Why You Should Take A Wellness Vacation During The Holidays


Skip the family stress and head to a retreat

The holiday season is just around the corner. Whether you normally head home to family for the holidays (making this, for some, maybe the most dreaded time of year) or spend the holidays with friends, you might find that you have the urge to simply get away from everything and everyone. It's been a long year, am I right?

If that's the case, given that you have time off and vacation savings set aside, now might be the time to consider a wellness retreat, the latest in buzzy wellness trends. Rather than a regular vacation, which can obviously be rejuvenating on its own, wellness vacations and retreats provide more than just the typical R&R you would get at a beachside resort. Wellness retreats are more of a spiritual experience (and usually force you to put your phone down and involve some new age-y, spiritual practices).

Think about it: As nice as it might be to treat yourself and splurge on just any fancy vacation instead of having to eat yourself into a food coma at yet another Thanksgiving dinner, this doesn’t necessarily mean there’s any healing involved. In fact, thanks to the ubiquity of alcohol and... more alcohol, you might just end up with a hangover headache or five while on a typical vacation.

“A luxury experience may not always offer the greatest opportunity for transformation, as much of the deepest spiritual work is often about getting out of your comfort zone,” says Ruby Warrington, founder of The Numinous, the high-vibe spirituality online magazine, and author of Material Girl, Mystical World. With the recent boom in the wellness industry and new age, holistic ways of healing becoming popular, wellness retreats are becoming the new "It" ways to travel—both physically and mentally.

“I think the biggest trend in wellness travel is people opting for a fully transformational mind, body, spirit experiences, versus just a regular getaway with some yoga on the side,” says Warrington. 

While many wellness resorts are on the pricier side, especially this late in the game, don't worry. There are plenty of spiritual havens that offer alternative options to make the practice accessible for all. NYLON favorite Maha Rose, for instance, has a Catskills and Mexico location where plenty of retreats are offered (and some of which Warrington hosts), which can include anything from acupuncture and reiki training to breathwork and private yoga sessions. Warrington mentions that not only do they offer payment plans and scholarships, they also offer accommodation alternatives (such as camping) to significantly lower the price of attending.

So, why at a time when many are taking trips home to see family (or planning Friendsgiving-type of get-togethers), is it best to be a little selfish and treat yourself to a wellness retreat? Warrington explains: 

Family commitments aside, Thanksgiving is a moment of pause in the hectic pace of modern life—literally the only time of year when it feels like everything truly stops. For this reason, it’s actually ideal to use this long weekend as a time to come to yourSELF—as you can switch off fully, free from any FOMO about what you may be missing out on at work, in your friend group, etc. Any time you can fully disconnect in this way can be extra restorative for your mind, body, and soul.

Not to mention, winter is prime time to turn the focus inward. Warrington explains that while summer is great for outdoorsy physical activity, the darker winter months are traditionally a time to retreat—hibernate, if you must—spiritually, “in order to be reborn in the springtime.” And with New Year’s resolution planning right around the corner, she suggests using this break to set some intentions for the coming year.

So go ahead, use this time (and that money you set aside for a plane ticket to your parents’ house) to indulge in some self-love. Besides, you can always plan a family visit later in the New Year, while you’re still fully Zenned-out. 

Warrington is co-presenting the New Year, Nu You wellness retreat in Kripalu this January. For more information, click here.

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Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]