Wendy Fit
Wellness Retreat

with Wendy O’Lenic

June 4–15, 2018

Trip at a Glance

  • June 4–15, 2018
  • Daily practice with Wendy O’Lenic
  • Soak in the beauty of Balinese culture in rural Sidemen
  • Celebrate the Balinese holiday of Kuningan
  • Soothe your senses at a seaside resort on the island of Lombok
  • Opportunity for extra activities or for pure relaxation
  • Limited to 14 guests
  • $2799 per person early bird price (based on double occupancy)
    • Does not include international airfare

Sidemen

Lombok

Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

June 4  Arrive at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and be driven to your slice of paradise, Sidemen

June 5 – 9  Over the course of the following days in Sidemen, we will have the opportunity to experience:

  • Daily practice with Wendy O’Lenic
  • Purification ceremony with a Balinese priestess
  • An excursion to Bali’s holiest temple, Besakih
  • Day trip to Bali’s artistic hub, Ubud
  • Massage and spa treatments (including one complimentary foot massage and one full body massage)
  • Relaxation at one (or all!) of the three picturesque swimming pools
  • Additional options (not included): nature walk, rafting trip, and cooking class

June 9   Today is Kuningan, the last day of a very special Balinese holiday, Galungan, when the gods and ancestral spirits return to the earth to bestow prosperity on humanity.

June 10   Take a ferry across the Lombok Strait to your beachfront getaway on the west coast of Lombok

June 11 – 14   While on the island of Lombok, we’ll have the opportunity to experience:

  • Daily practice with Wendy
  • A snorkeling excursion to the stunning Gili islands
  • Relax poolside and beachside
  • Optional activities you can add on: Waterfall hike in north Lombok; spa services at your resort’s award-winning spa; day trip to the beautiful beaches of South Lombok; trip into Senggigi town for the art market; trip to a nearby pearl farm; surfing lessons; snorkeling from the beach

June 15   Fly from Lombok back to Bali

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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

June 4  Arrive at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and be driven to your slice of paradise, Sidemen

June 5 – 9  Over the course of the following days in Sidemen, we will have the opportunity to experience:

  • Daily practice with Wendy O’Lenic
  • Purification ceremony with a Balinese priestess
  • An excursion to Bali’s holiest temple, Besakih
  • Day trip to Bali’s artistic hub, Ubud
  • Massage and spa treatments (including one complimentary foot massage and one full body massage)
  • Relaxation at one (or all!) of the three picturesque swimming pools
  • Additional options (not included): nature walk, rafting trip, and cooking class

June 9   Today is Kuningan, the last day of a very special Balinese holiday, Galungan, when the gods and ancestral spirits return to the earth to bestow prosperity on humanity.

June 10   Take a ferry across the Lombok Strait to your beachfront getaway on the west coast of Lombok

June 11 – 14   While on the island of Lombok, we’ll have the opportunity to experience:

  • Daily practice with Wendy
  • A snorkeling excursion to the stunning Gili islands
  • Relax poolside and beachside
  • Optional activities you can add on: Waterfall hike in north Lombok; spa services at your resort’s award-winning spa; day trip to the beautiful beaches of South Lombok; trip into Senggigi town for the art market; trip to a nearby pearl farm; surfing lessons; snorkeling from the beach

June 15   Fly from Lombok back to Bali

Daily Itinerary

Sidemen Itinerary

June 4 – 9

Welcome to the Island of Gods! You’ll be picked up at 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 day of Kuningan (see sidebar for more details).

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 onsite?), 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 special 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 seeking. We can have sunrise practice in a private studio and watch Mount Agung emerge from the mist, or we can bask in the sunset sunlight on an open-air terrace facing the distant sea.

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!)  You’ll also receive a complimentary foot massage upon arrival (or the next day, for those that arrive in the evening).

Between our meditation and yoga practice, we’ll experience some memorable activities, including:

  • a visit to the most sacred of all Balinese temples, Besakih
  • a Balinese Purification ceremony
  • a morning visit to the local market
  • 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

For those of you looking for a bit more activity, you can arrange (at an additional cost):

  • a day rafting trip
  • a rice paddy & nature walk (free, at hotel)
  • cooking class
  • additional spa services

 

We’ll take a day trip to Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital, artistic heart, and shopping Mecca (a scenic 90-minute drive away). 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.

On June 10th, you’ll say goodbye to Sidemen and head towards Padangbai harbor (~45-minute drive) for your 2-hour ferry to the island of Lombok.

About Galungan and Kuningan holidays

Kuningan is the final day of the very important Balinese holiday Galungan. Like any good holiday, Galungan celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over dark, dharma over adharma. During the holiday of Galungan, the spirits of deceased relatives come to visit their former homes, and the Balinese do everything in their power to make them feel welcome. Kuningan takes place in 2018 on June 9th, and that is the day that all of the ancestral spirits return to heaven by noontime.

You’ll notice tall bamboo poles on the road, bent over with the weight of symbolic decorations. The poles, or 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.”

Enjoy the video below about the construction of the Balinese penjor.

Lombok Itinerary

June 10 – 15

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’s population 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; here you’ll experience a new environment, complete with exotic birds, another picture-perfect pool, and a revitalizing tub with water that’s specifically engineered to refresh and moisturize your body.

We’ve included a snorkeling day trip to the Gili Islands for you. “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!

There are a number of other optional day trips you can take (at an additional cost), although no one will judge if the only thing on your agenda is “lounge, lounge & lounge”!

Optional activities include:

  • Waterfall Hike at Senaru. The north coast of Lombok boasts two beautiful waterfalls, surrounded by lush forest at the foot of the volcano Rinjani. (2 to 2.5 hour drive from our resort).  The first waterfall, Sindang Gila, is easily accessible and has a spectacularly high cascade. The second waterfall, Tiu Kelep, lies another 30 to 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 (~2 hour drive from our resort). 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. (Please see the sidebar for more information.) 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 fare. There is also a Pearl Farm & Showroom a bit farther north on the coast, if that catches your fancy.

On the morning of June 15th, you’ll head to the international airport in Lombok to take a scenic 25-minute flight back to Bali’s international airport. From here you can head home or on to your next adventure!

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!

If you wish, you may elect to take an optional day excursion to these beaches on the southern shores of Lombok. 

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Price & Inclusions

This journey’s early bird price is  $2799 USD per person (double occupancy) until December 31, 2017. After the first of the year, the price is $2999.

If you prefer to have your own room, the single supplement is $599 USD 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.

An $800 deposit holds your space.  The second installment of $1000 is due by February 4, 2018 (120 days before start of trip) and the balance is due by April 5, 2018 (60 days before start of trip).  Single supplement ($599) is due along with the last installment.

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • All water, coffee & tea
  • All accommodation
  • Daily practice with Wendy O’Lenic
  • Ferry between Bali and Lombok
  • Flight between Lombok and Bali
  • Transportation on private vehicle within Bali and Lombok
  • Snorkeling excursion to the Gili islands
  • Day trip to Ubud
  • One full body massage in Sidemen
  • One welcome foot massage in Sidemen
  • Cultural dance show
  • Purification ceremony with Balinese priestess in Sidemen

 

Price does not include:

  • International airfare to Indonesia (although we can and will be more than happy to help you decide on arrangements)Travel insurance (required)
  • Alcohol, sodas, and other specialty drinks
  • Extra activities such as:
    • additional massages and spa treatments
    • rafting trip near Sidemen
    • waterfall hike in Lombok
    • excursion to beaches on South Lombok

 

NOTE: 

  • There is a minimum of 8 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 4 months prior to the departure date, we’ll give you the option to transfer your reservation to another tour or fully refund your money.
Weather and Suggested Packing List

Based on historical averages, we expect these to be the highs and lows experienced during your trip:

  • Sidemen, Bali   71-89°F
  • Mangsit Beach, Lombok  70-86°F

Click here to see the weather averages near Sidemen, Bali

Click here to see the weather averages near Mangsit, Lombok

Note: The strict weight limit on your flight from Lombok to Bali will be 44 lbs (20 kg), not the 50 lbs that you may be used to domestically or internationally. If you prefer to only bring a carry-on, you’re welcome to do that, as well. 

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”

Clothing

  • Undergarments (up to you, but we’d recommend at least 8 pair)
  • One pair of athletic shoes & socks OR sport sandals (like Tevas or Keens) 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 (try to avoid spaghetti straps)
  • 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.’)

 

Accessories

  • PASSPORT!  Please also have a copy of your passport, as well.
  • While there are yoga mats at our locations, you may wish to bring a travel yoga mat or a yoga towel to place on top of them, for extra cushioning or comfort
  • Sunscreen; although you can buy it in Indonesia, it’s MUCH more expensive there. We prefer mineral-based ones: good for you, good for the environment. How do you know if it’s mineral-based? If the active ingredient is either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide—that’s it. MyChelle and Devita make good ones.
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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; be sure to pack them in your carry-on, not your suitcase.
  • Any over-the-counter drugs you may need; 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 a 2-hour ferry ride and also spending a day snorkeling from a boat. We like to use nature’s own anti-nausea meditation: ginger! Ginger capsules or ginger candy are great to have 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 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
  • A small travel umbrella. It can work for rain OR as a parasol.
  • Your smartphone or tablet (in airplane mode to avoid any unwanted charges!), and please don’t forget your chargers. We recommend setting up Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, or another wifi-based calling service before leaving home, and familiarizing your loved ones with it before you leave.

FAQ: information about your visa, vaccines, money, food & more

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 2 empty pages in the Visas section of your passport (make sure they are in the Visa section, not the Amendment or Endorsement section). 

You will receive your Indonesian visa-on-arrival at the airport; as of mid-2015, many nationalities do not have to pay for this visa, including the U.S. and Canada. Please check your own country’s eligibility here.

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 motion sickness?

You will be taking a 2-2.5 hour ferry from Bali to Lombok, in addition to a one-day boat snorkeling excursion to the Gili Islands. We recommend bringing Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate) as a precaution (if it is safe for you to do so), or bringing ginger chews/candy and using Sea Bands. We like ginger because it’s yummy and doesn’t make you drowsy!

  • 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.

Malaria is not a risk in our destinations, but again, we request that you work with your physician or travel doctor when making these choices.

  • What are the physical requirements for this trip?

You should feel comfortable walking 1/2 mile unassisted and climbing and descending 2-3 flights of stairs. If you choose to go on the waterfall hike excursion, you’ll want to feel comfortable walking on uneven terrain for an hour each way. If you choose to participate in the included snorkeling excursion, you should feel comfortable in the water, and you can definitely opt to wear a life vest during this activity.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

We require that our guests carry travel insurance.  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

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 need to use a different company. 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 service of these World Nomads 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.

MONEY

  • How much money should I bring?

That mostly depends on how many “extras” you wish to indulge in (spa treatments, massages, extra activities).  MORE HERE

  • How do I get the local currency?

You can either exchange cash in each country or use a local ATM (which we prefer). Just make sure you call your bank and credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling in these areas, so they don’t put a hold on your card when they see it being used halfway across the world.

HOTELS

  • What kind of hotels will we be staying at?

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 (one 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.

We will provide you with all hotel names and contact information before the start of the trip.

  • What kind of electronic adaptor do I need?

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!

COMMUNICATION

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

Before the trip begins we will give you the contact information for our hotels. If you choose to bring your cell phone or tablet, you can use VoIP services such as Skype, WhatsApp, and FaceTime to connect with your loved ones at home, as well.

Registration Questions and Contract

Please click here or the green button below to complete the registration questions and contract. Your spot is considered reserved when you have submitted your deposit and completed these questions.

Please click here to download to view and download PDF of the contract for your records.

Click here to access the registration questions

Payment Details

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

For those with U.S. accounts, we accept payments via check (which we prefer) and credit card (via PayPal).  International bank account holders, please contact Lauren for money-saving options!

  • 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 the red buttons below.  Please click the appropriate amount to be taken to PayPal’s homepage to complete your transaction. All PayPal transactions must be in USD.  Note that you do not have to pay with your PayPal balance, but can pay with any debit or credit card. Click here if you’d like further instructions.

Final installment due on April 5, 2018. We’ll provide you the amount and invoice via PayPal before the due date.

Click here to pay the $800 deposit by credit card (via PayPal)

Click here to pay the $1000 installment by credit card (via PayPal) [due by February 4, 2018] 

About your Daily Practice

Guests can enjoy a 75-minute sunrise meditation and yoga session each morning, with additional classes available many days before lunch and before dinner (except on the day you travel from Bali to Lombok, where we will fit sessions into our schedule). A post-dinner meditation session is also a possibility for those interested.

Wendy will assess the group’s needs, desires, and levels of experience before the journey and customize the experience to fit the retreat perfectly.

Some of Wendy’s most popular classes on her retreats include:

MORNING MEDITATION /SUNRISE YOGA
This wonderful meditation session will be held out during sunrise as you watch the morning sun come up. Mindfulness is a philosophy and practice that can help one sort through the stresses of everyday life. Just as your Yoga practice has brought a renewed connection with your own body and others. Mindfulness helps us make the same connection with life and who we are. Vacations provide us with new experiences and the opportunity to get away and explore new places. Why not deepen those experiences by beginning each morning with the intention of increasing your attention and fully appreciating your experiences. 10-minuteut a 10 minute meditation, the instructor will move you into an invigorating morning stretch that includes breath and movement synchronized together. The practice is designed to help you connect on a deeper level, beneath the chatter of the thoughts and into the higher innermost version of yourself. The practice is appropriate for all levels, as options for all intensities, higher or lower are offered.

BACK BENDS and HIP OPENERS 

Join Wendy for Back bends to open the heart and release tight hunched shoulders. The postures help expand our chest so that we can present ourselves from a place of an open heart, ready to fully receive what the universe has to offer us in the present.
Wheel also strengthens your legs, shoulders, and arms, and opens up your thighs and chest. It also energizes you and counteracts anxiety and depression by stimulating the thyroid and pituitary glands. Tight hips affect everything from your ability to get into wheel pose to simply being able to pick up something off the floor. When hips are tight, they increase the load and cause overuse of the spine. In addition to the benefits of improved range of motion and circulation and decreased back pain, opening the hips can create an energetic shift or release as well. Yogic tradition holds the hips as a storage ground for negative feelings and pent ­up emotions, especially ones related to control in our lives.

Hip ­opening can also create space for the birth of new ideas and new pathways. Opening the hips gives us access to freedom in the body and in our own unique expression — creatively, physically, sexually, and spiritually. This workshop is appropriate for beginner and intermediate yoga students. After a warm up, students will use various props, chairs, blocks, and straps to open their hearts, expanding their practice. This is an alignment based workshop, by learning the proper alignment students can expand and grow their practice.

 

YOGA FOR THE NECK AND SHOULDERS

Is your practice limited by pain in your neck or shoulders? This workshop is designed to focus on rebalancing the cervical spine and shoulders. The focus will be to balance strength and flexibility in the neck and shoulders.  We will work with techniques to alleviate compression and pain. Then she will incorporate Partner work to help unwind neck tension. This is packed with valuable information and will be longer than most sessions because of the content so come prepared to unwind. All levels are welcome.

 

HATHA YOGA ON THE BEACH

Hatha yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in America. It is the branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility. Doing yoga outside on a beach with the sound of waves.
PARTNER YOGA
This class will show you how much more effective your yoga practice can be with the assistance of a partner helping you to stretch. This style of yoga allows partners both to give and receive the invigorating relaxation of the practice. In this type of partner yoga Wendy, with the assistance of all another instructor, will guide all levels of students into a whole new level with your practice. Going deeper into the relaxation with the assist of your partner, you can connect in a unique way to your partner or close friend, or use it to build trust with someone brand new!

About your International Flight

BJ of RetreaTours would be happy to give advice on the best international flights and will post some options below in this space once the trip hits 6 guests (stay tuned). We do not purchase flights on your behalf, but we can help you find a flight that suits your needs.

You can see our advice on flying from the U.S. to Bali in this blog post. Please see below for a specific flight recommendation from RSW (Ft Myers) to Bali. You will need to arrive in Bali by midnight on June 4th (although dinner on June 4th is included for those that arrive in time). On the last day of the retreat (June 15th), you will fly from Lombok back to Bali mid-afternoon (~30-minute flight). Assuming this flight is on time, you can make your departing flight for any time after 6 PM on June 19th (or later, if you want to give yourself wiggle room in case of any delays departing Lombok).

It is still too early to secure flights for this trip, but below is a screenshot example of a Delta flight from RSW (Ft Myers) to Bali (you can click to enlarge). You can also choose to fly into Singapore and visit that wonderful city for a while before or after the retreat. You could even fly into Hong Kong or Tokyo if you desire and secure a separate flight to Bali from there.

If you’d like assistance with ideas or specifics, please feel free to email BJ@RetreaTours.com.

Travel Insurance

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 need to use a different company (we can advise you if you like). We’ll be asking for confirmation of your travel insurance before your departure.

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    Please use the form below or email Lauren@RetreaTours.com if you have any questions about this journey. Please indicate in the form below which trip you are inquiring about.

    About Wendy

    Wendy is the owner of Wendy Fit Yoga, Pilates and Personal Training Studio in Palm Harbor Florida. Wendy Fit Yoga is a certified 200-hour Teacher Training School since 2001. Wendy is also an RYT 500-hour yoga instructor.

    She fell in love with the practice of yoga in the early 80’s and began studying with Rodney Yee, Baron Baptiste, David Swenson, and Beryl Bender Birch getting her certifications in Ashtanga and Power Yoga. Her passion for health and wellness took her quickly to Clinical Rehab work. The demand for Yoga as a tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation inspired Wendy to continue her education in Iyengar methods for proper alignment.

    She continued her in-depth training and techniques using Yoga for Stress relief and meditation incorporating the need for proper breathing. Wendy began working with Special Needs clients to assist in rehabilitating from injuries and surgery getting certified in Pilates using the apparatus to assist in rehabilitating and/or preventing clients from injury. She has presented at a number of Health and Fitness Expo’s and National Yoga Conventions over the past 10 years.

    In 2000, Time Warner Network, which later became Bright House, began airing Wendy’s show “Yoga for the Healthy Mind and Body.” It became very popular and is now running On Demand on Bright House 999 with over 50 segments to choose from.

    Wendy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida College, majoring in Dance and minoring in Exercise Physiology. She is a STOTT PILATES® Instructor. Wendy has completed many PEAK and STOTT PILATES ® Continuing Education courses specializing in Injuries and Special Populations.

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    About BJ and Lauren of RetreaTours

    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, and even a tiny “phrasebook,” BJ & Lauren pride themselves on these ‘nuts & bolts’ of personalized service.

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    Please click a photo to see an enlarged version; you can use your arrow keys or mouse to navigate within the album. All photos have been taken by BJ and Lauren during their travels in these areas unless otherwise noted.