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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.

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Table of contents

  1. 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
                                                                                                                                                          • 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

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                                                                                                                                                                            Retreats and Spiritual Travel - July 2015

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