A "life-changing" experience is what we are used to hearing from our retreat attendees at the completion of the seven days. Many positive seeds are planted and watered during the week, so you will leave energized with a new 'zest' for life.
The "life-changing" True Nature Retreat has been running every month for almost 6 years attracting people from all over the globe. If you don't have many international friends you sure will after the retreat!
The principles of Vastu have been a guiding concept in the design of the bungalows at H2O Yoga and Meditation Center. 'Vastu' is India's ancient Vedic tradition of design, architecture, and sacred space, often called 'the yoga of design'. It is believed to create harmony and health in one's living space. The bungalows are built from local natural materials and have beautifully thatched roofing.
The poolside bungalows offer a peaceful retiring space. H20 Yoga and Meditation provides the retreat participants of the base price with accommodation in the spacious shared bungalow (six beds) with private bathroom. Equipped with fans, and both clean sheets and towels are provided.
There are also deluxe bungalow upgrade options with air conditioning, hot water, ensuite, security box, private verandah, and daily housekeeping.
This unique retreat experience allows you the time to do many things: pamper yourself, slow down, reconnect to nature, reconnect to your own true nature, start listening to your intuition, gain clarity on certain issues going on in your life, stop the self criticism and start loving your self more, and of course feel awesome and healthy!
The True Nature ‘Classic’ is about what a retreat should be about, escaping the bubble you live in with all its pressures, stress, routine, miserable weather possibly, the people who don’t make you feel good about yourself, bad eating and sleeping habits, and coming away to a place such as the beautiful island Gili Air.
Here you will find no pollution and you will be able to do physical exercise in the form of yoga, calm the frantic busy mind with some meditation, eating high vibrational food, getting good sleep, building self confidence, recharging your batteries. and if possible -the hardest thing of all- going on a social media diet! You are encouraged to turn off the smartphone altogether or at least minimizing a little to bring you into the present moment and then return back to your bubble as a new person!
Friday is a day trip on the boat ‘Nemo’ with captain Fikri. Wednesday night is the movie and a curry night. There is also one optional silent day on the retreat.
Meditation came before yoga for Jon. It started more than 20 years ago and led him on a journey of spiritual exploration to many parts of the globe including Tibet. The physical yoga becomes part of his life in 2004 whilst living in a community at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and has been a daily practice ever since. He has studied yoga and meditation with many ‘learned ones’ including Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh. He gained his master level Reiki training in 2005, studied kinesiology, and many healing modalities and in recent years deepened his understanding of qigong and working with life energy.
Claire began her yoga journey completing 500-hour with Gillian Russell, British Wheel of yoga teacher, trainer, and yoga therapist in England in 2005. Following a self-practice for two years, she continued her yoga studies with Birthlight pre-natal yoga in 2008 and later an advanced yoga training with Ana Forrest in 2009. She furthered her training by completing 500-hour with Maggie Reagh studying yoga therapy, yoga philosophy, chanting, and Ayurveda, co-run with Neil Pearson, a specialist in physical therapy and chronic pain in 2015.
After completing a degree in sports psychology, Tamlyn discovered yoga in order to release stresses of life and to gain flexibility and strength. She was slowly changing her life and yoga became the priority of her existence. It was no surprise that she went on to completed a 200-hour teacher training at Johannesburg and then continued to deepen her studies with a further 300-hour training in Bali at Santosha Yoga in traditional yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and Yin yoga. Further advanced course with teachers such as Ana Forest has made a big impact on her professionalism that she delivers.
H20 Yoga and Meditation may sound biased but they believe they can offer you the best location not only in Bali, but in the world! In Gili Air you will find beautiful yellow sand, clear waters filled with marine life, sunrise on one side, a 20-minute walk to sunset on the other side, no cars, motorbikes, or pollution just bikes and horse carts.
The magnificent H20 Resort center is only a short one hour walk around the outside of the island. The area is also safe at night time. Transportation from your hotel in Bali and the fast boat may be arranged so you will arrive before lunchtime.
The buffet breakfast included in the retreat has many wonderful offerings of muesli, soy milk, raisins, pumpkin seeds, coconut powder and sunflower seeds, brown bread, eggs, and herbal teas. The evening meal is Indonesian varieties with no fish oil or egg for the vegans. At H20 Yoga, they also have their “Good Earth” cafe which has gluten-free, raw, and vegan options for sensitive diets if relaxing by the pool for lunch.
Some people like to do very little between the daily schedule and some people like to ‘tick’ all the boxes. There is plenty to satisfy the pallet so we recommend just arriving and then check in with how you are feeling and going from there.
True Nature ‘Classic’ guests receive a 60-minute complimentary luxurious Balinese massage in the H20 day spa. If wanting more treatments you can take 10 percent off all of them as we encourage the process of ‘self-love’.
Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$45 per person
Lombok International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive either at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) or Lombok International Airport (LOP). Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Bali is the more common option.
For Bali, travelers please book a hotel in the Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak, or Ubud area and H20 Yoga and Meditation Center can pick you up for your included transfer in the shuttle bus and fast boat. The pick-up will take place at 7 a.m. and you can expect to arrive by lunchtime at Gili Air.
If coming via Lombok International Airport (LOP), take a taxi to Bhangsal Harbor. Then, take the 20-minute boat to Gili Air. If you take this option, H20 will reimburse you 250,000 for your expenses.