Find out what our wonderful guests have to say and browse their testimonials. Testimonials are organised by retreat in a reverse chronological order with the latest retreats on top. Browse then further to see photo albums of each retreat and start picturing yourself enjoying a week of meeting new people, developing your Bikram Yoga practice through daily classes and the guidance of world class teachers, getting to know new countries & cultures, eating healthy and wholesome meals, and much much more…
Mexico – Christmas Hot Yoga Retreat 2017
“Great instructor, guest instructor, massage therapist and location. I will be back.“
“Impressive range of activities, great yoga space, loves the week. It was awesome and well organized and communicated.”
“Thank you so much, I had a great time and feel very good. I am looking forward to returning to another retreat in the future.”
“Christiane managed the retreat details with the highest level of professionalism and personalization for people with varying interests. The teacher Jenilyn was a fantastic instructor who offered personalized direction for every participant in an encouraging and safe manner. Thank you for another wonderful week of yoga, activities and friendships. The level of organization, accommodation and professionalism was outstanding. Looking forward to seeing you again in 2018!”
“I think it was very well organized. I liked the schedule allowed group time but also personal time. The food was delicious, the service was great. Everyone was friendly. It was an amazing experience “
“This was my second retreat with Free Spirit Yoga Retreats , I cant wait to come back for my third one.thanks again Christiane and Jenilyn for a fantastic week .”
Sri Lanka – August 2016
Kathleen, US: “Full day tour was excellent. Very excellent, knowledgeable, great teacher.”
JoAnn, US: “Good balance of free time and yoga. Great teacher who has influenced my practice greatly. This week has been a great experience of meeting new people; improving yoga skills and visiting a beautiful country. Thanks to Sandra our trip was very organized and allowed us enough time to relax and enjoy our holiday. Definitely a trip to remember for a lifetime! “
Jackie, US: “Rowena is an incredible teacher. Over the past week she shared so much of her energy, I hope to have another opportunity one day to be again in her class. I would come back in a heartbeat. This was the greatest experience. I learned so much about myself, got to see others outlook on life, have THE BEST TEACHER for a week and get to relax in Sri Lanka. I am so happy I got to have this incredible experience. Thank you amazing Sandra and Rowena for this incredible experience, I truly appreciate it.”
Siobhan, Australia: “The tour day and sightseeing was great. I got to see everything in one day. What an inspiration to have the beautiful Rowena Jayne there day in day out. What an inspiration.”
Svetlana and Natalia, Australia: “Just a massive thanks. Superbly organized and we realize it takes a lot of effort to pull these things off.”
Mexico – May 2016
Hannah, US: “Miss Carla is fabulous! Just an awesome hostess. Day trip to Cancun was great ! Loved the food and restaurants. Thanks so much“
Nicole, US : “Jenilyn was an excellent instructor ! Carla was extremely helpful and accommodating. The food was excellent.“
Jennifer, US :” Loved the cooking class. Learned so much from Jenilyn. This entire experience has been outstanding. Carla went above and beyond her call of duty. Jenilyn taught me more in one week then I have learned in years of practice. I wish I would have started coming to these retreats sooner and can’t wait for my next one. I `ll seriously be back in 2- 3 months. Thanks all involved for everything. Namaste!“
Christine, US: “Jenilyn as a teacher is terrific. I got such good instruction from her. Carla as a retreat host was wonderful – so organized. Can’t say enough good things about all the staff. Loved the trip to Tulum. Thank you for organizing this retreat! “
Marla, US : “Superb retreat. Absolutely incredible. I didn’t know what to expect and the retreat exceeded any expectations. Thank you for such an amazing holiday. Jenilyn is exceptional. Her teaching style and personality is the perfect match for our group. Carla was so sweet and helpful. I will most definitely be back.“
Gina, US : “ Jenilyn is the best teacher I have ever had. I feel like my postures have been completely transformed this week. I will try now to focus on doing it right vs. just trying to get deep into the postures. I really appreciate all the tips. The location was amazing. The Yoga room is beautiful. And right next to the beach.”
Suzie, US : “ Carla’s sparkling personality and professionalism would make me book another retreat in the future ! She is amazing! Jenilyn was simply phenomenal. Her attention to each student was inspiring. I learned so much through her detailed explanation of postures. In addition to her knowledge, her outgoing personality made each class so enjoyable.”
Danielle,US: “ I loved the activities and location as well as meeting the other ladies. Jenilyn best teacher ever!”
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Panama – November 2015
This was such an amazing experience. Christiane is great at what she does and all of her timing of the events and all the events planned were very well thought out and really give you a great experience. I have a ton of confidence in her coordination and planning that I will join another Retreat. I am so glad I picked this Retreat, this has been such a memorable experience. I came by myself and felt very at home and welcomed. Next time I will bring my friends, I would recommend this for anyone who wants a vacation and to practice Bikram Yoga. Is is a very good balance between both.
I am leaving this retreat with so many memories of laughing with these wonderful women. IT was everything I could have wanted from a retreat. The food was awesome. Completely trusted Christane in recommendations for everything. She was a great leader.I liked how flexible the schedule was so we could modify if needed.
Hanging out with Christiane was like hanging out with a friend that always has your back and shows you a good time. Perfect mixture of yoga and fun times / excursions.
Thank you for having me and for organizing such a fantastic Retreat. This week far exceeded all of my expectations + I hope to relax together again soon. The schedule also from and activities + timing stand point, it was perfect. The sailing tour was the highlight of the week – really beautiful.
Overall, this has been the most amazing trip I have taken and on top of this, the yoga was included. Christiane put a lot of work into this trip and everything was set up perfectly. The group of women I was with were all so sweet & nice. I really enjoyed Bocas and I plan on coming back for next years Retreat. Karli’s classes were amazing, she is very Yoga intelligent. All of the excursions were awesome too – I loved the catamaran boat ride to starfish beach. Also the surfing lessons were awesome and it was cool learning an activity that the locals do.
Christiane knows what she is doing. She is able to suggest things to do and places to go as we moved through the week. She is great fun to be around and I trust her experience running these retreats. Karli was fantastic and a gem of a yoga teacher. She brought a level of yoga experience to the week that I was not expecting. Her experience took the week to a whole other outstanding level. I liked the excursions variety, the food and private chef was amazing. That was a 10!
Mexico – May 2015
“I got so much out of this yoga retreat in my Bikram Yoga practice – I learned so much & corrected quite a few things that I had been doing wrong for years. The whole retreat experience was beyond any words but the highlight is what I have learned in class. Wonderful teachers – great choice!” Mikray, US
“The yoga was beyond all my expectations! Gianna was spectacular! I only took one of Jenilyn’s classes but also loved her. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Thank you Free Spirit Yoga Retreats and until next year!” Amy, US
“I had an amazing time! I wouldn’t think twice before recommending a friend to Free Spirit Yoga Retreats. Thanks a bunch! Stay in touch!” Kim, US
“Thank you, I loved it. I loved both teachers Gianna & Jenilyn, they were excellent. My favourite part was meeting all the people at the Retreat.” Elaine, US
“I really enjoyed this. Thank you. Meeting new people, great class sizes, food was awesome.” Claire, US
“I loved the week and the people. Everyone has been so fun and the yoga has been excellent.” Elizabeth, US
Bali – May 2015
“Thank you so much for your organization, attention to detail, kindness and attitude. I am so glad that these retreats are run by such a down to earth, intelligent and well- rounded women. I am inspired on a yoga level and a business level – you do a great job. You nailed it!” Alex, Australia
“Christiane, both you and Carla were amazing and made all of this happen. Thank you for all your organization and professionalism. There was always a balance with so many different personalities. Thanks for being such a great hostess. Loved the classes, the location and all the women from around the world.” Bonnie, US
“You really did an extraordinary job. Great women, great attitude about life, travel, food, yoga etc. I am inspired by you all.” Lauren, US
“Thank you. It was great. Don’t want to leave. A great place to unwind, relax and enjoy life.” Cassandra, Australia
“Thank you for making a lifelong dream of mine come true! You have set the stone on how I would like to travel from now on.” Karen, Israel
“Improve your Yoga practice, enjoy your life in a beautiful setting with Yoga and sun. Great food, new friends, body treatments and so much fun – Christiane and her team make it an amazing experience. Namaste!” Andrea, US
“Absolutely loved it. Great location and area, wonderful people, the yoga studio was great and the posture clinics so helpful. I can now do several postures that I couldn’t before the Retreat. 🙂 Loved the excursion too.” Brianna, Australia
“Loved everything! Had a perfect amount of thing to do in the time allocated!” Victoria, UK
“Both Linda and Rowena are amazing teachers and such positive energy. Loved meeting other people from around the world and the raw food lecture.” Kirrily, Australia
“Thank you guys so much for doing this Retreat. It was very well organised and we both had such a wonderful time. Thank you” Justine, Taiwan
“The retreat was amazing; I really had a great time. Thank you very much. Loved Rowena’s food demonstration and nutrition class.” Bess, Taiwan
“Thank you once again Christiane. Really enjoyed Free Spirit Yoga Retreats in Bali! Thank you to Carla it was lovely to meet her and she was very helpful and friendly. Linda was great, loved Rowena. Thanks!” James, Australia
See here pictures of the Bali May 2015 Retreat.
Thailand – April 2015
“Christiane & Sandra,
I showed up to my first retreat with FSYR at the tailend of a bad divorce…I was in an emotional turmoil and felt like my life had been turned upside down. At that first retreat I met the most amazing, smiling, wonderful Sandra and I knew I was in the right place. Then I ended up at the second one in Panama and met the fun, passionate, amazing “German” Christiane. I made friendships to last a lifetime and I am very grateful to have you all in my life.
I look forward to every adventure we have together! Then in Thailand, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better I met more amazing ladies who I’m sure I’ll see again soon!
I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU for all the efforts you put into organizing and planning these retreats. I can honestly say they have dramatically impacted my life, improved my yoga practice and life, left me with amazing friends and made me a better person. I know it sounds cheesy but it’s true! You guys are the best and the retreats are awesome.
Thank you for everything!” Nicole, US
“Free Spirit Yoga Retreats was a great first experience with yoga. The relaxed atmosphere was welcoming and not intimidation for beginners. I felt very supported in my first venture into the yogi world. The active + relaxed atmosphere was great for someone who wants to start their day with some physical activity without having to venture out of the Resort. My first experience with Free Spirit Yoga Retreats was fabulous. thanks so much for being super supportive. I really enjoyed it. Loved also the SUP yoga class.” Jenna, AU
“If you’re thinking of going on a Hot Bikram Retreat – do it! It’s an adventure of a lifetime! Christiane & Sandra have this nailed and you will have an amazing time. I keep going back – it’s so good!” Georgina, UK
“This was my 3rd Bikram Yoga retreat (with FSYR) but definitely not my last! Through each retreat my practice gets stronger, I travel to new countries and reconnect with friends that I’ve met through each retreat. I look forward to reconnecting with friends I’ve made in Thailand at the next retreat!” Sonya, US
“Free Spirit Yoga Retreats was just what I needed to relax and decompress while also improving my practice. I loved the posture clinics with Lola!” Liz, US
“The yoga teachers were really good and I learnt a lot about minor adjustments. I really liked John’s style of teaching and the hands on adjustments which were really useful. Lola’s posture clinic was very informative. Natalie was awesome – great voice & very calm!
Overall – another great week in a beautiful location and plenty of great yoga. I learnt a lot from some great teachers!” Renu, UK
See here this retreat’s photo album.
Panama – February 2015
“This Retreat exceeded all expectations. Bikram Yoga with an excellent teacher and a small group was intensely rewarding experience because suddenly the words fall into place and I could hear them. The surfing I dreamed of trying all my life and I can’t believe how wonderful it felt to catch a wave. I was by far the oldest & least experienced participant in both Yoga and surfing, yet the hosts, instructors and the other guests were supportive, welcoming and fun to be with. Excellent meals also exceeded all expectations – and all the food we had elsewhere. I am certain I will remain friends with people I met here. Thank you!” Laura, US
“Thank you so much for an absolutely amazing amazing Retreat. Everything was excellent & I will definitely come again. I had amazing Yoga & Surfing lessons, of which I will always love the memories. I feel so lucky and privileged to have experienced Bocas del Toro. That would have never happened if this Retreat wouldn’t exist. Kathy is definitely one of the best and most professional teachers I have had. She explained the postures & demonstrated them – which was really helpful. She was always ready to answer any questions at any point. She is excellent! Thank you for everything – You girls rock!” Gudny, Iceland
“The Retreat was wonderful in every aspect. I got to try surfing which I never have done and maybe never would have. The Yoga classes were top notch. Food was excellent every day. Bocas is so beautiful – I will definitely recommend & return to Free Spirit Yoga Retreats, esp. if Kathy is teaching J. I have been practicing for 10 years and I learned so much. Christiane and Sandra really know what they are doing – wonderful hosts. Thank you for an amazing vacation & retreat. I loved it!” Laurie, US
“This was a great vacation / retreat. One I will never forget. I am so glad I decided to do it in preparation for my new journey ahead of teacher training. The excursions were really nice and fun. Dolphins, snorkeling and Isla Zapatillas, wonderful day . Perfect! Everyone was very nice & friendly at all times. Made me feel very welcomed. Very organized. Loved the schedule and the food was amazing. Kathy was a great instructor and made the class a learning experience.” Cicely, US
“Thank you for all that you do to help spread the practice of Bikram Yoga. You planned appropriately for the location, the group, the weather, etc. My sister & I had an amazing trip; learned to surf, played on beautiful beaches & had the chance to practice Yoga together. What could you more ask for? We look forward to planning for the next Retreat and the food was fabulous!” Kathy, US
“This was one of my favourite trips, I can’t wait to join you in Thailand!” Abby, US
See here the photo album of this Bikram Yoga & Surf retreat.
Mexico – December 2014
“Best decision I’ve ever made! Was initially nervous as I’d never been on a retreat before.. Christiane was amazing, Casa Om was sublime, learnt SO much from our awesome bikram teacher Jenilyn and made great friends.. fantastic group. Already booked my next retreat.. definitely try it!!” Georgina, Scotland
“An absolute awesome time in Puerto Morelos this December!! Christiane, you ROCK! For the first time in a very long time I felt like I could just relax and enjoy a vacation with such fun activities planned with an amazing group of people – staff was beyond super! Jenilyn B. (Bikram teacher) is FANTASTIC!! Julia (masseuse) is WONDERFUL!! Christiane ROCKS!! She goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is having a good time and feels part of the group, even organizing a cake for my bday – an extra thank you for that!! I would definitely recommend joining a trip soon. I hope to plan another one again soon too!!!” Annette, US
“Had a fantastic time in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. The yoga instruction was exceptional, the food was so clean and healthy and all the other yogis were great fun. I would definitely recommend a holiday with Free Spirit Yoga Retreats.” Sinead, UK
“I came in place of a friend who had a last minute emergency, I actually did not expect to do any yoga due to a serious chronic condition that caused me to abandon my 3 year Bikram practice more than a year ago. I intended to enjoy the warm climate and gourmet vegetarian meals. The teacher was so welcoming and the atmosphere with other guests, I ended up attending 6 classes. It is a superior environment for all levels, I can’t say enough good things and will definitely come back.” Jennifer, US
“This week had been a wonderful experience for both body and soul. I feel that my practice has improved a good deal and the setting for all this was so peaceful and idyllic. The staff have all been very welcoming, friendly, courteous and accommodating. My favourite part was the food, the massage with Julia and the chocolate workshop. Jenilyn is a fanstastic Bikram Yoga teacher , her understanding of the postures is amazing.” Cindy, US
“Christiane was an excellent host, the accommodation was great, the food excellent, Jennilyn as a teacher rocks- excellent.” Gerry, US
Browse on to the Christmas in Mexico retreat photo album…
Mexico – June 2014
“I was beyond impressed by the thoughtful organization, beautiful location, and superb instruction of the Retreat. I’m leaving with a stronger practice, a deeper love for this Yoga and some much needed relaxation. Afton was amazing! So, so good. I lover her energy and variety of the classes. The chocolate workshop was fantastic.”
“The Retreat felt very well organized but with flexibility so we had time on our own. Liked the option of not coming to all classes and staying at the beach instead. Christiane has been a fun host and made me feel very comfortable. Afton was so down to Earth and it was great that she participated and hung out with the group. I am still a beginner with only 8 months but learned some things that definitely helped me deepen into the postures. The group had a great energy and were all very nice people. The Cacao workshop was very good and I will definitely make some when I am at home. Thanks so much for everything.” Linda, US
“My favourite parts of the Retreat were Afton’s teaching, the people at Casa Om, Free Spirit Yoga Retreats. Everyone helped make this a life changing trip for me. Posture Clinic was great. Thanks so much”
“Afton is a perfect instructor to have at a Bikram Yoga Retreat. Her experience in the Bikram Yoga instructor world and also her high level of competition is expressed through her detailed instruction. Karmen was also very good, she put a little “flair” in the class by expressing her postures in Spanish. If Christiane ever gets in a “pinch” and needs extra support help for a Retreat, I am in. Give me a place to sleep eat and 1 class a day and I will organize, clean, help or do anything else that is needed :)”
“This was an amazing vacation with great people. The teacher Afton was great, food very delicious.”
“The Staff were excellent. The Chefs were very helpful accommodating different requests. Afton couldn’t be any better, really liked the attention to detail in every pose. The classes with Karmen were excellent. Loved the mix in Spanish.” Agustin + Patricia, US
“It was a perfect blend between Yoga and relaxation. Thank you so much. :)”
Thailand – May 2014
“Flow of classes & workshop was very well planned. Loved the flexibility to do own schedule but the trips planned were ideal. Teacher was a goddess. Oz has a strong dialogue and shares her goddess energy all the time. It was lovely to see that as organisers you give the teacher their own space to recharge. Jana is strong, funny and such a great teacher too!
Free Spirit Yoga Retreats is a well organised Bikram Yoga retreat mixed with relaxation. The schedule runs as such that you can learn in the workshops and go on to practice in classes. The food, studio and spa facilities are excellent. Sandra, Christiane, the teacher Oz were professional, organised, fun and very generous with their time. I’m grateful to have met such a great group of people and enjoy learning about myself & practice. Thank you!”
“I’ll be back!” Thank you for a week in paradise. I will be returning and recommending ‘Free Spirit Yoga Retreats’ to everyone!”
“A beautiful way to slow down the mind, enjoy yoga practicing, wonderful people, food & scenery- I feel completely refreshed!””
“Thanks for a great week with like minded people!”
“Sandra, Christiane – very lovely getting to know you both! I am particularly impressed with how friendly and kind Sandra was. Great job to you both! Loved Oz. Loved the yoga. Loved the experience of doing yoga with some lovely people. Loved the opportunity to get some great yoga pics! Not sure when, but will definitely come again!”
Panama – February 2014
“The Bocas retreat was amazing! It was the perfect balance of fun, relaxation and healthy exercise. I loved spending the mornings surfing, afternoons in the Bikram studio overlooking a beautiful marina, and evenings having a blast with the great new friends I made. Christiane and Sandra really know how to organize an awesome week! I can’t wait for the Bali retreat!”
“I had the best time ever on Hot Bikram Retreat in Panama. I loved spending 1 week in paradise in the Bocas Del Toro islands with great new friends I met along the way. The food cooked by our personal chef was of excellent quality. Both the yoga and surfing classes were so much fun and I feel revitalised after the retreat. Can’t wait to come back on another retreat in 2014/2015.”
“Hot Bikram retreats is an amazing experience, allowing you to travel to exotic places, make new friends and enjoy plenty of yoga! Christiane and Sandra are great at having everything organised to the last detail and the perfect hosts. Ideal for Bikram yogis who love to travel!”
“After feeling a little apprehensive about signing up for a yoga retreat – I had one of the best holidays of my life! Free Spirit Yoga Retreatsdid a fantastic job in combining surfing with yoga classes while leaving enough free time to explore Bocas as well as have some fun times sampling the local rum 😉 I will be back!”
“Free Spirit Yoga Retreats is Amazing! My first retreat with FSYR was in Bali and it was so wonderful that I returned for a second one in Bocas Del Toro Panama. Christiane and Sandra out did themselves this retreat..the retreat was full of amazing food (Thanks Erin!), fun activities, wonderful/cozy accommodations (Thanks Cookie and Ivan!), fun surfing and of course lots of yoga! The retreat was exceptional. Every retreat I’ve meet amazing individuals and have built friendships to last a lifetime. Free Spirit Yoga Retreats is great for yoga practitioners of all levels that love to travel. I’m looking forward to joining in another retreat soon.”
Bali – August 2013
“Thanks so much for an amazing trip! Had an amazing trip! Sandra is awesome! Very informative, helpful, knows a lot about area visited. The retreat schedule was excellent giving enough ‘free time’ between activities.”
What was your favourite part of the retreat?:“The people; Besides the great group, the location and lodging was amazing”
What could we have done better? “Honestly nothing! The retreat was fantastic. Thank you so much for offering those. Keep up the good work!”
“Free Spirit Yoga Retreats did a great job fitting together a wonderful time for me! I usually travel alone and was able to enjoy that along with a great group of people with similar interests.”
“Afton was fabulous – so much knowledge! Schedule was great. Desa Seni was great.
I’ll definitely be back, was my kind of holiday: yoga, healthy food, great company & a little sight-seeing.”
What was your favourite part of the retreat?: “Afton’s posture clinics. Meeting everyone & chatting at meal times. Studio visit.”
What could we have done better?:”I think everything was really well organised. Sandra – you know a lot about travelling and the area, and that was helpful also on top of the retreat.”
What was your favourite part of the retreat?: “All – I enjoyed it very much.”
“Sandra, Thank you! You did a great job.”
“Thanks for an amazing time with beautiful positive energy.
It was a lovely group and set out nicely. Enjoyed food/people and beautiful atmosphere. Service was great.”
Mexico – June 2013
“This was my dream vacation. Christiane’s energy was awesome. Free Spirit Yoga Retreats created a great balance between relaxation and Yoga. I was able to enjoy my favourite things in the entire world, Bikram, reading, chocolate, excellent food, wine and great conversations… Thank you!”
“My time with Free Spirit Yoga Retreats was incredible. Words can not describe. It was everything I wanted and more! To practice Yoga every day with the guidance of supportive,caring, inspiring teachers who pushed you further then you thought you could, in a beautiful location, so incredible. Christiane was so caring and the people I shared the experience with I made friendships that I will cherish for life. I can’t thank these guys enough; you will have the most amazing experience, so do it!”
“An amazing week on so many levels – from making great friends, deepening my Yoga practice, overcoming some of my fears and having great fun. Thank you!”
“This trip was everything I could have wanted and everything I needed. It was fun, healing and challenging all at the same time. I will carry this with me always and can’t wait to do it again!”
“An amazing experience for the body and the soul. I am so grateful to have had it and was able to lock my knees in paradise!”
“This was exactly the mental break I needed ! This week has been amazing to allow myself to calm ! This will be the start of a new routine in my daily like making sure I take care of me first. Thank you for this experience.”
Thailand – April 2013
“We had such a wonderful week locking our knees in paradise. It was such a pleasure meeting new people from all around the world, you have done a great job at organising a fantastic retreat, and we’re happy to have been part of the first one – and look forward to many more to come. Thank you.”
Yiolanda + Craig, UK
“Had the best time. Great memories. More to come!! xxxx ”
“Had a wonderful time; great people , great food, amazing yoga ”
“We have had such a wonderful group, Christiane and Sandra were so cool and relaxed. They knew when to help and when to leave you alone. I have found two good friends in them and loved the teacher Naomi as well.”
“cool people, hot yoga, great teacher, all the ingredients for an amazing Bikram Yoga Retreat ”
Sam + Anne, The Netherlands