Magical Bali Retreat
Saturday 10th - Saturday 17th FEBRUARY 2024
with KAREN LANE
"It takes courage to say yes to rest and play, in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol" - Brene Brown
Let Mama Bali hold you in her nurturing hands. Learn a tool kit of self care strategies to take home
from this retreat, to nourish your soul. Receive potent transmissions that will level up your manifestation of the dreams your heart has been whispering to you.
Without learning new tools, ideas and roadmaps how can our dreams come alive? Take that leap of faith and invest in your own transformation by stepping off the treadmill and taking time out of your everyday life.
Come away with me on this Adventure Retreat - Restore, Revive & Dream.
Karen has always been a mover, studying dance from a young age. She returned to mindful movement as her main form of exercise to help her cope with grief, a fast-paced London life and bringing up three daughters. High powered workouts no longer provided the grounding and centering she needed and through Yoga she discovered a sense of calm and resilience. Karen credits her main teacher Tania Brown for inspiring her to delve deeper into the ancient traditions and become a teacher of Yoga. She trained initially (200hrs) in London with Yogahaven lead by Allie Hill and Amy MacDonald. As a professional singer and voice practitioner she has always known the importance of breath but as a yogi she has truly come to deeply understand the benefits to mind and body. Studying further training in Yogic breath work with Michael Bikyer YogaLap Jan 2021. Karen completed her 300Hr advanced training in 2021 studying with Sianna Sherman and Greta Hill – the Rasa Collective – a tantric based yoga practise which incorporates deep dives into mudra (healing hand gestures) mantra (chanting sacred Sanskrit) and is focused on welcoming the whole individual on this alchemical journey. Embracing ourselves, the light and the dark all emotions (Rasas) without judgement. Rasa Yoga has helped Karen to combine all her strengths and align fully with her Dharma using her voice as healing medium integrating chanting into her practice. Exploring the connection of breath, voice and body and utilising yoga as a form of mind body transformation for all.
The morning will begin with a dynamic Vinyasa Flow to energise you for the day ahead. Evenings we will have a more relaxed practice. Both classes take place in the on site Shala which is open to nature.
8:00 - 9:30 AM JUNGLE AWAKENING YOGA - A Dynamic Vinyasa Style practise (suited to all levels) including Pranayama (breath-work). Awaken the spine and body overlooking the magnificent jungle ravine. Build strength and explore your own boundaries and challenges.
10:00 AM HEARTY BRUNCH
11:00 Free time to relax in the Villa and surrounds. Enjoy the swimming pool, read a book or book yourself a Spa treatment at the Villa. Or you could adventure further a field, exploring UBUD's many local cafes and shops within a 15 min walk or quick taxi ride. Lunch will be taken outside the villa.
5.30- 7 PM YOGA - RESTORATIVE YOGA PRACTISE - This session will be more gentle and include some voice activation, chanting Mantra and Meditation
8:00 PM DINNER
On Sunday night we'll have a Welcome Dinner with Balinese dancers, and on Friday night a Farewell Dinner with flower mandala.
Lunch and Dinner will generally be taken outside the Villa, except for welcome and farewell dinners. This allows us to explore local cuisine in the myriad of wonderful vegan, vegetarian and fusion restaurants together in UBUD.
*Please note the programme is guideline and is subject to change
Balinese culture is famous for it’s water healing rituals, the main one being a Visit to the Water Temple. On Wednesday we will take part in a Balinese Water Purification Ceremony at the nearby Pura Tirta Empul Temple. After a tour of the temple and holy water cleansing by a Mangku (Balinese Priest), you will submerge your head under the stream of water in the sacred water pools. This ceremony helps flush all impurities from your body, mind and soul. You can read more details here.
PYRAMIDS OF CHI
This is another day trip possibility - where there are many offerings, including light & sound healing experiences, breathwork meditations and cacao ceremonies. See more details here.
Villa Tanah Shanti is a luxurious, architecturally designed villa with a modern Bali feel. Situated only a 12 minute walk from Ubud's town centre, it is quietly set amongst nature with a stunning view onto a deep jungle ravine.
The villa is fully staffed, including during the evenings and into the night-time, and their cooks can conjure up some amazing banquets or, if you wish, just a simple meal. The kitchen is of a modern European design and the adjacent living and dining area is huge! Guests have the choice of 5 stunning bedrooms, all beautifully appointed and decorated.
The villa has an on-site spa where guests can indulge in numerous body treatments for which Bali is famous and a 6 x 10 meter yoga studio which overlooks the spectacular infinity pool and the jungle ravine.
Our venue is a 90 minute drive from Bali's Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport. Ideally you should arrive on the 10th earlier in the day, to allow you to arrive at the Villa for our welcome dinner Saturday 10th February.
TRANSFERS are not included but a TAXI will be organised for you to deliver you to the VILLA priced at £50 per transfer. The approximate time for transfer is 90 minutes by car depending on time of day.
Once your flights is confirmed a driver will be booked for you and waiting at the airport for you and take you directly to Villa Tanah Shanti.
Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, KLM, BA and Qatar - all have reasonable flights if you BOOK EARLY
IDEALLY - Fly from the UK on Friday 9th February in the morning to arrive in time for the start of the retreat on Saturday 10th February.
(Night flights on the 9th will arrive very late on the 10th - due to there being a 7/8 hour time difference).
The villa's amazing staff take great pride in preparing all food on the premises and strive to create dishes that are beyond guests' expectations. They run a completely gluten free kitchen at the villa and we even make their own bread, baked on the premises.
Meals are generally based on traditional Balinese cuisine and come with a twist.
Breakfasts are both delicious and nutritious, using fresh seasonal produce and organic produce if it is available. There is a fresh drinks menu that you can order from throughout your day, as well as having a selection of herbal teas on tap all day. Fresh, filtered drinking water is also plentiful. Or why not, when in Bali, do as the Balinese do and simply grab a young coconut, from the coconut stand, and sip the refreshing juice using an organic straw which is made from the papaya tree's leaf stems.
AGUNG - DELUXE TWIN/ DOUBLE or SOLO TRAVELLER
£950pp ($1800 AUD) shared or £1350 ($2500 AUD) solo occupancy
Directly overlooking the jungle ravine and with a massive peaked timber ceiling this room feels as though you are in your own majestic piece of paradise. Fall asleep upon a sumptuous pillow-top mattress, (on beds which can be configured as a huge king-sized double or two king-sized singles) with soft, plump pillows and luxurious sheets and wake to your own dawn chorus metres away from the veranda. Then wander into the huge and gobsmacking ensuite and pamper yourself with a hot shower or a romantic, petal strewn bath.As well as a bar fridge for your drinks and a safe box for your valuables there is a massive, open, but hidden, walk-through wardrobe space that can easily accommodate all of your belongings. And by midday the amazing staff have made your bed and serviced the room. How good can life get?
BATUKARU - DELUXE TWIN/ DOUBLE or SOLO TRAVELLER
£950pp ($1800 AUD) shared or £1350 ($2500 AUD) solo occupancy
This room almost reflects the design and layout of Agung just across the enticing horizon infinity pool, It too, overlooks the jungle ravine and, with a massive peaked timber ceiling, feels almost cathedral like in its spaciousness. Here you can fall asleep upon the sumptuous pillow-top mattress in beds that can be configured as a huge king-sized double or two king-sized singles, with soft, plump pillows and luxurious sheets and awake to your own dawn chorus meters away from the veranda. Pamper yourself with a hot or cool shower or a totally relaxing floral bath in the ensuite which, whilst totally private, also opens onto and embraces the green nature outside the window spaces.
CATUR - TRIPLE
£850pp ($1600 AUD)
As well as boasting the same luxurious bedding as all the other rooms, Catur, along with Batur, can accommodate up to three people, either in three individual king sized single beds or as a king sized double and one single. This room does not open directly to the elements but as a result of this, and the marble and rock fascias, this room maintains a very pleasant and comfortable temperature, even during the hottest of Bali days. The beautiful ensuite bathroom has a rain-effect shower and very large marble and stone vanity. The overall effect is stunning. There is a large, walk-in wardrobe and luggage room that has three individual hanging and shelf spaces to easily accommodate the belongings of its three guests.
BATUR - TRIPLE
£850pp ($1600 AUD)
Batur is located directly above Catur and has an identical layout, meaning that it too can accommodate up to three people, either in three individual king sized single beds or as a king sized double and one single. Each of the beds has the same luxurious bedding as all the other rooms, It is open and airy with a veranda overlooking the rice fields and the jungle tree line. Beautifully furnished, incorporating furniture made from natural, organically shaped and recycled timber, maybe one can sit here and take in nature's essences before joining others in the living areas. Peace, nature and nurture.
All rooms have a bar fridge for your drinks and a safe box for your valuables. There is a huge walk-in wardrobe and luggage room that can easily accommodate your travel belongings.
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Two yoga classes daily (optional). Gorgeous Accommodation and all vegetarian food from Saturday evening welcome dinner until Saturday morning breakfast. Snacks available throughout the day - or go further a field to explore local cuisine.
Flights, transfers, treatments, excursions and extra activities NOT included in the price.
Day trips can be decided once in BALI and are relatively cheap.
The cost for the Sacred Water temple visit is mainly the taxi to travel there.
ONSITE EXHALE SPA
Set on the lowest level of the villa, this quiet and private spa is for the exclusive use of our guests. Treatments will usually need to be booked in advance so that our specially trained therapists can attend.
We use and recommend a beautiful local organic skin and body product, ‘Sensatia Botanicals’, which we have trialled extensively. This superb range is rich in nutrients and vitamins and blended with a mixture of high quality natural plant extracts. We also use hand-produced, unrefined, virgin coconut oil from one of our close by local villages, for our massages.
We can offer the following treatments on site:
Balinese traditional massage
Hot rock massage
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"I had such a great time on Karen's yoga retreat. The classes
dynamic in the morning and Yin in the evening were a lovely balance and the instruction made it accessible for all levels. The house was stunning and the location was glorious with surrounding countryside breathtaking. The meals were delicious shared alfresco with lovely people. We didn't want to leave at the end of the week. All in all a wonderful experience- one I'd love to repeat." - Nicky