CURATED WELLNESS RETREATS AT VILLA GAIA
THE GODDESS RETREAT
BY UMA SPENDER
MAY 27-JUNE 2
DIVINE FEMININE IMMERSION. SHAKTI TANTRA YOGA. MEDITATION. MANTRA. MYTHOLOGY
A place to unravel, open & bloom. This profound, down-to-earth 7 day retreat led by Uma Spender is designed to help you connect with your deepest wisdom and recharge on every level. Each day we will immerse in the sacred feminine; explore the ancient wisdom of the Goddesses of Yoga Mythology and cultivate presence in our modern lives. A hike up Mt Batur to watch the sunrise and a water ceremony at Sebatu led by local Balinese priestess Luh Manis are just some of the unique highlights!
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- 6 nights deluxe eco-resort accommodation at Villa Gaia (twin share)
- 6 Morning Shakti Flow Yoga sessions
- 6 Afternoon Deepening Yoga sessions. Including Restorative/ Deep Yin/ Yoga Therapy for Hormone Balancing & Yoga for Deep Healing
- 6 X Morning Sacred Circle & 6 X Evening Circle/ Meditations/ Chanting
- Understanding & Charting Your Cycle - class & open discussion
- Delicious & Healthy meals all day, every day during your stay - all requirements catered for
- 1 hour Balinese Massage
- Airport Transfers
7 DAY ASHTANGA YOGA IMMERSION
From India to Egypt to Bali, Iman El-Sherbiny, a KPJAYI authorised Ashtanga yoga teacher invites you to reset and return to your deeper sense of self while immersing in the traditional 8 limbed path of yoga across 7 days in beautiful Bali. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a beginner, this retreat is the perfect time to delve deeper into your practice, enjoy the space at Villa Gaia to relax, and take well deserved timeout to absorb the magical surroundings of Bali.
Iman’s Ashtanga yoga retreat is the ultimate getaway from your daily life and an opportunity to step into a sacred space of healing and transformation. With a beautiful pristine environment and amazing nourishing food, this retreat will be a great opportunity to revive as well as deepen your understanding of yoga.
Iman El-sherbiny is an Authorised Ashtanga yoga teacher with a dedicated following in Egypt. She is the founder of Ashtanga Yoga Egypt ,developed two mysore programs in Cairo and has been spreading the Ashtanga yoga message since 2010. She spent many years immersing herself in Ashtanga yoga and its practices, studying with her teacher Sharath Jois in Mysore and with many of Ashtanga yoga’s renowned certified teachers. Among her teachers were Petri Raisanen, Rolf Naujokat, Eddie Stern, Guy Donahaye, Noah Williams, Michael Gannon, Clayton Horton, & Basia lipska. In 2012 she received Sharath’s blessings and was authorised to teach. Iman is a sincere believer in the Ashtanga yoga method and her teaching is rooted in her own disciplined and dedicated practice. She strongly believes in yoga to be a powerful tool for change and can transform anyone's life through regular practice. Her strong, yet soft and playful approach helps students cultivate awareness with their body, a steady and clear mind and a healthy easy filled life.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Transportation from and to the airport
Charming retreat house at Villa Gaia in Ubud, Bali
Welcome Dinner, orientation and a light restorative yoga session on June 16th
Morning LED class on June 17th
Traditional Mysore style guided self practice starts June 18th to June 22nd.
3x afternoon restorative yoga sessions to balance our dynamic morning practice.
Introduction to Pranayama
Alignment & Asana workshop
Meditation, chanting and healing circles.
Nourishing daily breakfasts using locally sourced fresh ingredients
Balinese Outdoor market shopping experience
Group Outings in Ubud
Discounted Balinese Massages
Far Infrared Sauna and access to hot tub Jacuzzi and chlorine-free private pool at Gaia Retreat Center
TWO RIVERS MINDFULNESS & HEALING RETREAT
BY ALLA, RICHARD & AMY
JULY 1-7 & JULY 7-13
Do you find yourself doubting your decisions? Do you struggle with feelings of inferiority?
Have you lost direction in life, and lack time and space for yourself?
Do you feel overwhelmed with anxiety?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this retreat is the perfect fit for you co-facilitated by Dr Alla of Insight Psychology Centre, Dr Richard Chambers and Dr Amy Finlay-Jones, a compassionate trio, highly experienced clinical psychologists & experts in mindfulness from Melbourne, on a week-long mindfulness and healing retreat. Based on research and models from neuroscience, this retreat combines mindfulness and mindful self-compassion practices, as well as values exploration from Acceptance and Commitment therapy. Included as well is an interactive and engaging program with theoretical components, lots of practical exercises, group work, and working in pairs.
ABOUT ALLA, AMY AND RICHARD
As a clinical psychologist, Dr Alla Demutska of Insight Psychology Centre spent years helping people grow, overcome challenges and unlock the joy within them. She has experience treating a wide range of psychological problems in both private and public settings. In addition to her private practice work, Alla is co-facilitating inpatient schema therapy groups at the Victoria Clinic (private psychiatric hospital).
Alla also worked at the Melbourne Clinic where she was involved in providing individual and group-based therapy using a range of evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and schema therapy. Her retreats are uplifting, fun and invite practices in exploration of the powerful skills of mindfulness and mindful self-compassion. Most of all, they are about connection.
Dr Amy Finlay-Jones is a leading researcher & expert in self-compassion who has been fortunate to receive teaching from leaders in the field of compassion and mindfulness practice, including Pema Chodron, Tara Brach, Sakyong Mipham, Sharon Salzberg, Joan Halifax, Thupten Jinpa, Mark Williams, Chris Cullen, Ajahn Brahm, Paul Gilbert and trained to deliver the Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living programs to improve your wellbeing at this retreat.
Dr Richard Chambers is an endorsed clinical psychologist and an internationally-recognised expert in mindfulness. He is the author of three books on mindfulness and leads an initiative at Monash University to create the world’s first mindful university, embedding mindfulness into the core curriculum for all students. He teaches mindfulness in a practical evidence-based way so it can be easily grasped and seamlessly integrated it into your organisation or workplace. Check out his TEDx talk.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- 6 nights, 5 days deluxe eco-resort accommodation at Villa Gaia (twin share rooms and one luxury dorm 4 people sharing)
- Carefully developed program based on mindfulness, mindful self-compassion, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy principles
- Two experienced facilitators
- Small group size [maximum 16 people] providing community, connection, and personalised approach for each attendee
- Healthy and delicious meals each day, including local Balinese dishes, Indonesian cuisine and pan-Asian flavours.
- Yoga sessions every morning
- Mindful cooking class exploring local cuisine
- Mindful nature walk
- 1 hour Balinese Massage
- Workbook based on information and exercises experienced during retreat
- Transfers to and from Denpasar International Airport
With only two retreats a year, this is your chance to do something for yourself, take time off to focus on improving your quality of life and to slow down, commit to yourself, and to learn how to make your life more fulfilled.
CHOOSE YOUR DATES:
1-7 or 7-13 of July
NOURISH YOU SINGING RETREAT
BY BETSY HANSON
"Nourish You Singing Retreat" is a unique way to explore at a deeper level, our own voice and the stories we have around it. Within a supportive group environment we can shift, find and connect with a more authentic singing voice and experience the joy that comes in singing with others. Within a beautiful environment and being deeply nourished by others, you are freed up to re-connect with yourself and with other kindred spirits!
Over the last 20 years, Betsy has been a Choir Director and Workshop Facilitator and has run music programs for Youth and she is passionate about what she does!! Betsy takes great pleasure in creating choir arrangements by taking amazing songs and making them unique by creating a new version with 4 part harmonies and a range of different instruments or A cappella.
Daily singing sessions with Betsy Hanson - fabulous contemporary, world music and indigenous songs with gorgeous harmonies, exploring your voice, what it means to you to express yourself through singing as well as working together as a group to improve your skills and confidence. Whether or not you consider yourself a singer, you will discover a deeply important part of who you are as you immerse yourself in song and bring your music to the surface and out into the world.
Group sessions facilitated by Betsy Hanson and Milinda Rodziewicz - sitting together in a circle, you will have some thought-provoking discussions and honest, gentle conversations about authenticity, beauty, music, creativity, feeling good and learn a little more about how to ask ourselves better questions in order to move through life's sticky moments! Sharing your collective experiences and wisdom, you will come away with some great new ideas/thoughts/tools that will support you on your individual journeys.
WILD RADIANT WOMAN RETREAT
BY NATALIE BONDINE
Come home to yourself as a RADIANT WILD WOMAN - your true essence 💕
I'm super excited to be once again leading this retreat after many years of spending time on the Island of the Goddess.
You'll open up to new and expanded sexual awareness, how to access greater ecstasy, how to expand our innate wise woman, how to allow the power of love to manifest more fully in your life. Because how we feel about ourselves as women is of paramount importance for fulfilment in relationships and in life as a whole. As we relax into our innate nature of love and compassion, we discover a tremendous, ever flowing resource of feminine power, beauty and resilience.
This is an opportunity to spend time with other women-coming home to our deepest resources. We are able to see ourselves in the mirror of our sisters, and in this way to nurture many aspects of ourselves which may have been neglected.
You will be deeply supported as you journey HOME.
For over 20 years I have been teaching various teachings including Tantric & Kundalini yoga, Taoist practices for Women, Transpersonal Counselling & Naturopathy and have honed my craft by working closely with the human body and Women’s health for tens of thousand of hours. My particular specialty is navigating the vast waters of Tantra & the container of Relationships, and how our Life -force energy can be harnessed for all areas of our lives, our creativity and our power as women.
My greatest influences have been the teachings of the Tao, the poetry of Khalil Gibran and most significantly my Shamanic Teacher. I’ve trained with the very top of Tantra teachers in the world including a year long training with Layla Martin, apprentice to Michaela Boehm, and Master Mantak Chia. It is a never ending journey of unfoldment – falling & rising into BLISS.
My path has taken me along a vast array of life experiences in Self & Expression, Self & Shame & Self & Love and my firm conclusion is that it all comes back to LOVE. I’m particularly fascinated by Shadow work- a kind of unconscious part of our personality – I believe this is where we hide our most creative potential.
My work is to support you as you navigate the challenges of being human and finding true intimacy within yourself. After all – to know oneself is to live with true abandonment.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
• 3 Virtual WILD RADIANT WOMEN circles pre- retreat
• 6 days/5 Nights Luxury boutique accommodation
• High vibrational Vegetarian meals
• Daily Taoist Women's Practices for Longevity & Radiance
• Breathwork, Devotional Dance Practices & Ritual
• Evening Tantra Lounge practices for Women
• 1 customised Women's Balinese Massage
• Roundtrip transfer from Airport
• Free flow ozone drinking water, tea & coffee
YOGA TERRITORY *RESTORATIVE* RETREAT
BY CLAIRE JOHNSTON
Come experience a deeply restorative adventure at Gaia Retreat Centre. Immerse yourself in 7 days of yoga, amazing food and good company. Think swaying palm trees, therapeutic breezes and beautifully landscaped rice paddies. This will be an excellent time to connect, grow, reset and recharge. You will enjoy early morning meditation, mid morning flow yoga and late afternoon restorative. Located in the heart of terraced rice fields and a leisurely 15 minute stroll into the creative mecca of Ubud there will be plenty of ‘down time’ to explore, go for a swim or read a book. We will have the whole retreat centre to ourselves and to keep the experience intimate there are only 16 spots available so book early to avoid disappointment.
This retreat is all about YOU. Each morning will begin with an optional early meditation, followed by a buffet breakfast together. The days will afford plenty of time for yoga as well as free time for massages, spa treatments, adventurous excursions, and relaxing by the pool. Late afternoons will bring us back to the mat for a restorative yoga session as the sun sets. We will then gather together in the evening for a delicious meal. Throughout the week there will be additional optional activities, workshops and dharma talks.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
7 days / 6 nights accommodation in a deluxe villa (twin share*)
Daily yoga and meditation classes
3 delicious meals each day
As much tea and coffee and ozone water as you can drink
60 minute relaxation massage
Use of sauna
Discounted spa treatments
DAKINI WISDOM WRITING & MEDITATION, YOGA RETREAT
BY KATHLEEN WILLIS & KASHA RIGBY
OCTOBER 29- NOVEMBER 4
Spend a week engaging your body, mind, and spirit in creative and restorative practices of writing, meditation, and yoga with time to explore the magical Island to the Gods and Goddesses! Directly following the 2018 Ubud Writer’s and Reader’s Festival, Wisdom Publications’ author Kathleen Willis of The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed: A Memoir of Loss and Hope, will lead a retreat geared to generating new work or refining existing manuscripts; finding your voice; honing your skills, and beginning or deepening a daily meditation and yoga practice.
Each morning begins with an hour of Tibetan meditation and Flow yoga. Jumpstart you daily writing time with a craft talk and writing prompts followed by a healthy breakfast of tropical fruits and traditional Indonesian dishes. Enjoy time during dedicated quiet hours at the retreat house or adjourn to a local café or rice field to write for a good portion of the day. There will be opportunities in the afternoon to enjoy excursions to a holy water temple for purification, and ancient meditation caves, as well as other interesting sights. We’ll gather in the early evening for a writing workshop followed by a meditation and restorative yoga session before adjourning for dinner and evening activities in the lively village of Ubud, Bali’s art and cultural capital.
This retreat is appropriate for all levels and all genres. Whether you have always wanted to write and are looking for inspiration and guidance, or you are a seasoned writer looking for time and accountability to finish a project this retreat will be transformative and rewarding.
About Kathleen & Kasha
Kathleen Willis holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, and is the author of The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed, a Memoir of Loss and Hope. Her work was anthologized in Best Buddhist Writing 2009, published by Shambhala; Random House. She has been a manuscript consultant and instructor of creative writing for the U.S’ leading writing center Grub St. in Boston for nearly 10 years.
Kathleen also holds a Master of Divinity in theological studies. She has been a practicing Buddhist in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition for thirty years. She is authorized by Lama Migmar Tseten of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies to lead Green Tara and other Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices. She is also a Level II Reiki practitioner.
Kathleen is also a full-time Buddhist Hospice Chaplain and mother to two teenagers.
Kasha Rigby was raised in the green hills of Vermont, but was lured to the west for university, falling in love with the broad landscapes as a dedicated skier and mountain climber. Devoted to climbing and skiing, combined with humanitarian and disaster relief work, the list of wild places she has explored is vast and growing. She has traveled the world as a sponsored athlete with The North Face and out of persistent curiosity. Her work as a wilderness guide provides opportunity to share her love of untamed landscapes and diverse cultures with others. She documents her travels with photography, art, and writing and has published with magazines and multiple anthologies.
Kasha credits yoga as one of the sources of her strength and endurance while skiing the world’s most extreme mountains and adventuring around the globe. She has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and is a certified instructor of Baptiste Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga under Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. Her morning session during the retreat will be an inspired flow practice combining the best of both traditions to leave you feeling worked out and ready for a day of stillness while your mind flies with creative fire writing with passion and determination. The evening restorative session is designed to give you respite from the day’s engagements and rejuvenate you for a restful night’s sleep and the next day to come.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
-Seven nights and eight days in elegant and deeply nourishing Gaia Retreat Center
-Round trip transportation from Denpasar International airport
-Special welcome reception with dinner, opening orientation, and welcome gift
-Morning and evening Vajrayana meditation session with Kathleen
-Morning and evening Flow yoga with Kasha Rigby
-Morning creative writing craft talk with daily writing prompts following meditation and yoga
-Daily gourmet vegetarian breakfast
-Daily focused, quiet-time writing hours at the Villa
-One 30-minute private consultation with Kathleen to discuss your work
-Optional excursions to historic meditation caves and holy water purification temple; transportation and fees included
-Optional beach and surfing day; lessons and board rentals available for additional fee
-Evening workshop to share writing, get peer feedback, and generate inspiration
-Closing night fire ritual ceremony followed by gourmet vegetarian dinner
-Opportunity for Reiki session with Kathleen for an additional fee
-Opportunity for one 15% discount on manuscript consultations with Kathleen for additional fee to be scheduled before or after the retreat
-Opportunity for spa services at very affordable prices from villa Gaia staff massage therapist
-Saltwater pool, sauna, and hot tube at your disposal as is the vibrate vilage of Ubud, the artistic and cultural capital of Bali.
9 DAY INSIGHT WORKSHOP RETREAT
BY MICHAL PASTERSKI
MARCH 2-10, 2019
The Insight Retreat is The road to mental maturity.
During these 9 days and under the wings of two certified and experienced coaches (Michael Pasterski and Sandra Lasek), all participants will practice the techniques included in the Insight method described in a 50 page book by Michał Pasterski. You will also learn new techniques and different approaches to working on oneself including: Zen Coaching. Gestalt therapy. Mindfulness. Transpersonal coaching. Behavioral-cognitive therapy. Zen meditation.
Insight is a method which enables you to go through this process on your own, step by step. You will be able to put this yakky, chaotic mind of yours at ease. You will gain a deep insight into your inner world. You will start to listen to the voice of your intuition. Consequently, you will find answers to the questions that are most important to you. You will be in touch with different parts of your personality and you will learn a whole set of practical tools for systematic self-work.
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ABOUT MICHAL & SANDRA
Michał Pasterski is the founder of Life Architect, Planets and the Conscious Education Foundation. On a daily basis, he works as a coach and personal development coach. Michal's aim is to allow you to get to know yourself in-depth, free yourself from the self-destructive habits of your mind and achieve a state of mental maturity by understanding and thoroughly practicing the techniques included in the Insight method. Michal will also discuss how we can get rid of self-destructive mental habits by replacing them with emotional maturity and mental freedom.
Sandra Lasek is a psychologist and a coach, as well as a certified staff management specialist with a substantial work experience in this field. She graduated from York University in Canada and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Accommodation in Villa Gaia (8 nights / 9 days = 7 full days of workshop + day of accommodation and check-out day)
Full board (3 meals a day)
Coffee, tea, lemonade, water and snacks during the workshops, including traditional Balinese sweets and desserts
Airport Transfers Both Ways
One Balinese massage at Karsa Spa
Tibetan Sound Therapy at Pyramids of Chi
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