Our Ethos

To whom much is given, much is required.


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.


Total Contributions: $4,375*

Where some of our contributions have gone: 

  • Business Seed Starters to Partners in Cambodia during COVID 
  • Donations to NGO School in Cambodia (PLC) 
  • Fund Yoga Teacher Training Program for BIPOC Trainee 
  • Donation to Vallarta Food Bank (Mexico) 
  • Donation to Project Soar (Program for Young Women in Morocco)

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

At our Cambodia NGO partner school:

Just $10 funds 5 students to go to a neighborhood supplementary school for a month where they learn from local teachers.

Just $50 pays for the internet in their classroom for 3 months. 

Just $100 pays one of the teachers’ salaries for almost 2 months. 

More Information on Cambodia

There is important and additional context that is helpful in understanding what’s caused much of the plight of the Khmer (Cambodian) people in the last several decades, which has separated them in prosperity from their neighbors, Vietnam and Thailand. Due to the Khmer Rouge regime and the genocide of the 1970s, and the ensuing civil war, nearly a whole generation of people in Cambodia lost their lives. Many others lost limbs due to the landmines that were scattered across the country during the Vietnam War happening by their border. The following population boom in peace time after the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnam War means that the majority of the population is under 35 years old. There are very few old people in Cambodia – only 5% of the population in Siem Reap is over 61 years of age – the average life expectancy is only 63 years of age (still nearly double what it was 35 years ago). As of 2010, only 20% of housing in Siem Reap was on the electricity grid and 35% of houses still did not have access to safe drinking water.

In Cambodia, hospitality is ingrained into the culture, as we have experienced when visiting the school and the local village. Many Khmer (Cambodian) people are very keen to share their food, language, culture and customs with visitors, as they are well aware that it is not exported across the globe in the same way as in other countries such as Thailand and Vietnam, and so the majority of visitors will never experience it outside of Cambodia. The Khmer people are intensely proud of their country and their heritage – and there is a push to keep alive many of the old traditions that were very nearly wiped out during the terror of the Khmer Rouge.