4 Ways to Create Your Own Central Coast Healing Retreat


Ahhh. When you think about a Central Coast getaway, can’t you just feel the serenity come over you? Rest and rejuvenation, peace and beauty – California’s Central Coast is known for its healing properties and tranquility.

Summer is waning but there is still plenty of time to toss a bathing suit and a journal in a bag, walk out the door, and return to a greater sense of self, through your own personal healing retreat. Feed your body and soul with the plentiful gifts Pismo Beach and the surrounding Central Coast towns have to offer. Here are just a few of the many ways to nourish yourself this summer and beyond:

1. Find Inspiration in Art

Pismo Beach is a breathtaking expanse of beauty. The land and ocean come together in picturesque vistas of colors, textures, and shapes that remind us what it means to be alive.

This beauty acts as ongoing inspiration for hundreds of local artists, and can inspire the artist in you as well.

On the first Sunday of each month you’ll find Art in the Park, a collection of more than 100 local artists sharing and selling their art in a festival-style outdoor venue at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach. You’ll find paintings, sculptures, glass art, pottery, jewelry, and more. It’s one of the regularly occurring local events that make Pismo Beach an extraordinary destination.

Any day or evening you can also get your own paint brush wet at the Art Bar in SLO (San Luis Obispo). Here you can sip on a good glass of wine and be guided by renowned artists in painting your own beautiful canvas based on that afternoon or evening’s theme painting.

If you just want to become inspired, you’ll find art at local boutiques and on display at local restaurants and other venues all over the Pismo Beach and Central Coast region. 

2. Immerse Yourself in Water

One of the most healing actions you can take for your body is to immerse in water. Pismo Beach and the entire Central Coast region have an abundance of opportunities to do just so. Of course you can hit the beach and immerse your body in the swaying salt water of the great Pacific Ocean. A day in the sun and surf will reset your chemistry unlike any other combination.

There are also a number of renowned healing hot springs in SLO County, where you can nourish your skin and bones with mineral rich healing waters from morning to night, in public or private settings. If you travel a few quick minutes north from Pismo Beach, you will also find the extraordinary opportunity to surrender in a float tank. Or look for practitioners to hold and massage you in the water, a unique form of massage called Watsu or Waterdance. The buoyancy of massage while floating allows a far greater release than on a table. Feel for yourself and you might never go home.

3. Yoga and Other Healing Movement Arts

If an active release is more your chosen path to a healing retreat, nourish your body with world class yoga, tai chi, Qigong, contact improv, ecstatic dance, and other movement. For SLO County doesn’t mean slow. This is one region that is definitely moving and shaking. Whatever your specific activity is, you’ll find well known instructors, facilitators, musicians, and even DJ’s leading heart opening events all the time – indoors and outdoors. The Pismo Beach and Central Coast is known for its conscious movement community – one you can make your own, even for a day.

4. Hit the Roads in and Around Pismo Beach

For some, getting in the car with the windows open or the top down and just driving can be relaxing. From your headquarters at the SeaCrest, for example, you can take a short drive north to Hearst Castle, a local treasure and one people travel to from all over the world. It’s a bit of history, architectural magnificence, beauty, nature, inspiration, and escape all in one. You can take a formal tour of one area of the estate or many. There are also festive events at the fabulous estate William Randolph Hearst himself dubbed The Enchanted Hill. Other quick trips can put you on a vista view of the elephant seal rookery, sliding the sand dunes at Montaña De Oro, or shopping in the quaint Danish-inspired village of Solvang. Check out this SLO Day Trip review for inspiration!

Whatever fills your cup, nourish yourself this summer with your own healing retreat. There’s still time. Book your Pismo Beach getaway today

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