Men-specific and men-only retreats are certainly a lot tricker to find. It seems there really is quite a gender-divide here, with women much more likely to seek out the rest and support they need in the form of a retreat – with men being much less keen on the idea.
However – we think it’s about time the boys climbed aboard the retreat train and started experiencing the benefits!
Therefore, we’ve rounded up a handful of really great retreats for men, some that have specialised programs specifically FOR men, and one that includes all genders, that has a slightly more masculine focus.
Billabong Retreat – Men’s Day Retreat (NSW)
Just 45 minutes from Sydney, you’ll find the perfect one-day retreat designed specifically for men. It’s even suitable for boys over 12, making it a great bonding day out for fathers and their sons.
You’ll learn mindful movement exercises, conscious breathing techniques, easy meditation techniques and whole-food nutrition. You’ll also get the choice of a massage, infrared sauna, or a private health consultation.
All are designed to help reduce stress, ease physical pain and improve your overall health, with useful skills and knowledge you can take home with you.
Find out more at https://www.billabongretreat.com.au/mens-day-retreats/
Alchemy of Men Retreats (QLD)
Alchemy of Men offers retreats and programs to facilitate a mathway forwards in life to grow with simple and effective physical actions you can apply anytime.
Their 3-day retreats are a journey of self-empowerment and personal growth for men, where you will learn new ways to improve your life. They include adventure challenges, outdoor activities, a fire ceremony, retreat processes and programs to promote deep connection to self-healing, transformation and more. These programs are designed to expand your ability to manage stress, calm our mind, manage anger, improve relationships, create balance and a new vision for your future, among other things. You’ll also have time in nature to find your own inner space and completely unwind.
It’s important to note that an on-going support program is included with follow-up zoom meetings to keep you accountable and on track.
These retreats run monthly and all meals and accommodation is inlcuded.
Find out more at https://www.alchemyofmen.com.au/retreats
Living Valley – The Ultimate Men’s Health Retreat (QLD)
This incredible holistic men’s retreat will help to reset your health from every angle, physically, emotionally and mentally. Choose between a 7-day, 14-day or 21-day retreat that claims to cleanse, refresh, rejuvenate and restore body and mind.
Included are accommodation, personal naturopathic consultations and lifestyle planning, private personal fitness training sessions, private Pilates sessions, plus breakfast, lunch and broths or protein shakes for dinner.
You can also partake in group stretching and fitness classes, boxercise, evening health and lifestyle lectures, daily steam baths and a stack more.
This is probably THE most comprehensive male-focused retreat available in Australia right now!
Find out more at https://lvs.com.au/packages/mens-health-program/
Essentially Men – Men Being Real Weekend Retreats (New Zealand)
This weekend workshop-style retreat encourages honesty, comradery and deep healing for men with their unique program (run by men, for men). Designed to encourage men to let go of the cultural norms of strength, allowing themselves to be vulnerable, reconnect with their emotions and learn to connect with others more effectively.
It’s said to help build confidence, teach you how to express emotions in a healthy, constructive manner, break poor patterns and become a better partner, father and man.
This organisation also has programs for teenagers, which is brilliant for setting young men up for a lifetime of success – with skills that aren’t often taught.
These weekend workshops are run fairly often, so if you’re in New Zealand it’s a very worthwhile experience.
Find out more at https://www.essentiallymen.net/
The Place – Sanctuary of Calm (Bali)
Guests at The Place undertake a transformational process by combining intensive Psychotherapy, as well as Kundalini Yoga and Meditation alongside other therapies such as Energy Healing, Massage, Japanese Acupuncture, Spiritual Wellness, Qi Gong and Hypnotherapy, among others.
Jean-Claude Chalmet, the renowned psychotherapist, founded The Place in 2015. During his over 20 years of experience in Europe, Jean-Calude developed and refined an integrative approach to therapy to create profound and lasting transformations in a relatively short amount of time. He has brought on board with him expert therapists so that each retreat is tailored to the needs of each individual, be that man or woman, a couple or a family.
This is an opportunity to recover, renew and revive yourself in a luxurious Balinese resort in the heart of Seminyak. Their Balinese team of helpers is on hand 24/7 to anticipate your every need, including arranging tours, transports and reservations for you. You can access the beach, stylish boutiques and world-class restaurants with a gentle stroll from the resort down the peaceful lane.
Retreats are available all year round.
Find out more at https://www.theplaceretreats.com/
It’s time for men to embrace retreats…
While men-only or men-specific retreats certainly are in short supply, there are of course, many retreats that are definitely suitable for BOTH men and women. So, if you’re male, don’t think these events and services are just for the girls.
There is no reason why you can’t join in on any specialised retreat that offers the services and activities you feel you need. Dropping the ‘armour’, taking some time out and learning a few valuable life skills could completely transform the way you approach your life.
And just think – you could well end up a bit of a ‘trailblazer’ and role model, by leading by example and encouraging other men around you, to see out the support they need as well.
The question is – are you tough enough to retreat?
You’ll find more retreats on the Retreat Me Happy Events page.