Top 13 Yoga Retreats for 2015

by Oct 19, 2014Yoga0 comments

Outdoor Yoga by Zach Dischner

I woke up to snow on the ground today, and thought, “wtf…it’s only October.” Then I realized, “Yes!” It’s already October! This means Halloween is coming up in just a couple short weeks. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, followed by Christmas, and 2015.

This also means if we’re going to do any yoga travelling in 2015, we should start figuring it out soon before all the good Early Bird spots are taken.

But with so many great yoga retreats, how do you pick? Don’t worry. I’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you.

Here’s my picks for the top 13 yoga retreats for 2015.

1. Waves Within, Yoga and Surf Retreat – Portugual

Yogaion’s Waves Within Eco retreat is an amazing and intensive Surf and Yoga retreat aimed at people who want the best surfing and the best yoga. Hosted at the stunning Eco Resort of Casa Vale de Lama, this retreat will leave you feeling energized, and ready to take on the world.

Dates: April 5-11, May 10-16, June 14-20
Learn More: Yogaion.com

2. Valentine’s Tantra Yoga Retreat – South Africa

The Valentine’s Tantra Yoga Retreat consists of Tantra, Kundalini, Hatha and Laya yoga, offering a comprehensive yoga practice based on ancient teachings from India and Tibet. In You will learn specific postures to help with your sexual tantric practice as well as techniques such as directing energy to the chakras.

Dates: February 5-15

Learn More: ThulaYoga.com

3. 7 Day Yoga Wellness Retreat – Hawaii

This 7 Day Yoga Wellness Retreat will be held at the beautiful, secluded North Shore Maui yoga studio. You will have stunning ocean views and access to nearby waterfalls. The retreat focuses on a number of different yoga styles including hatha, vinyasa, kundalini, aerial, and tantra.

Dates: February 21-27, March 14-20, April 18-24

Learn More: BookYogaRetreats.com

4. 8 Day Ayahuasca, meditation and Yoga Retreat – Brazil

This retreat is an exciting yoga, meditation retreat with three ayahuasca ceremonies for those who are interested in participating. The ayahuasca ceremonies at Spirit Vine are designed to optimize the ability of participants to relax deeply into their experience, connecting directly to source. Spirit Vine is a trans-denominational space that is designed to allow the participants to optimize their own inner spiritual processes and development through self-reflection and integration.

Dates: February 23 – March 2, April 23-30, May 18-25, August 11-18, October 16-23, November 16-23

Learn More: SpiritVine.net

5. 4 Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat – Jamaica

The yoga program is prepared in a way that will suit your level, from beginner to intermediate, for balance, immune system boost, weight loss, and concentration. The instructors at Yoga Bless teach Hatha and Kundalini yoga. The classes usually take place in the quiet garden in front of the villa or on the beach.

There are usually two classes a day (morning sunrise and evening sunset), but it can vary. There will also be meditation classes, hosting of workshops by ayurveda experts on how to make healthy desserts, homemade facemasks, body scrubs, and cosmetics. Workshops and presentations about nutrition and food combinations will be held.

Dates: Available Year Round. Select the dates that work for you.

Learn More: YogaBless.org

6. Nepal Trekking and Yoga Retreat – Nepal

This 13 day retreat in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, is full of guided yoga sessions, hiking trips through the mountains, and Nepalese cultural exploration. You won’t be another tourist; you’ll be immersed in the culture, exploring it through yoga and Buddhism.

Dates: March 7-19, October 14-27

Learn More: Yogalaya.com.au

7. The Joy, Ease and Aliveness of Being Spring Yoga & Meditation Retreat – Maine

With the support of yoga postures, pranayama, restorative poses, yin yoga, meditation, silence and unstructured time in nature, this yoga retreat will be an opportunity to experience and explore the peace and joy of being. Take a few days to relax, restore, and reconnect with your yoga practice.

Dates: May 15-17

Learn More: RollingMeadowsRetreat.com

8. Satyananda Yoga Retreat – Bulgaria

This retreat teaches hatha, nidra, karma, and meditation, encouraging you to go within yourself. Awaken your body and strengthen and enliven your spine with daily yoga practice, asana, pranayama and meditation.

Also, in a fun yoga art workshop, you’ll ;earn about the geometry of yoga art. You will discover the gods and goddesses that inform nature design and experience how these can improve your energy design or explode deep rooted samsaras.

Dates: May 24-29, July 26-31

Learn More: Camelia Yoga

9. 5 Day Anti-Stress and Burnout Yoga Retreat – Cambodia

Located at the Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa in Siem Reap, this retreat is designed to help you recover from burn out, refresh your mind, and engage your spirit. Using yoga, meditation, and massage therapy, this retreat is sure to leave you refreshed.

Dates: Available all year round. Pick dates that work for you.

Learn More: BookYogaRetreats.com

10. Yoga Detox Retreat – Croatia

This retreat gives you a week of purification. To allow the new, healthy and positive to enter, you must first make room and clean up the old, what you do not need any more.

Every purification ritual requires complete commitment and the focus of your attention on you. Through guided yoga, lectures, and workshops with expert guidance and the support of the group, by connecting and letting go, you will learn how to take care of your body, emotions and mind.

Dates: February 20-27

Learn More: Milenij Hoteli

11. 6 Days Personal Yoga and Meditation Retreat – Spain

Every day of this 6 day retreat in the stunning mountains of Spain, you will be taught new yoga and meditation techniques for taking your mind to the deepest point of inner silence. You will have workshops throughout the day, followed by evening meditation and a question session. This retreat is available in English, Spanish, Hindi, French, Mandarin, and Punjabi.

Dates: May 3-8, June 7-12, July 12-17

Learn More: Retreats-Yoga.com

12. Himalaya Yoga Retreat – Dharamsala

This retreat is in Dharamsala, India focuses on the energy and vitality of “Little Tibet” in Dharamasala at the foothills of the India Himalaya, the home to the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dali Lama. You’ll be able to visit Tibetan monasteries, practice sunrise yoga and meditation, and attend Buddhist talks at the residence of the Dalai Lama.

Dates: May 3-15

Learn More: TiwariTravel.com

13. Infinite Awareness – Meditation, Meditative Movement & Yoga Retreat – Sweden

Explore a unique, subtle and exploratory approach to yoga, seated meditation and meditative movement with Patricia and Surya, who bring 33 years of experience to their teaching.

Dates: May 21-24

Learn More: RollingMeadowsRetreat.com

Do you know of a great yoga retreat in 2015? Let me know in the comments!

Photo by Zach Dischner

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