After spending over a year in a battle with the Covid-19 virus in isolation & fear, life is finally starting to go back to normal. Yogis are able to attend yoga classes in their home studios, take in-person yoga teacher trainings, and join yoga retreats in many countries around the world.
If you feel like this is the time for you to pack your things and go on a yoga retreat to a beautiful destination where you can disconnect & practice yoga? check our list of the best international yoga retreats for US Yogis in 2021!
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About this Retreat: In need of a change of scenery? Ready to immerse yourself in the mountains, jungles, rivers, and beaches of stunning Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? Join Above Yoga as you soak up the sunshine, culture and enjoy delicious cuisine on the stunning west coast of Mexico! All yoga classes, group meals, and tours are completely optional. You may participate in as much or as little as you would like.
Dates: June 3rd – 8th
Instructor: Anna Egleston
Covid-19 Travel Requirements: Mexico is currently open to visitors from around the world, although travel across the land borders between the US & Mexico remain limited to essential trips, nonessential travel has resumed via air. To enter the country, you are not required to take a covid-19 test before jumping on a plane, however expect to be subject to health screenings upon arrival and note that some cities around the country have curfews and other health restrictions in place. To learn more, you can check the embassy website.
About this Retreat: Essence Arenal Wellness Center offers you a complete program that covers diet and activities in a natural setting, with years of experience and knowledge to serve. Bring this new way of healthy living to your everyday life and you will see how fantastic you will feel.
Dates: All Year
Instructors: Nico Botefur, Alejandro Camacho, and Sarita Anders
Cost: $2,295 for 21st days
Covid-19 Travel Requirements: Costa Rica opened its borders for tourists back in November. The country is currently not requiring a negative Covid-19 test, however, all visitors should fill out a Health Pass before traveling to receive a QR code that they must show upon arrival.
A valid travel insurance covering potential quarantine accommodation costs up to $2,000 and medical expenses of at least $50,000 related to covid-19 is also required to enter Costa Rica. The travel insurance must be accompanied by a certificate in English or Spanish showing details such as the policyholder’s name, the dates of coverage, and guarantees as specified above.
Suggestions of insurers can be found on the Health Pass website.
America’s CDC classes the risk in Costa Rica as “very high” and says US citizens should “avoid all travel to Costa Rica.” It also states that even fully vaccinated travelers are at risk of catching variants.
About this Retreat: There is something magical about the Hawaiian Islands. It has been known and experienced as a “tropical paradise”‘ for centuries. Couples are captivated to journey here from all parts of the world for celebration and vacation. The warmth and beauty of these islands are dazzling and the spirit of Aloha in the people that live here is genuine and heartfelt.
Dates: Oct. 17th – 26th
Instructors: Richard Liebmann & Natalie K. Young
Cost: $6,162 per couple
Covid-19 Travel Requirements: The travel requirements implemented by Hawaiian travel authorities include a 10-day quarantine for all in-bound visitors to the Hawaiian Islands, but this measure can be avoided by people willing to take a Covid-19 test before traveling.
Travelers wishing pre-travel testing as an alternative to Hawaii’s 10-day mandatory quarantine must have with them before departure a proof of negative COVID-19 test from a state-approved trusted testing partner.
About this Retreat: Restore and reset your mind, body, and soul in Paiania (Mountain Town), Greece. You will immerse in a unique restorative and retreat program starting with assessment and needs of your body status. Yoga Skyros Academy will use the self-healing power of your body by using yoga therapy sessions, kinesiology by Dr. Goodheart, and Dr. Bach consultation sessions and massage therapies upon prior agreement.
After the assessment, the client will agree upon in writing upon the Therapy Plan.
This retreat is especially suitable for persons with a stressful life or rehabilitation needs. This Reset Retreat is made for Persons, who have a serious Will to Reset and Restore. Yoga Skyros Academy is not equipped for medical assistance to an existing long-term imbalance. They reserve the right to refuse during check-in if the demand of the client cannot be met.
The Reset Retreat is 5 days and can be extended upon arrival.
Dates: All Year
Instructors: Dietmar Hellmann & Carmen Hellmann
Cost: $587 for 5 days
Covid-19 Travel Requirements: All visitors must provide a negative test result or proof of full vaccination upon arrival to Greece.
Negative tests must have been taken within 72 hours of departure, must be written in English and include the name and passport number of the person traveling. This does not apply to children under 10. Details concerning the laboratories accepted can be found here.
All travelers must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) prior to departure. The form includes details of where the individual has been and the address they plan to stay at in Greece. Travelers must scan the QR found on their PLF upon arrival to Greece.
Based on their PLF, visitors will be informed whether they need to have an additional test done at the airport. If they are asked to take a second test in Greece, they have to self-isolate for around 24h, until they receive the results.
About this Retreat: Embark in a spiritual journey and connect with your inner self in a journey of a lifetime as you join Leah Zaccaria in an amazing yoga retreat to discover the magic of mystical Morocco.
This Morocco Yoga Retreat will be led by renown yoga teacher, book author and yoga studio owner: Leah Zaccaria. The Morocco Yoga Retreat will take place in September 2021, in beautiful Marrakech in a private mansion at the outskirt of town. This will be an all-inclusive luxurious retreat during which we will take care of every detail from the time you land in Marrakech until you get back on the plane so you can fully focus on yourself and on your yoga practice.
Instructor: Leah Zaccaria
Covid-19 Travel Requirements: Due to Morocco’s suspension of flights from many countries, taking a direct flight from the US is necessary to enter its borders. It is also a must to have reservations with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency or be invited by a Moroccan company. In addition, a printed negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure has to be presented at the airport. Visitors should expect a health screening, but do not have to worry about mandatory quarantine once they arrive in Morocco. To learn more you can visit the US embassy’s website.
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