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Laid-Back Kootenays: Wellness Getaways

With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, taking time out for ourselves is more important than ever.  Lucky for you, the Kootenay Rockies is about far more than just adventure tourism.  We have plenty of options for relaxation, pampering and self-care in our remote wilderness.  Taking a day, a week, or a month to disconnect from the world will leave you feeling invigorated and ready to take on everyday life at the end of your trip!

Flexpeditions (Revelstoke)

Flexpeditions hosts women’s wellness retreats in the outdoors around Revelstoke.  Choose from a selection of outdoor activities, including rock climbing, river floats, canoeing or kayaking, followed up with wellness sessions, delicious meals and quality time with your fellow participants. Book your weekend of wellness.

Photo courtesy of Flexpeditions

Footstep Eco Adventures (Bonnington)

Imagine waking up at a remote mountain hut and starting your morning with a peaceful yoga session before spending the day hiking through alpine meadows.  Footstep Eco Adventures Yoga in the Mountains Retreats will take you off the beaten path and on a journey to mindfulness and relaxation.  Book your Yoga in the Mountain retreat.

Yoga in the Mountains; photo courtesy of Footsteps Eco Adventures

Forest Bathing with Pat Bavin (Invermere)

Awaken your creativity, calm your mind and experience the spirituality of the forest on a guided forest therapy tour with your guide Pat Bavin. The full-day Natural Creativity experience will help deepen your artistic practice in whatever medium you work in. 

Photo courtesy of Pat Bavin Forest Bathing

Halcyon Hot Springs Resort (Nakusp)

If the healing water of the Halycon Hot Springs is not enough for you to fully unwind, choose to deepen your relaxation with a massage at their Spa. Give the Halcyon Hot Stone Massage a try, where hot basalt stones and aromatherapy reach deep into your muscles and leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Rejuvenating in the hot springs pools at Halcyon Hot Springs Resort; photo by Mitch Winton

Quantum Leaps Retreat (Golden)

Take in the solitude and quietness of the Blaeberry River Valley outside of Golden with Quantum Leaps Retreat.  Their wellness packages include a stay in their lodge, cabins or teepee and your choice of several healing options from massage therapy to shamanic drumming.

Radius Retreat (Radium Hot Springs)

Tucked into the forest outside of Radium Hot Springs, Radius Retreat is the perfect location for nature-based retreats of any size.  Their eight yurts provide accommodations for participants, and their gathering area offers a space for groups to congregate, whether it’s for a yoga retreat or an artists workshop. Radius will happily accommodate your needs, book now. 

Eco-friendly, secluded Radius Retreat; photo by Mitch Winton

The Sentinel Retreat & Wellness Centre (Kaslo)

The wellness centre offers transformative experiences for visitors, designed to elevate the mind, empower the body, and invigorate the soul. Their lakeshore accommodations and spectacular setting ensure visitors leave both refreshed and reinvigorated.  A stay at The Sentinel is balm for the soul.

Room with a view (Kootenay Lake); photo courtesy of The Sentinel

Yasodhara Ashram (Kootenay Bay)

If you’re after a long-term yoga getaway, join the yoga practitioners at Yasodhara Ashram on the shores of Kootenay Lake for your perfect retreat.  Your every need will be taken care of at these all-inclusive retreats ranging from three weeks to three months.  

Photo courtesy of the Yasodhara Ashram

No matter your relaxation choice, the retreats and spas are the perfect way to break up your busy routine & help you restore your energy. 

To assist you with other wellness getaways & retreats that are available to you in the region – check out our community partners: Arrow Lakes/Slocan Valley, Castlegar, Cranbrook, Columbia Valley, Creston Valley, Elkford, Fernie, Golden, Invermere/Panorama, Kimberley, Nakusp, Nelson Kootenay Lake, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sparwood and Trail.

Know Before You Go – Plan ahead so you can travel safely and responsibly. Familiarize yourself with weather, road conditions, general alerts for travellers and provincial health orders & recommendations.

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Top/cover photo by Lucas Jmieff, near Kaslo BC.

Words by Mark Locki. Mark is a photographer and writer based in Kimberley, BC. An avid traveller throughout the Kootenays and abroad, he enjoys exploring the natural world, camera in hand, seeking out compelling stories. He’s often found deep in the backcountry, running, climbing or on skis, challenging himself to discover new scenes and viewpoints. 

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