Nama-Stays – The 6 best yoga retreats for backpackers

Let’s face it, travelling can sometimes get a bit overwhelming sometimes. And despite our love of all things food, wine and parties, travel doesn’t always need to be about over-indulgence. So, let’s take a step back, relax and give ourselves some well-deserved TLC. And here’s where to do it…


Oz is all about sun, sea and surf. Throw some yoga into the mix and we’re good to go! Mojosurf in the hippy haven of Byron Bay offers Surf & Stay packages for up to five nights with plenty of downward-dog time thrown in. As well as daily yoga and surf lessons, you’ll get plenty of free activities like bush walks, bar crawls and bongo lessons. Far out mannnnnn.

yoga autralia


India wrote the book on yoga. Actually, it wrote plenty of them. Rishikesh in the northern state of Uttarakhand is one of the country’s most popular spots to seek spiritual guidance. Retreats offer calming meditation sessions and a vegetarian menu to complement the local Himalayan culture. Plus, there’s lots of ecotourism options (and elephants!) in nearby Rajaji National Park.


Bali was a spiritual poster child way before Julia Roberts showed up in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. Go full R&R in Ubud where acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy are the star players. Ready to raise the tempo? Check in to the Bali Fitness Bootcamp for high intensity workouts, personal trainers, yoga sessions and optional excursions to temples, beaches and some pretty great surf spots.

bali bootcamp


Offering some of the largest waves in Europe, Portugal is an obvious choice for a surf retreat. Bura Surfhouse offers a range of packages, though our favourite has got to be their six-day ‘Surf, Yoga and Wine’ package. Hang ten on golden beaches along the picturesque Algarve coastline, stretch aching muscles with sunset yoga sessions and go wine tasting in an organic vineyard. A pretty rad holiday we say, right?!

yoga and wine tour portugal

South Africa

At Hout Bay’s You2Yoga, their yoga and volunteering combo allows you to spend your days on a small farm, dividing your time between yoga and meditation classes and helping with community development projects aimed at reducing poverty. During your free time, head into nearby Cape Town (A.K.A. the Mother City) and bar crawl your way along Long Street. You’ll deserve a pint or two after all!


Step outside of Tokyo and into the peaceful settings of Nagano where the Bessho Onsen is located and where your zen experience begins. Reboot your mind and body in an ambient setting with a morning shrine yoga course amongst Japanese garden views. Stay overnight in a traditional ryokan with dinner and enjoy the natural hot springs.

Sound like an ommmm-believable holiday to you? Whether it’s perfecting your eagle pose in an incredible surrounding or simply trying something new, you can check out our full range of wellness and yoga tours right here.