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We are bringing you insight to the retreat world. The blog can be an inspiration for the retreat travelers as well as for retreat professionals and venue owners. Enjoy and please let us know if there is some topic that you would be happy to read about

  • 11.06.2024
  • Katy Wright

Into the Wild: Leadership Development on Retreat

Your success and uniqueness as a leader depend on many things, including ongoing investment in your professional growth. But this needn't - indeed, shouldn't - be limited to traditional types of management training... Some of the world's greatest leaders, from JFK to Gandhi to Jane Goodall have integrated personal and spiritual discovery into their leadership - an understanding of themselves that has guided their decisions and positively influenced their relationships, resulting in the galvanization of their teams, rapid progress, and impactful change.  Getting to the 'essence' of your leadership requires a deep, introspective journey that aligns your personal values with your professional goals. Cindy Lobo’s Soul Leadership Retreat offers just that—a transformative experience designed to elevate your leadership skills through novel techniques and profound self-discovery. Leadership development that goes beyond the norm Cindy Lobo’s Soul Leadership Retreat is not just another leadership program; it is a unique experience set against the stunning backdrop of Tanzania. This eight-day retreat is specifically crafted for experienced leaders - senior managers, C-suite executives and management consultants working on both the public and private sectors - who are ready to transcend conventional leadership boundaries and embrace a holistic approach to leadership development. Explore the essence of leadership development Leadership is about more than just guiding a team; it’s about leading oneself. Cindy emphasizes this core principle throughout the retreat by taking participants through a variety of activities designed to deepen their self-awareness and leadership acumen, including: Cacao ceremonies: These traditional ceremonies help leaders open their hearts and minds, fostering a deeper connection with their inner selves. Cindy explains, "The cacao ceremonies are a powerful way to open up emotionally, allowing leaders to connect with themselves and their teams in a more meaningful way." Workshops on leadership wisdom: These sessions focus on using not just the head, but also the heart and gut brains, to make well-rounded and insightful decisions. Cindy shares, "True leadership comes from an alignment of mind, heart, and gut. Our workshops are designed to integrate these three centers of intelligence to enhance decision-making and leadership effectiveness." Nature walks and wildlife safaris: Immersing in nature helps leaders to understand their place in the world and gain a fresh perspective on their roles and responsibilities. "Being in nature allows leaders to disconnect from their daily pressures and reconnect with their inner wisdom," says Cindy. The Journey to inner transformation through leadership development From the moment you arrive in Tanzania, the journey is meticulously designed to strip away the layers of conditioned behavior and reconnect you with your core essence. The retreat begins at a boutique lodge in Arusha, surrounded by lush gardens, before moving to the Maasai plains where participants stay in eco-lodges built by the Maasai people themselves. Cindy notes, "Our unique locations are chosen to provide a serene and inspiring environment that supports deep personal and professional growth." Fire Ceremony: Symbolic renewal One of the most powerful moments of the retreat is the fire ceremony. Here, participants symbolically let go of aspects of their leadership that no longer serve them. Surrounded by the Maasai community, this ritual is a profound and unforgettable experience that marks a new beginning for many leaders. Cindy remarks, "The fire ceremony is a transformative experience where leaders release old patterns and embrace new ways of being. It’s a moment of profound renewal and clarity." The Soul Leadership Retreat with Cindy Lobo: Practical details The Soul Leadership Retreat is held twice a year, with the next session scheduled from November 1st to 8th. The retreat accommodates a small, intimate group of up to six participants to ensure a personalized and impactful experience. Participants are advised to fly into Kilimanjaro Airport, where they will be picked up and transported to the retreat location. "We keep our groups small to ensure each leader receives the personal attention and support they need," Cindy notes. For more information and to book your spot, visit Cindy's Soul Leadership Retreat listing on ZenBooking. Is this leadership development retreat right for you? Cindy's Soul Leaderships retreat in Tanzania is ideal for seasoned leaders across various sectors—whether you’re leading a multinational corporation, a non-profit organization, or a growing business. If you are ready to step back and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your leadership style, so that you can make meaningful changes that resonate throughout your organization, then this retreat is for you​​. "Our participants leave with a renewed sense of purpose and a clear vision for their leadership journey," says Cindy. Join the leadership development conversation To get a deeper insight into what the Soul Leadership Retreat entails, listen to our latest Retreat Tales podcast episode with Cindy Lobo on YouTube or on Spotify. Explore all of Cindy's retreats in Tanzania: Soul Leadership Retreat | Ngare Nanyuki, Momela, Tanzania 8-Day Inner Goddess Retreat | Zanzibar, Tanzania 8-Day Relax & Rewire Transformational Retreat | Arusha, Tanzania Soul Nurturing Retreat 1-1 | Ngare Nanyuki, Momela, Tanzania  


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  • 14.05.2024
  • Katy Wright

Ayahuasca retreats in Europe

Once exclusive to indigenous tribes in the Amazon, Ayahuasca ceremonies are now performed globally, with masters of the tradition accompanying both newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike through often life-changing experiences at ayahuasca retreats in Europe and beyond.   Why go on an ayahuasca retreat in Europe? With so many profound benefits experienced by participants – including spiritual insights, increased empathy, and a deeper understanding of oneself and the universe - it’s easy to see why this once-niche practice has become so popular. Of course, not everyone can afford the time or the cost of travelling to the Amazon to experience the benefits of ayahuasca. Luckily, however, there are plenty of trained therapists, facilitators, shamans and traditional medicine practitioners offering ayahuasca at retreats taking place across the globe, including in Europe. What’s more, these retreats are held in safe and comfortable venues that are highly conducive to the experience. What happens on an ayahuasca retreat? In some ways, an ayahuasca retreat is much like a yoga retreat or meditation retreat in that it offers participants the chance to spend time in a beautiful location doing something that is beneficial to their health, among likeminded people, for anywhere between 3 and 14 days. And, as with many other wellbeing getaways, ayahuasca retreats promise personal healing and spiritual transformation during that time. However, on an ayahuasca retreat, that healing and transformation comes in a very different form: plant medicine.  Explore ayahuasca retreats in Europe Usually given in the form of a drink during a dedicated ceremony, Ayahuasca is typically made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the leaves of the Psychotria viridis shrub and contains a potent hallucinogenic compound commonly known as DMT. After drinking it, people can experience intense visual and auditory hallucinations, profound insights, and emotional release, and this can last for up to 6 hours. During this time, participants are accompanied by trained and experienced facilitators, whose job it is to make sure everyone feels safe and supported. Standard itinerary for a 3-day ayahuasca retreat Day 1: 15.30 – 18.00: Participants are invited to arrive well in advance of the evening’s events, allowing them time to first become familiar with the venue and its surroundings. 18.00: Light meal or snack (it’s generally not advised to eat a hearty meal before an ayahuasca ceremony, with physical reactions to the medicine being possible) 18.30 – 20.00: The people leading the ceremony will prepare the ayahuasca and make sure participants know what might happen during the ceremony, so that they feel prepared and reassured. 20.00 – late. With the effects lasting anywhre between 3 and 6 hours, the Ayahuasca ceremony goes on well into the night. Often, participants choose to stay in the room afterwards to sleep. Days 2 & 3: 10.00 - 11.30: Optional Kambo (frog poison) healing session to detoxify the body and mind and prepare participants for the coming nights. 12.00 - 15.00: Integration session - the whole group comes together to discuss their experiences the previous night, and is followed by optional one-on-one sessions to facilitate deeper integration. 15.00 - 18.00: Light refreshment, time for rest, exploring the surrounding nature, and preparing inwardly for the coming night ceremony. 18.00 onwards: See previous day Day 4: 9.00 – 10.00: Breakfast 11.00 – 15.00: Group and individual integration sessions (for those who need or want it, post-retreat support is sometimes available in the form integration sessions via video call) 15:00: Departure Ayahuasca retreats in Europe 2024 There are numerous ayahuasca retreats in Europe listed on the ZenBooking platform, taking place in countries as varied as Germany, Austria, Spain, Tenerife, Norway, Finland and Sweden, and led by various practitioners, some of whom are Westerners who’ve trained in the Amazon, and some who come direct from a Shamanic lineage and have had the tradition passed down by elders. Because ayahuasca can induce a very profound and intense experience with moments of extreme vulnerability, it’s important to choose a retreat that is run by people with whom you feel a natural affinity, and whose background and training give you a deep sense of reassurance. So, grab a brew (just a standard tea for now!) and take some time to look through our selection of ayahuasca retreats in Europe: Ayahuasca retreats in Spain Ayahuasca retreats in Germany Ayahuasca retreats in Austria Ayahuasca retreats in Sweden Ayahuasca retreats in Norway Ayahuasca retreats in Finland Explore all ayahuasca retreats in Europe


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  • 25.01.2024
  • Vaida Saulyte

3 of the best retreat venues in Italy

A truly a transformative retreat requires a setting that delights the soul and supports personal growth. And Italy, with its rich history, picturesque landscapes, and culinary delights, has plenty of that on offer. But how do you whittle down the myriad options? Here, we round up 3 of the best retreat venues in Italy. 3 of the best retreat venues in Italy Whether nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscany, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, or overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Amalfi Coast, each of our 3 best retreat venues in Italy offers a unique experience that will enhance your retreat in all right ways.  With Italy being known for its hospitality, you can rely on the venue hosts for helping to ensure that every aspect of your retreat is meticulously planned and handled, allowing both you and participants to focus on their personal transformation. 1. Villa Paradise Where: Modica, ItalyCapacity: 13 people  Nestled in the enchanting Modican countryside, where ancient olive trees and majestic carob trees dot the panorama, Villa Paradise stands as a luxurious retreat venue meticulously restored from a historic farmhouse. Originating from the early 1900s, the venue carries captivating stories of its legendary owner, Don Saro Aprile, renowned for his extraordinary healing prowess that attracted people from all corners of Sicily. Villa Paradise's rooms are interconnected by vast pathways that traverse the characteristic 1500-square-meter "baglio," showcasing expertly restored Modican stone flooring, a hallmark of rural Sicilian residences. Enriching the retreat's outdoor space is an expansive barbecue area with stone seating for up to 50 people, a central cistern facilitating water retrieval through an ancient lever system, and a 250-square-meter multifunctional dance floor. The outdoor area, surrounded by lush greenery and adorned with pergolas and bamboo, provides a versatile backdrop ideal for yoga classes. Moreover, the ample indoor space can be effortlessly transformed to accommodate yoga sessions. Facility Highlights: ★ 7 bedrooms ★ Outdoor pool & barbeque space ★ Fully equipped kitchen ★ Outdoor yoga deck ★ Loads of trails around the property Book this luxurious Italian retreat venue 2. Manduria Masseria Where: Manduria (TA), ItalyCapacity: 14 guests Discover Manduria Masseria, a 200-year-old boutique retreat in Puglia seamlessly blending history with eco-friendliness. Surrounded by gardens and vineyards, immerse yourself in serenity with the backdrop of sea breezes. Sustainability is at the core of this venue, with venue hosts utilising solar power, and passionately engaging in reforestation. Multiple yoga spaces, including indoor and outdoor areas with sea views provide diverse practice settings for your retrea. In a region celebrated for picturesque villages, clear waters, and exceptional wines, Manduria Masseria offers a transformative experience where luxury intertwines with sustainability, all within a total usable area of 230 m2. The venue is surrounded by 15 hectares of private land. The only sounds you can hear are the ones of nature, making it an ideal and peaceful place for meditation. WIth  100% farm-to-table food, your participants will receive only the freshest and healthiest meals coming directly from the land.  Facility Highlights: ★ 6 bedrooms ★ Indoor yoga ★ 2 outdoor yoga spaces ★ Yoga equipment ★ Private beach ★ Free Bicycles for your guests ★ 3 communal relaxation gardens Book this stunning Italian retreat centre 3. Fattoria Maremma Where: Gavorrano , ItalyCapacity: 28 guests Located in the stunning Maremma region in central Italy, this retreat venue is surrounded by a mix of rolling hills, lush countryside, and picturesque coastline along the Tyrrhenian Sea, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, historical charm, and culinary delights. This unique retreat venue itself boasts beautifully restored ancient farm buildings surrounded by a serene 4-hectare forest, and incorporates numerous areas for practice on lush green lawns or paved surfaces. Being in an isolated and energetically powerful location, the venue is ideal for exploring Etruscan archaeological sites, medieval villages, artistic parks, and is just 30 minutes from beautiful beaches like Cala Violina.  Facility Highlights: ★ 8 bedrooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning, and heating ★ 70-square-meter meditation/yoga room with wooden floor and heating ★ Huge property with many spaces to practise on lush green lawns or paved surfaces Book this historical Italian retreat venue Want to see more retreat venues in Italy? Choosing three of the best retreat venues in Italy for this blog wasn't an easy task. In fact, they were ALL strong contenders! If you're feeling inspired by what you've read so far, and want to see what other retreat venues the country has to offer, use the link below - and if you've got something specific in mind, don't forget to use the filters at the top to help you whittle down the options!  Explore more retreat venues in Italy


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  • 04.01.2024
  • Vaida Saulyte

Best Yoga & Wellness Retreats in Greece

Greece, with its ancient history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, has become a haven for transformational yoga and wellness retreats. Nestled amidst the azure waters of the Aegean Sea, this Mediterranean paradise attracts many individuals to embark on revitalising journeys of mind, body, and soul.  Choosing the right retreat for you among the plentitude offerings in Greece can be a truly challenging task. We have hand-picked some of the best retreats in Greece, where the melding of ancient wisdom and contemporary well-being creates an unparalleled sanctuary for rejuvenation.  Greece Self-Realisation & Empowerment Retreat on Amorgos Island (2024) Lagada, Greece 20.07.2024 - 26.07.2024 Whether seeking a deeper yoga practice, cultural exploration, or a relaxing vacation with spa amenities, this retreat offers a unique gift with nearly private sandy beaches, unspoiled island life, and authentic Greek history, food, and culture. Experience 5-star luxury at Aegialis Hotel & Spa, perched on a hill overlooking Aegiali Bay, providing stunning sea views and easy access to the beach and local shops.  During the week you’ll have the perfect blend of yoga, meditation, and empowering exercises suitable for all levels. In addition to daily activities, enjoy dips in the sea, historical excursions, optional hikes, wine tasting, and breathtaking Mediterranean sunsets. Retreat excursions further enrich the experience, including guided hikes, cultural visits, Greek cooking and dancing lessons, and water sports, making this week a holistic exploration of natural, cultural, and spiritual beauty in Greece.   5 Day Yoga and Healing Retreat - Mykonos Mykonos10.05.2024 - 14.05.202415.05.2024 - 19.05.2024 Nestled in the heart of Mykonos, "Yuj Healing" offers an idyllic boutique retreat setting with clear blue sky views, overlooking the mesmerizing Aegean Sea and the Cycladic Islands of Delos, Paros, and Naxos. The retreat, grounded in the 8-limbed philosophy of Yoga from Patanjali's sutras, offers a unique blend of yoga, breathwork, meditation, and healing practices for individuals at all levels. The retreat's private beach, just a two-minute walk through a stone path, is an exclusive haven shared between the retreat’s complex and the renowned Santa Marina Resort. Being right beside the Aegean Sea, the retreat invites participants to slow down, reconnect with nature, and embrace simple, healthy habits. The program offers daily sessions, including restorative yoga, breathwork, meditation, and the transformative power of reiki, guiding through essential tools often overlooked in our modern life.   Aegean Awakening: A Transformational Odyssey of Self-Discovery in Greece Kythira, Greece 17.06.2024 - 27.06.2024 Embark on a life-transforming 11-day wellness retreat that explores the enchanting landscapes of Greece, weaving together travel, wellness, and personal growth. The journey commences in the historic heart of Athens, immersing participants in local culture and historic sites like the iconic Acropolis. After experiencing the ancient sites of Athens, the retreat transitions to the idyllic island of Kythira, where Hotel Paleopoli Villas serves as a serene haven for exploring breathtaking spots, including the Moudari Lighthouse, Mylopotamos Waterfalls, Kato Chora Castle, and serene beaches. From morning yoga sessions to sunset meditations, breathwork, and journaling, this retreat is crafted to heal and transform, awakening consciousness to break toxic patterns in relationships. Authentic Greek experiences, such as a healing herb workshop, exploring ancient ruins, and immersing in nature, are thoughtfully integrated for a journey of self-discovery and healing.  Highlights of the retreat include exploring Athens' historical sites, engaging in transformative workshops, and embracing the tranquillity of Kythira through yoga, meditation, and explorations of its natural wonders, In the embrace of Greece's timeless beauty, these yoga and wellness retreats not only provide the perfect getaway from the demands of daily life but also serve as portals to self-discovery and inner peace. The country, with its warm hospitality and healing energies, stands as a testament to the transformative power, inviting you to return and rediscover the beauty within, time and again by joining yoga and wellnes retreat in Greece. If you have any questions about choosing a retreat, feel free to reach out to us on info@zenbooking.com.  


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  • 04.01.2024
  • Vaida Saulyte

Best Yoga & Wellness Retreat Venues in Portugal

Looking for the perfect location to host your next retreat? With a pristine coastline, charming towns, breathtaking landscape and incredible venues, Portugal might be the ultimate spot to host your retreat. This idyllic location offers a haven for transformative retreats, where the symphony of rolling landscapes, sun-kissed shores, and historic charm sets the stage for unforgettable experiences. Whether you're drawn to the secluded mountains of the Algarve, the enchanting countryside, or the pristine beaches of the west coast, Portugal attracts with an array of retreat venues that promise to elevate your holistic well-being We have hand-picked some of the best retreat venues in Portugal, each offering serenity, luxury, and natural beauty.   Francisco's Hills Retreat Glamping SAO FRANCISCO, Portugal Capacity: 15 guests.   Nestled amid the picturesque landscapes of cork and pine forests, meadows, and inviting hiking trails,Fracisco’s Hills Retreat Glamping is immersed in the breathtaking natural wonders of Portugal. The coastal allure is just a stone's throw away, with an array of diverse beaches dotting the west coast of Portugal. This retreat venue features both a spectacular outdoor yoga deck, and an indoor yoga studio, adorned with a wooden roof, natural floor, and a cozy wood-burning stove.  Beyond yoga, the venue offers a varied selection of workshops, encompassing topics such as permaculture, forest gardening, water management, and other subjects tailored to your preferences. What truly distinguishes this retreat venue is its unwavering commitment to sustainable living. Existing entirely off the grid, the space embraces responsible management of water and electricity resources. Moreover, it exclusively employs 100% biodegradable washing and cosmetic products, aligning with a holistic approach to environmentally conscious practices.   Iberian Nature Sanctuary Aljezur, PortugalCapacity: 34 guests. This undiscovered gem nestled off the grid amidst the Monchique mountains and spread across 45 hectares, cradles a natural haven for healing, reconnection, and regeneration. The sacred space harmoniously blends the potency of a wild forest with the elemental forces and ancestral wisdom. The retreat venue not only offers an authentic getaway experience but is also conveniently close to Aljezur and the world-renowned Atlantic coast of Algarve, just a short 10-minute drive from some of Europe's most breathtaking beaches. By staying at Iberian Nature Sanctuary, your guests will get to experience distinctive Mountain Shelters that are thoughtfully designed to allow your guests to fully immerse themselves in the elements of nature while enjoying unparalleled comfort.  This sanctuary also boasts a 40-square-metre indoor Yoga Studio and an 80-square-metre outdoor yoga deck, creating the perfect backdrop for yoga retreats and group workshops.  Nature Glamping Retreat Cercal do Alentejo, Portugal Capacity: 18 guests Located in the stunning countryside of Alentejo, this retreat venue offers a serene embrace of the exquisitely renovated wooden caravans, adorned with high-end decorations that effortlessly fuse elegance with the surrounding nature.  Nature Glamping Retreat not only offers breathtaking views but also ensures a harmonious and immersive experience for your guests. Ideal for hosting surfing retreats due to its proximity to the picturesque west coast beaches, this sanctuary offers a perfect setting for riding the waves and rejuvenating by the sea. For yoga retreat hosts, there is a specially crafted outdoor yoga deck, nestled within a small forest and accompanied by a charming summerhouse. The venue also takes pride in providing a farm-to-table dining experience, with fresh vegetables and fruits sourced directly from their own garden.   Casa Lidia Portugal Santa Catarina, PortugalCapacity: 10 people.  Nestled in the picturesque mountains of the Algarve, Casa Lidia boasts a stunning location perfectly combining natural beauty and tranquillity. Casa Lidia boasts amenities like a hot tub, serene ceremony space, outdoor yoga deck and picturesque terraces, providing the perfect backdrop for your retreat offerings.  The ceremony space is truly special - equipped with everything you need to have a truly memorable and immersive experience, including yoga mats, sound bowls, cozy couches, and blankets. In the summer, the space is cool and refreshing, while in the winter, the heaters keep you warm and comfortable. This is a great location to take your guests on exciting adventures by exploring the surrounding mountains with invigorating hikes, discovering nearby natural springs, and capturing breathtaking views from the area.   Algarve River House S.B. Messines, PortugalCapacity: 16 people Discover the perfect blend of modern style and luxurious accommodations at The River House, an exquisitely renovated Portuguese farmhouse in the serene Algarve countryside, just a 45-minute drive from Faro Airport.  This spacious property offers 5 double bedrooms, including 2 with ensuite bathrooms, and versatile configurations for a personalised guest experience. Modern social spaces, such as the high-ceiling lounge and fully-equipped kitchen, provide sophisticated venues for your gatherings. Host your yoga sessions or workshops on a spacious deck with breathtaking views, relax in the infinity pool overlooking the Funcho dam and river, or make use of expansive outdoor areas designed for relaxation, workshops, meditation, and alfresco dining under lantern-lit carob trees.    Finding the perfect retreat venue can be challenging, yet Portugal is an option unlikely to disappoint. With beaches and mountains just a stone's throw away, these retreat venues are perfect for hosts seeking a true getaway surrounded by stunning nature. If you have any questions about hosting a retreat in Portugal or picking a retreat venue, feel free to reach out to us on info@zenbooking.com.


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  • 03.01.2024
  • Vaida Saulyte

Best Yoga & Wellness Retreats in Spain in 2024

Spain, with its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm Mediterranean climate, has become a haven for those seeking rejuvenation and inner peace through wellness and yoga retreats. From the tranquil beaches of the Costa del Sol to the serene mountains of Andalusia, Spain offers a myriad of retreats that cater to both seasoned yogis and beginners alike. It is not a surprise that Spain is quickly becoming the top yoga & wellness retreat destination for retreat goers seeking a gate-away in Southern Europe.  Below, we will explore some of the best retreats in Spain, where you can embark on a journey of self-discovery and holistic well-being. 7 Day Yoga, Meditation, Nature: Disconnect and Arise Lanzarote, SpainDate: Once Per Month This extraordinary experience integrates rejuvenating yin & hatha yoga sessions, meditations and even an ayurveda massage to foster inner peace, release tension, and reconnect mind and body.  Hosted in a stunning volcanic island of Lanzarote, during the retreat you will get to experience the unique energy of the island through trekking, surfing and sightseeing trips. This is the perfect retreat to experience the island's unique energy, engage in rejuvenating yoga, and embrace detoxification practices.   8 Day Flow Retreat Fuerteventura, Spain07.01.2024 - 14.01.202414.01.2024 - 21.01.2024 This week-long retreat promises a conscious start to each day with yoga, meditation, movement sessions, and the option to catch some waves on a surfboard. The experience extends beyond the retreat centre, offering inclusive excursions to explore the diverse landscapes and culture of Fuerteventura. Highlights include stays in a spacious Bali Style Villa, daily sessions in serene settings, workshops on setting intentions for the year, mindful hikes, group excursions to dunes, authentic beachside paella lunches, live music, and optional surf lessons.  All-inclusive, this retreat ensures a holistic and energising start to the year.   5 Day Pure Reconnection - A Holistic Body Mind Recharge in Spain Santanyi, Spain08.02.2024 - 12.02.202407.03.2024 - 11.03.2024Nestled in a serene, private location surrounded by nature and the sea, this 5-day retreat focuses on aligning and rejuvenating your soul to bring you closer to your truest self. Led by seasoned facilitators, nutritionists, and coaches, the retreat aims to energise your body, expand your mind, and deepen your connection with yourself and reality.  The retreat combines various powerful frameworks and methodologies, including holistic nutrition, emotional maturity, energetic leadership, neuroscience, and transpersonal trauma therapy. The blended approach creates a truly transformational experience so you can expand your mind and deepen the connection with yourself to truly shift your reality.  The Silent Retreat Tarifa, Spain 06.03.2024 - 10.03.2024 Led by experienced meditation and yoga teachers, this Silent Retreat invites participants to immerse themselves in stillness, unlocking profound insights free from the distractions of everyday life. Immersed in the power of silence amid the scenic beauty of Huerta Belinda, this is the perfect opportunity to significantly improve your inner peace, mental clarity, happiness, and overall well-being As you disconnect from the noise of the outside world, you'll find a serene space to declutter mental chatter, release emotional toxins, and rejuvenate your overall well-being.  Through mindfulness practices, nourishing cuisine, and a tranquil natural environment, this retreat provides the ideal setting for a deep detox experience, leaving you refreshed and revitalised on every level. Shibari & Tantra Retreat - Tenerife, Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain 20.02.2024 - 25.02.2024 (6 days) Embark on a transformative Tantric Shibari journey in the breathtaking surroundings of a luxurious villa in the South of Tenerife. The retreat combines Japanese Shibari tying techniques with Tantric exercises and massage, creating a curated blend of conscious connection and spiritual growth.  Experience authentic connection with yourself and others in a safe environment with strong emphasis on physical and emotional safety. Delve into the shadows with a trauma-sensitive approach, breaking patterns, and forging authentic connections with oneself and others. This is the perfect getaway to truly progress through curated techniques, experience energy circulation, and enjoy the warmth of Tenerife in a sea-view villa. Whether you envision yourself saluting the sun on the beaches of Costa del Sol, finding serenity amidst the mountains of Andalusia, or exploring the mindful corners of Catalonia, Spain's retreats stand as veritable sanctuaries for those seeking solace and well-being. Each retreat here offers a unique experience woven with the threads of holistic living, mindful practices, and the wisdom of seasoned instructors, inviting you to immerse yourself in a transformative odyssey.    Want to see even more retreats in Spain? You can find them here.   If you have any questions about picking the best retreat for you, feel free to reach out to us on info@zenbooking.com


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  • 21.12.2023
  • Katarina Adamec

Why Retreat Professionals Should Retreat Themselves

In the world of retreat professionals, we often find ourselves busy orchestrating unforgettable experiences for others. From organising soul-soothing yoga retreats to hosting serene nature getaways, our work revolves around crafting moments of serenity and rejuvenation for our valued clients. But have you ever considered the profound benefits of going on a retreat yourself? Here's why retreat professionals, including retreat organisers and venue hosts, should consider embarking on their own retreat journey: 1. Renewed Inspiration: Just as artists need a muse, retreat professionals require their own wellspring of inspiration. Stepping away from the hustle and bustle of daily tasks to immerse oneself in the retreat experience can ignite fresh ideas and creativity. It's a chance to reconnect with your passion and vision, resulting in even more captivating and unique retreat offerings. 2. Personal Growth: Retreats are transformative by nature. They challenge us to step out of our comfort zones, confront limiting beliefs, and embrace personal growth. By participating in a retreat, you not only nurture your well-being but also gain valuable insights into the participant's perspective, allowing you to tailor future retreats with greater empathy and understanding. 3. Self-Care: As advocates of self-care for others, retreat professionals deserve self-care too. Retreats provide an opportunity to unplug, relax, and prioritise your own mental, physical, and emotional well-being. It's a chance to recharge your batteries and return to your work with a renewed sense of purpose and energy. 4. Networking: Retreats are fantastic platforms for networking and building meaningful connections. Attending retreats within your niche or related fields allows you to forge valuable partnerships, share experiences, and exchange ideas with like-minded individuals. You might discover new collaborations, joint ventures, or innovative ways to enhance your retreat offerings. 5. Quality Control: Participating in retreats enables you to evaluate the guest experience from a firsthand perspective. You can identify areas for improvement, notice small details that matter, and fine-tune every aspect of your retreats. This commitment to quality control can set you apart in the industry and earn you a stellar reputation. 6. Stress Relief: Just like anyone else, retreat professionals can experience stress and burnout. A retreat offers a much-needed escape from the pressures of your profession. It's a chance to leave behind the logistics and enjoy the simple pleasures of being a participant. 7. Leading by Example: By going on retreats yourself, you lead by example. It demonstrates your commitment to the transformative power of retreats and showcases your authenticity to your clients and partners. Your firsthand experience can be a powerful testimony to the value of retreats. In the world of retreat professionals, taking the time to retreat yourself isn't a luxury; it's a necessity. It's an investment in your well-being, personal growth, and professional development. So, consider scheduling your own retreat, embracing the opportunity to rediscover, recharge, and return to your work with newfound passion and purpose. Take a moment to explore our retreats for inspiration. By choosing an inspirational retreat for yourself, you not only support fellow retreat professionals but will also benefit from the power of retreat transformation firsthand. It's a win-win scenario, as you join a community that understands the profound impact of retreats and invests in their own personal growth. So, don't just take our word for it—experience it for yourself. By nurturing your own retreat journey, you become better equipped to guide others on their path to serenity and transformation. 🌿🌟


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  • 21.12.2023
  • Vaida Saulyte

Top Tips to Attract Retreat Organisers To Your Venue

Creating an attractive showcase for your retreat center requires thoughtful planning and deep understanding of the unique needs of retreat organizers. It's not just about physical spaces; it's about telling a story, evoking emotions, and painting a picture of the transformative experiences that await. At ZenBooking, we have partnered with a wide range of retreat organizers and venue owners, allowing us to gain a deep understanding of what makes a retreat venue compelling.  So have created a comprehensive guide on how to effectively showcase your venue as the perfect space to host retreats. Captivating Visuals Many retreat organizers will not be able to visit your venue in person, making it critical to create a visual presence which accurately showcases your venue. Visuals speak louder than words and form the first impression for potential organizers. Invest in professional photography that captures the essence of your retreat center. Showcase the serene landscapes, well-designed interiors, and unique features that set your venue apart. Include pictures of various room options, common spaces, amenities and catering.  Ensure the pictures act as a captivating reflection of the transformative experience the venue offers. Immersive Virtual Tours and video content  Explore the possibility of providing immersive virtual tours and engaging video content for your retreat center. This offers organizers the opportunity to discover and navigate your facilities right from the convenience of their homes.Video content has the power to convey a more compelling impression compared to still images. By offering videos, you provide organizers with a comprehensive perspective, enabling them to envision their retreat and evaluate the suitability of your venue.   Compelling Storytelling Craft a narrative that tells the story of your retreat center. Highlight its origins, the philosophy behind its design, and the transformative experiences it has facilitated. Share testimonials from past organizers and participants to add authenticity and credibility to your story.  Craft a narrative that tells the story of your retreat centre. Share how you became a venue host and what led you on this extraordinary journey. People are drawn to inspirational stories, and retreats, in particular, thrive on inspiration. Craft a narrative that unveils the story of your retreat center. Highlight its origins, the philosophy that guided its design, and the transformative experiences it has facilitated. Include testimonials from past organizers and participants to lend authenticity and credibility to your narrative. Detailed Descriptions Accompany your visuals with detailed and informative descriptions. Clearly outline the facilities, accommodation options, wellness amenities, and any unique features that make your retreat center stand out. Organizers should be able to envision the practicalities of hosting their retreat at your venue. Be sure to include practical items such as yoga mats, bolsters, straps, etc., as these details help organizers envision the practicalities of hosting their retreat at your venue. Include: 1. A detailed floor plan2. Overview of amenities offered3. Services available on-site4. Catering options5. Common & wellness spaces    Showcase Retreat Experiences Share success stories and highlights from past retreats held at your center. Include testimonials and images that showcase the positive impact your venue has had on organizers and participants. This provides social proof of the transformative potential of your retreat center, and creates a trusting relationship with the organizers.  Highlight Sustainability Practices If your retreat center follows eco-friendly practices, make sure to highlight them. Many organizers and participants are drawn to venues that align with their values. Showcase your commitment to sustainability, whether through energy-efficient systems, recycling initiatives, or use of eco-friendly materials. Engage on Social Media Maintain an active presence on social media platforms. Share regular updates, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and engage with your audience. Social media provides a dynamic platform to showcase your retreat center's personality, connect with potential organizers, and stay top-of-mind in the industry.   Be Transparent about Pricing and Policies Be upfront about your pricing structure and policies. Clear communication regarding costs, booking procedures, cancellation policy and any restrictions helps organizers plan and execute their retreats smoothly. Transparent communication fosters trust and simplifies the planning process for retreat organizers. Ensure to clearly highlight what is included in the price and what services can be booked with an extra cost.    List Your venue on a specialised booking platform Placing your retreat venue on a booking platform tailored to retreats provides a strategic and efficient way to enhance visibility, connect with a targeted audience, and streamline the booking process. At ZenBooking, we are dedicated to guiding you through the entire process of showcasing your venue on our platform. From crafting an enticing listing to promoting your venue through our social channels, we're here to support you every step of the way.  Take the first step by visiting our guidelines on how to list a venue with us and increase your venue's exposure. Enjoy the benefits of a free listing, and booking fees starting at 0%.By implementing these strategies, you'll not only showcase your retreat center but create an immersive experience that resonates with retreat organizers. A thoughtful blend of visuals, storytelling, and transparent information ensures that your venue stands out in the competitive landscape, attracting organizers seeking the perfect setting for their transformative retreats. Find some inspiration in our retreat centres.    


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  • 05.06.2024
  • Vaida Saulyte

How to choose the perfect retreat venue

Choosing a retreat venue is one of the most important decisions for a retreat organiser. Where you host your retreat significantly shapes the overall experience and success of it; first, serving as a draw for potential partipants, and later as the backdrop for their journey of self-discovery, relaxation, and personal growth. But choosing the perfect retreat venue isn't always easy - in fact, it can be pretty stressful and overwhelming. After all, you can't afford to get it wrong, yet there are so many diferent venues out there to choose from. So how do you choose the perfect retreat venue?  As a retreat and venue booking platform that's collaborated with countless retreat leaders and venue owners, we can reveal the 8 elements that contribute to the perfect retreat venue. Set aside some time to think about each one and you'll be armed with the information you need to filter the options and find the perfect retreat venue. How to choose the perfect retreat venue: 8 important things to consider Define your retreat vision Know your audience Work out your budget Location, location, location Accomodation options Amenities & facilities Food & dietary restrictions Contracts & legalities 1. Define your retreat vision Before embarking on the search for the perfect retreat venue, it's essential to clarify the overall vision for your retreat, so you can find a venue that aligns with it. For instance, if you're planning a relaxing retreat for tired women, a calm beachside location with different areas for reading and resting would be ideal, whereas a corporate team building retreat might require a venue where there's plenty of scope for outdoor activities such as hiking as well as indoor space designed for seminars.  This might sound obvious, but it's easy to rush into looking for a venue before getting down to the detail of your retreat, worried that you'll miss out on something special if you leave it too long - and then having to limit your retreat to what the venue can facilitate, instead of basing it on your own skills and ideas. EXERCISE: Clarify your unique retreat vision by asking yourself, "What is the transformative experience I am able to offer my retreat participants?" 2. Know your retreat audience Understanding your 'customer avatar' or 'ideal client' is a HUGE part of making your retreat a success, because if you know who they are - their preferences and values, and their relationships with each other - you'll know how to serve them. And if you can serve up a retreat that they'll like the look of, then you're going to get more bookings! For example, if you know your students feel strongly about environmental issues, make sure you book an eco retreat venue like this riverfront eco lodge in Portugal . If they're the kind of people who enjoy good food, find a venue which emphasises its cooking facilities or catering services in its listing, like this rural Italian villa. EXERCISE: Write down a description of your ideal client - the kind of person you retreat is designed for. If you have a student community, you might even want to ask them what they'd value in a retreat.  3. Consider your budget (and calculate risk) Your budget will, of course, play a significant role in your venue selection process because you'll have to pay a deposit to secure your dates. This can be anything from 10% - 50%, with installments payable at certain points in the lead-up to the retreat.  To help you estimate costs (including the amount you'll have to pay as a deposit), every Zenbooking venue listing provides pricing information based on the selected dates, number of guests and organisers.  If it's your first or second time organizing a retreat (and we're guessing it is, if you're reading this), you might be worried about not getting enough bookings and losing money on your retreat, or not making enough profit to make it worth your while. If that's the case, there are several things to consider that will help you to minimize your costs and mitigate risk: Number of guests - keep participants to a minimum. If you create a retreat for 10 guests, for example, you only have to sell 10 places (and if you do, you know you can increase your numbers next time!).  Free accommodation - some venues offer free accommodation for retreat organisers, as long as a specific guest threshold is met. This accommodation perk is factored into our venue pricing calculations, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the overall venue costs. Seasonality - every destination has its seasons, and booking during high or low season can make a big difference to the overall price. If you think you can deliver the same value and experience to your clients whatever the weather, it's worth looking at off-peak prices.  Cancellation policy - all venues listed on ZenBooking include cancellation policies and these can vary, so make sure you read them carefully. Some allow free cancellations up to 90 days before the dates you've booked, whereas others charge a fee (which can, in some cases, increase the closer you get to the dates you've booked).  Marketing - giving yourself plenty of time to market your retreat increases your chances of getting enough bookings to fill it up. Targetted advertising on Google, Facebook and Instagram can also bost the visibility fo your retreat among your ideal clients. If you need help with this, consider using some of your budget on our Markting Accelerator Service.  4. Location, location, location The world is your oyster when it comes to retreat venues. On ZenBooking, we've got everything from a Lithuanian peninsula that you can rent for you and your guests alone, to a riverside lodge surrounded by hiking trails in Washington, Amercia, to a French fairytale castle in a private park. It's tempting to pick one that appeals to you, but that'd be a big mistake. It's not you who's going to be booking a place on the retreat, after all. Instead, pick a venue in a location that involves a journey your ideal client would be up for, and make sure you can provide them with precise details about how to make that journey - be it by car, plane, shuttle bus, or jungle trek! EXERCISE: Put youreslf in the shoes of your ideal client and ask yourself (or better still, ask them direct!), how far - and in what way - are they willing to travel? Are they up for an adventure, or would they prefer something easy? Can they afford the cost of a long-haul flight (as well as the retreat)? How much time do they have? 5. Venue size & accomodation options  As well as making sure that the venue can comfortably accommodate your group for activities, workshops and communal dining, consider the kind of accommodation and bathroom options there are and what your ideal client would prefer. Here's a run-down of the options and the kind of people and retreats they tend to work for, to help you out:  Single rooms: Ideal for those seeking privacy and a luxurious retreat experience, single rooms offer exclusivity and comfort, making them a significant selling point for higher-priced retreats. Double rooms: Balancing privacy and companionship, double rooms are versatile and appeal to couples or friends attending your retreat. Group accommodation: Budget-friendly and fostering community, shared cottages or dorm-style rooms are excellent for retreats emphasising social interaction and shared experiences. Mixed accommodation: Offering a mix of single, double, and group accommodation caters to a broader audience, allowing participants to make a choice based on their preferences and budget.  Bathrooms: When it comes to bathrooms, the choice between private ensuite and shared bathrooms is significant as it directly influences the perceived luxury and pricing of a retreat. Private ensuite bathrooms cater to those valuing personal space, comfort, and a premium experience, while shared facilities offer a more economical option, promoting budget-friendly retreats and fostering group connections.  TIP: Request detailed floor plans and pictures to assess a venue's suitability for your retreat. If you go ahead with the venue, this will also help you to 'map out' your retreat activities and itinerary. 6. Amenities & facilities Consider the amenities and facilities that your retreat requires. Does the venue have the necessary equipment for your activities or workshops? Is there a well-equipped kitchen if you plan to prepare meals on-site? Wi-Fi availability, audio-visual equipment, and comfortable seating arrangements are also important factors to consider. Make a checklist of your specific needs and verify that the venue can meet them.  At ZenBooking, our listings go beyond just accommodation details, providing comprehensive information about activity spaces, such as yoga shalas, as well as available equipment and alternative spaces suitable for group and one-to-one sessions.  EXERCISE: Sketch out your retreat itinerary (don't forget to include down time - it is a retreat after all!) and then make a list of all the activities you want to include along with the space and equipment you'll need.  7. Food & dietary restrictions The overall satisfaction of your participants (even their decision to book a place on your retreat) can be significantly impacted by the food that's provided. Check the venue's menu options and ensure that they can accommodate various dietary preferences and restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. 8. Contracts & legalities Before making your final decision, thoroughly examine the venue contract. Take note of the cancellation policy, payment schedule, and any other terms and conditions - this information is available for all venues listed on ZenBooking. If you have a query about any of these details, be sure to reach out to the venue for clarification. You can easily do this on ZenBooking by sending the owner a direct message. Why book a venue with ZenBooking? Selecting a retreat location that meets all your needs and expectations can be a time-consuming and energy-draining task. At ZenBooking, we've collaborated with all kinds of extraordinary venues worldwide to simplify the booking and selection process.   As a token of our appreciation for booking your venue via our platform, we offer you the opportunity to list your retreat on ZenBooking absolutely free of charge and with 0% commission on any bookings you get. What's more, we'll actively promote your retreat through our extensive social and marketing channels. We can't wait to work with you! Find your perfect retreat venue


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  • 08.06.2023
  • Katarina Adamec

Discover the Transformational Power of Retreats: Why Choose a Retreat Over a Standard Vacation

In our fast-paced modern world, where stress and busyness have become the norm, finding moments of peace, reflection, and rejuvenation has never been more important. While traditional vacations offer relaxation and entertainment, there is an alternative that goes beyond mere leisure. Retreats provide a unique opportunity to disconnect from the daily grind, reconnect with yourself, and embark on a transformative journey. In this article, we explore the reasons why choosing a retreat over a standard vacation can be a life-changing experience. Deepening Self-Discovery: Retreats offer a nurturing space to delve deeper into self-discovery. Through various practices such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and personal development workshops, you can cultivate self-awareness, gain clarity, and tap into your inner wisdom. Retreats provide the time and environment necessary to explore your thoughts, emotions, and life's purpose, ultimately leading to personal growth and transformation. Restoring Balance: Unlike traditional vacations that often involve sightseeing and busy itineraries, retreats prioritize self-care and well-being. They provide a supportive environment for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. From peaceful nature settings to tranquil retreat centers, these spaces allow you to unwind, recharge, and find balance in mind, body, and spirit. Embracing self-care practices, such as spa treatments, healthy meals, and mindful activities, can help you return to your everyday life feeling revitalized and centred. Nurturing Connections: Retreats foster a sense of community and connection. By sharing the retreat experience with like-minded individuals, you have the opportunity to form meaningful connections, build friendships, and create a support network. Engaging in group activities, discussions, and shared experiences can lead to valuable insights and a sense of belonging. Retreats provide a safe space to open up, express yourself authentically, and create lasting connections with others on a similar path of personal growth. Immersion in Mindful Practices: Unlike standard vacations, retreats offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in mindfulness practices. Whether it's through daily meditation, yoga sessions, or mindfulness workshops, retreats provide a focused environment to cultivate present-moment awareness and develop mindfulness skills. These practices can help reduce stress, enhance well-being, and bring a sense of calm and clarity into your life long after the retreat ends. Expanding Perspectives: Retreats often include educational and inspirational components that broaden your horizons. Through workshops, lectures, and discussions led by experts in various fields, you can gain new insights, explore different perspectives, and expand your knowledge. Retreats create a space for personal reflection and intellectual stimulation, encouraging personal and intellectual growth. Conclusion: While traditional vacations offer relaxation and temporary escape, retreats provide a transformative and holistic experience that goes beyond mere leisure. The intentional focus on self-discovery, self-care, mindfulness, and community creates an environment conducive to personal growth and transformation. By choosing a retreat, you embark on a journey of self-reflection, restoration, and connection that can have a lasting impact on your well-being and overall life satisfaction. Consider exploring the world of retreats and discover the profound benefits they can bring to your mind, body, and spirit. If you are travelling solo or with your partner or friend, we invite you to explore our selection of retreats that may suit you on your journey here. 


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