7 Days How are you really? Oceanside Yoga Retreat in Beautiful Bali

  • Puri Oka, Jalan Puri Bagus, Candidasa, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia

7 Days How are you really? Oceanside Yoga Retreat in Beautiful Bali

  • Puri Oka, Jalan Puri Bagus, Candidasa, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Yoga Retreat in Indonesia

Before you start to read about what this meditation, mindfulness, and yoga retreat actually is, stop, close your eyes, take three slow deep breaths and then ask yourself: "How am I really?" Just sit with the response for a few moments!

Doesn't it feel wonderful to take a few sacred seconds of your day to make it all about you? So really, how are you? If the answer is "not as good as I can be", whether it is on a spiritual, physical, or emotional level, then let yourself discover techniques to help change how you feel.

On the other hand, if you feel "I'm on top of the world, the best I've ever been". Congratulations! Give yourself a well-earned rest in paradise and practice how to retain those positive, happy feelings, and share them with others.


  • 7 days tuition
  • Twice daily yoga
  • A traditional Balinese massage
  • Visit a local spiritual healer in a mountain village
  • 6 nights private accommodation with AC & garden/ocean view
  • Airport/hotel transfer to the venue
  • Free unlimited water refills
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The spacious rooms sit lazily in their luscious, well established gardens, thus providing a wonderful and tranquil area which is literally 20 steps from the beach. The beautiful Balinese style rooms have a fan & fresh hot water showers. They are completely private rooms and most have A/C as standard. As guests of the retreat, you will have full and exclusive use of the fantastic yoga studio, which is situated almost at the waters edge and has quite possibly the best studio view in Bali. The onsite amenities are of a very high standard as you would expect. The restaurant serves the most gorgeous food and is ideally positioned next to the pool, a perfect place to eat, lounge and plunge during free time! We have many variations of accommodation ranging from 1 person, couples & families right through to large groups so if you have a particular requirement please do not hesitate in contacting us so we can discuss room arrangements and of course rates and discounts.

This retreat is specifically designed for beginners and intermediates of any age or gender but of course, everyone is welcome! Let Sarah guide you through Hatha, Vinyasa, Fly-High and Yin inspired yoga classes in their breathtaking, ocean front, Balinese style yoga shala. Along the way you will discover other techniques such as meditation and mindfulness, as well as looking at the chakras and Ayurveda to deepen your understanding of how you really are. You will listen to the natural rhythms of nature, especially the ocean, from the moment you rise until the moment it lullabies you to sleep. The peaceful atmosphere reminds you to find and follow your own gentle flow and to relax and unwind on the mystical island of Bali.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 Yoga, pranayama, and meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Silent, self-love practice
  • 10:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Various discussions - History of yoga, chakras, and Ayurvedic test
  • 16:00 Yin yoga/Fly-High yoga
  • 17:00 Yoga nidra
  • 18:00 Various meditation techniques - walking meditation, chanting, singing bowl meditation, and adult colouring
  • 19:00 Vegetarian dinner
  • 20:00 Free time

Because we are aware that our yoga retreat is also a 'holiday on the paradise island of Bali' we want you to feel the true essence, spirituality & culture of this alluring Indonesian island.

With this in mind, welcome to... Explore Bali - Included in your package are two day trips. The first, a day trip to the breathtaking Ujung Water Palace & an afternoon trip to the beautiful Tirta Gangga Water Temple which includes a swim in the fresh spring-water pool. The second day is a visit to the local Balinese spiritual healer, a short trek through the jungle to his hillside home. We can promise you that visiting this healer is truly unique and very few outsiders get to experience this in Indonesia.

  • Sarah Mckenzie-Thane

    Fly-high Yoga Yoga Alliance International (Aerial Yoga)

    Kaivalya Yoga Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)

    Yoga Alliance UK (Hatha Yoga)

    Sarah completed her Yoga Alliance International certified teacher training course under the guidance of Yogi Amit Kaushik at Kaivalya Yoga, Rishikesh in India. She is also a fully qualified Reiki master, successfully qualifying in both Thailand and Indonesia. Sarah is originally from the UK but has spent the last three years traveling the world teaching and studying yoga and meditation. She has gained over 1000 hours of teaching experience. Sarah has successfully managed one of the largest yoga centers in Lombok, where she has assisted and led over 20 successful retreats.

The beautiful Puri Oka Beach Bungalows in Bali is truly magical and a perfect venue for our How are you really? Yoga retreat! Set in what used to be a traditional fishing village, nestled where the mountains meet the sea, we decided to use this venue not only for its fabulous views and facilities but because of the most amazing atmosphere it provides. The spacious rooms sit lazily in their luscious, well established gardens thus providing a wonderful and tranquil area which is literally 20 steps to the beach (count if you like!). As guests of the How are you really? Yoga retreat team you will have full and exclusive use of the fantastic ocean view yoga studio which is situated almost at the waters edge and has quite possibly the best studio view in Bali! The onsite amenities are of a very high standard as you would expect. The restaurant serves the most gorgeous food and is ideally positioned next to the pool... a perfect place to eat, lounge and plunge during free time!

The price of this retreat includes a daily delicious vegetarian breakfast and dinner. The restaurant sits directly on the ocean front, so in the morning you can watch the fisherman bring their catch of the day. The restaurant not only provides good healthy food but beautiful sunsets while enjoying an afternoon appetizer.

There is the perfect blend of activities and free time during this week so that as well as experiencing a retreat environment you also have the opportunity to feel like you have had a holiday: either spend time lounging by the pool or exploring the surrounding unspoiled area of Candidasa or in quiet contemplation on your veranda while the soft scent of frangipani flowers soothe the senses.

Other things to do include:

  • Candidasa has many restaurants serving both Indonesian & Western food
  • Walk around the huge Lotus Pond which is situated on the Candidasa high street
  • Along the main road there are many shops selling Souvenirs, Antiques & Clothes.
  • If you want to have some ‘Me Time’ there are many Spas which offer massages and other wonderful traditional treatments.
  • Climb the many steps to the Shiva-Pura temple
  • Just a short walk past the Lotus Pond is Gedong Gandhi Ashram, Bali’s oldest Ashram. You can walk around inside and maybe even do a workshop.
  • Snorkeling, Scuba Diving and even a Submarine are great ways to see Indonesia’s beautiful coral and underwater sea life… or just take a relaxing Boat Trip around the nearby islands.
  • For the more athletic you can hire a guide to take you Trekking around the many hills surrounding Candidasa.
  • Rent a Bicycle or Scooter and go explore!
  • Goa Lawah Bat Cave is about 20 mins from Candidasa. It is a very important place for the Balinese because they believe that it protects Bali from evil spirits.
  • Near the Bat Cave is Kusamba Beach where you can see the locals Salt Panning.
  • The first King of Klungkung built the Kerta Gosa in 1686. It was a ceremonial palace and a court of justice but now it is a museum.
  • If you are a fitness fanatic back home and you need to keep your levels up there is a Fitness Gym at the end of the main road.
  • We also offer Reiki level 1 and level 2 training. Learn the ancient healing practice of reiki and become certified reiki healers. Certifications given. Become qualified to practice self-healing and the healing of others! A life changing gift to give yourself! Or simply try a Reiki Session during your stay and experience the sensation of reiki energy.

This retreat includes a full, traditional Balinese massage.

  • 6 nights private accommodation with garden/ocean view
  • 7 days tuition - self love, self indulgence & self discovery
  • A complimentary sound healing session using Balinese Singing Bowls
  • A free consultation with our reiki master
  • A full, traditional Balinese massage
  • A set of mala beads
  • A trip to the breathtaking Ujung Water Palace
  • A trip to the beautiful Tirta Gangga Water Temple which includes a swim in the fresh, spring water pool
  • A workbook for you to take home
  • Air conditioned room
  • Daily guided Meditation & Pranayama
  • Free time for you to relax or explore
  • Free unlimited water refills
  • One on one discussion to help cater for your personal requirements
  • One way airport/hotel transfer to the venue
  • Three fascinating discussions on Yoga (history & purpose), Chakras & Ayurveda
  • Twice daily Yoga which includes either Hatha/Vinyasa, Yin or Fly-High
  • Two healthy meals per day - daily breakfast & vegetarian/vegan dinner
  • Use of all equipment in the brand new studio
  • Visit a local spiritual healer in a mountain village
  • Flights to Bali International Airport (Denpassar)
  • Travel Insurance

Arrival by airplane

You will be flying into Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), also known as Denpasar International Airport.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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    Review by Iris Ackerman from Netherlands

    CONS Cons: I really liked everything!

    PROS Pros: The diversity of the yoga classes. Since we did not do only Hatha, but also Yin, Nidra and Fly yoga!

    Organizer response: Thank you Iris for your review and for joining us on the retreat. I'm glad you benefitted from our program. Enjoy the rest of your travels and I look forward to hearing about your new adventures. Best wishes. Sarah and Larry

    2017-Sep-10 10:13:26

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    Review by Anonymous


    CONS Cons: The rooms, the food wich was to little and overpriced and also not very healthy even If it was vegetarian, the fact we couldnt choose our own starters and had to eat what the yogateachers husband orderd every day. The last days we didnt even have starters. The singing balls which was a Joke practically. To little food for breakfast not even juice. The fact that the husband of the yogateacher was around when eating and had bigger portions than the rest of the group even If he wasnt a part of the group really. The price of waterbottles in the studio we where offered to buy at 40000 rhp. In shop they are around 2-4000!! No water water in room either.

    PROS Pros: The location, the yogastudio, the views and some of the yogasessions and the fact that the yogateacher was kindhearted, the trip to the wateroalace was ok but the lunch should ofcourse been included concerning the price of the retreat.

    Organizer response: I'm truly saddened and confused to read this. I wish you had addressed your concerns during the week, they would have been so easily rectified. I will clarify the main points so future guests will be under no confusion about what we offer. With over 30 dishes to choose from and a fantastic selection of Indonesian and Western food it is some of the best food we've tasted in Indonesia and we have been here 4yrs! You choose your own starters and mains, these are included in the retreat package so I don't understand why you say they were overpriced as you didn't have to pay for any! Portion sizes are the same for everybody. Juice is available alongside breakfast. Water, hot and cold, and a selection of teas are available free of charge all week. We have never, and will never, charge for water. The water is kept in the Shala which you have access to 24/7. We sell empty, reusable, BPA free, water bottles to try to keep our plastic consumption down. We make no profit from them and you are under no obligation to buy them. We do also provide cups. This is all explained in the welcome talk. Such a shame you left feeling disappointed as this wasn't the impression you gave throughout the week and certainly wasn't what we hoped for. Best wishes for the future, Sarah and Larry.

    2017-Jul-17 03:08:46

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    Review by Anonymous


    PROS Pros: Que vous soyez débutant ou confirmé, Sarah est la personne idéale pour une retraite de yoga. À l'écoute, disponible, sensible et très technique, tous les éléments sont là pour progresser rapidement. Les groupes de petites taille sont aussi parfait pour créer des liens ce qui rends ce moment de partage encore plus agréable. Le lieu est agréable avec la salle de yoga à l'étage et ouverte sur la mer, pour une totale déconnexion. Grâce à cette retraite, le yoga fait désormais parti de ma vie, merci Sarah et Larry. Un bon anglais est toutefois utile pour vraiment profiter de l'expérience.

    Organizer response: Thank you very much for your review, we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your week with us! I am humbled that I have inspired you to continue your yoga practice and look forward to when our paths cross again! Sarah & Larry

    2017-Jun-25 01:58:03

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    Review by Natalie Mcwilliams from Australia

    Perfect retreat

    CONS Cons: No negatives at all

    PROS Pros: Loved Sarah and Larry. The yoga was great and not to complicated for beginners. Lots of laughter, great food and friends I hope I'll have for life. it was perfect I came back so relaxed and feel I have a different attitude

    Organizer response: Thank you Natalie for taking the time to review your retreat, it is genuinely very nice to hear that you enjoyed & benefitted from it so much! We very much enjoyed your company and hope to see you soon! Sarah & Larry

    2017-Jun-25 01:21:58

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    Review by Anonymous

    Very creative and rich programme

    CONS Cons: The programme was a little too packed with activities, and I felt I did not have enough time and space for myself. Also, I did not like the room and the food so much. The sea in front of the hotel was dirty, so I swam only once.

    PROS Pros: The programme was full with all kinds of yoga, talks about chakras, ayurveda, and much else, and sightseeing in the area, especially the tour to water palaces exceeded my expectations. I also had a private reiki training. The view from the hotel and yoga shala was amazing.

    Organizer response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review & indeed for joining us on our retreat. We are very happy that your overall experience was a positive one. There was a storm that washed in debris from the ocean, it is not a usual occurrence and we are happy it didn't affect the swimming pool or your snorkel trip. Feedback from our guests is always appreciated & acted upon so we can improve our quality & service for future retreats. Sarah and Larry.

    2017-Jun-18 00:07:04

  • Review by Dr Louise Johns

    "This retreat was incredible "

    "It exceeded by expectations "

    "I felt changed by the experience"

    "The location was amazing "

    "The atmosphere/ interaction with other retreatees was terrific "

    "The Yoga space was heaven with ocean noise & vista "

    "Sarah is a calm capable & skilled teacher"

    "It was well organised "

    "The Puri Oka was modest but suitable accom, with beautiful outlook & interior garden"

    "I would attend another retreat with Sarah & Larry"

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  • Review by Monica Penrose from CA, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Great Yoga Retreat"

    "Sarah is a phenomenal yoga teacher and just a beautiful person inside and out. "

    "The theme "How are you Really" was spot on. Sarah and Larry made sure that you had time for introspection pondering that question."

    "The retreat schedule was great. We learned a lot about yoga, chakra's, auyervdic practices, yin yoga and yoga nidra. The excursions to the water palace and mountain Shaman were interesting and informative about the local Balinese culture. "

    "The class participants were literally from around the globe. We bonded and shared a lot of laughs and even a few tears as we learned about ourselves and each other."

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  • Review by Kelly from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The 'How are you really?' Yoga retreat was one of the best holidays I've ever had. It was the perfect combination of yoga, meditation, sightseeing and relaxation. The hotel was great, with wonderful food and a great location, along with an onsite Shala with panoramic sea views to die for; perfect for yoga practice. The excursions were lovely too, especially the water palace."

    "Sarah was a great instructor who pushed your boundaries but never pushed you over the edge. As a result, I felt my practice really improved and it has encouraged me to find a better instructor at home. The retreat also introduced me to meditation and pranayama, something which is hard to find in yoga classes in my area. However, I do try and practice them at home."

    "Most importantly, I felt that I came away from the retreat a better person with more appreciation for the good things in life, and that is thanks to Sarah (and Larry too!) I hope to see them again on another retreat in the future."

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  • Review by Kathryn Fawcett from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Sarah and Larry for this experience, you made me feel so welcome, I didn't have a moment of self consciousness when it came to me just being me for a week, Sarah you knew I had never done yoga before and you just let me do my own thing, but you watched and guided me, it has been a gift, thank you."

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  • Review by Pauline from France
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat has been excellent. Sarah is an amazing yoga teacher and a really enjoyed following her classes. Classes are accessible to all levels because Sarah always give many options from the easiest to the most difficult, which is great. The place was also amazing and perfect to relax with pool and seafront view. Discussions were interesting and day trips as well. The retreat has really great value considering all the activities included and the quality of the classes. Sarah and Larry are very kind and friendly and so was the atmosphere. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Coralie from France
    8 out of 10

    "La retraite était de qualité, les séances de yoga et de méditation proposées conformes à mes attentes. Sarah est très bonne professeur de yoga. Son mari Larry est tout à fait disponible pour chacun d'entre nous si besoin. L'hôtel était parfait, des chambres en bord de plage, dans un village de pêcheurs, peu de monde, un Bali calme et tranquille. La nourriture proposée est bonne. Bref je garde un excellent souvenir de ce séjour que je recommande. Il est conseillé d'avoir un bon niveau d'anglais pour comprendre les cours et les méditations. "

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  • Review by Rob Turiff from WA
    10 out of 10

    "I feel more confident with my yoga poses and will definitely continue to work on them so that when I see you again I can follow along even with my eyes closed."

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  • Review by Patricia Fuchs from Germany

    "Sarah is a wonderful yoga teacher! She is very inspiring and has ample knowledge not only on asanas but also pranayama, philosophy, meditation, chakras and reiki. She teaches in a fun but also caring way and you will her classes leave you full of energy and at the same time completely relaxed."

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  • Review by Gilly from United Kingdom

    "I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Sarah on a yoga retreat on Gili Air in late 2013. I was at a stage in my life when I knew I could be a better version of myself but not really having any idea how to unlock this person. I was stressed, lacking in confidence with no clear direction. Sarah is a beautiful person, inside and out and has such an amazing outlook on life it's easy to be guided by her. I had meltdowns, tears and moments of complete clarity during the week and Sarah was there every step of the way to offer a words of wisdom and guidance. She is calm, motivated, knowledgeable, spiritual, flexible (in all ways!) and above all wants to bring out the best in you. Let Sarah guide you along the path and allow you to become that better version of you, you won't regret it, I guarantee it."

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  • Review by Carly Hinds from WA

    "I have always been absolutely thrilled with my yoga classes with the lovely Sarah Thane-McKenzie. From my first class, she has always been so friendly, warm & welcoming in her own down to earth & humble way & Sarah always made the classes interesting, informative & fun. Every class has been unique & Ive always learned & experienced something new each class. She is especially attentive to newcomers & took the time to guide us into the postures correctly (postures that I had been unknowingly doing wrong for years!). I especially love her meditation sessions at the end of each class. "

    "Thank you Sarah for always delivering your classes in an enthusiastic & diverse way that keeps me coming back for more!!"

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  • Review by Panda Chi from India

    "Sarah has a great approach to teaching and an excellent interaction with her students. A very fresh approach. She's a refreshing breeze that brings light into a traditional yoga practice. I highly recommend her teaching and classes"."

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  • Review by Pam from United Kingdom

    "I did a yoga retreat with Sarah in July, 2015 and it was amazing! Sarah explains each move simply and clearly so that I could get the most out of it. She was very creative and playful which made the whole retreat a truly memorable experience. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking at doing this retreat."

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  • Review by Ambar Prem from France

    "Sarah is the teacher who introduced me to real yoga. I mean, with her I discovered the joy of just bringing awareness to my body and explore the benefit of a daily practice. A deep quietening of the mind and a sense of being centered in my body. Sarah has made her entire life a yoga practice, and it's just inspiring. I recommend her a thousand times. Or maybe more."

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  • Review by Laura from United Kingdom

    "Sarah inspires passion for yoga with the enthusiasm that shines through in her classes. Her classes are fun and taught in a way that beginners can get as much out of them as seasoned yogis. I also like that she takes the time to observe and make subtle corrections to her students poses where necessary."

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Candidasa, Bali, Indonesia

How are you really? Yoga retreat helps you explore the eight limbs of yoga, chakras, Ayurveda, and much more to better understand yourself.

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