Frequently Asked Questions
What are the yoga classes like?
Styles vary from dynamic and flowing to slow and deeply relaxing.
Morning classes are more energising, with restorative practices towards the end of your day.
On our retreats we offer various styles of yoga, pilates and pranayama meditation. Other classes may include intenSati, qi gong and ancient healing practices.
During our longer retreats, we often include creative activities like cooking, bodywork, local traditional arts and dance.
I am a beginner – will I be able to keep up?
Our classes are multi level, so you can participate, whether you are a beginner or seasoned yogi.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
All retreats cater to dairy, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets.
When you register, you will be forwarded a Health questionnaire, where you may notify us of any specific needs you have, ahead of time.
What is your accommodation like?
Accommodation may range from simple and stylishly zen to luxury options where possible.
Single, double and twin share rooms or studios are standard. Where possible, we provide self contained bungalows for families or small groups of friends. Occasionally, there are camping options.
Awareness adventures always seeks out peaceful, ambient and beautiful eco friendly locations.
Do I have to follow a set structure?
Although we create a basic itinerary, this is your vacation and all activities are optional.
We all have different needs for both privacy and community. We create a basic structure that allows you free time-out.
Therefore, your itinerary allows you the ‘ breathing’ space for quiet moments to reflect or participate in extra group activities. This avoids a conflict of interests that can create tension, especially amongst friends and family members.
After many travel experiences with different people, it became obvious that regardless of the theme, everybody has a different idea of what a holiday retreat means to them.
Whilst some participants like to be more active, social and adventurous, others come to relax, enjoy meditative time or simply be pampered.
Extra group activity options, massages and local walks are there to enjoy for all at their own leisure.
What sort of people come on your retreats?
Awareness Adventures attracts an interesting blend of people, varying in age, culture and different walks of life.
This enriches the group experience and many new friendships have formed.
The flavour of our retreats ranges from meditative to adventurous and delightfully self indulgent.
Our Womens Retreats will attract individual women, girlfriends, sisters as well as mothers and daughters. Existing Womens groups sometimes join or create their own event.
They tend to enjoy pampering, relaxing exercise (like yoga), enhancing their health / wellbeing and some creative fun.
Our Spiritual Adventures draw in solo travellers, friends, couples or family members with a common love of adventure, as well as a desire to make their travel a journey with deeper meaning and purpose.
The most common threads are a desire to learn new life skills, have a healthy holiday, an authentic cultural experience and deepen their spiritual practice.
What do I need to Bring?
Firstly make sure, if travelling to internationally, than your passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your departure.
Otherwise, you may not be allowed to enter the country on arrival or even board your flight on departure.
Don’t worry about what to pack. After registering for your retreat, you will be sent a ‘What to Bring’ list. This will vary with your destination.
However, here are a few important suggestions…
- Make a photocopy of your passport and hide it in your luggage.
- Always bring comfortable walking shoes.
- Bring your regular supplements and any meds you use.
- Pack your sunscreen – sunburn can happen in both warmer and cooler climates.
- Its always a good idea to bring layers.
- A special outfit for our night out.
Read more on our ‘What to Bring’ blog.