Spiritual Body-Mind Retreats for Women

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 01, 2007

More and more women are seeking rejuvenation in body-mind retreats that cater to women’s interests. Yoga was originally an all-male activity. Today, 77% of American practitioners are women, according to the 2005 Yoga in America Survey from Yoga Journal. Women-only retreats focus on issues unique to women’s bodies and nurture the expression of female energy.

Examples include “Surf Goddess” retreats; women-only yoga, journaling and white-water river rafting; and “Celebrating the Goddess” yoga and meditation retreats. Other women’s health topics that are often featured in women-only programs include sexuality, creativity, aging gracefully and nutrition.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.