We are YOAS

Yoga on a Shoestring - Wendy, Dory & Jan - YOAS
Since 2003 we have travelled the world to find unique and wonderful venues and along the way have met the most inspiring yoga teachers. This combination of fantastic locations and brilliant teachers make for the very best yoga holidays and retreats. We love what we do and hope you enjoy the retreats and holidays to form fantastic memories but most importantly to recharge, explore and bring forth the best of YOU.

Wendy Bryan, Dory Walker and Jan King are the core team behind Yoga on a Shoestring working closely with a select group of teachers, much loved venues and experienced chefs and therapists.

Wendy has been running YOAS day to day since 2010 and has a love for yoga, travel and adventure. She offers friendly guidance and support to ensure all experience the joy and happiness that a wonderful yoga break can bring. When she’s not planning escapes for others, Wendy can be found on her yoga mat, spending time with her beautiful family, or off around the world on new adventures.

Dory has a wealth of experience teaching and running retreats and an extensive yoga background. She brings this breadth of experience and knowledge to YOAS offering yogic guidance and support in an ever growing and changing world. Dory is passionate about the full spectrum of yoga, well-being in general and all that supports radiance, freedom and happiness.

Jan runs a beautiful retreat centre in Italy and enthuses all with her energy and hands on experience of running yoga retreats. She plays the piano, speaks Italian and is always first in line for trying something new. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her energy boundless.



What is special about Yoga on a Shoestring?

Over the years we have travelled the world discovering unique and wonderful venues and along the way we have met the most inspiring yoga teachers. This perfect combination, with our wealth of experience, makes the very best yoga holidays and retreats. We continue to travel and make new friendships and connections around the world.

Why 'Shoestring'?

When Yoga on a Shoestring launched in 2003 the ethos of the company was very much to offer yoga holidays that were accessible for all. Over the years the company has grown along with the varieties of destinations that we offer.

The core ethos of the company remains and, wherever possible, we keep the costs down or offer a more affordable option for example in a mini dorm or camping. However, there is now a demand for luxury and we have found some simply stunning luxury destinations over the years. So as we have grown so have our clientele and we now offer a broader range with something for all budgets, from shoestring to luxury holidays and retreats.

How we work

We bring together the very best handpicked venues and personally selected inspiring yoga teachers to create wonderful holidays and retreats around the world.

What is the structure of a yoga holiday - and how is it different from a retreat?

All holidays offer two yoga classes daily in the morning and evening. In general the morning class is more dynamic and the evening class is more gentle and restorative. A yoga free day (or 2 half days) are offered for holidays lasting more than a week.

Weekend retreats also offer 2 yoga classes a day but often will also include other optional elements such as meditation, chanting, inspirational cinema, guided walks and workshops.

Retreats are usually 2 or 3 nights and our holidays are 5, 7 or 10 nights.

Do you need to be an experienced yogi?

All of our holidays are open to all levels of ability (unless specifically advertised otherwise) and the groups are often a broad mix from beginners to yoga teachers.

All are welcome and our teachers are experienced in offering something for everyone. A more challenging practice for experienced yogis and guidance for those who are newer to the practice.

If you have the chance though, it’s always a good idea to try a yoga class or two before you come away.

What is the style of yoga?

Our inspiring teachers are all well known to us and have a wealth of experience. Most of them have trained in many different types of yoga and offer their own unique style based on this blend. You can read more about each teacher on our teachers page or we can put them in touch with you direct if you want to know more.

What size are the groups?

Group sizes vary greatly and can be anything from 5 to 20 people. In general the maximum group size is 20.

Are there other activities on offer beside yoga?

Yes there are often other activities that can be booked at extra cost or are naturally free. This will vary from location to location and include horse riding, bike riding, walking, going to the beach, tours of historic sites, visits to local towns or boat trips. Massages are often available at extra cost.

Can you find a sharer for me?

We will always do our very best to find a sharer for you and if we can’t then as a good will gesture we are happy to honour the sharer rate.

Is it OK to come alone?

Solo travellers are very welcome to join our yoga breaks. Our groups are always a mix of solo travellers, friends, couples, family members. So there is always the chance to make new friends or to be as quiet and peaceful as you want to be.

Are non-yoga partners welcome?

Where possible, non-yoga partners are always very welcome at a slightly reduced rate. Please contact YOAS to enquire about these rates.

Are all meals included?

All of our holidays include breakfast, most are half or full board. If the holiday only includes breakfast there would be self catering facilities or you would be close by to a variety of local restaurants.

Will the food be vegetarian?

In general all food offered on our holidays and retreats is vegetarian. At some venues a meat or fish option is available. Special diets can always be catered for and you are able to add your dietary requirements on the holiday booking page.

Will there be alcohol?

At some venues alcohol is available at an additional cost.

What to bring

Always remember light and comfortable yoga clothing, a light blanket or sarong is good for final relaxation in the yoga classes. Sun protection and swimwear for beach holidays, walking shoes for more active holidays and your yoga mat if specified in the joining instructions.

Travel insurance

It is the individual’s responsibility to arrange general travel insurance. As a yoga travel company we have our own essential insurances.

Transfers and travel to holidays and retreats

Travel to retreats and holidays is not included, you are responsible to making your own travel arrangements, whether that be flights, trains, bus or car journeys. We are happy to give you advice.

For all foreign yoga holidays we will arrange airport transfers and group people together wherever possible. Transfers are usually at an additional cost and vary from holiday to holiday.

What time should I arrive - and what time does a retreat or holiday end?

For foreign holidays you should arrive on the start date of the holiday, depending on flights time and distance of travel there may be yoga on start date of the holiday otherwise the first class will generally be on the morning of the second day.

For two and three night UK retreats arrival is usually at 3pm on the first day with the first yoga class at approximately 5pm and departure is 2pm on the last day of a 2 night retreat after lunch or 12 pm after a 3 night retreat. Each retreat varies slightly so please check the relevant retreat page.


Individual advice on money and currency will be given on the information sheet sent 6 weeks beforehand for each retreat.

Extra nights

It is usually possible for you to extend your stay at a particular venue and, if not, we can usually recommend somewhere nearby so do always ask.

Payment plan

Our terms are a 50% deposit on booking and the balance 6 weeks beforehand. We are also more than happy for clients to pay in monthly instalments.

Please contact YOAS and we will calculate the best plan for you.


It is possible to stay connected at most venues these days but not all. Usually there is Wifi in a local town if not at the retreat centre itself.

Terms and Conditions

These are our general terms & conditions for Yoga on a Shoestring (YOAS) holidays.

As a company we are required by law to have certain insurance cover in place. In order to provide clients with total peace of mind during their holiday all passengers bookings/ monies are fully protected from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements, due to insolvency. Your booking is insured by IPP Ltd and its panel of insurers. This insurance is only valid for passengers who book and pay directly with/to Yoga on a Shoestring. For further information please go to www.ipplondon.co.uk

This Insurance has been arranged by International Passenger Protection Limited and underwritten by Insurers who are members of the Association of British Insurers & Lloyds Syndicates.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of private travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the holiday in respect of medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover.

Our Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by a consumer. YOAS is entitled to keep a reasonable amount to cover any expenses incurred as a result of your cancellation. The required deposit, however, can be transferred to another YOAS holiday within one year of the original holiday date. This does not affect your legal rights to a refund or to transfer your booking to another person in certain circumstances (see below).

Transfer by a consumer. If any person on a package holiday is prevented from travelling, YOAS will agree to that person’s booking being transferred to another person who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the package, subject to both persons accepting joint and several liability for full payment of the package price and YOAS’ reasonable charge for confirming the transfer and any additional costs arising from the transfer. YOAS must be given reasonable notice of the transfer request, which is considered to be at least 14 days prior to the outward departure date.

The deposit (usually 50% of the full cost) is non-refundable. If you cancel 14 -21 days before arrival - we will refund 50% of total cost. If you cancel less than 14 days before arrival - we will charge 100% of total cost. This does not affect your legal right to transfer your booking to another person in certain circumstances (see paragraph on Transfer by consumer above).

Cancellation by YOAS. In the unlikely event that YOAS has to cancel your holiday for no fault of your own, we will notify you as quickly as possible and we will compensate you for any loss reasonably incurred by you as a result of our cancellation. The consumer is entitled to take an equivalent or superior substitute holiday (if we are able to offer you one) or to take a holiday of a lower price (if we are able to offer you one). We will always refund the difference in price if the replacement holiday is of a lower standard and price.

The consumer is entitled to compensation by YOAS except:

a. When the number of persons is less than the required minimum of 4, providing you are notified of this before the contract is concluded and the consumer is informed of the cancellation 4 weeks beforehand.

b. When the holiday is cancelled due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of YOAS.

If for any reason at all, a course leader/teacher becomes unavailable we shall do our utmost to replace them with a leader of similar qualities and standards. Wherever possible you will be advised in advance of any alterations. Similarly, the alteration of some amenities or courses might take place due to maintenance work, mechanical faults, weather conditions, sickness or other situations outside our control. If the change of teacher or amenities is not to your satisfaction we will make alternative arrangements at no extra cost to you or if these are not accepted by you, you are able to withdraw from the contract and we will make arrangements for return back to point of departure and, where appropriate, compensate you.

Flight Confirmation and Insurance

It is your responsibility to confirm your flight times with your airline before your outward and return journey.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of private travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the holiday in respect of medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover.

Exclusions of Liability

  • Cancellations, delays or changes caused by war, threat of war, terrorist actions or threats, closure of airports, civil strife, industrial action, natural disaster, technical problems to transport, staff cancellations or other events beyond our control.
  • Participants' medical or psychiatric/emotional conditions which may become apparent through practising yoga daily on a YOAS holiday.
  • Loss of, or damage to, personal property of participants.

If you have any complaints about the venue during the holiday please liaise with the appointed YOAS representative and go to the venue direct in the first instance. Alternatively, telephone or email Yoga on a Shoestring during the period of your holiday, or at any time reasonably practicable, and we will do our best to help resolve any problems.

Privacy Policy

We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any third parties.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7733 2996