Your Guide to Yoga Retreats

The way our culture is set up has most of us busy all the time. The to-do lists seem never ending and work days can be really long. It can be overwhelming at times. I’ve definitely been there before and I’m sure you know the feeling too! The expectations of society, work, family & friends can put a lot of pressure on us to perform at a certain level for extended periods of time. Self-care often gets pushed to the side in order to meet deadlines or take care of others.

It’s time to change that. It’s time to take back your life and make self-care a priority.

I talk about it in my yoga classes almost every day. It is important to acknowledge the great ripple effects self-care/self-love can have. When you take the time to take care of yourself (body & mind) it becomes easier to get through those long to-do lists and better take care of the things and people around you.

One way to do this is through yoga retreats. Yoga retreats offer an opportunity to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with yourself. They are often hosted on properties outside the reach of a cell-phone signal and the schedule is full of time and space to relax/explore/learn and just BE! Some yoga retreats are also geared towards education. Many teacher trainings are held in a retreat-type setting so that students can fully immerse themselves in the information.

I’ve compiled a list of a few upcoming yoga retreats held by teachers in my San Diego Yoga Teachers community. Take a moment to read through the descriptions – maybe one of these will be exactly what you’ve been looking for! I’ve listed them in order of the dates they take place.

SUP/Yoga Retreat to Mallorca, Spain. September 2nd-9th 2017.



There are only 3 spots left for this Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and Yoga adventure to the medieval island of Mallorca. The accommodations are a beautiful 13th century home in the center of the island. The event is hosted by Tracy “Sarvani” Aleksić and Joy Bennett. There will be daily SUP adventures, SUP yoga and regular yoga practices as well. If you love to cook you’re in luck because this retreat also features a Mediterranean cooking school and two wine tastings. Investment is $2,800. It’s only a few weeks away so CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!

Bright Yoga also has a variety of other retreats that will take place in the next year too! So if you aren’t ready to leave for Spain in a few weeks check out their schedule of future events HERE.

Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy Training – Retreat Style! Oceanside, CA. Sept. 28th – October 2nd 2017


This training is held by Soleil Hepner C-IAYT with a guest appearance by Michael Lee, the founder of Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT). This program is accredited through the International Associate of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Yoga therapy is a holistic healing art that uses yoga & yogic philosophies in a therapeutic way to deepen mindfulness and connection. If you are already a yoga teacher, talk therapist or really anyone who works with people, this is a wonderful certification to add to your tool box. The price of the training ranges from $650+. There are options for commuters – if you live in the area and plan to sleep at your own home, or there is the option to stay on site and really immerse yourself in the process! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO OR TO SIGN UP!

Wine & Unwind in Ramona, California. October 22nd 2017



Sascha Crasnow is a world traveler and registered yoga teacher who is a PHD candidate in Art History. This wonderful “mini-retreat” will be held in Ramona, California conveniently located only 45 minutes north of San Diego. If you are a wine lover with a packed schedule this could be the perfect way to soak in the benefits of a yoga retreat without buying a plane ticket and/or taking extended time away from work & family. This one day retreat at Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard includes an alignment-based vinyasa flow practice, a gluten free & vegetarian brunch and wine tasting! Tickets are $55 per person or $99 per couple. CLICK HERE TO BUY A TICKET!

International Retreat To Thailand. November 1st – 7th 2017



Husband & Wife team Rafael & Julianne Arce are hosting this retreat to Thailand this November! Julianne is a devoted yoga teacher with who has clocked in over 5,000 teaching hours and has led numerous 200-hour teacher trainings. (find about more about Julianne HERE) She has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to others! Located in a beautiful all-inclusive villa in Kamala this retreat is about 35 minutes South of Phuket International Airport. This is a non-smoking, non-drinking retreat and is truly geared towards deepening your yoga practice and your mind/body connection. The retreat includes 3 chef-prepared meals per day with unlimited coffee & tea. During the retreat, there will be the option to explore guided and unguided meditation as well as two yoga classes per day in a variety of class formats; Vinyasa, Yin and Deep Stretch. The retreat also includes an Evolve Yoga Workshop to deepen your practice as well as a Journey Through The Chakras Immersion Course. Rafael & Julianne have taken care of everything so you can just sit back, relax and soak in the benefits of yoga. Investment ranges from $1,600-$2,100 depending on room choice. There are only a few spaces left! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.

Restore & Radiate Retreat in Costa Rica. August 4th-14th 2018

Dr. Arezou Ghane, who is hosting this retreat, received her Ph.D. in Health Psychology at UC Riverside. She is a yoga teacher, psychologist and the founder of Auteur Health & Wellness (read more about her here!). This 10-day escape to Costa Rica features a revitalizing vinyasa flow practice each morning and a gentle restorative practice each night. A chef will prepare 3 meals for you daily along with unlimited Costa Rican coffee & tea. The accommodations also feature WiFi access so you can stay connected if need be. (and, let’s be honest, there will probably be lots of Instagram worthy moments!). This retreat will be an excellent way to disconnect from your routine and tune into your body/mind connection for 10 full days. It’s almost a year away so with plenty of time to request off work it will be hard to find an excuse not to go! Your investment can range from $1,999-$2,700 dependent on lodging options. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

I hope this list has helped you find a yoga retreat that suits your needs or at least opened your mind you the many unique and wonderful yoga retreats that exist out there. Next time you are feeling overwhelmed and in need of some yoga, peace, and fun, find a retreat in your area and go immerse yourself in yoga’s restorative and rejuvenating benefits!

If you decide to go on one of these retreats I’d love to hear from you! Send me a message and let me know how it was! I’d love to see your pictures and hear your stories!

I will be posting about more retreats in the future. Please contact me if you’d like YOUR retreat featured on my blog!


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