Frequently Asked Questions
ONEWORLD retreats offers personal or group journeys to the source of travel and life experiences
Through retreats guests from the world over have enjoyed meaningful time and shared stimulating energy with us. Our ongoing journey Escape the World, a yoga, meditation, spa, and deeper experiences has grown to be a jewel in the world of retreats. A myriad of retreat leaders have chosen our environments to share their experiences and lead groups in a different dimension.
Escape the World is ONEWORLD retreats’ signature retreat lasting six days and five nights. It’s an opportunity to de-stress and leave the day-to-day life behind. The distinctive experiences leading to peaceful and relaxing moments have transformed some of our guest’s lifestyle. Yoga and meditation classes practiced in luxuriant environment is the focus of the retreat while high quality spa treatments, holistic rituals experiences, healthy meals and cultural discoveries makes this retreat unique event. Our mission is to please our guest’s five senses and assist them in our best possible way to live in the present moments during the retreat.
The Escape the World retreat was designed and launched in year 2003 by Canadian born Claude Chouinard. For the past 16 years, Claude has created journeys and led groups on a myriad of roads less travelled throughout South East and Central Asia. Bali became his permanent home in year 2000. Read more about Claude
Partnerships with Iyan Yaspriyana in 2001 led to a new and magical lifestyle for both men. Both Yaspriyana and Chouinard are fascinated by sharing their knowledge and assist others to find an alternative holistic path.
Escape the World teacher and retreat leader Iyan Yaspriyana believes in the importance of being centered in the mind and body as a massage therapist and achieved his designation as an Ashtanga Yoga teacher in 2003. Iyan has always had a personal practice of yoga but started to study and train in 2001 to deal with a personal health issue and to bring a more formalized practice of yoga into his massage work. Read more about Iyan
The ONEWORLD retreats therapists are trained in the practice of massage by Iyan Yaspriyana.
The Escape the World retreat is designed for anyone desiring to touch base with the self, practice daily meditation and soft yoga while enjoying a unique and relaxing Balinese vacation. The yoga classes are for beginners and intermediates.
Beside the Escape the World retreat you will find a myriad of other retreats on our site. These retreats are led by well-known guest retreat leaders from all over the world. Every retreat has its own character and is designed by the guest retreat leaders themselves. Some retreats specialize in a type of yoga; others combine yoga with cleansing, meditation or focus on discoveries around Bali. For more information about all our retreats, see our retreats page.
ONEWORLD retreats also offers additional programs to discover Bali and beyond. Please see our discovery journeys for further information.
Some experience in yoga is definitely a plus, but not necessary. Most programs are enjoyed by beginners and intermediate yogis.
In every description of a retreat (see our retreats page) you can find what is included in the price. With most of the retreats the accommodation, the yoga, meditation and other lessons, some meals, ground transportation, some excursions, some spa treatments and the Government tax and service is included. Not inclusive is the flight to Bali, travel insurance, Tax on Arrival, Departure tax, laundry service and personal expenses.
In every retreat there is some free time to do extra activities or to relax. ONEWORLD retreats Kumara has two swimming pools and the surroundings of the resort are well worth an exploration.
ONEWORLD retreats Kumara has its own spa offering high quality treatments including our renowned Ayurvedic Chakra Dhara Massage. A complete menu of spa treatments is available for guests to add treatments to their retreat.
In Ubud are many local artists and teachers who are happy to share their personal experience and studios with you. There are workshops in arts such as batik, painting, pottery making and silver smiting. Ask our receptionist for further details.
Dance Performance in Ubud
Various kinds of dance performances are held all around Ubud and its outskirts.
Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and temple complex in Ubud, Bali. It houses approximately 340 Macaque monkeys. The forest contains at least 115 different species of trees and contains the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple as well as a "Holy Spring" bathing temple and another temple used for cremation ceremonies.
Visit Gunung Kawi temple
Gunung Kawi is an 11th century temple complex in Tampaksiring, North East of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. It is located on the river Pakrisan. The complex comprises 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) carved into the cliff face. They stand in 7m-high sheltered niches cut into the sheer cliff face. These monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens. A stone paved path leads down into the valley of the sacred river Pakerisan, with stunning rice field views on the way.
Meet a traditional healer
During or after the retreat, guests can meet a well known Balinese healer. Meet well-known traditional Balinese healer Tjokorda Gede Rai and get a healing session. Tjokorda Gede Rai is world renown and considered one of the most important healers on the island of Bali. He has been written about in numerous articles, medical journals, newspapers and books. His “clients” have included headline celebrities and internationally-renown authors and medical experts, to local Balinese from remote parts of the Island. He has trained many healers worldwide, and his teaching comes from traditional Balinese lontars (sacred texts) passed down from generation to generation.
ONEWORLD retreats will do its utmost to maintain its standard of never cancelling a retreat, but if for some unforeseen reasons ONEWORLD retreats were to ever cancel a retreat, guests are welcome to move retreat dates or their payment would be refunded in full. Announcement of cancellation would be done at least 21 days prior to the retreat. This applies for the Escape the World retreat only.
Yes, that’s possible, yet it depends on availability. For participants of our retreats we have a special room rate to extend their stay at ONEWORLD retreats Kumara. For room rates, please check at the bottom of your preferred retreat program on our retreats page.
We ask for a non-refundable deposit of US$ 700 to secure your booking. The deposit can be made by Visa or MasterCard via PayPal. You will be receiving a link in the confirmation email and please follow the instructions to make your deposit. It is easy and very safe. You may also pay your deposit by bank money transfer.
The remainder is to be paid upon arrival at the retreat by cash, Visa or MasterCard.
Extra invoices can be paid at the resort by cash, visa or master card. If you pay by foreign currency cash, the exchange rate will be calculated on the day of payment. We only accept major currency such as US Dollars, Australian Dollars, Euro, Pound Sterling and Yen.
ONEWORLD retreats does not offer refunds for any reason. A portion of your payment may be used as a credit for another retreat within 12 months of the original retreat date. Depending on when you cancel, cancellation fees apply.
Fees are determined by the following schedule:
- For cancellations made more than 90 days prior to retreat start date, 100% of your deposit payment may be applied to another retreat.
- For cancellations made between 89 and 31 days prior to the retreat start date, 50% of your deposit payment may be applied to another retreat. 50% of the deposit is non refundable.
- If you cancel 30 days or less before your retreat start date, the entire of the deposit is non refundable.
Exceptions to our policy cannot be made for any reason. We do not offer credit for arriving late or leaving early. There are no partial refunds for any services not used while the retreat is going.
There are no refunds for arriving late or leaving early. There are no partial refunds for any services not used while the retreat is going.
ONEWORLD retreats is not responsible for any of the consumer’s expenses incurred in preparation for any retreat such as airlines tickets, loss of work, and/or any other costs associated with the retreat. It is up to the consumer to purchase cancellation policy insurances.
ONEWORLD retreats offers additional programs to discover Bali and beyond. Please see our journeys.
We also offer Day Trips for visitors who wish to discover and explore Bali. The Day Trips offered are: Batur Volcano Day Trip, Discovering Jatiluwih and Bedugul, Discovering Klungkung, Rice Fields Walk, Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul Temple, River Rafting, and Taro Elephant Safari Park.
Please email us for more information and price list for the Day Trips.
About Our Visitors
Although our majority of guests are female, we have also have male guests participating in our retreats. The age of our guests is usually between 20 and 65 and our guests come from the world over. Our retreats are open from 14 years old and above.
For Escape the World there is no minimum and the maximum is 18 participants. Retreats organized by our guest retreat leaders might have other regulations for this. Please check this on our retreats page.
Yes, if you see our registration form, this will answer this question.
Not all yoga styles practiced in the retreats are suitable for expecting mothers. Of course you may join a retreat, but we strongly recommend that you get an approval from your doctor beforehand. During the retreat you can adjust your poses based on your capability but it is important that you understand that you are responsible for any risks you are taking.
Once the reservation is confirmed we send an information email to our guests. It is necessary to bring your own yoga clothing. There are clothes designed especially for yoga, stretchy top and pants. However, one can practice yoga without these. A T-shirt and pair of shorts are fine for yoga. If the retreat includes a blessing ceremony we suggest that you take along a white shirt with sleeves.
We have enough yoga mats at the resort, yet you may want to bring your own. We also have a gift shop selling an assortment of eco-friendly TPE mats and Natural Rubber mats at the Kumara gift shop, as well as yoga clothing and supplies to assist you in your yoga practice!
We recommend taking a pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals with straps if your retreat includes a walk or bike ride.
Remember that Bali has a tropical climate; therefore, there is no need to bring much warm clothing, but perhaps one warm sweater for the morning to the volcano.
Do not forget your swimming suit and camera!
For our community...
If you have clothing, shoes, hats, or whatever you think could be useful for people that are not so fortunate, do not hesitate to take it a long as a donation for the village people. It is not necessary, yet it would certainly be appreciated.
The only airport in Bali is International Ngurah Rai Denpasar (DPS).
A Tourist Visa is available on arrival at the airport in Bali for most countries. 90 Countries get a free Visa on Arrival for 30 days. These are:
- Commonwealth of Dominica
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macau SAR
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- Vatican City
Other countries pay US$35 for a 30 days visa. If you wish to stay in Indonesia for 60 days, you can extend your stay once while in Bali.
About ONEWORLD retreats Kumara
The fourteen bedroom Holistic Retreat is located 1.4 km from the heart of Ubud in Bali a renown place for its cultural aliveness and art scene. Shuttle service to the center of town is available for free.
Click here for more information about the facilities.
During the retreats a myriad of meals are served, some Indonesian meals, some western style meals. We don’t serve pork and beef. Vegetarian and vegan meals are available as well.
We do our best to offer organic products, yet not all is organic in Ubud!
Many of the meals offered at the retreat are vegetarian, yet some offer fish and chicken. For the vegetarians or vegans we prepare special meals. On the registration form, we ask participants about their eating habits preference.
We have limited wifi access in the dining room area only. There is also a computer with internet that can be used by guests. Please take into consideration that the internet speed in Bali is not up to western standards.
Smoking is prohibited in all areas (rooms, terraces/balconies, dining area, pool area, yoga shala, garden) and only allowed outside of the resort.
In Bali, there are two seasons, the dry and the wet season. The wet season begins in November and last till March/April, and then it is the dry season with occasional rain. Very rarely do we have rain lasting all day, the rain usually comes in the afternoon or evening.
You must first book a flight to Denpasar, Bali. Transportation to/from the airport or south Bali is mostly inclusive in the journey. We offer a complimentary shuttle bus to the center of Ubud.
Yes, that is possible; please see the information about room rates. Unfortunately when a retreat is held it is not possible to participate in any lessons. Also the use of our spa and dining room can be limited. Please ask our reservation staff for up-to-date information.
Due to a new governmental regulation we are only accepting payments in the local currency, the Indonesian Rupiah. Use our currency converter for today's accurate rates.
In Ubud most money changers offers the same rate.
There are many ATM machine in Ubud, which is 1,4 kilometer from the resort. Ensure the ATM card is activated for international use.
We often have guests coming alone on our retreats and they enjoy their journey as well as the retreat. If you want, we could pair alone guests with a room mate.
Yes, there are. You may see our Special Offers page to see what we are offering.
Yes, there are. We have information about our retreats in our blog and social media pages. For the blog there are retreat journals and interview with retreat leaders. Click here to obtain information from our blog. For our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, TripAdvisor, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIN
MasterCard and VISA are the cards accepted at our resort.