Awakening Self-Love Retreat In Beautiful Bali
Reconnect to the
Earth~ Water ~ Fire ~ Air
Through ancient practices of Yoga, Breath, Sound & Ceremony
March 17-23, 2019
“Don’t dismiss the elements. Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Breathe them in. Swallow their spells. There’s a sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.” ~Victoria Erickson
In ancient cultures all over the world, there is a shared recognition that everything that exists is composed of a few essential elements. These elements embody key qualities—the balance of which results in harmony within ourselves and in the world.
Earth is the embodiment of the quality of solidity, perceptible through all five of our senses. When this element is balanced, we are centered and grounded. When we are rooted firmly in the element of earth, we have the safety, security and stability we need to blossom out into the world.
Water is the embodiment of the quality of fluidity, perceptible through four of our senses (it cannot be smelled). When this element is balanced, we are accommodating and adaptable. When we are able to ride the waves of the element of water, we have the flexibility, spontaneity and trust we need to flow with the changing currents of life.
Fire is the embodiment of the quality of transformation, perceptible through three of our senses (it cannot be tasted or touched). When this element is balanced, we are courageous and driven. When we are able to fan the flames of the element of fire, we have the passion, power and purpose we need to blaze our own trail in the world.
Air is the embodiment of the quality of movement, perceptible through just two of our senses (it cannot be smelled, tasted or seen). When this element is balanced, we are light and expansive. When we are able to go where the element of wind blows, we have the gratitude, openness and receptivity we need to embrace the inevitable ups-and-downs of life.
Space is the embodiment of the quality of ineffability, perceptible through sound alone. When this element is balanced, we are in touch with our own qualities of infinitude and transcendence. When we are able to connect with the unimaginable vastness of the element of space, we can reclaim the divinity, perfection and wholeness that are the marks of who we truly are.
In our retreat in Awakening Self-Love: Reconnecting with the Elements, we will engage in various practices designed to bring us home to ourselves is profoundly healing and transformative ways. We will participate with Mother earth, Water and Fire ceremonies; perform yogic exercises in asana, pranayama and dhyana; dance, chant and sing; and most importantly, rest, relax and reflect.
What will you receive from this retreat?
In this retreat, you will receive the guidance and the tools you need to:
- Create and deepen a connection with the elements;
- Establish and expand an awareness of the present moment;
- Raise your personal vibration and connect with your own conception of the divine;
- Find the stillness within you and learn how to create sacred space;
- Revitalize your body, refresh your mind, reinvigorate your heart and renew your spirit;
- Fall in love all over again with yourself and take renewed delight in the gift of who you are.
- Build your self-confidence through using your voice
I love the way you teach pranayama and meditation, your endless wisdom of the chakras, and amazing sound journeys all with such passion and a beautiful blend of humour, knowledge , acceptance and wisdom. Thank you for being one of my enjoyable teachers. ~Karen, Nurse from South Africa
- What is Included
- • Six-night/seven-day stay in beautiful A/C rooms with Shared, Single or Deluxe accommodations
- • Air-conditioned accommodations for six nights with options to go solo or to share
- • Three healthy vegetarian meals for six days
- • Complimentary water, coffee and tea
- • Two complimentary shuttle rides to Ubud
- • Complimentary airport transfer from the resort (return trip only)
- • Unlimited use of the resort’s pools
- • Complimentary WiFi
- • A water temple ceremony
- The retreat fee does not cover airfare, visa costs, tips for the staff, airport transfer to the resort, and any other incidentals.
Venue HighlightsLocated a short 20-minute drive from the main centre of Ubud, Bhanuswari is surrounded by terraced rice fields, towering coconut trees, natural spring-fed streams and vibrant tropical gardens, creating a serene and secluded setting ideal for finding peace and tranquillity. Beautiful flowers and endless songs of various birds assist to nourish your spirit and soul. Bhanuswari is located only 45 min drive from the ocean and has views of the sunrise and sunset. There are two swimming pools on site one being a salt water pool. Bhanuswari also provides traditional Balinese and Javanese massage right on site.
Bali is just one of the many small islands of Indonesia, but without a doubt, it is one of the most famous. Frequently referred to as “The Paradise Island”, Bali’s reputation in the world is as a tropical paradise of untold beauties of nature, hosting a peaceful feeling and never-ending beauty. The island is also known as the island of the “Gods” because worship colors every facet of life among the Hindu Balinese in their daily activities. The whole of Indonesia is Muslim, Bali being the only Hindu island.
The local people are soft in nature, happy to help and very kind. From personal experience, it’s a safe country and very spiritual, which of course supports the practice of Yoga. Be mindful of your belongings in the bigger centres like Ubud and Denpasar, the capital you will be flying into.
Bali occupies an area of only 6,000 square kilometers. The longest distance is about 140 kilometers coast-to-coast. Bali is located just off the eastern tip of Java, separated by the narrow Bali straights. The island lies eight degrees south of the equator. So, expect some humidity.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Bicycles For Rent
ScheduleThe retreat begins on March 17 at 4:00 pm for the opening ceremony.
The retreat officially ends after the morning program on March 23, 2019.
07:00 – 09:30 Ceremony, Chanting/Singing, Pranayama/Meditation, Movement
09:30 – 11:00 Breakfast
11:00 – 13:00 Every second day we have an activity that helps to open the heart.
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Rest and Recreation
16:00 – 18:00 Every second day we have an afternoon or evening activity of Ceremony, Chanting/Singing, Pranayama/Meditation, Yoga Nidra
The above schedule is simply a guide and may change depending on what the retreat participants need on a given day. There will also be an evening with a program, as well as an afternoon devoted to a trip to Ubud for sightseeing or shopping.
Menu/CuisineMeals consist of health-conscious vegetarian dishes, served buffet style.
Brunch includes coffee, tea, fresh fruits, juices and a nice variety of International and Balinese dishes to start off your day, including:
• Fresh coconuts
• Local fresh fruit platter
• Local eggs prepared to your taste
• Green Salad
• Yoghurt, granola
• Sourdough toast
• Various mixed veggies
Lunch consists of a variety of fresh salad, soup, mixed veggies, and wraps. Dinner includes a variety of Balinese, Italian, Indian, and Chinese cuisine.
AccommodationsSuperior and Deluxe rooms come with twin and king beds, for shared and single options, respectively. Additionally, Deluxe rooms have a full-sized bath tub, in addition to a shower.
All rooms are Non-smoking and feature:
• En Suite bathroom with hot and cold water
• Mosquito net
• Mini fridge stocked with variety of drinks
• Complimentary mineral water, replenished daily
• TV Cable with international channel & DVD players with selection of movies
• Individual controlled air conditioning
• Tea & Coffee Maker
• Choice of Breakfast
• Complimentary Wi-fi Internet Access
• Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from Ubud and Mas area
• 220 Volt electricity outlets
• Hair-dryers and irons available (upon request)
• Tour assistance
• Free bicycle
DirectionsLocated a short 20-minute drive from the main centre of Ubud, Bhanuswari is surrounded by terraced rice fields, towering coconut trees, natural spring-fed streams and vibrant tropical gardens, creating a serene and secluded setting ideal for finding peace and tranquillity. One round-trip transport to/from Ubud is included in the price of the retreat.
Ngurah Rai International Airport is about 16 miles away from Bhanuswari. Airport transportation is included in the price of the retreat.
Passport And Visas
You will need a valid passport to travel to Indonesia.
One-month visa upon arrival is given to most countries. If you are not sure please consult with your closest Indonesian consulate office. If you wish to extend your stay, plan ahead by purchasing an extra month visa at the airport before you collect your bags. If you do not purchase it at that time you have to leave the country to renew your visa. You can purchase a one-month visa upon arrival for an extra $30 USD (depends on what country you are from).
Money and Finances
The currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. $10 USD = 120850 IDR. The Indonesia Rupiah can be confusing because there are a lot of 00’s!
Our venue is surrounded by nature and hence there is no ATM. It’s recommended that you take out /change money before leaving the airport.
Foreign currency can be changed at major banks and authorized money changers, which are all over Ubud. It is good to carry small notes with you for taxis and tipping. Credit cards are widely accepted in major tourist areas.
Suggested What-to-Bring List
• Meditation shawl and a light sweater or wrap
• Light rain jacket and cover up or fleece
• Sturdy shoes for walking/exploring, and flip flops
• Lighter moveable yoga pants, crops (loose fitting cotton is better than spandex in this weather)
• Skirts and shorts
• Several tank tops t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts
• Bathing suit and sarong
• Pajamas and under garments and a few pairs of socks
• One set of clothes for touring, such as capri pants or a long skirt.
• Smaller day pack (can be carry-on luggage in the plane)
• Yoga mat (they fold well or fit rolled in a large backpack – the retreat center does have some mats)
• Small flashlight, combination padlock, and alarm clock
• Travel money belt in cotton (available at luggage stores)
• Travel bath towel (not too thick, i.e. quick-drying)
• Journal and several pens
• Camera and charger
• Audio Recorder