Life in the Great Lakes State is, well, great, but we could all use a break from the hustle and bustle from time to time. For some, relaxation comes in the form of binge-watching on the couch or hitting the gym, while others are more drawn to internal solitude. Think yoga, soothing strolls among Michigan’s shorelines, and even meditation practices.
Whether you’re an experienced yogi and meditation master or a total beginner, there’s real healing power in gathering with like-minded individuals to practice your craft and connect with your spiritual side. Luckily, Michigan is host to a slew of yoga and meditation retreats to help you reach your Zen goals in 2024. From waterfront escapes to silent gatherings and just about everything in between, there’s a retreat on our list to suit a multitude of goals and experience levels.
Take a deep breath, center yourself, and consider these 2024 yoga and meditation retreats in Michigan.
Location: 9607 E. Sturgeon Valley Rd., Vanderbilt
Dates: Inner Peace Retreats offered monthly (next retreat March 22-24, 2024)
Details: Song of the Morning is a yoga and meditation retreat center tucked away along the Pigeon River near Gaylord. Since its founding in 1970, Michiganders have visited Song of the Morning to pursue personal growth among unparalleled woodland beauty. When you attend a monthly Inner Peace Retreat, you’ll spend a weekend participating in guided meditation and yoga sessions, strolling along tree-lined trails, sharing meals, and learning the principles of yogi Paramahansa Yogananda.
Cost: Lodging and meal costs range from $165-$528 per participant based on accommodation preference. A retreat fee of $108 is suggested, though no one will be denied due to lack of funding.
Sign up: Visit the Song of the Morning website to register.
Dates: Oct. 17-21, 2024
Details: Beginning and advanced yoga students alike are encouraged to sign up for this five-day retreat, which employs the techniques of physical therapy-based yoga to embody its theme of “Relax, Reset, Restart.” Led by a certified yoga instructor and a holistic health practitioner, the retreat takes place in a peaceful cottage along the shores of Lake Michigan. Participants will enjoy chef-prepared meals (vegan and non-vegan options available), optional local excursions, and guided workshops to address specific needs.
Cost: Early bird pricing is available until April 1, 2024, at a discounted rate of $800 per person for private accommodations and $675 for shared. After April 1, rates rise by $50. Attendees must reserve their spot with a $100 non-refundable deposit.
Sign up: RSVP and place your deposit at the Yoga by B website.
Location: 10370 Gun Lake Rd., Middleville
Dates: June 21-23, 2024
Details: Eclipse Yoga’s Rest and Relaxation Retreat prides itself on providing a judgment-free experience for yoga and meditation enthusiasts of all experience levels. Attendees will stay in a peaceful Michigan State Park campground and partake in guided yoga and meditation sessions throughout the weekend. Free time for activities like swimming, biking, hiking, bonfires, and journaling helps the Rest and Relaxation Retreat live up to its name.
Cost: Groups of up to five people can reserve a cabin for $1,200 total, while individuals can pay $329 for a shared accommodation plan (meals included). A commuter rate of $125 is available for those who live within driving distance but does not include meals or lodging.
Sign up: Visit the Eclipse Yoga website to reserve your spot.
Location: 18580 Grass Lake Rd., Manchester
Dates: May 5 and August 4, 2024
Details: Spend a day immersed in soothing silence when you sign up for a Day of Mindfulness Retreat at EarthWell Retreat Center in Manchester. Described as “nature-based silent retreats,” these one-day gatherings include sensory meditation sessions, tea breaks, guided yoga, sound baths, and time for reflection. And yes: participants will embrace the principles of mindfulness by remaining silent for the vast majority of the event.
Cost: Suggested cost of $55, though rates are flexible to accommodate financial need.
Sign up: Visit the EarthWell website for further information.
Location: Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd., Chelsea
Date: April 27, 2024
Details: This one-day retreat takes place along the inland shores of Long Lake in Chelsea and lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will primarily experience the day in silence, though a “dharma talk” and question session will take place. In addition to guided meditation (both walking and sitting), the retreat includes time for visitors to meander the woodland beauty of the Michigan Friends Center.
Cost: Suggested donation of $30-$60, though any amount will be accepted.
Sign up: Get involved at the Chelsea Meditation website.
Location: Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn, 15900 Rue Devin, Traverse City
Dates: April 6-7, 2024
Details: Spend a restorative weekend in Michigan’s wine country with a yoga retreat at Chateau Chantal, a winery and inn in Traverse City. This event is the perfect combination of self-care, pampering, and relaxation—attendees will stay in the inn itself, enjoy chef-prepared meals, and have plenty of time to explore Traverse City and the Old Mission Peninsula. Oh, and there will be loads of yoga for all skill levels under the guidance of yogi Cristin Homer.
Cost: $300 for retreat, plus the cost of lodging at Chateau Chantal.
Sign up: Reserve your spot by calling the inn at (231) 223-4110.
Location: The Fourth Tri Sanctuary, 23520 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale
Date: April 10, 2024
Details: If you identify as a caretaker in any form (whether you’re a yoga instructor yourself, a teacher, or simply a busy parent), carve out time for yourself with a healing mini-retreat in Ferndale. This four-hour gathering includes an hour of yoga movement along with opportunities for massage, acupuncture, and breathwork sessions. Round it all out with a group meal and time for reflection with other participants.
Cost: $175 per participant.
Sign up: Register at the Citizen Yoga website.
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