Pranayama is an intimate process of apprenticing ourselves to the subtle and responsive intelligence of life.
After what seems like endless waiting, Bali beckons.
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 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 or yoga practice.
Pranayama refines and expands 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.
The Embodied Breath retreat is as much about cultivating an intimacy with feeling 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.
OUR RETREAT FOCUS
This comprehensive foundations retreat is not simply breathing exercises.
It 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 transformative power of the breath through a deeper relational connection with your own embodied life.
Pranayama, as with all yoga practice, is not a technique we do to ourselves nor a method of controlling the breath; it is an intimate relational invitation into to the nourishing intelligence of life.
Some themes we will cover
The 5 pillars of grounding
Prana as nourishment
Safety and belonging
The role of gravity in breathing.
The relational nature of things
Trauma and the breath
Befriending and refining feeling
Boundaries, containment and openness
Understanding the interplay of Energy and Mind
Trusting the natural intelligence of life.
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
You can expect this retreat to be physically gentle but internally rich as we embark of an intimate and soul nourishing exploration together.
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, to rest by the pool and to discover some of the many excellent restaurants in Ubud.
" I have been a student of yoga for twenty years and am blown away by Paul’s teaching. I have not met anyone who demonstrates his understanding of yoga and meditation so completely and effortlessly. He doesn’t teach a style, he teaches principles, he teaches essence. He guides you to what is already alive in you. What he teaches can open and deepen whatever style of yoga you practice. My practice has been completely transformed and its feels like mine for the first time. If you are a student of yoga you simply must find your way to his work."
PAUL HANLON, NEW ZEALAND
Adiwana Svarga Loka
We will be staying at a lush resort and wellness center in Penestanan in Ubud. Svarga Loka, meaning “heavenly place,” lives up to its name. Despite being only a 15-minute walk from the bustling Ubud Center and mere steps away from the main road, it feels worlds apart nestled in its own jungle sanctuary.
Located on sacred land on the banks of the Campuhan River, Svarga Loka is completely surrounded by nature from the river, to vines, to Bali’s epic Banyan trees, it has protected the land allowing guests to enjoy the Bali spirit of old. Awash in the sounds of nature and the river flowing below, and the beautiful Balinese people, it is a serene and calming space supporting guests in their wellbeing journeys.
Svarga Loka's Balinese style rooms are spread throughout its lush jungle setting. These luxury accommodation have balconies, some with river view, and can accommodate singles, couples and friends with both single or twin share options.
$1950 AUD single
$1650 AUD shared
EARLY BIRD Rate
$1650 AUD single
$1350 AUD shared
May 15, 2022
$2100 AUD single
$1750 AUD shared
EARLY BIRD Rate
$1750 AUD single
$1425 AUD shared
May 15, 2022
6 Nights Accommodation
Airport Pick Up
1-hour Balinese / Therapeutic Massage
All Teachings (3x daily)
Excursions (Sacred Water Temple)
Cultural show (Traditional Dance)
Airport Drop Off
Lunch and Dinner
(Indulge in and explore Ubud's unlimited restaurant and dining options)
Gratuities / Tips
Early Bird rate, if you book by May 15, 2022.
Currency in Australian Dollars.
$1950 $1650 Single, or
$1600 $1350 Twin Share
$850 $ 700 for a non-yogi companion in a shared room
$2100 $1750 Single, or
$1750 $1425 Twin Share
$950 $ 650 for a non-yogi companion in a shared room
$2300 $1950 Single, or
$1950 $1600 Twin Share
$1100 $ 950 for a non-yogi companion in a shared room
DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT
To secure a spot, a deposit of $500 is required.
Full payment due by June 20, 2022.
If you have to cancel your booking, please inform us as soon as possible.
Payment refundable in full (minus admin costs) before June 20, 2022.
For last minute cancellations (after June 20, 2022), we can only refund your payment, if your spot is filled.
Booking & Cancellation Policy
Visa - Visa on Arrival (VOA) costs 500.000 IDR
Vaccination Card / Certificate (at least 2 doses)
Travel Insurance with Covid19 Coverage* (Coverage: at least 20,000 SGD)
Negative PCR Test (taken with 48 hours of arrival)
Proof of booking
Download Peduling Lindungi App
Complete e-HAC (electronic Health Alert Card) which is in the app.
Upload vaccine certification to e-HAC.
Complete e-CD (Customs App).
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ABOUT PAUL WOODEN
Paul has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation for 35 years and teaching for 30 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.