Intent, determination and passion are the three most important elements of building a successful retreat, just as more or less anything else in life we put our minds to.
If your calling is in one of the fields of healing, body work or facilitating self expression trough singing, dancing or other form of arts and you have a following of satisfied clients, making a retreat on Bali is a wonderful way to tap into the abundance of high vibration this wonderful place on Earth has to offer.
We all have to make a living, and doing a retreat is a great way to combine both:
a) Helping others gain more clarity by teaching modalities you are expert in that will assist others leading a more fulfilling life in tune with their higher purpose
b) Tapping into wealth and abundance while spending time on beautiful Bali
To simplify, retreats are a great way to transform your passion into a decent income.
What is a retreat actually?
Retreats are a popular form of wellness tourism, usually lasting for a week or up to 10 days and are targeted to make wonderful empowering holistic trainings for smaller groups up to 20 people.
Retreat packages often include accommodation; group trainings, yoga and healthy food. And retreats are super fun, offering safe environment for opening up and intense personal transformation, with support and deep connecting with new friends. Depending on the group and the budget, pricing for one person varies from 1500 – 4500 US $, and the profit one makes could amount to 30.000 US $.
3 Good Reasons Why You Should Consider Doing It
1) Retreats are Excellent Business Ventures Quote the Tourism Stats
Wellness is a major new trend in tourism with impressive growth rate all over the world, taking up a sizeable chunk 14 % of all domestic and international tourism market (more than 439$ billion). Its estimated growth is 50% higher than global tourism! It sure looks like the wellness is taking over!
Wellbeing is becoming an essential part of lifestyle and most people understand that to sustain longevity and happiness it is essential to dedicate time and energy to health, sport and self-improvement and self-transformation.
Retreat is an event (short term project) happening in a certain place at a certain time, with several basic elements coming together.
In order for an event to come to life, the name, program, budget, date and target audience need to be defined prior to it.
2) Bali offers unique blend of tropical surrounding, nurturing culture, and wellness trends
Bali is a famous holiday destination, because of its hospitality, unique culture affordable luxury accommodation and tropical climate to name a few.
In the past ten years Bali and especially Ubud has becoming recognized as healthy living hub because of the back to nature lifestyle, accessibility of organic food and growing international community of healers.
The Balinese have preserved their customs and unique culture where devotion is performed daily trough offerings, prayers, and ceremonies. The Island of Gods with more than 40,000 temples, offers a unique high vibration atmosphere conductive for self-transformation and healing.
Tropical living and non-judgmental environment has been attracting facilitators in various fields to establish their transformative work on Bali, supported by famous Bali Spirit Festival annual gathering of body workers and new age musicians. Raw and healthy food trends, embodiment workshops are just some of the attractions available for a conscious traveller.
Few words on legalities of running a retreat on Bali
Rules of Indonesian immigrant and labor law do not allow foreigners to work without a working permit. Since a retreat is a short-term venture and it takes a long time and couple of thousand US dollars to process the yearly working permit, the immigration officials on Bali allow foreigners to legally perform trainings on retreats by requesting a short-term training visa.
It is familiarly called the workshop visa, and it entails a permit from the immigration to train in a registered hotel or a resort within the duration of one month. Visa agents can process such a permit for you for approximately 250 US in few days.
3) Selling Itself – are You a Coach or Therapist and Have Your Tribe?
Depending upon motivation, life-stage, and interests clients will seek retreat that fits their needs and as you can imagine this could be physical with a focus on fitness, surfing and yoga; mental or psychological with a focus on the meditation, NLP; or self expression and detox trough art. How do you get them to pick your retreat?
The offer available is quite diverse, as a rookie retreat maker it is natural you will face hardships selling retreat spots. It entails investing in marketing on various platforms online, building hype on social media, lectures…advertising 4 to 5 months in advance…
However, if you have your own tribe tailoring a retreat to their needs could be a wonderful idea I can help you develop. After all, its about having time to do what you do best, and i help you with the rest.
To schedule a free 30 minute session on nitty-gritty details of retreat building with me click here. http://www.bookedin.net/gekko-retreats
Iva Tarle is a Croatian entrepreneur that left her job in diplomacy and moved to Bali. She is a founder of Gekko Retreats, online booking platform for vacations for mind, body and soul. The company offers logistical and marketing support for gifted coaches, trainers and yoga teachers to build their own retreat on Bali. You can explore Gekko approved exclusive vacations and services www.gekkoretreats.com