Join the adventure
7-14 May 2020
7 nights-8 days
Explore the 5 Elements of Mindful Movement
Get away from it all and immerse yourself in the culture, tradition, and beauty of Bali. Refresh, rejuvenate, re-energise.
Fact-finding trip – May 2019
Prices per person:
Double room (2 people sharing):
Bungalow (2 people sharing):
Family bungalow room 1 (2 people sharing):
Family bungalow room 2 (2 people sharing):
Double rooms and bungalow have private outdoor bathrooms. Rooms 1 and 2 in the family bungalow share a bathroom.
There is a single supplement of £250
Please note: A non-refundable* deposit of 10% is required to secure your place with the balance due 30 September.
*The retreat is limited to 16 people. A minimum of 8 people is required to ensure the retreat goes ahead. In the event that we do not have 8 people booked by 11 September 2019, all payments will be returned in full. Full T&Cs can be found here.
Join me for a retreat in May 2020 on the Indonesian island of Bali. Early morning walks and runs, daily yoga, massage, mountain hiking, and freshly-prepared traditional meals. Exclusive use of traditional Balinese cottages and pool with private chef, set in the rice fields just north of Ubud.
The 5 Elements of Mindful Movement takes the elements that formed the basis of analysis in both Hinduism and Buddhism (earth, water, fire, air, and space) and applies these to functional movement and breath practice.
The retreat includes (subject to change)
✓ Airport transfers
✓ 7 nights accommodation in comfortable Balinese cottages with an outdoor pool
✓ Breakfast plus a main meal of either lunch or dinner
✓ Daily ChiRunning practice plus early-morning runs including the Ubud Ridgewalk and rice fields
✓ Daily yoga sessions
✓ Daily meditation/breathwork based on Buteyko and Oxygen Advantage techniques
✓ Function movement practice
✓ 3 treatment options including Balinese, Thai, and deep tissue massage
✓ Traditional cookery class
✓ Sunrise hike to Mount Batur
We have exclusive use of the complex which is set in the rice fields about 15/20 mins drive to Ubud, known for its traditional crafts and dance. Choice of accommodation includes double rooms, bungalows with garden view and a family bungalow with 2 double rooms.
✓ Travel insurance
Clients are required to have appropriate health and travel insurance and all relevant vaccinations. We are staying in traditional Balinese cottages so be prepared for wildlife around. The cottages have mosquito nets and fans. There is no air conditioning. There is wifi but we are in the middle of a rice field so it not necessarily going the be the fastest connection.
✓ Motorbike hire
✓ Spa treatments including foot massage, body scrub, acupressure, manicure or pedicure
✓ Tarot reading
✓ Astrology reading
✓ Massage course
✓ Additional sightseeing tours
The 5 Elements of Mindful Movement
The theme of the retreat is The 5 Elements of Mindful Movement. In classical thought, the four elements earth, water, air, and fire as proposed by the Greek philosopher Empedocles frequently occur. Aristotle added a fifth element, aether (or space). The concept of the five elements formed a basis of analysis in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
These elements create a structure for mindful movement. Throughout the retreat, we’ll take time to focus on each element during our running, yoga, hiking and breathwork practice.
Earth represents physical support and stability. This is the body’s foundational support. Restful sleep, relaxation, and nourishing food restore the strength and quality of earth.
Water provides fluidity to motion. When you can sense controlled, fluid movement your stride takes on a more elegant feel. Water lends elasticity to skin, muscles, and joints, and allows you to face obstacles with grace and pleasure.
Fire symbolises work and transformation. Fire adds ‘drive’ to your movement and also provides smooth and natural energy that can sustain activity over a long period of time and without strain.
Air represents the power of breath, the mind, thoughts, and imagination. Air is an upward moving element. The key quality of air is movement and speed.
Space is a container for other elements. Space is the whole body physically and energetically integrated, not just internally but with external environment and energies. Space has no beginning and no end. Makes space where things can happen.
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