Cambodia Yoga Retreat

Cambodia Retreat

Cambodia Yoga Retreat July

3rd-11th July 2017

A unique opportunity to experience a Yoga Retreat within a Buddhist community in South East Asia…….. Surrounded by the Lost City of Angkor Wat and its temples.

The Retreat is hosted by Liz Costigan from Byron Yoga Lounge who follows the teachings of BKS Iyengar.  Cambodia is an enchanting historic Country whose culture and inspiring people will capture a piece of your heart!

We offer the beginner to experienced student an opportunity to extend and deepen their yoga practice through the teachings of Iyengar Yoga. Enjoy the all inclusive tours, massage and time out to explore the temples, country side, markets and experience the smiles and infectious optimism of the Khmer people. A South East Asian Yoga Retreat with a difference!

A percentage of profits from the retreat will be donated to Cambodia Children’s Sanctuary in Siem Reap. (See below for further details)

The Retreat Includes

– 8 Nights accommodation

– Daily breakfast and dinners including opening and closing dinners

– Twice Daily Yoga / Pranayama – Morning Sitting Meditation

– 2 temple tours (3 day pass) to the Lost City of Angkor Wat – neither words nor pictures do it justice…. One of the wonders of the world! – includes sunrise and breakfast at Angkor Wat!

– A visit to a colorful local Wat to listen to the Monks chanting – then relax in the Butterfly Garden with afternoon tea- surrounded by over 50 species of exquisite butterfly’s.

– A Khmer cooking course in the countryside near Siem Reap

– Two complimentary 1 hour massages –

Airport transfers from Siem Reap International Airport

About Liz Costigan

Liz is a Certified Junior Intermediate I Iyengar Yoga Teacher and is the founder of Byron Yoga Lounge in Byron Bay NSW Australia.

“I have lived and traveled extensively throughout Asia, and Cambodia is a place I know I will visit over and over again. Like many people who visit Cambodia it changed my life – and opened up many possibilities to me of how I could make a difference. The connection with the people, the culture and the whole experience of Cambodia is truly amazing and inspiring.

Liz is committed to Iyengar Yoga and dedicated to her daily practice and continues to study with Senior Iyengar Teacher Caroline Coggins and Glenn Ceresoli

Cost

Single room accommodation  – $1850 per person
Extended to past retreat students – $1600

Non Practicing Partners and Children
We are happy for partners and children to join us on the Retreat and will offer a reduced rate for people who do not participate in the Yoga. Experienced first hand – this is a child friendly environment. Should you decide to travel with your children, the Retreat and its coordinators are not responsible for the welfare of your children, but we can provide cost and information on in-house child minding.

Adult non practicing – $1400
Child – $1050

For your information
Many friends traveling together have interconnecting rooms.
Price does not include airfare.

A non refundable deposit of $250 is required to book the retreat.

Preferred method of Payment is direct deposit
K Williams and E Costigan
Bsb – 722 744
Account – 131 395

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

Or email yogawithliz@gmail.com for other arrangements.

Making a Difference!

Liz’s yoga retreat to Cambodia has been a remarkable experience for me. I arrived with an injury, fear and uncertainty about my yoga. I leave having renewed my love affair with yoga, healing and hope. The icing on the cake has been the excellent accommodation, food, friendship and the introduction to Cambodia – the culture, the beautiful people and an understanding of how it may be possible to make a difference” Victoria, Montecollum NSW

Experience a different culture, practice yoga and meditation daily and make a difference to the country you are visiting. Cambodia is a recovering third world country with a history of genocide under the rule of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-79. The people are friendly, optimistic and positive and I believe some of the most inspiring people you are likely to meet in the world.

One of our past retreat students Valarie Hickey organized through “The Future of Khmer Children Organization,” a water well to be built for a local village family. Fifteen dollars each and in less than I week of our departure the well was built.

We have continued to put in wells and have the pleasure of visiting the village and families each year who benefit from having fresh water available. We also, though the generosity of retreat students, have put in 3 water wells which not only benefit the family but the whole village. It was a highlight of the trip for many students to visit these families and villages.

Testimonials “….. I would recommend the Cambodian retreat with Liz – Not just for her skill as a yoga teacher but for the cultural experience and her knowledge and relationship with the local people. My mind and body have benefited enormously!”

Deirdre Sydney
“….. The whole retreat from start to finish was so well planned with amazing input from Liz and and hotel staff to ensure that it was an unforgettable experience. Cambodia is a true jewel, a place of such friendliness, peace and love – the perfect place to experience yoga” Kylie Lennox
 
 
“….. A life changing experience! Integrity, inspiration and motivation from the lithe and lovely liz” Brenda Perth
 
 
“For anyone who practices yoga this retreat is a real treat. Liz definitely challenges but the challenges are worth wile. The icing on the cake is the destination of Cambodia – the culture, beautiful and gentle people with a long history of both good and tumultuous. The balance of yoga with the wonderful sites around Siem Reap make for a very memorable retreat..”
Ann Sydney
 
“What an amazing week. The perfect blend of yoga and culture – thank you – Sally Melbourne.
 
“Thanks for sharing Cambodia and your yoga lifestyle with us. You shared an enormous amount of your practice and knowledge with us and we will be going home with imprint to carry it onto our lives. Thank you
Jo Sydney
 
Flights
Flights from Australia can be purchased for as little as $500 (return) with Air Asia

Singapore Airlines fly direct to Siem Reap.

Liz is happy to assist with flight information and advise regarding travel plans.

Accommodation

The retreat is held at a charming and exquisite hotel with a gorgeous swimming pool and friendly and helpful staff. The rooms are clean, light and spaciously designed with balcony’s. The cost/package is per person – (the same price for single or twin share)

You will have your own room unless you request otherwise.

Experienced child minders are available at the hotel as an additional extra.

Food

We provide traditional Khmer vegetarian food with seafood options – an abundance of herbs always delicately presented! Those with special diets will be catered for so please advise if you require a special diet option.  The local village offers in abundance fresh exotic fruit and delicacies which you will have the opportunity daily to purchase.

About Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the base for visiting the temples of Angkor some of which date back to 1100 and houses the largest standing temple in the world. It is a charming town with old French shops and houses, tree lined streets and a slow-flowing river. It has colorful markets, massage houses and restaurants galore! Unlike many Asian Countries it is relatively hassle free. Cambodia is generally a safe country to travel in but common sense is still necessary whilst traveling to any Asian Country. Khmer women and men dress conservatively and when visiting the temples it is respectful to wear long trousers/skirt with shoulders covered. Bargaining is expected in the local markets!

General Information

Visa – You will need a one-month tourist visa (US$25) which you can get on arrival at Siem Reap. You can pay in any currency and will receive change in American Dollars. You do not need to take a passport sized photo (bring one if you have one) as it is cheaper to pay the $2 fee for the photo.

Health – When traveling in 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 or medications when visiting Asian Countries. There is an International Adult and Children’s hospital in Siem Reap.

Seasons – July is an ideal time to visit as the temperature drops from April. July is the beginning of the wet season which lasts until October. So expect some short sharp downpours mostly in the afternoon. The risks of Mosquito born diseases such as dengue fever are low at the start of the monsoon season but pre-caution’s by either ointments/sprays or medications are still recommended. The largest health risk in Cambodia is heat stroke and it is recommended that you maintain regular intake of bottled water throughout your stay.

Money – A combination of US dollars and Riel is used. At first confusing to work out! You may pay for some -thing in US dollars and get Riel as change! Take small denominations of US dollars… Plenty of $1, $2 and $5 dollars and you can exchange either Australian dollars or US dollars into Riel when you are in the country. The local currency Riel is useful for buying smaller items such as fruit or various street food treats! ATM’s are abundant and an easy way to access money.

About Cambodia Children’s Sanctuary

Founded 10 years ago the Children’s Sanctuary is supported by Lost and Found Tours.

There are 37 children living in the sanctuary and were mostly street children who where found and delivered to the Sanctuary. Some have parents – it is not an “orphanage” as such – but brings in kids that are neglected or abused and have a difficult time accessing shelter, food and education.

It is run by the delightful Mr Sok and local Cambodian volunteers and funded totally through donations and the Lost and Found Tours. All of the children (of age) attend school and are committed to their continued education. The children’s ages vary from three to seventeen years old.

I have been involved for 8 years in this project – to see the difference in the kids over that time is truly beautiful!

I get asked “is this a genuine “orphanage” a lot! ….” Yes!

Its not an “orphanage” as such – but a very amazing Sanctuary that has supported the most gorgeous Cambodia Children to access education and basic human rights such as food and shelter. Some kids don’t have parents – some do. But they all now have access to Education as well as basic human needs….

Mr Sok does not drive around in a fancy car – in fact he lives there in a tiny room and every time we go out necessitates a car repair…

Very genuine! and I invite you to get involved.

How you can help- The children love visitors!! We are more than happy to take you (a short trip) from the hotel to visit. Byron Yoga Lounge will ask for donations of clothes/toys to deliver for the children’s sanctuary – so any spare space in your luggage over would be greatly appreciated!

We donate a percent of our profits to the Sanctuary to buy rice supplies (the stable diet) and contribute to rent that the Sanctuary are required to pay to house the children. After our last Retreat many attending students who visited the Sanctuary decided to come on board and help to contribute to this positive and inspiring home for the children. We will have regular Yoga Benefit Days and are currently working on ideas to help contribute towards education and support for the children. Watch this space!

Cancellation Policy for all Retreats

– $250 Administration Fee

–  2 weeks – start date – 25% refund

– No show -100% – 0 refund