Imagine a week away from the every-day trot, worries and anxieties. Allow yourself to connect deeply with your soul, relax profoundly, let your body-mind heal, look at your life a little from the outside, be the potential that lies within.
All that in the perfect surroundings of Bali’s lush rice paddies, vulcanic hills, ancient Hindu culture, pristine beaches and most welcoming people.
Deepen your yoga practice during the strong and invigorating flow sessions in the morning. Go beyond the expected and shed deep-rooted tension during the Yin Yoga classes before dinner.
Why a week of yoga?
Because nourishing your body, mind AND soul is not a luxury, but a necessity. Gifting a week to no other but yourself might well be the best investment in your overall health and happiness which you have made. Furthermore, it allows you not only to dig deeper into your yoga practice on the mat, but also to understand and apply the beauty of Yoga philosophy off the mat.
The change of scenery, spending some time in a nourishing, blissful environment, gives you the chance to put things into perspective and truly disconnect from the daily race. Some participants of one of last year’s retreats in Tenerife have even made up a word for the depth of truth you can reach: ‘bliss-fabulous‘.
As usual, our venue is hand-picked amongst the most idyllic and divine retreat centres. Svarga Loka Resort, a mere 5 minute walk to Ubud’s centre – the heart of Bali’s culture and spirituality, takes its name from the Hindu epic poem. The Mahabharata describes Svarga Loka as Good Kingdom – a heavenly paradise for the Hindu Gods. That feeling is recreated on the riverbanks of the beautiful Campuhan River. Besides luxury accommodation in single or shared rooms with balcony and en-suite, the resort also includes an in-house spa with river-views, two airy yoga shalas, sparkling pools, a delicious restaurant and plenty of welcoming green spaces to meditate, relax or simply ponder the simplicity intrinsic to life’s complexities.
“Ubud is a state of mind and a beautiful state of being.”
Bali & Lombok Lonely Planet, 2016
With a spectacular view of the Campuhan river and the lush green surroundings, the homely and laid back atmosphere of our restaurant is a relaxing place to savor the daily culinary specialties, while enjoying quality time alone or with friends and family.
Using a modern approach to cooking, our Chef is a true master at blending the incredible Balinese flavours into healthy and vegetarian dishes as well as impressing you with his creative selection of fresh juices.
Nicknamed by many as the Island of Peace, Bali is renowned for its friendly people and highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music, artistic temples and religious sites and ceremonies. The island-home of Indonesia’s Hindu minority is also known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. When tired feet need a break from exploring, there are plenty of spas on offer which allow you to let the rest of the world pass by while indulging in a complete and unforgettable pamper package.
Around eight degrees south of the equator, average yearly temperature stands at around 30°C with a humidity level of about 85%. April, May and June are the best times to come to Bali. It’s still dry season, it’s slightly less humid, many shops offer sales and promotions, restaurants are less crowded in those mid-season months, and in general Bali is a bit more relaxed. Airfares can also be more affordable around those times.
“The Bhagavad Gita – that ancient Indian Yogic text – says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Yoga takes place in a purpose built room with wooden floor or in the gardens. There will be two yoga classes a day. Mid holiday there is one day with no yoga so that you can rest or explore further afield. The early morning class is followed by breakfast and the early evening class is followed by dinner.
The morning yoga session will feature invigorating, strengthening and stimulating vinyasa flow through variations of and additions to Surya Namaskars. Dini works without a pre-set schedule, but takes what there is and builds on it. One of the beauties of a yoga retreat is that it allows to spend more time on poses and areas that need particular attention or improvements. Dini doesn’t shy back to gently push her students asana boundaries. The only ‘cannot’ is in the mind and once that is dropped, possibilities are endless.
The evening practice will be a restorative Yin Yoga session whereby seated poses are held for several minutes, letting go of any muscular tensions and alignment issues. This allows the body to release traumas in different koshas, or layers, possibly stored there for years or even decades. As the yin areas of the body like connective tissue, ligaments and bones are accessed in the serene stillness of a yin practice, we open our whole selves up to boundless opportunities. Letting go of old stresses and sorrows you no longer need, be prepared to leave this practice feeling profoundly relaxed and at peace on a physical, mental and emotional level.
Meditation, Pranayam, chakra cleanse and yogic cleansing techniques will be included in various of the sessions.
Travelling Yogini Dini M.
Dini is an avid sailor, mother of three, freelance writer and passionate yoga teacher. She lives on a boat with her family, sails the seven seas and teaches Yoga and Ayurveda at retreats, workshops and festivals around the world.
She has been practising Yoga and meditation, on and off the mat, for over 15 years. Fitness and dance teachings turned towards yoga many years ago. Her continuous studies of Ayurveda, work as Doula, passion for wholesome nutrition and holistic approach to motherhood all influence her teachings. Whilst many great teachers including Iyengar, Shiva Rae, Simon Borg-Oliver, Amanda Fuzes, Cam Storey, Clive Sheridan and Vipassana’s Goenka to name but a few have left traces and inspiration in Dini’s practice, her toughest teachers are her children. They play a transformational role in the journey of taking yoga beyond the mat and into a happier and healthier life. Old yoga scriptures are also a resource she often draws back upon.
Often pranayam, mudhras, bandhas and kryas make their way into her classes and give students a whole new angle to approach movement, breath and life. Her subtle, Reiki and Thai massage influenced adjustments have created a name for themselves and can aid major shifts in body, mind and soul.
Be prepared for more than a normal yoga holiday. Transformation and change are the only constants in life. Dini’s authenticity and aliveness, coupled with a great love and passion for teaching, has inspired many yogis and others around the world to also dare living the life that they dream of.
What past participants have to say
A perfect blend of spirituality, fun, warmth, challenges and real and deep relaxation.
Loved the balance of Vinyasa Flow in the morning and restorative Yin Yoga at night.
Thank you for being such a great inspiration!
Your aura makes the classes special for me.
Have loved the yoga all week and enjoyed all the extras: Full moon ceremony, chakra cleanse, trataka and learning from your vast knowledge on Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy. You are warm, generous and uplifting. I have totally enjoyed myself. I am not sure I would have got through the week without you. Not only through words, but your compassion in touch is so healing.
Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with everyone. ….you are like a breath of fresh air and absolute peace and calm in this frantic, but incredible world we all live in !
A true earth mother and beautiful soul.
Amazing attitude: Warm, friendly, accessible and available with a beautiful voice.
Phenomenal group of people and non-judgemental environment: Dini, every time you attract the best.
Prices & Travel details
Price: US$1,095 pp shared; US$1,395 pp single
£855 pp shared; € 1,085 pp single
A$1,545 pp shared; A$1,965 pp single
- Daily yoga: Vinyasa flow (am) & Yin Yoga (pm) with travelling yogini, Dini Martinez, & one day off mid-week to explore further afield
- 7 nights in luxurious rooms (single or shared) with ensuite and balcony in our heavenly Sanctuary, Svarga Loka, by the river – only 5 min walk from Ubud’s centre
- Daily vegetarian breakfast and five delicious, locally sourced vegetarian dinners – – vegan and gluten free options also available upon request
- Session on Ayurveda and powerful yogic cleansing techniques for everyday life
- Introduction to Acro-Yoga – a fun combination of yoga, Thai massage and acrrobatics
- Moon ceremony opening our souls and immense potential towards life’s boundless opportunities
- Healing chakra cleanse to realign our subtle energy centres
- Super soothing Yoga Nidra, plus different types of meditation and pranayam every day
- Plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge on Yoga Philosophy, mudhras, bandhas and asanas
- Optional extras: Massages and other treatments, excursions, adventures, hiking, snorkling, divings, sailing and more
Not included – Flights, insurance, transfers, treatments, lunch and snacks
Flights – There are daily flights to Bali (DPS) from various airports around the world. Skyscanner.net is a great way to start your search and compare fares.
Airport Transfers – Your transfer can be organised for you. Total journey time is about 90 minutes. For US$45 our Resort can organize the transfer for you. You can also share the car and cost with another retreat participant arriving around the same time.
Singles, couples, beginners, advanced – all welcome!
Join the Retreat
To book your place or for further questions, contact Dini at Dini@SailingYogaFamily.com.