20 Days Island Escape Yoga Retreat in Indonesia

  • Canggu, Balian Beach, Ubud, Senaru, Gili Air, Indonesia

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Overview

Adventure Yoga Retreat Bali

  • 19 days with instruction
  • Join this yoga retreat specially created for you to enjoy the maximum time at each destination without the feeling of being rushed around. It is the goal at Breathe In Life to create a flexible framework with many options for you to discover the journey that is perfect for you. Along with this freedom, you will experience deep, humble, and energizing teachings of resident teacher Afsheen Peyrow to live an incredible journey!

    Highlights

    • Daily yoga classes
    • Guided meditation sessions
    • Guided group travel within Indonesia
    • Two-day hiking of the Mount Rinjani
    • All transport within Indonesia
    • 19 nights accommodation
    • 1 welcome dinner
    • Daily breakfast

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 20.

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. Breathe in Life Health have taken a lot of pride in selecting accommodations which are well run, comfortable, clean, quiet, and with good food and friendly, helpful staff.

    You will stay in above back-packer standard inns and bed and breakfasts rather than hostels and guesthouses. Most of the stays will include air conditioning. During your travel adventures, your room will be a place where you can get good rest and be ready to make the most of your days.

    Day 1 and 2 - Canggu

    Upon arrival in Denpasar, you will take a short taxi ride to Canggu, Bali where you will spend your first two nights. Among great restaurants, cute cafés, beaches, yoga classes, fresh juices, and good food everywhere you will go along with incredibly kind people! This town just northwest of the more touristic spots like Kuta and Seminyak has lately risen to maybe the “hippest” place in Asia and the time to go visit is definitely now.

    Day 3 to 7 - Balian beach

    Located only 2.5 hours from Kuta, Balian Beach is the first stop on this journey. You will really start to sink into the island living, exploring the town, and getting started with your first yoga sessions of the trip. Outside of yoga, you may check out the little village for some surfing, a local massage, or find a good book and a hammock by the sea.

    Day 8 to 11 - Ubud

    A short drive away from Balian Beach, Ubud will be the next stop. Regarded as the cultural center of Bali, Ubud is known as a hub of art and healthy living. The community of creative and conscious people in Ubud is vast and very progressive.

    This is one of the leading spots in Asia for those seeking the newest and freshest ideas in supporting and understanding the body and mind. You will spend your days checking out the local scene, exploring the different classes and workshops, and of course enjoying the amazing variety of creative international food.

    Day 12 - Senaru

    From Ubud, you will travel a few hours by boat and bus to arrive in the village of Senaru. This will be your base before setting off on your hike to the crater atop Mount Rinjani, an active volcano surrounded by breathtaking views of lush forest and nearby mountains.

    Day 13 - Rinjani hike or panorama walk

    You will set out early in the morning to begin the overnight hike up to the crater rim of Mt. Rinjani. Rising to a height of 3,726 meters, Rinjani is the second highest volcano in the country. You will be hiking up to 2,641 meters where you will make camp for the night on the edge of the crater. You will be blessed with unbelievable views of the Crater Lake as well as the volcano itself.

    For those who may have injuries or prefer something a little more relaxed, there will be options of doing the panorama walk. This beautiful half day walk leads you through the foothills of Mount Rinjani until you reach Sindang Gila waterfall reserve where you can go for a refreshing swim before heading back to the hotel.

    Day 14 - Senaru

    Once you wrap up the hike, you will spend one night in Senaru to relax and recover with some gentle restorative yin yoga before heading off to your next destination.

    Day 15 to 18 - Gili Air

    You will take a van followed by a ferry to make your way to the next destination. Located just off the coast of Lombok, Gili Air is one of three islands that make up the collection of Gili islands where you will be spending some time. Gili Air provides travelers with a smaller community feel that has a nice slow pace,with plenty of options for activities on the island like, snorkeling, scuba diving, yoga, or simply lounging on the beach.

    Day 18 to 20 - Canggu

    After a fast boat transfer back to Bali, you will transfer by van back to Canggu where it all started. Soaking up your last few nights on the beach or with a yoga practice before heading to the airport the next day.

    The order of stops and duration at each location are subject to change.

    One hike of the Mount Rinjani and a snorkeling boat trip are included in this retreat.

    • Melissa Jol

      After first discovering her love for traveling when visiting Thailand 10 years ago, sh set out on a life path of exploration to further her development as an individual while incorporating a passion for yoga and a fire for improving herself and the world she lives in. This love for travel organically turned into a job opportunity as an international tour guide and manager, which was well suited after completing school for tourism and business management.

    • Chris Elliott

      Although health and wellness has always be an important part of his life, travel didn’t come into the picture until he finished university. After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a degree in criminology and Seneca College with a degree in firefighter education, the path to a “normal” life and career seemed imminent. A trip to Thailand in 2008 created a new spark and from that point on, he developed a love for travel.

    • Meghan Trompetter

      When she was 19, travelling alone on a rickety old bus somewhere in Cambodia, she looked out the window and was in awe of the lush jungle and endless rice fields and the fact that she was actually seeing this incredible part of the world. Her love of travelling and nourishing others has lead her to a career in holistic health. Once she discovered the human body has powers beyond imagination, through body-mind-spirit work, she began her own self-study in the field of health and wellness.

    • Jeff Kerdeikis

      His journey started at Shambhala Music Festival in 2011. It was an experience that totally blew him away on how much love, expression, and acceptance could exist in the world. He went from being a lifelong firefighter to a world exploring yoga teacher. He became a massage and Reiki healer, nutritional therapist, and a permaculture and health enthusiast with huge passion for dancing and also now, a guide with Breathe in Life.

    • Afsheen Peyrow

      Through the guidance of his brother, Rameen Peyrow, Afsheen underwent an intimate 16 year learning process of esoteric practices. Living out the principles of the yamas and nyamas, he grounded into a tangible understanding of life. Afsheen's deliverance of teaching is out of responsibility to ground the depth of this wisdom into Hatha yoga methods.

    This retreat will be held at five different places in Indonesia; Canggu, Balian Beach, Ubud, Senaru, and Gili Air. Consisting of more than 300 different ethnic groups, Indonesia’s national motto is “unity in diversity” This natural diversity within the country creates a warm welcoming feeling for newcomers. English is spoken quite regularly so you won’t find it hard to share a friendly conversation with some of the locals about your life or theirs.

    Canggu

    For some, Canggu represents heaven on earth. This town just northwest of the more touristic spots like Kuta and Seminyak, has lately risen to maybe the “hippest” place in Asia and the time to go visit is definitely now.

    Balian beach

    Located two hours north of Kuta, Balian beach feels a world away as it is very quiet, serene, and secluded. This makes it an excellent spot to begin your adventure and give everyone a chance to get to know each other.

    Ubud

    Located in central Bali, Ubud is known as one of Asia's most major hubs for the arts, spirituality, and yoga. The town and surrounding areas are full of art galleries, amazing yoga studios, and unique local workshops providing travelers with a culturally rich experience. Ubud was originally established as a source of medicinal herbs and plants.

    Senaru

    Senaru is considered the gateway to Mt. Rinjani. Aside from Mount Rinjani itself, the key attractions around here are the two well-known waterfalls. Air Terjun Sindang Gila waterfall, the best known and most spectacular in the area, boasts cascading waters that break some 50 meters above the main arrival point.

    The walking path to get there is pleasant and leads through some splendid tropical forests. And though Air Terjun Tiu Kelep waterfall is less spectacular then Gila waterfall it's still very much worth experiencing with a serene bathing pool below offering cool invigorating water.

    Gili Air

    The Gilis Islands are made up of three islands off the coast of Lombok, all which offer their own unique personality; Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. What gives this island a unique feel and helps maintain the small town vibe is the lack of cars and motorcycles. The islands only mode of transport is to walk or ride bicycles.

    Day trips to the other islands, stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving, and basking in the sun are among some of the other activities available to fill the rest of your day. The crystal clear blue water and white sand is the perfect setting for your last days in paradise.

    During this holiday, you will be served one daily delicious breakfast and you will also enjoy one welcome dinner in Bali. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy other meal services around different places in Indonesia for an additional cost. With such diversity within it’s culture, Indonesian cuisine reflects the same way.

    Considered to be some of the most vibrant and colorful cuisines in the world, you can find influence from the Chinese and the Middle East making up a menu of delicious curries, grilled meat and seafood, and tempe; a local interpretation of soy based fermentation. Indonesian cuisine will blow you away with unique flavors, presentation, and an array of fresh delicious tropical fruit and juices.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • Cooking classes
    • Energy and sound healing sessions
    • Kayaking
    • Scuba diving
    • Shopping
    • Snorkeling
    • Surfing
    • Tours of temples in Bali
    • Visit the white sand beaches
    • Waterfall day trips
    • 1 daily breakfast
    • 1 hike of Mount Rinjani or panorama hiking
    • 1 snorkeling boat trip
    • 1 welcome dinner
    • 1 welcome package
    • 19 nights accommodation
    • All transportation within Indonesia
    • Daily yoga classes
    • Guided group travel within Indonesia
    • Guided meditation sessions
    • Additional activities
    • Airfare
    • Daily dinner
    • Daily lunch
    • Drinks
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

    Testimonials

    • Review by Lynn Weinlos from Edmonton

      "The trip of a lifetime with Breathe in Life this past October has become for me - with a little luck - an annual event. Once was definitely not enough. I have never had such a rewarding, stimulating, enjoyable travel experience in my life and I'm eager to go back to Bali or go to Thailand or India or Nicaragua as the opportunity arises. In fact, I am seriously thinking of going to Goa next November on the teacher training program Breathe in Life is offering. For me, the combination of an excellent, consistent Yoga practice with adventure in a very beautiful and intriguing country, such as any of the above-mentioned, with carefully chosen places to stay, eat at and explore made for an absolutely ideal holiday, although that's a word that doesn't necessarily capture the richness of the experience. I loved the people with whom I shared the experience - we flowed together or moved apart with total ease and comfort. This was in no small part due to the meticulous planning and warm care taken by Chris and Melissa of Breathe in Life, who accompanied us and participated with us throughout. I couldn't have been better cared for by my own children who lack the skill and expertise as travel guides of Melissa, Chris and Jordan, the third partner, who is equally wonderful. I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity and would be more than pleased to share details with anyone who is interested. I can't recommend Breathe in Life highly enough."

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    • Review by Lynne Lechelt from Edmonton

      "I was really impressed by how well everything related to the trip was handled - so well organized, excellent itinerary, all so professional - and the best was the truly personable aspect of the people involved. Melissa was so friendly and helpful (yet still kept with itinerary schedules and people on time); Chris was so patient and considerate; Brea was friendly, inspiring and developed classes that were very well thought out. A great team and a truly great trip. Thank you!!"

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    • Review by Mike & Lisa Keith from Edmonton

      "My wife and I have been traveling for the past 8 months. Many of our destinations have been to developing countries and anyone who has traveled in these areas knows that it requires constant energy to ensure you are safe, transitioning smoothly from location to location, booking a hotel of high quality and booking in the area of town that you want to be in. These are just a few of the many details that go into travel and as my wife can attest to, it can be a full time job. That is why we choose to book the India leg of our year long trip through a travel company. Breath in Life, exceeded our expectations. Not only were the aforementioned tasks taken care of for the entire 20 day North India trip but the “extras” are what stood out to us. By extras I am referring to the fact that all 4 of the guides on our trip were trained yoga teachers and were not shy to offer a free group class in some of the most beautiful settings around India. Prior to this trip I had never done yoga but I am so glad my wife “dragged me along”. The group leaders allowed flexibility in the schedule for members to venture out on their own, while always providing optional itinerary that they had obviously put a bunch of time and effort into scouting out prior to the groups arrival. As a veteran traveler I appreciated this freedom. I did not want to feel restricted on my vacation however found myself signing up for almost all of the group activities anyway. It was just such a great environment to travel in. It’s crazy how fast relationships grow in a group on these types of trips. The non judgmental and healing mood of the trip was most definitely due to the fact that the Breath in Life staff made everyone feel safe and free to be themselves. I would highly recommend Breath in Life to anyone that is looking to gain some worldly perspectives and hoping to leave the tedious tasks of planning to someone else. We loved our trip to North India. Thank you Breathe in Life for a life changing experience!"

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    • Review by Amy Winters from Edmonton

      "I have done a lot of traveling but India was one of the places I felt a little nervous about taking on by myself. I was waiting for the right opportunity and that came when a friend of mine told be about Breathe in Life. It felt good arriving in India with nothing to worry about! The moment I met up with Melissa, Chris and Jordan I felt at ease, like I was reconnecting with old friends and not random tour guides. The entire trip ran really smoothly and they were always around to offer up sightseeing suggestions, hang out at the beach or go to grab some food. My favorite part of the trip was the Kerala house boating trip and paddle boarding in the backwaters. I've heard that finding good yoga teachers in India is challenging since there is so much saturation but the yoga course we did in Goa was incredible! I have even been considering going to study with Amit and have a new found love of Iyengar. The drives from place to place were also great to see a variety of what India has to offer. It was nice to have people there who knew the best places to eat and visit, it made everything so easy and stress free! I would definitely recommend Breathe in Life to anyone and will definitely go on another trip at some point in the future. Hopefully sooner rather than later!"

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    • Review by Marjon Khakbaz from Chicago

      "The Breathe in Life Iceland trip was very well organized and super memorable. I booked this trip not knowing what to expect. I'm happy to say that the trip far exceeded my expectations and that I can't wait to return to Iceland again sometime in the future. We visited so many amazing landscapes within our one week time frame and dined at several delicious, unique restaurants. I highly appreciate the amount of time and effort Melissa and Brea put into organizing such an enjoyable and adventure packed trip that rid us of the many hassles that are usually associated with traveling like arranging transportation/accommodation. Practicing yoga with Brea was a highlight of my day, especially after a full day of hiking. This was a fantastic trip and I definitely recommend it to all those seeking to go on a relaxing and fun trip to this magical country."

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    • Review by Keltie Barbutza from Edmonton

      "The yoga and hiking adventure to Iceland was fantastic! I had a big smile on my face the whole time. Iceland is truly a beautiful and magical place not to be missed. Melissa and Brea are beautiful inside and out, both so fun and easy going. I am so grateful to them and to the great group of people I got to meet and travel with on this adventure. It was so much fun! Melissa is always so cheerful and helpful, and so very well organized. Brea is a gifted, intuitive teacher; we even had an impromptu yoga session in a moss covered lava field with an incredible sunset as our backdrop. This was my first trip with Breathe in Life and definitely not my last. I would travel with them again in a heartbeat!"

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    • Review by Meghan Trompetter from Vancouver

      "Making the decision to embark on another adventure with Breathe In Life was an easy one, and this one in particular has a special place in my heart. The whole experience felt like a dream. Our teachers were incredible and complimented each other beautifully. Their teachings were profound and gave us students insight and tools to create a better lifestyle moving forward. The mental changes from the yogic teachings are subtle but impact you larger than you thought imagined. Now being home, I can't get over the information I learned and how much of a better person I am to myself since the training, and to others as well."

      "Samata Holistic Retreat Center could not have been a more ideal and perfect setting for this training. It felt like we were in an oasis and our own secluded jungle/garden. Well in fact, we did! From the bungalows, the yoga shala, the landscaping, the FOOD, the people and the energy, it was our own little slice of heaven."

      "Breathe In Life has done it again. Blown away my mind, taken adventure to the next level and impacted my heart and soul for eternity. I cannot recommend this company and especially this training enough. If you are looking for the missing piece to your puzzle we call life, take this training with these people and you will forever be grateful, I promise."

      "Much love"

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    • Review by Katie Austin from Driffeld East Yorkshire, England

      "Where to even begin!?"

      "There are certain turning points in life as you look back. Certain decisions you chose to make that set you decidedly on a path you are so very happy to have adventured down. Going to Samata with Julia, Sarah, Melissa and all the beautiful human beings that joined us was one of those big crossroads on my life map as I am sure they were on everyone else's."

      "I feel lighter. You don't quite realize how much unnecessary 'stuff' you have been accumulating and carrying around with you until you start to rummage in all of those forgotten cupboards, attics and basements of your mind and body and assess what do I really need? Which of these memories, habits, thought patterns and emotions truly serve the very purest and best part of myself?"

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    • Review by Valerie Golka from Edmonton

      "The trip itself was fabulous. But what made it even more memorable was having Melissa with us. She was motivating, encouraging, fun to be around, and loving. She is an exceptional individual and I would highly recommend to anyone to take a trip with Melissa."

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    • Review by Nancy Kardash from Winnipeg

      "If you want to do some traveling geared to your sense of adventure, enjoyment and, above all, well-being, Breathe in Life is the way to go. Chris and Melissa are everything you want as tour leaders and traveling companions -- organized, competent, knowledgeable, warm, personable, accommodating, thoughtful, considerate, open, interesting/interested, fun. On our trip to Indonesia, they took care of details large and small so we could fully enjoy the richness of the people, places and experiences they offered us. And what experiences they were! Great yoga and pranayam, great food and accommodation, great adventures and activities, and a great group to just hang out with -- with no age limit! I would do this again in a heart beat -- and plan to!"

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    • Review by Dougie Campbell from Playa Del Ray, Valencia

      "I didn't know what to expect when booking my yoga teacher training in Thailand but, from the beginning, Breathe in Life made me feel calm and taken care of! They went above and beyond to make our experience smooth and enjoyable, even helping us plan adventures for our days off during the course. I'm looking forward to our next trip together!"

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    • Review by Reena Ruparella from Toronto, Canada

      "I was lucky enough to travel for 20 days to Indonesia with Breath in Life. I signed up as a solo traveler so I was definitely nervous going alone but I ended up having the most amazing adventure. Melissa was at the airport when I arrived after my long flight with a big smile and a huge hug. I felt right at home and knew I made the right decision. The trip was marvelous! There was the right balance of adventure, down time, as well as plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow group members. BIL does such a good job at organizing things like accommodations and transportation that there really isn't much to worry about. The tour guides were always available for questions and were great at recommending fun things to do. They were so knowledgeable! I also really liked that we moved around every few days so you had enough time to settle in but not get bored. I also loved the experiences such as the cooking classes, optional yoga, massages, great meals, and the Mt.Rinjani climb. This trip was an adventure and I am so happy I could do it through Breathe in Life! They were professional, knowledgable, and most important, made the trip fun! Can't wait to do it again!"

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    • Review by Cassie Leblanc from Edmonton

      "Sending mega love and gratitude to Melissa Emily Jol and Chris Elliott! This trip has been phenomenal! Thank you for taking me in like family and showing me the amazing sights of Thailand. I highly recommend booking your next trip with ‪Breathe in Life‬‬‬‬‬‬. These guys are amazing!"

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    • Review by Steph Davies from Edmonton

      "The trip of a lifetime with Breathe in Life this past October has become for me, with a little luck, an annual event. Once was definitely not enough. I have never had such a rewarding, stimulating, enjoyable travel experience in my life and I'm eager to go back to Bali or go to Thailand, India, or Nicaragua as the opportunity arises. In fact, I am seriously thinking of going to Goa next November on the teacher training program Breathe in Life is offering. For me, the combination of an excellent, consistent Yoga practice with adventure in a very beautiful and intriguing country, such as any of the above-mentioned, with carefully chosen places to stay, eat at and explore made for an absolutely ideal holiday, although that's a word that doesn't necessarily capture the richness of the experience. I loved the people with whom I shared the experience; we flowed together or moved apart with total ease and comfort. This was in no small part due to the meticulous planning and warm care taken by Chris and Melissa of Breathe in Life, who accompanied us and participated with us throughout. I couldn't have been better cared for by my own children, who lack the skill and expertise as travel guides of Melissa, Chris, and Jordan, the third partner, who is equally wonderful. I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity and would be more than pleased to share details with anyone who is interested. I can't recommend Breathe in Life highly enough."

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    • Review by Kelly Swan from Saskatoon

      "It's difficult to explain the life changing experience that was my journey with Breathe In Life. From the moment I discovered that they were offering a Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand, it was evident that Melissa and Chris have placed careful consideration with a particular attention to detail into every aspect of their trips. They are attentive by nature and highly accommodating to their group members' needs. The resort, where we had the pleasure of spending the month of our training at, was a clear reflection of their attention to detail. The staff were amazing to say the very least, as they learned each group members name within a few days and were always readily available to assist us with any wants or needs and always did so with a warm and friendly smile. The food was some of the most delicious I have had the pleasure of enjoying with plenty of vegan and raw options in addition to the traditional Thai and Indian dishes. The accommodations were comfortable, cozy, and spacious, with lush jungle surroundings and a quiet beach scattered with tiny quartz crystals. The tea temple offered a variety of lectures, books, and readings including astrology, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and many more. There's a reason they named this resort The Sanctuary. I could almost write a book about my love, affection, and undying gratitude for our two instructors, Sarah and Jana. These women are unbelievably inspiring and knowledgeable, with open minds and open hearts. Their best interest was always in the personal growth of their students and they were so available to us in so many ways. These women have some of the biggest hearts that are so open, understanding, and accepting that it is infectious and made each student open their hearts in such a similar way. I could continue to swoon over their company, this trip, and my experience or I could simply recommend to everyone seeking an extraordinary, life changing adventure to just sign up; you won't regret it. This, I swear to be true."

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    • Review by Eden Sallenbach from Vancouver, Canada

      "My experience on the South India tour with Breathe in Life (BIL) was seriously life-changing. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by people with the same mentality around health and wellness, and I felt like every day I woke up feeling so positive and worry-free. The guides organized everything from flights and all other means of transportation, to comfortable accommodations, to amazing yoga sessions, while making sure to not plan too too much so that each member of the group had quite a bit of control over what activities we wanted to take part in. It was comforting knowing that I didn’t have to worry about getting from one place to the next, while having the freedom to choose and create my own experiences."

      "I was blown away by the places that we visited on the tour and the amount of time that we stayed in each city and town was perfect. Although we covered a lot of ground, I never felt like we were constantly on the move, which allowed me to fully enjoy what each area had to offer. I was able to get a real taste of India’s wonderful culture, enjoy great meals at my leisure, and soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches, among many other things. The guides at BIL were all so great at recommending restaurants to try, sites to see, yoga classes to attend, etc., and I was never disappointed."

      "I have been back home for over a month now and I am still constantly raving about this trip to anyone and everyone. There was a perfect balance of group time, free time, yoga and meditation, and culture-seeking adventures, but it really was the people of BIL who made this experience what it was for me. I will most definitely be looking into doing another tour or retreat with Melissa, Chris, and Jordan in the future.""

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    • Review by Steph Davies from Edmonton, Canada

      "I have done a lot of group travel. Like, a lot. I have always been an independent person who seriously enjoys the company of other people. So group travel is a great option and I've had some amazing experiences doing it. I've also had some not so great group travel experiences where I felt ripped off and like a child being babysat. I went on the 20-day north India BIL trip. I have never felt so taken care of while having as much freedom as I desired. I went on my BIL trip fresh off a different not so great group travel trip, but even though I felt I may be starting to grow out of this type of travel, I knew I was in safe hands with Melissa and Chris (and Jordon once I met him!) before our journey even began. They thought of everything, and not just in a "we have buses booked and days planned" kind of way, in a "we chose companies and activities that align with our values" kind of way. It was such a significant touch I've never had with another company. They provided direction when we needed it, and we did; it was India, we needed it!) they gave us blunt and honest advice, inspiration to get into the culture and experiences, pieced things back together for us when our groups plans didn't work out how we had anticipated, surprised us here and there with amazing little extras and experiences, and supported us when we expressed interest in something and needed some help to get it done. They gave us freedom as well: time to wander and discover, encouragement to find our own new great things and share it with everyone else, and support for our ideas that we came up with on our own. It was the most perfect combination of freedom and comfort; stress free, without feeling confined. With BIL, I knew every dollar of that trip was going to an amazing experience. I knew they booked great quality accommodations and transportation, and figured out any of the wrinkles that we ran into (like missing baggage, just as an example). I trusted their opinions and guidance and had such an amazing experiences because of their knowledge! I had space to create my own experience within the organized trip. I've traveled enough to know I don't need a baby sitter but I like having a bit of guidance and 15 new friends to take it all in with. These guys have been in the travel industry so long that they have it down to an art and they share their beautiful knowledge with you in the most relaxed and loving way. Anyone on any of their trips knows how lucky they are to have traveled with them and if you haven't, it is definitely time to fix that!"

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