YOAS is a small, independent yoga travel company founded in 2003.
Over many years 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 magical locations and brilliant teachers makes for the very best yoga retreats.
We love what we do and hope you enjoy the retreats to form beautiful memories but most importantly to recharge, explore and bring out the very best of you.
Wendy Bryan owns and runs YOAS day to day, working closely with a community of much loved teachers, venues, chefs and therapists.
Wendy has a love for yoga and travel. She offers friendly guidance and support to ensure all experience the joy and happiness that a wonderful yoga retreat 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 on her travels exploring new places and connecting with the YOAS community.
What is special about Yoga on a Shoestring (YOAS)?
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.
How we work
What is the structure of a yoga retreat?
Weekend retreats also offer a yoga class each morning and evening included in the duration of the retreat but often also include other optional elements such as meditation, chanting, guided walks and workshops.
Do you need to be an experienced yogi?
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?
What size are the groups?
Are there other activities on offer beside yoga?
Can you find a sharer for me?
Is it ok to come alone?
Are non-yoga partners welcome?
Are all meals included?
Will the food be vegetarian?
Will there be alcohol?
What to bring
Transfers and travel to retreats
For all foreign yoga retreats we will arrange airport transfers and group people together wherever possible. Transfers are usually at an additional cost.
What time should I arrive - and what time does a retreat end?
For two and three night UK retreats arrival is usually on the afternoon of the first day and departure is after brunch or lunch on the last day. Each retreat varies slightly.
Terms and Conditions
These are our general terms & conditions for Yoga on a Shoestring (YOAS) retreats.
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, the deposit payment, to cover any expenses incurred as a result of your cancellation. The deposit can be transferred to another YOAS retreat within one year of the original retreat date if notification is given more than 6 weeks beforehand.
Transfer by a consumer. If any person is prevented from joining a retreat, YOAS will agree to that person’s booking being transferred to another person who satisfies all the conditions, subject to both persons accepting joint and several liability for full payment of the cost. YOAS must be given reasonable notice of the transfer request, which is considered to be at least 6 weeks prior to the retreat date.
The deposit (50% of the full cost) is non-refundable. If you cancel 6 weeks before arrival - we will refund 50% of total cost. If you cancel less than 6 weeks 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.
Cancellation by YOAS. In the unlikely event that YOAS has to cancel your retreat 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 retreat (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 retreat 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 5, providing you are notified of this before the contract is concluded and the consumer is informed of the cancellation 6 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 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 for both UK and overseas travel with protection for the full duration of the retreat 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 retreat.
- Loss of, or damage to, personal property of participants.
If you have any complaints about the venue during the retreat please liaise with the teacher or go to the venue direct in the first instance. Alternatively, contact YOAS during the period of your retreat and we will do our best to help resolve any problems.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7733 2996
Last updated: 21 May 2021
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