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4 Midwest Adventures for Mental Rejuvenation & Natural Healing

Mar 18, 2014 02:00AM ● By Erin Frisch

Lounging under a canopy of trees with the sunshine streaming through or adventuring down a Wisconsin river on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip can be just what you need to unwind and recharge. Sharing the company of Mother Nature is one of the best ways to find respite and replenish a depleted self. Here are four destinations in the beautiful Midwest to flee reality and restoring mind, body and soul.

Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Park

Escape to the wondrous Bridal Cave to engage in a cavernous excursion beneath Thunder Mountain in Missouri. Discover formidable mineral deposits, incredible onyx formations and the sparkling clear waters of Mystery Lake as you visit chamber after underground chamber. A day-trip throughout these natural wonders will transport you to the early 1800s when, according to local folklore, Osage tribesman and women married in this majestic cave. Break away from the monotony, awaken the senses and recharge your inner being.

Peshtigo & Menominee Rivers

Jolt your mind and body into a thrilling adventure with an adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting ride down Wisconsin's Peshtigo and Menominee rivers. Replace the anxieties and stresses of daily life with heart-pounding excitement while conquering giant rapids and watery rock gardens. The world-famous Peshtigo River is five miles of fear-inducing whitewater that will free your mind from anything but scenic river channels, gorgeous waterfalls and unexpected currents pushing you into mind-blowing drops. The Menominee River trip starts along 200-foot cliffs and runs into the world-famous Piers Gorge rapids. If your idea of a reinvigorating experience is more of a "meander" than a "wild ride," canoe, kayak or tube down gentler stretches of the Menominee River, and simply soak in nature's beauty.

Michigan Yoga Retreat

From the yoga studio to the peaceful outdoors, practicing yoga settles the mind and creates serenity. Northern Michigan's Song of the Morning offers natural surroundings, yoga workshops, meditations, and natural foods for yogis who want to eliminate that mental restlessness. Dedicate an entire trip to spiritual refreshment and restore balance in your life by practicing various yoga techniques, including Hatha, Bhakti, Karma, and Jnana yoga. Song of the Morning programs are designed to help yogis achieve optimal wellness and relieve the mental anguish of everyday life while promoting self-actualization.

Family Camping in Wisconsin Dells

Head to a campground in Wisconsin Dells and enjoy a camping getaway to revive the mind, body and soul. Include the whole family on a camping vacation and take on a minimalist lifestyle. Spend quality time with your family and embrace the beauty of mother nature. After some outdoorsy downtime, take the kids to fun local attractions, like Noah's Ark water park and Wisconsin Deer Park, to release energy and get active. Whether you're making s'mores or playing miniature golf, a family camping trip will remind you about what's truly important in life. Warm sunshine and laughing with your loved ones are the real heart healers and spiritual elixirs.

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