Best Yoga Retreats and Eco Travel
Are there yoga retreats that are truly committed to environmental conservation?
Are there yoga retreats (or eco travel destinations) that offer undiluted no-hype teachings of yoga and spirituality, and sustainable living?
How many yoga vacations can boast to have all of the following?
a. being environmentally-conscious,
b. stunning in their natural beauty, and
c. exceptional in the quality of yoga teachings.
Do YOU know of a place that would immediately evoke a sense of adventure and higher purpose? A place where one could feel a part of an important mission that improves the lives of many beings. Do Tell!!
Soul Girl Yoga Retreat at Rancho Las Cruces
Nature, privacy, vibrations of the local area. A mix of luxury and true earth connection.
Dragonfly Yoga Barn Retreat, New Hampshire
Beautiful, peaceful, natural setting... Gorgeous yoga studio and lodging facing the mountains and nestled into the pines... Consciously-prepared meals... Hiking trails, snowshoeing, yoga teacher training, weekly classes.
Yoga Retreat in Paradise, Costa Rica
It is in an incredible setting. Surrounded by both primary rainforest as well as ocean front. It is very harmonious with nature, and helps yoga practice and pranayama to breathe the delicious pura vida air.
"Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity."
Shanti Yoga Retreat, Ontario, Ca
Shanti's retreat consist of 4 yoga classes and yoga theory, afternoon meditations, sumptuous vegetarian meals, silent walks and evening satsang. Located on beautiful Wolfe Island, near Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Sewall House Yoga Retreat
In a small New England town yet close to two pristine lakes. We have devoted the past 26 years (since 1985) to pursuing study and teaching of Yoga, studying with some of the best teachers NYC has to offer and teaching there as well when not here in Maine at Sewall House.
Togat Nusa Yoga and Surfing Retreat, Indonesia
Nestled amongst the palm trees on Pitojat Island, Togat Nusa Retreat truly is a magical place. A private, tropical island sanctuary perfect for those looking to escape, relax and unwind.
Casa de Carrasco Yoga Retreat, Spain
Set in a 10-acre olive and almond grove in the Mediterranean mountains above the Spanish Costa Daurada. Beautiful mountain views, a large swimming pool, horse riding, hiking, and exploring the local castles and wine regions are some of my favorite things to do there.
Prana Del Mar, Baja, Mexico
If you're looking for a yoga retreat in Mexico, consider the brand new Prana del Mar - at the southern tip of Baja, Mexico. While only 20 minutes outside of Cabo San Lucas, it feels very remote and tranquil.
Leela Travel, San Francisco, CA
Leela Travel is a new boutique yoga retreat company that specializes in yoga retreats with world class teachers, at ecologically sustainable resorts in pristine off-the-beaten track destinations!
Yogi Mir's Recommendations for "Best Yoga Retreats":
Back to Earth Yoga Retreats
Backpacking yoga retreats in Yosemite National Park
Eco: Minimal impact on the environment;COSTA RICA
Beauty: Situated in and saturated with the beauty of Yosemite National Park;
Yoga: Backpacking, and full immersion into nature and yoga with a number of experienced yoga teachers and guides.
Black Turtle Eco-Lodge
A small eco-lodge on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica
Eco: "We aim our endeavors towards the eco-tourist, with conservation in mind. To this end, our construction has been using local materials not from the rain forest, with local crafts persons and gentle construction techniques that have had a low impact on the environment";ECUADOR
Beauty: A peaceful retreat on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with gardens of over 4000 specimens of tropical plants and flowers;
Yoga: Fully-equipped yoga studio, and a beach platform, open for yoga retreats year-round.
An award winning, Amazon eco-tourism destination
Eco: "Yachana Lodge's contributions to conservation and education are at once extraordinary and subtle. They range from preparing the next generation of environmental stewards to protecting enormous swaths of rainforest. From serving our own organic meals to sustainable solar electricity. The environment is not something we 'consider', but rather living in harmony with nature pervades every aspect of our life.";
Beauty: It's the Amazon Rainforest!;
Yoga: Make it your own yoga retreat. No formal classes or programs.
Kalani Oceanside Retreat Village
A non-profit retreat center in Pahoa, HI
Eco: Most services are performed by volunteers, causing minimal impact on the environment;IRELAND
Beauty: Stunning; in the words of the staff: "You may love Kalani so much that you may want to live here; at least for part of the year."
Yoga: Year-round yoga retreats, vacations, workshops, and residence programs.
Ard Nahoo Health Farm, Eco-Cabins, and Yoga Retreats
A family-owned eco-retreat around Dromahair Village, Ireland
Eco: Through and through; hemp-insulated cabins, heated with pellet stoves, finished with natural paints, powered by wind turbine (Airtricity), built with minimal concrete and no petro checmicals;NEW HAMPSHIRE
Beauty: Beautiful all-natural Irish country-side;
Yoga: Weekly yoga classes, and weekend yoga retreats.
D Acres Organic Farm and Educational Homestead
Development Aimed at Creating Rural Ecological Society, near Rumney, NH
Eco: D Acres' Main Focus is Ecological Sustainability and Education; year-round programs on every aspect; almost off-the-grid in the four-season climate using solar energy, sustainable water and septic systems;NEW YORK
Beauty: All-natural New England mountain setting;
Yoga: Weekly yoga classes, and weekend yoga retreats.
The Farm Sanctuary
A non-profit sanctuary for rescued animals, upstate NY
Eco: You may volunteer to help with the animals, or just stay at one of the B&B cottages;PERU
Beauty: This 175-acre New York farm is set amidst rolling green hills and forests in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, located next door to Sugar Hill State Forest, just west of Watkins Glen;
Yoga: Your own meditation, selfless service, and yoga retreat.
Willka T'ika Garden Guesthouse
“The Ultimate Yoga Retreat in the Heart of the Sacred Valley.”
Eco: A fusion of colors and textures of earth materials with Feng-Shui principles, solar heating, large water tanks and septic tanks, and organic gardens;PORTUGAL
Beauty: Located in "The Sacred Valley of the Inca" in the Andes of Peru, "one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Lying at the foot of spectacular snow covered mountains, between Cusco and Machu Picchu."
Yoga: Two fully-equipped yoga studios, open for yoga retreats and vacations; “... combination of a daily Yoga practice, meditation in the gardens, and hiking in the Andes...”.
Quinta da Calma Holistic Retreat Centre
An oasis of peace, beauty and tranquility in the heart of the Algarve.
Eco: Volunteer programs, organic food, sustainable living;SCOTLAND
Beauty: Located in the heart of Portugal's Algarve, with its long hot summers and mild, gentle winters, 10 minutes from the Ria Formosa Natural Park and the soft sandy beaches of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo;
Yoga: The European Centre for Integral Yoga® Teacher Training, from the Yogaville Centre of Swami Satchidananda. There are many classes of Yoga for all levels in Portuguese and English, morning, lunchtime, and evening. Ideal setting for a yoga retreat.
Findhorn Spiritual Community, Education Centre, and Eco-village
One of world's first consciously-designed eco-villages
Eco: Findhorn community is an experiment in conscious living helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future.;UTAH
Beauty: Beautiful all-natural Scottish country-side;
Yoga: Workshops on Meditation, Spirituality, and Enlightenment.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
A non-profit sanctuary for rescued animals in Kanab, UT
Eco: You may volunteer to help with the animals; you may even have an animal (dog/cat/pot-bellied pig) stay with you at one of the on-site cottages and cabins; "for thousands of abused and abandoned animals, what happens here every day is a miracle of love";
Beauty: Situated in Angel Canyon, a miracle of nature, millions of years in the making, surrounded by other natural wonders: Grand Canyon and Zion Park;
Yoga: Your own meditation, selfless service, and yoga retreat.
Moab Yoga on the Rocks
Backpacking outdoor yoga retreats in the desert
Eco: Minimal impact on the environment;VIRGINIA
Beauty: Situated in and saturated with the beauty of Canyonlands National park;
Yoga: Backpacking, and full immersion into nature and yoga.
Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram
An authentic yoga ashram in the tradition of Swami Satchidananda near Charlottesville, VA
Eco: Volunteer programs, organic farm, community projects;
Beauty: Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachians;
Yoga: Full schedule of daily classes, workshops, yoga teacher trainings, and yoga retreats.
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It is in an incredible setting. Surrounded by both primary rainforest as well as ocean front.
It is very harmonious with nature, and helps yoga practice …
"Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics …
Shanti Yoga Retreat
I had the pleasure of visiting Shanti Yoga Retreat this spring, located on beautiful Wolfe Island, near Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Before even reaching …
Soul Girl Yoga Retreat in Rancho Las Cruces Not rated yet
Breathing Classes with Robin Clements, Yoga with Soul Girl Yoga, Massage, Facials, Horseback Riding, Sea Kiyaks, Snorkling, Hiking, Gourmet Food and Wine, …
Rancho Las Cruces....Yoga and Meditation Rejuvination Retreat Not rated yet
Beautiful location, calming powerfully charged atmosphere, private sanctuary, safe with private airstrip, luxurious, peaceful and rejuvenating.
Rancho Las Cruces Yoga and Meditation Retreat Not rated yet
So beautiful. The nature, the privacy, the vibrations of the local area.
I connected with my soul urge and divine true self there watching the sunrise. …
Dragonfly Yoga Barn, Studio & Retreat, New Hampshire USA Not rated yet
Beautiful, peaceful, natural setting...
Consciously-prepared meals, served in a gorgeous farmhouse kitchen...
Gorgeous yoga studio and lodging facing …
Sewall House Yoga Retreat Not rated yet
Eco: We do our best to be very aware of the environment in the tradition of my great grandfather, nature guide William Sewall. We compost and use bulk …
Togat Nusa Retreat Not rated yet
This is a new Yoga/surfing retreat open in Indonesia. Located on a private island, catering to small groups of 6.
Prana del Mar Not rated yet
If you're looking for a yoga retreat in Mexico, consider the brand new Prana del Mar - at the southern tip of Baja, Mexico.
While only 20 minutes …
Casa de Carrasco Yoga Retreat in Spain Not rated yet
Set in a 10-acre olive and almond grove in the Mediterranean mountains above the Spanish Costa Daurada.
It's also a very affordable £20 - £35 per night …
Leela Travel - www.leelatravel.com Not rated yet
Leela Travel is a new boutique yoga retreat company that specializes in yoga retreats with world class teachers, at ecologically sustainable resorts …
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