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  • Writer's pictureKarin Ebner

6 Yoga Retreat Destinations You’ll Love

Updated: Jan 19, 2020

Going on a Yoga Retreat can be a life-changing experience. You'll not only travel, experience new cultures and see the world through the lens of yoga, but depending on the type of retreat you select, there will be numerous activities to choose from: Go on adventures, relax by the pool, take a swim in the ocean, walk on the beach, enjoy a massage, eat delicious food, stay at a yoga resort, connect with like-mined people, and of course, practice yoga every day. All activities optional, of course.

Before I ever went on my first yoga retreat about a decade ago, I wasn't so sure if it was for me. I had pictured sleeping in bunk beds, holding hands and dancing around the fire with strangers, and having to participate in activities when I really just wanted to relax. Boy was I wrong. Turns out - I loved it. My first retreat was a weekend Kundalini yoga & music festival at a National Park. When it was over, I wasn't ready to leave, I didn't want to go back to my life, and I just wanted more, and I wanted that feeling inside of me to last forever. Not too long after I took my first week-long international retreat in Mexico. And I was hooked. There have been many life-changing retreats I have participated in since, I have gained many valuable friendships around the world, and I knew this is what I wanted to be able to offer to others as well as soon as I stepped into the seat of the teacher. Have you been thinking of attending a retreat? Allow yourself to open your mind and experience traveling the world through the lens of a yoga retreat! Below are some of our favorite destinations.

1. Costa Rica

Wild and Wonderful - The Land of Pura Vida!

If you love untouched nature, blissful beaches, the vast ocean, rugged countrysides, and most of all - adventures, then you will love Costa Rica! One of our favorite destinations, Pura Vida - Pure Life - is reflected in the mannerisms and faces of the beautiful people: Relax, let go of your worries, enjoy life, and take it easy. Pure Vacation!

2. Guatemala

Rich Culture and Beautiful People!

Home to volcanoes, rainforests, ancient Mayan sites, and rich indigenous life. Beautiful tranquil villages surround Lake Atitlan, which is an amazing energy vortex in the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range. Extraordinary cultural and natural richness, Guatemala is a unique country full of adventure. The legacy of the Mayan civilazation remains today with the traditions and culture of its people. Known also as the country of the eternal spring, it enjoys a pleasant climate, and you‘ll soon fall in love with the beautiful people and their ancient rituals.

3. Bali

Enchanting island of dramatic dances & colorful ceremonies!

Since the publication of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir "Eat Pray Love" everyone has heard of this magical island. A surfers‘ paradise, with world-class surfing and diving, Balis natural beauty and lush terraced rice fields exude peace and serenity. The famed Island of the Gods offers varied landscapes of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, and barren volcanic hillsides, providing a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique culture. The town of Ubud, which is the yoga capital and the cultural center of Bali, is known for traditional crafts and dance, and a must visit. This enchanted island keeps calling us back, and we're happy to oblige! Come join us!

4. Tuscany

A Yogaholiday Under the Tuscan Sun!

Picturesque villages, historical towns, vast landscapes, and delicious food awaits as you retreat surrounded by the ethereal light of the Tuscan hills. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses olive groves and vineyards, rugged mountains and rolling hills, and scenic coastlines with tranquil beaches. Tuscany is known for it's world class cuisine, artistic heritage, has been home to many figures influential in the history of art, and is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Come and enjoy cucina contadina (farmer's kitchen) at this gourmet destination, and let your tastebuds sing and dance!

5. The Mediterranean

Rich, Ancient Cultures and Picturesque Villages!

Morocco, Spain, The South of France, Italy, Croatia and Greece are just some of the most beautiful Mediterranean destinations, each with their own unique cultures to experience. White houses, steep cliffs, gorgeous sunsets, colorful markets, turquoise coasts, beautiful islands, unforgettable views, and not to forget - the delicious Mediterranean cuisine, are what awaits you if you choose to retreat by the Mediterranean Sea. Take in the amazing sights, sounds, smells and tastes, and enjoy!

6. Hawaii

Pacific Island and Aloha Spirit!

Golden sands backed by tropical palm trees, refreshing waterfalls streaming down colorful cliff faces, thriving flora and fauna, the worlds most beautiful rainbows - and around every corner lies another glorious beach, lush jungle valley or towering volcanic mountains and sea cliffs. Nearly 365-days of amazing weather, and the world's best beaches await in this Island Paradise!

One final note: Even though many people choose to attend yoga retreats solo, they are a great way to vacation with a friend, and they're great for couples. We will have upcoming retreats in all of the locations mentioned above. Stay tuned for updates!

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