6 Tips For Choosing a Budget Retreat

There are several good reasons to experience a yoga retreat; it can offer you an opportunity to recharge your energy, help deepen your spirituality, and allow you to elevate your level of practice. But there are a few things which might be keeping you from simply taking off for a weekend and going on a life-changing retreat – cost being one them. With a tight budget, how can you afford a three-day mind, body and spirit immersion in Costa Rica?

What you might be surprised to know is yoga retreats have come a long way since the days of their ultra-luxe price points. There are now many options available online, and narrowing them down can be a far more challenging than finding the money for your trip! To help you select the right budget retreat, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Set a reasonable budget and work towards it

If you were heading to Disney World with your family or going on your first-ever cruise in the Caribbean, you would spend the months leading up to it saving. Treat your yoga retreat no differently. Plan for it, decide how much money you intend to spend for a budget retreat, and set a timeline for how you are going to achieve this. For instance, you may want to allocate roughly US$1,330 for a 6 Day Tulum Spa & Yoga Retreat. A quick search online reveals that at this price point you’ll likely get accommodations, daily lunches and breakfast, daily yoga classes, 1 hour healing massage, group meditation and a welcoming cleansing treatment. 

By setting aside a budget you not only ensure that you make sensible financial decisions, but also allow yourself enough time to build up your savings to make the yoga retreat possible.

Define your wellness goals

What do you want to get out of this yoga retreat? Do you want to kickstart for a new, yoga-focused lifestyle and need a retreat experience to help you on your way? Or are you looking for an experience which will help you delve deeper into your spirituality? There are several yoga retreat packages that offer different programs and levels of practice. By defining your wellness goals before you start searching, you’ll be able to eliminate packages which don’t suit your needs and better focus your search towards those that offer what you really want.

Customize your activities

Some retreat places allow guests to customize their retreat experience based on what may fit their budget as well as activity preferences. For example, adding a few other frills to the retreat such as nutrition and cooking classes or trail biking would incur additional expenses. If a retreat package includes activities you feel like you may not want, don’t hesitate to ask if they can customize your plan or remove add-on activities in order to lower the overall cost. Also,  as the retreat date gets closer some places will provide discounts in order to fill spots.

Decide your destination based on the most affordable travel expenses

The farther you intend to travel to experience a retreat, the more expensive your trip will be, as you’ll have to purchase a plane ticket or spend on petrol money for an out-of-state trip. If money is a constraint, consider retreats close to where you live.   

Look for a retreat that offers group discounts

Traveling as a group is the most economical way to experience a retreat. Having yoga buddies doesn’t only mean having someone to share the life-changing experience with you, but means you’ll share the necessary expenses such as food and accommodation. Some places offer group or corporate discounts, so be sure to inquire about it.

Shop around

Do your due diligence by researching retreat programs, costs, wellness teachers and accommodation online. The most convenient and less time-consuming way to compare-and-contrast retreats is by downloading an app that provide multiple retreat choices. Don’t skip verified reviews from previous guests, as they can provide a first-hand account on what to expect from the retreat, as well as help you decide which package suits your needs best.

In the end, it’s important to put into perspective that whatever your budget, yoga retreats are priceless experiences that deeply renew the spirit while and recharge the mind and body.

One more friendly tip; be ready to empty your heart of any worldly cares the moment you begin your retreat so there’s room for increased self-awareness, a more grounded perspective on life and personal growth.

Browse yoga retreats by budget on Yovada.com here.

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Mae Bejo
Mae Bejo

Mae Bejo is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has extensively written stories that inspire others to live a healthier life. She tries to live a mindful life herself by eating well, meditating and practicing yoga. Mae loves the occasional challenge of a hot yoga, but cherishes most her bonding time with her five-year-old daughter who loves to copy her downward-facing dog pose. For more of her writing, visit: http://www.thegospelofbeauty.org/

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