being | becoming | belonging
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The magical island. Since my first visit 10 years ago, I have longed to share the energy of this enchanted space with my yoga community. I have trained in Bali, I've also vacationed here, travelling through and across the island, and last year co-facilitated my first retreat offering.
I'm delighted and honoured to return to the beautiful retreat centre Jeda Villas in the Northwest of Bali, this year with a whole different intention.
KULA Retreat will be light and playful: a celebration of being in community, sharing the joy and ritual of daily practice, and its vital importance to our healing, health and well being.
Bali's culture is deeply rooted in community, connection and creativity, embedded within and symbiotically connected to a dramatic and abundant tropical landscape. At Hamsa Yoga we believe these are perfect conditions in which to immerse yourself to witness your sense of Being, Becoming and Belonging.
Jeda Villas, Pemuteran, North Bali
Kula Retreat invites you to be here in a beautifully designed luxury villa, surrounded by lush tropical nature and stunning mountain views, just minutes from the beaches of North Bali. Let your body delight in unwinding with a fluid morning yoga practice. Nourish your senses and appetite with a truly bountiful tropical brunch, before a refreshing dip in your private pool. And that’s just the start of your day…
On a yoga retreat, time seems to slow down and amplify, as we drop into the steady discipline of refining presence and attention with daily practice: nourishing body, heart, mind and soul. There will be plenty of time for both peaceful solitude and like-hearted connection, idyllic stillness and rejuvenating movement, activity and rest. All of the practices will be suitable for all levels of experience, and the limited group number (12 participants) will allow for plenty of personal attention in classes. There will also be plenty of time to relax, by the pool, at the beach, whatever your heart desires.
On offer are twice-daily sessions of yoga, meditation and other movement/stillness practices. Every day will begin with a simple flowing asana sequence, pranayama and meditation to greet the new day. Afternoons will vary from day to day, and will include: restorative yoga, yin yoga, somatic workshops, choice of free time activities; evenings may include yoga nidra and meditation. Sample daily schedule will be sent when you register.
About Jeda Villas
Jeda Villas is an exclusive and secluded luxury retreat, set amongst vast lush tropical gardens, at the edge of West Bali National Park, with a backdrop of stunning mountain views, just 900m from the ocean. The spacious yoga studio opens out to the gardens and mountains. There is ample generous space on the property for walks, solitude and tranquility.
Luxury twin share room in the private villas, each with ensuite bathroom. There is a limited number of double rooms (for couples) available. The beautifully appointed private villas each have their own pool. All bathroom amenities are natural, organic and handmade in Ubud, Bali.
Nutritious and delicious Food
The private in-house chef prepares nutritious vegetarian plant-based food with an Ayurvedic twist; chicken and fish options are available. A generous tropical brunch is served each morning. A selection of tea, coffee, fresh fruit, filtered drinking water, and coconut water available throughout the day, and a leisurely, delicious Indo/European dinner served each evening.
North West Bali has a different feel to the South Coast or Ubud - much less tourism, traffic and foreign influence. It has retained its authentic charm and traditional culture. The locals are super chilled, simple, warm-hearted people, very welcoming and helpful.
Pemuteran Bay is probably the best spot in Bali for diving and snorkeling - free of currents, the coral reefs are safe and exhilarating. Beaches are black sand and pebble, and safe for swimming. Pemuteran tends to have less rain than other parts of Bali, and is less hot and humid as its sheltered by mountains. Pemuteran is also the home of many important temples, a vibrant part of Balinese daily life.
Optional local activities:
- Scuba diving and snorkeling Menjangan Island and Pemuteran Bay
- Bio rock coral reef restoration project, coral garden and turtle hatchery
- Safe ocean swimming (no surfing here)
- Hiking and trekking Bali North West National Park
- Traditional Balinese Spa and Massage
- Hot Springs and Waterfalls nearby
- Local restaurants, cafes, galleries and Balinese gift shops.
- Excursions to local sacred temple sites or natural features may be possible
Bali's international airport is Denpasar. Air New Zealand flies directly into Denpasar in June, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. AirNZ, Jetstar and Virgin also offer codeshare flights via Australia from New Zealand. Keep an eye out for flight offers!
Transfers (return transfers to Jeda Villas included) There will be group transfer pick up from two locations in Bali: Seminyak and Ubud, to bring you to Jeda Villas in Pemuteran.
NZ/Aus Passports: Free Visa Stamp on arrival for 30 days - NO extension possible.
*Other passports may have to pay Visa on arrival at Denpasar airport US$35 for 30 days stay.
your host, facilitator and guide
Katy Carter (RYT500)
A senior qualified yoga teacher in the School of Embodied Flow™, Katy has practiced yoga in various styles for over 20 years. Katy continues to creatively develop her teaching in line with her own evolving life skills, awakening consciousness and curiosities. A natural communicator and connector, Katy takes you on a journey beyond the everyday ordinariness of being human, into the extraordinary qualities of being. Katy is a freelance yoga teacher and artist in Mangawhai NZ, and creates and holds popular retreats in New Zealand.
The Retreat begins on Sunday June 10 with arrival at Jeda Villas. The retreat concludes the following Sunday June 17. This allows you time to arrive in Bali, rest and recharge before making your way up to the retreat from pick up points in either Seminyak or Ubud. It also allows you the opportunity to add on a few days of your own itinerary post-retreat: shopping, art and culture in Ubud, or exploring beaches or tourist spots on the south coast.
TWIN/SHARED $2850 NZD
Includes food* and transfers*, excluding flights (full details below of inclusions/exclusions)
Deposit: Non-refundable deposit of $500 required to secure your booking
Full Balance must be paid 4 weeks prior to the start of retreat by May 4th 2018
EARLYBIRD PRICE* $2600 NZD
Deposit: Non-refundable deposit of $500 required to secure your booking
*price must be paid in full by March 29th 2018.
Cancellation before March 31st 2018 will receive a refund minus the deposit.
Cancellation after March 31st 2018 no refund.
email your interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive a registration form to complete and return, along with details for transfer of deposit. Upon registration you will be sent more information about getting to and around Bali, transfers to Jeda Villas in Pemuteran, what to bring, etc.
- Seven nights’ accommodation - based on twin share rooms. Exclusive use of the venue
- Luxury villas each with a private swimming pool, daily towels provided
- 2 Yoga classes daily including Embodied Flow, Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Meditation
- Yoga mats, daily towels and all props provided
- Unlimited use of yoga studio with stunning mountain views
- Daily brunch and dinner at retreat. Our chef is renowned for modern plant based indo/euro cuisine catering to all diets.
- Daily tea, coffee, fresh fruit, drinking water and coconut water
- Daily Cleaning Service
- All bathroom amenities are natural, organic and handmade in Ubud, Bali
- Local Transport to and from the beach, spas, restaurants, ATM, and village
- Transfers to and from Retreat (return trip) from 2 designated pick up locations in Bali
- Traditional Sacred Balinese Opening Ceremony
- One hour Balinese massage
- Free internet access
- Traditional Balinese Dance and Gamelan performance
What's not included
- Flights to and from Bali
- Visas (you will purchase a tourist visa on arrival if required, see notes above)
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- Lunches (brunch is generous and snacks can be prepared by the kitchen, otherwise, there are local beach restaurants)
- Laundry (usually very reasonable local rates)
- Accommodation before and after the retreat
- Extras (eg further massages, spa treatments and excursions)
- Optional dinner out
Yes Yes Yes! Count me in! Email email@example.com to register now.