Inspired Retreats for the Leaf-Loving Yogi

Think you can’t have a yoga retreat with a cozy sweater and a pumpkin latte? Think again.

Fall is here, and what better place for a yoga retreat than among the changing leaves? While most of us picture a yoga retreat in sun-kissed tropical getaways, those aren’t the only fabulous destinations to plan a spontaneous fall yoga retreat. Don’t believe us? Try a warm cup of chai after a session of Yin, and call yourself a convert.

Below are some of our favorite autumn-inspired yoga and resorts and retreats. In all of these options you’ll find opportunities to unplug, relax, and absorb the changing of the seasons.

The Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health

Stockbridge, Masschusetts

The Kripalu Center offers a fantastic Fall spread for the leaf-loving yoga lover. Located in the heart of New England, Kripalu is surrounded by the Berkshires and nestled beside by Lake Mahkeenac. Programs include hiking, kayaking, skiing, meditation, yoga, and nutrition classes. For a unique holiday experience, consider their Thanksgiving Retreat, which includes workshops focusing on gratitude, yoga, Ayurveda, health, creativity, and personal growth. On the actual holiday, guests are invited to a whole-foods Thanksgiving feast, followed by a gratitude hike and an evening kirtan.

Omega Institute

Rhinebeck, New York

Located just 90 miles outside of the city, Omega Institute offers a variety of outdoor activities, as well as workshops in reflection, communication, and yoga. There are more than 350 retreats, workshops, and classes each year, all of which are designed to help individuals find a deeper connection to mind, body, and spirit. Accommodations are designed to fit everyone’s budget, with options ranging from dorm-style bedrooms to private homes.  Training programs are also available.

Yogaville Ashram

Buckingham, Virginia

Unwind alongside the Blue Ridge Mountains with Yogaville Ashram. This spiritual community was founded on the precepts of Integral Yoga and uses the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda to create a safe space that inspires mindfulness and tranquility. Workshops run the gamut, allowing visitors to try new things while simultaneously exercising their minds and bodies. Accommodations include dorm-style lodging, private guest houses, and camping. For larger retreats, anniversaries, family reunions, or weddings, Yogaville Ashram offers a beautiful retreat center with 180 degree mountain views, so that you’re exposed to every detail of this bewitching hideaway.

Esalen Institute

Big Sur, California

The Esalen Institute, located in Big Sur, combines forest foliage, top-notch teachers, and a holistic living mindset to create a retreat center ideal for any fall-loving yogi. Embrace the changing seasons as you participate in some Esalen’s workshops, yoga classes, hot springs, and beautiful hiking opportunities. This retreat is perfect for yoga teachers looking to expand their palate, as workshops are offered in everything from creative recovery to the yoga of intimacy. Work for trade programs and scholarships are available, and meals are designed to fit a wide range of dietary options.

This fall, find an adventure that helps to inspire your best self. Get stretching, get cozy, and don’t forget to jump in the leaves.

Photo by Ali Kaukas

amanda-kohrAmanda Kohr is a 25-year-old writer and photographer with a penchant for yoga, food, and travel. She prefers to bathe in the moonlight rather than the sun, and enjoys living in a state of the three C’s: cozy, creative, and curious. When she’s not writing, you can find her driving her VW Bug, looking for the next roadside attraction or family diner. She also roams the internet via her blog at