Short retreats come to Shambhala Mountain Center, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and others
By Lauren Lipton
Updated May 7, 2014 8:22 p.m. ET
The Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage in Nyack, N.Y., had been offering an annual weekend pilgrimage to Montauk, N.Y., for two years when it got the message from clients that Friday-through-Sunday was too much time away. Last year, owners Charlene Bradin and Betsy Ceva organized a "stay-at-home vacation" weekend of workshops in yoga, breathing and chakras. Even then, there were scheduling conflicts. "People said they couldn't make Saturday, they couldn't make Sunday. So we said, 'Why are we shooting ourselves in the foot?' " Ms. Bradin says.