This yoga and meditation retreat will be hosted in a retreat centre in the North of Bali that belongs to a a non-profit foundation supporting a multitude of local initiatives like coral restoration and enabling access to education for kids from refugee families. This also happens to be a stunning location in a non-touristy part of Northern Bali. Retreat is situated on a mountain overlooking the ocean and the beautiful lush simplicity is a wonderful setting for a yoga and meditation practice. So it’s both a great holiday and good karma.
In Bali, mountains symbolize humanity’s relationship with Creation. Here, the earth elements of nature combine with the vitality of rural Bali, to create an environment where you can reconnect and rejuvenate.
This yoga retreat is an invitation to deepen your understanding of yoga and meditation, whether you are new to yoga or an experienced practitioner. Yoga retreat is a holiday that nourishes you on many different levels - physical, mental and emotional and one of the best way to celebrate the beginning of a new year by recharging yourself and attuning to the vibration of radiant health amidst the stunning nature of the island. Daily yoga and meditation classes during the retreat create a great foundation for consistent and joyful practice for the rest of year and what a better place to start the year than warm and sunny Bali.
Bali an island in Indonesia, an exceptional place on Earth that is full of prana, vitality, abundant with sun soaked fresh fruits and vegetables, abundant with joy and rich in spiritual tradition. You will be amazed how many shades of green exist on the island.
We will be staying in a beautiful centre on a mountain surrounded by a huge organic garden which provides most of the ingredients for our meals and for a little spa at the centre. The mountain is close to the ocean and it will be possible for you to either stay at the centre or enjoy the ocean or spa during the day.
The programme will include daily yoga classes every morning (a delicious long session before breakfast) and an evening hour of breathing practices and meditation
- 7:30-9:30 Morning yoga and meditation practice
- 9:30 Breakfast
- 10:00-13:00 Free time to enjoy spa treatments, swim in the ocean… enjoy life :)
- 13:00 Lunch
- 14:00-19:00 Visit of the temple or cooking course or free time depending on the day of the week
- 19:00 Dinner
- 20:30 - 21:30 Evening meditation and breathing practice
One of the days, we will be taken to a local temple and will have a chance to enjoy a cleansing ceremony.
One of the afternoons we are invited to a cooking course which will take place at our centre. We will prepare dinner all together as a group as we are taught about the traditional Balinese ingredients and cooking ritual
Every day you have a chance to book a treatment from the spa menu of the Rainforest Spa that is located at the centre. The treatments are inspired by the local environment and living herbal traditions of Bali. Using touch, healing herbs and plants gathered from their 4-hectare organic garden, the body therapists hope to share Bali’s timeless wisdom and natural healing power with their guests.
Most of the ingredients are from the centre’s organic gardens, the freshest sun ripened fruits and vegetables rich in prana. We will be served a delicious vegetarian menu and on the last evening we will have a festive dinner together.
The classes are taught by Elena Mironov, a Copenhagen-based international yoga and meditation teacher and author.
With international yoga teaching experience and Yoga Alliance certification as well as a degree in Psychology and background in music and arts, Elena Mironov uses the full spectrum of her creativity in her yoga classes and workshops. She has been practicing, studying and teaching for over 12 years in Europe, North America and Australia and done over 700 hours of training with some of the world’s most renowned teachers including Shiva Rea, Paul Muller Ortega, Max Strom, Christopher Tompkins, Annie Carpenter, Yogrishi Vishvketu, Chetana Panwar as well as Jivamukti legends Sharon Gannon and David Life.She has a unique ability to create a sacred space celebrating the special sparkle in every individual she works with with love, knowledge and presence.
The centre where we’re staying is a non-profit foundation and here are a few highlights they are proud of:
Rooms and Bungalows
Dotted throughout the retreat centre are 4 large and 2 smaller Balinese-style bungalows. The larger bungalows have two double rooms each, and the smaller ones are perfect for a couple. All homes are located at a discreet distance from their neighbours and come with fully-equipped kitchens and open-air bathrooms. Each home is unique, lovingly furnished by their owners, and situated in beautiful private gardens.
Guests can spend many hours on our dining terrace reading, relaxing or having their meals. The terrace is an open construction shaded by trees and bamboo that looks out on a verdant valley. If you look carefully, you will also catch glimpses of the blue sea yonder.
The daily buffets and à la carte menu comprise a variety of delicious balanced vegetarian dishes from Indonesian and western-influenced kitchen. At the terrace, guests can freely help themselves to mineral water, green and herbal teas, Balinese coffee and cocoa throughout the day. Friendly staff are on hand should you wish to order fresh pressed fruit- and vegetable juices, lassies, and specialist coffees.
Salt Water Pool
Salt water pool is built on a mountain terrace, with uninterrupted views across the verdant orchards to where the distant ocean meets the sky. Play… exercise overlooking the resplendent valley… or simply relax on the wide stone terrace. The pool is large enough for doing laps and there is a stone terrace alongside that is suitable for bodywork and yoga.
The centre is criss-crossed with walking trails that range from gentle strolls to more strenuous full-day treks. Explore the four hectare estate, hike along the ridge dropping down to the river, or journey through traditional villages, temples, orchards and jungle gorges. Serious mountain bikers can bash down muddy tracks and rough village byways, or follow the road up to the hill villages for stunning views.
Our Yoga Space - Mountain Lotus Room
Feel the early morning sun rays on your skin and find stillness even as the local community and animals stir quickly to the cacophony of life. Located directly below the dining terrace, one side of the room is totally open, looking out on a lotus-filled rainwater collection pool and lush green surroundings. In this beautiful setting, you can relax, meditate deeply and reconnect with Creation.
The water at the centre is untreated, and comes from a natural spring. The the use of chemicals is minimized; the swimming pool is a saltwater pool and they have built a wastewater garden to filter grey water. The organic gardens produce delicious vegetables, following principles of reuse and recycle. The electricity use is mindful - the centre uses low-consumption bulbs and natural ventilation instead of air-conditioning. In line with this holistic approach, food is vegetarian.
Guests are responsible for organizing their own transport to Bali. It’s recommended to book the flights to Denpasar airport Ngurah Rai (DPS) as early as possible since the prices for travel around New Year’s tend to go up the closer you get to the date. It could also be a good idea to travel together with a friend or partner and arrive a little earlier or leave a little later to have a bit of private time to explore this beautiful part of the world.
The location of the retreat is a 3-hour drive from the airport and transfers can be organised beforehand. You will receive all the information and contact details when you register.
You will need a visa for Bali. You can either apply for a visa on arrival or organize yourself beforehand (recommended). It may involve some waiting if you decide to go for visa on arrival, so it’s best to apply for one before you travel. More information onthe embassy website.
During the day, the temperatures are pleasant, usually between 20-33°C year round. January is the beginning of the rainy season in Bali, but days are still often sunny with the rains starting in the late afternoon or evening and passing quickly. The nature during this time of year is beautiful, lush and very green. Read more about Balinese weather on The Lonely Planet
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