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8 Days H20 Yoga Island Dreaming and Mindfulness Bali Retreat

  • H2O Yoga and Meditation Center, 108 Buddha Way, Gili Air, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Overview

Island Dreaming Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Bali

The Island Dreaming Retreat offers much more than a bed, a breakfast and a physical class to attend, it's a rewarding journey. Join H2O Yoga & Meditation Center in their island dreaming meditation and yoga retreat that allows people of all levels of yoga and all walks of life to give themselves some love, slow down, unwind and refocus. Here, you can find the smile and happiness that is always within you. The island setting gives you the perfect opportunity to withdraw from your job, loved ones and everyday life, to re-gather your own individual energy and reflect on the direction your life is heading, without being influenced by others.

100% record

Over the 3 year period and 40 retreats held at H2O Yoga and Meditation Center, no retreat cancellation has ever been made so you can be assured that once you book, you will have a retreat to join. Held at their own retreat center located at the island paradise resort of Gili Air, there is no number of attendees required for the retreat to proceed. Their retreats have gained an excellent reputation and so no last minute disappointments.

Highlights

  • 9 yoga classes
  • 4 massage treatments at Island spa
  • 7 evening Tibetan singing bowl meditations
  • 7 sunrise and sunset meditation session on the beach
  • 1 snorkelingt trip with the peaceful turtles at Gili Meno
  • 7 nights shared poolside bungalow accommodation
  • Return shuttle and fast boat from Bali and back
  • Daily healthy breakfast and vegetarian dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The principles of Vastu have been a guiding concept in the design of the bungalows at H2O Yoga and Meditation Center. 'Vastu' is India's ancient Vedic tradition of design, architecture, and sacred space, often called 'the yoga of design'. It is believed to create harmony and health in one's living space. The bungalows are built from local natural materials and have beautiful thatched roofing. The bungalows are simple yet comfortable and offer a peaceful retiring space. We provide the retreat participants with a shared bungalow (6 beds) with shared bathroom available. All rooms are equipped with fans, and both clean sheets and towels are provided.

A retreat is when you leave the bubble you live in, recharge, renew self-worth and gain clarity on fresh positive approaches you can introduce to your life when returning home. It's like arranging flowers - you need to take a couple of steps back to get a true perspective of how the flowers look in the vase and see what needs to be adjusted or changed.

This Island Dreaming retreat has emerged from hosting many retreats at H2O Yoga & Meditation Center's beautiful island center and seeing many people struggling with sitting meditation and concentration exercises - which is in many ways unnatural for our minds.

Where most meditation techniques require you to sit still and silence the mind, the island dreaming works differently, as we incorporate sunrise and sunset walking meditations on the shoreline of Gili Air. When we spend time meandering in this magical place where earth meets water, things from the subconscious begin surface in their own time. We gain new insights and new peaceful ways of approaching different issues, leading to inner harmony and tranquility.

On the magical island of Gili Air, this eight-day island dreaming meditation and yoga retreat provides the ideal space for walking meditations along the shoreline at sunrise and sunset and gives a water-inspired approach to the gentle and slow flow Vinyasa yoga. With daily massages and a healthy diet, you will rejuvenate, replenish and revitalize every cell of your mind and body.

Combined with yoga asana classes, stretching classes, healthy food, spiritual movies and massage, a day trip to Lombok for a forest adventure in nature, snorkeling with the peaceful turtles, and a visit to Gili Meno, this retreat will mark a new moment in your path of self-improvement and personal growth.

Retreat daily schedule

  • 06:00 Sunrise "island dreaming" shoreline walking meditation
  • 07:00 Morning yoga (asana) gentle flow / slow flow
  • 08:30 Healthy island breakfast
  • 09:45 Free time / daily massage for 30 minutes (Balinese massage on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
  • 14:45 Stretching class / spiritual movie
  • 17:15 Sunset "island dreaming" shoreline walking meditation
  • 19:15 Vegetarian dinner
  • 20:30 Evening Tibetan singing bowl meditation.
  • 21:00 Bed / rest

H2O Yoga and Meditation Center is located on the tranquil island of Gili Air, just two hours from Bali. Its the ultimate island escape. Located only 300 meters from the beach front, its abundant with nature and nestled amongst timeless local lifestyle. It is a wonderfully unique resting place and sanctuary for travelers and yogis alike. Gili Air's exquisite coastline also offers beautiful white sandy beaches and numerous sea view restaurants serving fresh fish. The tranquil waters are perfect for snorkeling, diving, and swimming with turtles. H2O provides the opportunity to seek balance in body and mind in a superb natural, outdoor setting.

Activities
  • Diving
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
General
  • Balcony
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • ATM/banking
  • Currency exchange
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance

The island's most favored activity is to simply rest back and delight in the sheer pleasure of being here. Most visitors swiftly slip into the slower pace of island life and find Gili Air a perfect setting in which to unwind and just be. Whether at a beach side restaurant on a sun lounger, or a secluded spot on the sandy shores, visitors frequently find themselves drinking up the stunning views, getting lost in a book, or even writing their own.

There are, however plenty of activities to keep you busy if you so desire. One of Gili Air's main attractions is its coral reef and wonderfully diverse ocean life.

Day trips

Visit local pearl farms, waterfalls, the resort town of Senggigi, or take a drive along forested road with amazing coastal views and monkeys abound. Relish the epic, untamed coastline of Kuta-Lombok, which offers great surfing and exciting diving options. With the new international airport in Kuta, Lombok this stunningly wild landscape is expected to develop quickly so go see it now to enjoy its full natural spectacle.

Diving

Diving is inexpensive in Indonesia and a great way to appreciate the magnificent underwater world. Gili Air boasts 9 dive centers, where many tourists come to the island specifically to make use of them. The schools offer a quick course and dive in one day.

For those wishing to further their training - advanced and instructor level courses are also offered. There are approximately 18 unique dive sites around the island, featuring coral seascapes, wrecks, sharks and a plentitude of brilliantly colored fish. Oceans 5 dive center, has professional staff, modern / up to date equipment, and top class service.

Entertainment

There are a number of regular and impromptu music events and parties that take place on Gili Air. These are typically advertised on flyers circulated around the island. Many of the locals have remarkable musical talent. Live singing and guitar playing can often be enjoyed when walking past the many restaurants in the evening. There are several bars that regularly host live bands and DJ's, whose audiences dance the night away on the beaches, beneath the stars. There is also the occasional bonfire on the beach as part of spontaneous gatherings of guitarists, singers, percussionists and whatever musical talent may be present on the island - a magical way to spend the evening.

Hiking

Also on Lombok is the picturesque Volcano Mount Rinjani. Though the 2 to 4 days hike to the summit is challenging; at 3010 meter, you are well rewarded with spectacular views of the nearby Crater Lake. Tours that include a guide and camping equipment usually range between 140 to 200 USD. The village at the base of Rinjani, Senaru, has a variety of accommodation options and offers several easier walks to local waterfalls also.

Island hopping

To visit Gili Meno or Gili Trawangan for the day take the 'Island Hopper' boat for around 2 USD each way. Explore the deserted beaches of Gili Meno, or the high vibe and many restaurants of Trawangan, before returning to our favorite island (Gili Air obviously) in the late afternoon. Or salute the sunset with a cocktail as you watch its golden rays slip behind the sacred volcano Agung on Bali - a perfect way to end another day in paradise.

Reading

H2O has a selection of wonderful books, which can be enjoyed whilst relaxing on the Zen veranda. With a wide range of titles on yoga, alternative healing, meditation, Buddhism and other spiritual topics you'll never be short of inspiration. There are also 'second hand' bookshops on the island where books (mainly fiction) can be both exchanged or purchased.

Snorkeling

All around the island and just a stone's throw from the shore an abundance of vibrant sea life awaits your exploration! Snorkel alongside the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, and encounter the colorful clown fish. Enjoy shoal upon shoal of tropical fish, and sea anemones, as they weave their way through the striking coral. Equipment is widely available to rent or can be purchased from most of the dive shops. For 3 USD you'll get a snorkel, mask and fins for the day. Take a day trip on a local 'glass-bottom' boat to snorkel some of the island's most highly regarded spots, and see Gili Air from a whole other perspective!

Surfing

On the south-west side of the island there is a reef break approximately 200 meters from the shore. This is a popular spot to catch great waves and attracts many surfers during the big swells. Surfboards can be rented from Seven Seas. The local surfers are generally very open in sharing their hot tips.

Swimming

In front of Scallywag's restaurant is a natural pool. These brilliantly blue waters with their flawless sandy floor make a perfect spot to bathe.

Walking or running

A gentle stroll or power walk around the island is a must, and a great way to experience Island life. A casual walk takes just short of 90 minutes. For those that like to get their energy zap, there is a track for running that offers spectacular views of the Island.

  • 1 snorkelingt trip with the peaceful turtles at Gili Meno
  • 1 spiritual movie afternoon and silent reflection afternoon / journaling
  • 4 massage treatments at Island spa
  • 7 sunset and sunrise meditation sessions on the beach
  • 7 evening Tibetan singing bowl meditations
  • 7 nights shared accommodation in a spacious poolside bungalow
  • 9 yoga classes
  • Daily healthy island breakfast with seasonal fruit /muesli and vegetarian/vegan dinner
  • Hotel pick-up and fast boat transfer to Gili Air and return trip back to Bali
  • Unlimited drinking water

Arrival by airplane

A flight from Denpasar to the new airport near Kuta, Lombok takes 30 minutes and will cost approximately 50 to 100 USD. On arrival in southern Lombok you will need to take a taxi to Bhangsal Harbour in the north (2 hours), costing around 30 USD. The 15 minutes boat journey from there across to Gili Air costs approximately 20 USD for a chartered boat.

Arrival by ferry

Fast boat

The fast boat is the most common option. All travel agents offer combined tickets, which include pick up from your accommodation at around 7:00 a.m. and the 1.5 hours mini bus journey to Padang Bai harbor. The sea crossing from there by fast boat is also 1.5 hours, and gets you to Gili Air at around 11:30 a.m. Be sure that you are being dropped off on Gili Air, as the final stop is often Gili Trawangan. The total cost of combined tickets is approximately 350 000 IDR one way or 600 000 IDR open return.

Slow boat

A slow boat combined ticket to Gili Air costs approximately 20 USD one way. This involves two minivan rides, the 5 hour ferry (slow boat) ride, and a final short public boat ride. In total this option takes 12 hours, and gets you to Gili Air at around 6:00 p.m. Although seemingly haphazard, the slow boat package is actually very well organized and is a good opportunity to meet other backpackers. You will be asked en-route to purchase an open return ticket. Although this is a cheaper option than buying your ticket back to Bali from Gili Air operators, most visitors do prefer to return via fast boat, deciding that one slow boat voyage is enough.

Getting to the center - You can take a horse cart for 50 000 IDR or otherwise it is a 10 minutes stroll down the center of the Island - just follow the H2O signs that can be seen all over the island!

Distances

  • Bhangsal Harbor - 15 minutes
  • Padang Bai Harbor - 90 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send H2O Yoga & Meditation Center an inquiry.
  • Review by Kristjan
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed in Gili Air, Indonesia and would rate the venue 10/10."

    "The yoga classes are top quality and well-suited for all levels. Also, the lodging and restaurant are excellent and the staff very friendly. I really enjoyed relaxing by the pool. Overall, very good value for money!"

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  • Review by Pawel Szostek from Dublin, Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "Me and my wife were there for a week Meditation and Yoga retreat in September."

    "The retreat was a life changing experience.The whole team working there it's very welcoming and knowledgeable . The yoga and meditation program was designed perfectly. Every day we covered new subject, new form or techniques in yoga and Meditation.Was suitable for all levels,people with experience were engaged in practice as well as the people with little or none experience. On top of that food was exceptional and the location of retreat is heart breaking. If you looking for escape and switch off Gili Air, it is the place to be. It was very hard to leave the place and come back to reality. l heartily recommend the H2O centre and looking forward to come back there."

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  • Review by Nena from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to get into yoga and meditation a little bit more and find some peace during the retreat. I certainly fulfilled that goal and much more. I left the retreat filled with joy and a lot of positive energy."

    "I would love to go back to this wonderful place at 108 Buddha Way again! "

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  • Review by Toni from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I have just finished a magical week at H2O True Nature retreat. Everything was wonderful. Doing yoga everyday has made me stronger, the meditation has made me calm, and I have a wonderful group of new friends. They shared their knowledge and spread the joy, and everyone who works there make it a very special experience. Gili Air is an amazing place, a step back in time, and fantastic for snorkelling and many other things. I highly recommend the experience. I have honoured my spirit and a wonderful holiday as well."

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  • Review by Hanna from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the True Nature Meditation Retreat and it was truly a great experience. Awesome teachers, inspiring atmosphere and such a beautiful island! I hope I can return someday."

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  • Review by Silke from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "A daily discussion group about the elements and how to connect with them but also how to apply this in daily life was also one of the major benefits of this retreat. It allows all kinds of questions and sharing of experiences with the other attendees. "

    "For me the best excercise was the day of silence where we had time to think about where we were at and where we want to be and what is holding us back. Bindu and Rich are great support during the week and always available for questions. In the lovely, peaceful and relaxed atmosphere at the center, it is possible to completely switch off. "

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  • Review by Min V
    10 out of 10

    "The True Nature retreat was one of the best things I've done for myself in years. I learnt so much that I can apply to my busy life, I connected with myself again and also made some wonderful friends."

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  • Review by Tree196
    10 out of 10

    "Everything about the True Nature retreat worked in every way it needed to, to inspire, teach and nurture you through your personal week of discovery."

    "Bindu and Mira were great teachers in all respects. I felt warmly received by them."

    "The people I shared my week with were inspiring, supportive and just lovely human beings. Its amazing that the retreat can draw such lovely people to it"

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  • Review by Anna C from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I think if you throw yourself into this 100% you reap all the benefits. Would highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking they need to start doing something for themselves, or who would like to introduce meditation into their lives, it is a fantastic way to start. Thanks guys!!"

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  • Review by Robert Hart from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "It really was a fantastic decision. Not only did the healing process begin through the daily yoga, silent day, sunrise/set meditations, ecstatic dance but it was a space that allowed for really great connections to be made to others within the group.I felt happiness here for the first time in my life and made friends I will keep for a lifetime."

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  • Review by Bainesy123 from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "I attended one of the True Nature Meditation retreats in June and it was so life affirming, I cannot recommend it enough! I was quite new to yoga and completely new to meditation and was looking to learn more about both, and essentially reconnect with myself... The retreat exceeded my expectations."

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  • Review by Ni C from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The size of the retreat group seems to vary to a max of 15. We were 10 and it was perfect. We all got to know each other well and some of us went on to travel together. We were introduced to new meditation techniques and explored different types of yoga. Even after 7 days, I felt stronger and more flexible and of course very relaxed.The food was just exquisite."

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  • Review by Via Shoshanna Delventhal
    10 out of 10

    "Yogis can head to Gili Air for a true island get-away. With some of the most awe-inspiring turquoise beaches and a strict no-motor policy on the island, the white-sanded beaches are void of the sounds of engines and horns. H2O Yoga runs yoga classes twice daily, and offers incredibly affordable accommodation options (as low as $15). Yogis interested in retreats can check the website for week-long programs."

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  • Review by freedom20090 from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Just wanted to let you all know that yesterday I attended the Foundations and Alignment Improve Your Yoga Practice Workshop which was excellent! I had been doing my own practice for years, having not been able to attend regular classes where I live, and I had been wanting a Workshop like this so that I could have one on one guidance to make sure I was doing the poses correctly. We had a small class (4) which focused on the correct alignment used to get the most out of the poses. For example, where you should feel the pressure on your foot when it's on the floor, what alignment your hands/wrists/elbows should be in, and the consequences, including strains and sprains, if they are not. Also how to engage the Energy Locks which should be used with the asanas, and Breathing (Pranayama). The Yoga Instructor was brilliant! Liina Flinn was most interested to know what ailment or old injury each individual suffered from and was then able to show each of us how to modify the pose to suit our own bodies. She was also astute enough to take a photo of us in various poses so that we could see for ourselves what we were doing, a great way to learn faster! (Dearie me I've been doing it wrong for so long, lol!) Liina listened carefully to our various questions and gave very knowledgeable, helpful answers. In fact a student doctor in the class praised her for her anatomical knowledge! I was also impressed that she enjoys researching about the body to help herself and her yoga instruction. At three hours very personalised instruction for Rp300,000, I'll be taking the other Workshop on offer, too! Not only did I enjoy the Workshop but afterwards we all went out to lunch at the beach where we had a lovely few hours talking about the world. A great day had! :-)"

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  • Review by clatters05 from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Before we came to Indonesia we read up on doing some yoga whilst there having never done it before (surely couldn't find a better place to start?)."

    "H2O was absolutely lovely, beautiful surroundings and sounds of the farms next door making you feel truly away from it all."

    "After a 1 and a half hour evening session we were absolutely knackered, but at the same time completely relaxed. It's great how it works with the sun going down, increasingly getting darker with just candlelight to relax you. "

    "Professional teacher understanding that their are newbies and experienced guys and still managing to cater for all and keep everything clear and understandable. All for just 100k (~£6) each!!"

    "Me and the Mrs are considering taking it up when we get back to England."

    "Thank you H2O for the introduction!"

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  • Review by Steve from Maroubra, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "If your going to Gili Air and like your Yoga then H2O is the go for flow in your holiday . Good instructors and accomodation on site . A good place to chill out , stretch and breath ! Worth a visit"

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  • Review by FemaleNomadUSA from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I bought a 4 punch yoga pass & really enjoyed all of the instructors. Classes were challenging & fun flow classes. Also tried the Bambu Flow & it was cool. I love the cafe on property, especially the coconut coffee! The pool was very refreshing."

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  • Review by _mbuisanv from Barcelona, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "My experience in H2O retreat was just amazing. Just what I needed after some months travelling. This spiritual trip was a step to achieve my happyness! I hardly recomend it to everybody! One of the best things i did! I will come back :-) Marina (spain)"

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  • Review by gdodid from Vientiane, Laos
    10 out of 10

    "They have decent teachers and the setting is great but there is no protection at all from mosquitoes as night falls--the evening class puts you in savasana right as they come out. You will want to absolutely cover yourself in deet."

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  • Review by ahall111 from Bali, Indonesia
    10 out of 10

    "Unfortunately i only made it to one class here in the evening, and i wish i could go back! The teacher was wonderful and informative and his talking really helped to keep focus during class. The sequence was engaging and challenging. I thoroughly enjoyed when the teacher played tibetan singing bowls at the end of class. It was calming and peaceful and I left feeling completely refreshed."

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  • Review by Danithomson from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "H20 is a sacred little oasis on the beautiful island of Gili Air. The yoga, meditation, and overall experience of well being was a welcome surprise, and the staff were all friendly and wonderful. the food was all vegan, and delicious, and the activities were well organised and well taught. I stayed in the deluxe bungalow, which had air con and a mozzi repleller, and a beautiful open air shower. I would thoroughly recommend this gorgeous hideaway to anyone remotely interested in yoga or meditation. You will be spoilt! I am already saving up to go back."

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  • Review by Gdodid from Vientiane, Laos
    9 out of 10

    "They have decent teachers and the setting is great but there is no protection at all from mosquitoes as night falls, the evening class puts you in savasana right as they come out. You will want to absolutely cover yourself in deet."

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  • Review by Gypsygirlcanuck from Burnaby, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at the center for one of their week-long retreats and definitely left relaxed and refreshed. The simple focus on nature and the elements (water, air, fire, earth) was grounding and helped me to disconnect from the hectic pace of normal life. Gili Air is a fantastic setting for a yoga retreat - we were minutes from the beach by walking, and I spent countless hours stretched out by the water just listening to the waves roll in."

    "The center itself has a lovely atmosphere and a very refreshing pool. The cabins are basic but clean. However if you choose one with no A/C, be prepared for some potentially hot and sweaty nights!"

    "I came away from the retreat with one big wish, to have had the chance to do more yoga. This retreat was wonderful in so many ways, but it would have been easy to accommodate more yoga. As it was, we usually only did one session per day. An afternoon class (even some sun salutations or headstand practice) would have been a very nice addition."

    "Great overall and I definitely recommend!"

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  • Review by Ahall111 from Bali, Indonesia
    10 out of 10

    "Unfortunately I only made it to one class here in the evening, and I wish I could go back! The teacher was wonderful and informative and his talking really helped to keep focus during class. The sequence was engaging and challenging. I thoroughly enjoyed when the teacher played Tibetan singing bowls at the end of class. It was calming and peaceful and I left feeling completely refreshed."

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  • Review by BbertSaigon from Saigon, Vietnam
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful morning and sunset classes and I attended 4 classes over 2 days. I left feeling rejuvenated and centered. Thank you so much, Liina."

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  • Review by AnnG66 from Tenerife, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Thoroughly enjoyed my experience at this ashram. Bindu is a great host, there's comfortable accommodation,a cafe, bike hire and of course yoga!"

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  • Review by Emma Sue from Sydney, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I went to the "True Nature" retreat over a week in Jan 2016. I was a little nervous to go alone but everyone at the retreat was a solo traveler and was so open and willing to share. The program was so thoughtful and considered including yoga and meditation that was themed each day to guide us in our reflection upon self and our lives. Watched the sunrise and sunset everyday during mediation at the beautiful beaches on Gili Air. The centre is located about a 5 minute walk from the beach. The yoga space was always clean and the yoga practice is varied everyday to allow you to experience different types of yoga which was perfect for me as a beginner. "

    "About 17 people in the group (great number as it was large enough to have your own space but enough people to feel like a real group) and everyone stayed at the Centre. I was in a shared bungalow of 6 people with 3 bunk beds. Some mosquitoes in the rooms so bring spray. The retreat offered breakfast and dinner each day, local vegetarian food which was delicious. "

    "Had a wonderful time and made life long friends. Would definitely visit again to this idyllic location to refresh and recharge. Thank to Bindu and his team for offering this amazing experience."

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  • Review by Resmen from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Spent 2 nights in the deluxe bungalow which is very new, with AC, hot water and ensuite. They have a nice pool which I also used and have great breakfast. I had plenty of fresh fruit and tea which kick started my day to explore the island. Nice friendly owners and the guests were just the same as well as the drop in folk attending the daily classes."

    "I had a shower at one of the beach cafes as the water in the rooms shower is sea water."

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  • Review by Alicia from Padang, Indonesia
    10 out of 10

    "I've wanted to attend a yoga retreat for about 10 years. Rather than thinking about it, I've now experienced it. It was by far the best gift I have ever given myself. I chose the True Nature New Year's yoga and meditation retreat. I was happy to go there alone but found myself loved and supported by the wonderful H2O community that we co-created. I learned many ideas, techniques, and resources to ensure that today is a good day! And the retreat was the start of the process in revealing and accepting our own true nature. We experienced 32 hours of silence into the new year reflecting on either mind, body or soul. It was beautiful and revealing. May we all experience inner serenity, love, and acceptance. A heartfelt thank you to all. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Tamara from Amsterdam, Netherland
    10 out of 10

    "H2O is an amazing place with shining and loving people. The true nature new year retreat was a perfect way to end the year and start a new one. Surrounded with beautiful people who also joined the retreat this week couldn't be better. Bindu, Jaslin and of course Adi have been wonderful hosts. The food was fantastic, the shakes and banana cake from heaven and the location quiet and peaceful. I loved every bit, from the everyday schedule of sunrise and sunset meditations, yoga classes, lectures and other activities to the silence day, which was a wonderful experience. The place to be on Gili Air. Love it! Namaste."

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  • Review by Melissanug from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I went to a yoga class and meditation class while I was on the island. The class was in an open outdoor bamboo room! So peaceful here. The yoga was a little different style than I'd done before, fun, laughing at ourselves type. The meditation class left me with a few new techniques and feeling very balanced. I split a package with a friend so the price seemed appropriate when doing this."

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  • Review by Martin from Perth, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "What more than magical can I say? The "True Nature" yoga and meditation retreat at H2O was simply amazing - the perfect way to shed 2015 and usher in positive new 2016! Each day was unique, enlightening and entertaining, but also with plenty of down time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of beautiful Gili Air; if you're not enjoying a Balinese massage or coconut shake by the beach, you may even get as lucky as I was and snorkel alongside a big Green Turtle!!!! The all vegetarian food and gluten free banana cake were also delicious! Bindu and his team are so friendly, knowledgeable and caring you can't help but be swept up in the love and passion for living!! All up, it challenged me physically, mentally and emotionally, but enriched, enthused and enlivened me no end, definitely an unforgettable experience that words can only begin to describe. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Cscgesp from Washington DC, USA
    10 out of 10

    "We were staying across the road from this yoga retreat center, so it was convenient to rent our bikes there. They were quite helpful in other ways, when I asked whether they sold ice (as Si Pisung has none), the manager told me where we could buy some nearby. Also, anyone can refill their water bottles here for a small charge (save money and also the overabundance of plastic bottles on these islands)."

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  • Review by Amber from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I booked the yoga and meditation retreat from the December 28 till the January 4 and it was the perfect New Year’s gift to myself! The eight day program is well balanced (mindful, spiritual, physical and getting in touch with your inner spirit and the elements as well). Had a great time and met some awesome people! Bindu and his team did a great job guiding us through the week. The accommodation is tranquil and nice, you will feel really comfortable and welcome. The newly built pool and the coconut cafe are real assets! Enjoy and try the conscious side of the island vibe."

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  • Review by a traveler from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful morning and sunset classes; I attended four classes over two days. I left feeling rejuvenated and centered. Thank you so much, Lina."

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  • Review by Dani Thomson from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "H20 is a sacred little oasis on the beautiful island of Gili Air. The yoga, meditation, and overall experience of well-being were a welcome surprise, and the staff were all friendly and wonderful. The food was all vegan and delicious, and the activities were well organized and well taught. I stayed in the deluxe bungalow, which had air conditioning, a mozzi repeller, and a beautiful open air shower. I would thoroughly recommend this gorgeous hideaway to anyone remotely interested in yoga or meditation. You will be spoiled! I am already saving up to go back."

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  • Review by Hilly from Woolacombe, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Whilst staying on the island for two nights I sought out a place to do a bit of yoga as a treat to myself. H20 yoga seemed the best place to do it, and when I arrived to check it out prior to the scheduled 17:00 class, I was dry impressed by the two open air studios they have, fully equities with all sorts of equipment. It was my first ever yoga lesson and I was very impressed by the informative instructions by the leader. She gave clear demonstrations, in a calm manner, and often came around to reposition you or give pointers on how to improve your form. Whilst I had a class, my boyfriend was set up in the cafe painting one of their wooden or ceramic figurines which he very much enjoyed! And there are plenty of books, too."

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  • Review by Tanja from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed for four nights in a shared bungalow and did some yoga. For a budget traveler, the shared bungalow's offer nice value, they are clean and the beds very comfortable. The yoga teachers were good, gave enough options from starters to more advanced (could have gone to even more advanced for me but I guess there are different types of classes which I didn't even get a chance to try in my limited time there). The teachers also circled the class, giving individual guidance if needed, so especially good for beginners. A lot of details making H2O one of the best places I've stayed on my backpacking trip through Asia (and there have been many). They just introduced breakfast, which for me was perfect. There's brown bread - so scarce in South East Asia, with two eggs, fruit salad, and a choice of coffee and a few different sorts of tea. Would definitely recommend and stay here again!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Puerto Galera, Philippines
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the True Nature retreat in August and I'm so happy I did! I was amazed at how alive I felt. Sunrise and sunset meditations, yoga, healthy food, snorkeling with turtles, a jungle walk on Lombok, plenty of free time for quiet reflection and exploring the island, and sharing it all with the most lovely people. It was truly magical. Thank you so much Sarah and Emily and the rest of the H20 family. I hope to see you again!!"

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  • Review by Jade from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    10 out of 10

    "Island dreaming retreat - H2O on Gili Air, Bali. This retreat has been a life changing experience. It was the first retreat I had done and I attended solo. The teachers put their heart and soul into their practice, whether it is yoga, meditation, or even during your evening meal. They welcome you with open arms and make you feel part of the furniture. If you're looking to get away and focus on yourself somewhere that isn't too strict, then this is the place for you no matter what age. The center is so cute (their website doesn't do it justice, it’s much more stunning in real life) and the island is beautiful. We had a nice sized group of eight who all attended by themselves. It's a great place to find out about yourself and forget the day to day issues at home. You begin to appreciate and remember the small things that make you happy. I've taken away so much from this retreat. Bindu, Emily, and Sarah (owner and teachers on my course) were fantastic. Don't hestitate to book this it Will be something you will remember and learn from for the rest of your life. I had never done yoga or meditation before and coming back home it's the first thing I have begun to implement in my life, because I have seen the positive things it does to my mind and wellbeing. This is not your ordinary class you'd find at your local gym."

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  • Review by Amanda from Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing experience doing the Island Dreaming retreat at H20! This retreat was exactly what I needed to re-center myself and just went above and beyond my expectations. I really enjoyed our sunrise and sunset meditations on the beach. We did yoga after our sunrise meditation every morning, which was a great start to the day. There were a few hours of free time most days which I enjoyed by getting free massages and lounging around on daybeds in one of the many beach front bungalow-type restaurants, drinking fresh juice and reading. We took a field trip to Lombak for a lovely nature walk one day and spent another day snorkeling with turtles - so much fun!I I left the retreat feeling rejuvenated and reconnected. The owner Bindu and staff Sarah and Emily are amazing human beings who are so passionate about what they do. Their wisdom and energy is contagious. Each yoga and meditation practices led by them felt so genuine and organic. Gili Air is a beautiful island, H20 is a gem and I hope to go back again someday!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Denver, Colorado
    9 out of 10

    "This is a great way to wake up in the morning or wind down in the afternoon. I met fantastic people here, not just the staff, but the other participants as well. I did not stay here and the accommodations appear basic but the bikes they rent are in great condition."

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  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I was here a few days ago. Very beautiful place, only by coming inside you relax already. I had my first yoga lesson here. Everything was explained very well and I felt comfortable. It was a very nice experience."

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  • Review by Snow from Sydney, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I'm recently back from my second visit to Bindu's H20 True Nature Retreat - the first one changed my life where seve days felt like three months. I've travelled a lot and on my own over the years, always incorporating some kind of group activity/yoga as a way to meet other people. At my first retreat, and Bindu's first one, I'd never before experienced a group of different ages, genders, yoga and mediation abilities, nationalities, and general walks of life come together with no expectations, no judgement but genuine openness, acceptance, and inquiry. To this day, the connections between this group have remained - life long yogi buddies. So July this year I returned to reaffirm some of the lessons I'd learned and just have a great laugh and connection with amazing people. I wasn't disappointed with my 16 new yogi friends from around the world. We've just done a virtual group meditation to keep the H20 spirit alive! Bindu, Sarah, and Emily have a great connection to each other, the island, and a beautifully subtle way to bring a group together to create a connection between people that I've truly never experienced in any other yoga retreat (experienced eight retreats so far). The magic of H20 is the subtle shifts in mindfulness and consciousness that drift in over the week and probably really cement in the weeks after leaving.You'll love H20 if... you want some time to indulge in your own personal, yogi, and spiritual growth; you like to explore the four elements and how they relate to your yoga and meditation practice; you want to the opportunity to take a period of silence for 36 hours - it's easier than you think and really interesting to explore how much we talk when we don't need to and how much we can communicate with a smile; you like living cleanly and simply in shared bungalows (new double bungalows with hot water and A/C just finished being built); you want the opportunity to welcome each day with the sun risings over an extinct volcano and saying goodbye over the sea every evening; you want to detox and slow down - you'll be walking at island pace in no time; you want to experience reiki from a master or take a one-on-one alignment class (amazing!); you want a combination of fun or extroverted and peaceful or introverted yoga and meditation sessions."

    "H20 is not for you if... you want six hours of yoga classes a day (although easy to find on the island) and you're not willing to contribute (not everything is compulsory but the more you give the more you get out of it). "

    "You don't need prior yoga or mediation experience. The classes and workshops cater for everyone and having a group of different abilities actually enhances the conversation with everyone bringing different perspectives. With no religious dogma, it's a really chilled, island-style place to slow down, reconnect with yourself, with other yogi's, with nature and emerge after seven days a better version of you.In the last three years I've had five friends go to H20 on my recommendation and all have loved it. I've been twice, I'll be back for a third time. I cannot recommend it enough... and if you want to make a yogi really happy, bring Bindu some Lipton chai latte sachets... the man is a fiend for them :)"

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  • Review by Tanja from Los Angeles, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful yoga classes in a beautiful place! The café is also really nice. I loved painting a Buddha (very meditative) and the coconut water with lime ice cubes is delicious!"

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  • Review by Jewel from Vienna, Austria
    10 out of 10

    "After some tries in Europe, I was a bit skeptical about the atmosphere and the instructors. Unfortunately, in the area where I live yoga is presented over-spiritual or very commercial. I visited H20 yoga for some general information first and felt more than welcome. Tried a class the same evening and it was great. I bought a 10 class block and attended different classes. My hope was to reduce the pain in my left shoulder and to calm my mind, to learn to accept and enjoy what is possible for my body. The level is mixed and the instructors adjust the class to the experience of the visitors so every class was different. Yoga with bamboo sticks is really an interesting class and I hope there will be more of this in the future. The instructors Sarah, Emilia, and Lynn are wonderful, always friendly, warmhearted, open for questions, and very attentive. Before every class you had the chance to inform your teacher about any injuries in private. Focus is on the breath, alignment, and the meaning of yoga. The construction site didn’t bother me to much as I took it as an additional challenge during meditation. If you are in doubt because you are not the youngest, most flexible, skinniest, and fittest - forget about it. At H20 you are welcome at any age, weight, or fitness level. Will be back soon. And by the way, my shoulder is so much better now :)"

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  • Review by Alexandra from Zurich, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at H2O for four nights and had a nice and pleasant stay there. The people were helpful and they have great coconut water and banana bread in the café. I met new people there. Yoga classes were good and I went there to practice every day! They have mixed classes and they give different options for each level."

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  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I was on Gili Air for six nights and H2O yoga was the highlight of my stay. After enjoying my first class, I bought a 10-class pack and came every morning and afternoon. All three teachers are lovely and helpful. The classes are for all levels but they will tell you how to modify the poses depending on what stage you are in. The gluten-free banana bread in the café is also very good! I also did the intro to meditation class, which is an introduction to five different types of meditations that you can try alone. Classes are from 09:00 to 10:30 and 17:00 to 18:30 every day."

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  • Review by Eric from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I did a meditation intro class and really enjoyed it. The instructor gave the class some great insights and ideas into how to start and maintain a meditation practice. I would recommend checking it out."

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  • Review by a traveler from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    9 out of 10

    "I went here a couple of times during my stay on Gili Air both in 2011 and in 2015. The teachers were simply great and attentive and the lessons quite challenging, also for persons like me who have been practicing yoga for a number of years. I find it a pity though that the area behind the yoga place, which was a more or less empty garden in the past, has now been filled with accommodation. And construction continues. But I will definitely return for the lessons and the fruit juices."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I went for the gentle flow evening class - it was perfect for us, strong but not too challenging. We're not experienced yogis but have done a good bit of yoga over the years. The studio is spacious, with nice fans. The good workout, the sound of the ocean in the distance, the candlelight, and the Tibetan singing bowls made for a serene end to a day of swimming and sunshine."

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  • Review by a traveler from Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazingly peaceful place! I have some experience with yoga, and have been at the Yoga Barn in Ubud as well (which is supposed to be the Mecca of yoga), but this venue was much, much better. Really down to earth, very small-scaled, and a lovely environment. I absolutely loved the staff and the teachers - they make you feel at home immediately, and all of them are great fun to be around with. I tried three classes, and all of them were equally good. There is loads of attention to the techniques as well, not just about doing the poses - which is amazing and a necessity when learning how to do yoga (but unfortunately, too little yoga teachers actually teach you this). Such a peaceful, inspiring place to find yourself again."

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  • Review by a traveler from Brisbane
    10 out of 10

    "I went to H20 yoga for four days straight during my four night stay on Gili A. Their teachers are highly trained. The studio was peaceful and had everything you need there. They provide yoga mats, and tools - just bring yourself and some water. The cost is low, and the classes go for 1.5 hours. Highly recommend! "

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  • Review by Ayawascha from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I went on the retreat about six weeks ago now. It was truly amazing. I am new to yoga and tried some meditation before. But this retreat was much more than that, it was a lot about self-realization and how to deal with problems that may be effecting you personally. The course structure was spot on and the center is really beautiful. Bindu has really taken a lot of care and attention to how the center is laid out. Everything from the position of the windows to the steps to the bungalow is laid for a purpose which I found fascinating. The center is located in Gilli Air; it is the perfect spot for this retreat, especially for the morning and evening sunset and sunrise meditation. We learned many different types of meditation techniques which were very beneficial to me as I now know which technique suits me as person. The yoga was amazing; we did many different styles including using bamboo sticks. The teachers where inspirational and very interactive with the group, as well as the staff that work in the center. I totally recommend this retreat to any level; it was also very cheap, almost half the price of other retreats I looked at in Bali and Gilli. It includes breakfast, dinner, and lodging. The retreat also featured twice daily yoga classes."

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  • Review by Amy from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    9 out of 10

    "From the minute you step onto the property you feel peaceful. I loved the energy of the people and the place. It was such an enlightening week and I loved learning more about yoga and meditation here and you simply can't beat the sunrise and sunset meditations on the beach!"

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  • Review by Genohb from Dublin, Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "H2O on Gili Air is such a lovely place to be! The retreat was the perfect way to end my trip. After travelling alone for two weeks, it was so nice to be part of a group and meet some like-minded people. Sarah and Bindu teach meditation and yoga on the retreat. I was more or less a beginner and they were so helpful, happy to answer all questions, and have a chat at any time. The classes are varied and I enjoyed every one. Before starting the retreat, I did a few drops in yoga classes taught by Lena. She is an excellent teacher; if you can, try the bamboo class! Because the retreat is very popular and I booked in so late, there was not space for me to stay in H2o so I stayed across the road in a lovely home stay called WP. It was a really nice place and sleeping separate didn't get in the way of the retreat at all. I would highly recommend this lovely and retreat. It is challenging though but well worth it. I am still practicing the yoga and meditation techniques I learned during my time there. I hope to go back some day."

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  • Review by Mila from Moscow, Russia
    10 out of 10

    "Spending eight days at the H20 Yoga and Meditation "True Nature" retreat was simply perfect. This definitely was a highlight of my trip to Bali. The program was very well organized: a good combination of yoga, meditation, talks, and evening meditation with Tibetan singing bowls was great! The atmosphere in the center is magical and feels like home. Bindu and Sarah are amazing, always there to help, and happy to share their knowledge and point in the right direction. It is great opportunity not only to do yoga, but spend some time by the beach snorkeling and enjoying breathtaking sunrises and sunsets! Not only did I become more relaxed and fit, but I also got some good habits of doing my own everyday yoga routine and became generally more mindful in different aspects of my life. Was also a good opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the world and share knowledge and information. The food was really delicious as well! Will definitely come back to H20 one day hopefully soon. Enjoy!"

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  • Review by Madeleine from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I booked a week on H2O Yoga & Meditation - True Nature Retreats without any expectations whatsoever. I'm pretty new to yoga and was only aiming for a week of peace and quiet after leaving a hectic life back home a few days before. The retreat came to change my life. The people I met, the things I learned - everything helped me being pushed in the direction I'm supposed to go to. Bindu, lovely Mira, and the other staff were simply amazing, always taking care of us and keeping us occupied with an awesome schedule. I recommend this to all and everyone, though there is something there for everyone. The key is simply going in with an open mind and heart. If you are, then you will feel the same thing as me and my newfound friends did when we left - just happy and peaceful. Also Bindu, if you read this - remember to always swipe to the right :D"

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