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Local Escapes to Restore, Renew and Reflect!

This time of year we’re drawn to go inwards, to create new beginnings and transform old habits. Fall is a great time to make a shift – For health reasons or to boost immunity, to focus the mind how to accomplish new goals for the coming year, and uplift our spirits to reset our attitudes. Here are my favorite local escapes to amazing retreat centers that are guaranteed to nurture your body, mind and soul!

Esalen Institute – Big Sur, Ca

If you have never been to Esalen, prepare to be blown away! Situated on 27 acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline, The Esalen Institute was founded in 1962 as an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley called the “human potential”- the world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination. Esalen soon became known for its blend of East/ West philosophies, its experiential/ didactic workshops, the steady influx of philosophers, psychologists, artists, and religious thinkers, and its breathtaking grounds and natural hot springs. Offering 500 workshops each year in a wide range of topics. For more info click HERE

Optimum Health Institute – San Diego, Ca

The Optimum Health Institute offers an amazing holistic approach to the treatment of cancer, heart disease and other terminal illnesses. Many friends and clients have gone or taken relatives for a week or month and return transformed – physically, mentally and spiritually. OHI provides a holistic healing program where participants cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting and exercise; quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation; and renew and awaken the spirit with study, prayer and celebration. For more info click HERE

The Blue Pearl – Laguna Beach, Ca

Created by two world-renowned yogis, Geo and Katresha, The Blue Pearl Laguna not only offers a calming and gorgeous escape, it also provides proven results. Nestled amongst the trees in Laguna Canyon, this twelve-bedroom, twelve-bath luxurious ashram offers single week and multi-week programs, designed to harness the transformative powers of yoga and nature. Enjoy pure organic food, daily yoga, hiking, massage and meditation. For more info click HERE

Yoga, Spa and Detox Retreat in Paradise

I discovered The Sanctuary in 2001 and at 21 years old I thought I had died and gone to paradise! I have never seen another place like it. Their motto ‘built for travelers, by travelers’ is an honest description for this place. Accessible only by boat, it’s an adventure in itself and a must do if your in Thailand!

The Sanctuary, Bungalow Resort & Spa, is a boutique beach resort, spa, and detox center on the small island of Koh Phangan. Away from it all, you can feast on healthy mouth watering vegetarian and seafood specialties, stay in unique island style accommodations and experience their wonderful yoga and meditation offerings.

For more info click HERE

Adventure to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

Havasupai Indian Reservation

Prepare yourself for a trip like no other, and an opportunity to commune with nature on a world class scale. Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls are among the best loved waterfalls on Mother Earth, and deep in the Grand Canyon they are close to her heart.

Located 8 miles from the rim of the Grand Canyon, accessible only by foot or helicopter, the village- also known as Supai, has been home to the Havasupai Indians for many centuries. As time evolved the village has grown with many homes sprouting and taking root in areas where there used to be only farmlands. The village boasts a small café, lodge, post office, school, church, clinic, police station, and a general store. If you don’t have the time to hike, enjoy scenic views from the comfort of an comfortable seat in a state of the art aircraft.

I have traveled extensively throughout the world and can honestly say Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon is one of the most unique and incredible places I have ever experienced. A must for adventure seekers and lovers of nature. For more info click here.

Have you been to an epic destination lately? What was your favorite adventure?

Morccan Escape

Riad Palais Sebban – Marrakesh, Morocco

Riad Palais Sebban is by far, the coolest place to stay in the ancient city of Marrakesh without breaking the bank.  If you are looking for an authentic and traditional family run Riad in the heart of the Medina then look no further. We stayed here in 2009 at the beginning of August for 5 days when it’s hot as hell, we were so happy to have a pool to cool off in. Also, the location is prime and the detail work of the riad is some of the best in Marrakesh!

Situated a 5-minute walk from the souks (shopping mania), the Jamaâ El Fna Square (where you will be every night) and Koutoubia Mosque, this stylish riad dates from the 19th century and combines Moroccan and Andalusian architecture. It offers a swimming pool and a rooftop terrace with panoramic city views.

Relaxation activities at the riad include hammam and massage treatments. Staff cater to guests’ needs 24 hours a day and can help organize excursions, airport transfers and cooking lessons for a supplement. Marrakech is a bustling city and the Riad Le Palias Sebban offers you some calm when you want to escape the craziness of the city.

For more info click HERE