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8 Days Fabulous Yoga Retreat in France

  • Château Lacanaud, Serres-et-Montguyard, Dordogne, France


Reach Out and Benefit Yoga Retreat France

Do you want to feel good? Most of you spend a lot of your life striving to just feel good. It may feel good to be a gangster, it may feel good to stay at home reading, but one of the best ways to feel good is by being of service. Join this retreat for a once in a lifetime epic journey of yoga, wine, pleasure, and most importantly, give back to an amazing cause. You will leave this retreat feeling fabulously good!


  • Daily yoga practice
  • A trip to the Issigeac market
  • Wine tasting and making in a vineyard
  • Day trips to La Roque Gageac and Beynac
  • Airport or train station transfers
  • 3 daily farm-to-table meals
  • 7 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Each room at the Chateau Lacanaud is unique. While all rooms have their own charms, do not expect to spend too much time indoors. Encased in a region of rolling hills and country roads, days can take the form of a stroll down the countryside or a bike ride through the vines.

Please note that European twin beds are slightly shorter and narrower than the US sizes.

This retreat will take place at Chateau Lacanaud, Dordogne. The Dordogne region of France is known for its wine and culture ranging from the caves at Lascaux to the medieval castles and towns that still dot the river’s edge.

Situated in South-West France, Chateau Lacanaud is located between Bordeaux and Toulouse in the Dordogne Purple region which makes it the perfect central location from which to explore the region, also known as the Pays de Bergerac.

Chateau Lacanaud is centered in a region rich in vineyards and fortified bastide towns, an extraordinary range of natural and historical heritage sites, fabulous and protected countryside, the beauty of the Dordogne River, the renowned gastronomy and wines of Bordeaux and Beregerac, a rich cultural life, and numerous leisure and sporting activities.

Nearby places

  • Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) - 15 minutes
  • Bergerac train station - 20 minutes
  • Bordeaux wineries - 40 minutes
  • Sarlat - 1 hour
  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 3 farm-to-table meals each day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Boating on the Dordogne
  • Day trip to Bordeaux and a city walking tour
  • Excursions through medieval Domme and Beynac
  • Round trip airport or train station transfers
  • Trip to the Issigeac market
  • Wine tasting and making

Join Alexa Silvaggio in the South of France for a pleasure filled retreat that will benefit Yoga Reaches Out. Yoga Reaches Out is a powerful organization that is all about creating positive change. They host events throughout the USA raising money for education, health care, and cancer charities to name a few.

The schedule in this retreat will vary slightly and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure. This schedule gives you an overall picture of what a week in gorgeous south of France will look like.

Day 1

  • Mid-day arrival to Bergerac
  • Transfers from the Bergerac airport or train station
  • Check-in and soak up the general countryside splendor
  • Evening welcome yoga class
  • Welcome gourmet dinner

Day 2

  • Early morning coffee, tea, and fruits
  • Morning yoga class
  • Local and fresh breakfast
  • Day trip to the locally famous Issigeac market
  • Stroll through the medieval town’s farmers market for local and organic food
  • Enjoy the local flavor and introduction to one of the area’s historic villages
  • Souvenir shop, mix with the locals, and sample tastes of the region
  • Head back for lunch at the chateau
  • Late afternoon yoga in the chateau yoga stable
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Early morning coffee, tea, and fruit
  • Morning yoga class
  • Local and fresh breakfast
  • Enjoy a free morning to explore or relax
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy an afternoon walk in the country
  • Chill in the pool
  • Explore the town of Bergerac
  • Evening yoga class
  • Dinner
  • Post-dinner sommelier visit
  • Enjoy an evening tasting and learning about some of the region’s most delicious wines
  • Get the scoop on the local wineries in preparation for the next day’s vineyard visits

Day 4

  • Early morning coffee, tea, and fruits
  • Morning yoga class
  • Fresh poolside breakfast
  • Enjoy a free day to explore or relax
  • Book a day trip exploring local castles, Lascaux, or local nature
  • Rent a bike and cruise through the countryside
  • Relax by the pool and chill
  • Afternoon lunch at the chateau
  • Early evening yoga class
  • Poolside group dinner

Day 5

  • Early morning coffee, tea, and fruits
  • Morning yoga class
  • Fresh poolside breakfast
  • Head out to a local organic vineyard to be a winemaker-for-a-day
  • Hands-on exploration of the vineyard and winery
  • Enjoy a farm fresh lunch with a wine and food pairing talk from the vintners
  • Test your blending skills as you create your own bottle of wine to enjoy, bottle, and take home
  • Late afternoon yoga class on the outdoor deck
  • Sunset group dinner

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Day trip to picture perfect Aquitaine region
  • Head to La Roque Gageac for a scenic Dordogne river trip
  • Board an authentic Gabarre river trip
  • Marvel at the old buildings dating back to centuries ago built up against and into the sheer cliff face
  • Catch a view of the castles dotting the Dordogne
  • Explore the castle town of Beynac
  • Marvel at the castle on the sheer limestone cliffs
  • Stroll through the 12th century village
  • Picnic lunch
  • Late afternoon yoga class
  • Gourmet group dinner

Day 7

  • Early morning coffee, tea, and fruits
  • Morning yoga class
  • Fresh poolside breakfast
  • Enjoy a full day to explore or relax
  • Stroll through the beautiful countryside
  • Take off for one last adventure
  • Early evening yoga class and closing circle
  • Final group dinner

Day 8

  • Morning breakfast, check-out, and departures

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The Travel Yogi will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

You can arrive at Bergerac train station as well. Transfer from and to the train station is included. The Travel Yogi will pick you up from the train station.

Electricity information

France is on plug type E and 230 volts. Anyone coming from a region with a different plug or voltage should pack their adapter or converter.

What to bring

Treks and horseback riding will require close-toed shoes (not flip flops or sandals) and a few pairs of long pants will be useful. Your essentials will be your yoga clothes and bathing suit with the rest depending on your appetite for adventure; quick-dry clothes for adventure activities will work best.

Passport / visa

United States citizens will need a passport to visit France, but no visa is required at this time. Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

Important information

The Travel Yogi advises you to purchase a good travel insurance prior to your retreat.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to The Travel Yogi, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Day trip to the famous Issigeac market
  • Explore the castle town of Beynac
  • Explore the town of Bergerac
  • Head out to a local organic vineyard to be a winemaker for a day
  • Head to La Roque Gageac for a scenic Dordogne river trip
  • Alexa Silvaggio

    Alexa has been practicing yoga since 2005 and is well versed and trained in Vinyasa, Restorative, Power, and Slow flow yoga by Pure Yoga NYC. She believes that yoga can benefit everyone, whether your intention is to become stronger, flexible, serene, or to cultivate a greater sense of self awareness. She is an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, and Women's Health Magazine. She is an inspiring member of the New York City yoga community and is privileged to share this ancient practice.

  • Additional excursions
  • Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel insurance

You will enjoy three farm-to-table meals each day, served at the Chateau Lacanaud. The chef can accommodate special menu requests as long as they have at least three weeks notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Antiques and brocante shopping

The region is recognized globally for its trade in antiques. Many of the visitors wile away for many days searching through a plethora of antique and brocante shops and specialized markets.

Battle recreation

Chateau de Castegens is located on the hillsides and every summer, this is the scene of a spectacular re-creation of the Battle of Castillon, which put an end to the 100 years’ war in 1453.


The shores of the Dordogne and several lakes offer proper sandy beaches with lifeguards and areas buoyed off for swimmers and for small children.


Gravel courts provide an excellent surface to play Petanque, which is a game of dexterity and technique, and also of gamesmanship, bad behavior, and sheer animal cunning!


Any competitive bowlers in your group? A trip to the Bergerac bowling alley is a great night out. It is air-conditioned and open every day from 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


The two great rivers of the area are the Dordogne, which the department takes its name from, and the Vezere. Canoe past historic villages and medieval castles on the Dordogne; discover some of the most beautiful countryside in rural France on your journeys down the Verzere.

Castle of Michel de Montaigne

This fortified castle dates to the 14th century and was the family residence of the Renaissance philosopher and thinker, Michel de Montaigne from 1571 until his death in 1592. Michel de Montaigne wrote his famous essays and major works of humanism which were the fruits of a lifetime of reflection and reading.


The Dordogne and Vezere valleys are renowned for the many caves and sinkholes that are scattered across the area.

Children’s playground

Kids of all ages will love the trampoline, climbing frame, and swings. The sandbox is always great fun for the little ones.


Use the two bicycles available or hire more to cycle along one of the many hilly country lanes.


During the season, a day’s license can be arranged for you at any of the lakes close to the house that offer trout, carp, and other types of fishing.

Go karting

Enjoy a day out on a 970 meters of professional circuit with a range of karts and bikes for anyone five years old or older.


The local area boasts no fewer than four golf courses with 18 holes and three nine-hole courses, ensuring that golfers of all levels can enjoy their passion for the little white ball!


Take a randonne (ramble) on one of the many established and marked walking tracks that crisscross the area and enjoy a picnic lunch while observing the beautiful wildlife around several protected lakes.

Historic castles and villages

The castles and villages of the Perigord have survived and the ancient stones tell their story. View meticulously maintained architectural examples from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as splendid 18th and 19th century properties. Ten local villages have had the honor of being ranked among the most beautiful villages of France for their historic importance and exceptional preservation.

Horseback riding

The local stables offer lessons and rides across the countryside on horses and ponies suitable for all ages and abilities.

Hot-air ballooning

Hot-air balloon flights are organized throughout the year. It is a fantastic experience and a great way to view the magnificent Dordogne landscape.


Enjoy a day out kayaking alone and appreciate the majestic nature views. Experienced recreational paddlers coming into the area should be aware of the fact that all the local outfitters cater exclusively to mainstream holiday visitors.

National Museum of Pre-history

It is in the vicinity of the Lascaux caves that house many treasures from prehistoric eras found in the area. You can learn about the history of the region and the early humans and animals that occupied the site.


Channel your inner warrior in a two-hectare course encompassing fields, woods, and castle ruins.


Visit the markets and pick up some salami, cheese, and bread before heading to the banks of the Dordogne River to relax with a picnic lunch.

Route des Mtiers d'Art

La Chambre de Mtiers Dordogne established a craft route with sixty craft workshops, including work of earth, wood, glass, iron but basketry, leatherwork, weaving, jewelry, sculptures, framing, and fashion.


It is one of the most famous market towns in the Perigord. It dates from the 14th century and has many sites of historical and architectural importance. The shopping is fantastic and you might even be cast as an extra in one of the many major studio films that are shot in the city and surrounding area!


For the experienced cave diver, the Dordogne has vast underground waterways which offer excellent spelunking.


Tidal bores like 'Le Mascaret' are rare globally and the most famous occur on just three rivers: the Amazon, the Severn (England) and the Dordogne. On the Dordogne, they occur year-round but are at their peak during August and September. Surfing the Mascaret is a very unique experience and for over 20 years, surfers from around the world have come to ride this phenomenon. The wave set or tidal bore occurs on the Dordogne River passing directly through the heart of the Bordeaux wine region which is another very good reason to drop-in!


You can sit by the pool on the comfortable lounge chairs in a completely private secluded area and swim in the deliciously heated pool.


Enjoy a game on the top condition hard court. Long daylight hours allow for early morning and late evening play.

The caves of Lascaux

These caves are adorned with some of the most beautiful and important human and animal images dating from the Palaeolithic period. In addition, there are more than 50 additional caves and shelters, habitat plots, and burial sites than can be visited.

The hanging gardens of Marqueyssac

This is one of the most beautiful romantic gardens of France and today, the most visited garden in Prigord. Listed as a national historical monument thanks to its 54-acres of park, Marqueyssacs gardens offer more than six kilometers of shaded paths in a maze of 150,000 hand-pruned box woods.

From the Belvedere, at 130 meters above the Dordogne river, you will see the most spectacular panorama in Prigord. This is the testimony of a rich bygone history and a gorgeous natural heritage.

UNESCO sites

Fifteen sites of the Vzre Valley have been listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO in 1979, including the Cathedral Saint-Front de Prigueux, the ancient Abbey of Cadouin, and the church of Saint -Avit.

Walking in the sky

Discover the joys of adventure trails that will take you from one tree to the next.

Weekly markets

In various local villages, including Eymet and Issigeac, you will find the best place to find fresh, local produce, and the many regional delicacies and ingredients required in Prigourdin gourmet meals.

Wine tasting, Bergerac, and Bordeaux wineries

The local Route des Vins, is a vital accessory for your visit. Choose from 140 wine makers united under a charter of quality.

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting / tour
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Studio
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental nearby
  • Car rental nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Local market
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Review by Erica
    10 out of 10

    "The Blissful Bergerac 8-Day Yoga Retreat was an overall wonderful experience. Our yoga instructor Debbi Murphy provided excellent sessions tailored to the group's levels, and we learned a lot from her through insights and stories about yoga and its many physiological and spiritual aspects. The chateau provided a perfect setting with plenty of space for solo time but intimate dining and common areas for socializing with the group. The food was hearty and healthy, and the staff was accommodating and friendly. The multiple excursions, from the local market trip to the castle tour to the vineyard tasting, were well organized and interesting. I would recommend this retreat, or one structured in a similar manner, to anyone looking for a true getaway. Regards." website, edited

  • Review by Sharon

    "Shannon's guidance with each yoga session was always on target for our needs - the chateau and it's staff were amazing; the food and wine a treat beyond expectations; the location breathtaking; the tours incredibly enjoyable and enlightening... The Travel Yogi has always done an incredible job in packaging the tours I have so far enjoyed. Yes, I will be looking at their other offered destinations."

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  • Review by Tiffany C.

    "Shannon was so in tune with everyone's needs during any given class!! He was present and the question were perfect! This trip was amazing and beautiful and well planned. It couldn't have been better! Just the over all simpleness and beauty of it all. It was peaceful and fun and invigorating and just amazing..."

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    10 out of 10

    "I have led 5 retreats now with The Travel Yogi and I keep coming back for more! Not only do they curate amazing trips, they are extremely professional, pay attention to the smallest details, and truly go above and beyond in every way to create incredibly unique experiences and memories that last a lifetime. In March, I partnered with the Travel Yogi to lead a 10-day yoga + safari retreat to Kenya, and words alone can't do the trip justice. Our adventure literally began right when we touched down in Nairobi. We had group transportation and a guide waiting for us in the airport and within 10 minutes of leaving the airport, I had already spotted my first wild giraffe on the ride to Emakoko Lodge. The beautiful ride to the lodge was through a nature conservancy, where we also got up and close and personal with a lion, zebras, a hippo, rhinos and gazelles. And it was just the first day! I thought that would be hard to top, but each day only got better. The accommodations were top notch, the food was incredible, the guides were so knowledgable and friendly, the game drives were out of this world, and we got to do yoga in some of the most stunning natural settings on the planet. The Travel Yogi is bar none the best in the business!"

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  • Review by Erin H.
    10 out of 10

    "Love The Travel Yogi and look forward to more adventures."

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  • Review by Lindsey M.
    10 out of 10

    "Loved the meditation part of yoga. As a new yogi, there was a lot I couldn't do, but thanks to Elizabeth, I never felt judged."

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  • Review by Cheryl H.
    10 out of 10

    "Jen and Courtney made booking my trip so easy. They were so helpful, answering all my questions and making sure I understood everything and was well-informed. The Travel Yogi staff is amazing! The sailing excursion was the best. The staff at Santorini Sailing were so wonderful. They definitely showed us a good time, fed us well and made sure we were comfortable and safe. It was so great. Elizabeth's attention to your needs and concerns about your yoga practice is a 10 on a scale of 1-10. She is open to teaching you new things and is very helpful for helping you at whatever yoga practice level you are on. She is fantastic! I enjoyed the whole experience. With this being my first trip internationally and my first yoga retreat, I was so blown away by Elizabeth and her knowledge, the amazing ladies on the trip and how easy Jen and Courtney made everything! Please keep being your amazing, wonderful selves! If I can ever help out or volunteer to assist with making The Travel Yogi experience as wonderful for others, as it was for me, I would love to!"

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  • Review by Kristina K.
    10 out of 10

    "The gorgeous scenery, the connections and life-long friendships... Elizabeth is an incredible person and yoga teacher. We had all levels in our classes and she did an exceptional job keeping the classes accessible to everyone."

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  • Review by Amber R.
    10 out of 10

    "I wish I could have stayed forever. The bond that I shared with these women was beyond. My heart was so full when I left the island. I am eternally grateful for the relationships that Elizabeth and The Travel Yogi helped establish. I had flight issues and The Travel Yogi and Elizabeth stayed with me and communicated with me every step of the way. I truly felt as though they cared. They even got me a cake for my birthday! I felt so loved and appreciated. What an amazing way to bring in my 30th!"

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  • Review by Cindy C.
    10 out of 10

    "This was the best vacation I have ever had and I look forward to doing it again each year... The Travel Yogi demonstrates a sincere interest in the comfort and ease of traveling for yogi guests... I will definitely plan another adventure as long as Elizabeth Rowan is leading our group!! She did a great job!! I am eager to see where she heads next year! There was nothing about this trip that I can say was a negative. It was the very best!"

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  • Review by Kathryn M.
    10 out of 10

    "This was a great trip, and I would definitely consider a trip with The Travel Yogi again! Debbi was a great instructor, and the other people on the trip were great. There was a good balance of excursions and relaxation time. The food was amazing! I think that the trip is actually a pretty good deal, given that it includes most of your food, transfers, hotel, yoga, etc...and there is no planning required of the traveler! I enjoyed the relaxation, yoga, and meeting new people."

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  • Review by Jesse M.
    10 out of 10

    "There was a nice balance of excursions and free time so people could do whatever they wanted during the day. Was great to have Yayo teach the cooking class because it was simple and useful. He was very attentive to us and did a great job with his recipes and presentation."

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  • Review by Nicole D.
    10 out of 10

    "Debbi was beyond fantastic. We had people of all levels in our retreat and she was able to accommodate everyone's levels. She has so much knowledge and was able to share that with us. She is also just very calming and easy to be around. I very much enjoyed her as an instructor and travel companion. The second cenote which was about 30-40 minutes away with the cliff jumping was amazing. Our guides and drivers were amazing. They really went out of their way to be customer service oriented"

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  • Review by Fiona C.
    10 out of 10

    "Enthusiastic and helpful yoga teacher. Listened to the group and tailored accordingly. Locations showed different parts of the country, which was nice (e.g., city vs. countryside). Wonderful hikes. Visiting local schools, houses and monasteries. Unique experience which will be very memorable. Would recommend using the same guide as he was able to organize some pretty cool stuff for us outside the itinerary. He was also knowledgeable and approachable. The driver was friendly and informative too."

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  • Review by Carolyn G.
    10 out of 10

    "Alexa is the reason I started coming on these trips and she continuously raises the bar."

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  • Review by Stacy O.
    10 out of 10

    "No need to tell you how amazing Alexa is but I am happy to sing her praises. She made us all feel special and loved and allowed me to deepen my practice in this awesome setting (I especially adored the outdoor sessions in Punakha). She's such a gem! In general, accommodations better than expected in this LDC, and the service was awesome -- friendly, attentive and accommodating without fail. It was a packed program, allowing for virtually no down time, but I would not have wanted it any other way as there is so much to see and experience in breathtaking Bhutan. And you absolutely must retain Tashi Phuntsho as a The Travel Yogi guide -- he is not only extremely knowledgeable about his country (history, traditions, culture, politics, trends, etc.), but also a compassionate, generous person who never hesitated to fill all of our random requests and meet all of our needs, and always with his huge, heartwarming smile! So very many aspects of it were life-affirming and awe-inspiring. I'm really very grateful that it was so much more than a yoga retreat as the Himalayan culture and hiking cannot be missed!"

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  • Review by Stacy V.
    10 out of 10

    "JL is exceptional! I am so thankful that I've found her. Each and every class was spot on and just exactly what I needed in my practice. Sometimes, with other teachers, I've found myself tuning out or predicting the next move ready for the class to be over. Not one single time did this happen with JL. She is truly amazing. The food was really awesome! I was a little hesitant about the vegetarian fare and no alcohol policy. I honestly didn't miss it (meat/alcohol) much and there were plenty of bars within walking distance. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and I enjoyed them. Marcela and Andres were really personable and accommodating."

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  • Review by Kat F.
    10 out of 10

    "JL seriously made this retreat happen for me. I've only been practicing yoga for about a year...and after I expressed interest in a retreat, she encouraged me to do one. I didn't know anyone besides her going - and I realize now that that's very normal on retreats - but for me, that was super scary and out of the norm for me! JL was so amazing and encouraging leading up to the retreat. She introduced me to people in class who'd also be going. She's just so positive and awesome! On the retreat- she was so accessible...hung out with us, gave us so much advice and really was just one of the group! I loved every moment of the trip and was so grateful to be there! It seriously was the best experience I've ever had! Casa Om was so amazing! The managers were so helpful always, and the rooms were great! The chef staff was seriously the best. I loved everything about it!! Our tour guide, Marcella, could not have been better. She was so energetic and personable...and you could tell she really loved what she does! She was so involved.. the excursions were awesome! Every time I had a question about anything, it was either already listed, or it was so fast to get a response via email. I loved that! I felt so great and confident in everything leading into the retreat. Thank you for being so great on that! The group was truly amazing. Everyone was so nice, relaxed, friendly, just glad to be there! The location, resort, and staff were amazing. I loved every second!"

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  • Review by Holly W.
    10 out of 10

    "I honestly had the most amazing, life-changing experience on this retreat and JL was the driving factor behind that. Her voice corrections and ability to read the room and still keep an eye on the individual is amazing. Personally, she is warm, caring and her passion for yoga beyond just the 'body stuff' has changed the way I see yoga and myself - she's had such an impact on me. Being one of only three attendees who didn't know JL beforehand - I'm amazed at the close connection she built with me in a only a week with another 11 yogis there feeling the same! Marcella, our Eco Tours guide, is the best guide I have come across in my tours all over the world - very knowledgeable, passionate about her country and the Mayan people (especially with her work with the villages all over). Overall, everything (including Andres the driver) was amazing and thought through. The response time was super fast and Courtney answered all my questions beyond the usual yoga retreat Qs - and was super pleasant, knowledgeable and all her answers were considered based on what she'd learned about me and what I would most like/need. Something I'm not at all used to (maybe an Australian thing!) but it made all the difference. Everything was set up so well that it encouraged great practice and then lots of opportunities to get to know the group beyond the usual small talk - JL's influence was a huge factor in that of course, plus the organized tours and the regular times to eat together and hang out. I feel very lucky that I stumbled upon The Travel Yogi - I got a personal recommendation to check out the online videos on Gaiam and from there stumbled on the retreats page! This was a perfect coincidence of the location I wanted, at the time I wanted (my birthday!). The written testimonials and professionalism of the Travel Yogi site pushed me to book (and the motivating notice that there weren't many spaces left!) I'll be sure to recommend to friends in Australia and the U.K. - as it was the absolute perfect way to turn 30!"

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  • Review by Laura S.
    10 out of 10

    "Liz was absolutely wonderful and attentive to each student's needs, adjustments, and desires by listening and accommodating to the day's activities and overall well-being. My yoga practice strengthened and developed through the intimate workshops and sessions. The hosts at each location were amazing. Simon and Daisy at Sosian were attentive to everyone in the group, remembering every little detail down to how we take our coffee! I feel like we really got a customized and intimate safari experience here. Their energy was so great and it felt like they became family. It was really sad to leave Sosian. We also had a great time at Naboisho. Moses and the staff were attentive and provided a sense of safety at the tents. The group seemed to really appreciate and find value in the trip to the Samburu Village and the local school. Needless to say, the trip to the Elephant Orphanage was heart-pumping with overflowing love. I had no idea we would be able to interact with the elephants. The staff was really helpful, informative, and kind. Among The Travel Yogi and other comparative yoga safari retreats, I hands down had the best experience working with Jen at The Travel Yogi. I can't thank Jen enough for her insightful consideration and help in the process. Jen was responsive, thorough, and accessible at all times - by email or phone. Her energy, kindness, and passion radiated in every communication I had with her and I definitely had my questions! I am impressed with the research and selection of organizations, hotels, and partners. I am a big advocate for responsible travel and was so excited to be a part of a life-changing adventure that supports environmental and conservation efforts. Plus, there's primal yoga! Every day felt like a dream. I am so thankful I took pictures that pinch myself and remind me this experience was real! I signed up for this trip by myself and left with newfound friendships in my fellow yogis and with our guides and hosts at each stay. Thank you! The partners at Natural Habitat, the accommodations, the hospitality of the staff and hosts - I can't say enough good things about everyone and every place we encountered during our retreat. I am extremely impressed with our guide Jackson from Natural Habitat. From the first day arriving in Kenya to the last minute at the airport, Jackson made this trip incredible. His knowledge, experience, background, and passion in everything he does truly shines. He is someone that is going to changing the world and to be with him on this retreat was an absolute honor. Whether luck of the draw or intended, we really got the best here. Jackson is an amazing guide, prestigious teacher, honorable leader, and kind human being. In retrospect, this was an amazing deal as the organizations and staff were highly invested in conservation efforts and wildlife and environmental education - which are causes I strongly care about. On top of the astounding, breathtaking experience, this made the cost of the trip worth every single penny and more!"

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  • Review by Terri T. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Both the Bristol and Sansara were fabulous hotels with great accommodations, outstanding staff, and incredibly pleasant atmosphere. Sansara provided one of the best places to do yoga I've ever experienced! You guys do a great job of keeping us informed before, during and after! You are incredibly responsive and helpful, both of which are very much appreciated! The group vibe was wonderful, Sansara is an amazing and incredibly special place and Panama is one of the coolest countries I've ever visited. "

    "This was another amazing experience from The Travel Yogi! "

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  • Review by Suzanne K. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Mark Moliterno is truly unbelievable. My week of practicing and learning with Mark was truly life-changing for me. I knew going in that his yoga voice program was going to be different than a typical yoga workshop, but really had no idea how profoundly his program would change me. "

    "Imparting information during his classes was very detailed and easy to follow. Working with our breath, bodies and voice was more impactful than any yoga class I've ever taken. The integration and changes that happened as we learned to add specific sounds to our practice was so exciting. Everyone in the class evolved in some way as the week progressed. The way of teaching is fun, very informative, interactive, peaceful, and strengthening, and for me personally, an awakening."

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  • Review by Megan R. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "This was the best vacation we have ever taken. Everything about it was above and beyond our expectations. Really life-changing. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Colleen P. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Mark is compassionate, knowledgeable, gifted teacher, and practical in his application of knowledge on all levels-physical, mental, intellectual, and spiritual.I've never had better food in my life and my husband, who was worried about the 'vegetarian' food, said he would eat this diet if the food was this good. The staff were attentive, genuine, kind, and friendly. We watched whales tail slap, breech, and spout while doing yoga. There were many kinds of birds and wild life to constantly observe. The masseuse was a lifesaver, intuitive, kind, and talented. Saved me from getting sore muscles. Everything was meticulously clean, which I so appreciated. I've never stayed at a place kept so pristine. So great that snorkeling and sea kayaking were included as part of the trip. It was amazing and the guides were wonderful. Learned a lot in the cooking class - so glad that was offered. So many choices of things to do - could not do it all, so will have to return every year for years to come! This location was a fabulous choice. Thanks for choosing it for us. The staff were very helpful and friendly-made me feel excited about the experience, gave positive energy through their interactions. Thanks so much! "


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  • Review by Samantha M.
    10 out of 10

    "Everyone from my drivers to Gustavo was immediately inviting and I never once felt out of place... This was my first traveling experience and I am already looking into more trips with The Travel Yogi. I could not think of a better experience or a better way to travel."

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  • Review by Robin R
    10 out of 10

    "This Baja trip went beyond my expectations. The yoga, the location, the food, the ease of The Travel Yogi... the total package. Was I in heaven?"

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  • Review by Crystal L
    10 out of 10

    "I would highly recommend this trip and/or another trip with The Travel Yogi and especially with Elizabeth! Everything was spelled out with so much detail that I for the first time in my life packed light and had exactly what I needed. There was no guessing! Wonderful! Elizabeth is so down to earth, genuine, heartfelt. She is the real deal. Grateful to know her. The sailing excursion was um, how do I say... beyond belief! Ah! Thank you!"

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  • Review by Denise A.
    10 out of 10

    "Everything was beyond expectation. Cannot fault a thing. Debbi was wise, kind, strong, fun and inspiring. She is all things you want in a yoga teacher. Despite my changing email addresses three times leading up to departure (apologies)... You always tracked me down and responded with patience."

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  • Review by Tamara A.
    10 out of 10

    "It was the first vacation I've had in a long time where I actually felt like I had a vacation. I felt like I was on a vacation high for days after coming back. It was everything you would expect to get out of a yoga retreat and more. JL is incredible. It was the perfect balance of PV in the mornings and chill practice in the afternoons. Couldn't have been better."

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  • Review by Michele H. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Vytas teaches a very challenging class, and I loved it. His sequencing was extremely intelligent and prepared us for the more advanced poses.Sansara was amazing! One of my favorite yoga retreats ever, and I've been to many. I loved the location. It's so nice to have some local folks in the vicinity, and some other restaurants/bars.My room was beautiful. Bed was super comfy! Bathroom was luxurious. Loved my shower! Loved the yoga palapa! I love practicing by the beach! Layout of the rest of the retreat was so comfortable and intuitive. Loved it."

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  • Review by Dina K.
    10 out of 10

    "Without question this is one of the top getaways of my life. Mia and Patti in collaboration to conduct mind-body-soul yogi experiences have me convinced I must schedule more retreats!"

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  • Review by Sebastian B.
    10 out of 10

    "Vytas really made this an exceptional experience not only as a yoga instructor but as an inspiring human being and leader. From challenging us inside the yoga room to assigning each one with a secret yogi as a way to connect selflessly with one another and also enhancing the group dynamic with games and meaningful conversation.Exceeded expectations in every level. Besides the dream location and the outstanding yoga classes, the connection between the group of people that were part of this trip took the energy and experience of the retreat to a whole other level."

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  • Review by Baya G. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Erica's physiology knowledge will be hard to be matched by anyone. This translates into very sophisticated detailed classes. Her roundedness with other alternative healing methods, combined with her physiology and yoga sequencing knowledge and her natural leadership and charisma, puts her in a league of her own."

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  • Review by Rachel D.
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful classes! She takes the time to make sure each person is getting the most out of every single class. Challenging for the ones that want it and offers modifications for the ones that need it. Best instructor I've ever had.I have a food allergy that the staff and chefs gave extra care to and made the experience that much more enjoyable and worry free.Details are extremely important to me so the travel yoga exceeds expectations with letting me know every detail about the trip. I recommend The Travel Yogi Gaiam to anyone because of how secure I feel with how transparent everything is."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "This was the most amazing trip of my life. First, Jen at the Travel Yogi made every step of the way in booking the trip and my airfare so easy. She sat on the phone with me on the weekend looking through all of the flights and giving me advice on the airports and different routes. She was unbelievably helpful and eased my fears. The way this retreat is structured is spectacular. The excursions every day, all day long and the blend of yoga in the morning and the evening was perfect. We also had one day where we could choose our own adventure which was awesome. The excursions were really quality and so much fun. Liz Arch, our yoga instructor was phenomenal. She has such a warm and playful spirit and so much knowledge in so many areas of wellness. She geared the yoga each day to the needs of the group and even did a couple workshop style classes for inversions and arm balances. She also did restoratives when we needed that, and gave us a taste of her own brand, Primal Yoga. The accommodations were wonderful and the owner and house manager of the Semilla Verde property were knowledgeable, helpful and went so out of their way to care for us. The group itself was an amazing, adventurous, warm, funny, diverse group of humans that I am looking forward to calling friends for a very long time. I was terrified to leave the US and go to this tiny place so far away, but I am so glad that I did, it was truly life changing and I highly recommend this trip for everyone!! Thank you Jen, Courtney, Liz, Rob and Rafi !!! xxo"

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  • Review by Padhia A.
    10 out of 10

    "This was the most amazing trip of my life. First, Jen at The Travel Yogi made every step of the way in booking the trip and my airfare so easy. She was unbelievably knowledgeable, helpful and eased all my fears. The way this retreat is structured is spectacular. The excursions every day, all day long- and the blend of yoga in the morning and the evening was perfect. We also had one day where we could choose our own adventure which was awesome. The excursions were really quality and so much fun. Liz Arch, our yoga instructor was phenomenal. She has such a warm and playful spirit and so much knowledge in so many areas of wellness. She geared the yoga each day to the needs of the group and even did a couple workshop style classes for inversions and arm balances. I was terrified to leave the US and go to this tiny place so far away, but I am so glad that I did, it was truly life changing and I highly recommend this trip for everyone!" website, edited

  • Review by Karina L.
    10 out of 10

    "You did an amazing job of creating a wonderful and unique experience and I really loved it. The people on our retreat were so great and w so much going on w the Gaiam shoot. I was impressed w the seamlessness of the yoga, meals, excursions, pick ups etc!! I have loved both my Travel Yogi trips this year so much and I just wanted to make sure you knew that!" website, edited

  • Review by Nelda L.
    10 out of 10

    "Being fairly new to yoga & only practicing regularly for over 1 year, JL has set the bar high. This was my very first yoga retreat and I'm blessed to have found her through The Travel Yogi. Before we even met, I already felt warm through her generosity... gifts sent to her students: Juil sandals & chakra root scented oil. I arrived to Blue Osa in Costa Rica and received the first of many hugs from JL. She gives the best hugs! She welcomed each of her students with a personalized reiki infused mala bracelet. In the short week with her, she was nothing short of inviting, personable, and all smiles. And thank you to The Travel Yogi for being so thorough in preparation for this retreat! How could I not book with The Travel Yogi again? Namaste!" website, edited

  • Review by Katie D.
    10 out of 10

    "If I could hire Jen Hoddevik from The Travel Yogi to be my personal travel agent/life organizer, it would be worth whatever amount of money it cost! Iceland was my fourth retreat with The Travel Yogi, and exactly as it was in all previous trips, every detail was handled by Jen and her expert staff. I didn't have to worry for a second once from the point I arrived at the airport and saw the driver holding a sign with my name until he brought me back there almost a week later. The excursions were first rate-all we had to do was show up for the bus-and the cost of the trip was extremely reasonable with all of the meals, yoga and sights it included. Yoga with Elizabeth Rowan was perfect to start our day and wind down our evenings. This trip was 5 star all the way, and I can highly, highly recommend it to any adventurous travelers! Thank you again to The Travel Yogi and Elizabeth Rowan for a wonderful experience." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Regarding Galapagos, June 2015 with the incredible instructor, Liz Arch. This was my first yoga retreat and I'm worried that it spoiled me for all future ones! I had such a fantastic time. The Galapagos islands were utterly amazing: tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, hiking, and snorkeling... not to mention the AMAZING food and accommodations at Semilla Verde. I have super strict dietary restrictions and they were able to make me something healthy and delicious every day. We were also very fortunate to have a splendid group of Yoga enthusiasts who I think will be good friends for years to come. Courtney was a wonderful hostess - she made us all feel safe, comfortable and well cared for. Thanks to everyone for a trip of a lifetime!! I'd join you again in a heartbeat."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful experience in the Galapagos for our Anniversary! Yoga in the morning and evening, we stayed at Semilla Verde which was beyond amazing! All the adventures were filled with animal watching..birds, sealions,iguana etc. Beyond thrilled! We would definately book thru travelyogi again ☆☆☆☆☆"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I can recommend this tour. Yoga practice in Aruba with Kat Fowler a wonderful experience. Manchebo Hotel is also a very pleasant place to stay (typical / not too big / friendly etc) and the beach is one of the most beautiful on the island."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Kat Fowler is a wonderful yoga teacher and Aruba hostess! Manchebo was a great place to stay with incredibly friendly, helpful staff, cleanliness everywhere, and a gorgeous beach!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "My Baja Travel Yogi trip was really the trip of a lifetime. I was unsure of what to expect and felt blown away by both the location/facility and the detailed planning. I could truly relax into the experience and enjoy Baja because I never had to worry with a thing! As an obsessive planner, I was amazed that I could actually unplug and get so much out of this trip. I will definitely be planning another trip through The Travel Yogi in the future..."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "A trip to the Galapagos is a trip of a life time. Jenniferlyn Chiemingo, our trip Yoga Teacher and Leader, made my experience beyond my expectations. Jenniferlyn is an extraordinary inspiring and motivating yoga teacher. She inspired me to be adventurous and make the most of the nature around me. She also helped me to reach and experiment beyond my typical yoga practice. Her guided meditations were very provoking and will last in my mind and spirit forever!! Jenniferlyn has a shining energy that is honest, refreshing and contagious!! Her attitude will make any trip, any location, an extraordinary event. I am super fortunate because Jenniferlyn is has my hometown yoga teacher. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel with her. Namaste!!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I could not have asked for a better experience with Travel Yogi from start to finish. Jen and Liz were so helpful and communicative through the entire process. Every detail is taken care of, so there is no stress in traveling, which is rare these days! It was a magical experience at Prana Del Mar with Alexa Silvaggio as the yoga instructor. The accommodations, peaceful surroundings, delicious food and inspiring yoga made it one of the best trips I have ever had, and with a group of strangers no less! I'm absolutely hooked and cannot wait to book another retreat through the Travel Yogi! Thank you so much, Jen and Liz!"

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  • Review by Tenille H.
    10 out of 10

    "The Santorini retreat was absolutely perfect! From the controlled yoga, amenities, and travel assistance to the uncontrolled staff, food, and weather, everything was perfect! I enjoyed practicing yoga with Angel in the mornings and evenings, her style of teaching was perfect for a retreat get away (calm yet challenging, with stretching and spiritual vibes infused)!The staff at Rocabella could not have been better! They were incredibly accommodating, friendly, and spoke English. Upon arriving at the retreat, all yogis who were attending became instant friends, such a great feeling! I felt safe and well prepared as a solo traveler and felt like I knew who to contact at all times if I had a question or needed something! There was free wi-fi at the resort which I really liked because it felt nice to have a connection to home, but still be in such a far away place! Thank you all again for letting me in on this amazing piece of heaven that I will remember forever!"

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  • Review by Kelsie M.
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was amazing. Thank you to you and your team for selecting such a beautiful location in Bali for yoga, rest and relaxation, and exploration. The staff at Soulshine was incredible friendly and helpful. Ogoum in particular went above and beyond to show us around Ubud, explaining customs, traditions, and answering any questions we had. The facilities were clean and well-kept. I always felt safe and welcome. Thanks again for your work!"

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  • Review by Kelly M.
    10 out of 10

    "It was so awesome and well organized that I didn't even appreciate how well everything was being handled during the retreat. I did a 4 day organized trip to Isabela Island after the retreat, and in comparison I realized how lucky we had been to have such good guides and hosts and helpful staff. Galapagos is wonderful no matter what, but it was definitely worth it to have every so well taken care of during our stay."

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  • Review by Brooke W. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "The trip was amazing. Thank you for all you do. Rocabella was a beautiful location, the food was amazing, and the yoga teachers were obviously outstanding ... I had an amazing time and met some absolutely lovely yogis. I plan on using Travel Yogi again. Thanks again for your coordination."

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  • Review by Lindsey R. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip, it was worth every penny and more. I came home absolutely raving about the entire thing.The location was amazing, I was totally satisfied with the hotel, amenities, and proximity to other activities on the island. I would go back there for another retreat in a second."

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  • Review by Tracy M. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I recently went to Bali with the Ashley Albrand via The Travel Yogi. Everything about the experience was amazing, from the initial engagement with Jennifer to the follow up and finally arriving in Bali and attending the retreat. Traveling internationally can be a hassle, but Jennifer made sure that all the details were taken care of pre-trip and was available if we had any questions during the retreat. Soulshine was amazing, like a little bit of luxury paradise in the middle of the rice paddies. Ashley was phenomenal, an amazing teacher leading a life changing experience in the middle of paradise. I can't recommend the Travel Yogi enough and I will definitely book another yoga vacation with them."

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  • Review by Christy S. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I cannot imagine all the time and energy that went into planning this amazing retreat, but I thank you so much from the very bottom of my (jet-lagged) heart! It was quite a transformative experience, in every sense, and I felt that I was aboard a very tightly manned ship. It was a very well-balanced vacation, with just enough yoga and Ubud city time. I do hope that our paths cross someday soon, maybe on the other side of the world! "

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Boston, United States

The Travel Yogi Gaiam has more than 10 years of travel experience and yoga and aims for everyone’s adventure to be transformational, exciting, healthy, and fun.

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8 days / 7 nights


Arrival: Saturday May 6, 2017
Departure: Saturday May 13, 2017

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