Vegie Head Lifestyle Reset Retreat - Bali - Vegie Head

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invitation-retreatHey there, lovely one,

I’m writing this to you, as I sit by the pool in Bali. I’m in a hut – the traditional kind that adorns Balinese Compounds – and have big squishy cushions surrounding me. It’s hot. But not uncomfortably so. Just hot enough to make jumping in the pool heavenly, and getting out a breeze. Not a goosebump in sight.

The smell of frangipani, jasmine and something else… the cool, moist green smell of the tropics – hang in the air. Far off I can hear the beach, but closer to home, I can only pick up some indistinct voices from the rice paddies. The workers, covered up against the sun, are pulling the last of the rice. One of three harvests a year. The miracle of the land, always providing abundantly, will then get ready to be re propagated, and the cycle continues.

The constant chatter in my head, whilst never gone, is certainly quieter. It’s voice is just a gentle whisper, reminding me that in fact, it’s not just ok, but completely necessary to take a break, to get away, and to switch off for a while. To allow someone else to take care of the things I do each day. To have someone cook for me, clean for me, think for me. To not have any expectations around how my day will be, or to have anyone to answer to. There’s something deeply liberating in that. The relinquishing of all control!

I’ve been massaged – deep, strong movements, the small hands belying their strength. Massaging away every thought and care, the everyday and the mundane, a long way away. The knot that has made permanent residency in the upper right of my neck is smaller, as though it’s discarding what it doesn’t need. The tension that holds my body together is melting…melting away, to nothing, into oblivion, into the space where nothing matters. A hamster wheel of thoughts has slowed; perhaps the hamster can rest now?

I sigh, out of pure joy and relaxation – and think – ‘I should share this. I should allow everyone to experience this.’ This is more than just a holiday. It’s a reset. A reset that we all so badly need.

A reset away from the usual, the norm, the mundane. A reset away from work, from home, from our families (as much as we love them!).

For how can we give from an empty cup? And if you’re anything like me – a giver – that cup can get VERY empty before it gets refilled.

It was my 2016 Intention that my year was going to be balanced, fun, and filled with self care and ritual. And I’ve strived to make that balance happen. I’m busy yes- and I know you are too – but ensuring that I created this balance has left me able to do everything I want and more.

So I’d love to invite you to join me. Here, in Bali. Here, for a week away of pampering, of luxury, of someone else doing the cooking, the cleaning, the worrying. A week of whatever you want it to be.A week of joining in on some fantastic experiences.

A week of amazing spa cuisine (catered for vegans/vegetarians/paleo/gluten free/dairy free/sugar free) that someone else cooks.

A week of doing everything, or doing nothing.

A week just for you, to recharge, unwind, reset.

A week of bliss, fun, laughter and adventure.

So, are you in?

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What’s Included?

  A Welcome to Bali Guidebook!

This will be your go-to for your trip. Everything from health and safety advice, to a handy guide to the local currency, to simple friendly phrases, you’ll refer to this over and over.

A small group – only 10 women! 6 Spaces Left!

I wanted this to be intimate and relaxing. I want us all to get to know each other and to feel at ease. A small group means we can cater to this easily.

Accommodation for 6 Nights – Twin share in a Pool Villa Room with a luxurious bathroom

Relax on the deck, take a long bath, or have a nap in your comfortable bed. All rooms are air conditioned, and have a luxe kimono bath robe, bath and spa products, and a hairdryer (so you don’t need to bring your own). There’s also a TV, where you can opt to purchase Netflix for the duration of your stay. You’ll have your own comfortable bed, side by side, with your villa-mate. The rooms will be a mix between the one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom villas.

Note: There is one Single Room Pool Villa Available which includes everything, you’d just have the space to yourself. The price is $3600 – if you’d like to take this offer, please email adele@vegiehead.com and we’ll organise it for you. 

Complimentary return airport transfer

Enjoy a VIP pickup from the arrivals gate, in a safe and comfortable van.

Welcome drink upon arrival

You’ll be welcomed warmly by the incredible family at The Samata, and enjoy a refreshing cool towel and drink, before being shown to your room.

Daily a’ la carte breakfast at Zenso Restaurant or in the privacy of your room/villa

There’s no buffet here! Everything is made fresh, by the team of Chefs. You can choose from some inventive and delicious meals- like the Garden Harvest Salad, which has 25 different vegetables and legumes, a Tropical Fruit Platter, Gluten Free Granola, Banana and Berry Pancakes, and even French Toast. All diets are catered for.

Complimentary daily minibar stock of filtered water,  soft drinks and juices

If you’re feeling like a refreshing cold drink, help yourself!

Daily fresh fruits and homemade cookies

Each day you’ll get to try local seasonal tropical fruits, like Salak (snake fruit), Passionfruit, Mangosteen, Tangerine and more.

Daily Turndown Service

Where you’ll find a little gift on your pillow each night.

Complimentary drop off within Sanur areas -a short ten minute drive, where you’ll find beaches, restaurants, cafes and shopping!

Handy if you feel like heading out and exploring. You can walk all the way along the Main Street in Sanur – it’ll take about 50 minutes. And there’s a lot to see in that time! Up market shops, local market stalls, cafe’s, restaurants, bars, salons… have fun!

Unlimited use of the Gym – filled with treadmills, bikes, rowers, free weights, machines, a boxing ring and punching bags

Bring your gym gear, and start your day off with a gym session! Fully air-conditioned, you can even plug your own iPod or iPhone into the speakers and listen to your favourite music. I hope someone wants to do some boxing with me!

24 hour Butler service

In case you need anything in the middle of the night.

Complimentary WI‐FI access throughout the resort

You can snapchat from the comfort of your room, or even do a live Facebook video right from the pool!

A choice of a 3 course Lunch OR Dinner lunch daily

You can do this alone, or grab a new friend, and head to the peaceful restaurant and eat some of the incredible food on offer.

A 90min Samata Signature Massage

Dreamy. Lay back, relax, and let the fully trained therapists massage your cares away.

A Traditional Balinese Massage Class – taught by a Balinese Spa Trainer, so you can go home and teach your partner!

This is going to be so much fun! We’re all going to learn how to give a traditional massage… a great skill to bring home and spoil your lover or friend with.

A Sunrise Walking Tour – we’ll go through the rice paddies and to the beach, have some local snacks and learn about the culture

One of the most beautiful sunrises ever. It’s an early start, but you won’t regret it!

A Group BBQ Dinner in villa

We’ll laugh, connect and enjoy!

Lunch time checkout at 12pm

So you can have a sleep in and a swim before heading home!

Included – but optional!

Group Meditation Classes

Unwind, relax, and meditate in a safe space. Even if you’ve never meditated before. you’ll soon be addicted.

A day trip to culture rich Ubud, and Bedughul where you’ll have some free time to explore, shop, attend a yoga class and eat the delicious food!

We’ll all travel together, driven by the fantastic Michael, and we’ll start off at the stunning Balinese Botanical Gardens. This is one of my favourite spots in Bali – it’s so peaceful, high in the mountains, and is about 10 degrees cooler. Bring your walking shoes and camera, as we will explore and enjoy the scenery. Then we’ll head to Ubud, where you can go off and explore, have some lunch, shop, and do whatever you like! We’ll then re-convene late afternoon and head back for dinner.

An Intention Setting Class

A perfect way to start 2017. What do you want the most for 2017? What do you want to manifest? We’ll go through all of this together, so bring a notepad and your journal.

A special evening Ritual, to welcome in 2017

We’ll be letting go of the old and welcoming the new.

A trip to the local fruit and vegetable market

Come with me while I get my supplies – you’ll be amazed at the abundance of fruits and vegetables!

A Cooking Workshop, to learn delicious, healthy meals to support your health and wellbeing

Let’s have some fun in the kitchen, where you can watch me whip up a few gourmet style- but secretly simple- dishes!

Free time to journal, sleep, shop, read, and do whatever you like

I want this retreat to have plenty of free time – so you can do as little or as much as you like.

Plus incredible group events run by our very special guest, Sara Brooke from The Space in Between

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Your flights

From Australia, Jetstar often have very reasonably priced flights and don’t have any stopovers. Do some research and check out Webjet for great deals!

Travel insurance – this is mandatory for everyone

I’m big on safety, and want to make sure that everyone is covered just in case. Please organise travel insurance upon booking – depending on where you are in the World, it’ll cost about $100. A sound investment in your health and wellbeing.

Any extra nights you wish to stay – please let us know well in advance, as this can be arranged

We can arrange this, we just need to know in advance! Rates will be dependant on  the room and availability.

Any additional meals or drinks not included (to be settled on delivery)

Please pay for these when you get the bill. This will avoid any confusion upon checkout.

Any additional massages/facials/treatments (either in house or in an external salon)

Again, please pay for these when you sign for the bill.

Meals and drinks on our day trip/s

We’ll often go our own ways – so feel free to try something new, even if it’s alone or with one or two new friends!

Taxi rides not included in the group activities

When you’re coming back from Sanur, or anywhere else, please hail a metred taxi. A ride will cost you about $5 back to The Samata.

Any Tips

Tipping is very welcome in Bali. Tipping a small amount when a meal is delivered, or when you’ve had a great treatment is recommended.

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FAQ

  • How is the payment plan scheduled?

    When you opt for the payment plan option, your first payment of $500 will be deducted on the 7th of November. The subsequent 3 payments of $500 will be taken out on the same day in December, January and February.
  • What if I don't want to participate in the activities?

    That's totally ok! It'll be up to you how much or how little you'd like to do. No pressure.
  • Will we get picked up and dropped off to the airport?

    Absolutely! You'll just need to forward me your flight details so we can arrange the car.
  • What if it rains the whole time we're away?

    Bali weather is warm, but tropical, so some showers aren't uncommon. It's never cold though, and the rain only lasts for a short time, and often late afternoon. You'll all have umbrellas to use as well, and most of the activities are inside.
  • Is it safe?

    It is. The Samata is secure, completely surrounded by high fenced retreat, and has a guard 24/7. You'll have a safe in the room, plus we'll be out in a group together. Safety in numbers!
  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Yes, most definitely! This is mandatory for all guests, and I'll need to see your insurance documentation prior to departure.
  • I've never travelled with strangers before, and I'm a bit nervous.

    That's totally normal, and ok. When you arrive, I'll be there to welcome you, with a big hug and to help you settle in. I'll be sending everyone an information sheet, so I can learn about you, and I'll be pairing you with someone who I think you'll get along with. You'll also be added to a private Facebook group where I can introduce everyone. Being nervous is a part of the journey, promise.
  • Is it possible to stay longer before or after the retreat?

    Yes, that’s possible, yet it depends on availability. We'd need to know well in advance to make this possible.
  • How can I pay for the retreat?

    We ask for a non-refundable deposit of AUD $500 to secure your booking. The deposit can be made by Visa or MasterCard via PayPal. You will then receive a link in the confirmation email and please follow the instructions to set up the rest of your payments. It is easy and very safe. You may also pay your deposit by bank money transfer - simply contact me at adele@vegiehead.com to arrange this. If you elect to pay upfront, then you can pay through paypal or direct bank deposit/transfer.
  • What if I can't make it?

    The non-refundable $500 deposit is just that- non-refundable. It's there to secure your space and to ensure that you remain accountable to the rest of your payments. If you can't continue the payments, or cancel, but have made payments up to 60 days prior, then these payments will be refunded (minus the initial deposit). If you cancel 30 days prior to the retreat, the entire amount is non-refundable - but you can transfer your space to someone else (if you have a friend or family member who can go instead). We do not offer credit for arriving late or leaving early. There are no partial refunds for any services not used while the retreat is going. There are no refunds for arriving late or leaving early. There are no partial refunds for any services not used while the retreat is going. The Lifestyle Reset Retreat and Adele McConnell/Vegie Head or The Samata, is not responsible for any of the consumer’s expenses incurred in preparation for any retreat such as airlines tickets, loss of work, and/or any other costs associated with the retreat. It is up to the consumer to purchase cancellation policy insurance.
  • Which airport do I travel to, and is there a Visa or tax?

    The only airport in Bali is International Ngurah Rai Denpasar (DPS). Indonesia have waived their tax for Australians entering for under 30 days, but please check this website for any other countries: https://www.bali.com/visa-indonesia-entry-requirements-bali.html
  • Is this retreat all organic?

    There's no organic certification in Bali or Indonesia, however all produce is locally grown and spray free.
  • Is this retreat just for vegans?

    Not at all! All are welcome, as with everything I do. The cooking classes will be vegan, but The Samata's menu is extensive and has every diet catered for.
  • Is smoking allowed?

    Not in group or public areas, however if you'd like to smoke, there is a small area where you can go on the grounds.
  • What will the weather be like?

    In Bali, there are two seasons, the dry and the wet season. The wet season begins in November and last till March/April, and then it is the dry season with occasional rain. Very rarely do we have rain lasting all day, the rain usually comes in the afternoon or evening. However it's still warm, and even hot most of the time, even with the rain! You'll each have your own umbrella to use as well.
  • IS is ok if I'm coming alone?

    Absolutely! All rooms are twin share unless you choose to purchase a single room. You can even come with a friend if you like and opt to share a room with them! Its quite common however, to form newfound friendships on retreat with like minded people. Myself and The Samata team are warm and friendly so you will always feel completely at home and comfortable.
  • Is there an age limit?

    I ask that people over the age of 18, or 16 with a parent/guardian - or anyone up to 80! I welcome all.
  • What should I pack?

    I'll be sending a detailed list before the time comes to pack!

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