In 2005, Paula Gallardo and Tania Smith co-founded Mamaheaven, a retreat for new mothers. Fast forward nearly 20 years, and they are now running Menoheaven, twice-yearly retreats in October and May that gather up to 12 women at the Florence House, a Victorian inn one hour south of London. With a naturopath, nutritionist and yoga teacher leading discussions, the retreat aims to “destigmatize and demystify” the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. This three-day retreat includes sharing circles, organic meals, healing massages, yoga, cold-water swimming and workshops that cover topics from stress and sleep to libido and brain-fog (starting at 550 British pounds, including room and meals).
The Preidlhof spa hotel in South Tyrol, Italy, has a weeklong Menopause-Wellness retreat offered during the months of February, March, June and September. The program includes 22 treatments — ranging from massages and acupuncture to deep breathing and holistic coaching sessions. The retreat offers medical wellness sessions, and spa treatments accompanied by real-time biofeedback and data analysis to assess biological age. There are dance and voice classes, forest bathing (a form of meditation in nature) and many outdoor trails nearby (1,987 euros, not including room and meals; room and meals starting at 212 euros).
Camiral, a wellness resort located an hour from Barcelona, will offer its five-day Renew and Harmonize Retreat, in March 2024. Each day focuses on a theme: Reconnect highlights the body-mind connection; Energize focuses on movement, strengthening and ways to alleviate menopausal symptoms; Nourish concentrates on ways to nourish the body to maximize bone density and cardiac health; Recover concentrates on mindfulness and stress reduction; and Grow features treatments and a debrief with a nutritionist around managing hormonal changes. The retreat is led by a fitness specialist, a physician and a nutritionist, and includes treatments such as cryotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (starting at 2,128 euros, including room and meals).
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