Exotic Yoga Retreats

San Francisco, United States

Exotic Yoga Retreats blends the worlds of yoga and inner discovery with sensory experiences of beauty, sumptuous tastes, cultural enrichment, and adventure.

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Limited availability

Speaks English

from US$1,995
from US$1,995
Price for:

6 days / 5 nights

Instructors 1

Sylvia Ferguson

Blending classical Hatha, Anusara, and Ashtanga Vinyasa traditions with mindfulness meditation, Sylvia Ferguson received her teaching diploma from Yoga Therapy Ireland in 2003 and was featured in May of 2015 nationwide as a teacher that exudes the calmness. Sylvia currently offers public and corporate programs in Dublin, travels internationally teaching for Exotic Yoga Retreats, and has active an array of online Hatha yoga, yoga Nidra, and mindfulness courses. When not teaching or mothering, Sylvia writes articles about yoga and mindfulness for the Yoga Therapy Ireland Magazine.

Testimonials 28

  • Tricia Desvarieux Haiti

    2016, Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Hands down, the best retreat I've ever been to, and I have been to many! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle's yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual's body and level of practice. Can't wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!

  • Michelle Rasmussen Australia

    2016, Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    There aren’t really words to describe how fantastic this week has been. I had no expectations, and yet you exceeded every one of them!

  • Enrica Dal Santo France

    2016, Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    This retreat met every expectation, and more! It has opened my heart and given me great joy and strength. I am not exaggerating when I say it was simply PERFECT!

  • Scott Scaggs United States

    2016, Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    That was the best week of my life! Thank you all for making this trip more than I could have expected. I miss you all and expect we can keep in touch. Better yet, reunite at a future Exotic Yoga Retreat!

  • Tania de Jong Australia

    2016, Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Gayle is an outstanding teacher and inspirational leader. Her knowledge is vast and she includes everyone equally, from beginner to super yogis. Her spiritual side is beautiful and her classes are a lot of fun!

  • Naseem Nikoo Iran

    2016, Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!

  • Naseem Niko Iran

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!

  • Saige Rutherford United States

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Life changing, eye-opening, and deeply inspiring! This retreat reset my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week!

  • Jane Srivastava Russia

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    My mom and I enjoyed the trip very much. Every day was perfect!

  • Brent Vanlyke Canada

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.

  • Ale de Rienzo Mexico

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect. It blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!

  • Alia Allison

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    This retreat was exactly what I needed; a week long oasis focused on self-care. Gayle did an awesome job of breaking down the poses and focusing on alignment. She built intensity and also relaxation in the practice. I loved her teaching tips for the few teachers on the retreat!

  • Chinwe Nwazota

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    This was thank you for bringing together wonderful people from all walks of life and from around the world! The connection and friendship that we shared has inspired and changed my life.

  • Christine Costello United States

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Gayle is an extraordinary teacher who makes everyone feel empowered, strong, and special!

  • Kara Ellis Canada

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Gayle is everything I needed in a yoga instructor; someone to push me to try new things (headstand, arm balances) while making me feel completely safe. I did old poses with completely new eyes due to her instruction. She was warm and inviting and made me able to have the most amazing experience of my life. I loved the program, Id do it ten times over! I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home.

  • Hala Darwazeh Jordan

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends, and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation, and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule, I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life, as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend this retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!

  • Joanne Joseph Australia

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Healthy hedonism set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter, and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of Vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy, and friendships which blossom there.

  • John Tierney United States

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    I came to Gayle Olson seven years ago after a traumatic back injury. She shepherded me though those painful days with care, compassion, and kindness, and an astounding ability to teach on old dog new tricks. Today I can keep up with my two year old grandson pain free and am still taking classes and practicing yoga. Thanks, Gayle!

  • Chrissy Coleman United States

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    I love the personal attention Gayle gave to her students, providing not only awesome instruction, but reminding us to be ever present and mindful.

  • Maria Paula France

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week; a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!

  • Ina Yeijnen Netherlands

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect.

  • Julie Cameron Canada

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing, and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.

  • Jerry United States

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Gayle very clearly is a remarkable teacher because she transmits the essences of mindfulness and balance in enough dimensions so you actually get it!

  • Michael Neria Israel

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    I love Gayles loving style of teaching. I appreciated the emphasis on various breathing techniques and the balance between physical intensity, relaxation and meditation.

  • Nicole Hernandez United States

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body!

  • a traveller

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend the Puglia retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!

  • a traveller

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    Thank you for this retreat; every minute was worth it! It was such a mind, body and heart opening and so much fun! Its helping make my day-to-day life magical, and I can give so much to others as I have feel so fulfilled inside! Thank you again, and cant wait for the next retreat!

  • a traveller

    Exotic Yoga Retreats website

    This yoga retreat was truly magical. A perfect blend of yoga and adventure, all in a breathtakingly beautiful setting. Gayle's commitment to a healthy, balanced lifestyle is mirrored in her hands-on approach to teaching yoga. Strength, serenity and smilesa perfect balance.

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