Have you been dreaming of leading your own yoga retreat? It can be an awesome experience. Organizing a yoga retreat, however, can be overwhelming. Beyond planning and teaching your classes, you’re responsible for choosing and booking a venue, planning the agenda, marketing, and more. You want to offer your students the best, but may not have a clue how to go about it. Planning a successful retreat is about designing an experience. Think about what you’d like to participate in if you were the one looking to join in on a retreat, visualize each day. Here are a few pointers to help you focused on some main ideas that need attention.
Step 1: Create the "to do" list.
Before you plan, take a moment or two to contemplate the kind of experiences you want to give to your participants. Put pencil to paper on what you can see your group enjoying and where. This helps you stay focused. Where do you want to go? What factors are important to you?
You can relate to your people and know what they want and like. They probably like many similar things. If you haven’t approached your students yet, do so now by planting the seed of a retreat and ask them a few questions. What does a day at the perfect yoga retreat look like to you? What sites would you like to see? The conversation will unfold from there.
Step 2: Choose your location.
Location is one of the biggest considerations for people interested in going on a yoga retreat. The options are truly endless but Costa Rica is known for yoga and nature! It's not by accident that one of the largest yogic centered retreat (Envision Festival) takes place in Uvita and they just celebrated their 10th anniversary! Yoga Maya Uvita is prepared to assist you in your retreats by hooking you up with our fab connections, planning assistance, and more, from whale watching to ATV jungle excursions, you can count on Uvita for the best experience possible.
We have an 8 x 6 meter teak wood floored open air yoga shala with many yoga props. We have great wall space too. The shala overlooks the 50 foot long pool and the entire facility is very peaceful.
Step 3: Do your math.
Before determining your prices, consider any additional costs, such as paid advertising, travel expenses, and extras you plan on offering, if any. Ideally, your prices should cover your costs and leave you with a profit. One way to determine your pricing is to add a fee to the cost per student. For example, if you’re teaching five classes on your retreat and you charge each student $20 per class, you would add a $100 fee to your cost per student. Consider your students’ expenses. How much does it cost to travel to my retreat? How much time off work will people need to take? How much will they need to budget for food, activities, or excursions or are these included? I also look at how much other retreats are charging for a similar format. One popular venue is listed on the link below to see what's going on with the yoga retreat competition.
Step 4: Plan the days of the retreat.
Once you have the logistics figured out, You should start planning each day. What kind of experience are you hoping to offer your students? Is there a theme to your retreat? What could they need that may not be readily available? Retreats need not have every minute planned with an event, so be sure to leave enough free time in for spontaneity and other excursions like massages or shopping.
Step 5: Start Marketing.
Marketing doesn’t just happen. Genuine enthusiasm is contagious, word of mouth goes a long way so ask your people to spread the word. It’s organic marketing. Don’t be shy about it.Depending on your target market you may want to pay for adds on Facebook and/or Instagram. Google is a great way to spread the word also if you want to open it up for others to attend. Make sure you have a google business account and start learning SEO tactics, it comes in handy when marketing online.
This sums up a few basics on retreat planning. There are a lot of details and things to think about and we hope this sort list will put things in action for your retreat! We are here for you. We are working hard at Yoga Maya Uvita and will gladly spend some time helping you figure out the costs of a retreat here with us. Whether it’s your 1st or 51st, we can coordinate events with local venues and advise what to see and do while here. For example a horseback riding yoga waterfall tour! Our location in Uvita is the closest retreat center to the Whale’s Tail National Park so getting around couldn’t be easier.
With so many things to do in the area you can rest easy that your guests will enjoy every day in the Southern Pacific Zone of beautiful Costa Rica. Pura Vida.
I love yoga. If we’ve met we’ve probably had this discussion. For sure if you’ve been to one of my yoga classes, you know I love all things yoga. But is there more to do in life than yoga? Sometimes, I guess there is. So I came up with a few things yoga people would enjoy doing while spending a 1,2 or 3 days in the lazy little beach town of Uvita Costa Rica.
Uvita, Costa Rica is the home of Envision Festival. A very large yoga centered festival that takes place every February, here in Uvita. It makes complete sense that I would move to Uvita and open a boutique retreat center here. This town feels stuck in time. Lost in time really, basically it’s the bomb. If you like waiting for random horses to get out of your way on the road. That’s our little Monday morning traffic jam. Sometimes it carries over into Tuesday. Maybe even Wednesday before someone decides to get them and put them back in their pasture. Don’t get me started on the cow traffic jams.
You can get lost in time yourself if you don’t stay focused. A day at the beach can turn into three before you know it. So let’s make a short list of things that are fun to do in Uvita.
What should not be missed while here?
2. Whale’s Tail National Park.
Costa Rica is known for its natural beauty but I guarantee you that there is nothing like this naturally formed whale’s tail beach at low tide. Spend an hour or three here in the calm waters or just sit under a tree on the beach. Either way you will likely see some wildlife like dolphins, whales, Macaws, Tucans, Anteaters…You get the idea. @ http://www.sinac.go.cr/EN-US/ac/acosa/pnmb/Pages/default.aspx
3. Uvita Waterfalls
This place is only $4.00 entry fee and so much fun you will smile, laugh, and get back to being the calm happy person you were born to be. With two naturally formed swimming pools, a waterfall to jump off of or slide down, and an additional platform to jump from you will have a great time in the shady jungle that is the shortest hike that I wouldn’t even call it a hike. Maybe a better word is a stroll.
4. It’s not all zen and namaste in Uvita. Get your energy up and laugh like a kid by giving surfing in Uvita a try with a lesson with Julian at www.surfinguvita.com. Whether you are a solo traveler or a group of 30 people, Surfing Uvita can have you up and riding waves in no time. And the fun you will have! The stories you can tell of how you caught that “big wave” will live on forever. www.surfinguvita.com
5. I’m hungry, you hungry? You can’t miss the newest and cutest outdoor restaurant on the way to the Uvita Waterfalls. I’d suggest visiting the waterfall in the am and stopping at Indomitos Cafe for lunch. Or eat first and then visit the falls. Either way, you are going to want to try this place. Every single thing on the menu is made to perfection with love and attention to detail. If you are vegan you are going to flip for not only the main menu but the deserts. Indomitos also serves a great breakfast. @ https://www.facebook.com/indomitoscr
There are many other sites to see and restaurants to enjoy in the Uvita area that are very worthwhile. Carlitos, Los Laureles, The bus station restaurant.... I’ll post more about other restaurants and things to do soon. This is just a little teaser for those of you who have been wondering about some main attractions in the Uvita area. Hasta pronto amigos!
Debbie Krejci E-RYT 500
Yoga Teacher Training Retreat Uvita, Costa Rica, 2021
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