Upcoming retreats




September 21 - 27, 2014

organized by Be Your Own Yoga in association with One World Retreats.  



The experience

Join this wonderful retreat to connect with your own Divinity, as well as to the energy of the Island of Gods. This all-inclusive yoga holiday week will be blissful for the six senses! Daily yoga classes, 3 delicious meals per day, a luxurious spa treatment and ample time for relaxation and contemplation will leave your body renewed. The traditional Balinese purification ceremony at the Tirta Empul temple, and a yoga practice at sunrise at the magical Gunung Kawi temple will give you the opportunity to quiet your mind and find peace within. A walk through the emerald green rice fields, and a snorkel adventure in the turquoise waters of the idyllic island of Nusa Lembongan will uplift your whole being. 

For whom

This retreat is open to all levels, and is a great way to get deeper into the practice of yoga. Beginners are welcomed to practice at their own level of comfort. 

The location 

The serene, eco-friendly, ten bedrooms holistic resort is located 1.5 km from the heart of Ubud in Bali. It is bordered by a small creek and surrounded by jungle and rice fields. The retreat center offers 2 swimming pools, an open dining room with a view at the rice fields, a Spa, and a 100 sq. meter Yoga studio open to nature. OneWorld Retreats Kumara has been voted “Excellent” on Trip Advisor several years in a row.


Healthy, organic meals are provided, which are prepared by well-trained chefs. All dietary requirements are catered for. We will enjoy our last dinner at the acclaimed Bridges restaurant in Ubud.


Each spacious room is air-conditioned, has its own terrace with outdoor seating, writing and painting supplies, and comfortable bathroom. For our guests' ultimate serenity, everyone above the age of 14 is welcome at the retreat. 

Healing arts / excursions  

Spa.jpg During your retreat you will enjoy a Spa Mandi Treatment. This 17th century Javanese royal treatment will make you feel on top of the world! Mandi lulur is the luxurious pre-wedding ritual of Indonesian women. This treatment moisturizes and restores the natural PH balance of your skin. It begins with a traditional body massage, followed by a body scrub to exfoliate dead cells using a mixture of turmeric, sandalwood and rice powder. Then, yoghurt is applied to refresh and open the pores of your skin. The treatment ends with a fragrant blossom bath.
Other excursions included in your retreat are: the purification ceremony at the Tirta Empul Temple, a snorkeling and beach trip to Nusa Lembongan, and sunrise yoga at the Gunung Kawi Templ.

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Price per person

IDR 23,500,000 (approx. USD 1980) for a single room  
IDR 18,500,000 (approx. USD 1560) for a double room
A $500 deposit will secure your spot. Pay now through PayPal here below! 
Inclusive of the retreat price
6 nights of comfortable accommodations
3 daily delicious meals
Last dinner at restaurant Bridges in Ubud
Twice daily yoga classes
Purification ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple
Yoga and Meditation at Gunung Kawi Temple at sunrise 
Rice fields walk and organic lunch at Sari Organic
A daytrip to Nusa Lembongan, for snorkeling, beaching and relax time!
A Spa Mandi Treatment 
Day of silence 
Tax and service fees
Exclusive of the retreat price
Airfare to Bali
Visa upon arrival
Transfer to Kumara Sakti (to be booked separately)
Departure tax
Travel insurance 
Sample Program Day 
7:00 Morning Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation
9:00 Breakfast
- Full morning to relax and hang out at the pool
13:00 Lunch
- Full afternoon to relax and have a massage or other spa treatment
17:30 Afternoon Yoga 
19:00 Dinner
 For a full program overview, to register, and for more information please call or email us. 

Pay deposit to secure your spot now!

June 28 - July 4, 2015 
at Il Borghino, Lucca (Italy) 
organized by Living World Yoga in association with Yoga in Italy 

Join Marije E. Paternotte and Kate Pousont Scarborough, directors of Living World Yoga and experienced teachers of Kripalu Yoga, for a transformational yoga experience.  

Marije and Kate emphasize present moment awareness, breath/body coordination, safe and individualized anatomical alignment, and efficient movement patterns grown through a deep personal practice, ongoing study, and extensive training in dance and movement. During the retreat you will be offered yoga in the Vinyasa flow-style as well as Yin Yoga, Pranayama (breathing techniques) to calm and energize, and daily meditation. 

This retreat is open to all levels, and is a great way to get deeper into the practice of yoga. Beginners are welcomed to practice at their own level of comfort.

Price from Euro 1350 for a shared room.

Please email us for more information and to request a booking form.   


Past retreats:
In 2013 Be Your Own Yoga led three yoga retreats: Two Divine Bali Bliss retreats in Ubud, Bali, and - by invitation - One World Retreat's Escape the World Yoga Retreat.
In 2012 Be Your Own Yoga offered two yoga retreats: The Be Your Own Yoga Retreat at Villa Benvenuti in Italy, and the Joyful Yoga Retreat III in Ubud, Bali. 
In 2011 Be Your Own Yoga led three yoga retreats: the Opening to Receive Spring Yoga Retreat and the Reconnect to Self Summer Yoga Retreat at Villa Benvenuti in Italy, and the Joyful Yoga Retreat II in Ubud, Bali.
In 2010, Be Your Own Yoga and Delight Yoga organized the Joyful Yoga Retreat in association with One World Retreats also in Ubud, Bali.
Testimonials from participants: 
"Marije is a fantastic teacher (informative, caring & assertive only when needed). I felt totally at tease, comfortable, well cared for & safe for troughout my stay. I would definitely recommend this retreat to everyone - yogis & non yogis. Very special thanks to the most wonderful & beautiful teacher, Marije!" - Kaho (Hong Kong)
"Marije, our teacher, is a true inspiration. I loved her practice and the basic skills she reiterated which are so often overlooked." - Jacqueline (Australia)
"Wow!! It has been a truly unique and special experience. Marije’s gentle and caring nature, coupled with her yoga skills, created such strong energy that made the Joyful Yoga Retreat III second to none. The staffs were fantastic, always smiling and friendly. I enjoyed every minute of my time during the retreat and in Ubud". - Sofie (Australia).
"The retreat was a great experience in the first place because Marije is an excellent and very warm teacher. Yoga has never felt so comfortable to me before. The resort is just beautiful, the set-up in the rice fields is amazing, and the staffs could not be more friendly and attentive. A wonderful spa treatment and the group activities, such as snorkeling, were the cherry on the cake. The food was great too, and there were plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Big thanks to Marije and the team. I feel relaxed and energized and will certainly keep practicing yoga". - Eveline (The Netherlands) 
"A great experience. The resort was very beautiful, capturing the tranquility of Ubud. Marije was a confident and caring teacher and I enjoyed the way she instructured the classes to introduce and re-enforce a range of approaches. The retreat also made sure we had a great “Balinese” experience with all the extra activities. Finally, the staffs were wonderful, and always smiling." - Sarah (Thailand)  
"I just wanted to say a very BIG belated thank you for facilitating the most magical week I have had in way to many years to remember. I really enjoyed the yoga retreat and felt like it awakened a part of me that had been laying doormat for WAY TO LONG!! I came away from the week feeling both mentally, physically and emotionally energised." - Laura (Australia)
"You are a great and inspiring teacher. I highly appreciated the fact that you took extra care of me (being pregnant). I really enjoyed the retreat, the people, the location and the food.
I had a great and relaxing time." - U.S. (Germany) 
"For me, all the retreat of this nature begin with trepidation - stepping into the unknown. Who will I meet??? Will everyone get along??? Will the yoga/meditation/activities be challenging enough - or will I be unable to keep up??? will this be spiritual enough or too much??? Many question & fears. But the moment we ate together on our first right & shared a little of ourselves, i knew i was going to have a positive, rewarding & perhaps challenging week ahead. One look into Kristin & Marije's eyes and i could see their intention was pure & honest and that there would be no ego involved. It is clear these beautiful ladies have worked on & understood yoga & practice. Not only asana, but the other limbs of Raja Yoga. They have led us all gently on a journey of self discovery and I don't think any of us will be the same again!! The ceremony, little rituals & volcano visit with bike ride were all amazing. As for Kumara & the beautiful staff & amazing surroundings were synergists for the aspect of the retreat run by Marije & Kristin. Wayan's support, explanation & patience was never-ending, Ketut's willingness to help & share of his knowledge was endearing and Kadek's firm but loving hands were a welcoming gift in the Spa." - Kate (Australia)

"Kumara is a magical place and the opportunity to emerge yourself into this amazing environment while undergoing the life changing process of yoga, meditation, cleansing & prayer is a true gift to the mind , body & soul. Thank you so much for another wonderful week in Bali. I'd also like to recognize Marije's commitment and care to ensure that every aspect of the retreat was wonderful for every individual. Thank you..." - Sarah (Australia)

"It was a wonderful first time experience of yoga retreat. Not knowing what to expect, i was delighted by the whole experience - the classes, the teachings on the practice, the other planned activities , the teachers, the location/environment, the treatments, the staff, and last but not least, the other attendees. There was a wonderful energy among us and i got a lot of it!!! A lot I am taking back home with me!!!!" - Patricia (UK) 
"The warmth of our farewell ritual reflects the beauty of our experience during this week. The going - inward of our yoga practice was balanced beautifully by the outings we took together. Heartfelt thanks to everyone at Oneworld retreats and our beautiful yoga teachers Marije and Kristin and Wayan. I shall never forget all the smiles I saw this week. All the hello's from the children who saw these weird tourists with helmets on riding through their villages and who took no offence. It helps me to let go of all the judgments I have been carrying. They went up in smiles at the letting go ceremony. Thank you...thank you... Namaste..." - Yvonne (The Netherlands)








The Yoga pavilion at OneWorld Retreats Kumara 



Breakfast in the dining room at OneWorld Retreats Kumara


Post-meditation at Gunung Kawi Temple



Fun on the walk through the rice fields



Warm lemon with honey before the morning yoga practice at OneWorld Retreats Kumara 

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pictures © LauraCPhotography and Different Agency.