There's so much choice these days of places to go and things to do when going on a retreat.
Trends are emerging too which you should know about as the options are growing all the time.
Here's some tips to keep you informed and help you choose the best option available for yourself.
Retreats start worldwide every day with a few places still being the main retreat hot spots.
The traveler trail of Southeast Asia attracts huge numbers of people with it's yoga
community and relaxed welcoming cultures.
Thailand still tops the list with established and affordable retreat centers on beautiful
beaches drawing many people every year.
Just as popular is the island of Bali where you can choose between jungle or beach
retreats, both with breathtaking views and surroundings.
It's health food shops, alternative therapies and large yoga community make it a yogi
home from home. And there is so much you can do before or after your retreat.
If you are looking for somewhere new to go it could be worth considering Sri Lanka.
The island has the feel and climate of Southeast Asia and has a lot to offer with new
centers popping up all the time.
And always look to the motherland India for inspiration.
Or hop over to Morocco on the top of Africa to immerse in a very different vibe and culture.
Think about what you want to do on your time away.
Maybe you want to hold a handstand for longer.
Or you could just want to hit the beach for some sun and yoga.
So first off you need to decide what you want to be doing.
As the market has grown in popularity so too have the type of retreats on offer.
You can combine your stay with any one of many activities these days.
Are you are looking for options like spa, detox or alternative therapies,
if so make sure to check out whats available.
It may be that you are thinking about a healthy lifestyle program, if so search something like wellness retreats.
Consider what's included as part of the program.
If it's a tour then does the price include all transportation.
If it's off-the-beaten track then do they run airport transfers and provide local transport connections.
Does the retreat center have fitness, steam and sauna rooms.
And of course what's the pool like and the local area.
How much time do you have on your hands.
If you have a while then go for a retreat with places to go afterwards.
What a nice decision. Asia, Central America or Europe?
Check out the schedule. Does it suit you?
Are you looking to stay in bed late or happy to start with an early class.
Do you want an active schedule like on a surf yoga retreat or you prefer a lot of down time on the program.
Maybe you would like to combine detox with yoga and spend some well deserved time enjoying massage and body treatments in the spa.
Or maybe you would like to explore meditation more than just a class a day.
It may look cheaper but make sure you know the accommodation details of your retreat.
Retreats often price according to shared or private rooms and room type. Check it out.
Consider your accommodation type when choosing the program.
Make sure the teacher and yoga style match your expectations here.
How many classes a day.
Are you interested in there being meditation classes and a variety of yoga classes.
Are you looking for Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow or the heat of Ashtanga.
Or a range of classes
If so the same teacher every day may not be the best way to go ... different
retreat centers have different approaches.
Some rotate their teachers and yoga classes giving you variety or have
multiple classes to choose from each day.
Most venues these days cater for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.
Unless of course it's a decadent food & wine retreat in Italy. Then you may need to ask
some more questions to make sure.
A small group at a retreat center in the jungle somewhere may be just the thing you
are looking for ... or maybe not.
Consider what you want to do. If you want the opportunity to socialise but want flexibility
to do whatever you want
during your time then a small group may not suit.
A larger yoga center may be just the trick.
There's a whole price range for retreats these days.
From luxury destination spas with treatment inclusions to more basic set-ups.
Prices vary based on venue, accommodation, program and the location.
Bali is more expense than Thailand for example.
One tip, outside of high season is always a good time to go when the cost is normally
lower for everything, making it more affordable.
If you are on a tight budget there are still a lot of places to consider where you can find cheap yoga retreats and enjoy your time away.
Or if money is no object then dive into one of the best luxury yoga retreats that are around.
That all depends what you are into.
There are retreats of every duration, yoga style, activities, group size, in all locations…and the list goes on.
You can go glamping in the Rockies in the USA or do yoga at the same time as hiking to see the Northern Lights.
These two examples would tend to be a small group where the social dynamic would be important.
Whereas time spent at a bespoke resort will probably provide you with more time for you and your own space.
The choice is really up to you. Flick through what we have to offer here by searching activity types or location or both.
We have every option and activity imaginable all across the world.
This way you can view all the options available to you and find what really matches what you are looking for.
All our partners are established and professional centers. If there was an unforeseen circumstance of
nature that caused this to happen then you would receive a full refund of your money of course.
Our reputation is key to maintaining trust and service with you.
It's always a good idea whenever you travel to have the comfort in knowing that if anything does happen
then it will not end up costing you a lot of money in a foreign country.
We recommend to everybody that they use travel insurance.
Sure. Some centers are like hotels and so an immediate booking is
possible but most still require advanced bookings.
It's always best to plan as most retreats have a limited number of rooms
That is completely up to you as here you can make plans early or book
for a retreat that is starting this week.
So whatever suits you. Our partners are responsive and you will receive
a quick response to an inquiry.