Where is EcoYoga?
EcoYoga is just 2 1/2 hours from Glasgow city centre – yet in the secluded, remote Highlands of Scotland. Set in magnificent Scottish scenery; hills, lochs, rivers and forests abound. The ecoYoga Centre is totally off-grid. Powered by our 550Kw hydro turbine and a large bank of solar panels.
Ecoyoga centre has been created as an expression of a healthy, happy, carbon free, sustainable lifestyle. The centre has been converted into a yoga centre with luxurious accommodation for a genuinely ‘eco’ holiday. Set in magnificent Scottish scenery with hills, lochs, rivers, waterfalls and forests abound.
How do I get to EcoYoga and what time should I arrive/depart?
The closest airport to EcoYoga is in Glasgow Int’l Airport. There is one shared shuttle going to ecoYoga on April 22nd. Pick up stops will be at 1:30 pm from the Fraser Suites in Glasgow and 2:00 pm from Glasgow International Airport. These exact times might be adjusted slight if needed to suit the group. We highly suggest arriving the day before if possible to support an easeful transfer.
The shared airport transfer is included and guests will enjoy a scenic drive to EcoYoga for an evening yoga class, opening circle and dinner. Please double check that you arrive by/on April 22nd. Any guests arriving after noon have the option of taking a 2.5 hr bus ride ($50 one way) which will be just as beautiful (inquire for details).
There is only one group shuttle to Glasgow airport after breakfast on the 28th. It will arrive around 10:30 am, so please do not schedule your departure from Glasgow for earlier than 1 pm. And if you need alternative transportation, we can help, but you will be responsible for additional costs.
We suggest arriving in the morning or a day before to stay in Glasgow. We are suggesting guests consider staying at the Z Hotel for comfortable budget accommodations, and Fraser Suites for a little more space to stretch out. There are also plenty of great Airbnb options locally.
IMPORTANT: Please do not schedule your departure from Glasgow for earlier than 1 pm. There is only one shuttle to Glasgow airport after breakfast on the 28th and if you need alternative transportation, you will be responsible for additional costs. Afternoon and evening flights on the 28th are OK, or you can stay overnight in Glasgow and depart on the 29th. Feel free to contact us directly to confirm that your flight time will work.
What is the yoga studio like?
Our glazed yoga studio, over-looking the gorge of the River Liever, is the perfect location to learn the art of Yoga. The tranquil space is also perfect formeditation, chanting, discussions or asana clinics. The 60 sqm shala is purpose built with under floor heating and has a very calming ambience. The shala is fully equipped with mats, blocks, blankets and wall straps. During practice the soul is gently soothed by the sounds of the nearby waterfalls.
What are the spa amenities like?
We have several bathing areas and showers to choose from. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of the ‘Sento’ or public bathing house you can soak in our natural wooden hot tub in the Dome, or choose some hideaway bathing spots in the forest or river bank. Our artisan underground sauna is a real treat, perfect for warming up and relaxing those muscles. We have two cold plunge pools for cooling off, filled with water straight from the spring.
The outdoor heated bathtubs are the ultimate in natural bathing and an experience not to be missed. It really is a magical opportunity to connect with nature and indulge your wild side.
What is the food like?
Meal times are fun and sociable with the whole group sitting down together for meals. We use as much fresh produce from our garden as possible, depending on the season, and all of the meals are vegetarian with options for vegan and wheat or diary free. We have eggs from our hens which are used for breakfast and quite simply delicious. Local smoked or unsmoked fish is available for guests to cook in the guest kitchen if they would like a meat option.
What are accommodations like?
We have 10 double rooms each with an en-suite toilet and sink. There are two showers at either end of the building. We also have a converted bothy, with three double rooms and a toilet. Our newest edition to the accommodation list is a state of the art Yurt, with three single beds, each with a curtain for privacy.
Every room has a luxurious king size bed, organic fair trade cotton sheets and a choice of four pillows to choose from. We believe that a bed makes a big difference to your level of comfort. The rooms are all individually heated with electric heaters which are controlled by the guest. There are also two showers in the dome, with the hot tub and another in the main house along with an indoor bath tub.
Things to bring for your stay at the ecoYoga Centre:
Slippers/house shoes. Flip flops/crocs – shoes for bathing. A bath robe (we supply towels). Hair band for bathing if you have long hair. Swimwear and a sarong or wrap for the sauna (we have lovely 100% cotton Turkish wraps to purchase at the Centre). Shampoo/conditioner. Waterproof jacket. Waterproof walking shoes/wellies. Torch. Your favourite Yoga mat (we have 100% environmental ecoYoga mats in our studio but you may wish to bring your old favourite – we also have ecoYoga mats for sale at the centre). Yoga clothes to practice in. Cash to pay for massages (to Bettina) or to purchase Yoga or sauna wraps.
Massage at the ecoYoga Centre – offered by Bettina Vittoria I trained as a Therapeutic Massage Therapist in Glasgow in 1989 and since then worked in my own practise, in hotels and with other practitioners in their clinics. Over the years, whilst working with many different patients and their health problems, I have developed my own massage techniques based on the Swedish/Therapeutic Massage I was trained in, incorporating hot stones, deep tissue massage and working on trigger points. Originally from Switzerland I have lived in Argyll for 29 years. I had planned to come here just for a short spell to learn English, but fell in love with the beautiful landscape, the open spaces and the sea. And of course a few years later with a man. Like many people here I have various jobs, from teaching assistant to lumberjack, but I find my work as a massage therapist the most satisfying and rewarding. Massages: £50 per session.
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.