In Vancouver we are usually lucky with a beautiful summer, this year Mother Nature seems to be on vacation. As the rainy days continue to pound down on us and the torrential rain pounds outside the window, I’ve begun to look deeper into sunny and warm yoga retreats.
Not only are there many studios locally who offer there own annual or semi-annual yoga retreats, there are retreats offered world wide, so where do you begin. Here are some tips to think about when planning a yoga retreat;
- How much can you afford?
Set yourself a budget, start here and set yourself a budget. Most retreat costs do not include airfare, keep this in mind.
- Who are you travelling with?
Many retreats are based on double occupancy and the price increases if you are a single occupant, while others offer shared accommodations. Decide if you are looking for a solo journey, a journey with you partner, friends or use it as an opportunity to make new ones.
Make sure you read the fine print and determine what meals are not included in the price and that you will be responsible for.
- Type of Yoga:
If you are going to take a retreat with a teacher you have never practiced before, find out as much you can about the teacher and what style they teach. Many retreats offer two classes a day, are you going to be happy with the teacher.
- Other Activities:
What other activities are included in the retreat? Tours, events etc?
- Free Time:
How much free time do you get to explore and be on your own?
- Where do you want to go?
We are lucky living in Vancouver to have places like Galiano and Salt Spring Island to find a retreat close to home. Decide where you want to go; somewhere far (Europe), somewhere closer (California), somewhere tropical (Costa Rica) and see what’s in your budget.
These gloomy rainy days have got me looking deeper into the yoga retreat wish list. Here are a few that are on the top of my list;
- Semperviva – Greece – 6 Nights on the Island of Kythera
- Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat – 6 Nights in Spain
Have you been on a yoga retreat? What did you like or not like?