Not all of us can afford to traipse across Italy, India, and Bali in search of our bliss like Julia Roberts, but if you look closely, you might find a yoga retreat nearby that won’t break the bank but will still enrich your life, warm your soul, and nourish your body. For example, in Northeast Florida, there are three very different, yet lovely retreats available with affordable prices.
Amrit Yoga Institute: Located in Salt Springs, Florida on about 6 acres in the Ocala National Forest and on the shores of Lake Kerr is the Amrit Institute run by Yogi Amrit Desai. Yogi Desai offers weekend, week long, and special one-day yoga retreats and events scheduled throughout the year based upon the Amrit Method® of Kripalu yoga, which has it’s primary focus on the mental, meditational side of yoga but also includes physical asana practice. His retreats range in price from about $295 for a weekend to $950 for almost a week. Some single classes or seminars are even offered for free. Accommodations are available on site and included in most packages, which also include meals.
Ayurveda Health Retreat: Located in Gainesville, Florida, the Ayurvedic Health Retreat focuses on purification, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Throughout the year, this center offers week long and weekend ayurvedic retreats that include Panchakarma detoxification, massage and other spa treatments to help you relax and shed toxins, asana practices, and ayurvedic cooking classes. Prices range from about $2500 for a full week, to $800 for a weekend, and single yoga classes are available for a mere $8 per class. Accommodations are available on site and are included in most packages or nearby hotels are available, and meals are included.
Orange Springs Retreat: Located near Gainesville, Florida, Orange Springs Retreat can accommodate small and large groups and custom tailor a retreat for you or host your group. On 100 acres near the Ocala National Forest, you can bask in nature’s serenity, meditate, or engage in yoga or other exercise activities like canoeing and kayaking, basketball, tennis, swimming, aqua aerobics, and hiking. A chef is on staff to provide meals. Guests stay in rustic cabins. Cost for the retreat is approximately $695 for a week, depending on the week selected, meals chosen, and activities scheduled.
Any one or more of these retreats can give you the Eat, Pray, Love experience at an affordable price. If you can’t pick up and travel to Italy, India, and Bali, get the next best thing: look for a retreat near you to find your bliss and enrich your life, heal your soul, and nourish your body.