The day after Earth Day, 2020, we had a great online discussion: The Future of the Yoga Retreat Industry: pivoting post coronavirus. If you missed it, send a note for a link to the recording.
Many teachers who never considered teaching online have found a comfort zone in classes on zoom, youtube, vimeo and FB live. But what about workshops? What about retreats? How can the experience of an immersion be felt through a screen?
The topic of virtual retreats came up. Lately, they are buzzing into our newsfeeds like dragonflies on a summer day. Many of the larger, well-heeled yoga companies have held free or low cost virtual conferences and retreats. This isn’t new. Online yoga conferences and teacher trainings have been around for years.
It’s the 21st century. We got this!
As the world re-opens, some may not be able to get away on a retreat. Some may feel self conscious about that extra layer of comfort gained during the shelter in place. You’re already seeing people show up for class with the camera off.
What about the VR experience? Last year Virtual Reality was mostly for gamers. But today, necessity is the mother of invention. Or, as I like to say “the virus made me do it”.
What else can you offer to those who can’t or won’t travel in 2020? Special VR Retreat bundles including all of the yoga and meditation props needed. Sunglasses and a picture of a beach scene are optional.
Create a mixed format with students attending online while you broadcast live with a smaller group in a retreat center.
Click the picture below to check out an article about VR parties.