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Dive Deep

KOMODO ISLANDS - FREEDIVING CERTIFICATION & LIVEABOARD RETREAT

8 - 16 MAY 2024

Reserve your spot with just a deposit. 

START: Labuan Bajo

FINISH: Labuan Bajo

DATE: 9 DAYS

8 - 16 May  2024

INVESTMENT:

 from $2699

GROUP SIZE:

14 People 

Dive Deep - Yoga & Freediving Retreat

When was the last time you dedicated resources, be it time, energy, or effort, to invest in your personal growth?

 

This is not just a retreat; it's a dream escape tailored to those seeking to dive deep into self-discovery and adventure, mastering your mind both above and below through acquiring skills that help you overcome fear, doubt, and anxieties. Applying breathwork, yoga, meditation, and freediving take you deep into the mastery of these skills and, consequently, the mastery of your mind.

This adventure was designed to bring like-minded, active, conscious creatives together on a journey where skill mastery, learning to control the breath, and finding meditative peace both above and below the water offer a unique opportunity to learn new skills in a safe environment, while deeply connecting to nature, and feeling supported and acknowledged by community.

 

Are you ready to dive deep? This extraordinary nine-day odyssey takes place in the most enchanted lands, pristine pink beaches and turquoise waters. Relax on the deck, eat delicious daily meals, soak in the onboard jacuzzi, and bond with fellow travellers. As dusk approaches, enjoy breathtaking sunsets and the mesmerizing dance of twilight bats, all under a star-studded sky.

 

As we set sail in Indonesia's Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the world's last dragons. Together aboard a traditional Phinisi boat, our community embarks on a journey that activates all the senses.

 

 

 

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WELCOME TO THE LAND OF THE LAST DRAGONS

Itinerary

Trip Highlights:

  • Offerings: A holistic experience, offering yoga, breathwork, meditation, movement, and a complete PADI freediving certification as you explore the islands of the Komodo region. While all activities are optional, we encourage you to embrace curiosity and openness to trying new things.

  • Liveaboard & Stay: Spend five nights on an authentic Phinisi boat and three nights in a Labuan Bajo hotel.

  • Natural Wonders Tour: Explore Cunca waterfall, the reflective mirror cave house, and Ranko Caves on Labuan Bajo.

  • Island Adventures: Island hopping, scenic hikes, snorkelling, swimming with turtles, drift diving in a manta ray pass, encountering Komodo dragons, and visiting two of the world's seven pink beaches.

  • PADI Freediving Certification: (Level 1 & Level 2 Available) Earn your certification in Komodo's crystal-clear waters. 

  • Holistic Wellness: Daily yoga, meditation, and jacuzzi relaxation.

  • Foodies Delight:  Savor mouthwatering daily meals, showcasing local flavours and daily fresh-caught seafood. (vegan and vegetarian options available)

  • Overview
    8/05 - Arrival and settle into your hotel in Labuan Bajo (Theory of freediving) 9/05 - Early start for a full-day exploration of Cunca waterfall, mirror cave house & Ranko Caves. Back to hotel dinner and early night sleep 10/05 - Transfer to boat Labouan to Sebayur Besar 11/05 - Sebayur besar - Gili Lawa Darat 12/05 - Gili Lawa Darat - Makassar Reef - Pink beach - komodo village 13/05 - Komodo Island - Long Beach - Padar Island 14/05 - Padar - Rinca island - Kalong Rinca 15/05 - Kalong rinca - Manjerite - Kelor Island - Labuan Bajo 16/05 - Breakfast and checkout ( airport transfer)
  • DAY 1
    Arrival & Introduction to Freediving Location: Settle in at the Hotel room, Labuan Bajo after your airport transfer. Activity: Engage in a thorough freediving theory session. Dining: Enjoy a communal dinner and gear up for the following day's exploration. Upon landing at Labuan Bajo Airport, a transfer will escort you to the Hotel. Use this day to unwind. At 3 pm, we'll convene ( WhatsApp group will highlight the meetup point) for an introductory free diving theory lesson. This is followed by a group dinner out in the town and an early bedtime in preparation for tomorrow’s escapades.
  • DAY 2
    Immersing in Nature's Beauty & Captivating Sunsets Morning: Delve into the pristine waters of Cunca Wulang Waterfall after a scenic trek. Mid-Day: Admire the radiant interplay of light at the Mirror Cave House and relish a meal at a local restaurant. Afternoon: Experience the serene Rangko Cave with its enchanting natural pool. Evening: End the day at Sylvia Hill, capturing the mesmerizing golden sunset. We leave the hotel at 8:30 am for Cunca Wulang Waterfall, a picturesque 45-minute trek from Wersawe village. The vivid blue waters set amidst majestic rocks are a sight to behold. Dive in, or even jump! Next, we head to Mirror Cave House, where sunlight bounces around like a dream. Lunch is at a local eatery. Rangko Cave, accessed via a 1-hour drive and a boat ride, boasts a serene natural cave pool. Lastly, Sylvia Hill promises a breathtaking sunset - a perfect finale.
  • DAY 3
    Beginning the Sebayur Besar Adventure Onboard Experience: Make the traditional Phinisi boat, Natural 001, your home for the coming days. Sebayur Besar: Dive into its calming waters and, later, witness a panoramic sunset after a short trek. Relaxation: Wind down with a rejuvenating Yin yoga class beneath the vast expanse of the starry sky. Our new abode awaits! Named Natural 001, this traditional Phinisi boat will be our home for six days. Our journey starts with Sebayur Besar, showcasing Komodo's pristine waters. Its shallow reefs and gentle currents offer a soothing introduction. A hike reveals Sebayur Besar’s unmatched sunset panoramas. After descending, relax with Yin yoga on the boat, and savor the view.
  • DAY 4
    Encounters with Turtles & Breathtaking Landscapes Siaba Besar: Engage with the resident green turtles in the waters of the "Turtle City." Evening Trek: Head to Gili Lawa Darat and immerse yourself in the bay's panoramic vistas and awe-inspiring landscapes. ​ Kickstart the day with yoga and breakfast. We then sail to Siaba Besar, also known as "Turtle City", home to many green turtles. The crystalline waters are perfect for honing our freediving techniques. By afternoon, we're anchored at Gili Lawa Darat, near Komodo Island, with a trek that promises magnificent bay views. ​
  • DAY 5
    Manta Rays, Unique Beaches & Local Culture Taka Makasar Reef: Dive and possibly swim alongside the graceful manta rays. Pink Beach: Relax on the world-renowned Pink Beach of Komodo Island, known for its unique hue. Komodo Village Visit: Immerse yourself in local culture, home to both fishermen and the iconic Komodo dragons. We set course for Makassar Reef, famous as Manta Point. The sands of Gili Makasar beckon before we venture to Komodo Island's unique Pink Beach. We anchor for the night at Komodo Village, a mix of local life and dragon lore.
  • DAY 6
    Exploring the Legendary Komodo & Mesmerizing Landscapes Komodo Island: Kick start your day with a morning yoga session, followed by an encounter with the legendary Komodo dragons. A team of rangers will ensure your safety. Long Beach: Bask in the sun on a pristine white sandy beach. Padar Island: Often referred to as the 'Jurassic Park', this island is a visual treat. Don't miss the trek that offers a panoramic view of one of the most breathtaking landscapes. After yoga and breakfast, we meet the fabled Komodo dragons. The day continues at Long Beach’s untouched sands. Later, Padar Island awaits, evoking visions of Jurassic Park. A trek here unveils a surreal panorama. Sunset, dinner, and rest cap off the day.
  • DAY 7
    Wildlife Adventures & Sunset Delights Morning Yoga: Start with a refreshing yoga session and a hearty breakfast. Rinca Island: A short boat ride will take you to the ranger station on Rinca, followed by a trek to witness more of the famed Komodo dragons. Kalong: Named after the Indonesian word for 'bat', experience the magic as thousands of flying foxes take to the sky at dusk. Following our yoga routine and breakfast, we set sail for Rinca, home to more Komodo dragons. A ranger-led trek offers three duration options. Later, we cruise to Kalong, hoping to catch the spectacle of flying foxes emerging at dusk.
  • DAY 8
    Final Freediving & Farewell to Natural 001 Morning Routine: Engage in your daily yoga session and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Manjerite: Dive into crystal-clear waters, marveling at the vibrant coral reefs. Kelor Island: Your last freediving destination and viewpoint trek. Labuan Bajo: Bid farewell to the Natural 001 and transfer back to Kalton Hotel for one last evening of shared memories. The day begins with yoga and breakfast. At Majerite, immerse in the last of our freediving experiences amidst vibrant corals. We then proceed to Kelor Island for diving and a scenic hike. As evening falls, we bid farewell to Natural 001 and return to our Hotel.
  • DAY 9
    Day 09 - Labuan Bajo (Breakfast) Congratulations! You are now a certified freediver. This moring, we will have our last yoga class together followed by breakfast. Hotel checkout & airport transfer are provided. Our journey concludes here - Safe travels! ​
  • More info
    About this retreat: FREEDIVING CERTIFICATION / YOGA / MEDITATION / BREATHWORK / TREKKING This transformational experience helps you to explore your inner and outer environment and reconnect with yourself, nature and the flow of life. Our trips are small boutique getaways that are customised according to the group's desire. ​ YAMA brings this nine-day experience to life through the raw elements of dance, play and connection with your inner child. Meet the world's last dragons connect with nature. Daily yoga and breathwork classes, and become a certified freediver. Share: We encourage you to bring your unique gift and share it at this gathering. YAMA Is a space to express yourself through what brings you joy. Radical self-expression, music, flow toys, games, arts, singing, or dance. Our community is about learning, sharing, caring and connecting with the natural world while discovering some of the world's most exotic locations. Together, on this experience, on a stunning traditional Phinisi boat, we dive deep, "literally" into the ocean and into the most humbling and rich local culture. We celebrate Mother Nature and her unique landscape, visit the last dragons, swim with mata rays and other incredible land and sea life inhabitants. ​ ​​ ​ Dress-ups: Dress-ups are fun!!! YAMA explores dressing up by setting a theme for every trip. This time we are attempting to embody the merging of aliens with sea creatures… and so the title is “Alien And The Sea Creature Create a Love Child”. Be bold, be fun and feel free to embody through costume. ​ Check out past trips for inspiration on our Instagram @yamamovement ​​ ​ Yoga and Movement: Each day, there will be one yoga or movement class, including pranayama breathwork and meditation guided and taught by Elissa. We will explore yoga asana, acro-yoga, primal movement, handstands and more. The class is for anyone from beginners to advanced levels. Elissa will tailor the class based on the energy and level of the group and will provide variations to accommodate all fitness levels. Explore breathwork techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, box breath, introduction into breath retention, tummo breathing, and Kapalbhati and Sitali. This is followed by a guided meditation. Please note: All classes take place outdoors. Hiking: There will be daily low-impact hikes on this trip. ​ Freediving: The freediving certification is included in this package deal. However, it is optional and does require medical clearance. If you choose not to participate, you can use the time to snorkel and enjoy the sea or relax on the deck or in the jacuzzi :) This Free Diving certification will turn you into an OFFICIAL PADI CERTIFIED FREE DIVER by the end of the trip! Learning from the best in the industry and exploring the most incredible free diving sites in the reef! Medical Clearance:​ There are some medical conditions which can be considered dangerous for freediving, so if you have any of these medical conditions, you must obtain a clearance certificate from a doctor approving your participation in the freediving course. The medical conditions requiring doctors clearance are: ​ Asthma Heart/lung conditions Blood pressure Epilepsy Pregnancy ​ Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health. All body air spaces must be normal and healthy. ​ All guests will need to fill out a waiver to be able to participate. ​​ Please be aware that if you have one of the above medical conditions and are not able to provide clearance from a doctor, you will not be able to participate in the freediving component of this trip, so you should check with a doctor before booking.

This trip is for you if:

  • You are ready for personal growth, mastery of skills, learning, and connection with a like-minded community – diving deep into self-discovery and adventure.

  • You consider yourself open-minded, creative, and adventurous, and you love to play, share, and feel a part of a community.

  • You crave an immersive experience in nature, combining adventure, learning, and personal growth.

  •  Yoga enthusiasts looking to deepen their practice against the stunning natural backdrop of Komodo. We encourage yoga as a lifestyle choice and an opportunity to build a daily habit. However, yoga and movement classes are optional.

  • You are open to meditation, breathwork, and self-work.

  • Eager to explore the underwater wonders and pristine reefs of Komodo.

Not Suitable For you if:

  • You are after a trip solely focused on pampering and relaxation, designed for those seeking an active and transformative experience.

  • You are not open to adventurous activities, don’t like being around the ocean or sharing space with others, or can’t imagine living on a boat.

  • Unwilling to Dive Deep – Freediving is optional, and snorkelling still offers a complete experience. This retreat is for individuals ready to dive deep into learning, self-discovery, and personal growth.

  • If you’re after a booze boat experience.

Accommodation

Six days and five nights accommodation on a traditional Phinisi boat, with a large indoor & outdoor area, jacuzzi, hot showers, indoor dining and lounge area and five comfortable cabins, with private bathrooms. Please note that all cabins are shared and participants booking should be open to the possibility of sharing a bed with another attendee. Each cabin has one single and one double bed. 

Three nights twin share hotel accommodation on Labuan Bajo island  (days 1, 2  & 8 )

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Prices and dates 

8th - 16th MAY 2024
Image by David Clode

 

 

Lower berth $2699 SOLD OUT

Middle berth $2799 SOLD OUT

Upper deck  $3099 SOLD OUT

 

Information

Facilitators

Includes:

  • Airport transfers

  • Three nights in a hotel on Labuan Bajo Island (including breakfast)

  • Five nights liveaboard

  • Three healthy, delicious daily Meals while onboard, including freshly caught seafood.

  • Afternoon Coffee / Tea & drinking water onboard 

  • Snorkelling Equipment & life jackets

  • Entertainment facilities, including a jacuzzi 

  • Daily yoga, breathwork & meditation

  • Freediving Certification Course (level 1 & level 2 available)

  • Ranko Caves exploration, including breakfast & lunch (day two) 

  • English-speaking local guide

Excludes:

  • International & domestic flights

  • Personal expenses 

  • Travel Insurance 

  • Alcoholic drinks 

  • Tipping boat crew

  • Anything on the packing list (including a yoga mat)

  • National park permits, ranger fees & gov tax ($150 AUD)

  • Lunch on days 1 & 9, Dinner on days 1 & 2  

  • Indonesian visa on arrival 

 

 

More about this retreat:   FREE DIVING / TREKKING / YOGA / MEDITATION / BREATHWORK/ MOVEMENT

 

YAMA brings this experience to life through the raw elements of dance, play, community and connection. Learn more about the YAMA experience and ethos HERE. 

Getting There:  Book a flight to Bali International Airport; from here, take a domestic flight to Labuan Baja (Komodo Island) 60-minute flight from Bali.

 

Share: At YAMA, sharing is at our core. Express yourself freely through music, arts, singing, dancing, and radical self-expression. If you're passionate about teaching, offering a workshop, and sharing your unique gifts, we have two discounted spots on this trip available for collaborators. Contact us to apply for this role. LEARN MORE 

More Info: For information about visas, what to bring, and more, check the "More Info"  button. If you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

 

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Monica willumsen

Hey, I'm Monni, your freedive instructor, ready to lead you on a transformative journey exploring ocean depths and endless skies. As 'The Disco Mermaid,' my unique approach combines sound and frequency knowledge, showcasing the magical connection between these energies above and below the water's surface.

From swimming captain to ocean triathlon swimmer, my lifelong relationship with water has evolved into a profound passion for freediving. In its depths, I discovered an unparalleled connection, and I can't wait to share this revelation with you. Dive in, and let's explore together!

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Elissa Chrisson 

Hello! My name is Elissa Chrisson, and I'm the proud founder of YAMA Movement, a community and space dedicated to holistic well-being and the exploration of movement. My journey into the depths of yoga and self-discovery led me to spend a transformative decade in India, where I immersed myself in the practice and study of traditional yoga.

 

During those years, I learned not just the physical aspects of yoga, but also delved deep into its philosophical roots and meditative practices. I absorbed the culture, the wisdom, and the spiritual energy that India is renowned for, and it has profoundly shaped my approach to teaching and living.

 

I've always believed in the power of movement as a pathway to finding balance, inner strength, and peace.  join me in this journey of exploration and self-discovery through movement, yoga, and community. 

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