top of page

Best places to go on a Yoga Retreat

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

Taladaya Homestay- Paradise and home away from home

Hmm… yoga retreat always sounds so juicy and relaxing just hearing the name even if you are not a Yoga Pro. Nowdays is a leading industry with yoga retreats for any taste, age, ability, and any time of the year and any place you can think about. Well, maybe only not Antarctica (or at least I have not heard of yet). You get the point - is a lot. Oh yes, a lot. It could be overwhelming if you start searching for a Yoga retreat. That is how this article was inspired like a little guide to the best places to go on a Yoga retreat.

Like a retreat organizer and host and yogi on the other side I have been lucky to visit these amazing places and share my and my student’s unique experiences. It is hard to nominate one retreat centre only as they are all so good. All the places are incredible and offer a different experiences. My classification will be rather equal. One of the best places to go on a Yoga retreat undoubted is Taladya Homestay, nettled in Doi Socket village in the Chiang Mai region, Thailand.

You feel the hospitality and warmth from the moment you start communicating with the hosts of Taladya – Patrick and Nathalie. Hearth warming French couple which relocated years ago from Bordeaux (France) to Thailand. From the moment of our communication I knew we will have an amazing time, but little did I know back then will be that amazing.

Patrick and Nathalie

Have you been to paradise? Flying from Bali (another earth paradise) you can expect without sounding overly confident you can be hardly surprised with hospitality, beauty, and wellness among others. And yet, when we saw Patrick waiting for us at Chiang Mai airport with my name on a sheet of paper NADEZHDA, his welcoming smile made us instantly feel at home already. And our Taladya journey began.

Like a natural curios person, I like to learn about the places I visit from the source and Patrick started the intro into Thai culture straight from the airport transfer. And that continues the whole week. During the time we were there it felt we are visiting friends or family and they are showing us around with excitement. For me this personal touch is priceless. You can go to lots of different fancy places with stunning designs and yet feel just the next one regardless of how “smiley” is the stuff. At Taladya we had both- the lucky combination.

The Place

Taladya Homestay, Doi Socket

The car is pulling off in the drive yard. Wow is huge! This was my first reaction and thought. Then more bright smiles from Nathalie and the lovely staff who came to greet us and take our bags and invites us for a cup of tea.

We just arrived and we felt the Fairy Godmother took us there and say to us “ ENJOY”- you deserve it. I looked very hard to see Patrick and Nathalie's fairy wings. Well, I could not see their wings but felt them all the way through.

My second thought "Is so green, with gorgeous statues of gods and goddesses". We are instantly back on the Zen vibes and any tiredness from the flights ( Bali to Bangkok and Bangkok to Chiang Mai) melted. We sat to have refreshments with these gorgeous greenish ceramic cups with ornaments made with technique 2000 years old from the Caledonian market we had visited during our stay. The lamps in our room were also from the Caledonian market with elephant ornaments as well as the cups in the room. Then you walk in the bathroom and see the same which made it feel even more special. Good that we went to see the Caledonian market at the end of our stay, as sometimes I am like an elephant in a glass store. It could have been very unfortunate as all the ceramic work from the Caledonian market was not only beautiful and unique but also expensive.

Chiang Mai Celadon

The Taladya Homestay offers you the warm hospitality of luxury accommodation surrounded by a green oasis. They are six rooms and they reflect a contemporary Northern Thai design. You will also find special touches, Thai silk pillows, bed runners, and artworks, giving rooms a distinctive Chiang Mai personality and charm. And all the rooms are extremely spacious.

I don’t know about you but I can spend all day in the pool. Saying pool, this time I am talking about tranquillity, peace, and statues. It does make a difference - seeing the water coming from ancient animals back to the pool and sound from this whole process is so calming. And is us, only us there. A bit selfish for a yoga teacher.

Opposite the pool is the massage room. Like the place we were practising yoga, has a roof and is open all around. Find out later on what has happened there, by keep reading.

The experience

One of the things I loved most in Taladya Homestay and the places we visit is that everything is outdoors. You have your breakfast outside on a carefully arranged table overlooking the small pond. All the teacups and dishes are from the Caledonian market adding the French elegance without the calories from their tasty famous butter croissants. All this makes you slow down and take your time to have and enjoy the breakfast surrounded by nature and peace. And slowing down is an essential part of yoga philosophy and so contrary to most people fast-paced lives and general yang energy in modern society.

The food is locally sourced with some exotic and interesting fruits and freshly squeezed juices. After 2-3 hours of morning practice, it was the perfect fuel for a day full of exciting adventures.

I usually organised before my yoga retreats with two practices, morning yoga practice which is dynamic, and afternoon yoga class which is more restorative yoga. However, for Thailand Yoga Retreat I had changed the structure and most of the days we had double yoga morning practice which kept us energized for the rest of the day. We had so many places to choose from to practice yoga. My favourite was by the pond. I just loved so much to teach there. It felt like a place that was coming from my dreams. It was an outdoor studio that was open all around and had a roof, so perfect as the weather was indeed warm.

Surrounded by the water, fish, and green around us were the perfect scenery to practice yoga and meditation. If I can, I will be in nanoseconds there again.