ANUSARA® YOGA RETREAT TO ANCIENT LUANG PRABANG

Co-Authoring Your Life with Your Inner Wisdom

5 Nights in Luang Prabang, Laos, 12-17 October 2019

Sanakeo Boutique Hotel & Spa

Imagine your body as the cover of a great novel whose pages, your life story, have been co-authored by family, teachers, friends and society at-large.

Has it been a good read so far? Has it been a fulfilling adventure? Could it be enhanced to create more adventure, joy and/or peace in your life?

Join us for this Wisdom Authorship Retreat to Laos' ancient capital Luang Prabang.

In this retreat we refine and beautify our cover art with asana, creating a strong and radiant vehicle so the story of our lives flow with ease, fearlessness and Grace.

The Anusara yoga sessions focus on aligning the body optimally to heal, grow and ultimately open to something bigger than ourselves. In each of the five days we’ll playfully expound on each of the five Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment™ (UPA’s) in challenging, yet spaciously accessible practices. The UPA’s are: 1. Set the Foundation, Open to Grace, 2. Muscular Energy; 3. Expanding Spiral; 4. Contracting Spiral; 5. Organic Energy.

To rewrite our story, we'll practice powerful nondual meditation and pranayama techniques to reconnect us to the Wise Author within all of us known by many names, in many traditions, as the Heart, Spirit, Consciousness and Truth.

 

Auspiciously, our retreat coincides with the Buddhist festival of Boun Ok Phansa, a celebration marking the end of the rainy season where monks traditionally seclude themselves in temples to study and meditate. During the Boun Lai Heua Fai (Festival of Lights) celebrations, the following day after Boun Ok Phansa, the locals float candle-lit offerings down the river, while different villages try to outdo one another decorating boats for friendly races to chase away the mythical snake deity, the Naga, reclaiming the land and the fields after the rains. It is one of the most magical times to be in Laos.

Please book early to reserve your spot and good flights during this festival time!

The ancient town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos. Located 700 metres above sea level in northern Laos, it’s encircled by mountains at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers.

Retreat highlights:

o  It’s the cool and dry season!

o  Two dynamic Anusara workshop-style sessions daily 

o   Stronger backbends, inversions and arm balances in the morning 

o   Cooling forward bends, hip openers and restoratives in the evening

o   A daily morning pranayama, meditation and contemplation session

o   Continued quiet contemplation or dynamic exploration (material for your story!):

o   Boun Ok Phansa and Boun Lai Heua Fai (Festival of Lights) on 13th and 14th October 

o   Visit Wat Xieng Thong (a temple built in 1560) and the many Temples along the peninsula and marvel at the lanterns on the peninsula along the Mekong

o   Tak Bat (Alms giving), a parade of monks walk past Sanakeo each morning at around 6.15am

o   Hike up Mount Phousi (Sacred Mountain) and watch the Sunset over Luang Prabang and the Mekong

o   Journey back in time taking leisurely walks through the old quarter

o   Visit the Royal Palace Museum

o   Explore the colourful morning and night markets

o   Learn about Lao handicraft and textiles at the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre and Passa Paa, a textile studio that merges traditional Hmong handicraft with a modern print aesthetic

Retreat price includes:

  • Five nights' elegant accommodation at Sanakeo Boutique Hotel and Spa
  • Double/twin or single accommodation in a Classic or Deluxe Room
  • Yoga and dedicated use of the yoga room for the group
  • Complimentary airport transfers
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Use of swimming pool and fitness centre
  • Complimentary shuttle service to the town centre available from 9.30am to 9.30pm
  • Bicycles for exploration or a quick ride into the town
  • Daily Western and Asian continental breakfast
  • Complimentary wireless internet access in your room and in public areas
  • Coffee and tea making facilities in the room

 

Retreat price excludes:

  • Airfare to Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Tourist Visa fee on arrival (where applicable)

Optional group or individual activities:

  • Sunset cruise along the Mekong
  • Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Pak Ou Caves
  • Join a cooking class

 

Retreat price per person based on room type:

 

CLASSIC (32 sqm, Pool View, Balcony/Terrace)

Early Yogis - before 9 August 2019

Twin/Double SGD 835

Single SGD 1,150

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Regular rate - From 10 August 2019

Twin/Double SGD 935

Single SGD 1,250

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DELUXE (38 sqm, Garden View, Balcony/Terrace)

Early Yogis - before 9 August 2019

Twin/Double SGD 895

Single SGD 1,270

*

Regular rate - From 10 August 2019

Twin/Double SGD 995

Single SGD 1,370

 

Ready to sign up?

Sign up for the retreat here

Notes on registration and logistics:

  • Please ask Shirley if you have any questions
  • Do register early to secure your flight, room and the type of accommodation you would prefer as airfares will most likely increase fast during festival season
  • Regarding flights, please plan to arrive before 4pm on the 12th October as we will begin our retreat in the evening. For early arrivals, you may keep your luggage at the reception and begin your exploration till the room is ready for check in. The retreat ends with an early Sunrise yoga practice on the 17th October and you will have the room till check out
  • Bring your yoga friends along to share your room! Shirley will, however, help coordinate twin room sharing if you are coming alone
  • Full payment is due upon registration to reserve a room due to festival high demand
  • Payment by cash or credit card at Hom Yoga or via credit card on the Hom Yoga Retreat Registration page 
  • Kindly note that cancelations are not possible, however, you may find someone to replace you at the retreat
  • Please bring your own yoga mat and any additional props that you may need along to the retreat
  • Do bring enough Lao Kip for your own personal spending. Lao Kip and USD are both accepted in the hotel. There is an additional 3% for credit card payments
  • 10% discount are available on massages and spa treatments, F&B, and laundry
  • Please check if you need a tourist visa, available on arrival