Meghan Hynson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Monmouth University
Join Meghan Hynson and Patanjali Sacha on a journey to Bali, Indonesia for an incredible 9 days of yoga workshops, cultural immersion, relaxation, and nourishment. Skilled teaching combines with the healing power of the magical island of the Gods to purify the body, transform the spirit, and enliven the soul.
Surya Kembar Retreat Center: June 20-29th, 2018
Our theme for our time together will be Return to the Self. We will bask in the tropical paradise and healing energy of the island to reconnect with our inner selves and remind us of our interconnected nature to all living things. You will leave this retreat more healthy, empowered, and in touch with your path and purpose.
In addition to daily asana practices to physically challenge and invigorate practitioners of all levels, daily workshops and evening practices will also include elements of yin and restorative yoga, meditation, journaling and discussion to move deeply into our innermost desires and gain clarity for how to manifest them.
There will be a variety of yoga to choose from throughout the week, including vigorous guided vinyasa flow practices, focused therapeutic yoga sessions with detailed instruction, and more relaxed sessions focusing on a particular theme, such as inversions or balance postures. See below for a sample day's schedule.
9-DAY RETREAT FEES STARTING FROM:
- Double-Occupancy: $1299 ($1099 Early Bird)
- Single-Occupancy: $1599 ($1399 Early Bird)
***To receive the early bird registration you must submit a non-refundable deposit of $300 by February 15th.
**Sign up with a friend and each receive an additional $50 discount (when combined with the early bird discount) or $100 discount each when signing up after the early bird deadline***
CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION:
Minimum 5 students, Max 15 students (if minimum is not met, all monies will be refunded). Applications are due March 15th. Your application and non-refundable deposit of $500 to hold your space on the trip are due April 1st. Final payment will be due on May 1st. Please e-mail your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUR RETREAT FEE INCLUDES:
-8 Nights accommodation
-Daily Breakfast/Brunch Buffet (delicious vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options will be available)
-Welcome dinner and goodbye dinner
-Daily yoga/meditation-morning and evening practice. Bring your favorite mat and a journal!
-3 Excursions: Beach trip, Tirtha Empul water temple, monkey forest, evening dance and music performance
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
Airfare; gratuities for drivers, massage therapists, and Surya Kembar staff; lunch; extra massages and excursions not listed above; transportation for personal excursions or travel to and from Ubud.
SURYA KEMBAR VILLAS, LUXURY RETREAT CENTER
Visit www.suryakembar.com for a closer look at where we will be staying!
Surya Kembar Villas sits along the Titibatu River, situated on sacred lands in Kandangan, Mas, Ubud, Bali. The Villas are custom designed featuring recycled wood, natural stone, and vertical orchid gardens with private swimming pools and a yoga studio, making it a magical place to reflect, rejuvenate, and heal.
Fresh and delicious brunch and most dinners are provided daily, mostly on site at the Villas, with both vegetarian/vegan and fish or meat options. Meals feature authentic Balinese cuisine prepared by Surya Kembar’s gourmet cooks, who will do their best to meet special dietary needs. Also included are two group dinners at some of the excellent restaurants in town.
YOUR RETREAT, YOUR WAY:
Relax, reflect and renew on your own terms, within your own budget.
Please do not feel pressure to do it all. You may participate in as many or as few sessions as you wish. This is your retreat---make it what you need it to be for you, no one else. It's important you allow yourself the time and space you need to relax and renew in body, mind and spirit. Go at your own pace. Honor your inner nudges and whispers, letting them guide you toward an appropriate level of activity, striking a healthy balance between community time and your own personal time.
The retreat fee includes a massage and a few group activities, but there are a number of other things you can do or not do depending on your budget and interests.
POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
Besides our yoga, there are many activities available for an additional fee, including:
- Sunrise volcano hike
- Massages and spa services (mani/pedis, facials, creambaths for your hair)
- Excursions to various cultural sites
- Music, dance, puppet making and mask making lessons
- Beach trips, rafting, hiking, biking,
- Workshops and yoga classes at the esteemed Bali Spirit Yoga Barn
- Museums, galleries, shops
-Cooking classes and lessons in the Balinese art of making offerings
THE TOWN OF UBUD:
In addition to being surrounded by lush nature and rice paddies, Hindu temples and shrines, Ubud is a cultural hub for a thriving art scene. Bali, an island situated in Indonesia, is the only Hindu island in what is an otherwise Muslim nation. Ubud has become somewhat of a yoga Mecca with world renowned yoga studios and some of the best raw food and vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the world.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE: (May vary day to day): Choose what you want to do
7:00-8:00- Tea, fruit, meditation
8:00-9:45am- morning yoga and therapeutics
11:00am- 5:00pm free time
5:00pm- 6:30pm evening practice, meditation, satsang (discussions on yoga philosophy).
8 pm optional evening concerts/shows/activities
*** Excursions may conflict with yoga classes, so practice schedule and meal times are subject to change.
TRAVEL DATES & BEST AIRFARES:
- Search a Range of Dates for Best Airfares:
When searching for the best airfare, consider arriving a day or two before and/or returning a day or two after the retreat. There can sometimes be a considerable difference in fares with a one- or two-day shift on either side of your itinerary.
- Extra Nights at the Villas:
If rooms are available, extra nights at the Villas before and/or after the retreat can be booked for as little as $50 per person for double occupancy or $100 for a single. In many cases, the savings in airfare realized from a one- or two-day shift in your itinerary can more than make up for any extra lodging costs.
- When to Book Your Flight:
Now is the time! If you see a good fare, book it.
OTHER TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS:
- Retreat Venue: Surya Kembar Villas Ubud, Bali http://www.suryakembar.com/
- Nearest Airport: Denpasar Airport (DPS)
- Airport Transport: Please notify Meghan of your arrival and departure day, so that we can arrange airport pickup and drop off for you
- Flight Considerations and Originating Airports: First, I recommend you book your flights as soon as possible
In checking flight options, we have at times found lower fares and shorter itineraries (including even some direct flights) from locations other than your home airport.
- Extra Nights before/after the Retreat:
Depending on availability, you may have the opportunity to book a room at the Villas for a night or two before and/or after the retreat, for an additional cost. If there are no rooms at the Villas, there are options in the town of Ubud, which is about 7 minutes from the retreat center.
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR THE TRIP
- Current Passport
- Yoga Mat, Journal,
- Vaccinations: Hepatitis A and Typhoid (recommended but not required)
- Camera (if you have one)
- Comfortable, conservative, lightweight clothing
- A light jacket or sweatshirt (a lightweight raincoat can sometimes comes in handy)
- Mosquito repellent
- Sandals/lightweight shoes
- Sneakers/comfortable walking shoes
- Ladies: Feminine products (these can sometimes be hard to come by)
- Spending money for souvenirs
- Travel Insurance (optional)
WHY TRAVEL TO BALI WITH MEGHAN
Meghan has been teaching yoga in a number of styles and in a number of locations for over 10 years. 4 of those years were spent teaching in Bali, Indonesia, at the esteemed Bali Spirit Yoga Barn. While in Bali, I taught classes, workshops, and private session at Radiantly Alive Yoga, and at a number of boutique hotels and villas including: Alila, the Four Seasons, Kajane, and Sankara Resort. While stateside and completing my PhD in ethnomusicology, I continued to teach at Kaivalya yoga in Madison, Wisconsin, Inner Power Yoga in Woodland Hills, CA, Agoura Power of Yoga in Agoura, CA, and have done workshops at the Lulu Lemon in Madison, WI and Calabassus, CA. I currently teach at Yoga Love and at School House Yoga in Pittsburgh, PA.
Meghan teaches a number of different styles and hs done a number of trainings including: vinyasa yoga 200RYT; Tantric (energetic) Yoga at Agama Yoga, Thailand (150 hrs); alignment and assisting supplemental training (50hrs); and a number of Thai massage and acro yoga trainings. Her deep connection to music, amplified by the many years she spent living and studying the yogic, spiritual lifestyle of the Balinese, has led Meghan to develop a teaching style focused on subtlety, breath, patience, and healing, giving her students what they need wherever they are at, and guiding them to emerge refreshed, invigorated, and stronger in both mind and body. Meghan characterizes her teaching as nurturing, with luscious assists (provided students want this) and great attention to expansive breathe and alignment to heal, prevent injury, and strengthen.
Between 2007 and 2015, Meghan spent nearly four years living in Bali, Indonesia, and this was the site of her doctoral research on Balinese music, culture, religion, and shadow puppet theater. While living in Bali, Meghan was a consultant and tour guide for several summer programs and cultural tours and accompanied these groups to meet and study with Balinese artists, religious scholars, and historians. She has presented and lectured on aspects of Balinese culture in her university courses, at invited lectures, and at workshops connected to the Bali Spirit World Music Festival, and she is well connected to Balinese artists and healers. Meghan is fluent in the Indonesian national language (Bahasa Indonesia) and has proficiency in Balinese, which makes her well-positioned to offer students a unique opportunity to engage with Balinese culture and connect with the indigenous people.