Sacred Bali: Yoga and Cultural Immersion Retreat

Sacred Bali:

Yoga +Cultural Immersion Retreat

April 19 – 27, 2019

at Floating Leaf  with Stephanie Cullen

Take time for yourself, to connect and rediscover the simple pleasure of being you and explore the magic of Bali.

Bali is known as the Heart Chakra of the world. It is a magical place that everyone should experience at least once in their
lifetime. The Balinese call Bali the ‘Island of the Gods’. They are all hanging out here… dancing, playing and chillin’.
Bali is an incredibly sophisticated culture. It is an infusion of Shamanism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Tantra that is deeply
rooted in the spirit of everyday life. It is a culture that loves to live life in a fully dedicate way to the spirits of all
living beings. The Balinese daily life is about worship, rituals, offerings, community, family and ceremonies.

 

Join me in dropping into the timeless world of yoga and the heart of Bali.

Feel into its creativity and magic. Open up to its potentialities with simple powerful rituals of sacred ceremony, breath and movement.

 

Retreat Highlights:

-Meditation & daily yoga practices (Vinyasa flow, Gentle Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra practices)
-Welcome dinner with live musicians and traditonal dancers
-Visit silversmith village, Batik workshops, woodcarvers
Guided purification ritual at Tempak Siring – most sacred healing springs in Bali
-Create a traditional offering for sacred ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple
-One-on-one with Balinese Healer
-Full Moon Bonfire on beach of the Indian Ocean
-Day trip into Ubud
-Coffee plantation visit and traditional market
-Balinese cooking class
-Visit waterfalls and temples
-Charity event to give back
Bali Nature Charity trek through Balinese villages taking in incredible vistas of the surrounding area.
-9 days/8 nights accomodation at Bali Floating Leaf, eco-luxury resort situated in the rice fields
-3 fresh, delicious – Farm to table meals daily; right from the organic permaculture gardens at Floating Leaf.
-Incredible views of the Indian Ocean and volcanos

 

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Wake up each morning in reverance to connect with body and breathe in preparation for enlightened journeys through this magical land! Each day will be inspired by asana, meditation, adventure, sacred ritual and incredible food. We will go deep into our yoga sadhana soaking in the natural wisdom of the island.

After the day time high of exploring and connecting with nature, our evening practices will be a combination of Yin and
Restorative to draw us back into deep inner being and to calm the senses.

LOCATION

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ACCOMMODATIONS AND BOOKING

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This 10-room sanctuary is known for its hospitality, location and delicious meals. It is the perfect setting to nourish,
recharge and heal your mind, body and spirit. Located on the eastern shore of Bali nestled between the small traditional
Balinese village of Sukwati and Pantai Purnama. It is a peaceful oasis surrounded by rice fields with breathtaking views of
the Indian Ocean and the volcanos in the highlands. Floating Leaf has been named as “The #1 Yoga Retreat in Bali” by
Huffington Post and has recieved “The Traveler’s Choice” award two years running with TripAdvisor for Bali . When you
retreat to Bali your mind-body connection is heightened with deep cultural experiences. You become alive with the natural
world!

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Each luxurious guest room is spacious with private bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, organic toiletries, ropes &
slippers, WiFi, direct access to a private balcony. With views of the surrounding rice fields, Indian Ocean, Mount Agung.
The huge bamboo constructed yoga platform overlooks the pool, rice fields and ocean allowing you to soak it all in. The
healing pool is a saltwater pool with a chromatherapy lighting system, built in loungers and lotus platforms for yoga and
meditation. Floating Leaf also offers a in house spa. The Melati Spa is a santuary of holistic wellness featuring
traditional Balinese herbal steam bath, ayurvedic treatments and traditional mandi lalur.

Special Early Bird Pricing…Book before July 1, 2018

Single: $2995 USD
Double: $2350 USD

After July 1, 2018 …

Single: $3195 USD
Double: $2550 USD

A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD of the total amount is required for your booking to be confirmed.
Booking and Final Payment Deadline December 15, 2018

To Book, please contact Stephanie at steph@blissfulenergy.ca or 403.507.5241

This sacred Balinese experience combines multiple nature excursions, along with sacred rituals and cultural connections.
This retreat also gives us an opportunity to give back to the land and its people as we nourish ourselves in the heart
vibration. A portion of the retreats fees will go to local villagers to guide us on a nature trek from the top of Lake Atur
caldera desceding down through Balinese villages towards the north coast. We also will be taking part in a charity event to
bring donations to impoverished villages. With these two events we can help support the ongoing development of communities
in need be it through education, organic farming subsides, waste management and eco-tourism. This creates a special bond
between our cultures, a connection of humanity and leaves an everlasting experience in our hearts.

Below is a sample itinerary of our 9 days together:

Day 1
Check in starts 2 pm at Floating Leaf
Welcome Drink
Sunset yoga
Dinner
Full Moon Bonfire on beach

Day 2
Sunrise meditation and yoga
Breakfast and introduction to Bali culture
Lunch
Afternoon yoga
Welcome dinner and traditional dancers and musicians

Day 3
Breakfast
Early departure – Waterfall excursion with temple tour, traditional market and coffee plantation
Lunch
Return between 2-6pm
Free time for spa treatments or Balinese healing session
Sunset yoga & Meditation
Dinner

Day 4
Sunrise Yoga & Meditation
Breakfast
Charity event with local villagers
Lunch
Afternoon – make offering for purification ceremony
Free time for spa treatments or Balinese healing session
Sunset yoga
Dinner
Nidra practice

Day 5
Breakfast
Early morning departure – Temple visit and purification ceremony
Lunch
Ubud and Painting Village Tour
Sunset yoga
Dinner

Day 6
Sunrise Yoga & Meditation
Breakfast
Art & Shopping Tour– visit silver smith, batik workshop, woodcarving and painting
Lunch
Return in afternoon
Free time for spa treatments or Balinese healing session
Dinner
Nidra practice

Day 7
Breakfast
Depart for Bali nature charity trek
Early evening return to Floating leaf
Sunset yoga (gentle practice) & meditation
Dinner

Day 8
Sunrise yoga & meditation
Breakfast
Cooking class
Free time for spa treatments or Balinese healing session
Sunset yoga
Farewell Dinner

Day 9
Breakfast
Departure by 11am

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Excursions

Throughout this retreat you won’t only be enjoying yoga, but you’ll also get to explore all that Bali has to offer. From the
music to sacred ceremonies and rituals, to watching the Full Moon rise over the Indian Ocean. You’ll have many opportunities
to meet the people and become cultural immersed. You will also experience spectaculaar vistas from Lake Atur Caldera as we
journey down through the countryside, exploring villages and learning about the Balinese way of life.

About the Teacher

Stephanie Cullen, RYT 500, E-RYT-200, YACEP

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Through Stephanie’s many years of practice; the one thing she has learned is that every moment, every day and every posture is new again…each breath creates a new experience. It is never complete, it is always evolving.Through her teachings she hopes to touch the hearts of her students and connect them to a sense of inner peace through breath, movement, gratitude and love. A place where they can grow and be their true authentic self. In her classes you will experience a fun-loving kaleidoscope of yoga with artful alignment and creative flows.
Stephanie is inspired by many strands of yoga such as Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Forrest, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Mantra and Meditation. She is a certified Yoga Teacher and has received her 500hour professional training through Gaiatri Yoga. She also is a 300hr certified Yin Yoga Teacher and owner of Blissful Energy Yoga in Alberta, Canada. For over the past 10 years Stephanie has led classes, workshops and retreats within Canada, Peru, Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Nicaragua and Belize.
Stephanie pursues yoga and outdoor adventure to strengthen her mind, body and spirit connections. She’s always excited to share these experiences with you!!!

You can follow her on Instagram @yogistephanie or through Facebook: StephanieCullen or BlissfulEnergyYoga

WHAT’S INCLUDED

-Meditation & daily yoga practices (Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra practices)
-Welcome dinner with live musicians and traditional dancers
-Introduction to Bali Culture
-Visit silversmith village, Batik workshops, woodcarvers
-Guided purification ritual at Tempak Siring – most sacred healing springs in Bali
-Create a traditional offering for sacred ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple
-Ubud and painting village tour
-One-on-one with Balinese Healer
-Full Moon Bonfire on beach
-Day trip into Ubud
-Coffee plantation visit and traditional market
-Balinese cooking class
-Visit waterfalls and temples
-Charity event to give back
-Bali Nature Charity trek through Balinese villages taking in incredible vistas of the surrounding area.
-9 days/8 nights accomodation at Bali Floating Leaf, eco-luxury resort situated in the rice fields
-3 fresh, delicious – Farm to table meals daily; right from the organic permaculture gardens at Floating Leaf.
-Welcome Drink
-Farewell Dinner
-Spa Treatment
-Full use of facilities
-Expert Concierge
-Round trip airport transfers
-21% Tax and service charges

What’s not included

-Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
-Speciality drinks
-Additional food and snacks
-Flights to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (DPS)
-Gratuities
-Travel insurance(recommended)

Know before you go:

Airport transfers
Transfer from and to Baltra Airport (DPS).

Floating Leaf will provide transfers to and from Denpasar Airport for no additional charges. Please note that transfers will
be on arrival and departure days only from 9am-8pm.There is a $25USD surcharge for after hour transfers and a $35USD charge for transfers on days other then the first and last day of the retreat.

Itinerary information

The itinerary mentioned above may change upon the discretion of Stephanie. Please note that weather does play a part in some
of the excursions. Yogi flexibility is always appreciated!

General information

Participants of all levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to join this retreat.

Seasonal information

Bali’s just south of the equator which means this Indonesian island has a tropical climate, with high temperatures all year
round. You’ll see plenty of sun if you’re going in April even though it’s the final month of the wet season. The western
monsoon runs from late October to April and brings wetter weather than the eastern monsoon, which runs from May to October. It usually rains in short and heavy bursts, often in the morning, which clears quickly. Bali has a number of high mountains in its centre, including Mount Agung, and this area is generally cooler and wetter. The further away from the mountains you go, the warmer and drier you’ll be.

Villages in southern Bali have an average high of 31ºC in April and things stay nice and warm in the evenings, so it’s always shorts and t-shirts weather. At 28ºC, the sea’s perfect for swimming, while humidity’s very high. There’s 111mm of rain over 11 days, but you can still expect 12 hours of daylight with ten hours of sunshine each day. UV levels will be extremely high so remember your sun screen. Sunset’s around 6.15pm for much of April

Electricity information

In Bali and Indonesia you can expect the 2 pin socket and plug as used in larger parts of Europe. Whether you are staying in a hotel or in a private villa you should be able to get an adapter if you ask for one. The pins are round, not flat or rectangular.
If you come from Australia, Japan, USA, Malaysia, UK, Canada, Singapore, and some countries in Africa you will most likely
simply need a plug adapter otherwise the plugs for your electrical appliances will not fit into the “Bali Socket”, although
the voltage should be o.k.

What to bring

Floating Leaf is fully stocked with yoga mats, blocks and straps. Feel free to bring your own yoga mat and accessories with
you, but they are not necessary on this adventure.

Light rain jacket
Lightweight layers for sun protection
Yoga clothes (and more yoga clothes)
Sunscreen
Sturdy walking shoes
Pair of shoes that can go from water to land (i.e., Tevas, Keen or the like)
Hat
Travel binoculars
Camera
Small Backpack for day trips
Water bottle
Bathing suit
Did I mention sunscreen? we will be super close to the equator so the sun is very strong!!!!

Special menu request

Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Please inform Stephanie in advance.

Passport / Visa

Canadian & US citizens will need a valid passport to visit Bali, but no visa is required unless you are staying over 30 days. Passports will need to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry. Bali reserves the right to refuse entry if passports expire before the 6 month mark. Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

Payment

A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD of the total amount is required for your booking to be confirmed.Payment of the balance of the retreat price is due December 15,2018. If the balance is not paid on or before the due date, Stephanie Cullen/Blissful Energy Yoga reserves the right to treat your booking as canceled.

Cancellation

All monies beyond the non-refundable deposit received from the participant will be refunded if the cancellation is made before December 15, 2018. No credit or refund is available if the client cancels after December 15, 2018 or if the client does not show up, or leaves early for any reason. Retreats are non-transferable.

Different fees may apply to airline tickets depending on the carrier being used. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which may cover your cancellation penalties in some situations. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced Stephanie Cullen/Blissful Energy Yoga is not obliged to make any refunds for
unused services.

Accepted payment methods:
US Money Draft, US Cheque, Bank wire, PayPal(4% service fee)
Please make payable to Cullen Contracting Ltd.

Mail to:
Blissful Energy Yoga/ Stephanie Cullen
RR#2, Box 28, Site 1
Olds, Alberta
T4h 1P3 Canada
(recommended: send via expresspost with a tracking number)

Travel insurance information

Travel insurance is recommended for all travelers and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance should provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with all recommended minimum coverage. It should also cover cancellation, curtailment, and all other expenses that might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience. Stephanie Cullen/ Blissful Energy Yoga shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects.

Personal belongings lost or stolen while unattended by the client in public lounges or other public areas, whether on board a vessel, train, bus, or other mode of transportation, publicly owned or operated by affiliated tour operators or elsewhere, are not reimbursable. Losses due to ordinary wear and tear, and other acts of God are not reimbursable. We cannot accept responsibility for and in no event shall be liable for loss or damage of valuables or other articles left in or on facilities used by us such as hotels, home stays, vessels, expedition vehicles, or any other mode of transportation.

 

Looking Forward to Seeing You All in Bali!

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