Having explored the world for quite sometime and been living in an alternative community for the last 6 years, I’d like to share the list I have complied for cool/conscious places in the world.
By conscious I mean cozy, a bit wild, hippies, friendly, safe, with yoga, meditation places, vegan food, organic farms and a sustainable living mindset. A place where diversity is celebrated and you’re not a part of the rate race anymore. Instead you wake up to the sounds of nature in the morning and are surrounded with like-minded souls, spiritual seekers, and explorers…nobody cares about how much money you have in the bank or what your “title” was before.
If you already woke up to the reality that there’s more to life than being a slave in the matrix, you might find this list useful. I haven’t visited every single place so I’m not vouching for these places. Follow your heart, check in with your rational mind and have fun exploring! 💚
Please drop a comment if you have somewhere else that can go into the list or any updates you may share about these places.
Blankenberghe fine beaches and vegan friendly
accommodations and yoga studios and hippie hangouts.
The old Hippie Island (Preveli)
Aegina – no, for families
North part of Chalkida.
There are communities there (yoga, detox, permaculture)
Christiania in Copenhagen
Lesvos island (Osho Afros)
Samothraki- really nice community there!
Amazing ancient tree, hot spring and sea.
Beware: strong energy, not for everyone. Volcano
Corfu Island (yoga retreats, ecstatic dance)
Valle della Luna, Sardegna
Praia do Barranco..
Zambujeira do Mar
Orgiva, Andalusia Cabo de gata, Andalusia
Valle del Gran Rey
Ibiza – North, Mercadillo Las Dalias area
Carmarthen in Wales
Kampot (no beach but has a lake where you can swim) a sweet place, yoga and vegan restaurants. Try the playground, Pilgrims, Simple things
Koh Rong island
Patnem in Goa, still quiet
Palolem in Goa
Arambol – too touristy, also not safe
Dharamsala – up in the Himalayas where the Dalai Lama lives. Super shanti place, yoga, buddhist meditation center (Tushita)
Rishikesh – although I’m hesitant to say it’s peaceful or safe. Maybe the Tapovan area.
Pokhara lake side
Pai, in the north. beautiful mountains, hot springs, yoga, live music, hippie community.
Koh Phangan – yoga, vegan community, beautiful tropical weather year round, untouched beaches, self-dev workshops, ecstatic dance
Pachamana, it’s a community in the dry jungle, close to Nosara, San Juanillo
Soltara – Costa Rica (London calling documentary)
Timamaste – vibrant thriving community, vortex of creativity but it’s rainy
Cauhita, Punta Uva
The southern Nicaragua coast, though as in many places in the world, political turmoil is a factor.
Balgue on Ometepe
Bocas del Toro
Salt Spring Island
Third Beach, BC (not to live)
Wreck beach (not to live)
Tofino, BC (little surf town)
Zipolite, next to Mazunte
Tepoztlan – near Mexico City
San Cristobal de las Casas
Some parts of Tulum
Taos, New Mexico (Hummingbird community)
Mount Shasta, Northern California Sedona, CA
Ocean Beach, CA
Nevada City, CA
Eugene eco community- Oregon good feedback
Oregon- Breitenbush Hot Springs~ intentional community that runs a public Hot Springs/retreat center… (you can stay as a long-term visitor/volunteer/worker on the community side)
Asheville, NC- electronic and new age scene
Vashon Island in Washington state… a 15 minute ferry ride from Seattle. A real artist and activist community.
Maui – So beautiful! but very very expensive food and rent
Kona in Hawaii has an awesome community. They have yoga, drumming, circles, ecstatic dance, etc.
San Marcos Sierra
Capilla del Monte (UFO) crazy people -no
Eco yoga village outside of Argentina (Hare Krishnas and farming)
Chapada dia mantina
Vale do Capão, Bahia
Praia da Pipa, North of brazil
Praia da Rosa
Ubatuba – Itamambuca beach (yoga, vegan food, fresh fruits, surf, ayahuasca rituals, retreats…)
Cajon del Maipo
Valle del Elqui
San Pedro de Atacama
Santa Marta/ Parque Tayrona area – Sierra Nevada where the Kogi tribe lives-
Finca sin fronteras, Santa Marta
Taganga (there was drug problems when I was there and didn’t seem safe)
Salento (stunning nature, ayahuasca community)
Cabo Polonio (when I was there in 2013, no electricity, no cars)
Vilcabamba- Family friendly and safe. Tons of fresh fruits and veggies. Yoga and a nice community. Located in a sacred healing Valley with a beautiful river.
Canoa (yoga and surf)
Sacred valley, esp Pisac (check out my blog about it)
Sinai, Dahab (Not so much Yoga, but beautiful snorkeling and desert and amazing energy.)
In the area of Nueiba you have Ras el Shitan that is famous. You have the town Dahab that is really fun and great. From there you can go by boat to Abu Galum, which is a very isolated beach but very special. Recommend season is sep-October, or April-June.
Nimbin of NSW