Bali Yoga Trip + Retreat
Bliss in Bali. Yoga in the island of the Gods
Immerse yourself in Bali: yoga sessions surrounded by rice paddies, flow in the temples and ceremonies, walk in the monkey-forest sanctuary, be amazed by Kecak ritual dance, smile back at friendly locals and chill out it Ubud’s cafes.
But wherever you travel in Bali, the real blessing is in just being present and finding your own path.
Bali is one of the 17,000 islands in Indonesia, and the only one where Hinduism is the main religion so it plays a huge part in its open and welcome feeling: you immediately notice how important their religion is to the Balinese in day to day Life. Bali’s landscapes, cultural heritage, people, beaches, music and food holds mysteries for you to explore.
THE YOGA INSTRUCTOR
I think of yoga as a physical, mental and spiritual discipline ideal for building strength, character and consciousness. With a deep respect of the ancient yogis, I feel the urge to constantly learn and grow and specially in my yoga retreats: I love to blend yoga and nature, being able to reach the “quiet mind” where the listening-state is developed allowing the inner life to emerge in all of its ways.
This Bliss in Bali retreat will be focused on physical and mental detox as a means to reset and let go of the many things we don’t need while taking a fresh look at our deeper self. Suitable for all levels, join us!
We will be staying at Soulshine Bali, a retreat oasis nestled between stunning rice field terraces of the village of Ubud. Soulshine offers a truly unique experience mixing the comforts of home, the community feel of an ashram, and the personal touch of a boutique hotel with an open-air yoga studio with breathtaking 360 degree views.
Once in Soulshine you can walk to Durga Temple through the rice fields, experience a traditional Balinese massage, spash in it’s endless swimming pool, chat with the friendly staff, plan an excursion, or indulge your self in it’s exquisite culinary delights.
The perfect place to re-connect and unwind!
Soulshine Retreat http://www.soulshinebali.com/
Secure your spot with a non-refundable deposit of $500 USD
LOTUS VILLA: Deluxe rooms with a/c and built in wardrobes in each room. Two single beds or one king available in each room. All rooms have garden view. Each floor of the two story Lotus Villa building have their own bathrooms each with two wash basins, showers and toilets. The ground floor rooms share the downstairs facilities & the second floor rooms share the upstairs facilities.
Starts as low as: $1595 USD Per person
TERRACE VILLA: Sunset Room: Shine bright listening to the birds chirp overlooking over a jungle view. The room features a king size bed, private bath and 2nd floor views.
Firefly Room: Cuddle with a loved one in this cool blue room with private terrace. The room features a queen bed, private bath and 2nd floor views.
Starts as low as: $1960 USD Per person
The week will include twice daily yoga/meditation and other fun activities
We’ll be early birds, waking up with the sunrise (6:15am) and starting the day with a 30 minute meditation (optional) followed by a couple hours of long set of Kundalini yoga kriyas: getting in to physical, conscious and electromagnetic levels, strengthening our nervous system with pranayama, mantra chanting, active meditation and relaxation. Wahhh!
By 9am we’ll be ready to take a delicious and healthy buffet breakfast next to the swimming pool
And after this comes free time! to walk thrugh the rice fields, explore Ubud town, rent a moped, take an optional excursion, enjoy a massage, or depending on the day join a scheduled adventure / cooking class.
At 5:30pm get ready for our hatha yoga + Sangat: A flowing class involving smooth movement from posture to posture in rhythm with the breath. This class is designed to build strength, flexibility, and concentration while cultivating awareness of the body. Athanasios is very cautious with the personal needs, so you’ll feel pampered. Then in Sangat (Social gathering) we will talk about the ten traditional Yamas (Yoga discipline) and it’s importance. It’s a good time to reflect and express things that have been happening during the day.
Then around 8:00pm get ready for dinner, an exquisite Balinese style buffet done with tons of love and fresh products.
YOGA RETREAT PROGRAM
THESE FOUR ARE INCLUDED IN THE RATE
Bike excursion: In this down hill Bali countryside cycling we will be taken to the top of a volcano and then easily go downhill enjoying the quiet countryside of Bali’s back roads witnessing first-hand the daily life of rural life with an in depth explanations of the culture.
Balinese cooking class: Discover the secrets of Balinese food with Janet DeNeefe and her team. We will explore cooking techniques and the fascinating kitchen myths of this unique culture followed by a lavish Balinese feast and complete recipes.
Balinese massage: After your long flight you deserve a treat! You will experience an authentic Balinese massage right at Soulshine, so afterwards you can just relax in the pool or take a healthy fruit juice.
Kecak Fire & Trance Dance: One night we will be amazed by this dance. What makes Kecak so special is that music is provided by the human voice, the gamelan suara, a choir of a hundred men or more dancing in concentric circles.
As well you will have plenty of down time to allow you to relax in the villa, explore on your own the town of Ubud, rent a motorbike, take an optional excursion to other parts of the island or just enjoy the massage sessions at Soulshine.
Stay in Bali a few more days! The Bali Spirit Festival starts on march 19th.
It’s an event of five days that celebrates yoga, dance and music and the merging of East with West cultures through the arts, World Music & Dance Concerts and Performances. Check it out: www.balispiritfestival.com
Adventure trip: Borneo Jungle + Orangutans
After the retreat there is this optional excursion of 4 days to Borneo, it’s great opportunity to enjoy the rhythm of nature and be amazed with our closest relatives: the orangutans.
We will go in to the jungle aboard a Klotok (ship) sailing the Seikonyer river and visiting the famous Camp Leakey, home of the major research projects for conservation of the orangutans.
Please contact us for further information.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get there?
ARRIVAL FLIGHT: Please fly into Denpasar Airport (Bali) on March 8th. Usually you have to depart home on the 7th or 6th (depends where you are flying from). You can also arrive a night before and enjoy Ubud until the retreat starts, we will help you find a nice accommodation.
DEPARTURE FLIGHT: Please depart Denpasar Airport (Bali) after 12pm on March15th. We suggest staying in Bali and explore the island for a few days hiking in the north hills, snorkeling at Gili island… or stay in Ubud and join the international “Bali Spirit Festival” (March 19-23)
TRANSPORTATION: Transfers are included via private transport on the arrival and departure days. If you have any questions regarding your arrival time and transportation availability, please contact us.
Do I need a visa to visit Bali?
Yes and depending on your nationality there are two kinds:
VISA ON ARRIVAL: Citizens of over 60 countries may apply for a visa when they arrive at the airport in Bali. Check the list here: http://www.embassyofindonesia.org/consular/voa.htm
VISA IN ADVANCE: Citizens of countries not eligible for Visa on Arrival must apply for a visa before they arrive in Indonesia. For information please check your local Indonesian embassy. In all cases your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival.
What is the electrical currency/outlet in Bali?
Bali utilizes the standard British plug (two flat blades and one flat grounding blade) and the European plug (two round pins) and is at 230V. Adapters will be necessary if you are taking any electrical items.
Is there internet access on property?
Yes, free wi-fi on property.
What will the weather be like?
Because of it’s equatorial location, Bali tends to have fairly stable weather with the ‘wet’ season occurring between October and April and the ‘dry’ season between May and September. It is generally always hot with temperatures hovering in the mid to high 80s (25ºc) and up.
Can I book an optional excursion?
Extra excursions (Like an island temple tour, Beach day, SPA treatments…) can be booked at the retreat at any time during your stay. For the 4 day Borneo Jungle tour: has to booked a month in advance.
Where can I have lunch?
Lunch is not included in the price so you can enjoy at your own pace at Soulshine, at the fantastic Ubud cafes and restaurants, or taking an optional excursion. Prices in Bali are inviting (around $10 USD for a good lunch)
How about Payment and Cancellation Policy?
You can pay for the full retreat or make a $500 USD deposit per person (non-refundable). Once we receive your deposit your booking is confirmed and you will get a receipt.
Payment methods: Credit Card and Paypal thru our web page. For bank wire transfer please contact us and we will forward our bank account coordinates to you.
If you cancel more than 90 days before your date of arrival, 100% of your payment may be applied to another Omm Retreats.
If you cancel 60 – 89 days before your date of arrival, 75% of your payment may be applied to another Omm Retreats trip. You will forfeit 25% of the price of your retreat.
If you cancel 31 – 59 days before your date of arrival, 40% of your payment may be applied to another Omm Retreats trip. You will forfeit 60% of the price of your retreat.
If you cancel 30 days or less before your date of arrival, you will forfeit 100% of your payment.
If the retreat is cancelled (never happened, but let’s cross fingers) you will get 100% of your retreat investment back.
We recommend travel cancellation insurance should your travel plans change. Travel insurance can be purchased through your travel agent or you can visit www.Insuremytrip.com or www.worldnomads.com for additional information.
Bliss in Bali. Yoga in the island of the Gods
DATES: March 8 to 15, 2014
TEACHER: Athanasios Karta Singh.
Included in this retreat:
~7 nights accommodation at Soulshine Retreat, Ubud.
~Delicious and healthy breakfast and dinner
~Two long yoga/meditation classes a day
~A day-long bike excursion
~A Balinese massage at Soulshine
~A Kecak Fire & Trance dance show
~A Balinese cooking class
.Not included in price:
~Transportation to Bali (we recommend comparing travel options at kayak.com)
~Visa /airport fees
~Lunch, extra beverages
~Travel and health insurance (more information in the box below)
~Additional optional excursions and spa treatments
~Gratuities for staff
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