I know going on a retreat can be a big decision, and anytime you need to make a big decision it's only natural that certain concerns will arise.
When it comes to retreats, we've heard a series of common concerns from you guys and wanted to talk a bit about them.
There are some myths about retreats, but there are also many legitimate concerns.
I'll try to answer them here starting with...
1. Retreats cost too much for me to go on
It's certainly true that retreats can run you up to $3000.
That's a good amount.
But it might be less known that you can go on a week-long retreat for as little as $150?
While the average retreat price is somewhere around $1000, you still have tons of options below $500. And some go all the way down to $150.
Considering how much we spend on health insurance, house payments, car payments, nights out, movies, and all kinds of other things...
...the investment you make in your body and mind is simply one of the best things you could do.
One little-known feature of our site is the ability to sort based on lowest price to highest price.
Click the button below here to see all our retreats, started with the lowest price.
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2. I'm a solo female traveler and I'm apprehensive about it all
Sometimes the negative news stories we see circling around has a greater affect on us than we realize.
We hear about bombings in this area, sexual assault in another, and robberies in strange lands.
There is a mantra they use in the media world:
"If it bleeds, it leads."
This means we see way more of the sensational violence than actually happens around the world...
...which leaves a subconscious impression on us.
If you're a solo female traveler, most retreats will be able to help you create a super smooth journey to and from the retreat.
Whether that's picking you up from the airport, recommending routes, or giving other help, I find it's always best to rely on the locals.
They are the ones with the experience and can tell you what to be careful about, and what you don't need to worry about.
So it's always good to be aware of the country and culture you'll be entering, but I'd suggest to pay less attention to the news and get your information from locals who are experienced in these matters more.
Plus, as soon as you get to the retreat you'll almost always be in the comfort of like-minded people who have decided to prioritize their health and wellbeing. People who you may end up being friends with for a long time :)
3. I'm not sure these yoga and wellness programs are for me. I'm not a super yogi.
This is actually exactly why a retreat is perfect for you.
Because you don't need to be a super yogi.
If you were to go to a normal class, you often don't receive the kind of personal attention you do during a retreat. It's impossible to replace the more committed retreat environment where you are with a teacher for 3, 5, 7, or 10 days in a row.
The kind of transformation that can happen during that time is simply beautiful.
Yoga and wellness is for everyone.
Yoga may be seen by many as difficult postures...
...but really it's an ancient system to reliably bring wellbeing into a person's life, and to ultimately help them discover the depth of themselves.
It can help super flexible children and very stiff 80 year olds.
It's why I'm so passionate about helping others discover yoga. It's simply the most incredible tool of self-transformation that I've ever come across.
When you come across an eternal spring, it's only natural to want to share. Especially in a desert of thirsty people. It would be a crime not to.
4. What if I don't mesh with the other people or don't like the itinerary? Our imagination can run wild with us sometimes.
It can make us believe that we're going to be forced to do 1000 sun salutations in a military-style setting. You might have an idea that you'd be swapping your precious vacation time for a rigorously scheduled exercise getaway.
But it's not like that.
Retreats are for you.
Some retreats are focused more on fitness, but they make that clear in the description. Many other retreats are focused on relaxation. And some are focused on deepening your practice.
So no need to worry that you're going to be imprisoned in a yoga boot camp full of mean people.
You're 100x more likely to feel like it's one of the best things you've ever done, and make friends for life.
5. I don't have the time to go on a retreat, I'm too busy
In this modern world we all seem to live more and more busy lives, especially in the West.
But have we sat down to consider the consequences of constantly staying busy like this?
Take any part of your life and look.
Does a single 24 cycle go by without you investing in at least 4 hours of sleep?
Usually you invest at least 6.
Our body and mind need these periods of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Think about how wonderful it feels to fall asleep after a long day at work.
Now imagine you had that feeling continuously for 1 week.
A retreat isn't like a normal vacation with all the extra stresses on top. Your meals are usually provided for you, and they are both tasty and healthy.
Your schedule is usually both structured and allowing of personal time.
You come out feeling recharged and ready to take on life again.
Just like you do when you wake up in the morning.
If you've gone too long without investing time in your wellbeing, it's like going days without sleeping.
Your batteries will simply run out
In case you might now be convinced that actually a yoga retreat is exactly what you need. I still have 3 places left on mine this December 17-22nd December in Mandrem Goa