Our ethos inspires us to seek out ethically-run and environmentally-conscious vendors, as well as local partners who provide meaningful employment and support their local community.
Sustainable Tourism: We use hotel and retreat providers who are committed to sustainable practices such as eliminating single use plastic and paper products, using produce from their own gardens, and utilizing water recycling systems.
One example: Our retreat partner in the South of France is luxury, yet “off-the-grid” and a self-sustaining property. Through the retreat’s use of solar panels, thermodynamic heating, local and seasonal food with minimal food waste, and an on-site perma-culture vegetable garden, our guests quickly realize luxury does not need to equate to waste!
Another example: Our retreat partner in Ireland serves guests vegetarian cuisine grown on-site in their organic garden domes and has planted more than 5,000 trees on property, all native species. They also compost all food waste for use back in their on-site gardens.
Local Providers: Whenever possible we utilize retreat properties that are owned or staffed by locals and who support their own communities by paying a living wage. We also contract with local transportation companies and independent tour guides for excursions so more of our guests’ money stays in our host community.
One example: Our retreat partner in Cambodia supports the local economy by providing 25 ethical jobs to residents of Siem Reap and surrounding villages. They also provideeducation and professional development opportunities, competitive salaries, free nutritious meals at work, savings plans and a bonus structure for their staff members.
Support the Community: When appropriate and once properly vetted, we strive to partner with local charities or NGOs to give back to our host communities through time, financial resources and continued support and partnership.
One example: Our retreat partner in Marrakech, Morocco supports a local NGOcalled Project Soar whose mission is to empower teenage girls to stay in school. Project Soar was featured in Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2016 documentary “We Will Rise” after she visited with the girls in Morocco as part of the Let Girls Learn global campaign for female education.
Another example: Our Cambodia local tour guide’s family has an NGO school program called the Peacock Learning Centre/ Spen Chreav Organization. More information on this program is below.
Where some of our contributions have gone:
These donations have come from a portion of Above Yoga's retreat proceeds, as well as additional fundraising and donation efforts from our guests and online yoga class students.
*Total contributions are as of June 2021