Soul Seed Travel Guide: Why a retreat is perfect for solo travellers and where to go

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What’s the plan for your next adventure solo travellers? People choose to travel solo for a number of reasons, independence, freedom, adventure, self discovery and the world is just too big to wait around for someone to say yes every time you feel the urge to buy a one way plane ticket.

The great thing about going on a retreat is that it offers you the best of both worlds, you go alone but get to know, spend time with, and have experiences with new people.

If you are already on your travels or living a nomadic life then a retreat can be a great ”pick me up”, or a pit stop to recharge your batteries and benefit your health at the same time. You don’t have to be an experienced yogi or meditator. You can even learn a new skill such as surfing and have someone else take care of the itinerary for you.

Here’s our top recommendations on destinations and retreats for the solo traveller.

COSTA RICA FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Take your practice on a life changing adventure and immerse yourself in the mind-bending natural beauty of the tropical jungle and beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. This eco-pioneering wellness destination is a must visit to experience the true meaning of the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle for yourself.

For a yogic adventure in the jungle

Practice yoga and meditation in an open-air pavilion with breathtaking views, read by the pool, hike in the jungle and renew your health at AmaTierra, providing an oasis of tranquility and rejuvenation through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, healthy foods, fresh spring water, herbal medicine and bodywork.

Here you are invited to relax, slow down and let nature be your primary healer, as you connect deeply with the pristine beauty of the tropical forest and experience the authentic local culture of rural Costa Rica.

For learning to surf

Break away from your daily routine and try something new. Come and feel empowered to believe in yourself while you learn to surf. Surfing is a powerful tool to connect yourself to the sea and its vibrant energy.

Balance your surfing with yoga and connect with your inner self, bringing together mind and body. This yoga and surf retreat takes place on the fantastic beaches of Santa Teresa and the wonderful nature around, while nurturing our body and mind consciousness, through yoga and healthy food habits.

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For breathtaking sunsets and nights filled with thousands of stars

At Vista Celestial you can enjoy daily yoga and meditation surrounded by the rainforest, tropical flowers, toucans, monkeys, parrots, and butterflies.

Enjoy the pacific ocean, primary rainforest, cloud forest and beach views from your private hacienda and infinity pool. The property is surrounded by lush primary rainforest and tropical trees and flowers. You will feel like you’ve stepped into a different world. All your senses will be stimulated by the exotic flowers and tropical rainforest.

Vista Celestial is the perfect place to just get away from it all, focus on your wellness. And you’re only minutes away from deserted beaches or hikes in the cloud forest above. You can be in two different temperature zones within minutes.

You will enjoy wonderful ocean breezes and rejuvenating natural beauty sleep. This wellness retreat has your health foremost in mind, maximising the use of organic foods and drinks, they don’t add unnecessary sugars or syrups, it all makes a difference. Choose your wellness package between 5-10 days.

For rest and relaxation

Anamaya, is a truly an exotic place, built on a cliff edge and overlooking the most incredible ocean views. The resort is next to an epic waterfall, surrounded by rainforests, and located in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical beach towns, Montezuma. “Anamaya” is Sanskrit for “good health” and to us that means great healthy food, rest and relaxation, exercise, and lots of fun and laughter. You will truly enjoy your meeting other “Anamayans” from around the world, and sharing this experience with your many new friends.

For an intense nature-immersion experience

El Silencio Lodge & Spa, is an inspired natural immersion retreat that celebrates Costa Rica’s charming cloud forest highlands. It features a 500 acre private cloud forest reserve and is flanked by the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks. This unique destination draws visitors who want to live an intense nature-immersion experience. Misty tropical cloud forest, roaring waterfalls, and colourful culture are showcased through heartfelt hospitality and upscale facilities.

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ITALY FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

With so much to see and do in Italy (as well as eat and drink), it’s a great choice for the solo traveller. You can choose a city or a quaint coastal town as your starting point, then head north or south and join one of these culture packed retreats to help you burn off all that pasta, wine and pizza.

Discover this “it list” region of Italy’s rural heel

Join us for our annual Luxury Yoga Retreat in Puglia, from the 1st – 7th of September and discover this “it list” region of Italy’s rural heel. This wonderful retreat will enable us to experience the landscapes and activities of this incredible rising star of Italy.

Spend a week amongst fertile red earth, gnarled olives and turquoise seas. Tour through Puglia’s famous “Trulli,” white, cone-shaped houses in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO heritage site where the main concentration of these trulli still stand.

One day is spent in the neighbouring region of Bascilicata in the town of Matera where we’ll enjoy the sites and unwind in a beautiful spa with treatments. The next day will be spent learning about the flavours of Puglia.

We start off with a cheese tasting and a visit to the town of Martina Franca. We will take in the gorgeous hilltop town of Ostuni, known as the White City, explore some of Italy’s oldest olive farms and enjoy a meal in a local restaurant.

Our day trips will allow you to experience the many unique landscapes and activities that this area has to offer. One night will be spent at an award-winning restaurant with a tasting menu + wine pairing. Next we have a day of relaxation planned at one of the region’s blue beaches and at a private beach club.

Another day will include a winery visit with a tour and tasting, and yet another day with a visit to one of the area’s most picturesque towns with plenty of photo-worthy vistas and blue waters, followed by an amazing unique meal in a “grotto” overlooking the cliffs by the sea in Polignano al Mare.

We will round out the week with massage treatments and plenty of time to relax at our home-away-from-home with its beautiful pool, walking trails, and more.

For a luxurious, culture packed itinerary and spa pampering

Join us in the heart of Italian wine region of Chianti from the 16th – 21st of October for a fall getaway, themed in ‘self-care’, on this luxury yoga and spa retreat you will enjoy a 5* accommodation, spa treatments, one of the best food seasons in Italy, as well as daily yoga and soul-coaching workshops.

Our luxury yoga and spa retreat offer a series of mindful workshops that will guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life. We will have meaningful discussions and fun activities intended to help you tap into your own inner wisdom and heartfelt desires.

And between the beauty and serenity of Tuscany alongside the vineyards and olive trees, the atmosphere will surely ignite your being with an energy perfect for the creative process.

Guests will not only enjoy the hotel and encompassing estate, but also the richness of the Italian cities in nearby regions. Day trips will allow students to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience.

We will visit the nearby cities of Florence and Siena as well as the “city of towers”, San Gimignano and various Chianti wine region villages for tastings.

GREECE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Escape to some of the most breathtaking parts of Greece, away from the tourist crowds where you can practice yoga, pilates, mindfulness and meditation against a backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean sea.

For fun in the sun in Santorini

For a breathtaking and unforgettable sunshine Santorini yoga holiday, come and join us on the magical island known for its beautiful blue and white churches and surrounded by majestic views of volcanoes in the backdrop, the crystal clear Aegean sea and stunning sunsets.

Get all the Vitamin D you could possibly need and more soaking-in the warm Greek summer sun. The wonderful heart-warming people of Greece, the food, and stunning scenery make it a very special location to retreat to. There really is nothing else quite like Santorini so it is a must-do holiday destination.

Your Santorini yoga holiday will include accommodation at a stunning boutique hotel, a wholesome organic breakfast of fruit, granola, meats, cheeses, yoghurt and more all freshly prepared, 3 hours of yoga per day, a 2 hour walking tour of the Santorini Coastline, and more.

For sailing around the Greek Islands

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Sailing the Greek Islands is a lifetime bucket list item that is every part as rewarding as you’d imagine it is. This Greek Islands yoga sailing retreat is based out of the Ionian Islands, which is located on the protected west coast of Greece, creating the perfect environment for flat seas, mild winds and the best leisure cruising areas.

This yoga sailing holiday starts off with an hour-long yoga class in a new secret location each day, whether it’s overlooking the bay, the beach or the harbour, but rest assured you wont have done a yoga class in a location like this before.

You will set sail for your daily beach stop, which includes some of the bluest, clearest water you’ve even seen with magical white cliffs towering over the beach. It truly is a bucket list trip.

For yogis looking for a yoga teacher training course

Yoga Teacher Training, Lefkada

This 200 hour ashtanga and vinyasa yoga teacher training hosted at the Urania Luxury Villas in Lefkada, is designed for all levels of yogis who want to connect with and deepen their practice, understand vinyasa flow sequencing and experience a well-rounded curriculum that will develop them into confident teachers.

The training gives a strong foundation to build your self practice. As your practice deepens, sharing your personal experience in the form of teaching naturally blossoms.

Through practical application and direct experience, you will develop the skills, tools and confidence to teach Vinyasa flow classes. You will connect anatomy knowledge to movement and continue your personal yogic journey.

Six months of regular yoga practice is recommended before taking this course. You will study and practice yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, intelligent sequencing, teaching skills and hands-on adjustments.

Theory will include Indian philosophy, yogic lifestyle, moral and ethical codes of yoga (yamas and niyamas), Eastern anatomy and alignment. You will teach your fellow students, giving and receiving constructive feedback throughout the course.

You will practice primarily Ashtanga and Vinyasa with exposure to yin and restorative yoga. By the end of the course you will practice the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series by yourself, teach classes based on the Primary Sequence, and create your own Vinyasa sequences. Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.

For a peaceful paradise escape

Join us for a 7 night summer beach yoga holiday in Corfu! Offering a beautiful yet tranquil alternative to the bustling, cosmopolitan beach of Acharavi, Almyros is a peaceful paradise escape, perfect for those looking to take a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We welcome couples; solo travellers and friends who’d like to combine their love of yoga with a sunshine holiday.

Located within the stunning Greek island of Corfu, our experienced and inspiring yoga teachers will challenge your mind and body, encouraging you to enhance your overall wellbeing through daily practice of yoga techniques.

With its rich, mountainous landscape, Corfu offers a beautiful view to its visitors. The northern area of the island has preserved its natural and architectural environment, making it popular with visitors and locals alike. Dominated by mountains, the island has a never ending expanse of rolling hills and blossoming trees, bursting with lush vegetation. Coastal areas offer tranquil white sandy beaches, while the shimmering blue sea provides a perfect backdrop to the green Corfiot countryside.

Corfu’s climate is another endearing feature of the island. Warm summers are relatively dry, with blue skies and a tranquil sea breeze, while winters remain mild with little rainfall. On average there are 3000 hours of sun per year on the island of Corfu, with an average daily sunshine amount of 8.5 hours.

The house is located right on the beach where you can spend your days chilling out in between the meals and yoga. The walk to the nearest town is about half an hour away, or an easy 10 minute cycle with the bikes we provide for free. In the town there is a supermarket, cafes and restaurants.

IBIZA FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Ibiza is one of our favourite Islands in the world!. As soon as you step foot off the plane you can feel the healing energies work their magic….and that’s even before the retreat starts!. It’s the perfect place for yoga, meditation, detox, wellbeing, beaching, guided walks, nurturing, unwinding, relaxing, pampering, spa time and plenty of YOU time!

For cultivating a deep yoga practice and exploring the beauty of the White Isle

Experience a unique yoga and hiking retreat this October in Ibiza where you will re-discover your inner strength, leaving you feeling empowered and energised. We combine dynamic and restorative yoga sessions, meditation, stand-up paddle boarding, enjoyable hikes by the sea and adventures in the beautiful Ibiza countryside.

Our walking and yoga retreat is the perfect balance between cultivating a deep yoga practice, discovering a more powerful you, unlocking your potential whilst exploring a less-explored part of Ibiza in a relaxed and fun way.

Accommodation is a charming Spanish finca (villa) set among extensive gardens and woodlands and a short walk from Santa Eulalia town beach. The villa features a beautiful swimming pool, an outdoor yoga platform and a traditional Finnish sauna, a perfect way to end the day after a long walk.

You will be guided throughout your six-night retreat experiencing uplifting yoga, inner work through breath-work and meditation and energising walks and time to reconnect with yourself.

For a plant based yoga and wellbeing retreat

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This plant based yoga and wellbeing retreat from the 31st August – 7th September is a glorious 7 day celebration of oneness and the deep joy of community! One of the most incredible aspects of retreat is the healing, joyful power of living in community. Sharing each day, each meal and each practice as one, we will come together to remember and re-connect to unity. Within ourselves and all of humanity. To honour the divinity in all things. And rejoice in togetherness.

Using all organic high-vibration ingredients, yogic asana and cleansing techniques, naturopathic healing practices, inspiring workshops, beautiful treatments with world-class therapists, rituals, coaching and many other tools; this plant based yoga and wellbeing retreat is a complete game-changer on every level.

ASIA FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Asia is abundant with healing and wellbeing retreats offering the perfect escape, and a chance to relax, practice yoga, meditate and focus on your health

For a once in a lifetime trip to Kyoto

Join us for a special week of deep renewal in Japan from the 18th – 24th of April 2020 on this Culture, Renewal and Yoga retreat as we explore the power of ritual to bring us into the present moment and into the flow state. Stay in the historic heart of Kyoto, visit temples, enjoy cultural activities, tastings, yoga in a temple, and a Japanese spa day, all with the addition of workshops designed to help you find your own personal rituals.

Not only will we take advantage of the amenities and beauty of our hotel and the neighbouring temple for the week, but this retreat will also be full of culturally-rich experiences that will give you a full taste of the offerings of Japan. By being located in Kyoto, we get the balance of the city amenities, but also really get to sense the calm and spiritual side of Kyoto and the countryside.

You will feel as if they’ve stepped through a Japanese painting – with bonsai trees, wooden pagodas, and rock gardens (and we might still be able to see some cherry blossoms before the season ends). We’ll take a tour outside the city to the famous “Golden Pavilion” Kinkakuji and walk the way of the “Thousand Torii Gates” at the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Our days in the centre will include a visit to the famous market, participation in a traditional tea ceremony, temple visits, a special tea-focused activity with a local artisan….learning more about this special elixir, an evening walk through the Gion district where we’ll keep our eyes open for passing Geisha, and even a spa day at Kyoto’s premier luxury spa – complete with treatments and relaxation time fit for a Zen master.

For a tropical island escape

Layana Resort and Spa is a luxurious adults-only hideaway set amidst the azure blue waters of the Andaman Sea, Koh Lanta Yai, an idyllic tropical island located in the South of Thailand with pristine beaches backed by lush tropical greenery and forested hills.

Located on 3 kilometres of the white sandy Phra-Ae-Beach and harmonising with its secluded surroundings in a way that is distinctly Asian, this retreat blends pampered luxury with a fresh, open and natural ambience. Translated from the Sanskrit language “Layana” means “a pause in time”; in keeping with this ethos, the resort is committed to creating an exclusive haven of luxury where the world revolves around you.

For Christmas and New Year

This Christmas and New Year retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand integrates yoga and fitness to give you a great way to escape the commercial onslaught of the holiday season

There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for our local charities. On New Year’s Eve there will be a special ceremony to acknowledge 2019 and welcome in 2020 as well as a feast and performances.

The special ceremony will help you close and heal the past year, setting the energy and intention for the year coming with an impetus to follow through on it. The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the ‘holidays’.

For a healing detox with traditional Balinese healers

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At the Fivelements Healing Detox Retreat in Bali, they embrace holistic Balinese-inspired therapies administered by traditional Balinese healers using ancient wisdoms passed down through direct lineage.

Following the Balinese principal of Sekala-Niskala, which holds that we all live equally in two worlds; the seen or conscious world Sekala, and the unseen or psychic world Niskala, the Balinese healers engage the help of the divine source during each healing session.

Recognising that optimal wellness comes from learning to love and respect the body, mind, and spirit, where health and well-being are a reflection of inner harmon, this 7, 10 or 14 day retreat provides a healing journey for detoxification and transformation.

For ayurvedic balancing

Sen Wellness Sanctuary

Spend from 3 – 14 days at the Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka, a small, peaceful and modest retreat in a nature reserve set between a lagoon and the ocean in the south of Sri Lanka. It is the perfect place to immerse yourself in natural beauty and relax and rejuvenate your body and mind.

The Sanctuary offers Yoga and Ayurveda retreats all year round and hosts detox retreats and special Signature retreats a few times a year. The gentle rhythm of the sanctuary and the pared back approach and architecture of the place allow for a genuine retreat.

The focus at Sen Wellness Retreat is on rest and connection with nature and oneself. The eclectic and fascinating selection of books available are perfect to fill your time between yoga, treatments and walks on the beach.

You’ll be encouraged to put away your devices as much as possible and allow for a digital detox too. With our retreat sanctuary in the mangrove forest by the beach, we invite our guests to reconnect with nature and feel the vital energy of Sri Lanka.

JORDON FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Solo travel in Jordan is safe, people are very friendly, and traveling as a woman alone is no problem at all. Jordan is an ideal destination if you love nature and hiking and diving as well as cultural heritage and ancient monuments.

For an expansion of awareness in an ancient land

Soul Journey Jordan

Go on this eight day retreat journey in Jordan from the 27th November – 4th December where you will enjoy hiking, horse sessions, meditation and yoga with magnificent views in the world heritage sites Petra and Wadi Rum.

The vastness, beauty and stillness of the desert allow for a courageous and gentle unfolding of your heart’s truth. Yogini, artist and horse soul coach Sandra Jelly invites you to connect with the stillness and beauty of the desert, the sacred wisdom of the elements, and the expanded energy of yoga and meditation. Expanding your awareness and integrating more of your self is gently supported by interacting with horses.

They reflect our state of being in the moment and allow us to transform limiting beliefs in order to become fully present.  Your hiking guide, Brenda van den Brink, has been living and roaming around like a nomad in the deserts of Jordan for the past ten years and will take you to live in their footsteps temporarily: gathering wood for the fire, discovering stones and herbs.

Be moved by the wild, harsh and lovely desert, listen to the sounds of the universe and explore within during guided meditations. When you leave, the desert will remain in your heart as a treasure to unfold again and again.

The amazing rock-cut city of the ancient Nabateans, Petra, is inspiring to behold. You will have a day to explore this fantastic UNESCO World Heritage site: visit The Royal Tombs and make the climb to the viewpoint to look down onto the Treasury as the sun hits it. Experience the treasures Jordan has to offer to your mind, body, soul, and spirit.

CROATIA & MONTENEGRO FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

With its diversity in natural beauty and all year round sunny climate, Croatia is the ideal place for anyone looking to getaway on a healthy holiday.

Relax and rejuvenate alongside views of the sparkling turquoise-blue Adriatic sea, explore the many islands that scatter its breath-taking landscape, the jaw-dropping vivid green lakes you can swim in and admire the characterful architecture that lines this wellness hotspot

For a Mediterranean hideaway where you can roll out your yoga mat next to the sea

 retreat in Croatia

These weekend wellness retreats, located in the gorgeous and unspoiled location of the enchanting Korcula Island offer the perfect opportunity to refill and restore your energy under the Mediterranean sun surrounded by crystal blue seas, and bring your body and mind into balance with daily yoga classes, meditation and breathing exercises.

You will enjoy hikes through Korcula’s lush and unspoiled wild fields, explore hidden bays of breathtaking beauty and experience an excursion to the magical natural park of island Mlijet, with its salt lakes, bicycle wine tour to the famous Croatian wine region on Peljesac and most of all to discover all the joys of Mediterranean and have a lot of fun in the process. Should you prefer a week long retreat they also offer a Seaside Yoga Holiday.

If you haven’t visited Montenegro before, you are absolutely in for a treat. Unlike its neighbour Croatia, Montenegro is relatively untouched by tourism but shares the same stunning coastline, scenery and friendly people, we have planned a week for you exploring all that Montenegro has to offer!

For lovers of the outdoors and hiking

If you are a lover of the great outdoors then this spring hiking and yoga holiday in Montenegro is for you. This is a week to showcase all that this untouched area of the world has to offer!.

You can expect a relaxed yet exhilarating itinerary, with breathtaking hikes, water sports, boat excursions, beautiful day trips and more, with 3 hours of yoga per day.

Based in a beautifully renovated olive mill 10 minutes from the spectacular coast, it’s a short walk from the traditional old town with its cosy restaurants and shops, so you choose to have a day to relax by yourself too.

Montenegro is half the size of Wales, but in a relatively small area you will be lucky to find an incredible coastline with unspoilt beaches, clear lakes in the national parks for wild swimming, rivers fit for kayaking, and mountains that are begging to be conquered. Day tours, hiking, cycling and more can be arranged for you so that you can take in all there is of this incredible country.

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Author: CHERYL SLATER

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  1. A retreat sounds like just the ticket at the moment, preferably one without any access to phones, laptops, tablets or the outside world! ha!

    • Hi Zara, there are digital detox retreat for that. Where are you based?

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