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10 Thrilling Adventure Yoga Retreats

by Octavia Drughi

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If you’re anything like me, then you probably have trouble staying in one place for too long. As a yogi with itchy feet, I often find myself struggling to find a balance between the static and dynamic movements in my asanas and in my everyday life.

Luckily, a yoga retreat doesn’t have to be all about the poses. An adventure yoga retreat is a fun-filled holiday that will teach you to listen to your body and get in touch with your inner self. After all, is there any better way to keep track of our progress than by pushing your limits, both mentally and physically?

Not sure where to start? Check out our list of highly-acclaimed adventure yoga retreats that will get you out of your comfort zone and bring out the best in you:

Note: BookYogaRetreats offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you to alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.

Five-Day Budget Climbing and Yoga Retreat in Colares, Portugal


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Join a community of outdoor enthusiasts in the mystical forests and hills of Portugal’s Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, near the world-class surfing destination of Praia Grande. The surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for yoga and exciting outdoor activities. 

Embark on this active holiday in Portugal and enjoy daily climbing courses in the morning and restorative yoga classes in the afternoon. Within a 30-mile (50 km) radius from your lodging, there are 40 climbing spots to explore. Check them out with the help of the certified instructors!

The retreat is excellent for beginner climbers taking their firsts steps outside the gym, as well as for those who simply want to improve their technique and spice it up with yoga and meditation.


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Besides climbing, there are plenty of optional outdoor activities to choose from – surfing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding and a one-day trip to Lisbon.

Price: From € 500 per person for 5 days/4 nights

Availability: From March till November


Seven-Day Snowshoe Hiking and Yoga Holiday in Austria


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Featured by The Guardian as one of the world’s best retreats for mind, body, and spirit holidays, the MoaAlm Mountain Retreat is located in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, 1,800 meters (5,900 ft) above sea level. 

MoaAlm Mountain Retreat respects the fact that each person is unique, which is why the daily schedule is flexible. A typical day starts with a Vinyasa yoga session, followed by breakfast and then a snowshoeing trip up to Lesach Riegel Hut, where you can have a picnic while enjoying panoramic views of Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria. Back at MoaAlm, over dinner or a cup of tea, you can plan the next day’s adventures. 


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The package includes five guided hikes or snowshoeing trips. Depending on the snow conditions, cross-country skiing excursions can be included in the trip as well. 

PriceFrom € 895 per person for 7 days/6 nights

AvailabilityFrom December till April


5 Days Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica


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Connect, challenge yourself, and welcome change with three nature-based activities of your choosing! 

To reconnect with nature, choose between a guided hike or a paddleboarding tour through the mangrove forests.

To challenge yourself, choose between horseback riding on trails and beaches, a mountain biking tour of the forests and beaches of Playa Negra, or a guided snorkeling tour.

To change, step out of your comfort zone through a zipline tour through the canopies of Guanacaste or a surf lesson on the gorgeous waves of Playa Negra. Just choose any 3 activities you like.



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The package includes daily yoga sessions, as well as daily breakfast and dinner.

PriceFrom € 726 per person for 5 days/4 nights

Availability: All year round


Seven-Day Adventure, Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rovinj, Croatia


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Great for couples where one is into yoga and the other is into outdoor sports, this adventure and yoga retreat in Croatia will teach you about nature’s five elements in a unique way. Located between the historical center of the picturesque city of Rovinj and the scenic beaches of the Istria Peninsula, the Five Elements Guesthouse will be your home away from home.


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Learn about the five elements of your being with daily morning yoga classes and meditation. Each day, extend your knowledge by getting closer to each element.

On earth day, there will be hiking tours and cave explorations. Air day will feature windsurfing. Fire day will bring you biking tours and campfire gatherings. Water day will take you on a kayaking tour of the Rovinj islands. Lastly, yoga and meditation will be the main focus on spirit day.

PriceFrom € 630 per person for 7 days/6 nights

AvailabilityIn May, June, July, and August


Six-Day Surfing, Freediving, and Yoga Holiday in Bali, Indonesia  


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What do yoga and surfing have in common? To start with, they both demand balance, focus, determination, and continuous movement.

Nusa Lembongan, a small island southeast of Bali, is less developed and less crowded, which makes it an ideal destination for a fun-filled yet relaxed active holiday. Stay only a few steps away from the beach and enjoy three surf lessons for beginners and intermediate surfers with experienced instructors that will take you to the best waves for your level.


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The active retreat also includes three yoga classes featuring various yoga styles, one introductory freediving course, one snorkeling with manta rays trip, and daily breakfast and lunch. 

PriceFrom € 580 per person for 6 days/5 nights

AvailabilityAll year round


Seven-Day Intensive Horse Riding Adventure & Yoga Week in Andalusia, Spain


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Experience the authentic Spanish countryside lifestyle as you spend an entire week in a cozy farmhouse nestled in the heart of El Estrecho Natural Park, on the north side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Discover Costa de la Luz in Tarifa through a unique combination of horseback riding along wild beaches, yoga, and meditation with a sea view, and nature walks along the coast and through tranquil pine tree forests

This is an intensive adventure-filled retreat, but the classes are adapted for all levels. You will begin each day with nourishing meditation followed by Hatha and Restorative yoga in the sea-view shala. Then, you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on a horseback ride on the farm’s free-living horses. 


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The package includes five horse riding tours, daily yoga and meditation, and three daily delicious home-cooked meals.

PriceFrom € 850 per person for 7 days/6 nights

AvailabilitySeptember, October & November


Eight-Day Yoga & the World of Water in the Jungle of Paksong, Thailand


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Strap on your adventure boots for a week of exploring the rivers, waterfall, hot springs, mangrove forests, and the Andaman Sea with its pristine beaches in Paksong, Thailand. Day trips will be combined with daily yoga classes (twice a day). 

Highlights include river raftingwaterfall hiking, visits to the mangrove forest, three snorkeling trips around the Andaman islands and beach time, visits to temples and natural parks, one day trip to the beach, one Thai language lesson, one traditional Thai body massage, and three meditation sessions.  


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The package includes all daily meals, prepared using organic homegrown food. 

PriceFrom € 627 per person for 8 days/7 nights

AvailabilityAll year round

Need more help planning your trip? Check out our guide to yoga retreats in Thailand.


Seven-Day Hiking and Yoga Holiday in Molde, Norway


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Combine hiking and yoga for a unique experience in Western Norway. During this active retreat, you will discover some of the country’s most stunning natural sights.

Guided hiking tours will take you to Jendemsfjellet MountainTrollkirka Caves (or Troll Church, a series of three grottos with underwater streams and waterfalls), Trollveggen (or the Troll Wall, Europe’s tallest vertical rock face), Atlanterhavsveien (The Atlantic Road), and other attractions. 


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Kick start each day with Pranayama and a morning yoga class. After a day spent in the mountains, restore balance in your body and mind through mindful and restorative Yin yoga. There will also be guided meditation sessions.

The package includes a raw chocolate class, as well as daily breakfast and lunch, featuring fresh and delicious vegetarian, vegan, and seafood dishes.

PriceFrom € 652 per person for 7 days/6 nights

AvailabilityFrom May till September


4 Days Meditation, Hiking Tour, and Yoga Retreat in Machu Picchu, Peru


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Find a deep connection with nature and yourself thanks to the sacred energy vortexes and temples at Machu Picchu.

During this active spiritual holiday, you will hike the short Inca Trail, visiting the Inca jungle and its waterfalls, as well as the therapeutic hot springs in Santa Theresa. You’ll also get to spend an entire day among the ruins at Machu Picchu.


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Join a journey of self-discovery as you hike to the sacred temples of Machu Picchu, meditating and doing yoga along the way, healing your body, mind, and spirit.

PriceFrom € 391 per person for 4 days/3 nights

Availability: From September till March


12-Day Everest Panoramic Trekking and Yoga Holiday in Nepal


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Who hasn’t heard the stories, seen the movies, read the books and dreamed about reaching Himalaya’s dizzying heights themselves?

Combine a panoramic trek at the foothills of the mighty Everest with yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and cultural visits to the Sherpa communities. You will enjoy close-up views of the Himalayas while passing through the lush valleys and terraced hills of the Sagarmatha National Park, crossing suspension bridges, visiting culturally-rich villages, remote settlements, and the ornate monasteries of the Khumbu Region.


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This active holiday in Nepal includes seven days of trekking, in which you will reach a maximum elevation of 3,850 meters (12,632 feet). It is a spiritual journey and a great opportunity to deepen your yoga practice, thanks to the daily Hatha yoga classes. Also included in the package are guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu and all daily meals

PriceFrom € 1,090 per person for 12 days/11 nights

Availability: September till June


Final words

Yoga can feel pretty static at times, and there’s nothing like an adrenaline rush in the great outdoors to restore the balance. Yoga itself is an endless adventure of self-discovery, so make sure you apply its teachings in every aspect of your life.


Ready to embark on a fun-filled active holiday in the Old Continent? Choose your next adventure yoga retreat in Europe. It can be something you’re crazy about or something completely new. Who knows, you might just discover a new passion!

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