There’s nothing quite like taking time out of everyday life routines and retreating from the world. There is a retreat experience for almost everything you can think of; spirituality, yoga, well-being, fitness, creativity, surfing, writing, and so much more. If you’re looking for a retreat in 2023 and want to explore somewhere in Asia, you’ve got lots to choose from. Asia is well-known for its amazing retreat destinations, from tropical Bali to exotic Japan. It can be hard to search through all of the offerings available, however, so we’ve made it easy for you. Little Steps has gathered the top retreat experiences happening throughout Asia for you to choose from! Without further ado, here is our top list of the best retreats in Asia to book in 2023.
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Take yourself on a mountain retreat in the lush jungle mountain range of Batukaru in Bali for a 6-day transformational journey. You'll be with other women as you explore how to empower yourself and feel more confident as you learn about and embody the feminine archetypes. There is fresh permaculture food, spring water to drink straight from the source, a private waterfall, stunning guided ricefield and jungle walks, and more. The schedule includes daily yoga and movement classes, workshops, women's circles, and more.
Duration: 6 Days
Dates: May 19-24, 2023
Investment: Prices range from $1300 to $1700 USD*
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.shaeeloise.com/bali-retreat
Retreat Host: Shae Eloise (Info here)
This 10-day immersive retreat will show you many different sides of Bali. If you're looking for a healing journey, plus an opportunity to see the island, this is a great choice. You'll explore the gorgeous regions of Jatiluwih, Pererenan, Ubud, and Uluwatu. On the schedule is plenty of yoga, mobility, dance, and meditation classes, as well as water ceremonies and other rituals and transformative experiences.
Duration: 10 Days
Dates: January 17-28, 2023
Investment: Prices range from € 1840 to € 2300
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.gowithgertrud.com/bali-dream-10-day-retreat
Retreat Host: Gertrud (Info here)
This transformational yoga retreat is at the gorgeous cliff-top retreat center Vikasa on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. The schedule includes morning meditation, breathwork, and yoga practices throughout the week. You’ll have the flexibility to attend as many of the classes as you desire, or take time out to relax. There is also an infinity pool, organic food, spa treatments, and free time to discover the island.
Duration: 8 Days
Dates: March 19-26, 2023
Investment: Prices range from $1055 - $1360 USD
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.thebeautyofyoga.com.au/thailand-retreat
Retreat Host: Amber Knight (Info here)
This retreat infuses elements of meditation, mindfulness, movement, energetic practices, and more. You’ll have plenty of daily guided classes, time for self-practice, and nourishing meals that all together will rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. This is a healing retreat with plenty of activities for people who love to move, grow, and connect with like-minded people.
Duration: 8 Days
Dates: March 4-12, 2023
Investment: $1790 to $2170 USD
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.dinaghandour.com/goslow-retreat-2023
Retreat Host: Dina Handour (Info here)
Travel around Borneo, Malaysia, to see the incredible sights and dive deep into your yoga practice. You’ll travel from Sepilok, close to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to then visit the jungle and hot springs on Mount Kinabalu and then the tropical beaches of Gaya Island. This retreat is great for yogis with an adventurous spirit who love animals, yoga, and being in.
Duration: 8 Days
Dates: February 25 to March 4, 2023
Investment: Priced at $2495* (Early bird ends January 2023)
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.sunsaluteretreats.com/wild-borneo-yoga-retreat-with-amanda-dee-2023
Retreat Host: Amanda Dee (Info here)
This luxury retreat is for the creative yogi who wants nothing but the best as they travel to the stunning city of Kyoto in Japan. You'll be staying in the luxury hotel, Celestine Kyoto Gion, which has a contemporary feel with traditional ryokan features. There will be plenty of optional daily yoga and meditation classes, suited to all practitioner levels, as well as daily visits to special sites like the Golden Pavillion and the Bamboo Forest. You'll get some pampering with a trip to the day spa, and if you're into cultural activities, you can take part in textile-making workshops (+ lots more).
Duration: 7 Days
Dates: April 9-15, 2023
Investment: Prices range from $5,980 to $6,970
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.eatpraymove.com/event/kyoto-japan-april-9-15-2023
Retreat Host: Eat.Pray.Move Team (Info here)
Enjoy an 8-day adventure in Mandrem in North Goa, India, at the Nalanda Retreat Center. The tropical resort overlooks the Arabian sea, letting you soak up some healing ocean breeze as you dive into your yoga practice. There will be both active yang yoga with some soft yin practices, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine sessions for you to feel a balancing effect on your mind and body.
Duration: 8 Days
Dates: January 8-15, 2023
Investment: Prices range from £775 to £1350
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.dramandabowen.co.uk/yoga-retreats/goa-yoga-retreat-2023
Retreat Host: Dr. Amanda Bowen (Info here)
Travel on this yoga adventure from Hanoi to Siem Reap as you get the best of both of the gorgeous destinations of Cambodia and Vietnam. You'll explore cultural gems like biking the Angor Wat trail, sailing on Ha Long Bay waters, or chanting with Buddhist monks at sunrise. You'll be staying in luxury boutique hotels and have plenty of temple tours and ancient site visits, as well as time to explore these locations on your own. Of course, you'll have daily yoga sessions and time to make friends and connect to fellow participants.
Duration: 11 Days
Dates: March 21-31, 2023
Investment: Prices start from $4695 USD
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.thetravelyogi.com/yoga-retreats-adventures/vietnam-and-cambodia
Retreat Host: Kristen Addicks (Info here)
This is a total body and mind cleansing and healing retreat. For two weeks, you'll follow the wellness principles of Ayurveda, guided by professional consultants and practitioners. You'll take part in daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama, as well as learn about this healing modality with discussions and consultations. Indulge in 2-hour treatments each day and enjoy the mindfully prepared ayurvedic vegetarian meals.
Duration: 14 Days
Dates: February 14-27, 2023
Investment: Prices range from $3700 to $4200 USD
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.omyogajourney.com/2023-india-ayurveda-rejuvenation-retreat-the-journey-of-self-discovery
Retreat Host: Arpita Shah (Info here)
This retreat is located in the world-famous Ulpotha retreat center in the jungle of Sri Lanka. It has a history of over 5,000 years, and is rooted in the oldest inhabited region of Sri Lanka. It is believed to be a sacred space, and there's a rich spiritual history to the land that is respected by visitors and locals. You'll feel deeply connected to the rhythm of nature, with no electricity and more organic ways of existing with the land. In this retreat, "Discover the Limitless You," you'll be guided by master practitioner Aaron Wik through healing and strengthening yoga sessions to feel more empowered.
Duration: 15 Days
Dates: January 8-22, 2023
Investment: Prices range from $2352 USD
Retreat Info & Sign Up: www.ulpotha.com/retreats-reservations
Retreat Host: Aaron Wik (Info here)