RETREATS

 

Find Your Flow Retreat

Bali Surf & Yoga Retreat with Jenny Clise & Emily Meersand

Bali — May 27, 2023 – June 2, 2023

 

 

 “Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction”

Join us on the ever famous island of Bali for 6 nights, 7 days as we find our flow through surf and yoga. We’ll spend our week adventuring in the coastal village of Canggu where you’ll have the chance to watch all the sunsets or catch all the waves (or both). On this retreat, Jenny Clise and Emily Meersand will lead you through all the yoga and meditation to move your body and feed your soul. In addition, your host and Bali resident Azma will take you to all of her favorite cafes, restaurants and spas to give you an insider’s experience. During our time together, we will take a day trip to Uluwatu for more beach time, and another to Ubud where we will participate in a traditional water cleansing ceremony that will bring you balance and the opportunity to recharge before you head home.

Join us on this yoga ADzenTURE to revitalize your body, mind and soul and make new friendships that will last a lifetime.

RETREAT LOCATION

Once a sleepy coastal village of Bali, Canggu is now a popular destination among surfers, yogis, digital nomads, expats and creatives. Filled with an array of cafes, restaurants, yoga and fitness studios, spas, and beach clubs this vibrant beach town has something for everyone!

YOGA & WORKSHOPS

What to expect in Jenny’s classes? 

Jenny believes in practicing what feels good in your body and recognizing that there isn’t one right way to do things that works for everyone. She strives to create an inclusive environment for her classes and with her clients, so that everyone knows, YES yoga is for you too! During her group classes she focuses heavily on foundation and alignment to safely prepare you for more challenging postures later on. Jenny will encourage you to turn inwards, draw intentionality into your practice and, with kind attention, recognize your strength both physically and mentally in each moment.

What to expect in Emily’s classes? 

She is passionate about sharing her love of a well-rounded and balanced yoga practice through her teachings of both powerful, sweaty vinyasa classes and grounding, soothing restorative and yin classes. Emily incorporates the healing properties and benefits of essential oils into her yoga classes as well. Seek more balance in your life, invigorate your mind, and soothe your soul in Emily's classes!

Workshops:

  • Arm balance & Inversion workshop (90 mins) – A perfect way to strengthen body and mind! We will break down arm balance and inversions to rebuild a stronger (and safer) practice. We will teach tips and tricks to work on these postures as well as functional drills to help prepare for them! This workshop is for all levels.
  • Rest & Release workshop – Slow flow and restore with essential oils
  • Yin & Yang workshop (75 mins) – A practice that compliments both a strong asana practice and deep stretching for muscle tissue release

 

RETREAT INCLUSIONS

  • 6 Nights accommodation in our retreat center in Canggu
  • Roundtrip airport transportation at select times, to Uluwatu, Ubud and included activities
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Yoga and Workshops led by Jenny Clise and Emily Meersand
  • Beach day in Uluwatu for surf, beach time, and sunset
  • Ubud day trip including cleansing ceremony at water temple, lunch at Vegan cafe and market visit
  • Sound Healing
  • 4 guided surf sessions including surf board, pick up and drop off
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at some of the best restaurants in Canggu

Schedule:

  • DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE ISLAND OF GODS: Settle in and get ready to flow! We’ll gather around for some movement and an opening ceremony to meet your new friends followed by dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Canggu!
  • DAY 2 FLOW, SLOW: An early AM surf session, morning yoga and a nourishing breakfast to start our day. We invite you to slow down for the remainder of the day, use this time to flow with whatever you’d like – whether that’s reading, exploring the neighborhood cafes around us, or hanging out by the beach. We’ll come together early in the evening for our first workshop – slow flow & restore. To continue this zen like afternoon, we’ll then experience sound healing followed by dinner.
  • DAY 3 BE LIKE WATER: After our morning flow and breakfast, we’ll venture to the cultural epicenter of Bali – Ubud. We’ll start our trip in Ubud with a visit to a holy water temple to cleanse and purify our mind, body and soul with the help of our Balinese healer. Ubud is also famous for its plethora of vegan cafes so of course, we’ll be taking you to one of the best in town for lunch. The rest of the afternoon in Ubud will be free for you to hop around its temples, and shop around its markets. We’ll head back in time for dinner and have Jenny Clise lull us in yoga nidra before a good night’s rest
  • DAY 4 BALANCE: To be in flow, we must balance. Another early morning surf session, yoga and breakfast. The afternoon is yours to enjoy, take in another massage (or two) and join us later in the afternoon for a Yin and Yang workshop.
  • DAY 5 OCEAN BLISS: Morning yoga, breakfast and then we’re off to Uluwatu for the day! Ulu (it’s shortened nickname) is famous for its beautiful beaches, limestone cliffs and surf. If tides permit, you’ll have the option to surf some more or kick back and relax on the beach!
  • DAY 6 RIDE THE WAVES: A sweet morning surf session, a yoga practice to get our blood flowing and breakfast to fuel us for the day! You’ll have the last bit of free time on our last day together to get all the massages and do all the shopping before we meet for final dinner together.
  • DAY 7 UNTIL NEXT TIME!: One more sunrise surf, morning yoga and breakfast together before we bid farewell until next time!

Grounding in Gratitude

Yoga Retreat with Jenny Clise and Milan Sundaresan

Guatemala — November 20 – November 25, 2023

Join us in the tucked away paradise of El Paredon, Guatemala for 5 nights, 6 days as we immerse ourselves in daily surf, yoga and adventure. We’ll spend our week adventuring the laid back Central American atmosphere, and awe-invoking volcanic black-sand beaches where you’ll have the chance to practice daily yoga, catch consistent waves, and relish beautiful sunsets.

On this retreat, Jenny and Milan will lead you through all the yoga and meditation to move your body and feed your soul. At our rustic boho retreat centre, you can enjoy delicious fresh and locally sourced meals prepared by local chefs throughout the day. In addition to our scheduled activities and workshops, there will be plenty of free time to explore the village and beaches on your own. Enjoy journaling over a slow morning coffee, read in a hammock, let us organize a surf lesson for you, relax by the pool, go on a beach run, or take a nap.

Join us on this yoga ADzenTURE to revitalize your body, mind and soul and make new friendships that will last a lifetime. This retreat is co-ed and open to all levels of surf & yoga.

RETREAT LOCATION

Tucked away and secluded from the everyday hustle and bustle, El Paredon is a hidden paradise. Unknown to most travelers, Guatemala’s best kept secret is home to some of the country’s top surfers. With the endless volcanic black sand beach and the consistent waves it is a perfect destination for all types of travel. This small fishing village is full of character and activities to fill your day and relax your mind.

Surf: Guatemala is famous for its cultural heritage, amazing volcano hiking and is gaining a growing reputation for its waves. El Paredon is home to Guatemala’s best and most consistent waves. With its endless beach break of fine volcanic black sand, the uncrowded waves are accessible to all levels of surfers. El Paredon is considered among the world’s top 10 surf destinations according to The Guardian. Whether you’re a beginner to surfing, an expert, or never surfed a day in your life, we’re confident that you’ll love El Paredon’s uncrowded waves and all around good vibes.

YOGA & WORKSHOPS

What to expect in Jenny’s classes? 

Jenny believes in practicing what feels good in your body and recognizing that there isn’t one right way to do things that works for everyone. She strives to create an inclusive environment for her classes and with her clients, so that everyone knows, YES yoga is for you too! During her group classes she focuses heavily on foundation and alignment to safely prepare you for more challenging postures later on. Jenny will encourage you to turn inwards, draw intentionality into your practice and, with kind attention, recognize your strength both physically and mentally in each moment.

What to expect in Milan’s Classes?
Milan’s classes are all levels and playful. Her goal is to empower her students to let their bodies surprise them with their inherent strength, flexibility, and resilience. Her Vinyasa classes are structured around an energetic flow that includes several minutes of warm up, sun salutations, core work, balancing postures, backbends, arm balances, inversions, and hip openers. Students are encouraged to focus on their breath and play on their edge. Students leave these classes energized and up beat.

Milan’s restorative classes are curated to her students needs. They generally incorporate deep hip openers and invite opportunities for deep pauses. With stillness, we are able to dive deeper into our minds and find clarity and ease both physically and mentally. Ultimately, students are able to achieve a state of deep relaxation, allowing them to sleep soundly.

RETREAT INCLUSIONS

  • 5 Nights accommodation at Swell Surf & Lifestyle Hotel
  • Roundtrip group airport transfer at selected times
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation
  • 2 one-on-one surf lessons at sunrise
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class in local village
  • SUP or Kayak Mangrove Tour at sunset
  • Witness baby sea turtles hatch and make their way safely to the ocean

Schedule:

  • DAY 1 ARRIVE + CEREMONY: After arrival into Guatemala City International Airport, you’ll be whisked away and dropped off at our beautiful boho beachside retreat centre. After a few hours of relaxation and getting to know your new friends, we’ll head to our opening ceremony with Milan & Jenny. A welcome dinner and a good night’s rest follows.
  • DAY 2 SUNRISE SURF + GROUNDING: Our first full day in Guatemala together will begin with a one-on-one sunrise surf lesson followed by a nourishing breakfast. After some relaxation, we’ll gather for a grounding movement and meditation practice.

    In the afternoon, we’ll familiarize ourselves with our the local surroundings – journal on the beach in our backyard, cool off by the pool or relax in a hammock. We’ll end the evening with a delicious family dinner followed by a soothing Yoga Nidra with Jenny.
  • DAY 3 MANGROVES + TURTLES: Our 2nd one-on-one sunrise surf lesson followed by breakfast and a movement practice.

    Mid-afternoon we’ll explore the beautiful mangrove-lined river on the edge of the Sipacate El Naranjo National Park for sunset. Option to explore via stand up paddle board (SUP), tandem kayak or by traditional lancha boat.

    A local guide from La Choze Chula, a social enterprise seeking to ensure local communities and the environment benefit from the growing tourism of El Paredón, Guatemala, will guide us through the mangroves helping us to spot local wildlife and sea turtles.
  • DAY 4 CULTURE + COOKING: We’ll start the day with a movement and meditation class followed by breakfast.

    Enjoy some free time at the retreat centre before we head off for a local cooking class to experience the local culture and cuisine of El Paredon through an authentic cooking experience at a local family’s kitchen in the cozy local village. We’ll learn how to make traditional Guatemalan tortillas, empanadas, ticucas and more and then we feast.

    Upon our return we’ll have some free time where you can opt for a massages or take a surf board onto the waves as you enjoy some free time before coming together for our Arm Balance + Inversion Workshop followed by dinner.
  • DAY 5 RELAXATION + CEREMONY: Early morning we visit one of only seven sea-turtle feeding grounds in the world for sunrise. We’ll have the opportunity to witness the baby sea turtles hatch and make their way safely to the ocean. Upon our return to our retreat centre, we’ll enjoy breakfast followed by a hips + shoulders workshop.

    After lunch, relax poolside, or in a hammock somewhere on the property, take time out for YOU. If there are any optional activities you’d like to partake in – today’s the day!

    In the afternoon we’ll come together for an optional sunset surf session followed by dinner.

    We’ll culminate our retreat with a beach bonfire where we will come together for a closing ceremony, and a night of fun under the stars with an ecstatic dance.
  • DAY 6 UNTIL NEXT TIME + OPTIONAL VOLCANO HIKE: Our last morning together will include movement, meditation and connection. We’ll end our time with breakfast and goodbye’s (or see you later’s)!

    Make your way back to Guatemala City to catch a flight back home, or extend your stay with an optional hike to Pacaya Volcano for sunset followed by an overnight stay in the city.