Bali Bliss Retreat with Michele Labelle
Transformational Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Magical Bali
November 3-12, 2014
Join Michele Labelle on a 10-day transformational yoga & meditation retreat, offering a unique and enchanting experience of Bali. A yoga tour designed to impart a true sense of this magical island, from the beaches of the south to Ubud – the hub of art and culture and home to beautiful rice fields – to the quiet northern part of the Island and its intricate temples.
We will visit the rejuvenating Les Waterfall and experience the tranquil underwater coral reefs of Menjangan Island with its vibrant, colourful sea life. Experience gentle and fun Hatha Yoga practices to expand the body and mind, surrounded by the most spectacular natural vistas.
If you are feeling tired, stressed or simply in search of a different holiday experience, this retreat is for you. Through Michele’s expert guidance and energy, complemented by the inspiring natural backdrop of Bali, you will return home feeling relaxed with a renewed clarity of mind and absolutely inspired, brimming with passion and confidence for life.
Om Swasti Astu is the traditional Balinese greeting that is shared upon arriving in someone’s home. It’s an honouring of the heart and spirit. The Balinese culture is an expression of devotion as 92% of the population practices Balinese Hinduism.
You will experience daily devotional offerings everywhere and special prayers are said several times a day. Every home and workplace has a dedicated devotional altar or statue where incense, rice and flowers are offered as gifts to the gods. Every action that is taken by the Balinese is an offering to Sprit. Music, art, theatre, work and religious practices are considered all the same.
Exploring and understanding this degree of devotion throughout an entire culture is an unparalleled experience, and we will be honoured to share our yoga practices and our own spiritual work in this sacred place.
Most days will commence with morning yoga and meditation designed to bring presence, peace and flexibility to the mind, body and spirit, followed by a delicious healthy breakfast. Strengthened and nourished by our morning practice and meal, the remainder of our days will be filled with group excursions and independent leisure activities. During our stay we will also participate in sacred ceremonies, meditations and visualizations to support our work in preparing us for a connection to the year of the horse. As the horse moves with confidence and strength we will look at what no longer serves us, release it, then connect and replenish our bodies and minds to the water element of Bali that will surround us.
Testimonials from 2013 Bali Bliss Retreat:
Bali Bliss was the experience of a lifetime! The magical energy of the country and the graciousness of the Balinese people can teach us all how to live in harmony and peace. There were so many wonderful places visited, it is hard to pinpoint one single highlight. Temple visits and blessings, snorkelling, yoga and just spending time with like-minded people will never be forgotten.
T. Baker, Vancouver, B.C.
I often find myself drifting away and before I even realize it, I AM back in Bali. The land where magic happens. I left there with my heart so full of love and joy that it is still permeating through my body. I think of the time we were snorkeling and the sunlight was illuminating through me, in me, around me. Ahhh, I AM still in a peaceful place and loving my new friends, myself and ALL that is... Michele, our instructor/guide, was wonderful and so full of life, love and joy!! Helen, I am already looking forward to my next journey. I am so pleased with the way you organize these trips and your attention to detail. We really did have such a wonderful time. Bali let the inner child out!
M. Robles, Nanuet, NY
I very deeply enjoyed the retreat in Bali, loved the people I met and all the laughter we shared. Each person was a jewel in the crown of such great memories. Bali is soft and sweet, the people so kind and friendly, the land is gentle and I look forward to returning. Going to our guides village was off the scale such a great event. We had such a joyous time, feasting, playing music with the band and dancing. The whole village was laughing with us, what a great bonding experience in Bali. Our local guide was the best, very knowledgeable, patient and kind. Michele was a pleasure to journey with and the yoga and meditations were gentle and sweet. I would recommend this retreat to the sweet Mother land of Bali ~ a joy to the soul!
A. Lindquist, Vancouver, B.C.
Thanks Helen and Michele for organizing the tour of a lifetime. The experience was unforgettable and I was able to push personal boundaries and experience situations and things that I would never have dreamed of doing. Unfortunately words can not express how fantastic a trip this was.
M. van Zyl, Vancouver, B.C.
The trip was amazing!! Beautiful Bali with its warm tropical climate, the very friendly local people, every hotel we stayed at was so picturesque... like an oasis of its own. The yoga, the temples, the waterfall, swimming in the ocean, bike riding through rice fields, snorkelling – it was all like a dream come true. And of course all the truly inspirational women that were part of our group are such special people – I’ve met many new friends. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the whole experience. I am so happy I was there and a part of it all.
A. Doherty, Vancouver, B.C.
As I write this I have chills running up and down my spine. It was another excellent trip. My last day there I was feeling regrets that I had to leave such a wonderful place. It did indeed take my heart just like the Sacred Earth Journeys Peru trip we went on in 2009. But this was also so different that I just can't explain. I was so overwhelmed with joy the whole trip! Thank you Helen and Michele for the wonderful memories that will always reside in my heart.
D. Rubio, Lake Wood, NJ
I booked a trip to Bali through Sacred Earth Journeys at a point of transition in my life and I planned to use it as a time for reflection as well as a yearend fitness goal to guide me towards positive lifestyle changes for the year of 2013. I was injured the month before our departure and was very anxious in the weeks leading up to the trip about my ability to participate, especially as I struggled to carry a small backpack and pull my suitcase on the day of departure.
Each day of the trip unfolded as a gift that re-energized my spirit. I went on this trip with the intent of deepening my yoga practice. On the magical island of Bali, in the presence of the other beautiful goddesses I was blessed to travel with, I ended up kindling a relationship with the divine (whose existence I had previously questioned). I returned home refreshed, having left behind emotions and beliefs which no longer served me and I now have a sense of clarity, purpose and lightness (as well as new friends) that helps to guide me in how I want to live my life, an increased awareness of who I am capable of being and how I can help others to open their hearts and allow love and healing to enter. It was a true honour to bare witness to the blossoming of the other participants on the retreat. Deepest gratitude to Michele, Arta and Helen for arranging such an incredibly sacred journey!
T. Wendland, Vancouver, B.C.
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