Bali Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat 2020

 August 9th – 15th 2020

Join Tim Oddie and Anna Loughrey on a yoga and mindfulness retreat at the stunning, award-winning Gaia Oasis Abasan (mountain resort) in Tejakula, Bali. If you have not yet been to one of these retreats then look forward to arriving at a green sanctuary nestled in the hillside on the north coast, interwoven within the local culture and well away from mainstream tourist developments. We are sure that you will discover that Gaia Oasis is the perfect location to experience the meaningful and restorative retreat that you so need. Let Anna and Tim guide you on an amazing journey using meditation and yoga. Meet like-minded people from all walks of life, all wrapped up in the beautiful surrounds of Gaia Oasis.

The retreat features:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily early morning mindfulness sessions
  • 2 daily yoga classes (Asana & Pranayama)
  • Adjustment for individual needs / injuries
  • All meals (gourmet, gluten-free, no red meat)
  • Meaningful engagement with the local culture
  • Complimentary 1.5 hour on-site ‘spa treatment’
  • Shuttle transfer to and from Legian or Ubud

Tim Oddie – Yoga Teacher, is a highly regarded and internationally certified Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, Senior teacher registered with Yoga Australia and Director of Geelong City Yoga, With near on 30  years of teaching experience, Tim is renowned for his extensive knowledge, warmth and humour. 

Anna Loughrey – Mindfulness Facilitator, brings many years of personal and professional investigation into supporting individual and community well-being. Drawing on her skills Anna helps create an inspiring environment and transformative experience for guests.

 Yoga 

Tim Oddie teaches with precision and clarity. Tim is able to cater to all levels of Yoga practitioner. His classes are challenging and joyful. After a week you will feel uplifted and indeed renewed.

 Mindfulness

Each day begins with a mindfulness practice. Anna will utilise a number of different techniques for inspiring greater connection to yourself and the world around you. You will find this practice of sensitivity to what is happening within and around you, permeating your yoga, your week at Gaia Oasis and your life beyond.

 Gaia Oasis

  • Gaia Oasis Resort rates 4.5 / 5 stars on Trip Advisor
  • Situated in 10 acres of organic garden
  • Home to small village of farmers, numerous chickens, ducks etc.
  • Tropical gardens with many peaceful areas to ‘rest’
  • Large salt water pool with sun loungers
  • Expansive views of valley and sea
  • Tranquil lounge / dining area 
  • Herbal teas, Balinese coffee  available 24/7 
  • Regulated access to wi-fi
  • Friendly, professional locally staff employed 24/7
  • Profits from the resort redirected to the Gaia Foundation*
* Gaia Foundation funds local community development projects including coral reef rebuilding, sponsoring conservation education, establishment of Tejakula’s first municipal waste disposal system, provision of school uniforms, lunches and scholarships for local children, cultural programs for local children and more.
 

The Accommodation

Your accommodation is in traditional Balinese cottages. All rooms are set apart and connected via a series of peaceful walking paths. Rooms include: open air shower (hot and cold water); pedestal fan; tea and coffee making facilities; small fridge; and personal safe. 

PLEASE NOTE – When booking you have the option of single, twin or double room (note the single rooms are popular – so best to book early!)

 

The Food

As part of your all-inclusive retreat package, you’ll enjoy healthy cuisine that is eclectic, absolutely delicious and designed with care for your nutritional needs. At least one meal per day will include a chicken or seafood option. Wherever possible food is sourced from the surrounding gardens. Most of what is offered is gluten and refined-sugar free, with the odd treat to tempt you. Purified water, coffee and organic herbal teas are in endless supply and delicious afternoon tea is also supplied daily – you will not go hungry! Other food sensitivities or allergies can easily be catered for. The only things you will need to pay for are additional drinks such as smoothies, non-alcoholic cocktails and café lattes. Beer is available however we ask that alcohol consumption be kept to a minimum during the retreat.

The Swimming

There is a large salt water pool for lap swimmers and sun lovers. For walks on black sand beaches, swimming and snorkelling – the ocean is a 5 minute drive in a courtesy shuttle.

The Spa Treatments

Complimentary with your retreat is a spa treatment in the beautiful Abasan Rainforest Spa Centre;  If you would like to book for additional treatments you can select from a diverse menu of other beauty and health treatments – inspired by the local environment, the herbal traditions of Bali,of India and of the West. 

The Activities

INCLUDED

– Local children’s ‘traditional dance’ on arrival
– Sea temple cleansing
– Diverse and unique mindfulness approaches
– Festive final dinner and quality cultural performance

OPTIONAL *denotes small additional cost ($5-$10)

– Walk down the mountain through the local village
– Gaia Oasis garden tour
– Balinese cooking class *
– Tour of local weaving cooperative *
– Walk and swim at Les Waterfall *



The Program

Subject to slight daily variation 
06:30 – 07:00 Meditation
07:00 – 08:00 Silent breakfast
08:00 – 09:00 Free time
09:00 – 11:00 Yoga (Asana)
11:00 – 11:30 Question time
11:30 – 12:30 Free time
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:00 Free time/activity time (mostly optional)
16:00 – 17:30 Yoga (Pranayama)
17:30 – 19:00 Free time
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – Free time or planned / optional activity time 

Know Before You Go

1. How to get there

Jetstar, Virgin, Garuda and Air Asia are the most common carriers. There are also at time of writing new carriers in the market are beginning to offer very cheap flights out of Avalon!
 
2. Travel insurance
 
It is essential you take out travel insurance.  Some hospitals will not treat foreigners unless they are covered and in worst case scenario should you need air evacuation you MUST have travel insurance . This should also cover you for cancellation costs of flights or indeed even of the entire Retreat should an event outside of our control make this necessary. We strongly suggest you take out insurance if not the day you pay your deposit then certainly the day you pay your balance or the day you book your flights. (which ever happens first.)
 
3. Airport transfer / Check-in
 
The retreat begins on Sunday. We can arrange for a car to collect you from your Hotel anywhere in Bali on Sunday morning. Gaia Oasis is in the very North of the island , a stunning 3hr drive from the airport and southern areas such as Legian and 2hrs from Ubud. Where possible the cars will rendezvous for a beautiful buffet lunch at ‘Organic Sari’ restaurant in Mt. Babur at around 11.30am before driving the final 1hr to Gaia Oasis. The cost of this transfer is $20-$80 depending on the possibility of car pooling.
 
4. Check-out / Airport transfer
 
On Saturday afternoon following your final morning yoga session and then lunch a fleet of courtesy cars will be available for you to book travelling to Legian, Ubud or Denpassar airport.
 
5. Mobile communication
 
In the case of an emergency, there is a phone at Gaia Oasis that can be used to make or receive calls. Tim and Anna also have operational local and international mobile phones. In the interests of minimizing digital distraction wifi in the common areas is only available during specific times of the day. If needed outside these times access can be arranged in the office. If bringing your mobile phone ensure data roaming is disabled to prevent excessively high costs on your return.
 
6. Passport / Visa / Departure Tax
 
Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months FROM DATE OF ENTRY. (if it is not you will be refused entry!) Early this year Australia was listed as exempt from paying for an entry visa into Indonesia. You will be granted a free 30 day tourist visa upon entry. All airlines departing Indonesia are required to include airport departure tax in the price of your ticket.
 
7. Money
 
You will need minimal money whilst at Gaia Oasis Resort. Any extras, spas, smoothies etc. can be paid for by credit card at the end of the retreat. ATMs are readily available in Bali, including Tejakula ‘village’ 5-10 minute shuttle drive from the resort.
 
8. What to bring
Essential
Non slip sandals, yoga clothes, two sarongs if possible (for ceremonies), bathers, sunscreen, sun hat, favouite ‘out-fit’ for festive final dinner, light umbrella or rain coat, mosquito repellent (tropical strength), personal medical supplies including paracetamol, anti itch such as ‘SOOV’, antiseptic, band-aids (note Tim and Anna will have an extensive medical kit), small pocket torch, water bottle.
Highly recommended
Good walking shoes (if interested in hiking), googles (for lap swimming), mask (for snorkeling), local currency (to purchase souvenirs), credit card (to pay for spa treatments and additional activities on offer as you choose).

Cost

Single $2400
Double / twin share $2100
* Please note cost does not include transfers, airfares or taxes. 

Deposits / Early Bird Rate

$300 secures a booking

Pay  deposit by end January 2020 to receive ‘Early Bird’ discount of $200


Payment by EFT 
Geelong City Yoga
BSB 063512 
ACCOUNT NUMBER 10767466

Cancellation 

25% of your payment forfeited – if you cancel between 1-2 calendar months of the first day of the retreat
50% of your payment forfeited – if you cancel within 1 calendar month of the first day of your retreat 
75% of your payment is forfeited – if you cancel less that 7 days (1 week) of your retreat start date

PLEASE NOTE 
Cancellation requests must be received in writing to info@geelongyoga.com

To make a booking or if you have any further questions please contact us:
Tim – 0419 313 677
Anna – 0400 049 862