8 most blissful international yoga retreats fall 2019

I’m super excited to finally share part three in this series on yoga retreats happening in 2019.
Have a look at these international retreats from all corners of the world.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been to any of them YET. This series is all about sharing my research on yoga retreats in 2019, so I can choose one, or more to attend.

And of course, I want to share this valuable information with you!

International yoga retreats Europe

Akasha Wellness Retreat

With 9 yoga teachers and 9 styles of yoga and meditation classes, Akasha has something for everyone.

If the diversity of classes doesn’t win you over, the spa with a hot tub and sauna will do the trick.

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Moreover, this retreat is full of activities. My personal favorite a visit to the fort believed to be the house of Count Dracula. How cool is that?!

Plus you’ll get to spot bears in Europes biggest bear sanctuary. More information about Dracula’s Castle in Bran & Bear Sanctuary.

Additionally, you’ll be well fed, with 3 daily organic, plant-based meals a day, plus juices and organic detoxifying teas!

Date: September 6st, 2019
Duration: 5 Ninextghts/6 Days
Location: Pestera, Bran, Romania
Price range: €100-€199 per Day
Language: English
Teachers:
Mariana Dragan, Robert McWilliams, Anna Loveridge, Abby Dixon, Arezu Kaywanfar, Alex Rodriguez, Kate Smith, Petra Muller Demary & Liselotte Baeijaert.

Yoga style: Hatha yoga classes, Sivananda yoga, Hot yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Kriyas, Pranayama, Meditation and Myofascial Release

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Yoga level: Intermediate
What’s included?
All meals, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, tea, water, Single room, WIFI, Vegetarian meals, Vegan meals, Ability to cater to special diet requirements (eg. coeliac disease, allergy, food-intolerance, …), spa, hot tub, massage, sauna.

Yoga & Cooking in Puglia

Yoga & Cooking is the perfect retreat for yoga foodies! No better location for food lovers than Italy. Hashtag Eat. Pray. Love. 😉

Start the day with an uplifting yoga session. Learn how to make homemade pasta, focaccia, and many more Italian treats during the day. Relaxing evening yoga sessions will calm you down again and prepare you for a good night’s sleep.

You’ll get to enjoy food and yoga classes in Masseria Della Zingara. A stunning 18th-century traditional Pugliese farmhouse situated in 20 tranquil acres of olive, cherry and almond groves, located in beautiful Puglia, in the south of Italy.

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On your time off, you can have a walk on the beach, explore the famous caves at Castellana Grotte and other beautiful towns. Sounds like the perfect European yoga holiday to me!

Date: September 14th, 2019
Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Location: Puglia, Italy
Language: English
Teacher:
Chef of the kitchen and yoga shala is Clive Fogelman. Clive has been leading and organizing international yoga retreats for over 6 years.

Yoga style: Hatha yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Yin yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation
Yoga level: Suitable for all levels
What’s included?
Airport transfer, All meals, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, tea, water, Pool, WIFI, Vegetarian meals, Vegan meals, Ability to cater to special diet requirements (eg. coeliac disease, allergy, food-intolerance, …), Cooking sessions.

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International yoga retreats Asia

Journey to Self

If you are ready to go on an inner journey of deep listening, healing and learning, the Journey to Self is just right for you.

On the retreat, you’ll be exposed to a unique combination of yoga, creative expressive writing, sound bowl meditations, and mindfulness practices.

After the retreat, you’ll walk away with simple and effective self-help tools that are valuable on and off the mat. Use these tools whenever life becomes overwhelming and a struggle.

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Be inspired by the picturesque setting of this unique yoga retreat. Spend four days in a small river-front boutique resort surrounded by lush nature and rice fields. What’s even better is that you are only a short bicycle ride away from the World Heritage-listed ancient town of Hoi An.

Date: September 8th, 2019
Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Price range: €100-€199 per Day
Language: English
Teachers:
Kerstin Pilz, PhD
Yoga teacher at Nomad Yoga specialized in Yin Yoga with sound bowl meditation and mindfulness, instructor and owner of WriteYourJourney and leader of WriteYourJourney workshops & retreats.

Victoria Nhan
Mindfulness Meditation teacher at TTC at Nomad Yoga Hoi An, senior yoga instructor at Nomad Yoga, private yoga teacher, and owner of Yoga in Vietnam.

Nigel Rowls, professional musician & sound bowl master.

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Yoga style: Gentle Vinyasa Flow, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga
Yoga level: Suitable for all levels of yoga
What’s included?
All meals, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, tea, water, Single room, Pool, WIFI, Shared kitchen, Vegetarian meals, Vegan meals, Ability to cater to special diet requirements (eg. coeliac disease, allergy, food-intolerance, …), 4 guided excursions in and around Hoi An (1. sunset cruise into old town, 2. guided bicycle tour, 3. guided tour through World Heritage-listed ancient town, 4. cooking class), 2 daily writing workshops, daily meditation and sound bath, 1 private sound massage; online course and ebook; gift packet on arrival. Airport transfer can be arranged on request for $ 12 per transfer in a 5-seater car. Happy to assist with onward travel bookings.

Poon Hill & Annapurna Base Camp Yoga Trek

Prepare for an exciting adventure of body, mind, and soul.

This yoga trek offers a unique combination of yoga, meditation, trekking and cultural immersion in the Himalayas.

Conquer two classic Himalayan trails during an 11-day journey, while deepening your yoga and meditation practice.

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Mornings start with meditation, an energizing outdoor asana practice, and a nutritious breakfast. This is followed by a day’s worth of trekking, with lunch, snack, and stretching breaks, as needed. A restorative evening practice and well-deserved dinner round out the day.

On the hikes, you can feast your eyes on a magical sunrise on Poon Hill and a breathtaking 360-degree mountain panorama view from Annapurna Basecamp

Date: October 12th, 2019
Duration: 11 Days/11 Nights
Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Price range: €55- €99 per Day
Language: English
Teacher:
Karnesh Rajthala (Founder of Kamala Yoga Nepal, 2017)
Having studied sacred yoga disciplines such as Kriya yoga, Kundalini yoga and Ashtanga yoga by gurus and sages in India and Switzerland. Karnesh started teaching yoga, organzing yoga retreats in Europe and Nepal, and leading Himalayan treks in 2014.

Sudip Adhikari
In addition to yoga studies in Upa Yoga, Yoga Asanas, Surya Kriya, Sambavi Mahamudra, and Bhuta Shuddi, Sudip also has a regular Vipassana meditation practice. He taught yoga and meditation at a retreat center before joining Kamala Yoga Nepal as a yoga teacher and trekking guide in 2018.

Yoga style: Hatha & Vinyasa
Yoga level: Suitable for all levels
What’s included?
All meals, Coffee, tea, water, Vegetarian meals, Vegan meals, Ability to cater to special diet requirements (eg. coeliac disease, allergy, food-intolerance, …), luggage transportation during the trek.

Yoga & Ayurveda in Himalaya

Deepen your yoga practice and improve your general well-being with yoga and Ayurveda.

At this intimate – only 8 participants per group!- retreat you are sure to get tons of personal attention.

From the retreat hotel, you can take in the breathtakingly beautiful views of the lake at the foot of the Annapurna massif. You’ll be in surrounded by exotic plants, birds and other animals.

Now tell me this isn’t the perfect setting to fully let go of any and all troubles?!

Date: October 26st, 2019
Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights
Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Price range: €100-€199 per Day
Language: English (with the possibility to translate in French if needed)
Teacher:
Bénédicte, aka Bene, is your certified Hatha Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic guide. She has over two years of experience teaching in studios and international yoga retreats.

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Yoga style: Hatha and Ayurvedic
Yoga level: Intermediate
What’s included?
All meals, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Pool, WIFI, Vegetarian meals, Ability to cater to special diet requirements (eg. coeliac disease, allergy, food-intolerance, …).

International yoga retreats Afrika

Discover Abundant Life in Tanzania

Next on the international yoga retreats list is the Discover Abundant Life retreat. A combination of yoga practice and adventure in an African setting.

Be inspired to lead a bigger, more purposeful and most importantly sober life. A retreat specifically for those who are either sober-curious or on a journey of recovery.

First there are three days of yoga, meditation and nutritious food on the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar.

Next, you’ll go on a quest to spot The Big Five on a four-day safari in the Serengeti Nation Park.  Plus go on a trip to Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera. Which by the way, is one of the birthplaces of human life!

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Date: October 10th, 2019
Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
Location: Zanzibar Island, Tanzania, and 3 National Parks in Northern Tanzania
Price Range: Over €200 per Day
Language: English
Teacher:
Carrie Hoffman
RYT200, Yoga Alliance Certified, Quantum Yoga School, Trauma & Recovery yoga teacher

Yoga style: Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga, Yang 2 Yin, Hatha yoga, Quantum
Yoga level: Intermediate
What’s included?
All meals, Coffee, tea, water, Single room, Pool, WIFI, Vegetarian meals, Vegan meals, Ability to cater to special diet requirements (eg. coeliac disease, allergy, food-intolerance, …), All-inclusive except for airfare, airport transfer, and lunches on free days.

YinYang Thai Massage

As you know, I adore Thailand. The people, the food, the weather, and Thai Massages! I didn’t like Thai massages from the start. But now I am 100% addicted to them. I love being pulled and pushed and pressed by tiny but very strong Thai ladies.

So when I saw the YinYang Thai Massage retreat, my interest was piqued. During this retreat, in addition to yoga, vipasana meditation and silence practice, you also get a 30-hours Thai massage course.

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On the grounds of organic farm Marrakesh Organic, you are guided to rediscover yourself and your connection with nature. It’s all about living in a sustainable way, with respect for nature and your body.

Do you ever feel like your phone is just gued to your hand? That you are always liking, commenting or swiping?

Then this retreat is perfect for you! There is no WIFI at all. So you get to enjoy a digital detox and just live in the here and now.

At the end of the retreat there is a 3 days eco-trekking, where you get to put all new learnings into practice.

Date: October 17th, 2019
Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
Location: Marrakesh Organics Permaculture farm
Price range: €100-€199 per Day
Language: English
Teacher:
Get trained by EvaSion and Chiharu. Two women with over 8 years of experience in yoga and the predominantly male field of Thai Massage.

Yoga style: Hatha & Thai massage
Yoga level: Intermediate
What’s included?
All meals, Vegetarian meals, Shared rooms.

Date: October 17th, 2019
Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
Location: Marrakesh Organics Permaculture farm
Price range: €100-€199 per Day
Language: English
Teacher:
Get trained by EvaSion and Chiharu. Two women with over 8 years of experience in yoga and the predominantly male field of Thai Massage.

Yoga style: Hatha & Thai massage
Yoga level: Intermediate
What’s included?
All meals, Vegetarian meals, Shared rooms.

International yoga retreats Middle-East

Desert Feminine – Full Moon Yoga Journey

Discover the safe space Desert Feminine has created for female transformation. The desert is a healing space for you to dive deep into yourself, your practice and the universe itself.

The retreat starts with a cleansing opening ceremony at the Dead Sea. The daily yoga practice that follows, takes place in the desert valley used as a healing space by local tribes.

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Next on the schedule is a full moon meditation inside the ancient city of Petra. Followed by a home visit with a local Bedouin family.

Date: October 8th, 2019
Duration: 8 Nights/7 Days
Location: Dead Sea & Petra, Jordan
Price range: Over €200 per Day
Language: English
Teacher:
Saraswati Hancock, with over 16 years of teaching experience, and Alena Bartoli, with over 10 years retreat facilitation experience, guide this desert yoga retreat.

Yoga style: Gentle Hatha yoga, yoga Nidra, womb yoga
Yoga level: Intermediate
What’s included?
Airport transfer, All meals, Breakfast, Dinner, Coffee, tea, water, Single room, Vegetarian meals, Vegan meals, Ability to cater to special diet requirements (eg. coeliac disease, allergy, food-intolerance, …).

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After a life-changing yoga teacher training in India, Lara felt it was time for a change. In addition to being a yoga teacher and coach, she now runs her own yoga content creation company. Follow her tropical, plant-based and flowing journey on Instagram @herbackpackbliss

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