With calming ocean views, local and sustainable food choices and a variety of outdoor activities, it's no wonder Monterey County is a mecca for those looking to reconnect with themselves. Monterey not only offers incredible vacation opportunities, but life-changing and enriching experiences to please your mind, body and soul. Below are a few rejuvenating retreats sure to have you saying "om" in no time.

Esalen Institute

There's a reason Mad Men ended their final episode with Don Draper reflecting at Esalen Institute. This hippie haven invites you to tap into your intellectual side with enlightening workshops and soothing vistas of Big Sur's rocky coastline. With over 300 workshops held annually ranging from arts & creativity to nature & sustainability there's something to enrich every side of the mind. The escape also offers personal retreats with plenty of time to reflect and indulge in massages, yoga classes and the onsite Esalen hot spring baths overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Esalen Institute

Monterey Bay Meditation Studios

Refresh your mind and pause for peaceful meditation at the Monterey Bay Meditation Studio in Pacific Grove. 30 minute drop-in sessions are available throughout the week for just $5.  Click here to view other workshops and events offered throughout the month. 

Monterey Bay Meditation Studios

Refuge

For physical euphoria look no further than the Refuge nestled in Carmel Valley. The co-ed spa strives to provide the ultimate in relaxation with their hydrothermal cycle comprised of three simple steps, heat up, cool down and relax. The pristine two acre facility features a cedar sauna, a eucalyptus steam room, 4 Nordic cool pools, 6 hot pools with cascading thermal waterfalls, multiple fire pits and zero gravity relaxation rooms. Repeated use of the Refuge thermal cycle soothes aches and pains, speeds up metabolism, and enhances muscle recuperation; now how's that for wellness?

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

With the remodel and renovation of Bernardus Lodge comes a brand new wellness program. From guided hikes to fuel your active life, to holistic wellness experiences to find your balance, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge rejuvenates your entire being. Guests are encouraged to join fitness classes or simply relax and revive with specialty massages. On Saturdays the Lodge hosts a variety of wellness workshops including vineyard yoga flows, fun runs, culinary cultivations, starlit yoga and more.

Spa at Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Practice your "zen" at Buddhist retreat Tassajara hidden in the Los Padres National Forest. Zen meditation, natural hot springs, sustainable living and delicious vegetarian cuisine are just a few of the property's "zen-ful" amenities. To fully tap into your inner-spirit, guests are encouraged to participate in retreats hosted by their flock of renowned teachers. There is a variety of offerings ranging from yoga, cooking and the arts which are all angled to explore Zen Buddhism and other spiritual traditions.

Mindful-by-the-Sea

Learn how to unplug and discover mindfulness in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. The quaint town has created a variety of links and resources found here to get you started on your journey. The inspiring area also plays host to various mindfulness retreats throughout the year, click here for more information. 

Carmel Beach Sunset

Looking for more? Click here to view a list of spas in the area.