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YOGA VIDYA RETREAT

F.A.Q

Who is Vidya Yoga Retreat?
A team of likeminded individuals gathered to support you while you begin your journey. Learning to listen to yourself, your gut, and connecting the two. Breathe purpose back into your life. Heal and become the greatest version of yourself. It all begins with you and believing you can. I have found my passion and would love nothing more than to share my world with you. Lets yoga, surf, fish and have fun together.
V xx

What’s included?
A week filled with yoga, surfing, nutritious food and a lot of laughs. A chance to explore, meet new friends in a relaxed, fun and safe space. All flights and transfers to and from Bali, food and accommodation in Villa Oeaggaut are included.
The Yoga and Wellness Experience is an important element of your retreat. You will leave feeling refreshed, nourished, rejuvenated and inspired. Along with tools and knowledge to incorporate into your life with a sense of contentment.
See what’s included in your whole package here

How much does it cost?
Vidya Yoga Retreat Rote – Packages from $2400USD See dates and room rates here
Vidya Surf Retreat Rote – Packages from $2400USD See dates and room rates here
Vidya Couples Retreat Rote – See dates and room rates here

How do I make payment?
For bookings click attend and fill out the form.
If you have any issues with this, please email veritycoonan@gmail.com. One of our representative will reply to you with payment details and once the deposit has been received, your booking is confirmed!

How do get to Rote?
Getting to Villa Oenggaut is easier than almost all other surf and yoga resorts in Indonesia!
Flight from Bali to Kupang taking 1 hour 45 minutes, with airlines Garuda and Wings. Dependant of your flight, you have the option to stay in Kupang where we can arrange our preferred hotel “La Hasienda”. It is clean, affordable and close to the airport. Otherwise we normally prefer to get straight to the island by placing you on another 20 minute flight from Kupang to Rote. 
Once you arrive on the Island you will be greeted by one of our staff who will transport you and your luggage straight to the villa. This drive will give you a raw insight of the local villages and beaches on the island until you reach your destination.
A representative from Vidya will arrange all your travel to the retreat.

Travel Arrangements?
Airfare to Bali not included – You will need to purchase your own flight to the Island of Gods. Rest assured once we met at Ngurah International Airport – Denpasar, we will take over and look after you for the duration of your retreat. You’ll love our tribe, just wait and see!
Travel from Bali to Rote Island, YES this is included – Vidya Team will take care of everything.

Do I need a visa?
You do not need a visa to enter Indonesia & West Timor for visits of up to 30 days. If you are planning on staying in Indonesia for more than 30 days, you should apply for a visa before you travel, or obtain a “Visa On Arrival” at the Indonesian airport (a desk just before you reach customs) at a cost of $35 US. This type of visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended once, for another 30 days. Giving you 60 days in total, this can be obtained by applying with local immigration office in Indonesia.

What is the weather like in Rote & Bali?
Rote temperatures vary very little, average year-round temperature stands at around 30°C with a humidity level of about 85%. Day time temperatures at low elevations vary between 20–33°C. The monsoon is in place from approximately October to April, and this can bring significant rain, particularly from December to March. Outside of the monsoon period, humidity is relatively low and any rain is unlikely. Simply paradise all year round!

Do I need to speak the language Bahasa?
There are many Timorese dialects however, we would love for you to learn some basic Bahasa before you arrive to interact with the staff, see below.

Greetings:

  • Selamat Pagi: Good morning
  • Selamat Siang: Good afternoon
  • Selamat sore: Good evening
  • Selamat malam: Good night
  • Apa kabar?: How are you? –baik baik: I’m good
  • Terima kasih: Thank you
  • Sama Sama: You are welcome
  • Yes: La
  • No: Tidak

Pronouns:

  • Saya: I
  • Kamu: You (familiar) often shortened to “Kau”
  • Anda: You (formal or respectful)
  • Dia: He/She
  • Kita: Us (including the person spoken to)
  • Kami: Us (not including the person spoken to)
  • Kalian: You (plural)
  • Mereka: They

When asking for something, always start your question with ‘Permisi’ (Excuse me) :

  • Permisi Mas (to young males)
  • Permisi Adek (to young females)
  • Permisi Pak (to older men)
  • Permisi Ibu (to older women)
  • Saya mau tanya: I would like to ask

Ex : Permisi Pak, pantai ada di mana ? (Excuse me Sir, where is the beach?)

Do I need an international licence?
To drive in Indonesia, you will require an international licence. On the island they are a little more relaxed!

What age groups come to your retreats?
Our offer is open to all ages however ages are usually between 20’s to  50’s.

Is there a minimum age?
Guest under 18 years of age must be accompanied unless otherwise prearranged with Vidya Yoga Retreat.

Can I travel solo?
Hell yes! We encourage you to take the plunge, this is often when the biggest growth occurs when we are alone and open to meeting new people.

Can I travel with my family?
Yes. If you’re bringing your family and want something outside of our policy please email us at veritycoonan@gmail.com to let us know your requirements.

Can I bring my children?
Yes. On specific prearranged retreats.

How much does it cost to bring children?
Kids under 3 free
Kids ages 3-6 $10 per day includes food
Kids ages 6-12 $18 per day includes food

Where do they stay?
Children at these prices will be staying in your room with a bed on the floor.

Will there be a nanny?
Yes, a Nanny will be available everyday of the retreat from 8am-9:30pm for $15 per day

Will there be children on all the retreats?
No this is only prearranged on specific retreats

How much extra money do I require on retreat?
Extras will be any other food, snacks, drinks outside the villa, we suggest $200USD. There are a few great cafes to explore. Extra activities, spa treatments or shopping! The Villa offers credit card facilities and easy payment transfers.

Do you offer discounts?
We have priced our retreats at an amazing price, we trust you see the value in this. If you have a booking for your own group, please let us know and we can discuss the ideal package.

What should I pack?

  • Passport, you must have at least 6 months valid on your passport to travel.
  • Visa (if necessary)
  • Compulsory travel insurance
  • Sunscreen – Go the good stuff
  • Surfing zinc – Go natural
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Personal First aid kit
  • Sandals
  • Brush
  • Shavers
  • Nail clippers
  • Any Medications
  • Energy snacks
  • Camera
  • Cash IDR
  • Laptop/Tablet
  • Good book to read
  • Surf board
  • Leg rope
  • Booties
  • Yoga mat
  • Drivers licence
  • Electricity adapter
  • Long shirt for fishing
  • Fishing gear
  • Snorkel

What style of yoga will we be practicing?
Yin Yang Yoga – Two halves that together make wholeness. Yin and yang are the starting point for change.
Wholeness, by definition is that which is unchanging and complete. Traditionally, yin and yang are thought of as complementary sides and not oppositional. Thus, balancing your more physically demanding yoga practice with gentle and restorative postures is a guaranteed way to create balance and harmony.
Yang yoga comprises the dynamic practices of Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. An active, powerful practice that emphasises the strength, endurance and heat within the human body. Flow with ease by connecting your breath with movement from one pose to another.
Yin yoga is the harmonious blend of ancient Chinese wisdom and classical Hatha yoga postures from India that benefits both the physical and energetic elements of our being. The philosophy of Yin yoga allows us access to a larger perspective of how the world works and ultimately aligns us on a path whereby we can achieve our heightened goals on our spiritual path. Poses are generally held between 3-5 minutes, lengthen and creating space with our connective tissue.

What if I’ve never done yoga?
Perfect! You will be coming to the right place, we love beginners and aim to make you feel right at home.
Embark on a journey of self discovery and inspiration as you press reset and align with your truths. Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, Verity will ensure your time on the mat ingrains purpose to your practice and nourishment to your soul. Everyday will begin with a go-at-your-own-pace, strong, dynamic class to release your endorphins. In the evenings we finish our day with a slow Yin class to deeply nourish every part of the body.

What if I have injuries?
Please be honest in your application and let us know the details but more importantly we want you to know your own body and limits. We will assist in your recovery.

Can I bring my own yoga matt?
Of course! We encourage you to bring you own however we do have our own supply of awesome matts for you.

Is it mandatory to participate in all activities and yoga?
No however we know the more you participate and are connected with the group the more fun you’ll have! We are here to support you in all your decisions.

Do I need to know how to surf?
No, learning is so much fun as long as your prepared to laugh. There may be nowhere else on earth that delivers the consistency and quality of waves found in Rote, Indonesia. From fast scary barrels, to mellow hidden gems, there is something for every level of surfer here.

Can I bring my own surfboard?
Yes yes and yes! Please see travel arrangements we recommend taking the ferry if you have your boards. Let us know in advance and we will arrange.

Will I be guided on which waves to surf?
Yes, we advise on when and where to surf so you get a taste of all the waves Rote has to offer.

Do I surf the same waves?
Yes and no, its awesome to surf the same waves however there are many so depending on your level and side preference, you’re the boss, choice is yours. The beauty of the island is that no matter the conditions there is usually always a wave to ride!

Are there boat trips?
Yes, Nembrala has the best boat set up and know how when it comes to searching for the best breaks. This is included in your retreat.

How do we access the waves?
There are about 10 waves at Nembrala’s T-Land – lefts and rights to suit all levels of surfing, from beginners to intermediates. Swells range between 4-8ft faces rising to over 15ft on occasions. The trade winds are very consistent, making every day an offshore surfer’s paradise.

Many of the best surfing spots can be reached by road, including Boa Beach. Villa Oenggaut has two 4WD vehicles available with drivers/guides and surf board racks. Alternatively, the guides will take you out by boat and wait for you at the back of the swell. Several other breaks including the long, steep, fast right off Do’a Island and some snappy rights off N’Dau Island are only a short boat ride away.

What are the flight allowances if I bring my own board?
Luggage allowance with Garuda Airlines Bali – Kupang 20kg.
* Surf Boards are usually allowed for free but this can be subject to change.
Luggage allowance with Wings air Kupang – Rote 10 kg extra weight is very cheap $1.5 per Kg.
*Surf board to be paid extra 200,000 IDR.

Do I need to be a good swimmer?
No not necessarily, some water awareness is important.

Can I book a shared room if I’m travelling alone?
Yes of course. We will pair you up with guests of similar interests where possible.

Can I request my own room?
Its your retreat so if having your own room makes you more comfortable we recommend it. We do suggest booking in quickly to secure your room for the specific dates

Do you have wifi?
Yes, the villa and most places on the island have wifi however on the Island it can drop in and out.

Do I need an Indonesian sim card?
It can be good if you prefer your own wifi.

What is the food like?
Delicious and nutritious, we aim to fuel your bodies and leave you feeling satisfied. We have created a menu to suit all body types and requirements. In the attend form please describe any special requirements.

What if I have food intolerances?
Please advise of any intolerances before you arrive and we will accommodate. Our menu is predominately plant based meals

Is alcohol available?
Yes, alcohol is available at an extra charge. We have a range of alcohol available to purchase from our onsite bar which has a delicious range of cocktails and wine. You are also welcome to bring a bottle of your favourite duty free purchases and our staff can pour your favourite drop! However, our aim is to nourish the body with fresh juices, herbal teas and coconuts! We like a clean body to clean the mind.

Can I bring my own food?
If you have something special you require feel free. Any snacks are great but generally we have you covered. Local island food is delicious!

“A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.” ~ Oscar Wilde