Bali Heart & Soul 2016♥A boutique yoga retreat and culture exploration
Join us for a luxurious and profound experience of Bali with exceptional native co-teachers
• Daily yoga, meditation, and more yogic arts on offer
• Culture adventures
• Sacred temples
• Crystalline ocean
• Healing spa treatments
• Luxurious lodgings
• Gourmet food
• Ceremony, adventures, relaxation,
• Total rejuvenation– Bali style!
Type of Event
10-Day luxury in-depth, small-group retreat, includes almost everything You will have a wonderful experience with great ease. (airfare to Bali not included)Full travel planning assistance and support available on request.
Immerse yourself in the exquisite beauty of a culture devoted to harmony and the celebration of the sacred in every element of life. Besides daily yoga, our adventures will include guided walks to sacred temples, hikes to hidden waterfalls, snorkeling in a crystal sea, creativity options including batik and other workshops, integrated with abundant traditional culture. Our staff includes some of Bali's best artists, and healers. Take part in beautiful ceremonies, see processions of people carrying offerings to temples, as well as scheduled dance and music performances, an essential part of Balinese life.
You will be deeply touched by the exquisite people of this legendary island, with their spontaneous, natural grace.
Our gifted local faculty (including artists, healers, musicians, and yogis) will guide us into the island's best-kept secrets, and share their knowledge in a practical way to inspire our own lives, including our relationship to ourselves, to the world, and to what we hold sacred.
Enjoy Bali, and Give Back, too!
(It's not JUST a vacation!)
Your participation in this retreat will go to fund our non-profit foundation: Young Leaders with Spiritual Insight. Our foundation fully supports 10 talented young Balinese students' formal education plus yoga, life-skills, and leadership programs. We believe education has the power to save this precious culture– that is a gift to the world. By educating young leaders they can do more than just survive, but thrive and carry on the magnificent artistic and spiritual heritage that is the essence of Bali.
Note: To honor your unique desires on retreat, all scheduled activities are optional: You can be as busy as you want, with excursions each day, or take all the wide-open space you wish to relax in our beautiful resorts or be on your own.
• Daily Yoga and Meditation, plus mantra, Balinese ceremony and archery-as-a-spiritual practice are offered
•Cultural talks and visits to temples, ceremonies, and sites, to learn from Bali's unique spirituality and traditions with brilliant native teachers, artists, yogis, and healers.
• Explore the Sacred Monkey Forest, hills, rice fields, waterfalls, sacred temples and villages with our local guides
• Swim and snorkel with colorful fish and corals in the warm Indonesian Sea directly from our villa.
•Take a dolphin-watching boat ride
• Relax and restore, with exquisite spa treatments and massage. Visit an authentic traditional healer
• Climb the Batur volcano before dawn to see the sunrise from summit. See Bali's glittering lakes.
• Take part in a Balinese purification ceremony. Witness spontaneous festivals and processions
• Learn to do Batik with a Balinese artist, or take a cooking class.
• Experience traditional Balinese music and dance. Explore the phenomenal artistic output of Bali's bountiful artists.
A detailed itinerary and complete practical information will be sent to you after sign-up.
WHERE WE'LL STAY
Two Luxury eco-luxe retreats - by the sea, and in Ubud:
We will get to know two special areas of Bali: The secluded North Coast, and vibrant Ubud, the island's cultur- al heart. We'll stay in two hand- picked, gorgeous boutique resorts designed in traditional Balinese style. Both have a beautiful open-air yoga pavilion and a spa:
By the Sea:
We will spend our first week in a secret gem- booked exclusively for us during the retreat- a serene haven of individual villas set in lush gardens on the edge of the sea. Exotic birds roam the property which has two beautiful swimming pools. The spa features all-natural products made from the herbal gardens. You can swim and snorkel in the warm, crys- talline waters with colorful corals and fish right in front of the resort. Each room is unique, many with garden bathrooms and artful design reflecting Balinese style.
At the villa, exquisite and bountiful meals are prepared specially for the retreat. Delicious and varied, the food is gourmet, including produce from their organic gardens, fresh juices, local fruits, and freshly-caught seafood. We'll enjoy dinners by candle- light at the ocean's edge.
We will spend our last four nights in famed Ubud, at a sought-after, intimate hotel, renowned for its beauty, tradition, and the personal touch of its lovely staff. Overlooking the pristine and sacred Monkey Forest, we'll be located just a few minutes walk from the bustling cultural hub of downtown Ubud. There will be ample opportunity to explore the town with its arts and crafts, markets, fantastic shopping, great restaurants, and performances, and then retreat to our sanctuary in the peaceful, authentic village of Nyuh Kunning.
MORE ON THE FOOD!
Throughout the retreat We will enjoy fresh, healthy cuisine based on locally-grown vegetables, tropical fruits and juices, and fresh meats and seafood, prepared in gourmet-style, Asian-fusion cuisine. You will have the chance to sample traditional Indonesian dishes as well as Western-style fresh cuisine.
We will be eating out in our favorite gourmet restaurants around Ubud, and in our resort's water-side pavilion when we are by the sea. Vegetarians are well-served in Bali. Please let us know if you have specific dietary needs.
MORE ABOUT THE YOGA
All levels of yoga experience are welcome, with individual stages of practice and modifications to honor and address each student.
Morning yoga sessions will be dynamic and energizing, with clear, personalized alignment instruction that calls upon the innate intelligence of the body. Yoga philosophy, elements of the unique spiritual tradion of
Bali, and stories from the mythology that underlies the
yoga tradition will be integrated
into our sessions. Bali provides an inspiring and meaningful context to explore the mythic dimension of yoga, offering ancient wisdom and metaphor to explore our relationship ￼￼￼￼to ourselves and the world. Playful challenge helps each student to dis- cover hers/his own power, beauty, and courage, and advance her/his practice.
Silent group meditation is offered in the morning before yoga. On most afternoons we will also enjoy a restorative yoga practice. All yoga sessions are held in a spacious and beautiful, open-air pavilion.
Bali & Yoga are a match made in Heaven
ABOUT YOUR RETREAT-LEADER
Julia Ingersoll, RYT–500 certified yoga teacher and recognized fine-artist, has been teaching and leading retreats internationally since 2004. Julia is passionate about Bali and has been traveling to the island to study and explore, regularly since 1991.
A devoted student of yoga for almost 25 years, Julia's background is in alignment-based yoga styles, and draws on the major Hatha yoga traditions of Anusara, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa Flow. Julia is certified at the 500-hr level by Noah Mazé, and her main teachers include Richard Freeman, Desirée Rumbaugh, Mark Stephens, and Thomas Fortel.
A former member of the US National Cycling Team for six years, Julia's career as a professional athlete also informs her yoga teaching. She holds a in philosophy, phi beta kappa, from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
She is known for her infectious enthusiasm for life, art, and yoga, and for inspiring her students to create lives they love. Julia is fluent in Italian and French languages. Philosophically, Julia studies with Dr. Douglas Brooks, a leading Tantric scholar. She is on the faculty of the Esalen Institute, and lives in Big Sur, California.
TRAVELER'S REVIEWS – PRAISE FROM PARTICIPANTS
"Coreen and I wish tho thank you so much for the magical journey to Bali you gave us the opportunity to experience. Going to Bali is a very nice experience for anybody, but traveling under your leadership and guidance was an extraordinary moment in time. We were very impressed by your passion, your knowledge, and all the beautiful people you were surrounded with. Unforgettable!" – Tanguy Le Guyader and Coreen Squire, Michigan
""What an amazing adventure! Thank you for sharing your immense talent and joy. I leave inspired and stronger, knowing my heart, mind, and body will continue on this yoga journey. I leave renewed! you are a blessing and a light and I feel very privileged to have been a part of this retreat. I'll be back!" –Georgia Ellis-Fillice, Geneva
"Thank you for this amazing adventure that has opened me up and changed me for the better. I can never repay what you did for me and my vision of life. I leave empowered and excited for my life." – Tracy Parks, CT
"This trip was amazing! Every single detail was tended to by knowl-
edgeable and loving staff who know Bali. From daily yoga with an incredible teacher to navigating the crazy Ubud markets to dinner with a prince. This trip exceeded my expectations. This trip was the perfect combination of cultural, physical and spiritual (soul food) activity."
– Holly Johnson (41), Bedford, NH
"You'll never know how much this experience of Bali means to me! I think of Bali everyday and what I learned here enhances each day. You helped me on my way to discover, to explore and to dream! It's such a fun journey! –Susan Sands, Encinitas, CA
"I just wanted to thank you, so much for the amazing trip to Bali. Not only did take us exploring through nature and the many villages, but you also immersed us in the won- derful culture of the Balinese people. No wonder this is one of your favorite trips. You also found time to intro- duce us to two amazing artists in Ubud.
I will forever remember my experiences in Bali, for they have changed my life. I have not felt this way in years. I feel stronger, both physically and mentally thanks to your wonderful teachings of yoga. And I take home with me an over whelming feeling of peace and acceptance, not only of my self, but for others as well. Thank you Julia you are a beautiful person and your smile will stay with me forever."
– Jeanette Lukoskie
"We had such an incredible time in Bali! Thanks so much for your empa- thetic and intuitive teaching and for being so much fun! I just grin when- ever I think of our time there.
I just downloaded all my pictures I have over 900! We miss you and Bali!"
– Amy Garceau and daughter, Aurora Garceau (17 yrs)
"I HIGHLY recommend Julia's Bali trip. It was FUNtastic and Julia is the greatest yoga teacher. And she has great friends in Bali who showed us everything we could possibly see in 7 days. And the accom's were great. The flight was long, but I used Delta points on China Airlines & Virgin & used a few more points & went Biz class. Virgin Biz is great so if you can swing that, do it."
– Tricia Armstrong
"What a fantastic retreat!
Thanks for bringing together such an international, fascinating group of people, thanks for taking us to such inspiring places and introducing us to beautiful people!
I highly recommend Julia’s retreats: Her attention to every detail and to the quality of your experience will be impressive. Her passion for what she loves and the willingness and ability to share this with grace, delight and a bright spirit is truly inspiring and will create that truly unique experience."
– Juli Trout, second-time Bali retreat participant
"The trip was absolutely wonderful.
You bring such a wonderful combi- nation of grace, knowledge and fun to the retreat. You are truly gifted and have found your calling. :) It's all those special little moments that make lasting memories like doing yoga poses that you've never done (and never thought you could do), meeting people like Suma and Komang, excursions like our waterfall hike, dinner with the Prince, the ceremony with Contit. Amazing!!"
– Holly Johnson, second-time Bali retreat participant
"I am missing yoga in Bali already!
It was a wonderful experience Julia, and you bring so much to it! Thank you so much. xo"
"What a wonderful trip!! Thank you so much for organizing it, keeping the trip flowing, and sharing your knowledge of this amazing island and culture. I have a whole new appreciation for our yoga moves and a much better understanding of the Bali and Hindu culture. I just printed my trip pictures. I have well over
500 that are photo book worthy!!"
– Jaime Balint
"The Bali trip was so amazing, the people, culture, and all the activities we experienced will be life time memories.
You are such a wonderful person, so positive and inspirational. You are the best Yoga Instructor!, and your knowledge of Bali and it’s culture was so helpful.
Thank again for a wonderful trip of a life time."
– Michelle Jamieson
"Thank you for your beautiful yoga sessions each morning and for being true to yourself. I'm inspired by you! Your encouragement to "write that down!" when I was feel- ing all of the magnificent energy around me made an impact on me, and when I came home I was able to identify positive and negative energy in places. And I've already taken steps to realizing my dream job."
– Nichole Hart, Denver, CO
"We continue to bask in the cherished memories of a special shared experience as mother/daughter. Thank you for facilitating such an incredible journey filled with amazing experiences, cultural enrichment and an authentic taste of Bali. I truly appreciate how challenging it was to create the experience we had in just 10 short days! You managed to cap- ture the essence of the island, No small feat. I do appreciate all of the energy and effort you put into the organization, planning and thought- ful experiences throughout the trip. You truly possess a gift in breaking through the superficial and getting to the essence of all things intellectual,creative, spiritual and meaningful."
– Mary Speyer
"I am so grateful to have experienced the beauty and culture of the island with the help of your eyes and tremendous knowledge. You have such a dynamic scope! My mom and I now practice yoga together regularly, which is such a gift to me."
– Paige Speyer
“I will forever remember my experiences in Bali, for they
have changed my life”
-Jeanette Lukoskie, 2013