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Indonesia Meditation and Yoga Retreat

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.

Meet the instructors

Margo & Mary
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 7 days with workshops, sharing, ceremonies, and more
  • Coaching and accompaniment by Mary and Margo for a week
  • Indonesian traditional massage or Access Consciousness® Bars treatment
  • 3 meals with unlimited water, tea, and coffee daily
  • A snorkeling and island hopping tour
  • 6 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Achmad Yani International Airport
Airport transfer included: Dewadaru Airport
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Accommodation

Alam Kita: Nature

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 Pendopo

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.

Bungalows

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!

Beach

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.

Serene space

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.

  • Rumah Transformasi - The bridal suite with a one king-size bedroom bungalow.
  • Rumah Inspirasi - A two single bedroom bungalow.
  • Rumah Kreasi - A two single bedroom bungalow
  • Rumah Zensasi - A two single bedroom bungalow.
  • Rumah Integrasi - A single queen-size and one single bed bedroom bungalow.
  • Rumah Manifestasi - A single queen-size and two single bed bedroom bungalow.

Program

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.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga and meditation/Body and mind
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Workshop
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Free "You and Me" time (exploring Karimunjawa, traditional massages, Access Consciousness Bars™, etc.)
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Happy hour at Alam Kita
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Evening program (workshop, ceremonies, bonfire, etc.)

Included excursions

There will be a snorkeling and island hopping tour.

Instructors

Margo Niestadt

Mary Fontaine

Retreat location

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!

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Things to do (optional)

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:

Massage

Are you looking for a more relaxing or spiritual experience, maybe one of the options below is for you:

  • Traditional (Indonesian) massage: 150,000 IDR (1 hour)
  • Traditional (Indonesian) massage: 225,000 IDR (1.5 hours)
  • Treatment Access Consciousness®: 200,000 IDR (1 hour)

Tours and activities in Karimunjawa

  • Diving: 1,500,000 IDR for 2 people*
  • SUB (Standing Up Paddling): 150,000 IDR/board for 1 hour, 200,000 IDR/board for 2 hours (available at Alam Kita)
  • Hike with a guide to the waterfall: 100,000 IDR (1.5 - 2 hours)*
  • Visit Turtle sanctuary: 150,000 IDR (2.5 - 3 hours) (include guide and short boat trip)*
  • Scooter rental: 75,000 IDR /24 hours

For items with "*" you need a Ticket Taman Nasional, this helps to conserve the beautiful environment of Karimunjawa!

  • Weekdays for foreigners: 150,000 IDR
  • Weekends for foreigners: 225,000 IDR
  • Weekdays for Indonesian citizens: 5,000 IDR
  • Weekends for Indonesian citizens: 7,500 IDR

The ticket Taman Nasional is usable for more than one activity.

Spa treatments

During this retreat, an Indonesian traditional massage or Access Consciousness® Bars treatment is included.

What's included

  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 7 days program with workshops, sharing, ceremonies, and more
  • 1 snorkeling and island hopping tour
  • A week with coaching and accompaniment by Mary and Margo
  • Indonesian traditional massage or Access Consciousness® Bars treatment
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with unlimited water, tea, and coffee
  • Transportation from the harbor or airport

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Sodas, smoothies, or alcoholic beverages
  • Travel expenses to Karimunjawa

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.

  • Boat ticket: Jepara - Karimunjawa: 225,000 IDR (Fast boat: Minimum of 2 hours)
  • Boat ticket: Jepara - Karimunjawa: 175,000 IDR (Slow boat: Minimum of 4.5 hours)
  • Transfer: South harbor to Alam Kita: 200,000 IDR (One way)
  • Transfer: North harbor: 250,000 IDR (One way)

Schedule

Fastboat: Jepara - Karimunjawa

  • Monday 09:00
  • Friday 09:00

Ferry: Jepara - Karimunjawa

  • Monday 07:00
  • Wednesday 07:00
  • Saturday 07:00

Plane: Semarang - Karimunjawa

  • Currently not operating

Fastboat: Karimunjawa - Jepara

  • Wednesday 11:00
  • Sunday 11:00

Ferry: Karimunjawa - Jepara

  • Tuesday 07:00
  • Thursday 07:00
  • Sunday 07:00

Plane: Karimunjawa - Semarang

  • Currently not operating
Airport: Achmad Yani International Airport Airport transfer included: Achmad Yani International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Dewadaru Airport Airport transfer included: Dewadaru Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
7 days / 6 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Monday November 1, 2021
Departure: Sunday November 7, 2021

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