Join Life Force team and two international yogis, Lindsay Gonzalez and Melody Massey, on a journey of discovery through yoga, meditation, and more while cruising from Flores through Komodo National Park to Bali, Indonesia. You will quench your wanderlust and inspire your innermost self on a beautiful pinisi schooner with delicious meals, delightful company, enchanting nature, daily yoga session, and mindfulness practices. Balance your body and mind in the paradise.
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You will be accommodated at a beach resort in Flores on the first night and at a beautiful pinisi schooner, Ombak Putih, from the second to the seventh nights.
Ombak Putih, the beautiful floating home for seven days is an atmosphere of pure enjoyment with good food, top class service, and great company ideal for an awe-inspiring adventure. While on board, guests are immersed in a world of barefoot bliss with access to air-conditioned private en-suite cabins, indoor and outdoor social hubs, dining areas, and a sun deck.
The wonderful crew of the home away from home will work hand-in-hand with Life Force leaders to ensure an enjoyable and safe venture throughout the island adventure. Their smiles and friendly personalities offer an even greater insight into the Indonesian way of life. The professional friendly crew and multilingual tour guides will assist in all activities both on land and at sea, answering any questions, providing in-depth daily briefings, and ensuring the smooth running of the journey.
Surrounded by the captivating turquoise waters of the Komodo National Park, you will engage your inner explorer through land and sea adventures, highlighted by a trip to see Komodo dragons, and myriad other land and sea creatures up close and in the wild. Days will be spent integrating the physical, emotional, and spiritual elements of your yoga practice with a variety of adventures and downtime to achieve your ideal balance of activity, play, exploration, and relaxation.
Each day, yoga, meditation, or mantra chanting will take place on the deck, on the beach, on a hill, or on a SUP board with two sessions daily at sunrise and sunset. Through this invigorating yoga program and immersive nature-focused adventure, you will journey together to discover the individual and collective peaceful balance.
This is an all-levels yoga and travel experience geared towards anyone who wants to take their yoga practice out of the studio and into a spectacular natural environment, surrounded by enchanting turquoise waters of the Komodo National Park. Each day, you will engage in morning and evening sessions of yoga, meditation, or mantra chanting to expand your existing practice. If you are new to yoga, this retreat will be a practice to immerse yourself into a dedicated daily practice routine.
Please note that itinerary details are subject to change.
After flying from Bali in the morning or early afternoon, you will be transported to a beachside resort just outside of the port town of Labuan Bajo, the gateway to Komodo National Park. There will be time to relax and unwind with a swim or a snorkel or even a walk around the town. It’s also an opportunity for those unfamiliar with snorkeling to have a lesson with the ship's tour leader. In the late afternoon, Lindsay will offer an optional introductory / refresher stand up paddle boarding session followed by the first yoga practice on the beach. In the evening, you will enjoy sunset drinks on the beach before dinner with fellow Life Force guests as you get better acquainted for the voyage ahead.
In the morning, after sunrise yoga on the beach, you will take a private bus to the inland village of Melo. Here, local strongmen will perform the Caci, a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments. The men of Western Flores are famous for this test of daring and skill which is requiring lightning quick moves. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered by the village. The cultural group will also showcase traditional dances.
After a visit to Melo, you will return to Labuan Bajo where you will get your first glimpse of the splendid Ombak Putih at its mooring in the harbor. You will have plenty of time to settle in and get acquainted with the crew and fellow passengers as you cruise to the island of Kelor. Once there, you can enjoy a swim or a snorkel in the bright blue sea and play in the waters in a sea kayak or on a paddleboard.
In the late afternoon, you will practice yoga on the white sand beach. Another highlight of the visit to Kelor will be the sight of thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. You will go back to the boat to watch the sunset and witness the bats as they emerge in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell.
Today will begin with an early breakfast as you need to be ashore by 07:00 at the ranger station at Loh Buaya on Rinca Island where you will have a ranger-led nature trek in search of Komodo dragons, which are indigenous to this small group of islands. Rinca Island is also well known for its diverse wildlife so you may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes, and deer as well.
From the top of the hills, the scenery is breathtaking. In the afternoon, you will snorkel in the rich waters of Siaba Island before heading to the gorgeous Pantai Merah which takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here, you will swim and snorkel, relishing the unforgettable spectacle of the region's many varieties of coral and marine life. The sunset yoga practice will take place on Pantai Merah, or another nearby beach, with the option of SUP yoga as well if the tide is high and the water is calm.
When you wake up, the boat will be anchored off the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park. Sometimes there are dragons on the beach so this morning's yoga practice will take place on the boat. After breakfast, you will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for a ranger-led trekking through the park searching for Komodo dragons.
In this savannah-like setting of dry rugged landscape, you will encounter, at a safe distance, these awe-inspiring giant lizards, Indonesia’s living dinosaurs. You may spot deer, wild boar, sulphur-crested cockatoos, butterflies, rare orchids, and jungle chickens among the strangle-fig trees and the distinctive lontar palms. During lunch, you will head to Makassar Reef, where you will look for manta rays. If you are lucky enough to spot them, you will snorkel with these gentle giants.
The boat will then cruise to Gili Lawa Darat, where you can also snorkel. With over 1,000 species of fish in the waters of the national park, there is much more to this wildlife reserve than the dragons. Later, you will go ashore and make the 20-minute walk to the top of one of the island's hills where the horizon opens up to an iconic vista overlooking all 80 islands within the Komodo Archipelago and the island of Flores.
The walk up the hill will be a silent mindful meditation. The practice of conscious movement is to simply be aware of each step and breath with the aim to bring yourself closer to nature and connect with the present moment. The sight of the long white sandy beaches with clearly visible coral formations, the savannah-like landscape of Komodo Island, and volcanic island silhouettes in the background is a unique photo opportunity and a cherished memory for many guests.
When you're back at the beach, you will make a short five-minute ascent up another hill to a flat area with a west-facing vista which offers the perfect sunset backdrop to the yoga practice during which you can completely surrender to nature. The day will finish on this island or possibly on the nearby island of Pulau Bugis, with a fun and inspiring evening of storytelling, mantra chanting, dancing, and live music led by Melody and the Ombak Putih crew.
You will wake up off the coast of Banta Island with its pinkish-white sand beach. The calm water here is perfect for SUP yoga at sunrise, with the option of beachside yoga as well, followed by meditation on the beach. After this, you can enjoy a morning of swimming, snorkeling, and hill climbing. You will then proceed to Pulau Sangeang, an active volcano that towers 1,800 meters above sea level.
You will go ashore to a small and very simple village, which, because of the active nature of the volcano, is only inhabited for short periods during the year when the local people come to tend their crops and small herds of buffaloes. You can see the buffaloes on the beach and sometimes even swimming in the sea. You will snorkel on both a nearby reef and a location on the north of the island where volcanic gasses escape in the form of bubbles from the sea floor among the corals, a most interesting sight. Later, you will enjoy sunset yoga and meditation on the black sand beach.
This morning you will wake up early off Satonda, a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its center that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, causing a tsunami that flowed into the crater. The eruption was the biggest volcanic explosion in the collective memory of mankind which it had roughly four times the energy of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa and gave rise to the year without a summer because of the effect on North American and European weather.
You will have an early morning yoga session on the boat before breakfast and then go ashore. Local people believe the mysterious lake at Satonda to be magical in which alongside the shore of the lake are wishing trees where visitors to the island tie a small stone to a branch and make a wish. If your wish comes true, you are bound to return to the island to offer thanks. With this in mind, you will take a meditative five-minute stroll to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake and create an intention / manifestation ritual before tying the wishes to the trees. This will be followed by SUP yoga on the buoyant still waters of the lake. This extraordinarily beautiful, serene, and enchanted location which is surrounded by a ring of dense rainforest offers a truly unforgettable experience.
There will also be an option for lakeside yoga. The seas surrounding the island are rich with soft and hard corals and colorful tropical fish so you will spend some time swimming and snorkeling off the beach. Later, you will move to Labuan Aji village on the island of Moyo and walk to Diwu Mbai Waterfall where you can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below or simply bathe in the refreshingly cool water. Later, you will salute the sun from the west-facing beach with a sunset yoga practice.
Moored off the coast of North Lombok, you will practice yoga onboard and enjoy a hearty breakfast before going ashore to board a private bus for a trip to the north side of the island and the traditional village of Senaru. Here, you will be taken on a tour led by one of the local women guides, of the simple thatched houses and gardens of fruits and spices, which will give you an insight into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people.
The mellow adventure will then lead you down a well-trodden flight of steps through the tropical forest to Sindang Gila, a roaring 40-meter tiered waterfall. The small gravel beach and flat rocks at the base of the falls are a meeting place for the local people and if you want, you can take a dip under the full force of the intense flow. The walk will continue alongside an old irrigation canal offering panoramic vistas of rice fields stretching towards the sea.
The area around Senaru and Bayan was the birthplace of Lombok's unique Wektu Telu belief system in which ancient animist practices are combined with Islam. If you have time, you will visit Bayan Beleq, a grass-roofed mosque with woven bamboo walls. Said to have been founded in the 16th century, this is the oldest mosque in Lombok. You may also see some weavers and spinners demonstrating their age-old skills. After lunch on the boat, you will set off west in the direction of Gili Air arriving sometime after 15:00. Here, you will snorkel and swim and pay a visit to this popular tourist island before the sunset yoga practice on the beach. Tonight, you celebrate the memorable voyage with a music and dance party on board the boat.
You will wake up off the coast of Bali under the majestic gaze of Mount Agung, Bali's mother mountain. The final yoga practice together will take place on board or on the beach. You will also have a chance for a final snorkel and swim before heading south along the coast to the disembarkation point of Amuk Bay. Here, you say farewell to the crew and take a 90-minute bus ride back to south Bali where you have the option to extend your stay or head to the airport for your flight home.
Note: Please let Life Force Project know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs such as food allergies or other allergies, any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical. You will be required to fill out a Life Force Project consent form with additional personal information to ensure all you need is provided.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Lindsay Gonzalez, ERYT-500, is an international yoga teacher in search of adventures on and off the mat. She is known for her keen understanding of breathwork practices, body alignment, sense of humor, and ability to empower her students to live fully. With over a decade of experience in her field, she leads 200- and 300-hour teacher training, workshops, and retreats throughout the world. Lindsay is a writer of continuing education programs for yoga teachers and is releasing her first book in 2017.
Melody is a certified Hatha yoga instructor, singer, writer, and world traveler. While living in India, her casual yoga practice became a passion that inspired her to become a yoga teacher. Her classes range from Gentle yoga and Vinyasa to Bhakti yoga which has a heart-opening practice weaving storytelling with mantras, music, and asana. Melody teaches private, group, and virtual yoga classes and hosts yoga retreats and workshops, and offers live music for yoga classes.
In this savannah-like setting of dry, rugged landscape, you will encounter Komodo Dragons, at a safe distance. These awe-inspiring, giant lizards Indonesia's living dinosaurs. You may spot deer, wild boar, sulfur-crested cockatoos, butterflies, rare orchids, and jungle chickens among the strangle-fig trees and the distinctive lontar palms.
You will head to Makassar Reef where you will look for manta rays. If you are lucky enough to spot them, you will snorkel with these gentle giants. With over 1,000 species of fish in the waters of the national park, there is much more to this wildlife reserve than the dragons. You will walk to the top of one of the island's hills where the horizon opens up to an iconic vista overlooking all 80 islands within the Komodo Archipelago and the island of Flores.
The talented chef and culinary staff will prepare nutritious meals, snacks, and fresh juices daily which is taking pride in conjuring up all manner of dishes and delicacies from across the world and using only the best quality meat, seafood, and fresh produce available with the latter often sourced from local markets and the fisherman you meet along the way. Vegetarian dishes are a specialty and most special dietary requirements can be accommodated easily. Colorful and plentiful dishes will keep the team energized and centered throughout the exotic adventure.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
This Indonesian cruise begins in Flores and ends in Bali. As there are no direct flights from international destinations to Labuan Bajo, Flores, Life Force Project suggests flying in and out of Denpasar, Bali, (arriving no later than June 16, 2018) and schedules a separate domestic flight to Flores at the start of the journey.
With a limited number of flights per day from Denpasar, Bali, to Labuan Bajo, Flores, Life Force Project suggests you book your one-way domestic flight as early as possible before flights fill and rates increase. It is highly recommended that you fly on Garuda Indonesia from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo since it is the most reliable airline. An ideal flight would be either of the two morning Garuda Indonesia flights on June 17, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. which arrives at 9:05 a.m. or at 10:55 am which arrives at 12:25 pm.
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