Do I have to be good at yoga? 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." All that's required is an open mind & a smile!
What kind of people go on yoga retreats? Everyone! On the last Above Yoga retreat, we had guests ranging from 24 - 64 years of age, men and women, friends, couples, and lots of solo travelers. Some guests had very little yoga experience, while others had been practicing for years. All are welcome and will be embraced in the inclusive environment of these retreats. Please note: In order to maintain a peaceful, safe and responsible group environment, Above Yoga retreats are adults-only. All guests must be 18 or older by the travel dates.
What should I bring? 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.
Do I need a passport? Yes! If you don't already have one, please apply at least 8-10 weeks 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. You will not need a visa for destinations in Europe and Central America, but you will for retreats to Asia.
What if I need help booking travel? Above Yoga is more than happy to assist with finding proper flights. If you choose to travel on different dates than the group, 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.
How does payment work? After your $500 non-refundable deposit is received, your remaining cost will be divided into two equal payments. The first is payable 60 days after your deposit, the second 120 after your deposit. If you would like a personalized payment plan, Above Yoga is happy to accommodate upon request. Any spot booked within 60 days of the retreat departure will need to be paid in full upon booking.
What happens if my plans change? It is a personal decision if you'd like to buy trip insurance to protect against illness, natural disasters, and other emergencies impacting your trip. Above Yoga is not liable for these instances, and will expect on-time payments up until the full amount is received. Once you've paid your deposit, you've taken up a spot someone else cannot, so the deposit is non-refundable, except in extreme circumstances. If for some reason you must cancel before the trip, 75% of your total cost will be refunded if the request is received in writing at least 6 months before the start of the trip (less the deposit); 50% will be refunded (less the deposit) if at least 3 months before the start of the trip; and 25% refunded (less the deposit) if at least one month before the start date. Within one month, no refunds will be given.