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Phone

0421790117

 

Email

julia@affinityyoga.com.au 

 

 

Blissful Bali Yoga ReTreat - a journey of self discovery

3rd to 9th May 2020 - FULLY BOOKED

with Julia Jones and Donna Gallagher

 

Ganesha - Lord of new beginnings and good fortune, the remover of obstacles and journey protector

We invite you to step away from the demands and stressors of every day life and join us on a journey of self discovery.    A truly pampering holiday where the time is yours to do as much or as little as your heart and soul desires and enjoy as much pampering as your mind and body requires.

 

Whatever your level of yoga ability, we will support you in the exploration of yoga movement, breath work, deep relaxation and meditation.   

 

Nourish and energise with the fresh and healthy culinary delights from the endless choices of cafes and restaurants.  Melt away your cares with massage and spa treatments.   Relax by any one of the three pools in the beautiful surrounds of Ananda Resort set amongst rice paddy fields.   Explore the museums, temples, shops and the many other cultural experiences this beautiful island has to offer.  

 

 

Retreat Package Includes:

  • Six nights accommodation in a superior suite at Ananda Cottages
  • Air-conditioned transfer upon arrival from airport to Ananda
  • Twice daily Yoga - Traditional Hatha and Yin style, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, Yoga Nidra
  • Two teachers to provide personalized attention
  • Welcome dinner
  • Breakfast daily – buffet style
  • Bliss Spa 60 minute massage
  • Luxury Maya Spa day with a choice of treatments, including lunch
  • Pyramids of Chi Sound Healing Immersion
  • Guided rice paddy orientation walks into town
  • Closing brunch
  • Retreat group 10 - 16 participants (maximum)

Retreat Investment:

Early Bird to 31 December 2019

  • Single AUD$2,150 per person
  • Twin/Double share AUD$1,850 per person 

From 1 January 2020

  • Single AUD$2,250 per person
  • Twin/Double share AUD$1,950 per person 

Please Note: If you are travelling on your own and like to share a room we will endeavor to match you with a (same sex) room buddy but can't be guaranteed, in which case, single room rate will apply.


To Register Your Booking

To reserve your space please Click Here to a download registration form.  To secure your booking, please complete and return the form via email along with your $300 deposit (pay in details included on the form).  The balance is required one month prior to the retreat.  

 

Additional nights at Ananda Cottages

If you wish stay additional nights at Ananda Cottages pre and/or post the retreat dates, please book directly with Ananda  anandaubud@gmail.com  The rate is US$95 per night (superior room) and can be paid upon check out.  When booking, please let them know you are part of Julia and Donna's yoga retreat so that you can remain in the same room for the duration of your stay.


Getting there

Flights are not included in the package.  We recommend Webjet to compare airline carriers and flight prices to Denpasar, Bali.  We arrange your pick up and transfer from the airport to Ananda.  Transfer price to Ananda is included in the package.  The distance is 40km and takes around 1 hour, depending on traffic.  

 

About The Yoga

With a combination of Contemporary Classical Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, mindful slow flowing movements and strengthening postures, each session will be threaded with yogic philosophy to enrich your experience and help you delve deeper into your body's innate ability to release, heal, restore and rejeuvenate. 

 

Whatever your level of ability, you will be encouraged and supported in practicing in a way that is nurturing, strengthening and beneficial for you as an individual.  

 

Our yoga shala is set in the stunning natural surrounds that will assist you in slowing down and finding inner calmess as you practice pranayama (breathwork), deep relaxation and meditation.

 

About the Venue

Ananda Cottages is a charming traditional Balinese family run resort.  Located far enough out of town to give you a sense of space, peace and tranquility yet close enough for a 25 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride into central Ubud.

 

The accommodation is superior classic Balinese style villas, each with balcony, overlooking surrounding rice paddy fields or tropical vegitation.  

 

Delve into that book you've longed to read on your private balcony or lounge on a deck chair by the pool taking in the serene surrounds.

 

Ananda's restaurant is where we share our buffet breakfast and you can enjoy lunch and/or dinner there or have it delivered to your room.

 

Program - Our Retreat Journey Begins

Sunday

7:00pm Welcome Dinner

Monday

7am - 8:45am

Opening Circle -  Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation

 

9am

Nutritious buffet breakfast varied daily

 

10:30am

Orientation and rice paddy walk into town

 

5pm-6pm

Restorative Yoga

Tuesday

7am-8:45am

Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation

 

9am

Breakfast

 

5pm-6pm

Restorative Yoga

Wednesday

7am-8:30am

Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation

 

8:30am

Breakfast

 

9:30am-3pm

Maya luxury spa day (including lunch)

 

5pm-6pm

Yin Yoga

Thursday

 

Free morning and day to rest and/or explore

 

7am-10am

Breakfast at your leisure

 

5pm-6pm

Restorative Yoga

 

8:30pm-9:15pm

Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation for a good night's sleep)

Friday

7am-8:45am Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation

 

9am

Breakfast

 

10:30am-1:30pm

Pyramids of Chi sound bath

 

5pm-6pm Yin Yoga

Saturday

7am-8:45am

Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation - Closing Circle

 

9:30am

Farewell Brunch

 

Thursday you'll have the option to sleep in or we can recommend some of the popular activities such as a cycling tour through the rice paddies and traditional villages, a Balinese cooking course or a day trip to Seminyak (around a one hour drive) to shop or go to the beach. Every day you will have the option to wander around Ubud, stay in the tranquil resort and lose yourself in the lush gardens or that book you've been longing to read.

 

On the days and evening where meals are not included you can enjoy room service on your balcony or join Julia and Donna at one of their many favorite restaurants and cafes.  

About the Teachers

Julia Jones 

 

My Affinity with Yoga began in the early ninety’s when my passion and curiosity for all things beneficial to health
and wellness, and a big believer in ‘prevention is better (and gentler) than cure’, led me to yoga. I’d always enjoyed the physical, mental and emotional benefits of exercise in its many forms and it was through a Yoga foundations course that I had my true ‘AHA’ moment. It opened up the world of intrigue and deeper enquiry into this ancient wisdom of the East and how relevant it is to Western modern day wellbeing. The rich philosophy, psychospiritual and energetic teachings brought completeness to my physical yoga practice and it became crystal clear to me that I wanted to share the benefits with as many people as I could through teaching.

 

Since graduating in 2006 I’ve had the honor and privilege of teaching, learning from, and practicing with hundreds of unique individuals in yoga studios, gyms, workplaces and on retreats locally and internationally.   I teach traditional Hatha yoga with an emphasis on breath supporting the movement.

 

I truly believe that yoga can benefit every body and I enjoy creating practices and retreats that are both challenging and supportively nurturing for clients' individual and ever changing needs.  

 

Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma of Teacher Training (1120 hrs) - Australian Institute of Yoga
  • Yoga Australia, Level 3 Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga (120 hrs) – Yoga Synergy
  • Yoga Therapy : Therapeutic Applications of Posture, Movement and Breathing (120 hrs) - Yoga Synergy
  • Studio Pilates - Mat Pilates
  • Diploma of Holistic Counseling – Natural Therapies College
  • Usui Healing System - Reiki Level 1 & 2 – Om Reiki Centre
  • Pellowah Healing System Level 1 & 2 – Om Reiki Centre
  • First Aid Certificate
  • CPR Certificate

 

 


 

Donna Gallagher

 

Naturally curious, I’ve explored many styles of yoga such as Hatha, Ashtanga, Satyananda, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Yin, before choosing to teach both Hatha and Yin. 

 

Teaching in Australia for more than five years, I continue to learn through workshops with leading teacher trainers like Ana Forrest, Donna Farhi, Cristi Christensen and Les Leventhal. Im first aid qualified and a member of Yoga Australia.

 

I teach yoga in a safe, practical way that introduces yoga concepts that make sense. My approach is spiritual but its also physical and fun! I know first-hand how practicing yoga can change your life for the better and my aim is for you to walk away from your mat feeling better than when you arrived on it.

 

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Yoga Teaching (500 hours) - Victorian Institute of Yoga Education  & Teacher Training

  • Flo Yoga Teacher (200 hour) - Power Living Australia Yoga

  • Yin Yoga  Level II (80 hour) - Luminous Yoga

  • Yoga Australia Level I Registered Yoga Teacher

  • Studio Pilates - Mat Pilates
  • First Aid Level II

  • CPR Certificate

For more about Donna visit Yoga Seed

 

 

 

What Other Retreaters Say

"Thanks again for taking us all on a most wonderful journey of love and insightfulness, food and fun. I had the most amazing experience and really enjoyed meeting a beautiful group of women."

 

Andrea (Banking Manager)

 


 

“Dearest Julia, I just want to say a BIG thank you to you and Sandra for one amazing week! My God where do I begin? So many firsts, so many experiences, so much for the mind, body and soul, so, so incredible! Hard to put in words the whole experience but suffice to say I want to come back next year! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Om shanti, shanti shanti.”

 

Jane (Marketing Manager / Yoga Teacher) 

 


 

"I first attended Julia’s Bali retreat with Sandra Groves in May 2014, and I loved it so much I went back the next year! As a stressed-out young lawyer with no time to plan a holiday, it was the perfect escape for me. The retreat is the perfect balance of structure and free time, taking care of the logistics and fuss usually involved in holidays. The variety in the classes, daily themes and focuses, and nurturing, tailored approaches to teaching of both Julia and Sandra make it an experience that is both relaxing and informative. They also know every great restaurant and café in Ubud, making every meal a stress-free and delightful experience. I cannot speak more highly of the experience."

 

Lily (Solicitor)

 


 

 

"Thank you for a life changing experience of yoga and meditation in Bali.   Before going I was nervous, as I'm not exactly a serious yoga aficionado. It's a good week if I make it to the (low-key) Sunday class at my local gym. How was I going to manage three hours a day?!    I need not have worried. You are both the most amazingly knowledgable, communicative, patient and generous teachers I know. You made yoga accessible for me, with just the right amount of both challenge and nurturing. I came away from the week feeling like a new person: calm, strong, alive, restored. Can't wait to go again!"

 

Jessica (Form Designer) 

 


 

“Just a note to thank you for organising and running such a magical yoga retreat in blissful Bali. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am missing the daily practice. The places you took us to were wonderful, such amazing food and good company, always.” 

 

Jennifer (Mid-wife) 

 

 


 

 

"Over the last almost 10 years I have had the privilege of building and growing my yoga practice with Julia through classes, workshops and retreats both near and far. All of my experiences with Julia have always been filled with an ease and lightness of spirit that has gently allowed me to grow my practice to be what I wanted and needed it to be throughout the shifts and changes of life. Endlessly patient and always smiling, Julia has led me to do, experience and find things within myself that I didn’t know were possible. For me the expression of yoga as connection between mind and body has been my favourite teaching and this is still the core of my practice after many years; as a teacher, Julia is accepting and welcoming of whatever level you are at and whatever you want to be open to. Over time I have found that being in her classes has enabled me to find a stronger balance between the physical, mental and spiritual world and I often refer to my practice as “personal training for the mind” to friends and family as I observe how it affects my ability to concentrate and think more clearly in the crazier and busier aspects of my life. Thank you Julia for your wonderful classes and presence!"

 

 Em (IT Consultant)