rad retreats around the world

yoga retreats - travelOur amazing ambassador Silvia Mordini has given us tips on how to pick a retreat – a great read to check out before embarking on a sweaty and bendy adventure. Now that you’ve decided to play big and get inverted (you ARE coming, right?!), we thought we’d share our top picks for ‘holy-CRAP-I-love-my-life’ experiences on the mat.

1. journey into power level one training

february 25- march 3, 2012
kalani, hawaii
lead by: baron baptiste

Have you got deep enough into your practice that you’re contemplating instructing – or simply want a challenging week of yoga where your classmates elevate and inspire you? Check out this retreat hosted by yoga legend Baron Baptiste. Baron has been instructing since he was a child and his instruction is mind blowing (I speak from experience). His words are true, his questions penetrating and his demeanor supremely approachable. Best of all, you’ll be on the beautiful island of Hawaii, filled with all the green juice smoothies, beach strolls and sunny smiles you can handle.

2. sivananda ashram beginners yoga retreat 

june 4 - 8, 2012
paradise island, nassau
lead by: sylvie boisclair

Are you new to yoga and want to take a week to deepen your practice and get away from it all? This retreat in the beautiful and quiet Bahamas could be a great choice for you. The Sivananda Ashram runs much like a traditional ashram, with a strong focus on the self. The schedule of events focuses on getting beginner yogis comfortable with movement, terminology and positions on the mat. In addition to daily yoga practice, there are daily meditations, art classes and massages on the white sand beach. Let’s all say it together: “ahhhhhhhhhhh.”

3. yoga breaks - hotel chamarel

september 6 - 11, 2012
denia, spain
lead by: assorted instructors

If you are looking to combine a week of asanas with travelling in one of the most beautiful regions in the world, check out Yoga Breaks. People from all over Europe and beyond have been attending this retreat for years, and with good reason: the town is stunning and the food at Hotel Chamarel is reputed to be delicious. What could be better than a day of yoga, followed by meandering down cobblestoned streets finishing with cava and delectable eats? Combine this retreat with a few days in Barcelona or Madrid and you may never come home.

4. luxe cowgirl yoga, big sky yoga retreats

september 13- 16, 2012
bozeman, montana
lead by: assorted instructors

If the idea of downward dogs followed by horse canters is your idea of a good time, look no further. Big Sky Yoga Retreats in beautiful Bozeman, Montana is the perfect retreat for someone who wants to mix a little high-energy adrenaline in with their oms. The countryside in Bozeman is expansive and wild, perfect for unleashing your inner cowgirl; the terrain also lends itself well to contemplative meditation and relaxing moments taking in sunrises and sunsets.

5. blissology ‘yes’ (yoga ecology surf) retreat

date TBD, 2013
goa, india
lead by: eoin finn & insiya rasiwala-finn

Longtime friends of lululemon (and friends to yogis around the world) Eoin Finn and Insiya Rasiwala-Finn have been delighting people for years with their retreats to various spots on the globe. Many folks here at lululemon’s Store Support Centre (SSC) in Vancouver have been to their workshops and come back raving (think getting excited but not the glow stick kind) about their experiences. The Blissology schedules are balanced with a focus on exploring local culture; if goal setting classes, daily sessions on the mat and yummy food is what you are looking for, this is the retreat for you.

PS – how cool is Goa?!

I don’t know about you but I hear a Hawaiian conch shell calling my name. Got a retreat planned for 2012? Tell us which ones!

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Does a week of yoga in the dazzling caribbean sounds good to you?
NC based teachers

Comment by Elizabeth Cramond — January 31, 2012 @ 5:22 am

We’re hitting up Vajra Sol Yoga/Surf retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

I would love to join Eoin & Insiya but the timing did not work out this year. Hopefully another time!

Comment by ESBB — January 31, 2012 @ 6:05 am

this is great. please continue to share this valuable information.

Comment by deborah avren — January 31, 2012 @ 6:41 am

Take a well deserved break in Guatemala for the Spring Equinox of 2012 with rebekka and Karen….

Comment by Karen keresturi — January 31, 2012 @ 10:44 am

I’m signed up for Baptiste Level 1 in Hawaii and I absolutely can’t wait! Thanks for sharing other retreats that I’ll consider in the future. It just seems right to do yoga in Goa!

Comment by dkf — January 31, 2012 @ 11:07 am

Check out this luxury wine country yoga retreat!

Comment by Vinyasa Vacations — January 31, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

Will be going to Dominican Republic with Juluka Yoga Studio in NJ in the beginning of March :)

Comment by kjc — January 31, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

Pure Bliss – http://www.yoga-thailand.com
excellent teachers; on the beach; spa & wellness, detox programmes; healthy clean food, excellent accomodation

Comment by Maria — January 31, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

Hawaii sounds amazing right now… however the Montana trip would be fun too. Maybe even get some horse back riding in. Great list!

Comment by Lyndi — January 31, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

Yoga retreat in the California Wine Country!

Comment by Michaela Codding — January 31, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

Come and rejuvenate and nourish your body in Ubud Bali 26th-31st August!

Comment by Fiona — January 31, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

Yoga and Diving in fabulous Belize!! Come and play-lots of yoga and your open water or advanced scuba cert!
June 2-9 2012! http://www.k10yoga.com :)

Comment by Kristen — January 31, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

Want a bit of adventure mixed in with your yoga? Join us for a blissful weekend in the mountains of NC for some pampering, healthy food, introspection and exploration. We’ll be indulging in meditation, yoga and coaching. Test your fearless femme with a day of outdoor rock climbing! All activities are for all levels. All inclusive. May 4th-6th 2012

Comment by Katie Mattson — January 31, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

Hello from Montana! Thanks so much for the shout out on our LUXE Cowgirl Yoga retreat. Join us this summer and add a little Yeehaw to your Namaste!

Comment by Margaret — February 1, 2012 @ 11:33 am

I’ve been on two Big Sky Yoga Retreats. Margaret Burns Vap rocks. I highly recommend!

Comment by Kay — February 1, 2012 @ 11:34 am

http://downdogyoga.com/ http://youtu.be/taor8nCcar0
Grab your surfboard and head to sunny Mexico with Down Dog Teachers Colin Brightfield and Kelly Stine for a week of adventure, yoga, good food and great surf, while living in the lap of luxury at one of Mexico’s most beautiful gems: “Haramara Resort”. Within walking distance of the popular surfing town of Sayulita, Haramara is the perfect place for beginners to be adventurous, grab a board, hang ten and experience the art of “riding the wave”. See You There!
March 10-17th 2012

Comment by Jeanne Campbell — February 1, 2012 @ 11:59 am

Does anyone know of any good retreats in British Columbia?
Or any places that offer kayak yoga combo vacation?

Comment by Katherine — February 1, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

I head off the grid to The Island Experience.

The Island Experience is an Adventure Spa program on Ilha Grande, Brazil. Ilha Grande is a remote, roadless, car-less island a 2 hour drive and hour boat ride from Rio de Janeiro. The weeklong program includes twice-daily yoga classes, hiking and kayaking treks, massages like no other I’ve had, and an awesome detox diet. The program is limited to 12 people at a time and the staff will make you feel like family by the end of the week.

They offer occasional programs in Costa Rica and Patagonia too.


This has been the best week ever… twice… with a third potentially in the plans again this year.

Comment by MB — February 1, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

The Montana Cowgirl Yoga sounds amazing! I am from Montana and now live in California — I love getting away from the stress of the big city when I return to Montana. The mountains and big sky country cleanse your soul and leave you with peace.

Comment by Shauna — February 1, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

Looking for adventure, surf and yoga? Peace Retreat in Playa Negra, Costa Rica has it all! We are having a blast! Daily yoga, retreats and Teacher Trainings too, it all exists here!

Comment by Kevin — February 4, 2012 @ 6:03 am

Caribbean Yoga Retreats and Adventure Travel Packages!
Check out our calender or let us plan a personal retreat just for you…trish@tropicalescapes.biz

March 4-10, 2012
Island Bliss in Aruba with Rachel Brathen
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Aruba

March 17-24, 2012
Jim Bennitt’s Aruba Yoga Retreat
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Aruba

March 25-April 1, 2012
Woman’s Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Jill Sand
Bromley, Jamaica

May 5-12, 2012
Aruba Yoga Vacation
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Aruba

July 7-14, 2012
Aruba Yoga Vacation
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Aruba

August 4-11, 2012
Aruba Yoga Vacation
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Aruba

October 13-20, 2012
Aruba Yoga Vacation
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Aruba

December 1-8, 2012
Aruba Yoga Vacation
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Aruba

Comment by Patricia — February 29, 2012 @ 7:42 am

The Midwest likes adventure and yoga too!

Outdoor yoga and rock climbing workshops at Devil’s Lake State Park (southern Wisconsin). Imagine sunrise yoga, campfire breakfast, climbing the quartzite bluffs, evening makko-ho (Japanese stretching – ahhhh :) and slack lining at camp. No, it’s not Aruba… but it’s an affordable adventure weekend with both excitement and relaxation. A few hours from Chicago and Minneapolis.


Also featured in Experience Life Magazine (May 2012) and Yoga Journal (June 2012/2011)

Comment by Jeremy Fischer — May 8, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

Should have mentioned… next yoga and climbing workshop in Wisconsin is June 1-3! http://www.poweradventures.org (Dates also available for July, Sept, and Oct)

Comment by Jeremy — May 8, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

a mindfulness and yoga retreat in Costa Rica next Feb,
right on the beach in Puntarenas!

Comment by greg — October 6, 2012 @ 6:50 pm


Connection with self, nature and others are three of our deepest longings. Yet, the challenges and busyness of everyday life can leave us feeling rushed and disconnected.

Stepping away from distractions and long-held patterns allows us to explore the deep connections that help nurture, heal and inspire us. Witnessing nature awakens body, mind and spirit, and offers a profound experience of healing. This healing becomes a transformational experience–a return to our natural rhythm and our authentic self.

Every Retreat is saying yes to alife affirming path. this weeklong retreat offers a unique opportunity to spend 7 Nights on the land, experiencing a centuries-old ritual of self discovery and renewal.

Comment by greg — October 6, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

Celebrate New Years in Costa Rica With us @ Blue Osa Yoga Sanctuary and Spa http://tinyurl.com/8nyk5hf

Comment by Kerry — December 16, 2012 @ 11:36 am

Three Jewels Retreats offer an inspiring fusion of yoga, surfing, delicious healthy eating and massage that wakes our bodies, clears our minds, touches our souls and connects us to the beauty of life. Located in Costa Rica and Mexico.
Participants indulge in twice daily yoga classes, surf lessons and access to excellent surfing, transformative massage, walks on the secluded beach, or they just relax and soak up the beach front villas surroundings. This exclusive retreat has been designed to provide the “very best of the best,” and each teacher, guide and staff member has been handpicked to insure guests have a unique and incredible experience. Offering Yoga instruction from acclaimed instructors, the healing touch of spa treatments from expert masseuses, world class surf guides that quickly turn beginners into full fledged surfers, and a personal chef that prepares healthy, locally sourced delights three meals a day.
All of this while staying at an exclusive ultra-luxury beachfront estates in Punta Mita, Mexico and Santa Teresa, Costa Rica limited to 15 lucky guests.

Comment by Johnny — January 14, 2013 @ 8:07 am

Join us for a one week Ashtanga Yoga vacation with Diana Christinson in Nosara, a city in Guanacaste province of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast. Nosara has become a popular destination for repeat visitors to Costa Rica who are looking for a different experience than Tamarindo or Hermosa. This is one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful areas and the only noise you will hear in Nosara is the sound of the waves crashing and the monkeys howling. It is one of the most relaxed beach communities in the world with incredible sunsets, and an eco-friendly environment.

Comment by Lauren — February 17, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

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