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Radical Self Love Retreat, Bali
April 8 @ 5:00 pm - April 14 @ 10:00 am$ AUD1250 – $ AUD1450
Is it time for you to bask in the light of your own perfect rainbow? 🙂
Are you ready to love yourself truly, madly and deeply ad transform your life from the inside out?
Then join me in Bali this April at the beautiful Bali Sandat for a week of Radical Self Love! I can’t guarantee this rainbow will appear at the waterfall on the day we visit, but I will pray to the Balinese Gods that it does 🙂
Over these 7 days and 6 nights we will be dedicated to reconnecting with ourselves, and learning to love and care for ourselves in brand new ways.
We will be practicing yoga, meditation and connecting deeply with the breath each day.
We will use Ayurvedic teachings and understandings of the human mind body system for creating vibrant health, introspection and journalling practices for self-exploration and self-discovery and there will be optional Reiki and Massage treatments on offer as well.
WHY RADICAL SELF LOVE?
Self-love is the heart of a healthy life.
If you don’t love and care for yourself, you are not able to love and care for others.
In order to give to others we need first to fill our own cups with self-love and self-care.
There are lots of reasons why we may not be as loving towards ourselves as we could be, usually because we learnt our models of loving ourselves through our parents and caregivers who most likely had their own difficulties with loving themselves. In order to love ourselves fully we need to develop an ongoing loving relationship with ourselves.
- We let go of self judgement,
- We fully accept ourselves
- We honour ourselves and where we are on life’s journey,
- We forgive ourselves quickly and easily for our mistakes,
- We develop a relationship with our inner child,
- We listen to our hearts,
- We follow our intuition and
- We develop loving and healthy relationships with others.
We will be diving into all of these themes during this retreat in our Self Love workshop sessions. Tools we will use include: group sharing (nobody is ever obliged to share), journalling, narrative therapy (re-framing our stories), eye gazing meditations, and guided meditations.
We will be investigating obstacles to self love such as:
- People pleasing
- Not going after your dreams (why? – staying safe and not being too ‘big’)
- Childhood patterns of relating based on family relating systems and patterns
- Fear and anxiety
- Self worth and where it comes from (Hint: it’s inherent – we can’t get it from outside us).
Yoga and Meditation Practices
The yoga offered on this retreat will be Hatha style yoga suitable for all body types and all levels of practice.
We will be investigating all the different postures from the perspective of self love and self care, with the aim that you can come away from the retreat with a yoga practice for yourself that you can do at home.
Our meditations will be focused on staying present with the breath and becoming mindful of the bodily sensations as they arise and fall away, thus bringing us into harmony with the present moment.
There will also be daily guided meditations on self-love relating to the theme of each day.
Find out more about my background and teaching experience here.
Sample DAILY SCHEDULE
- 7-7.30: Sitting Meditation
- 7.30 – 9: Yoga Practice
- 9am: Breakfast
- 10 – 11: Free Time (Swim, Read, Relax)
- 10:15 – 11: Self Love Workshop – Journalling / Group Work / Inner Alchemy
- 11: Morning Tea + break
- 1pm: Lunch + Free time
- 3:00 – 4:00: Discussion on Ayurvedic Principles for Health
- 4:00 – 5:00: Restorative Yoga
- 5:30 – 6pm : Sunset Meditation
- 6:30: Dinner
- 7:30 – 8:00: Kirtan (Mantra) Singing (Optional)
Venue: Bali Sandat Guesthouse, Bondalem, North Bali
Bali Sandat is a gorgeous gem in the quiet side of the island, North Bali. A boutique guesthouse, it offers guests a really intimate and truly Balinese experience. On arriving here, within minutes you feel like a part of the big extended Balinese family made up of the staff here and Swiss owner Tilly Bucher.
Situated in the quiet region of North Bali, here we are far from the madding crowds of the touristy Bali. There is no surf here on the Northside, with just gentle waves lapping onto the shore, so this makes it perfect also for swimming and snorkelling. In the early evenings you will here songs wafting over from the local temples on the hills nearby, which are a beautiful accompaniment to the balmy Balinese evenings and give a feeling of otherwordly-ness – you are in a place where the local people have direct contact and relations with the spirit world and you can really feel this in Bali.
The staff at Bali Sandat are like a family, and many have been with Tilly since the beginning of the guesthouse about twenty years ago. Their smiles will brighten up your day.
There are some nearby neighbours here are residential yoga retreats, so you will likely bump into some like minded people from around the world on the beach.
But don’t worry, it is far from crowded. This really is a hidden secret of Bali and I am honoured to share it with you on this retreat.
The staff at Bali Sandat take care of everything. Each morning they start with preparing offerings and making them at the temple on the beach as well as all around the house and garden. And in true Balinese tradition they repeat this process a few times a day.
It is just as important (or actually, when you get down to it – more important) to take care of the connection with spirit and the other worlds as it is to care for our physical and material wellbeing. In Balinese culture everything starts with our spiritual connection to the Gods, self and others, and life flows from there. So that’s why this is a wonderful place to do a Self-Love retreat.
The rooms are stylishly decorated by Swiss owner Tilly, and they all have a tiled patio (or balcony on upper levels) out the front with a hammock, perfect for relaxing in and listening to the lap of the waves against the beach just 50 metres or so away.
Rooms are twin share and there is one self contained apartment with three double beds. Every room has a bathroom attached, which is enclosed but open (no roof) so at night you get to have a shower under the stars! The climate in Bali is always warm so don’t worry about catching a cold.
The beach itself is a stunning black sand beach, perfect for swimming. If you take out a snorkel and mask you will be sure to see some of the many tropical fish swimming around the underwater grottoes.
Food served at Bali Sandat for this retreat is lovingly prepared by chef Kadek and will be healthy vegetarian lunches and dinners, sourced from local organic produce, and cooked in Balinese style. There will be some fresh fish options for fish eaters.
For breakfast abundant tropical fruits are on offer, with muesli and yogurt and pancakes or omlettes according to your taste. Coconut water and fresh juices are available all throughout the day.
Yoga and Meditation Practice
We will be praticising Insight Meditation each morning (from the Buddhist Vipassana tradition). Each morning we will build on our meditation practice from the previous day. Some sessions will be guided breathing mediations, and others will be fully guided meditation practice.
We will be practicing Hatha Yoga suitable for all body types and all levels of yoga practice.
Each morning we will build on the previous day’s practice, slowly adding deeper versions of each posture. We will practice in the yoga shala right in front of the beach in Bali Sandat.
In the afternoons we will be doing a yin based or restorative yoga practice.
There are many extra curricular activities possible on this retreat. The region is phsyically stunning and there are a few beautiful waterfalls nearby which we will be visiting.
At the guesthouse there is snorkel gear available so you can happily while away some of your free time in communion with the fish!
There are also hot springs nearby, right in front of the beach, where you can soak in natural mineral springs while looking out onto the sea.
Also just up the road is an art gallery, Symon’s Studio, owned and run by expat American artist Symon who has lived more than thirty years on the island. Symon paints the people of Bali in all their colours! His studio is a delight for the eyes and really gives you a wonderful insight into Balinese culture. His is art is a reflection of a lifelong love affair with Bali.
Some of these activities will be included in excursions and some we can organise for you.
Depending if you want a single room or a twin share, the all inclusive price for this 6 night 7 day retreat is
AUD $1250 – AUD $1450
Twin Share Full Board: $1250
Single Room Full Board: $1450
- Full Board at Bali Sandat with vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Yoga and meditation classes and all Self-love workshops
- Snorkelling equipment hire
- 1 excursion to the Tejakula Waterfall and the Hot Spring
Price doesn’t include:
- Airport Transfer (this can be organised for you for an extra charge payable to the driver)
- Massages (available on site)
- Reiki sessions (with Michelle available on site)
- Other excursions you would like to organise.
Contact Michelle via the Contact form or on email her directly at: hello (at) michelletaffe (dot) com.