As we all know, much can happen until September 2021... Therefore, we won't take any reservations for this retreat before early summer 2021. For the latest travel restrictions to/from Greece, you can check here.
You can still sign up for the retreat to show your interest and to help us assess how many people 'would like to come if the situation allows'. We won't request a deposit from you until it is clear that we can safely go ahead with the retreat.
If you want us to inform you when the situation changes, you can sign up to become a VIP member of the Life in Movement family.
There is a magic to the island of Paros that lures us back again and again. Can you hear the call of the waves, the sand under your naked feet, the wind in your hair?
Join Anja Kursawe and Ola Mazur in a weeklong deep exploration of movement. Discover Pilates and Yoga as a tool to find peace and a deeper connection to yourself.
Renourish, replenish and finally return home full of calm, healthy energy.
“I’ve seen so many different people flourish in this retreat. The location, the food... it all adds up to something magical”
“You will come home restored, refreshed and wiser within yourself!”
We are currently still working on the details, but check back soon!
JOIN US IN Paros, greece FROM September 12th - 18th 2021 with your feet in the sand and the wind in your face.
Surrounded by paddy fields and an organic garden, our home for the week will be the much sought after Desa Seni Village Resort in Changgu. Thewell-established eco-resort is a labour of love and a hand-picked collectionof beautiful antique wooden homes and traditional furnishings, representing different cultures and traditions of Indonesian lifestyle.
Each villa has its own style and character and the attention to detail is remarkable. It might take you the week to discover all the little details and treasures your cosy home has to offer.
There is a saltwater pool with a sundeck, an organic restaurant supplied from the on-site garden, and a spa offering holistic treatments. There are grassy pathways and hidden gazebos and lots of space to live and breathe and laugh and be. And of course, there is our beautiful outdoor Yoga studio that we will be using for the classes and workshops. You might not want to leave, but in case you do need a break, the closest beach is just 15 minutes away and easily reached by tuktuk, taxi or bicycle.
BESIDES SPENDING AN UNFORgETTABLE WEEK IN ONE OF OUR TOP FAVORITE RETREAT VENUES, HERE’S MORE TO DREAM ABOUT:
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WE OFFER SINGLE OR SHARED ACCOMMODATION IN YOUR OWNTRADITIONAL INDONESIAN VILLA.
Our home for the week will be the sought after Desa Seni Village Resort. Run with love and eclectic taste by owner Tom, who has lived in Bali for more years than he wants to count, you will feel like you’ve truly arrived in paradise.
Each house is a little different and we love them all. Someoverlook the organic gardens or the pool, others have aprivate porch or a gazebo in the garden.
All villas have aircon and private bathrooms and most are spacious enough to share even with someone you don’t know. For more privacy, chose to have your villa all to yourself. Read a book on your porch or invite one of your newly found friends to join you for a fresh ginger lemon tea.
On request we can arrange triple shares (friends only) or accommodation options for families.
As all rooms are different we will give them away on a first-come-first-serve basis, but if you want to request a specific house we will try our best to accommodate your wish.
There is a limited availability of singlehouses. Booking early will ensure you get the room type you prefer.
* all prices are per person, and quoted in USD. We will try our best to help you avoid bank and transfer charges, but if they do occur, all bank/PayPal charges must be carried by the participant.
YOU COULD NOT BE IN BETTER HANDS! BOTH TASH BARNARD & TRACEY SUE DU PLESSIS HAVE BEEN TEACHING WITH US FOR YEARS AND WE PLAN TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.
Tash’s high energy and passionate encouragement brings infectious joy and laughter to anyone in the group. No wonder that we have so many return guests. During class, Tash will push you to reach for the stars and to believe in the impossible. Tash is a highly accomplished Pilates teacher and BASI Pilates teacher trainer. Every year she joins us on our retreats with all the passion and excitement you’d expect from a first timer. If you are looking for a mentor who will encourage you to believe in yourself, a week with Tash might very well change your life.
No-fuss focus, precision and a clear direction are some of the ingredients that make Tracy’s Iyengar Yoga classes so cherished by our retreat participants. With her gentle, approachable nature you will feel like you can ask her anything. Tracey is a wise guide in bringing together the disciplines of Yoga and Pilates and you can be sure that you’ll be taking home some new knowledge and deeper understanding of your body and yourself.
If a retreat is a beautiful piece of art, Mareile is the glue that holds all the pieces together. Having started in 2010 leading her own Pilates retreats, she soon found her true calling and strength in connecting people, in crafting and curating truly exceptional retreat experiences and in finding the best teachers. The personal attention you will receive before, during and after the retreat can all be attributed to Mareile’s deep desire to make people happy and to make you feel valued and special.
THIS IS OUR 8TH BALI RETREAT, AND I DARE TO SAY IT GETS BETTER EVERY YEAR! ENJOY SOME OF OUR HIGHLIGHTS BELOW:
Desa Seni is such an oasis in the buzzing island life of Bali. Some of our guests actually never leave :-) But if you do want to get your Bali fix, restaurants, shops, cafes and of course the beach are just a quick walk or short scooter ride away.
The fact that each guest gets a private one-on-one session as part of their retreat package has held so much meaning for us since the beginning! This extra time spent with you helps us to get to know you and to serve you better during the group sessions. It’s also a wonderful learning opportunity. Bring your practice to the next level!
Freshly cooked and delicious is what we expect from a retreat venue’s menu. We love the fact that Desa Seni brings in almost 80% of their ingredients from their own organic garden! Most meals are vegetarian (with vegan options) and if your palette craves for some local Balinese delicacies, there are some insider tips that we’d love to share with you.
Shopping or temple visit? A local cooking class or a remote jungle hike? We give our guests options to choose from for our day trip excursion, which is included in your retreat package. And if you have a special wish that’s not on ‘the menu’ we are there to help you organize a driver or guide.
Whether you come with an old friend or are ready to make new ones... Our Bali retreat is the perfect setting to connect, unwind and reconnect. We’ve had friends surprise each other, daughters bringing their moms and husbands sitting the baby while she does Pilates. Spending time while having time is a real treat these days!
And of course... When do we really honour ourselves? Make time for ourselves? Reflect on what we need? Get deep into our bodies? Connect with our true selves? Maybe it’s time... for Bali!
I KNOW... IT’S HARD TO STAY GLUED TO THE SCREEN AND READ THROUGH SO MUCH INFO. HERE ARE A FEW MORE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS I’VE HEARD THROUGHOUT THE YEARS:
No. We offer each of our retreat (except for the Teacher Trainings) just once a year around the same time.
Yes. If you are a group of friends looking for a personalized and intimate retreat experience, the Life in Movement team is happy to work with you on a bespoke retreat package
Yes. Even if you are new to Pilates, Yoga or both, we welcome and encourage you to join. A retreat week always starts with the basics no matter how experienced the other participants might be. Depending on the overall level of the group we will slowly (or quickly) build up the classes day by day. You can decide to book additional private sessions if you feel you want to work on something specific. If there is a very big difference between levels, we might offer some additional classes to the more advanced participants, but the group sessions will always be tailored to accommodate beginners.
Yes. We usually offer a custom retreat price in that case. If you want to bring a child, we recommend you contact us directly to see how we can best accommodate you. In Bali it is easy, for example, to organize a nanny for the day or for during classes.
We have lots of guests traveling alone and for many it’s been the first time or the first time on retreat. As long as you make it to Bali, we are here for you. A retreat is actually a perfect setting for a first solo trip. All is organized and taken care of, but if you want to step out of your comfort zone, make friends, try something new, here is your opportunity. You will be surprised how quickly it all falls into place.
We love it when teachers join our retreat! This usually means that you are excited to continue your learning journey. Be aware that our retreats are open to all levels and that this retreat is not primarily focused on an advanced level participant. That said — when we see that you can be pushed… we will do so! All our teachers are amazing movement professionals with decades of teaching experience. If appropriate we might organize some additional sessions for our more advanced participants.
We do like to say that all participation in any aspect of our retreats is, of course, voluntary. We won’t ‘require’ you to do anything! That said… you did find our retreat for a reason and we know that there are plenty others out there. Our teachers, even though they are teaching different methods, work very much together and in synergy. In that respect, we’d prefer it if you see the combination of Pilates and Yoga as two methods working with and towards each other rather than simply two daily, separate exercise classes. We promise you will learn loads and that it will make so much sense to you after.
I get asked this a lot and unfortunately, I have yet to find the perfect Pilates retreat location that offers the possibility to add in equipment sessions. In fact, I am building this space right now in Portugal, so I invite you to support CALM Portugal, so that in a few years the answer can be ”Yes, of course!”
If you have doubts about your physical abilities in regards to the retreat and due to a chronic or acute condition, we encourage you to contact us prior to booking. That way we can advise you and make sure that you will benefit from the retreat. All participants will need to complete a health form prior to the retreat start.
For maximum benefit we encourage each guest to arrive and leave on the official retreat arrival & departure days. If you can’t make it, we will try our best to find a custom solution for you, which will, however, not affect the retreat price.
As you can imagine, we are very used to dealing with all kinds of food allergies, preferences and unusual diets. As long as you tell us ahead of time (there is a line about it in our mandatory health form) we can inform the venue and let you know how much we can accommodate you. For the most part it’s easy (ie vegan, gluten free, dairy free) and if it’s potentially tricky, we will advise you to bring your own snacks, supplements and supplies.
LET US HELP YOU DECIDE HERE...
BEST DECISION EVER! WELCOME TO OUR BALI 2021 PILATES &YOGA RETREAT
In order to secure your spot on the retreat, we need to receive a non refundable USD 500 deposit from you. We accept Credit Cards, PayPal or direct bank transfer. Please note that we won’t pay for any bank or transfer charges, including PayPal fees.
We highly encourage you to purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel your trip. We have found during our travels that it is well worth having the coverage, as it covers many unforeseen circumstances that may arise while on vacation.
If we are able to fill your cancelled spot by three months before the retreat start, we will return all money paid to us, except your deposit. If we are unable to fill your spot, we will only return 50% of all money paid to us after deduction of the deposit.
Sorry, but no refund possible after this date.If you are not able to attend the retreat but have a friend or family member that would like to attend, we are happy to transfer 100% of the money that you have paid toward your friend or family member. Both parties must notify us in writing in order to transfer names.
All money paid to us by you will be returned, excluding bank chargers. Unfortunately we cannot compensate you for any plane tickets/transportation arrangements you have already made.
USD500 non-refundable deposit is required in order to secure your spot. We accept Credit Card (PayPal) and / or direct bank transfer. Please note that we won’t pay for any bank or transfer charges, including PayPal fees.