RELEASE YOUR DEMONS:
A YOGA, SURF AND CULTURAL RETREAT TO THE MAGICAL ISLAND OF BALI
with Carrie Varela and Dr. Jonathan Bloch
Uluwatu and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Tuesday, April 10 – Thursday, April 19, 2018
Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the magical island of Bali! Spend 10 days exploring the island of the Gods, and participate in the purification festival of Nyepi, the Balinese New Year and Day of Silence.
Settle into Bali by spending your first 4 days in gorgeous Uluwatu, which is situated on high cliff tops, overlooking stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Your adventure includes twice daily yoga, picturesque sunsets, Bali’s best beaches, world class surfing and a cultural excursion to the Uluwatu Temple at sunset complete with the infamous cultural Kecak dance. Purified by the sun, surf and sweat of your yoga practice, we will traverse into central Bali for 5 nights in Ubud. Here, in the cultural heart of the island, prepare to release your demons by witnessing Ogoh-Ogoh and participating in the spiritual festival of Nyepi. Your time in Ubud includes twice daily yoga sessions, visiting a water purification temple and experiencing the festivities of Nypei. Be wowed by the Ogoh-Ogoh, elaborate hand-crafted, papier-mache monsters that locals parade through the streets to lure out evil spirits, and by observing Nyepi, a day of silence which marks the beginning of a new year for the Balinese.
On this retreat you will experience the best of Bali, use your practice to encourage change in healthy ways, and discover the path to achieve freedom and release whatever it is that challenges you or gets in your own way. We’ll have fun pushing our boundaries, breaking through ceilings, and then literally burning our demons away before tapping into the most sentient peace that can only come after losing your greatest chaos.
This custom retreat includes 4-star accommodation, 3 healthy meals daily, twice daily yoga, meditation, pranayama and/or satsang, 1 surf lesson, a cultural tour to two locations in Bali, 2 temple tours, and Bali’s largest festival and new year celebration, Nyepi. Plenty of free time, optional excursions for shopping, art, cooking or dance lessons, and concierge in-house tattoos are available by one of Bali’s best artists.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Uluwatu and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Tuesday, April 10, 2018|
|RETURN TIME||Thursday, April 19, 2018|
|WEAR||Casual and comfortable beach and retreat attire.|
|INCLUDED IN RETREAT COST|
(Available in Uluwatu and Ubud)
|RETREAT COST (see ROOMS tab at top of page for more information)|
Tuesday, April 10
- Check in 2pm
- Opening Circle
Wednesday, April 11 – Friday, April 13 (daily for 3 days)
- Free Time
- Uluwatu Temple Trip!
Saturday, April 14
- Check out
- Travel to Ubud (possible 2-hour adventure excursion TBD)
- Check in
Sunday, April 15
- Trip to Water Temple
Monday, April 16
- Ogoh Ogoh Parade
Tuesday, April 17
- Night 8 – NYEPI – Silent Day
- Meditation and yin practice
- Light Fasting
Wednesday, April 18
- Closing Circle
Thursday, April 19
- Check out by noon
About the Location
The island of Bali is a tropical paradise near Java, Indonesia. Religiously dating back to Hinduism, it’s culture is unique to itself. Most everyone falls instantly in love with Bali for many reasons, from art to yoga, sweeping scenery to surf, and the kindest essences of people and natural sensations. It is the land of thousands of gods and temples, all stemming from the highest Brahma where one great spirit is the rule.
Uluwatu offers sweeping views from high cliffs overlooking the Indian ocean, world class surfing, and the infamous Uluwatu Temple. The Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances, famous for its dominant use of human vocals in place of gamelan instruments to accompany the dance-drama at its core. Your visit to the island won’t be complete without seeing a show, and the best place to do so is at the cliff-top amphitheater located just south of the Uluwatu Temple on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula and at sunset for added drama.
Ubud, a town in central Bali is regarded as the cultural center of Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.
About the Culture
We have thoughtfully planned this retreat to occur over the Celebration of Nyepi. Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every new year according to the Balinese calendar. It is a day reserved for self-reflection and tranquility, and anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. Nyepi begins the morning after the Ogoh Ogoh parades, to attenuate the return of demons once they have been released. The entire country literally shuts down, government, the airport, everything; restrictions include no lighting fires, minimal to no electricity, no working, no traveling and for the most devoted observers, no talking or eating at all. Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads become empty, there is little or no noise and few signs of activity are seen, even inside homes. For foreigners, the rules are more relaxed of course, as long as you respect the ‘Day of Silence’ by not leaving your residence or hotel. For our group, we will support your desires to participate on any level from silent to quiet, and will still offer a gentle yin yoga practice, meditation, and light fasting.
Carrie Varela is a yogi, Reiki Master, mystic, lover, traveler and modern day healer. She is passionate about helping people find good energy. Good energy happens when we are in the flow, connected, inspired, filled with purpose. She has been an avid yoga practitioner for fourteen years. She completed her first 200-hour RYT in 2007 and in 2011 she traveled to India to complete a course in yoga science for wellness and yoga therapy at the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga. Carrie’s teaching is directly influenced by her studentship of Prana Flow Vinyasa with Shiva Rea and Blissology with Eion Finn.
Carrie has over 750 hours of yoga teacher training experience, taught over 3,250 yoga classes and lead 45 transformative Reiki training. She believes in the power of yoga to lead an individual toward a life more abundant, peaceful, harmonious and free. Her lifelong passion for travel and adventure has inspired her to offer yoga, Reiki and healing retreats in some of her favorite places, both locally and internationally.
You can find out more about her teaching schedule, retreats, workshop offerings and Reiki training on her website: www.carrievarela.com.
Dr. Jonathan Bloch is a board certified family practitioner and Osteopathic medical doctor. He is peer rated by 5280 Magazine as one of Denver’s “Top Doctors” and listed as a “World Leader in Healthcare”. He is Yogi’s Choice Health Care, LLC, a full spectrum medical practice that inspires personal health through integration of mind, body and spiritual practices.
Dr. Bloch began studying alternative approaches to health-care during high-school, practicing Qi Gong and martial arts, and learning mindful meditation. He continued to cultivate an awareness of complementary alternative medical philosophies alongside his western medical studies. He discovered yoga as means to satisfy his own personal physical and mental health needs and has gone on to become an RYT-certified yoga instructor, completing the necessary requirements for the styles of Blissology and Outlaw Yoga.
Jonathan received his most advanced yoga training in Bali. For him, it’s all about raising fun and connection without sacrificing the deep healing patterns that lay dormant within all our practices and bringing those patterns to the surface with the intention to find greater health.
Dr. Bloch is well respected by friends and cohorts for being humble, down-to-earth and approachable. He continues to live his life as that of a proud father, friend, doctor, yogi, and teacher. His various experiences are a wonderful resource that can provide invaluable contributions to your health, spirit, body and yoga practice, and there will be no greater place or time for Dr. Bloch to share his gifts with you.
Jonathan and Carrie have been to Bali on six occasions and have fallen in love with the culture, spirit, and magic of Bali. They created this retreat to share a unique and intimate yoga vacation with other travelers, yogis, and spiritual adventurers. They will guarantee an easy and safely guided trip, a knowledgeable experience of the island, incredible food, and some of the best most exotic experiences that Bali has to offer. They deeply understand the healing benefits of immersing in daily yoga ritual, so their experienced and diverse yoga instruction, healing hands and intelligent sequencing will guide you through your breath, body and yogic practice in new and expansive ways.
Each antique cottage is a unique building in traditional recycled teak wood, offering a slice of Indonesian history. Beyond the entrance, a terrace is a living area, where a cozy atmosphere greets you welcome. Each private bungalow includes one king size bed + 1 single bed or three single bed.
All rooms at Uluwatu location have:
- Free mineral water
- Water heater, minibar
- Safety box
- Hot water shower
- Natural shampoo, soap, conditioner and body lotion
- Fan and A/C
- High-speed Wi-Fi access
- Salt-water pool
- Access to spa facilities: infrared sauna, herbal steam sauna, hot & cold bath (on request)