Bali Retreat March 2021

Eat Play Laugh

Nurturing Boutique Retreat Holiday – Bali
The Island of the Gods / Goddess

Retreat Date: 6 – 16 March 2021

Retreat Early Bird Price £2295

Retreat price options.

Date: 6 – 16 March Retreat 2021 which is held over the Balinese New Year.

Email Booking Form to: 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 magicalboutique retreat/holiday where you will have the opportunity to connect to the powerful energy or Bali, let go of your life stresses and rediscover how wonderful you are! An unforgettable, nurturing experience awaits you during their auspicious new year (Nyepi). We will use this magical time 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 hidden treasures through learning traditional Balinese secrets for health, longevity and transformation. Enjoy activities, healing ceremony, wild walks with magnificent views, spa treatments, mouthwatering food and MORE all carefully designed for your pleasure! Join me for this unique experience fully supported by all things luxurious AND expand your capacity to have fun. 

I will share exclusively with you my secrets of Bali from my 23+ 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 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 experience is needed and everything is included.

This is a nurturing retreat where you will discover more about the Balinese culture which I’ve designed specially for you.

Small intimate group experience with maximum 10 participants.

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What Makes Bali Special

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. 

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.

Nyepi – Balinese New Year

Nyepi – the Balinese new year – is celebrated on an auspicious date every March, according to the Balinese calendar. Nyepi is a “Day of Silence” where all activities pause for the whole day allowing for self-reflection and spiritual contemplation. On Nyepi eve, every village and town has a riotous, colourful, giant monster parade in order to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with the Creator, Humankind, and Nature. On Nyepi day, there is no internet (allowing you a social media fast!), no cars and no outside lights and for one very special evening in the year, if it’s clear, the inky sky glitters with a thousand stars with no light pollution. 

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.

In this magical place, you are invited to celebrate your creative self through the senses and the different pleasure centres of yourself: physical, mental, emotional, sensual, spiritual and transformational. We will explore these through Balinese rituals, cooking, sensual treatments to keep you looking young, visit sacred sites, experience a traditional Balinese home (my family), gastronomic food, and the powerful celebration of Nyepi. This will allow 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! Relaxxxx…. I have it all figured out <3

Benefits of Your 10 night / 11 day package includes

Complimentary roundtrip airport pick-up and drop-off: I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS)

10 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

8 gourmet lunches

7 gourmet dinners (vegan/vegetarian options). During the retreat you will meet Janet at one of her long table dinners specially created just for you and she will cater for the Nyepi sacred feast. Alcohol not included

Special celebratory meal at a gastronomic restaurant to end the retreat

5 daily morning yoga classes (included but optional)

Specialised workshops/activities, facilitated by Alex and others. Lots of fun and nurturing “experiences” to feed your soul and give you even more confidence in your life

“Nyepi” – new year – celebration and sacred feast (at the hotel) 

1 x one hour massage on arrival

2 x 90-minute ancient traditional SPA treatment and bathing ritual, including full body massage, body scrub and flower bath

Experience an extraordinary hot/cold spring water Jacuzzi created within a mythical stone cavern and sauna to destress 

1 x Anti-ageing facial (optional) / or / mani/pedi

Trip to a holy water temple for a traditional Balinese water blessing

Immerse yourself in the dynamic, wild, fun celebrations of Nyepi

Food as Medicine workshop with our expert chef to support your health and wellbeing even once you’ve returned home

Gourmet food tour: Night Market Feast (Gianyar)

Trip to sacred waterfall and lunch

A private guided walk through rice fields and jungle paths

Visit a traditional Balinese family (my family), walk through local rice fields and have lunch prepared by my sister-in-law

Temple visit

View a traditional Balinese dance

Complimentary welcome goody bag

Swim in the gorgeous hotel swimming pool

Evening entertainment… cocktails have never tasted so good!

Free time in Ubud to visit local sites: ARMA, NEKA and Antonio Blanco museums, Ubud Market, shops and cafe’s

Pre-arrival information pack

Welcome drink

Wifi connection

Transportation during the retreat

Pre and post retreat support from our team

Extra

1-to-1 transformational coaching session with Alex

1-to-1 spiritual guidance session with a Balinese healer

What is not included

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

Cancellations / Refunds

  • 100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before retreat start date.
  • 50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before retreat start date.
  • 0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before retreat start date.

Last Booking but must pay in full 13 February 2021

Remaining Balance

  • Remaining balance is due 30 days before the retreat start date.
  • If paid at the time of booking, a full refund of the remaining balance is available up to 30 days before your retreat start date.
  • If you cancel 0-29 days before your retreat start date remaining balance is not refundable

Please note: For deposit and remaining balance amounts, please refer to your booking summary email.

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.

Full Description

Our “Eat-Play-Laugh” Nurturing Boutique Retreat Holidays are well designed to lead you by the hand and enable you to immerse yourself in the Balinese culture and traditions while having lots of fun and nurturing. There is nothing for you to think about… I’ve done it for you 🙂

We will take you on a magical journey where you will be able to reduce mental tension, emotional overload, clear the effects of a busy life and simply melt away the stress.

Carefully planned holistic workshops will take you on a gentle emotional detox while nourishing you with signature gourmet cuisine. Our lovingly prepared nutritional food will give you an energy boost leading to greater peace and tranquillity. Healthy food has never tasted so good!

This nurturing retreat program is aimed to give you a 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 Nyepi, 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 and snacks. 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 on Sunday 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 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 as well as some of my personal favourite 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, is a published author of The Art of Birth – Empower Yourself for Conception, Pregnancy & Birth and the Art of Birth Course for pregnant women.

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 has developed this project under the new name Zero2 Expo. Birthing a Better Future Art & Science Exhibition Project: https://www.zero2expo.com

Alex’s life and work explores the meaning of the Feminine (however you identify) and aims to challenge and create a new dialogue in this area, especially.

“Affirming the root of Feminine Power through Art, Creativity, Healing and Transformation”

Art – Books – Products – Art Therapy – Retreats – Courses – Coaching 

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/activity will be facilitated by myself and I will be present on all excursions. There will be time to come together and share. You will learn more about Bali, it’s culture, spirituality and gain a deeper perspective of your life, in a safe and nurturing environment. You can 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. 

Please note, on Nyepi day we will stay in the Hotel and you will be able to lounge by the beautiful pool, have a massage, write in your journal, meditate, contemplate or sleep and eat sacred food together lovingly prepared by our amazing hotel.

Daily Schedule

Retreat Investment

Early Bird Price £2295 pp

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

Retreat price options.

How to Book 

Step 1

Email Booking Form to alex@florschutz.com

Step 2a

Pay Early Bird Price in Full: £2295

Step 2b

OR: Pay holding deposit of £995 
Pay final balance of £1300 due by 4 February 2021 

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

*After Early Bird Price ends, the Full Retreat cost is £2595

Cancellations / Refunds

  • 100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before retreat start date.
  • 50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before retreat start date.
  • 0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before retreat start date.

Last Booking but must pay in full 13 February 2021

Remaining Balance

  • Remaining balance is due 30 days before the retreat start date.
  • If paid at the time of booking, a full refund of the remaining balance is available up to 30 days before your retreat start date.
  • If you cancel 0-29 days before your retreat start date remaining balance is not refundable

Please note: For deposit and remaining balance amounts, please refer to your booking summary email.

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
    3 – 6 March 2021
    £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!

    Wednesday 3rd March: arrive any time after 2pm
    Settle in, welcome drink, snack, shown facilities
    Given itinerary and confirm your luxury pleasure plan!
    First treatment
    Dinner
    Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th March:
    Full spa programme including lunch and dinner!
    Saturday 6th March: join welcome dinner in the evening for main retreat information
    Same cancellation policy applies
  • The 5 Day Bespoke Balinese Culture Retreat (Eat-Play-Love)
    17 – 22 March 2021
    £1850 per person

    Continue the adventure with this Balinese Cultural Extravaganza!
    Visit the main sites and immerse yourself in all things Balinese.
    What’s not to like 🙂
    Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 March 2021: Full sightseeing days.
    Sunday 21 March: Sunday Brunch at ones of Bali’s TOP 5* luxury hotels
    Same cancellation policy applies
  • 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 compulsory and 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. 

*Check your travel insurance for its Covid policy.

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.

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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

Ubud is situated in-land, north of Denpasar airport and about 1.5 hour drive by taxi. It is a vibrant town full of everything you can imagine, surrounded by nature and beautiful rice fields.

Surrounding area 

Town
Nature
Forest
Jungle
Mountain  

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

Cancellations / Refunds

  • 100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before retreat start date.
  • 50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before retreat start date.
  • 0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before retreat start date.

Last Booking but must pay in full 13 February 2021

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 all adults (however you identify). Please note there are steps, uneven ground, walking so please contact me before booking if you require additional assistance.

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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