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Retreats and Spiritual Travel - July 2015

Retreats and Spiritual Travel - July 2015

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”

– Ram Dass, author and spiritual teacher

Interest in retreats and spiritual tourism has soared in recent years as millions of people seek a more meaningful kind of travel experience, one that provides stillness of mind and greater self-awareness. The quest for spirituality has been described as the ‘greatest megatrend in the twenty-first century’ (Patricia Aburdene (2007), Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism, Hampton Roads Publishing Company). Despite a decline in religion, the yearning for spirituality and meaning in life has not diminished.


INTRODUCTION
DATA SOURCES
OVERVIEW
A SMALL BUT IMPORTANT COG IN LARGE WHEEL OF GLOBAL TOURISM
Figure 1: The US$3.2-trillion global tourism industry, 2015
Figure 2: Components of wellness tourism, 2015
RETREATS
Figure 3: Retreats & spiritual tourism typology, 2015
HOLISTIC RETREATS
Figure 4: Typical programme in a holistic retreat centre, 2015
YOGA RETREATS
Anusara
Ashtanga
Bikram
Hatha
Hot yoga
Iyengar
Kundalini yoga
Power yoga
Restorative yoga
Vinyasa
The evolution of yoga
Figure 5: Influences on the growth of yoga tourism in 2015
Figure 6: Alternative tourism activities complimenting yoga holidays in 2015
PILATES RETREATS
MEDITATION RETREATS
SILENT RETREATS
Figure 7: Typical Vipassana (insight) meditation silent retreat timetable, 2015
DETOX RETREATS
FITNESS RETREATS
MONASTIC RETREATS
Summary of monastic hospitality
Setting
Accommodation
Discourse
Politics of identity
Sequences
Daily routine
Space
Product
AYURVEDA RETREATS
Figure 8: The 5 Ayurvedic elements, doshas & 20 gunas (mind & body qualities), 2014
Ayurveda retreats in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal
Western Ayurveda retreats
NEW AGE/MIND BODY SPIRIT RETREATS
SPIRITUAL TRAVEL
Figure 9: Possible outcomes of spiritual travel in 2015
SPIRITUAL TRAVEL TYPOLOGIES
Indian ashrams
Ashram study
Pilgrimages
The Ganges source, India
Kumano Kodo, Japan
The Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru
Attributes and benefits of pilgrimage
Festivals
Kumbh Mela
Mind Body Spirit and yoga
CASE STUDIES
HOLISTIC RETREATS
Skyros (Greece)
Cortijo Romero (Spain)
YOGA RETREAT
Shreyas (India)
MEDITATION RETREAT
The Barn (England)
MONASTIC RETREAT
Mount Athos (Greece)
NEW AGE RETREAT
The Findhorn Foundation (Scotland)
PILGRIMAGE
Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
WHO CHOOSES RETREATS AND/OR SPIRITUAL TRAVEL?
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
ON THE NEED FOR RETREATS
ON PILGRIMAGES
SPECIALIST TOUR OPERATORS AND WEBSITES
RETREATS
Body Control Pilates retreats
Healing Guide – retreats and escapes around the globe
Healing Holidays
Healing Hotels of the World
Health and Fitness Travel
The Healthy Holiday Company
Neal’s Yard Agency
Queen of Retreats
Responsible Travel
The Good Retreat Guide
The Retreat Association
The Retreat Company
Wellbeing Escapes
Yogaholidays.net
PILGRIMAGES
Camino Ways
ITS Pilgrimages
30 Days to Santiago
WHAT NEXT?
NEW AFFILIATION
ONLINE RETREATS
NEW INDIAN ASHRAM AND WELLNESS RESORT
UNUSUAL NEW WELLNESS AND DETOX RETREAT CENTRE IN NEW ZEALAND
INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY INAUGURATED
INDEX TO TRAVEL & TOURISM ANALYST
Index grouped by geographic area
INDEX TO TTI DESTINATION REPORTS
Country reports
SPECIAL REPORTS INDEX
2003
2004
2005
2006

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