We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but Om On loves retreats! If you’ve never been on one before, you might find yourself wondering what the retreat experience is like. While no two retreats are the same, you can expect some basic offerings and experiences from most yoga retreats. Not to brag, but we go on a lot of retreats, so we’re a pretty good resource on what these amazing trips entail. 🙂
To start, here’s a quick rundown of the main varieties of yoga retreat.
Immersion retreats, sometimes called Intensive retreats, are focused on your practice first and foremost. They’re a great choice for yogis who are interested in teacher training or teachers who want to sharpen their skills. The majority of your time will be spent on the mat. These retreats stick to a pretty rigid schedule, so you may not have a lot of personal time to explore the area. Immersion retreats often take place at retreat centers, but may also be held at a resort.
Adventure retreats usually take place in exotic locales around the globe and tend to offer outdoor activities like hiking and surfing, plus lots of time to experience your destination. Yoga is not the focus of these retreats, so they are a good fit for adventurous, active yogis of any skill level. As far as accommodations, there’s probably the most variety on adventure retreats. You could stay at a resort, in a boutique hotel, or even go glamping!
Wellness retreats are generally at resorts or in spa-like environments and are the perfect choice for the yogi seeking a little self-care. They’ll often incorporate more mellow styles of yoga, like slow flow or yin, and offer ample chill time. Expect an emphasis on healthy eating, spiritual healing, and energy work.
Spiritual or Pilgrimage retreats are not for everyone, but if you are looking to deepen the spiritual aspect of your yoga practice, this is a great choice. You will typically travel to India or another spiritually charged place, with direct immersion into the local culture. This retreat offers simple accommodations and adherence to a spiritually inspired lifestyle. On a spiritual retreat, you will more than likely be staying in an ashram.
Silent or Meditation retreats are not exactly yoga retreats, but achieve many of the same spiritual and mental goals. Expect lots of time on your meditation bolster, complete silence, and strict guidelines. This retreat is best for someone who is ready to make a serious commitment to reconnecting with the inner self. Silent retreats generally take place at retreat centers. Both meditation and spiritual retreats tend to be on the longer side – some are months long – so if that’s the choice you make, be sure that you are able to fulfill that time commitment.
The experience you have on your retreat will vary depending on the retreat that you choose, but in general, you’ll find that most retreats include the following:
Meals (most all should be included. If a few aren’t – which is normal – it should be clearly stated.)
Ground transportation to and from nearest airport to site (typically included, and essential when you’re traveling internationally)
Taxes on meals and room
While the price tag of a yoga retreat may take getting used to, it ensures that the studio or teachers that you’re traveling with are able to give you the best retreat experience possible. Many retreats may offer experiences at a bargain price, but you’ll find that meals and accommodations aren’t included, there are no additional activities planned, and you have to pay for transportation. You truly get what you pay for, and it’s worth it to pay more in order to make sure your retreat is stress-free.
We can’t speak for every retreat, but to get a feel for what retreating with us is like, check out this sample itinerary.
7:30-9:00am Yoga practice
6:30pm Cooking class with private chef
7:30am- 8:30 Led off road hike on ranch
4:00-5:30pm Yoga practice
6:30pm Dinner al fresco
8am-3pm Horseback trail ride
4pm-5:30pm Yoga practice
7:30-9:00am Yoga practice
As you can see, there’s a lot going on, but you’ve also got quite a bit of time to spend as you wish. We think it’s equally as important to spend time on the mat, getting active outdoors, and unwinding. A balanced schedule means you’ll be able to reap the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of a retreat!
Sound good? Make plans now to join us on our next retreat!