Saturday, 24 October 2015

Bali dates for 2016!! 8 - 15 October

Stop press! The dates for the 2016 retreat | recreate textiles retreat to Ubud are now confirmed as 8th - 15th October.

I am currently confirming the excursions, classes and activities before I announce the prices, but if you think you'd like to come, pop the dates in your diary and keep an eye out here and on the facebook and instagram pages for an announcement so you can sign up.

The 2016 retreat promises to be bigger and better than before, with a few tweaks to the program and some exciting new developments.

Bali 2015 retreat|recreate round up :: 1

What a wonderful, inspiring, soul-nourishing week we have just experienced.

The venue was beautiful, set right on the banks of Ubud's holy river, the Campuhan River, with magnificent views, an ancient temple, a tiny holy spring, two pools, excellent food, daily yoga and many many steps.

The week was filled with lectures, classes and excursions all designed to further our understanding of Indonesian textiles - batik, ikat, songket, the works.  There were additional optional activities too, including a basket weaving class and a cycling-through-the-rice-paddies tour, to name just a couple.  Of course there was also quite a lot of wandering, shopping, eating, swimming, relaxing and absorbing the tropical ambience going on.

We began our week together with a very moving and humbling water purification ceremony at one of Bali's major temples. The ceremony, as the title suggests, is designed to cleanse the soul; the perfect way to commence our retreat, all refreshed and new.

The before shot, not yet quite pure.

The during …

… and the after shots.  Fully immersed, cleansed and very very moved.

It was an unexpectedly powerful and intense experience.  Several tears were shed and the whole experience served to bind us together as a group, setting the scene for our shared week as a diverse yet harmonious group of likeminded women.

For some reason my phone has stopped talking to Flickr so while there are myriad retreat snaps over on Instagram, they didn't load to Flickr which is how I usually post to the blog. Luckily I took the good camera with me, and they're better quality shots anyway, but there are fewer of them.  Do have a look over at Instagram though as there are lots of daily snippets and snaps.  I'll come back and post a few here when I get the phone talking to the computer (technology, ack) but for today I've focused on sharing the Pentax shots and some from Bali Wellness Retreats.

More tales and photographs to come over the next few days. And an exciting announcement, I have the dates for 2016 locked in so if you think you would like to come along, put the 8th - 15th October 2016 in your calendar and stand by for an announcement on prices and the new improved schedule! I have tweaked one or two things and next year's retreat promises to be even better. (I KNOW, RIGHT? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Live from Ubud ...

We are halfway through our amazing, incredible week already!  I'm finding it tricky to squeeze in any meaningful blogging time and so will share properly on my return but in the meantime you can see a few photos over on the facebook retreat|recreate page or search on Instagram for the hashtag #retreatrecreate and you'll see photos from several members of the group. We're all updating pretty regularly through the days on Instagram because it's so quick and easy so do enjoy the instant gratification eye candy!

Leslie from Maze & Vale is also sharing photos on her facebook page as is Niki at hers (i am linking to those two as they're public business facebook pages, not private accounts).

Best of all Lara is actually blogging daily over at Thornberry (go Lara!)

I am feeling very humbled and blessed to have managed to gather around me such a diverse yet harmonious group of inspiring women with whom to share this week. Words can't adequately describe the depth of our experiences so far, both as a group and individually. Ubud and the Balinese people have woven their magic spell and drawn me in anew, and it's a delight to see the others similarly deeply affected and inspired.

I could go on (and on) about our textiles lecture, the batik and indigo dye class half the group did yesterday (and the other half get to enjoy today), the shared meals, the yoga, the magnificent venue we're calling home for the week, the inpromptu invitation to enter a local family's home (and subsequent absolute adamant refusal to accept a small donation in exchange for their hospitality), the purification ceremony we shared on the first day that moved several of us to tears ... but the roosters are loudly proclaiming their masculinity and territorial rights as another dawn breaks over the valley and i must to breakfast.