What kind of retreat should I lead?
You want to lead a yoga retreat?! Here’s a virtual high five to that!
There are so many ways to create a fun, healing and transformational experience for your students. The possibilities and combinations of fun activities are endless!
You could travel to the Caribbean and stay in thatched bungalows and lead sunset yoga on the beach. Or maybe lead a vineyard retreat with wine tasting and cooking classes. Or how about a weekend getaway at a rustic mountain cabin with lots of hiking and yoga under the trees.
Oh wait, how about a desert glamping retreat with rock climbing by day and meditative stargazing at night?
These all sound amazing, right?
But before you go too far down the retreat vision rabbit-hole, you need to ask yourself TWO very important questions:
What type of retreat is right for you?
And, what is the right retreat for your students?
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of jumping right into planning all the really cool details, like where to travel and what kinds of activities to include in your retreat.
But that’s like teaching a yoga class and jumping right into the peak posture at the beginning of class. That wouldn't make sense, right?
You gotta warm-up and prepare first. You need to check in with your students at the beginning of class to see if anyone has any requests, or is injured and needs to modify their practice. You want to make sure your students are ready for this peak posture!
Just like when teaching a yoga class, when you’re planning a retreat, you need to know what type of retreat you want to lead + what kind of retreat your students want and need.
In retreat planning, these are the two sides of the same coin.
Here's an example:
Let’s say you really want to lead a week-long retreat in Bali in early September. You’ve always dreamed of going there and think “That’s where I should lead a retreat". And September is a great month for me to get away, so that when I'll go.”
Having a vision and knowing what time works best for you is a great place to start. But that’s only part of the puzzle.
The other side of the coin is knowing "Is this something your students will actually want to sign up for?"
If most of your current students, or your potential students, are avid travelers who have the financial freedom & luxury of time to go on a trip like this, then awesome!
But if most of your students are stay-at-home moms with young children, then it's probably difficult for those students to get away on a week long retreat, not to mention an international trip.
And if your students have school age children, then September is probably not a great month for them to get away since it’s usually a busy time of back-to-school activities.
Here are some key questions to ask yourself when making decisions about what type of retreat you should plan:
- Is it something I feel called to do?
- Is it something I’m passionate about? Does it feel right to me?
- Is it something that makes sense for my yoga business, does it fit in with my mission and purpose?
- Does it fit my own budget and schedule?
- Is it something my students would be excited to sign up for?
- Does it fit the budget and time availability of my students?
- Is it something that resonates with both me and my students?
We've created a workbook you can download for free called Key Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Planning A Retreat.
In this workbook we guide you through more key questions to help you dive deeper into this process of figuring out the right retreat for both you and your students.
Asking yourself these key questions will help you gain more clarity + be able to make decisions for your retreat with more ease. It will be so much easier to know if you should do a retreat at the beach or in the mountains. You’ll know if you should do a vegan or paleo or gluten free menu. And you’ll know if you should travel abroad or plan something closer to home.
Doing this inner-work and continuous check-in with yourself will help you to create a retreat that feels intentional and authentic.
Your students will notice all the thought you put into creating something they really want and need. And you will walk away from the experience feeling so much more fulfilled.
What’s the opposite of a consciously planned retreat?
You may end up with a mishmash retreat that feels thrown together, without a lot of thought behind it. And if your retreat doesn’t resonate with your students, you run the risk of nobody signing up, or worse, maybe even needing to cancel the whole thing.
On the other hand, if you create a retreat that sounds like a good ideas for your students, but you’re not super passionate about it, then you’ll be less likely to enjoy the process yourself. You'll be less likely to put in the love and passion needed to make your retreat a success.
So it makes sense right?
Knowing what type of retreat you want to lead + what kind of retreat your students want and need is really key to the success of your retreat.
Ready to dive deeper and do the inner work to set the foundation for your retreat planning?