Journey to self in Bali
July, 2023 | Bali
in bali Indonesia
Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali, Indonesia
About this trip
Get ready for a spiritual mind-body transformation on this yoga retreat to Bali, Indonesia!
If you’re ready to dive into self-discovery and manifest your inner desires, then this retreat is the one for you. I invite you to join us for a week-long journey through Indonesia from July 15-22, 2023!
Here’s your opportunity experience the awe and wonder of the world while integrating wellness and healthy habits into a daily practice…
to find healing and transformation through dynamic movement, intentional living, and adventure…
Announcing Journey to the Self Yoga Retreat in BALI + Lombok Indonesia
ONLY 16 Spots !
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been practicing yoga for 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years…
There’s always another level to transcend and more unlocked potential to actualize…
You already know that you’re meant for something greater, including more adventure and more excitement…
You crave more meaning in your life, more alignment with a higher consciousness…
And you intuitively know that your passion for yoga will take you there…
We will travel to not just one, but two islands, visiting both the islands of Bali + Lombok in this majestic part of the world.
Our adventure begins in Ubud, Bali, the epicenter of Balinese culture. Where we will stay in a private 8-bedroom villa situated in the heart of terraced rice fields. Together in this spiritual hub of Bali, we will visit the Tegenungan Waterfall, experience a Tirta Empul Holy Water Spring Cleanse Temple, and visit the Sacred Monkey Forest. We will also have time to immerse ourselves in the culture and enjoy shopping, tattoos, dinner in town and dancing.
After 4 nights in Ubud we will hop one island over to Lombok. We will stay in the town of Kuta, which is one of my favorite towns in Indonesia. With its untouched beaches, fantastic waterfalls and even a volcano, but no huge crowds of tourists, this laid back surf town gives you Bali vibes from 20 years ago. We will spend the final 3 nights in this relatively undiscovered destination in Indonesia to wrap up our journey together. Your time in this beautiful part of the world doesn’t have to end here. I am happy to provide recommendations, tips and tricks for extending your stay in the area.
This is the perfect opportunity for Solo Travelers!!! Have you always wanted to travel to SE Asia but couldn't find anyone to go with? Or maybe you're nervous to go alone? We create an amazing community for you to come as strangers and leave with life long connections and experiences that fill dinner table conversation…
• being surrounded with other exuberant and like-minded souls…
• learning new ways to go deeper into the practice of yoga, unlocking hidden potential and awareness you never knew existed…
• forming new and fulfilling relationships that last a lifetime …
• walking away feeling renewed and revitalized, ready to make a greater impact in your day-to-day …
An Unparalleled Environment To Elevate Your Consciousness…
We will start each day with a rejuvenating yoga session. Classes are suitable for all levels, always offering different variations allowing every student to feel rewarded and challenged. After yoga, enjoy a tasty and healthy breakfast. Each afternoon, you can choose your own adventure! Whether that’s relaxing with a spa treatment, surfing, or simply exploring the beaches and nature’s surroundings. Your evenings will offer another opportunity for a variety of spiritual workshops, including yoga, breathwork, meditation, and guided journaling. Each evening, we will share a healthy meal and the space for deeper connection with ourselves and others. Fall asleep to the peaceful sounds of nature and wake up rested for the adventures of the next day!
• the last time you gave yourself permission to just explore, be curious, and have fun?
• the last time you connected with beautiful souls just like you, who are also on the path of self discovery and self love?
• the last time you exposed yourself to beautiful new views?
Now It’s Your Turn! Get Ready For A Surreal All-Inclusive Experience…
Ready Yourself For Healing Vibes, Nourishing Food, and Lots of Fun and Laugher!
Greet your morning in your own private paradise, situated in the rice fields of Ubud, Bali…
From there, you will find yourself practicing, exploring, and bathing yourself amongst the sacred temples and waters of Bali…
You will immerse yourself in the healing energy of Ubud, while manifesting your true desires with a yoga-retreat vibe that is unique, empowering, and transformational.
Not only will there be daily yoga and workshops, farm-to-table dining served twice daily, and 2 tours of sacred temples , but we will also take part in traditional breath work, hindu ceremonies, and find deep connection with an amazing group of humans. All we are missing is you…
Your retreat package includes all meals, local ground transportation, 2 group excursion, Breathwork & specialized yoga workshops, journaling exercises, group-bonding activities, and a night out in town with dinner at a local restaurant.
• 8 days/7 nights
• All accommodations (2 unique resorts)
• Yoga & workshops (2x/day)
• Food & drinks (vegan & vegetarian options)
• Ground transportation (airport drop off & pick up)
• 2 excursions
• 60-minute massage
• And much more!
I have traveled to Indonesia 2 times in hopes to one day take you to this spiritual paradise. Now is the time! My late husband Sean Hetrick always encouraged me to “just book the flight” . We traveled to 9 countries in our years together. Since then I have been to 18 countries (some multiple times).
His support and motivation took us across the world to destinations I never imagined seeing. SO here I am reminding myself and suggesting to you! BOOK the FLIGHT!! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, you wont regret !
I have dedicated my life to the practice of yoga. I bring you over 15 years of experience teaching aspiring yogis just like you how to find more meaning and more enjoyment in their practice of yoga…
This includes well over 5000 hours leading Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Rocket Ashtanga, Yin, and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher trainings…
Most importantly, I’m passionate about travel, people, and creating positive impact…
I am here to create transformational experiences that will change lives for the better.
I absolutely love what we do, and we’re ready to share our passion with you…
It’s also important to mention that this isn’t our first retreat…
We’ve continued to optimize and improve, ensuring that you experience a thoughtfully organized once-in-a-lifetime event that you never forget…
Despite your genuine interest, you
may be tempted to put this off…
You may be thinking, “I’ll attend
the next one…”
But let me remind you…
Life is fragile, unpredictable, and limited.
Book that flight.
Make the phone call…
Pursue the endeavor…
Quit the unfulfilling job…
Take the chance on love…
… and live life to the absolute fullest TODAY!
Secure your spot *today* while it’s still fresh on your mind…
Don’t wait, because this exclusive event will sell out…
If this transformative retreat seems like the type of event that you’ve been looking for, then trust in your own intuition…
I believe that there’s a reason why you’re still reading this, a reason why you’re being drawn to continue on this important personal journey…
We’re beyond grateful to travel with you in 2023 and look forward to many more memories! And we absolutely cannot wait to meet you and share in this magical and empowering experience with you…
So don’t wait a second longer…
Step forward in faith… and step forward in love…
And we look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful new world that you never knew existed…
Most of all, we look forward to introducing you to your highest self.
*20 Hours Continuing Education Credit for certified teachers due to Ally’s standing with Yoga Alliance. This event is not a teacher training.
About Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
ABOUT DESTINATION #1
Set amid jungle ravines and rolling emerald foothills, Ubud has long been the center of Bali’s artisanal traditions and spiritual life. Together on this yoga retreat, we will experience the seductive nature of the most cultured of all Balinese towns. This is a place where traditional Balinese culture imbues every waking moment, where colorful offerings adorn the streets and where the hypnotic strains of gamelan are an ever-present soundtrack to everyday life. Ubud offers a showcase of sustainable design, mindfulness, culinary inventiveness and the very best that global tourism has to offer. Join us here for relaxation, for rejuvenation and to have what hopefully will be the most magical journey of your life.
ABOUT RESORT #1
First we will stay at the magnificent Gaia Retreat Center, nestled in the heart of Ubud, Bali. We will have the entire facility rented out for just our group. The Gaia Retreat Center is tucked away in the heart of terraced rice fields located in the creative mecca of Ubud, only a 20-minute drive into the city center. Voted the most desirable location in Bali and the friendliest town in Asia.
The view from the villa is quintessential Bali. Think swaying palm trees, therapeutic breeze, beautifully landscaped rice terraces and wind chimes singing away. The grand entrance opens up to marble and teak wood that has 8 bedrooms. Additional on-site amenities include a space for daily yoga and meditation, a massage room, an infrared sauna, a hot tub jacuzzi, a semi-open dining area overlooking the rice terraces of Bali and a beautiful chlorine-free pool with decks and views to soothe the body and mind. This resort is designed specifically to establish an environment and space that supports people in body, mind and spiritual healing.
For more information, visit the resort website: WELCOME TO GAIA RETREAT CENTER | UBUD, BALI
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE
Ally Hughes-Hetrick brings you over 18 years of practice & teaching experience!
Not only has she personally benefited from incorporating yoga and intention based practices into daily life – Over their decade of teaching she has witnessed first hand the power yoga has to transform and heal the whole person, regardless of circumstances or conditions.
She is beyond ecstatic to continue to offer these tools and techniques to you, on a deeper level, so you can integrate them into your life and share them with your community. From group classes, adventure retreat, and teacher trainings Ally delivers a raw & authentic journey!
● Over the past 6 years, Ally has sold out countless international and domestic retreats. I have guided hundreds of people to exotic destinations and inner depths never imaginable. I've created spaces for people to shed the limiting beliefs, drop the baggage, and completely surrender to all the healing and blessings the universe is waiting to shower them with. My retreats always offer people once in a lifetime opportunities to adventure, explore, and connect with other like minded spirits. Resulting in experiences, memories, and friendships that fill your soul and last a lifetime.
Ally Hughes (E-RYT 800) is the Director of Education and International Retreats.
Ally has dedicated more than 18 years into the practice of yoga and has been leading domestic and international yoga retreats, teacher trainings, workshops, and classes for over 10 years.
Her yoga journey began in Hawaii in 2005 where she studied Mysore Ashtanga Yoga, under Norman Allen. In 2009 she began to expand her studies into other styles of yoga and Vedic philosophy, deepening her understanding of anatomy, bio-mechanics, physiology, and the relation of somatic movement in healing trauma.
Ally has integrated this experience and wisdom into her teaching style offering transformational yoga retreats and teacher trainings. She has taught over 5000 hours in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Rocket Ashtanga, Yin, and Trauma Informed yoga teacher trainings, workshops, classes and holds accreditation as a 200-hour Teacher Training School through Yoga Alliance. Over the years she has lead 8 yoga teacher trainings and hosted 6 yoga & adventure retreats. Ally’s teaching style beautifully blends the hard and soft aspects of yoga. Her classes are accessible to all level practitioners, while challenging one to dive deeper finding strength, courage and the ability to have fun.
Her classes are often described as adult play time, but Don’t let her easy going and adventurous side fool you. She has the power to take you on a serious meditative journey. Come prepared to challenge, but not judge, yourself to levels you never knew you could reach!
About Kuta, Lombok
ABOUT DESTINATION #2
For the second half of the trip, we will jet one island over to Lombok, which offers ample beauty and a chilled out vibe. The town we’ll be staying in, Kuta, serves as the tourist hub and is a coastal town in the south of the island of Lombok in Indonesia. Kuta Lombok is a laid back surf town that gives you Bali Beach vibes from 20 years ago. With less tourist crowds and boasting pristine untouched beaches, the scenery here is spectacular. Sitting above the cliffs and mountains reaching the coast to create jagged and awe- inspiring landscapes and views. The beaches are some of the best in Indonesia, with pristine white sand, and transparent blue-greens in the water, ideal for surfing. We will be sure to spend a day at the popular Tanjung Aan Beach. Lombok is sandwiched between the world-famous island of Bali and the remote, uncharted Sumbawa Island of West Nusa Tenggara.
ABOUT RESORT #2
The Mana Eco Retreat Center gets its name from the old traditional Indonesian principle of `adeng adeng` (slowly slowly). The staff and space at Mana Retreat aim to create a space that encourages a simple and slower paced lifestyle. This environmentally conscious resort is designed to offer a relaxed environment where everybody feels welcome. This relaxed sanctuary is based around the principle of mutual respect and `live and let live`, we hope to create a space where you can be yourself, relax, connect, and have fun while nurturing your body and soul.
Mana Retreat offers luxury accommodations, including an outdoor pool, a sun terrace and a spacious area with wooden flooring where we will take our daily yoga classes. Each eco-friendly room is thoughtfully designed to be comfortable and stylish with a touch of nature. All units have a seating area with views of the tropical garden, and a private bathroom and a bidet.
During our stay here you can take advantage of the spacious layout to utilize all amenities. Immerse yourself in a peaceful yogic lifestyle with daily yoga classes, spa treatments, delicious, healthy food, dips in the pool, and plenty of time to relax. Beaches are located nearby, with waves for surfing or sand for resting.
For more information, visit the resort website: https://manalombok.com/
SPIRITUALITY, NATURE, & ADVENTURE
Both Bali and Lombok are steeped with centuries of spirituality, art, and creativity and are a bucket-list destination for all nature lovers.
Bali’s great attractions are a blend of natural wonders, ranging from highlands with active volcanoes to flowing waterfalls, peaceful lakes and forested mountains. Set in harmony with the environment are centuries-old man made marvels, from vast expanses of flowing green rice fields to majestic temples. And there’s more than meets the eye under the surface, with its collection of coral gardens and rich marine biodiversity. Balinese culture is a mix of Balinese Hindu-Buddhist religion and customs. Bali is Indonesia's only Hindu-majority island, with over 85% of the population subscribing to the religion.
We will compliment our time in Ubud, Bali by spending time on Bali’s sibling island, Lombok for the second half of our retreat. There are similarities between these two destinations, but some unique differences that will allow you to experience more of this part of the world. Unlike the Hindu-majority Bali, the residents of Lombok are predominantly Muslim. That religious background impacts the island’s landmarks and culture, making Lombok more than just ‘another Bali’.
THE FRESHEST DINING
While thriving mentally and emotionally, we will also nourish our physical body with plant-based meals. At both resorts, meals will be provided by an in-house restaurant, which provides healthy, nutritious vegetarian/vegan meals and drinks. All fresh produce is sourced locally. Fully experiencing the culture, we will expand our palates with daily meals offering a variety of traditional and international dishes. We cater to any dietary needs, just let us know when you book your trip what you require.
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
Tirta Empul Holy Water Spring Cleanse
As a group, we will take part in a spiritual cleanse at Tirta Empul, one of the largest water temples in Indonesia. The temple was founded in 926 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, who is the Hindu god of water. The name of the temple actually means ‘holy water spring’ in Balinese. The Jaba Tengah is the most famous part of Tirta Empul temple. The water in the pools is believed to have magical powers, attracting both Balinese locals and tourists, who come here to purify themselves under the 30 water spouts that feed the pools.
As part of this package, all yogis will be invited to enjoy a private massage on-site at our resort in Bali. Choose from a variety of offerings to customize the experience to meet your body’s needs.
Sunset Dinner at Ashtari
On our last night together, we will visit Lombok’s famous icon, the Ashtari Restaurant. Here we will be spoiled with epic views overlooking the south Lombok coastline while sharing a traditional meal inspired by a blend of Indonesian and Indian flavors by Chefs Mamiko and Monu. While we reflect on adventures, we will watch the sun hit the horizon while dining over unique sharing dishes, wine and craft beer.
Lombok Beach Day- Tanjung Aan Beach
One afternoon, we will venture to the pristine beach called Tanjung Aan Beach. Arguably the best beach in Lombok, it stretches around 2 km of its pearlescent coastline with a combination of white sand, turquoise water, palm trees, bamboo sunbeds and swings, water activities – and is still somehow uncrowded.
On our day here, do whatever calls to you. It’s a perfect spot to unwind, read, and stroll around the row of cafes in the area. Or amp up your adventure and dive into its idyllic waters where you can swim, stand up paddleboard, or snorkel. Surfing is also a popular activity to try here!
Fun fact: Tanjung Aan consists of 2 separate bays resembling a heart created by stone slabs. We couldn’t pass this up!
SPIRITUALITY, NATURE, & ADVENTURE
*Additional spa packages and excursions are available and can be booked at the resort. Please let us know in advance if you’re interested in other options, so I can inform the resort staff in advance. Some we would like to highlight are:
One afternoon, we will venture just 20 minutes away from the Retreat Center to visit the Tegenungan Waterfall. Getting to the falls is a pleasant drive down paved village roads lined with stretches of green rice fields on both sides. The waterfalls are a short walk through the vibrant green valley panorama along the way. Once at the water’s base, you can take in all nature has to offer and enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool.
Sacred Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a natural forest sanctuary that is home to over 700 playful monkeys roaming free in their natural habitat, which offers 186 species of trees located in 12.5 hectares of a leafy nutmeg forest. Alongside the monkeys, we will breathe in plenty of fresh, clean, crisp air. As you wander the sacred forests, dive deeper into the culture and tranquility and explore the beautiful ancient temples and guardian statues. The site is well preserved thanks to a community-based management program and the monkeys here are said to be spiritual animals that guard the temples. Takes around 15 minutes to reach,2 hours to complete a tour and is 10 min away to Ubud markets for shopping and dining afterwards.
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
Updated COVID Cancellation Policy:
You understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may still be a consideration during the year 2023 and understand your risk and liability with attending this retreat. It's strongly recommended to purchase retreat insurance to protect your investment in this retreat or forfeit the right to a refund due to having to cancel for any COVID -19 related illnesses for yourself or family member.
You understand you are urged to undergo COVID-19 testing before the retreat and will be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver before attending the retreat.
For the most up to date COVID-19 info in Bali, visit this website: https://bali.com/bali/corona-virus-bali-indonesia/
Travel insurance is available upon booking through a private insurance company. No refunds of any kind and all payments are final so if you think you might need to cancel for any reason please purchase the travel insurance to protect your trip.
*20 Hours Continuing Education Credit for certified teachers due to Ally’s standing with Yoga Alliance. This event is not a teacher training.
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
GET YOUR PASSPORT OUT!
This is a far travel experience from the US, so please read these travel instructions carefully. We can provide suggestions for thoughtfully arranging your travel.
Arrive at (DPS) Denpasar (Ngurah Rai International Airport) before 12pm Friday July 15th.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO ACCOUNT FOR THE TIME CHANGE and PLAN TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS 2 DAYS BEFORE YOUR DESIRED TIME OF ARRIVAL. Flights to Indonesia typically take 28+ hours. It can be nice to take a long layover in another SE Asian country to adjust to the time.
Ground transportation is included. This includes transportation from the airport to the resort, as well as cars when we go into the city center.
Inter-island Connection Details:
We are going to two different islands. Therefore, you will also need to book an inter-island flight between DSP and LOP (Lombok International) on Wednesday, July 19th at 3:20. Depending on your travel arrangements to and from Indonesia, this can be either a one-way flight or round trip. Currently, flights are around $70 and are 40 min.
Our retreat officially ends in Kuta, Lombok. Outbound flights can be booked out of either (DPS) or (LOP), depending on what works best for you.
When considering your flight arrangements, I highly suggest adding days on to the beginning or end of your stay to visit some other incredible destinations Indonesia has to offer. I will provide travel suggestions, tips and tricks for this retreat in case you choose to stay longer.
Time & Location
July 15-22, 2023!
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