Cultural Yoga Holiday in Thailand with Cheryl Shillington

Tour Start Date: 7 February 2021

Tour End Date: 14 February 2021

Book:

Buffy Robblee

1-844-313-6350

travelwithbuffy@gmail.com

***Available BONUS***

Book your flights through Buffy at travelwithbuffy@gmail.com and receive a complimentary night pre or post trip to extend your holiday.


Itinerary

Day 1Bangkok

Arrive at any time; your arrival transfer is included.

You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 14:00pm.

Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok 45m-1h30m Private Vehicle

Upon arrival at the airport, head to the arrival hall and door number 10. Look for a driver holding a sign with your name, who'll take you to your hotel so you can check in and start exploring.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1 hour

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city.

Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit (or similar) Hotel

Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

After breakfast, travel to the city of Kanchanaburi, situated at the convergence of the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai rivers. Board a train for a winding journey into World War II history as you cross the bridge made famous by the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai. At the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, learn about the Burma Railway, constructed by imperial Japanese forces to connect Bangkok and Burma; then visit the nearby Kanchanaburi War Cemetery to see where the prisoners of war who worked on the railway were laid to rest.

Private Vehicle

Bangkok – Kanchanaburi 2h-3h  130km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Bridge on the River Kwai Visit

Kanchanaburi 1h 45m-2h

Take in a piece of World War II history on this visit. You've seen or at least heard of the famous movie, "Bridge on the River Kwai" -- tour the real thing and take a train ride over the bridge. It's massive, majestic, and imposing, and offers fabulous views of the river below.

Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit

Kanchanaburi

Visit the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum to learn about the Death Railway's dark history, and the Allied War Cemetery where more than 6,000 prisoners are buried.

Accommodation

Royal River Kwai Resort (or similar) Resort

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

This morning, hike into the lush landscapes of Erawan National Park, located high in the mist-shrouded Tenasserim Hills. Take a dip in the turquoise pools of the Erawan Falls—so called because its top tier of cascades resemble the three-headed, mythological elephant known as the Erawan. This afternoon, transfer to the historic city of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya—better known simply as Ayutthaya—a former capital of the medieval kingdom of Ayutthaya, also known as Siam. Sample traditional Thai dishes during dinner on a converted rice barge from the 1930s.

Erawan Waterfalls Visit

Nam Tok Erawan 2h-3h

Visit one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Its seven tiers offer a unique experience at every climb, reaching up to 1,500m (4921 ft). Swim in the turquoise pools, snap photos from the top tier, and opt to hike in the jungle to spot monkeys.

 
Private Vehicle

Kanchanaburi – Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Dinner Cruise

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya2h

Cruise down the river aboard a converted 1930s rice barge. Have a delicious Thai meal while taking in the incredible views of the city.

 

Accommodation

Kameo Classic Ayutthaya Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

 

Day 4 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

Set out to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Ayutthaya Historical Park, centered on the old city which served as the Siamese capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it was one of the largest and most cosmopolitan regions in the world. Stroll down well-planned city streets to view magnificent palaces and Buddhist monasteries that set the standard for Thai architecture for generations to come. Later, return to Bangkok and transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Visit a traditional village in the countryside and enjoy a khantok-style dinner.

Khantok in the Northern dialect means wooden tray, used for carrying dishes, round in shape and made of teak wood. The host will invite guests to sit on the floor around the khantok. After dinner, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk with local people to learn their way of living.

Ayutthaya Historical Park Guided Tour

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya3h-3h30m

Explore the ruins of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ayuthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendour.

 
Private Vehicle

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya – Bangkok 1h-1h30m

Hello again, Bangkok! Travel back to the city and to the airport by private van.

 
Plane Bangkok – Chiang Mai 1h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

 
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Thai Home Dinner

Visit a village outside Chiang Mai and sit down to an authentic Khantoke dinner in the home of a local family. Dishes typically include sticky rice, hang-le curry, and crispy pork with chilli paste. Over tea, learn about life in rural Thailand and visit the family garden and learn about herbs and spices popular in local cooking.

 

Accommodation

Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

 

Day 5 Chiang Mai

Delve into the bustle of Chiang Mai’s morning markets with a local chef, and learn about colorful fruits and fragrant herbs as you select ingredients for a Thai cooking class. Enjoy your creation for lunch, then set out to visit a historic temple. Sit down with one of the resident monks to discuss daily life and the tenets of Buddhism. Later, clear your mind to the chanting of monks at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most spectacular gilded temples in Thailand.

Monk Chats are a great cultural exchange, but is also important in helping the young Monks improve their English.

 
Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class

Morning Pick out the best ingredients at a local market and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes.

 
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet with Monks

Visit a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai’s Suthep district. Sit down with young monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism, and leave feeling spiritually refreshed. Monk Chats are informal discussions at a round table with a prepschool age Monk, usually accompanied by their teacher.

Doi Suthep Temple Visit

Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai 3h

Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

 
Private Vehicle

Chiang Mai 1h30m-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Chiang Mai Cycling Tour 30 USD per person

Meander through Chiang Mai by bike and get an alternative view of this bustling city.

 

Accommodation

Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

 

Day 6 Chiang Mai

Spend a full day exploring Chiang Mai’s temples and forested hills on your own, or choose between a variety of optional activities. Traverse the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk, or opt to take a cycling tour through verdant rice paddies and the elegant historic district. In the evening, choose to visit Chiang Mai’s vibrant night market.

 

Explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Tuk-Tuk Adventure when booking your tour.

Free Time

Chiang Mai Morning

Chiang Mai is a mecca for shopping and handicraft production, so take advantage of this opportunity to do some shopping if you wish.

Accommodation

Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

 

Day 7 Chiang Mai/Bangkok

This morning, fly to Bangkok and board a traditional klong boat for a ride along the winding canals that have earned the city the nickname the “Venice of the East.” Glide past colorful temples, modern skyscrapers, and houses perched above the water. Visit Wat Pho, Bangkok’s largest and oldest temple complex, and often considered Thailand’s first public university—its many inscriptions were intended to instruct visitors. Marvel at the magnificent statue of the Reclining Buddha, glittering with gold leaf and mother-of-pearl.

 

Plane Chiang Mai – Bangkok 1h30m

Take a quick flight back to Bangkok.

 
Klong Riverboat Tour in Bangkok

Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close.

 
Wat Po Visit,Bangkok

This temple is known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

 
Private Vehicle

Bangkok

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

 

Day 8 Bangkok

Depart at any time.

 

Please note that check out time is 12:00pm.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

STAFF & EXPERTS

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides

Yoga Instructor to provide sessions around the existing itinerary in various locations. Each participant is required to provide their own yoga mat.

Want to book?  Contact Buffy to hold your spot with a deposit.  See you in Thailand!

 

Cancellation Policy 
* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Loss of deposit 
* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% loss 
* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = 100% loss 

 

DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $350 per person (Nonrefundable) 

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure (9 December 2020)

Contact TICO travel agent Buffy for all payments – travelwithbuffy@gmail.com

or 1-844-313-6350. Full price details of $2099 and payment options available with Buffy.

Buffy Robblee

Phone:  226-626-5749

Toll Free:  844-313-6350

1003-55 York St Toronto, ON

M5J 1R7 TICO#:  50021282

2020 March 28 - April 6 Yoga & Temples in Bali - ONE FEMALE SHARED ROOM AVAILABLE

March 28, 2020

Join the 2020 group in Bali, Island of the Gods. This is our 5th yoga trip, venture here with seasoned travelers and yogis. On this yoga holiday expect the unexpected and prepare to open yourself to a new way of seeing and receiving. The Balinese culture emits a strong relationship to its spiritual base - offerings, temples, a strong sense of community and attitudes of gratitude are the main themes across the island.

We will travel to various locations on this island in Indonesia. Accommodations will be in a variety of hotels starting with at a luxury boutique resort on the western side of the island at De Moksha Boutique Hotel, next traveling into Ubud to Villa Sonia Boutique Hotel and ending with a three night stay (April 3 - 6) on the ocean south east side of the island in a private villa. Each place has been chosen to afford you a new and different experience.

You will discover that each area of the island has its own feeling and will inspire you in a unique way. It is important to understand that traveling in Bali requires an open mind regarding plans and expectations. Including yoga practice locations onsite.

Across the island, ceremonies occur often and unfold according to their calendar and guidance of their Holy man. Traffic will stop for unexpected processions and ceremonies. Instead of being upset that it has interfered with your plans adopt an attitude of gratitude that you get to witness their beautiful culture. It truly is a gift.

 

Details:

March 27th - March 29 (De Moksha Hotel) Join the group at our location near the East Coast of the island The first nights we are away from the hustle and bustle of the more populated area of Bali and take in its beautiful countryside as you acclimate to the 12 hour time difference. While in this area of the island, you will have the opportunity to visit Tanah Lot temple and the surrounding area, and recuperate from the long flight. Included in the price is March 28 - 29, however if you booked an additional night you will be here March 27 - 29. 

 

March 29 - April 3. (Villa Sonia) We depart the east coast area and make our way into Ubud, the bustling cultural mecca of Bali. While in Ubud, you can explore on your own, shop, wander and practice yoga. 

 

While in Ubud we day trip to explore Pura Tirta Empul - The holy water temple where you will have an opportunity to wear a water sarong to immerse in the holy spring water for ritual purification. We will also visit Pura Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) built as a spiritual place for shiva priests to meditate. Walk outside of the cave to a higher temple and you can receive a blessing with rice placed on your forehead. A small donation would be kind should your receive this blessing. Also onsite down an outdoor staircase is Buddha Temple with beautiful gardens and pond. Peaceful and soothing, take in the large 500 year old tree with its massive root structure. Temple fees all included in your trip price. Sarongs can be borrowed and are included in the price should you not have one. During our return from these temples we will visit a local coffee plantation where you can sample about 10 different teas and coffees while taking a short rest in the jungle area at wooden tables. Like what you taste? Feel free to stop in their shop and bring some home. From lemongrass and mangosteen tea to the famous kopi luwak coffee. You choose!

 

While in Ubud you will also have the opportunity to attend the Pids of Chi. (pyramidsofchi.com) This is a unique and energetically powerful sound bath experience.

 

Of course no journey to Ubud would be complete without a visit or two to the Market where locals sell their variety of wares from statues to clothing, woven goods to art, and everything in between. Remember haggling is an expected part of the experience. As a general rule of thumb they request 3 times the selling price so offer about 30 percent of what they are asking. Remember though, this is their livelihood and don't be too stingy just to save a dollar. It will mean more to them than it will staying in your pocket. If there is time we may take in a waterfall just outside of Ubud. It can be refreshing on a hot day. Ubud is very easy to visit and you will be encouraged to head out on your own or with a friend to explore or take in massages  Massages are EVERYWHERE and you can find them for the equivalent of 10 - 30 dollars CAD for 1-1.5 hours.

 

We will also plan to attend a Kecak Fire Dance witnessing a trance like dance dance and performers telling the story of Rama who wants to rescue his wife Sita from the hands of evil Rawana. Rama asks Hanoman for help.

 

April 3- 6 (Private Villa Nusa Dua) we will head to our final destination on the beach at a villa on the south eastern side of the island.

Included:

*Entrance fees to all above mentioned temples.

* One daily yoga class and meditation with Cheryl

*Transportation within Bali to the above noted locations

* Breakfasts onsite at hotels

*Dinners at specified locations - Please note that any beverages (non and alcoholic) are not included and are the responsibility of each guest during meals.

*Accommodations will vary from a comfortable and traditionally inspired Balinese eco villa with outdoor washrooms to a more familiar Western designed hotel room. All accommodations will have western amenities (hot water and western toilets).

*Bottled water will be provided in each hotel. Bali water is not suitable for drinking. 

 

Exclusions:

*Airfare to DPS airport in Bali. The yoga instructor is traveling via Eva Airways Flt 35 Departing YYZ at 1:20 am Thursday March 26 and arrives on Friday March 27 3:20 pm.  Arrival day one day prior to retreat date.  All participants are welcome to arrive early however you must prebook the additional room at de Moksha hotel room (not included in trip fee ). Departure of yoga teacher is Mon April 6 at 4:15 pm Eva Airways flt 256 arrival Toronto (YYZ) on April 7 at 6:04 am

*lunches, snacks, alcohol and any additional services you may purchases not listed above

*This trip was Sold Out but we had a shared room cancellation (female, twin beds). Contact me for details.

2020 May 9 - 16 Align with the Divine Yoga Retreat - Lagos Portugal

May 09, 2020

Discover Blissful Balance. Align your 7 major chakras with specific and thoughtfully chosen combinations of pranayama, asana, and music meditations to lift your heart and align with the Divine.

Highlights

  • 7 nights Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel, Algarve region of  Portugal

  • Daily energy aligning yoga practice

  • 3 healthy and satisfying meals daily, fresh local produce and fruit from the onsite orchard

  • Complimentary tea and coffee and use of bathrobes  

  • Afternoon tea and sweet

  • Bright rooms with sea or country view

  • Yoga Shala with props, blocks and mats

  • Pool with sun loungers, tables and chairs

  • Honesty bar

  • Walking paths and cliff top views, ponds and cobbled pathways

  • Country living, and only 4 kms to town

  • Minutes away from several beaches

  • Optional excursions (additional fee) visit a winery, go sailing. equestrian riding or cycling

  • Optional (additional fee) massages, facials and pedicures available in the comfort of your own room

  • 2 pristine golf courses nearby (additional fee)

  • Optional day trip to Sagres, Monichique, or Silves for cultural enlightenment (additional fee)

Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel

  • Perched high on a hillside with panoramic ocean views over Luz and Lagos bays, at Quinta Bonita traditional charm and modern luxury blend seamlessly in idyllic surroundings to create a truly unforgettable experience.

  • A choice of 8 spacious double or twin rooms and a 2 bedroom garden cottage, all individually designed and beautifully decorated with designer fabrics, in which to unwind. Every room boasts its own private terrace or balcony and is fully equipped with 100% Egyptian cotton linen, mini-bar, air-conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, bathrobes and luxury toiletries.
    Full buffet breakfast/brunch featuring fruit from their orchard and warm bread delivered daily at dawn is enjoyed whilst overlooking the sweeping lawns. Yoga retreat programs are fully catered for and include afternoon tea with cake and fruit and dinner. Option to dine at a local winery also possible.

  • Fully equipped Azulejos (Portuguese tiled) glass fronted yoga studio with stunning outlook over the spectacular gardens and cork insulted wooden floor. Mats, bricks, blocks, eye pillows, straps and bolsters included.

  • Explore the 10,000 square metres of spectacular gardens, including a large outdoor swimming pool, cobbled pathways, ponds and fountains, help yourself to a drink from the honesty bar as you enjoy lunch by the pool, indulge in a massage or for the more energetic take a spin on one of their hire bikes.

  • Fantastically located - the ancient port of Lagos with its castle walls, narrow, cobbled streets and pottery shops and many of the beautiful Algarve beaches are just a few minutes’ drive away.

  • Max 19 guests. Shared accommodations.

 

Food & Beverage

 

  • Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Vegetarian Meals

  • Vegan Meals

  • Gluten-Free Meals

  • Fish & Meat

  • Alcohol is available for purchase

  • Snacks are available for purchase

Amenities

  • Classroom/Deck for yoga & fitness

  • Internet

  • Pool

  • Ensuite bathrooms

  • Air conditioning

  • Accessible kitchen for guest cooking classes

  • Hot water

  • 220 volt outlets

  • Mosquito nets

  • Hair dryers

  • Towels

  • Sound system for instructor use in yoga/fitness space

Yoga & Fitness Equipment

  • yoga mats

  • yoga blocks

  • yoga straps

  • towels

More info and prices? Do not forget to use Code 0EW98BJ to receive $100 credit when you book! 

https://triptribe.com/trips/align-with-the-divine

2020 Sept 26 - Oct 3 Amalfi Coast, Italy

September 26, 2020

We are returning to the beautiful Italian coast in Southern Italy in the fall of 2020.  Hint... Pompeii, Mt Vesuvius, Capri and a few other inclusions are being crafted.  This will be a 7 night holiday in Southern Italy suitable for all levels including beginners (and spouses that may just want to come for the excursions)! Our trips tend to have a focus on fun and living life fully.  We enhance the trip with yoga offered once or twice a day dependent upon our daily  itinerary and healthy delicious healing vegetarian food.  The price will include yoga, selected excursions, 3 meals prepared each day (1 meal excluded while on day trips).

You will notice that most of our trips sell out well in advance of departure.  No spaces can be held without the non refundable deposit.

Single, and double accommodations will be available in a unique restored 16th century convent -  where the rooms have a view of the water! 

Included:

 

* 7 nights Amalfi Coast with private use of 16th Century Restored Convent overlooking Bay of Naples http://yogaintuscany.com/saint-frances-yoga-retreats-amalfi.php

​* 3 vegetarian meals daily (excluding 1 day trip, meals responsibility of each guest)

* one glass of wine with dinner and lunch at the venue

* Capri day trip and boat excursion

* Pompeii ruins with private transportation for our group - explore on your own or rent a guided tour with earphones (excluded)

* Hiking Mount Vesuvius transportation. Park ticket entrance excluded approx 10 euro

* Hiking Punta Campanella, a stretch of Coast considered sacred since ancient times. More info:

sorrentoinsider.com/en/e/punta-campanella-2

* Lemoncella Tour and tasting

* daily meditation (silent) and guided yoga practices in a venue infused with spiritual history

Excluded:

* airfare. Closest airport is Naples.

* Transportation from Naples Airport to Sorrento. Although there are several ways to travel from Naples to Sorrento including boat, car, train and bus.  

*Here is the link for bus:  https://www.curreriviaggi.it/

* Here is the link from trip advisor on how to get from the Naples airport to the train station: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g187782-i162-k797963-Step_by_step_directions_for_Naples_airport_to_Sorrento-Sorrento_Province_of_Naples_Campania.html

* Prefer to hire a driver for private taxi?  Here is a link:  https://transferstosorrento.com/transfer-sorrento-naples-amalfi-coast/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIs-vqgune4gIVk1qGCh3NLQPHEAAYASAAEgKuo_D_BwE

* additional excursions

* trip cancellation insurance

* additional alcohol , food etc not listed as an inclusion

* medical insurance

4 shared rooms remain. 

 

Please contact us for more information.

2020 Jan 11 - 18 Cambodia Yoga Cultural Holiday - Completed

January 11, 2020

Join our small group of adventure seekers as we explore and practice in Cambodia.

Practice yoga in Cambodia, a country that will touch you in ways you may not imagine.  You will laugh and you will cry. From breathtaking temples to a heart breaking past, come and see for yourself.  

Journey with us as we take an in-depth, three day tour of the main temples of Angkor with a guide. Angkor Wat is the largest and one of the best preserved religious monuments in the world.  It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and later it was transformed into a Buddhist temple around the 12th century.  Rising at 4 am, you will be escorted into the quiet temple before daylight to watch the infamous sun rise over the ethereal Angkor Wat.  Learn the history of this spectacular monument as you explore this incredible site.  We shall also see the breathtaking temples of Ta Prohm (temple from Tomb Raider), Banteay Srei (dedicated to Lord Shiva) and Bayon Temple of the massive smiling faces.  Each will leave you speechless.  These are sacred temples.  You will be asked to keep your shoulders and knees covered as we respect these places of prayer and worship. 

Other experiences await us in our 7 night stay in Siem Reap.  Included in your price is:  7 night accommodations at a westernized luxury wellness resort, a welcome drink, tropical fruit platter on arrival, 2 bottles of water per room daily, breakfast and dinner (Western and Asian options), nightly turn down service, complimentary toiletries, use of 3 pools and the gym, a 3 day pass for Angkor Wat, Tuk Tuk rides into Siem Reap, ground transportation from Siem Reap airport to resort,  a guide for 3 days, a unique cooking class one massage at the resort, and of course daily yoga!  Please note lunch is not included as some of you may prefer to try the local cuisine offsite.  Off site local meals are inexpensive and delicious.  Try their local culinary dish Amok (steam cooked curry often served in banana leaves).  Some of you will be happy to know that Siem Reap also has some vegan and vegetarian restaurants. You can simply ask your Tuk Tuk driver to drop you off until you get oriented to the land!  

I was totally surprised and fell in love with Cambodia. Yes it is dusty during the dry season (our period of travel), yes they have obvious reminders of the atrocities that have transpired there during the period of the  Kymer Rouge when a mass state-sponsored genocide took place between 1975 - 1979.

A few suggestions to honour the Cambodian people: dress respectfully, do not extend a hand to shake but instead bring your hands to your body (like we do in yoga namaste) the higher you raise your hands means more respect, the head is sacred so please do not touch a head of the many children you will see despite how cute they are, women are not to touch monks, displays of affection and loudness is not typically seen. Photography?  It is not unusual for Cambodians do not smile as taking a picture is a serious thing!   Cambodia is a country with obvious poverty and you will see children begging.  There is a serious effort to get the children back to school to learn skills to get them off the streets.  If you give them money, their family will keep them on the street.  Want to help? Instead of giving them money,  support one of the non profit non government programs that provides children life skills. You will see ventures of people just like you that were so touched by this country they created programs to help. Eat at one of their restaurants dedicated to teaching them these skills or a shop that supports their crafts. 

I wager that it is impossible to leave Cambodia the same as you arrived.  You will be touched, inspired, overwhelmed and have your heart taken over by this country.  Come and see for yourself.

Bookings Closed

2019 Bali Adventure - Yoga, Hike & White Water Raft - SOLD OUT

We are heading back for our 4th trip to this exotic island in Indonesia.  It is starting to feel like home away from home.  Something new for this adventure - we are traveling around the south end of the island to explore, hike, practice and take in the sights, sounds and smells of Bali. 

March 28 - March 31 Arrival and transportation from Denpasar airport to Uluwatu area for two days.  We will stay in the southern the tip of Bali while we acclimate to the time change (+12 hours) Breakfast at the hotels is included and dinner is included each night. Transportation around Bali is included for all prearranged excursions.  If you choose to explore on your own we can help negotiate a reasonable taxi to get you where you want to go!   Please note that lunches/snacks and alcohol are the responsibility of  each guest. 

March 31 - April 2 We travel up the west side a bit higher to the area of Tanah Lot where we will visit the temple, the local village and again beaches for those that love the sun.  

April 2 - April 6 We head over to Ubud, the cultural mecca of Bali.  Home of shopping for the Balinese treasures, Saraswati temple, Monkey forest and cultural shows.  We can direct you to shopping locations, help you negotiate purchases, take in a trip to monkey forest and also a traditional show with dinner. 

We can venture into the countryside with bike trips or walking tours around the famous rice terraces, have the option of taking in a river rafting experience and for the early risers (2 am) you can hike up Mt Batur and see the sunrise with a guide.  Not for the faint at heart...

April 6 -8 - This location is finalized.  We shall stay at a 5 star resort in the area of Keramas.  This location allows you to take rest or venture to a day trip of your choice into the mountains, back to Ubud, or perhaps further east to the area of Amed (not included). We would be happy to help you make any arrangements to see anything you may have missed on your Bali bucket list.        

SOLD OUT

2019 May 24 - May 31, Granada, Andalucia in Southern Spain - SOLD OUT

May 24, 2019

"Granada is so moving that it stimulates and melts all of the senses" ~ Henri Matisse 

" If you ever want to visit just one city in Spain, it should be Granada" ~ Ernest Hemingway

"Granada, the most beautiful sunset in the world" ~ Bill Clinton

"The truth is, I am beginning to wonder if there is any greater pleasure in life than visiting Granada..." ~ Alejandro Dumas

It has been on my radar for a couple years and it has finally come together.  A few years ago I spoke with one of the hosts of this wonderful venue and we planned to work together. Granada is the home of Flamenco and the UNESCO world heritage sites of the Alhambra and Albaycin district.  We are visiting both!  Our location is surrounded by mountains and a short drive to one of their famous beaches - yes we are doing that too!  I chose this location for its heritage and its accessible location.  Just a 30 minute drive from the Granada airport (ground transportation included) and a venue that is very well versed in providing retreats/vacations to suit our wishes.

We will have a chef on site to manage dietary concerns.   Each well appointed room in this large villa has its own bathroom, air conditioning with a variety of accommodations to fit various budgets. Quad, triple, single and double variations (twin beds or queen bed).  The round peaked yoga shala has an amazing view of the surrounding mountain foothills to draw us visually closer to nature; it can hold up to 30 participants.  Yoga will be offered twice daily, as will meditation for those that wish to participate. A more stimulating morning practice and a gentler evening practice before dinner. The centre has an outdoor pool, and a terrace set within the gardens of the property. The restaurant serves traditional locally prepared dishes and has a bar available. One alcoholic beverage is available with each onsite dinner meal if you choose. 

What does our week look like? Click here to see our suggested itinerary (subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances)

May 24, 2019 we arrive to Granada airport (flight excluded) where we are met by our ground transportation (taxi included) anytime between 3 and 4:30 pm for included ground transportation.  After that time frame you will be responsible for your own transportation.  Welcome dinner and walk the grounds to become oriented with your home for the next 7 nights.

The following days will include a day trip to the Alhambra (UNESCO world heritage site), a trip and walking tour through the old Albaycin district reminiscent of the Medieval times, a day trip to the splendid beach of Solobrena in sunny coastal Spain, explore the cave dwellings and take in a traditional Flamenco dance experience.  Click the bold text for links to provide examples of these excursions All of these excursions are included in our holiday together.  Nothing is mandatory, everything is optional.  Prefer to head off on your own excursion? Go for it!  

Inclusions:

*7 nights large country villa

*3 meals/day prepared by Chef onsite.  Dietary concerns can be accommodated.

*1 alcoholic beverage with your dinner at the villa

*Typical meals consist of healthy traditional Mediterranean meals provided with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. We will ask for your meal preference before arrival (vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, carnivore)

*1/2 Day trip to Alhambra (this must be purchased minimum 3 months prior to ensure a ticket due to popularity.  Please note if you leave your booking for this trip until 3 months prior we cannot guarantee this excursion)

*1/2 Day trip to Salobrena beach on the tropical coast with picnic. Beach isn't your thing? Then you have the opportunity to explore the historic town and El Castillo de Salobrena!

*1/2 Day exploring the Medieval neighbourhood of Albaycin, Arab tea/shops, historic look out points and a traditional meal in town. 

*An evening out as we head to the Sacromonte caves neighbourhood, take in a traditional Flamenco workshop with a dinner and Tapas. Return home around 10 pm

This schedule allows you some time to take in other optional excursions, relax at the venue, or perhaps take in a optional spa treatment onsite (Reiki, Ayurvedic massage,  shiatsu or raindrop massage).

SOLD OUT

Cheryl is returning to Bali Indonesia in 2018 and she wants you to join her!  This is a trip for anyone that is interested in travel, learning about a different culture, wants to get away to an exotic location, has a sense of adventure, interested in health and wellness and yoga.

Travel across the globe to Southeast Asia to experience the tastes, smells and sights of Bali.  This island in Indonesia is referred to as the Island of the Gods. It is said that there are over 10,000 temples on this island.  Throughout the day you will witness the local Balinese making offerings dressed in their traditional clothing placing beautiful hand woven banana leaf baskets filled with flowers, rice, and candies outside of family dwellings, lining the streets outside of businesses and in temples.  It's one of the beautiful traditions that sticks with you long after you leave the island. The sense of spirituality is inescapable.  

 

The location for this trip is the Hotel Komune Resort and Beach Club located on the southeast coast of the island near Keramas surf. Sometimes venturing to a culture far from home, may create a sense of hesitation and it stops us from seeing the world.  If this sounds like you this trip may speak to you.  Rest assured you will be traveling with someone who has been to Bali twice before and is familiar with what to expect. 

 

This 8 night/9 day vacation is designed to provide you with a sense of luxury on the beach.  Included in the price is your choice of accommodation,  2 yoga classes/day with Cheryl, 3 meals a day prepared with predominantly organic locally sourced foods.  Many of these plants can be seen growing along the sandy paths on the hotel grounds. Ground transportation to/from the Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar is included for arrival and departure 1.5 hours).  

 

Meals are created by a renowned chef who will accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Alcoholic beverages and additional snacks are available for an additional fee if needed.

 

Practice yoga in the open air shala and enjoy your meals in a traditional open air Balinese restaurant; allowing you to enjoy the lush scenery in a covered location. 

 

You may enjoy the beach front room or lounge by the adult only pool overlooking the Keramas surf.  When the tide is low enjoy snorkeling in the clear lagoon or take your yoga practice out onto a paddle board.  Ease your muscles with a traditional Balinese massage in the spa or go outside the grounds to seek a local massage facility.  Last time we went we had a massage every day in the village!  Don't be surprised if you can get a great 1 hour massage for $10 in town!  Maybe you are searching for the perfect Balinese gift or souvenir? Ubud the cultural mecca of Bali is located only 30 minutes away and is extremely tourist friendly with restaurants, silversmiths, carvings and other local artisan treasures. While walking the streets in Ubud you will notice how many other yogis there are wandering this town.  While in Ubud you won't want to miss Monkey Forest.  Well worth the visit, plan to spend a couple of hours in this large forested area - you are entering their home where they are not contained with fences or any sort.  You will know you are near the location when you see the Monkeys on the street.  Make sure you firmly attach any belongings and zip up your bags.  These creatures are sneaky and fast curious thieves!

End the day watching the sunset, enjoying the company of new friends or taking quiet refuge on your mat.  This is your trip, make the most of this bucket list vacation.  Excursions such as hiking Mt Batur, white water rafting, marine city water park, Balinese cooking classes are available for extra cost upon arrival.  Do more or do less. It's up to you! 

 

There is something about Bali that keeps drawing me back, join me!  

 

2019 Mykonos, Greece Sept 9 - SOLD OUT

September 09, 2019

The response to the 2018 line up was exceptional to The World is Our Mat series.  You have asked for more - you got it.  Mykonos, Greece - Private 9 bedroom Luxury villa with open air yoga space facing the Sea.

This is a one of a kind vacation with a private chef to prepare our villa meals - 2 per day including breakfast and late dinner.  Following our morning yoga, Breakfast will be served overlooking the Aaegan Sea, either on the patio or inside with the same spectacular view.  After breakfast, linger in our amazing Villa or take a ride into town and explore one of the many villages, book a spa service, sight-see, shop, horseback ride....there are many optional excursions for you to create your own experience.  Dinner ( 7 pm) is served after evening yoga (5 pm) as prepared by our villa Chef.  Feel free to relax in the comfort of your own room, or share stories, a glass of wine or simply enjoy the evening sunset.  

The temperature is about 75 degrees in September during the day and about 69 in the evening.  There is a light breeze throughout the island, sending scents of sea right to your door. Rain is minimal.

SOLD OUT

 

 

 

2018 Stillpoint Weekend Retreat June 22 - 24. SOLD OUT

June 22, 2018

A laid back, chill out, rekindle friendships, practice yoga kind of weekend in Prince Edward County.  This weekend retreat begins on Friday June 22, 2018 and ends Sunday June 24, 2018.  will be given.

 

The schedule looks something like this:

Friday

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Yoga Class lead by Cheryl

6:30 pm - Dinner, family style around a big table (vegetarian)

7:30 pm - Karma Yoga Clean Up

8:00 pm - Silent Walk

8:30 pm - music, chat, discuss all things yoga.  Bring an instrument if you have one! 

Saturday

6:30 am - Wake up (optional) Go to Studio for silent Meditation

7:00 am - 8:30 am Practice with Glenn

8:30 am - Breakfast

9:30 am - Karma Kitchen Clean Up

10 am - 3:30 pm - Free Time - Go explore the wineries, the sand dune or the lovely town of Picton

4:00 pm - 6:00 Yoga Class with Cheryl

6:30 pm - Dinner

8:00 pm - Walk, dessert, discuss all things yoga

Sunday

Repeat Saturday until Noon.

Pack up and head home

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

 

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