Burma Retreat

Bare foot in Burma…. 26th September – 4th October  

Spaces are limited and a deposit is required to book and full payment to be made before 31st August 2015

Experiencing Myanmar (formally Burma) is like stepping back in time – as Rudyard Kipling wrote a century ago Burma is “quite unlike any land you know about” and not a lot has changed since then!

Experience Iyengar Yoga in a Buddhist culture – and be prepared to continuously leave your shoes at the entrance of breath taking Pagodas and mythical shrines you will encounter. Myanmar is difficult to describe and like no where you have ever visited before. The temples are stunningly beautiful, as is the experience of chanting, Buddhist rituals and witnessing people’s level of devotion to their religion and culture. The people are extremely shy and curious, but all that is needed to break the ice is a smile. You will be rewarded with discovering gentle hospitable people – and why travellers describe the Burmese as the “the nicest people in the world.”

The Retreat is hosted by Liz Costigan from Byron Yoga Lounge – who is a Certified Junior Intermediate Level One teacher and follows the teaching of BKS Iyengar. She brings years of dedication and experience for both beginners and students wishing to expand their knowledge and practice of yoga, as well as years of Asian travel experience!

Liz has undertaken years of training in the most recognized form of yoga that is a tool for awareness – catering for each individual to cultivate a deeper sense of the self to restore balance of the body, mind and heart.

Experience yoga for all levels – in the stunning region of Inle Lake, central Myanmar. The lake is densely inhabited by many different tribes and surrounded by hazy Blue Mountains at 1328 meters above sea level.

Included in Retreat Cost

- 8 night’s accommodation

- All meals – vegetarian or seafood option

- Two yoga classes One Pranayama Session per day, Daily Meditation– see sample schedule below

- ALL Airport and boat trip transfers to and from Retreat

- Two day visits/tours (both approx 1.5 hours drive from the Retreat – after a short boat trip from Hotel)

1. A visit to Pindaya - a small, charming town, centred round a lake, called Nattamiekan or Angels Lake. The main sight in the area is Pindaya Cave (Shwe Oo Min Cave) – the limestone caves contain a maze of chambers with 6,226 Buddha statues. Some of the images are tiny, others are huge, and are made of white marble, bronze or plaster, coated with gold leaf – truly a stunning and magnificent sight and one of the highlights of Myanmar for many people!  Some of the smaller caves within the complex serve as meditation chambers and an opportunity to sit and meditate for those interested. The main stupa dates from the 12th century. .

2. A visit to Kakku Pagoda – which is one of the oldest and most fascinating archaeological sites in Myanmar, with thousands of pagodas of various shapes, sizes and descriptions dotted within the Kakku Pagoda compound. To reach Kakku Pagoda we travel through Taunggyi – a town on a steep mountain side in the southern reaches of the Himalaya which is mainly inhabited by Shans ethnic group and is known for its scenic beauty.

Cost

Single Accommodation – $2650 US

Share with a friend – $2090 US

Accommodation

You will stay in luxurious cottages on Inle lake. Enjoy the stunning picturesque beauty of the lake, mesmerizing twilight scenery and unique atmosphere. Gliding on the lake in a boat propelled by a local leg-rower you can visit plantations on floating islands and the floating markets with ethnic tribes in their colourful traditional costumes. There is a small village easily accessible by push bike and you can also visit the charming Forest Monastery and listen to the Monks evening chanting.

Included

1. Airport pick -ups from HeHo (flying from Yangon or other destinations within Myanmar)

2. Boat Transfers to the resort Accommodation on Inle Lake.

*Note – as an extra – we can book internal flights/buses as it is not possible to book flights/transport from outside of the country. 1. Air Mandalay (who comply with European Standards of Aviation Safety) – - Cost – Approx $200 US Return. 2. Overnight buses from Yangon Cost – (approx 10 hours)

Sample Schedule

630 am – 7 am – Sitting Meditation – Yoga room will be open from 530 am for those wishing to do a longer meditation.

7-9 am – Asana Practice followed by light breakfast.

10- 11 am – Pranayama Practice

Free time

430 – 530 – Led Practice 530 – 630 pm – Restorative Yoga *

Note 2 days schedule will alter to accommodate day tours.

Payment

A non refundable deposit of $250 is required to book the retreat. Please note that deposit is in Australian Dollars however the final payment must be equivalent to US dollars

Preferred method of payment is direct deposit to

K. Williams & E. Costigan

Bsb – 722 744 Acc – 131395

Or use our secure PayPal account by clicking the pay pal link below

Myanmar Retreat

General Information

Should I visit? After decades of isolation under a military rule Myanmar has began opening up enlarging the country for progress. Whether you see this as a positive or negative thing the people want you to come and who can argue that the tourism boycott has made Myanmar a better place? The world renowned political activist awarded with a Noble Peace Price, Aung San Suu Kyi (who leads the National League of Democracy), has been quoted as saying that travel to her country can now be encouraged, provided arrangements are made through private organisations. She now believes that tourism might be beneficial, should the result of the visit “draw attention to the oppression and opposition of the people by the military junta.” As our ethical commitment to responsible travelling, you will only stay at stay at privately owned hotels and the tours are conducted by privately owned and researched companies.

Health Before visiting any country it is important to have comprehensive health insurance. Visit your Doctor at least six weeks before you travel to find out about recommended vaccinations when visiting Asian Countries.

Visa To apply for a Visa in Myanmar you need to have a full itinerary (with confirmed accommodation) and flights booked to and from the country. However it is faster to apply for a Visa on line and we can assist/organize that for you with a group online Visa which takes approx 2 weeks.

You can also apply to the Embassy in Canberra see www.mofa.gov.mm/myanmarmissions/australia.html

Feel free to contact Liz for further information regarding this retreat yogawithliz@gmail.com or ph 0402 770 441