Art and Yoga Retreats at Villa Nilaya in 2017




Our retreat program is now in its 6th year and I welcome you to come and experience the luxury of finding everything you want, all taken care of, allowing you to bask in the pleasures of Nature, experiencing the depth of well-being which arises from being truly relaxed and finding your creativity flourish amidst supportive friendship and professional tuition, freely given throughout this unforgettable week.

We not only welcome back some of our most loved art instructors, Cate Edwards and Nadine Bastow, but as our offering expands, I’d like to introduce you to renowned Western Australian artist Carmen McFaull, and the fascinating Melbourne artist Michael Mott whose work I fell in love with the moment I saw it sitting in a swanky Melbourne shop window a while ago.

In 2017 we welcome Carol Knight, a radiant and respected yogi from Bellingen on Australia’s East Coast who has been teaching yoga for 25 years.

Whether you’re a practiced artist or yogi or a complete novice, you’ll find you will flourish amongst nurturing expertise from teachers and companionable support from other retreatants, whilst I’m there to support you all and ensure that the retreats run smoothly, allowing you to glide from one element to another without wondering how it all happens.

Our maximum class size of 12 ensures plenty of one-on-one work with each arts tutor and personal attention in the yoga classes.

Book by January 30 and claim your Early Bird Bonus!
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Taking Time, Making Space VI + Yoga with Carol Knight

June 19 – June 26, 2017


“ ‘Taking time, Making Space’ is our signature art and yoga retreat, and 2017 will be the sixth consecutive year that we have presented it at Villa Nilaya Bali. You will learn a wealth of painting techniques,  working with still life, a variety of water-based media, print-making and collage, and you’ll definitely be able to complete two canvases, whilst those returning might now feel ready to reach for a larger canvas”

Portrait of Bali + Yoga with Moya de Luca

July 1 – July 8, 2017


“I’m in the is in the unique position of having been both a student and a teacher on these retreats in Bali, so I really appreciate how exciting it is to arrive and want to get the most out of a week! This is an enthralling week of art and culture where all of your experiences in Bali will guide the layers of your very own larger-than-life “Portrait of Bali”.

I can’t join your retreats this year but please keep me informed for your next retreat program



Everything is included in the retreat cost except your airfare, some evening meals, and your return taxi , so you need very little to bring except your intention!

ALL retreats are suitable for ALL levels of expertise, whether it be artistic, writing or yoga. Our teachers are specially gifted at being able to address your individual experience. Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced yogi or an experienced meditator, our yoga teachers (where applicable), 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.

Our small groups ensure personal art tuition from both art instructors and yoga instructors Pennie Odessa Lawie and Carol Knight.

With a maximum of only 12 participants you are ensured of a very individualized retreat experience.

All Retreats are held at Villa Nilaya Bali Beach, 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 the Sea Breeze Villas or Amarta Beach Cottages, each 8 minutes’ walk from Villa Nilaya, Accommodation choices are booked on a first-come first served basis and a deposit will secure your choice.

Our teachers are all professional, exhibiting artists – most of them with professional teaching backgrounds.English is their first language, and all of them are very familiar with Bali and Balinese culture.

English is their first language, and all of them are very familiar with Bali and Balinese culture.

The retreats are organised and managed in Bali by Anna Kwiecinska,  who has extended her directorship of Gadfly Arts in Perth, towards these Creative Living Retreats. For full details of Anna’ specialised tours, retreats and  interests, please visit:

Please contact Anna personally to answer any of your questions about these retreat offerings.


Each retreat package includes 7 nights’ accommodation. Retreats begin at 5pm on the first date mentioned below and ends around 10 pm on DAY 7. The last date mentioned in each listing below is DAY 8 and represents the first day that you can leave (unless you wish to depart directly after the retreat and vacate your accommodation after breakfast on Day 7, in which case you will be refunded one nights’ accommodation).Extra nights before and after can be booked at a separate cost.

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1 Cate Edwards
Taking Time, Making Space VI + Yoga with Carol Knight
June 19 – June 26, 2017

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2 Nadine Bastow
Portrait of Bali + Yoga with Moya de Luca
July 1– July 8, 2017

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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. “