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Best Wellness Retreats in Minnesota (or Nearby!)

Whether you are looking for an immersive guided experience or something more self-guided, there is no shortage of places to enjoy a wellness retreat in Minnesota or nearby in Wisconsin.

Hit the reset button at one of these beautiful destinations by spending time in nature, meditating, doing yoga, and whatever else is part of your wellness practice. Here are the 8 best wellness retreats in Minnesota or within a short drive!

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What is a wellness retreat?

A wellness retreat is designed to support your mental, physical and emotional health through guided or supported activities that often involve time spent in nature. Retreats are quite different from a resort, though resorts may have amenities that support your wellness.

Some wellness retreats are self-guided, meaning there are activities occurring and you can choose which to participate in during your stay. Most wellness retreats, however, are guided by facilitators with expertise in the topic or intention of the experience. For example, yoga retreats are a form of wellness retreat and hosted by yoga instructors.

Pro Tip: Eco-retreat is an emerging term that refers to a wellness retreat held in a location that is committed to sustainability both in design and practice.

Best Wellness Retreats in Minnesota & Western Wisconsin

You might be surprised how many great wellness retreats in Minnesota and western Wisconsin there are to choose from! Here are my recommendations.

1 | Wild Rice Retreat, Bayfield, Wisconsin

Lounge chair looking out at the forest through a large window.
The Nest Pods at Wild Rice Retreat are spacious with private space to lounge and enjoy nature.

Recently named the #3 resort in the Midwest by Condé Naste Traveler and among the 13 best US resorts for reconnecting with nature by Travel + Leisure, Wild Rice Retreat is both a wellness retreat and resort destination located on Lake Superior in Bayfield Wisconsin.

The Scandinavian-inspired pods nestled in the woods are the perfect place to rest, recharge and focus on self-care. Healthy nourishing meals are included with your stay and guests can take advantage of the onsite wellness activities on the daily schedule for a self-guided retreat. 

View of Lake Superior at sunset from the Peace Pod at Wild Rice Retreat
Sunset view of Lake Superior from the deck of the Peace Pod at Wild Rice Retreat.

If you’d like a true guided retreat, they have those too. Check the schedule on their website to find the perfect retreat experience for you!

Pro Tip: My favorite activities during my stay included the sauna, forest bathing, yoga and a sound bath. 

While you’re there, spend a half day kayaking the Apostle Islands!

2 | Journey Inn, Maiden Rock, Wisconsin

Comfy lounge area with a wood burning stove, comfy chair and live edge wood table.
The common space at the Journey Inn is available to all guests with a wood burning stove, comfy seating, books, puzzles, games and refreshments.

This eco-retreat bed & breakfast is just 1 hour from the Twin Cities in Maiden Rock Wisconsin, part of the iconic Driftless Region. The Journey Inn has four newly renovated and nature-inspired bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, in the bed & breakfast. Next door is a pet-friendly two bedroom, two bathroom cottage with a full kitchen. The owners, Brett and Jenn, live onsite and will make you feel incredibly welcome during your stay.

Guests have access to hiking and cross-country skiing trails, a garden, wood burning stove, sauna, library, and outdoor hammocks (in summer). Splurge on a rejuvenating session in the Japanese soaking tub, a magnesium foot soak, or yoga class.

View from inside a barrel sauna looking at a pine forest.
The barrel sauna at the Journey Inn has a beautiful view of the forest behind the property.

Beyond the more self-guided amenities, Journey Inn also hosts group retreats. Find upcoming retreats on their website or Instagram.

Pro Tip: If you have dietary needs or restrictions, just let Jenn know and they’ll do their best to adjust the menu. They were very accommodating with my needs and the food was delicious.

3 | Silvae Spiritus, Finlayson, Minnesota

Located on 30 acres of forest and meadows about 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities, Silvae Spiritus is a wellness retreat center designed to help you reconnect with yourself in nature. They are certified through the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs.

In addition to hosting wellness retreats, you can book a guided sauna (w/ cold plunge), forest bathing, or wood-fired hot tub experience for a half or full day mini wellness retreat.

Pro Tip: Although there are no upcoming retreats on their website, reach out via the contact page to get the latest info.

4 | The Point Retreats, Pequot Lakes, Minnesota

Me sitting on the steps of a log cabin in winter with coffee.
Enjoying morning coffee during a winter retreat at The Point Retreats cabins in Pequot Lakes, MN.

The Point Retreats offers all-inclusive wellness retreats guided by licensed medical professionals. Their primary location is at a suite of cabins located on the Whitefish chain of lakes in central Minnesota. Appropriately named, the cabins are on a point that stretches out into the water offering incredible views of the lakes.

The retreats focus on the intersection of health and wellness, which include chef prepared meals, outdoor activities, exercise, movement, sound baths, and workshops. The property includes both infrared and steam saunas, a well-appointed indoor gym, cold plunge bath, outdoor gear, pool table and more. 

5 | 3 Sisters Retreat, Crane Lake, Minnesota

Me standing on the shore of Crane Lake in Voyageurs National Park.
Crane Lake is one of several entry points into Voyageurs National Park.

Located on the doorstep of Voyageurs National Park, 3 Sisters Retreat creates a peaceful space for personal growth and reflection while immersing yourself in nature. They offer 4-day, 3-night women’s retreats that combine yoga, the outdoors, sauna, art, and workshops on topics like mindfulness. 

3 Sisters Retreat is woman-owned and operated by a team that is passionate about wellness and the Minnesota north woods.

6 | Boreal Bliss Yoga Retreats, Minnesota (multiple locations)

Based in Hackensack Minnesota, Boreal Bliss is a woman-owned small business that hosts yoga and wellness retreats at locations around Minnesota. The retreats celebrate the Minnesota wilderness coupled with activities such as yoga, journaling, meditation, outdoor activities and workshops. 

Find guided multi-day wellness retreats and day retreats on their website, with options about every 6-8 weeks throughout the year!

7 | Laurel Leaf Retreats, Minnesota (multiple locations)

Laurel Leaf Retreats hosts yoga and wellness retreats at locations throughout Minnesota. Through her own experience with yoga and other healing modalities during a difficult period over a decade ago, the owner now creates a space for others to do the same through the mind and body connection. 

8 | Lake Osceola Retreat, Osceola, Wisconsin

Just under an hour from the Twin Cities, Lake Osceola Retreat is located in the peaceful and serene St. Croix Valley. Located in a historic waterfront home at the end of a wooded driveway, you will be immersed in 100 acres of forest and lakefront. Retreats include a combination of yoga, meditation, hiking, and art. 

COMING SOON! Tao Life, Hayward, Wisconsin

Nestled on Teal Lake in the Chequamegon National Forest near Hayward Wisconsin, Tao Life Lodge opened in 2023. According to their website, wellness retreats are coming soon in 2024. In the meantime, stop in to the Tao Life Cafe and Herbery to experience the space!

Read more about all the fun things to do in Hayward in summer!

Wellness Retreats in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Whatever you are looking for, one of these wellness retreats in Minnesota and Wisconsin will be the reset button you’re looking for!

Did I miss a wellness retreat destination? Let me know in the comments!

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