Take your meditation practice deeper with 7 Nights in tropical paradise
This retreat has been designed as a follow on from the Womens Mindfulness Retreat or just for those who want to deepen their mindfulness and meditation practice. Join us as we immerse in a deeply rejuvenating & soul inspiring week away in tropical paradise.
We have planned for you a week of fun, adventure, quiet time, massages and spa treatments, yummy food, laughter, swimming, walking in the rice paddies and on the beach, exploring Balinese culture, dancing, yoga and workshops on cultivating a peaceful and compassionate life.
We will soak in the serene magic this beautiful island has to offer as we immerse in morning & afternoon yoga, tai chi, nia dance & meditation, engage with daily workshops focused on deepening your understanding of meditation, mindfulness and yoga, indulge in pampering and self care rituals, laze, journal, explore, relax by the pool, and maybe sip a cocktail or two as the sun sets.
The focus will be around discovering and affirming what is it to truly embody PEACE in your body and in your life as we travel through each day with an intention to open to our truest, most authentic self. We will explore peace and compassion in nourishing and uplifting ways as we relax into the beauty, support & transformational healing that such a retreat and location ultimately brings to body, mind & spirit.
Each day you will have the opportunity to also develop your own personal practice guided by a sequence of reading, meditating, reflecting and writing or drawing, this is your daily take home practice too to support you stay grounded back it the real world. Later in the afternoons, surrounded by the beauty & sounds of nature, you will experience the complete nurture of restorative yoga & meditation to rejuvenate the body and mind.
Whilst there will be plenty of time to practice on the retreat, we will also create lots of space for you to luxuriate, rest and rejuvenate with time for you to do as you please.
We are so excited to be sharing this very special week with you and can’t wait for it to begin!!
Your retreat leader
Tammie Day is a mindfulness, yoga and nia teacher and group facilitator of 17 years. She runs retreats and workshops worldwide. Tammie has been facilitating retreats in Bali for 5 years and has found the best activities to make the most of your time in this unique and magical place.
Ubud is culture, yes. It’s also home to good restaurants, cafes and streets of shops, many selling goods from the region’s artisans. The local village of Penestanan where we are staying in is home to “The Young Artists of Bali”.
Ubud’s popularity continues to grow, adding on the hoopla created by the bestselling Eat, Pray, Love.
Once we have had our fill of Hippiesville we will head on down to the beach for more massages, rest, dolphin watching, meditation and restorative yoga, deeply unwinding before heading back home.
Our Villa is located in the compound of the Bali residence of Indonesia’s famous art and craft guru Warwick Purser. Spread over a three-storey building, seven en-suite bedrooms with six double and one twin beds will accommodate us.
The Villa has many little sheltered break out areas over three levels so you can always find a quiet space to read a book or catch up and chat with a friend over coffee.
At the ground floor we will prepare your breakfast in an open-style kitchen and you will be enjoying it facing a tropical garden and a long lap pool. You will find two living rooms – one opened, one closed – and one bedroom. You can even relax at the sauna, which is quite exceptional in Bali.
The first floor gathers three bedrooms – two double and one twin – three salons and a opened terrace. The top floor bedroom – called “The Honeymoon suite” – features a pavilion and open terrace. You will enjoy massages in a quiet atmosphere, close to heaven… On the other side of the pool a small villa houses the additional two bedrooms and small kitchen and living space.
North Bali Beach Villa
For our last three nights we will drive over the volcano to North Bali and three days at the beach.
A unique and exceptional setting on the north coast of the island of Bali strives to provide a balance of modern comfort with nature, tradition and style in harmony with the incredible beauty and traditional village life for which Northern Bali is well known. The small size and seclusion gives an intimate feel and an atmosphere of peace and tranquility… the perfect place to relax.
Just a 3 hour drive from Denpasar airport and a world away from the hustle and traffic of the South and Ubud, set on the edge of the Bali Sea against a backdrop of scenic mountain ranges, surrounded by small villages and local farms. Please note there is nothing to do whilst in North Bali, no shops or cafes, really nothing, its perfect 🙂
Relax by the swimming pool, or workout on the gym equipment or read in the one of the spacious day beds. Have a massage or just do nothing and stare out to sea. North Bali has black stone beaches which can be difficult to walk on sometimes and the ocean can be too wild for swimming but don’t fear we have an enormous swimming pool overlooking the ocean for you and you will experience stunning sunrises and sunsets over the sea and fall asleep to soft, rolling waves. We will dine on the terrace overlooking the ocean. Truly heaven on earth.
Our life-enriching program includes:
Yoga Asanas: Increase flexibility, tone muscles, strength and cleanses all the internal organs of the body, bringing about balance and harmony. Calm the mind and reduce stress.
Chanting: Experience serene chanting of Sacred Yoga Mantras. A group meditation embraced with beautiful, melodious, singing meditation that lifts the spirit and brings joy to the heart.
Yoga Philosophy: Inspiring talks from the timeless spiritual wisdom of the yoga texts. The teachings of yoga are as meaningful and relevant to us today, as they were 5000 years ago. Reconnect with who you are, gain knowledge of why you are here and what the goal of life is, improving all areas of your life.
Meditation: Learn simple and effective meditation techniques to apply in your daily life for inner peace and harmony. Meditation helps you to gain insights into your real spiritual essence, a perfect way to begin your spiritual journey.
Mindfulness: Daily practices to guide you to be in the present moment – We will have a brief refresher of the basics moving on to more in-depth mindfulness practices and research.
Relaxation and Breathing: Discover deep relaxation and breathing methods to relieve built up tension, stress and anxiety.
Nia: Inspired by the martial arts, dance arts & healing arts, Nia is a transformational movement & lifestyle practice anchored in body-centred awareness. Offering holistic conditioning and a connection to pleasure, Nia classes are suitable for every body; no experience necessary.
Tai Chi: A beautiful Heart Opening sequence that you can learn and take with you for your home practice. This sequence takes you on an enjoyable journey for better health and harmony through the power of Tai Chi.
This retreat is for you if you want to:
Immerse yourself – in one week of yoga and yoga philosophy, meditation, tai chi and Nia dance which can bring new and exciting elements to your spiritual practice.
Get a new perspective – Going to a new place creates an opportunity to experience a new landscape externally but also internally.
*Actually* meditate – When you have extended free time, it’s a lot easier to meditate. No cell phone buzzing or boss reminding you about deadlines. On retreats, it feels a lot more natural to breathe deeply and be present in the moment.
Detox digitally – One of my favourite things about a retreat is shutting off my technology. While we do have wifi, you don’t feel the need to constantly tweet, text, update Facebook or call friends. It feels good to unplug.
Relax and de-stress – Sometimes we have to be far from home to give ourselves the permission to truly relax. Being on a retreat allows you to listen to your body, rest when you need it, and be free from stress.
Replace old habits – The best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a new healthy one. When you feel motivated you can replace unhealthy habits with conscious new behaviours that support you in being your best self.
Make new friends – Undeniably, you will meet individuals with similar interests. Even if you go alone, you have a chance to make friends with people who you might know for the rest of your life.
Appreciate home and your life more – While a week away is always nice, we often come home with a refreshed appreciation for life, feeling happier, healthier, and re-energised to jump back into your routine with new vigour. Heck, it might even feel fun.
You deserve it! – Thoreau said: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” While this quote might be on your refrigerator, chances are you make excuses about why you can’t YET. Often times the excuses are about money, time or circumstances but guess what, you deserve a break. You work hard for a reason and you can always find reasons why you should or should not do something. The key to happiness is deciding what you really want and making it happen. No excuses.
You deserve to invest in yourself
This retreat is not for you if ….
You have recently gone through a major crisis and are still very emotionally fragile – the whole experience may be too overwhelming so it may be best to wait until you have regained some inner strength (feel free to contact us if you want to discuss this)
You are seeking a therapeutic program, this is a skills development retreat with a focus on engaging with cultural activities and self care as well as spiritual practices. This does not mean that you will not experience these benefits we just want you to make sure your expectations match our program outline.
You are expecting to have individual sessions/counselling with the retreat leader, unfortunately time does not allow for this.
Your health and/or mobility prevents you from travelling to a country such as Bali. The footpaths are very uneven and there are stairs at the accommodation.
You expect Bali, a developing nation, to have all of the comforts and conveniences of a Western country. (The places we stay in are beautiful, comfortable and perfectly suited for a retreat experience but Bali is not a western country so things run differently – I guess this needs to be met with a level acceptance and understanding).
This retreat is designed to support busy women to slow down and connect with themselves, in a beautiful location, in a fun and supportive way, whilst in the company of other like-minded women. Go deeper …..
If we are not collecting you from the airport please meet us at Alchemy Café Penestanan at 14:00 or send us your accommodation details for where you are staying prior to the start of the retreat and we will send a car to collect you. Please note extra nights accommodation are available if arranged in advance. The price for an additional night is $100AUD per room.
16:00 – 18:00 – Overview of retreat and introductory session. Setting your intentions for the week. *IT IS COMPULSORY TO ATTEND THIS INTRODUCTORY SESSION. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARRIVE AT THE VILLA IN TIME TO ATTEND.
Welcome, Creating Space, Energy Allies, Setting your personal intentions for the week
Walking tour of the local area
19:00 – Opening night dinner Mozaic – Gastronomique 7 course degustation menu with local ingredients and French modern fusion tasting plates (included)
7:30 – 8:30 AM – Morning Yoga, Chanting and Meditation
9:00 – Breakfast (included)
9.30 – 11:30 AM – Morning workshop – ReMindfulness – Recapping on the basics of Mindfulness and Meditation, including some new information such as The Eight Tasks of Mindfulness.
12:00 Lunch Elephant Cafe (*self Pay)
14.00 Spa Treatments at Bali Botanica – 4 hour Spa treatments includes – Relaxing Massage, Body Exfoliation, Bath, Botanica Herbal Facial and Manicure or Hair Crème Bath
18.00 Dinner Yellow Flower Café Buffet $10 (*self-pay) Mostly vegetarian
6.30 AM – Early morning Tjamphuan Ridge Walk and visit to traditional market 1.5 hours
10:00 – 12:00 – Workshop – Kick Start Your Meditation Practice with 8 Ways to Meditate
Meditation is the most effective mind-body medicine of the current times.
Meditation improves productivity, efficiency and integrative health. It is on par with regular exercise for its proven benefits and is essential exercise for the brain to remain focused and attentive.
It is proven to lead to a decrease in healthcare utilisation, having excellent effects on the cardiovascular, digestive, musculoskeletal, immune and endocrine system’s.
Regular meditation practice changes the brains response to stressful stimuli and reduces regular adrenal rushes, anxiety and stress.
Meditation from a spiritual perspective helps us gain insight into the value of impermanence, no self, and liberation of the usual mental constructs. It is a unique way to gain insight into a philosophy and way of life that has inspired for millennia.
Try several methods of meditation and see what clicks for you, sitting, walking, dancing, mantras, so many to choose from.
12:00 Lunch Alchemy Cafe *Self Pay
13:00 Free afternoon for shopping and exploring
19.00 Dinner at one of Ubuds fine restaurants *self pay
8:00 Depart for Herbal Walk and Jamu Class (includes morning tea) see what Balinese plants can be used as herbal medicine, plus learn how to make tumeric tonic and your own body scrub.
12:00 Lunch Self Pay
13:00 Free afternoon for napping or swimming
17:30 – 21:30 Agni Hotra Fire Ceremony and 3 course raw food dinner – 5 Elements Puri Ahimsa
Departing Ubud at 9 o’clock we will drive to the beach and on the way stop at some local markets for shopping and water temple, before arriving at our beach location for an afternoon swim in the pool.
This part of the journey of for total relaxation, massages and lying by the pool.
Afternoon – Time to settle in and relax
16:00 – Welcome to the beach!
19:00 – Dinner at the beach listening the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore. (included)
After Dinner – Preparation for tomorrows day of silence
24 Hours of Silence – when you wake this morning you will be cocooned in the lovely embrace of silence except for the sound of the ocean. This day is your opportunity for quiet reflection, self practice and just being. During this gift of time and peace for yourself your meals will be arranged for you throughout the day for you to collect, you will also have a massage scheduled to enjoy. The day of silence lasts for 24 hours and included the night as well.
5pm – 6:00pm Deep Peace Restorative Yoga
7:00 – 8:30 AM – Breaking the Sacred Silence followed by Morning Yoga, Chanting and Meditation
9am Breakfast (included)
10 – 12pm – Workshop – More meditation practices to support you when you return home
12pm Lunch (included) and relax by the pool. Enjoy your last day in paradise.
5pm – 6pm – Nia Dance Class
7pm – Farewell Dinner (included)
7:00 – 8:00 Morning Meditation
8:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – Closing Ceremony
10:00 – Depart for the airport or next destination, late check out may also be possible but we won’t know until closer to the time.
*NB – When organising a retreat so far in advance sometimes thing may change slightly.
I look forward to having a fabulous time with you,