Bali Yoga Retreat

Namaste Pacific "Escape to Paradise" Bali Retreat - with Chris van der Merwe

Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime?  Join Namaste Pacific from November 21, 2013 - November 30, 2013, as we travel to Bali, the Hindu “Island of the Gods”, for a magical Escape to Paradise!  This is your time to renew, relax, and refresh your spirit as we take this journey toward self discovery and inner connection!

Our 10-Day retreat will be based in the lush tropical landscape of Ubud, known as the cultural center of Bali.  Ubud is located amongst terraced rice paddies and steep ravines in Bali’s central foothills.  This peaceful and serene village will be the perfect backdrop for you to take your Yoga practice to the next level and connect with your Inner Self.

Led by Chris van der Merwe, founder of the Namaste Pacific Yoga Studios in San Diego, California, this retreat is designed to promote relaxation and self-discovery through daily Ashtanga Yoga classes, pranayama practice, chanting and meditation.  Our program will leave you feeling energized, refreshed, and nourished - ready to dive in and experience the magical beauty of the paradise surrounding you.

Included in the Retreat (November 21, 2013 - November 30, 2013):

  • 9 nights of comfortable accommodations
  • A la carte breakfast every morning
  • 9 Group Meals including:  Welcome Dinner, Dinner out in Ubud Restaurant, and Good-Bye Dinner
  • Morning Ashtanga Yoga Practice
  • Breathwork, Pranayama, Chanting, or Meditation Practice
  • Satsang Circles
  • 4 Evening Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation Sessions
  • Free time for pool, surfing, reading, movies, shopping, walking, chatting, browsing, exploring
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • 1 Complimentary Spa Treatment
  • A day trip and lunch to one of Bali’s exquisite white sand beaches
  • A visit and exploration of the beautiful local temples

Not Included in the Retreat:

  • Flights to and from Bali
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Additional meals and trips not sponsored by the retreat

What to Expect:

Each day we will begin with with japa mala, chanting, or pranayama practice.  We will then have an Ashtanga Yoga practice, in either a Mysore or Led Class style.  Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic practice with an emphasis on working with the breath while increasing strength and flexibility as you move through a set sequence of poses.  The classes are taught in a practical and safe way according to the group level with health, age and lifestyle fully considered.

In the afternoons you will have plenty of free time to explore Ubud and the surrounding area.  Take advantage of the on-site spa with a relaxing massage or detoxifying ritual.  Relax and lounge by the pool.  Take time for yourself and engage in deep contemplation.  Or, explore the famous Ubud Market and the many interesting art galleries and shops the villages have to offer.

Throughout the program we will have four evening group sessions where we will focus on restorative yoga and guided meditation, designed to bring balance and harmony to the mind and body.

Local Attractions:

Ubud is the ultimate backdrop for total relaxation.  Famous for its lush green rice terraces, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore and soak in the beauty of the fields.

Closeby, Ubud’s Monkey Forest is a well known nature preserve and temple complex, home to a large group of Balinese long-tailed macaques.  This is the perfect spot to connect with nature as the monkeys are not shy, and feeding them is part of the experience.

Ubud and the surrounding area are filled with beautiful temples and ancient relics.  Most notably, the intricately carved Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, dates from the 9th Century when it was used as a sanctuary and bathing temple.  Temple Pura Taman Saraswati is another gorgeous temple with carvings that honor Yoga Devi Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and the arts.  Waters from the temple feed a pond in the front which overflows with pretty lotus blossoms.  The temple hosts weekly dance performances.

Finally, Ubud is a haven for artists and collectors.  Local shops and boutiques are filled with beautiful handmade clothes, bags, decorations, and local handiwork.  There is also the famous “market” located in the very center of town where you can find one of a kind souvenirs to remember your time in Ubud.

Retreat Accommodation:*

Our retreat center’s rooms are in two-story Balinese style Lumbung cottages.  Each cottage has two rooms with private stairwell entrances and bathrooms on each floor.  Each room has two single beds and the rooms are set up for double-occupancy.  We will pair you with a fellow retreat participant, or if you would like to share a room with a specific retreat participant, please let us know and we will make that arrangement.

You may choose to have a private room for an additional fee ($450.00).

The rooms on the first floors have with baths and private balconies overlooking beautiful Balinese gardens.  The second floor rooms are located on the top floor of Lumbung and also have bathrooms overlooking lush Balinese gardens. The second floor rooms do not have a balcony.

The retreat center has a beautiful Yoga Hall, community areas, pool with sun deck, and an on-site spa.

*Note: Retreat accommodation is subject to availability and variable based on total number of retreat participants.  If the above-described accommodation is not available, the same or similar retreat accommodation will be provided at a different location in Ubud.

Payment Details:

The total cost for the retreat is $1,999.00 based on shared accommodation.  If you would prefer to have a private room, the total cost for the retreat is $2,449.00.

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 (shared accommodation) is required, to reserve your booking.  If you would prefer to have a private room, a non-refundable deposit of $950.00 is required.

We expect to fill up quickly and space is limited, so go ahead reserve your spot before it’s too late!

The full balance ($1,499.00) is due 6 weeks prior to the retreat (October 10, 2013), otherwise your booking may be cancelled.


We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat.  Medical history forms are to be completed before each retreat, however we also advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.  Modifications are given to students with special needs.

"Escape to Paradise" Bali Retreat

This Retreat will be from November 21, 2013 - November 30, 2013, in Ubud, Bali.

Please feel free to bring your payment in the form of check or cash directly to either the Hillcrest or Pacific Beach studios.  If it is more convenient, feel free to use the PayPal credit card payment links below.

Bali Retreat Deposit (Shared Accommodation) $500.00:

Bali Retreat Deposit (Private Accommodation) $950.00:

Bali Retreat Full Payment (Shared Accommodation) $1,999.00:

Bali Retreat Full Payment (Private Accommodation) $2,449.00: