Finding your perfect retreat is much like trying to find a needle in a haystack, with so many different types of activities, destinations and packages to choose from it’s hard to know where to start. To help you decide ask yourself these 6 important questions.
1. What’s your why?
Each person has a different reason for going on a retreat, for example – do you wish to start or deepen your yoga practice? Do you want to be working out every day to increase your fitness levels? Or would you prefer to simply switch off and relax? Knowing the answer to this question will help you decide upon the theme of the retreat that’s most suitable for you.
2. Are you a beach or a mountain person?
Can you see yourself waking up to the sound of the waves every day and feeling the sand between your toes? Or would you much prefer to be up in the mountains, surrounded by nature and getting a sense of perspective on things and a feeling like time is standing still?
3. How long are you willing to travel for?
This is also dependent on the length of time you’ve got for your entire trip so do your research and find out exactly where the retreat is located and how long it’s going to take to get there. Are you going to be ok with spending a full day travelling by plane, boat then possibly a bus, then a taxi? Or would you prefer something that is going to be stress free, closer to home and will only take you a few hours to get to your end destination.
4. Are you looking for luxury, rustic or something in between?
This is very much dependent on personal taste. Think about your level of luxury and whether you are going to be happy to share a room in a hired house or villa with a stranger or whether your own room in a five star hotel is more your style?
5. Who is the teacher?
Make sure you do your research and find out how long they have been teaching for, the style of yoga, pilates or activity that they teach and whether that’s going to suit your level. It goes without saying to find out about their qualifications and credentials, because you’re going to have a really different experience with someone who has only been teaching for say one year compared to someone who has been teaching for 20 years, who has a wealth of experience behind them and who has ran a multitude of retreats.
6. Do you want to travel alone, your best friend or with a group of people?
Many people on a retreat decide to travel alone because you kind of get the best of both worlds – you’ve got the group there to support you and you get to meet and connect with new people. At the same, if you decide to go with someone else then you get to share a wonderful experience with them.
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If you have any questions or need advice on how to find your perfect retreat then you can email Soul Seed Travel on firstname.lastname@example.org. Namaste!