Coronavirus is continuing to decimate the world. As of mid-May 2020, there is still no information or accurate prediction possible about when it will be safe to travel, or when Bali's authorities will lift the restrictions on tourists entering the country. Until such time as the information is available that indicates it will still not be safe to travel to Bali by the proposed date of this event (i.e. mid October 2020) the retreat is still timetabled to take place. It is expected that by early August 2020 it will be evident whether or not it will be safe to travel to Bali by mid-October, at which time bookings will either open up again for the places still available for the retreat or it will be officially cancelled. Attendees who have paid deposits will at that time be offered a full refund or the opportunity to transfer their bookings for the 2021 retreat.
Bookings are now officially ***OPEN*** for the October 2020 Come Away To Bali, transformational 'Sea and Self' Reframing Retreat'! The dates for this very special event are 13th - 23rd October.
This fabulous, healing, affirming experience of love and sisterhood will be truly TRANSFORMATIVE! It MAY just CHANGE your LIFE!!!
If not, this experience may not be for you. But if you DO feel ready to change something big and you want to step away from the fray while you plan it all, or if you don't yet know what's next for you and you could use some gentle, healing support to help you figure it out, Come Away To Bali and let's make it happen!
Come Away To Bali and rediscover yourself! This retreat promises a profound personal shift. You'll feel a lot different when you leave from how you felt when you arrived. You'll be more grounded, positive about your own future, more self-aware and self-loving. You'll head home again with a renewed sense of power and purpose.
You'll have mastered meditation, found your own centre of tranquility, and you'll have renewed energy to move forward to that next phase! Life will look and feel different. YOU will be different!
Welcome to the REAL Bali!
Our magnificent world-class resort is right at the water's edge in a very secluded part of the island, several hours away from the madding crowds.
Surrounded by local villages, sea and lush tropical rainforest, only the sounds around will be the ocean and the birds.
You'll go to sleep to the gentle, soothing sounds of the sea, and wake to the joyous musicality of native birdsong.
What could be more relaxing or more beautiful?
This beautiful resort boasts not just one but TWO lovely infinity pools.
Both have sun loungers, pagoda beds and/or basket-beds alongside, so you can relax and watch the ocean, and take a dip whenever you fancy. One is accessible by water corridor straight from your cottage. The other is a short walk away, and both are fully servied by bar and kitchen staff.
Both pools overlook the ocean. There is also a safe swimming spot just a few steps along from the resort, if you'd rather take a
dip in the briny.
Your very own, fully self-contained, beautiful traditional Balinese cottage.
It comes equipped with air conditioning, a king-sized bed and comfortable furnishings. It will also have its own poolside verandah where you can relax, have a drink, and watch the sunrise or sunset from, and the best bit of all is your private outdoor bathroom with stone tub and dual-head shower.
You'll have tea and coffee-making facilities, a complimentary basket of tropical fruit to enjoy on arrival, and a fully stocked mini-fridge that you can purchase from at very reasonable prices!
Breakfasts and Dinners are included in your package!
In the expert hands of first-class chefs, you can experience true Balinese cuisine, or simply enjoy the Western options, all available from your extensive menu.
There is a dedicated Teppanyaki restaurant, and 'special cuisine' nights where you can book your place the day before. Vegetarian options are extensive too!
You can enjoy your breakfast or dinner at any of the tables set out on the terrace right at the edge of the beach, or up on the beautiful verandah outside the kitchen; closer to that bottomless coffee pot, and where you can watch the chefs at work.
Breakfast options are comprehensive. Each morning you'll be offered a fresh juice of your choice, along with a platter of prepared fruit and as much tea or coffee as you can drink. You can choose your other breakfast options to be the same or different each day, depending on how you feel.
Like everything else at this wonderful place, meals are a very relaxed, enjoyable process!
The Spa at this resort offers world-class facilities.
As a special guest of the resort you'll have a couple of complimentary hour-long massages (yes, really!), delivered by very experienced massage therapists, which you can book to have whenever it suits you.
Also on offer are a raft of other gorgeous indulgences. You can choose from beach-side or medical massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, hair services, and there's a Hammam room available too.
The cost for these other choices is extremely reasonable, and that's why many guests treat themselves to at least one full, top-to-toe pamper session while they are here.
The Spa is right at the water's edge, and you can have your treatments with the peaceful sound of the ocean surrounding you.
At the end of your complimentary treatments you will be offered a lovely warming herbal spicy tea, to sit quietly and enjoy while you contemplate the ocean, to round off a most profoundly relaxing experience.
You'll visit a working coffee plantation and learn how coffee is made.
The best bit is the lovely taster platters offered free of charge, so you can try the different flavoured teas and coffees produced on the plantation using the various herbs and spices you'll learn about as your guide shows you around!
You can purchase the products made there, and also buy the plantation's locally produced essential oils which are lovely, and very reasonably priced, and card payments are accepted.
Your tour also takes you to a very pretty, grotto-like forest, teeming with cheeky monkeys.
They may try to try to steal your hat or handbag! You'll have to be on your guard against that. They're not called 'cheeky' monkeys for no reason!
Around the entrance to the monkey forest a few traders sell textiles and other souvenirs, offering you another chacne tp make a few purchases for yourself or as gifts.
You will also visit the Island's most ancient rice terraces near to Ubud.
Rice has been the staple food of Balinese people for thousands of years, with the locals generaly eating it three times a day. Many still plough their fields with water buffalo, in the time-honoured, traditional way.
Rice is a very successful, quick-growing agricultural commodity, grown with a truly spiritual connection between the rice farming communities and the sacred earth.
You may perhaps be pleased to know that retail therapy is part of your tour experience!
We'll stop at a bustling handicrafts market, where you will have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs such as spices, gorgeous textiles, intricate basketry, beadwork or wooden/bamboo products, to name a few.
Its a frantic place with a busy pace, and bargaining is essential if you want to feel you've got good value for money. But with locals happy to haggle, you can have a LOT of fun!
Bali is well-known for its artists, with diverse styles of art emerging on this island from talented artists young and old. It is really an exciting time for Bali's art scene!
We visit an extraordinary art gallery, where you can view (and purchase if you like) original artworks, and shipping can be arranged for you.
The gallery is deceiving! It looks small from the outside, but rooms lead into more rooms, and there's a lot lot see.
A trip to Bali is never complete without a visit to at least one of the Island's beautiful ancient temples.
Bali is a very spiritual place, and the temples are intricate, beautiful examples of the people's homage to the Gods.
The sense of quiet and peace is profound. These wonderful, calm places are full of the most glorious statues, and you'll also see a wonderful array of flora and fauna within their grounds.
The following activities can be arranged for you, either by or at the resort, for a small charge:
* Fishing trips
Other half or full-day tours can be booked at reception, in addition to your complimentary day tour. These include:
* Diving and snorkelling
* Visits to waterfalls and volcanoes
* Shopping in Legian or Kuta.
In fact, almost anything you might want to do, as long as it is possible, we'll find a way to make it happen!
Almost certainly YES! Whether you've been on dozens of Retreats already, or have yet to experience one, I provide a nurturing, supportive space, in a beautiful place where women relax and unwind, and rediscover themselves. Some will even transform their lives through their Retreat Experience.
The only thing we need to decide together is whether you will get the most out of it, and we can do that in a short, warm conversation where you can ask me any questions you have. I'll ask you a few too, and together we will decide if this experience is the right "fit" for your needs.
While breakfasts (including tea and coffee and your morning fresh juice) and evening dinners are provided with your package, all other food is chargeable to your room, along with any drinks purchased. Similarly, any spa activities you have, outside of your two complimentary massages, will be charged to your room. Anything charged to your room is your responsibility to pay for at the time of departure from the resort.
On arrival at the resort you will be shown to your cottage, after which time you can do whatever pleases you, as you can for most of the ten days at the resort. The exceptions will be minor, but they are as follows:
1. The first morning, after breakfast, there will be a group meeting which you are requested to attend. This meeting should only last an hour or so, and it is the opportunity for the members of the group to meet officially, tell one another as much or as little about themselves as it feels comfortable to do, and make the primary connections that will facilitate the group to function well and supportively for the duration of the retreat.
2. The full day complimentary tour is for all group members, to take advantage of on the same day, so the day of choice will be decided at that first meeting, with the majority vote prevailing. The tour will need to be balanced with the staff's opportunities to provide the other complimentary offerings included in your package, so you will need to accept them at the times they can be offered to you.
3. The trip to the Turtle Conservation Project will take place only once, being fitted around other scheduled activities, so if you wish to go, you will need to be available to do so when the opportunity arises.
4. The beach or garden meditation sessions will run every morning for forty five minutes, straight after breakfast, which finishes at 10.00am. You are INVITED (but not 'expected') to attend.
5. You will need Indonesian Rupiah for the all-day tour, to cover things like purchases at the coffee plantation (although that facility does take card payments) and the handicrafts market (cash only) and for the turtle sanctuary, if you go, and you wish to make a donation to the conservation effort there. There are money changing booths en-route to the resort from the airport, and your driver will be happy to stop, if you let him know you need to when you set off from the airport. The currency conversion rates are fairly consistent and reasonable in most places along the way.
6. A sunset 'sharing session' of healing and support will take place each evening in the resort garden before dinner, or on the beach if the tide permits. You are invited to attend.
7. You are requested to attend Dinner as a group on the final night at the resort.
As you can see, there are just a couple of events that you are 'requested' to show up for. Everything else is entirely optional for you.
Maxine says "I know the island of Bali very well. I have spent a lot of time on this beautiful island, over the past sixeen years, and I understand the people and the culture of this beautiful, gentle, spiritual and healing place. This makes me the perfect Facilitator for your Balinese experience.
"As a Psychologist and Complementary Therapist who has had to overcome some difficult health challenges of my own, I am also well aware of how important relaxation and meditation are to wellbeing, and how we all too often get submerged in meeting the needs of others, to the point where we are completely depleted, ourselves. We cannot pour to others from an empty bowl, and that is why your Bali experience will be focussed on what YOU need, to replenish your own beautiful bowl of giving and support to the people in your life who need you.
"I will provide opportunities for you, most of which will be absolutely free for you, and all of which are designed to relax AND uplift you. I will show you the delights of nature, and demonstrate how powerful they are in recharging and replenishing you. I will show you fascinating wildlife, so you can rejoice in the beauty of other species who share our planet. I will show you gentle exercise, healthy food, opportunities to learn, heal and grow, through yoga, meditation and shared healing experiences, all within a gentle, warm culture of kindness and respect. And of course there will be shopping. And I WILL have a good stash of chocolate too!
"This time is YOURS alone. You can participate in as much or as little activity as you wish, on this retreat. I have found that different people can have very important and very different reasons for Coming Away To Bali. Everyone's experience will be unique to themselves. It NEEDS to be, so whatever you want to do is just fine.
"My promise to you is to work with you as much or as little as you feel you need, to make sure YOUR experience is as close to perfect as it can be, within the circumstances that are unique to YOU.
"I'm so looking forward to sharing this very special time with an amazing group of women. I know that every woman has something wonderful to learn, teach and share on this experience.
"Won't you join us? We'll be chilling out, of course, but we'll also be making memories to last a lifetime. I hope to see you there."