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How to Choose A Yoga Retreat That Is Right For You?

Oxana Golub TeamThursday, June 02, 2016 by Oxana Golub

If you ever tried to do some research in attempt to find the next yoga retreat to go to, you can probably describe your experience with three words: ‘Too. Much. Choice’. From Surf & Yoga, Run & Yoga or even (our personal favourite) Yoga & Wine getaways, there is a sea of options to choose from. They say ‘you cannot stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf’, so here are our tips that will help you navigate the variety of options and find something that fits your needs.

  1. Ask yourself: ‘What do I want to get from a retreat’?

This seems an obvious question, but a retreat really is a personal experience so you need to understand what you are looking for in the first place. What experience are you looking for? Are you searching for a peaceful hideaway in an eco friendly location by the sea? Do you want to kick-start your healthy routine or enhance your yoga practice? Or are you looking for an opportunity to explore a new destination while combining your holiday with yoga and meditation?


  1. Where and when I am able to book a retreat?

Now that you’ve narrowed your search down, look at the dates and destinations. This summer, some of the most popular destinations are Spain, Netherlands, Italy, France, and Portugal - these are great options if you want to combine a yoga retreat experience along with travel, observing historical places and trying local food and drinks.

Check out Sole Yoga Holidays, Ilma Yoga-House, Sewall House

If you enjoy beach time, there are plenty of retreats in Thailand, Morocco, Malta, Ibiza, Croatia, and Goa for you to choose from. Check out The lotus Pad Ibiza, Croatia Yoga, Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village, Surf Maroc, Phuket Cleanse, or Ride Ibiza Holidays.

While some retreats are open to visitors all year round, many take place on specific dates. Here are a few we recommend that you take a look at: Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Tuscany June 19th-26th,  All inclusive Yoga Retreat in Portugal June 3d-17th, Freediving Yoga Retreat in Gozo September 17th-24th

       3. Do I need to be a yoga/fitness guru to go on a retreat?

Wellness holidays are a growing trend, and retreats are an important part of this. For this reason you don’t need to worry about your level of ability in yoga or any kind of fitness as there are plenty of offers whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi. The retreats also build programmes in such a way that they accommodate different levels of fitness. It won’t hurt if you pay attention to the following parameters while choosing the retreat:

  • The teacher/instructor profile. What retreats they hosted before, what their style is. What references people provided based on their interaction with the teacher.

  • How big will the group be? Understanding the group size prior to the trip can help you prepare for the social elements of the retreat.

  • Is the retreat suitable for beginners? The retreat organisers will give you an indication of the difficulty of the sessions. Most programmes allow beginner level with advanced elements of the programme for those who are more experienced.

  • What is the itinerary? Most retreats offer a fairly flexible programme with lots of spare time that you can use to explore the neighbourhood, connect with likeminded retreat goers or practice something you always wanted (like drawing or learning a new language). The schedule will help you understand what you can expect and plan your trip accordingly.

      4. Budget

Make sure you pay attention to these key elements of the retreat pricing:

  1. Transport (flights, train, airport transfer). Flights are usually NOT included in the retreat cost. Make sure to book your flights in advance to get the best deal.  

  2. Accommodation. Are you going for an individual room or a shared accommodation? Is it a hotel or a campus? Luxury or basic? What level of comfort does it offer?

  3. Yoga/meditation/fitness classes. These are one of the main reasons you are going on a retreat and they are usually included in the cost. Check with the retreat how many sessions you are getting (they are not compulsory so you can show up when you want to and skip if you feel like spending time doing other things instead) if extra classes are available on demand, and whether they are provided on a paid basis.

  4. Meals. Meals are usually included in the cost of the retreat and you can expect delicious vegetarian food. Some retreats (like fasting retreats) offer supplements, some serve eggs and fish and some serve meals three times a day while others do it two times a day or less depending on what programme you are on. On most retreats you won’t find coffee, alcohol, and processed food (like sliced sandwich bread) and the menu is based on whole foods. Some retreats we’ve been to offer organic wines and ice cream to purchase. Check with the retreat organiser on what’s on offer and do not hesitate to inform the them about any food allergies you have (this is especially important if you have nut allergies as many dishes tend to contain nuts and seeds).

  5. Extra services. Retreats often offer ‘pay for play’ additional services like massage, language classes, active trips and excursions in the area. With WandrCard membership, many of these are offered by retreats free of charge. Speak to the retreat to see if they offer these to WandrCard members.

     5. Free Perks & Offers

If you are looking for a little extra motivation to go to a retreat, check out the list of exclusive free perks that retreats offer to WandrCard members. You can get a free massage, nutrition consultation, private yoga session, airport pick up and many more offers. Check the full list here: https://wandrcard.com/offers.aspx

If you have any questions or need some recommendations regarding a retreat which would be the best for you, get in touch with us - we will be happy to help!


Happy searching!