5 Unconventional Places To Host Your Next Yoga Retreat
Are you a yoga teacher, coach, or leader in your field? If so, you might be interested in taking your clients and students into more intimate containers — such as a retreat. Retreats are amazing because you get the opportunity to really dive deep with your students. They can look like whatever you want to create — from super intense, workshop heavy, 8 hour day session retreats, to relaxed, go with the flow, do whatever you want style of retreats. The cool thing about hosting retreats — is you get to be the creator. You get to decide the schedule, the curriculum, and what the flow is going to look like.
And big bonus? You will get paid for your time organizing and curating the event. If you’re a leader and looking to either begin hosting retreats, or you’re an experienced retreat leader and you’re looking for some new destination ideas — here are some of the best places that are not Bali or Costa Rica to host your next retreat:
I put this at the top of my list because I’ve recently fallen in love with this country. It’s absolutely beautiful, with beaches and jungles that compete with those in Indonesia and Hawaii. But unlike Hawaii and Bali, Nicaragua is still totally untapped. Unfortunately for Nicaragua, they got a bad reputation back in 2018 during a short period of political unrest. Even though now the country is completely safe, the conflicts which occurred years ago are still giving this magical country a tainted name.
In a way, it’s lucky for us who are visiting as tourists. We get the opportunity to visit one of the most magical countries in the world while there’s still minimal tourism. (But that won’t last for long). So definitely get down to this country while it’s still quiet and charming! If you’re looking for jungle and gorgeous beach / surf vibes, I recommend staying at Treecasa. They’re nestled in the trees of San Juan del Sur — with close and easy access to some of the best beaches in the world. If you’re looking for rustic, mountainous vibes, I recommend Nimaya Institute.
Just north of Nicaragua, Guatemala comes in with a close second place. Guatemala, like Nicaragua, is still very much untapped. While there is a coast with beaches in Guatemala, I recommend taking your retreat up into the stunning volcanoes, nestled upon beaches on the giant and gorgeous lake, Lake Atitilan. This has been an up and coming place to host yoga retreats, and for good reason. The lake is absolutely stunning, and is surrounded by magnificent volcanoes. Those who have been here will agree that there’s just something about it. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but the energy feels electrifying, in the best of ways.
There are multiple places to host your next retreat. Eagles Nest is large and beautiful — perfect for hosting larger retreats. If you’re looking for something more quaint and mystical — definitely check out The Mystical Yoga Farm. It’s charming and absolutely magical.
The Yoga Farm, Costa Rica
While there’s nothing unconventional about hosting your yoga retreat in Costa Rica, this specific space is super unconventional, which is why I included it in this list. It’s nestled at the very most southern point of Costa Rica, two hours south of the closest airport, only accessible from a very rocky, dirt road. The farm itself is only accessible by 4 wheel drive, (four wheeler preferred!) as it sits at the top of a steep, crumbling hill. Sounds treacherous? Well, it’s quite the mission to get here, but once you do, you’re nestled in the most magical and rich jungle you’ve ever seen.
The Yoga Farm is a permaculture farm and community living space that accommodates volunteers who want to learn more about permaculture, communal living, yoga, and oh yeah — did I forget to mention there’s some of the best waves in the world out front? I’ve spent the last couple of years teaching yoga in this space and while it’s an absolute mission to get here — it’s totally worth it.
If you’re open minded to a more rustic style of living with things like compost toilets and all sorts of jungle creatures — this place is for you.
Check it out, here.
The desert meets the ocean. Imagine cactus and desert flowers on white sand beaches, with the most turquoise water you’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely stunning and a unique sight to see. Settled down south in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mazunte is a magical, small little town nestled on some of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve ever seen.
The town only has a couple roads with shops and restaurants, and this desert coastal town is still very much undiscovered. While there’s no surfing here, there are gorgeous hikes, beaches, and vistas for you and your retreat guests to feel absolutely inspired by.
I can recommend hosting your retreat at Hridaya. Here they are built to host retreats — and they do all the time! They also offer really cool events, yoga teacher trainings, and accommodation for people who want to live and stay in a yogic atmosphere.
Last, I’ll list Southern Utah because it’s my home town, and it’s absolutely stunning and definitely unconventional. While Utah has been growing a lot over the last 5 years, it’s still one of those states where people go “Utah? What’s there?”. Utah (specifically southern!) is absolutely stunning — it’s a dry, red desert with red rock canyons, bright blue skies, desert sage, and plenty of outdoor activities to partake in through their 255 sunshine filled days a year.
With stunning National Parks such as Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches, there’s plenty of reason to take a visit to Southern Utah. Your retreat could include various activities such as canyoneering, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, or practicing yoga overlooking incredible desert vistas. I 100% recommend hosting your retreat with Nama-stay. They’ve got beautiful accommodation close to Zion National Park, and besides being a beautiful retreat space — they also happen to be one of the oldest and most experienced guiding companies within Zion. So if you’re thinking of including any types of adventurous tours, such as rock climbing, canyoneering, hiking within the park, or mountain biking — they can provide you with everything you need.
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