Experience your inner vibrance on this sublime island!
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.
Born in Mexico, I worked in finance for some years until in 1997 I decided to pursue my full-time passion: the practice and study of Tibetan Buddhism. After a few years of meditation I had the good luck to step into a Jivamukti Yoga class, which, inevitably, I loved.
I became a certified Jivamukti teacher in 2003 (300hs) and received advanced certifications in 2007. Since then I have become involved in Jivamukti teacher trainings as a mentor and translator, and as a Sanskrit Teacher in India, Mexico and the USA.
I think it must be in my genes: I’m a healer. I use different techniques to alleviate suffering in people’s souls and bodies. I learned crystallotherapy and obsidian healing according to the methods of Ana Silvia Serrano.
Although I am based in Mexico City I travel often, giving healing sessions and workshops on yoga, Buddhism and healing, among other things. I can teach in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
My current role as director of Vision y Sentido (Adva yoga teacher training and Samaya consulting) fulfills my desire to be able to share these precious teachings everywhere I can.
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!
LOTUS VILLA: Deluxe rooms with a/c and built in wardrobes. 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: $1,720 USD Per person
THE WEEK WILL INCLUDE TWICE DAILY YOGA / MEDITATION
We’ll wake up with the sunrise and start the day with a 30 minute meditation (optional) followed by a Yoga session especially designed for the morning – to open and strengthen the muscles, tune in to the breath and connect with our own body and mind. By 9am we’ll be ready for our delicious and healthy buffet breakfast next to the swimming pool. After this comes free time! Enjoy space for yourself to walk through the rice fields, explore Ubud town, rent a moped, enjoy a massage, join a scheduled adventure / cooking class, or simply relax, rest and be. At 5:30pm we’ll get ready for our evening Yoga session. This will be 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. As the week progresses, we will also integrate elements of Yoga philosophy and mindfulness practice, to provide you with positive new understandings to benefit to your daily life back home. At around 8:00pm prepare for dinner – an exquisite Balinese style buffet done with tons of love and fresh products. Enjoy, rest and repeat!
THESE FOUR ARE INCLUDED IN THE BALI YOGA RETREAT:
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.
Authentic Balinese dance show: One night we will be amazed by this dance. We will visit an authentic Balinese home and after the traditional dinner we will enjoy one of symbols of this magical island: the legong dance.
As well, during the bali yoga retreat, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get there?
ARRIVAL FLIGHT: Please fly into Denpasar Airport (Bali). You can also arrive a night before and enjoy Ubud until the retreat starts, we will help you find a nice accommodation.
DEPARTURE FLIGHT: We suggest staying in Bali and explore the island for a few days hiking in the north hills or snorkeling at Gili islands.
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 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.
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 (about $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. You can transfer your place to somebody.
If the retreat is cancelled (never happened, but let’s cross fingers) you will get 100% of your retreat investment back.
DATES: December 3-10, 2015
YOGA INSTRUCTOR: Rafael Cervantes
PRICE: As low as $1,570 USD (until May 15)