Top Digital Nomad Retreats to Level Up Your Lifestyle

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One of the first things you learn as a digital nomad is that lifestyle travel is not the same as a vacation. Everything is different: the way you travel, the pace you set, the places you stay, and the people you hang out with. It’s not a particularly easy transition to make, and even experienced digital nomads sometimes need a break from the job that is full-time travel (and yes, it is a job). 

Digital nomad retreats give location independent professionals the opportunity to unplug, meet like-minded individuals, and experience bucket-list destinations. Typically, retreats are short-term trips ranging from one to three weeks.

The list below includes some of the best digital nomad retreats available. From exclusive business owner retreats to adventure-packed excursions to rejuvenating escapes, there is something for everyone.

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Digital Nomad Retreats vs. Conferences

I recently published an article featuring the top digital nomad conferences to attend. There is a lot of crossover between retreats and conferences, so I recommend you check out that article as well to get a fuller picture of the various ways you can learn, grow, collaborate, and socialize as a digital nomad. 

While you’re at it, check out the Best Co-Living and Co-Working Programs for Digital Nomads, which also has some crossover with this article (for example, Remote Year is a co-living program that also offers shorter retreats, and Hacker Paradise could easily have been profiled in either article). 

Business Development Retreats for Digital Nomads

These retreats are geared toward remote business growth. They emphasize collaboration and development.

COWORK PARADISE

Cowork Paradise is a mastermind retreat for entrepreneurs who want to grow their business. Specifically tailored for business owners, these retreats prioritize networking, collaboration, and skill-share.

What do you get?

At a Cowork Paradise retreat, you will be surrounded by experienced business owners, enjoy high-end co-working locations, and reliable WiFi.

  • Private accommodations
  • Unique surroundings
  • Local food experience
  • Peer-to-peer training support
  • Community access
  • 24/7 access to co-working center
  • Workshops
  • Personal sessions with business coach
  • Transportation

How do you attend?

Cowork Paradise is highly selective with an 8-person cap on attendance. Selection criteria includes minimum income requirements. If you qualify, you will be interviewed and matched based on expertise and personality.

Example prices: 

  • Croatia 8-Days Business Mastermind Retreat: €2,885
  • Bali Business Mastermind Retreat: €4,995

Apply to Cowork Paradise here.

LOCATION: ANYWHERE

Location: Anywhere helps online entrepreneurs build their businesses in a sustainable way. One retreat is currently offered, with two more on the way. Each retreat is specifically designed with an overarching theme in mind.

What do you get?

While there may be a focus theme, each event has more than enough for all types of digital nomads. Here’s what you can expect in the South Africa Blogger Booster Retreat as an example:

  • 10 days / 9 nights accommodation (choose from shared, single, or double occupancy)
  • Daily workshops with industry experts
  • 1-on-1 sessions and personal feedback from industry experts
  • Daily excursions
  • 4 game drive safaris
  • 4 dinners / 2 breakfasts
  • Fast WiFi
  • Sunset champagne cruise closing party
  • 2 morning yoga sessions
  • Peer mastermind sessions, including one safari mastermind
  • All transportation
  • Ongoing mastermind membership after retreat / access to Alumni Network

How to attend

As of August 2022, the South Africa Retreat has been postponed and dates for upcoming retreats have not been released.

  • South Africa Retreat: $2,535-$2,740

Click here to find out when the next retreat will be.

NOMAD BASE

Nomad Base (which is an off-shoot of the former Nomad Cruise) is a business and travel club for digital nomads. While not exactly a retreat per se, Nomad Base combines the best parts of a working conference and networking retreat into one reunion meetup.

What do you get?

Whether you join the community, attend the live event, or take part in the retreat-like side event (eg: a 10-day safari), you will connect with like-minded individuals from across the globe with online networking, classes, and skill-share programs.

Here’s what they’re offering in their upcoming Cape Town Live Event as an example:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Special talks
  • Mastermind events
  • Social activities
  • Excursions

Retreat Add-on: 10-Day Safari: 

  • Accommodations
  • Entrance fees to national parks / sights
  • Meals
  • Game drives
  • Game cruise
  • Traditional Boma dinner
  • Networking activities
  • Overland travel

How do you attend?

Nomad Base holds events a few times per year, and they also have a membership component with an active year-round online community. 

Example prices: 

  • Cape Town Tickets: €189 (members); €299 (non-member)
  • Safari: €1799 – €2499

Check out Nomad Base and join their thriving community here. 

THE NOMAD ESCAPE

The Nomad Escape is an informal business club and network for location independent entrepreneurs and remote workers. Unlike other retreats that are geared toward disconnecting, these Escapes are curated to encourage professional and personal growth. Another unique feature is that you can opt to attend only the events and arrange your own accommodation and transportation, if desired.

What do you get?

The Nomad Escape offers Individual, Company, or Virtual Escapes. Company and Individual Escapes are similar, with the former being designed to fit your remote team needs. Virtual Escapes are 3-hour long team-building opportunities to liven up your remote workspace. 

Here’s what their Level Up Club Business Retreat includes as an example:

  • 8-day stay in Madiera, Spain
  • Two daily meals with drinks
  • Welcome drink and package
  • Coworking space, WiFi, and daily cleaning
  • Access to private network
  • Interactive workshops
  • Expert talks
  • Physical training
  • Access to online community and weekly events

How do you attend?

Every participant will go through an application process that includes a discovery call where you will be interviewed and assessed. Once approved, just pay the deposit and you’re all set.

Check out The Nomad Escape’s retreats here. 

BORDERLESS RETREAT

Borderless Retreat offers curated co-living experiences that focus on their core values of mindfulness, remote work, community, personal development, movement, and travel. Retreats are mainly held in various locations around Portugal, but also include Spain, Morocco, and Europe.

What do you get?

Mornings tend to start with yoga, then after breakfast there may be a workshop or co-working time. After lunch it’s back to work (with 6-8 hours of structured work time per day), and after dinner the evenings are for unwinding, connecting, and personal/business development with a combination of masterminds, ecstatic dance, movie nights, and more.

  • Accommodation (shared or private rooms)
  • Co-living and Co-working space
  • Group activities and workshops
  • 3 meals a day, vegan, prepared
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, spring water
  • Access to exclusive branded community app

How do you attend?

There are lots of retreats and locations to choose from. Your application form will be reviewed within 24 hours, then you’ll have a video call with the team to ensure a good fit. Once selected, you pay the deposit (50%) and pack your bags.

Example 1-week retreat prices start at around 1,000 Euros.

Integrate conscious living into remote work with Borderless and learn more here.

Small Selective Retreats

Each of these options highlight a small, carefully selected group so that participants can better support and get to know each other.

UNSETTLED

Unsettled offers retreats that emphasize flexibility. With nine destinations available, you can opt for a 1-week, 2-week, or 1-month retreat. Best of all, the group takes the reins in determining the itinerary.

What do you get?

Each retreat differs slightly, since the group chooses to shape the experience. You can bank on top-notch accommodations, reliable WiFi, socializing, and some amazing destinations.

  • Some meals
  • Curated community
  • Dedicated team of leaders and local experts to support your experience
  • Peer-to-peer and facilitated workshops
  • Calendar of events
  • Local SIM card
  • Airport transportation
  • Turn-key logistics

How do you attend?

Choose a date and destination that works for you, submit your application, and get ready for an incredible trip. Unsettled will review all applicants to ensure everyone is the right fit. Costs range depending on length of trip and destination. 

Example prices for Destination Retreats: $2,000-$3,500

Break from your routine and get Unsettled.

WORK WANDERERS

Join Work Wanderers for a 3-week experience of learning, sharing skills, and exploring the world. These coliving/coworking retreats are specifically designed for location independent individuals who aspire to become digital nomads.

What do you get?

This turn-key option has everything sorted for you when you arrive, from masterminds and skill-shares to great accommodations and reliable WiFi.

  • Villa accommodation
  • Suitable workspace
  • Curated community
  • Calendar of events
  • Various destination options

How do you attend?

Work Wanderers limits the number of participants. The application process starts when you sign up for the waitlist. Locations include epic places like Tuscany, Croatia, and Cape Town.

Learn more and join the waitlist here.

PROJECT GETAWAY

Project Getaway is a unique retreat in Southeast Asia where participants are specifically chosen from a pool of applicants to optimize the experience. Running for over 10 years, Project Getaway is an all-in-one experience combining the social and recovery aspects of a working holiday and the networking and development components of a co-working gathering.

What do you get?

Think mastermind, accelerator, network gathering, and working holiday, then add in the ambiance of Bali, Thailand, or Mauritius. If your application is selected, you will join a hand-picked group of entrepreneurs in an experience unlike any other.

  • Unlimited co-living
  • Unlimited snacks, coffee, and tea
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pick-Up
  • Access to community and sport events
  • Transportation for group events
  • Adventure activities
  • Laundry service
  • Fast WiFi
  • Skype rooms
  • Security

How do you attend?

Since this event is exclusive, all attendees must navigate the application process. If you are selected, trip costs depend on the type of accommodation you choose. They also offer bespoke events for existing remote teams. 

Example cost: $2,975 – $3,950

Learn more about Project Getaway here. 

Book and Go Retreats

Skip the selection process of other retreats. These are great options to get away from it all with a simple booking process.

OUTSITE

Outsite Retreats are designed for remote workers and digital nomads, giving you the opportunity to escape your everyday routine. Each option comes with access to the café and one welcome drink. Limited to 8-12 remote workers, these retreats offer an intimate setting in two amazing locations—France and Mexico. Booking is simple and everything you need is included.

Outsite also has co-living spaces you can rent for longer periods of time. Learn more about that here

What do you get?

Whether you’re enjoying Basque Country at a French Chateau or taking in the beach on the Caribbean Coast, your 7-night retreat will cover the gamut—from social gatherings and adventures to reliable WiFi and dedicated workspaces. 

  • Accommodation and workspace
  • Welcome and closing dinners
  • Airport transportation
  • Local transportation to daily experiences
  • Daily drinks and snacks
  • Access to fitness equipment / facilities
  • Daily local experiences
  • Dedicated retreat leader

How do you attend?

Outsite membership is required to sign up for one of these retreats. Annual and lifetime options are available, and you receive several benefits from membership including access to Member-Only Outsite Spaces, monthly deals, and rewards.only one

Example retreats and prices: 

  • Culinary Immersion in France $1,833 – $2,071
  • Taste of Tulum $1,968 – $2,265

Learn more about Outsite’s upcoming retreats here.

REMOTE YEAR 

If Remote Year sounds familiar, you probably read about it in my coworking article. In addition to their 1-month, 4-month, and 12-month all-inclusive coliving coworking programs, Remote Year offers a one-week retreat perfect for digital nomads and entrepreneurs who want to unplug and recharge.

What do you get?

RY retreats are spread across the globe at some of the most beautiful destinations. Each retreat includes chic accommodations that give you the chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle. Group size is kept small so you can connect with other attendees during the workshops and excursions led by your program facilitator.

  • Accommodations
  • Health and safety resources
  • Airport transportation
  • All meals
  • Wellness activities
  • Program facilitator

How do you attend?

Booking a retreat is simple. Once you figure out where you want to go, you will select the dates that work for you. You will be contacted by your program facilitator shortly after, and all that’s left is packing your bags.

Example Cost: $1,950-$2,280

Find out more about Remote Year Retreats.

Active Retreats

These retreats are the perfect mix of fun and work, intentionally designed to feed your adventurous soul.

FLAKS

If you’re a digital nomad who loves adventures and outdoor activities, Flaks is for you. The Kite and Yoga Retreat is held in Tarifa, Spain and features an interesting combination of business and fun. Join an active community of adventurers who also happen to be skillful entrepreneurs.

What do you get?

Get ready for some beautiful views from the luxurious villa where you will be staying. Flaks champions flexibility, so the schedule can vary depending on the group. Kite surfing is a local staple, so bank on that.

  • Coworking space
  • WiFi
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee/tea/lemonade
  • 3 dinners
  • 3 business meetups
  • Masterminds
  • Active community

How do you attend?

There is a brief application process to attend the Flaks retreat. This ensures you are the right fit for the group. The retreat is limited to 8-14 participants.

Example Cost: €797-€1,500

Learn more about Flaks retreats here.

UNLEASH

Unleash Surf combines adventure, co-working, and comfortable living for a one-of-a-kind experience. Explore the incredible Peruvian landscape and cultures when you’re not taking surfing lessons or working in an exclusive space with breathtaking views.

What do you get?

Unleash is based in Huanchaco, Peru; the birthplace of surfing, and home of pre-Colombian cultures. Enjoy some great amenities during this retreat:

  • Custom-designed co-working space
  • Fast WiFi
  • Fantastic surf and one-on-one lessons or coaching
  • Curated group
  • Various excursions and experiences
  • Prime location
  • Private apartment

How do you attend?

The next season of events hasn’t been released yet. When the dates are available, you can easily apply to join Unleash on the website.

Get the info on the next Unleash retreat here.

Change up your routine with a Digital Nomad Retreat

We all need a break now and again. Why not enjoy a beautiful destination and network with other entrepreneurs while you do it? Digital nomad retreats are fantastic ways to share skills, grow personally and professionally, and take a breather. Most retreats are set up so you can continue to be productive whenever the mood strikes, making them a perfect way to mix things up.

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