How Can You Choose the Right Style of Wellness Retreat for Your Personality Type?
Have you experienced pangs of anxiety and overwhelm over the past three years? We’ve all had long days, even months, and dare I say years, of low-grade anxiety about the state of the world and our place in it. Is it any wonder the world of wellness is now a 4.5 billion dollar industry? One thing I know for sure, we can’t control the outer world, but we can understand who we truly are to remain at peace in a world of chaos and uncertainty. For many of us, a wellness retreat is the answer to connecting back to the Who, of who we really are. But how can you choose the right style of wellness retreat–one that suits your unique personality type?
What if You Get into the Wrong Retreat? Travelers Shared Why Their Wellness Retreat Was a Miss
For more than a decade, I worked in the world of luxury travel. To my surprise, many well-heeled travelers were miserable.
Over the years, I spoke with hundreds upon hundreds of travelers who said they weren’t happy with things; retreat sessions, spa, food, beach, room, or really, anything. Seriously, I didn’t get it. So I questioned them further.
Almost all the travelers I spoke with finally came to this conclusion: they didn’t know themselves. They didn’t how to choose the right style of wellness retreat that actually fit their personality or preferences because they didn’t actually know themselves well.
When this truth was revealed, I understood why so many were unhappy.
It was a harsh awakening for many, and for others, a new beginning.
Why am I so adamant about personality typing?
Within your personality are traits that give you answers to life’s most pressing questions. Your personality type is a highly personalized GPS system. It even helps you choose the perfect wellness retreat for your type.
Do you know your personality type?
If not, may I recommend using Myers-Briggs®? It’s $49.95 for an accurate test.
Personality Max is also a good choice, and it’s free.
Explore Your Traits to Figure Out the Right Style of Wellness Retreat for You
Here’s a cheat sheet if you don’t know your type or if you need a quick refresher. Realize your personality type offers a distinct set of indicators identify personal preferences. Of course, there is so much more to your story.
For now, this is a good place to start.
- Do you welcome the outer world (extrovert) or the inner world (introvert)?
- How do you gather information through the five senses (sensing) or through the five senses into the world of imagery (intuition)?
- Will you decide based on how you or others feel (feeling), or do you use a more objective approach or do you use a more objective approach (thinking)?
- Are you a list maker, a planner, an organizer (judging), or do you prefer spontaneity, going with the flow, (perceiver)?
Once you understand your personality traits, you’ll be lit-up with ah-ha moments!
Understanding yourself includes how you can choose the right wellness retreat for your personality type.
These 16 travel personality types provide an exclusive sneak-peek into personality typing with a spiritual understanding.
As a personality type shaman, I’m showing a revolutionary new way to put your soul self back into psychology. This appears in my upcoming book: 16 Personalities Unpacked – Get to Know the Real You and Travel Happier!
The list below is a must-read to plan an ideal wellness retreat based on your personality type.
Who doesn’t want to book the perfect getaway to soothe the mind, body, and soul?
Wellness Retreats for Introverts
Introverts gravitate to retreats in quiet settings and intimate learning opportunities. They relish time for solitude, reflection, and inner mind exploration; studying sacred texts, self-directed meditation, solo hikes to explore nature, and much more.
Grounded Travelers (ISTJ)
Grounded types like slow travel and trust authority. You’re likely to visit a tried-and-true wellness retreat. A good option is Canyon Ranch, one of the leader in wellness retreats since 1979.
Unassuming Travelers (ISFJ)
Unassuming travelers prefer structured retreats in peaceful surroundings discussing spiritual matters or taking part in prayer circles. You learn by doing, which makes Genesee Abbey worth a look–the 1,200-acre property is swoon-worthy.
Insightful Travelers (INFJ)
Insightful travelers are old souls, highly intuitive, and desire ongoing personal growth. You like a group retreat setting and have much to share. Consider International Re-Entry* a top choice for your type.
Inventive Travelers (INTJ)
Inventive travelers are talkative and engaged in intellectual topics of interest if you can get them to travel. They prefer structure and will opt for retreats, searching for the truth of all things. The self-guided retreats at The Monastery In Christ may be interesting to learn and worship with insights from Benedictine Monks.
Active Travelers (ISTP)
Active travelers are the definition of extreme adventure travelers. They seek action-packed wellness retreats: Castle Hot Springs, Arizona, fits the bill, where adventures await in the Sonoran Desert.
Aesthetic Travelers (ISFP)
Aesthetic travelers want active travel experiences to stimulate the five senses. Take a look at Casa Alternavida, Puerto Rico, with movement classes, guided nature hikes, and beach adventures. It’s so you.
Seeking Travelers (INFP)
Seeking travelers are attracted to retreats that provide quiet settings, time for journaling, and other reflective activities. This creative writing and yoga retreat in Scotland is worth exploring.
Autonomous for INTP on Vacation
Autonomous travelers want to understand the unbiased aspects of spirituality or religion. They may find the Rishikesh Retreat Center, Uttarakhand, India, interesting as it dives deep into the ancient religions of Asia.
Wellness Retreats For Extroverts
Extroverts typically seek retreats to engage with others and favor more activity options and time to make new friends. Typically, active and action oriented, these travelers are typically on the go.
Spirited Travelers (ESTP)
Spirited travelers are likely to take an annual retreat to disengage from the world to reengage with the nonphysical aspects of self, a healthy option, The Way of the Heart – Wild Bloom.*
Playful Travelers (ESFP)
Playful travelers engage with other retreat goers in joyful spirituality. They bring vitality to whatever they do. They may choose Palmaïa, The House of AïA. In Playa del Carmen, Mexico, this location offers yoga, meditation, art, and healing with nightly dance music and beachside bonfires.
Versatile Travelers (ENFP)
Versatile travelers are lively, energetic and travel for novel experiences, try to keep up, as they are like the Energizer Bunny. They slow down long enough to gather in a community with time for discussion and spiritual discovery; Lake Austin Spa and Resort, Austin, Texas, is a fabulous choice, with activities galore.
Inquisitive Travelers (ENTP)
Inquisitive travelers are novelty hunters, curious about all things, and love to learn. They’re likely to choose a learning-based wellness retreat, that’s far removed from conventional retreats. This 4 Day Luxury Yoga, Detox & Bokator Retreat in Majestical Cambodia, is worth a look.
Dutiful Travelers (ESTJ)
Dutiful travelers are likely to book structured learning retreats. Then enjoy camaraderie with other like-minded participants. Passion in Paradise* may be an option for those who want to cultivate healthier intimate relationships.
Attentive Travelers (ESFJ)
Attentive travelers love tradition and are often the ring leading in gathering a group of friends for a wellness retreat. A good pick is Dunton Hot Springs Retreat: Dolores, Colorado. It’s cozy and comfortable, just like you like!
Harmonious Travelers (ENFJ)
Harmonious travelers are fairly scheduled, highly interactive, want to learn and make new friends. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico, is ideal. Take sunrise hikes, schedule activities, and try the meditation labyrinth. You’ll be served sumptuous organic treats plucked from the onsite sustainable, organic farm, so you!
Assured Travelers (ENTJ)
Assured travelers want to be challenged and will opt out of inactive and trivial travel adventures. A visit to Ashiyana, India, fits the bill as it’s all about finding your “Best You,” a challenging task for even the most experienced yogis. Don’t worry; you’re up for the challenge.
The intention of this post is to awaken you to spiritual personality typing.
This is self-exploration from the inside out.
It helps you choose the right style of wellness retreat so you can actually enjoy your vacation!!
We’ve provided retreat options to help you take inspired action through best-matched wellness experiences.
Isn’t it time to travel from the inside out?
Time to explore your nonphysical self, which is always eager to experience the physical world?
* These retreats are sanctioned through LA Yoga Magazine without affiliation to the writer.
Nina Zapala is a personality type shaman and a certified Myers-Briggs® instructor with decades of travel experience. Hundreds of travelers worldwide shared their unhappiness stories, claiming a lack of self-awareness about their true self. Zapala is on a mission to reshape personality typing, layered with spiritual insights to enable beautiful souls from around the globe to unveil the who of who they really are. Please visit Nina Zapala to learn more.