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Ubud Aura Retreat

QiGong Yoga Fusion Retreat  Nurture Your Essential Nature

with Diane Xiao Lei Wat in Ubud, Bali

August 5th, 2011 - August 12th, 2011   Starting at 468.00!!

Retreat costs covers: transport from Denpasar Airport to Ubud Aura Retreat Centre,  Hotel, breakfasts, Qigong, Yoga, Qigong and Yoga workshops.  The cost does not cover airfare, spas or excursions.  Excursions are optional and may be changed as desired

 

This is an offering of a beautiful 5000 year old Qigong practice called "Blossoms In the Spring".  It is an awaking moving meditation harmonizing one's being. Qigong and Yoga are a natural pair, each deepening the qualities of the other. Learn how to consciously move energy throughout your body as you open into every yoga pose. Let the healing qualities benefit the physical, emotional, and spirital aspects of your life, nurturing your essential nature.

Enjoy this retreat in the heart of Ubud, the cultural art center of Bali. Ubud Aura Retreat Centre is located within few minutes walk to organic cafes, Sacrad Monkey Forest Santuary, the market place, shopping, museums, temples and spas.

Included daily in your Qigong Yoga package:

7:30 a.m - 8:00 a.m. Qigong meditation

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. On our own private second floor overlooking the rice fields and Mt Batur, Yoga Qigong Fusion suitable for all levels.  Style of yoga is a Vinyasa Flow deepening the practice with Qigong principles. This practice is suitable for beginners on up.  If you would like further guidance, come to the 5:00 p.m. workshop for more personal assistance.

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Breakfast served at the hotel

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Qigong Yoga Workshop.  Xiao Lei will answer questions and give further individual guidance. (workshops may not happen everyday)

 Massage and floral bath

Friday August 5th, 2011, 7 p.m. YAY! You made it happen.  Opening circle and orientation with Xiao Lei

ACTIVITY OPTIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE RETREAT!!

Guided Herb Walk option. Educating you about different uses of medicinal herbs.  Lunch at Sari Organics surrounded by pictureque rice paddy fields.

 

Bike down Mount Batur option.  Learn more about Balinese coffee plantations, visit to a village Temple and a welcoming traditional lunch at Wayan's home.

 

Xiu Lei is volunteering her services to teach you how to ride a motorbike (scooter)  A motorbike is how the Balinese travel and to ride one is to feel a part of the cultural  island experience.  You must know how to ride a bicycle.  Piece of cake if you know how to ride a scooter.  No cost for this option.

Visit the Bali Orphanage Visit the Tamo Permata Hati Bali Orphan Day Centre.  Come and participate by helping with what needs be done like painting walls, or perhaps teaching English.  Or teach the children dance, art or basketball and such.   Toiletries, vitamins,  cleaning supplies, gifts always welcome.

bali orphanage

East Coast Bali Excursion Option

Visit a Batik and Hand Weaving Factory

Old court justice of Klungkung Kingdom,

Two important Balinese Temples

Fruit plantation

A resort beach of Candidasa

Parasailing option. Weather permitting, come parasailing on the cliffs of Nusa Dua.  Tandem only.  It's like walking off the cliff and you continue floating as if in a dream viewing the beach and seaweed farms below. 

August 10th Friday 2011, Morning Qigong and closing circle 

Included in the package:

Pick up from Airport to Hotel

Accommodations at Ubud Aura Retreat Centre for 8 days and 7 nights

Infinity Pool

Qigong Meditation

Yoga (for all levels) on our own private Yoga floor overlooking rice fields and Mount Batur 

Yoga classes and Workshops

Breakfast

Workshop on how to drive a motor bike, Bali style

Unlimited drinking water  (bring a water bottle)

Internet Connection

Discount coupon for Bodyworks Centre

Taxes and service charges

Not included:

Airfare

Activities and Excursions 

Offered optional private Yoga sessions with Xiao Lei

 

Odds and ends:

Xiu Lei will volunteer her time to assist you in learning how to ride a motorbike.  (motorbike rentals through the hotel are about $5.00 a day)

Single Occupancy, Fan, Share Bathroom 468.00

Double Occupancy, 2 beds, Fan Private Bathroom 468.00 per person

Double Occupancy, 2 beds AC/Fan Private Bathroom 596.00 per person

Single Occupancy, AC/fan Private Bathroom 588.00

Deluxe Rooms, Double Occupancy 1 bed AC/Fan TV, Mini Bar 440.00 per person

Deluxe Rooms, Triple Occupancy, 2 Beds AC/Fan TV, Mini Bar 440.00 per person

Pay in full by calling Diane Xiao Lei Wat at 831-479-9302.  Mastercard, Visa and Discover accepted.  No refunds for cancelations however, retreat is transferable.

To use Paypal http://dianewat.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=36

Please call me, Xiu Lei (pronounced See-u Lay) at 831-479-9302 if you have any questions!

Namaste!

for Diane Xiu Lei's bio click here: http://dianewat.com/index.php?dispatch=pages.view&page_id=35

 

The Ins and Outs of you Bali Retreat

 

 

My cell number is Bali (if the Bali phone is still working) 0812 37 177054.  That is the number to call me from when you are in Bali

To call the hotel, Ubud Aura Retreat Centre +62 361 975 720 / 971 393

 

WHAT TO BRING

Sun protection

Sandals

Tevas or hiking sandals are nice to have

Natural mosquito repellent

Grapefruit Seed Extract (for upset stomach)

Oil of Oregano (kills germs, for cuts and such)

Sarong (or buy one there) To enter temples you must have a shirt that covers your shoulders

Water bottle

Swim suit

Wind/rain jacket (umbrellas provided at hotel)

Optional: Gifts such as crayons or toys for the orphans

 

TO ENTER COUNTRY: 

Current passport

I personally photocopy my passport and email it with important phone numbers to myself as a back up plan. 

 

HOTEL

Ubud Aura Retreat Centre

25 Hanoman Street

Padang Tegal, ubud 80571 Bali-Indonesia

http://www.ubudbodyworkscentre.com/contact.html

 

Please contact me at poodletee@aol.com or Facebook if you have any questions after July 28th.  I may not check emails till I get to Ubud which will be around Aug 2nd.

TIME DIFFERENCE

Bali is 15 hours ahead of California

 

WEATHER

Historically in August Ball temps are: 76 degrees to 83 degrees with .9" of rain

 

AIRPORT AT DENPASAR

The cost to enter the country is $25.00 American cash.  As you approach the customs area, before you go through customs you must go to the window to the left as you enter the room (opposite of the customs lines) to pay your $25.00 to enter the country.  THEN proceed to the customs line.

 

When you leave the country you must pay 150,000 rupiahs (approx $16.50) to leave.

 

Please let me know what date, time, airline and flight number and I will arrange to have you picked up.  A driver will be carrying a sign with your name on your way out of the airport.   

 

If you arrive during banking hours, consider not getting money exchanged at the airport.  Ask your driver to take you to a bank with a good exchange rate. 

Bank hours are 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday - Thursday

8 - 12 Friday

8 - 11 Saturday 

 

It takes about 2 1/2 hours to get to Ubud from Denpasar

 

MONEY

Exchange rate is 10,000 rupiah = $1.17

or $10.00 = 85,000.00 rupiah

$100 dollar bills have the best exchange rate. Cash gets better exchange rate than traveler's checks.  Credit cards at restaurants, spas and such often tack on an extra 2% to 3% charge.  Debit cards may be the easiest way to exchange money.  

 

TIPPING

10% optional at restaurants. 500 rupiah per bag for porters

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Ubud Aura Retreat Centre

http://www.ubudbodyworkscentre.com/ubud_aura.html

 

A light breakfast is included with your choice of eggs and toast, or pancakes or fresh fruit platter.

 

WATER

Fortunately the water in the sink at our hotel is safe to brush your teeth with.  In general, not drink the tap water.   Our hotel has bottled water on in the yoga room and by the reception office.  I found it very handy to have brought my own stainless steel water bottle.  

 

BALI BELLY

I bring these items for upset stomach and killing germs:

Grapefruit seed extract for upset stomach

Oil of Oregano: for mosquito bites, killing germs

Tea Tree Oil: killing germs

 

FOOD

I'm a foodie so the here are my picks.  Organic food is almost as expensive as in California.  Balinese restaurants can be pretty inexpensive

 

Kafe has the most variety.  Delicious, try the black rice pudding and cocoanut ice-cream.  Kafe is about a 10 minute walk down our street.   http://www.balispirit.com/kafe/

 

Bali Buddha is my favorite.  Great lounging restaurant upstairs with raw and organic meals. Downstairs there is a small grocery store that also carries bakery goods, raw desserts and organic products.  http://www.balibuddha.com/

 

Sari Organics is about a beautiful 25 minute walk around rice fields to this secluded open air restaurant.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g297701-d1422324-Reviews-Sari_Organic-Ubud_Bali.html

 

Our neighbor down our alley is Yoga Barn and the Little K Kafe, open air, super delicious, super convenient. http://www.theyogabarn.com/schedule.html

 

The market is a super fun place to shop (prices negotiable)  for fruit and goodies.  

 

Farmers market happens Saturdays at 9:30 a.m to 2 pm at Pizza Bagus Pengosekan and Wednesdays 9:30 - 2 pm at Cafe Arma also Pengosekan.

 

YOGA

Yoga every morning at 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  Meditation from 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. ish

Most afternoons 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Yoga Workshops, Qigong Workshops or restorative Yoga Classes

Yoga mats provided.   

 

FREE INTERNET with your computer available in the breakfast room of our hotel.  Juice Ja Restaurant also has free internet about a 15 minute walk.

 

ELECTRIC DEVICES:  

Voltage: 127/230 V *Conversion to 230V in progress; complete in principal cities; plugs C, F, and G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. I recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

CELL PHONES

The easiest thing to do is buy a used phone for about $25.00.  Then buy a sim card for minutes.  You get a lot for your money when you only text.   To call the U.S. the code here is 01-11- and the 10 digit number

LAP TOPS Internet available in the dining area of our hotel

 

MOSQUITOS

I hate mosquitos.

If you turn off the light in your bedroom and turn on the light in the bathroom, mosquitos go toward the light.

Mosquitos can't fly in the wind so a fan on above the bed is sweet

Oil of oregano placed with a toothpick onto your just bitten spot will kill a lot of the itch

The mosquitos there are small and cannot penetrate thin clothing so even a light silk cloth or sarong will be protection

 

BALINESE CUSTOMS

Never eat with your left hand or give someone your left had to shake.  (The left hand is used to cleaning oneself)

When  offering someone something use the right hand or both hands.

Never point your feet at someone, for example when you are eating on the floor

Never plant your hands on your hips and have your elbows stick out (as if you are airing out your arm pits) This is considered the posture of anger and contempt.

Always take off shoes before entering a home

Never touch someone on the top of the head, the crown is considered sacred, the abode of the soul.

You can beckon someone with the hand extended in a downward waving motion.  

If you find the public toilet seat is all wet, that means the person before you cleaned it.  (Many public toilets use water in a hose or bucket with a scooper to clean oneself and they think of using toilet paper as unsanitary) http://www.friendlyplanet.com/facts/bali.html#electricity

Never argue in public.  

Don't show too much skin

 

TEMPLES

Sarongs are almost always required for men and women at temples.  Shoulders and knees need to be covered.

Menstruating women are considered unclean for the temples

Some temples require you to wear a sash around the waist too (they often provide sashes to loan you)

If anyone offers to assist you while you are at a temple, example to give you a blessing and a flower to put behind your ear, they will expect a tip such at 2000 or 5000 rupiah, about .20 cents to .50 cents

Bare shoulders are not allowed at temples.

From what i recall, all temples are free with donation boxes about.

 

TAXIS  

Negotiate the price before getting in the car.  

 

MOTOR BIKE 

If you want to rent a motor bike first start with hiring a driver of a motor bike to drive you somewhere.  Watch how traffic moves.  A ride from hotel to downtown Ubud on a motorbike is about 20,000 rupiah or $2.30. 

If you are wearing a skirt be careful that your skirt doesn't get caught in the spokes!!!

Motor bike rentals are available from our hotel at about $5.00 a day

Please talk to me about it before you rent one for important info such as what to do when a policeman pulls you over and other driving etiquette.  If you'd like assistance to learn to ride, let me know.

 

MONKEYS

Our hotel is located about a 5 minute walk from Ubud's most famous attraction, Monkey Forest.  Cost of entry is about  $2.30.   There are bananas you can purchase to feed them.  They can be very tame and I have had given them toys such as something sparkly to play with.  They may climb on you or steal from your purse if you let them.  Very fun except some can have rabies.  Go at sunrise before the park opens and it's free. 

 

MORE BALI 

http://www.balispirit.com/food/bali_organic_farm.html

http://www.friendlyplanet.com/facts/bali.html#electricity

 

THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME FOR a journey that can shift your life!!!! YAY!!!