Heal with happiness – with every breath we breathe in new life.
Join us on the un spoilt paradise of Rote Island for 7 days of Yoga, Surf & adventure. A Vidya Yoga Retreat is a yoga infused vacation, with even more.
A week filled with yoga, surfing, nutritious organic food and a lot of laughs. A chance to explore and meet new friends in a relaxed, fun and safe space. The Yoga and Wellness experience is the essence of your retreat, you will leave feeling refreshed, nourished, rejuvenated and inspired. Along with tools and knowledge that you can incorporate into your day to day life ensuring the sense of contentment follows you back home.
Enjoy being guided on your retreat experience with our team, the people who know best. See the island through the eye of the locals and receive the true connected grounding experience.
Whatever your yoga or surfing level, we have the retreat for you – Our purpose is instil yoga into everyone’s lives!
To give you and your mind the freedom to think and do as your please. A journey to become your own inspiration, in turn live a life so full you inspire others.
Self care is top of line line for our core values. Take time to check in with yourself, I borrow this saying from an amazing mentor. Does this nourish me? My soul? My values? Use it more often than not.
With adventure at the forefront of fun, here the choice is yours. Explore with eyes wide open, surfing, fishing, snorkelling, scooters or choose to revel in yours and the islands awesomeness by doing sweet fa.
We have carefully curated an exceptional experience just for you, so let’s break it down.
- 7 days of Yoga, Surf and activities on the un spoilt paradise of Rote Island
- All transfers to and from Bali
- Exclusive small groups to personalise your experience
- A retreat for partners, groups and singles alike
- Staying in the luxury air conditioned Villa Oenggaut
- Ocean front spacious rooms with private bathrooms
- Wake up with an ocean swim or dip in the pool right at your doorstep
- Family vibe with communal areas and sacred downtime
- Daily in house keeping and laundry
- All organic meals included, packed full of nourishment for the body and soul
- Stay hydrated with water, juice, fresh cold coconuts and tea
- Experience plant based life, learn to listen to your body and how to nourish
- Morning Yang yoga classes daily
- Evening wind down Yin practice daily
- Guided meditations
- Surfing trips to all the best uncrowded waves
- Group fishing & sailing adventure
- Build your toolkit 101’s
- Health & Life Coaching, 1-on-1
- Bonfire ceremony
- Experienced local guides for all island adventure trips
- Immerse yourself in local culture and recommended activities
- Explore the island by scooter and snorkel or simply sit back and enjoy
- Connected group experience and community for life
- Ritual welcome package
- Vidya Yoga Retreat Singlet or T-shirt
- Vidya Yoga Retreat Gratitude Journal
- Gifts from our favourite local crafts people
- Photos of the Vidya experience throughout the retreat by Juchey Productions
- Your experience Photography package + drone footage & video by Juchey Productions
- Scooter hire to rip around the island
- Travel insurance, compulsory for your adventure with us
- Airfares to and from Bali
Rote is the unique uncrowded destination you’ve been waiting for, the ideal island space where you can hone in on what matters to you most. New experiences, adventures, yoga, surf and a community for life.
We do this while calling Villa Oenggaut our home, a stylish mix of Bali resort and boho Indonesian chic. With the ocean at your doorstep, you have the selection of a front row view or set back a little for more privacy. Take your pic!
Picture yourself by the pool, ice cold coconut in hand, gazing over the ocean, under the palms and the sun drenched sky. Change up the scenery and read a book in a beachfront gazebo or enjoy a massage leaving you as light as the ocean breeze. Relax completely while the villas staff caters to your every need. For an injection of adventure you can explore the island by scooter, hike the coastal cliffs and swim in pristine waters. Enjoy the serenity and time to reflect, process and perhaps heal from what’s happening in your life. You’re coming on a Vidya Yoga Retreat which means you’ve set an intention to learn more, to grow, to nourish and inspire. Making a decision just for you. Congratulations!
Chitta vritti nirodha is Patanjali’s definition of yoga. It means that yoga is the removing of the fluctuations of the mind. The word yoga, from Sanskirt means to join, unity, union. Some say it’s the integration of human personality: Discipline & Concentration. Vidya yoga retreats aims to assist you on your yoga journey. With the belief that everybody needs yoga in their life it is our mission to make this accessible to you. Creating a comfortable relaxed environment for you to connect with your body, breath and mind. Verity will take you on a journey of self discovery as you reset, align and inspire yourself. Whether you are new to Yoga or experienced, Verity will ensure your time on the mat instils purpose to your practice and nourishment to your soul. Yoga will be morning sweat session with a Yang style practice and we will conclude the day with sweet juicy Yin. All classes are around 90 minutes.
The classes have been created to complement your growth on the retreat along the way. Styles include; Yang – In yang, think powerful, active, we emphasise strength, alignment and endurance. Including Vinyasa, Vinyasa Krama, Hatha and Ashtanga. Yin – Letting your body completely surrender in strong but relaxed postures held for around 3-5 minutes. A must for everyone. Myofascial release – Is a manipulative treatment using rollers and a tennis ball size ball that releases tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture of inflammation. Assisting in pain relief and letting go in the common problem areas from surfing to stress, from the shoulders to the hips. We provide yoga matts, blocks, bolsters and straps however a yoga matt can be your own magic carpet so feel free to bring your own too.
“To understand is to transform what is. Yoga became the focal grounding point to which I could gravitate myself to. Yoga has brought balance and strength to my life, not only physically and during my practice but to my mind. It has taught me to reach within for happiness, trust the process, trust myself and put my trust back into life. This is what I wish to share with you.” – Verity Coonan
Our style is 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. 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.
“Yin [is] a space to completely surrender and be in the now.” – Annie Au
For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt of her lips. – Jose Chaves
Surfing is a world of its own. Gain confidence with the total experience of being completely out of control and remaining calm, living out of your comfort zone. Trust and patience, its an exciting whirlwind and the feeling cannot be beaten! Exploring destinations and waves, being amongst the surf culture – inspiration for the ocean-minded. Summed up – Present. Surfing creates community, travellers from all over the world come and together and share stories and laughs in the ocean. Our instructors take you on an entertaining journey of self discovery giving you tips to begin or better your surf. One thing we all share is our quest for the ideal wave. Being an experienced instructors and having hosted surfing tours all over Indonesia we bring Nembrala’s best to you by maximizing your surfing time and scoring as many waves as possible. Variety, consistency, good swell periods and a knowledgeable surf guide, is what we offer. Experience entertaining coaching and ocean awareness sessions. Sharing all our knowledge and expertise of wave riding, how to manoeuvre your board, understanding swells and reef and how to take your surfing to the next level. Let’s surf the uncrowded waves of Rote now!
Rote is known for its awesome fishing, the best of the best come here. So we are extremely thankful to have access to the best boats and equipment. For us fishing therapeutic, a sense of hunter gather which brings out calming energy.
Villa Oenggaut owns and operates an 11 metre Game fishing boat and a 7.5m centre console, Angelina, the Putri Segara. Unique to this area, Blackwatch is fully surveyed to Australian standard. The waterways, bays and nearby islands offer an exceptional fishing adventure. You will appreciate the abundant variety of species including Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel, Trevally, Mau Mau and many species of reef fish. The most exciting attraction is the large Dog Tooth Tuna which can reach up to 70kg.
We take a trip together for you to try your hand at fishing, or continue you love, and provide a feast for your fellow retreaters.
Some of the world’s most spectacular white sand beaches and crystal clear aqua blue water are ready for you to explore, we adventure together.
To discover the home to various species of marine life, colourful coral, reef fish, larger pelagics, gorgeous sea shells and lobsters. Rote is an idyllic snorkelling spot! When visiting the island, it’s such s privilege to see so many aspects of the pristine oceanic beauty. There are many sites to explore right out front of the villa or take a short scooter or boat ride to epic destinations. The villa provides a manned 7.5 metre boat which is prefect for connecting you to these amazing snorkelling and swimming reefs close by. The villa is equipped with all required equipment, however, enthusiasts are free to bring your own.
Together we sail the surrounding islands of Nembrala, as a team to celebrate our week together with Captain Dave on the 11m Yacht Conspiracy. This is a see for yourself experience…
To us food is life. You are what you eat, so make it amazing! Eating begins from the moment you lay eyes on your meal. Presentation to excite. Food to nourish. We are dedicated to providing you with a menu to keep you satisfied all day long. Using whole organic foods which are eaten with purpose and according to your Primal Pattern Diet Type your body is fuelled to reach its full potential. All our meals are made firstly with love and from locally grown and sourced foods. We remain conscious of eating within our climate and region. With focus on maximising your nutrient intake from natural sources we’ve developed a menu filled with powerful plant based meals. We’ve included animal foods such as eggs, fish and poultry. Whole foods contain more vitamins and minerals, more fibre and beneficial fats. The combinations of nutrients in whole plant foods act synergistically to protect us from disease.
Simplicity. Wellness comes from within, a healthy gut and good digestion are paramount to success. Being kind to our bellies keeping it simple to allow the enzymes to do their job in a relaxed environment is key.
As part of the retreat package you will appreciate
- Juicy mornings with hydrating coconuts and vegetables juices
- Breakfast feasts to begin the day
- Delicious Lunches
- Delectable Dinners
- Snacks to fuel and satisfy
- Beneficial teas throughout the day and before you hit the hay
Our focus is on love and appreciation of food. To teach your body to choose what it requires for fuel. We serve an abundance of locally grown organic fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh caught fish and free range chickens, living from the land. Its healthy, delectable and absolutely nourishing. It will leave you feeling satisfied and energised. You will get to know YOUR body and what YOUR fuel is. We teach how to eat ‘healthy’ with the focus predominantly on awareness of your own body, providing the tools and knowledge to make the right choices. With group sessions and a one on one personalised program from Verity you will knuckle down on food for fuel to suit your lifestyle.
wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses. Hippocrates
Support local and shop local, its important we eat according to our climate and what grows on the land. We love the island and know you will too, get amongst the locals and attend a market to collect our own vegetables.
Verity is a Health Coach and Life Coach with special focus on healing with happiness and nutrition accompanied with exercise. A nourishing lifestyle – including the food we eat for health and energy, and our self care routine. Our thoughts, our mindset (our guiding principal) ensures that this is will be the foundation to build a life we love on.
You will practice intention, awareness, compassion and acceptance on the yoga mat and in our yogic way of living. Here together we integrate these into our lives at Vidya Yoga Retreat we will help you feel better in your physical body, stronger in your emotional body and inspired by your own potential. We do all things with integrity, honestly and authenticity and always from love.
By creating strong connections and being receptive to you, Verity guides you through your journey to what really makes you feel happy. By asking powerful questions that serve as catalyst to stimulate your thinking, uncover beliefs and free the aha moments. Together we will align your new vision with your true self to reach your full potential. Collaborate to determine what to let go of and what to focus your energy on. With your new energy filled with positive possibilities and excitement for change we will produce tools to over come the obstacles and create action steps toward building the life you love.
As part of the retreat you will receive a one on one coaching session, this is on top of our group sessions together, both have immense benefits towards living beyond what you thought was possible, living your dreams!
If you wish to engage Verity prior to your retreat date for online coaching please contact on firstname.lastname@example.org
“Infusing the mind with friendliness, compassion, cheerfulness, and uninvolved observation in relation to those living a happy, miserable, virtuous, and non-virtuous life respectively, results in reclaiming a pristine state of mind.” ~Patañjali, Yoga Sutra 1.33
As more people recognise the need for inspiration and guidance, coaching has gained acceptance as a method for helping individuals move toward the change they see for themselves. Together we will close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, at a much faster rate than on your own. Coaching will develop your ability to overcome fear and self doubt, focussing on setting meaningful goals to create a life on your terms. We work through a program aligned with the guiding principles of yoga for a harmonious outcome.
Verity is not one to promote something she doesn’t fully believe in. So here it is after years of staying away knowing she gets excited over something new! A friend gave her a whiff of Balance from then she was hooked! Seriously who doesn’t love balance in their lives.
From this date, it was true love. Verity now uses essential oils aromatically and topically in her yoga classes. She finds that essential oils enhance the emotional support and therapy that yoga provides, besides the more obvious physical benefits.
Essential oils create a connection for beginners and people who may have been doing yoga for a long time, giving their practise a new purpose. When you breathe them in, you will just get it!
You will see and get to experience the oils throughout the retreat, you will see how obsessed we are now.
Becoming strong in your body assists with strengthening the mind.
Energy balancing exercises for your body to get the best result is what we are chasing.
When we do something in the moment to fulfil an expectation for another moment, like exercising our bodies to try and look like a magazine model, rather than for the pure enjoyment, we miss contentment. – Rachel Wainwright
Exercise’s key psychological benefit is, it improves self esteem and when you exercise your body produces chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body and can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. Bonus.
A fit person will survive any situation learn how to become your own warrior.Verity is passionate about inspiring people towards their goals in
health and wellbeing, all while having fun!
True wellness is a balance of physical and spiritual health. We’ve created new experiences to fulfil you with both on the Vidya retreats. Taking yourself back to the wonder of being a child. Opening your mind and creating childlike wonder to live in the present moment, laugh, have new experiences, get amongst nature, swim in the ocean, feel the sand on your feet. We offer a deeper connection that gives credit to the environment we live in, bring perspective to our ourselves, clarity. In a neutral space you have the freedom to create your days with as little or as much adventure as you please, our focus being on self care.
Island life provides no distractions giving you the optimal chance to connect with your inner guide and free to really get clear and listen to your true desires. Throughout the week we have wellness talks and coaching to provide you with new instilled knowledge, and tools to implement what you learn when you return home from your healthy retreat. And what would a retreat or holiday be with a massage.
“Remember, meditation will bring you more and more intelligence, infinite intelligence, a radial intelligence. Meditation will make you more alive and sensitive; your life will become richer.’ – Osho
With practice, you will find that the number of stages of consciousness increases and they arise more easily. That will grow into increasing stages of inner awareness. Eventually you can meditate at will – as your ability to meditate grows, so too will your intuition. The head is a diving machine, while the heart offers the experience of wholeness. When we learn to create wholeness in our lives and to use thinking as a tool to cultivate true success, inner-balance and love for ourselves. As we cultivate inner love for self through meditation, we naturally share that abundance with others in our life. Because now you’ve given yourself permission to take time each day to be meditative, you will find that you’ve got more energy than ever and that you are feeling better and better in yourself, experience less stress in life in general. If you want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your potential, who you really are. Meditation is the route to that knowing. Together throughout our time we will discover different techniques for you to find your centre. Yoga Nidra – A restorative and healing guided mediation, laying on the floor in a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. Seated meditation Walking meditation Tai Chi Qigong