LAOS HEAL RETREAT: Ayurveda, Introspection and Self-Care

HEAL - An Ayurvedic Approach to Introspection and Self-Care

27 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH 2020

Ayurveda is described as the ancient science of life. The Ayurvedic system encourages us to build a deeper awareness of our habits and patterns through our daily choices. It is based on the idea that everything in the universe including ourselves are made up of five elements (earth, fire, water, air, ether). We are born with a unique combination of these elements, which then determines our optimal nutrition, sleep patterns and choices that we make. It also explains diseases that result as we come out of balance, and the necessary steps to bring us back into balance. Beyond an approach to health, the process of determining your Ayurvedic constitution is one of cultivating self-awareness. On this retreat, you’ll dip your toes into this process. Daily yoga practices will be structured around various concepts of Ayurveda.

AYURVEDA

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life,Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit (source: Chopra Center).

With insights into Ayurveda, you will learn more on how to create Your healthy lifestyle, in every day life and in your diet. We will look into how we are responsible for the intakes to our body, where these intakes take place and how they effect our body, mind and soul. We will guide you to see – what can I sense and feel in this particular living organism, i.e. in my body, and what can I do to move towards a healthier state and stay in a healthy state? When diagnosing yourself, all aspects of life are involved, any relationships in life to things, people, situations, emotions. To live “ayurvedically” is to live in Harmony with all these things in and around yourself.

 

THE RETREAT

This retreat is designed as an introduction to Ayurveda. Understanding yoga and its various philosophies can be a daunting task. Here, we take a piece of the larger puzzle and shine a spotlight onto an intriguing guideline for living the optimal lifestyle. If you are interested in how yoga can be part of a holistic system of healing not just symptoms, but the root causes of long-term illness and common conditions such as inflammation, fatigue, digestive problems and brittle skin and bones, this retreat is a comprehensive entry point into this knowledge. Ayurveda helps us to understand what keeps us in balance and what takes us out of balance, and the appropriate action to take and when. It prescribes the kind of physical activity or yoga practice to engage in and when. Beyond health, it also guides us in choosing the right time to make changes or decisions. You will be exposed to these different concepts in the field of Ayurveda through the physical practice of yoga, meditation, and an interactive afternoon discussion.

 

ABOUT OUR LAOS RETREATS

Our Laos retreats take place throughout the year from October to July and are immersive, educational experiences designed to increase your knowledge base in yoga philosophy, the technicalities of movement and breath, and most importantly, how to apply these into the modern framework. They are intended for novice students and seasoned practitioners alike, who would like to receive well-rounded instruction on the whole practice of yoga. Our delivery of complex subject matter is approachable and relevant so you can be assured that you will leave with a much stronger foundation in your understanding of yoga. While each retreat uses different philosophical approaches as the learning platform, you will find all of them inspiring and a great catalyst for further learning.

 

THE YOGA

Each retreat will take a different philosophical subject matter as a platform for practice and learning. The various yoga philosophies are simply different approaches to finding freedom and peace within ourselves, and within the world in which we live. While yoga is often associated with its more physical component (asana), the whole practice is really an amalgamation of various underlying philosophies, breathing techniques, and meditation. With all of these components, yoga becomes a way of seeing reality and a way of navigating the complexities of life. Our teaching methods ensure that you not only understand the theory, but that you get an opportunity to tap into the experience of yoga as a holistic practice.

 

THE EXPERIENCE

Our Laos retreats are designed as experiences that fill what we strongly believe is a gap between the hour-long studio practice classes and much more intensive teacher trainings. There is a need for an immersive learning space for students who simply want to know more about yoga.

Between morning practices and afternoon workshops, you can expect to be in a learning environment between 5 to 6 hours on each full day. All classes will take place in a beautiful open-air dedicated yoga shala right on the banks of the river, and we incorporate the natural surroundings into our tools for learning. As part of your experience, we encourage you to explore the simplicity of life in this remote fishing village so there’s plenty of free time each afternoon to hike to the viewpoint, take a boat ride upriver, kayak for a few hours, or explore the nearby caves. Sync into the pace of life that this beautiful country is known for and you’ll find that contentment lies in an ability to just be.

 

THE DESTINATION

Nong Khiaw is a sleepy village, nestled in the highlands of Northern Laos. Located approximately 150 km from Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by. Travel by road to Nong Khiaw from Luang Prabang takes approximately 3 hours, although many travelers opt for the longer, 6-hour boat ride as the views along the river are spectacular (check with travel agencies in town for availability and pricing of boat travel and this has been affected by the recent building of dams along the Nam Ou River).

Life in Nong Khiaw takes place primarily along the banks of the Nam Ou River. A main street and bridge run through the center of town, connecting the two sides. Ultimately, Nong Khiaw’s draw is its impressive landscape. The Nam Ou River is flanked on both sides by rolling hills and stone massifs. The river cuts through the mountains, opening spectacular views into the distance. It’s a destination not to be missed.

The retreats are held at a premier bungalow resort that is situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou River, offering spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and karst limestone mountains of Nong Khiaw. The resort offers 10 spacious clean & comfortable detached bungalows, mixing traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences you can expect from a home away from your home. The custom-built yoga shala sits directly on the banks of the Nam Ou River, harnessing the energy of life. 

 

THE COST

Shared Room (only two twin rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis):
Fountain Bungalow – SGD 473 per person
Riverside Bungalow – SGD 487 per person

Single Occupancy Room:
Fountain Bungalow – SGD 585 per person
Riverside Bungalow – SGD 612 per person

*All prices are discounted by 15% if you book and pay in full by 60 days prior to the start date of the retreat that you have selected*

 

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
    • All nights accommodation
    • Breakfast and dinner
    • Minivan transfer from Nong Khiaw back to Luang Prabang on the last day of the retreat (you must depart with the group. We are unable to pay for transport back to Luang Prabang at any other time)
    • Daily Yoga & Meditation classes and yoga workshops (full attendance is requested)
    • Exclusive Urban Yogis Goodie Bag
    • Wifi accessibility 
EXCLUSIONS
    • Travel to and from Laos
    • Transportation from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw on the first day of the retreat
    • Lunch and snacks in between meals
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Any activities you choose to do on your own outside of the retreat schedule  e.g biking, trekking, those that are not listed in the itinerary
    • Travel Insurance

 

Your retreat will be led by Antje Leubbe

HOURLY SCHEDULE

1:30pm Arrival and check in
4:00pm Introduction and overview and getting to know each other
5:00pm Vinyasa Slow Flow
7:30pm Organic Dinner

7.30am Morning meditation and Vinyasa yoga
9.30am Breakfast
1.30pm Introduction to Ayurveda
5:00pm Ayurvedic Vinyasa Flow
7:30pm Organic Dinner

7.30am Morning meditation and Vinyasa yoga
7.30am Morning Flow
9.30am Breakfast
1:00pm Hike to Viewpoint
5:00pm Yin Yoga
7:30pm Organic Dinner

7.30am Morning meditation and Vinyasa yoga
9.30am Breakfast
11:00am Closing ceremony
12:00pm Check out and departure

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Date

Feb 27 2020 - Mar 01 2020

Time

Indochina Time
All of the day

Cost

S$473 - S$612

Labels

Laos

Location

Mandala Ou Resort
Mandala Ou Resort, Nong Khiaw, Laos
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