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Jump on board for a trip you will never forget. Mandala Yoga Retreat is committed to making your yoga getaway wonderful with yoga, massages, free time, exploring, and relaxing all sprinkled in a day. Be inspired and explore the endless possibilities of free movement from pose through pose without constraints or boundaries of a rectangular mat with your very own Mandala yoga mat. Experience the freedom of a six foot diameter round yoga mat as well as the rich culture and nature of Bali.
Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat is located on the south-east side of Bali and situated amidst serene of rice paddies with the Indian Ocean and beautiful beach’s a short walk away. The retreat center is nestled between the villages of Sukawati and Pantai Purnama, away from the busy roads of other communities in Bali.
The beautiful rooms at Floating Leaf have private bathrooms with the option of single or double accommodations. Each room is well appointed with modern luxury and convenience, yet maintains a peaceful Balinese feel. Enjoy spectacular views on the Indian Ocean and holy Mount Agung volcano and the surrounding rice fields.
If you are traveling alone and would like to be paired up with another guest for possible double occupancy, Mandala Yoga Retreat will be happy to put you on a list in an effort to pair you with a matching participant and both parties agree to room together. If Mandala Yoga Retreat is unable to pair you with another guest, the single occupancy option will be used.
Your daily yoga classes will be practiced on the round Mandala yoga mats, led by Desiree Kleemann, the creator of the mats. The classes will be held in the open-air outdoor yoga pavilion with sweeping 360 degree views of the rice fields, Indian Ocean, and outlying islands. In the morning, you’ll flow through a practice on a beautiful round mat (yours to take home). Late afternoon, the classes will be gentle and restorative.
When people ask why it’s so special practicing on a six feet round mat, Mandala Yoga Retreat’s first response is “to experience the freedom of movement.” But it is not just the size. It is also the shape of the mat.
A circle, or a “mandala”, is more than merely a shape. It represents wholeness, with no beginning or end, no sharp corners, a continuous flow. On Mandala yoga mat, you will feel no confinement or borders. It is not a mat just for exercise. It is a mat to be creative on and enhance your yoga practice, experiencing the freedom of facing every direction in a flowing practice.
There will be two outings during the week of your retreat, one to Siring Water Temple, the most sacred water spring temple in Bali, and another to the village of Keliki.
After years of living and working with a variety of dance-related injuries, Desiree found the healing effects of yoga to benefit her physical body as well as her general state of mind. This healing path has brought her body back to a place of strength, balance, and ease. Having had so many teachers - artists, kinesiologists, yogis, and yoginis - inspires and encourages Desiree. She brings all these varied influences into the studio as a yoga teacher. Running her own yoga studio for the past 16 years gives her the opportunity to be creative in her own teaching style.
This retreat will take place in Bali, Indonesia.
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During the retreat, you will enjoy three delicious vegetarian meals each day. All of the meals are thoughtfully crafted with your optimal health in mind. Floating Leaf has been heralded as one of the world’s healthiest destinations as they use the freshest, organic ingredients available.
During your free time, you may choose to explore the surrounding areas, lounge by the pool, or head out to the beach. There are also a range of activities offered by the retreat center for additional cost.
Bali is known for its wide range of action-based activities. The island is as diverse in landscape as it is in opportunities to try something new and discover a new adventure. The adventurous activities that you can enjoy include white water rafting on the Ayung River, Kintamani volcano trekking, Bali jungle tour, Ubud cycling tour, Nusa Lembongan day cruise, and Catamaran sailing adventure.
In cooperation with Muntigunung Community Social Enterprise, Floating Leaf offers a beautiful and enlightening trek through the remote area in the Muntigunung region of Bali. During the trek, you will learn the legend of Muntigunung women who for centuries have walked over 15 kilometers daily, up and down perilous cliffs to gather and haul water back to their communities.
Then, you will visit their village to learn about how water-catchment buildings have helped empower the women and enable them to provide for their families. Donations are not accepted, but as you visit several villages and charity projects, you will have the opportunity to purchase the goods made by these endearing and welcoming people.
This Bali charity trek is approximately seven hours long. You should be reasonably fit and able to walk up and down inclines for extended periods.
Floating Leaf’s cultural tours receive rave reviews from guest. After all, they have been leading custom small group tours of Bali for years and have an intimate connection to the island.
With the most biodiversity on the planet, Bali and Indonesia can claim some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. Floating Leaf are proud to partner with the highest rated PADI five-star scuba dive center in Bali to make your diving as safe as it is unforgettable. You can choose between scuba diving excursions and courses. Beginners are welcome.
Among the most profound and enlightening experiences is a session with a Balinese traditional healer. The sessions with a Balian is much like seeing a doctor and is very personalized based on the need of the individual.
Bali provides many rewarding opportunities, and it is the passion of photographer and owner of Floating Leaf, Professor Mikaku Doliveck, to lead individuals and small groups to secret locations around the island. Mikaku has lead retreats for photographers from National Geographic, The Smithsonian, and other similar institutions.
Mikaku was also recently awarded the Travel Photographer of the Year Award by the New York Travel Writers’ Society. Mikaku, a retired college art professor, has been guiding throughout Bali for years, learning where to find the most stunning places on the island in order to share them with his guests.
Bali is also a fantastic place to purchase handicrafts, textiles, and art. There’s a very high level of skill among the local people, prices are very reasonable by Western standards, and years of tourism have lent designers and producers a stylish sensibility.
Bali has a ton of surfing potential. There are waves along both the west and east side of the island. Sometimes it’s completely flat in one spot and spitting barrels just a half hour away in another location. Floating Leaf will help you get to the right places to surf. There is also a beginner class available for extra fees.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Mandala Yoga Retreat will pick you up from the airport at the designated time which is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on the day of arrival and departure. After hours transfer is available at a 25 USD surcharge.