A health and wellness retreat arrives in the Design District

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Simon Soong

It’s Cinco de Mayo weekend in Miami. While the city is preoccupied with overindulging in chips, guac, tacos and cervezas, the Design District is preparing for something a little different.

Well, a lot different, actually.

The Retreat, the health and wellness festival slated to land in Paradise Plaza in the shopping district, returns, bringing a healthier side to Miami’s festive, up-all-night reputation. Because even a city that never sleeps needs to detox every now and then.

Oasis of health

That’s where the Retreat from Funkshion comes in. And along with it: influencers, bloggers, fitness fanatics, athletic brands and heath and wellness gurus. All of which will culminate today, May 3rd, for the kick-off event, a female DJ-fueled party. Consider mixing and mingling the main workout of the night. Note, however, nearly all of the events are invite-only. However, there is a guest option, making befriending anyone with an invite your workout of choice this weekend.

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On a mission of fitness

The Retreat isn’t exclusive to Miami. There are versions in Austin and New York. Founder Natalija Dedic-Stojanovic says, “Our dream was to create a curated platform that is all about healthy, fitness-focused lifestyle, fashion and beauty and present the best talent and industry shifters. I was never dedicated to one type of fitness class, nor one way to release the everyday stress, and I think The Retreat was my answer to the wellness events currently on the market.”

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What’s the plan?

Come bright and early Saturday morning, the Retreat kicks it into high gear with everything from yoga with international teacher Sjana Elise Earp and wellness panel to a chakras detox, even a fashion show with athleisure from brands like Koral, Michi, Alala and more. You’ll be able to shop those looks, too, thanks to Eight Space.

In sticking with fitness’ no-days-off mentality, Sunday welcomes everyone to try out a little yoga. The open-to-the-public event kicks off at 9am with a #YogaForGood class hosted by influencer Martha Graeff and lead by Miriam Ghandown of Ahana Yoga. Tickets are $27, with all proceeds benefiting Fundana’s children’s outreach. Prepare to leave feeling good after doing good.

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The day carries on with private events, including stretching techniques from Infinity Sports Institute, a high intensity interval training class with Nike Master Trainer Kristy Godso and a hip-hop class with Gina Grant.

For now, keep an eye on your Instagram stories via @TheRetreatByFunkshion and #TheRetreatMiami to follow along. Next year, however, the event is slated to go public. And should you feel inspired to do something good for yourself, physically and/or mentally, go for it. That’s what Retreats are for.

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