Thrive goes to Bali! October 18-24th 2021

Ever since I visited Bali 2 years ago, I have been itching to return. I didn’t know much about it when I went, but a wanderlust buddy of mine was keen on it. She asked me and so I nervously said yes.

The flight is definitely a haul, but luckily I’m like a baby with the pleasant vibration of the plane in the air and it lulls me right to sleep, so I was able to, as I call it, time travel about half of the way to Bali.

When we landed, the warmth and slightly cool breeze reminded me of Florida without the mugginess. I felt safe, I felt energized, and I recharged as soon as I could with the juice of a whole coconut (which I continued that trend every day I was there). 

Ubud captured my heart as it would any yogis. To me it felt like Yoga expressed as a town with all the statues of Ganesh, Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Shiva Lingam everywhere. Every corner seemed to have shops with malas, crystals, yoga mats, Namaste’ in Bali t-shirts. Every restaurant had healthy options like acai bowls with chia seeds, fresh dragon fruit, mangosteens, organic farm raised eggs, meats, veggies, smoothies, and any other healthy elixir or cocktail you could imagine. 

 

Around Ubud monkeys ran around causing minor mischief like stealing an unguarded piece of fruit or pulling straws from a wide-brimmed hat. All of this was incredibly amusing to me. 

Artisans were on every corner. Sanskrit chanting bellowing out of every shop, smells of fresh spices and herbs wafting through the streets, and shrines to all the deities every hundred feet or so. 

I thought to myself I could get lost just around here for days.

 

At night, we were able to find a few clubs with a relaxed atmosphere that even had some dancing, lychee/mango/dragon fruit martinis and floral hookahs (though I’m not personally into that last one, but it  just added to the exotic flavor of the whole experience). For a moment I thought to myself, “I can totally live here!” as one does when falling in love before I remember that wouldn’t exactly be feasible. (It’s fun to pretend though!)

We also ventured to different temples and I have to say, the best part about Bali is the people. They are so incredibly sweet and helpful. You feel safe. You feel welcome. You feel home.

 

Bali is an incredible place that captured my heart and so now I’m leading a yoga and coaching group there in October!

Join Erin E-RYT 500, podcaster, and certified life coach from October 18th to the 24th as we explore Ubud and Canguu.
Bali is know for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs.
This trip taking includes daily yoga and meditation, 2xs group emotional journeying and life coaching, accommodations, breakfast everyday, a surf excursion, excursion to a monkey sanctuary, exotic fruit tasting, and a trip to the elephant sanctuary.

$1299 (full bed)
$1399 (Queen/King Suite)
$999 (Shared room)
Non-refundable Deposit $500 due by Jun 1st

 

The place we are staying is GORGEOUS. It’s also family owned and run, has an infinity pool, luxurious accommodations, healthy options for breakfast, and is just 15 minutes away from Ubud!

The owners are incredibly kind and helpful so you can relax and know you are taken care of. 

All of your excursions are included in this trip. You might find other retreats that are about this cost or slightly lower, but I guarantee they do not include all excursions, breakfast, and not just yoga every day, but also coaching circles, professional photos of the trip, and the itinerary I’ve put together. I ALWAYS over deliver and I’m happy to because it comes from a place of overflow, love and care.

You will feel loved on this trip, taken care of, but also have time for some personal adventure as we have worked in a good amount of time for your own exploration.

So, I hope you’ll join us. Spaces are limited to 12.

namaste 

xoxoxo

Erin

FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

Do I need to book my own flight to Bali? What flights do I purchase?

 

You are responsible for booking your own flight. Here is the important arrival and departure information:

ARRIVALS

Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport ( Denpasar – DPS)
Arrival Date: October 18th
Arrival Time Range: 12-3pm
Transfers are included from DPS during the time range. Outside the time range we will help set up but will not be included. 

Because yoga starts at 5 pm, we request that your flight arrives no later than 3:30pm. If you need to arrive later, just talk to us.

DEPARTURES

Departure Date: October 24th between 1pm and 4pm
Departure Time Range: Anytime after 12pm
Transfers are included to Denpesar (or Ubud) during the time range. Outside the time range we will help set up but will not be included. Transfers to other hotels to Ubud will be included as long as they are not out of the way.

Fly in/out of Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS). the main airport in Bali located 13 km south of Denpasar.

The retreat begins with yoga at 5:00pm on October 18th and you can arrive at the retreat center as early as 2pm to check in and get settled. We include shared shuttle service if you arrive at the DPS airport between 12pm-3pm on October 18th. We’ll collect your flight details so we can set up shared rides. If you arrive outside of this arrival window or are coming from another place, we can still help you arrange transportation. And you can always arrive in Bali a night or two early!

Finally, check out on the 18th is at 12pm, so we suggest midday or evening flights out.

How much do flights typically cost to Bali from the US? 

We have found flights from $650-$950 if you book early. Of course this number can vary depending on where you are coming from. 

Where will we be be staying?

 

Pejing, Bali (just 15 minutes from Ubud)

What is Included?

6 nights at Naya, Ubud
Daily Yoga Classes & 2 group life coaching sessions
Delicious, Healthy Breakfast Daily
Mount Batur Sunrise Mountain Hike
Soak in Hot Springs
Cooking Class in Ubud
Tirta Empul, Bali’s most sacred spring pools for a purification ritual.
Transportation for Activities

Optional:  Massage and Bodywork,

What’s not Included?
Lunches and Dinners (though you can find amazing food for super cheap in Bali.)
Spa treatments and resort extras
International Airfare
Extra Nights
Alcohol or other beverages
Transfer outside of our time range

 

WHAT WILL THE RETREAT BE LIKE?

 

This is my first retreat, is that okay? I’m a beginner to yoga, is that okay?

Erin, your retreat leader has over 15 years of experience teaching and leading others in fitness, yoga, emotional journeys, and retreats. So, you are in good caring hands. And all of the yoga practices are beginner friendly with modifications given. 

How often will we practice yoga?

We will practice once daily with additional yogic activities weaved in. We encourage participants to take part in as many classes as they can but also invite each participant to take care of themselves even if that means taking a break or going on an adventure!

Where is Bali and how do I get there?

Bali is a small island set amidst the 17,000+ islands of the Indonesian archipelago. It is approx. 3 hours due south of Singapore, and 3 hours north of Perth, Australia. The international airport is called Ngurah Rai International, and the arrival city is Denpasar (DPS).

Do I need a visa?

Yes, a visa is required for Indonesia, but the process is quite easy. A visa-upon-arrival system is in place for most countries including Australia, Canada, US & EU citizens. When you arrive at the airport in Denpasar you will enter the Visa-on-arrival line, where you will be asked for U$25.00 and your passport will be stamped for 30 days from the date of arrival. Upon leaving, a 150,000 rupiah departure tax will be assessed. If your passport is due to expire within 6 months, we advise you renew. On occasion, Indonesia has not allowed tourists into the country, and your airline might not allow you on the plane.

Can I stay longer after or before the retreat?

Totally you can! That will be on your own, but Bali is so beautiful you might choose to sneak in a few extra days. Just let us know ahead of time.

Should I bring a yoga mat?

Yes please. We will have a few extra floating around, but it’s best to bring your own. 

What is the food like?

The food is Bali is so fresh and healthy. Balinese food in particular has sweetness, spice, and might remind you a bit of Thai food with varying flavors. 

If I want to sign up, do I have to put down a deposit or the whole amount? When is the remainder due?

You only need to put the deposit down to lock in your spot. Remember that this deposit ($500) is non-refundable. The remainder will be due by June 1st 2021. 

What if I have to cancel?

We hope you don’t, but if you do you will forfeit your deposit and the remaining balance will be refunded within 30 days if you cancel 60 days before the trip. After 60 days no refunds will be given.

Is there internet access on property?

While we hope you’ll try and unplug… yes, there is wi-fi on property.

What will the weather be like?

Because of it’s equatorial location, Bali tends to have fairly stable weather with the ‘wet’ season occurring between October and April and the ‘dry’ season between May and September. It is generally always hot with temperatures hovering in the mid to high 80s and up.

I’m traveling alone, can I still signed up for the shared room?
Yes. We’ll do a great job pairing you up with a roommate!

What kind of clothes will I need?

The weather system is now officially un-predictable. Its used to be that if you visited between November and April a rain poncho or umbrella will come in handy, and both can be purchased inexpensively here. As this time is Bali’s summer, the rains tend to be warm and humid, but a light jacket can be useful for evenings. May through October is typically dry season and winter. Comfortable sandals are a must, and should be easy to take off as most Balinese do not wear shoes indoors. Same day laundry service is inexpensive and plentiful, so you’re better off to pack light. Don’t forget your bathing trunks!

Although the Balinese are used to western tourists, they are still a modest culture, so walking down city streets with no shirt on will likely get you a sideways glance or two.

Anytime you go into a temple for a ceremony or tourist attraction you MUST wear a long sleeve shirt, pants or preferably sarong that cover your knees. Women and men have separate requirements, and the Balinese are only to happy to explain the rules and outfit you accordingly if you’re minus an appropriate item or two.

How do I exchange money?

Probably best to wait until you get to the airport in Denpasar. There are bureaus where you can exchange cash or travelers cheques, and ATMs are everywhere that take Cirrus and Plus. Please tell your bank and credit card companies the dates that you will be in Bali or elsewhere, as they might cut off your funds for fraud protection if they don’t know it is you. Asia loves Visa or Master Card. Few restaurants and shops take American Express
It’s helpful when you change if you can ask for some additional ‘small money’, bills in denominations of 1,000 / 5,000 / 10,000 rupiah.
The exchange rate is approximately Rp.11,100 = US$1.00. Basically, things cost a lot less in Bali.

Is Bali safe?

Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia (you’ll see plenty of statues of Ganesh, Lakshmi, and Shiva all over).

The Balinese people are among the most friendly in the world. As for safety in the streets, there is little violent crime, especially in Ubud. In beach areas one has to take precautions against pickpockets, just as most beach tourist spots in the world.

Are there any health concerns I need to be aware of?

It is recommended that you visit your GP, personal physician or a travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure to Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Bali is not a high-risk area for malaria and the tablets can be considered controversial, we recommend that you do some research and make your own decision on this. Dengue fever is another mosquito borne illness to be made aware of.

You might want to bring something that can help with stomach ailments. Even though you will be eating in good restaurants, there is always a chance that you can get Bali Belly – a mild dysentery that passes in a few days. Bring good mozzie repellant.

What if I need to see a doctor?

There are plenty of international medical clinics in Bali – especially in Ubud and Kuta. If you have a minor illness or ailment, you will be just fine. These clinics usually do not accept health insurance, but they do not cost much. Should you need specialized care in a dire emergency, you would need to be evacuated to Singapore. It is always wise to purchase travelers health insurance with evacuation coverage. While in Ubud, for minor issues, see TOYO clinic, for more serious issues, check out the SOS International medical or SILOAM clinics.

What about sanitation?

Any hotel or home stay will have bottled or filtered water available, and 99% of restaurants on the island use bottled water for all cooking purposes. Nevertheless, it is advisable to drink and brush teeth with bottled water. Food carts and local markets carry a greater degree of risk.

What is the electrical currency/outlet in Bali?

Bali utilizes the standard British plug (two flat blades and one flat grounding blade) and the European plug (two round pins) and is at 230V. Adapters  will be necessary if you are taking any electrical items.

Travel Insurance

If international: Yes, we recommend you purchase individual travel insurance for your trip. We suggest that you include “cancel for any reason” with your policy. Be sure to purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage.

ANYTHING ELSE?
When are final payments due?

Final balances are due June 1st 2021. 

 

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY YOGA RETREAT IN BALI?

PACKING TIPS:

Packing List:

Passport (check that it will be valid) and copy that you keep separately
Yoga & exercise clothing- (multiple pairs)
Comfortable walking shoes/lightweight hiking boots (for the hike)
Slip on shoes/Sandals
Swimsuit (multiple pairs)
Casual Clothing & a warm layer just in case
Journal and Pen
A good book or two
Rain jacket/poncho just in case & Plastic bags for packing
Snacks – Bring anything you know you’ll want to be snacking on so that if the food doesn’t sit well with you you’ll have some back up. Always good to have some granola bars etc.
Water bottle to refill
Sunscreen & Hat & Sun Glasses & Lip Balm
Moisturizer / Coconut Oil
Camera & Chargers
Digital Alarm Clock or Watch
Quick dry towel
Small day backpack (highly recommended)
Hat/Cover up
Hair ties
Ear plugs
Toiletries (bring soap/shampoo etc.)
Mini personal first aid kit
Credit Card, Debit Card, (check foreign transaction fees – Capital One usually is good)
Cash for gratuities, purchases, optional excursions and treatments. We suggest about $50/day.
Open heart & sense of adventure