The best yoga retreat in the world (2022 edition)

8th December 2021

Since I get asked this question by yoga enthusiasts regularly, here comes my yoga retreat 2022 roundup. Also, boy don’t we all need a bit of hope for traveling opportunities these days! This is a collection of the best 2022 yoga retreats and wellness retreats that I have either been visiting or have been dreaming of visiting this coming year. You’ll find spiritual retreats for all levels and budgets — from luxury yoga retreats abroad to more affordable yoga retreats near me and you — because that may well be as far as we can go for now due to the current circumstances. The practice of yoga can be done anywhere in the world, just bring your yoga mat — the most important part!

And since I’m always up to trying out new things when I practice yoga and adding to the list, what do you think are the best yoga retreats 2022 options?

All-inclusive yoga retreats are a hot holiday trend right now and for good reasons. What better way to slice right through a slump and get away from daily life than to reconnect with nature and with yourself on a deeper level through daily yoga practice at one of the best yoga vacations in a beautiful place, while meditating, dipping in hot springs (or a hot tub) to heal your soul and sore muscles on your free time, and eating delicious healthy food? None in my book, even if just for a long weekend. Come home a better version of yourself, feeling fit and having done some personal growth.

So without further ado, here are my recommendations for what I think the best yoga getaways in the world are! I’ve tried to include all styles of yoga but am missing a Kripalu center if you have recommendations! Ready to find your perfect place to dive into yoga?

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

-Joseph Campbell


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Dreaming of more yoga trips? Here’s some destination-specific guide for your perfect yoga retreat:
* Retreats in India
* Retreats in Europe
* Retreats in Costa Rica
* Retreats in Bali
* Retreats in Greece
* Retreats in Thailand
* Various retreats in United States
* Best yoga teacher training destinations


European friends, tell me: are there any amazing yoga retreats near me? I would love to hear from you as yoga travel is likely going to continue being messed up for some time! Looking also for Kripalu Hatha yoga retreat for beginners recommendations.


Yoga Retreat 2022: My top picks


EUROPE & NORTH AFRICA


Nefeli Nine Retreats, Attica, Greece

Greece is definitely high up on my list of 2022 yoga vacations! Dreamy turquoise water, cozy sand-washed stone buildings, mild climate, a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables – those are pretty much the only prerequisite for a great yoga retreat in Greece, am I right? I hear Athens is also a top vegan location, so I’m really dying to go. Nefeli Nine invites you to join them for a week-long, no-nonsense, luxury yoga retreat. Located in Dikastika not far from Marathon, with expansive views over the Mediterranean, come and unwind amid the wild olive trees perched along the cliffs, the sweet smell of Jasmine, and the explosion of color from the bougainvilleas. The personal retreats are fitness-oriented and include on the class calendar, as well as daily yoga sessions including yin yoga, daily outdoor activities like hikes, and fitness classes such as HIIT, boxing, functional training, kettlebells in their fitness center. To top this up, fresh local food is served and massages are available.


Duration: 3 to 7 days
Price: from $660
Closest Airport: Athens (26 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request


Yoga with Perumal, Imlil, Marrakech, Morocco

This retreat is the country’s first-ever mountain yoga vacation location. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, in an extraordinary setting, with welcoming and charming staff, plenty of free time, delicious food, as well as highly skilled yoga teachers. The optional group rental venue has an outdoor swimming pool and an amazing rooftop view of North Africa where you can take meditation workshops or full meditation retreats. Come here to indulge in mindful movement with daily yoga classes, restorative yoga,or therapeutic yoga and get a sense of deep connection with the surroundings.

A yoga retreat in Morocco is high on my list for 2022 and Perulmal’s yoga retreats are my top pick! With small groups and direct flights between Berlin and Marrakech, I think those could count as yoga retreats near me, whatcha think? 😉 I’m dreaming of immersing myself in the local culture and local community…


Duration: 4 to 7 days (I suggest the week-long retreats)
Price: from $840
Closest Airport: Marrakesh Menara
Airport pick-up included? No, but can be booked for an additional cost of $25
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and more seasoned yogi
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request, and there’s always plenty of fresh fruits


Body And Mind Holidays, Vouliagmeni, Greece

yoga retreat in greece

The Body and Mind Holidays offer incredible health and wellness yoga experiences in this yoga retreat center for your whole being to regenerate and become revitalized and in wonderful spiritual health. You can enjoy daily yoga practices in various teacher styles, pilates, tai chi, gentle therapeutic water exercises, all while staying in the stunning resort in single rooms situated in hilly Vouliagmeni, near the historic city of Athens. Nearby, you can explore the beautiful beaches of Vouliagmeni or discover the Parnitha Mountains. They have a variety of exciting activities from trekking to preparing healthy Greek meals on-site during your best yoga holidays.

The popular destination retreat hotel is luxuriously designed and will meet every one of your needs as a guest. The Margi Hotel is personal, welcoming, and has a warm charismatic atmosphere, the best accommodation for your body and mind holiday. One of the top yoga retreats in the world.


Duration: 4 to 8 days (again my preference is for week-long yoga retreats)
Price: from $840
Closest Airport: Athens
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and experienced yogi welcome
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request


Fykiada Retreats

Fykiada organizes exclusive luxury yoga retreats on the Greek islands in ideal setting high-end locations with world-acclaimed teachers. From cosmopolitan Mykonos to the otherworldly scenery of Koufonisia and the authentic island of Kythnos, upcoming retreats are one of a kind and tailored to the needs of the group. From a selection of stunning seaside locations to stylish yoga studio interiors with great guest rooms, conscious welcome gifts, and local touches, everything promises that you’ll be taken excellent care of. The food served at Fykiada Retreats represents the best new ways of Greek nature and culture and is personalized to suit guests’ preferences and food allergies. Vegan and gluten-free organic meals options are always part of their menu, as well as twists on local recipes.


Duration: various
Price: from $1,800
Closest Airport: Depends on location
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Akasha Yoga & Wellness in Transylvania

Romania might not be the first country that pops to mind when you’re planning your next yoga holiday or yoga trip, but hear me out! I think the photo above speaks for itself, and I’m so excited that this is a yoga retreat near me!

The lovely Akasha Wellness Retreat is located in a quaint little village up in the mountains of Transylvania, an hour drive from Brasov. It is the perfect and easiest retreat getaway from Western Europe to get a big bowl of fresh air and reconnect with your true self. What you’ll find here: the freshest, purest of mountain air, the most beautiful mountainside view (you are literally up in the clouds!), incredibly peaceful meadow nature walks, and the best and healthiest home-cooked vegan food. This is a small family-run business that is so totally inspiring and will leave you nourished and rested. My best discovery of 2022 and one of the more affordable yoga retreats 2022 options! These are yoga retreats for beginners, but really they will suit all level.


Duration: various
Price: Depends on stay
Closest Airport: Bucharest
Airport pick-up included? From Brasov train station
Type of retreat: Beginner
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, all vegan!


ASIA


Any Retreat in Koh Phangan, Thailand

koh phangan yoga

Not a yoga school recommendation per se, but Koh Phangan as a whole is my secret magical place away from the western world for all things yoga. Whether you are after a kundalini yoga retreat, some yoga nidra classes, or everything in between, you’ll find all yoga styles and more on the magical Thai island. I have done yoga in many Koh Phangan schools and it’s always been incredible and some wellness experience maybe a little out of my comfort zone. Koh Phangan is one of those places where I’m always the best version of myself, can free my mind and meditate, feel at one with nature, and just live in an extremely balanced way. Add to that almost-free papaya and coconut, and let me tell you, Koh Phangan is the best idea on the planet ever, period. Always. The natural beauty of the island will mesmerize you. And here you can find both luxury yoga holidays and more affordable ones. Some of the best yoga retreats in the world for beginners are here too, and for a very good value. Oh, and papaya — did I say?


Duration: various
Price: Depends on stay
Closest Airport: Koh Samui
Airport pick-up included? No
Levels of yoga: All
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Mostly


6 Days Rejuvenating Meditation and Wellness Yoga Retreat 2022 Ubud, Bali

yoga retreat

For the ultimate pampering experience and one of the best yoga trips, look no further than this luxury yoga retreat in Bali. Offering more than just yoga, this lovely yoga retreat also includes daily Ayurvedic spa treatments to get you feeling your very best. You could even take surf lessons at a nearby surf camp.

Located at the Adiwana Resort, everything you could possibly need lives within the yoga resort’s walls — although you will definitely want to visit the surrounding area; Bali is gorgeous. Included in the cost of the retreat are daily meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and an afternoon fruit basket served with tea. Each retreat also includes one cultural excursion for local activities outside of the resort included in the price. Your morning will start with one-hour yoga courses taught by experienced instructors, followed by one-hour meditation sessions and 2 hours of spa treatments. For yoga holidays, Ubud is in simple ways one of the best places to be and Adiwana offers an all inclusive yoga retreat you will remember forever.


Duration: 3 to 22 days
Price: From $700
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai (35 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: All
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Rasa Retreat, Goa, India

beaches of Goa

If you like to escape to somewhere warm for winter yoga retreats, Rasa yoga retreat India is a humble place where guests can find their inner peace and be immersed in the heart of spiritual Goa, in India. This yoga retreat is perfect for those looking for a full yogi experience, with highly knowledgeable yoga teachers offering a traditional teaching yoga style in a peaceful retreat environment and beautiful setting. The team at Rasa Retreat is on hand to provide you with all the care, patience, and guidance you require to make sure your stay is memorable and rejuvenating. You can also take excursions to the nearby sights which shouldn’t be missed such as hikes in the nearby jungle and discovering the best nearby tourist spots such as Srinagar. The food is mainly ayurvedic meals with vegan and vegetarian options featuring healthy natural ingredients. You can also get ayurvedic treatments ayurvedic massages at an extra cost for a unique experience.


Duration: 3 to 20 days
Price: From $350
Closest Airport: Goa Dabolim (30 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


THE AMERICAS


The Retreat Costa Rica Wellness Center

retreat

The Retreat Yoga Costa Rica was initially created as a place to strengthen, restore, nourish and heal the mind and body. It is said that after visiting this transformative place you will come out with a different view on the way you nourish your body with food, a new mindset, and improve the way you live your life amidst the lush vegetation.

Here you can indulge in spa services, with a variety of packages to choose from as well as unlimited access to dipping into the stunning outdoor pool. The yoga therapy retreat daily schedule offers an advanced wellness and healing program including special culinary options for weight loss in the heavenly setting. The plush yoga resorts sit highly on a quartz mountain with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean and beyond. While in Costa Rica, consider also experiencing an Ayahuasca Retreat. There’s nothing like working on yourself in exotic locations!


Duration: varies
Price: Depends on the duration
Closest Airport: San Jose
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Go Natural Jamaica

yoga retreat in jamaica

One of the best international yoga retreats, this exotic yoga trip will boost your body and mind. Come and enjoy a de-stressing, yoga holiday at the Go Natural Jamaica retreat, where you can sit back and relax on the tropical island of Jamaica and enjoy snorkeling in the ocean, horseback riding, discovering secret waterfalls, and reconnecting with nature. Go Natural offers organic, light, and healthy meals with fresh colorful fruits and nutritious smoothies to help your body detoxify during your yoga retreat. There are two daily yoga courses for beginners all the way up to advanced, as well as nearby idyllic white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, and relaxing living rooms at the end of the day. There’s also the opportunity to study yoga postures in-depth, as well as take yoga philosophy classes. You’ll be in real paradise!


Duration: 4 to 30 days
Price: From $499
Closest Airport: Norman Manley (53 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Sagrada Wellness, San Luis Obispo, USA

san luis obispo

The USA is a gold mine of world-acclaim yoga retreats, from Esalen Institute, Art of Living Retreat Center, to Shambhala Mountain Center. Making no exception, the Sagrada Wellness retreat yoga center is nestled amongst the quiet hilltops of Santa Margarita, California, about three hours away from Los Angeles. This yoga retreat is spectacular, and one of the most special yoga retreats in the world with a quirky boutique style where you can disconnect from technology in a safe space, practice wholesome yoga, meditate in peace and enjoy organic wholesome foods, and why not a cheeky wine tasting.

The retreat was founded by a couple of yoga instructors, who had a dream to open a yoga-focused retreat in the idyllic Californian hills, and they made it a dream come true! You can look over the Californian hilltops and shoreline where you can reflect and reconnect with yourself in the yoga retreat and during meditation classes. You can also enjoy the eco-friendly accommodation, which is 100% solar powered with a dreamy pool, Jacuzzi, and many nearby trails and hiking spots. Spoil yourself with a variety of healthy, delicious meals ranging from vegetarian meals to vegan to gluten-free delights, all sourced locally and organically. This retreat also offers a complete digital detox retreat with no Wi-Fi, and they encourage you to stay off all technology during your California yoga retreat. Bliss.


Duration: 3 or 4 days (perfect for those who don’t have time for a week yoga retreat)
Price: From $875
Closest Airport: San Jose (252 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: First time Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


For more in the Americas, check out these retreats in Puerto Vallarta and East Texas.

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5 thoughts on “The best yoga retreat in the world (2022 edition)

  1. Caity

    Awesome post! These are some great choices for wellness retreats around the world!
    The Akasha Wellness Retreat in Transylvania looks absolutely beautiful and relaxing!

    Reply
  2. Naomi

    Thanks for sharing such great stuff about yoga retreat. I love practicing yoga and Meditation at Montclair and these retreats seem attractive and I feel I should make plans to visit there.

    Reply

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