move. smile. release. Uma Spender (previously Jessie Neave) - name in transition - new website coming soon!

Uma Spender (previously Jessie Neave) - name in transition - new website coming soon!

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  Heart of Yoga - Retreat

optional 30 Hour Mantra & Nada Yoga Teacher Training certified by the Yoga Alliance

 Immerse yourself in Yoga, sound & mantra with Mei Lai Swan & Jessie Neave. June 24-30th

Explore the deeply healing & transformative possibilities of Yoga through the combination of movement, breath, sound, and mantra in the beautiful & quiet private beach Retreat Pondok Pisang, away from the chaos & crowds. This is a unique opportunity to learn, experience & immerse yourself in the many forms of sound and mantra that lie at the heart of the ancient practice of Yoga, with two deeply passionate, experienced & joyful teachers.  
This fully inclusive package includes 6 nights accommodation, 7 days of Yoga and all meals (delicious, healthy vegetarian), and, promises to give you deep insight into the mystical & ancient roots of the practice - including Philosophy, Mythology & Sanskrit.

optional Teacher Training for Yoga Teachers

As part of Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers we are offering this Immersion as a 30 Hour Teacher Training, certified by the International Yoga Alliance. Participants will be required to do an additional training session each day, where they will learn mantra and nada yoga practices, including the basics of Sanskrit pronunciation, vedic mantra, tantric mantra, kirtan/bhajans, nada yoga & meditation. We will also study foundational philosophy underpinning the practices, and how to share and teach a range of these techniques in a variety of teaching settings. Participants will also practice preparatory asana, pranayama & vocal techniques. Handouts will be provided and there will be an additional short reading list required before the training commences.


It seems like people often get scared at the idea of anything to do with 'voice', or that mantra is a strange and mystical practice only for serious or advanced yogis...
It's true, we grow up in a culture where singing is only for the 'talented', and so many of us are told we can't sing. But this is one reason I've discovered nada yoga, mantra and kirtan is so powerful - you can develop a whole new relationship with your voice through an understanding of what sound really is, and through using your voice with a different intention (than thinking you have to sound like Mariah Carey! ). I've witnessed so many people radically shift their relationship with their voices, profoundly deepen their experience of meditation, and find that elusive connection between the mind and the heart. And it's actually really simple - if you can breathe, you can use your voice in a meaningful and powerful way.
And mantra is not for 'advanced' yogis. Mantra is actually at the heart of most yoga lineages, but in the West we just don't know about it. It's a powerful tool for focusing and redirecting the mind (and getting ourself out of many of the negative thought patterns that seem to dominate the monkey mind); it creates a connection between the mind and the heart; it is actually an incredibly simple doorway into the power of sound and vibration, which has a huge effect on our consciousness. Through it we can easily experience connection and harmony. Remember, everything is vibration... (thank you, Einstein!).
So if you're thinking about coming but you're a little bit scared because you've never done anything like this before... that's perfect!
We'll guide you easefully and playfully into discovering and freeing your own natural voice, we'll demystify mantra and nada yoga, and you'll be able to experience for yourself the power of sound as one of the central tools of yoga.
And of course you'll still get all the other 'good bits' of yoga - asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, and sweet nature time.
This retreat is for all levels of yoga, voice and mantra experience. We'd love to share this experience with you!
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Space limited! Book now to save your place with a $300 deposit. Earlybirds save $200, full payment received by Feb 28th

  • Twin share $1890 
  • Double share (suits couples/friends sharing a big bed) $1690 
  • Non-Residential (choice of accommodation near by - suits those looking for more privacy)                             $1290
  • Private rooms $2190
  • Family - participants are welcome to come with children and choose a non-residential option. Email us to discuss how this might work for you. 

Cancellation policy - a refund can only be given if somebody else can take the place. Extreme circumstances will be viewed empathetically. The $300 'save my place deposit' is not refundable under any circumstance.

15% of all profits go to the Yoga-Seva initiative Yoga for HumanKIND - committed to sharing the love of Yoga with communities less fortunate by training teachers in the developing world.