5. Study and Research the Healing Arts in Guatemala
It is possible to take wellness beyond your mat and fitness and into the wild. If you are looking for a way to get creative with nature, spend one or two months embracing the rainforests of Guatemala with a healing arts internship.
From researching herbal medicine and master plants to studying Shamanism and sacred teachings, an experience like this is ideal for someone seeking self-reflection, healing, and personal development.
A natural sanctuary like Alquima Centre of Healing Arts is a great starting point. Besides an introduction to (or strengthening of) your own herbalism practice, your days are intertwined with daily wellness activities like meditation and breathing exercises, community service, and homemade meals. The center will become a sacred place for you to learn and grow towards a related career track or improved way of life, with the benefit of an experienced guide by your side.
Learn more about herbal medicine and healing internships for your gap year.
6. Join an Educational Retreat in Bali
Educational retreats are a unique approach to gap year programs. A hybrid between studying overseas, interning, and volunteering, this opportunity gives travelers the chance to pursue their passions with much less restriction.
If your passion is wellness and permaculture, head to Bali and spend 1-3 months using a tranquil retreat center as your classroom. You can advise with experienced guides to create a custom syllabus and internship program that leverages natural (local) resources and begin building professional relationships with industry experts.
Some study projects include: bio-agriculture, permaculture, and environmental research, in addition to business, marketing, and hospitality.
But it’s not all studying: you can still participate in daily meditation and yoga instruction to further your physical and spiritual growth. Read more about programs like this educational retreat in Bali with Jiwa Damai, located right outside of Ubud.