5 Marketing Strategies to Fill Up Your Retreat Faster

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5 Marketing Strategies to Fill Up Your Retreat Faster

Having an early bird price and other similar discounts is a common thing for most yoga retreats. And offering discounts on your retreat can be a great way to encourage your students to sign up for your retreat.

The problem is that many teachers don’t know how to properly use early bird pricing or other discounts as part of an effective marketing strategy. 

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What You Need To Know Before Co-Leading a Retreat

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What You Need To Know Before Co-Leading a Retreat

One of the questions that comes up when thinking about planning a retreat is: "Should I have a co-leader or co-teacher?"

Having someone there to help you plan, market and lead your retreat can be very comforting. You get to bounce ideas off each other, divide up tasks and have an extra hand for all the responsibilities you'll have during retreat. It could seem like a no-brainer! Especially if you're planning to travel abroad or leading a large group of students. Just having some to help you hold space can truly be a game-changer and give you some breathing room. But before you decide to bring on a co-leader, we want you to consider a few things.

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What’s the right price for your retreat?

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What’s the right price for your retreat?

Have you ever struggled with how to figure out the right price for your retreat? We have. Planning retreats can be so much fun! It's really a dreamy process: figuring out the right location, deciding on your menu, mapping out your class plans and themes, and getting clear on how you want to orchestrate the entire retreat experience. Getting those creative juices flowing in your retreat planning is almost as much fun as actually being on the retreat. (Almost!)

But in addition to all the fun stuff, it’s super important to pay attention to the business side of your retreat.

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How To Sell Out Your Yoga Retreat

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How To Sell Out Your Yoga Retreat

“HOW DO I FILL UP MY RETREAT?”

This is a BIG question for every single yoga teacher who’s in the process of planning a retreat.

We know from our own experience that selling out a retreat is top of mind because it translates into your retreat being a success.

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How To Craft a Beautiful Retreat Experience

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How To Craft a Beautiful Retreat Experience

“This was the most amazing experience, I can’t thank you enough!” As a yoga retreat leader, that’s music to our ears.

When your create a retreat experience that really resonates with your students, you not only make your students happy, but you're also building your retreat kula. This kula has the potential to be loving and loyal retreaters that will want to retreat with you again and again. 

So how to do you craft a beautiful retreat experience that leaves your students happy and wanting more?

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What kind of yoga retreat should I lead?

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What kind of yoga retreat should I lead?

So you want to lead a yoga retreat. Here’s a virtual high five to that! The possibilities are endless! There are so many ways to create a fun, healing and transformational experience for your students. You could travel to the Caribbean and stay in thatched bungalows and lead sunset yoga on the beach. Or maybe a vineyard retreat with wine tasting and cooking classes. Sounds amazing, right?!

But before you go to far down the retreat vision rabbit hole, you need to ask yourself two very important questions that can determine the success of your retreat.  What's the right retreat for YOU? And what's the right retreat for YOUR STUDENTS?

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Interview with Danae Robinett

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Interview with Danae Robinett

You know when you talk with a friend after she gets back from a long trip and she has so many great stories to share and it makes you just want to TRAVEL?! Yeah, that's the travel bug. And it's kinda catchy. 

In our chat with Danae Robinett, she shares about her retreat travels to India and Guatemala. Hope her story inspires you as much as it inspires us. 

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Remember Gratitude Meditation

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Remember Gratitude Meditation

Gratitude is a practice. We know this. As yoga teachers, we teach this. But like anything, if we don't practice, we forget. 

Here'a s little guided meditation to help you reconnect with gratitude. May this practice help you to remember the abundance of love and support in your life. 

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Facing Limiting Beliefs in Your Yoga Business

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Facing Limiting Beliefs in Your Yoga Business

Mindset is crucial. We know this. We teach this to our yoga students. And of course we practice this. 

And yet, there's always room for improvement when it comes to mindset. 

So as you reflect on your mindset in your yoga business, it's important to recognize the limiting stories you may be telling yourself.

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The Importance of Storytelling for Yoga Teachers

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The Importance of Storytelling for Yoga Teachers

We all have a story, or stories, right? 

And as yoga teachers, we share so much more than alignment and breathing techniques. We infuse our stories into our classes. 

And our students come to us for more than just asana and pranayama. They come to us because they are drawn to our personalities and to our personal journeys beyond the mat. So it's essential that we bring our WHOLE selves into our teaching. And we can do this by incorporating storytelling into our classes. But it doesn't stop there. 

Storytelling is really about connection. 

 

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How We Stay Inspired: Podcasts That We Love

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How We Stay Inspired: Podcasts That We Love

These days we are ALL ABOUT listening to podcasts. It’s one way of multi-tasking that we actually feel good about.

Washing dishes, driving, or taking a walk can all be great opportunities to listen to an amazing dharma talk, inspiring life story or some practical biz tips from fellow heart-centered entrepreneurs.

Here are just a few of our fav yoga, meditation + conscious-business podcasts on our playlist, and our top pick episodes {so far}:

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Having an Entrepreneur Mindset When You Plan Your Yoga Retreat

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Having an Entrepreneur Mindset When You Plan Your Yoga Retreat

When you tell people that you lead yoga retreats, it’s probably pretty rare that someone treats you like an entrepreneur, in the traditional sense, right? Perhaps you don’t even see yourself that way.

But that’s exactly what you are. The demands of planning a retreat are just like a owning a business. You have to take into account how to market, plan, and budget your yoga retreat if you want to see success.

Let’s take a look at 5 ways in which thinking more like an entrepreneur will help you plan your yoga retreat.

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How to Budget and Price Your Retreat

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How to Budget and Price Your Retreat

Some yogis are good (or even awesome) when it comes to financial stuff. If this is you- HOORAY! But for many of us, the money part of yoga business can often feel scary and overwhelming.

We didn't get into teaching yoga for the money. We teach because we are passionate about yoga and want to help others.

But when it comes down to it, we all gotta eat! As teachers and retreat leaders, we need to be able to make a sustainable living in order to keep doing what we love! If we can’t pay the bills teaching yoga, then we may end up having to go get a “real job.” So what’s a yoga teacher to do?  

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What if Someone Gets Sick or Injured on Your Retreat?

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What if Someone Gets Sick or Injured on Your Retreat?

So you’re a few days into your yoga retreat and all is going amazingly well. Then all of a sudden one of your retreat students comes down with the flu. What do you do? 

Or one of your students “over does” it in yoga and ends up in a back spasm for the rest of the retreat.

Should this keep you from leading a retreat? Heck no! Accidents happen EVERYWHERE! People get sick and hurt themselves in the comfort of their own homes. So it’s inevitable that injury and illness can happen on a retreat. But the important thing is that you are PREPARED!

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Tales of the Traveling Yogi: Interview with Brent Honnerlaw

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Tales of the Traveling Yogi: Interview with Brent Honnerlaw

"Tales of the Traveling Yogi" is a series of short blog interviews with yoga teachers about their experiences planning and leading yoga retreats. We hope these interviews will encourage and inspire other yoga teachers plan their own yoga retreats.

In this blog our friend Brent Honnerlaw to share his story about leading his retreat in Machu Picchu, Peru, a place spiritually enchanted by the ancient Inca culture. 

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#1 Mistake Yoga Teachers Make When Planning a Retreat

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#1 Mistake Yoga Teachers Make When Planning a Retreat

So it’s Sunday night and you’re cookin’ dinner with no idea what to make.. Hmm… What’s in the fridge?

A little kale, some quinoa, leftover beans. Sounds simple enough, right?

So you start cooking, throwing in some spices, not quite sure where this going, but trusting it will be delicious.

There’s a few ways this could go:

1) It could all work out beautifully- Yay!  

2) Halfway through you have to run to store to get some super important ingredient and end up having dinner ready an hour later than planned, or

3) You accidentally put in a little too much curry, then add something else to try and balance it out, but end with some funky concoction that you wouldn’t want to recreate.

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Tales of Traveling Yogis: Interview with Claire Petretti

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Tales of Traveling Yogis: Interview with Claire Petretti

We are happy to announce our new monthly blog series: Tales of the Traveling Yogi. Here we will share the retreat stories of yoga teachers, their life lessons and inspirations. 

First on deck is the amazing Claire Petretti, a seasoned yoga teacher, retreat leader, pilates instructor, reiki practitioner and writer.  She planned her first yoga and surfing retreat in 2010, but was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and had to cancel that retreat. But cancer couldn't stop her from living her retreat dream and she vowed to lead a retreat as soon as her health allowed her to do so. 

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Choosing Your Retreat Location

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Choosing Your Retreat Location

So you’ve found an awesome location that’s calling your heart’s desire. “This is it!” you think, “I want to go there!!” Or maybe you’re ready to plan your retreat, but feel lost in the sea of possibilities. Either way, it’s important to DO YOUR RESEARCH when deciding on a retreat location.

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Time to Ask Your Q's

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Time to Ask Your Q's

There are MANY things to consider when you're planning a retreat and having someone (who has actually planned retreats before) who can give you some ideas, advice and answer your questions makes a HUGE difference. We all get stuck from time to time and seeking help when we're stuck is KEY.

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