The Spirit of Bali Yoga Retreat
*** One Room Left ***
SoulShine, Ubud, Bali
with Melissa Spamer and Zoreh Afsarzardeh
March 25 - April 1, 2017
Enjoy eight days and seven nights at the lovely Soulshine Retreat Center created by Michael Franti and Carla Swanson (Video links at end of page). Each day you will enjoy two Yoga classes in the open air Yoga studio overlooking the rice fields with Zoreh and Melissa. After your morning Yoga class and breakfast, you are then free to enjoy the surroundings of the retreat center or go into the art center and healing village of Ubud. You can enjoy the restaurants, shops, art galleries, temples, palace, spas and market.
The retreat will take place during one of most sacred times of year in Bali-the Balinese New Year Nyepi. This is a very auspicious time to be in retreat and spiritual practice. On March 28th we will honor this day of silence in Bali. We will have extended practice time, and enjoy the retreat center's beautiful grounds, as the entire island of Bali will be in retreat, and you will experience a day of silence like no where else in the world. Bali is considered one of the most spiritual places on earth, with a rich and unique cultural and religious heritage. It is the perfect place to deepen into oneself and take in the beauty Bali offers to the soul.
Matahari - Sunrise Morning Yoga Practice 7-9:30am
This class will be more dynamic in nature, with the time of the rising sun. Expect to explore a full spectrum of asana practice. This may include mindful vinyasa and namaskars, alignment based asana instruction incorporating both therapeutic and Ayurvedic perspectives, supported or active inversions - both free-flowing and structured practices will be guided to help one deepen into discovering their own unique practice. Yoga and Balinese philosophy will be woven into the themes of the classes to help enrich and deepen the inner process of practice and place. Modifications and adjustments are given to accommodate the individual needs of each student.
Bulan ~ Moonrise Evening Yoga 4:30-6:30pm
This class will incorporate a slower Yoga practice and may include yin yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama, and meditative practices. This is a quiet and reflective practice to complete and integrate your day.
Included in Your Retreat:
2 Daily Yoga Classes with Melissa & Zoreh
1 Balinese Massage
Balinese Feast on the first and last day
All meals on the Silent Nyepi Day
Soulshine is on a serene piece of land, very supportive of personal retreat. You can enjoy short walks through the rice fields, swimming in their pool, on-site spa treatments, and a restaurant. They also have wifi available for your convenience.
Extra Outings for an additional fee:
Visit a Balinese Healer
Jamu Class (Traditional Medicinal Drinks)
Class on Making a Balinese Offering
Additional Spa Treatments
Afternoon at the Beach (45 minutes away)
A complete list of outings will be sent upon request.
About Zoreh & Melissa
Zoreh is the founder of High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Zoreh continues to inspire and guide the community at HDY where she instructs regular classes, co-facilitates the teacher training programs, gives private therapeutic Yoga sessions, and leads retreats around the world. Zoreh's students fondly regard her for the joy she exudes and for the radiant “heart-quality” she brings to her teaching and to the practice of Yoga. Zoreh is known for her exuberance and the faith she integrates into her life and work. She safely challenges each individual to explore new possibilities inside themselves, creatively guiding them to discover new ways of moving into the poses. She engages and instructs students with an intuitive yet precise knowledge of the organization of the body, encouraging a profound expression of the asanas to unfold within each practitioner. Zoreh facilities retreats all over the world and combines her zest for adventure and fun with a perceptive ability to integrate place and practice, helping her students to move more deeply into themselves and into the culture of the places they visit.
Melissa Spamer, M.A. ERYT 500, C. Ay.
Melissa has been teaching Yoga for nearly 20 years, on five continents. She has led advanced teacher trainings, retreats, special workshops, and weekly classes. She has completed over six teacher trainings herself, and has specialized training in Yoga therapy, Ayurveda, Vinyasa and Alignment based asana practices. She has also studied extensively with Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, and Rama Vernon - some of the first Western Yoga teachers, all of whom have inspired a rich tapestry of creative, highly energetic, and in depth knowledge of Yoga which she weaves throughout her classes. She has been traveling to Indonesia since 1995, and considers it to be her spiritual home. In 2006 she moved to Bali and led the first Yoga Alliance approved Yoga teacher training for entirely Balinese students and certified some of the first Indonesian Yoga teachers, who are now teaching around the island of Bali. She loves to share the great beauty, magic, and wonder that is alive in Bali with others. She holds incredible passion for the people and island life of Bali which is unlike any other in the world. Aside from teaching Yoga regularly, she is also a licensed counselor and Ayurvedic practitioner, living happily in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Accommodation & Cost:
There are four tiers of accommodation for your comfort and budget. All rooms have air conditioning as well as plenty of open air breeze. The shared rooms can be set up as two twin beds or one king bed, with the exception of two deluxe double rooms in Terrace Villa. There are private bathrooms adjoining each room. Please indicate your roommate preference on the registration form. If you do not have a roommate preference we can assign a roommate for you.
Priced Per Person
$2200 – Lotus Villas - Double Occupancy (2 Twins or 1 King) with Private Bath - 2 Spaces Open
$2550 – Lotus Villas - Single Occupancy with Private Bath (Only 1 Room w/Single Twin Bed) - 1 Space Open
$2450 - Terrace Villa – Double Room with Private Bath – SOLD OUT
$3000 – Terrace Villa - Private Room with Private Bath - SOLD OUT
Travel Information and Expenses Not Included:
You are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare to and from Denpasar, Bali.
An included taxi transfer from the airport or between hotels will be arranged directly through Soulshine.
It is recommended that you purchase your own travel insurance.
Upon arrival you will need to buy a visa upon arrival for USD 35. Upon departure you will need to pay a departure tax of USD 15.
Be sure your passport is up-to-date, and does not expire within six months of your departure date from Bali.
There are no travel vaccinations required to travel to Bali, other than an updated tetanus shot.
The retreat will begin the afternoon of March 25th at 4pm and end the morning of April 1st at 11am.
Recommended Travel Agent:
For those that wish to have support in arranging their airfare and any other travel questions, we recommend this agent:
Travel Pros Inc - Vice President
Tel: 1-732-727-4447 / Fax: 1-732-727-5770
Registration & Payment:
Download Registration Form Here
A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to reserve your space. Your balance in full is due by January 15th, 2017.
You can pay Melissa Spamer directly by personal check, paypal, or credit card (add 3%).
Contact Melissa for payment information, registration and any further questions:
Contact Melissa directly for more information and registration. Contact Melissa.
If you must cancel your retreat, the required deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, unless we can fill your spot with another participant, given sufficient time.
Full refund, less deposit, will be given before 90 days notice of retreat start date.
Cancellations made within 90 days of your retreat: 50% of the total amount (less deposit) will be refunded.
Cancellations made within 60 days of your retreat: We apologize, but absolutely no refunds can be given, no exceptions.
Watch videos from Soulshine here:
Sound, Silence, Movement & Stillness
Gilchrist Retreat Center, Three Rivers, Michigan
A weekend retreat inclusive of intentional silence, Yoga asana practice, meditation, chanting and sound, and reflective time on the land. This retreat is intended to be deeply nourishing as one is encouraged to unplug from the everyday demands of life, and listen to the quietude of the soul. Each morning enjoy a long three hour Yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation practice. After a luxurious afternoon break, each early evening will include a restorative, restful, and meditative practice. A perfect time for retreat at the peak of the summer season, on the beautiful rolling hills of southwest Michigan.
The retreat begins Friday evening at 7pm and ends Sunday at 5pm.
You can reserve your hermitage directly with Gilchrist Retreat Center:
Phone: (269) 244-1130
Additional Lodging is Available at The Hermitage Spiritual Center: (This retreat center is directly next door and within walking distance)
Phone: (269) 244-8696
Registration for the Retreat:
Cost of the retreat is $300 (This is the retreat cost only, not including lodging or meals - which the participant will be responsible for).
Contact Melissa Spamer directly to register and make a payment by check, cash, or credit card:
Phone: (505) 913-1835
**Space is limited so register early**
*Please note refunds are not available if you cancel less than 90 days prior to the retreat. Payment in full is due at the time of registration.
Opening the Gateway to Feminine Wisdom
Women's Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat
Donna Farhi & Melissa Spamer
May 26-June 2nd, 2018
Only a few spaces left!!
Contact: Sonny Whitelaw
For more information see the click on the link here:
Join Donna Farhi and Clinical Ayurvedic practitioner and teacher Melissa Spamer for a life-changing week in southern Spain. Learn and experience how the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda can be incorporated into your everyday life to bring back that inner glow that is the hallmark of radiant health. Drawn from the ancient wisdom teachings of India, Ayurveda is the science of living in balance with nature. By attuning ourselves with our unique feminine rhythms and cycles we can restore ourselves to vibrant health, calm the mind, and build a clearer connection with our personal goals and visions for our life.
This is a retreat for women of all ages.
Each day of the retreat will begin with a silent meditation (optional for those of you who are not early risers. . . ), followed by an active morning Yoga class. Morning asana practice will focus on gentle warming and hydrating practices that loosen and release the body as well as strengthening and stabilising sequences. In the afternoons we will focus on Restorative Yoga practices for all phases of a women’s life as well as the deeply nourishing practice of Yoga Nidra (a guided meditation technique designed to move you into a profound state of relaxation and self awareness).
But that’s just for starters!
Our special guest, Melissa Spamer will introduce you to simple daily Ayurvedic practices that can have a profound effect on your health. Each day you’ll learn a new lifestyle practice and will be provided with a special kit to take home to implement these changes. Afternoon and evening lectures will include an introduction to Ayurveda, understanding and deter mining your unique constitution; Ayurvedic nutrition, and special sessions on Ayurveda for self-care and women’s health, specifically regarding menstruation, perimenopause, menopause, and beyond. Melissa will also be available for private Ayurvedic consultations. Vibrant gourmet vegetarian meals support your retreat. In between sessions treat yourself to a massage with a Suryalila practitioner, relax at the salt water swimming pool, or simply put your feet up and enjoy a good book while basking in the pure air of Andalucia.
A Yoga Retreat with Melissa Spamer
August 18th-20th, 2017
Past Retreats with Melissa Spamer
Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
GilChrist, Michigan, USA