The True Nature Retreat offers much more than a bed, breakfast and a physical class to attend. This is the full retreat experience! Slow down and reconnect with your core essence. Create space for inner stillness and reflection. H2O Yoga and Meditation Center offers The True Nature Meditation and Yoga retreat for beginners and advanced yogis alike. H20 Yoga and Meditation provides a meaningful yoga retreat on the magical island of Gili Air.
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. Our bungalows are built from local natural materials and have beautiful thatched roofing. The bungalows are simple yet comfortable and offer a peaceful retiring space. We provide the retreat participants with a shared bungalow (6 beds) with shared bathroom available. All rooms are equipped with fans, and both clean sheets and towels are provided.
This life-changing 8-day ‘True Nature Yoga and Meditation Retreat’ which we run every 3 to 4 weeks is a wonderful opportunity whether you're new to yoga or want to deepen your practice. The 8-day retreat provides the time to re-evaluate where you’re at in life and make new plans whilst enjoying a beautiful island paradise with a group of like-minded people. If you would like to find more tranquility and focus, quiet a wandering mind, reduce stress and improve your relationship with yourself, this is the one for you!
The daily morning practice is designed to provide an opportunity for you to develop a yoga and meditation practice, which you can use once you return home. Golden times of silence will be for reflection of the year that is to pass and the year that lies ahead, giving clarity, and a positive new direction. Remember, we do not use meditation to withdraw from society, but to re-charge and connect with our spirit, the essence of who we really are. When we stand up from our silent sitting and interact with others, this is when the real meditation begins. This is where the fruits of our efforts will be rewarded, as we maintain our air of peacefulness and share that with those around us. Within the idyllic island setting of Gili Air, we will connect with the elements of earth, water, fire, and air - feeling the ocean breeze, soaking up fresh prana, swimming with turtles and attuning our vibration with mother earth and father sky.
Afternoon exercise class consists of beach yoga, circuit training, strengthening and stretching, Chi Kung, and bamboo stick exercises. It is suggested that some of the free time is used to practice techniques learnt during classes, to build confidence in establishing the connection to your true nature of peace.
H2O Yoga and Meditation Center is located on the tranquil island of Gili Air, just two hours from Bali. Its the ultimate island escape. Located only 300 meters from the beach front, its abundant with nature and nestled amongst timeless local lifestyle. It is a wonderfully unique resting place and sanctuary for travelers and yogis alike. Gili Air's exquisite coastline also offers beautiful white sandy beaches and numerous sea view restaurants serving fresh fish. The tranquil waters are perfect for snorkeling, diving, and swimming with turtles. H2O provides the opportunity to seek balance in body and mind in a superb natural, outdoor setting.
Food on Gili Air is unpretentious and is made with predominantly locally sourced ingredients. Some of the most appetizing options are the local Indonesian specialties, such as Gado Gado; steamed veggies with a delicious peanut sauce, or Nasi Campur; white rice with a selection of vegetables, tofu, tempe, chicken, or fish. Chicken or freshly caught fish sate are also popular choices as well as 'Urap Urap'; veggies with grated coconut. Ask for the local Sambal (chili sauce) to give your dish an extra zing. Vegetarians will find the local dishes with their prolific use of tempe a viable meal option.
Restaurants tend to specialize in freshly grilled seafood and Indonesian dishes. Cheap beach side establishments cater for western palates (i.e. not so spicy), and often serve Thai, Italian, and Chinese food also. Be sure to head inland to try the authentic local cuisine!
Fruit juices are ubiquitous throughout the islands eateries. The water of fresh young coconuts are a real treat and incredibly refreshing. There are also many 'warungs' on the island; small kitchens, usually attached to someone's home that serve good quality Indonesian dishes.
There is one main supermarket, where most food staples can be purchased, including natural yoghurt. Bear in mind that being an island, Gili Air is subject to fresh goods arriving by boat, hence fruit selection varies from day to day. Papayas, bananas, avocados, and pineapple are always in abundance, as well as mangos in season. Exotic local fruits such as mangosteens, rambutan (local lychees), and dragon fruit are also widely available when in season.
Take a 30 minutes flight from Denpasar to the new airport near Kuta, Lombok. After arrival, take a 2-hour taxi ride to Bhangsal Harbor, in the north and 15 minutes boat ride from there across to Gili Air.
Fast boat - This is the most common option. All travel agents offer combined tickets, which include pick up from your accommodation at around 7 a.m. and a 1.5-hour %mini bus ride to Padang Bai Harbor. Finally, take a 1.5-hour ride via fast boat to Gili Air and arrive around 11.30 a.m.
Slow Boat - This involves two minivan rides, a 5-hour ferry ride, and a final short public boat ride. This option takes 12 hours, and gets you to Gili Air at around 6 p.m.