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.

There’s so much to consider when deciding on where to host your yoga retreat.

Check out our free guide "How to Choose the Right Accommodations for Your Yoga Retreat." You can dowload your copy below.


You may be asking yourself:

Should I go to the beach or the mountains?

Should I do a local or international retreat?

Should I book a house or a retreat center?

These are all super important questions to consider. However, before you dive deeper into these questions, it’s essential to first think about your students and what they want. Check out our post on How to Survey Your Students: Find out what your students want in a retreat. Once you know what your students want, it’s a lot easier to figure out WHERE to have your retreat.

Here are some basic things to consider when choosing the right location for your yoga retreat.

Local vs. International

We all love the idea of traveling to beautiful places while teaching yoga. But you don’t have to travel far to tap into that feeling of being away from your everyday life and seeing something new. Essentially, travel is a mindset that we can take with us wherever we go. And we can inspire a feeling of travel in the way we teach yoga and lead our students.

That said,  let’s get back to the question of whether to do a local or international retreat. Our motto is TRAVEL TEACH AND THRIVE, so obviously we love the idea of traveling abroad. But honestly, teaching an international retreat can be a lot more complicated than doing something local. Here’s a helpful list of the pros and cons of doing a local vs. international retreat.



  • Easier for people to get to
  • Easier for you to visit the site prior to booking the retreat
  • Overall more affordable for your retreaters (and cheaper travel for you too!)
  • Many folks have a hard time getting away for 5-7 days for a longer retreat. Having a local retreat is a great way to offer shorter retreats, over a weekend.


  • Though some of your students might be drawn to a local setting, some may be seeking the feeling of really “getting away”
  • Local may still require some travel, i.e. driving a few or even several hours away. A seven hour car ride might less appealing than a 2 hour plane ride.



  • more exotic, more exciting
  • Requires a longer retreat, which can really offer your students the experience of getting away and going deeper into the retreat experience
  • Some international retreat centers can be cheaper than local centers- more bang for your buck


  • Travel costs
  • More time away- more time for your students to be away from work and family.
  • Might need an extra day or 2 just for travel
  • More challenging to visit prior to retreat
  • Travel insurance, passports
  • Need to be up to date on International weather, politics, etc (i.e. hurricane, protests, snowstorm)

Your Retreat Theme

Once you’ve decided on local or international, you can get more clear on what type of environment you want for your retreat. Do you want to be at the beach or hiking in the mountains?

Are you thinking of a rural countryside or urban landscape? Deciding on the vibe of your location is intertwined with deciding the on the theme for your retreat.

Think about HOW the location for your retreat can support the experience you want to create for your students. If you’re hosting a restorative yoga retreat in winter, you probably want a warm and cozy environment rather than busy hotel or spa with lots of other people. Or if you are hosting a writing and yoga retreat, you want to think about what kinds of spaces are available for your students to go off and write, i.e. a place that doesn’t feel too cramped or crowded.

Take the time to envision the feel and theme you want to create for your retreat. This will help you to more easily move forward into the next step of your planning process, which is to decide on your lodging.  


Now it’s time to get more specific on choosing your accommodations. We choose to look at the there main types of lodging for yoga retreats to consider:

Retreat center, hotel or house

We’ve done it all- hosted retreats at a variety of locations: retreat centers abroad, boutique hotels, Wineries, and different types of private houses. Each of these options can offer you and your students amazing and unique retreat experiences. And they each have their limitations.

There’s so much to consider when looking at these options that we put together an easy to read FREE downloadable with the pros and cons for each of these accommodations. We also included important questions to ask your venue. Click here to get your free download and get started on researching the ideal location for your retreat.


Hope this was helpful. Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Paloma & Renee