A: This is not yoga or meditation boot camp! Yoga is not about showing off your body or contorting yourself into poses that go past your limits. It's about building a healthy relationship with yourself and noticing what's happening on the inside-- your physical, mental, emotional, and energetic sensations. Beginners as well as advanced yoga practitioners are welcome.
Q: Do I need to join all the sessions?
A: Absolutely not. Everything is optional! To get the most out of the retreat program, I would recommend trying to go to as many sessions as you are up for. Remember your intention for the retreat.
Q: What time is check-in and check-out?
A: Check-in is at 2 pm, with the welcome circle beginning at 5:30 pm. Please ensure that your flight to Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) arrives by 3 pm to be able to join the welcome session. The journey from DPS airport to Blue Karma Ubud is about 1.5 hours. Check-out will be 12 pm, and the retreat will also end at that time.
Q: What's for dinner?
A: You will be able to choose 3 courses off of the dinner menu. That includes a starter, main entree, and a dessert. The menu has a wide variety of western and Asian dishes, and can accommodate all dietary needs, ie. vegetarian, gluten-free, non-dairy, seafood, meat, etc. Breakfast is buffet style.
Q: How do I get to Blue Karma Ubud?
A: There are several airlines that fly into DPS: Air Asia, Lion Air, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, ANA, KLM, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Emirates, British Airways, Royal Brunei, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Aeroflot, Malaysia Airlines, and China Southern.
An airport transfer from DPS directly to Blue Karma Ubud is included in your retreat rate. As you exit airport customs, your driver will be waiting for you with a sign that says "Blue Karma Ubud."
Q: What's the weather like?
A: Generally, the middle of April brings warm days, with a less chance of rain, and a daily average temperature closer to what it is for the entire month at 27°C (81°F). The average low is 22°C (72°F). The rainy season would have just ended, making for lush greenery all around!
Q: What should I bring?
A: Blue Karma Ubud (and Bali in general) has a casual atmosphere. Clothes for yoga/meditation, day wear, and swim wear is enough. Some people like to dress up for dinner, but this is not required. Wear footwear that is easy to slip on and off since you'll be taking off your shoes before entering the yoga/meditation rooms. A hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, water bottle, a journal, sarong, and a flashlight are all handy. If you will be visiting the temples, men and women will need to cover their shoulders and wear a sarong tied with a sash to cover the legs.
Q: How much money should I bring?
A: You can add any extra purchases onto your hotel bill and pay by credit card upon check-out. This includes: extra massage treatments, excursions, and extra orders from the restaurant. There are currency exchange services at the airport and in Ubud. In Ubud, most establishments only accept IDR cash.