MULTI DIVERSE WELLNESS RETREATS
DAKINI WISDOM WRITERS & MEDITATION, YOGA RETREAT
BY KATHLEEN WILLIS MORTON
OCTOBER 29- NOVEMBER 4
Spend a week engaging your body, mind, and spirit in creative and restorative practices of writing, meditation, and yoga with time to explore the magical Island to the Gods and Goddesses!
Directly following the 2018 Ubud Writer’s and Reader’s Festival, Wisdom Publications’ author Kathleen Willis of The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed: A Memoir of Loss and Hope, will lead a retreat geared to generating new work or refining existing manuscripts; finding your voice; honing your skills, and beginning or deepening a daily meditation and yoga practice.
Each morning begins with an hour of Tibetan meditation and Flow yoga. Jumpstart you daily writing time with a craft talk and writing prompts followed by a healthy breakfast of tropical fruits and traditional Indonesian dishes.
Enjoy time during dedicated quiet hours at the retreat house or adjourn to a local café or rice field to write for a good portion of the day. There will be opportunities in the afternoon to enjoy excursions to a holy water temple for purification, and ancient meditation caves, as well as other interesting sights. We’ll gather in the early evening for a writing workshop followed by a meditation and restorative yoga session before adjourning for dinner and evening activities in the lively village of Ubud, Bali’s art and cultural capital.
This retreat is appropriate for all levels and all genres. Whether you have always wanted to write and are looking for inspiration and guidance, or you are a seasoned writer looking for time and accountability to finish a project this retreat will be transformative and rewarding.
ABOUT YOUR HOST & AUTHOR
KATHLEEN WILLIS MORTON
Kathleen Willis holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, and is the author of The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed, a Memoir of Loss and Hope.
Her work was anthologized in Best Buddhist Writing 2009, published by Shambhala; Random House. She has been a manuscript consultant and instructor of creative writing for the U.S’ leading writing center Grub St. in Boston for nearly 10 years.
Kathleen also holds a Master of Divinity in theological studies. She has been a practicing Buddhist in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition for thirty years. She is authorized by Lama Migmar Tseten of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies to lead Green Tara and other Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices. She is also a Level II Reiki practitioner.
Kathleen is also a full-time Buddhist Hospice Chaplain and mother to two teenagers.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
-Seven nights and eight days in elegant and deeply nourishing Gaia Retreat Center
-Round trip transportation from Denpasar International airport
-Special welcome reception with dinner, opening orientation, and welcome gift
-Morning and evening Vajrayana meditation session with Kathleen
-Morning and evening Flow yoga with Kasha Rigby
-Morning creative writing craft talk with daily writing prompts following meditation and yoga
-Daily gourmet vegetarian breakfast
-Daily focused, quiet-time writing hours at the Villa
-One 30-minute private consultation with Kathleen to discuss your work
-Optional excursions to historic meditation caves and holy water purification temple; transportation and fees included
-Optional beach and surfing day; lessons and board rentals available for additional fee
-Evening workshop to share writing, get peer feedback, and generate inspiration
-Closing night fire ritual ceremony followed by gourmet vegetarian dinner
-Opportunity for Reiki session with Kathleen for an additional fee
-Opportunity for one 15% discount on manuscript consultations with Kathleen for additional fee to be scheduled before or after the retreat
-Opportunity for spa services at very affordable prices from villa Gaia staff massage therapist
-Saltwater pool, sauna, and hot tube at your disposal as is the vibrate vilage of Ubud, the artistic and cultural capital of Bali.
8 DAY WELLNESS & DETOXIFICATION NEW YEAR RETREAT
BY JENNI & CRYSTAL
JANUARY 3-10th -4 SPOTS LEFT!
JANUARY 14-21st -NEXT NEW DATES
Start your new year with detoxification practices for the whole body. You will be guided by Jenni Lisacek and Crystal Gordon on a new journey focusing on growth, nourishment and renewal, free from distraction and responsibility while addressing health concerns.
You will have 2 options for food. A deep cleanse option and a light cleanse. If you are opting for a deep cleanse you are recommended to consume an entirely raw diet for the length of your stay. For those who want a lighter cleanse, there will be cooked food available during dinner time.
Themes: detoxification, yoga, meditation, holistic health, spirituality, personal growth, raw foods, herbs, wellness, reconnection, community, vegan, gluten free, nature, love!
ABOUT JENNI LISACEK
Meet Jenni Lisacek, Owner of Earth + Moon Organics healing herbal teas and natural body care and Natural Healing Studio Wellness Clinic in Toronto. Jenni is a holistic health practitioner, certified nutritionist, certified detoxification specialist, herbalist, iridologist and degreed in psychology.
Jenni has authored a book on herbs and their healing powers and has worked with clients to reverse serious degenerative diseases using food, herbs, lifestyle practices, psychology and spirituality. Jenni is also an artist, photographer, nature lover, animal lover, book worm and yoga lover. She has been vegan for over 6 years and is passionate about sharing this lifestyle with others.
ABOUT CRYSTAL GORDON
Meet Crystal Gordon, a long-time vegan, and Doctor-trained Detoxification Specialist with an expertise in plant-based nutrition, autoimmune dis-ease, hormonal health, digestive wellness, and adrenal fatigue. Taking a unique approach to wellness, she uses nutrition, herbs, and self-care rituals to guide others in repairing their body and relationship with food. Her topics often cover women’s wellness, metabolism, emotional eating, and natural beauty.
She is the founder of Color Me Kale Coaching programs and transformational wellness retreats. Besides being a smoothie fanatic, she is a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, avid hiker, animal lover, and law of attraction junkie.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
All transportation including pick-up and drop-off to the airport as well as local transportation to all our retreat run excursions in Ubud
7 nights accommodation at our retreat centre
All Meals Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, juices, coconut water, Unlimited filtered water and herbal tea, Organic, plant-based, gluten free and primarily raw meals designed for optimal health an detoxification
Daily yin yoga guided by certified instructor (all yoga experience levels welcome)
Access to salt water infinity pool, hot tub, infrared sauna, 4 bikes, library, yoga mats and props
Herbal detoxification compress
Balinese market experience
Nightly groups circles
Plant based and raw cooking demo
Free time to relax, read, explore and heal
Personalized welcome gift
Complimentary natural products during your stay
Discounted spa treatments (massage, colonic, facial, reflexology etc.)
Professional and personal support to assist you in anything you need emotionally and physically through out your stay
1 on 1 holistic health consultation including iris analysis
Mini reiki massage
Group activities for connection, spirituality, growth and manifestation
Health, herb and detoxification lessons
Morning rice terrance walk with local herbal expert
Excursion 1: Water purification experience at Tampak Siring Holy Water Temple
Excursion 2: Historical Temples & Meditation Chambers of Gunung Kawi
THE GODDESS RETREAT
BY UMA SPENDER
January 24 - 30
DIVINE FEMININE IMMERSION. SHAKTI TANTRA YOGA. MEDITATION. MANTRA. MYTHOLOGY
A place to unravel, open & bloom. This profound, down-to-earth 7 day retreat led by Uma Spender is designed to help you connect with your deepest wisdom and recharge on every level. Each day we will immerse in the sacred feminine; explore the ancient wisdom of the Goddesses of Yoga Mythology and cultivate presence in our modern lives. A hike up Mt Batur to watch the sunrise and a water ceremony at Sebatu led by local Balinese priestess Luh Manis are just some of the unique highlights!
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- 6 nights deluxe eco-resort accommodation at Villa Gaia (twin share)
- 6 Morning Shakti Flow Yoga sessions
- 6 Afternoon Deepening Yoga sessions. Including Restorative/ Deep Yin/ Yoga Therapy for Hormone Balancing & Yoga for Deep Healing
- 6 X Morning Sacred Circle & 6 X Evening Circle/ Meditations/ Chanting
- Understanding & Charting Your Cycle - class & open discussion
- Delicious & Healthy meals all day, every day during your stay - all requirements catered for.
- 1 hour Balinese Massage
- Airport Transfers
9 DAY INSIGHT WORKSHOP RETREAT
BY MICHAL PASTERSKI
The Insight Retreat is The road to mental maturity.
During these 9 days and under the wings of two certified and experienced coaches (Michael Pasterski and Sandra Lasek), all participants will practice the techniques included in the Insight method described in a 50 page book by Michał Pasterski. You will also learn new techniques and different approaches to working on oneself including: Zen Coaching. Gestalt therapy. Mindfulness. Transpersonal coaching. Behavioral-cognitive therapy. Zen meditation.
Insight is a method which enables you to go through this process on your own, step by step. You will be able to put this yakky, chaotic mind of yours at ease. You will gain a deep insight into your inner world. You will start to listen to the voice of your intuition. Consequently, you will find answers to the questions that are most important to you. You will be in touch with different parts of your personality and you will learn a whole set of practical tools for systematic self-work.
Check out their recent retreat at Villa Gaia by clicking - here
ABOUT MICHAL & SANDRA
Michał Pasterski is the founder of Life Architect, Planets and the Conscious Education Foundation. On a daily basis, he works as a coach and personal development coach. Michal's aim is to allow you to get to know yourself in-depth, free yourself from the self-destructive habits of your mind and achieve a state of mental maturity by understanding and thoroughly practicing the techniques included in the Insight method. Michal will also discuss how we can get rid of self-destructive mental habits by replacing them with emotional maturity and mental freedom.
Sandra Lasek is a psychologist and a coach, as well as a certified staff management specialist with a substantial work experience in this field. She graduated from York University in Canada and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Accommodation in Villa Gaia (8 nights / 9 days = 7 full days of workshop + day of accommodation and check-out day)
Full board (3 meals a day)
Coffee, tea, lemonade, water and snacks during the workshops, including traditional Balinese sweets and desserts
Airport Transfers Both Ways
One Balinese massage at Karsa Spa
Tibetan Sound Therapy at Pyramids of Chi
WILD RADIANT WOMEN'S RETREAT
BY NATALIE BONDINE
Women speak in two languages, one of which is verbal ~ William Shakespeare
Ladies, ready to take the next step in life and tap into your intuition to feel more ALIVE in your BODY, MIND & SOUL as a woman?
For over 20 years, Natalie Bondine has been studying & teaching Tantric & Kundalini yoga, Taoist practices for Women, Transpersonal Counselling, Breathwork, Processwork, Shamanic Journeying & Naturopathy and has honed her craft by working closely with the human body and Women’s health for tens of thousand of hours.
Her particular specialty is navigating the vast waters of Sacred Sexulity & Relationships, through body medicine & ritual.
Her greatest influences have been the teachings of the Tao, the poetry of Rumi and most significantly her Shamanic Master. She has trained with the very top of Tantra teachers in the world (including being apprentice to Micheala Boehm and Layla Martin & Master Mantak Chia). She is particularly fascinated by Shadow work- a kind of unconscious part of our personality – where we hide our most creative potential.
In this 6 day retreat, you will get to dive deep into Feminine Tantric Practices to open up to greater ecstasy & life-giving POWER to allow love to manifest more fully in your life. And that predominantly means SELF- LOVE.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
✓ 6 days/5 Nights accommodation
✓ Daily deep dive into Feminine Wisdom practices
✓ Powerful practices to connect to your bodies wisdom & open your Heart
✓ Yoni-yoga & Breathwork to reveal your Radiance
✓ Rituals to connect to your inner flow & manifesting magic!
✓ 3 Virtual Women’s Circles pre-retreat
✓ AND! A deep coming home to Womanhood in all her flavours
8am: Feminine Yoga overlooking the jungle
9am: Beautiful buffet breakfast
10am: Exploring the Feminine Archetypes through Breathwork
1:30pm: Gourmet Buffet vegetarian Lunch
2:30-5pm: Yin time, personal space or exploration
5pm: Evening Ritual – visit to Sacred Holy Water Temple or Shakti Puja
6pm: Gourmet Dinner in the lounge
8pm: Women’s Tantra Lounge Practices, Yoga Nidra or Goddess Dance
THE FIVE ELEMENTS RETREAT
BY NAIMA WOODSON
APRIL 25 – 29
Sisterhood + Local Culture + Regional Cuisine + Relaxation + Fun
As with the five elements in nature, this retreat curated by Naima Woodson of www.beachbumwisdomco.com has been thoughtfully orchestrated with each element creating the other and working together to support a beautifully balanced vacation experience. Aside from Bali being one of the most high vibration, spiritually magnetic, lush, naturally and culturally beautiful places on earth, her love of the culture, food and spas inspired her to create a retreat where you can deeply nourish yourself, indulge, and have fun with kindred spirits.
You will see amazing sights, explore majestic temples, splash around in the crystal clear sea, sip cocktails on white sandy beaches with stunning sunsets, eat fresh and organic regional cuisine, get massages and more! On this all-inclusive journey, you will have some time on your own to explore the island. Spend a half-day at the spa for a relaxing Ayurvedic body treatment and fragrant flower blossom bath, wander through rice fields, shop the colorful markets, splash around in a waterfall, take a yoga class, visit the Monkey Forest, check out the night-life.After all, this is YOUR time to feed your mind, body and soul, as you wish.
View Naima's past retreat at Gaia Retreat Center by clicking - here.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Amazing villa accommodations at Villa Gaia in Ubud and final day (April 29) spent at a hotel in Seminyak
Airport shuttle and ground transportation to and from all group excursions
Nourishing and indulgent breakfasts, lunches and dinners (with vegan, vegetarian and meat options)
Cultural Excursions & Classes
A luxurious Balinese Spa experience
KINDRED WOMEN YOGA RETREAT
BY NADINE & KRYSTLE
Time to fill your cup…...
As women, we are always giving. It may be to our family, our partner, work or community. How long has it been since you have paused and recognised that your cup may be a little empty? How long since you have taken time for yourself?
The Kindred Women Yoga Retreat offers women a place to replenish, open and grow.
This retreat is to help you connect with your deepest wisdom and recharge on every level. A sanctuary in which to take a balanced yoga practice every morning, time during the day to explore, reconnect with yourself or be pampered and a healing yin yoga and guided meditation every afternoon.
Within the deeply nourishing space of Villa Gaia, you are offered yoga and meditation practices, guided by senior teacher Nadine O’Mara and art therapist / yoga teacher Krystle Maguire, that are accessible to all levels whether a beginner or established yoga practitioner. A stronger morning asana practice based on vinyasa principles to invigorate the body and breath while the evening’s practice allows deeper work not only physically but allowing the opportunity to turn inward - to tune back into your inherent feminine strength through guided meditation and breathwork (pranayama).
You also have the chance to go deeper via an art therapy workshop, visit historical temples and holy waters.. Most importantly, you will have ample time to just be. To quietly walk through the rice fields, read a book, rest, swim. Space for self reflection can often be the greatest healer or encourage the most divine growth.This is an opportunity for women of all ages and all abilities to come together. As women we don’t connect across generations often enough, the wisdom of those older and the inspiration from those younger becomes lost. Allow yourself to connect with other women in a soulful, nurturing way while also having the time for personal self exploration.
Now is your chance….This is your time. Gift yourself an opportunity to replenish. A opportunity to nourish and a magical way to fill your cup.
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ABOUT NADINE O'MARA
Nadine O’Mara is a senior yoga teacher (YA) in Sydney, Australia, who has brought her unique blend of yoga to women of all ages while in India, America, the UK and Australia. She is passionate about supporting women and has done so through some of the most challenging moments in women’s lives. She facilitates women’s circles, runs workshops in women’s self care and holistic birth education and supports women during birth as a doula.
Her training and influences in yoga are far and wide and her teaching reflects that.
Nadine recognises how much, as women, we give to society and so is passionate about encouraging women to find space for nourishment and self “rediscovery”.
For more information on Nadine see www.consciouslifeyoga.com.au
ABOUT KRYSTLE MAGUIRE
Krystle Maguire has a natural and unique ability to lift and shift her students energy. Her positive vibration and cleverly crafted yoga classes draw her students in and enable them to travel on a journey of self discovery through mind, body and soul. Krystle teaches many styles of yoga including kids and teens and runs her own home yoga studio on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Her passion however lies with her Yin teaching. She believes Yin Yoga is medicine for the modern world. A simple practice for every body to slow down, tune in, let go and wake up.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Daily morning flow yoga practice
Daily evening yin yoga, guided meditation and pranayama
Airport Transfers to and from Denpasar International Airport
6 nights and 7 days accommodation at the beautiful Villa Gaia, Ubud
Welcome dinner and opening orientation
Nourishing breakfast every morning
Closing dinner and ceremony
Unlimited supply of filtered drinking water, herbal tea + Balinese coffee
2 hour art therapy workshop with Krystle
One hour massage with Gaia’s in house experienced masseur
Guidance for self reflection and quiet time
Take home 2 x yoga practice lesson plan and video
Movie nights featuring carefully selected films
Use of saltwater pool, sauna, and hot tub
Deepen your nourishment by experiencing a Tirta Empul Holy Water Spring Cleanse
Quiet reflection at the historical Temples & Meditation Chambers of Gunung Kawi
Private yoga class with Nadine or Krystle
Discounted full body or abdominal massage or colonics
Visit to Taksu Spa, Sound Healing at Pyramids of Chi or
Balinese Dance or Kecak Fire Dance
Balinese nanny 3-5 hours per day for those with babies
ASHTANGA & YIN YOGA RETREAT
BY VANESSA COOMANS
Inspired by her Ashtanga teachers Manju Patthabi Jois, Kino Mcgregor and Tim Feldmann, Vanessa Coomans (RYT-200) hailing from Belgium, invites you to immerse in her 7 nights retreat - offering a perfect balance of dynamic Ashtanga yoga and cooling Yin yoga.
The ebb and flow of her Yin & Yang theme is designed to generate heat and blood circulation that strengthens, purifies and revitalizes the muscles and internal organs of the body while eliminating stagnation from daily life, melt away muscular tension and sooth the nervous system.
Vanessa's yang classes are known to be powerful, sweaty, fun and challenging - but always with full respect for every 'body' and their limits. Her therapeutic sunset yin classes will offer gentle breathing and deep long held stretches.
This retreat is open to all backgrounds!
WHAT IS INCLUDED
7 nights at Gaia Retreat Center in Ubud
Breakfast and delicious healthy meals
Morning Yoga Sessions (Ashtanga style)
Pranayama and meditations
Evening Yin Yoga classes
2 surprise excursions
1 sunrise silent walk in the rice fields with meditation and picnic
Unlimited tea, coffee, filtered water
Pick up – drop off service airport
ELEMENTAL GODDESS YOGA RETREAT
BY MARGOT PORTER
Flyer Photo Credit by Olga Bast onUnsplash.com
Immerse yourself in a nurturing week of enlivening light-hearted yoga practices, rhythmic rituals and rejuvenating activities to recharge your feminine energy and inspire your inner goddess to sparkle with Margot Porter ~ founder of YOGA EAST
Nestled in an idyllic lush tropical paradise with swaying palms and terraced rice fields, the Elemental GODDESS retreat will revive your senses and nourish your soul. Allow the charm of Mamma Bali to work her magic as you slow into the intuitive rhythm of nature, stir and awaken your whole being and rediscover your inner feminine energies. With daily yoga, meditation, inspiring excursions, fresh healthy food, massage, saltwater pool, hot-tub and sauna, the Elemental GODDESS Retreat will have all of your 50 trillion cells flowing, singing and pulsing with vitality.
Each day is dedicated to one of the five elements of yoga – earth, water, fire, air and ether –as we dive into exploring, embodying and expressing the qualities and essence of each element and what it has to offer. Gain a deeper understanding and experience of nature’s elements and their links to the subtle feminine mind through embodied practices that create paths within for you to fine tune, harmonise and re-balance in a natural and organic way.
You will feel safe and supported in sacred feminine circles, allowing you space to embrace and reflect as Margot guides you through asanas, discussions and rituals to demystify the stages of a woman’s life. You will feel free to explore the deep connection women have with the solar and lunar cycles and embrace the many different forms and faces of your inner Goddess honouring and celebrating the tangible natural divine within us all. Whether you are a practising yogini or coming as a beginner, rest assured that Margot will ensure all practices are inclusive, supportive and meet you where you are honouring your individual journey.
*More details: www.yogaeast.com.au/retreats/
*ABOUT MARGOT PORTER*
Margot has been practicing Yoga, the art of flowing with your natural energy cycles and slowing down, for over 20 years. Curious and playful by nature, she was initially drawn to the graceful dance-like movements of yoga though now sees movement as a healing modality, a precious opportunity to tune into the rhythms of nature and into the wisdom within. Margot communicates, shares and connects easily with people from diverse backgrounds with her warm and caring approach. Sharing this powerful and profound practice is her passion as it offers a way in, to ground, to be creative, to connect to what is important: compassion, kindness, love, and perhaps the most challenging, the act of letting go – for nothing is permanent.
She chose to live in beautiful East Gippsland with her partner because they wanted to connect deeply with the seasons, the circadian rhythms of nature and most of all get down and get earthy – in a nutshell, they wanted to grow their own food and live in peace with their environment. With a passion for all that is natural, she can often be found in her organic vegetable garden, orchard and mandala flower garden sipping a cup of tea and soaking up the earth’s healing energy and listening for inspiration. Being in nature grounds and motivates Margot to create beautiful flower mandalas, grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, dream up nature inspired retreats and create healthy delicious recipes and food.
Margot is the founder and principal teacher at Yoga East in Bairnsdale, Victoria. She is a level 2 registered teacher (500hrs) with Yoga Australia. With over 1000 hours in Yoga Teacher Training including Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, philosophy, meditation, pranayama, mantra, mudra, Tantra, and Buddhism, her particular interest is in bringing women home to their natural cycles and empowering them to live the life they envision with grace and dignity.
She has facilitated and taught at more than 15 retreats in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia (Bali) since 2010. Her retreat experience coupled with regular teaching practice of weekly classes, short courses, workshops and intensives is why people keep coming back for more of her yoga magic.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
• 6 nights deluxe accommodation at Villa Gaia
• Daily gourmet breakfast and dinners – incl. 1 x dinner out
• Morning solar GODDESS flow yoga
• Afternoon lunar GODDESS restore and nourish yoga – includes yin, restorative and relaxation practices
• Morning/evening sacred feminine circles: reflection, discussion, meditation, yoga nidra
Adventures and relaxation
• Day trip to a waterfall
• Sebatu Water Temple + Water purification ceremony with female priestess
• Cultural evening with traditional Balinese dance
• 1hour relaxation massage
• Welcome gift
And more …
• Discounted spa treatments- massage, facials, reflexology etc.
• Salt water infinity pool, hot tub and infrared sauna
• Daily cleaning service and complementary Wi Fi
• Airport transfers
SELF LOVE RETREAT
BY MARY JELKOVSKY
Give yourself the gift of self-love and join me, sister, on an 8-day retreat on the magical land of Bali…
See the power of community and connection when cultivating self-love and creating confidence in your life by forming a sisterhood in a sacred, welcoming, and accepting environment... You'll spend the mornings in workshops with Mary on healing food and body-image struggles; the afternoons going on adventures to experience Bali's most beautiful landmarks; and the evenings in a sacred bonding space with your fellow retreat sisters.
Seven nights and eight days accommodations in elegant and deeply nourishing Gaia Retreat Center
Daily 3-hour workshops led by Mary on various topics revolving self-love, confidence, intuitive eating, femininity, and healing
Sacred space for personal growth including sisterhood bonding, relaxation on the magical island of Bali and guidance from Mary
Round trip transportation from Denpasar International airport
Special welcome reception with dinner, opening orientation, and welcome gift
Daily gourmet breakfast
Daily gourmet dinner (with the exception of 1 out)
Daily lunch (with the exception of 2 during the excursion days)
One 30-minute private coaching session with Mary to get deep into what’s holding you back from leading your life with self-love and confidence
2 morning yoga classes
Excursion holy water purification temple; transportation and fees included
Excursion to see traditional Balinese Kecak Fire and Trance Dance
Day trip to the Ubud centre, including the famous Ubud Market, Ubud temple, and exploring the city’s rich cultural epicenter
Beach day with included transportation
Nightly sacred sharing circle to cultivate self-love through community and connection
Opportunity for spa services at very affordable prices from villa Gaia staff massage therapist
Sacred goodbye ritual with surprise goodbye gift from Mary
Discounted spa treatments and Balinese massages at villa
Saltwater pool, sauna at your disposal as is the vibrant village of Ubud, the artistic and cultural capital of Bali.
MEET YOUR HOST, MARY JELKOVSKY
Mary, founder and owner of Mary’s Cup of Tea, will be your guiding force on this deep and transformational self-love journey.
Mary is a former bikini fitness model and competitor turned self-love and confidence coach. After healing from many physical and mental health complications, she committed her life to changing the notion of health, fitness, and beauty into one that inspires you to love yourself first. You can read more about her on her blog: maryscupoftea.com and on Instagram as @maryscupofteaa.
During the retreat, Mary will be hosting daily workshops for you and your retreat sisters on healing body-image struggles, transforming your relationship with food, cultivating self-love and creating confidence in your life. You'll also have private 1-1 coaching time with Mary to make for a powerful and transformative retreat experience.
READY, SET... RETREAT! YOGA ESCAPE
BY MICHELLE ALISTOUN & DINA GHANDOUR
Michelle and Dina invite you to take a moment to reset, re-centre and rev up your practice. Whether you are newer to yoga, or you are looking for the opportunity to deepen your connection to it, this retreat will provide you with the perfect platform for personal yet guided exploration of the mystical practice.
Embark on a journey with two unique and experienced yogis in a safe and uplifting environment. Expect to be challenged, but yet supported physically, emotionally and spiritually. Anticipate classes to be vigorous but open to all levels with hands on assists to help each participant reach their fullest potential.
Morning sessions will be centered around the Ashtanga or Jivamukti Yoga method while evening classes take the form of a gentler, yin flow. You will have the chance to build up your physical practice, embody key alignment principles, learn the fundamentals of meditation and walk away with knowledge of select yoga scripture and philosophy.
Dina is a Jivamukti Yoga 300 Hour Certified Teacher and has been sharing her passion through teaching since 2015. She stumbled across yoga at the age of 15 through a Gaiam home video bought on Amazon and has been hooked ever since. She also offers Ashtanga, Thai yoga massage, meditation, and prenatal yoga. At heart, Dina dedicates her teaching and her practice to help spread joy and compassion to all - making yoga accessible through a safe and uplifting environment.
Watch Dina in (action) by clicking - here
With a personal practice exceeding two decades, Michelle can't imagine or even remember much of life without yoga. She first began teaching yoga in 2004 and is certified with 500hours Yoga Alliance as well as secondary group ashtanga certification from Mysore India. Michelle's often challenging classes mirror her philosophy that it is easy to be calm if everything around you is calm, but can you maintain that inner calm and steady breath when you are being challenged?
Single or shared accommodation at Villa Gaia
Twice daily morning and evening yoga sessions
Personalised attention and hands on assists
Two delicious, freshly prepared meals each day
Two complementary excursions in Ubud, Bali
Welcome group dinner
ASHTANGA INTENSIVE AND VIPASSANA MEDITATION RETREAT
BY JOY & RICARDO
Kunkanit Phrombut (Joy) from Thailand and Ricardo Martin from Venezuela are co-directors of Bright Yoga School. They have created their school with the idea to support yoga practitioners all around the globe who want to bring their Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice into a complete new level, and also for those who want to share the love and the passion of the practice with others through teaching. They are now embarking to lead an Ashtanga & Vipassana Retreat at Villa Gaia in July ~ welcoming students who would like to start or deepen their Ashtanga Practice, perfectly balanced with Vipassana meditation, nourishing meals & cherry picked excursions.
Joining this 7 day retreat will allow you to:
Develop a solid Ashtanga Self Practice
Gain detailed knowledge about, breathing, alignment and how to modified all the asanas in Full Primary Series of Traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Learn how to practice Vipassana Meditation
Understand how to live a life base on mindfulness Anatomy apply to Ashtanga Extra skills to develop strength & flexibility
History of Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
General Review of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Joy took her first Yoga Teacher Training Course in 2007 with Absolute Yoga Thailand, and obtained her 200 Hrs Hot Yoga teacher certification. Since then she has been inspiring and sharing her passion with all those who are interested.
In 2009, she travelled to the United States for 6 months to study with Doug Swenson, one of the famous Yoga teachers in the West. While there, she was also given the chance to be his Yoga Assistant for The Yoga Conference Canada as well as many yoga workshops in the USA.
In 2010, she took another Yoga Teacher Training with Larry Schultz, the founder of It’s Yoga. This time it became a transformative step in her life. When she certified 200 Hrs Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher under Larry Schultz, she began her career as a Trainer.
Ricardo started to practice Yoga almost 10 Years ago back in his home town in Venezuela. Rocket Yoga was the yoga style which first grabbed his heart, from where he moved on to Vinyasa Flow Yoga. After completing his Yoga Teacher Training with Larry Schultz, his practice locked on to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Rocket Vinyasa Yoga exclusively.
Vipassana meditation is also part of my practice, I have been practicing meditation during the last five years. Meditation practice is a key ingredient to understanding the subtle aspects of the practice, so we include this very much in our approach to the practice; so more than teaching asana we teach mindfulness in movements.
NOURISH YOU SINGING RETREAT
BY BETSY HANSON
"Nourish You Singing Retreat" is a unique way to explore at a deeper level, our own voice and the stories we have around it. Within a supportive group environment we can shift, find and connect with a more authentic singing voice and experience the joy that comes in singing with others. Within a beautiful environment and being deeply nourished by others, you are freed up to re-connect with yourself and with other kindred spirits!
Over the last 20 years, Betsy has been a Choir Director and Workshop Facilitator and has run music programs for Youth and she is passionate about what she does!! Betsy takes great pleasure in creating choir arrangements by taking amazing songs and making them unique by creating a new version with 4 part harmonies and a range of different instruments or A cappella.
Daily singing sessions with Betsy Hanson - fabulous contemporary, world music and indigenous songs with gorgeous harmonies, exploring your voice, what it means to you to express yourself through singing as well as working together as a group to improve your skills and confidence. Whether or not you consider yourself a singer, you will discover a deeply important part of who you are as you immerse yourself in song and bring your music to the surface and out into the world.
Group sessions facilitated by Betsy Hanson and Milinda Rodziewicz - sitting together in a circle, you will have some thought-provoking discussions and honest, gentle conversations about authenticity, beauty, music, creativity, feeling good and learn a little more about how to ask ourselves better questions in order to move through life's sticky moments! Sharing your collective experiences and wisdom, you will come away with some great new ideas/thoughts/tools that will support you on your individual journeys.
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