Bali, INDONESIA

Embodying Yoga, Living Meditation

with Libby Cox

August 5 – 12, 2017

Join Libby BaileyCox for a week immersed in an open-eyed meditation exploring Bali’s cultural heritage, Hindu mythology, and the embodiment of these through the rituals of music and dance.

The Balinese people are characteristically warm and welcoming, and they have a rich and unique history of music, ritual, puppetry, and dance. Here, Hindu tradition is alive. Elaborate Balinese dances and temple ceremonies are opportunities for open-eyed meditation. They are rituals of movement that teach visible and musical stories of Hindu mythology—narratives of a social life immersed in peace.

We will take inspiration from the daily traditions and expressions of the Balinese people in order to walk the path of our own embodied spiritual practice. We’ll see some of these dances, and we’ll walk among the people in the markets and visit the fire-lit temples of Ubud. In this retreat, Libby draws upon her education in art, dance, and Hindu philosophy to offer you yoga practice as a meditation on what it means to be embodied.

We’ll meet at the Denpasar international airport and transfer to stay at Soulshine, a sacred and celebratory space created by Michael Franti to welcome yoga retreats and spiritual groups. At Soulshine, we’ll have a daily practice of invigorating hatha yoga, yogic philosophy, gentle yoga and meditation. The retreat is just a 5-minute ride away from Ubud, but feels like a world away. It’s close to Ubud’s bright and colorful markets, and minutes from the beach if you’d like to have a surf lesson. You’ll feel completely at home in the chic and unpretentious luxury villas of Soulshine and feel like family among the local Balinese staff.

Vacation Details

Upon your arrival in Denpasar, you’ll be greeted at the airport and whisked away to our little paradise for the week. We’ll be staying at Soulshine, just 5 minutes outside of Bali’s cultural capital Ubud, in luxury villa accommodations. We’ll nourish ourselves with life-filled organic foods, visit area temples and cultural sites, and practice yoga in our open air yoga studio complete with breathtaking views of the rice terraces, coconut trees, and the jungle canopy.

We’ll also experience a performance of traditional Balinese dance and storytelling, venture out to the temple of Gunung Kawi, be blessed in the water temple of Tampak Siring and visit Goa Gajah / Elephant Cave. We’ll also offer an optional bicycle tour of the country side and an entire day at the beach!

Of course we’ll indulge in the incredible Balinese massage and spa treatments which are offered on site.

Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s

Do I need a visa to visit Bali?

Yes, depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a visa in advance, or you may be eligible for a visa on arrival. Please check this link to verify your status: www.balitourismboard.org. Visas on arrival are $35 USD. The customs officers do accept other currencies and credit cards as well.

Make sure that you have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the arrival date or you will be turned away from your departing city.

You must also have proof of a return ticket. Visa regulations have been changing in Bali for almost a decade, so it is recommended that you check with your consulate for the most up-to-date information.

What airport do I fly into?

Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) is the international airpot you will be flying into. Remember you can lose up to two days with the time change and flight time, so double check your arrival date and retreat start date.

How do I get from Denpasar to Soulshine Bali?

We will arrange transportation for group members arriving on the 5th and departing on the 12th. Expect a survey collecting your travel details. Upon exiting the airport, a trusted driver will meet you with a Soulshine Bali sign and big, welcoming smile.

 

Read more about packing, weather and other FAQ's

What is the electrical currency/outlet in Bali?
Bali electricity runs at 220V and uses the European plug (two round pins). Adapters will be necessary if you are bringing any electrical items. Soulshine has adapters for you to borrow and all the rooms have at least one American-style plug for direct access. You can also easily purchase adapters once you arrive.

Do I need any vaccines?
Traveling outside of you home country can expose you to bugs your body might not be used to. The odd case of “bali belly” (diarrhea) is not uncommon. Packing an anti-diarrheal can put you at ease. It’s always nice to check in with your family doctor or local travel clinic if you need any information on vaccines or medications to bring with you. We’ve got some great pharmacies (“Apotek” in Indonesian) and an awesome health clinic nearby Soulshine Bali in case you need anything.

Is there internet access on property?
Soulshine offers free wi-fi throughout the property. While we know its important to stay connected with friends and love ones, sometimes the unexpected storm can slow down or cut out the internet temporarily.

What will the weather be like?
Because it is located near the equator, Bali tends to have fairly stable weather with the “wet” season occurring between November and March and the ‘dry’ season between May and September. The sun still shines bright during the wet season. It is generally always hot with temperatures hovering in the mid- to high-80s and up.

What should I pack?
We recommend light clothing that breathes but can also protect you from the sun. Being near the equator, the Balinese sun is hot and you can burn much faster than what you might be used to. Sleeves or a light jacket is also helpful in the evenings if you decide to take a scooter ride. We’ve got great natural bug spray and SPF 25 sunscreen, but don’t forget to pack your own if you have your favorites.

What is the currency?
The currency here is called Rupiah. You can bring your own currency over and convert it, or use ATM machines to withdraw Indonesian currency. ATM withdrawal fees vary bank to bank, so make sure you check in with yours to get all the info. Many restaurants and stores take credit cards. Don’t forget to let your bank or credit card company know you are traveling!

Your Teacher & Guide

Libby Cox

Libby Cox is an artist and dancer whose love for the human form and movement brought her to a Hatha Yoga practice in 2000. She integrates many different teachings in her yoga instruction and considers herself a life long student, encouraging her students to do the same. With over a decade of yoga teaching experience, Libby is a graduate of Yoga Yoga Teacher Training and is an E-RYT 500. Libby was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 2002 and completed RYT 200 in Ashtanga Yoga in 2004. She later went on to study numerous other styles of yoga and teaching approaches, and travels as a featured instructor to yoga centers throughout the United States and abroad. Libby recognizes that to be a knowledgeable instructor one has to understand the world of yoga as a whole and not be closed off to any yoga experience, knowledge or practice.   [Read more about Libby]

Accommodations

LOTUS HOUSE

The 2-story Lotus Villa has private rooms each with 1 king or 2 twin beds. They have beautiful pond or garden views, air conditioning, and built-in wardrobes. Each room has its own private bath and toilet plus open air sink.
2 ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE. 
Double Occupancy: $1995 per person 

*add $600 for a single occupancy room

TERRACE VILLA

Firefly Room
Chill out in this cool blue room located on the second floor, that includes your own private terrace overlooking rice fields and gardens. This room includes a king bed and ensuite bathroom.
Double Occupancy: $2295 per person
*add $800 for single occupancy

Koi Room
Overlook the main koi and lotus pond in this cozy room king bed ground floor room. Soak in your own tub, or shower while looking up at the coconut trees in your outdoor shower.
Double Occupancy: $2195 per person
*add $800 for single occupancy

Sunset Room – RESERVED
Garden Room – RESERVED
Sound of Sunshine – RESERVED

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • All yoga classes with Libby
  • One Balinese massage
  • Group temple tour / elephant cave tour
  • Group bicycle tour & beach excursion
  • All breakfasts and dinners, plus 4 lunches
  • A Balinese cultural performance

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare to Denpasar
  • Additional spa services
  • Additional optional excursions
  • Alcoholic beverages

A $495 deposit will secure your space and we would be happy to match you with a roommate.

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($495) before April 1 . No refunds after April 1. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global in advance. In case of cancellation by One Yoga Global, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by One Yoga Global. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate. If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through June 1, 2017, unless other arrangements are made.

We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAVEL GUARD offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.