Eco-Tours & Yoga Retreats
Yoga is a practice that takes place both on and off the yoga mat.
Vahana Eco-Tours and Yoga Retreats connect our personal health and well-being to the health and well-being of the earth by offering carefully crafted, educational, transformative and restorative trips in the U.S. and overseas.
Not all trips are designed equally. Some may have a heavier emphasis on deepening our yoga practice. Taking some time away from the business of our lives, to practice yoga in natural settings is a deeply healing experience. Spending several hours a day in yoga workshops designed to meet the needs of retreat participants will expose you to new aspects of yoga and allow your body to restore and realign itself. You have to try it to believe it!
Some trips may have a heavier emphasis on getting to know the land and the people we visit. For example, touring local farms and learning about the sustainable production of crops or visiting protected natural areas while we learn about the ecology of the place. We'll sneak in some yoga for those who are interested along the way.
Any of these trips will give us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the experience of how a sustainable lifestyle affects our personal health and happiness, to showcase innovative projects which are working to protect and better the world, and to connect us with nature. We strive to find inner peace while we work towards peace on earth.
If you have a group of students or a destination in mind and would like to craft a yoga retreat or eco-tour suited to your particular interests, please contact us.
Come along and take a ride on a Vahana with us!
Upcoming Eco-Tours & Yoga Retreats
Glampfire Yoga Retreat
September 29th - October 1st, 2017 at Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York
Treat yourself to a one of a kind yoga and glamping experience during the spectacular fall foliage and delectable harvest season in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York State! Take some time to relax and unwind, to practice some restorative yoga that will tune you in to your natural surroundings and to sample some of Ithaca's finest foods and beverages.
Thursdays 9:30-12:30 at Upper Buttermilk State Park or By Request
Yoga combined with Nature Therapy! Learn a bit about the history and ecology of this hidden park, tune your breath into the trees, give yourself a good stretch and practice exercises for renewable energy as Astrid leads you on a walk through upper Buttermilk State Park. This is a fantastic way to explore an iconic area of the Finger Lakes while achieving a bit of physical and mental fitness. Yoga will adjusted to the experience level of those in the group.
Core Principles of Vahana Eco-Tours & Yoga Retreats:
We view our tours as an opportunity to manifest a multi-pronged approach to sustainability incorporating environmental protection, social and economic justice as well as personal well-being - and infuse our trips with various aspects of these concepts. Some tours may focus more on personal health, while others may focus more on time spent in nature or others on, for example, education around renewable energy or organic farm systems. Each tour is carefully designed to support these ideals and in coordination with locally aligned partners with the following components:
- Tours operated according to the principles of Sustainable Travel (for more information about this concept please visit: http://sustainabletravel.org/)
- Accommodations in eco-lodges, eco-villages, glamp sites, campgrounds, yoga retreat centers or other carefully chosen lodging which have a focus on sustainability
- Delicious and healthy cuisine that nurtures the body and spirit as well as the land
- A yoga component – sometimes as the primary focus of the retreat, at other times as a corollary to the main intention which may focus more on sustainable food systems, for example
- Time in nature with an attitude of 'leave only footsteps, take only photographs'
- Visits to sites that have cultural, social, or environmental significance
- Visits to projects, organization or businesses which are focused on an aspect of sustainability
- Reflection about our personal roles in the context of a sustainable world and ideally an inspiration for further action
- Cross-cultural interaction and learning - whether it be with retreat participants and organizers, and/or host communities and partners
- A possible service learning or volunteer component
- A possible percentage of proceeds going to fund note-worthy and relevant sustainability project
- Carbon on-setting through our partner organization Earth Deeds