FAQs + COVID Policies


*updated 3.31.22

COVID Regulations

Our retreat guests’ safety and security is our top priority and takes precedence over our profits. We chose to postpone all retreats between Feb 2020 and June 2021 for the safety of our host + home communities. While we have begun to operate again, we will continue to be in constant contact with our 2022 and 2023 retreat guests about potential impacts to travel and best practices for traveling during COVID. 

On all retreats until the COVID crisis is fully contained globally we will operate under the following procedures*:

  • All guests must show proof of a full vaccination series (including at least one booster shot) 
  • All guests must show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the start of the retreat (some destinations may require a 48 hour window, we will keep you up-to-date on your destination) 
  • Mandatory mask use while in shared transportation vehicles if required by local regulations 
  • We highly recommend you buy reputable travel insurance to cover any potential costs for delayed or cancelled journeys due to health reasons
  • *Some countries may have additional entry requirements or regulations that we will follow which may be in addition to the above list.
  • Please note that as of January 26, 2021 - the U.S. government requires that all passengers returning to the U.S .from show a negative antigen or PCR test dated within 1 calendar day of boarding their return flight. While this policy is in place, Above Yoga will coordinate in-country testing on retreats.

General Retreat FAQs

No, there is no "good" at yoga anyway! Yoga is a personal practice. All yoga classes (and all activities) on the retreat are completely optional. You may participate in as much, or as little as you'd like. All yoga classes and meditation practices will be accessible for beginners, or those "out of practice"  - especially our slower evening classes. Our morning flow classes will be beginner-friendly, but also offer up challenges for more advanced practitioners.  All that's required to participate in yoga classes on our retreats is an open mind and a willingness to show up.

Everyone! On previous Above Yoga retreats, we have had guests ranging from 22 - 72 years of age. Often we have lots of solo travelers as well as friends, family member and partners who choose to travel together. All are welcome and will be embraced in the inclusive environment of these retreats. We are proud to be an LGBTQ+ friendly business and an ally to all. Please note: In order to maintain a peaceful, safe and responsible group environment, Above Yoga retreats are adults-only. All guests must be 21 or older by the travel dates. However we will consider guests between the ages of 18 and 21 on a case-by-case basis, but only if they are traveling with a parent or other close relative. 

A month prior to the retreat, you will be sent a full itinerary and recommended packing list; but mostly comfortable clothes, some good books and a journal to jot down life-changing thoughts! In most cases the on-site yoga studio is fully stocked with mats and props, but feel free to bring your own mat or mat towel if you prefer.

Yes! If you signed up for an international retreat and you don't already have a passport, please apply at least 4-6 months prior to our trip. Visit the travel.state.gov website to get started. If you already have one, please make sure the expiration date is more than 6 months after our return date. Passport processing times are extended due to COVID. If you are a U.S. citizen, you will not need a visa for destinations in Morocco, Europe and Central America, but you will for most retreats to Asia. Above Yoga will provide more instructions for getting a visa if needed. If you are not U.S. citizen, your requirements may be different and we are happy to assist you in the visa process. 

Above Yoga is more than happy to assist with finding proper flights and always suggests booking directly with the airlines. If you land on the dates and time frames specified in your welcome documents, you will be picked up from the airport and brought to the retreat villa or hotel, which is included with the cost of your retreat booking. If you choose to travel on different dates than the group, or land at a different airport, you are responsible for your own transportation to the retreat center. You can choose to fly home when the retreat concludes; or choose to explore more on your own. However, those staying beyond the retreat dates are responsible for their own ground transportation arrangements to return home.

You have the option to pay in full during check out while booking. If you choose to pay the 20% deposit, your plan, your remaining cost will be due between 90-120 days before the retreat starts. If you'd like to pay in smaller increments over time, you can always pay down your remainder at your discretion in your customer portal. 

If you want to cancel your booking, you should contact us via email as soon as possible.  Our standard cancellation policies cover the cost of processing your cancellation and to compensate us for the risk that we may not be able to resell your travel arrangements.

If you cancel in writing 90 days or more before travel you can choose either: 

For Above Yoga to hold the full amount paid on your behalf and reserve it as a credit for your use towards a future retreat within 18 months of your originally scheduled retreat dates.

OR,  you can request a refund. however you will forfeit 15% of the total retreat cost, and any additional platform, transaction and processing fees that have been incurred. Please allow at least 30 days for refunds to be processed.

If you cancel in writing at least 45-89 days before travel: 

Above Yoga will hold up to 50% of the total value of your retreat on your behalf and reserve it as a credit for your use towards a future retreat within 18 months of your originally scheduled retreat dates. All other money paid will be used to cover processing fees and damages for any inability to resell your spot. 

**Any cancellation less than 45 days ahead of the start of the retreat will lose ALL value paid and there will be no credits or refunds offered. 


Past Participant Status

We are extremely lucky to have many guests return to Above Yoga retreats year after year. We offer up discounts as a thank you for that loyalty. 

  • 1st Retreat - Welcome to the Family! - BRONZE
  • 2nd + 3rd Retreats - $75 off - SILVER
  • 4th + 5th Retreats - $150 off - GOLD
  • 6th + 7th Retreats - $200 off - PLATINUM
  • 8th + 9th Retreat - $250 off -  DIAMOND
  • 10th+ Retreat - $300 off - LIFETIME VIP STATUS

Return guest? Please ask for your personalized voucher code BEFORE you book!