Bali Art & Yoga Retreat 2019
9 Day Bali Art & Yoga Retreat
For Creative and Adventurous Women
Friday May 24th to Sunday June 2nd, 2019
This is what we want to give you in Bali; many moments when your heart feels so alive and so connected to nature and to yourself that you can’t help but step into the flow.
Over the last twelve retreats, we have discovered places in Bali where magic and beauty seep into your being and where Balinese culture and kindness both soften and enrich your heart. Some places are so potent, they can peel us back to our pure creativity and allow a real sense of freedom to emerge.
Combine art with yoga and guided meditations and your heart can open like a flower and your body surrender into it’s centre and flow.
Many levels of art experience are welcome on the retreat. My goal and emphasis is to help you explore your creative expression, whether through representational, symbolic or abstract art. I like to teach a blend of art skills, like colour mixing and drawing/painting skills, and inner transformational work.
The retreat offers a weekend workshop over the first two days in Munduk. The workshop leads to a piece of art that is derived from a series of guided meditations that enable you to connect more fully with your wisdom and heart. Bali is a powerful catalyst for this.
The remainder of the retreat is sketching and painting the magical places that we visit, with art classes on location, and an emphasis on your work being an expression of you.You may want to continue working on your weekend workshop piece in your free time too.
Ashlea Wilken is our yoga teacher and runs Yoga West in Perth, WA. She has been teaching yoga for 35 years, helping people with the many joys and pains that life presents. She is always very attentive to individual needs and is a wonderful teacher to our group of artists who often have little, or rusty yoga experience. Ashlea is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has been visiting Pune, India on a regular basis since 1995 to study with the Iyengar family, as well as attending yearly workshops with senior teachers here in Australia.
Most days start with an hour of yoga before breakfast, though sometimes if we have an early start we may practice at the end of the day instead.As Yoga has multiple mind, body and spirit benefits, it also affects your art practice. It opens you up and removes some of the blockages that may clog up your creative flow and is a wonderful way for us to start our day in Bali.
Friday to Wednesday
Friday: We open our retreat on Friday evening at 6pm at our eco hotel in the small mountain village of Munduk. The cottages are set in the cool mountain air where air-conditioning is unnecessary. The compound is designed in the traditional Balinese manner modelled on the sacred human form with shrines at the head, guest accommodation at the heart and other facilities at the foot.
The panoramas over northern Bali are simply breathtaking. Every evening presents an opportunity to paint spectacular sunsets over the northern coastline and rice fields. Bali’s highest waterfalls are within walking distance of our accommodation.
We can arrange for you to be picked up from your hotel or Denpasar airport. It is about 3 hours from the airport to the village of Munduk and will be about AUD$70.
Saturday: We start the day with early morning yoga, followed by a sensational buffet breakfast. We then set off for a hike through vanilla, cocoa, coffee and clove plantations to the beautiful Munduk waterfalls. It is a great way to start the retreat as the water blasts away any cobwebs and is wonderfully energizing.
After lunch back at our eco hotel, we start a painting and pastel workshop in the gazebo overlooking northern Bali.
Sunday: We start the day with early morning yoga before breakfast. Then we continue with our pastel and painting workshop, stopping for lunch for a sumptuous Balinese Banquet.
Monday: Yoga is at the end of the day. After breakfast, the locals take us on a motorbike ride with beautiful views over the coast, winding through the scent of clove plantations to one of the lakes. We hike through the emerald rainforest to a temple on the lakeshore where we sketch. We are taken back across the lake in a canoe before hopping back onto our bikes to get back to our hotel. After lunch spend the afternoon relaxing, painting around the panoramic grounds, or continuing in the studio with me.
Yoga at 5.30pm.
Tuesday: Yoga and breakfast. Afterwards we go further into the mountains, to a series of waterfalls where we can swim and paint. We spend the morning and early afternoon there with a picnic lunch. It is deeply cleansing and invigorating to spend so many hours immersed in this place.
Wednesday to Sunday
Wednesday: Yoga and breakfast. After this we will drive to the village of Pemuteran in the North West of Bali. It is the closest village to Menjangan Island, a world heritage snorkelling site. We will be staying at a beach resort for four nights in our own courtyard of Deluxe Studios and private pool. There is also a wonderful yoga rotunda and another great pool next to the black sandy beach.
We have lunch on the beach and then the afternoon is free for you to relax, explore or sketch.
Thursday: Just before dawn we take a boat journey to paint the sunrise and the mountainous coast of northern Bali. We may even see some dolphins. We return to our resort for breakfast, followed by a lesson on colour mixing back at the beach.
Lunch is served on the beach,and the afternoon is yours to sketch, be massaged or chill by the pool. There is a man made reef just off our beachfront if you would like a snorkel and a natural reef a little further down the beach.
We finish our day with yoga at sunset at the rotunda.
Friday: After yoga and breakfast, we travel to Menjangan Island, a Conservation Area located about 10km North West off Bali forming part of the West Bali National Park.
Menjangan is surrounded by a coral reef, characterized by shallow coral and deep drop offs up to 60 meters, and complex rock formations. We will be snorkelling around two of these reefs.
There are festoons of sponge and soft corals, often inhabited by large groupers, moray eels and by young snappers and batfish.
After snorkelling we have a Balinese picnic lunch and paint with vistas of the sandy turquoise bay, complete with views over to the volcanoes of Java.
Saturday: After yoga and breakfast, the morning is free to sketch, relax on the black sandy beach or be massaged by the pool. Later, at about 3.30pm we visit a local temple for ceremony and stay on to sketch the temple.
If you feel like it…..there is a wonderful hike up to Batu Kursi, a temple that overlooks all of Pemuteran Bay. It is a perfect place to watch the sunset and sketch the bay.
Sunday: Yoga and breakfast.We spend our last morning making a mini temple based on a series of guided visualisations that guide you for your next steps back at home.
Check out of your room by 12pm.
12.30 pm Sunday lunch and close of retreat.
14.00 We leave Pemuteran to drive back towards Denpasar, via Munduk, where we will stop to have a break and some tea. It is 2 hours from Pemuteran to Munduk and another 3hrs to the airport, or another 2hrs to Ubud.
If you wish to depart on Sunday, please book a late night flight departing after 9pm. You may wish to stay another night in Munduk, or I can suggest places for you to stay in Ubud. If you need to get an earlier flight on Sunday allow for 4 to 5 hours travelling time to the airport. The airport drop off is covered if you travel with the group. We will be travelling via Munduk and also to Ubud.
Here are two beautiful places to stay in and around Ubud.
Tjampuhan Hotel in Ubud. This is where the legendary German artist Walter Spies lived from 1927.
Santra Putra Guest House in Penestanan , a village walking distance to Ubud, not too far from Tjamphuan. There are plenty of little organic and traditional restaurants around here. This is the home of artist Wayan Karja and we ran the retreats here for many years. It is more like a homestay with you own little villa. They are a really beautiful family. It is worth booking early.
$2,550 AUD with your own room. $500 deposit.
Inclusions and Exclusions
9 nights accommodation with breakfast.
All your art and yoga classes.
All transport and tours (except from airport).
Full body massage.
Lunches and dinners (budget AUD $20 to $30 a day, not including alcohol)
Flights to and from Bali.
Both of our retreat venues have beautiful restaurants and spas in their gardens.
What to bring to the art and yoga Bali art retreat
Your art materials
Here is a little video to help clarify things. There is also a PDF with everything listed below.
The watercolours are an extra; but if you have some at home, bring them along.
I can’t wait to be there with you, standing under waterfalls and painting in turquoise bays.
As my friend Balinese artist friend Karja says “Water is the best artist.”
Please don’t hesitate to write with any questions.