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The Bali Yoga Retreat Program

We are truly honored to return to Bali to offer a week-long Bali yoga retreat full of magic and inspiration. This retreat is centered in one of the most spiritually rich places on Earth, where every moment in life is an offering, an opportunity for expression of beauty and love. We’ll learn from and embrace this spirit as we come to our daily yoga and meditation practices to deepen our connection to our own inner truth and authentic self.

SCHEDULE

JAN 20 – ARRIVE

Guests arrive on own
5:30 pm Arrival Yoga + Opening Circle (1 hr 15 min practice, 45 min circle)
7:30 pm Dinner

JAN 21 – YOGA + OPTIONAL RIDGE WALK
7:30 am Morning Yoga
9:30 am Breakfast
10:00 am Optional Ridge Walk (2 hrs)
1:00 pm Lunch
Optional Afternoon boreh or Jamu Making Class at Blue Karma (complementary)
Free Time: Swim, Read, Massage…
5:30 pm Evening Yoga
7:00 pm Dinner

JAN 22 – TIRTA EMPUL
7:00 Pranayam / Meditation (30 min)
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Drive to Tirta Empul (45 min)
9:15 am Visit Tirta Empul (2 hrs)
11:30 am Drive back to Blue Karma
1:00 pm Lunch
Free Time: Swim, Read, Massage…
5:30 pm Evening Yoga
7:00 pm Dinner

JAN 23 – YOGA + COOKING CLASS
7:30 am Morning Yoga
9:30 am Breakfast
Cooking Class + Lunch
Free Time: Swim, Read, Massage…
5:30 pm Evening Yoga
7:00 pm Dinner

JAN 24 – MT BATUR + HOT SPRINGS
2:30 am Depart for Early Mount Batur Sunrise Mountain Hike!
4:30 am Volcano Hike + Breakfast
8:30 am Hot Springs (snacks available for purchase at hot springs)
2:00pm Return to Blue Karma for Lunch
Nap time
5:30 pm Restorative Yoga
7:00 pm Dinner

JAN 25 – YOGA & UBUD
8:00 am Morning Yoga + Reiki
9:30 am Breakfast
Optional Trip to Town
1:00 pm Lunch
Free Time: Swim, Massage, Relax, Optional Activities
Evening off from yoga
7:00 pm Dinner

JAN 26 – DEPART

8:00 am Breakfast & Departures

Where is this retreat and how do/when do I get there?

Do I need to book my own flight to Bali? What flights do I purchase?

You are responsible for booking your own flight. Here is the important arrival and departure information:

ARRIVALS

Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport ( Denpasar – DPS)
Arrival Date: Jan 20th, 2019
Arrival Time Range: 12-3pm
Transfers are included from DPS during the time range. Outside the time range we will help set up but will not be included. Transfers from other hotels to Naya will not be included.

Because yoga starts at 5 pm, we request that your flight arrives no later than 3:30pm. If you need to arrive later, just talk to us.

DEPARTURES

Departure Date: Jan 26th, 2019
Departure Time Range: Anytime after 12pm
Transfers are included to Denpesar (or Ubud) during the time range. Outside the time range we will help set up but will not be included. Transfers to other hotels to Ubud will be included as long as they are not out of the way.

Fly in/out of Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS). the main airport in Bali located 13 km south of Denpasar.

The retreat begins with yoga at 5:00pm on January 20th and you can arrive at the retreat center as early as 2pm to check in and get settled. We include shared shuttle service if you arrive at the DPS airport between 12pm-3pm on January 20th. We’ll collect your flight details so we can set up shared rides. If you arrive outside of this arrival window or are coming from another place, we can still help you arrange transportation. And you can always arrive in Bali a night or two early!

Finally, check out on the 26th is at 12pm, so we suggest midday or evening flights out.

Where will we be be staying?

Blue Karma

What is Included?

6 nights at Blue Karma
Daily Yoga Classes & More
Delicious, Healthy Meals Daily
Mount Batur Sunrise Mountain Hike
Soak in Hot Springs
Cooking Class in Ubud
Tirta Empul, Bali’s most sacred spring pools for a purification ritual.
Transportation for Activities

Optional:  Massage and Bodywork,  Walking Campuhan Ridge Hike

What’s not Included?
Some lunches on the Road
Optional meals on your own in Ubud
Spa treatments and resort extras
International Airfare
Extra Nights
Alcohol or other beverages not included with meals
Transfer outside of our time range

What will the retreat be like?

 

This is my first retreat, is that okay? I’m an advanced practitioner, is that okay?

YOGASCAPES yoga retreats are almost always all levels. We work with advanced teachers that can create a retreat experience that welcomes beginners and honors experienced practitioners.  We tend to get a beautiful mix of levels on each retreat.

How often will we practice yoga?

We will practice 1-2 times daily depending on what other activities are going on.  We encourage participants to take part in as many classes as they can but also invite each participant to take care of themselves even if that means taking a break or going on an adventure!

Where is Bali and how do I get there?

Bali is a small island set amidst the 17,000+ islands of the Indonesian archipelago. It is approx. 3 hours due south of Singapore, and 3 hours north of Perth, Australia. The international airport is called Ngurah Rai International, and the arrival city is Denpasar (DPS).

Do I need a visa?

Yes, a visa is required for Indonesia. A visa-upon-arrival system is in place for most countries including Australia, Canada, US & EU citizens. When you arrive at the airport in Denpasar you will enter the Visa-on-arrival line, where you will be asked for U$25.00 and your passport will be stamped for 30 days from the date of arrival. Upon leaving, a 150,000 rupiah departure tax will be assessed. If your passport is due to expire within 6 months, we advise you renew. On occasion, Indonesia has not allowed tourists into the country, and your airline might not allow you on the plane.

Can I stay longer?

You will probably want to! If you would like to stay more than 30 days, you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa at the Consulate of Indonesia closest to you. You will likely have to show proof of a ticket to leave the country.

Should I rent a car?

It is not necessary, nor advisable, to rent a car in Bali. A car and driver can be had for $30-$40 per day. Inexpensive transportation is readily available.

Should I bring a yoga mat?

There are some yoga mats available, but you are welcome to bring your own to guarantee quality you like.

What is the food like?

The food is Balinese fusion, presenting traditional dishes with a healthy spin. Meals are typically offered in a beautiful buffet, mostly vegetarian with some meat options at lunch and dinner.

If I want to get the early bird price do I have to pay in full or just the deposit? When is the remainder due?

You only need to put the deposit down to lock in the Early Bird price. The remainder will be do 60 days prior to the retreat start day.

What if I have to cancel?

We hope you don’t, but please see our terms for all of our policies: http://yogascapes.com/terms/

Is there internet access on property?

While we hope you’ll try and unplug… yes, there is wi-fi on property.

What will the weather be like?

Because of it’s equatorial location, Bali tends to have fairly stable weather with the ‘wet’ season occurring between October and April and the ‘dry’ season between May and September. It is generally always hot with temperatures hovering in the mid to high 80s and up.

I’m traveling alone, can I still signed up for the shared room?

Yes. We’ll do a great job pairing you up with a roommate!

How do I book an optional excursion?

All excursions can be booked at the retreat at any time during your stay. If there is something that you know you absolutely MUST experience while in Bali, it’s best to book early in the week to avoid disappointment.

What kind of clothes will I need?

The weather system is now officially un-predictable. Its used to be that if you visited between November and April a rain poncho or umbrella will come in handy, and both can be purchased inexpensively here. As this time is Bali’s summer, the rains tend to be warm and humid, but a light jacket can be useful for evenings. May through October is typically dry season and winter. Comfortable sandals are a must, and should be easy to take off as most Balinese do not wear shoes indoors. Same day laundry service is inexpensive and plentiful, so you’re better off to pack light. Don’t forget your bathing trunks!

Although the Balinese are used to western tourists, they are still a modest culture, so walking down city streets with no shirt on will likely get you a sideways glance or two.

Anytime you go into a temple for a ceremony or tourist attraction you MUST wear a long sleeve shirt, pants or preferably sarong that cover your knees. Women and men have separate requirements, and the Balinese are only to happy to explain the rules and outfit you accordingly if you’re minus an appropriate item or two.

How do I exchange money?

Probably best to wait until you get to the airport in Denpasar. There are bureaus where you can exchange cash or travelers cheques, and ATMs are everywhere that take Cirrus and Plus. Please tell your bank and credit card companies the dates that you will be in Bali or elsewhere, as they might cut off your funds for fraud protection if they don’t know it is you. Asia loves Visa or Master Card. Few restaurants and shops take American Express
It’s helpful when you change if you can ask for some additional ‘small money’, bills in denominations of 1,000 / 5,000 / 10,000 rupiah.
The exchange rate is approximately Rp.11,100 = US$1.00. Basically, things cost a lot less in Bali.

Is Bali safe?

Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia, and was devastated by the ’02 & ’05 bombings in Kuta. Since the bombings, the Indonesian government has taken the threat of terrorism seriously by increasing security and arresting many. Although the US State Department has placed a travel warning on Indonesia, tourism to Bali is once again being touted by many international travel magazines.

The Balinese people are among the most friendly in the world. As for safety in the streets, there is little violent crime, especially in Ubud. In beach areas one has to take precautions against pickpockets, just as most beach tourist spots in the world.

Are there any health concerns I need to be aware of?

It is recommended that you visit your GP, personal physician or a travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure to Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Bali is not a high-risk area for malaria and the tablets can be considered controversial, we recommend that you do some research and make your own decision on this. Dengue fever is another mosquito borne illness to be made aware of.

You might want to bring something that can help with stomach ailments. Even though you will be eating in good restaurants, there is always a chance that you can get Bali Belly – a mild dysentery that passes in a few days. Bring good mozzie repellant.

What if I need to see a doctor?

There are plenty of international medical clinics in Bali – especially in Ubud and Kuta. Since the Bali Bombing, the Indonesian government spent $$ on improving the local hospitals and many more private ones have opened since. If you have a minor illness or ailment, you will be just fine. These clinics usually do not accept health insurance, but they do not cost much. Should you need specialized care in a dire emergency, you would need to be evacuated to Singapore. It is always wise to purchase travelers health insurance with evacuation coverage. While in Ubud, for minor issues, see TOYO clinic, for more serious issues, check out the SOS International medical or SILOAM clinics.

What about sanitation?

Any hotel or home stay will have bottled or filtered water available, and 99% of restaurants on the island use bottled water for all cooking purposes. Nevertheless, it is advisable to drink and brush teeth with bottled water. Food carts and local markets carry a greater degree of risk.

What is the electrical currency/outlet in Bali?

Bali utilizes the standard British plug (two flat blades and one flat grounding blade) and the European plug (two round pins) and is at 230V. Adapters  will be necessary if you are taking any electrical items.

Travel Insurance

If international: Yes, YOGASCAPES requires each trip member to purchase individual travel insurance for their trip. We suggest that you include “cancel for any reason” with your policy. You must purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage.

ANYTHING ELSE?
When are final payments due?

Final balances are due 60 days before the departure date of the trip. If final payments are not received by 60 days prior to departure, YOGASCAPES reserves the right to cancel your reservation and accept new reservations for your space. If you do not think you can pay in time please contact us via email.

How do I prepare for my yoga retreat in Bali?

PACKING TIPS:

Packing List:
Passport (check that it will be valid) and copy that you keep separately
Yoga & exercise clothing- (multiple pairs)
Comfortable walking shoes/lightweight hiking boots (for the hike)
Slip on shoes/Sandals
Swimsuit (multiple pairs)
Casual Clothing & a warm layer just in case
Journal and Pen
A good book or two
Rain jacket/poncho & Plastic bags for packing
Snacks – Bring anything you know you’ll want to be snacking on so that if the food doesn’t sit well with you you’ll have some back up. Always good to have some granola bars etc.
Water bottle to refill
Sunscreen & Hat & Sun Glasses & Lip Balm
Moisturizer / Coconut Oil
Camera & Chargers
Digital Alarm Clock or Watch
Quick dry towel
Small day backpack (highly recommended)
Hat/Cover up
Hair ties
Ear plugs
Toiletries (bring soap/shampoo etc.)
Mini personal first aid kit
Credit Card, Debit Card, (check foreign transaction fees – Capital One usually is good)
Cash for gratuities, purchases, optional excursions and treatments. We suggest about $10/day.
Open heart & sense of adventure

 

Yoga Retreat Packing List

 

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