Drishti Journeys

Drishti Journeys offers yoga retreats including wellness and adventure components on their worldwide journeys and affordable luxury for the discerning traveler.

Instructors 9

Reinier Voorwinde

Reinier has a hospitality management degree from The Netherlands. He has consulted on numerous wine programs and specializes in food and wine pairings. Reinier discovered his yoga practice six years ago, when he walked into Haute Yoga Queen Anne in Seattle, Washington. Originally from Amsterdam, he became an avid yogi while exploring the musical influences on the body and mind during yoga practices. Moving forward, Reinier became a resident DJ at Haute Yoga Queen Anne and now he brings his distinct DJ talents as DJ Drishti to yoga studios and music festivals throughout the United States.

Emily Kasman

Emily exudes a grounded and sweet aura everywhere she goes. She believes that honoring each of the Yin and Yang, dark and light, inner and outer, and lunar and solar qualities create the balance that you are searching for. Her belief is that yoga has amazing ways of bringing feelings, discomfort, and authenticity to the surface. By acknowledging what rises, students can begin to form their own joy.

Tina Templeman

Along with her comprehensive yoga, anatomy and massage training, Tina has the innate ability to quickly determine the needs of an individual or room and modify her approach in real time, to better encourage and leverage every moment as an opportunity to grow. She encourages her students to pay close and constant attention to the philosophies, practices, and poses that most resonate with them because she believes such inquiry will help them discover the best teacher of all, themselves.

Elli Yokochi

Elli is a spiritual energy healer, yoga instructor, and modern day shaman. At her core, she is an ambassador of love and light and is passionate about raising the vibration of the planet. In her teaching, healing work, and presence, it is her sincere intention to be a clear, open channel of love, energy, and information. Elli has been practicing yoga since 2000. Elli's yoga classes are authentic, creative and intelligently sequenced. She teaches mostly vinyasa and yin styles of yoga. Her vinyasa classes are not only challenging and invigorating but will nourish your soul.

Claudette Stears

Originally from the midwest with accent included, Claudette Stears and her husband, Scott, with pups, Sir Harley and SioPow, moved to Lakeville, Massachusetts in August 2017. Yoga provided a balance that offered something different from intense training schedules and personal circumstances that brought to light a need for change. Leaving aerospace engineering and corporate lifestyle in the rearview mirror, she earned her 200 RYT certification by training with Ganga and Tracy White at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, in 2014.

White Lotus Foundation Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

Kate Swarm

Kate is a yoga teacher from Oregon, who travels the world sharing her sticky-sweet yoga offerings. She finds her greatest joy in holding space for other people. It is her gift. Before she was a yoga teacher, she was a birth doula creating an atmosphere of kindness, encouragement, and education for women in labor. She guided pregnant mommas while they were in their most vulnerable state, and provided them with support so they could tune in and listen to their bodies. She feels that, as a yoga teacher, she holds the same space for people. Her goal is to create a safe, supportive, and loving place.

Gordon Ogden

Gordon was first introduced to yoga in 2000 when his wife Holly suggested he try yoga to compliment his passion for rock climbing. He immediately recognized the gifts of yoga and has never looked back. In 2014, he completed his 200-hour teacher certification with John Salisbury. He has seen the amazing growth, undeniable joy, and freedom that yoga cultivates in one’s life and wants to share that with every student. His classes provide a safe, fun and compassionate environment where students can use their breath, an open heart, and graceful movements to find their inner truth.

Kami Betker

In 2006, Kami's journey to becoming a yoga instructor began. She found herself in her first Hot yoga class. Excited about the physical benefits of Hot yoga, she never expected to have her life changed. By 2010, Kami knew she wanted to share her passion for yoga with others. By April that year, Kami had earned her 200 hours RYT and was on her way to sharing the gift of yoga. It is her goal to inspire others by leading with example, “I don’t have the best physical practice, but that’s what yoga is about. No judgment for myself or others.”

Chuck Betker

Chuck started practicing Hot yoga around 2008 thanks to his wife. Never being the most flexible person and being athlete most of his life, the benefits of regular yoga practice began to really become apparent in his other activities at the time. Chuck’s passion for yoga went to the next level during yoga festival where he realized he wanted to become a yoga teacher and share his passion with others. Naturally, it took another nudge from his wife to get him to commit to a teacher training. In the fall of 2016, Chuck began his 200 hours training and quickly found his passion for teaching.

Reviews 2

Testimonials 5

Donna Pfefer Iceland 2015 Retreat Participant

Drishti Journeys' website

The Iceland retreat I participated in last summer (2015) far exceeded my expectations. From the moment I signed up for the retreat, the organizers (Reinier and Emily) welcomed me with sincere warmth and enthusiasm and responded to my every query in a most knowledgeable and professional fashion. Emily’s daily Vinyasa yoga instruction, coupled with Reinier’s accompanying tunes, elevated my yoga experience to a blissful level… What a way to begin each exciting day of hiking and sightseeing in magical Iceland!! The accommodations and tours were meticulously organized and the meals catered to each traveler’s unique dietary needs. The group of people was wonderful and I’ve formed some friendships that will likely last a lifetime. I will not hesitate to book another retreat with these amazing organizers.

Chuck Betker Iceland Retreat 2017

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I went to Iceland with Drishti Journeys in the fall and it was amazing. When I look back at the photos I’m still in awe of how beautiful it is and how much we got to see in a short time there. Having Reinier to show us around and what I like to call “Get us right to the good stuff” was great, I was able to just relax, sit back and Enjoy Iceland.

Tia Tveisme 2018 Bali Retreat Guest

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This experience exceeded every expectation. I am a working wife and mother of two who seriously needed to hit the reset button. I was beyond nervous to go out of the country let alone on this journey sans family. Upon my arrival, it only took about one minute in Bali to realize this is exactly where I needed to be. Drishti Journeys made it SO easy to just show up and enjoy. Every meal, yoga session, excursion etc. was so well planned and easy that I can honestly say, I would have never experienced Bali if I would have attempted it solo. I owe a lifetime of gratitude to Reinier, (founder of Drishti) and Emily(yoga instructor) for sharing this slice of heaven with me. It was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself as a person, as a wife and as a mother. I found peace and happiness and a way of life that I only imagined to be real in a fairytale. I can promise you 100% you will not regret making this trip! I am already planning my next!

Katie Sandin 2018 Bali Retreat Guest

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I had an amazing time on my trip to Bali with Drishti Journeys! Reinier takes the time to think through all the details that you might need to know for your retreat. The Udaya Resort that we stayed at was gorgeous! I just wanted to spend all my time there! The activities were great - we even went mountain biking (or jungle biking?) and although it's not something I would ever have signed up for on my own, I had a great time! Every meal we ate together was delicious. It was a busy week and I did skip one activity to go out to the beach, but if you add a little bit of time onto your trip you could easily get in the beach time. Ultimately, this is my 2nd retreat with Reinier and I would absolutely go on another with Drishti Journeys.

Cheryl Zimmermann 2018 Bali Retreat Guest

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To give and receive...this is the gift you are looking for! The Bali retreat was beyond anything I have ever experienced for travel. The attention to detail was epic! Our gorgeous hotel, The Udaya was absolutely stunning and filled with so much beauty. From the incredible rooms with canopy beds, a marble bathtub and private balcony, the spa offering everything from massage to reflexology, the incredible food at their amazing restaurant, the infinity pool and most importantly...the staff. Their daily love and unconditional smiles were healing and so heartfelt. This retreat took me to places in my body, mind and spirit that I have never been too. We had yoga and meditation in an unbelievable setting. Our yoga instructor (Emily) was so lovely. She guided us with no ego to the present moment. We found ourself and lost ourself on those mats. We made so many excursions, including an 18 mile bike ride through rice fields and villages, a water purification ceremony with a personal blessing from a holy man, a journey to a sacred waterfall, incredible food and drinks on the town at so many places(thought out so lovingly by Reinier the retreat facilitator), shopping in UBUD, a Balinese cooking class with the kindest friends(the owners of a lovely cafe “Warung D’Carik”), a visit to a famous wood carving guru, a Monkey Forest and so much more. It was a dream come to life. It has forever changed me. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, to be shown another culture and fill yourself with self care and beauty. The island is beyond beautiful and the temples that surround you fill your soul. Give yourself the gift of the Bali Retreat with Drishti Journeys. You will find yourself, love yourself, express yourself and give yourself to others. You will come home a changed human, ready to share with the world and your friends and family. You will become the spark that lights the fire in others. As we were reminded often...”Bali is working”. Thank your Reinier, Emily and Christina for your dedication, love, kindness and strength on our journey to becoming whole. I am forever grateful. Namaste’

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