Creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky. OK, not everyone’s idea of an ideal retreat getaway, but if you’re looking for an otherworldly experience this Halloween, you don’t need to trade in the glitz and glam of a luxury retreat for a ghostly, ghoulish experience. Enter the realm of mystical retreats: from the healing powers of crystals to new age practices, we have the perfect selection of mystical retreats if you’re in search of an alternative wellness experience.
Founded by Innaya Magick, Aja Malibu is a new-age sanctuary like no other. Priding itself on exclusivity, retreats here are available by appointment only, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and celebrities are known visitors. Magick is in possession of one of the only crystal light healing machines (gifted by renowned healer John of God) and has built Aja Malibu on a sprawling estate once owned by President Roosevelt. Healing is influenced by Shamanic traditions and enacted through herbal teas, crystal therapies, clean eating and ingesting the ‘high vibration’ water on-site, among others.
Price available on request | ajamalibu.com
Nestled in Peru’s Sacred Valley, Willka T’ika is a wellness resort steeped in ancient Andean history. Spiritual retreats draw upon Quechuan traditions to offer guests a healing experience. The property boasts an on-site healing herbal garden designed around the seven chakras. Wellness practitioners at Willka T’ika are versed in crystal light therapy and reflexology and use age-old ingredients, including the site’s thousand-year-old lucama tree and its known healing benefits. There are also solar baths on offer for those looking to immerse themselves in the elements and relax under the night sky.
Prices start from $159 per night | willkatika.com
At Kicking Horse Mountain Retreat in the aptly-named town of Golden, budding astrologers are invited to weeklong retreats to read what’s written in the stars. Led by acclaimed astrologer Rumen Kolev, you’ll learn to read your own birth chart, master ancient astrological techniques, and more. Immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the all-inclusive seven-night retreats are also inclusive of white water rafting, climbing excursions and guided meditation sessions.
Prices start from $3,400 | cleanretreats.com
The Retreat Costa Rica
Founded by wellness entrepreneur Diana Stobo, The Retreat Costa Rica is founded upon a crystal mountain, with all the natural healing properties that entails. From now until Halloween, guests who purchase a three-night Crystal Healing Retreat will receive an extra night free of charge, lengthening the time they have to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Price available on request | theretreatcostarica.com
Sedona Mago Retreat Centre
They say that full moons can change your behaviour, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. At Sedona Mago Retreat Centre deep in the Arizonan hinterland, Full Moon Retreats harness the power of the full moon to heal chakras, leaving guests feeling more confident, revived, and ready to face whatever life throws their way. Two-day retreats are inclusive of accommodation in traditional casitas and three daily meals, as well as meditation at sunrise and moonrise.
Prices start from $169 | sedonamagoretreat.org