5 Yoga Retreats Where You Can Actually Afford To Hit The Mat


Don’t count yourself out of the yoga retreat game just yet. Yes, it’s pricey, but if you know where to go, it can be well within the realm of doable (just like that headstand you’ve been working toward in class). Here are five yoga retreats where the cost per day comes in under $250 — beautiful scenery included.

1. El Castillo, Costa Rica

Yoga plus rainforest. What more could you need? This Costa Rican retreat from Under 30 Experiences brings travelers to an eco-lodge in the wilderness where they’ll experience yoga classes, hikes to nearby waterfalls and local cuisine. It’s $1,295 for six days, including all classes and meals.

2. Santa Barbara, California, U.S.

Peaceful Santa Barbara brings you to a warm, laid back coast without requiring an expensive international plane ticket. And Sacred Breath Yoga Retreats offer weekends full of yoga classes. For $675, yogis can immerse themselves in their practices over the course of a long weekend with multiple classes a day and a focus on breathing, refreshing and meditating.

3. Sayulita, Mexico

How does savasana in Sayulita sound? If you’re willing to share a room, this retreat becomes much more of a budget trip at $1,550 for the week. It includes three meals a day (vegetarian, of course), yoga, fitness and meditation classes, private pool and beach access, and guided hikes.

4. Corolla, North Carolina, U.S.

Humble Haven Yoga is bringing yogis to North Carolina’s Outer Banks for daily yoga at the end of May. For $1199, you’ll get a week of morning practices, swimming time (private pool and beach access) and a personal chef cooking brunch, dinner and snacks for you. Oh, and yoga on the beach, for sure.

5. Bali, Indonesia

Maybe you have some airline miles saved up. Maybe you have a flight voucher. Maybe you can scrounge up any number of inventive ways to get to Bali and join this indulgent retreat.

The cool thing about Bali is that an excessively indulgent retreat here costs about the same daily as your budget retreat in the fancy parts of California. One World Retreats has a week-long program for $1540 (which comes out to $220 per day). It includes daily yoga and meditation classes, spa treatments, souvenir incense, guided hikes, healthy meals and a purification ritual.