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8 Days Kundalini Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Malaysia

  • Batu Batu Resort, Tengah Island, Mersing, Johor, Malaysia

8 Days Kundalini Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Malaysia

  • Batu Batu Resort, Tengah Island, Mersing, Johor, Malaysia

Vibrate at Your Highest Frequency Yoga Retreat Malaysia

This retreat focuses on a chakra a day, with a specific program of Kundalini yoga and meditation sessions in the morning and in the evening. You will be incorporating the ancient arts of Reiki and shamanic healing alongside the therapeutic vibrations of daily gong meditations. When your chakras are open and balanced, you will then begin to vibrate at higher frequencies, self-realize, feel wonderful, vital, energized, glowing, calm, and blissful.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Therapeutic vibrations of daily gong meditations
  • Incorporate the ancient arts of Reiki and shamanic healing
  • Workshops on the chakras, shamanic healing, and energy management
  • Free time to relax, explore the location, and do therapies
  • Daily delicious and healthy meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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All guests will be staying at Batu Batu, which has 20 one-bedroom villas and two two-bedroom villas.

Jungle villa

Set back from the coast on higher ground on the fringe of the island’s tropical forest, the villa has one bedroom with king or twin beds and mosquito nets, a day bed which can be made-up for sleeping, a large bathroom with stand-alone bathtub, a shower, and a private balcony with sea views. The one-bedroom jungle villa has stairs and may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues or for families with young children.

All villas benefit from in-room facilities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, DVD player, iPod speakers (on request), tea and coffee making facilities, kettle, minibar fridge, standalone bath tub, rain shower, toiletries, hairdryer, in-room safe, and solar hot water heaters.

During this retreat, you will experience a connection back to your true selves, back to the real essence, and that is where your highest frequency resides. You go deep into the process of clearing energetic blocks, coming back to center, and stepping into bliss.

Kundalini yoga

Kundalini yoga is the ancient mother of all yoga and also known as the yoga of awareness. This yoga style works on the nervous and glandular systems to bring about profound transformation and it stands out from other forms of yoga through the speed of the effects. It is also a very powerful tool in this modern day, and the results are so positive in bringing you back to connect with the true essence of yourselves, and at the same time, help you to manage your life a little easier and to feel a lot better. You will have deeper experiences in life when you practice Kundalini yoga, in which you will become radiant, grow, and glow.

Sample daily itinerary

  • 08:30 - 10:00 Morning Kundalini yoga and meditation class
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Workshops including in depth focus on the chakras, shamanic healing techniques, energy management, and general check-in
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 18:30 Free time to relax, explore the location, and do therapies
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Evening Kundalini yoga and meditation class with gong
  • 20:00 - 21:30 Dinner
  • Trish Whelan

    Trish believes that all people have the power to connect to one's own true bliss. She works with an open heart to facilitate helping people to embrace life and move further along their own path to happiness, harmony, joy, and love. Her aim is to bring people into their power and radiance.

This retreat will take place at Batu Batu resort, a treasure nestled amidst coconut groves, powder white sands and tropical breezes., located at Pulau Tengah (Tengah Island), a private island paradise, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Pulau Tengah or “Tengah island”, meaning “middle island” in the local Malay language, is set in the protected Johor Marine Park off the east coast of Mersing. The uninhabited island boasts eight pristine powder white sand beaches, translucent waters, and coral reefs just off shore as well as coconut groves and tropical forest at its interior.

As the only development on Pulau Tengah, Batu Batu is responsible for and committed to preserving and enhancing the island’s natural habitat and its surroundings. Pulau Tengah’s natural environment is extremely rich and with recorded sightings of over 100 species of bird, 312 species of flora, pacific bottle-nose dolphins, black-tipped reef sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, otters, and a dugong or sea cow.

There have been numerous green and hawksbill turtles land on the beaches numerous nests hatch. The presence of humans on the previously uninhabited island has decreased the frequency of illegal turtle egg poaching and the number of nestlings witnessed have thus far increased each year since the resort’s opening.

In late 2013, a visiting tropical botanist from Belgium conducted a six-week long botanical study of the island’s flora in conjunction with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) and has provided a comprehensive database of all the island’s flora and a comprehensive herbarium. Dr. Bruno Senterre’s consultancy report identified endangered or rare species on the island and it is now Batu Batu’s responsibility to monitor and maintain these going forward.

Whilst sustainable practices are not always easy to adopt as a new resort on a tiny, uninhabited island, within a culture where sustainability is often viewed as foreign and inefficient, Batu Batu is taking little steps towards being increasingly responsible in order to protect its amazing natural environment. This includes:

  • Extensive use of FSC-certified recycled teak furniture throughout the resort.
  • Malin and Goetz toiletries provided in-room, which are paraben-free with a focus on using natural products.
  • Nature at Batu Batu project - documenting and recording marine and bird life on and around Pulau Tengah
  • Nature at Batu Batu project - documenting the flora of Pulau Tengah (consultation by Dr. Bruno Senterre in collaboration with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia)
  • Nature at Batu Batu projects and initiatives – “The Turtle Project”
  • Salt water chlorination system in the (fresh water) swimming pool.
  • Solar water heaters on all of the villas.
  • Sourcing from the local town of Mersing where possible and supporting this small but growing local economy.
  • Treating and recycling waste water - a specially designed and built sewage system where all sewage and grey water are treated and recycled for use as water for irrigation.
  • Use of LED lighting throughout the majority of the resort to reduce energy use.

Nearby places

  • Jemaluang - 20 minutes
  • Johor Senai Airport - 135 kilometers
  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport - 340 kilometers
  • Mersing - 130 kilometers
  • Peninsular Malaysia - 16 kilometers
  • Singapore Changi Airport - 160 kilometers
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Baby sitting
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • In-room dining
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

The price of this retreat includes daily meals. Each day, your super tasty, nutritious, and delicious menu is created to focus on the chakra you are working on. Using locally sourced and organic produce, your menu will also be specifically designed to support the energetic work at hand.

Batu Batu restaurant

Meals are a highlight at Batu Batu with a small daily changing menu at lunch and dinner each day. The daily menus feature fresh local seafood and high-grade meats in European and local Malaysian dishes. Served in the resort’s main restaurant, with a spacious open-sided pavilion with 270-degree views of the sea, expect to see traditional Malaysian beef rendang (a slow-cooked beef “curry-stew”) made with the island’s own coconut milk and lemongrass and served with fragrant rice, green papaya salad with char grilled beef, spiced coconut prawns, pan seared black cod, as well as more traditional dishes such as pan-seared foie gras, and beef tenderloin. Desserts are also a highlight with excellent home-made ice creams and sorbets, parfaits, mousses, cakes, tarts, and of course fresh tropical fruit.

Special dietary requirements are available with prior notice.

The bar

Set amongst the rocks with commanding views of the sea, the bar adjoins the main resort restaurant. Enjoy a lemon grass martini, cold beer, or fresh fruit juice whilst looking out to the open expanse of the South China Sea.

The beach bar

The simple attap-roofed bar at the Long Beach is open from mid-morning up to sunset and provides beers, wines, and cocktails as well as fresh juices, milk shakes, and smoothies.

Batu Batu’s PADI dive and activities center is situated on the island’s spectacular Long Beach. Rent a kayak to canoe around the island jumping off to snorkel in one of the reefs or join a dive or snorkel trip to the nearby reefs and islands. Guests can also head off on a self-guided jungle walk to discover the island’s more remote beaches, explore the island’s forested interior, and take in some spectacular views of the archipelago’s other islands from a number of look out points.


The PADI Bubblemaker program is as fun as it sounds, which is a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving! Children who are at least eight years old are taken underwater and on a dive at the shallow and beautiful junior reef.

Upon completion of this program, your child will be awarded a congratulatory Batu Batu Bubblemaker wall diploma.

Discovery scuba diving

The PADI DSD program is an introductory dive program for everyone over ten years old. It is a great way to gain comfort underwater and learn important dive skills at the same time. It can also be put forward towards a PADI Open Water course (if completed within the same year).

The participant will receive a detailed briefing from our PADI dive instructors about safety while diving and the physics of diving. Then they will practice three essential dive skills in calm, shallow water before going for a guided dive alongside their instructor around the junior reef. which has a maximum depth of five meters.

This activity is suitable for those above the age of 20 years old. Upon completion of this program, the participant will be awarded a congratulatory Batu Batu DSD wall diploma.


The dive season at Batu Batu Resort runs from March 15 to November 15. Advance booking is required for large groups, especially during peak holiday periods and weekends.

Island hopping

Batu Batu has two recreational boats. You can organize a trip around the island or to visit some of the other beautiful, uninhabited neighbors.

Supplied air snorkeling youth (SASY)

PADI’s SASY junior program is developed to give children of five to seven years old the chance to experience the underwater world at this young age. SASY snorkeling is snorkeling the easy way, but using scuba equipment instead of simply a snorkel.

The SASY program is designed to safely encourage your child’s comfort and confidence in a marine environment alongside professional PADI dive instructors. Upon completion of this program, your child will be awarded a congratulatory Batu Batu SASY wall diploma.


There are currently two well-marked treks, one around the island, which is three kilometers and approximately one hour to complete, and the other through the island’s interior, which is one and a half kilometers, and takes 30 minutes to complete.

Spa treatments to relax and rejuvenate both body and mind are available for booking, at an extra cost.

  • 2 daily meditation sessions
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Vibrations and gong therapy
  • Workshops on the chakras, shamanic healing, and energy management
  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Spa treatments

Driving directions from Singapore

  • After you cross the causeway at Woodlands to Johor Bahru, turn left, and follow the number three highway (sign posted Kota Tinggi) towards Mersing.
  • You will drive through the outskirts of Johor Bahru and its satellite towns, then through Kota Tinggi. Do not follow signs to the Tanjong Leman jetty as this is 35 kilometers south of Mersing and the gateway to the more southern islands.
  • The final town or village before Mersing is Jemaluang, about 20 minutes from Mersing.
  • Once in Mersing, drive over the roundabout onto Jalan Abu Bakar Road to the Jetty Penumpang also known as customs jetty.
  • Upon arrival in Mersing, you can park your car at the Rawa car park next to the main tourist jetty. The cost is 12 MYR a day, and is open to public.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Senai International Airport (JHB).

Arrival by bus

You can take an express bus to Mersing jetty.

Arrival by ferry / boat

The boat journey from Mersing Jetty to Batu Batu takes just 20 minutes in the resort’s speedboat in good weather.

There are two return boat trips per day from Mersing to Pulau Tengah depending on occupancy and tides. The boats have a maximum passenger capacity for safety reasons and the seats on each boat are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. This will cost you around 70 MYR per adult and 48 MYR per child. Infants under four years old board for free.

If you take one of Batu Batu's scheduled boats, the return costs would be around 100 MYR per adult, and 50 MYR per child over four years old.

If you wish to charter an additional transfer boat outside of the scheduled times, you may do so between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (leaving Mersing or Batu Batu) if tide levels and boat availability allow.

Arrival by taxi

Take a taxi to Mersing jetty. Please contact Batu Batu resort to provide you with contacts for several taxi companies that run private taxi transfer services between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Mersing.


  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Arriving at 'Moongate, at the foot of Mount Leinster to 'Soul Adventures" Vibrate At Your Highest Frequency Retreat" with Trish. I was not expecting the experience I had."

    "How does one describe something you cannot see or touch but only feel. And the feeling isn't one thing ; its transitional, its personal, its energy, its vibrational, a movement, a shift, a change, an awakening, an opening, a freedome, a release, a voice. In a very warm, friendly, safe and beautiful environment, a doormant, almost forgotten part of me, came alive. I became me again. I tuned into my inner self. I cried, I laughed, I sang, I danced, I chanted, I walked, I talked, I drew, I wrote, I climbed a mountain. I sat around a table with fantastic strangers, women I'd never met before but will certainly meet again and we shared the most delicious 'mind, body and soul food one can only imagine. I connected - I connected with me. Thanks you dear Trish, for helping me. guiding me, taking me and showing me how to vibrate at my highest frequency - that I most certainly did."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Trish, thank you for organising such a beautiful experience. Thought of in Ibiza and delivered in India. Personally I have just had an incredibly difficult three or four months including the death of my father. I literally dragged myself here and I am so glad I did. It has restored me; re-centered me , re-calibrated me and re-connected me. I started with a confused heart and spirit and end up walking with lightness. I will take so much back within me. Life is all about making memories and this week we have all made some incredible ones to treasure, and all with a beautiful group of people."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a truly wonderful and beautiful retreat. I knew instinctively on that cold day in January at your London workshop that I had to move heaven and earth to join your retreat and book the last remaining space. Lucky me. I felt my heart and soul was being called to jump on board. The feeling of excitement and anticipation of new experiences was so powerful, I’m so grateful that I could once again get the last available space on the retreat. It was meant to be. I felt the universe had presented me with another delicious door to step through. You have created a truly wonderful experience, I really do feel like I am vibrating at my highest frequency and that feeling is fabulous!!!! I feel blessed to have been able to join this beautiful group of people and vibrate and co-create in such a gorgeous setting. The house and grounds were beautiful, and just the right amount of space for everything to happen in comfort. The mix of people was perfect, all bouncing off one another, sharing experiences, idea’s, humour and having fun. I really felt like I was part of a new family by the end of the week. Superb treatments/therapy too, Judit’s massage therapy was mind blowing and I am still processing her feedback to me, and would like to see her again soon in London for session no 2. Gary the Crystal Geezer added another dimension to the house and yoga space with all those incredible crystals, and we take that energy away with us too, which is another dazzling twist. You have such a special, loving and unique skill and gifts to share with us and for that I am truly thankful. You have guided us effortlessly through the week and created a really unique experience. I wish I was in Ibiza and then I could be on the mat with you every week. Love, Light and Universal magic."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed this course very much and feel blessed to have arrived here and be part of it. It has helped me to reflect and go deeper inside myself and shift some blocks and stagnant energy. What really “speaks” to me, touches me and gives me “goosebumps” is the frequency of Kundalini Yoga, the mantras, the music and the gentle approach."

    "I love it. I enjoyed how the course was structured, its ‘no pressure’ style and just a good amount of infor, not too much theory. Trish you are an amazing shining person and teacher and I look forward to the next change to be part of your course. Many thanks"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Sometimes the universe guides you to exactly what you need. Soul Adventures, Goa was exactly this. A much needed re-charge and rejuvenation of the mind, body, spirit and soul. Trish used her gentle wonder and incredible channel for kundalini practice to take an intimate group of willing like minded students on a journey unlike any other."

    "Seven days, seven chakras. Busting through the lingering city ego and resistance that can hold one back towards a sense of deep connection and well-being. A process of aligning oneself to a clearer sense of self. All with the backdrop of lush tropical garden, white sandy beach, the chorus of wildlife merging with the gong, the sound of the sea harmonizing with the meditative practices. Complimenting the daily classes and workshop, a wonderful offering of alternative healing treatments, relaxing massages and delicious vegan cuisine. Bliss seems an inadequate description but this is what springs to mind. The longtime sun shining upon us in a blissful magnificence. I will hold the magic inside forever."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "If you can imagine a beautiful gold shiny gong bathed in sunlight then you can start to get a hint of this Kundalini retreat experience. Goa style! Sometimes in life it feels like there is a bit missing. As soon as you open up to your first class,you will experience yoga, sunset, garlands, gongs, chants, and heartbeats stirs within. So simply it just all makes sense! Every sense, taste, feel, sight, sound, touch especially becomes bombarded with bliss, complimented by Shaman ceremonies, Crystal Geezers, healing and massage. Heaven on earth! And amazing food to boot! Sunrise to sunset it feels like your soul is taken care of, thoughts disappear to breath, and surrender and shine. As the last day approaches I just know I will take this experience everywhere and when it ends there I will start."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "What a beautiful invitation this has turned out to be! It has gone way beyond any expectations I had. I have never experienced anything like this, yet it has been the most natural thing. I feel cushioned from the outside world and have been given the space to explore who I am. This is something everyone should experience in my eyes. Learning about myself has been invaluable, I have gone through pain threshold and released pain in a way I didn’t know was possible! The food by Aline worked so well with each daily chakra. Sitting together to listen to each others experiences. I loved the food and the company. The treatments were perfectly in line with what I was feeling. Wonderful! Fabulous surroundings, the colours, the crystals, the beach. I cant finish this without saying Miss Trish, you know you are amazing and so thanks for making me amazing too! Your energy, smile, determination, music and wonder spirit, and the gong. I would never have done this without you."

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

    "The retreat's venue, Casita Sol, is a really beautiful place. I feel at home straight away and it feels instantly calming. The food here really is exceptional and I find myself excited and looking forward to every meal time. Trish is warm and welcoming and I am made to feel like I am part of the family. Trish’s warm, rich and velvety voice engages me immediately and complements the Kundalini practice perfectly. After the first session, I am not sure if I can manage another but actually I find myself eager for each one. As I struggle with some of the sets, Trish is very supportive. Also, the music during the practice is spiritual, soulful and compelling all at the same time. It is a powerful and profound experience. Afterwards, I feel like I have experienced something special."

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