General Retreat & Travel Info

How do I reserve my spot and pay for a retreat? . . .

To hold your spot, please deposit $350 USD via PayPal. To make an online payment, please CLICK HERE to be redirected to PayPal and pay $350 USD. You can make all payments this way. Also please email us your request for occupancy and what parts of the trip you will attend. Once we receive this, we will email you a health waiver to sign and send back with a copy of your passport.

The remaining blance is due via PayPal within 90 days of the retreat start date.

What exacly is included in the retreat costs? . . .

Retreat costs cover all your excursions, hotels, transportation in each location, breakfast every morning, yoga, our in-country coordinator, and a donation to each project. You are responsible for your transportation to and from the country the retreat is held in, as well as your lunches and dinners.

What kind of yoga will we practice during a retreat? . . .

We try to always offer a blend of different styles, from Kundalini to Restorative, throughout each of our retreats. We'll always have a practice at least once a day, sometimes two, and lead sessions to fit all levels.

Do I have to particpate in all activies or excursions during the retreat? . . .

No - everyhing we organize is voluntary and you can choose to participate or not. While we do have a fulfilling schedule everyday, we also leave plenty of time for you to relax, relfect and explore on your own.

Do I need vaccines? . . .

This is a personal decision and we recommend seeing your general practitioner before the trip and making a decision with them. We always keep our Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and tetanus shots up to date.

Are there any general travel tips or logistics I need to be aware of? . . .

Yes! These go for all the countries we operate in.

MONEY - ATMs are accessible everywhere we go. If you have an ATM card you can easily access cash but make sure to check with your bank regarding any charges for withdrawing money internationally. You can also bring cash from home and exchange it while in the country. If you order food or beverages in the hotel you can charge it to your room and settle the bill at the end of the trip with a credit card. Please note that outside of the hotels we’ll be staying in, few places accept credit cards.

WATER - In India the tap water is not suitable for drinking or brushing your teeth, while in Thailand the water is fine for brushing teeth, but not suitable for drinking. It's a smart idea to purchase a filtered water bottle from your local outdoor goods store or if you want to be extra cautious there is bottled water available everywhere for very cheap.

ELECTRICITY - International plugs are available at all of our hotels so you don't need to bring an adaptor for simple things like a phone or laptop. U.S. hairdryers and flat irons are super strong, so if you plan to bring one you will need a converter.

MALARIA - Rest assured that we will not be staying in any areas that are at risk for malaria. If you are still worried, consult with your travel doctor about bringing medication - go with your gut instinct and what works best for you.

How much luggage can I bring? . . .

Ask yourself: How big is my bag and can I carry everything by myself on and off planes, boats, taxis and elephants?

Just kidding…but not really. The less luggage you bring, the better. Trust us. May we suggest 15-20 kg/33-44 pounds…and don't forget to leave room for purchases!!!

Little things we worry about when we travel . . .

We know you're probably wondering, so we'll just tell you here!
• Yes, there is an endless amount of coffee and tea every morning as early as you need it at hotel.
• Bathrooms are private with American standard toilets in the hotel and many restaurants.
• Tipping - you can tip when you eat out but not the 20% we are used to in the States. Instead, just rounding up the bill or a bit more is fine.
• Pack some Pepto-Bismol for your tummy just in case – the food can be spicy!
• When eating from street stands, go to the busy ones with high turnover and you should be just fine.
• Alcohol is widely available but wine is expensive.
• There are meat and plenty of veggie dishes available everywhere!
• Bring eye drops and throat lozenges as the pollution might cause dry eyes and a scratchy throat.

About India Retreats

Do I need a visa? . . .

Yes! But don't worry you can get a visa on arrival. You just have to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the date of arrival into India and has at least three 3 blank pages. Pre-order your visa on arrival by following these easy steps: http://www.immihelp.com/nri/indiavisa/tourist-visa-on-arrival.html

Should I bring Indian rupees with me? . . .

No, you cannot bring rupees in or out of the country. Bring a little bit of cash from your home country, we normally recommend between $200 – 500 USD, that you can exchange at the airport after arriving if you would like. We arrange for your transportation to and from the airport, so you don't have to worry about spending any rupees until after you are with us and we can assist you with exchange rates, etc. if you prefer. There are also ATMs available. At most ATMs there is a 300 rupee (or $5 USD) transaction fee as well as a 40,000 rupee withdrawal limit (a little over $650 USD).

What type of clothing should I pack? . . .

Temperatures really range throughout the day - from 60°-95°F - and feel cooler in the evening since we stay in the high desert, which can feel more extreme. 60°F doesn't seem too cold to those who are stateside and entering the winter months, but when you have sun kissed skin it feels pretty chilly, so please pack a light jacket and a sweater or two. All of our hotels have air conditioning and heat in the rooms. Remember that you'll be working with kids so you want to dress appropriately.

We will visit quite a few temples, which means that legs and shoulders have to be covered to go in. Dress accordingly or keep a lightweight scarf in your bag to cover your shoulders.

We will also have two fancy-ish nights so bring anything fun and festive you might like to wear to dress up.

PURSES & BAGS - A backpack is very useful as we'll will be walking a bit as well as in and out of tuk tuks. We do not recommend carrying a purse with you unless it is VERY SIMPLE AND SECURE. Backpacks are also nice to have when shopping!

SHOES - Pack one pair of lightweight closed-toe shoes, one pair of flip flops and one pair of sneakers. We will be walking through out the day with the option of some trekking (hiking). You will want to pack a pair of socks on most days as many of the temples have you leave your shoes outside and it will be more comfortable to wear socks inside.

Can I bring presents to the kids? . . .

If you want to get school supplies or any other items for the kids we suggest buying them in India. It helps the local economy as well as saves you having to bring them over in your luggage. However if you are taking donations or have something special in mind, then by all means bring them with you. We will have plenty of time before the project begins to gather supplies! Also please bring pictures of you, your family and friends, your house and your pets - all of the things the kids will love to see so they can learn more about you. Also a postcard or a small souvenir from your state is a great idea and something about your job. It helps to lessen the distance and broaden their perspective on all the different ways we can live in the world!

About Thailand Retreats

Do I need a visa? . . .

No, not for Thailand. You are able to stay in Thailand for up to 30 days with no visa or fee!

You will need to mark your place of address on the arrival card. Please use the address we provide you with after you register for a retreat.

Do I need to bring Thai baht with me? . . .

No, you don't need to bring Thai currency. Bring a little bit of cash from your home country, we normally recommend between $200-500 USD, that you can exchange at the airport after arriving if you would like. We arrange for your transportation to and from the airport, so you don't have to worry about spending any baht until after you are with us and we can assist you with exchange rates, etc. if you prefer. ATMs are also available everywhere so you can easily access cash but make sure to check with your bank regarding any charges for withdrawing money internationally. At most ATMs there is a 150 baht (about $5) transaction fee as well as a $20,000 baht withdrawal limit (a little over $650).

What type of clothing should I pack? . . .

Temperatures really range throughout the day - from 60°-95°F - and feel cooler in the evening since we stay in the high desert, which can feel more extreme. 60°F doesn't seem too cold to those who are stateside and entering the winter months, but when you have sun kissed skin it feels pretty chilly, so please pack a light jacket and a sweater or two. All of our hotels have air conditioning and heat in the rooms. Remember that you'll be working with kids so you want to dress appropriately.

We will visit quite a few temples, which means that legs and shoulders have to be covered to go in. Dress accordingly or keep a lightweight scarf in your bag to cover your shoulders.

We will also have two fancy-ish nights so bring anything fun and festive you might like to wear to dress up.

PURSES & BAGS - A backpack is very useful as we'll will be walking a bit as well as in and out of tuk tuks. We do not recommend carrying a purse with you unless it is VERY SIMPLE AND SECURE. Backpacks are also nice to have when shopping!

SHOES - Pack one pair of lightweight closed-toe shoes, one pair of flip flops and one pair of sneakers. We will be walking through out the day with the option of some trekking (hiking). You will want to pack a pair of socks on most days as many of the temples have you leave your shoes outside and it will be more comfortable to wear socks inside.

Can I bring presents to the kids? . . .

If you want to get school supplies or any other items for the kids we suggest buying them in Thailand. It helps the local economy as well as saves you having to bring them over in your luggage. However if you are taking donations or have something special in mind, then by all means bring them with you. We will have plenty of time before the project begins to gather supplies! Also please bring pictures of you, your family and friends, your house and your pets - all of the things the kids will love to see so they can learn more about you. Also a postcard or a small souvenir from your state is a great idea and something about your job. It helps to lessen the distance and broaden their perspective on all the different ways we can live in the world!

About Myanmar Retreats

Do I need a visa? . . .

You will need a visa for Myanmar but we will take care of it when you're already in Thailand. The visa service agency will need your passport for three days to process the visa while in Chiang Mai. They are a trusted company we have been working with for a long time, but if you prefer to get your own visa please do so before arrival.

Do I need to bring Myanmar kyat with me? . . .

No, you don't need to bring Myanmar currency. While ATMs are more common than before (they are available at the airport and Yangon city center) it's still a good idea to have have crisp, new U.S. bills to exchange if needed.

What type of clothing should I pack? . . .

The clothing you pack for Thailand will work in Myanmar as well. Keep in mind that, like Thailand, Myanmar is a fairly conservative country when it comes to clothing and that you should be dressed modestly (no short shorts or cleavage) at all times.

Can I bring presents to the kids and community? . . .

You're welcome to take school supplies and other goods to the community we're working with but, again, we recommend buying anything within Myanmar. Costs are less, you'll save room in your luggage and help the local economy.

Donations & Volunteering

What types of communities does Yogamour Global support? . . .

Yogamour Global currently supports three small, rural communities in India, Thailand and Myanmar that have severely limited access to education, important resources and government support. Our programs, donations and retreats mainly help support the children and women in these communities with an emphasis on health and education in the local schools.

How did Yogamour Global choose and start working communities with the communities? . . .

Yogamour's Co-founder, Rebeccah, started working at the school that we support in Jaipur back in 2005 helping educate the school and surrounding community about hygeine issues. Later on she was connected by a friend in a Thailand-based NGO with the community in Mae Taeng and has since worked closely with them for more than the past 7 years.

A visit to Myanmar was originally meant to be just a trip, but after meeting MauMau, who is now our in-country coordinator, and learning about his village's issues, Rebeccah quickly saw the need for Yogamour to further connect with the village and offer more support.

We have a very personal connection with each of our communities and work closely with them to actively listen to their needs and provide ongoing support. We've never wanted to have a mass project where our volunteers can't connect directly with the communities. We work hard to keep our programs as a grassroots-level cultural exchange and to be fluid enough to adapt to the issues and needs of everyone.

Can I choose what my donation to Yogamour Global goes toward? . . .

Part of all retreat costs go toward supporting future projects, i.e. one volunteer's payment goes toward the following project so we are all supporting each other and can work within a clear budget for each project.

If you wish to donate outside of a retreat, then by all means please let us know what you wish the money be used for and we will do our best!

Can I give in kind donations? . . .

Currently, we can accept product donations to go toward our Seva Backpacks, though unfortunately, since we operate in Thailand and India, unless the donations come from inside of Asia it can cost us a lot of money to receive goods through customs. If you are from a large company or organization and are able to donate in amounts of 350 of one item or more, we maybe able to receive the donation with a discount on import so please contact us contact us for further details.

How can I become a Yogamour Ambassador? . . .

We ask that those interested in becoming a Yogamour Ambassador and helping lead retreats attend at least one retreat as a participant, then we will create space for you to take our leadership training program and then, moving forward, we'll work with you to become a Yogamour Ambassador and organise a retreat together. We also require a minimum of four years experience teaching yoga.