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joys of being

bintan, Indonesia

Multiple Dates in 2020

9-11 May

 5-7 September

This retreat is for anyone looking to carve out time and space for internal observation. Escape to a private beach in Bintan, away from the resort hotspots, and learn to slow down and connect with yourself and nature. Expand your self-care practice with yoga and meditation techniques of awareness and mindfulness to help you access clarity and wisdom from within.  A weekend of total relaxation, discovery and learning, all for you to experience the joys of being

Please note that this is NOT a luxurious retreat or resort. The accommodation is kept comfortable but simple as we are trying to avoid luxurious excess - truly a rustic return to nature. 

The yoga

Yoga is a rich and diverse practice that can be hard to relate to in a typical 1 hour class setting. More often, we find ourselves pursuing a dedicated asana practice that simply scratches the surface of what yoga has to offer. During this retreat, you will be exposed to a blend of practices, philosophy and nuances of yoga beyond the postures which can serve as an incredible resource in your life.

The experience

Immerse yourself in the rustic beauty of Indonesia with a weekend of yoga, meditation, self-discovery and learning. The rustic retreats are an opportunity for you to expand your practice and knowledge outside of the traditional studio setting where you can connect with yourself, others and of course, nature. Besides daily yoga & meditation practices, there will 3 curated yoga workshops to help you expand your learning experience during the retreat. Enjoy a skilful blend of movement, asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breathing), meditation, ancient and classical philosophy, functional and embodied anatomy, somatic experiencing and science – all as technologies for acquiring an integrated sense of strength, ease and connectivity in the human form. 

These workshops are experiential in nature and broken down into part lecture, part inquiry-based learning. Deep dive into the anatomy and physiology of breathing, learn how it can help your practice and life. Explore biomechanics and refine movement patterns to build a strong, sustainable practice. Create self-care rituals that are inspired from yoga philosophy to help with struggles and obstacles we deal in everyday life. Learn to drop into yourself in order to understand yourself well enough to develop a sense of self-care you can maintain. 

The destination

You will be staying at Mutiara Beach Resort, a down-to-earth, rustic outfit located along Trikora Beach, Bintan Indonesia.  The rooms are basic and follow the "kampong" or traditional Indonesia style. The atap huts are located on the coconut plantation right by the beach and the resort also has a spa facility for you to enjoy authentic Indonesian massages. The Warung  or Restaurant will also whip up  delicious Indonesia fare, cooked according to local home recipes along with a refreshing selection of international classics, including wood-fire pizzas!

Our practice will take place under a yoga pavilion situated on the plantation outdoors with a spectacular view of the ocean. 

The programme

Daily Yoga & Meditation

Afternoon Experiential Workshops:

1) Power of Breath - Anatomy of Breathing 

2) Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of Yoga

3) Kriya / Cleansing and Self-care 

Afternoon / Sunset Yoga or Meditation

The teacher

kathy gabriel

PRICING

Twin Share

Super Early bird Rates (till 10 August): S$400

Early bird Rates (10 August - 20 August): S$440  

Regular Rate: S$480 

Single

Super Early bird Rates (till 10 August): S$600

Early bird Rates (10 August - 20 August):  S$640  

Regular Rate: S$680

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • 3D2N Twin Share Accommodation 

  • 2 Way Ferry Transfer

  • 2 Way Land Transfer from Ferry Terminal to Resort

  • Breakfasts, Lunch & Dinners

  • Healthy Juices 

  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Sessions 

  • Guided Meditation Practices

  • 3 curated workshops / Immersive practices

EXCLUSIONS

  • Any spa treatments and packages spent on top of existing pacakge

  • Any additional food or drink orders 

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Travel Insurance