October 2017 Bali Yoga Retreat

Naya Ubud, October 25 - 31, 2017

Treat yourself to an unforgettable immersion into the land of mythical deities. Escape to the otherworldly land of Bali and surround yourself with its natural beauty. Together we will delve deep into the colourful tales of the famous gods and goddesses and bring the stories to life in our yoga practice. Then we will explore Ubud and the surrounding areas together for a blissful getaway not to be missed.

7 DAYS AND 6 NIGHTS OF PURE BLISS IN THE SPIRITUAL OASIS THAT IS BALI...

Join Dana and Laura as they share the stories and teachings of the Hindu gods Ganesh, Hanuman, Saraswati, Kali and Krishna. Each day will be themed around a different god or goddess. They will guide you through a week of self-discovery and exploration. From twice daily juicy yoga practices and healing meditations, to nourishing meals and cultural sight-seeing, the Divine Inspiration retreat will leave you feeling tranquil, content, and AWAKENED to the innate bliss within you. We've included two massages, a sunrise tour of Kintamani Volcano, and a Agnihotra fire ceremony experience. We're rockstar tour guides (we've each been to Bali many times) and we promise we've done everything in our power to facilitate your ability to be PRESENT. Let us share with you the magic of The Island Of The Gods. 

Who we designed this retreat for:

This is a unique opportunity to escape the daily grind and connect with yourself, with nature and with other like-minded individuals. We all need time away from our everyday lives to recharge, rejuvenate and reconnect with our deepest desires and highest intentions. When we do, we come away inspired to re-align our lives with what matters most. If you need a reset or simply a getaway filled with delicious yoga, mindfulness and the sacred stories of yoga, this retreat is for you. Stepping outside our familiar environment and away from our regular lives can be a great catalyst for radical change. 

Through strategically curated activities, guided conversations, story-telling, meditative experiences, and cultural excursions, we'll help you develop healthy habits (like a consistent morning yoga practice), cleanse your body (coconut water every day), open your mind (cultural immersion), and transform your yoga practice (3 hours of asana and pranayama daily). 

Included in your retreat:

  • 6 nights' boutique villa accommodation
  • Daily vibrant breakfast and dinner (on the final evening we'll go to a local vegan restaurant for dinner)
  • A 60 min Balinese massage
  • 3 hours of daily yoga instruction
  • Agnihotra fire ceremony
  • A sunrise hike up Mt. Batur Volcano
  • Optional transportation to and from the Bali Denpasar airport (please arrive mid-afternoon on the 25th and leave mid-afternoon on the 31st)

Optional add-ons include additional on-site spa treatments, sound therapy healing, Campuan Ridge Hike, and a visit to the Holy Water Temple

Please note that airfare, lunch, alcoholic beverages, and gratuities are not included.

Praise for Dana:

“I am so grateful to have found Dana Skoglund as a teacher. She is brilliant. Her attention to alignment is unparalleled and my yoga practice has advanced significantly since I began studying with her nearly 2 years ago. Dana is an exceptionally skilled teacher and as a teacher myself, I have often looked to her for guidance and mentorship. Her calm manner and deep knowledge are a continued source of inspiration.”

— Shauna N.

“I’ve tried yoga before and I’ve liked it, but you have made me love it! Your guidance has meant the world to me. I have become more open-minded both on the mat and off of it because of you.I feel stronger physically and mentally and more willing to try new and different things in my life. You are inspirational, compassionate and kind.””

— Faye

“Dana has transformed my idea of yoga and certainly transformed my body. She is a highly skilled teacher with a special gift for communicating safe and proper alignment. She is also incredibly creative and I love the element of variety that she brings into her classes. Dana has a lovely disposition, is very encouraging and compassionate, and a true joy to practice with. I feel grateful and honored to call her my teacher.”

— Barb

Praise for Laura:

“Laura Martini is a truly inspirational yoga teacher. She helped me deepen my yoga practice by focusing more on the safety of the postures and how they show up in my body. I feel compassionate with my practice of honoring myself. I feel fresh and rejuvenated after returning from the Costa Rica Yoga Retreat and would highly recommend this experience to anyone!”

— Michelle B.

“Thank YOU for opening our minds and bodies to the practice and teachings of yoga on the retreat; for opening our ears to listen to others and our own voice inside that we sometimes ignore; for opening our eyes to the beauty and culture of the Balinese people and the world around us; for opening our souls to look inward and discover things we didn’t see about ourselves before; and for opening our hearts to new friendships and connections we will have for life. It was an amazing experience and I look forward to being a ‘repeat offender’! (with a smaller suitcase next time…)"

— Sue M.

“Going on the yoga retreat was one of the best decisions I have made to date. I tossed the idea around for three months and finally decided to just go for it. The retreat helped me build my knowledge and appreciation for the practice of yoga. I learned the fundamentals of my yoga practice and furthered my practice by getting into poses I have never been able to before. Being able to relax, and not focus on the day to day distractions and be present during the classes was just what I needed. Laura is a wonderful teacher and I would definitely consider another retreat in the future..”

— Angela V.

Sample of a retreat day:

  • 8-9:30 am Hanuman the Monkey God Flow Yoga 
  • 9:30-10:30 am Breakfast and coconut poolside in the Joglo 
  • 10:30-12 pm Wander through the nearby rice fields 
  • 12-2 pm Optional Ubud town trip and lunch at a local warung 
  • 2-5 pm Shopping and tour of the Monkey Forest in Ubud
  • 5-6:30 pm Easy Yoga and Pranayama practice
  • 6:30-8 pm Dinner 

Food:  Included in your retreat is a breakfast and lunch every day, as well as 24 hour coffee and tea service, filtered fresh water, fresh fruit, and healthy sit-down dinners.  An a la carte menu is available until 9 pm.  Naya Kafe's in-house chef, Wayan, together with Naya's kitchen staff, pride themselves on sourcing garden-fresh local organic produce daily to create meals that will support our needs:)  The meals include a wonderful array of healthy Balinese, Japanese, international, raw, vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine.  We'll give the kitchen a break on our final evening together and go to a restaurant nearby for our dinner- please note that this last dinner is not included in the retreat package price. 

Accommodation: Naya Ubud is a boutique style retreat centre surrounded by lush gardens and tropical rice fields.  Each peaceful room offers jungle views and simple but luxurious furnishings.  The grounds are only a 7 minute drive from the renowned cultural town of Ubud whilst being far enough from the crowds and traffic to enjoy the magic and essence of rural Bali.  The exquisitely designed buildings feature Indonesian architecture, modern amenities and luxurious comfort.  

There are two tiers of accommodation to choose from:

  1. The main building at Naya consists of 3 luxurious bedrooms (Shanti, Prem, and Amrita) each with air conditioning & fans, mosquito nets, mineral water, balcony, rainfall shower, and in-room safe.  Each room is integrated with the beautiful landscape, embracing guests with a welcoming, therapeutic and peaceful energy.
  2. Nestled within a sea of rice paddies just a 2 minute walk from Naya, are Naya's Rainbow Villas.  These are 7 villas with a total of 10 Chakra inspired bedrooms, each with its own porch and private garden.  Most bedrooms have the option for single or double occupancy.  Each room comes with ensuite or shared bathrooms (first come, first served with ensuites!), fans, mosquito nets, portable air conditioning, in-room safe, mineral water, rice paddy and sunset views, and access to Naya's luxurious amenities.

RETREAT PACKAGE INCLUDES USE OF AN OZONE POOL AND LOUNGE CHAIRS, AN OPEN AIR YOGA SHALA WITH STUNNING VIEWS OF THE RIVER AND PAPAYA TREES, FREE WIFI, AN A LA CARTE CAFE, AND OPTIONAL IN-HOUSE GARDEN SPA TREATMENTS.  

THERE IS ALSO ACCESS TO A DRIVER UPON REQUEST   

Yoga:  Each day Dana and Laura will each lead an all levels yoga classes.  The morning class will be more powerful in nature and will likely be a vinyasa flow style class.  The evening classes will be more gentle and restorative.  We will also tell the sacred stories of the Hindu gods and lead conversations on yogic philosophy, history, and ethics throughout the retreat. We are able to accommodate everyone, including those with severe injuries and/or no yoga practice whatsoever.  Classes will on average be 1.5 hours in length.

AFTER YOUR YOGA PRACTICE, ENJOY A REFRESHING DIP IN THE SWIMMING POOL AND PICK FRESH FRUIT FROM AN ABUNDANCE OF MANGO, JACKFRUIT, BANANA, MANGOSTEEN, RAMBUTAN, PAPAYA AND COCONUT TREES.

Use this retreat opportunity to reset, recharge and refresh your perspective, and return home feeling genuinely inspired! Get to know yourself a little better, meet other like-minded adventurers, and collect moments, not things. The jungle is calling...

Investment per person: 

  • $2095 USD incl. taxes for triple occupancy in the Rainbow Villas 
  • $2305 USD incl. taxes for double occupancy in the Rainbow Villas 
  • $2485 USD incl. taxes for single occupancy in the Rainbow Villas
  • $2425-$2605 USD incl. taxes for double occupancy in a Naya Luxury Room 
  • $2665-$3265 USD incl. taxes for single occupancy in a Naya Luxury Room

Early Bird Alert! Book before May 31 for an early bird discount of $100 USD and your choice of either two 30 min health coaching sessions with Dana or a one hour private yoga class with Dana or Laura!

A $500 deposit is required to hold your space on the retreat. This can be paid via cash or cheque to either Laura Martini or Dana Skoglund (address available upon request), email transfer to danaskoglund@gmail.com or laura@martiniyoga.ca, or via Paypal (just let us know and we'll email you an invoice!).  The closest airport is Denpasar Ngurah Rai (about 2 hours away) and once we receive all of your flight itineraries we will organize the shuttles from the airport. REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPT. 30.

Accommodation Options

Retreat Package:  Retreat includes 6 nights' accommodation, 3 meals a day (except for our last evening), 2 daily yoga practices, a 60 min Balinese massage, a sunrise Mt. Batur volcano hike, and Agnihotra Fire Ceremony, and shuttle transportation to and from the Denpasar airport on the day the retreat begins and ends.  Space is limited and rooms are first come, first served.