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Iceland, famously known as the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’, is a destination that offers a diverse range of awe-inspiring landscapes, from vast glaciers and volcanic formations to geysers and hot springs. This beautiful, rugged country is also a global leader in sustainability practices, with a deep commitment to renewable energy and ecological conservation.

Iceland’s sustainability ethos is reflected in every aspect of life, from the food you eat to the places you stay. Its commitment to renewable energy sources, such as geothermal and hydroelectric power, is truly impressive. Nearly all of Iceland’s energy comes from these sustainable sources, providing an inspiring model for the rest of the world.

Icelandic culture is a unique blend of ancient heritage and modern innovation. Rooted in the sagas of the Viking Age, it is a culture filled with rich folklore, unique traditions, and a deep respect for the natural world. Icelanders are known for their love of literature, arts, and music, which are celebrated through numerous events and festivals throughout the year. The country’s connection with the natural world is also evident in its culinary culture. Locally sourced ingredients, such as fresh fish, lamb, and dairy products, dominate the Icelandic cuisine, offering visitors a unique culinary exploration.

Icelandic cuisine is a testament to the country’s natural bounty and resourcefulness. Traditional Icelandic food is shaped by the country’s rugged terrain and harsh climates, resulting in an array of distinct dishes. The seafood is a standout, with fresh fish like haddock, halibut, and salmon often taking center stage, thanks to the country’s location in the North Atlantic. Another staple is the Icelandic lamb, renowned for its high quality, largely owing to the traditional free-range rearing methods. The lamb is often served roasted or used in hearty stews.

Unique dishes include “hákarl”, fermented shark, and “harðfiskur”, dried fish, which are often served with “rúgbrauð”, a dense and dark rye bread. For the adventurous eater, there’s “svið”, boiled sheep’s head. The country’s dairy products also deserve a mention, particularly “skyr”, a thick, yogurt-like cheese that’s been part of Icelandic cuisine for over a thousand years.

Iceland’s commitment to sustainability extends to its food production, with many restaurants and food producers striving to use local, seasonal, and organic ingredients. As a result, dining in Iceland not only offers a culinary adventure but also a chance to experience the country’s culture and dedication to sustainable practices.

A visit to Iceland offers a truly unique combination of natural beauty, sustainable practices, and rich cultural experiences. This is a place where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature, all while embracing a culture that values the environment and sustainable living. So, why not make Iceland your next destination?

Participating in a retreat in Iceland can be a transformative experience. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, you’re invited to deepen your connection with nature, encourage self-reflection, and foster a sense of peace and well-being. Yoga and meditation sessions often take place in serene settings, offering views of Iceland’s stunning natural features, from geysers and waterfalls to glaciers and volcanic landscapes. The retreats also offer opportunities to immerse yourself in Iceland’s culture, sample local cuisine, and participate in traditional Icelandic practices. This immersive experience, set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful and unique countries, is designed to inspire personal growth, enhance mindfulness, and promote physical and emotional health.

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From the stunning Andean landscapes of Peru to the rich cultural heritage of Guatemala, Latin America offers a treasure trove of experiences that make it an exceptional destination for leading a yoga retreat. But what if you could combine this spiritual journey with a service project? Here’s why you should consider it for your next retreat.

Cultivating Empathy and Cultural Understanding

Service projects, such as teaching English, building schools, or contributing to sustainable agriculture, offer a direct, tangible way to give back to the local communities. These experiences foster empathy and cultural understanding, adding a layer of depth to your retreat that goes beyond the yoga mat.

Fostering Mind-Body Integration

Yoga practices encourage the integration of mind, body, and spirit while enhancing physical well-being and emotional balance. Pairing this introspective practice with an outward-focused service project creates a unique synergy, fostering a holistic sense of well-being and purpose among participants.

Immersive Cultural Experiences

Latin America abounds in vibrant cultural experiences—from traditional workshops and culinary journeys to ancient rituals and festivals—that can deeply enrich your retreat. Imagine your participants learning traditional Quechuan weaving techniques in Peru or tasting the national dish of Guatemala, “Pepian”.

Inspirational and Resilient Communities

The spirit of resilience and community in Latin America can be an inspirational source of motivation and can motivate your participants to stay committed to the service work they do.

Leading a yoga retreat combined with a service project in Latin America provides a valuable opportunity for personal growth, cultural exchange, and global connection. It’s an experience that offers both spiritual nourishment and meaningful engagement with the local communities—one that is sure to leave a lasting impact on both you and your participants.

The next time you plan for a yoga retreat, consider making it one with a service project in Latin America. It’s sure to be an unforgettable journey!

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Why Everyone Needs to Visit Peru: An Exploration of Culture, Nature, and Spirituality

Peru is one of those countries that seems to have it all. From soaring mountains to tropical rainforests, ancient ruins to colorful markets, and a rich spiritual heritage, it’s no wonder that so many people are drawn to this diverse and fascinating destination. As a travel and yoga enthusiast, I’ve had the opportunity to explore Peru several times, each time discovering new insights and experiences. In this blog post, I’ll share some of the top reasons why I believe everyone needs to visit Peru at least once in their lifetime.

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The Incan Legacy

One of the most famous attractions in Peru is the mysterious lost city of Machu Picchu, perched high in the Andes Mountains. This ancient Incan site is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for good reason. Machu Picchu is not only a marvel of engineering and architecture but also a portal into the civilization that built it. Exploring the ruins, you can appreciate the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Incan people, who created this wonder more than 500 years ago. But Machu Picchu is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Incan legacy in Peru. The Incan Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America, spanning from the present-day regions of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile to Argentina. In Peru, you can see Incan ruins scattered throughout the country, such as the sacred valley of the Incas, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Choquequirao. Visiting these sites allows you to appreciate the scope and complexity of Incan society and their deep reverence for nature and the cosmos.

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Breathtaking Natural Beauty

Peru is a country full of contrasts, from the arid coastline to the towering Andes Mountains and the lush Amazon rainforest. Each region has a unique beauty and character, and exploring them offers a chance to witness some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet.In the Andes, for example, you can hike through mountain passes and visit traditional villages, taking in the stunning scenery along the way. The Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world, offers breathtaking views and opportunities to see Andean condors up close. In the Amazon, you can explore the vast rainforests, home to millions of species of plants and animals, and learn from indigenous communities who call the jungle their home.

Vibrant Culture and Cuisine

In Peru, you can experience a rich mix of cultural influences, from the ancient Incan traditions to the colonial legacy of the Spanish. This fusion has created a unique and colorful culture that is a delight to explore. One of the best ways to immerse in this culture is through food. Peru is known for its incredibly diverse and delicious cuisine, which reflects its mix of indigenous, European, and African heritage. From ceviche to lomo saltado to cuy (guinea pig), there’s a wealth of flavors and dishes to explore, each more tantalizing than the last. Beyond food, Peru offers a vibrant arts scene, with music, dance, and visual arts that reflect the country’s diverse roots. From the colorful costumes of Cusco’s Inti Raymi festival to Lima’s world-renowned theaters and galleries, there’s always something to discover and celebrate.

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Spiritual Discovery

For centuries, Peru has been a place of pilgrimage and spiritual discovery. From the ancient Incan practices of honoring the divine in nature to the Catholic traditions brought by the Spanish, Peru has a deep and rich spiritual heritage that continues to thrive today. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the Sacred Valley, where the air is thick with the energy of countless generations who have come here to connect with the divine. Here, you can visit sacred sites such as the Temple of the Sun in Cusco or participate in traditional ceremonies and rituals led by local shamans. Combining these experiences with a yoga practice or other mindfulness practices can lead to a profound and transformative journey of self-discovery.

From Machu Picchu’s ancient ruins to the vibrant culture and food, varied nature, and soulful spirituality, Peru offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a yoga student, a nature lover, or simply a curious traveler, Peru is a destination that can enrich your life and expand your horizons. So come and explore this magical country, immerse yourself in its riches, and discover the wonders that await you.

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Island of Dominica: Yoga Retreat & Nature Center

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With a 180-degree view of the ocean as your backdrop, this Caribbean gem on the Island of Dominica offers a dynamic collection of retreat, adventure, spa treatments, wellness, yoga, gourmet cuisine, local culture, and history. With the deep energy of this special center and the crystal blue ocean surrounding, immerse your senses in all this escape has to offer. Hike to thermal heated waterfalls, snorkel internationally known Champagne reef, soak in mineral springs, indulge in spa treatments, and discover Caribbean cuisine. It’s the perfect spot to unplug from everything as you reconnect to yourself and the Nature Island of the Caribbean.


  • Luxury villas
  • 2 fully-equipped yoga studios with views of the ocean
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Indoor and outdoor gourmet Caribbean restaurant
  • Spa services
  • On-site trails
  • Ocean adventures including kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching
  • Explore the tropical rainforest with its captivating waterfalls and healing hot springs
  • Rich community service education programs

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Jamaica yoga retreat

Surrounded by lush hills and valleys, a pristine river running through it, and the sun shining on the majestic landscape, this retreat location calls you to slow down, listen, and let go. This Jamaican retreat includes a private section of the beach with a beach house that is 15 minutes from the venue for your ocean getaways during your stay.

Whether you are practicing yoga, overlooking the endless mirage of lushness, eating the fresh local cuisine, hiking or horseback riding the trails, or learning pottery while overlooking the river, this Jamaican sanctuary is all about the full experience that can happen while on retreat.


  • Beautifully restored villas originally built in the 1700’s all with air conditioning and private bathrooms
  • Two pools to cool off during the warm Jamaican afternoons
  • Friendliest staff around that has been on-site for over 20+ years
  • Wonderful trail system for long mindful walks and hikes leading to a cleansing river where you can take a swim
  • Full horse stable offers trail rides through the property and surrounding trails
  • Professional pottery studio where you can take workshops onsite
  • Private Beach with beach house for your retreat beach days (15 mins drive and transportation is provided)



Join Luna and Katy for this once-in-a-lifetime yoga, meditation, and music retreat.  From the Jungle to the Sea, we will immerse ourselves in Jamaica’s sacred lands to slow down, find balance, and remember joy.  Good hope is a magical place located 20 minutes into the mountains on a 3000-acre fruit plantation.  Good Hope also has a wonderful beach dwelling that can be used as much as wished. Read more here.


In this week-long retreat in beautiful Jamaica, we’ll let go of the to-do lists and the “shoulds” and instead reconnect with our practice, our community, and our true Self. Through daily asana and meditation practices as well as the study of the Yoga Sutras, you’ll unite mind, body, and spirit and, in the meantime, connect with like-minded happy yogis in a fun and easy environment. Leave the retreat feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and re-focused on what’s truly important in life. Read more here.

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Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Ahhhh, Panama.

This country has it all. Colorful beaches, tropical gardens, and incredible biodiversity provide many opportunities to explore this rich country. The immense natural beauty of lush rainforest, towering mountains, long coastlines, wetlands, plains and pastures will ignite your soul.

This secluded island retreat venue is a unique gem in the islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Step away from reality and stay in one of the 10 incredible over-the-water bungalows with glass bottom floors and private decks. From there you can swim and snorkel in the crystal blue waters.


  • 10 over-the-water bungalows along with three additional overflow beach houses
  • Each room is air-conditioned and includes a private bathroom, hairdryer, safe, and as well as complimentary towels and snorkel gear
  • Hold your classes in one of two outdoor spaces both only feet from the water
  • Enjoy local island cuisine with wonderful vegetarian options along with fresh fish and seafood
  • Explore adjacent pristine uninhabited islands
  • Take a private boat through the mangroves; see sloths and other wildlife
  • Take a short walk through the forest into the local community where you can also have an opportunity to take part in a local service opportunity

A wonderful local island staff is there to support you and your group with anything you need.  Appreciate true tranquility in an unforgettable site that embraces the essence of True Nature.


We have three NEW retreats coming up in 2023!


During this retreat, we will explore yoga through daily practices as we elevate our awareness and open our hearts to the tropical beauty of Panama. All classes are geared to all levels of practitioners with modifications offered. Beginners are welcome! You will enjoy a sense of community and connection with others while accepting an invitation to drop into your SELF. Read more here.



This retreat is for the sincere water lovers! The merpeople we are at heart find the water to be a kin element. This retreat is also for those that hold dear the influences of yoga, meditation, and relationship to spirit. We will immerse ourselves in this island environment, exploring themes of connection, replenishment, and water’s role in ritual to cleanse, hold creative intentions, and carry the vibration of our prayers. The teachings and practices will celebrate our relationship to the waters, and co-create sacred, transformational space together. Read more here.


Give yourself this gift of renewal with daily yoga and meditation classes, communing with nature, and exploring the beauty of this exclusive secluded island. You will be wrapped in good energy day after day from nourishing food and life-affirming rituals of health and wellness. This is a unique opportunity to be in the community of yogis who support and care for each other while awakening the deep, spiritual, mental, and physical wholeness that everyday life can deplete. Read more here.