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SOUL Nourish

Yoga Retreat

 

“When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos. Introduce yourself to each colour of the sunset.

Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take

Find yourself in appreciation of life.”

Christy Ann Martine

Tickle your senses and delight your soul on your SOUL Nourish retreat with Margot Porter and Marc Perri. 

When life is lived from your soul, when life is deeply rooted in the present moment your senses tingle, they sparkle and light your path home.

Create space for yourself away from the busyness of modern living in laid-back Lombok; discover what makes your soul sing; tune into your body, heart, spirit and live the life your soul craves. Unwind into the intuitive rhythm of an uncluttered life awakening your whole being and uncovering your soul purpose.  

Gift yourself this SOUL Nourishing retreat where each day is dedicated to sensory practices exploring smell, taste, sight, touch and sound and their connection to the five elements of yoga – earth, water, fire, air and space. Gain a deeper experiential understanding of your senses, deepen your awareness, build confidence to live a simple, fully activated and conscious life. Find pathways within you to fine tune, harmonise and nourish your soul in natural and organic ways.

Where

Sunday May 31st – Saturday June 6th 2020

Mana Retreat Centre

Kuta, Lombok, Indonesia

Cost: starts at $2350 – single, twin share or yoga couples

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Why Kuta, Lombok?

Lombok is a special place, a stunning island paradise with towering volcanoes and lush tropical rain forest. Life is simple in Lombok and its people are still connected to the rhythms of the land and sea. After a short 30minute flight from Bali and a 25 minute drive from the airport you will arrive at Kuta with white sand beaches, turquoise ocean water, crescent-shaped bays and its small village with all you need.

After our 2019 retreat in Bali, Marc and I decided for our next retreat we wanted a more chilled out laid-back vibe, less traffic, fewer people away from the hustle and bustle of hyper tourism. We also wanted a low-key place with hip boutique accommodation, uber cool cafes, and vibrant new restaurants, we found that place, a delightful happening yet relaxed little spot. Come join us in Kuta, Lombok!

The Retreat

Imagine waking each morning to the sounds of nature tucked away in a secluded sanctuary surrounded by lush tropical gardens with the morning prayer of the local Iman in the distance. Ease into your day, nourishing mind, body and spirit with meditation, flowing yoga and pranayama. Then delight your taste buds with a healthy and bountiful tropical brunch followed by a refreshing swim in the pool. Maybe take a 10 minute walk through Kuta village to the white sand beach for a refreshing ocean dip. And that’s just the start of your day…

Our SOUL Nourish retreat gives you ample time and space to simply slow down, unwind and reset. Time to be alone or to share; find peaceful solitude or soulful connection; feel idyllic stillness or rejuvenating movement; for activity or rest – time to be.

The practices, workshops and adventures have been carefully developed to support an uncluttered way of being, opening up space for you to nurture and nourish your soul. 

The Practice

Our mornings unfurl with an awakening meditation setting our intention to be present for the day as we dive into the pulse of life with curiosity and lightness. Our daily sadhana focuses on a specific sense – smell, taste, sight, touch and sound and its connection to one of the five corresponding elements of yoga – earth, water, fire, air and space.

Morning practice is solar, active and playful and includes free form movement, flowing asana sequences, core cultivation, pranayama and simple meditation. Afternoons vary depending on the activities of the day and are Lunar in nature with yin, restorative yoga and yoga nidra.

Whether an experienced yogini or coming as a beginner you will feel safe and supported in the peace of our private shala with practices delivered to meet you where you are, honouring your individual Yoga journey. Being part of a small group allows you ample space to inquire, reflect and embrace as Margot guides you through each practice opening you up to hear your heart’s desires and the whisperings of your soul.  The limited group size of 12 participants will ensure plenty of personal attention in classes.

About Mana

Inspired by the traditional Indonesian principle of `adeng adeng` (slowly slowly) Mana Retreat Lombok has created a welcoming space for all encouraging a simple and slower paced lifestyle. Fresh, funky and recently built (2018), Mana’s motto of Yoga, Sleep, Eat, Relax, makes the centre the perfect location for our SOUL Nourish yoga retreat.

Mana Retreat takes pride in creating a unique environment for everyone to enjoy with their thoughtfully designed accommodation maximising enjoyment of the beautifully kept gardens and tropical surrounds, their super friendly staff, swaying palms, two swimming pools, secluded bales, hanging chairs, a wholefood café, spa, and our own private yoga shala.

 

 Accommodation

Deluxe Bungalow

Uniquely designed spacious and independent bungalows are nestled in a tropical garden with a pool view. Designed to maximise guest privacy the rooms have a private terrace opening onto a garden. Each bungalow has the same layout with one king and one queen bed (queen bed is situated in an internal loft) air conditioning, ensuite bathroom and fresh drinking water.

Twin share            AUD $2625 person

 

Garden Rooms

The garden rooms have their own private open air bathroom, air conditioning and fresh drinking water. Each room has the same layout and looks out over a large beautifully manicured tropical garden.

Single                    AUD $2750 per person      SOLD OUT

Twin share           AUD $2350 per person      2 left

Food

Your SOUL Nourish retreat includes 2 meals a day. A delicious breakfast and either lunch or dinner.

Start your day the soul nourishing way. Choose from sumptuous fruit and smoothie bowls, fruity pancakes, eggs and more from Mana’s in-house restaurant. Their friendly kitchen team create healthy, vegetarian/vegan meals and drinks throughout the day from fresh locally sourced produce. Enjoy a coffee from their full espresso coffee menu or indulge in one of their sweet healthy cakes. Need a little more than two meals a day then continue to graze at Mana’s café or take a 5 minute stroll into town and explore!

Dining Out

If you have been on one of our retreats before you will know we love dining out, exploring new mostly plant-based food experiences and sharing our finds with friends. 

Let’s celebrate our coming together with fabulous food, conversation and laughter at Kuta’s flourishing cafes and restaurants scene. Come join us at our favourite eateries, imagine Asian street food with a loving Nordic touch oozing with flavour, unique combinations and presented with a creative flourish, or perhaps my favourite Moroccan restaurant with inspired tagines, kebabs, Mezze platters and super fresh seafood.

 

Spa Treatments

The Mana Spa is committed to providing unique treatments from the heart, blending ancient Asian techniques with age-old beauty recipes featuring the curative benefits of fresh, natural, quality ingredients.

Your Soul Nourish retreat includes:

  • 1 x 60minute massage. Choose from Picchu, Earth and Sky, Relaxation, Traditional, Surfer’s Back or Lomi Lomi
  • 1 x 30minute body scrub. Choose from Hydrating or Detoxifying.

Awaken your senses and feel re-energised with their full range spa treatments, specially created to promote the cleansing and rejuvenation of your body while inducing total mental and physical relaxation.

massages – facials – body scrubs – wraps – pedicures – manicures

Your host and Yoga teacher – Margot Porter

Margot has been practising and studying the art of yoga from a range of traditions in Australia and internationally for over 20 years. Curious, quirky and intuitive, Margot is a creator, a writer, a mandala maker, a cloud gazer and a gardener who draws inspiration for her classes, workshops and retreats from the rich teachings of nature.

An experienced teacher and lifelong student, she communicates and connects easily sharing her experience and knowledge of embodied consciousness with joy. She is enraptured with the alchemy of Yoga to shift, soothe and heal us from within and is driven to help others open the door and truly know the complex, intricate and astonishing landscape within.

Margot is the founder and principal teacher at Yoga East in Bairnsdale, Victoria. In her tenth year of teaching, Margot is a level 2 registered teacher (500RYT) with Yoga Australia with over 1200 hours in Yoga Teacher Training. She is currently immersed in the tantric embodiment practices of Prana Vinyasa TM Teacher training with Shiva Rea and Delamay Devi.

Constantly evolving, in addition to teaching weekly classes, intensives, workshops, and courses she hosts and teaches 2 or 3 retreats a year in Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia.

Photo Credit: Aimo Javier

Retreat Schedule

Sample of daily schedule

7.00 – 9.00 am       Solar: Morning yoga flow

9.00 – 10.00 am     Brunch

10.00 – 1.00pm      Activity*

1.00 – 4.00pm        Free Time – massage, swim

4:00 – 6:00pm        Lunar: Afternoon rejuvenation yoga

7.00 – 8.00pm        Dinner

*Note – selected activities on some days  

Getting there

Fly into Bali’s Denpasar International airport and either stay in Bali for a few days or take a direct flight from Bali’s Domestic Terminal to Lombok International Airport. It is a 5 minute walk from Bali International to the Domestic terminal and flight air time only 20 minutes. Mana Retreat Centre is then a 30 minute drive from the airport. Airport transfers on the first and last day of the retreat are included.

Major airlines flying to Bali Denpasar Airport are Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas, Garuda Indonesia, , Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines, Emirates and Thai Airways.

Airlines flying to Lombok from Denpasar

Garuda, Indonesian Air Asia, Lion Air

What’s included?

  • 6 nights deluxe eco retreat accommodation at Mana Retreat Centre
  • Daily healthy breakfast and either dinner or lunch in house or out at Kuta’s hottest eating spots (2 meals a day)
  • Daily yoga practices: morning solar flow; afternoon lunar restore; workshop, meditation and yoga nidra
  • Selected activities to be confirmed.
  • Traditional Indonesian cooking class
  • 1 x 60minute massage
  • 1 x 30minute spa treatment – body scrub
  • Welcome gift

And more …

  • Daily cleaning service and complimentary Wi Fi
  • Free drinking water
  • In house cinema – free entry
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional extras (you pay)
  • Additional on-site spa treatments – massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, manicures and pedicures
  • Surfing lessons
  • Additional yoga classes at Mana’s public yoga shala

What’s not?

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Accommodation and food before and after retreat

Cost

Non- refundable deposit $600

Deluxe Bungalow

Twin share/couple $2625

Garden Room

Single $2750

Twin share/couple $2350

 

Payment plans available reach out and we can assist you to make this happen.

Deposit

Non-refundable deposit of $600 required to secure your booking

Full Balance must be paid 8 weeks prior to the start of retreat April 2nd


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation before January 10th will receive a refund minus the deposit.

Cancellation after January 10th no refund.

 

To register

email your interest to:          margot@yogaeast.com.au

 

You will receive a registration form to complete and return, along with details for transfer of deposit. Upon registration you will be sent more information about getting to Kuta, Lombok and what to bring, etc.

 

 Soul Nourish Photo Credit: Farsai Chaikulngamdee (unsplash)

Photo Credit of Mana Retreat Centre: Mana Retrea Centre, Lombok

Photo Credit Dining Out: El Bazar Lombok

Photo credit of me sitting: Aimo Javier

 

 

 

True Nature

SOLD OUT

Yoga Retreat

Nov 15th – 18th 2019

Gift yourself precious space and time.

On your True Nature Retreat reclaim your unique spirit and rebalance your connection to the cosmic pulse through movement, mandala and meditation. Breathe in the vitality of the forest air, move within the sacred vessel of the mandala, rest in stillness as you awaken and return to being fully present in the flow of your life.

Drawing on the healing power of nature and the venerable tradition of yoga, Margot and Marc have crafted a bespoke soul nourishing retreat to lift you out of your daily life. Be immersed in enriching embodiment practices, shift and transform yourself as you journey towards a state of balance – your true nature.

Where

Arrive: Friday Nov 15th 2018, from 4.00 pm for 6.00pm opening meal

Depart: Monday Nov 18th 2018, 2.00pm

Cost: starts at $635 – single, couples, twin share, camping 

SIBA Buddhist Retreat Centre, Gelantipy, Victoria, Australia

Elemental Goddess

Yoga Retreat

June 2nd – 8th, Ubud, Bali, 2019

 

It’s really difficult to put into words how wonderful the experience of the elemental goddess retreat is. I keep having to remind myself it wasn’t a dream! The week in Bali with you and trusty Marc, and the rest of the group was like being cradled in a loving family. It surpassed any expectations I had in a full mind-body-spiritual sense. The yoga and meditation was immersive and healing. The food was a rainbow of deliciousness and health. The company was supportive and nurturing. I felt I learnt a lot about myself, how I hold myself back and my habits. I came away feeling so positive and like my life had purpose and clear about those things in a way I had never felt before. It was a very special and inspiring week which brought me closer to my self, my body, my mind and my soul – if those are four separate things!!!

Erica Fairhurst, United Kingdom

Elemental Goddess Yoga Retreat, Bali, 2019

My experience of Margot’s Elemental Goddess retreat in Bali has been life-changing. Margot truly lives her yoga practice and benefiting from her teaching, support and joy was well-worth the trip from the UK! Every minute of every day was beautifully thought through to give us lovely experiences & space for much needed reflection. I miss the incredible vegan food we had, but have returned home with renewed tenderness towards my family relationships, a daily meditation practice & certainty about my direction. Thank you Margot – you & Mark are a dream team.

Lulu Crosthwaite Eyre, United Kingdom

Elemental Goddess, Yoga Retreat, Bali, 2019

‘Margot’s yoga retreats are amazing! I feel cherished and well-looked after. Each day the yoga is diverse and is instructed in a fun, light and playful way that helps participants to listen to their bodies and only do what they feel capable of. I left Margot’s retreat feeling relaxed, refreshed and kinder to myself.’

Maria.

Maria Marino, Australia

Elemental Goddess Yoga Retreat, Bali, 2019

Thank you sooo much for putting such effort and thought into a wonderful retreat. I enjoyed it greatly.. met some amazing women, ate incredible food and experienced uplifting and energising yoga. I am still feeling the positive effects mentally and I’m working on making this continue.

Pam Matthews, Australia

Elemental Goddess Yoga Retreat, Bali, 2019

This retreat has been a wonderful experience , the yoga, meditation and mantras have been enlightening, I have learnt so much from the practices. The food was exceptional!! Praise to all the chefs and helpers. The walking was lovely with spectacular views and interesting information along the way. Loved, loved loved the massage!! it was lovely to have poems read to us and the workshop was fun and food for thought. The accommodation and location – perfect. Awesome job and congratulations to all. Love and peace. Caroline Melhuish, Australia

Alpine Yoga and Walking Retreat, 2018

The mix of structured program and free time was good. Yoga was varied challenging and took us from place to place through the elements. Walking was a beautiful addition and allowed us to connect to the elements taking the experience of the elements to a deeper level. Food was amazing, generous, nourishing and made with love and a true reflection of Margot and Marc and your unique gifts you shared so generously with us. It was  a beautiful combination that you both reflected throughout the retreat. The down to earth attitude  meant that there was growth for the participants without overt spirituality or guru-ness. I have trouble journaling but love the mind stretch of different ideas and thoughts. Thank you for time out for me and inner reflections in this unique environment was a gift received with thankfulness. Blessings and love to you both. Margie Barrett- Poole, Australia

Alpine Yoga and Walking Retreat, 2018

Margot and Marc

For the beautiful healing space – thank you. for the nourishing food – thank you. For the permission to be where I was and who I was in the moment – thank you. For the wisdom, play, guidance, clarity, ease, nurturing and love – thank you, thank you, thank you. You both make the world a better place. With love. Chris Chris Varney Clark, Australia

Alpine Yoga and Walking Retreat, 2018

Great venue with a lovely yoga space. A good variety of yoga, mantra and new things. I enjoyed the walks enormously and the shinrin-yoku added another dimension which I will include both in the garden, at home and when i visit new places. The food has been an enlightenment and delight. I am in awe of the amount of time and effort that you have put into the organising of this retreat. it was wonderful to have massages available and I am glad that I had the second one. 3 word mantra was fascinating, again adding another dimension to the week. I can honesty say that I would not have changed anything. Thank you. Clare Mariott-Smith, Australia

Alpine Yoga and Walking Retreat, 2018

The care, consideration and incredible expertise shared by all the members of the team have made this a truly beautiful and special experience. To be here in this lovely environment and to be staying in such great accommodation has created a solid ‘earth’ for the retreat. The flow of the week’s events and activities has been the water. the passion that each member of the team has for the work they do is the ‘fire’. The connection and energy between retreatants has been the ‘air’ that enabled the expression of thoughts, responses and ourselves. All of this, together with nourishing food, nourishing movement, nourishing conversations and moments of reflection, love created in the ‘space’ that has enabled us to stretch, to relax, to wonder, to explore, to deepen, to question and to be (not ‘do’) ourselves. Thank you for this gift. Thank you for everything. Caitilin Punshon - Artful Words - 3 Word Mantra workshop presenter, Australia

Alpine Yoga and Walking Retreat, 2018