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A Directory of Sober Retreats

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Magazine Archives
| Summer
2024 |
Volume 3,
Issue 2

A Directory of Sober Retreats

Izzy van Zuilen has a passion for Sober Retreats. In addition to her own gorgeous getaways, which she holds in both Spain and sunny California, Izzy has been busy working to discover all of the other amazing people offering sober adventures worldwide to bring the information together in one place. Here she shares her list with anyone searching for the perfect sober getaway.

Photo courtesy of Your Sober Pal Adventures 

BEE SOBER

Bee Sober is a UK-based, non-profit sober community that offers coaching and support as well as adventure-filled “Bee Wild Weekend” getaways.

Upcoming events:

Bee Wild North Weekend, September 2024

BIGGER LIFE ADVENTURES

Founders Carrie and Zach Hoffman run their own retreat property in Arizona and offer adventure-filled sober trips all over the world, from pyramids in Mexico to plant medicine education in Guatemala.

Upcoming events:

White Mountains Forest, NH, September 2024

Joshua Tree, CA, October 2024

BRAVE RETREATS

Brave founder Carrie May is a certified recovery coach and founder of Chicago AF, a non-profit alcohol-free community. She has been organizing sober retreats since 2022. Carrie’s retreats are filled with beautiful hikes, yoga, and delicious food in gorgeous, wild locations like Colorado and Montana.

Upcoming events:

Glacier National Park, with Sun & Moon Sober Living,  Sept 2024 (waitlist)

CAMP SOBER FEST

A yearly, three-day sober “summer camp” celebrating fun and fellowship, Camp Sober Fest is organized by Taste Recovery, a free, nationwide app for finding safe, peer-reviewed sober living homes.

Upcoming events:

Sequoia Lake, CA, August 2024

CHOOSE LIFE SOBER ADVENTURES

Founder Cole Bressler was inspired to offer sober retreats when he realized the importance of connection and community in his own recovery and in the creation of a happy and sustainable sober life. He offers adventure-focused trips worldwide that include exciting activities like kayaking and zip-lining, as well as daily recovery meetings.

Upcoming events:

Machu Picchu, September 2024

Costa Rica, October 2024

CREATIVE SOBRIETY

Author and founder of Creative Sobriety, Kristen Bear, has been living a sober lifestyle for over three years and is now sharing her sober knowledge and leadership on an upcoming sober retreat to Costa Rica. Think volcanoes, hot springs, and hanging bridges!

Upcoming events:

Costa Rica, October 2024

EXPAND BEYOND RECOVERY

Founder Payton Kennedy is a woman in long-term recovery who has worked in recovery spaces for years. In addition to being a trauma-informed yoga teacher, life and recovery coach, and conscious dance facilitator, Payton also expertly organizes, hosts, and facilitates retreats in the US for recovering women.

Upcoming events:

York Harbor, ME, September 2024

Costa Rica Rainforest Retreat, October 2024

HOOKED ALCOHOL-FREE TRAVEL

Founder Darci Murray has been organizing alcohol-free trips since 2021. While the trips are 100% alcohol-free, some take place in environments where alcohol might be present. Think adult-only cruises in Europe and fun in Las Vegas!

Upcoming events:

Iceland, September 2024

Morocco, October 2024

Nashville & Memphis, October 2024

MARKAHVIDA

MARKAHVIDA’s “Soul Purposeful” retreats by Rebekah Hogan focus on helping female entrepreneurs to create alignment in their lives and businesses. The retreats include beautiful food, wellness experiences, and inspiration for defining success on your own terms. (While the venues are not necessarily alcohol-free Rebekah encourages participants to experience the retreats with a clear mind.)

NOLIQ SOBER TRAVEL

Nyina Muigai founder of NoliQ non-alcoholic bar service and community has also launched NoliQ Sober Travel which offers magical adventures in exotic places like Morocco and Kenya.

Upcoming events:

Morocco, November 2024

SANS BAR

Chris Marshall, owner of Sans Bar, Austin, TX and Sans Bar Academy, has launched Sans Bar Sober Travel Experiences bringing people together for experiences ranging from camping trips to far away destinations.

Upcoming Events:

Camping, Bastrop, TX, July and September 2024

Morocco, November 2024

SHE RECOVERS RETREATS

She Recovers is a non-profit organization focused on redefining recovery, inspiring hope, ending stigma, and empowering women in recovery. They also offer amazing retreats filled with emotion, laughter, tears, and connection.

Upcoming events:

Marble Falls, TX, September 2024

SOBAHSISTAHS RETREATS

Megan Wilcox, recovery coach, podcast host, and founder and CEO of SobahSistahs, is on a mission to help women build a life they want to embrace, not escape. Her retreats give an opportunity to embrace that journey.

Upcoming events:

Bali, 2025 (waitlist)

SOBERTOPIA RETREATS

Run by Izzy van Zuilen (thank you Izzy!), Sobertopia retreats take place in a fabulous beach house in sunny Spain. They are filled with fun activities like paddle boarding, sunset walks, daily yoga, alcohol-free cocktails at the pool and trips into Malaga City. Look for more dates in Spain and in CA (new!) in 2025.

SOBER VACATIONS INTERNATIONAL

Sober Vacations International was established in 1987. Its goal is to help fellow 12-steppers expand their comfort zone in safe and beautiful environments, surrounded by others in recovery. From river cruises to poolside holidays.

Upcoming events:

Danube River cruise, October 2024

Puerto Vallarta, February 2025

Alaskan cruise, July 2025

SOBRIETY SISTERHOOD

Ellen Woods, founder of sober community Sobriety Sisterhood, is a qualified nutritionist, fitness coach, and behavior change consultant. She organizes sober trips to exotic and inspiring locations.

Upcoming events:

Africa safari, Feb 4 – March 4, 2025

SUN & MOON SOBER LIVING

Mary Tilson is the founder of Sun & Moon Sober Living, an inclusive online community for the sober and sober-curious. She also organizes awe-inspiring sober retreats in the most stunning places in the U.S. Her retreats focus on hiking and yoga.

Upcoming events:

Inner Wilderness Retreat, Colorado, August 2024

Glacier National Park, with Brave Recovery, September 2024 (waitlist)

THE MINDFUL LIFE PRACTICE

Alex McRobert is a Canadian expat living in  Bali, Indonesia, where she has her own Retreat Center. Her Sober Girl Yoga Retreats take place several times a year in the eastern regions of the world.

Upcoming events:
India, March 2025

Bali, Indonesia, May 2025

VIKARA WELLNESS

Vikara Wellness Retreats hosts sober retreats rooted in holistic wellness and healing. Founder Julia Allshouse is passionate about supporting people through deep transformation. Her life-changing retreats take place in several gorgeous spots in Mexico. Custom dates  are available.

Upcoming events:

Yelapa, Mexico, December 2024

YOUR SOBER PAL ADVENTURES

Laura van Antwerp of the uplifting Instagram account Your Sober Pal organizes fun, adventure-focused sober retreats with the perfect balance of joy and depth and a super relaxed vibe.

Upcoming events:

Lake Tahoe Adventure, September 2024

ZERO PROOF EXPERIENCES

Founder Susie Streelman (see interview from our Summer 2024 issue HERE), started an alcohol-free community to celebrate alcohol-free living with like-minded people in her local area. Zero Proof Experiences now offers local events and weekend retreats across the U.S. and beyond. Their events focus on creating connection and celebrating and embracing real-life experiences without any alcohol.

Upcoming events:

Sober In the City, Seattle, September 2024

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