We all end up a little creatively blocked from time to time, whether it’s with a hobby or a full-time career, and time away in a supportive environment can be just the ticket to unlocking our imagination. If you’d like to channel your energies into inspiration and creative direction, check out these six wellness retreats which are sure to help you express yourself a little more artfully.
We all snap pictures these days on our smartphones, but this unique retreat with COMO Bhutan allows guests to practice mindfulness through slowing down the practice of photography using a traditional film camera. With expert guidance from award-winning Kodak ambassador Michael Turek, guests will experience the wonders of Bhutan through the lens of their cameras, and be able to take away personal memories and skills to carry through their travel beyond.
It would be impossible to not be inspired by the sweeping red-rock landscapes of Mii Amo Sedona. Unlock your creativity on a wellness weekend or a weeklong escape in the desert, with fitness activities like hiking and yoga complemented by more creative arts workshops, including photography, gourd decoration, watercolour painting, postcard-making, vision board collaging. If you’re feeling truly stuck, join in the stargazing sessions and seek some otherworldly inspiration.
Research suggests we spend an average of 142 minutes on social media every day, which has negative effects on your mood, sleep, memory and attention span—and as a result, probably stifles a bit of your natural creativity. At the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong you can escape your digital distraction for an afternoon or for a two-night urban Digital Detox retreat, which offers guests to instead destress with colouring books and problem-solving puzzles instead of scrolling through Instagram in between their relaxing spa therapies.
The award-winning Fivelements retreat in Ubud, Bali, offers guests a chance to reconnect with their creative side through a comprehensive Sacred Arts programme. Through a multitude of activities—including yoga, meditation, dance, vibrational healing music and visual arts sessions—Fivelements enables guests to truly explore their deepest desires and passions, and leave the retreat feeling refreshed with the joy of life. Go with an open mind—you may be surprised what you learn about yourself.
Nestled in the red rocks of Arizona’s hinterland, Canyon Ranch has a few quirky activities among their physical fitness sessions to help stretch guests mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Awaken yourself to the possibilities of the world around you with a tarot card reading, astrocartography (birth chart reading) and astrogemology (crystal energy), or channel your creative energy straight into pottery and painting after your sunrise yoga and meditation workouts.