Awaken in Bali

A Balinese New Year Yoga Journey 

with Anthony Bogart & Randall Buskirk

March 25–April 6, 2017

Join us for this very special retreat for two Balinese holidays, Nypei and Galungan. These important holy days highlight the sacred beauty of Bali’s unique culture.

Trip at a Glance

  • March 25 to April 6, 2017
  • Experience Balinese New Year in beautiful Sidemen
  • Relax on the gorgeous coast of Lombok Island
  • Daily practice with Anthony Bogart & Randall Buskirk
  • Limited to 14 guests
  • $2795 per person (based on double occupancy)

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Sidemen

Senggigi

Ubud

Take a day trip to Ubud, including a traditional Balinese dance performance.

Senaru Waterfalls

Take a day trip to see two stunning waterfalls by Lombok’s Mt Rinjani

Kuta, Lombok

Take a day trip to see the STUNNING beaches of southern Lombok!

Gilis

Take a day trip to go snorkeling around the picturesque Gili Islands

2017 Spring Bali & Lombok RetreaTour™ Itinerary

Days 1 – 4: Sidemen

Welcome to the Island of Gods! You’ll be picked up at the newly renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and brought straight away to our retreat location in rural Sidemen, Bali. Sidemen is a hidden gem in Bali, a thick carpet of verdant rice fields nestled between holy Mount Agung and the sea. Many say Sidemen is reminiscent of Ubud 50 years ago, before it became a bustling international hub and tourist playground. Although it’s always a special occasion to be in Sidemen, you will be here during the holy days and holidays of Nyepi (Balinese New Year) and Galungan (when the ancestral spirits return to Earth). More about these holidays in a bit!

Our retreat accommodation in Sidemen is truly a sacred, magical place. You’ll be able to unwind in peace (maybe at one of the three pools on site?), listening to the magnificent songs of Indonesian birds and taking in the fragrance of the frangipanis. Go ahead and pop one of those behind your ear—you’re in Bali now!

One of the most more important things about this location is that is owned by a Balinese priestess and her loving and devout staff. If you desire, you can take place in a very special Purification ceremony on your first full day in Bali. This ritual has undoubtedly set a positive, transformative tone for all of our guests, and we are so honored to share this opportunity with you.

We have our choice of yoga and meditation spots on the gorgeous grounds, depending on the time of day and the vibe we’re hoping to inspire. We can have sunrise practice on our private deck and watch Mount Agung emerge from the mist, or we can bask in the sunset sunlight on on open air terrace facing the distant sea.

Between our meditation and yoga practice and planned activities, you have lots of options. We can arrange:

  • a Balinese Temple visit
  • a rice paddy & nature walk
  • a morning visit to the local market
  • an offering-making class
  • a visit to the affiliated non-profit after-school culture school for local children, where they keep alive the Balinese arts of dance, music, and art

Included in your stay is one fabulous full body massage at the onsite-spa, but we have a feeling you’ll be back for seconds (and thirds!)

On the evening of Monday, March 27, you’ll see the parade of the Ogoh-ogohs, a very special New Years Eve event (see sidebar for details). However, if you’re feeling adventurous earlier that day, you can opt to take a river rafting ride, which the front desk can arrange for you at cost.

And then, the holiday you’ve been waiting for: Nyepi. Nyepi is the Balinese Day of Silence, commemorating the New Year and allowing Balinese Hindus a day of silence, meditation, and fasting. Although tourists in Bali can choose not to follow the spirit of Nyepi, they do have to follow the letter of the law, staying inside their hotels the entire day. What other country do you know of on this whole planet that would shut down the international airport for an entire day just to keep cultural traditions alive? This will be an auspicious and opportune time for you to reflect in a serene, energetically-charged environment.

The day after Nyepi, you’ll say a (temporary!) goodbye to Sidemen and head towards Padangbai harbor for your 2 hour ferry to the island of Lombok.

Nyepi & the Ogoh-ogoh

An Ogoh-ogoh doing her thing in Ubud, 2014.Nyepi is a Day of Silence that marks the Balinese New Year. It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation for the Balinese Hindus, although the whole island abides by the strict rules on this holiday. Although they are free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles responding to life-threatening conditions. What a fantastic opportunity for reflection, as individuals but also as a culture. Click here to read more about Nyepi. 

There is a myth we love about Nyepi, though we don’t wish to take way from the silent, meditative aspect of it. It is said that Nyepi is the day that Yama, the god of death, sets free all demons to roam about the earth. The reason for maintaining radio silence (literally and figuratively) on the island is so that the demons this the island is uninhabited and pass right over.

Another scary 2014 Ogoh-ogoh in Ubud.Like any proper New Year celebration, however, there is a raucous celebration the night before. Balinese communities (or banjars) start making elaborate demonic figures out of bamboo and paper weeks or months in advance. The night before Nyepi, these statues, called Ogoh-ogohs, are paraded around town while bands make as much noise as possible to scare the evil spirits away. After the parade, the Ogoh-ogohs are burned, symbolizing the eradication of evil influences in life.

“The sacred spring can heal and purify, they say. Water is life. You are life. You will reconnect with that which you are, holy and pure, stepping into the flow once again of all that is sacred, within you and around you. You gather by the water, closer to its source. The current of sound surrounds you, the chanting of mantras, the streams of water falling into the shallow pool. The trepidation of something new, something ancient. In the half-dark, you go more by feel. You remove your clothes, the local dress, and step down into the water, the first chill of recognition, of remembrance, and duck under the water flowing out of a spout. You let it wash over your head, your shoulders and back, your chest and arms and legs. You splash it into your face. It wakes you up, immediately. Now cleansed, you step over to the barrel of holy water and someone dips from it and pours over you. Flower petals float on its surface. You chant. You cup the water in your hand and drink, the fragrance lightens the mind and senses. You slake your thirst from this primal source. You walk back out in time, in no time, bare, flower petals clinging to your skin. The mantra continues as you dress. You step mindfully along the return path, back into the evening, back into the light of an always enchanted life.”

~Randall 


Days 5-9: Lombok

On the morning of March 29, you’ll head out after an early breakfast for a 2-hour fast boat to the neighboring island of Lombok. There is a saying, “You can see Bali from Lombok, but you can’t see Lombok from Bali.” This is true literally—as you’ll see during the fantastic sunsets—but also culturally. Although Lombok is only 10 to 15% Balinese, the culture is still visible, particularly at our retreat location.

Out hotel sits directly on the west coast of Lombok, allowing for some of the most amazing sunsets in the world. The sun sets behind Bali’s Mount Agung, allowing you to appreciate this holy volcano in a whole new way as it is silhouetted across the sea. Allow the ocean breeze to cleanse you, whether you are lounging in one of the many sea-side bale huts or taking a dip in the oceanfront pool. Our guests go ga-ga for the spa here, as well, with some guests getting as many as three treatments in a day! The spa is located a brief shuttle ride up the hill, allowing for a whole new environment, complete with exotic birds, another pool and a revitalizing tub with water that’s specifically engineered to refresh and moisturize your body.

We have a number of day trips planned for you, should you choose to participate (although no one will judge if the only thing on your agenda is “lounge, lounge & lounge.”) Included in this retreat package:

  • A snorkeling day trip to the Gili Islands.  “Gili” is the local Sasak word for “small island,” although you might think it means “paradise.” The northwest coast of Lombok lays claim to three such islands, with some of the prettiest snorkeling you’ll experience. The clear, warm waters around Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan are home to sea turtles, coral reefs, and all manners of vivid tropical fish. If you’re not sure if you like snorkeling, this trip will make a believer out of you. And even if you want to sit on the boat and soak in some rays, it’s still worth the trip
  • Waterfall Hike at Senaru. The north coast of Lombok boasts two beautiful waterfalls, surrounded by lush forest at the foot of the volcano Rinjani. The first waterfall, Sindang Gila, is easily accessible and has a spectacularly high cascade. The second waterfall, Tiu Kelep, lies another 30-45 minutes through the woods and has a crystal clear (and deliciously cold) pool for you to refresh yourself in after your hike.
  • Southern Lombok beaches & Sasak Village. The beaches of southern Lombok are straight out of a travel magazine: wide, white, crescent shaped bays with aquamarine water. Whether you want to sun yourself, do some laps, or splash around in the crystal clear water, there’s more scenic place to do it than here. (See the side bar more more!) On this trip you can also stop at a traditional Sasak Village that has opened itself up to tourists so they can better understand the local culture.

In addition, you can take the hotel shuttle to nearby Senggigi Art Market, a collection of local vendors selling a mix of gorgeous handicrafts and your typical tourist fafe. There is also a Pearl Farm & Showroom a bit farther north on the coast, if that catches your fancy.

The “Other” Kuta

You may have heard about Kuta Beach, Bali, and what you heard may not have been so kind. This extraordinarily popular surf beach on Bali’s south coast has become a den of drunk tourists and the vendors trying to sell to them. We don’t ever take groups there and we don’t recommend going, honestly. But Lombok’s Kuta Beach is another story…

Kuta, Lombok is home to some of the most postcard-perfect beaches on the planet. Two of our favorites include:

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Mawun is a half-moon bay, flanked by two large green hills; during the week you have it to yourself, and on the weekends it becomes a lively hub for locals, sitting and sharing food under the shade tree.

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Tanjung Aan has an unfair advantage, in that it’s actually two beaches in one. The western portion boasts long white sand beaches, uninterrupted save for a few beach-front cafes; divided by a small rocky outcropping in the middle, the eastern portion contains a beige, millet-like sand, beautiful to the eyes but slightly harder to walk on!

monkey1Days 10 – 13: Back to Bali!

It’s time to bid farewell to Lombok and cross the sea once more, returning to Sidemen. On April 3rd, you’ll board the fast boat on Lombok late-morning and be back in Sidemen by mid-afternoon. So what’s on the agenda for this Bali visit? (Look at you, you’ve already been to Bali at least twice now!)

Your first full day back to Bali you have the option of taking a day trip to Ubud.  A scenic 90 minute drive away, Ubud is Bali’s cultural capital, artistic heart, and shopping Mecca. As the central portion of Ubud is very walkable, we’ll give you some options as to what you may want to see or do and then you can set to exploring!

You can stroll through the magical Monkey Forest, a lush hideaway in the middle of the city full of gigantic trees, mischievous monkeys, and a sense of well-being. Many people like to get their souvenir shopping on, everywhere from the sprawling Ubud market to the chic boutiques up and down Dewi Sita and Jalan Hanoman. Ubud’s cafes and restaurants are second to none, from local Balinese and Indonesian dishes to authentic pizzas and pastas from a sizable Italian expat community. That evening you can even take in a traditional Balinese dance performance.

penjorApril 5th marks the beginning of Galungan, a very important 10-day celebration for Balinese Hindus. The celebration symbolizes that time-honored theme of the triumph of good over evil, but it also marks the time that the spirits of one’s ancestors are said to return to earth. This festival is in part meant to both honor and entertain those spirits.

When you drive to Ubud on April 4th, you’ll notice tall bamboo poles on the road, bent over with the weight of symbolic decorations. The poles, of penjor, are erected to celebrate Galungan. They symbolize devotion, prosperity, and the upright of Dharma. Our favorite description of the penjor is this: “The arched top of the bamboo pole represents Mount Agung, Bali’s highest mountain, considered the abode of the gods. The body of the pole is a river that flows from the mountains to the sea, and along its route, tied to the poles, are the products of the harvest.”

We’ll have a closing ceremony and a final group dinner together on April 5th, and reflect on what already seem like a lifetime of memories. On the morning of the 6th, you’ll be transported to the airport or your next destination. Next destination, you say? Read on…

Extend your stay

If you’d like to extend your journey before or after this retreat, we would be more than happy to help you plan your stay!  We can advise you on hotels, flights, and itineraries, whether you want to arrive in Bali early, stay afterwards, or venture to somewhere else in Southeast Asia at the end of the trip. We offer our retreat guests free travel consulting, normally a $200 value.

Some ideas to get you started:

  • Continue on in Bali and stay in the lush central highlands, explore more of Ubud, or stay on the relatively untouristed black sand beaches of the north shore
  • Consider a long layover in the always amazing Singapore or lively Bangkok
  • Visit Bhutan, a well-loved and well-protected travel destination often referred to as the “Last Shangri-La”
  • Anywhere else in South or Southeast Asia that your heart desires!
Your Daily Practice
Daily classes will be woven around the rhythm of each day. Since there are numerous opportunities to explore the landscape and culture of Bali the class schedule will vary. Bring a journal. Invite the healing energy of Bali to open the door of your heart. There will be daily meditation.
Payments (click plus sign to expand)

Please refer to the Price tab for specific information about price & what is included on your journey.

We accept payments via check (which we prefer!) and credit card (via PayPal). For our international guests, we can accept wires, which we find is the most economical solution for everyone; please contact us for wire details.

  • Paying by Check: Checks can be made out to Insight Travels, LLC and sent to 8821 NW 14 Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.
  • Paying by Credit Card or PayPal balance: You can pay with credit card or PayPal balance through the following links.  Please click the appropriate amount to be taken to PayPal’s homepage to complete your transaction. All PayPal transactions must be in USD.

 

Click here to pay $500 deposit via credit card

Click here to pay $1000 installment via credit card (due November 25, 2017)

The final installment is due on January 24, 2017 and we will send you an invoice via PayPal for the final amount.

FAQ: Everything You Need to Know about Health, Visas, Accommodation, Money & More! (click plus sign to expand)

PASSPORT & VISA

  • What do I need to know about the visa?    

First and foremost, your passport MUST be valid at least 6 months beyond the end date of the trip, and you’ll need two empty pages in the Visas section of your passport.  You will receive your Indonesian visa-on-arrival at the airport for $35 USD; please do bring US dollars for this (exact change) to make the process as smooth as possible.

FOOD

  • What about the food? I don’t even know if I like Indonesian food!

 This seems to be a common concern amongst our guests, although no one ever goes hungry in Indonesia! Quite the opposite!   Sometimes the dishes often sound exotic (like Mie Goreng) but are usually quite accessible (Mie Goreng = “Fried Noodles.”)  CLICK HERE for an Indonesian Food Primer that Lauren prepared. 

Even if you don’t want to venture into local fare, almost every single restaurant in Bali & Lombok have Western food on the menu, everything from pizza to French fries to spaghetti carbonara (we maintain that Bali has some of the best Italian food in the world!)  No worries (and no judgment) if you’re craving comfort food—it’s available!

  •  I have food allergies/intolerances or I’m a vegetarian/vegan—will I be OK?

 One of our Registration Questions you’ll answer when you sign up for a trip asks about any food allergies or intolerance you may have, and we will communicate that to the hotel staff, the local guides, and your instructors. We’ve had celiac guests successfully navigate Indonesia (including Bali and Lombok); vegetarians should have no problem anywhere on our travels. Vegans will have to work slightly harder to ensure that no fish sauce is used in their dishes, but it is entirely possible.

 Celiactravel.com has GREAT printable cards in local languages to present to restaurants and hotels about your intolerance of gluten. Click here for the Indonesian version.  If you have multiple dietary needs, it may be worth your while to check out these specialty cards, available in 60 different languages. 

  • Can I drink the water?

 In a word, No. Although many cities around the world are getting more advanced public water systems, we don’t recommend it.  Not only from a pathogen standpoint, but it’s a different set of bacteria than your body is used to. Why risk an upset stomach if you don’t have to? We recommend drinking only bottled water, and you will want to rinse your toothbrush off in bottled water.

HEALTH

  • What vaccines do I need?   

No vaccines are required for entry, but we encourage guests to work with their own physicians or their local health department’s travel vaccine department about these choices.  The CDC’s site (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/indonesia) is also a good thing to check, but know that they tend toward the overly cautious side. As a blanket statement, though, we recommend all people traveling in Asia receive a Hepatitis A vaccine, Typhoid vaccine, and make sure their Tetanus vaccines are up to date.

  • What about malaria?  

When people envision traveling in Asia, they almost certainly imagine a landscape thick with killer mosquitoes; we’ve found that couldn’t be farther from the truth. CLICK HERE for an in-depth blog that BJ prepared about malaria and dengue.  While you need to discuss this question with your doctor, we feel that the minimal risk of malaria only warrants “bite-prevention.”  Use common sense approaches to prevent being bitten, including long sleeves/pants at dawn/dusk, mosquito repellant, and mosquito nets at night when necessary. There is no vaccine for dengue fever, which is also transmitted via mosquito bite, so taking the above precautions is important all around. 

  • Do I need travel insurance?  

We require that all guests carry travel insurance because it just makes sense.  It’s a relatively small expense but affords huge peace of mind!  When choosing a travel insurance policy we require that you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We also recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance, as this may cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances. We like World Nomads, but ultimately you have to choose the one that is right for you. If you’re 70 years old or older, you’ll have to use a different company; we like Travel Guard. We’ll be asking for confirmation of your travel insurance 60 days before your departure. Please click here to get a quote. We love the services of these companies so much that we became affiliates, so we would ask that if you do choose to purchase these policies, you do it through our links.

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • What kind of hotels will we be staying in?

We have chosen our 4 to 4.5 star accommodation very carefully after years of research and building relationships at these locations. We will send you the name and contact information of the hotels before the start of the trip, so you can pass it along to your emergency contacts. Each room on this trip will have hot water, air-conditioning, and an en-suite bathroom.

Our hotel in Sidemen, Bali is nestled amid working rice fields. We have access to three pools and two restaurants (on specializing in Indonesian and Thai food, one in Indonesian and Western food). In Sidemen, the wifi is stronger in the common areas, although some rooms still have a good signal. These rooms have classic Balinese bathroom which are open-air; they are enclosed for privacy but the tops of the walls are open to allow fresh air.

Our hotel in Mangsit Beach, Lombok is directly on the beach. Wifi is standard in all the rooms in Lombok, although your connection may be stronger in common areas. This resort has a gorgeous hillside spa a one-minute shuttle ride away; we have access to two pools and there is a restaurant directly on the water. There are other nearby locally-owned beach-side cafes that we can enjoy authentic local dishes, as well.

WEATHER

  • What will the weather be like?

Bali and Lombok are indeed tropical paradises; situated just 8 degrees south of the equator, the islands enjoy a warm, humid climate all year long. The end of March and beginning of April is a great time to visit because it is the beginning of the dry(er) season.  Temperature will range from a low of 75°F (24°C) to 91°F (33°C). Some early mornings might actually necessitate a light sweater or cardigan, we have found. Otherwise, plan on your skin soaking up the wonderful, nourishing atmosphere in a balmy, dreamy setting!  Please see the Packing List on this page for packing suggestions.

MONEY

  • How much money should I bring?  

That is entirely up to you and how much shopping you want to do, as well as your love for extras like massages, alcoholic beverages, etc.  All of your meals and transportation is covered, so you just have to gauge how much you want to spend on extras. And don’t forget your $35 Visa Fee.

  • How do I get the local currency?  

You can either exchange cash in Bali or Lombok or use a local ATM (which we prefer). You can even use the ATM in Denpasar, Bali at the airport as you enter the country. Just make sure you call your bank and credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling in Indonesia, so they don’t put a hold on your card when they see it being used halfway across the world!   Note: ATM fees can be high (although some banks, like Charles Schwab, refund all foreign ATM fees) so plan to get out a large chunk of money instead of getting a lot of small withdrawals.  ATMs are a very convenient way to get local currency, though.

  • Can I use a credit card on the trip? 

 For large purchases in Ubud, many shops will take credit card (although they might charge a percentage on top of your credit card company’s international fee). For smaller items or smaller vendors, count on using cash only.

ACTIVITIES

  • Can I opt out of activities?  

Absolutely! Nothing on these trips in mandatory. In fact, we build in a bit of downtime most days for self-exploration or rest, depending on how you’re feeling that day. We can help you build in extra activities, too, if that is your style

COMMUNICATION

  • Should I bring my mobile phone?  

Many of our guests choose to purchase an international plan for their phone, but it’s okay if you don’t. All of our hotels and more restaurants will have wifi, and there are plenty of ways to stay in touch that way (FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, etc). If you do not purchase an international plan, please make sure your phone is in “Airplane Mode” to avoid any accidental activity!

  • Will I be able to charge my electronics (phone, iPad, etc)?   

Yes, just be sure to bring along a 2-pin European style converter. Better yet, grab a Universal Travel Adaptor that can go with you anywhere in the world!

  • How can my family get ahold of me in an emergency?  

Before the trip we will give you a list of our hotels and their phone numbers.

GENERAL 

  • How will I get by without knowing the local language?

 If English is your first language, you are truly in luck.  We are constantly amazed by how much Asia speaks English—and relatively well, considering it’s usually they’re 3rd or 4th language!

 That said, we always like to provide you with a few words that will go a long way, including the local greetings and words like “Delicious!” (Enak Sekali!) and “See you later!” (Sampai Jumpa Lagi!)  It’s not required, but it always elicits a smile and we think it’s only right to learn at least a few local words.

  •  How do I get there?

 Read this blog by BJ for a better idea of how to fly from Bali to US: http://www.retreatours.com/2014/05/flying-from-the-us-to-bali; this articles covers travel time and route options. We can help you select a flight that suits your needs when the times comes.

Price and What is Included (click plus sign to expand)

This 13 day/12 night all-inclusive journey is $2795 per person, double occupancy. If you prefer to have your own room, the single supplement is $595 and will be added to your last payment. (Click here to understand why this single supplement is necessary). Please note that we cannot guarantee you a roommate for this trip, and if you room alone, you will be responsible for the single supplement.

A $500 deposit holds your space, with $1000 due on November 25, 2016 (120 days before start of trip) and $1295 due on January 24, 2017 (60 days before start of trip).  Single supplement is due along with the last installment.

Price Includes:

  • All meals, and all the water, tea, and coffee your heart desires
  • All accommodation
  • All local transportation and transportation between Bali and Lombok
  • One delightful massage
  • Snorkeling trip to the Gili Islands
  • Trip to the waterfalls in Senaru, Lombok; the beaches of south Lombok; visit to a Sasak Village on Lombok
  • Daytrip to Ubud; traditional Balinese dance performance
  • Daily classes with Anthony and Randall
  • Site entrance fees

Price does not include:

  • International airfare (although we can and will be more than happy to help you decide on arrangements)
  • Indonesian Visa Fee ($35 USD)
  • Alcohol, specialty beverages, and desserts
  • Yoga mats and accessories are not included in this journey.  Please see the “About your Practice” section of this page for details.
  • Travel insurance (required)

NOTE: 

  • There is a minimum of 6 guests that must sign up in order for this trip to take place. We will hold your deposit & payments until the minimum number of guests have signed up.  Please do not purchase any airfare until you get the go-ahead from us that we’ve reached our minimum number of participants.  
  • If the minimum number of guests have not signed up 3 months prior to the departure date, we’ll give you the option to transfer your reservation to another tour or fully refund your money.

Travel Insurance (click plus sign to expand)

We require that our guests carry travel insurance because it just makes sense.  It’s a relatively small expense but affords huge peace of mind for very little cost. When choosing a travel insurance policy we require that you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We also recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance, as this may cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.

We like World Nomads, but ultimately you have to choose the one that is right for you. If you’re 70 years old or older, you’ll have to use a different company; we like Travel Guard. We’ll be asking for confirmation of your travel insurance before your departure. We love the services of these companies so much that we became affiliates, so we would ask that if you do choose to purchase these policies, you do it through our links.

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    First things first, we know what your burning question is: yes, you will be able to have laundry done and/or wash small things or undergarments by hand in your room.

    We’ve designed the following recommendations with these facts in mind:

    • Temples require that legs and shoulders be covered (which can be done with scarves/sarongs)
    • Although very touristed and Westernized, Indonesian culture is still relatively modest.
    • Whenever we have specific recommendations, we’ve included a link so you can see what we are talking about.
    • We adore packing cubes like these from Eagle Creek. If you roll your clothes, then you can put them into different mini bags within your suitcase: one for tops, one for bottoms, one for undergarments, etc. It makes your luggage very organized and easy to manage!

    “The List”

    • Undergarments (up to you, but we’d recommend at least 6 pair)
    • One pair of athletic shoes & socks should you decide to participate in some hiking
    • One pair or more of sandals/flip-flops
    • 1-2 pair modest shorts (around the knee or not too much above), skirts, or capri pants
    • 1-3 pair light pants or long skirt to cover up at night (added mosquito protection) or when going to temples
    •  3-5 lightweight shirts, short-sleeved or sleeveless/tanktops
    • 1 light to mid-weight sweater for potentially nippy mornings or evenings (it’s been known to happen!) Also, it will come in handy on the international flight.
    • 1-2 swimsuits, as both hotels have at least one pool or ocean within a stone’s throw! A swimsuit cover up, too, if you want to lounge after taking a dip.
    • While there’s nothing too fancy on the agenda, feel free to bring any sundresses or lightweight dresses you enjoy wearing!
    • Whatever you like to sleep in (especially for those of you with roommates!  ? )
    • Some cozy clothes to bum around in by the pool or in your room, if that wasn’t already taken care of above.
    • Hat with a brim for sun protection
    • Preferred yoga clothes; it will be warm & humid, so base your decisions on that. If you want to participate in yoga more than once a day, you might not want to put on the same sweaty clothes, so consider bringing 2 to 3 sets of “yoga friendly clothing.”  (What is “yoga friendly clothing”? Basically any clothes you feel comfortable stretching and moving in.  That could mean shorts and a shirt, or that could mean a sports bra and ‘yoga pants.’ You may want to choose shirts that won’t rise up when you’re bent over, but it’s all a personal preference.)

    Non-clothing items:

    • PASSPORT!   Please also have a copy of your passport, as well.
    • Yoga mat
    • Small towel for yoga class (for sweat or hand slippage). You can get a fancy one or just bring one from your linen closet!
    • Sunscreen; although you can buy it in Bali, it’s MUCH more expensive there.
    • Insect repellant
    • Sunglasses
    • Prescription glasses and/or contact lenses & supplies
    • Feminine hygiene supplies
    • Eyeshades or ear plugs, vital for coping with jet lag (please see our jet lag article here); there are also more than a few eager roosters around!
    • Plug adaptor for Bali & Lombok (they use the 2-prong European-style one there): here is a nice basic one and here is one with USB charging inputs, as well, for your phone and tablet needs.
    • Notebook or journal is highly recommended
    • Alarm clock of some sort, be it a watch or your phone.
    • Camera, camera battery charger & memory cards (If you’re in the market for a new camera for this trip, we can help advise!)
    • If you bring your phone, don’t forget your charger!
    • ATM card for any money for optional activities or souvenirs; please call the issuing bank beforehand to let them know you will be traveling in Indonesia (and any other layover stops) so they don’t put a hold on your card.
    • A couple small packs of tissues, whether for running noses, sweaty foreheads, or emergency toilet paper.
    • “Wet wipes” for your yoga mat after class–you’ll be thanking yourself the next time you open the mat! They even make specific Yoga Mat wipes nowadays.
    • Small flashlight or flashlight app on your phone if you go exploring after dark (or just for walking back to your room some evenings!)
    • Any prescription drugs you may need; although there are pharmacies available around the cities we will be staying in, we’d prefer you are well-stocked on both prescription and over-the-counter products you anticipate needing, including things like over-the-counter painkillers. Pack them in your carry-on, not your suitcase.
    • Speaking of over-the-counter drugs, you may want to bring melatonin and/or Benadryl to help you fall & stay asleep the first few nights due to jet lag.  If you have a sensitive stomach when adjusting to new food, some Imodium might also be a good idea.
      • Speaking of drugs, we just want to reiterate that Indonesia has a zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs!
    • Sea sickness prevention, since we are taking two 2-hour boat rides and also spending a day snorkeling: we like to use nature’s own anti-nausea meditation: ginger! Ginger capsules or ginger candy are great to hand on-hand; even Dramamine is getting in on the ginger action. Barring that, traditional Dramamine is effective although it does make you drowsy. We also recommend SeaBands (or a generic equivalent), which press on a very powerful anti-nausea acupressure point.
    • TSA-approved locks for your suitcases
    • Preferred toiletries; all of the places we will be staying have soap and even shampoo in the bathroom, but you may want to bring a small bottle of conditioner.
    • Reading material (print or electronic!) for the plane and lazy days by the pool

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    About Anthony

    anthony-new master copyAnthony’s yoga teaching reflects 40 years of dedicated practice and study. He weaves asana, pranayama, and meditation into a tapestry of conscious community and personal renewal. Each student brings gifts and challenges to the workshop to be transformed into opportunities for creating an expanding vision of self (Self).

    anthony bogart bookThe method from Anthony’s book Moving toward Health and Freedom provides structure for co-creative encounter. Anthony guides students through healing therapeutics, alignment instruction and inner body awareness on a journey of evolving consciousness.

    Anthony is a generous, approachable and supportive teacher. Each workshop is an original flowering of the process of yoga. You can visit Anthony’s website at healthandfreedomyoga.comClass hours may be used for Yoga Alliance CEU credits.

    This is Anthony’s second time leading a trip to Bali and Lombok with RetreaTours, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board!

    About RetreaTours

    BJ & Lauren at Georgetown, Penang mural

    We very excited to be welcoming Anthony and Randall BACK to Bali and Lombok in 2017! We know you’ll be in excellent hands!

    BJ & Lauren created RetreaTours in 2010 with one goal in mind: to make world travel accessible, authentic, and astounding.  In order to focus fully on this passion, they moved out of the U.S. in January 2013 to reside full-time overseas. Each day is spent exploring new destinations, strengthening local ties & relationships, and creating memorable and transformative retreats and tours (aka, RetreaTours™!)

    BJ & Lauren take great pride in the itineraries they plan, as they can personally vouch for every hotel, every restaurant, and every activity that you will experience. They craft each element of the trip with intention, and they understand that it is this careful attention to detail that sets them apart.  Fueled by their passion, armed with know-how, and supported by knowledgeable local professionals in all of their destinations, BJ & Lauren set the scene for the vacation of a lifetime.

    The dynamic duo are available to answer any and all questions before the trip begins. From giving advice on the best flights and travel insurance to providing a packing list, FAQ, information about local food, and even a tiny “phrasebook,” BJ & Lauren pride themselves on these ‘nuts & bolts’ of personalized service.

    In addition, as a guest, you receive free travel consulting services (normally a $200 value) should you choose to extend your travels. As one of their most ‘frequent fliers’ put it recently, BJ & Lauren make everything easy for you. Once you arrive in your destination city, your trip is all-inclusive—your meals, transportation, lodging, site fees, donations, and tips are all taken care of.  The research has been done, the itinerary carefully laid out, the reservations made, the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted. All you have to do is show up and take in all your destination has to show you!  So….let’s get going!

    (Pictured above: BJ & Lauren play on an interactive street mural in Georgetown, Malaysia.)

    About Randall

    randall buskirkRandall Buskirk, RYT-200, grew up in Kentucky, where he practiced enough magic tricks to learn the secret of making illusions real—it’s all about attention and where you place it.  He put much of his attention on Karate and Tai Chi, playing the guitar, and learning about stories. Years later, he discovered yoga and its stories and realized the source of that creative desire was as palpable and simple as the breath.  From the breath, all life’s magic flows.

    In addition to leading international yoga retreats, Randall plays kirtan at yoga events around Florida and Costa Rica. Despite a degree in English, he still enjoys reading, and despite no trace of a southern accent, still hopes to write a great country song someday. Randall lives in Sarasota, FL and has been known to pull out his guitar during yoga classes from time to time.

    This is Randall’s third trip to Bali with RetreaTours—we’re afraid we’ve created a Balinese monster! (Speaking of which, you’ll see those on tour…)

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