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Cherish what is good and unravel the rest! When you lose someone dear to you, there is often a lot of focus on the grief and feelings of those who are left behind. However, life goes on and doesn’t wait around for you to be ready. Sometimes, this makes it difficult to really take the time to heal, have peace with your love, and share your feelings and experiences.
According to stories, Alam Kita has the oldest stone house in Karimunjawa. Currently completely renovated inclusive with a beautiful outdoor kitchen in the same style as the original house. This house is the beating heart of Alam Kita, it’s the public space to eat, drink, or just catch up. Some workshops are also hosted over here at the big wooden table if there aren’t group dinners going on.
The outdoor space for yoga classes and meditation sessions, a traditional open Javanese building. Positioned close to the beach for the most optimal experience of the natural elements such as wind, sea, and the sound of the waves.
The traditional Javanese wooden bungalows are designed for two people, all have an (outside) bathroom so you can watch the beautiful starry sky while taking a shower. The bungalows are decided to be a serene and private space, so if you want to take a moment for yourself after a workshop or just to relax because you feel like it, this space is perfect.
Take your dinner on the porch, read a book, and enjoy a calming shower. The rooms are comfortable with a fan, hot shower, great beds, and a beautiful natural design. Not only aesthetically nice but also well designed so natural elements like the wind can come through. Alam Kita’s bungalows together can hold a maximum of 20 people, it’s small-scale so the property never gets overcrowded.
One of the bungalows is the bridal suite, an extra special place with a four-poster bed and a wooden bathtub. The goal is to make Alam Kita electronic self-sufficient in the future by solar panels. Plenty of sun in Indonesia!
Alam Kita is located directly on the beach and this is truly the piece that makes the property complete. It gives guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunset without running into other people. Besides that, you have the luxury of being able to walk straight into the sea and explore the beautiful reef in front of Alam Kita with its beautiful fishes and other creatures. If you are lucky, you will see rays, Moray eels, parrotfish, clownfish, sea cucumbers, crabs, and more.
Close to the house is a serene space where guests can really forget about all their thoughts while enjoying an Indonesian massage (pijit), a treatment of Acces Bars®, or healing-related treatments.
Alam Kita has 10 beautiful traditionally-designed bungalows, spread all over the property with natural elements. Together, they form this oasis of tranquillity.
When you read this, you may have lost somebody recently and feel raw sadness or it has been a long time ago but these feelings are still too familiar and are rooted in your daily emotions. If you feel a need to work with these feelings and share your story, then Alam Kita kindly invites you to come for a special week with a lot of attention, time, and space for your loss and grief.
With attention, this retreat creatively forms a loving guide to continue a joyful life while remembering the one you lost. "Space for Loss and Grief" is an important theme for Margo and every other person. Therefore, she is very pleased that they are paying attention to this at Alam Kita.
Mary feels enthusiasm for the work in which she uses her own life experience and hopefully, she can contribute to the healing process in you and every person that crosses her path. Death and loss can work both inspiring and healing for every person when you learn to live with these emotions.
During the retreat, you will have a powerful program filled with loss and grief workshops, workshops for the body and mind, and individual coaching. Besides delicious meals and drinks, you can enjoy peaceful bungalows too. Furthermore, you will enjoy an amazing Traditional Indonesian massage or Access Consciousness® Bars treatment and a great day on the water during a snorkeling trip.
The collaboration with Mary feels very natural. Mary and Margo met a few years ago and there was a direct click. Not only because of the "joy of recognition" in each other as soulmates but also because Mary and Margo share a lot of the same interest. In the heart of Alam Kita, a piece of art made with eggshells by Mary symbolizes the fragility of life.
Mary calls herself a “Death and Life Artist” because she thinks it is important to give death and all the feelings that go with it, space in life. For her, it is an art to accept the unacceptable in her life so that life remains viable; "How fragile we are".
Mary gives workshops at primary schools and writes books for teaching modules about: "Children and dealing with death in life." For children, it is of great importance that they become acquainted with death before death becomes acquainted with them. They then know that it exists and that they have a frame of reference for when something like that occurs later in life.
There will be a snorkeling and island hopping tour.
Her dream becomes reality to build a place for retreats on this beautiful island of Karimunjawa! A paradisiacal island in an oasis of peace where you can come all the way to yourself without all the stimuli of daily life. When she first came to Karimunjawa (January 2016), she immediately got the idea to start something like Alam Kita here. She is very happy when she sees people relaxing on the spot, find themselves again, and get the glint back in their eyes. Alam Kita provides a place for people to reconnect with themselves. An immersion in love and care from her.
In early 2009, Mary started writing a book and her daughter was still alive. Then, they had no idea what to expect. The book was published half a year later. Her daughter had passed away and Mary dedicated the book to her. Besides being a writer, Mary is also a visual artist. She had been a guest curator twice for exhibitions with the theme of death, “Death Eaters” and “Lecho de Muerte” (deathbed). Her autonomous work also comes from the same theme. Mary makes reliefs with eggshells that symbolize life and death, and thus, also symbolize “the great mystery”.
Karimunjawa is a gem in the Java Sea that has not yet been discovered by many tourists. On this island, you can still enjoy the natural surroundings, white beaches, clear blue waters, colorful fish, and beautiful coral. The small archipelago is 80 kilometers north of Jepara, Indonesia, and only five of the 27 islands are inhabited.
The park is named after the largest island of Karimun Jawa and consists of a total of 110,000 hectares. Around the islands are beautiful reefs to explore while diving and snorkeling, varying from 15 to 40 meters deep. In addition to the beautiful underwater world, Karimunjawa is rich in beautiful authentic landscapes, pearly white beaches, mangrove forests, rainforests, and various amounts of tropical animals both in the sea and on the island. With a little luck, you will see sea turtles and even dolphins!
Daily breakfast, lunch, and diner during the whole retreat will be provided, as well as unlimited water, tea, and coffee. Sodas, smoothies, or alcoholic beverages are not included but will be available at the bar.
Both for guests at the accommodation and students of retreats, there is so much to do at Alam Kita and during tours and excursions organized by Alam Kita. On the water, to the jungle, over the roads, and more. Explore the possibilities below:
Are you looking for a more relaxing or spiritual experience, maybe one of the options below is for you:
For items with "*" you need a Ticket Taman Nasional, this helps to conserve the beautiful environment of Karimunjawa!
The ticket Taman Nasional is usable for more than one activity.
During this retreat, an Indonesian traditional massage or Access Consciousness® Bars treatment is included.
Achmad Yani International Airport
You can get to Karimunjawa by boat or by plane. Both the fast boat (two hours) and the slow boat (five hours) leave from the port in Jepara and the airplane from Semarang. The airplane just takes approximately half an hour. There is a fast boat from Jepara that takes about two hours and a ferry that takes about 4.5 hours to cross the sea.
Karimunjawa is reachable by airplane and boat. Alam Kita can help you with booking your tickets or you can arrange it yourself. Do you want to book it yourself? Go to Traveloka for your airplane ticket or to Direct Ferries to organize your boat tickets. The schedule can change from time to time.
Fastboat: Jepara - Karimunjawa
Ferry: Jepara - Karimunjawa
Plane: Semarang - Karimunjawa
Fastboat: Karimunjawa - Jepara
Ferry: Karimunjawa - Jepara
Plane: Karimunjawa - Semarang
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