If you like the idea of a retreat that looks outward as well as inwards a cultural break might be perfect for you. You could break up your yoga or therapy sessions with trips to cities, towns and villages, where you can explore local communities, cultural sights, educational experiences, art galleries, interesting craft markets and more. Looking outside at something fabulous or beautiful, meeting local artists and artisans or learning about ancient wellbeing traditions can be just as powerful as looking deeply inwards. Our collection of reviews features a range of cultural retreats, from Crete in the Greek islands to a coastal resort in southern Sri Lanka. Imagine being in Italy when the seasonal festivals are on, attending events in your local piazza, or visiting the Christmas markets in December. Enjoy musical recitals in a hillside ampitheatre in India, from where you can also visit yoga’s capital, Rishikesh. Or break up your stay at an art therapy retreat on Crete by seeing local artisans and popping into Chania, Crete’s Venetian harbour, where you can snap up some quality locally-made leather goods, such as belts, bags and sandals. Wherever you go, there will be plenty to do and see.