April 22-28, 2018
“Don’t dismiss the elements. Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Breathe them in. Swallow their spells. There’s a sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.”
In ancient cultures from all over the world, there is a shared recognition that everything that exists is composed of a few essential elements. These elements embody key qualities—the balance of which results in harmony within ourselves and in the world.
Earth is the embodiment of the quality of solidity, perceptible through all five of our senses. When this element is balanced, we are centered and grounded. When we are rooted firmly in the element of earth, we have the safety, security and stability we need to blossom out into the world.
Air is the embodiment of the quality of movement, perceptible through just two of our senses (it cannot be smelled, tasted or seen). When this element is balanced, we are light and expansive. When we are able to go where the element of wind blows, we have the gratitude, openness and receptivity we need to embrace the inevitable ups-and-downs of life.
Water is the embodiment of the quality of fluidity, perceptible through four of our senses (it cannot be smelled). When this element is balanced, we are accommodating and adaptable. When we are able to ride the waves of the element of water, we have the flexibility, spontaneity and trust we need to flow with the changing currents of life.
Space is the embodiment of the quality of ineffability, perceptible through sound alone. When this element is balanced, we are in touch with our own qualities of infinitude and transcendence. When we are able to connect with the unimaginable vastness of the element of space, we can reclaim the divinity, perfection and wholeness that are the marks of who we truly are.
Fire is the embodiment of the quality of transformation, perceptible through three of our senses (it cannot be tasted or touched). When this element is balanced, we are courageous and driven. When we are able to fan the flames of the element of fire, we have the passion, power and purpose we need to blaze our own trail in the world.
In our retreat in Awakening Self-Love: Reconnecting with the Elements, we will engage in various practices designed to bring us home to ourselves is profoundly healing and transformative ways. We will participate with Mother earth, Water and Fire ceremonies; perform yogic exercises in asana, pranayama and dhyana; dance, chant and sing; and most importantly, rest, relax and reflect.
What will you receive from this retreat
In this retreat, you will receive the guidance and the tools you need to: Create and deepen a connection with the elements;
- Create and deepen a connection with the elements;
- Establish and expand an awareness of the present moment;
- Raise your personal vibration and connect with your own conception of the divine;
- Find the stillness within you and learn how to create sacred space;
- Revitalize your body, refresh your mind, reinvigorate your heart and renew your spirit; and fall in love all over again with yourself and take renewed delight in the gift of who you are.
- Build your self-confidence through using your voice
Sequoia has been teaching for over a decade and has studied yoga and other spiritual practices for over twenty years. She embodies the yoga teachings and this shines through in how she teaches. Her passions include the philosophies and practices of mantra, meditation, nada yoga, pranayama and yoga nidra.
Jero Mangku Ketut Darsa
Local Hindu Priest
Jero comes from a family of holy priests and oversees the sacred garden temple of Beji where he presents prayers and offerings to the spirits and conducts ceremonies on specific days. Jero’s life is devoted to Spirit and he uses his connection with unseen energies to share the universe’s wisdom with all.
Eileen is a yoga teacher trainer, yoga and meditation teacher, retreat facilitator and Reiki practitioner. An educator by heart, Eileen is passionate about learning and sharing practices that can transform people’s lives and their experience of life. When she’s not reading up on the world’s religions, Eileen spends her free time listening to neuroscience lectures and dharma talks.
The retreat begins on April 22 at 4:00 pm for the opening ceremony.
The retreat officially ends after the morning program on April 28, 2018.
07:00 – 09:30 Ceremony, Chanting/Singing, Pranayama/Meditation, Movement
09:30 – 11:00 Breakfast
11:00 – 11:15 Journaling and Reflection
11:15 – 13:00 Talks and practices in connecting with the Elements
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Rest and Recreation
16:00 – 18:00 Ceremony, Chanting/Singing, Pranayama/Meditation, Movement
The above schedule is simply a guide and may change depending on what the retreat participants need on a given day. There will also an evening with a program as well an afternoon devoted to a trip to Ubud for sightseeing or shopping.
The venue: Bhanuswari Resort,
just 15 minutes out of Ubud, Bali.
The retreat will be held at the Bhanuswari Resort, a sanctuary nestled in the southern foothills of the Indonesian island of Bali, just 15 minutes away from the town of Ubud. Bali is located off the Eastern tip of Java and is home to a Hindu minority famous for its kindness and hospitality. Foreigners refer to Bali as the “Paradise Island” because of its breath-taking beauty while locals refer to it as the “Island of the Gods” because of its palpable and pervasive sense of spirituality.
Bhanuswari Resort is surrounded by terraced rice fields, towering coconut trees, natural spring-fed streams and vibrant tropical gardens, creating a serene and secluded setting ideal for retreats. From the manner of its design and construction to its management and operation, Bhanuswari Resort provides the perfect setting for visitors seeking spiritual awakening, emotional healing, mental peace and creative inspiration.
What is Included
- Six- night, seven day stay in beautiful A/C rooms Shared, Single or Deluxe accommodations
- Air-conditioned accommodations for six nights with options to go solo or to share
- Three healthy vegetarian meals for six days
- Complimentary water, coffee and tea
- Two complimentary shuttle rides to Ubud
- Complimentary airport transfers (for the return trip)
- Unlimited use of the resort’s pools and WiFi
- A water temple ceremony
The retreat fee does not cover airfare, visa costs, tips for the staff and the airport transfer to the resort.
Accommodation and Costs
A Suggested What to Bring List
- Light sweater, wrap, sarong or meditation shawl
- Light rain jacket or windbreaker
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Light cotton pants or crops
- Shorts (and skirts)
- Shirts (with long and short sleeves) and tank tops
- One set of touring clothes (khaki pants or a long skirt)
- Small day pack
- Yoga mat
- Cotton travel money belt
- Quick drying travel towel
- Journal and pens
- Camera and charger
- Audio recorder
- Universal plug adapter
Bali is just one of the many small islands of Indonesia, but without a doubt, it is one of the most famous. Bali is frequently referred to as “The Paradise Island” because of its reputation in the world as a tropical paradise of untold beauties of nature, hosting a peaceful feeling and never-ending beauty. The island is also known as the island of the “Gods” because worship colors every facet of life among the Hindu Balinese in their daily activities. The whole of Indonesia is Muslim, Bali being the only Hindu island.
The local people are soft in nature, happy to help and very kind. From my personal experience, I feel it’s a safe country and very spiritual, which of course supports the practice of Yoga. Even though I say it’s safe, theft can occur and we recommend being mindful with your belongings in the bigger centres like Ubud and Denpasar, the capital you will be flying into.
Bali occupies an area of only 6,000 square kilometers. The longest distance is about 140 kilometers. Bali is located just off the eastern tip of Java, separated by the narrow Bali straights. The island lays eight degrees south of the equator. So expect some humidity. Our venue, Bhanuswari, is located about one hour north of the airport, which is 20 minutes from Ubud seen in purple on the map. Ubud has a bit of everything from great healers, shops and delicious vegetarian restaurants.
Frequently Asked Questions about Our Trainings
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend having it just in case but it is not mandatory.
What do I need to know about my updated Passport
Your passport must be valid for a period of 60 days after you return to your home country
Do I need a Visa?
You can receive a visa on arrival which is good for one month unless you pay in the airport for 2 months, but it can not be renewed while in the country. Check with your local Indonesian embassy if your country is allowed access
Do I need to get any Vaccinations?
This is a personal choice, as there are sometimes out breaks of dengue which you can not get a vaccine for.
What is the Weather like in April?
The weather in Bali is hot and humid, with occasional rain showers.