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Women’s Quest
Ultimate Wellness Adventure Retreats

This is no ordinary fitness or sightseeing vacation. This is a chance to reawaken your authentic self.

What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

~ Mary Oliver

Created by women for women, our fun-filled health and wellness trips have been transforming travelers of all ages for over 30 years.

Women’s Quest wellness adventure retreats are the ultimate vacation designed to revitalize your body, refresh your spirit, and refill your joy tank.

Our women’s retreats take fitness and well-being to a new level by blending the perfect mix of outdoor activities with mindful practices, including yoga meditation and qigong, to create an adventure that will spark your passion and empower you to LIVE LIFE to the FULLEST! Retreats are held in some of the most enchantingly beautiful places on earth—ideal backdrops for personal growth, transformation, and play! Come share a week with like-minded women and inspirational staff.

“You’ll leave with your biggest smile ever, and the tools and support to keep it there.” ~Women’s Quest Founder Colleen Cannon

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Take Time For Yourself

At Women’s Quest, we believe life is something to be lived to the fullest, not rushed through, or worse, sleepwalked through. Though we want to slow down, make changes, and create meaning in our lives, we are often too busy keeping up with our jam-packed schedule and not sure how to start.

The answer is simple (it has just been lost in our modern lives): go on a Quest, a journey of personal discovery.

With Women’s Quest, you will begin this journey joined by a small group of like-minded travelers, each with different backgrounds and expectations, but with the common goal of following her bliss.

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Empower Your Body & Mind

We have all had those triumphant moments when we achieved something that we thought was impossible.

Whether physical or mental, these occasions encourage us to continue to step beyond our present limitations and discover new powers within ourselves.

This is the spirit of Women’s Quest, the culture that we foster on every trip. Our all-female staff of athletes, artists, dance and yoga instructors, body therapists, coaches, optimists, and inspiration junkies is committed to helping women reach their full potential in an atmosphere that is supportive, friendly, and non-competitive.

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Live Your Adventure

Our retreats use physical activity as a vehicle to bring balance, self-awareness, and healthy attitudes into everyday life, all at a pace that’s comfortable for YOU.

We’re not hardcore, but we are extreme—as in extreme well-being. Each retreat is designed to rebuild your vitality and help you jump start a healthy routine that rekindles your kid energy. Basically we PLAY all day!

Imagine surfing and practicing yoga in Costa Rica, wine tasting and cycling through Tuscany or California, riding mountain bikes in Vermont and Colorado or hiking to reach the legendary Machu Picchu in Peru. This is Women’s Quest-style travel.

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Our Upcoming Retreats:

Life-changing active vacations with lasting results! 

Women’s Quest has a wellness retreat for every kind of outdoor adventure imaginable. From hiking the mountains of Peru, to horseback riding in Iceland, to surfing in Costa Rica and more, we have a retreat for you. 

Come alone or come with friends; either way, you will leave with a new community of best friends and a heightened sense of wellbeing. Explore the world, embrace the outdoors, and connect to your true nature, all while experiencing the history, culture, and cuisine of our incredible retreat locations. 

“If you’re interested in arranging a personalized retreat and have a group of 10 or more people who are eager to partake in the Women’s Quest experience, we provide the option for both Co-Ed and Women’s retreats across the globe.”

Our experience also encompasses orchestrating birthday celebrations and facilitating getaways for groups of friends seeking a memorable escape.”

2024 Retreats

Costa Rica Surfing Women's Retreat

Costa Rica Surf and Yoga Retreat

SOLD OUT

Feb 4-10th, 2024

If you’ve ever dreamed of playing in the warm ocean or feeling the exhilaration of riding a wave, then this is your adventure retreat! Welcome to a surf paradise! With the perfect blend of surfing, yoga, sunshine, and delicious food, Pura Vida time is here. 

 Sonoma Wellness Adventure Retreat

April 14-18th, 2024

Ready to Revitalize your Body and Mind? Join our rejuvenation retreat designed to settle your nervous system, energize your body, and awaken personal insight. Explore movement practices for mobility, strength, and balance (yoga, meditation, dance, and qi-gong). Experience the Native Genius Method with Kristen Wheeler – an approach to clarifying what lights you up and how to recognize your inner compass. Spend 5 days in beautiful Sonoma to hit the reset button, hike in the redwoods, and cycle through picturesque vineyards (it is like going to Tuscany but without the jet lag). Come as you are and awaken your senses in Sonoma.

Hawaii Swimming, SUP, Yoga & Adventure Retreat

April 20-26th, 2024

The Bali-inspired Hale Kai (“Home by the Sea”) will be our homebase for a week of play on the beautiful Big Island. Enjoy soul-nurturing yoga and stunning hikes or jump in the ocean to snorkel, SUP, kayak, and swim alongside dolphins, turtles, and whales. The sound of the ocean will reset your rhythm to nature and our chef will serve you divine food all week long.

Vancouver Adventure Retreat

SOLD OUT

June 16-21st, 2024

Embark on the ultimate Vancouver adventure retreat! Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest, where rugged landscapes meet urban charm. Whether you’ve dreamt of Dragonboating, canoeing down the river of golden dreams, hiking the stunning coast mountains, or mountain biking on world-renowned Whistler trails, this retreat has it all – and yes, there’s even yoga and axe throwing!

Iceland Horses, Hiking, Hot-springs

SOLD OUT

July 7-14th, 2024

4 days of riding, 3 days of Hiking, Kayaking, Waterfalls. Embark on a transformative journey with Women’s Quest Iceland Retreat, where the enchanting landscapes of the Land of Fire and Ice set the stage for a unique Horse-Human Connection and Communication experience. Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate rider, join us for riding through Iceland’s breathtaking scenery. Beyond the saddle, immerse yourself in equine-assisted wellness and empowerment coaching, complemented by rejuvenating sessions of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Discover the profound connection between humans and horses in an unforgettable adventure designed to nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

Iceland Total MultiSport Immersion Retreat

SOLD OUT

July 14 -21th, 2024

Inhale the highland vista of glaciers and mountains where the summer sun never sets. This week, you will hike to spectacular waterfalls, mystical caves, natural hot springs, kayak through incredible wetlands, and take an amphibian boat tour to look at puffins. Plus, you can’t miss the chance to horse-ride across the brilliant Icelandic countryside. 
(Beginning riders welcome)

Iceland Intermediate/Advanced Horse Retreat

SOLD OUT

July 14-21th, 2024

Dreams really do come true! Spend this life-changing week riding Icelandic horses through bright green valleys of lupin wildflowers, magical beaches, and epic waterfalls. Make your way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, all the while visiting geothermal hot springs every evening.

Vermont Hiking, Mt Biking, Yoga, SUP Adventures retreat

Sept 7-12th, 2024

Breathe in the crisp fall air and restore your core energy through the peaceful magic of our private, lakeside lodge. We balance this week of hiking, mountain biking, SUPing, and canoeing with yoga and deep relaxation for the perfect blend of adventure and calm. 

Dolomites Hiking and Yoga Adventure retreat

1 SPOT OPEN

Sept 7th – 13th, 2024

Energize your whole body and mind in the spectacular Dolomites with daily breathtaking hikes, yoga, spa time and enjoying the local food. Together, we’ll experience the joy and personal power that comes from combining our journeys in nature with positive and supported self-expression.

Coed Tuscany Cycling Retreat

Sept 15-22th, 2024

From the shimmering Mediterranean Sea to the rolling hills and ancient villages, while cycling, we’ll absorb the essence of Tuscany and allow our senses to run wild. From the honey-soaked light of the morning glowing over the olive trees, to the golden rays shining through the vineyards in the evening, we will discover the blissful rhythm of Tuscany. 

Portugal Luxury Wellness adventure retreat, SUP, Kayak, Hike, Horses

SOLD OUT

September 14 – 20th, 2024

Join us this September for a luxurious exploration of some of Portugal’s best kept secrets. Held by the ancient beauty of Portugal this rejuvenating retreat will give you space to explore and connect with yourself, your tribe and the tools to tune into your feminine wisdom. 

Greece Blue Waters Bliss: Yoga, Kayaking, Hiking and Wellness Retreat in the Aegean

SOLD OUT

Sept 22-29th, 2024

Explore the treasures of Amorgos and Schinoussa islands on this awe-inspiring retreat. Hike the rugged coastline to discover hidden, untouched beaches and swim in the crystal-clear Aegean Sea. Ease into the slow pace like a local, feast on farm-to-table food, and get whisked away by the enchanting history and culture of Amorgos. The magic is palpable. 

Canyonlands Hiking, Yoga Adventure Retreat

Oct 16-20th, 2024

Experience the soul-inspiring beauty of the red sandstone canyons that were carved out a millennia ago by the great Colorado River. With Moab as your home base, you are nestled in between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks where you will hike, mountain bike, and practice yoga. The high desert air, beaming western sun, and mighty sandstone cliffs make for a great backdrop for this women’s adventure retreat.

2025 Retreats

Costa Rica Surfing Women's Retreat

Costa Rica Surf and Yoga Retreat

Feb 2-8th, 2025

If you’ve ever dreamed of playing in the warm ocean or feeling the exhilaration of riding a wave, then this is your adventure retreat! Welcome to a surf paradise! With the perfect blend of surfing, yoga, sunshine, and delicious food, Pura Vida time is here. 

New Zealand Adventure Retreat

March 4th -16th, 2025

Embark on a transformative 12-day journey exclusively for women! Hike the awe-inspiring Milford Track, unwind at a luxurious spa in Kaiteriteri, and explore the scenic Abel Tasman and Akarua regions. Limited spots available – book your adventure today!

Patagonia Adventure Retreat

March 28th -April 5th, 2025

Embark on an unforgettable adventure that beckons you to Torres del Paine, the crown jewel of Patagonia. Wake up to the breathtaking view of Cordillera Paine, partake in invigorating yoga sessions and immerse yourself in the wonders of Patagonia…

Colleen founder of Womens Quest at Machu Picchu

Peru Hiking and Yoga Adventure Cultural Retreat

May 10-17th, 2025

Embark on a transformative Peru adventure retreat with Women’s Quest. Experience the awe of hiking to Machu Picchu, engage in profound ceremonies with local shamans, savor authentic Peruvian cuisine, explore vibrant Cusco, and immerse yourself in the sacred beauty of the Sacred Valley. Join us for a journey of exploration, spirituality, and connection.

Testimonials

Many of the women who attend Women’s Quest return year after year and often bring friends or family members to share in this life changing experience. Letters and emails from participants mention how Women’s Quest has changed a their life and taught them that they have the strength to achieve new heights.

“Women’s Quest has been a life enriching, spiritual and physical experience for my daughter and for me. We have learned that nothing is impossible and that life is an adventure to savor and enjoy!”

Maria E

“This has been one of the greatest weeks of my life. It’s been not only fun, but an incredible growth experience.”

Karen A

“Women’s Quest changed my life in a totally positive way more than any other single event I’ve ever experienced.”

Molly M

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Meet the Staff

Our staff is composed of World Champion and Olympic athletes who are all experts in the fields of fitness, health, and wellness. Colleen Cannon, who founded Women’s Quest in 1992, has won over 100 races and is a World and National Champion in Triathlon.

We know how to connect to and listen to the body, and more importantly, we understand the power of inner well-being and mindfulness. We bring this knowledge and experience, coupled with our love for play, to our women’s retreats around the globe. We also work closely with our beloved local guides who share their home with us and give us the inside scoop of every location.

Meet Colleen

Colleen Cannon founded Women’s Quest after a highly successful career as a professional triathlete. In her racing days, she was World Champion in 1984 and National Champion in 1988 and 1990. She also was a multiple U.S. National team member.

Her passions, besides chocolate and being in nature, are liberating and empowering women through movement and balance, and targeting their true “hearts’ desire.” Colleen continues to EVOLVE adventures for Women’s Quest, delighting in ways to ENCHANT women with the experiences that coax happiness grown from joyful physical experiences.

Colleen Cannon, founder of Women's quest, host of women's retreats
Lorraine Moller

Lorraine Moller
Olympic Medalist / Run Coach

Lorraine is a four-time Olympian, a three-time world champion, Olympic bronze medalist, and winner of sixteen…

Jacqueline Stanford

Jacqueline Stanford
WQ Chief Fun Officer

“Live life to its fullest”   “FANTASTIC”   Jacqueline Stanford was born on a farm in Western Canada where…

Kelly Páez

Kelly Páez
Yoga Instructor / WQ Chief Everything Officer

Kelly Páez began her Yogic studies in the Krama yoga school under the guidance of her first teacher, Esteban Salazar…

Christina Russel
Mountain Bike / Dance / Massage

Christina was born in Montreal Canada and grew up in New England where she cultivated her love of the…

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Giving Back

We partner closely with local guides to ensure that we approach each community with respect and understanding of their place and culture. Working with local guides also enables us to support local businesses and communities, and every women’s retreat has a philanthropic give back project.

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Join The Quest​

Missing the feeling of being on a retreat? Welcome to the Quest Ohana. OHANA translates to family in the Hawaiian language, and our community has truly become one.

This online monthly membership empowers you with the tools, content, and support to create a more sustainable, happy, healthy and balanced lifestyle of wellness, from the inside out.

Our virtual platform provides you with live workouts, events and discussions with inspirational speakers, interactive group gatherings, guided meditations, and more to help you create your dream life now.

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