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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 industry with the yachting industry to provide transformational experiences on yachts all over the world. We help clients find charter yachts that already offer yoga, massage, and other holistic experiences and we help retreat facilitators find the perfect yacht, crew and location to host their retreats.  

A luxurious yacht surrounded by turquoise water and majestic islands is the ideal venue for a retreat of a lifetime.

However, there are many challenges to booking retreats on yachts.

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Unlike land venues, where it’s easy to avoid contact with the managers, maids and chefs, on yachts, the retreat hosts and guests live in close quarters with “the help”. 

The captain must be able to hold safe space for the retreat hosts and guests and his/her personality must vibe well with their intentions. We can help you find a “zen” captain who is responsible and experienced but is also the type of person you would want to be on retreat with. 

The chef needs to be able to cook high vibrational food and cater to the retreat guests unique dietary preferences, which often include vegan and gluten free diets. We can help you find the perfect chef whose personality is conducive to a calm, warm and nurturing experience. 

Some boats run with 3, 4, 5 or more crew. 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 rolls. Some crew have additional skills and certifications that support the retreat guests experience, such as being a yoga teacher or massage therapist. Awaken the Waters – Retreats On Yachts will help you find 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 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, monohols, 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 their own unique offerings. The ideal location depends on many factors including, where you clients desire to travel to and where you envision your retreat will be most fulfilling. We need to make sure that we have the best crew and yacht in the location you desire at a price point that your clients can afford. Awaken the Waters – Retreats On Yachts can help you pick the best location to sell out you retreat and please your clients. 

Yacht retreats are not cheap but the right clients are more than willing to pay for this once in a lifetime experience. We are currently in the process of building a client base whom we can market you retreat to, but for now, attracting the right clients is mostly up to you. 


Awaken The Waters – Retreats On Yachts will help you market your retreat as best we can! We have a list of over 100 top yacht brokers and we will share your brochure, website and other marketing material with them. 

If you already work with high end clients who book other retreats with you, you will have no problem enticing them to sign up for a retreat on a yacht!

How To Get Started?

Whether you are interested in hosting a retreat next month or next year or someday, we are excited to talk to you and help you envision your dream experience! We are here to answer any questions you have and to help you plan, fill and profit from your yachting retreat.

If you are a retreat facilitator interested in hosting a retreat on a yacht please fill out this application form bellow, then we will set up a discovery call. 

If you have a yacht and would to book with retreats please contact us.

If you are yacht crew already offering retreat experiences we want to work with you!


Join our community of conscious, passionate yacht crew!

Experience Based charters are the way of Future

Sick of serving rosé all day while listening to music you hate and pretending to be interested in conversations that make you feel uncomfortable? What if all your charter guests chose your boat because of your personalty and passions?  

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 focuses. 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 are in the process of booking 30 retreats on yachts for the 2024 season

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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. A yacht retreat offers a harmonious blend of luxury, adventure, and holistic well-being. It allows you to embark on a transformative journey that combines relaxation, self-discovery, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the ocean. 


Book a Wellness Charter!

Turn your yacht vacation into a rejuvenating experience!

What is the difference between a "wellness charter" and a "yacht retreat"?

A "wellness charter" is like a regular yacht charter (where you rent a boat with you family or friends) but with crew who are able to facilitate a unique healthy experience catered to your specific dietary, fitness, and wellness needs. A RETREAT on a yacht is where a professional retreat facilitator hosts an experience on a yacht that can be booked individually. Each wellness charter package includes a pre-charter health consultation to curate a menu based on your dietary preferences, as well as the customized itinerary based on your wellbeing & fitness goals. A Wellness Charter includes all of the adventures and amenities of a regular charter, but your experience will be augmented with intention setting, daily yoga, meditation, breathwork, healthy food, transformational workshops, and deep authentic connection.

Each Yacht Retreat itinerary will vary based on the clients needs and desires.

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


Mornings will start with tea and celery juice, followed by an hour of yoga and meditation either on the boat or on the beach. Then we will gather for a nourishing breakfast of acai bowls, avocado toast and/or a breakfast frittata. During breakfast we will go over the exciting itinerary for the day.


The day will include workshop time and activities such as sailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and E-foiling. After a wholesome lunch we will hike to a spot with a spectacular view, a grand place for guided breathwork, vocal activation, meditation, sharing circle, journaling or other powerful practices.


We will return to the boat for sunset where we will share cocktails or mocktails made with fresh juices, often infused with turmeric, ginger and other medicinal herbs. Enjoy another nourishing meal followed by dancing on the top deck, some quiet time, authentic relaxing games, or another workshop.

On most nights, you can end the evening gazing at an immaculate night sky, snuggled into blankets on the trampolines located on the bow of the boat.

You will go home feeling healthier, happier, and lighter than on your average vacation!

YACHT Example


We have a verity of yachts to choose from in locations all over the world. Here are some photo of sailing yacht Leeway which we hosted some retreat on last year. Leeway is a 58’ Leopard catamaran with 3 guest cabins. Most of the yachts we work with have 4 or 5 cabins available for guests. 

Pricing your Yacht Retreat
Most yacht week long yacht retreats book for $5,000 to $10,000 per person. This rate incudes the captain, chef, retreat facilitator, food, drinks, and fuel. 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 was $15,000 per week. We will help you find the perfect boat for your guests standards and budgets.

Average Prices for a Yacht in the USVI, BVI and Bahamas

7 DAY Retreat or wellness Charter

Incudes a professional captain and chef, 7 breakfasts, lunches, appetizers and dinners. These prices do not include the cost of the retreat facilitator and their programing.
Price for number of guests:
4@$30,000 | 5@$30,500 | 6@$31,000 | 7
@$31,000 | 8@$31,500 | 10 @ $32,500


Incudes a professional captain and chef, 5 breakfasts, lunches, appetizers and dinners. These prices do not include the cost of the retreat facilitator and their programing.
Price for number of guests:
4@$25,000 | 5@$25,400 | 6@$25,800 | 7@$26,200 | 8@$25,600 | 10 @ $26,400

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 spear fish at the age of 6 and drive a dinghy long before she could drive a car. When Jessica turned 18 she got her captains 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 soul longed for the ocean.   

Jessica has alway had an innate skill of connecting people, creating community and leading experiences. Her highest joy is witnessing transformation 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, socal life has improved, connection to spirit has deppend and he loves himself more and more. It is this kind of feedback that motivates Jesssica 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 50 ft catamarans to 120 ft  super yachts. She realized there was a need for a company that helped retreat facilitators host retreats on yachts when she cheffed 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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