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).
When should I arrive and depart?
The retreat begins at 5:00pm on the first day, so we invite guests to arrive around 3pm or earlier in order to settle in after the long journey. We also suggest traveling before and/or after the trip and staying in Ubud or somewhere else before/after the trip.
Upon departure we suggest that you schedule a flight for midday or later but can accommodate an earlier departure if necessary.
How do I get to Naya Ubud from the airport?
We include shuttle service if you arrive at the airport between 12pm-3pm on the first day. Send us your flight info by filling out this travel form so we can set up shared rides. If you arrive outside of this arrival window, we can still help you arrange transportation and a taxi typically costs about $30 each way. Yoga starts at 5:00 pm on the first day.
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 plenty of yoga mats and props at Naya Ubud, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
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/
What does the retreat include in the price?
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.
Is there Wifi?
Yes, although we suggest unplugging whenever possible.
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.
What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
Compare Insurance Options at SquareMouth.com. We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.