Do you want to organize an inclusive yoga retreat for yoga practitioners on any budget? Your retreat-goers will certainly appreciate the effort! More people than ever want to go on a yoga retreat, but not everyone has a few thousand dollars to spend on one. By ensuring that your yoga retreat is affordable, you can get a wider audience interested in booking your retreat. An affordable yoga retreat requires a bit more care and thought to put together, however. Special considerations must be taken to ensure that your retreat is budget friendly. Read on for tips on how to organize an affordable yoga retreat:
If you are a yoga teacher in a community, think of places nearby where you normally hold classes to hold a retreat. The typical places where yoga retreats are held, like resorts in Mexico and Bali, can add hefty airfare costs that deter would-be retreat goers from attending your retreat. By reducing transportation costs, you allow more people to attend.
Just because you’re close to home doesn’t mean you can’t have a getaway, though. Where are retreat-friendly places nearby? This could be as simple as renting a big house for a weekend where you and your retreat attendees can escape the every day and connect deeper with your practice. Get creative and you can surely find somewhere locally to hold a retreat.
When you think of a yoga retreat, you may invariably think of a plush resort where everything is taken care of for you. While this is certainly a retreat that many people enjoy, the possibilities for yoga retreats are endless. By taking advantage of nature’s abundance, you can organize an affordable yoga retreat that is deeply healing at the same time.
It’s not news that we all need more nature in our lives. What better way to foster a connection with the natural world than spending a few nights camping under the stars? A yoga retreat that has the least amount of amenities is not only a great way to get back to basics but also to reduce the cost of your yoga retreat.
Make It Shorter
This one is quite obvious, but a week long retreat is going to cost significantly more than a weekend retreat. Accommodation and food costs increase the longer the retreat. You don’t have to sacrifice quality when you sacrifice quantity, though. Ensure that everyone on your retreat is on the same page before leaving, so that communication is clear and everyone can get what they want out of their shorter retreat. A good idea would be to forgo technology for the weekend so that your retreat goers can really unplug and get the maximum benefit from even a quick weekend yoga retreat.
Off-Season Yoga Retreat
Just as when you travel, the best prices are to be found in the off-season. Each destination has a different off-season, so you will want to research when off-season is for your desired location.
In general, holidays are always an expensive time to travel, so avoid planning a yoga retreat over that period. Tropical climates, like in popular yoga destinations Bali and Costa Rica, have a rainy season and a dry season. The dry season is most popular for holidaymakers and yoga retreat-goers, for obvious reasons. However, the rainy season can also be a nice time for a yoga retreat. You may not be able to plan many outdoor activities, but if your yoga shala has a covered roof, you can hold as many classes as you’d like.
Make All Add-Ons Optional
Instead of an all-inclusive type yoga retreat, which looks more expensive to potential retreat-goers, try to include optional add-ons. Maybe breakfast and dinner are included, but if the participant wants to eat lunch, they need to purchase it themselves. That way they can choose either to not eat if they’re not hungry, or buy cheap local food. If you supply your students with a kitchen, they could even bring their own groceries to cook.
Any activities can also be included as add-ons, like surfing, massages, or adventure activities. Even extra yoga classes can be included for an additional fee. That way the participant can make their own price according to their budget.
Organizing an affordable yoga retreat, though it takes a bit more effort, will be rewarding as many more attendees can join. When you help your yoga students by catering to their budget and needs, they will remember it for years to come. A yoga retreat can change someone’s life, and by offering them that opportunity you will attract repeat customers.