Retreats

Dive in…

Slow down. Simplify. Be.

Be nourished. Relax deeply. Restore clarity.

See your path in a new light.

She dances, plays, creates, laughs and roars.

Flowing in harmony with the seasons.

Expanding in the rhythms of the elements.

It’s time to uncover your inner Elemental Goddess.

 

Come celebrate your Elemental GODDESS with Margot Porter. Immerse yourself in a nurturing week of enlivening light-hearted yoga practices, rhythmic rituals and rejuvenating activities to recharge your feminine energy and inspire your inner goddess to sparkle.

Nestled in an idyllic lush tropical paradise with swaying palms and terraced rice fields, the Elemental GODDESS retreat will revive your senses and nourish your soul. Allow the charm of Mamma Bali to work her magic as you slow into the intuitive rhythm of nature, stir and awaken your whole being and rediscover your inner feminine energies.  With daily yoga, meditation, inspiring excursions, fresh healthy food, massage, saltwater pool, hot-tub and sauna, the Elemental GODDESS Retreat will have all of your 50 trillion cells flowing, singing and pulsing with vitality.

Each day is dedicated to one of the five elements of yoga – earth, water, fire, air and ether –as we dive into exploring, embodying and expressing the qualities and essence of each element and what it has to offer.  Gain a deeper understanding and experience of nature’s elements and their links to the subtle feminine mind through embodied practices that create paths within for you to fine tune, harmonise and re-balance in a natural and organic way.

You will feel safe and supported in sacred feminine circles, allowing you space to embrace and reflect as Margot guides you through asanas, discussions and rituals to demystify the stages of a woman’s life. You will feel free to explore the deep connection women have with the solar and lunar cycles and embrace the many different forms and faces of your inner Goddess honouring and celebrating the tangible natural divine within us all. Whether you are a practising yogini or coming as a beginner, rest assured that Margot will ensure all practices are inclusive, supportive and meet you where you are honouring your individual journey.

Elemental GODDESS

Embrace. Embody. Express.

Sunday, June 2nd 2.00pm  – Saturday, June 8th, 12.00pm,2019

Gaia Retreat Centre, Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud is Bali’s spiritual, cultural and creative heart – a mystical place, a place where healing powers are embraced in traditions of ritual and reverence. Ubud translates as ‘medicine’ making it the perfect setting for a retreat. Bali’s magnetic qualities have drawn people to her for centuries, enticing us with her sacred atmosphere, her devotional culture, her energetically rich landscape, and her warm and welcoming people.

The Retreat

Imagine waking each morning to peace and quiet in a secluded sanctuary surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Ease into your day, nourishing mind, body and spirit with meditation, flowing Goddess yoga and pranayama. Relax as you delight your taste buds with a healthy and bountiful tropical breakfast followed by a refreshing dip in the gorgeous salt water infinity pool. And that’s just the start of your day…

On our yoga retreat time will slow down and appear to expand. You will soften and surrender to steady disciplined practices; refining your attention and focus, releasing your inner energy and rejuvenating your body, heart, mind and soul.  Daily yoga practices, workshops and experiences have been carefully developed to support a simple uncluttered way of being, opening up space for you to re-imagine, replenish and realign your inner goddess.

We have included plenty of free time to be alone or to share; peaceful solitude or soulful connection; idyllic stillness or rejuvenating movement; activity or rest.

The Practice

Each day is dedicated to one of the five elements of the yoga tradition – earth, water, fire, air, space. The practices, reflective journal writing, meditations and rituals open up each element in an intuitive way enhancing and connecting you with your inner goddess during the retreat and when you return home. Sacred feminine circles help you to re-envision and embrace where you are at in the cycle of a woman’s life, from maiden to crone, to explore the rhythm of the lunar cycle and begin to express your inner goddess.

All of the practices are suitable for all levels of experience, and the limited group number (12 -14 participants) will allow for plenty of personal attention in classes.

About Villa Gaia

Nestled in beautiful lush tropical jungle and rice fields, Villa Gaia is a retreat centre with an eco-chic vibe and luxurious rooms that maintain the ‘old world’ classic Bali charm. Our beautiful home for the week gifts you the peace and privacy to unwind and rest deeply. We have exclusive use of the villa with its facilities including the salt water infinity pool, hot tub, infrared sauna, massage room and spa treatments.

Our yoga space is the heart of the villa with beautiful views over the jungle and rice terraces. Everything you need for your yoga practice is supplied, you just have to roll out of bed and on to your mat.

Central Ubud is a pleasant 15mins walk where you can wander and enjoy the delights of the diverse range of vegetarian and vegan cafes, spas and shopping opportunities.

Accommodation

Villa Gaia offers a range of charming eco-deluxe room options. All rooms have air conditioning and mosquito nets. Nearly all of the rooms come with a private ensuite bathroom and a view of the garden or rice terraces. Natural hand made organic soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided for the duration of your stay.

Deluxe Twin share with air-con and private ensuite bathroom

Twin share with air-con and private ensuite bathroom

Deluxe single with air-con, patio and shared* ensuite bathroom SOLD OUT

Single with air-con and shared* ensuite bathroom SOLD OUT

*share with other single room

Food

Our private in-house chefs, Made and Koming, will serve nutritious and nourishing meals at a large al fresco table. Breakfast and dinner will be selection of vegetarian, vegan and raw meals created using locally sourced ingredients. The creative kitchen staff are happy to cater for all food allergies and intolerances. An unlimited supply of drinking water, herbal tea and Balinese coffee is available throughout the day. Each evening we gather to enjoy a leisurely communal dinner at Gaia or at a selected organic wholefood café in Ubud including a celebratory dinner to mark the end of our time together.

Our Activities

  • A day trip to a waterfall
  • A trip to a water temple including purification ceremony and water blessing with a female Balinese Priestess
  • Celebratory dinner out at an incredible vegan/vegetarian restaurant
  • Balinese cultural evening – Traditional Balinese dance

Your host and Yoga teacher – Margot Porter

Margot has been practicing Yoga, the art of flowing with your natural energy cycles and slowing down, for over 20 years. Curious and playful by nature, she was initially drawn to the graceful dance-like movements of yoga though now sees movement as a healing modality, a precious opportunity to tune into the rhythms of nature and into the wisdom within.

Margot communicates, shares and connects easily with people from diverse backgrounds with her warm and caring approach. Sharing this powerful and profound practice is her passion as it offers a way in, to ground, to be creative, to connect to what is important: compassion, kindness, love, and perhaps the most challenging, the act of letting go – for nothing is permanent.

She chose to live in beautiful East Gippsland with her partner because they wanted to connect deeply with the seasons, the circadian rhythms of nature and most of all get down and get earthy – in a nutshell, they wanted to grow their own food and live in peace with their environment. With a passion for all that is natural, she can often be found in her organic vegetable garden, orchard and mandala flower garden sipping a cup of tea and soaking up the earth’s healing energy and listening for inspiration. Being in nature grounds and motivates Margot to create beautiful flower mandalas, grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, dream up nature inspired retreats and create healthy delicious recipes and food.

Margot is the founder and principal teacher at Yoga East in Bairnsdale, Victoria. She is a level 2 registered teacher (500hrs) with Yoga Australia. With over 1000 hours in Yoga Teacher Training including Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, philosophy, meditation, pranayama, mantra, mudra, Tantra, and Buddhism, her particular interest is in bringing women home to their natural cycles and empowering them to live the life they envision with grace and dignity.

She has facilitated and taught at more than 15 retreats in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia (Bali) since 2010. Her retreat experience coupled with regular teaching practice of weekly classes, short courses, workshops and intensives is why people keep coming back for more of her yoga magic.

Retreat Schedule

Sample of daily schedule

7.00 – 9.00 am       Solar: Morning GODDESS yoga flow

9.00 – 10.00 am     Breakfast

11.00 –1.00pm       Excursion*

1.00 – 4.00pm        Free Time – massage, swim, relax

4:30 – 6:30             Lunar: Afternoon GODDESS rejuvenation yoga

7.00 – 8.00pm        Dinner

8.00 – 9.00pm        After dinner sacred feminine circle: meditation/Yoga Nidra/activities

*Note – some days our excursion will be longer or in the evening

What’s included

  • 6 nights deluxe accommodation at Villa Gaia
  • Daily gourmet breakfast and dinners – incl 1 x dinner out
  • Morning solar GODDESS flow yoga
  • Afternoon lunar GODDESS restore and nourish yoga – includes yin, restorative and relaxation practices
  • Morning/evening sacred feminine circles: reflection, discussion, meditation, yoga nidra

Adventures and relaxation

  • Day trip to a waterfall
  • Sebatu  Water Temple + Water purification ceremony with female priestess
  • Cultural evening with traditional Balinese dance
  • 1 hour relaxation massage
  • Welcome gift

And more …

  • Discounted spa treatments- massage, facials, reflexology etc.
  • Salt water infinity pool, hot tub and infrared sauna
  • Daily cleaning service and complementary Wi Fi
  • Airport transfers

What’s not?

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

Getting there

Bali’s international airport is Denpasar. Major airlines flying to Bali Denpasar Airport are Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas, Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Indonesia Asia, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, China Airlines, Emirates and Thai Airways.

Airport transfers included.

Visas

Aus/NZ Passports: Free Visa Stamp on arrival for 30 days – NO extension possible.
*Other passports may have to pay Visa on arrival at Denpasar airport US$35 for 30 days stay.

Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of $600 AUD required to secure your booking.

Cost

Non- refundable deposit $600 AUD

EARLY BIRD

Finishes December 8th

Twin share with air-con and private ensuite bathroom, per person, $2425 AUD

Early Bird full payment must be made by March 1st

 

Full Price

Twin share with air-con and private ensuite bathroom, per person, $2625 AUD

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

Full Balance must be paid 8 weeks prior to the start of retreat by April 2nd 2019

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation before December 2nd, 2019 will receive a refund minus the deposit.

Cancellation after December 2nd, 2019 no refund.

To Register

email your interest to:          Margot

website:                                www.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 Ubud, Bali and what to bring, etc.

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

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

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

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

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

Alpine Yoga and Walking Retreat, 2018

Rhythms of Life Yoga Retreat

with Margot Porter

 

“I have been making adjustments since I came home , mostly trying to listen  to and be kinder to my body and myself .  Trying  to be more mindful especially when preparing meals and eating food . Saying no to people and choosing to do things rather than be obliged. Not being a slave to my phone or chasing contacts . Loving my own space . Practising yoga each morning and dancing . Your retreat showed me that I can allow myself to do all this without feeling guilt .That instead of being a luxury and a privilege, it’s actually a normal thing for people to arrange their time to reconnect with themselves , nature and source .  
Thank you Margot , I’m looking  forward to the next one!”

Kate Luchetta

Rhythms of Life Yoga Retreat

“I wanted you to know that the retreat last weekend was so well organised and the programme was geared to everyone in the group,and that’s a very big ask. Meditation is giving me insights and some relief from thoughts which tend to take over. I am using the practice of taking  thoughts down to  the heart and it  helps.”

Marcia Bob Hindle

Rhythms of Life Yoga Retreat

yoga bali retreat

Wake up in Bali Retreat June 4th – June 11th 2017

with Margot Porter and Katy Carter

Beautiful opportunity to revive yourself and be placed in new surroundings, culture and heat simply letting your mind and body adjust. The experience of having two teachers and different teaching styles, views, language and beliefs helped me to broaden out the mind and think differently. Refreshing to meet new people, share stories and plenty of space to empty and fill. The one on ones were a great chance to get non- judgemental feedback/space. Overall, so nourishing and rich with connection, space and positive energy. A great place to start to heal with such beautiful teachers so willing to share.

Cheryl Dustin

Bali Retreat 2017

“Thank you so much for a beautiful revitalising retreat. I am so thankful for all the work you have put into making this retreat so memorable. You helped to create such a magical space where I felt safe to share my thoughts and feelings. There is nothing that I did not enjoy. Even things that initially gave me a sense of anxiety (such as partner yoga) turned out to be truly enjoyable. I enjoyed the partner discussions. Thank you, Margot and Katy I am truly thankful.”

Maria Oniram

Bali Retreat 2017

Margot and Katy – love your work! You put so effort into making the retreat an incredible experience. I have learnt so much and feel inspired to do more in the future, that is practice at home, healthier eating and taking more care of my health and well-being. I feel so privileged to have spent this week with you both.

Caroline Melhuish

Bali Retreat 2017

I feel amazing after all the yoga. I thought it would be too much but settled into the sessions looking forward to what we would be doing each day – thanks Margot and Katy. Yoga Nidra was a great idea before bed- so relaxing. A very relaxing and rejuvenating experience, Great venue and a good number of people to work with and the get to know. Well done!!!

Rose McKenna

Bali Retreat 2017

Everything was better than perfect- group size, venue, concept, timing, rhythm of withdrawing and sharing, teaching. I felt so safe and looked after and learned just about as much as I could take on each day. I will take it all away into my life.

Ute Partridge

Bali Retreat 2017