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Prana, Breath & Mind


June 16 - 22, 2024

Pranayama is an intimate process of apprenticing ourselves to the subtle and responsive intelligence of life.

We invite you to join us in the serene charm of Bali for an experiential journey through the rich terrain of pranayama, meditation, restorative asana and a shared inquiry into yoga psychology, philosophy and embodied life.

This retreat will be physically gentle but internally rich as we embark of an intimate,

soul nourishing exploration of the inner dimensions of yoga practice.


Pranayama expands and refines our capacity for feeling.

Pranayama is an intimate exploration of the subtle energetic dynamics of our inner lives.

We are not simply breathing with Pranayama practice, we are cultivating the exquisite sensitivity to the responsive intelligence of life.

This Prana, Breath and Mind retreat is as much about cultivating an intimacy with the subtle dynamics of feeling and mind as it is about the breath.

The study and practice of pranayama points us towards a process orientated relationship with life.


Cultivating a relationship with pranayama is cultivating a relationship with the living current of life itself.

It is a profoundly intimate affair.   

Prana is accessed through feeling and the practice of pranayama expands and refines our

capacity for feeling.


Pranayama is a way of opening ourselves and being available for the essential nourishment of life.


This retreat is designed specifically to open you to a more intimate relational orientation in your practice.

 and to give you the tools and support you need to expand your understanding of the dynamic interface between prana, feeling and mind.

This retreat will be an intimate, yet gentle immersion into the rich and subtle terrain 

of the subtler dimensions of practice.

We will balance a clear conceptual understanding of yoga psychology and the more contemporary insights of developmental psychology on the one hand, with the intimate encounters discovered within the rich and subtle terrain of our very own hearts and minds.


You can expect a nourishing and transformative retreat experience

Some themes we will cover

  • Grounding and embodiment

  • Prana as nourishment

  • Safety and belonging

  • The role of gravity in breathing.

  • The feeling of mind

  • Trauma and the breath

  • Yoga psychology

  • Developmental psychology 

  • Understanding the interplay of Energy and Mind

  • Trusting the natural intelligence of life.

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06.45 am   Meditation and Pranayama

07.30 am   Asana & Embodied Movement

09.00 am   Breakfast

10.30 am   Dharma Talk, Inquiry and Meditation

12.00 pm   Break

04.15 pm   Restoratives, Yoga Nidra and Pranayama

05.30 pm   Meditation

06.00 pm   Finish

Our retreat program, though extensive, allows plenty of time for you to explore local Balinese life, to walk through the rice fields, to have a massage, or to rest by the river.

This retreat is held in the beautiful and serene valley of Sidemen

Paul Wooden is a yoga teachers’ teacher. He offers a wonderful, eclectic blend of yoga traditions.
It’s hard to convey the deep richness of his teaching, nor the exceptional skills and mastery that he uses in his work. Paul has a massive depth of theoretical and practical knowledge in all areas of yogic study.
He teaches with an open heart and humility, honouring each student with deep respect, and delicately nurtures
each student’s development.
Personally, I consider being Paul’s student to be essential to my ongoing training and development
as a yoga student, yoga teacher and student of life!

CLAIRE HEYWOOD, Sun Yoga, Australia



Nirata, Centre for Living Awareness



Sidemen is Bali green at its best! Rolling rice fields, rice terraces, rushing rivers, epic waterfalls, majestic mountains and total village vibes. It's the perfect place for nature lovers, people wanting to get away from the crowds to experience the real village life of the Bali of old.

Join Us


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AUD$2250 Single


Deluxe shared


What's Included

  • 6 Nights Accommodation

  • Airport Pick Up

  • All meals

  • 1-hour Balinese Massage

  • All Teachings (3x daily)


  • Flights

  • Visa

  • Travel Insurance

  • Airport Drop Off

Booking & Cancellation Policy

Bali Travel


  • Visa - Visa on Arrival (VOA) costs 500.000 IDR ($50)


About Paul Wooden

About Paul Wooden

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Paul has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation for 40 years and teaching for 35 years.

He draws from his experience in many different styles and traditions and, through a practical understanding of their underlying unifying principles, weaves together a cohesive and integrated approach to yoga.


Paul is a unique voice in the world of yoga. He has a way of bringing the sometimes abstract teaching of yoga into ordinary language making them accessible and workable in our lives.

For Paul, yoga is first and foremost a relational process, with technique being a way to serve a deepening and more intimate relationship with ongoing moment to moment reality of our lives.


Working with Paul is an invitation to the deeper dimensions of practice. His particular way of working opens us to the sensitivity and receptivity necessary for the subtler inner practices. He has been running retreats for over 2 decades and finds them fertile ground for real transformation.


He continues to study the inexhaustible richness of the wisdom traditions and complements these studies with a more contemporary understanding of the human condition, including developmental psychology, integral theory and trauma work (somatic experiencing) which seeks to help uncover and release the binding patterns of trauma in the body.

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