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With so many retreats to choose from and so many people to go with, we thought we would simply share what it’s like to go on retreat with YOGASCAPES
We pride ourselves in seeking out and creating long lasting relationships with the world’s most unique and interesting destinations. Each destination is handpicked for it’s combination of location, weather, activities and something a little less quantifiable, that off the beaten path/homey/unique vibe.
For the Love of Nature
Part of going on retreat and traveling is to get away from the hub-bub of the urban life and get back to nature. In fact we don’t want to just get back to it, we want to be surrounded by it. From open air villas in the jungle to riverside bungalows you will be surrounded, inspired and reconnected with the healing power of nature.
Amazing & Inspiring Yoga
With so many other amazing elements of a yoga retreat it’s easy to overlook the yoga element! We don’t overlook it at all, in fact, we seek out the best teachers around the world to lead our retreats. We know that having a deep connection with the yoga itself on the retreat can be life-changing and in addition to needing to create a safe space for all levels we want each participant to come away with more than just a workout from their yoga retreat.
Food – Glorious, Amazing, Healthy Food
When deciding whether or not to work with a yoga retreat center food is make or break. Food and mealtimes (the atmosphere, the care, the ambiance) are a huge part of retreats. We love creative, healthy and delicious food. We want people to look forward to each meal and for each meal to be nourishing to the body and soul. Because we care so much about food, our mealtimes become the social center of our experiences.
Each yoga retreat has it’s own set of unique adventures available. We balance our retreats so that people can have a combination of rest and relaxation and exploration! Hiking, kayaking, surfing, hot springs, volcanoes, village tours, sailing, cooking classes and more are available on each of our unique retreats. We believe that flirting with your edge and diving deep into the land and culture of a place is fuel for the soul and fundamental to a deep journey.
With all of the food, yoga, nature and adventure, it’s easy to forget that one of the most powerful experiences on retreat is the connections that are made between the retreaters. There’s something special that happens when a group of amazing people come together to relax, rejuvenate and grow. We leave our stories behind and connect as human beings. We find that in just a weekend or a week, when participants support each other in self discovery and witness our true selves without judgement, deep connections can be forged. We find that people make life long friends on almost every single one of our retreats.
We only work with venues that have a conscious relationship with the culture, the people and land. We have no interest in staying anywhere that abuses the land or treats it’s employees poorly. We honor the rare venues that honor the environment and the locals.
Flexibility and Free Time
We get a lot of solo travelers that ask about how much free time and flexibility they will have. We pride ourselves on creating a structure in which each guest can get the most out of their experience and part of that structure is leaving enough space for people to have down time and do their own thing on retreat. When we empower our guests to listen to what they really need on their retreat and then act on it, then everyone wins.
Awards & Press
YOGASCAPES has been featured in the following articles and media outlets:
Address: 18501 Van Zandt Resort Road, Philo, CA 95466. This is 5 minutes from the town of Philo.
The Land is located approximately 30 miles from big “civilization.” This isolation and tranquility can deepen the experience possible during a stay at The Land yet can be a significant change in environment for many guests.
Internet and Phone Usage: There is cell phone service at The Land, but it can be spotty. The Land also has wireless Internet available at no charge.
Health Services: The Land has no medical services or pharmacy on site. If you will require medical attention or supplies during your stay, please come prepared to administer to your own needs.
Clothing: Please check the weather report in advance of your stay. The Land gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer, so dress accordingly and bring layers when you can. Wear comfortable shoes We are in the great outdoors. Bring a swimsuit for the pool and hot-tub.
The Land is a non-smoking community and is permitted only in designated areas only. Fire safety is of the utmost importance. Smoking is not permitted in any indoor spaces such as accommodations or meeting rooms.
Flashlight: Please bring a flashlight for use at night while walking on the grounds.
Lost and Found: The Land is not responsible for any lost items, or items left after you leave the premises.
While calling The Land an eco-retreat might be going too far, our decisions are always guided by our imperative of being responsible stewards of the land and good neighbors. We’ve always loved old buildings and old things, and like to think these objects possess a spirit of the past and that history has some weight and substance. Secondly, it just makes sense from several perspectives to reuse our resources whenever possible. Most of the buildings at The Land are old.
The front fields are managed for deer and wild turkey (we have quite a few), birds, and wildflowers. Plans to restore our many acres of timber land to its former glory are currently in development.
We realize there is a long way to go and many efforts we can make, and we do believe we are headed in the right direction.
Historic trees of up to 300-years old dot the property, with the renowned Redwood Grove in Hendy Woods State Park, accessible from The Land by forest road. The Navarro River is a significant feature of The Land experience. Bordering the property for thousands of feet with the Rancheria, Anderson and Indian creek tributaries in close proximity to the property makes for great swimming holes and river walks. The miles of forested trails are great for hiking and exploring.
There are 8 houses, 13 cabins and 14 camp sites on The Land.
Designed and established with the help of Daily Bread, The Land’s garden will be a place for teaching and demonstration.
This rare and magnificent treasure is easily accessed, just 2 1⁄2 hours from San Francisco and just an hour from the Santa Rosa airport. It provides a perfect sanctuary of connection.
What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
Compare Insurance Options at SquareMouth.com. We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.
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