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I warned ya 2018 was going to be a big year around here — today I’m announcing my first-ever, long-awaited (by me, anyway) Wanderland Retreat!

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to pack you all in my suitcase from about the second I launched this blog, and over the past two years I started getting really serious about the idea of designing a retreat right here in Koh Tao, Thailand. And what better to combine than my two intertwined loves of diving and yoga? From the moment I told the dream team I work with at PADI about this idea, they encouraged me to pursue it, partnering with me to make it the greatest diving experience possible.

Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat

The thing is, every day I get emails, direct messages, and comments from people wanting to come to Koh Tao or women who are new to diving or interested in getting started. My inbox is overflowing with questions from people who want to have a kickass, memorable diving experience in Southeast Asia. I love answering all of their questions, but secretly, I wish I could just show them first-hand all of my favorite places to dive and all of the best local spots on this island that I call home. Now I finally can!

Your retreat will be designed by a girl who has spent the last nine years head-over-heels in love with this island (that’s me!) You’ll take yoga with instructors I’ve clocked countless hours on the mat with. You’ll go diving with instructors and dive guides who have shown hundreds of students the magic of the ocean. You’ll have the Koh Tao experience I’ve been dying to share with my community here for years!

Join me for an eight day women’s dive + yoga retreat on the island paradise of Koh Tao. The calming, healing benefits of both yoga and scuba diving are well documented – prepare to leave Thailand in a puddle of bliss! (And with an amazing new crew of girlfriends.)

Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat

This retreat will offer tasting menu, if you will, for all the incredible diving opportunities the Gulf of Thailand offers. We’ll take in some of Koh Tao’s most famous dive sites, from Sail Rock to Chumphon, and explore courses in topics like underwater photography. We’ll try UV night diving (if you’re keen!), take a freediving lesson, and learn about diving green through a conservation workshop and a private documentary screening at a local cinema.

And as for the yoga? You’ve never seen a more beautiful island on which to practice. We will explore vinyasa, hatha and yin yoga classes as well as workshops in SUP yoga and inversions! There might even be a Sangria Sip + Salutations class on the itinerary (okay, there definitely is.) And all along the way, we’ll explore the connection between scuba diving and yoga, both of which hold conscious breathing at their core. Don’t be surprised if your buoyancy improves and your dive times increase as a result of this retreat!

This isn’t a crazy, four-dives-a-day-every-day diving trip. And it’s not a militant, up-before-sunrise-for-meditative-breathing yoga bootcamp, either. It’s a fun exploration of a bit of both! And that’s not all – we’ve got hiking, temples, and viewpoints all on the itinerary too. We’ll share meals, talk daydreams and swap travel stories, and you’ll meet my incredible Koh Tao tribe who are helping me make this magic happen. I want you to leave feeling inspired and well-adventured.

Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat

Bonus — your new profile picture is practically guaranteed. You’ll end the retreat with a USB of professional photos taken by me and underwater portraits by an award-winning underwater photographer.

Double bonus? The dates of this retreat align perfectly with the Tao Festival, an incredible island-style live music event. Arrive a few days early and rock out!

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The Bottom Line

The dates of this retreat are August 19-26. The early bird cost, including literally just about everything, starts at just $2,200 per person.

This is less than the cost of most yoga retreats alone, and includes diving, professional photos, PADI certification cards, and more. What I love about living and traveling in Southeast Asia is that luxury is financially accessible in ways it isn’t in other parts of the world, and I worked very hard to create this retreat with that in mind. Nab a spot now — spaces are limited, and prices will increase May 1st.

What’s Included

• Seven nights shared accommodation in a private pool villa
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday
• Scuba dives and a full array of PADI Specialties
• Yoga classes and yoga workshops (led by my dear friends who I’ve practiced with for years!)
• A private island tour with Wow Koh Tao
• Two spa treatments
• Professional photo sessions – on the yoga mat and under the sea!
• Free Wanderland Guide To Koh Tao ebook
• Welcome bag including surprises and a special gift handmade on Koh Tao
• All on-island transportation
• An on-call dive medic who has consulted on our program
• 5% profit donation to local charities

Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat

What’s Not Included

• Dive equipment rental (but I’m happy to arrange it for you)
• Pre-retreat add-on for Open Water Certification (contact me for more details)
• Optional Night Dive or UV Night Dive
• Alcohol – though a post-dive champagne toast here or there may be be thrown in (and by maybe we mean definitely!)
• Transport to and from Koh Tao – though I’m happy to create a flight and transportation package for you. There are dozens of ways to get to and from Koh Tao and after many years of making the journey, we know all the best ones!
• Travel + dive insurance

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The Villa

We will be staying in a spa-like private pool villa set in a lush coconut grove. There are luxurious outdoor showers, beautiful examples of Southeast Asian art, and comfy Western-style beds. We’ll be making full use of the villa by having dive briefings given poolside, and smoothie bowl breakfast delivered to our dining room daily by my dear friends at Living Juices. That won’t be all — a private chef will drop by regularly to whip up healthy, delicious, instagram-able meals.

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Our Itinerary

This is subject to change based on weather, the whims of the group and beyond (and expect surprises!), but here’s the general idea.

Ebook Favicon Day 1: Arrivals + welcome massages. Private dinner at villa and late night yin session.

Ebook FaviconDay 2: Morning vinyasa flow + quick hike to Fraggle Rock Viewpoint. Afternoon welcome dives followed by a private nitrox lecture at villa. Group dinner on the beach.

Ebook FaviconDay 3: Two tank late morning dive with PADI Enriched Air specialty. Lunch by private chef at villa. Sunset SUP yoga + paddleboarding session followed by dinner + private ocean documentary screening at Koh Tao Cinema.

Ebook FaviconDay 4: Early morning hatha yoga class. PADI Discover Freediving or PADI Project Aware course followed by an evening inversions workshop and private dinner at villa.

Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat
Koh Tao Dive and Yoga Retreat

Ebook FaviconDay 5: Morning vinyasa flow + quick hike to Burmese Temple. Lunch at a local Thai restaurant. Afternoon PADI Underwater Photographer specialty — and professional underwater photo shoot! Optional Night Dive or UV Night Dive and pizza delivery at villa.

Ebook FaviconDay 6: Three-tank full day trip to Sail Rock, the Gulf’s most famous dive site. Sunset yoga + group dinner at a favorite island restaurant with a marine conservation presentation.

Ebook FaviconDay 7:  Afternoon tour of beaches, viewpoints, the local temple, and a coconut farm with Wow Koh Tao. Evening reflexology session + goodbye dinner at a restaurant in the remote Koh Tao hills.

Ebook FaviconDay 8: Breakfast delivery at the villa followed by personal time + departure at your leisure. Say sad goodbyes and vow to keep in touch forever — then do it!

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Come to Koh Tao!

This retreat has limited space and is likely to sell out quickly. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot — prices will increase May 1st. I want to make this retreat accessible to as many of you as possible, so payment plans are available. Remember, don’t hesitate to email me at alex@alexinwanderland.com with any and all questions or concerns over if this is the right retreat for you. I’d love to chat! For further information, including an extensive FAQ and a little more background on me if you don’t already know my story, check out my retreat sales page.

The early bird cost, including literally just about everything, is just $2,400 per person for a double share and $2,200 for a triple share.

Book Now

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What’s Next

Don’t fret if you can’t make this one (but I really hope you can!) I’m also in the process of working on an intimate, long weekend yoga retreat in Martha’s Vineyard (at my family home!) and crossing my fingers I can make happen a yoga and freediving retreat (where we all learn together!) in a to-be-announced location. Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know when enrollment opens on future retreats.

Okay — who’s with me! I can’t wait to start getting to know my first retreat crew!

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40 Comments...
  • Lucinda
    March 27 2018

    This sounds SO SO SO GREAT! I wish I could make it! Love that you’ve included diver specialities in there!

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      Thanks so much Lucinda! Maybe you can join us for a future retreat!

  • Anna
    March 27 2018

    OMG the dream!!!! This sounds actually amazing, and congratulations on figuring out all the planning and making this happen!!! I’ll be at the next one, already have plans to go to Europe at that time this year. When would the Martha’s Vineyard retreat be?

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      Thanks Anna! Lots of planning has been going on! I am working on hard on confirming everything for Martha’s Vineyard… it hopefully will be announced in a week or two 🙂

  • Noel
    March 27 2018

    Wow, this sounds AMAZING!! I hope you blog about it in real time 🙂 I can’t make this one, but it seriously sounds so cool and definitely affordable! And no doubt that everyone there will leave life-long friends. Love it!

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      Thank you so much Noel! I’m trying to crank out the blog posts like crazy here to get back to real-time (ish) blogging. It will definitely be BLOWING UP my social media feeds while it happens!

  • Danielle
    March 27 2018

    This sounds amazing! If I had any vacation time left for this year I would sign up right now. I’m sure it will be a success, so hopefully you will be able to do this again next year! Congratulations on putting this together – I’m sure it took a lot of work to plan, but it looks great. I hope you have so much fun doing this!
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    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      Thanks Danielle! It was a lot of work but it was fun! I have a lot of retreats on the brain right now so I hope too that this one will be a smashing success and I can lead more!

  • Chadwick
    March 27 2018

    I don’t dive, or do yoga. And I’m a bloke.
    But this sounds fantastic!

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      Ha ha 🙂 Perhaps a future edition!

  • Kaitie
    March 27 2018

    This is incredible! Congrats for sharing your passions with others!

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      Thank you Kaitie! You’re always so supportive! <3

  • Ijana Loss
    March 27 2018

    Congratulations on making this happen, this sounds like it’s going to be really cool!! I won’t be able to afford it or prioritize it at this point, but I bet the people who can will have tons of fun!

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      It is shaping up to be a great crew! Here’s hoping you can join a future retreat someday!

  • Melissa
    March 27 2018

    Ah, this sounds amazing and I’d LOVE to go–I’ve been wanting to learn to dive, do a yoga retreat and come back to Thailand, so it’s perfect! Unfortunately I have another trip planned for this August so I can’t make it this time…any chance of another similar retreat on Koh Tao in 2019? 😊

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      If this one goes well, I’d love to keep hosting more retreats! You guys will definitely be the first to know…

  • Dominique
    March 27 2018

    Literally everything on the itinerary sounds fantastic! The diving, the yoga, the hiking, the food! I will check if I would be able to make this trip this year, because it sounds great!
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    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      That would be SO FUN Dominique! So far a lot of the girls to sign up are comments section regulars, so it will be a big ‘ol Wanderland reunion 🙂 I can’t wait! Email me with any questions <3

  • S
    March 27 2018

    Congrats! I cannot imagine that it will be anything but a smashing success.

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      You’re too kind! Thank you so much!

  • Ramona
    March 27 2018

    Oh my goodness! That sounds wonderful! I can’t do it this year but next year…, but please let us know about the cape cod one, I will be in the area this summer.

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      If all goes well, there will be many more Wanderland retreats in the future! Hopefully Martha’s Vineyard will be announced in the next week or two.

  • Katie
    March 27 2018

    Alex I love that you’re focusing on diving and yoga! I would totally be there for this if I had my full-time job options lined up. I hope that this one goes well for you and I’ll keep an eye out for future retreats (especially with some advanced dives).
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  • Erin
    March 27 2018

    Awww this sounds amazing and I hope it all goes amazing and you continue to do them. I would love to attend some day, I have to book my vacations on January so they are all planned already. Also I have never dove in my life lol. But I can’t wait to hear all about it and perhaps attend a different one some day in the future 🙂

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      Believe me, I was definitely worried this was too late in the year to announce but taking into account weather in Thailand, my availability, and a million other factors… I just said let’s do it! I will definitely aim for more lead time in future retreats.

  • Emily
    March 28 2018

    I smiled all the way through this post because everything sounds absolutely magical. Like, WOW. Congrats! I wish I was into diving… I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the Martha’s Vineyard retreat!

    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      Aw, thank you so much Emily! I hope you’ll be able to join us in Martha’s Vineyard!

  • Isabella
    March 29 2018

    Hi my fellow blondie! I wanted to shoot you a message saying congratulations on taking the big leap on hosting your own retreat!!

    May I email you asking you a some questions about the trip?

    Let me know. And once again CONGRATULATIONS!

    All the best,

    Isabella
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    • Alex
      March 30 2018

      Hey Isabella! Absolutely, writing you an email right now!

  • James
    March 30 2018

    Alex – what a great retreat! I’m into scuba diving, not much into yoga and completely off the gender rule for this trip. Yet, it sounds like a great retreat and you did a fantastic job planning it in a marvelous location! All the best and have a fantastic time!
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    • James
      March 30 2018

      Too funny – i just realized that the post being pulled in through CommentLuv in my comment is about as far to the opposite side of the temperature scale from where you’re going as it can be… Your water temperature will definitely be more enjoyable… 😉

      • Alex
        March 31 2018

        Ha, they are pretty opposite… some people don’t even use a wetsuit here this time of year.

    • Alex
      March 31 2018

      Thanks James! Appreciated! I’ll be writing all about it here, so stay tuned 🙂

  • Jillian Michelle
    April 2 2018

    This is super cool! I’m so glad you’re doing this. It’s sadly not something I’ll be able to do THIS particular year (medical bills and doctors have forbidden me from traveling…hymph), but if it goes well, I hope you’ll consider doing it again sometime in the future. Someday I will not be a broke, sick girl, and I will conquer the world! Learning to dive is on my bucket list, and you seem like someone who would make the whole experience relaxing and exciting rather than scary. I can’t wait to see pics from it! (Reading blog posts is my medicinal cure for being unable to travel haha) <3 <3
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    • Alex
      April 3 2018

      You will indeed someday be conquering the world Jillian, I’m sure of it! Sending you healthful and prosperous vibes and feeling confident you’ll be able to join us someday in the future <3

  • Jillian Michelle
    April 2 2018

    P.S. – Just noticed I missed the “What’s Next” box about future retreats, and now I feel like a big dork lol. But yay for more trips in the works!!

    • Alex
      April 3 2018

      Haha, not a dork in the slightest! It’s easy to miss with all that’s going on in this post!

  • Liz
    April 6 2018

    You are amazing, congratulations on pulling this all together, friend!!!!

    • Alex
      April 7 2018

      Thank you miss Liz! I wish you could join!

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