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

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

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 like to host retreat on it, or if you are yacht crew already offering retreat experiences please email us.


We are into collaboration, not competition

Awaken The Waters is building a community of retreat hosts, yachties, cruisers and ocean lovers who value optimal health, personal growth, authentic connection, transformative experiences, sustainability and ocean conservation.

We want to support your vision and help you offer your wellness services to the people who desire them the most.  

Are you...

Alcohol and cocaine are all too common in the yachting community. Why is it that daily drinking is considered normal on boats but is considered alcoholism on land? In many spiritual communities around the world, alcohol is not even part of the daily culture.

Our founder, Jessica, left yachting for many years because she no longer enjoyed alcohol consumption. She found herself living on land in thriving communities in Indonesia, Rhode Island, Colorado, Costa Rica and Hawaii where alcohol was not part of their culture. As much as she loved these communities she missed waking up on a boat and jumping in the ocean and longed to get back to the sea. She is now lives on a catamaran in the Virgin Islands and is  continuously meeting other mermaids and mermen who have similar stories. Jessica’s mission is to merge the yachting industry with the wellness industry through her company Awaken The Waters – Retreats On Yachts.

We are not claiming to be a sober community. We believe that alcohol is a sacred medicine but like so many other sacred plant medicines, it is overused and abused. Everyone has a different relationship with alcohol. Cultivating the relationship that works best for you and your dream life is what’s important. For some of us that means sobriety and for others it means moderation, in moderation! 

Drinking a glass of red wine with dinner most evenings or getting a little drink every now and again can be a healthy practice but when alcohol consumption is inhibiting you from loving yourself, and living your best life, it’s a problem. 

Awaken The Waters is excited to help break this vicious cycle and host community gatherings that do not include alcohol. Some of these community events include, DJed ecstatic dance parties, live music, morning and sunset hikes, arts and craft nights, yoga, breath work, meditation, authentic relating, dinner parties, workshops and just good old hanging out. 

If you resonate with this message and want to join our community please join us!
We look forward to connecting with you and learning about your story and your vision!

We are in the Process of planing 30 retreats on yachts for the 2024 season!


Retreats On Yachts was founded by 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.

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) 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 expense 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 cabins. Most of the yachts we work with have 4 or 5 cabins available for guests. 

Average Prices for Yachts in the USVI

7 DAY Retrat

7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners Happy hour canapes Standard ships bar (if requested) and snacks. Meals ashore are additional. This does 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 @ $32,000


5 breakfasts, lunches and dinners Happy hour canapes Standard ships bar (if requested) and snacks. Meals ashore are additional. This does not include the cost of the retreat facilitator and their programing.
Price for number of guests:
2@$26,333 | 3@$26,750 | 4@$29,000 | 5@$27,583 | 6@$28,000

Meet Jessica

Founder of Retreats on yachts

Jessica is a certified health coach. She specializes in catering to guests’ specific dietary preferences such as vegan, gluten free and keto. She is skilled in preparing food that tastes delicious, looks beautiful and adheres to her high standards of quality, sustainability, health and nutrition. Jessica’s passions are creating food art, surfing, spearfishing, kiteboarding, dancing, traveling, taking underwater photos, and hosting retreats.

Jessica offers her services as a yoga teacher and energy healer on board the yacht as requested. Imagine starting your day on a beautiful catamaran with meditation, breathwork, and yoga! Jessica is also available to teach paddleboard yoga, and host bonfires on the beach, ecstatic dance pirates, cacao ceremonies, authentic relating workshops, chakra workshops, and rapid rewire sessions. She has a wide network of local body workers in the USVI and BVI for guests who want to experience other healing modalities and plant medicine ceremonies. Jessica’s life purpose is to merge the wellness industry with the yachting industry through hosting wellness charters and yoga retreats on yachts.

Jessica has had a lifelong passion for cooking. Her parents indulged her from an early age in baking and meal prep. Jessica grew up on Block Island and was homeschooled on her parent’s wooden motorsailer in the Bahamas. She graduated from Colorado College in 2011 with a BA in philosophy and psychology. In the summers she captained a launch (water taxi boat) in the harbor on Block Island. Following an illness her junior year of college, Jessica learned the value of healing herself through specific diets and alternative medicine. She became interested in the study of the gut microbiome and the science of treating food as medicine. In 2013 she attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and became a certified health coach. She subsequently started a turmeric tea company called Jahmu in 2014 which she ran for 6 years.

Her career as a yacht chef began in 2019. Since then she has cheffed on both sailing and motor yachts ranging from 50ft to 120ft in the Caribbean, Bahamas and New England. She has become very proficient at provisioning in the islands, sourcing the highest quality produce, meats and seafood. Jessica enjoys making deep, authentic connections with new people and holding space for transformation. Her mission is to provide the best experience possible for her guests and for them to leave feeling well nourished, satisfied, healthy and inspired!

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