10 Thrilling Adventure Yoga Retreats You Should Join in 2019
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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; it can be an adventure-packed holiday that can 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?
Break through the walls that are holding you back! Join an adventure yoga retreat and find out what you’re really made of.
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:
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 beginners taking their firsts steps outside the climbing gym, as well as for those who simply want to improve their technique and spice it up with yoga and meditation.
Besides climbing, there are plenty of optional outdoor activities to choose from – surfing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding and a one-day trip to Lisbon.
Price: From € 440 per person for 5 days/4 nights
Availability: From March till November
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, so 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 the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria. Back at MoaAlm, over dinner or a cup of tea, you can plan the next day’s adventures.
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.
Price: From € 1,320 per person for 7 days/6 nights
Availability: From January till April
Perfect for a long weekend getaway, this traditional alpine lodge in the Alpine town of Morzine in southeastern France welcomes outdoor lovers with plenty of land and water-based activities. Daily morning Vinyasa yoga sessions and mindfulness workshops will prepare you for an active day.
The highlights of this adventure yoga retreat in France include SUP yoga classes and guided mountain treks. The home-cooked vegetarian menu with morning superfood smoothies is definitely worth a mention. Plus, there are plenty of activities, included and optional, to help you get the best out of the great outdoors of the French Alps – kayaking, snowboarding and skiing, picnic by an alpine lake and walks along the Morzine River.
Price: From € 549 per person for 4 days/3 nights
Availability: Jun 6-9 | Jun 13-16 | Aug 29 – Sep 1, 2019
Great for couples where one is into yoga and the other is into adventure 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.
Learn about 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.
Price: From € 630 per person for 7 days/6 nights
Availability: In June, July, and August
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.
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.
Price: From € 707 per person for 6 days/5 nights
Availability: All year round
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.
The package includes five horse riding tours, daily yoga and meditation, and three daily delicious home-cooked meals.
Price: From € 799 per person for 7 days/6 nights
Availability: All year round
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 rafting, waterfall hiking, visit 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.
The package includes all daily meals, prepared using organic homegrown food.
Price: From € 574 per person for 8 days/7 nights
Availability: All year round
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 Mountain, Trollkirka 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), and Atlanterhavsveien (the Atlantic Road), and other attractions.
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.
Price: From € 656 per person for 7 days/6 nights
Availability: From May till September
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 and spend a whole day amongst the Machu Picchu ruins. You will also hike the Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and visit the hot springs in Santa Theresa.
Keep in mind that this is more of a spiritual trip than a touristic one. Your days will include Ashtanga yoga classes for all levels, as well as chanting. There will be guided meditation and inner journeys, as well as shamanic ceremonies and a guided river blessing. You should be prepared to meditate and look deep within yourself during this journey of self-discovery.
Price: From € 391 per person for 4 days/3 nights
Availability: From January till June & September
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.
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
Price: From € 1,055 per person for 12 days/11 nights
Availability: All year round (the best seasons are September through December and March through May)
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!