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Eco-Chic Yoga & Balinese Lifestyle Retreat

November 11-17, 2018 Ubud, Bali

WITH Nina Hayes & Guest Instructor, Michelle

One Week Can Change Your Life…

Let go of the past and prepare for your best year yet! Yoga teaches us that true happiness is Truth, Consciousness & Bliss. On this retreat, we'll use the tools of yoga and cultural immersion to reveal patterns that prevent us from living in complete freedom. Bali, The Island of the Gods, provides a loving cocoon to experience transformation. 

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What You Can Expect

The perfect balance of yoga, off the mat activities, and down time to rejuvenate.

A judgement-free space to support your unique intentions.

The tools to continue your transformation once you return home.

Accommodations

Enjoy spacious accommodations at The Shala Bali, an oasis of wellness designed as a sanctuary to reconnect and realign. Complete with a 20 meter salt water lap pool and full Ayurvedic spa, The Shala is perfectly situated among the peace and quiet of the rice fields yet walking distance to Ubud town center and thirty minutes to the closest beach.

Double Occupancy With En Suite Bath (Twin Share Or 1 King) - $2395

Single Occupancy With En Suite Bath - $2769

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Highlights

Twice daily yoga & once daily meditation (most days).

Traditional purification ceremony at Tampak Siring Water Temple.

Sunrise Hike to Sacred Mout Batur.

Access to top Balinese traditional healers.

20 meter salt water lap pool with a sun deck and shaded bale for relaxing.

Full Ayurvedic spa services.

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Inclusions

6 nights gorgeous eco-chic accommodation in serene verdant rice paddies.

Round-trip airport transfers from Denpasar airport.

Yoga, meditation, and unique cultural excursions.

Nourishing, globally inspired vegetarian meals.

Daily housekeeping.

Guide fees, gas, tolls and driver per itinerary.

All taxes and fees.

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Sample Schedule

1st FULL DAY

7:00am- Breakfast

8:30am- Meditation

9:00am- Vinyasa Yoga

10:30am- Free time (Pool, Ayurvedic/Balinese Massage, Journaling)

1:00pm- Lunch

2:00pm- Optional Workshops (Cooking Class, Balinese Offering Making, Natural Beauty Products Making)

4:30pm- Yang/Yin Yoga

7pm- Dinner

2nd FULL DAY

7:00am- Breakfast

8:30am- Meditation

9:00am- Vinyasa Yoga

11:00am- Temple Siring Water Temple Excursion

4:30pm- Yang/Yin Yoga

7:00pm- Dinner

*On arrival, a detailed weekly itinerary will be provided.

Meet The Teachers

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Nina Hayes:

Retreat Leader & Yoga/Meditation Teacher

Nina Hayes is catalyst for physical, emotional and spiritual transformation. With complete wellness as her driving force, Nina harnesses the power of yoga, conscious eating, and liberating retreats to guide others toward living and loving more fully. In Nina’s own life, these are the very tools she used to heal from a life-threatening illness. Nina’s life’s purpose is to share everything she’s learned with those who seek lasting fulfillment.

Nina’s healing journey has taken her throughout the U.S. and around the world to Australia, India, Europe, and Bali. As a yogi, she has instructed international retreats and workshops for corporations and universities throughout the U.S. Her other passion projects include teaching movement for children with special needs at Boston Ballet and researching exercise & nutrition initiatives to benefit underserved populations at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Cancer Center. As a plant-based chef, Nina founded an award-winning vegan Bonbon company and provided greenroom vegan treats for artists’ Mos Def and Talib Kweli.

Teaching since 2009, Nina is E-RYT 500 certified with Yoga Alliance. She has trained extensively with Jivamukti Yoga NYC, Samadhi Yoga in Sydney, Australia, and received specialized training in Yoga for Cancer from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Nina is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutritionist (AADP), and holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Dance from the University of Massachusetts. She is Reiki 2 attuned and utilizes this sacred healing practice when working with both yoga students and the food she so lovingly prepares.

All that Nina creates - yoga classes, meals, and travel experiences are imbued with her ability to see the world differently and uncover the magic in the mundane. Nina is a firm believer that G.O.D. (Give your Own Definition) is in the details. Presently, Nina teaches yoga privately, serves as an International Ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, and hosts The Enlightened Supper Club, a curated evening of elevated cuisine and uplifting conversation. Nina is based in Los Angeles, but finds her home in a global community of compassionate souls.

“We work with dozens of retreat leaders each year and Nina has established herself as one of the very best. Her professionalism, organization and dedication to her students are beyond reproach. She is loved and revered by her participants as well as our staff. Her knowledge is deep and her ability to connect with each student individually is endearing.”
— Mikaku, Founder, Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat, Bali
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Michelle:

Yoga instructor & Well-Being Consultant

With nearly ten years of experience as a yoga instructor, studio owner, and wellness coach, Michelle is dedicated to guiding others on the path of self-improvement and enabling people to live healthier, happier lives. She co founded the global franchise of Modo Yoga in Miami and created her own brand, Ishelle Yoga + Wellness. Although NYC has been home for the majority of the last ten years, Michelle has been living in Bali since early 2018 and has taught at Puri Rama in Canggu and The Yoga Barn in Ubud while working privately with wellness clients.

Michelle has over 1000 hours of training- 200 hour Vinyasa training at Pure Yoga NYC in 2009, 500 hour Level 1 Modo Yoga (hatha) in Los Angeles 2014, 100 hour Modo Flow training in Toronto 2015, and 250 hour Vipassana Meditation course from Dhamma Java Indonesia in 2018. Drawing from these profound practical trainings and a variety of embodied experiences, her classes challenge students to connect to their subtle selves by using the power of the breath.

In addition to leading group classes at the retreat, Michelle is offering her services as a personal well-being consultant. She is interactive in her approach and will employ scientifically researched methods infused with traditional yogic philosophy to teach you simple, accessible and relatable tools which will seamlessly integrate yet radically transform your life. Focusing on behavioral change habits, you will be led through a variety of personally targeted therapeutic interventions to support you in achieving your wellness goals. www.ishelle.com

FAQs

There are lots of yoga retreats in Bali, why choose this one?

This retreat is carefully designed with attention to detail. It balances yoga on and off the mat with meaningful excursions, authentic Balinese culture, and a good dose of magic. More than just a yoga retreat, it’’s a life- affirming sojourn that WILL result in profound personal transformation. Our retreat leader, Nina Hayes, is an Advanced Certified Yoga Teacher, supportive guide, and master facilitator who enriches the lives of others through her commitment to the practice of yoga as a vehicle for transcendence. 

Why Ubud?

Ubud is the yogi’s paradise. It offers the widest range of body treatments/healing modalities, and perhaps the planet’s most diverse selection of vegetarian, vegan, and raw foods. If you arrive a day or two prior to the start of the retreat, Ubud is the perfect place to explore everything from traditional dance performance to world renowned handicrafts. Planning a longer stay in Bali? Many tours depart from Ubud, making it a convenient spot to continue your adventure. 

Do I need yoga experience? 

All are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. The only thing required is your beautiful self and bit of curiosity.

How many participants will attend?

Attendance varies retreat to retreat, though we like to keep the vibe festive yet intimate attendance will be limited to approximately 15 guests. 

I’d like to book a share a room, but I’m traveling alone?

No worries, please let us know and we’ll pair you up appropriately in a twin share arrangement. It’s just another opportunity to meet your new BFF.

What are the facilities and services at the resort & spa?

Our magical oasis includes: A beautiful wooden yoga shala overlooking the rice fields, Ahimsa Organic Café, Darshana Veda Ayurvedic Spa, 20 meter salt water lap pool with sun deck and shaded bale for relaxing, concierge, scooters for hire on request, and laundry service.

What are the room’s amenities?

Our chic traditional handcrafted Javanese bungalow style rooms each have their own unique character and decor. They include WiFi, en-suite bathrooms, natural body wash, 100% cotton mosquito nets, purified drinking water, tea & coffee making, ceiling fans, safes for valuables, mini fridge, wardrobe, and balconies.

What types of food will be served? Can allergies special diets be accommodated?

A creative changing menu of globally inspired and traditional Balinese vegetarian/vegan buffet style meals are included. On occasions when we are off site, boxed meals will be provided. Cuisine will be mostly gluten free, though if you have an allergies and/or special dietary requirements please make them know to us as soon as possible so that we can best accommodate your needs. 

Which airport do I fly into?

Denpasar airport is the only international airport in Bali. It is called Ngura Rai International Airport (airport code: DPS). We suggest that you arrive a day or two early to acclimate to Ubud. If you with to stay additional nights at our retreat venue, please contact us directly for rates and availability.

Can you assist with booking a flight?

Yes! We have a trusted travel agent. Please contact:

ALTOUR / GROUP FOUR

Tel: 310.571.0336

Laura Branigan: laura.branigan@altour.com 

Karen Pappas: PBJ@altour.com

Where is the retreat center and how far is it from the airport? 

Our full service eco-chic retreat center is ideally situated among the peace and quiet of the rice fields, yet within walking distance to Ubud, Bali’s hub for culture, traditional arts and wellness. The airport, Ngura Rai International, is a strait forward 1.5 hour drive.

How do airport transfers work?

Airport transfers are included in your retreat package. To ensure a soft landing in Bali, please book your flight as soon as possible so that transfers can be organized well in advance of your arrival. When you arrive, you will be met by a private driver and transported to our venue. It may not be possible to arrange transfers if flight details are provided “last minute”. Note: if you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.

What time is check-in/check-out? 

Check-in is at 2PM on 11/11/18 and check-out is at 12 noon on 11/17/18.

Do I need a visa?

US citizens are not required to get a visa if you are planning to stay in Indonesia for under 30 days. Indonesia has waived visas for many countries. Please visit the Embassy of Indonesia website to check your county, or if you plan to stay longer then 30 days. If you overstay your visa, you will be charged approx. $30 USD/day which must be pain in Indonesian Rupia as you enter customs.

IMPORTANT: If your passport expires within six months of your arrival date to Indonesia, please be sure to renew your passport before you go to avoid any issues at immigration. There are no exceptions.

Is travel insurance required?

Travel insurance is most highly recommended as it is inexpensive, protects your trip, and provides peace of mind. All retreat payments are non-refundable so its important to prepare for any unexpected personal, political, environmental or weather-related incident or pre-existing medical condition might prevent or interrupt your trip. Thankfully, it’s uncommon that you’ll use your insurance, but life happens and this underscores the importance of being covered by travel insurance.

Should you elect to not purchase travel insurance, you will be assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption. TravelEx, World Nomads, and Allianz are three respected organizations. There is a range of policies and options to ensure you are clear on exactly what is covered. 

Do I need vaccinations?

There are no required vaccinations for travel to Bali however, there are some suggested vaccinations given by the Center for Disease control. To see the complete list of what is recommended, please visit the CDC Website. We are all unique so its important to consult with your primary care physician to decide what what is best for you. 

I’m all signed up! What should I pack?

-Clothing: light-weight clothing, conservative dress (a shawl and sarong for temple visits), yoga practice clothes, swimsuit/trunks, PJ’s and one festive outfit.

-Accessories: Sunglasses, sun hat.

-Footware: Flip-flops, hiking sandals/sneakers.

-Self-care: Sunscreen, natural insect repellent, prescription drugs (In original bottles. Note: Pain killers or certain types of sedatives are considered illegal narcotics in Indonesia and may require special documentation.)

-Miscellaneous: Notebook/Journal, international adapter for electronics (Indonesia uses the round, two-pronged, CEE7 power outlets common in Europe. Voltage is 230 volts/ 50 Hz), though most hotels/ accommodation will supply this.

What NOT to bring:

  • When in doubt, leave out… too much baggage is a burden and almost anything can be purchased at a very low cost within minutes of our venue

  • Bali has some of the strictest drug laws on the planet: Absolutely nothing even peripherally related to cannabis- No hemp, no CBD, no unmarked brownies.

  • Hair dryers: provided.

  • Yoga Mats & props: provided