Soul Seed Travel Guide: The best retreats for the serious & committed yogi

Soul Seed Travel Guide: The best retreats for the serious & committed yogi

Take your practice to the next level on a retreat where the main focus is to deepen your yoga practice.  Here’s our round up of the best retreats for the serious and committed yogi.

Midsummer Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Balu Thevar, Sicily 14th – 21st June

Balu Thevar is coming to Sankalpasicily for the second time around to share his profound knowledge of the Ashtanga tradition. Balu has got a truly unique way to transmit the Ashtanga Yoga system to his students, firm and lovable at the same time.

Balu’s journey with yoga started 13 years ago when he was introduced to his mentor, Swami Kuttiyand, by his father, Rajendra Thevar. He practiced under the supervision of Swami Kuttiyand for 4 years and then became an assistant teacher for his mentor. His journey continued in Varanasi, Rishikesh and for several years in Mysore where he continued to teach and attend classes. In 2009, Balu opened his own shala, Sadhana Yoga Shala in Arambol Goa. Balu believes that our body is a gift and a vehicle that we use for our journey through this life. This journey provides an opportunity to become a better person and thereby find our true self.

SankalpaSicily is a project for life. Two years ago a seed was planted in Rishikesh India. After our adventure in the summer of 2017 where we organised 3 retreats we are now dedicating more energy into this project we strongly believe in. We, Francesca and Sara, both share a deep love for Ashtanga yoga and the sunny island of Sicily. We can’t wait to meet you and make the most out of your stay here in Sicily.

We believe that with great teachers, ambiance, food and with our dedication all combined we are delivering a 360 degree retreat experience.


Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with KPJAYI certified teacher Philippa Asher, Sicily 15th – 22nd September

Come and Join us for a week filled with: Traditional Mysore program durning the early mornings and afternoon workshops taking up concepts of the Ashtanga method, technique and safe alignment, history, philosophy, pranayama, meditation. An immersion into the world of Ashtanga for everyone willing to reap the benefits of an amazing system with an inspiring teacher in a magical setting. Philippa teaches the Ashtanga Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A and Advanced B Series, as learned directly from Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India.

Her emphasis is on good technique, safe alignment, the synchronisation of tristhana (breath, gaze points and movement) and passing on the exact method, as taught by Guruji. Philippa’s dedicated passion for Ashtanga yoga, background as a trained dancer and experience as a qualified teacher (Post Graduate Certificate in the Education of Adults), gives her an intuitive and sound understanding of bodies, yoga asanas, people and how they learn.


Exploring the elements Jivamukti retreat with Moena de Jong, Sicily 6th – 13th October

In this Exploring the elements Jivamukti retreat with Moena de Jong, filled with abundance like Vinyasa, Alignment, Pranayma, meditation, Shastra (Philosophy), Mantra, Yin.

We will explore the practise from the perspective of the Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether) and experience how those different components in ourselves and life are more related than we see at first sight. Now this is yoga – Patanjali describes about the journey to Self realisation. Yoga is translated as to unite. An interesting point of view from us, humans, as we mostly look at ourselves and the other as different beings.

A beautiful dive into your Sadhana (spiritual practise) for practitioners with some experience and everyone with an open and curious mind. Be ready for Yoga Fun!

Gift your mind the space to unwind, your body the chance to restore and your soul the beauty of connecting. The perfect opportunity to let go, release and reset our systems.


Adventureyogi Intermediate Yoga Retreat in East Sussex, 9th – 12th March

Our Intermediate Retreats offer those with a foundational knowledge of yoga a chance to progress and grow with us in their yoga and spiritual practice.

These Intermediate yoga retreats have been created with our return guests in mind because as they grow, we grow. We recognise that yoga is everywhere these days and so a lot of you have been practicing yoga for a while now. These retreats give you the chance to really go deep into your own practice if that is what you are looking for. Enjoy the same level classes so that you can progress together. Be challenged physically but also delve deeper into the yoga philosophy, be more playful and most importantly, give this time to yourself to nurture and re-energise.

This retreat is suitable for anyone who has been practicing yoga for a while and has a knowledge of the asana and is competent in them. It is also for those who’d like a weekend away with wellness and healthy food.

Our intermediate retreats are designed to help you strengthen your yoga practice with authentic exploration. You will receive support in challenging yourself to deepen into more advanced asanas, play with creative flow sequences, delve further into yoga philosophy and connect to yourself more fully with pranayama and meditation.


Yin and Yang Yoga Retreat Under Portuguese Skies, 15th – 20th May

Join us for a five day yin and yang yoga retreat in luxurious and tranquil accommodation, nestled in the streets of the Old Town of Olhao, a charming fishing town, just a fifteen minute away from Faro airport.

This place is stunning, with incredible views and a rooftop pool, and the possibility to just step out into Olhao without having to travel! In the middle of the day, the time is your own to do as you please. You will not be short of options: you could choose to explore the islands or maybe book a massage in one of the treatment rooms. Take the time for some ‘you time’!

During these five blissful days in sunny Portugal you will get a chance to relax and unwind, but you will also have the opportunity to step up your practice on our rooftop, with a variety of styles on offer (Jivamukti, Rocket, Vinyasa, Yin and Nidra). Elodie’s retreats are fun, sweaty whilst still giving you your independence. You can choose to join in as little or as much yoga as you want and there will multiple options given to make the practice more challenging or softer.

Elodie has a wealth of experience in movement; from contemporary dance, to yoga, as well as body weight training. Thanks to this, you will without a doubt find your way into a deeper, and stronger practice.

Not only will you deepen your understanding of asana, pranayama, meditation and anatomy, but you will also feel refreshed, restored and nourished, thanks to the chef’s beautiful vegetarian brunches and dinners. Expect to leave with new friends, chomping at the bit, energised and best of all… happy!.


The Alchemist Meditation and Yoga Retreat, Lefkada Greece, 12th – 19th May

Join us for a beautiful and transformative Indian Yoga and Meditation experience in the scenic backdrop of Lefkada Islands, Greece. Learn to go inside through deep Buddhist meditation and classical yoga in order to release our blockages and undo the cycles of our past, while simultaneously applying this powerful knowledge in order to heal the body through tantra, ayurveda and reflexology practices.

Winner of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2017 for Asia and Australia region and Service Excellence by Tripadvisor this is an intensive spiritual experience, where with the back drop of pure nature you can learn to go inside, let go off the pain, the cycles of limitations and expand beyond your original self through simple direct work on and into the mind which the Yogis have practiced for thousands of years.

There are opportunities to work directly with the Zen master and seek Transcendental appointments and therapies from him during the retreat. Come, allow yourself the change you have always wanted, but did not know how to create. This retreat is immerse and content rich, suitable for the student who is ready to form his her spiritual path.

Our luxurious back drop if the Urania Luxury Resorts, standing on top of a mountain overlooking the 7 Ionian Islands and the beautiful Ionian Sea.


Pure Yoga Retreat Going Deeper, Alicante Spain, 24th – 29th May

If you’re keen to re-kindle or develop your existing yoga practice, going on a yoga retreat is the perfect way to deepen your understanding with experienced teachers. You’ll feel the difference in just a few days which is all you need to ignite your yoga flame and kick start a regular practice back home.

Our Pure Yoga Retreat Holidays are held near the sea in the vibrant coastal town of Denia, an hour north of Alicante. The programme includes carefully planned twice daily yoga sessions with plenty of alignment cues to keep you on track, different pranayama techniques and daily meditations all of which will help your body relax, open and strengthen. We’ll also delve into other aspects of this ancient healing system and help you create your own home yoga practice too.

And, when you’re not on your yoga mat, there will be plenty of time to relax at the beach, paddle in the sea, join a coastal hike, head off on a guided bike ride, go horse trekking, book super beauty and holistic therapies, snooze, enjoy delicious tapas or explore the lovely vibrant town of Denia. You’ll feel so much stronger and calmer by the end of your stay and notice a huge difference in yourself and your yoga practice in just a week. Join us for an authentic and complete yoga experience which touches on yogic details and practices your regular teachers may not have time to teach you. It is ideal if you want to deepen your practice with senior teachers who will help progress and develop in just a few days.


Classic Yoga Retreat, Portugal 11 – 17 February/31 March 31 – 1 April/8 -1 4 April 

When you come to one of our retreats, everything is set for you. Three delicious, almost entirely organic, vegetarian meals are served, the venue offers a splendid and spacious setting for you have plenty of room to move about, the beach is a 40 minute nature walk away, no car needed, and the accommodation is outstanding, ample comfortable rooms in a beautiful building set up in the lovely gardens of Vale da Lama, pool included, all attended by their lovely and highly professional staff.

To assist you during your resting and reflection period, two, sometimes three, yoga sessions are given by experienced down to earth teachers, who have a vast experience in adapting the practice to the needs of the individual and empowering you to bring that practice back home so it can become a meaningful supporting and stabilising anchor in your life. With the experience that years of practice and teaching give us we can confidently tell you that the results are wonderful, people return stronger, lighter and with a renewed sense of appreciation for life. It can be a sensitive week, as you open up and touch upon long hidden blocks or fears, but at the end of it, it is without a doubt, a happy week.

Our classic yoga retreat is where all the elements of the yoga practice will be explained and explored in a simple yet profound way. This retreat is an overview of all that yoga has to offer. It can be considered a crash course for the beginner or curious new comer or also an opportunity to develop depth for the seasoned practitioner. We have two daily practices, morning and evening, where asana, meditation and breath are explained slowly and thoroughly, both in moving and still sessions, giving you the perfect chance to establish a solid foundation for your future practice. We will also include assisted self practice sessions along the week to help you design your routine for when you are back home.

After breakfast we sit together in a non formal and relaxed additional gathering where we discuss our individual issues and share our experiences of how to integrate the spiritual principles that underlie the practice into our lives.


Vitality for Conscious Clarity Kundalini Retreat with Ashley Jones, Sicily 14th -21st July

Using the sacred tools of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, learn to cultivate the indwelling power of vitality life force energy or CHI, and a mind that is consciously open and clear. Balancing body and mind allows us to experience the beauty and clarity of our true nature. This retreat offer the ultimate chance to take time out of everyday routines and to reconnect with self, restoring vitality to the body and peace to the mind, releasing tension and blockages in order to create a sense of deep wellbeing and joy.

Our main location is a 19th century farmhouse – La Masseria – situated in the luscious natural landscape of southeastern Sicily surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea.

Danena Sicily is a one-hour drive south from Catania airport, on the island’s east coast. On a country lane away from noise and neighbours, it’s just 10 minutes south from the unspoilt World Heritage town of Noto – one of Italy’s most beautiful historic centres.


Having trouble choosing? Email us at and we will help you find and book your perfect retreat. Follow our travels on Instagram @soulseedtravel.

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