Health & Wellness

Take a Vacation For Your Heart, Mind, and Body

Experience majestic mountains, forests, and waters that will nourish your soul. Escape the busyness of everyday life. Enjoy the inspiration and company of kindred spirits.

The region has numerous retreats and spas, as well as many yoga and meditation studios.

Where to relax in the region?


Nelson and the entire Kootenay Lake area is well known for its abundance of deep healing and wellness retreats. Mountain Trek, nestled in the forest above Ainsworth Hot Springs, is a premiere fitness and health retreat centre. Ranked by Travel & Leisure as the #1 Health Retreat in North America in 2019, it's also earned top marks from Condé Nast Traveller and SpaFinder. On the more spiritual side there's the Yasodhara Ashram. The Ashram is a globally recognized centre, offering retreats throughout the year hosted on their stunning property on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake.

Spas & Treatments

Mountain Waters Spa offers a multitude of services including personal training, massages, acupuncture, hair care and makeup. Pamper yourself with a boutique spa experience at Aura Spa & Salon at the Hume Hotel, featuring facials, body treatment, massages, nails, make up and more. You'll find a spa at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson, with a full slate of services to help you refresh and relax. The Falling Water Spa at Wing Creek Resort just north of Kaslo also offers multiple restorative services in a spectacular quiet and forested setting overlooking Kootenay Lake. 

Yoga Studios

From a short morning stretch to multiple weeks of yogi training, you'll find all kinds of yoga options in and around Nelson. Shanti Yoga Studio offers classes in a beautifully restored heritage building on Baker Street, while Mountain Waters Spa across the road provides a wide range of courses, including pre-natal yoga, pilates, and candlelit yin yoga. 

Turn up the heat with a yoga class at Bambu Hot Yoga in Nelson or slow down with a gentle or restorative class at Vitality Yoga. Santé Holistic Health Centre also offers a variety of classes and health services. All studios are within a block of each other. In Crawford Bay head to Tara Shanti, a newly renovated retreat centre featuring yoga classes and accommodation overlooking Kootenay Lake.

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