Hey there lady!
Thank you for checking out my EMPOWER Bali Retreat! The first thing people usually ask me about joining one of my yoga retreats is: What actually happens on a retreat?
I’ve been on tons of retreats and they all have very different vibes, depending on where it is, who’s hosting it and why you’re there. I can only tell you what to expect from a retreat with me :
I’m all about balance: Yin and Yang, light and dark, rock and recovery. So when I host a retreat, I like a little bit of everything.
Yes, your main reason for going on retreat is probably to destress, relax and offload some personal baggage. Maybe you want to get rid of some bad habits and learn some healthier ones. This is all good stuff - and we're going to do all of this!
However, you can get loads more from a retreat than a daily massage and pulling some yoga shapes. I see my retreats as an opportunity for complete, unadulterated honesty with yourself.
Get your mirror out and look at who you really are, laugh at yourself and your faults and your f*ck ups - and accept them as part of you! I advise you not to take yourself - or any of life too seriously.
Laughter is genuinely the best medicine and if you can allow yourself to find release in a multitude of ways, then you’re on the right path. I want you to enjoy your retreat! To laugh and have a ball - and that doesn’t always mean a serene and silent mediation sesh.
- Having a margarita at the pool does not a bad Yogi make.
- Surfing at the crack of dawn and then laying on the beach all day tanning, doesn’t mean you’re a slacker.
- Firing around Bali on a scooter and visiting little boutiques and cafes is great for the soul!
- A gorgeous meal with a glass of wine: All part of the balancing act.
I think the main thing to know about my retreats, is that you can make them your own. Everything you need for ultimate relaxation and personal transformation is provided for you, but I absolutely encourage you to find out what YOU personally need for true relaxation - and then heap on more of that.
Everything I teach can be applied to your life when you go home and I practice what I preach. You can love yoga, and meditation and experience inner calm and also have great fun and lots of laughter: That’s balance.
I'll hope you'll join us for a week of yoga, sunshine, and personal empowerment!
Cheryl, YogaBellies Founder xx
- You love sunshine, yoga and laughter and want to find some balance in your life!
- You are a woman or identify as female. Women of all ages, life stages, shapes, and sizes are welcome;
- You are new to yoga or you are an experienced yogi or even a yoga teacher - our yoga practices are applicable at all levels;
- You need to make a change to your lifestyle and you've no idea where to start, but you think yoga could be the way :)
- You want to learn how to integrate real, practical yoga practices into your daily life as a woman, who has work and/or family to work around;
- You're looking for more than just a week in the sun: You want to make real changes to your mindset and lifestyle that you can apply when you go home;
- You want to meet likeminded women and enjoy the female-only community;
- You want to learn about why women live in seasons and cycles and why embracing these phases, is absolutely vital for our overall wellbeing.
- You want to deepen your knowledge of how the right yoga practice can be especially therapeutic for women and to be able to take these practices home with you;
- You want to understand how yoga can help women through the key life stages and what yoga practice you need right now;
This boutique retreat will have limited numbers so that each and every woman can luxuriate in oodles of personal attention. The sessions will be led by YogaBellies founder and yoga elder, Cheryl MacDonald at this once-in-a-lifetime women’s yoga retreat. You will enjoy beautiful, exotic and deeply spiritual surroundings and take positive steps towards embracing a new you, through yoga.
Inspired by the concepts within the YogaBellies EMPOWER teacher training and women’s empowerment programme, the EMPOWER Bali retreat is the perfect opportunity for you to explore, develop and deepen your personal practice and commit to a yoga lifestyle, no matter where you are on your yoga journey. You will learn deeply healing, life-transforming skills, all within this inspiring retreat environment.
I want you to leave the EMPOWER retreat, understanding what yoga really is and what it can do for your mindset, your health and vitality in real life. This is not just about physical yoga, this is about embracing yoga off the yoga mat, when you go home too.
We'll dive deep into feminine yoga and self-care practices, looking at how the 'right yoga practice' can make a huge difference to your physical, emotional and mental well-being. Focusing not just on how Asana can be especially therapeutic for women, we'll also look at the importance of embracing each of the female life stages; channelling energy highs and lows throughout the month; stepping into your personal power, and letting go of old patterns that are holding you back.
In the beautiful surroundings of Canggu, Bali, take time out with me to re-evaluate and focus. You'll enjoy beautiful beachfront accommodation; nutritious food; yoga practices created just for women and traditional Balinese massage and spa, which makes this week a great way to start again.
Join me for a week of feminine yoga, wellness, deep relaxation of course, a whole lot of fun.
The EMPOWER Bali Retreat is about loving yourself, finding clarity on what you want from life and some inner calm.
Whether you are new to yoga or want to rediscover what else it can bring to your life, the EMPOWER Bali Retreat will change your life forever.
What happens on an average day on retreat?
At the EMPOWER Bali® Retreat, your day is your own.
I will be hosting daily EMPOWER workshops, each working on using yoga practices to improve your mindset, physical yoga practice and emotional wellbeing.
We'll be focusing on what YOU want from this retreat and we'll create a plan to make sure that everything you learn on retreat will translate into a lifestyle change when you return home. You have access to unlimited daily yoga sessions at the Shala, women’s circles and feminine yoga and wellness workshops, and use of the deluxe spa, as well as three healthy meals per day, are included in your package. You can enjoy the gorgeous surroundings of the retreat - we're right on the beach too if you want to try some surfing or just chillaxing on the sand.
You will have lots of free time during the day and in the evenings to explore, enjoy a Cosmopolitan by the pool, relax or further your journey.
As part of your package, you will also have a one-hour Balinese Massage; attend a Balinese Blessing ceremony, and take part in a sacred Red Tent women’s circle.
We will take your yoga and meditation practices back to basics, and help you incorporate them into your day-to-day life. You will also receive a YogaBellies EMPOWER goodie bag on arrival.
"I understand why women need yoga throughout life - and that it can benefit us off the yoga mat as much as it can in class. Everything I teach I use in my own life - and it's the difference between living my best life and being a vegetable.
I've practiced and I've taught women at every life stage - in fact, over 100,000 women in the UK alone, have come along to YogaBellies classes to balance their hormones; relieve stress; find their calm place for birth; chill with baby afterward and battle the symptoms of menopause.
Yoga is as important to women at 14 as it is 99, and over my 25 years of yoga practice, I have developed The YogaBellies Sadhana, to give women exactly what they need in a safe and therapeutic practice.
YogaBellies isn't just about pulling shapes: It's about loving yourself, on and off the yoga mat. Body positivity, Self-love, and Self-worth are all important elements of our practice and the EMPOWER™ journey.
I've personally trained and coached hundreds of YogaBellies teachers in feminine yoga and wellness practices that have made YogaBellies a global phenomenon.
You may also have seen me featured in:
- The Huffington Post - talking about my yoga journey and YogaBellies® beginnings
- As a winner of BBC Dragon's Den (watch us in the video below!) - the Dragon's loved the concept of YogaBellies®
- Appeared on ITV's This Morning - teaching yoga to women and children at various life stages
- All of the magazines, TV channels and publications you can see on this page, talking about yoga for women throughout life
- Been personal yoga teacher to celebrities such as Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud), Fearne Cotton and Catherine Tyldsley (check out some of the featured press below)
During this retreat, you will stay in a private or twin room. All rooms with ensuite bathroom, air-conditioner, and Wi-Fi. Udara Bali is an integrated healing yoga resort offering a wellness and detox lifestyle to alleviate the stress of modern living. Nestled between the Indian ocean, rice fields and surrounded by ancient temples, Udara sets the mood for a relaxing and authentic Bali holiday.
Featuring four beautiful yoga shalas (three with ocean view and one overlooking the ancient temples) and a beautiful spa with water healing pool, Finnish sauna, herbal steam room, hot Jacuzzi, and ice water plunge as well as a meditation cave, Udara is an ideal destination for women seeking healing and rejuvenation. The traditional Javanese wood Joglos with outstanding personalized service will instantly have you feel at home. At Udara Bali, they are deeply committed to sustainability in all aspects of their resort.
This is why constantly strive to improve on the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy, and society. Udara is the perfect destination for yoginis looking to further their feminine yoga journey.
The Yoga Shala
At Udara Bali, they have some of the most unique and beautiful yoga shalas in all of Asia. Yoga is about finding peace and a place inside yourself. And the physical place where your practice is immensely beneficial in supporting you in this process.
Udara Bali Yoga Detox Spa has five beautiful shalas, which each have their own unique features, design, and energy. The names of yoga shalas honor important gods of Balinese Hinduism and pay tribute to the local culture of this island. For the various practices on your daily schedule, all of the yoga shalas are equipped with high-quality yoga mats, bolsters, blocks, belts, and aerial silks.
Cheryl will lead exclusive EMPOWER workshops daily as part of this retreat. With the focus on yoga, wellness and personal empowerment, this will be a life-transforming retreat. In addition to this, you will also get unlimited access to the daily Udara Yoga schedule with 5-6 classes per day in various styles (Hatha, Aerial, Vinyasa, and much more).
You have the opportunity to book daily Spa treatments (additional) and access to the unique Spa facilities with hot & cold pools, Sauna, Steam room, and jacuzzi that will help you to relax and activate all your senses. One free 60-minute massage is also included in your package.
All meals at Udara’s Organic Ocean Restaurant are included with a focus on healthy, fresh and organic vegan, vegetarian or seafood dishes.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet incredible women from all over the world, connecting at our community tables and events.
Enjoy additional weekly events such as Cacao & Kirtan Ceremony, Breathing & Sound Healing, Yin Yoga & Sound Healing or Relaxing Sound Float are included in your retreat package and will help you make your stay unforgettable.
- Daily stay in a comfort room for 6 nights/7 days (twin or single rooms) (Check-in 2 pm, Check-out 12 pm)
- Free welcome drink and fruit upon arrival
- Free unlimited mineral water
- Free Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Free 1 x Balinese Massage
- Free Wi-Fi in the resort area
- Daily exclusive EMPOWER women's circles and workshops, hosted by YogaBellies founder Cheryl MacDonald
- Unlimited daily Yoga, Meditation and Healing Classes up to 6 classes every day (scheduled by Udara Bali)
- Free use of Udara’s Facilities including the Swimming pool with pool bar access, Warm water Watsu Pool, Finnish Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi, cold plunge pool, Meditation Cave, Garden area with bean bags & sunbed area on the beach.
- Transfers to and from Bali Denpassar airport
- A free copy of Cheryl's best-selling Yoga for Life Journal
- Immediate access to Cheryl's 21-Day Yoga Life Reset programme online;
- A free EMPOWER goodie bag, collated by Cheryl to enhance your journey.
What's Not Included?
- Flights to and from Bali
- Alcoholic drinks (if you choose to drink)
Throughout the retreat, all of your meals are included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and snacks and unlimited water.
Organic Ocean is about making delicious food and caring about you, the Balinese community and mother earth!
Balinese Hindu believe in reincarnation and karma. Your body is the temple of your soul. So nourish it with good health, happy thoughts and positive energy. If you get up early in the morning (we mean really early!!!) you might even see the village fishermen going out to sea on their boats to catch different kinds of seafood, as they have for many generations.
As part of their environmental commitment, Udara tries to make their food as sustainable as possible. The seafood comes from the Seseh fishermen’s fresh catch of the day. And all of the fruits and veggies come directly from the organic farm of Bedugul hills.
The seafood, vegetarian and vegan options are all both healthy and delicious. Organic Ocean prepares them freshly each day and do not use any additives, preservatives or colourings.
The menu is inspired by the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Japanese and of course Balinese dishes, for everyone to find their favourite. If you have any issues with food allergies or ingredients you dislike, please let us know! We will try to accommodate you as best as possible.
Each day Cheryl will take you through an exclusive EMPOWER workshop, focusing on integrating a yoga lifestyle, embracing feminine yoga practices, and living your soul purpose. These are at different times each day to allow you to have a late start or the rest of the day to yourself.
You can view the EMPOWER retreat programme schedule and an example yoga class schedule below. Yoga classes are available 7 days a week. As part of the retreat, you can attend as many of these classes each day as you wish.
Can I share a room with someone?
Yes, we have the choice of twin or single rooms. Even if you are travelling alone, you still have the option to share a twin room with another attendee.
Can I pay in Installments?
If you book before the end of May 2022, you can choose to pay in 4 monthly payments. Please note that early bird prices do not apply to installments.
What Is Your Refund Policy?
Payment Procedure: In order to confirm your booking, the full amount or the first of 4 installments is due on registration. The full payment is due at least 30 days before arrival. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in written to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 60 days prior to the check-in date in order to avoid any cancellation fees. Cancellations requested less than 60 days before check-in will receive no refund on bookings. Cancellations at any time before this will receive 50% refund. In the event YogaBellies EMPOWER Retreat cancels or postpones the retreat you booked, you can receive a credit voucher for your booking and services with no expiration date or a 100% refund. No show will be charged based on the full length of stay (100% of the accommodation charges).
Are Flights or Airport Transfers Included?
Flights and transport to Bali are not included in the cost. We can organize a driver to collect and return you to Bali Denpasar airport.
Which Airport Do I Fly Into?
Bali, Denpasar. The retreat is in Seseh, not far from the airport at all and we will arrange for someone to collect you.
When is the retreat?
It starts Sunday 6th of November and finishes on Saturday the 12th.