23 February – 1 March 2019
Experience the bliss of Yoga and Ayurveda surrounded by the exquisite beauty, pristine beaches, abundant wildlife and sensual sunsets of Sri Lanka
Sen Wellness Sanctuary is located on beautiful Rekawa Beach on the south coast of Sri Lanka in a pristine National Park.
It is home to a stunning expanse of golden sand and a magnificent turtle nesting site. The soft, golden sand, tropical palms and energetic waves of the Indian Ocean make an unforgettable setting for your retreat experience.
The ethos of Sen Sanctuary is the healing power of nature. It is surrounded by the power of the ocean and vibrant, green forest, abundant with butterflies and birds. The beautiful buildings blend serenely into the stunning natural surroundings, built on stilts, sensitive to the natural habitat and migration of wildlife. The buildings are designed in the shape of a conch shell to draw the energy
from the earth and ocean to the serenity of The Sanctuary.
Suspended walkways lead you to luxury, natural thatched cabanas. The rustic, elegant design celebrates the intricate craftsmanship of local artisans. The bathrooms are open to the elements so that you can experience a shower whilst star gazing.
The Yoga Shala is an expansive space of natural wood overlooking tropical green forest. The sea breeze naturally keeps the space refreshingly cool.
On waking up in this stunning location, we will do a sunrise sadhana, blissfully infused with the grace of asana, flowing through the breath towards a soft, meditative mind. Moving through beautiful sequencing and creative namaskars, we will explore Hanuman inspired Elemental Vinyasa. These soulful practices create a sense of connection, openness and vibrancy, leaving you feeling lovingly uplifted and alive.
8 – 11 August 2019
Seven hundred acres of ancient forest encircle this beautiful, historic Victorian house, set in outstanding, quintessential natural beauty. Through centuries, 42 acres has evolved into this exquisite retreat space. The buildings and interiors have been beautifully renovated using natural resources, reclaimed materials and renewable energy.
The living spaces are filled with stylish furnishings and traditional features, creating a luxurious, yet homely ambiance. The large windows fill the space with natural light, offering beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and woodland.
The beautiful bedrooms combine Victorian charm with contemporary innovations. Reclaimed wood and original features add splashes of colour and authenticity to the rooms. The bedrooms and bathrooms have all been finished with loving care, attention to detail and the highest quality.
On waking up in this stunning location, we will do a blissful sunrise sadhana in the Yoga Yurt. The spacious yurt has wooden floors, a traditional wood burning stove and is surrounded by green fields and ancient forest. Moving through beautiful sequencing and creative namaskars, we will explore Shiva ~ Shakti inspired Elemental Vinyasa. These soulful practices create a sense of connection, openness and vibrancy, leaving you feeling lovingly uplifted and alive. In the afternoons, we will surrender to a more restorative, yin practice; meditation, sound bath and yoga nidra, allowing your being to rest, renew and rejuvenate.
The chefs at 42 Acres are committed to creating diverse, colourful, flavourful, healthy food. Their ingredients are locally sourced, organic and wild, often foraged from the land. 42 Acres believe in the regenerative benefits of food, prepared with care and shared with compassion, sustaining the vitality of our bodies and our community. Nourishment of both body and soul are integral to your stay here.
In your free time, walk in the beautiful countryside and woodland, relax with friends in the stunning spaces in our Victorian home or indulge in a luxurious massage. You may also choose to visit the sacred Celtic pilgrimage site of Glastonbury Tor, the heart chakra of the world. In the evenings, we will enjoy a delicious dinner together and an outdoor fire circle.
On Saturday afternoon, we will experience live performance of Indian mantra, mudra and kirtan by Antarma and Aloka. This authentically talented couple share ancient Sanskrit shlokas and original lyrics, accompanied by the guitar, harmonium and drums. Antarma and Aloka ‘bring hearts together’ with African and Brazilian Djembe beats, ecstatic dance, hip hop and reggae rhythms. They have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Chelsea Theatre, The British Film Institute and worldwide events and festivals.
Yoga, Mantra and Music Retreat
Luxury Boutique Retreat, Ubud Bali
with Heidi Pascual, Antarma and Aloka
8 – 14 September 2019
The Shala Bali is a luxury, boutique retreat set in magnificent natural beauty. It was founded on ancient Balinese and Indian philosophy, lovingly created as a sanctuary to reconnect with essence and realign with nature. The Shala is cocooned among the lush, green rice paddy fields of Ubud, the cultural and spiritual heart of Bali. Ubud is renowned for abundant natural beauty and a world class yoga destination.
The Shala Bali is built in harmony with its stunning natural and cultural surroundings. The traditional Balinese architecture is set amongst lush, tropical gardens and colourful flowers.
The stunning 20 meter pool, shaded bale and sun deck are surrounded by nature, immersing you in the pure beauty of Maa Bali.
The Shala offers two styles of Balinese luxury accommodation. The traditional Javanese hand- crafted, wooden bungalows are elegantly situated amongst lush gardens and wild flowers. The Villa Rooms are modern Balinese inspired beauty, created with Indonesian colours, wood and stone hand-carvings. The Villas overlook the rice paddies, some beautifully positioned to watch the golden sun set over the green fields of Ubud.
On waking up in this stunning location, we will do a blissful sunrise sadhana in the open air, Balinese Yoga Shala, overlooking the rice paddies and palm trees. Moving through beautiful sequencing and creative namaskars, we will explore Shakti inspired Elemental Vinyasa. These soulful practices create a sense of connection, openness and vibrancy, leaving you feeling lovingly uplifted and alive. In the afternoons, we will surrender to a more restorative, yin practice; meditation, sound baths and yoga nidra, allowing your being to rest, renew and rejuvenate.
The Shala boasts an Organic Cafe, offering an eclectic menu from around the world and an Indian Cafe, offering the tastes of South India and Himalayan Chai. The Shala believes in putting joy and taste into healthy, plant based food that nourishes your body and nurtures the earth. That which is good for the body, the environment and the animals is good for the soul.
In your free time, relax by the beautiful pool, in the tropical gardens or walk in the rice paddy fields. Discover Ubud, the spiritual heart of Bali; visit Tampak Siring water temple, Tegalalang Rice Terrace and waterfalls; visit nearby Komune Beach. You may wish to experience salt therapy, sound healing or indulge in a luxurious massage. The Darshana Spa is set in blissful surroundings and offers a range of Ayurvedic and beauty treatments. It is a sanctuary for total body relaxation and renewal.
In the late afternoons and evenings, we will experience live performance of Indian mantra, mudra and kirtan by Antarma and Aloka. This authentically talented couple share ancient Sanskrit shlokas and original lyrics, accompanied by the guitar, harmonium and drums. Antarma and Aloka ‘bring hearts together’ with African and Brazilian Djembe beats, ecstatic dance, hip hop and reggae rhythms. They have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Chelsea Theatre, The British Film Institute and worldwide events and festivals.
We are blessed to retreat together in this unique Bali Bhakti Bliss!
Dates coming soon …
I will be offering two Vinyasa Flow yoga retreats for Sardinia Yoga in 2018. It really is a little piece of paradise.
Your two hour, energising morning class takes place on a private beachfront yoga space. Yoga is brought alive by the shining sun; the bright, blue sky; the turquoise sea and the white-golden sand.
The boutique hotel is positioned on forested hill top, offering ocean views from the gardens, outdoor pool, jacuzzi, and relaxation areas. The deep, blue sky, the golden sun, the colour of nature enlivens and soothes your body and being.
After a delicious, Italian brunch, the day is yours explore the stunning, sandy beaches, swim in the sea, snorkel, cycle the island or simply relax by pool under an infinite, blue sunshine sky. Sunset yoga classes are offered in the late afternoon for guests who wish to deepen their daily practice. Simply listen to the sound of the sea, your heart, your soul and create your experience.
This is an unique yoga experience and a beautiful island holiday, spiced with Italian sophistication and a stunning, natural environment. You cannot help but relax, smile and fall head over heels in love!
To find out more about Sardinia Yoga visit: www.sardiniayoga.com