Are your retreats suitable for people with no yoga experience? In a word – no! We want you to have a great time on retreat, so it is advisable that you have tried yoga and know how to follow a flow class before you come. You don’t need to be a yoga expert or be super flexible but a basic knowledge of asana and a good fitness level means you will get the most out of your retreat. Doing 4-5 hours yoga a day can be challenging (as can the travel as we often go to places that take time to get to) but our very experienced teachers will make sure everyone gets what they need from classes. If you’re not sure, please contact us for a chat about the yoga style and we will be happy to advise you.
Will the mixed level of guests mean I wont be challenged enough as an experienced yogi? We work with respected, senior teachers in some pretty special places, which means many of their regular students or experienced international yogis come along to these retreats, to practice alongside others who are new to this teacher or yoga style. Teachers of this calibre are very well trained to make sure everyone in class gets what they need. Sometimes they will offer focused workshops on a retreat for advanced yogis or newcomers, depending on what is needed. We are absolutely sure that you will be inspired and challenged whatever your level.
Can we get massages or other treatments on your retreats? We offer massage treatments on nearly all of our retreats, as long as we can offer high quality treatments that support your yoga retreat. We either bring our own highly skilled practitioners or offer tried and tested local treatments. You will often be offered the chance to book treatments in advance but there will also always be options to book during the retreat.
What kind of food do you serve on your retreats? We offer gourmet vegetarian or vegan plant-based menus on our retreats. Our food is also gluten free and has no refined sugar. We tend not to serve caffeine either but instead offer hand made, tasty natural tea blends.
We work with our own experienced and internationally acclaimed chefs Bettina Bordi and Saba Rahbar on many of our retreats. We sometime have guest chefs creating special menus or use brilliant local chefs when we are sure they can create delicious high quality menus that support your yoga practice. These are people who know how to feed you and feed you well!
Meals are healthy, sustaining and very much part of your retreat journey. Our chefs and yoga teachers are passionate about providing food that inspires and nourishes you and that causes the least amount of harm, so we wont serve fish or meat. We use occasional minimal dairy on some retreats. This may or may not be how you usually eat but we will make sure you feel full and happy after every meal.
Can I drink alcohol? We do not serve alcohol on our retreats. We will encourage you to embrace our healthy approach as it’s there to help you maximise the benefits of your healthy holiday. We are not a bootcamp though, so if you fancy a glass of wine when you are out and about that is fine with us. We just ask you to be moderate and to mindful of others who may be wanting a break from these things.
What do I bring with me? A comprehensive packing list is included in your welcome pack which you receive 8 weeks before your yoga retreat. If you want to plan further in advance just ask and we’ll send it to you. Yoga mats are usually provided by our venues but these can be of variable quality. We find many guests prefer to bring their own mat, or a travel mat to put over the mats provided. Sometimes you will be asked to bring a belt and 2 blocks, depending on the teacher and location.
Do I need my own yoga equipment? Some of our locations have yoga equipment but because we are working in unique places rather than yoga centres they often do not come with equipment so we always recommended you bring your own mat and in some cases a yoga belt and 2 foam bricks.
What is the group size? Our retreats are different sizes according to the location. Most retreats have between 14-20 guests. Tuscany is for up to 40 guests.
Smoking on retreat? We don’t expect you to give up smoking to come on our yoga retreats but recommend cutting down before you come and keeping your smoking to an absolute minimum while you are with us. We also ask you to be mindful of others on retreat in terms of where and when you smoke.
Will you help with booking flights? We carefully research travel options when we put each retreat together, so when you book you will be sent suggested flights and approximate fares. You will then need to choose and book your own flights.
What about transfers? We arrange airport transfers for all our locations. Sometimes these will be in a private taxi and sometimes a shared vehicle, depending on the location and distances to be travelled. You will be given details when you book and we are on hand to advise you on how to get to and from our retreat.
Do I need insurance and are you insured? We have Tour Operator insurance and our teachers, chefs and venues are also insured. You are responsible for arranging your own travel insurance which should cover you for the activities you plan to undertake and have adequate cover for travel delay, cancellation and curtailment, medical expenses and your personal belongings.
Travel insurance is a personal choice but as we travel to some remote places and flights can sometimes be changed or delayed, it is a good idea to be covered. On some of our trips we will request your travel insurance details before you travel so that in the very unlikely event of an accident or illness, we can follow your insurers procedures for getting you home.
What are your cancellation terms? Will I get my deposit back if I have to cancel? Our full booking terms are provided when you book and sent as an attachment with your retreat confirmation. You can also find a copy here. Your 20% deposit is non-refundable. After that our cancellation charges depend on the number of days before departure date as follows:
– 90 days or more: 20% of your retreat cost
– 30-90 days: 75% of your retreat cost
– Less than 30 days 100% of your retreat cost