About Our Retreats

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GOING ON RETREAT

Going on a retreat is a unique opportunity for each of us to direct our attention away from our more familiar ways of connecting with the world, and to explore our understanding our usual mode of perception.

When we change our external environment to harness an understanding of our internal environment we give ourselves the best opportunity to focus and concentrate on our endeavors.

A retreat is a wonderful opportunity for the creative spirit to flower as we take time to understand ourselves a little more.

The direction of the attention inwards on a retreat reduces the ‘noise’ in the mind to reveal those ‘still forest pools’. This is accessible to all of us when we give ourselves a chance. Outward practices such as art, yoga and meditation, serve as a roadmap to our inner world.

And being with others who are similarly inclined helps support our progress.

Our art and yoga retreats are very special times for the participants, many of who return each year to rediscover, renew and refresh their spirt, as well as extend their creativity, and all the while, amongst an atmosphere of peace, tranquility and learning.

Just click here for a quick video we made in 2016 showing how our retreats work

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE RETREATS

WHERE ARE THRE RETREATS HELD?

The retreats take place at Villa Nilaya (map)

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Villa Nilaya is located directly on the beach in the village of Mendira, near Candi Dasa on the South Coast of Bali, about 90 minutes’ drive from the Denpasar airport. Specific information brochures are available for each retreat, but they share in common the desire to relieve you of all effort and cares once you are with us at the villa. Special dietary requirements can be catered for and food is locally sourced and freshly cooked at the Villa to provide one of the many highlights of your stay at this luxurious destination where you won’t hear any traffic, TVs or phones! Deluxe accommodation is at your choice of  (1) Sea Breeze Villas, (2) Amarta Beach Cottages, each 8 minutes’ walk from Villa Nilaya,  or the Candi Beach hotel and Spa (about 12 minutes’ walk). Accommodation choices are  all booked on a first-come first served basis and a deposit will secure your choice. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMODATION. IT S PART OF THE RETREAT PACKAGE

WHATS INCLUDED?
Practically everything! Your retreat package price includes accommodation, most meals, one-way transport, local trips and special events, tuition and materials for yoga and art.

Just buy your air ticket and let us know your arrival time so we can arrange airport collection.

WHO ARE THE TEACHERS?

All of the artists teaching in 2018 are professional, exhibiting artists, with professional teaching backgrounds.

CATE EDWARDS, NADINE BASTOW and JENNI DOHERTY

Our yoga instructor is CAROL KNIGHT  from Bellingen, NSW, an accredited yoga teacher with 20 years’ teaching experience, whose first language is English. All of our teachers are specially gifted at being able to address your individual experience

IS ANY ART EXPERIENCE NECESSARY?
Each retreat is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Our teachers are all especially gifted in helping you find your creative potential as an artist, and most of the art teachers are, or have been, teachers as well as professional, exhibiting artists. Each retreat has a maximum of 12 participants to ensure plenty of personal tuition. All materials are included on all retreats.

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IS ANY YOGA EXPERIENCE NECESSARY?
Each retreat is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Our teachers are all especially gifted in helping you find your creative potential as an artist, and most of the art teachers are, or have been, teachers as well as professional, exhibiting artists. Each retreat has a maximum of 12 participants to ensure plenty of personal tuition. All materials are included on all retreats.

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Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced yogi or an experienced meditator, Carol Knight will carefully assist you towards your full potential. Gentle stretching and guided meditation, are daily activities alongside traditional yoga asanas which will follow a rhythm throughout the week designed to optimize your energy, focus and creativity.

YOUR ACCOMMODATION: is in your choice of beautiful beachside bungalows, each just a few minutes’ walk from the villa.

Choose from:

3 star / 4-star AMARTA BEACH BUNGALOWS  – 3 categories of rooms

(suite/ std. aircon. / fan-cooled – all rooms are on the seafront)

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Or

4-star / SEA BREEZE VILLAS – 3 categories

( Honeymoon  and Deluxe – on the seafront / Superior – about 30 m back from the seafront)

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or 

5-star / CANDI BEACH RESORT & SPA – 2 categories

( Deluxe Garden view and Luxury Spa Suite)

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MEALS:
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, with most other meals at the Villa, plus special dining events in the village and further afield.

Special diets can be catered for, and there is an emphasis on delicious Balinese flavours with fresh produce and plenty of fresh seafood.

2 nights  and 1 lunch are free dining of your choice in your hotel, or choose from the many local warungs or restaurants in our village of Mendira  Beach or 5 kms away in Candi Dasa.

WANT TO STAY EXTRA NIGHTS ?
That’s no problem. Please let us know how many extra nights you want, and at which end/s of the retreat and we will do our best to secure the same retreat room for you – but for this, it’s really best to book as soon as possible. Please note that in 2018, with 3 retreats back to back, there is a restricted choice of extra days at our retreat accommodations, but we are happy to advise of other locations.

WHO ORGANISES THE RETREATS?
The retreats are devised, organised and managed in Bali by Anna Kwiecinska, owner of Villa Nilaya and Director of  Creative Living Retreats and Spice Voyages, who can be contacted personally to answer any of your questions about these retreat offerings.

What Our Retreat Guests Say

Penny R, Perth

Penny R, Perth

” From me – a BIG  thank you to Anna – who makes this great week possible.  Nothing is too much trouble for Anna – which makes this a special week for all those who attend.

And thank you to Cate – who makes sure we all get some personal art attention and create something we never thought we could do…

And thank you to Erin who- well –  is just the most amazing yoga teacher EVER!

It was my second time on the art and yoga retreat and I have already booked myself and my daughter Claire for next year! “

Kathy M, Perth

Kathy M, Perth

” Thank you so much for the wonderful retreat. As always I came away with wonderful memories, creative juices oozing ,new friends and an overflowing  sense of well being . Oh and a grateful body! “

Michel L, Perth

Michel L, Perth

” It was a wonderful week in Bali. Thank you for sharing your beautiful villa – it is an amazing building in a fantastic location.  The view from the yoga deck and the ocean waves are truly memorable.  I should have been focusing of the breath, but was often distracted by the views.   Cate and Erin were truly inspirational teachers.  I hope to find some time to practice both yoga and painting. “