Mongolia Yoga Retreat

27 July - 5 August 2019

Teacher: Emma Henry

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)

£1,995£2,595

Come to Mongolia for a unique Jivamukti yoga retreat with Emma Henry. This is one of the most remote places in the world and you will be immersed in an ancient culture that has seen little change for centuries.

First we go to the Gobi on the Trans Mongolian Railway into the expansive desert with its huge skies, powerful sunsets and friendly camels. Then we head to Khan Kentii, a lush wilderness reaching all the way to the Siberian border.

Explore with desert hikes and camel treks, ride horses through lush forests and raft on the Tuul river. Spend blissful time in our yurt sauna and relax with healing massages. Our delicious vegan food is created by Bettina Campolucci-Bordi and her brilliant Mongolian team.

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Summary

Our Mongolia yoga retreat takes place in two very different locations. You will be glamping in our luxury yurt camps in the East Gobi and the interior parts of Gorkhi Terelj National Park.

We will travel to our first camp on the Trans Mongolian Railway and spend 3 nights there. With daily yoga, hikes into the desert, camel treks, massages, meditation and an evening kirtan deep in the desert around a campfire, our Gobi location is magical and other worldly.

Then we head by jeep to for 4 nights at our second yoga retreat camp in the Khan Kentii, possibly one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Located on the Upper Tuul River which meanders gently through the vast meadows of wildflowers and surrounded by lush forested hills.

Along with daily Jivamukti yoga with Emma Henry, you will spend your days here hiking, riding horses in the wilderness with a local herder, as well as rafting and kayaking on the river. Blissful time in our riverside yurt sauna is an experienced not to be missed. Please read our blog about the Mongolia yoga retreats for more details on this “retreat of all retreats”.

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Yoga retreat programme

Jivamukti yoga: Emma Henry will teach daily yoga classes. Each Jivamukti class offers a dynamic asana practice that is infused with inspiring teachings derived from the ancient yogic texts. Classes will include chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation.

Hiking in the Gobi: Join our sunset hike into the desert with local herdsmen to enjoy the silence and explore the mind blowing landscape.

Desert meditation and kirtan in the Gobi: We will spend an afternoon and evening at a smaller camp deeper in the desert. You will meditate in a powerful place where monks used to meditate in the 15th century and then enjoy an unforgettable sunset, al fresco dinner and kirtan around the campfire.

Wilderness hiking or riding: Our Khan Kentii remote location is an inspiring wilderness, perfect for adventures and exploring. We can arrange hiking and riding* with a local guide to explore to the spectacular landscape and stunning views.

Rafting or kayaking: Spend a few hours floating down the serene river near our camp with a local guide. A great way to take in the scenery and enjoy the peace of life on the river.

Massage & sauna: Glamping can be tiring, so we will have our own massage therapist with us offering you reviving massages. In our Khan Kentii camp we have a sauna yurt set up right next to the river. This is an experience not to be missed and we highly recommend it to relieve aching muscles and general tiredness. Once you have heated your body nicely you can run outside and jump into the (very refreshing) river to cool down.  A top Mongolian revitalising experience!

*Horseriding is for those with previous experience, please read the “More on Mongolia” section for more details.

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Film: Our yoga retreat camps

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Film: Meditation in the Gobi

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Food & accommodation

Healthy meals: You’ll be served healthy vegan meals that will be created by our own expert chef Bettina Campolucci Bordi and her Mongolian team. You can expect tasty vegan meals that are gluten and sugar free. You’ll have plenty of herbal teas and safe drinking water included.

Accommodation on your yoga retreat: This could possibly be the ultimate yurt yoga retreat! We have two exclusive camps in wild, remote and completely peaceful locations. Our yoga retreat accommodation is in traditional Mongolian gers – known in the UK as yurts. We have space for a maximum of 18 guests in single, twin or triple yurts.

The gers have wooden floors and are beautifully decorated in traditional nomadic style with hand-crafted furnishings. This is a luxury camp, expertly run by a Mongolian team and our yoga retreat will assist the conservation efforts in the area as it brings finances to the local economy and protection efforts.

There are eco toilets which are a short walk from the camp. There are two beautiful yurts for showers, and we have a rota to make sure everyone can get clean! Water for your showers is collected from a well or the nearby river, carried by camel and yak cart, heated on a fire and placed in an overhead bucket.

 

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What's included

What’s included in your yoga retreat:

  • 1 day on the Trans Mongolian Railway into the Gobi
  • 3 nights luxury glamping accommodation in our Gobi camp and 4 nights in our Khan Kentii wilderness camp
  • 2 nights (on arrival and pre departure) in a 4 star hotel in Ulaan Bator
  • All your vegan meals, herbal teas and water at the camps
  • All your yoga and meditation classes
  • An evening hike in the Gobi with local herdsmen
  • A desert camp excursion with meditation and kirtan
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Your return transfers to the camps from Ulaan Bator

What’s extra:

  • Flights
  • Lunches and dinner in Ulaan Bator
  • Massages
  • Visas (if needed)
  • Local activities: Horse riding, camel treks, sauna, hiking, kayaking and rafting
  • Upgrade to a 5 star hotel in Ulaan Bator from $600 for 2 nights

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Travel to Mongolia

Getting there from UK (mail us if you’d like advice on travel options from another location)

Travel: Travelling to Mongolia is not as hard as you might think!  There are limited options; the most common and quickest routes from UK are via Russia, Turkey, Hong Kong or China.

Flights: You can fly with Aeroflot to Ulaan Bator via Moscow in around 13 hours (We tried this route and it was fine – we recommend it as the easiest way to get there from UK).

You can also fly with Turkish airlines to Ulaan Bator via Istanbul.  This route is also easy but they do add an extra stop in Bishkek, which makes your flight time a little longer.

The other option is to fly London to Beijing or Hong Kong and get a connecting flight from there.  You can fly direct to Beijing or Hong Kong with several airlines including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air China (around 12 hours prices start at £900).

You can then fly with Mongolian Airlines or Air China to Ulaan Bator (two and a half hours prices start at £450 return).

Transfers: Return airport and camp transfers are included in your package. We will depart Ulaan Bator together on the Trans Mongolian Railway at 9am on 29th July (so you should arrive on 28th July).  You will return to Ulaan Bator around 3pm on 5th August.  You can fly back from 6th August.

Visas: Most nationalities need to get a visa in advance before travelling to Mongolia. Please check the Embassy of Mongolia for details of this.  If you are in UK here is the link.  You must apply for the visa in person at the Embassy.  It costs £40 and takes 2-3 days.  You can pay £60 for a one day service. You will need:

  • Passport with a validity date at least 6 months beyond the end of your intended period of stay in Mongolia
  • Completed visa Application Form for Tourists with one passport size photo
  • Your travel itinerary, hotel reservation and insurance
  • A letter of invitation which will organise for you

If you are planning to go via China and you are staying within the airport for up to 24 hours you don’t need a visa.

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FAQ & payment options

Is this retreat suitable for yoga beginners and people with no yoga experience? Modifications and progressions are given so that students of all levels will find these yoga classes rewarding but we do recommend you have previous experience of a flow class and enjoy being challenged by a dynamic style of yoga. It is a yoga style that will require you to commit to your classes.

Our teacher, Emma Henry, is one of the top Jivamukti teachers and very experienced at teaching mixed level groups so you can be sure of feeling challenged and inspired to safely explore and deepen your yoga practice.

If you have an injury or any health concerns please discuss with us in confidence before you book. Due to the remote location and sometimes challenging environment, we want to be sure this is the right retreat for you.

What do I bring with me? A comprehensive packing list is sent to you when you book.

Do I need to bring any yoga equipment? As we are yoga nomads we do need you to bring your own yoga mat, 2 blocks and a belt.  If you are looking for a recommendation and want to invest in a good quality yoga mat, we like the Liforme travel mat.  You can get a 10% discount using the code emmahenry25.

Is this retreat a detox? Can I drink alcohol? This is an alcohol free retreat and we encourage you to keep your caffeine intake to minimum. Our chefs create tasty vegan menus that wont challenge your digestive system and that deeply nourish, sustain and balance the body. We carefully devise our menus to be in tune with the other elements of your retreat; the yoga, the location and the time of year.  We encourage you to embrace our healthy approach – it’s there to help you reap the benefits of your healthy holiday. Plenty of safe drinking water and herbal teas will always be available.

Smoking on retreat? We don’t expect you to give up smoking to come on one of our yoga retreats or holidays but recommend cutting down before you come and keeping your smoking to an absolute minimum while you are with us. We do expect that you will be mindful of others who do not smoke please.

What is the group size? We have space for up to 18 people on this retreat.

Payment options: All prices quoted are per person. If your booking is made 10 or more weeks in advance of the departure date, a deposit payment of 50% of the room cost is required to secure a place AND your room choice.

Alternatively, 20% can be paid to secure a place and request a room choice.  Your room will be allocated when you make your balance payment.

Where a deposit has been paid, a final request will be sent to you approximately 12 weeks before your departure date and payment of the balance of the price of the holiday will become due 10 weeks prior to your departure date. 

If you prefer to spread the cost, monthly payment plans can be arranged for most holidays. The final payment is due no later than 10 weeks prior to your departure date. 

For bookings made within 10 weeks of the date of departure, the full payment is required. 

If the balance of the price of your holiday is not paid in time or you do not make your monthly payments as agreed, we reserve the right to cancel your place, retain your payments and apply the Cancellation Charge set out in our booking terms.

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11 reviews for Mongolia Yoga Retreat

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    laurence vanzeveren

    Thanks Jools, Emma, Bettina, Rob for this wonderful experience and taking such good care of us !!! 🙂 One of a lifetime journey that I highly recommand to any openminded traveller seeking for new sensations, serenity and well-being!
    Not only the landscapes were outstanding but what an amazing human experience, so enriching!
    Look forward to attending some other retreats soon 🙂

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I cannot describe Mongolia better by saying it’s the most incredible visual poem. The skies, the colours, the swift change of weather, the fog circling around our yurts in the morning, the open space, the feeling of going back to what life’s about, the people. I can go on and on. All this combined with the most professional, heart warming, funny, gifted team you can wish for. Jools, Emma, Bettina, Rob and the Mongolian crew make you feel at home at the other end of the world. If you’re looking for the retreat of all retreats this is it: strong and sweet yoga classes with one of the abdolute best Jivamukti teachers on earth, works of art on your plate to eat, heavenly massages and spending time with a global satsang of radiating fellow travellers. Go, see, experience and enjoy the Mongolian silence! Just do it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    Such a wonderful adventure. It is camping like you have not seen before… We’re not talking Glamping here.
    We’re talking an actual bed, sinks, hot showers prepared by lovely people, stoves lit in the morning so that you wake up toasty.
    Your eyes are constantly being nourished with incredible views and open space. The yoga is still some of the best to be had.
    What makes this truly special is the people. From the organiser, to the teacher, to the chef, to the local team… every single one of them is one of the best in their field, and cares deeply for their guests / students, is genuinely interested in the world and people around them. A true ‘switch out and dive in’.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Practicing beautiful Jivamukti yoga with the environment of being in the soul of the Gobi Desert and the alpine haven of Khan Khentii symbiotically transcended the experience of this retreat – I positively and fully embrace!

    – Jools is a pioneer – it takes an amazing being to bring such a retreat to Mongolia, and she continues to realize her vision for the rest of us to experience.

    – I loved every moment of Emma’s teaching – from the meditation, chanting, understanding wisdom from yoga sanskrit teachings, to the yoga practice…

    – Having Chef Bettina who prepared three delicious vegan meals for us a day was pure luxury and genius to execute while being in the wilderness.

    – The Mongolian teams are beautiful beings and touched my heart. The contrast of both the Gobi Desert and Khan Khentii was a true gift to experience.

    Overall, a retreat unlike any other that I would highly recommend!
    (Please note – a sense of adventure and openness to embrace aspects of camping and being out in nature is helpful)

    Sincere and heartfelt thanks for a retreat-of-a-lifetime.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna Chaves

    The location was beautiful. I loved the range of activities offered during the day- horse riding, hikes, sauna, massage, etc. The yoga classes were a good balance of dynamic in the morning and more restorative in the evening (which was great after a full day of activities). The food was excellent quality and menu was well-thought out for each days activity. The group dynamics were very good and everybody was very friendly and open. The retreat was well-planned and organised and I felt taken care of the whole time! Well done to Jools, Emma, Bettina and the whole Mongolian team. A very special experience. I definitely recommend this retreat.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Louise

    I had the most incredible time in Mongolia. It’s an incredibly beautiful place and Jools and the team have nailed the details. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was such an incredible retreat full of adventure and amazing yoga with Emma. Jools was absolutely wonderful and looked after us all so well. The food was out of this world as was everything else.

    I couldn’t recommend this retreat more highly.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ella

    If you are looking for something unique, wild and truly adventurous and a challenge in both yoga and terrain, then I highly recommend this once in a lifetime experience.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline Smith

    The yoga with Emma was outstanding. The food nourishing and the perfect support for the yoga. And there are not enough superlatives to describe Mongolia.

    What Jools and her team have created here is pure magic and something I will hold in my heart forever.

    Unforgettable.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Francesca King

    Wow! What an incredible 10 days – I loved this adventure, it truly exceeded my expectations. Experiencing the Gobi and Khan Kentii made me appreciate the vastness, difference and awesomeness of Mongolia.

    Jools is a fabulous host. I was a little anxious that the yoga experience would be dogmatic but Emma was delightful and really playful with it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and my body feels so strong and in great shape. I loved getting to know the group and it felt like I have been away for months – testimony to the effectiveness of what you curated. A whole hearted thanks.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Clare

    This was the most incredible experience – a breathtaking location, delicious & healthy food and truly enlightening yoga. Thank you Jools, Emma and Emma. I can’t recommend this enough – the retreat of a lifetime.

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This was such an incredible retreat full of adventure and amazing yoga with Emma. Jools was absolutely wonderful and looked after us all so well. Bettina's food was out of this world as was everything else. I couldn’t recommend this retreat more highly.

- Jenny, August 2017