Testimonials from Bali "Embody the Power of Transformation" Retreat, March 2017:
"Thank you so very, very much! Best, most awesome yoga retreat I've ever been to!"
~ Cindy Ming, RMT & Osteopathic Practitioner
Victoria BC CANADA
"I think this retreat is a brilliant gem! And rare! You are (Kara & Cedar) both very talented in your own way, and you complement each other superbly. I am grateful to be here and to spend time with you both."
~ C.P., RMT
"I can't say enough about my time with Kara and Cedar at their retreat offered in Bali. I loved every moment of it, including the thoughtfully planned excursions, AiChi, Janzu, yoga, breathwork and self care treatments! They found heaven on earth for the retreat setting located at Bagus Jati. Some highlights were waking up for a morning swim in the infinity pool overlooking the lush jungle before heading to the morning yoga class, watching wild monkeys playing in the mountains while soaking in the hot tub and all the fresh best tasting food I've ever had! I met some great new friends and my soul has been renewed! I can't wait to do another retreat with this nurturing sister team!
This was my first yoga retreat. It was an amazing, life-affirming experience. I felt nurtured and came out with a great sense of well-being. I loved getting to know the Balinese culture. I am forever grateful to Kara and Cedar. I can't wait to do another retreat with these two wonderful healing sisters!"
~ Dannielle Wickens
Testimonials from Embody Bali 2016
The Embody Bali retreat lingers in my memory like a sparkling jewel shining forth into the present, softening my face and widening my smile as I recall the jungle sounds accompanying our daily yoga practice, the lush greenness of the beautiful environment, the lightness in being when safely supported by Kara during an aquatic Janzu session in that fabulous swimming pool, the beautiful smiles of the Balinese people, the ever present expressions of devotion in the offerings left for gods and spirits, and our lovely and knowledgeable hosts Kara and Cedar. It was a deeply nourishing experience amplified by the good will and joy of the group of individuals who journeyed with me. Thank you all for sharing this Retreat in Being with me. I wouldn't have missed it for the world! With love and gratitude…
- Eve Paterson
Bali is referred to as the Isle of the Gods…at first I thought it was a religious or a mythic metaphor but after attending the week long Embody Bali Yoga Retreat and extending my stay afterwards to explore the Island, I now know what the reference alludes to…if I were a God, that’s certainly where I would elect to be spending my eternal time. The one vital reason I am truly grateful that I have been to this retreat is that if I had never gone, I would have regretted it forever.
Thank you Kara & Cedar for having given us the opportunity to experience such inspiring classes at this ethereal Resort in a lush and luxurious jungle environment. Thanks for the lovely nature walks, the fun and stimulating social scene, the exquisite dinners, the cocktails by the spa’s pool and most of all for the talent you had to gather a symbiotic group of people that will always be in my fondest memory.
You might not be Goddesses yet but you surely looked the part in this Shangri-La that is Bali.
- Jean Bertrand
Testimonials from Embody Bali: "Culture & Wellness, March 2017:
"This retreat was perfection! I loved the Sideman location which is surrounded by terraced rice fields with a backdrop of jungle covered mountains. Cedar is brilliant at leading classes that both for yoga novices and devotees can enjoy. The ai chi classes given by Kara in the infinity pool surrounded by gorgeous gardens were the high light for me. The activities were varied and included yoga, ai chi, massage, walks, cultural outings, a beach outing and more. Food was delicious and nutritious and the cooking class deepened my appreciation of the wonderful food we were enjoying. If you want a week of bliss go to one of these retreats!"
~ Jocelyn Lalonde
Testimonials from Embody Bali Retreat, March 2015:
"This was my first visit to Bali and much was expected. I was ready for a touch of exotic but I actually experienced a state of grace. Inside the compound, where the retreat was held, it felt like a sacred ceremony in the midst of a tame and idyllic jungle setting. The pace, the sights and sounds seem to be a dreamy realm. Yet the around the clock logistics that was planned for the week-long retreat just unfolded, simply and smoothly. Everything from the early morning Yoga in the most exquisite location to the fabulous dinners ending with the late night stroll in perfumed and balmy evenings. Waking up in this environment was sheer delight.
Visits to neighbouring villages, excursions to rice-paddies, exploration of the country sides, initiation to Temples, entertainments in Ubud….All of it enchanting. It felt like a honeymoon; both with nature and the other participants.
It was like being in a mythic movie with my favourite cast… what a delicious play."
~ Jean Bertrand
Testimonials from Embody Bali Retreat, March 2015:
"Practicing yoga & aquatic therapy while surrounded by lush rainforest, beautiful culture and loving people, was a dream come true. Kara & Cedar facilitated that dream with ease & grace. Their teachings and guidance inspired a healing experience that I deeply needed. The staff at Bagus Jati went above & beyond to ensure our needs were met and that each moment was special. Thank you Cedar and Kara for being wonderful, creative, and nurturing teachers. I appreciate you organizing such diverse classes and adventures for our group. I had an amazing & memorable time with you in Bali that I will always treasure."
~ Brooke Kollman, LPN, Embody Bali 2015
Victoria BC CANADA
"This is a retreat for everyone, not just yogis, although I'm a serious yogi and I loved it. The leaders are sisters, and bring such a wealth of knowledge from their years of travel and living around the world.
It was a time of great healing for me. The place of the retreat was hand picked for healing, in the rainforest of Bali...Bagus Jati....the loveliest place I have ever stayed. The food was just amazing, the surroundings awe-inspiring, and the leaders kind, well-trained in their fields, with great acceptance. There were no demands that you do this or that....everyone was free to pick and choose their daily activities, which might include a day to sit in the beauty of your room and stare into the gorgeous green surroundings.
I couldn't have been more content at this retreat- it is a once in a lifetime experience."
~ Dorian Hayes, MD., Embody Bali 2015
Victoria BC CANADA
Dear Cedar & Kara,
Having celebrated my 65th year, I wanted to mark this occasion by treating myself to something special. "Embody Bali" exceeded my expectations. The venue was beautiful beyond description, and I had no idea that this retreat would be so confirming and life enhancing.
Cedar and Kara are both experienced and knowledgeable in their respective practices. I learned a tremendous amount regarding self-care, acceptance and worthiness.
I absolutely loved the "Ai-Chi" as it is so kind to my aging joints. Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage is a marvellously relaxing activity. The "Janzu Aquatic Session" was like nothing I have ever experienced. It was wonderful for me.
For anyone feeling the need for a better recharge and pampering, I strongly recommend "Embody Bali 2016!"
To Cedar & Kara: Thank you both for sharing your love of spirit & of life.
PS - fun, laughter and fellowship - 5 stars *****
PPS - The Balinese people are without a doubt the most humble culture I have ever encountered.
~ Pat D., Embody Bali 2015
Victoria BC CANADA
"This retreat is the best thing I have ever done to take care of myself. Thank you both for being exactly as you are."
~ Dorte Kvesgaard, DENMARK, Embody Bali 2015
"Take a retreat with Cedar and Kara and experience Paradise! The best thing I have done for many years. Thank you!"
~ Anne Olsen, AUSTRALIA, Embody Bali 2015
Kind Words from participants in our workshops (mini-retreats):
Thank you Kara and Cedar for an amazing experience during the February 15th (2015) Restorative Yoga and Thai Massage Workshop.
This is the second workshop of yours that I have attended so I already knew that I was in for a treat. Your caring guidance and healing touch are truly a gift and I feel very fortunate to have participated. The workshop offered the opportunity to turn inward and to really take the time to relax and breathe. The atmosphere was peaceful and beautiful and there were plenty of props and blankets to keep all of the participants comfortable and warm. The readings and messages were insightful and really complemented the theme of the workshop. The Thai Massage was truly bliss…just when I thought I couldn’t be more relaxed and comfortable, then there was the lovely hands-on touch during the time when the gentle postures were being held. Your caring and dedication to helping others feel good shines through.
I am already looking forward to the next workshop.
Jennifer Miller, Yoga Instructor
Hello Cedar and Kara - thank you both so very much for sharing your wisdom and healing gifts with all of us on Saturday. It was truly a wonderful experience for my friends and I - we left feeling emotionally, spirtually, and physically revived! We are really looking forward to attending your sessions again in the Fall and plan to bring more friends along (this should be mandatory for working mothers with small children). Later that evening Winnie and I met another friend at Ebizo for sushi and were explaining our very special afternoon with her - it was hard to contain our enthusiasm as the impact of the session was so great. A woman at a near by table overheard us chatting and said "are you talking about Cedar and Kara?" She went on to share that she too had attended the session earlier this year and loved it as well. It was pretty amazing the impact and the positive energy the session generated.
I look forward to seeing you both again and want to thank you so very much for sharing your very special gifts of healing with so many people. I feel very lucky to have met you both - until next time - Namaste.
Thank you, I felt so restored in this yoga class especially with Thai massage sprinkled on top!
Cedar’s voice, the quotes, and stretches for the muscles and heart mind, I felt I was transported to where time is irrelevant.
~ workshop participant
I so enjoyed this session! It was blissful. I noticed today that the
shoulder impingement which has been causing me arm pain for several
weeks now has almost vanished! Blessings Kara and Cedar.
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