Yoga + Hot Pilates in Bali with Linda and Samantha 2018

Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

Linda McGrath
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16 reviews
Nov 3 - 10, 2018
Group size: 14 - 40
Yoga + Hot Pilates in Bali with Linda and Samantha 2018
Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

Linda McGrath
  • Email address verified
16 reviews

Deposit: $750
Nov 3 - 10, 2018
Group size: 14 - 40

About this trip

Join Linda and Samantha for a magical week of yoga and hot pilates on one of the juiciest islands on the planet. In Bali, every local has an art that they practice actively, and every moment is lived as a miracle. Come immerse yourself in this gorgeous culture, and enjoy extraordinary massages, ancient temple-hopping, and adventuring through spectacular rice fields. We are staying at one of the most awarded boutique resorts on the island, where every wish comes true.

Wake up to the sound of birds, hop in your outdoor shower, then join the guided walk through the rice fields, or go for a luxurious swim in the pool. Meditate overlooking the jungle gorge or just sleep in.

Breakfast is at your leisure and probably the best you've ever had. That's what people have said again and again, and we agree. 

The morning practice is two hours (alternating 2 hours of yoga, or 1 hour of Hot Pilates + 1 hour of Yoga), in a pavilion perched on a cliff looking down on a river and lush tropical forests. There are no words to describe the view. Time stops and all goodness is restored in the world.

The entire afternoon is open for you to enjoy lunch by the pool or join excursions, head to the beach, or visit spectacular temples, check yourself into the spa, or do some serious shopping in downtown Ubud. 

The evening class is an hour (Hot Pilates or Yoga) to get us out in time for a sunset swim or maybe a second massage that day (trust us!).

Dinner will be either out on the town with the group or with a few friends, maybe enjoying a dance performance, or a 5-course gourmet indulgence in the private salon of Michelin-starred Mozaik, or just quiet time for you to restore. 

All classes will cater to all levels; also, they are all optional. Pick and choose from what is offered based on how you feel - choose a little or choose a lot.

Join us!


Linda is the founder and owner of YogaSource Los Gatos, Silicon Valley's premier yoga studio. Linda has trained in both the US and India in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power, Pilates, Yoga Tune Up, Yin and Vipassana meditation. She is a student of modern Buddhism, Jungian psychology and functional movement. Her yoga classes are a playful and masterful blend of precision, elegance, and breath. 


Sam believes yoga is a balance between discipline and not taking things too seriously. She incorporates these beliefs in her classes where she aims to provide a supportive teaching environment to emphasize moving and thinking with a clear sense of intention. Sam has her 500 hour certification through YogaSource Los Gatos and is currently teaching Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Hot 26, Hot Pilates, and Revolution Cycle.

What’s included

* 7 nights accommodation at Como Uma in Ubud, named one of  "Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Indonesia" by TripAdvisor and "Spa Retreat of the Year" by Asia Spa Awards
* Gourmet Breakfast daily, as well as first dinner and first group lunch at the resort
* Morning and afternoon Yoga and Hot Pilates classes
* Manduka Mats (only bring yogitoes or travel mat to put on top)

Not included

* Travel Insurance (highly recommended - see Payments Policy below)
* Most lunches and dinners
* Transportation (roundtrip from SFO is a crazy $700 at the moment. Plan to arrive Saturday Nov 3rd and leave Saturday Nov 10th unless extending your trip. Airport to fly into Bali is Denpasar.)
* Spa Treatments
* Excursions


Double Occupancy*  -   $2,199  

Single Occupancy    -  $3,499 

Refunds until 5/31:

A $100 administrative fee will be deducted from refund. 

Refunds 6/1 - 8/31:

A $500 administrative fee will be deducted from refund. If documented medical emergency, the fee is reduced to $100.

Refunds after 9/1:

Documented medical emergency refunds only (less $100)

Please buy travel insurance. Do not be at the mercy of the resort if something comes up.

Balances Due:

If paying deposit only, the remainder of your balance will be due no later than September 1st, 2018. We will email the address you provide during registration to remind you, a week ahead of that date. Due to our strict contract with the resort, we need your payment in time. Late payments will accrue a $10 late fee for every day that your balance is outstanding after September 1st.


If you are coming with a friend, then super easy - you just room with them.  Can't talk anyone into joining you in paradise? We will assign you with someone awesome of your gender and guarantee you won't be sharing a bed. If you are the last to sign up and there's no-one left to pair you with, we can try to work you in as a triple (at a discount) or you can splurge for Single. We would let you know asap.

Before You Go

Packing List

We are looking forward to seeing you in paradise! 


Please contact the resort at contact info below to schedule your pick-up. Alternatively you can catch a ride from the airport but it may be a gamble for cost. 


Sat is arrival day. Because everyone arrives at different times and some of us quite late, you are invited to enjoy dinner on your own a la carte in one of the hotel's restaurants (cost of which is included). There is no yoga Saturday.

Breakfast will be served 7am-10am on Sunday morning in the Kemiri Restaurant. Enjoy at your leisure. Our first class is at 9am. We will have lunch as a group onsite at the Cucina restaurant at noon, including an Orientation and Q&A.

Below is the general schedule for the week. Please note that class and meals times may be subject to change depending on excursions or group activities. This is just to give you a general idea. The retreat will end Fri evening allowing for preparations for departure on Sat.

Breakfast 7am - 9am

Yoga 9 - 11am

Lunch on your own (except Sunday)

Yoga 5:30-6:30pm

Dinners TBD


There is a lot to do in Bali! We will go over all available excursions during Sunday Orientation and take a poll on interest to coordinate your perfect schedule. You can study the options here:


Almost everything you need will be available in Bali and you just might end up buying a lot of clothing at very affordable prices. Laundry is available at the resort for reasonable prices. The only shoes you will need are flip flops or slip ons and a good pair of walking shoes. Sidewalks are uneven and the atmosphere casual, so leave your heels at home! Also, leave your expensive jewelry at home, too. Think of it as another shopping opportunity. The list below is quite extensive and you probably won’t need every item on this list!


Reading/Flight activities


Sleeping Mask

Travel Pillow

Passport and Copy


Boarding Passes


Lightweight, 100% Cotton is best. 

Shirts, capris, shorts and sundresses. Lightweight cover ups to protect from sun and bugs, and to cover shoulders for temple visits.

Light jacket or long sleeves for evenings


Swimsuit cover up


Glasses (reading glasses)

Sunhat foldable is best

Flip flops or slip ons

Comfortable walking shoes

Inexpensive jewelry


Yoga mat cover only (Mandukas are available at the resort)

Practice clothing

Reusable water bottle (refill with safe water at the hotel - avoid Bali Belly!)



Mosquito Repellant


Toothbrush and paste



Body wash/ soap

Hair ties/Accessories



Feminine Hygiene

Wet naps

Tissue packs

Any Travel medicines you prefer: ibuprofen, immodium, anti-itch lotions, cortisone creme (in case of skin irritation), etc



Small purse/money belt


Small umbrella


Flashlight and batteries if you plan on night walking

TSA approved travel locks on every zipper of your checked luggage: do it!



Cash ($100 bills 2004 or newer) - we recommend you bring at least $200 for tips, market shopping etc...

Credit Cards (Be sure to notify your company that you will be out of the country so they won’t put a stop on your card)

ATM Cards

$25 Cash for Visa on arrival


Cell phone & charger - get international package if planning on using cellular data

Computer & charger

Tablet & charger

Camera & charger

Headphones or earbuds

Adapters - In Bali, the electric plugs are type C, F and G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use US appliances. Your rooms are equipped with 2 international plugs already.


Staying at one of the nicest resorts on the island means you're just 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown yet you'd never know it. The resort also offers:

· Welcome drink.

· Complimentary daily replenished in room fruit basket.

· Complimentary WIFI access in the room.

· Complimentary WIFI Internet access in most of the hotel.

· Complimentary daily guided morning walk.

· Complimentary shuttle to and from downtown Ubud, leaving every 2 hours

· Complimentary use of sauna, steam, gym and swimming pool.


Expect highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 70s. Expect quick but torrential showers and high humidity. Due to the tropical environment, you will want to keep good care of any clothing that may be wet. Dry thoroughly outside when it’s sunny to prevent mold. 

Hotel Contact Info

Uma by COMO, Ubud Bali Jalan Raya Sanggingan

Banjar Lungsiakan Kedewatan Ubud

Gianyar 80571 Bali Indonesia

Tel +62 361 972 448

Fax + 62 361 972 449



Available Packages

Double Occupancy
only 1 left
Deposit: $750
Single Occupancy
only 2 left
Deposit: $750
Deposit: $750

Double Occupancy
Past Trip


Guided Walk

Who’s Going

  • sm
    sherry marinovich
    I am soooooo excited to experience Bali with you~xo
    Jan. 25, 2018
  • PC
    Phyllis Capp
    So excited to explore and take in the sights and sounds of a new destination. Yoga and spas added make it the perfect combination :)) Looking forward to meeting the group.
    Jun. 02, 2018
  • KW
    Karin Waltz
    Ready to write my next chapter in my life!!
    Apr. 06, 2018

Who’s interested

Your Organizer

Linda McGrath
16 reviews
ABOUT LINDA Linda is the founder and owner of YogaSource Los Gatos, Silicon Valley's premier yoga studio. She leads workshops, conferences and retreats in the US and internationally. As the Director of the YogaSource Teacher Training Institute since its inception in 2006, she has nurtured hundreds of successful yoga instructors from across the country. Linda has trained in both the US and India in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power, Pilates, Yoga therapeutics, Yin and Vipassana meditation. She is a student of modern Buddhism, Jungian psychology and functional movement. Her yoga classes are a playful and masterful blend of precision, elegance, and breath. Linda has been interviewed and profiled by Yoga Journal, NBC News, ABC's Best of the Bay, Common Ground, Yogi Times, San Jose Magazine, Los Gatos Weekly News and other publications. At other times of the day, she is a mom, a wife, a writer, a designer, and a foodie.


Very nicely organized trip with Linda to beautiful Bali! It was my first time to a yoga retreat, as well as to the island. The resort's accommodations and service exceeded expectations. Yoga and hot pilates sessions were amazing. We had plenty of time to explore Bali and go on excursions. Highly recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys yoga or hot pilates and is looking for a nice reset in a beautiful country. Thank you, Linda!
This is an amazing retreat, in an amazing location, with amazing instructors. You. Must. Go. It's life altering. HIGHLIGHTS The hotel Como Uma is a paradise within a paradise. It's comfortable, easy going, serene, and impeccably manicured. The yoga Linda is clearly in her happy place in Bali, which means the yoga is an out-of-this-world experience. The yoga studio Three sides open to nature, surprisingly pleasant breezes right when you need them. A studio like no other. The Hot Pilates Sam shows no mercy. Expect to work - hard - and be totally giddy with happiness because of it. The group This is my third retreat with Linda. Always an amazing group of people. Good company and a great vibe. Four Hand Massage Yes, it exists. Yes, it's amazing and like nothing you've done before. Go to Putri Spa across the street and be enlightened. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW The Town (Ubud) The town is in an artistic area, close to the spiritual heart of the island. It's a 20min walk from the hotel, or an easy $5 USD taxi ride. Shopping is prolific and prices negotiable. Food Bali has everything, including an amazing cuisine all it's own. You will eat like royalty and burn it all away in class. The Elephant, about a 10min walk south from the hotel is excellent, with a great view. Hotel breakfast has tons of options and it's all good. Poolside bar has everything you could want if you're too tired to go out, including a juice menu. IT'S ALL GOOD! Water Plenty of bottled water is available at the hotel. Use it. The Yoga Studio has a large 5 gallon dispenser, perfect to refill for workouts and day trips. Weather Expect 85F as the standard day time temp. Various weather mixes up the day, so you can have rain, sun, and refreshing breezes at any given moment. Prices Your money goes a long, long way in Bali. Pack light so you have room to take lots of stuff home. Massages Heavenly and inexpensive. At least half or a third of the price you're used to. Hotel massages are wonderful. Putri across the street is comparable and less expensive. You can't go wrong, but you may have to experiment. Bugs You are in a jungle, so expect more bugs than you're used to in the USA (even Florida) and in more places. That said, not a single bug bite on me. Repel Dry (10% DEET) gave us the comfort of protection, with minimal chemicals, and no greasy or smelly residue. Medicines Bring them, like Pepto, Immodium, etc. You probably won't need them, but having them will give you a level of comfort. It's a jungle and a foreign biome that your body may or may not have to adjust to. Adventure There is lots to do in Bali, from elephant refuges to Monkey Forests, to temples and ceremonies, beaches, hikes, and amazing food, and shopping....lots of shopping. You'll be busy if you want to be, and not busy if you don't. Time Give yourself plenty of time to get where you want to go. Roads are narrow and traffic heavy (but fluid). To go 7 miles can take 30-45 minutes. Beaches are an easy 1.5 to 2 hours away. Don't let it stop you, but plan accordingly. In all, this is the retreat you want and are looking for. You will have a new body, a new mind, and a new outlook.
What a fantastic experience! The resort was lovely, and the yoga space amazing! The people of Bali are wonderful - warm and inviting. There is so much to do on the island. Everything from laying at the beautiful pool with delicious tea, to amazing animal experiences, to sunrise hikes up a mountain (complete with breakfast made in the steam from the volcano!). And of course, the classes from Sam and Linda were top notch. Linda's love and respect for the island and its people are so clear and made me love the trip even more!
Amazing trip- I LOVE Linda and Sam, so they made the trip extra special.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Paris with Linda and Sarah. It is an experience that I will hold dear to my heart for a long, long time. I wish that more yoga activities were involved to reach the full value of the cost of the retreat. We practiced physical yoga for 1 hour each day. Most yoga retreats involve other yoga work like meditation, pranayama/breath work, intention setting, workshops, etc. and could add up to at least 3 hours per day. The quality of the classes led by Linda were wonderful and the savasanas were truly divine. The space where we practiced was not what I had expected based on what was advertised but the room was nice and had lovely natural lighting. The art/museum tours were fascinating. It is apparent that Sarah is incredibly passionate about art and it felt more like a storytelling experience rather than informative speech. The museums chosen for the tour were top notch. Breathtaking experience! We had plenty of free time to explore Paris on our own and to visit other museums not on the schedule. I wish we had done more as a group, like a special dinner planned in advance for one of the nights or something fun. I also would have appreciated an intro/orientation type session since I didn't know anyone or anything about Paris. I would've liked to learn everyone's names and what drew them to this particular retreat. Luckily, I made an instant friend with one of the participants. She showed me the ropes, taught me French etiquette and always made sure I had a sandwich in hand after yoga. Overall, it was a lovely experience. I am now familiar with Paris and more knowledgable about some of my favorite artworks and artists. Thank you for organizing this trip Linda and Sarah! You are both beautiful and awesomely talented!
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