THE GODDESS RETREAT
BY UMA SPENDER
May 27-June2, 2018
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
June 16-22, 2018
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
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.
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.
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.
You will learn how to:
• Be kind to yourself • Develop tools for emotional resilience and equanimity
• Increase self understanding instead of judging and criticizing perceived failures
• Learn how to manage your inner critic • Accept being imperfect.
• Give people your full attention • Be kind to others
• Be present in the world • Restore your balance
• Deal better with life challenges • Slow down
Choose your preferred dates:
1-7 of July 2018
7-13 of July 2018
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.
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.
What is included?
• 3 Virtual WILD RADIANT WOMEN circles pre- retreat ( see details below)
• 6 days/5 Nights Luxury boutique accomodation
• 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.
ABOUT NATALIE :
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.
Your Darkness Sparkles....
9 DAY INSIGHT WORKSHOP RETREAT
BY MICHAL PASTERSKI
March 2-10, 2019
The Insight Retreat is The road to mental maturity.
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.
The aim of the retreat is to get to know oneself 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.
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.
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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