Conscious communities across the globe

Having explored the world for quite some time 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 rat race anymore. Instead, you wake up to the sounds of nature in the morning and are surrounded by 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! Best wishes for everyone’s onward journeys- physical, emotional, and spiritual 💚

Please drop a comment if you have somewhere else that can go into the list or any updates you may share about these places.

*UPDATED ON MARCH 26, 2022

EUROPE

Belgium:
Blankenberghe: fine beaches and vegan friendly
and yoga studios, hippie hangouts.

Crete:
-Preveli: The old Hippie Island
-Aegina (no, for families)
-North part of Chalkida:
There are communities (yoga, detox, permaculture)

Italy:
-Porto Cesareo
-Valle della Luna
-Sardegna

Malta:
-Gozo

Denmark:
-Dalmatian coast:
-Hvar island

Germany:
-Zegg

Greece:
-Eresos
-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

Portugal:
Tamera‬
-Praia do Barranco
-Zambujeira do Mar
-Sintra
-Odeceixe
-Colares
-Aljezur
-Algarve
-Area of Alentejo
-Ericeira (many expats, yoga, surfing)
Merkaba Community
-Mooji ashram in Alantejo region
Terra Sangha

Spain:
-Orgiva, Andalusia
-Cabo de gata, Andalusia
-La gomera
-Valle del Gran Rey
-Formentera
-Menorca
-Mallorca
-Galice
-Ibiza: North, Mercadillo Las Dalias area
-Fuerteventura
-El hierro
-La palma

Canary Islands:
-Tenerife

Turkey:
-Cirali
-Kabak
-Kaz Daglari
-Olympos

U.K.
-Glastonbury
-Tadley, Hampshire
-Bristol
-Brighton
-New Quay
-Carmarthen in Wales
-Totnes

Scotland:
-Finhorn

ASIA

Cambodia:
-Kampot: a sweet place with a lake where you can swim, yoga and vegan restaurants. Try the playground, Pilgrims, Simple things
-Koh Rong island

Indonesia:
-Bali
-The Nusas

India:
-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. Stay in the Tapovan area.
-Auroville
-Pushkar
-Manali

Nepal:
-Pokhara lake side

The Philippines:
-Siargao Island

Thailand:
-Pai: beautiful mountains, hot springs, yoga, live music, hippie community.
-Koh Phangan (my home!): yoga, vegan community, beautiful tropical weather year round, untouched beaches, self-dev workshops, ecstatic dance

CENTRAL AMERICA

Costa Rica:
-Pachamama: it’s a community in the dry jungle, close to Nosara, San Juanillo
-Nosara
-Dominical
-Santa Teresa
-Uvita
-Montezuma
-Puerto Viejo

-Soltara – Costa Rica (London calling documentary)
-Timamaste – vibrant thriving community, vortex of creativity but it’s rainy
-Cauhita, Punta Uva

Guatemala:
-Lake Atitlan
-San Marcos

Nicaragua:
-The southern Nicaragua coast, though as in many places in the world, political turmoil is a factor.
-Inanitah
-Balgue on Ometepe

Panama:
-Bocas del Toro

NORTH AMERICA

Canada:
-Nelson: in the mountains, no sea. Beautiful ashram.
-Salt Spring Island
-Pandor island – next to Salt Spring Island
-Third Beach, BC (not a community to live in)
-Wreck beach, BC: nude beach, not a community.
-Tofino, BC (surf town, expensive)
– Vancouver- stay in Commercial Drive

Mexico:
-Mazunte
-Zipolite, next to Mazunte
-Puerto Escondido
-Tepoztlan – near Mexico City
-San Cristobal de las Casas
-Some parts of Tulum
-Sayulita

USA:
-Taos, New Mexico (Hummingbird community)
-Arcosanti, Arizona
-Mount Shasta, CA
-Sedona, CA
-Ojai, CA
-Ocean Beach, CA
-Nevada City, CA
-Arcata, CA
– Topanga, CA

-Ashland, Oregon (OR)
-Eugene eco community, OR: good feedback
-Breitenbush Hot Springs, OR: intentional community that runs a public Hot Springs/retreat center… (you can stay as a longterm visitor/volunteer/worker on the community side)

-Ithaca, NY
-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.

-Crestone, Colorado (CO)
-Durango, CO
-Nederland, CO
-Carbondale, CO

Hawaii:
-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.
-Big Island: Puna and Pahoa 

SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina:
-San Marcos Sierra
-Santa Rosa
-Capilla del Monte (UFO) crazy people -no
-Córdoba
-Eco yoga village outside of Argentina (Hare Krishnas and farming)
-El Bolson

Bolivia:
-Copacabana

Brazil:
-Chapada dia mantina
-Vale do Capão, Bahia
-Trancoso, Bahia
-Praia da Pipa, North of brazil
-Praia da Rosa
-Piracanga, Bahia
-Ubatuba
-Itamambuca beach (yoga, vegan food, fresh fruits, surf, ayahuasca rituals, retreats…)

Chile:
-Cajon del Maipo
-Valle del Elqui
-San Pedro de Atacama
-Pucon

Colombia:
-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)
-Santa Helena
-Guatape

Uruguay:
-Cabo Polonio (when I was there in 2013, no electricity, no cars)
-La Juanit

Ecuador:
-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)
-AyampePeru:
-Sacred valley, esp Pisac (check out my blog about it)
-Urubamba

AFRICA

Morocco:
-Taghazaut

Egypt:
-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-Oct, or April-June.

Kenya:
-Kilifi, Mombasa

Mozambique:
-Tofo

AUSTRALIA

-Byron Bay
-Mullumbimby
-Nimbin of NSW
-Airlie Beach
-Cairns

NEW ZEALAND:
-Takaka

3 thoughts on “Conscious communities across the globe

  1. Hi, thanks for the beautiful updated list. Do you know which communities are family friendly as we have a 1yo boy and we’d love for him to interact with other like minded souls.
    Namaste

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    1. Hi Thor, I don’t have a kid and haven’t been in all of these places but I can tell Koh Phangan in Thailand, Ubud in Bali and Vilcabamba in Ecuador are pretty family friendly. Sorry I can’t be of much help here. The best is to find “conscious community” pages on FB of the places you’re interested in and search/ask for details. Hope you find a nice place to raise your boy! He’s lucky.

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