A Conscious Approach to Yoga Travel: Moksha Yoga Amazonica

A Conscious Approach to Yoga Travel: Moksha Yoga Amazonica


To many, the concept of yoga travel involves a week-long retreat or wellness vacation at a beautiful and tranquil resort with daily classes and healthy foods. While a seven day reset may be all some are looking for, what if the mainstream idea of yoga travel became reimagined to a more holistic approach and became a way of life; deep study of self and yogic traditions, learning from and giving back to local community, and putting these teachings into practice and out into the world! Moksha Yoga Amazonica is already a living example and inspiration for this, and they are proving to be a successful and sustainable role model for those looking for this kind of experience and way of life.

Set among the high mountains of the Peruvian Amazon, this community offers a 360-degree conscious approach to living. Offerings at the center include; classes, workshops, retreats, yoga teacher trainings, plant medicine rituals, immersive nature experiences, cultural exploration, opportunities to give back to the local community by way of volunteering at a Youth Empowerment Foundation, and work exchange and internship programs for yoga teachers, healers, and tourism professionals. 

We connected with Vincent Roy, the Founder and Program Director at Moksha to learn more about what they do at Moksha and the experience they have connecting with people through Yoga Trade. We also touched on how including a work exchange model has helped their business and community to flourish. Read on to learn more…..


What types of work trade opportunities do you have at Moksha and what do you look for when bringing someone onto your team?

At Moksha Yoga Amazonica, we offer primarily yoga teaching opportunities during our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings and retreats that allow seasoned yoga teachers to immerse themselves in our vibrant community and contribute their unique talents and energy to our mission of holistic wellness and connection with nature. Our work positions include teaching asana, pranayama, and meditation classes, as well as theoretical lectures, and helping with sharing our voice and story on our social media accounts. When bringing someone onto our team, we look for individuals who are passionate about yoga, holistic wellness, and sustainability, and who embody and resonate deeply with the values and ethos of Moksha Yoga Amazonica. We value inclusivity, respect, a willingness to learn and collaborate, enthusiasm, and reliability. We seek teachers who are dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for our students and guests, and who are committed to personal growth and self-development. Additionally, we prioritize individuals who have a strong work ethic, excellent communication skills, and a positive and flexible attitude. We believe in fostering a sense of community and mutual respect among our teachers and team members, and we strive to create opportunities for growth and advancement within our yoga school.

What have been some of the benefits of offering these work exchange programs?

Offering work exchange programs at Moksha Yoga Amazonica has been incredibly rewarding, bringing about a plethora of benefits for both our team members and our community. One of the most significant advantages is the sense of connection and camaraderie that these programs cultivate. By providing individuals with the opportunity to engage in meaningful work trade experiences, we foster a strong sense of community where everyone feels valued and supported.

“…offering work exchange programs is not just about exchanging labor for accommodation and a salary; it’s about building a thriving community where everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to something greater than themselves.”

This sense of belonging enhances the overall atmosphere of our school and creates a welcoming environment for our students and retreat participants. Additionally, work exchange programs serve as powerful platforms for personal and professional growth. Yoga teachers who come to teach at Moksha Yoga Amazonica have the chance to develop new skills, gain hands-on experience, and broaden their horizons in the realm of yoga and holistic wellness. Moreover, these programs promote a culture of collaboration and mutual support, where teachers come together to share their talents and contribute to a shared vision. Furthermore, we offer teachers the opportunity to create and offer their own yoga retreats at Kantu Garden Lodge during their time off (in-between our yoga teacher trainings, when we do not ask them to perform any work), which further empowers them and offers them the opportunity to gain more experience. This collaborative ethos not only strengthens our team dynamics but also reinforces our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. In essence, offering work exchange programs is not just about exchanging labor for accommodation and a salary; it’s about building a thriving community where everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to something greater than themselves.

What kinds of teachers and wellness professionals have you connected with through Yoga Trade and how has it added to the creativity and diversity of your space?

Through Yoga Trade, we’ve had the pleasure and privilege of connecting with a diverse array of incredible yoga teachers and wellness professionals who have brought a wealth of knowledge, experience, and creativity to our yoga school Moksha Yoga Amazonica. These collaborations have added rich layers to our offerings and have contributed to the vibrant tapestry of practices and perspectives that define us. Additionally, we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with wellness professionals such as Ayurvedic practitioners, nutritionists, and massage therapists, who offer complementary modalities that promote healing and holistic well-being.

These connections have added depth and diversity to our yoga school, allowing us to offer a comprehensive range of classes and lectures that cater to the various needs and interests of our students and retreat participants while also fostering a sense of community. The exchange of ideas and practices facilitated by Yoga Trade has sparked creativity and innovation within our community, inspiring us to explore new avenues of self-expression and personal growth. By fostering an environment of collaboration and cross-pollination, Yoga Trade has played a crucial role in shaping the dynamic and inclusive space that is Moksha Yoga Amazonica.

As a host offering opportunities, what are some key factors and/or foundations that create successful work trades?

Creating successful work trade opportunities and relationships requires establishing a strong foundation built on clear communication, mutual respect, and shared values. One key factor is ensuring that both Moksha Yoga Amazonica and the teachers we hire have a clear understanding of expectations and responsibilities from the outset. This includes outlining in a written work agreement the scope of work, expected hours, and all the benefits provided in exchange for teaching, which in our case includes air and land transportation to and from Peru, accommodation at the “teachers’ house” at Kantu Garden Lodge, food, a salary, and as of recently we added to those benefits a weekly one hour physiotherapy session at our local clinic Vital Fisio where teachers can either treat injuries or simply relax with a massage. This clarity helps to establish a sense of trust and accountability, laying the groundwork for a successful partnership. Additionally, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where yoga teachers feel valued and appreciated is essential. This involves cultivating open lines of communication and creating opportunities for meaningful engagement, providing constructive feedback and guidance when needed, and recognizing and celebrating the contributions of the yoga teachers who join our team. 

“…successful work trades are built on a foundation of trust, transparency, and collaboration, where both our yoga school and teachers work together towards common goals and shared visions.”

Another important aspect is maintaining a spirit of reciprocity and mutual benefit, where both our yoga school and the teachers who join our team derive value from the exchange. This may involve offering opportunities for skill development, personal growth, and creating opportunities for connection and community building. For example, we do not ask any work of the teachers who join our team for half of the month, and we give them the opportunity to run their own private retreats utilizing our school’s equipment (yoga mats, blocks, bolsters, blankets, etc.) at no cost and with discounted room and food rates at Kantu Garden Lodge. 

Ultimately, successful work trades are built on a foundation of trust, transparency, and collaboration, where both our yoga school and teachers work together towards common goals and shared visions. By prioritizing communication, inclusivity, and mutual support, we can create work trade opportunities that are enriching, rewarding, and sustainable for all involved.

What wisdom can you offer other hosts, retreat centers, and wellness spaces who are considering hiring yoga teachers + wellness professionals through Yoga Trade or who want to start a work trade program?

For hosts, yoga schools, retreat centers, and wellness spaces considering hiring yoga teachers and wellness professionals through Yoga Trade or starting a work trade program, we would offer the following insights: 

-First and foremost, take the time to clearly define your goals, values, and expectations for your program. Understand what you hope to achieve through the exchange and how it aligns with your overall mission, vision, and values.

-Next, foster a culture of openness and collaboration and build strong relationships with your participants. Communication is key—be transparent about your requirements, benefits, and any potential challenges or limitations. Create a supportive and inclusive environment where participants feel valued and empowered to contribute their unique talents and perspectives. Prioritize learning and growth and development, both for yourself and your participants. View the exchange as an opportunity for mutual learning and enrichment, where everyone involved has the chance to expand their horizons and deepen their understanding of yoga, wellness, and community.

-Finally, be adaptable, open-minded, open to feedback, and adapt as needed. Every program is unique, and it’s important to remain flexible and responsive to the needs and preferences of your participants. By approaching your work trade program with intention, authenticity, integrity, and a spirit of collaboration, you can create a truly transformative experience for all involved.


Big love and gratitude to Moksha Yoga Amazonica for their participation within the Yoga Trade community and for all the offerings, opportunities, and wisdom they share.

Curious about how to get involved but not sure where to start?

Embark on a transformative journey that not only enriches your understanding of yoga but also nurtures your soul amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Amazon rainforest. The yoga space is not just a place to practice; it’s a sanctuary where you’ll feel connected to the elements that surround you: Moksha Yoga Amazonica’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program

“…it’s not just about what you learn; it’s about the connections you make along the way. Our intimate class sizes foster a sense of community and support, allowing you to forge lifelong friendships with like-minded souls who share your passion for yoga and adventure.”

Whether you’re seeking to become a certified yoga teacher or simply craving a deeper immersion into the practice of yoga, Moksha Yoga Amazonica’s programs offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the depths of your being while surrounded by the exquisite and tranquil beauty of the Amazon rainforest.

Every journey begins with a single step!

Learn more HERE:

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