Looking for a Mental Health Reset? Try These Transformative Retreats!

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that the last few years have been stressful. Tumultuous elections, a global pandemic, a string of natural and human disasters—it can all build up to the point where we just can’t deal anymore. We just need a break.

Enter: Mental health retreats. These programs are designed for those moments in life when we just need to pause, quiet the noise and reconnect with ourselves ... if you can afford it.

If that sounds like exactly what you need right now, check out these 10 best mental health retreats.

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10 Best Mental Health Retreats

1. Kripalu R&R Experience

The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Ayurveda’s Retreat & Renewal is their signature experience. Located in a former monastery in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the relaxing, peaceful vibes at Kripalu seem to emanate even from their website. Kripalu’s retreats are a choose-your-own-adventure situation. You create your own schedule, choosing between yoga classes, healing arts, community circles, sound healing, expressive dance, and water activities like kayaking because yes, Kripalu also has a private lakefront. It’s the perfect way to decompress in a quiet setting. Plus, as an added bonus, everyone raves about the food.

Rates begin at $109 per night with a two-night minimum, and day passes are also available if you don't want to sleep away from home.

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2. Boram

Calling all overwhelmed parents! Becoming a parent sparks a massive identity shift, and is an extremely emotional experience. If you’re feeling the stress, Boram is a mental health retreat designed for you.

Located at the Langham in Manhattan, you can book a three-, five-, or seven-night stay for you and your baby. While there, you can rest assured that your baby will get the support they need, and equally important—you’ll get the support you need as a new parent. With lactation assistance, nutrition support and birth recovery care, Boram aims to provide everything you need to recover physically and adjust mentally.

Birthing persons are also allowed one designated support person (usually a partner) who can come and go.

New parents can stay as long as they'd like, with nightly rates starting at $1,050 for three nights, $995 for five nights and $950 for seven nights. If you'd like to stay longer than a week, that's cool too—you'll be able to work out your rate with Boram directly.

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3. Onsite

With programs designed for healing trauma and maintaining loving and healthy relationships, Onsite specializes in truly transformative emotional experiences centered on harnessing empathy, compassion and resilience—and it has the perfect settings for just that, with locations in dreamy Tennessee hills, just outside San Diego, and among mountain views in Colorado and Montana.

With a “no cell phones” policy, this experience is all but guaranteed to push you out of your comfort zone and help you grow as a person. Plus, you’ll get award-winning accommodations and food, and leave with connections that will last a lifetime.

Rates vary depending on the program, dates and location you choose, but typically start around $6,900.

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4. Black Women Healing Retreats

The founder of Black Women Healing Retreats (BWHR), Satya X, founded this program out of the desire to connect Black women to nature and themselves. These retreats take place in the jungles of Costa Rica and Jamaica, and include a wide range of experiences, from yoga to hiking to workshops to meditation classes. These retreats are customized to support Black women in healing the trauma inflicted by systemic bias and racism. They feature a wide range of teachers, thought leaders and experts in physical and mental wellness that lead to a healing, transformative experience.

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5. Golden Door Men's Week

Destigmatizing mental healthcare for men is an uphill battle, but Golden Door’s Men’s Week is a step in the right direction. Located in San Diego, this sprawling spa has programs that span from five to seven days. You can go all year round, but Men’s Week, which happens a few times a year, is centered around connecting men to physical and mental wellness support.

They have activities like hiking, Tai Chi and massage, and the program creates ample opportunity for connection and camaraderie in a non-competitive, friendly environment. From a Japanese-inspired garden for a mindful stroll to a communal dining table, Golden Door thought of it all.

(And yes, there are Golden Door women's and co-ed weeks too—counting Elizabeth Taylor, Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey among their fans!)

Rates can vary, and a week will typically start at $11,950, plus taxes and fees.

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6. Whole Truth Retreat

If your version of “getaway” is really “get out of the country,” the Whole Truth Retreats may be the best option to consider for a mental health retreat. With programs in Bali, Mexico, South Africa and throughout Europe, there’s almost guaranteed to be a Whole Truth Retreat at the type of destination you had in mind. This retreat is designed to heal the body and mind and utilizes alternative medicine and modalities like somatic counseling to bolster your mental health, while also guiding you through yoga, medication and a raw-whole foods diet.

Rates start at $1,400 per five-night retreat and can vary depending on location, time of booking and your choice of extras.

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7. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

About an hour outside of Zurich sits the breathtaking Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, which is known as one of Europe’s leading health resorts. The property actually contains multiple resorts and is surrounded by the thermal waters of Tamina Gorge. These waters are naturally around 95 degrees Fahrenheit and have been praised for their healing properties for centuries. The resort also boasts a Medical Health Center, which acts as an inpatient rehabilitation center. They treat all types of conditions—mental and physical—and even accept health insurance. This type of holistic treatment mixed with a Michelin-star restaurant on property, all in the setting of Switzerland, sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

Depending on what type of room you book and spa add-ons you choose, rates usually start around $660 per night.

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8. The Bridge Recovery Center

If decompressing in the gorgeous Utah desert sounds ideal to you, allow me to put the Bridge Recovery Center on your radar. This three-week retreat is designed for those struggling with chronic health conditions like depression, fibromyalgia or lupus. It includes food and accommodations, and unlike other choose your own adventure retreat options, this one has a structured schedule. It’s also a more intimate setting than other retreats, allowing a maximum of 15 guests at a time. They provide a mix of conventional medical treatments and more alternative solutions to get you the best care possible.

Bridge Recovery Center works with some insurance providers and partners with Care Credit as a payment option, so if you're not made of money (which is a cause for mental health duress in itself), this may be a viable option for you.

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9. Canyon Ranch Woodside

With locations in Massachusetts and Arizona, Canyon Ranch is a well-known wellness retreat that aims to reboot your health and get fit. Canyon Ranch Woodside, which is located about 30 minutes from the San Francisco airport, is more tailored toward rebooting your mind. Instead of adventure activities and sweat sessions, you’ll be guided through programs that are aimed toward mental recuperation. Classes on the mind-body connection, healing from trauma, and managing chronic stress are all on the schedule, all in the idyllic redwood forest setting.

Rates start at $900 per night depending on dates and chosen packages.

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10. Miraval

Set in the Berkshires, Austin and Arizona's Sonoran desert, Miraval Resorts (not to be confused with Brad Pitt's French estate and winery) are the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The food and accommodations have a homey but luxury feel, but what’s really worth writing home about is the extensive activities programming. There are hundreds of activities to choose from each day, including a full mental well-being experience that features experiences like “Journey to Self” and “The Beauty of Imperfection.” They have health practitioners on-site for treatments like Reiki, classes like photography that help you get in touch with your creative side, and an extensive culinary and nutrition program to help you learn to cook and eat to optimize your health.

Rates include spa credits. While they can vary by location, package and duration, they generally start around $950 per person per night.

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