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Are you a retreat facilitator interested in hosting a retreat on a yacht?

Awaken The Waters – Retreats on Yachts is here to help! 

Retreats On Yachts was founded by former captain and yacht chef Jessica Filkins in 2023. Our mission is to merge the wellness and yachting industries to provide transformational experiences on yachts worldwide.
We believe that a luxurious yacht surrounded by turquoise water and majestic islands is the ideal venue for the retreat of a lifetime. We take on the many challenges of booking retreats on yachts. So you can relax and enjoy the experience of retreat hosting!

We will give you:

As opposed to traditional land venues, on yachts, retreat hosts and guests share intimate spaces with the indispensable support staff (captain, chef, strews and mates). 

A captain assumes the vital role of curating a secure haven for hosts and guests, with their persona harmonizing seamlessly with the retreat’s essence. Our expertise lies in locating a captain who embodies the tranquil spirit, merging professionalism and experience with a personality that resonates deeply with the retreat’s purpose.

We will help you find the perfect chef whose personality is conducive to a calm, warm, and nurturing experience. Who can cook high vibrational food and cater to the retreat guests’ unique dietary preferences. This often includes vegan and gluten-free diets. 

Some boats run with 3-5 or more crew members. It is important that the other crew (mates and stews) are also able to hold a low-stress, fun-loving vibe in addition to proficiency in their roles. Some crew have additional skills and certifications that support the retreat guests’ experience, such as being a yoga teacher or massage therapist. Let us support you in finding the perfect crew for the ideal experience you are offering.

There are many yachts to choose from all over the world and the price point varies from $20,000 per week to over $100,000 per week. 

Most yachts have 3-5 cabins and can sleep 6-10 guests. Many retreat hosts choose to charter several yachts and “buddy boat” so that they can have more participants in the retreat while others enjoy the intimate experience of a 6-10 person retreat. 

Some yachts come with a crew who live onboard full time and other yachts are “bare boat” meaning you rent the yacht and we help you find the best freelance crew to host your experience. 

There are sailing yachts and power yachts, monohulls, catamarans, and trimarans. The majority of our retreats are hosts on sailing catamarans but some clients prefer power yachts or monohull sailboats. It depends on the type of experience you are offering and the type of clients who will be booking your retreat

There are so many beautiful places in the world to host a retreat on a yacht that it may seem hard to choose the right one. Each island chain has its own unique offerings. 

The ideal location depends on many factors including, where your clients desire to travel to and where you envision your retreat will be most fulfilling. We help to make sure that we have the best crew and yacht in the location you desire at a price point that your guests can afford. 

Awaken the Waters – Retreats On Yachts will help you pick the best location to sell out your retreat and blow your retreat guests away!

Setting the right price for your yacht retreat is crucial. We provide practical support to help you navigate the complexities of pricing. Our team will assist you in creating a detailed spreadsheet that accounts for all expenses associated with chartering a yacht, including fuel, docking fees, crew salaries, and more. With our guidance, you’ll be able to determine a fair price for your clients while ensuring profitability for yourself. Let us help you make informed decisions and achieve your financial goals with confidence. 

Yacht retreats offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience that discerning clients are eager to embrace, despite the higher investment. While we’re actively building our client base for targeted marketing, it’s important to note that attracting the right participants primarily relies on your existing clientele.  

Our team is committed to supporting you in maximizing the appeal of your retreat. We’ll collaborate closely to develop a captivating itinerary, design an enticing sales page, and create compelling media content using our extensive library of past retreat photos. 

 However, it’s essential to emphasize that you’ll need to leverage your own client base for marketing purposes. While we provide invaluable assistance in refining your retreat offerings and enhancing their visual appeal, the responsibility of reaching your audience rests with you. 

 If you already cater to high-end clients through your other retreats, transitioning them to a yacht retreat should be a seamless process. With our collaborative approach and your established clientele, enticing them to join you on this extraordinary journey will be a natural progression.

How To Get Started?

Ready to host your retreat, whether it’s next month, next year, or sometime in the future? We’re thrilled to assist you in bringing your dream retreat to life on a luxurious yacht. Our team is here to answer all your questions and guide you through planning, filling, and profiting from your exclusive yachting retreat. Let’s make it unforgettable!

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Collaborate, inspire, and co-create in the heart of Croatia, where a community of retreat leaders converges to weave together unforgettable moments

Upcoming retreat:

August 14 -21, 2024

  • Dive into hands-on learning: Gain insights as both participant and facilitator, refining your skills for leading transformative experiences on the open seas.
  • Forge meaningful connections: Network with fellow retreat leaders, fostering collaborations and sharing ideas amidst the exclusive setting of our yacht retreat.
  • Elevate your brand: Showcase your next retreat with professional photos and videos captured against the stunning oceanic backdrop, attracting participants with captivating marketing materials. 
  • Master the art of profitable hosting: Learn insider strategies from industry experts to design, promote, and host successful yacht retreats that leave a lasting impact. 
  • Explore Croatia’s coastal wonders: Embark on an unforgettable adventure aboard a luxurious yacht, discovering hidden coves and charming coastal towns along Croatia’s breathtaking coastline
  • Connect with the Ocean: Experience the ocean’s profound influence on personal growth, emotional release and human connection, fostering introspection, healing, and authentic connections amidst the rhythmic waves. 

Now Featuring

Retreats in Croatia!

Are you a retreat facilitator or event producer looking for a boat that can hold 30 to 40 guests? We have a unique opportunity to charter a motor yacht in Croatia for an extremely low price in the peak season of July and August 2024.  It is possible to make up tp $60,000 in profit from hosting a week-long retreat on this boat while still keeping the cost for your guests under $3,000 per person. To learn more about this opportunity click the link below or contact us.

Join our community of conscious, passionate yacht crew!

Experience Based charters are the way of Future

We are in the process of building an experience-based yacht brokerage company that matches charter guests with crew who share the same passions and interests. Retreats on yachts do not all have to be wellness focused. We want to offer spearfishing retreats, wing foiling retreats, surf retreats, underwater photography retreats, local history retreats, cooking class retreats, and other unique experiences that can only be offered by yacht crew who are truly skilled at sharing the activities they love. 

We are also building a community of retreat hosts, yachties, cruisers, and ocean lovers who value optimal health, personal growth, authentic connection, transformative experiences, sustainability, ocean conservation, and pursuing your passions. We want to support your vision and help you book the kind of charters that you are excited to host. If you have an idea for a yacht retreat, reach out so we can help you book it!

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We look forward to connecting with you and learning about your story and your vision!

Why is a yacht the perfect venue for your next retreat?

Yacht retreats provide an unparalleled level of tranquility and exclusivity. Imagine being surrounded by the vastness of the open sea, with breathtaking views and a sense of freedom that allows you to truly disconnect from the outside world. The calming presence of the ocean creates a serene atmosphere that enhances relaxation and introspection.  

Yachts are synonymous with luxury, and booking a retreat on a yacht means indulging in a lavish experience. From elegantly designed cabins to gourmet dining options and personalized service, every aspect of your stay is meticulously curated to ensure your comfort and well-being. You can unwind in opulent surroundings while enjoying the amenities and services available on board. 

Yacht retreats offer the opportunity to explore stunning destinations from a unique perspective. Sail to secluded islands, visit hidden coves, and anchor in picturesque harbors that are often inaccessible by land. Each destination becomes a backdrop for your retreat, providing a sense of adventure and discovery that enriches your overall experience.

 Yacht retreats can be tailored to your specific preferences and wellness goals. Whether you’re seeking mindfulness, rejuvenation, fitness, or personal growth, these retreats offer a wide range of activities and workshops led by experienced professionals. From yoga and meditation sessions to spa treatments and workshops, you can create a personalized itinerary that aligns with your desires and intentions.  

The intimate nature of yacht retreats fosters a strong sense of community among participants. With a limited number of guests on board, you have the opportunity to connect deeply with like-minded individuals, forming meaningful connections and sharing transformative experiences. The supportive environment encourages personal growth and provides a space for reflection, learning, and mutual support.

Yachts often have limited connectivity to the internet and mobile networks. This can be beneficial for a retreat as it encourages participants to disconnect from technology, fostering deeper connections and a more focused experience. 

A yacht retreat is truly a “once in a life time,” bucket list experience. You get to enjoy the open water, stunning views, and the sensation of being on a luxurious vessel while experiencing deep human connection and profound personal transformation

Yachts provide a higher level of privacy compared to houses, especially if you’re in a secluded location. You can enjoy your retreat without disturbances or distractions from the outside world. 

Yachts come with a professional crew that takes care of all the logistics, including navigation, cooking, and housekeeping. This allows you to focus on your retreat’s purpose and fully relax, knowing that everything is being taken care of.

"This was the best week of my life!"


Booking a retreat on a yacht offers a host of unique advantages that set it apart from traditional retreat experiences. Enjoy the freedom of exploring many different islands in a week without having to get in a car or change hotel rooms. A yacht retreat offers a harmonious blend of luxury, adventure, and holistic well-being. It is time to embark on a transformative journey that combines relaxation, self-discovery, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the ocean. 

Explore Booking a Wellness Charter!

If you are not looking to join or host an upcoming retreat but are looking to have a rejuvenating yacht vacation experience, then explore our Wellness Charter option!

A Wellness Charter is like a regular yacht charter (where you rent a boat with your family or friends) but with a unique crew who are able to facilitate a healthy experience catered to your specific dietary, fitness, and wellness needs.

Each Wellness Charter package includes a pre-charter health consultation to curate a menu based on your dietary preferences, as well as a customized itinerary based on your well-being & fitness goals.

Need a "husband sitter"? Wellness Charters are FUN for the whole family. While the girls are doing yoga on the beach the captain can take the guys fishing, spear fishing or E-foiling!

A Wellness Charter includes all of the adventures and amenities of a regular charter, but your experience will be enhanced with daily transformational activities like intention setting, yoga, meditation, breathwork, and workshops.

Let us help you design your dream retreat!

Retreat design will vary based on INDIVIDUAL client PREFERENCES

Here is a sample of what a typical day might be like:

Morning:

The dawn unfolds with elegance as we savor tea and the crisp refreshment of celery juice. A graceful hour of yoga and meditation awaits, whether on the tranquil boat deck or the sun-kissed beach. Our collective presence then converges for a breakfast that renews the senses—Acai bowls, Avocado toast, and/or the inviting embrace of a warm breakfast frittata. Amid this nourishing repast, we unfurl the itinerary of our day’s adventures with anticipation and excitement.

Day:

Embarking on the day’s journey, we immerse ourselves in a symphony of workshops and engaging pursuits—sailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and the exhilaration of E-foiling. A scrumptuous lunch replenishes us, setting the stage for a transformative hike to a vantage point that unveils a panorama of sheer magnificence. Here, a canvas of possibilities unfolds: guided breathwork, the resonance of vocal activation, the serenity of meditation, the warmth of a sharing circle, or the introspective dance of journaling—a tapestry woven with profound and empowering practices.

Evening:

As the sun descends, reflecting its golden hues upon the calm ocean, we reunite aboard the vessel for an enchanting sunset rendezvous. Here, libations flow—crafted from fresh elixirs, adorned with the healing essences of turmeric, ginger, and other herbal wonders. A delectable feast awaits, another chapter in our culinary journey, before the rhythm of the night takes hold.

Atop the deck, beneath the starlit canvas, we sway to the music, celebrating life’s cadence. For those seeking tranquility, a hushed haven beckons, while the spirit of camaraderie thrives in authentic relating games and workshops. Each night, a celestial spectacle unveils itself, a grand finale to be recieved as you nestle in cozy blankets upon the trampolines, gazing upward from the bow’s embrace.

You'll depart with feeling of wholeness, a heart aglow with happiness, and a spirit lifted to new heights—far beyond the ordinary realms of a mere vacation!

YACHT Example

Catamaran

A sailing catamaran is the most popular type of yacht for retreats in the Bahamas, Vergin Islands, Caribbean, and Central America. The Season for this part of the world is November to August. December to April is peak season when prices are higher. Here are some photos of the sailing yacht Leeway which we hosted some retreats on last year. Leeway is a 58’ Leopard catamaran with 3 guest cabins. Most of the catamarans we work with have 4 or 5 cabins available for guests and charter for $18,000-$40,000 per week.

YACHT Example

Motor Yacht

We have a variety of motor yachts available in Croatia and Turkey that can sleep 30 to 40 guests. These boats are perfect for retreat facilitators who want to host larger groups at a lower price for the guests and a higher profit for the facilitators. The season for yacht retreats in this part of the world is May to October. July and August are peak season months when the weather is the best. These boats charter for $45,000 to $70,000 per week.   


Pricing your Yacht Retreat 
Most yacht week-long yacht retreats On catamarans in North and Central America book for $5,000 to $8,000 per person. This rate includes the captain, chef, retreat facilitator, drinks, fuel, and 3 meals per day onboard. The average 60ft catamaran in the USVI charters for about $30,000 per week. Larger more luxurious catamarans charter for $40,000-$90,000 per week. Smaller, older, funkier catamarans charter for as low as $15,000 per week. 

In Croatia and the Mediterranean, most week-long yacht retreats on motor yachts book for $3,000 to $5,000 per person which includes a full crew and 2 meals per day. These boats can accommodate 3 or 4 times as many guests as the catamarans so the price per guest is significantly lower and the potential profit for the retreat facilitators is significantly higher. These yachts can range from as low as $45,000 per week to over $80,000 per week depending on the level of luxury.

We will help you find the perfect boat for your guest's standards and budgets. 

After you choose the type of boat and location for your retreat we will create a detailed spreadsheet that accounts for every possible expense. In the spreadsheet, we will calculate all of the costs from snorkel gear and ice to your profit and travel expenses. We will then add these numbers together and divide the total by the expected number of guests to determine what each guest will need to pay for the retreat to operate successfully.

Pricing Guide for a Catamerans in the USVI, BVI, and Bahamas

7 DAY Retreat on a midsize CATAMARAN

Sleeps 6- 8 guests in 3 or 4 cabins plus on cabin for the facilitator and one cabin for the crew. Each cabin has one queen size bed and a private bathroom with a shower. Includes a professional captain and chef and 3 delicious meals per day on board per day.

Total Price
$20,000 -$30,000

Price per guest in shared cabin - Not including the retreat facilitator fee/profit
$3000- $5,000

Price per guest in shared cabin - If the retreat facilitator makes $5,000
$3,250 - 5,800

Price per guest in shared cabin - If the retreat facilitator makes $10,000
$3,800- $6,800 ,

7 DAY Retreat on a large LUXURY Catameran

Sleeps 8-10 guests in 4- 5 cabins plus one cabin for the facilitator and one cabin for the crew.Each cabin has one queen size bed and a private bathroom with a shower. Includes a professional captain and chef and 3 gourmet meals on board each day.

Total Price
$35,000 -$60,000

Price per guest in shared cabin - Not including the retreat facilitator fee/profit
$3,500- $7,500

Price for the guest in shared cabin - If the retreat facilitator makes $5,000
$4,000 - $8,000

Price per guest in shared cabin - If the retreat facilitator makes $10,000
$4,500- $8,750

Pricing guide for Motor Yachts in the Mediterranean

7-DAY Retreat on a LUXURY YACHT

Holds 30-40 guests. Includes a professional crew, fuel, dockage, and 2 meals per day.

The total price for the whole boat
$45,000 -$60,000

Price per guest per week
$1,900- $3,900

Profit for Retreat Facilitator
$30,000- $90,000

7-DAY Retreat on a Delux yacht

Holds 30-40 guests. Includes a professional crew, fuel, dockage, and 2 meals per day.

The total price for the whole boat
$70,000 -$100,000

Price per guest per week
$3,000- $5,000

Profit for Retreat Facilitator
$50,000- $100,000

Our Process and Rates

RETREATS on yachts is a yacht BROKERAGE and travel AGENCY


Our rate is $150/hour for planning your yacht retreat

Simplified Steps:

1. Fill out the Inquiry Form

2. Schedule a FREE discovery call

3. Pay $250 for the detailed budget sheet with at least 3 yacht or location options to compare

3. Pay the $150 per hour or buy a package of 10 hours for $1000

4. Receive our services (listed below) to plan your retreat

5. Launch and market your yacht retreat

6. Host your dream retreat and profit!

Our Services

we STRIVE to make YOUR EXPERIENCE of PLANNING a retreat fun and easy


We are dedicated to ensuring an enjoyable and seamless planning process, delivering a successful and unforgettable experience for both you and your clients. Our comprehensive suite of services includes:

1. Location Selection:
Our co-creative curation process identifies the ideal retreat location based on your preferences, accessibility, client desirability, seasonal considerations, and budget constraints. We aim to ensure that the chosen location aligns seamlessly with your retreat vision, creating an unforgettable experience for your participants.

2. Yacht Selection:
Embark on a personalized journey in yacht selection, taking into account cabin requirements, budget constraints, style preferences, and the desired atmosphere. Our commitment is to find the perfect yacht, ensuring every aspect contributes to the overall success and uniqueness of your retreat.

3. Budget Curation:
Sailing smoothly through the intricacies of yacht retreat planning, we provide detailed budgeting that accounts for hidden costs, ensuring transparency and informed decision-making. This step will allow us to determine the cost per person, your selling price, and your desired profit.

4. Captain Matching:
We specialize in matching you with a skilled captain who also serves as the guardian and architect of a nurturing atmosphere. We have a growing roster of captains who are highly skilled, experienced, self-aware, calm, personable, and can foster an environment that exceeds expectations. We do background checks, reference checks and interviews before matching you with the perfect male or female captain.

5. Culinary Excellence:
Our skilled yacht chefs cater to diverse dietary preferences, adding an extra layer to the experience. Many bring additional holistic modalities, such as yoga instruction, enhancing the overall well-being of your guests. We will introduce you to a chef who aligns with the theme and values of your retreat and whose personality contributes positively to the overall experience.

6. Crew Harmonization:
For larger yachts, we carefully select stew/mate/co-facilitators, ensuring a cohesive and enriching experience for your guests, aligning the entire crew with the unique vibe of your retreat.

7. Customized Itinerary Planning:
Collaborating with you and the captain, we assist in crafting the ideal itinerary, seamlessly integrating your programming for an unforgettable experience, from beach yoga sessions to snorkeling adventures and cultural explorations.

8. Visual Marketing Support:
We provide a rich array of marketing materials, including professional photos and videos from past retreats and shots of the selected yacht's interior, empowering your marketing team to effectively promote your unique yacht retreat.

9. Contracts, Agreements, and Waivers:
Our comprehensive suite of legal documents ensures efficiency and addresses potential issues. From the Retreat Participant Agreement to Yacht Charter Contracts and Liability Waivers, we offer transparency, clarity, and legal protection.

10. Client Communication Management:
As a liaison between you and your clients, we handle inquiries, bookings, and logistical details, ensuring a smooth and professional client experience, from answering questions to managing deposits, payments, and dietary preferences.

11. Marketing Support:
At this time Retreats On Yachts does not specialize in marketing; however we can advise you on marketing strategies that have worked for other retreat facilitators and we will share your retreat on our website and social media accounts. If desired, one of our partners can offer you marketing packages at an additional cost that cover everything from sales page creation, social media posting, email marketing, and paid advertising. We will do everything we can to help book up your yacht retreat!

sunset yoga on a luxurious catamaran

Meet Jessica

Founder of Retreats on yachts

Jessica Filkins is the visionary founder behind Retreats On Yachts, a groundbreaking company that combines luxury travel with transformative experiences. With a deep passion for wellness and a love for the ocean, Jessica has created a unique platform that merges the serenity of living on a boat with the transformational power of retreats. Driven by her belief that yachts are a perfect venue for personal growth, human connection, relaxation, and epic adventures, Jessica has curated a platform for retreat facilitators to easily host unique retreats that nourish the mind, body, and soul.   

Jessica grew up on Block Island and spent the majority of her childhood homeschooled on a sailboat in the Bahamas. With the ocean as her playground, she learned to spearfish at the age of 6 and drive a dinghy long before she could drive a car. When Jessica turned 18 she got her captain’s license and drove a launch (water taxi boat) on Block Island for 5 summers. 

 Her wellness journey began during her junior year at Colorado College when she experienced a serious health crisis that forced her to change her lifestyle and explore the alternative medicine path. After college, she traveled around the world studying various healing modalities. She completed her yoga teacher certification in Indonesia, became a reiki master, and received her health coaching certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  

Jessica’s entrepreneurial pursuits began with lemonade stands as a little girl. She started a jewelry company as a teenager, a babysitting booking service for Block Island, and a Non-profit yoga studio in Newport, Rhode Island. She discovered a passion for ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, and authentic relating and found the alcohol-based yachting industry no longer appealed to her. In 2014 she founded a turmeric-ginger chai tea company called Jahmu that still exists today. She moved to Boulder Colorado where her Jahmu business and social life thrived but her soul longed for the ocean.   

Jessica has always had the innate skill of connecting people, creating community, and leading experiences. Her highest joy is witnessing transformations in herself and others. She defines her life purpose as “to give and receive life-enriching experiences.” At a new moon beach fire ceremony she hosted the other night, a man who attended one of her annual retreats on Block Island told her that the retreat was the most life-changing experience he has ever had. He shared that in the past 10 months since the retreat he has stopped drinking, his musical career has excelled, his social life has improved, his connection to spirit has deepened and he loves himself more and more. It is this kind of feedback that motivates Jessica to facilitate and help others facilitate, truly life-changing retreats on yachts.   

Jessica’s desire to be back on the ocean elicited a career change in 2020 when she began cheffing on yachts. Her upbringing on boats combined with her skill of cooking and knowledge of nutrition allowed her to quickly excel as a Yacht Chef from 50ft catamarans to 120ft super yachts. She realized there was a need for a company that helped retreat facilitators host better retreats on yachts when she was the chef for her first yacht retreat. The 10 women who were on the retreat loved Jessica and her food and had an amazing time overall but the boat was inadequate and the captain was not the right fit. The captain was continuously trying to get his guests drunk and play cards while they were trying to have a beautiful spiritual experience. Jessica realized that there is a need for someone with a background in the yacht charter busses who also understood the wellness industry to match retreat facilitators with the right boat, captain, chef, location, and itinerary.  

As a true innovator in the travel industry, Jessica continuously seeks to expand Retreats On Yachts’ offerings, collaborating with renowned retreat facilitators, yoga instructors, mermaid models, and life coaches to curate exceptional experiences for her guests. Jessica Filkins’ entrepreneurial spirit, combined with her genuine desire to help others find freedom, balance, and tranquility, has made Retreats On Yachts a haven for those seeking transformative and unforgettable experiences. Her passion, creativity, and commitment to excellence continue to propel the company forward, inspiring individuals to embark on a journey of self-discovery while sailing the majestic seas with Retreats On Yachts. 

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