Journeys to Wellness: 4 Wisconsin Retreats for the New Year

Start the new year off right with a one-of-kind wellness retreat in Wisconsin. From fresh air activities to relaxing spa treatments and much more, gather your favorite people to enjoy this transformative time inside a winter wonderland. 

Wim Hof Residency at Sand Valley Resort – Nekoosa

Dip fearlessly into the new year with this one-of-a-kind program in central Wisconsin.

First designed as a golfer’s paradise, Sand Valley has become a world-class resort that draws visitors from near and far in the winter months for its gorgeous surrounding landscapes and luxurious accommodations. Sleek cottages and suites offer fireplaces and soaking tubs perfect after a day spent snowshoeing or ice skating in the refreshing winter air.

One of the main draws of this resort, however, is a unique experience taking the wellness world by storm. The Wim Hof Method includes a combination of breathwork and cold exposure—that means dipping into the icy January water outside the resort with the help of an instructor. With health benefits that include increased energy, better sleep, reduced stress and more, this is one experience you and your group can’t find anywhere else.

Design your own residency to take place over one, two or three days in January and start the new year in an unforgettable way.

The Christine Center - Willard

Looking to begin the year surrounded by nature in a truly serene environment? Visitors to The Christine Center can incorporate mental, physical and spiritual health into their customizable experience.

For more than 36 years, the Christine Center has offered a variety of wellness retreats and accommodations in the picturesque woodlands of central Wisconsin. Retreat options include everything from yoga and meditation to intuitive painting as well as spiritual retreats, a nod to its Franciscan founders.

Personal retreats apart from any program are also encouraged. Although solitude is often the aim of a personal retreat, support is available with staff that includes a psychologist, massage therapist and a spiritual guide.

Located in Willard, accommodations include modern and rustic hermitages, guest house rooms with heated floors and a villa for groups The Christine Center also has a sauna, art studio, library, bookstore, meditation hall, chapel, walking trails and cross-country skiing. Guests can enjoy organic homemade meals in the main dining hall or bring their own food for cooking in the hermitages.

However you decide to use the retreat, the peaceful vibes are sure to follow you into the new year.

Sundara Inn and Spa - Wisconsin Dells

Creating a luxurious spa destination focused on wellness was the top priority for founders of the Sundara Inn and Spa in the Wisconsin Dells.

Incorporating aspects of the stunning surrounding landscape, the spa was created with many natural materials from the area, making this a truly unique stay. The ancient Cambrian-era sand is the key ingredient for its popular exfoliating scrub. An abundance of pine in the area is a natural choice for scents and oils.

Stay in the main building that hosts 26 suites, in a woodland villa with your group or in the newly built Reserve Accommodations that include fireplaces and private outdoor hot soak tubs.

And with almost endless spa services and other wellness activities to choose from, this retreat can truly be catered to you. A purifying bath ritual involves a shower and scrub and warm or cold soak with essential oils. In addition to a standard steam room and sauna, dip into the outdoor heated infinity pool with a fireplace nearby. Choose from a host of yoga classes, mindful journaling, hikes through the woods and other rotating offerings with something for everyone. Stay for a week, a weekend or even just a day to reset your body and reconnect with loved ones in the new year.

Palmquist Farm - Brantwood

If you’re looking for a welcoming stay with activities inside and out, head to Palmquist Farm in northern Wisconsin this new year. A century-old working farm with Finnish roots, owners Jim and Helen Palmquist specialize in hospitality—this includes three tasty home-cooked meals a day, magical horse-drawn sleigh rides and kids’ activities for those who want to participate.

Choose from one of six cabins that each have their own woodburning fireplace and include access to the authentic Finnish sauna. During the day, read by the fire, go cross-country skiing or just spend time reconnecting with your favorite people in this scenic spot.

Whether you prefer the refreshing chill of winter or staying warm by the fire, you can find your next favorite wellness retreat in Wisconsin. Discover more wellness getaways throughout the state. 

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