The Yoga Retreat Experience

How do I choose what yoga retreat to go on?

Start by visualising what your ideal experience looks like. Are you in a small yoga shala nestled in the mountains? Perhaps you’re in a large space with lots of like-minded people? Are you hiking in the hills in your spare time, or unwinding in a tropical oasis?

Before making your decision, we recommend that you read the retreat reviews, consider the daily schedule and check out the photos to see if the teachers, the space and the experience resonate with you.

If you need some inspiration, get in touch! We love to talk about yoga and travel and are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

What do you do on a yoga retreat?

All retreats are unique. However, most will include 1 -2 yoga classes per day, excursions to explore the local surrounds, wholesome food and the opportunity to connect with like-minded people. Be sure to check out the Inclusions section of your chosen retreat for all the finer details.

Will I have free time?

Absolutely. Retreats include both group activities and free time to relax or explore. Our yoga partners are aware that for many people, a retreat offers an opportunity to disconnect from their busy lives and regain balance. This is reflected in the daily schedules and participants are encouraged to do what is right for them – nothing is compulsory.

I've never done yoga before, does that matter?

Not at all! The retreats that we partner with welcome yogis of all levels – from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners. A yoga retreat offers participants so much more than just yoga – it provides the time and space for new experiences and connection to others, regardless of how much time you have spent on the mat.

What should I bring?

As a general guide you should bring comfortable clothing for your yoga and meditation practice, outdoor walking shoes, sunscreen, backpack and water bottle for any adventures, a journal for self-reflection and a book for quiet time. The majority of retreats provide yoga mats and props, but you are welcome to bring your own or purchase on arrival. Most importantly, remember to bring an open outlook and a sense of adventure!

What food can I expect?

Food options vary depending on the retreat. You’ll be enjoying healthy and nourishing food to fuel the body and mind. Make sure you read the Food section of your chosen retreat to find out more and let us know if you have any dietary requirements. Most retreats cater to special requests.

Can I go on a retreat by myself?

Absolutely! It may seem a little daunting to go alone, especially if you’ve never done a yoga retreat before. However, going solo provides space for self-reflection and can open you up to possibilities that you might otherwise miss. Plus, you won’t really be alone – you will be surrounded by like-minded people who are all going through the same experience. A yoga retreat can be a powerful bonding experience and it is quite common for people to make life-long friends.

How many people will be on the retreat?

Group sizes vary, but generally range from 5 – 25 people. Some yoga retreats will have a maximum group size and this will be outlined in the retreat description. There are benefits of having a smaller intimate group with a good teacher to student ratio, but there can also be a real energy and sense of community from a larger group.

The Yoga Teacher Training Experience

How do I pick which teacher training to go on?

Yoga is a vast subject area with many styles and practices. Luckily, we are connected with a range of yoga partners providing you with a variety of options to suit you.

We always recommend that you read student testimonials, review the daily schedule and check out the photos to see if the teachers, the space and the experience resonate with you.

Choosing where you want to be when you dive into your practice is important. If you need some inspiration, contact us – we love to talk about yoga and travel!

I’ve never done yoga before, does that matter?

The yoga centres we partner with welcome yogis of all levels – from beginners to advanced practitioners. There are different levels of teacher training courses, each with varying requirements of the participants. Make sure you read over the summary information for each course. Remember, you can always contact us at any time to discuss what yoga teacher training will best suit you.

What’s included?

All teacher training courses are unique and have a different course structure and syllabus. Please refer to the Inclusions section of your chosen course for more information.

What should I bring?

As a general guide, you should bring comfortable clothing for your yoga and meditation practice, outdoor walking shoes, sunscreen, backpack and water bottle for any adventures, a journal for self-reflection and a book for quiet time. The majority of yoga schools provide mats and props, but you are welcome to bring your own or purchase one on arrival. Most importantly, remember to bring an open outlook and a sense of adventure!

What food can I expect?

Food options vary depending on the yoga school. You can expect to mainly eat nourishing vegetarian meals to align with the yogic way of life. You can find out more information by reading the Food section of your chosen course. Most yoga centres can cater to special dietary requirements.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the course?

This depends on what teacher training you have completed. To become a certified teacher, you must complete a minimum 200-hour course. Once you have successfully graduated from the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from the yoga school and be able to submit an application to The Yoga Alliance to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). The Yoga Alliance is an association that has recognised standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher training courses. All of our teacher training partnerships are with Yoga Alliance-registered schools.

Will I have free time?

Each course is structured differently to cover the required hours. All courses will include breaks during the day for meals and rest. You will also likely get a day or two off each week to hang out with your fellow yogis and explore the beautiful destination you’re visiting. When reviewing options, make sure you check out the Daily Schedule for all the finer information.

Do I have to purchase course books?

The reading requirements will depend on the teacher training, but most schools have required reading lists. You will also be given a teacher training manual at the start of your course.

What is the difference between the 200, 300 and 500 hour programmes?

The 200-hour teacher training is a foundation course recognised by Yoga Alliance. On completion of this course, you will be able to submit an application to the Yoga Alliance to become a registered teacher. Many teachers decide to continue their study and participate in an advanced 300 or 500-hour programme as a way to gain further knowledge and enhance their skills.

Booking Your Trip

How do I secure my place?

We first need to confirm if there is availability at your selected yoga or wellness experience. If you want to secure a spot, we will contact the yoga provider and confirm within 72 hours.

Is my booking refundable?

Each yoga supplier has their own terms and conditions and cancellation policy that we will apply to your booking. The booking terms and conditions are outlined in the T&C’s tab on the yoga experience page.

Can I arrive early and stay late?

Yes, absolutely! If you have the time, we encourage you to extend your stay so you can explore the destination. For some of our experiences, you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at others you’ll need to stay elsewhere. We can arrange this for you – all you need to do is let us know what your ideal tailor-made itinerary looks like.

Are flights included?

Generally, our displayed yoga experience prices are exclusive of flights. However, we sometimes have special packages that include flights – if this is the case, all details will be in the Inclusions section. If you would like assistance with booking flights, we can put you in touch with our affiliate travel broker who is more than happy to help.

How do I get from the airport to the yoga centre?

Some yoga centres offer complimentary airport transfers. Check out the Inclusions section of your chosen yoga experience to find out more. If airport transfers aren’t included in the price, then we can arrange these for you with our trusted local providers.

Do I need travel insurance?

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We can organise this for you to ensure you are completely covered from the day you book until the day you return.

Do I need a visa?

Visa requirements vary depending on the country you are visiting and what passport you are travelling on. We will work with you to ensure you have your visas covered. It is also very important to check the validity on your passport, as most countries require a minimum of six months from the time you arrive.