Bali Retreat April 2020

Eat Play Laugh

Unique Nurturing Creative Retreat in Bali – The Island of the Gods / Goddess

Retreat Date: 8 – 15 April 2020

Choose Option
  • October Retreat Date 2020: 18 – 25 October 2020 which coincides with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. More details coming soon. Booking is also now open so please do email to register your interest.
  • March Retreat 2021 Date: 8 – 15 March 2021 which is held over the Balinese New Year. Register your interest here: alex@florschutz.com

Location: Ubud, Bali 

Retreat Facilitator: Personally created and arranged by Alex Florschutz who has extensive experience and expert knowledge about Bali and running healing workshops and retreats. Email: alex@florschutz.com

Follow your Bliss

Retreat Summary

Join us on this magical Women only boutique retreat and connect to your powerful feminine energy (however you identify), let go of your life stresses and rediscover how wonderful you are! An unforgettable creative experience awaits you in Bali during the Easter week. We will use this magical time of renewal and rebirth as a metaphor to release anything that is holding you back, so you can realise your most treasured dreams and live an even more fulfilling life. This unique retreat is the ultimate body, mind soul detox!

Celebrate and uncover your creative self through expressive art, movement, activities, healing ceremony, wild walks with magnificent views, spa treatments, mouthwatering food and MORE! Expand your capacity to have fun! Join me for this unique nurturing creative retreat fully supported by all things luxurious and fun. 

I will share exclusively with you my secrets of Bali from my 22+ year love affair with the island of the gods / goddesses. And you will benefit from my extensive experience as a workshop facilitator, art psychotherapist, artist and author. I have created this unique, nurturing adventure just for you.

Allow me to guide you to channel the potent Feminine energy of Bali and become transported into a space of luxury, pleasure and creative fun. You will be supported every step of the way as you rediscover your creative life force and recharge your battery. Find inner peace by giving yourself this gift of a rejuvenating “time out”.

EAT– amazing cuisine 
PLAY – unleash your creative freedom 
LAUGH – as you rediscover the joy of your life in beautiful Bali.

No previous creative experience is necessary and all materials are included.

This is a nurturing, self-development retreat and does not teach you HOW to paint/draw but more about removing creative blocks so you can rediscover your creative Self.

Small intimate women only group experience with maximum 10 participants.

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Bali – A Spiritual Island

The Balinese spiritual philosophy seeks to maintain a balance between the polarities of “good” and “evil” (light/dark, outer/inner etc) by daily rituals and offerings (although it is much more complex) creating beauty at every turn.

In this magical place, you are invited to celebrate your creative self through the senses, using expressive art and movement, exercises, rituals, food/cooking, sensual treatments to keep you looking young, allowing you to go deep within yourself to discover a more peaceful way of being, de-stress and enjoy the blue sky and sun on the island of the gods / goddess! 

Benefits of Your 7 night / 6.5 day package includes

  • Complimentary roundtrip airport pick-up and drop-off: I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation with breakfast at one of Ubud’s legendary boutique hotels owned and run by my long-time friend Janet De Neefe, creative mastermind of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, owner of multiple restaurants, author and culinary genius
  • 6 gourmet lunches and 7 gourmet dinners (including celebratory dinner. Vegan/vegetarian options). During the retreat you will meet Janet at one of her long table dinners specially created just for you. Alcohol not included
  • Special celebratory meal at a gastronomic restaurant to end the retreat
  • 5 daily morning yoga classes (included but optional)
  • Specialised creative workshops, facilitated by Alex, including a series of creative exercises using expressive painting/drawing/making, dance movement to support your unfolding. Lots of fun and nurturing “experiences” to feed your soul and give you even more confidence in your life
  • 90-minute ancient traditional SPA treatment and bathing ritual, including full body massage, body scrub and flower bath
  • Trip to a holy water temple for a traditional Balinese water blessing
  • Market visit & cooking class where you’ll learn to cook Balinese food
  • Trip to sacred waterfall and lunch
  • A private guided walk through rice fields and jungle paths
  • Temple visit
  • View a traditional Balinese dance
  • Complimentary welcome goody bag
  • Swim in the gorgeous hotel swimming pool
  • Evening entertainment
  • Free time in Ubud to visit local sites: ARMA, NEKA and Antonio Blanco museums, Ubud Market, shops, cafe’s and sacred Monkey Forest etc
  • Welcome drink
  • Wifi connection
  • Transportation during the retreat
  • Pre and post retreat support from our team

Extra

  • 1-to-1 spiritual guidance session with a Balinese healer
  • Individual coaching session with Alex Florschutz

What is not included 

  • Flights to and from Bali
  • Travel Insurance (a requirement)
  • Visa
  • Laundry
  • Some food
  • Alcohol  
  • Additional activities
  • Additional treatments 
  • Personal expenses 

Full Description

Our “Eat-Play-Laugh” Retreats are well designed for you to try out creative techniques and familiarise yourself with expressive art, play and dance movement, through gentle exercises in a safe, non judgemental space. 

Whether you are going through a transitional phase in your life, maybe you want to rediscover your purpose and passion, or you just want to take some time out for deep self-nurturing, then this retreat is for you.

Women are good at nurturing others but not always ourselves and don’t tend to believe our dreams can come true. Pleasure is last on our list. Once children have left home, or a career has become stagnant, it can leave one exhausted and in need of a deeper recharge. Our creative retreats re-inspire you to find new ways to nurture yourself, melt away the stress and tune into your deep desires.

Our carefully created holistic workshops will take you on a gentle emotional detox while nourishing you with signature gourmet cuisine. Our lovingly prepared nutritional food from one of Balis’ best kitchens will tantalise your taste buds and invite you to discover the joy and sensuality of food!

This creative retreat program will provide you with a nurturing shoulder of support. You will practice and learn easy techniques that will radically change how you feel about yourself so you can shine your light brightly in the world. 

After the traditional Balinese water blessing ceremony and the transformative power of Easter time, you will discover new perspectives, feel more balanced with a depth of clarity and emerge feeling brand new.

During the retreat, you will receive support to give you the best opportunity to restore, heal and transform yourself.

All classes, activities, and meals are optional. If you feel that it is important for you to honour your body and allow yourself time to rest then do so.

Details

You will fly into Bali’s major airport: I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS).

We will arrange your transfers between the airport and the hotel. Full travel details will be given when you sign up. We are here to help. 

When you arrive on the islands of the Gods, our driver will pick you up and 1.5 hours later you will arrive in the bustling, vibrant town of Ubud. 

Check–in is 2pm, check–out is 12noon.

On arrival at the hotel, we will personally welcome you and help you get settled in with a welcome drink. You will enjoy a delicious light lunch from our chef. After you’ve settled into your room, you are free to rest or you may receive an amazing complementary massage to allow yourself to wind down and relax from your travels.

We will then meet at 7pm for a welcome dinner. You will be given a brief introduction, where to meet in the morning, some lovely surprises about the week and a small goody bag to make your retreat even more memorable and pleasant and answer any questions. Have a blissful sleep.

The other 6 days the schedule varies daily and we plan to make sure you have some free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings or just simply relax and read a book in our lounge area with a delicious fresh juice, or have a swim in the divine pool.

Once again, all classes, activities, and meals are optional. It is important to honour how you feel and rest accordingly.

We trust you will enjoy your time with us in Bali <3 

Gourmet Food

The gourmet food is varied, both traditional Balinese and fusion cuisine, lovingly prepared in the hotel and famous Casa Luna and Indus restaurants. Our celebration dinner will be at a wonderful off-site casual fine dining restaurant. Prepare for your mouth to be watered!
We cater for all dietary requirements:
Everything
Meat
Vegetarian
Vegan
Gluten Free
Organic
Raw

Retreat Facilitator Alex Florschutz

Alex has had a love affair with the island of the God / Goddess for over 22 years with a deep knowledge of Balinese culture and creative life. She Lived in Ubud in 1998 where her love affair extended and she met her Balinese husband-to-be and conceived her son. Eventually they moved back to the UK, visiting Bali regularly and she has been living a dual life, between east and west, ever since. 

Alex is a practicing Artist, Author and Curator and has an MA in Art Psychotherapy, exhibiting extensively in the UK and abroad, curating many personal and community exhibitions. She is renowned for her beautiful evocative paintings, her use of tactile media, film, photography, her infamous Pink Tent Installation, inspiring workshop facilitator and is a published author of The Art of Birth. Alex’s life and work explores the meaning of the Feminine and aims to challenge and create a new dialogue in this area. In 2016 Alex co-curated and participated in an art and science exhibition in the UK Parliament to raise awareness on Child Health starting from conception – the 1001 Critical Days – and is now continuing this work under the new name Zero2 Expo. This touring exhibition is called Birthing a Better Future www.zero2expo.com

Program

A Sample Day

We will start the day with some gentle yoga followed by a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit and a choice of other yummy options. 

The morning workshop will be facilitated by myself. I will guide you through exercises using expressive movement and art (no experience necessary), visualisations, rituals and sharing. You will learn and understand more about your deeper self, in a safe and nurturing space, allowing you to leave behind what doesn’t serve you anymore and create a more pleasurable life of ease and flow. We will then enjoy a leisurely lunch to replenish us. 

In the afternoon we will integrate what we experienced in the morning through an activity which will be both fun and transformational. 

We will share a decadent dinner followed by optional entertainment or free time. If at any point you wish to take time out and rest, then you are most welcome. 

Daily Schedule

Time Wednesday
2.00pm Check-in

Shown room, given welcome drink, light lunch. Optional 1 hour massage
7.00pm Dinner and introduction 
Time Thursday – Friday – Saturday – Monday – Tuesday
7.30am – 9.00am Yoga – A blend of Hatha & Vinyasa gentle flow for newcomers to intermediate.
9.00am – 10.30am Breakfast – A delicious breakfast is served between 6.30am – 10.30am so you can eat anytime if no yoga
10.30am – 1.00pm Morning workshop (or activity)
1.00pm – 3.00pm Lunch – Decadently nutritious and delicious!
3.00pm – 5.30pm  Afternoon activity (this is either an outing, spa treatment, or workshop)
7.00pm Dinner (either on or off site)

Evening entertainment (optional)
Time Sunday – Easter DayFree Day to follow your Bliss!
7.30am – 9.00am Yoga – A blend of Hatha & Vinyasa gentle flow for newcomers to intermediate.
9.00am – 10.30am Breakfast – A delicious breakfast is served between 6.30am – 10.30am so you can eat anytime if no yoga
10.30am – 1.00pm Morning – Free time to follow your bliss
1.00pm – 3.00pm Lunch – free time
3.00pm – 5.30pm  Afternoon – free time – suggestions offered
7.00pm Dinner – free time (restaurant suggestions given in welcome pack)

Free Time
Time Wednesday
7.00am
10.30am
Breakfast – A delicious leisurely breakfast to bid you farewell
12.00 noonCheck-out
Transport to the airport

Retreat Investment

£1995 per person

(See what is included above ie hotel, food, activities, workshops and what is not included ie flights)

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How to Book 

Step 1

Register by filling in the form below and email it to alex@florschutz.com:

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Step 2

Pay holding deposit of £995  – OR PAY IN FULL – by following link below or the PayPal/Credit/Debit Card box above.

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/AlexFlorschutz

Step 3

Pay final balance of £1000 by 7th March 2020 unless paid in full, by following link below or the PayPal/Credit/Debit Card box above.

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/AlexFlorschutz

If you have any question, please feel free to Email us here:  alex@florschutz.com 

Bank Transfer: Request bank details

Cancellations / Refunds

Full refund until 10th February 2020

50% refund until 7th March 2020

No refund from 8th March onwards

Last booking by 8th March

Cancellations must be in writing 

If for any unforeseen reason we need to cancel the retreat, you will be given a full refund of the retreat, but flights will not be refunded.

Add-on packages 

Please inquire for more details

  • The 3 Day Blissful Boutique Spa Retreat
    5 – 7 April 
    £885
    per person. Three days of total luxury and self care to relieve jet-lag and get you in the mood for the main retreat!
  • The 5 Day Bespoke Balinese Culture Retreat (Eat-Play-Love)
    17 – 21 April
    £1850 per person
    Continue the adventure with this Balinese Cultural Extravaganza including Ubud Food Festival which is Asia’s leading culinary celebration, with the spotlight on Indonesian food. It will be bringing together some of the greatest culinary names from across the archipelago and beyond! What’s not to like 🙂
  • Hotel Accommodation: If you would like to come early or stay later, I can organise your hotel room for you to make your stay as easy as possible. Let me know how many nights and I’ll give you a quote.

Important Information

Getting there

Nearest major airport: I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS)

It takes around 1.5 hours to get to Ubud from the airport.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is always a good idea! Depending on the policy you go for, it could help with delayed, canceled or missed flights; theft or damage of belongings, and emergency healthcare.

It’s not the most glamorous part of planning a trip, but it means you can relax knowing that you’ll be covered if anything happens. 

Visa

If you intend to stay in Bali for 30 days or less, residents of 169 countries (including the U.S. UK and Australia http://topbali.com/indonesia-visa/) may now enter on a free 30 day visa on arrival (VOA).

If you plan on staying in Bali for 31 to 60 days, DO NOT opt for the free 30 day VOA, as it cannot be extended. Instead, purchase the $35 USD Visa on Arrival at the immigration counter at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, which can be extended for a stay not to exceed 60 days.

The 60 day VOA is not equal to 2 months. The day you arrive counts as day 1, so avoid any trouble by counting your days correctly! The fee for overstaying your Visa is a steep 300,000 IDR per day.

Accommodation 

Check–in is 2pm, check–out is 12noon

The 40 spacious rooms are spread over two traditional compounds set in lush gardens, overlooking lily ponds and stone statues. The rooms feature four-poster beds, mosquito-nets, wooden shutters, carved doors, marbled floors and Javanese teak sofas.

Breakfast includes fresh tropical fruit, house-made yoghurt and granola, warm freshly baked pastries and bread from The Honeymoon Bakery, as well as, Balinese specialties and other modern fare.

Mosquito nets and repellant coils, daily housekeeping, bar fridge replenished daily, tea, coffee and two flasks of boiling water, water dispenser and front patio with table and chairs are provided for your comfort.

All rooms offer the following

Mosquito nets and repellant coils
Daily housekeeping
Bar fridge, replenished daily
Tea, coffee and two flasks of boiling water a day
Water dispenser and front patio with table and chairs.

Additional Information

Weather 

Daytime temperatures in Bali in April can reach a max of 31°C (possibly 28°C in Ubud) with very high heat and humidity, falling to 24°C at night. There are usually 17 days with some rainfall but these are usually temporary showers. 

Money

Currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

There are many ATM cashpoints and money changers all around town so no need to worry about changing money before you travel.

Electricity

The standard used in Bali is a two-pin plug (round):

  • Voltage: 230 V.
  • Frequency: 50 Hz.
  • Power sockets: type C / F.

You will need to buy an adapter before you travel, however you can also buy in Bali.

What to bring

Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.

  • Shorts, singlet, sundress (no need for leggings)
  • Bathing suit (pool, spa)
  • Yoga clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Mosquito/bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Plug adaptors/converters/chargers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Journal
  • Empty suitcase for purchases!

*Please note that yoga mats will be provided

Vaccinations requirements

Bali is much more developed than most regions in Indonesia and the main tourism areas match international standards when it comes to hygiene.

If you plan to travel to other areas in Indonesia or venture out for a longer period into the more remote areas of Bali, then a more careful approach is recommended.

Because vaccines need to be taken before arriving at your holiday destination you need to plan your vaccine strategy 4-8 weeks before scheduled departure. 

Location

As soon as you arrive and step on the island of the gods/goddesses, you know this land has its own soul. It’s more than a place; it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind where fresh ideas arrive like waves and inspiration is everywhere.

It’s rich culture, abundant nature, many amazing sights and truly lovely people are what makes Bali so special.

The diverse culture and Hindu religion of Bali play a vital role in the everyday life of both locals and visitors. From the exquisite flower offerings placed everywhere to the endless temple ceremonies. Everything has spiritual meaning on the island.

Bali is a magnet for creative people from all over the world, the best handcrafts, designs, clothes, furniture, and interior pieces can be found throughout the whole island.

Being one of those glorious destinations it is generally great to visit at any time of the year, you will enjoy this vibrant island despite any weather. 

What makes this retreat special 

The island of Bali is a perfect place to transition from your old self to your new self. Together you will immerse yourself into the power of the jungle, discover ancient, mysterious water purification ceremonies, and activate health within the body.

You will feel renewed, pure at the level of the soul and much more spiritually connected.

This is a unique opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the sacred sights of the island that is still keeping the traditions alive. You will fall in love with this magical island and its unique rich culture.

Surrounding area 

Town
Nature
Forest
Jungle
Mountain 
Islands 

Terms & Conditions

Insurance

We have to advise you that it’s a requirement to have your own travel insurance which is a condition of booking.

For ambulances, hospital residence charges, injury and all kinds of losses need to be covered by your own insurance.

Cancellations

Full refund until 10th February 2020

50% refund until 9th March 2020

No refund from 10th March onwards

Cancellations must be in writing 

If for any unforeseen reason we need to cancel the retreat, you will be given a full refund of the retreat, but flights will not be refunded.

Health

Any health conditions should be disclosed in advance.

The workshop is not therapy, although it is therapeutic for personal development. It is not suitable for anyone with acute mental health issues or major physical disabilities. Please discuss with me.

Disclaimer

Here goes! We do not accept liability for any costs incurred as a result of any of the following: weather conditions, low bookings, hotel maintenance work or closure or other situations outside our control. We are not travel agents or flight carriers and therefore do not take responsibility for flight arrangements, delays or cancellations.

Cancellations, delays or changes caused by war, threat of war, closure of airports, civil strife, industrial action, natural disaster, technical problems with transport, or other events beyond our control including those mentioned in the preceding paragraph; participants’ medical or psychiatric conditions which may develop during or subsequent to the holiday; loss of, or damage to, personal property of participants. 

FAQ’s

Who is the retreat for? This retreat is suitable for everybody who identifies as a woman, however, please note there are steps.

Advice on Mosquitos: Close windows, doors and nets before dusk as that’s when mosquitoes come out to play. Use repellent and if bitten, the local Bokashi healing oil is helpful against bites.

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