We love love the word community. Don't you?
A few months back we started our own free online community on Facebook. It's called Travel, Teach & Thrive. It's been so amazing to create a space where yoga teachers can get support, guidance and inspiration when planning retreats, AND tips to grow their yoga business in general. We are incredibly honored to have so many amazing members ready to inspire and support each other inside the group. That's what community is all about!
Every Wednesday we have our Yogi Q & A where members can post yoga retreat & yoga biz questions, and we do our best to answer AND encourage other yogis in the community to offer their wisdom and insights too.
If you are thinking about planning a yoga retreat of your own, we thought you may be interested in one of the recent question we had in the group:
"What is a good time frame for promoting retreats? How long before a retreat do you start promoting? Is it different depending on where, how long?"
As for the actual planning process, in general we think 6-9 months is a good time frame for planning a shorter, local retreat. And for a longer/international retreat, you want to plan for at least 9-12 months. This gives YOU enough time to prepare, AND it gives your students enough time to carve out space in their schedule and to save up for it.
As for marketing your retreat, It's a good idea to start promoting as soon as possible. Even if you don't have anything officially planned, you can announce that you will be having an upcoming retreat and have a way for people to sign up to learn more.
Once you decide on your location and date, you can send out a "save the date" to your email list and promote on social media. Starting your retreat promotion early one is a great way to generate buzz and excitement so that by the time you have all the details ready people are already interested and maybe even ready to sign up!
Check out the short video below where we talk more about the time-frame for planning your retreat.