A vacation is great, a yoga retreat is even better. While they often seem pricey, retreats simply offer more value than traveling on your own. Not only do you get to chill in a zen location for a few days, but the retreat package price typically includes vegetarian, possibly organic meals, meditation and yoga classes, personal growth workshops, excursions, airport transfers, and even an occasional spa treatment.
For the best deal, bring a friend (or, make new ones) to share a room with. “You can typically save around 25 percent by sharing dorm-style accommodations,” says Sean Kelly, co-founder of BookRetreats.com, a yoga retreat booking site. “It makes sense that staying in a private room is going to cost more.”
Planning ahead can also save you between $100 and $500, depending on the price of the retreat. These early-bird specials are listed about two to three months prior to departure, Kelly adds. Keep in mind that some early-bird specials are given to the first few spots, and once they are filled, everyone else pays the full price.
If you’re on a really tight budget, reach out to the retreat leader to see if there is any room for negotiation—a rustic location may give you a slight discount if you bring your own tent, or perhaps you can ask about bundle pricing if you sign up with a few friends. “It doesn’t hurt to ask, and you may be surprised by a positive response,” Kelly says.
Ready to book a trip? We found some of the best retreat deals—from the mountains of Colorado to lush gardens of Thailand—that cost $250 per day or a lot less.