About Satvada Retreats

Balance, small groups, relaxation

Hand picked locations.
There are plenty of yoga holidays and retreats to choose from out there, so we thought if might be helpful to summarise what we're all about:

Firstly, a little about what we are not about. We're not about detoxes, faddy diets or boot-camps. We believe living well is about balance and mindfulness in all things, including food - which, on our trips, is locally sourced, incredibly fresh, and organic where feasible. Don't worry - we can provide gluten and dairy-free menus.

Secondly, we seek to be as inclusive as possible. We attract a high proportion of first-time retreaters, and those new to yoga or meditation.

Thirdly, our intention is to create a relaxed environment, where everything is optional. So:

  • Small, supportive friendly groups, comprising all ages
  • mindful yoga teaching
  • characterful, comfortable, environmentally-aware venues, often with a good dose of luxury. wholesome, plentiful, home-cooked food

Mindful, inclusive teaching

Mindful Yoga
Yoga is an ancient form of meditation that balances body, mind and spirit, with breath and awareness at the heart.

Surprisingly, ancient yoga texts such as the yoga sutras had far more to say about our minds than our bodies; physical postures are made little reference to, and postures are viewed as a way to prepare the body to sit still in meditation.

We keep this historical context at the heart of our teaching and approach - and stay away from ego-led yoga teaching that promotes striving and pushing. Our escapes attract many beginners to yoga or/and meditation, yet our teachers ensure experienced practitioners are challenged.

In varying degrees, and to honor yoga's ancient roots, meditation - usually in the mindfulness tradition - is an important part of our retreats, especially in the evening sessions.

Whilst our teachers hail from a number of different styles and traditions (and have often themselves been exposed to a mix of different influences), they have certain qualities in common: an open, mindful and inclusive approach that draws on alignment and safety. All our teachers love yoga and meditation and believe these practices should be as accessible as possible.

Small friendly groups

Small inclusive groups
Having experienced large retreats of 30-40 people ourselves, we take care to keep our own retreats on the small side, with an average ten guests per retreat.

An exception to this is our Atlas mountain Yoga and Walking retreats, where groups typically comprise 12-16 guests.

Keeping retreats and holidays small has many advantages for you, the guest - especially a friendly, supportive atmosphere and plenty of individual attention during classes. Guests often say that coming away with us feels like a break with good friends, and this is the environment we are keen to create.

The food

Food on retreat
Coming away on a retreat or holiday is an expression of deep self-care: time and space for yourself, to nurture your precious wellbeing, for others close to you, as well as yourself.

This ethos extends to one of life's enormous gifts: good food! We like to spoil you when you're away with us by offering a balanced, nutritious, delicious, plentiful menu, lovingly prepared and served.

Our food is locally sourced, delicious and organic where possible. In countries such as Morocco and Croatia, where produce is so fresh and zingy with flavour, catering for you is made even more pleasurable!

Whilst this will include lashings of fruit and vegetables, we also serve afternoon tea (with accompanying nuts and fruit) and home-made cakes, plus home-made deserts with evening meals. Gluten and dairy-free menus can always be accommodated with advance notice.

Our formats

Yoga & Walking in the Atlas Mountains

A memorable five-night stay in an eco-friendly Moroccan Kasbah (castle), in the foothills of the superlative Atlas mountains. Wander in the lovingly landscaped gardens, swim al fresco in the fabulous pool, stretch and relax in twice daily yoga classes, be awe-struck by the scenery during daily guided mountain walks.

Marrakech Wellbeing Weekends

If you fancy a few nights of boutique accommodation, massage, yoga and amazing food, this one is for you! We run several Wellbeing Weekend Retreats each year, hosted by our favourite Marrakech centre Riads, which are true retreats in the midst of the city's colour and buzz.

Croatia Yoga and Walking

A life-affirming blend of sun, sea, walking and al fresco yoga! We try to strike the balance between activity and rest, with gentle guided walks from the door; a visit a historic monastery; and, of course, twice daily yoga. The food is outstanding: local, organic, abundant and delicious; the majority grown in the venue's own garden.

Weekend retreats in the UK

Our UK retreats take place in Suffolk and Norfolk, within a couple of hours' train ride or drive of London. Running over three nights, these retreats always contain a large element of mindfulness meditation, taught in a way that is highly accessible for everyone, including newcomers as well as more experienced practitioners. 

One some of the formats, we also explore gentle restorative yoga and how the easy and powerful asana can help reduce stress.