“Wellness” can come from anything that makes you happy. Wisconsin is particularly great at providing fun, outdoor activities and cool sites to see. But what you may not realize is that the natural beauty and serenity of the state are perfect for the wholesome healing of a weekend retreat everybody needs now and again.
If you want to retreat in luxury, the Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells is perfect for you. A stark contrast from the high energy the Dells is known for, Sundara is all about serenity. Offering a Purifying Bath Ritual, Tranquility Garden and Meditation Trail as well as a variety of massage and spa services, guests may come for a day trip or an extended stay. It’s for adults only, so you can relax to the max.
What could be better for a wellness retreat than an activity designed to relax your mind and body? The Artha Sustainable Living Center in Amherst focuses on living in harmony with the self and the environment. Artha offers classes and workshops on yoga, renewable energy, herbs and more. Complete with an on-site bed and breakfast, the Artha Sustainable Living Center is a great place to unwind your body, revive your mind and enjoy a yoga retreat.
Arts and Craft Retreat
Whether it’s painting, journaling, gardening or pottery, Full Circle Retreat in Viroqua is the perfect place for your crafty wellness retreat. Creativity is the key to revitalizing the soul, and Full Circle has the peaceful, countryside scenery to both inspire and heal you. If you’d prefer to get your artsy side going with quilting, scrapbooking, needlework or stamping, then check out the Homestead Cabin Retreat in Hillpoint. Established by Patsy McCluskey to help others indulge in their love of quilting, Homestead is great for group retreats.
Does being immersed in nature make you feel revitalized and full of life? Take your wellness retreat to Doll’s Cabin Retreat in St. Germain. A four bedroom cabin located on Pickerel Lake, guests have easy access to water activities during warmer seasons and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing trails when there's snow. If you want to add hunting and downhill skiing to your outdoor adventures, consider Powers’ Retreat in Manitowish Waters. Having a cabin all to yourself means it’s time to get out, breathe in the Northwoods’ pines and let go of all your stress.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be hard to feel connected to your spiritual side. Take some time at the Flowing Waters Retreat Center in Bayfield to listen to nature; the center emphasizes the importance of connecting with your higher self through spiritual reflection and renewal. Whether you prefer to walk or sit, at Flowing Waters you can meditate by gardens, ponds or on nature trails. Feel free to schedule a massage or take a class too.
What could be better than taking a break from the everyday life to improve your skills with food? This is definitely a retreat that will last past the weekend. At Wellspring in West Bend, visitors can take classes on organic gardening and biodiversity composting, cheese making, or cooking with seasonal veggies—to name just a few. Wellspring is located on a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) organic farm and has a conference and retreat center, bed and breakfast and international hostel.