7 Days How are you really? New Year by the Ocean Yoga Retreat in Bali

Recharging Bali Yoga Retreat

Join this retreat to prepare for the new year in a spiritual, physical, and emotional level! During this retreat, you will learn how to improve the way you feel through yoga and meditation practice. Start the new year with a more positive attitude. Recharge fully after giving yourself a well-earned rest in an authentic paradise. At the end of this retreat, you will feel like you are on top of the world again!

Retreat highlights

  • 7 days tuition
  • Twice daily yoga session
  • Enjoy a traditional Balinese massage
  • Visit a local spiritual healer in a mountain village for a cleansing and blessing ritual
  • 6 nights shared accommodation with garden/ocean view
  • Airport or hotel transfer to the venue
  • Free unlimited water refills

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Airport transfer included: Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport

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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will stay in either a shared room or private room at Pondok Pisang Retreat Centre. The centre has beautiful shabby chic style eco-cottages that have mostly been constructed using recycled materials. The centre has a large and spacious high-level yoga shala right next to the ocean with amazing, panoramic views. Pondok Pisang also has its own restaurant for you to enjoy.

All bungalows have hot water showers and are surrounded by a large tropical garden. All rooms also have garden and ocean views. The seven cottages are all built and designed differently so the room or sleeping arrangements vary. Each cottage has one large bathroom so all rooms share a bathroom. Sharing is for two guests with two extra large single beds. Private is for one guest with one extra large single bed. Private sharing is for two guests sharing a double bed. The rooms are very large so sharing is not dormitory style.

How Are You Really? Yoga Retreat Bali Program

Give yourself a moment to ask how the year has gone for you, ask yourself if you are having the best year of your life or the worst, if you are so caught up in day-to-day living and demands that you really have no idea how this year is going but you are pretty sure your last year's resolutions were not accomplished. Take a moment to stop what you are doing and breathe. Doesn't it feel great?

Choosing this retreat means you have decided to make the New Year celebrations uniquely about you. You will spend your days nestled amongst banana leaves, coconut trees, the ocean, and a refreshing sea breeze where you will slow down, relax, reflect, and celebrate everything this year has blessed you with.

During this retreat, you will start each day with yoga classes along with meditation and pranayama practices. You will be guided through Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga asana classes in the breathtaking, open air, ocean-side yoga shala. The retreat will also include various meditation techniques such as walking meditation, chanting, singing bowl meditation, and adult coloring.

After each session to open up your energy, you will enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast to nourish your body as well as your mind. Prior to New Year's Eve, your days will be spent reflecting on how this year has been and performing ceremonies including fire to rid yourself of unnecessary baggage that you do not wish to carry with you into next year.

Because How Are You Really? Yoga Retreat is aware that this yoga retreat is also a holiday on the paradisiac island of Bali, this retreat aims to make you feel the true essence, spirituality, and culture of this alluring Indonesian island. With this in mind, this retreat will also include two one-day trips.

The first trip will feature a visit to the breathtaking Ujung Water Palace and an afternoon visit to the beautiful Tirta Gangga Water Temple, which includes a swim in the fresh spring water pool. The second trip will be to visit a very special spiritual healer in the nearby mountains who will perform a cleansing and blessing ritual on you so that you are ready to enter a new chapter of your life as light as possible.

New Year's Eve will be profound. You will start the evening with a cleansing fire ceremony and then enter the New Year's day in silence while sending your intentions to the universe using meditation and mala beads whilst being serenaded by 108 chimes from the sound healing singing bowls. The rest of the retreat will focus on positivity for the year ahead, which will leave you looking at the world in a brand new way.

How are you really? Yoga retreat will provide you with all the techniques you will need and a safe environment to rediscover self-healing, self-love, self-confidence, and trust in the universe. This way, even when life starts to wobble, you can keep perspective, balance, and faith in yourself and know that everything is unfolding exactly as it should be.

Practices

Yin yoga

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga where postures are mainly held on the floor.

Hatha and Vinyasa yoga

Hatha is the yoga of balance and Vinyasa is a flowing sequence of postures.

Pranayama

Pranayama is the control of breath to increase vital energy.

Nidra yoga

Nidra yoga is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping.

Fly high yoga

Anti-gravity yoga uses belts as the main props.

Chakras

The chakras are the energy centers of the body.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian holistic healing system.

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and chakra cleansing.

Sound healing

During these sessions, singing bowls are placed on the body and struck, it is both healing and relaxing.

Mindfulness

It is the awareness of oneself and the world.

Program

Day 1: Thursday, December 28, 2017

On the first day, you will enjoy a meet and greet ceremony at 4 p.m. after checking in. An introductory Yin yoga class will follow at 5 p.m. Next, you will enjoy a candle-lit meditation and a Balinese singing bowls session at 6 p.m. The activities will end with a healthy vegetarian dinner followed by free time.

Day 2: Friday, December 29, 2017

During the second day, you will start your morning with a yoga class featuring Hatha and Vinyasa styles. A pranayama and meditation session will also take place at 7 a.m. The activity will be followed by a healthy breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Then, you will enjoy an introductory session of silent mindfulness and self-love at 9:30 a.m.

Free time and lunch will follow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An Aerial yoga class will be next at 4 p.m. Then, you will enjoy a Nidra yoga class at 5 p.m. Next, you will enjoy a candle-lit meditation and a Balinese singing bowls session at 6 p.m. The activities will end with a healthy vegetarian dinner followed by free time.

Day 3: Saturday, December 30, 2017

On the third day, you will start your morning with a yoga class featuring Hatha and Vinyasa styles at 7 a.m. The activity will be followed by a healthy breakfast at 8 a.m.

Afterward, you will go out on the first trip to explore Bali. You will visit the local spiritual healer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Next, you will enjoy a candle-lit meditation and a Balinese singing bowls session at 6 p.m. The activities will end with a healthy vegetarian dinner followed by free time.

Day 4: Sunday, December 31, 2017

During the fourth day, you will start your morning with a yoga class featuring Hatha and Vinyasa styles. A pranayama and meditation session will also take place at 7 a.m. The activity will be followed by a healthy breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Then, you will enjoy an introductory session of silent mindfulness and self-love at 9:30 a.m.

Free time and lunch will follow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Yin yoga class will be next at 4 p.m. Then, you will enjoy a Nidra yoga class at 5 p.m. Next, you will enjoy a candle-lit meditation and a Balinese singing bowls session at 6 p.m. The activities will end with a healthy vegetarian dinner followed by a New Year’s Eve ceremony and then you will enter silence.

Day 5: Monday, January 1, 2018

During the fifth day, you will start your morning with a yoga class featuring Hatha and Vinyasa styles along with silent and mindful yoga at 8 a.m. The activity will be followed by a silent and mindful breakfast at 9 a.m. You will also have fun in an adult coloring session at 10 a.m.

You will enter into a breaking silence ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 12 p.m. Afterward, you will go to another excursion to explore Bali from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Next, you will enjoy a candle-lit meditation and a Balinese singing bowls session at 6 p.m. The activities will end with a healthy vegetarian dinner followed by free time.

Day 6: Thursday, January 2, 2018

On the sixth day, you will start your morning with a yoga class featuring Hatha and Vinyasa styles. A pranayama and meditation session will also take place at 7 a.m. The activity will be followed by a healthy breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Then you will enjoy an introductory session of silent mindfulness and self-love at 9:30 a.m.

Free time and lunch will follow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An Aerial yoga class will be next at 4 p.m. Then, you will enjoy a Nidra yoga class at 5 p.m. Next, you will enjoy a candle-lit meditation and a Balinese singing bowls session at 6 p.m. The activities will end with a healthy vegetarian dinner followed by free time.

Day 7: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

During the seventh day, you will start your morning with a yoga class featuring Hatha and Vinyasa styles. A pranayama and meditation session will also take place at 7 a.m. The activity will be followed by a healthy breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Then, you will bid your farewell to the place and check-out at 11 a.m.

Included excursions

This retreat includes a visit to the breathtaking Ujung Water Palace, an afternoon visit to the beautiful Tirta Gangga Water Temple, and a short trek through the jungle to see a local Balinese spiritual healer. Visiting this healer will be the kind of unique experience which very few outsiders get to experience in Indonesia.

Instructors

Sarah Mckenzie-Thane
Kurama Healing Space Level 1 (Reiki Master)
Uniwellness Level 2 (Reiki Master)
Healing Energy Space Level 3 (Reiki Master)
Kaivalya Yoga Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Yoga Alliance UK (Hatha Yoga)
Fly-high Yoga Yoga Alliance USA (Aerial 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 since 2013 has been 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 centres in Lombok, where she has assisted and led over 20 successful retreats.

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at Pondok Pisang in the village of Mendira in Karangasem, East Bali. Pondok Pisang is the perfect place for a holiday retreat in Bali, nestled among the coconut trees with a private beach excellent for swimming and snorkeling.

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Reiki
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming

General

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Mosquito net
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Pondok Pisang restaurant has a commitment to your well-being and it is reflected in the choice of dining options. The newly launched vegetarian selection is the perfect choice for health-conscious guests with sumptuous fresh juices, delicious homemade salads, and Asian-inspired Western dishes all featuring on the menu.

East Bali is the spiritual home of Balinese cuisine and for this reason, Pondok Pisang created a second incredibly unique menu that reflects its heritage and the culinary tradition of the Karangasem region. A house favourite is dessert, the black rice pudding with coconut milk and banana. For a snack, you may try the tasty fried bananas which are a perfect match for tea or coffee.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There is the perfect blend of activities and free time during this week, as well as experiencing a retreat environment. You also have the opportunity to feel like you have had a holiday: either spend time 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 and 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, and 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
  • Snorkelling, scuba diving, and even a submarine are great ways to see Indonesia’s beautiful coral and underwater sea life
  • Take a relaxing boat trip around the nearby islands
  • For the more athletic you can hire a guide to trek around the many hills surrounding Candidasa
  • Rent a bicycle or scooter to go explore
  • Goa Lawah Bat Cave is about 20 minutes 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 will be given. Become qualified to practice self-healing and the healing of others! A life-changing gift to give yourself! Another alternative, you can try Reiki session during your stay and experience the sensation of Reiki energy.

Spa treatments

This retreat includes a full traditional Balinese massage. Other treatments are available at extra cost.

What's included

  • A free consultation with a Reiki master
  • A full traditional Balinese massage
  • A one-on-one discussion to help cater for your personal requirements
  • A set of mala beads
  • A trip to the beautiful Tirta Gangga Water Temple
  • A trip to the breathtaking Ujung Water Palace
  • A visit to a local spiritual healer in a mountain village
  • A workbook for you to take home
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 fascinating discussions on history yoga and its purpose, chakras, and Ayurveda
  • 3 healthy meals per day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) or transfer to the venue
  • Daily guided meditation and pranayama
  • Daily self-love, self-indulgence, and self-discovery sessions
  • Free unlimited water refills
  • Use of all equipment in the ocean view studio

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional airport transfers
  • Additional excursions
  • Additional massages
  • Additional meditation practices
  • Additional yoga classes
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Transfer from the airport is included. How are you really? Yoga retreat will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport Airport transfer included: Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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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