You’ve always wanted to be more spiritual. Commune with nature. Get in shape. Find your Zen. But you have a real life to live—who has the time? No one does, which is why these Southern self-help retreats are so genius. They infuse weekend getaways with personal improvement and offer beautiful settings for professional instruction. After all, if you’re going to take some time off, you might as well get a tune-up while you’re away.
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