Retreat Resources & INFOrmatioN

Unplug in Bali with Steve Ross, Paul Teodo and Leah Santa Cruz

Bali, Indonesia • Sept 24-30, 2017

 

PRE-RETREAT BASICS

  • Complete our Pre-Travel Intake Form (<--click) after booking your flight

  • Purchase mandatory Travel Insurance (<--click)

  • Trip insurance is required to attend this retreat. Unplug is not financially liable for any cancellations or circumstances out of our control (e.g. changes to your schedule, acts of God, pregnancy, etc.). We want to protect you -our guest- and require trip insurance to help protect your investment.

  • Book your flight

  • Ensure your passport is valid (<--click) (see details below under 'Passport').

  • Join our Facebook group to connect with other retreat attendees (coming soon)

  • Pack

  • Get ready to unplug in paradise!

Unplug Retreat Hosts

  • Steve Ross | yogisteve22@gmail.com

  • Leah Santa Cruz | leah@leahsantacruz.com | +1 (206) 910-0384 on Whatsapp or +62 (8123) 643-4099 by cell

  • Paul Teodo | teodopm@hotmail.com

Unplug Customer Service

  • Unplug | info@unplugmeditation.com | +1 (310) 826-8899 

 

Payment

IF YOU BOOKED WITH THE DEPOSIT, THEN THE REMAINING BALANCE DUE WILL BE CHARGED TO THE CREDIT CARD ORIGINALLY USED ON JULY 24, 2017 (TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO THE RETREAT). YOU WILL RECEIVE A REMINDER EMAIL ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE CHARGE. IF YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION UNTIL THEN, PLEASE CONTACT UNPLUG. PLEASE KNOW THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON FINAL BALANCES PAID, EXCEPT IN THE RARE CASE THAT UNPLUG MUST CANCEL THE RETREAT.

WHAT’S INCLUDED/NOT INCLUDED

  • Included: 6 nights/7 days accommodations at Bagus Jati Resort & Spa, breakfast, lunch and dinner, yoga classes and live music with Paul Teodo and Steve Ross, meditation with Leah Santa Cruz, Paul Teodo and Steve Ross, intimacy workshop with Leah Santa Cruz, temple tours, complimentary 1hr massage at resort spa, white water rafting tour, time for daily exploration, shopping or relaxing!

  • Not included: Airfare, trip insurance (mandatory), airport transfers, lunch on non-excursion days, taxis/transport outside of group activities, specialty beverages

 

TRAVEL

Flights

The retreat dates are Sept 24-30, 2017. Bali is 16 hours ahead of Los Angeles so you will need to depart on the 22nd or 23rd. Some travelers opt to come to Bali a day or two early to adjust, but that is completely optional. We have provided flight options below with our priorities being total trip duration, price and airline comfort.

As always with travel, there may be cheaper options but pay attention to total travel duration/layover time (not all cheap airfare websites accurately display total duration) and airline reviews. If possible, please arrive and depart as close as possible to the times below. If you have any questions regarding your flight, do not hesitate to contact us!

 

FLIGHT OPTION 1Depart Los Angeles to land in Bali on Saturday (day prior to retreat start) Highly Recommended!

BOOK HERE (<--click)

 

FLIGHT OPTION 2Depart Los Angeles to arrive in Bali on Sunday, the same day of the retreat start. Note, you will need to hurry to the retreat center in order to participate in opening ceremony and class.

BOOK HERE (<--click)

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Sept 24-30

Check In: You may check into Bagus Jati at 2 pm. Should you arrive earlier, you can rest in the lobby or take a dip in the pool as you wait for your room to be prepared. Early check-ins / check outs are subject to hotel availability and by their approval.

Start Time: Yoga begins after 5pm on Sept 24.

Bagus Jati Resort (<--click)

Address (<--click) (we suggest looking it up on Google maps): Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Banjar Jati, Sebatu, Tegallalang, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571

Phone: +62 (0361) 901888

Check Out: 12 pm

Early Arrivals and Late Departures: If you are arriving or departing outside of the retreat dates you may book additional nights at our resorts directly through the hotels’ website or feel free to find an alternative hotel.

 

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

Airport Transfers

  • Airport transfers are not provided as part of the retreat cost. Bagus Jati is 2 hours North from the airport. Once we have everyone’s flight information we will list who is traveling on the same flights below so you can arrange taxi pools.

Exchanging Money

  • The currency in Bali is called Indonesian Rupiah. You should exchange at least a small amount of money at the airport for the taxi and any incidentals along the way.

  • Based on our experience traveling internationally, it may be quicker to bring some US dollars to exchange at the airport with minimal fees. Once you’re in Ubud you can use an ATM (suggested to use ATMs at a bank or a facility that has a security guard).

  • You will have several opportunities to explore outside of the resort so we recommend withdrawing at least $300 USD, depending on how much you’d like to shop or explore. Cash is preferred in Bali.

Arriving at the Hotel

  • Leah will greet guests as they arrive at Bagus Jati.

 

SCHEDULE

  • You can participate in the retreat activities as much as you like and move at your own pace. We’ve carefully crafted a schedule to give you plenty of free daily practice, free time, group mingling and traditional Balinese and/or nature excursions. A typical day will look something like this:

    -Early morning nature-walk meditation with Leah
    -Morning meditation with Steve, Paul, or Leah
    -Fruit, tea & coffee
    -Morning yoga with Steve or Paul
    -Breakfast
    -Water Temple tour (or nature excursion)
    -Lunch
    -Free time for exploring, spa, shopping or whatever your heart desires
    -Late afternoon/early evening meditation & Dharma Talk workshop with Steve (or Paul)
    -Cultural dinner & traditional Balinese dance performance
    -Optional meditation to end the day
    -This is just a framework and is subject to change. The exact daily schedule will be sent out right before the retreat.

 

BEFORE YOU GO

Visa & Exit Fees

  • American citizens are not required to obtain a visa for these retreat dates. If you are extending your tour beyond 30 days or are a non-American, please check your country’s visa requirements via the proper agency.

Passport

  • Please ensure that your passport will be valid for at least six months from the date of travel and has at least two empty pages. If you need to expedite your passport please review the US Passports & International Travel page.

  • Make at least two copies of your passport info page. Leave one at home with a trusted person and put the second copy in a secondary location in your luggage should your passport get lost. Do not carry your passport around town with you. Leave it in the hotel safe.

Safety

  • Compared to most places in the world, Bali is a safe and accommodating place. Common things to watch out for, like in most cities, are pickpockets, although this is quite rare. With the intense number of motorbikes on the road, also be sure to look both ways before crossing the street.

Vaccines

  • Traveling outside of your home country can expose you to bugs your body might not be used to. Please review the list of recommended vaccines (<--click) for travelers to Bali, Indonesia and take the appropriate precautions.

Weather

  • September is the last of the dry season in Bali, which is still hot and humid conditions. Prepare for potential (if brief) showers and warm weather! The average temperature this month is 27°C (81°F), the average low is 22°C (72°F), and the average high is 31°C (88°F).

Electrical Chargers

  • Bali electricity runs at 220V. If you use North American plugs, an adapter may be necessary as outlets come in three different plug styles. You may want to invest in an all-in-one adapter.

Mobile Phone

  • We highly stress the importance of unplugging from social media and work responsibilities and remaining present with our group during your retreat. While traveling we recommend keeping your phone in airplane mode, which still allows you to access available Wi-Fi hot spots while avoiding roaming fees. Please contact your cell phone provider for international calling plans.

Money

  • ATM withdrawal fees vary bank to bank, so make sure you check in with yours to get all the info. Don’t forget to let your bank or credit card company know you are traveling!

  • Always cover your pin number when entering at an ATM.

  • Be sure not to forget your card, in Bali, they provide cash, then receipt, then your card. If you do not pull your card out quickly, the machine may suck it back in and shred it.

  • Established restaurants and stores should be able to take credit but it is not guaranteed.

  • 1 USD = approx. 13,000 IDR

Tipping

  • When dining at a restaurant, be sure to ask for the bill, as they typically do not bring it until asked for. Most restaurants do not accept credit card so please ask first before dining.

  • Tipping is generally not custom in Bali but is always appreciated. Here are some general rules:

    • Restaurants: Loose change or 5-10% of your total bill in a nice restaurant. Just look to see if the restaurant already included a service charge.

    • Housekeepers/porters: 15-20k IDR per day

    • Taxi: round up the fare or 20-30k IDR

    • Massage ladies: 10-20k IDR

Language

  • Most people in the tourism industry in Bali will be able to communicate in very basic English. This is the 3rd most spoken language on the island. Locals speak Balinese and Bahasa Indonesian. You can find basic welcome phrases here.

Cultural Notes & Tips

  • When hailing a taxi or waving someone over, motion with a horizontal hand, palm and fingers facing down. Using an upward hand motion or single finger is considered rude.

  • Be prepared to dress conservatively when visiting temples. Women should cover their shoulders and knees. Photography may not be allowed, especially of monks worshipping. Remove your shoes when entering a temple or a person’s home and do not sit with your feet facing toward the Buddha / Hindu images. Sit either cross-legged, or with your feet tucked behind you. In many Asian cultures the feet are considered the lowest, dirtiest part of the body, and the head the highest. So do not point to things with your feet, hold doors open with your feet, point your feet to the Buddha or Hindu images, or point at or touch people’s heads. Under no circumstances should a woman ever touch a monk or priest.

  • Traveling notoriously brings up inopportune situations. If something doesn’t go according to plan, do not get angry or loud with the person who caused the inconvenience. Expressions of anger should be avoided at all costs. You may notice that the offending person may smile. This is not their way of being rude or mocking you; they may be conveying embarrassment.

  • Writing people’s names in red is considered bad luck.

  • Please be careful where you walk as the Balinese leave daily offerings on the sidewalks. Stepping on one is a sign of extreme disrespect.

  • The Balinese often use a prayer sign at the heart when expressing thanks.

  • Shaking hands is not common in Bali and many locals consider it an unclean gesture. They prefer to bow with hands at heart in prayer, or one hand covering the heart to signify welcome, thank you and hello.

  • There are many street dogs in Bali, who have an uncanny way of dodging oncoming cars and motorbikes, please do not try and save them from traffic as they are adept to it.

  • Always be mindful of crossing the street or before riding a motorbike as there are nearly no street rules in Bali and people use both lanes, as well as pull out of driveways without looking.

 

PACKING LIST

  • We recommend that you pack light and fit everything into a carry-on bag. Quick-drying fabrics work best and can be washed and dried for multiple uses. Keep valuables to an absolute minimum. Unplug is not responsible for lost or stolen items, including passports.

  • Multiple outfits for hot and humid yoga – shorts are recommended

  • Travel yoga mat, towel and any other props you may need

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Light rain jacket

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Casual, comfortable clothes for exploring, including a cover up for temple visits

  • 2+ bathing suits

  • Walking shoes

  • Flip flops

  • Small day pack for excursions

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses, hat and hair ties

  • Socks, underwear and pajamas

  • Bag for dirty or wet clothing

  • Travel-sized toiletries

  • Medications

  • Writing journal and pen

  • Phone charger and electrical adapter

  • ATM card

  • PASSPORT and passport copy

  • Travel sheet for arrival customs form (hotel address, # of days traveling, flight number)

 

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TERMS OF SERVICE

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By booking a retreat with Unplug you are agreeing to our terms of service. Please familiarize yourself with our cancellation policy outlined in the terms of service.

  • There are no refunds on deposits nor on final balances paid.

  • Trip insurance (<--click) is required to protect you, our guest, from any unforeseeable circumstances. If you cancel for any reason, trip insurance provides the highest level of protection toward your retreat investment.