Beauty, Bounty & Bliss

A yoga & cultural retreat

in Bali and Lombok, Indonesia

with Jennifer Matthaei Cottrell


This journey has been postponed indefinitely; please see our website menu for all trips currently open for registration!

Trip at a Glance

  • June 17-30*, 2019 (*these dates are based on a 6-guest minimum reached by September 30, 2018)  Actual dates in Bali are June 19-29; the 17th, 18th, and 30th reflect travel time to and from the USA.
  • Daily yoga practice with Jennifer Matthaei Cottrell
  • Soak in the beauty of Balinese culture in rural Sidemen
  • Soothe your senses at a seaside resort on the island of Lombok
  • Limited to 14 guests
  • Early price of $2799 per person until November 30th (based on double occupancy)  Price does not include international airfare  ~ allow $1400 – $1600 for roundtrip airfare from the Washington D.C. area. 




Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Day 1  Arrive at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and be driven to your slice of paradise, Sidemen

Days 2-4  Over the course of the following days in Sidemen, we will have the opportunity to experience:

  • Daily practice with Jennifer Matthaei Cottrell
  • Purification ceremony with a Balinese priestess
  • Day trip to Bali’s artistic hub, Ubud
  • Balinese cooking class
  • Experience a traditional Balinese dance performance
  • Massage and spa treatments (we’ve included one free foot massage and one free full body massage)
  • Relaxation at one (or all!) of the three picturesque swimming pools
  • Additional options (not included): nature walk, rafting trip

Day 6   Take a ferry across the Lombok Strait to your beachfront getaway on the west coast of Lombok (~2 hour ferry)

Days 7-10   While on the island of Lombok, we’ll have the opportunity to experience:

  • Daily practice with Jennifer
  • A snorkeling excursion to the stunning Gili islands
  • Relax poolside and beachside
  • Massage and spa treatments (we’ve including one free massage treatment)
  • Optional activities you can add on: Waterfall hike in north Lombok; 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

Day 11   Fly from Lombok back to Bali (~30 minute flight)


Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Day 1  Arrive at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and be driven to your slice of paradise, Sidemen

Days 2-4  Over the course of the following days in Sidemen, we will have the opportunity to experience:

  • Daily practice with Jennifer Matthaei Cottrell
  • Purification ceremony with a Balinese priestess
  • Day trip to Bali’s artistic hub, Ubud
  • Balinese cooking class
  • Experience a traditional Balinese dance performance
  • Massage and spa treatments (we’ve included one free foot massage and one free full body massage)
  • Relaxation at one (or all!) of the three picturesque swimming pools
  • Additional options (not included): nature walk, rafting trip

Day 6   Take a ferry across the Lombok Strait to your beachfront getaway on the west coast of Lombok (~2 hour ferry)

Days 7-10   While on the island of Lombok, we’ll have the opportunity to experience:

  • Daily practice with Jennifer
  • A snorkeling excursion to the stunning Gili islands
  • Relax poolside and beachside
  • Massage and spa treatments (we’ve including one free massage treatment)
  • Optional activities you can add on: Waterfall hike in north Lombok; 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

Day 11   Fly from Lombok back to Bali (~30 minute flight)

Daily Itinerary

Sidemen Itinerary

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.

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 during your stay here. 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.

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

  • a Balinese Purification ceremony
  • Balinese cooking class
  • 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)
  • additional spa services

We’ll take a day trip to Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital, artistic heart, and shopping hub (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 your 6th day, you’ll say goodbye to Sidemen and head towards Padangbai harbor (~45-minute drive) for your 2-hour ferry to the island of Lombok.

Lombok Itinerary

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.

Our 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 your last morning, 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:


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. 

What’s in a Name?

The Balinese have a very interesting naming system! There are only a few unisex names used in Bali, based on birth order. While Balinese often go by nicknames, they will likely introduce themselves by their proper name. The firstborn is either Wayan, Putu, or Gede (and sometime Ni-Luh for females); second-born is Made or Kadek; third-born is Nyoman or Komang; and the fourth-born is always Ketut. What about families with more than four children? Start at the top again, but this time with a “Balik” twist. Balik means “again,” so the second Wayan in a family becomes “Wayan…again.” While there are a few other names that certain castes use, these are the names that you’ll hear time and time again. What would your name be if you were born in Bali?

The Sounds of Bali

Bali is unique in so many ways, and it even has a distinctive sound. Gamelan is an ensemble-style music made up primarily of percussive instruments called metallophones (metal xylophones, more or less). Native to the islands of Java and Bali in Indonesia, gamelan music is still very much a part of Balinese culture, particularly during dances and ceremonies. Click the orange arrow in the SoundCloud box for a sample!

Balinese Offerings

You typically can’t walk a few meters anywhere in Bali without running into a Balinese offering–or several. These offerings, from the meaningful but simple to the unbelievably ornate, encapsulate the beautiful balance in Bali’s unique blend of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism. One of the more common offerings you’ll see is the canang sari (sari= “essence,” ca nang=”beautiful purpose” in the Kawi language). This palm leaf basket holds different colored flowers and other ingredients (food, candy, even cigarettes), each rich in meaning. They are topped with a stick of incense, so that the smoke may carry this offering to heaven.

Every single day, a woman (always a woman) in a Balinese household will spend an hour or more creating and placing these blessings around the compound to signify gratitude. On holidays, of which there are many in Bali, that timeframe might go up to 4 or more hours, with many women in the same family working together to create hundreds of offerings. It is clear that the gifts and sacrifices that the Balinese give God is their time, attention, and care.

You’ll notice the blessings not only in key spots around a family or business compound, but on the ground, street, and sidewalk as well. These offerings are meant to placate the lower spirits or demons, keeping them at bay for another day. If you accidentally step on or kick one of the offerings, don’t fret–once the incense has brought the message up to the heavens, the offering becomes just an earthly object, to be swept up and replaced with love tomorrow.

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Price & Inclusions

This journey’s early bird price is $2799 USD per person (double occupancy) when you register between October 1 and November 30, 2018; after which the retreat fee is $2999 USD.

If you prefer to have your own room, the single supplement is $499 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 1, 2019 and the balance is due by March 3, 2019. Single supplement ($499) is due along with the last installment.

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • All water, coffee & tea
  • All accommodation
  • Daily practice with Jennifer
  • Ferry between Bali and Lombok
  • Flight between Lombok and Bali
  • Transportation in private vehicle within Bali and Lombok
  • Snorkeling excursion to the Gili islands
  • Day trip to Ubud
  • Cooking class in Sidemen
  • One full body massage in Sidemen
  • One welcome foot massage in Sidemen
  • One full body massage in Lombok
  • 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). PLease allow $1400-$1600 for roundtrip airfare from the Washington D.C. area.
  • 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


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

  • Paying by Check: Checks can be made out to RetreaTours 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. 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. We will send out invoices via email at least a week before the 2nd and 3rd installment due dates.

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

About your Daily Practice

We will have practice one to two times a day in a Hatha/vinyasa flow style. On travel days (especially the Bali to Lombok day), we will do our best to fit in asana practice, but we may have to be flexible (pun completely intended).

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


  • 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.


  • 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. 
We’ll be eating most of our meals at our retreat locations, in addition to some meals during our outings to Ubud, the Gili islands, etc. All meals are included on this adventure. Vegetarian and vegan options are available everywhere (please see more about that below). All of the produce is locally sourced as well as most of the other ingredients used. All food is prepared fresh to order and vegetables and fruits are washed with purified water and are safe to eat.
You’ll have two restaurants on your retreat grounds in Sidemen. The one closest to your accommodations has a beautiful open air plan overlooking one of the pools, and it specializes in both Indonesian cuisine and Thai (especially eastern Thai) dishes. You can even get creative with substitutions (Lauren loves the Thai Isan specialty of “larb” made with tofu instead of chicken—refreshing!) Your breakfast will be served every day in this restaurant. The other restaurant is a few minutes walk away on the ground, overlooking another pool. Both restaurants have an attached bar/lounge area for those interested. Both restaurants on the property have an attached bar/lounge for those interested.
Your accommodation’s restaurant in Lombok sits directly on the seaside, facing west across the Lombok Strait to Bali’s Mt Agung. This restaurant is truly international, with specialties from India and Thailand, along with classic pastas, soups, sandwiches, salads, and even burgers (along with Indonesian cuisine, of course!) There is a lovely bar that serves beer, wine, and liquor for those interested in having a seaside cocktail. Breakfast here is not to be missed, as anything (and everything!) is on the menu. Speaking of breakfast: Balinese coffee can be quite strong and an acquired taste; beyond that, many restaurants serve instant coffee. If you take your coffee very seriously, you may wish to bring your own favorite instant coffee or a travel French press!
  •  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. 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.


  • 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 ( 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. Please see to get started.


  • How much money should I bring?

That mostly depends on how many “extras” you wish to indulge in (spa treatments, massages, extra activities).  We’ll let you know about these average amounts and the cost of extra excursions after registration.

  • 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.


  • 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 (and the occasional grasshopper!)

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?

It’s best to have 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 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. You will also wish to download the WhatsApp app for intra-group communicaton immediaely before and during the journey.

Weather and Suggested Packing List
Based on historical averages, we expect the the temperature ranges for your journey to be from 66°F to 90°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. 

Laundry services will available to you at both of your hotels (at an additional fee).

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 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.’)


  • 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.

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

Travel Insurance
We require that each guest carries travel insurance that covers emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation and repatriation. 

We suggest trip cancellation insurance, as well, as you never know what obstacles life can toss at you leading up to a trip. However, we do not require this coverage, we only suggest it highly.

Below you will find some options to look into, if this is a new world to you. However, we ask that you carefully consider your choice in travel insurance. What works for some people may not work for others, particularly if you have any pre-existing conditions. Please do take the time to consider the best policy for your individual needs.

World Nomads provides medical coverage for guests under 70 that includes trip cancellation, as well. You can use the box on this page to get a quote and see coverage. is a good place to see and compare many policies at once, and you can refine the options by what coverage you would like. This website includes options from companies like Allianz, Travel Guard, Trip Assure, April, GeoBlue and more. is another insurance comparison site, with very clear options (such as trip cancellation, pre-existing conditions, cancel for any reason, etc). Squaremouth’s interface is very easy and intuitive to use!

It may also be a good idea to check with your credit card companies, especially American Express, to see if they offer any medical coverage for travel.

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.

Please allow $1400 to $1600 for a roundtrip flight to/from the Washington, D.C. area.

You can see our advice on flying from the U.S. to Bali in this blog post. 

Contact RetreaTours

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about this journey.

About Jennifer
After 15 years in the video sales business, which included 12 years as the Eastern Regional Manager for Orion Pictures Corporation, Jennifer Matthaei Cottrell started her own business, You’ve Got It Made, specializing in promotional products, advertising specialties, and imprinted apparel. In its 17th year of operation, You’ve Got It Made has provided branded products for such diverse companies as Central Atlantic Toyota Distributors, Catholic Charities, and DARCARS Automotive Group.

In addition to being a successful businesswoman, she is a registered yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance) who has over 35 years of involvement in the Yoga community. She is a certified Yoga Therapist, under the aegis of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Jennifer is a dedicated Yoga teacher, having achieved E-RYT 200, and RYT 500. Additionally, she is certified in Radiant Child Yoga levels one and two, Meditation Facilitation, and Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling, with an additional certification in Ayurvedic Pulse Technique.

She currently teaches Yoga in Harrisonburg, VA at James Madison University, The Center Yoga, Rockingham County Parks and Recreation, as well as in private classes at her home studio, where she also conducts meditation classes and Ayurvedic wellness consultations.  Previously, she taught in Virginia at Blue Ridge Community College, and in Maryland at The Westminster Family Wellness Center, Yama Studio, and Carroll Community College – [email protected] summer camp program.  She has also presented Ayurvedic workshops at Yama Studios in Baltimore, MD, and at Skin and Zen, in Harrisonburg, VA. Jennifer led a fantastic India RetreaTour to Ladakh and Rishikesh with RetreaTours in Summer 2018.

An arts and crafts lover from early childhood, Jennifer recently discovered Zentangle, and in October of 2013 became a Certified Zentangle Teacher. She offers this wonderfully meditative instruction through James Madison University’s Life Long Learning Institute, and Rockingham County Parks and Recreation, as well as private parties and lessons. Jennifer is always seeking opportunities to enhance her teaching of holistic wellness.

Jennifer wants share her passion for adventure, Yoga, and spiritual growth with willing fellow travelers.

Click here to email Jennifer directly.

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.

Although BJ & Lauren will not be with you in person on this journey, they know you are in good hands with Jennifer and their trusted Indonesian partners!

Photo Album

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.

Around the World Journeys


World Wonder journey coming in late October 2022–stay tuned and check out 2020’s itinerary for inspiration!





  • Oct 31–Nov 9, 2021: Treat, Spay, Love in Nepal–celebrate the dogs of Kathmandu on Kukur Tihar. Coming soon!


Sri Lanka

  • Coming in February 2022!


South America



Argentina, Chile & Easter Island

  • December 8–21, 2021: Featuring a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!  Coming soon!

Wonders of South America Journeys

  • Jan 6–20, 2022: Patagonia (Argentina and Chile) & Iguazu Falls, coming soon!
  • Late September 2022: Wildlife Wonders of South America, coming soon!

Cultural & Wildlife Journeys


Around the World Journeys





  • Treat, Spay, Love in Nepal–Celebrate Kukur Tihar! Coming soon! Oct 31–Nov 9, 2021:

Sri Lanka

  • Coming in February 2022!


Buddhist Journeys with Tricycle: The Buddhist Review


India & Nepal

  • Pilgrimage to India & Nepal: Walking with the Buddha, Oct 10-24, 2021, coming soon


Sri Lanka

  • Coming February 2022, stay tuned!


  • Coming Summer 2022, stay tuned!

January – March


April – June


Check back for more exciting journeys!


October – December

  • Argentina, Chile, and Easter Island: Featuring a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!  December 8–21, 2020 (website coming soon)
  • Pilgrimage to India & Nepal: Walking with the Buddha, October 10–24, 2021
  • Around the World: World Wonders Edition, late October 2022. Website coming soon, but you can see 2020’s itinerary here!









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