Santosha Retreats – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if there are places available on a retreat?
A: You can Contact Us to enquire about the date of your choice.

Q: What do I need to bring for the retreat?
A: We recommend you bring a mixture of lightweight and warm, comfortable yoga clothing, layers are best, light shoes / sandals, hiking shoes, swimwear, sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, beach towel, toiletries and first aid kit, insect repellent, camera, alarm clock, torch, journal, water bottle, light raincoat or umbrella and daypack.

You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, however all yoga props including mats, blocks, belt, blankets and bolsters will be available.

Q: Do I bring my own surfboard?
A: You are most certainly invited to bring your own board. We do have learner boards available, also which have soft tops and make the journey easier and quicker!

Q: Do I bring my own wetsuit?
A: Yes, please do. However, as the water temp is nice and warm in Byron Bay most of the year. A rash guard may also be helpful in preventing sunburn.

Q: I follow a different spiritual path (or I don’t have a spiritual path), is this ok?
A: Yes, our tradition respects and honors all paths. Yoga can only deepen your own spirituality.

Q: What is the food like?
A: All meals are vegetarian and delicious. We cater to any and all dietary requirements.
Please Contact Us to inform us of your specific needs.

Q: Do I need to have previous experience in surfing ?
A: Our retreats welcome people of all levels, from beginners to advanced, and we aim to provide surfers of every level with maximum enjoyment of the sport. Sunny (who is currently an Australian Champion) has had plenty of experience competing, so she can guide those keen on competition training.

Q: There is at least one complimentary massage included in the yoga retreat, can I book additional wellness treatments?
A: Yes, a range of therapists offering different healing modalities will be available during the retreat. We can organize for a number of specialty treatments with prior notice.

Q: I am going to the retreat by myself, is this ok?
A: It certainly is—attending retreats is about meeting new friends! And because it is also about relaxing and getting away from the stresses of everyday life, we find that many people come on their own.

Q : Can I organise my own accommodation?
A: We have designed each retreat to include activities and accommodation as part of the cost. Furthermore, we aim to give each participant an overall experience as part of the group. Therefore, the selected accommodation is included as part of the experience.
However, if you choose to make your own arrangements, please let us know and we can see how we can help.

Q: What happens if I have to cancel after payment?
A: Please read our refund policy.

Q: I have limited English will I be able to understand?
A: Sunny lived in Asia for seven years and understands this dilemma well. We cater to our participants as fully as possible by bringing in interpreters when needed. We believe that the important foundations of yoga and surfing can be taught without a need for strong English.

Q: Can I do washing easily?
A: Yes, there is a laundromat very near to our facilities.

Q: Will someone pick me up from the airport?
A: No. However, it is very easy to get to our locations from any of the local airports. Please let us know if you need more help with arranging transport.

Adventure Yoga Retreat FAQs

Q: So what’s an Santosha Adventure Retreat really like?
A: Generally you can expect to discover your true potential!  This might be physically, mentally or emotionally. These retreats are not designed to test you and push you to the final limits! It is an adventure retreat with a twist, offering just enough of everything. It is about finding ones balance in life, a little bit of this and a little bit of that!  You may get dirty, tired and wet – at the same time you may feel refreshed, exhilarated and thrilled!

The food is not like any other an outdoor adventure camp but like a retreat: healthy, home cooked, fresh, gorgeous foods, teas and fresh coffees (so, no, you do not have to give up coffee!). It is the challenge and overcoming the perceived impossible as a group of strangers that makes our course special.

Yes, you are living with a group of people for the entire retreat, but this is one of the most amazing aspects of the course, and yes, you will be  talking about what is really going on for you, and hearing what’s really going on with them – allowing for a deeper appreciation of oneself, others and how you deal with the world.

Q: Do I have to carry a large heavy back pack for a long period of time?
A: No, you do not! It is true you will be carrying back packs on your solo experience (your own small day pack),  but this is not heavy and you will not be walking a long distance with this!

Q: What are your instructors like?
A: Our instructors, guides, chefs and yoga instructors are trained for these courses and our foundation is safety at all times. We select only the best in the business – they have a great combination of skill, experience, and ability with people.

Q: What if the course I want to enrol on is showing waitlist or full?
A: Have a look at the course you want to enrol in Contact Us. If you can, this is one way of hopefully getting on your preferred course. If you have a course you can attend, please apply for it and waitlist for the course you would like to attend.

Q: What is the age restriction?
A: Our courses specify the ages of people who can participate, so please read each course description carefully. Usually the only specification is the Teen + Parent Adventure Retreat where we have a specified age. There is no upper age limit for those attending a course with a teen as long as medical criteria are met.

Q: What activities will I do?
A: All activities involve situations where there are real consequences. Our highly skilled instructors will deliver the course, which will include trekking, beach walking, yoga, hiking, abseiling, solo experience, and physical movement. You don’t need previous outdoors experience to participate in our courses. We always welcome a beginners mind. Please read all of our terms and conditions.

Please Contact Us if you have any further questions not covered here.

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