Ayurveda Retreat

Sept 14-16
Nurture Through Nature, Denmark
$550
www.facebook.com
“Feed your soul with a weekend in the Maine woods for an off-the-grid + rustic retreat at Nurture Through Nature in Denmark, Maine, led by Kelly Rich.” Enjoy the wood fired sauna, vegetarian meals, morning coffee + tea, Ayurveda 101 lecture, Oracle cards, restorative yoga + hands on Reiki healing, mindful autumn yoga + meditation, outdoor fire pits, and more.

Women’s Wellness Retreat

Sept 14-16
Acadia National Park
$450
venture-outside.com
Physical fitness, yoga, and music in a secluded setting on the rocky coast of Maine. Choose from two activities and bike, hike, or paddle over this two-day weekend retreat, as well as indoor yoga practice.

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Women’s Autumn Retreat

Oct 12-14
In the mountains of Sunday River, Newry
$425 for the weekend (early bird pricing; register by June 1 for this rate)
FMI: www.facebook.com
“Weekend includes fresh, healthy meals prepared daily by yogi chefJen, daily yoga and meditation practices including Flow Class, Workshop style classes, and SPA Yoga and yoga nidra. We will leave space in the day for your personal exploration of nature, journaling, and goal-setting, as well as time to hang in the hot tub under the stars.”

Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.