REFRESH, REFOCUS & REVIVE!
Spark New Life by Creating Sacred Space
Bali, Indonesia June 30th – July 6th 2019
If you’re ready to take time out from your busy life to relax, refresh and supercharge your physical, mental and spiritual health, then join me for a transformative retreat to the mystical island of Bali!
Lounging by the pool, you revel in this place where heaven kisses the earth. You sense the earth so warm and lush, the soft breeze against your skin, the birds singing in the background. Finally, a place where you don’t have to lift a finger – where you can freely rest, relax and reimagine your future!
As you sit back in delicious comfort, your mind drifts to some of the other delights you’ve enjoyed here as well: your antique Balinese villa with its comfy day bed, the fresh organic juice and other tropical drinks, the yoga classes that have left you feeling fully alive yet calm and relaxed.
What a nourishing day you’ve had today, and with so much more yet to come! Yoga outdoors, a massage at the day spa, savouring more authentic organic Balinese cuisine, and exploring and discovering with your amazing new friends. Ah… the wonder and imagination of Bali!
Bali is the PERFECT place to spend 7 nourishing days (and 6 nights)..
…taking the time out to nourish your body and soul while feeling fully alive and present in the moment. Can you imagine what it would feel like …
To be stress free, in control and excited about your future?
To slow life down a little, to feel calm and peaceful, as if you had time to exhale and linger in the moment?
Connected spiritually, to be uplifted, encouraged and renewed in faith?
To have more insight into your life’s purpose and to be clearer about the pathway towards being healthy and whole?
To learn to meditate so you can relax and rejuvenate even more deeply?
To truly care for yourself and enjoy being in your own company?
So why should YOU join us?
By the end of this retreat, through daily yoga, meditation, organic nutrition and being re-energised in a tropical paradise, you will feel relaxed, renewed and fully alive! You will have learned to create sacred space inside of you which will enable you to deepen your spirituality, live in harmony and spark joy into your everyday life for years to come.
Bali – the spiritual centre of Indonesia – evokes images of colourful ceremonies and lush tropical foliage, exotic temples, rice fields and volcanoes.
We’ll be spending six relaxing nights in the beautiful town of Canggu enjoying exotic culture, food, day spa, and the stunning decor of our art village resort, Desa Seni. Located down a narrow alley, you’ll feel like you’ve found a secret oasis that only you know about.
The Balinese architecture is stunning, the unique villas beautifully restored antique Indonesian wooden homes. Live amidst original artifacts reflecting true Indonesian culture and heritage.
Tropical gardens, extensive organic vegetable patches and the most beautiful open-air yoga studio (perhaps in the world!) will leave you lingering on your mat in yoga heaven. The sounds of tropical birds, running water and warm breeze will have you find quiet secluded spaces to soak it all in.
And best of all, you can walk right over to the holistic spa, luxurious pool, an organic restaurant and an artistic gift shop.
You’ll fall in love with the authentic Balinese essence, the Balinese themselves and their warm welcoming character.
Traditional Balinese food is simply delicious. Organic, vegetarian and 80% literally grown on the premises, your body will instantly feel nourished. We’ll take a tour of the most stunning vegetable gardens you’ve ever seen and discover where each of the unique Balinese mouth watering tastes come from!
Tropical juices, raw desserts and smoothies, fresh herbal tea and more vibrant colours on one plate than you’ve ever had. There is no rush to eat, just a warm tropical breeze and the sound of the chefs singing in the background….
If you don’t eat this or that – no worries – we are happy to accommodate any of your vegetarian food preferences.
Desa Seni is an eco resort, with not a single-use-plastic in sight. Glass straws to sip your organic juice, unlimited fresh water and handmade bamboo accessories to boot.
To start with, no trip to Bali would be complete with indulging in a traditional Balinese 90min signature massage. A massage with your choice of essential oils and even a freshly brewed tea to restore and revitalise your body, mind and soul.
Ready to sit pool side with an organic juice? Find a creative spot to explore as we spend some time in silence. One day will be dedicated to reflection and contemplation. Silence from breakfast till dinner, will offer you a chance to journal, reflect and hear the heart speak.
Yoga in the open air studio!
Every day, you’ll be twisting, stretching and moving to lively yoga classes in the spacious, open-air, outdoor studio. Watch for that cheeky gecko on observing your practice, and stare in wonder at lush green tropical foliage as you down dog, move and breath and find a tropical paradise yoga flow! Your body will love the long warm ups and perfect 28 degree temperature, finding an inner strength and vitality renewed and restored.
After submerging yourself in the cool waters of the pool and feeling the sun warm your skin, you will find a deep stretch and healing practice with two delicious hours of yin yoga. You contemplate deep rest and how it feels in your body, stimulating the regenerative life force in your joints. As you listen to the sound of your own breath, feel the movement of energy and notice the body yield and let go.
And we can’t forget our tour of the highlights of Bali with our trusty guide exploring the temples and rice fields, waterfalls and volcanoes! Perhaps visiting the local artists making their wood carving or jewellery or even the hectic markets where you will try your hand at bartering for that bargain! I’m not sure exactly what we’ll be seeing yet – it depends on our mood and our guide!
We will be treated to a tradition Balinese banquet in the home of our local friends, to truly experience the authentic hospitality of the generous Balinese leaving you with a memory so special you will feel like your apart of a whole new family.
And don’t forget plenty of down time so you can do some adventurous exploration on a bike but if you’re feeling like you need to just chill-out, there is your personal day bed to snuggle up with a book, the pool, the gardens or a range of treatments at the day spa!
So what can YOU expect if you spend 7 delightful days (and 6 nights) relaxing and enjoying yourself on an exotic tropical get away?
Well – you won’t have to lift a finger. Every organic vegetarian meal is prepared for you. There are daily yoga classes and a 90min signature massage to nourish your body. You will literally feel your innermost being restored, filling you to abundance so you have plenty to give on your return home.
And what would it mean to you to feel fully alive and present?
Picture yourself sitting in a tropical garden nook where you can hear the birds sing and feel the warmth of the sun. In this space, surrounded by nature, you will be guided in specific mindfulness techniques that will transform your thinking, creating a sacred space through which you will view the world as a human BEING not a human DOING!
Need to de-stress?
On this retreat you will learn valuable breathing techniques to help you relax and recharge. You will return home with a calm, rested state of mind and more tools to cope in any situation.
There is no rushing on this retreat! You will experience:
- Daily time set aside to slow down, to listen to your thoughts and to journal what your heart is saying, you will find clarity, insight and stillness.
- You will learn how to breathe and how to listen to your body, which will assist you to make lasting changes on your return home.
Would THAT be worth coming to Bali for?
I sure think so!
PLUS this retreat is all about setting aside time for sacred space, understanding the Catholic practices of solitude and contemplation, reflecting and journaling. Through a day of silence, immersion in nature and sharing in a group setting with likeminded people, you’ll receive a deeper understanding of spirituality. You’ll come away refreshed, renewed and strengthened to take life’s challenges head on.
Need more clarity?
Would you like to have more insight into your life’s purpose and to be clearer about the pathway towards being healthy and whole?
Don’t we all! Well that is exactly what you will discover during this sacred time, set aside for growth physically, mentally and spiritually. Using the holistic health wheel tool, you will identify potential imbalances in your life and together we will create strategies for lasting change.
Together we will:
- Learn how to meditate, uncovering which spiritual discipline works for you to experience a calmer state of mind keeping that zen feeling long after your return!
- Rediscover what makes you unique and makes you feel fully alive
- Adventure to exciting new places, explore sacred sites, eat local cuisine and share laughs together as a group creating once in a lifetime special memories.
Imagine how good it would feel to enjoy being in your own company! To be kind to yourself!
That’s what this retreat is all about! You’ll rediscover what makes you unique and re-ignites that spark in your eyes. You will share laughs and insights in close-knit groups, gain clarity and insight through self-reflection and daily affirmations. You will come away with a newfound joy, grounded and ready to make practical changes to achieve the life you desire.
- Six morning (9-11am) Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes
- Three afternoon (3-5pm) delicious Yin Yoga classes
- A 90 min traditional Balinese massage
- Six nights in a unique Eco-resort antique villa at Desa Seni either double, twin or single share)
- Daily delicious organic vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner at Desa Seni
- A half day tour experiencing local Balinese sights and culture and a traditional Balinese banquet
- Transportation, a guide and entrance fees to any sites we visit together as part of our half day tour.
- Airport pick up and transfer to the resort (if arriving on the day of the retreat)
What’s Not Included?
- Your round-trip airfare from home
- Other non-included items would include souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, extra spa services, taxis and laundry
- Transfers from the resort to the airport at the end of the retreat
- Personal travel insurance
You must arrive into the Denpasar Indonesian airport (DPR) on Sunday June 30th. We’ll have a few airport pick-ups for the group arriving on that day in the afternoon. If you are not arriving on June 30th we can help your arrange your own taxi to the resort (at your cost).
Passport needs to be valid for 6 months beyond departure date. We recommend that you have up to date travel health insurance and if possible fly Garuda (priority airspace) to decrease risk of volcanic ash flight cancellation.
I noticed the connection between my mental health and my physical body when I injured my back in a rugby accident when I was 17. During the months of recovery I noticed my pain levels were a reflection of how stressed I was. This started a journey of self discovery: what did I need to do to cope with stress? How should I manage my naturally overactive mind?
I have grown up being part of a local church, and have seen people improve their health through different spiritual disciplines. After injuring my spine, I searched for new physical disciplines that would have less impact on my body, and would keep me strong and fit.
When I discovered yoga as an adult it rocked my world. By then I had a special needs child and the demands of a growing family. The connection I experienced in yogas’ practice of movement with breath, and of meditation, gave me a strong connection to God. I experienced peace, and a deep sense of being whole.
I noticed a gentle but gradual recovery from my rugby injury. Yoga became the one hour of the week I could not live without! As a result, I am a better wife, mother, and friend!
I am now passionate about sharing this powerful practice. I transitioned from working in exercise science and personal training to teaching yoga. I love Vinyasa yoga, its fluid movement and its strength gains. I also love Yin yoga; the space it creates for contemplative practice and mindfulness.
I teach from a Christian frame of reference. I have a passion for the environment, for ethical living, and for empowering others to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. My classes aim to seek greater peace, connection and imagination, together with mindful movement and breath. You can find me in Croydon, Melbourne, Australia.