Quiz: Which Mindful Vacation Is Right for You?

06/09/2016 Meditation Travel Yoga

Looking to plan a vacation incorporating your mindfulness and wellness practices? Take this mini quiz to find the best type of mindfulness event to match your style and interests.

Planning a vacation? Good idea. Taking annual vacations is not only a fun way to learn about a new place and connect with loved ones outside of the daily grind, but it’s also a great way to reduce stress and it’s good for your health.

If you’re feeling burned out, pair your time off with an event that will nourish your mind, body, and soul—like a yoga retreat, a wellness workshop, or an outdoor adventure. It’s the perfect way to both reduce stress and hit the internal reset button.

Whether you want to incorporate your yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices, spend time in nature, or dive deeper into a personalized health and wellness routine, we’ve got some ideas. Answer the following multiple-choice questions to target your event style, then check out the recommendations below for handpicked events. Each offers a very different experience, so you can match your vacation style with the right type of retreat.

Mini Quiz: Ask Yourself the Following Questions

Choose the answer that best matches your current state.

  1. What are you looking for on your vacation?
    1. I want to learn how to meditate
    2. I want to learn about holistic health practices, nutrition, and how to find physical and mental balance
    3. I’m seeking adventure, a tall dose of nature and relaxation, and lots of yoga
    4. I’d like to relax, rest, and heal


  2. Which of these are you most interested in practicing and learning about while you’re away?
    1. Meditation and some yoga
    2. Ayurveda
    3. Yoga, mindfulness, and outdoorsy activities
    4. Massages, wellness routines, and how to get my health on track


  3. The location of your dream vacation looks like …
    1. Luxurious: Top-notch accommodations, pristine gardens, beautiful swimming pool, and lots of sunshine
    2. Easy to get to and amenities galore: I like to keep travel simple and treat myself while on vacation
    3. Exotic and outdoorsy: A treehouse in a foreign place with waterfalls, rivers, and plenty of hiking
    4. Comfortable, deluxe, convenient, and beautiful


  4. If you were to give your ideal vacation a mood, what would that mood be?
    1. Peaceful, effortless, uplifting
    2. Engaging, transformational, enlightening
    3. Active, exotic, rustic … but also relaxing
    4. Healing, restorative, therapeutic


  5. Your idea of soul-searching on vacation is …
    1. Getting very quiet and having plenty of solo time
    2. Learning about new practices to bring back to your everyday life
    3. Unplugging, spending time in nature, meeting like-minded people, and going with the flow
    4. Relaxing and spending time in a healing environment


  6. What would your ideal event format look like?
    1. An all-inclusive, week-long retreat: I like things all planned out for me and I need a week to really integrate
    2. A long-weekend workshop, full of lectures and classes on health and balance
    3. A week of yoga in nature, waking up to the sound of birds chirping and waterfalls nearby, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim
    4. A week-long vacation full of yoga, meditation, and LOTS of massages

Tally your numbers, check out the recommendations, and hop aboard with one of these inspiring getaways.

If You Answered Mostly A’s, Try This Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Spend a week learning to meditate and practicing yoga at the Chopra Center. A meditation vacation and retreat created and led by Deepak Chopra, Seduction of Spirit offers the unique opportunity to learn meditation, yoga, and the Seven Spiritual Law of Success—bringing your deepest desires into clear focus and connecting with your true self.

This July, Deepak will be joined by some inspirational guest teachers and spiritual leaders, like bestselling author Martha Beck, and spiritual teachers Rob Bell, and Rupert Spira.

  • This Event Is Great for: Spiritual seekers; people looking for clarity in their lives; luxury-minded travelers; anyone who wants to learn to meditate or deepen their practice
  • Event Dates: July 10-16, 2016 and October 30-November 5, 2016
  • Event Location: Carlsbad, CA
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If You Answered Mostly B’s, Try a Weekend Mind-Body Healing Immersion

Head to sunny Southern California to ignite your health at Journey Into Healing, the Chopra Center’s Signature Mind-Body Healing Workshop. At this four-day weekend workshop, you’ll learn how to tune into the wisdom of your body and recognize (before disease or illness strikes) when something is amiss and needs to be rebalanced. You’ll learn how to integrate easy-to-master Ayurvedic healing techniques, which originated in India over 5,000 years ago, into your modern lifestyle.

This powerful weekend of wellness, where you’ll learn how to transform the way you manage your health and well-being, is led by Deepak Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Lissa Rankin M.D.

  • This Event Is Great for: Physicians and healthcare providers; luxury-minded travelers; People interested in taking their health into their own hands and healing themselves in a holistic way
  • Event Date: August 11-14, 2016
  • Event Location: Carlsbad, CA
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If You Answered Mostly C’s, Try an Eco-Yoga Retreat

Pack your sunscreen, yoga mat, and river hiking shoes … this November takes you to exotic lands. There’s a little-known retreat center in the jungle of Costa Rica where you can practice yoga, relax in one of many hammocks, and explore the waterfalls nearby.

If getting up close and personal with Mother Nature, sleeping in a treehouse, eating locally grown food, and practicing yoga and meditation in nature, sounds like your kind of getaway, find out what The Sanctuary at Two Rivers has to offer this November.

  • This Event Is Great for: Eco-conscious travelers; yogis; nature-lovers and outdoorsy people
  • Event Date: November 13-19, 2016
  • Event Location: Cabuya, Nicoya Peninsula’s Blue Zone, Costa Rica
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If You Answered Mostly D’s, Try a Week-long Health Immersion

Health and wellness workshops, meditation and yoga classes, and massages, massages, massages… Join us at Perfect Health, where you will learn how to de-stress and find your way back to health and well-being.

Combining the wisdom of the Eastern healing arts with the best in modern Western medicine, Perfect Health is a total mind-body healing experience. Our highly trained team of physicians, certified educators, and healing arts masters will guide you through a week that will help you restore your balance and address your personal health and life concerns.

  • This Event Is Great for:  Luxury-minded travelers; anyone who wants to learn to meditate and get their health issues under control
  • Event Date: Various dates throughout the year
  • Event Location: Carlsbad, CA
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Melissa Eisler

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Melissa is an ICF Certified Leadership and Executive Coach (ACC, NCC) and certified meditation and yoga instructor. She is passionate about motivating people to live a healthy, balanced, and purposeful life. You can learn more about Melissa’s coaching practice at MelissaEisler.com . Melissa is also the author of The Type A's Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People , a practical guide for new meditators in the modern world, and the creator of mindfulminutes.com , a personal blog about mindfulness and life balance...Read more