April 4 – April 11
We are very excited to offer students an opportunity to travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia for our 2020 Yoga Retreat. Nestled in the town of Siem Reap, our selected property is one of the ultimate and luxurious gateways to Angkor Wat and the surrounding areas.
Discover the history and wonder of this ancient kingdom in authentic comfort with charming tuk tuk transport available. Enjoy the undivided attention of your discrete but attentive personal butler during your stay in this all-suite luxury 5 star property.
Each day will consist of two yoga practices in a beautifully appointed meditation room. Our morning practice is followed by a breakfast buffet arranged by the hotel chefs. Afterwards, you have the afternoon to explore dazzling rice paddies and verdant green jungles dotted with temples and ruins. Our Cambodia 2020 Yoga Retreat will truly immerse you in a cultural and spiritual adventure.
The Services Included*
- Airport Transfers
- Shared Double Room with Single Beds
- En-Suite Bathroom with Rain Shower
- Daily Room Cleaning
- Cocktail Welcome Reception
- Multiple Salt-Water Pools
- Large Private Yoga Room
- 2 Daily Yoga Classes
- Props (4 Blankets and 1 Block per person)
- 7x Daily Buffet Breakfast
- Saturday Evening Arrival Dinner
- Friday Evening Departure Dinner
- English-Speaking Guide (Airport Transfers and Excursions)
- Ground Transportation in Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle
- Breakfast Box for Guests Departing on Early Morning Flight
*Please note: the pricing includes all of the services listed above. Excursions are not included in this price.
To Register Part 1
Registration is limited to 18 People
- Click the Register button below.
- Select the Enroll as Unpaid.
- You will automatically enroll as an unpaid participant.
- Mail or Bring the $500 deposit (cash/check) to the studio to reserve your spot.
- Deposits must be received no later than October 1, 2019 to assure your participation.
- You will receive an email notification that your deposit payment was processed.
To Register Part 2
Signing Terms and Conditions
- Once you receive an email notification that your deposit was processed, log into your Mindbody account.
- (My Account) may be accessed by clicking this link.
- Click on the *My Info* tab.
- You’ll be prompted to agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Click the Resolve button. By clicking Resolve you agree to the terms and have completed the registration process.
- If you are wait-listed, we will hold your deposit until February 15 and at that time, your deposit will be returned if no spot becomes available.
The Location and Resort
Experience Cambodia’s ancient wonders in unparalleled luxurious comfort in one of the world’s top Hotel and Resort Property Groups. Located in the quaint town of Siem Reap in north-western Cambodia, the boutique property is a 15 minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Angkor Wat, and only a 10 minute drive from Siem Reap International Airport.
Drawing inspiration from Cambodia’s rich heritage, these spacious 500 sq/ft suites combine classic elegance with a range of modern amenities. From rich, decorative textiles to the luxury duvet covers and linens that adorn your bed, to time spent relaxing on your daybed as well as the refreshing rain showers, these thoughtfully designed rooms are appointed for your absolute comfort.
The Practice and Props
We are delighted to have secured blankets and blocks for people attending this retreat. Each student will have a minimum of 4 blankets and 1 block. If you want additional prop support, blankets may be rented for an nominal fee.
There are two daily yoga practices taught in the Iyengar Tradition by Michael Ruccolo. Practices are designed to align with the planned activities of the day and the needs of each participant. Timings are flexible with our morning practice beginning around 8:00am, and the evening practice around 6:00pm. The morning practice lasts approximately 2 hours and offers the necessary openings to awaken the senses while promoting relaxation, grounding, strength and well-being. The evening practice is designed to be more restorative with Pranayama and other mind-body modalities, to restore and rejuvenate the body from the days activities and adventures.
Excursions are not included in the pricing but we will be organizing numerous half-day events to enhance our Cambodia experience. They will be a concierge service coordinating excursions. You may attend all, pick a few or you may choose to do things on your own. A final schedule of events will be based upon the number of students attending.
Morning Visit Angkor Wat at Sunrise
Angkor Wat is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 years and illustrates some of the most beautiful examples of Khmer and Hindu art. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992 the Unesco World Heritage Committee declared the monument, and the whole city of Angkor, a World Heritage Site.
Bayon, Ta Phrom, Sunset at Prerub
The Bayon, Jayavarman VII’s mysterious temple mountain, stands squarely in the middle of the royal city of Angkor Thom. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle.
Ta Prohm is one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.
Afternoon: Intensive Angkor Wat
The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk.
Half day tour: Floating Village Kampongpluk
Kompongpluk is one of the most unique and beautiful villages where many people live on stilt house. For monsoon season the village floated over water- during dry season there is good chance to see the stilt houses due the dry season. This tour will be part boat and walking tour.
Half day tour: Spiritual Tour of Siem Reap
Undertake a spiritual journey and a water blessing on this morning or afternoon tour to a sacred shrine and a Buddhist temple.
Start the tour at a beautifully decorated shrine containing the statues of two sisters, thought to have been Angkorian princesses. The tall one is known as Preah Ang Chek, the shorter one as Preah Ang Chorm. They are believed to be almost one thousand years old and have a colourful history of power and indestructibility. Join the other pilgrims to make offerings and take photos at this sacred place of worship.
From here continue to a Buddhist temple for a private ceremony. Spend some time walking along the garden paths around the beautiful pagoda with its gilded spires.
Then enter into the peaceful temple and take a seat on the floor in front of the saffron-clad monks. Listen as they quietly chant in the ancient Buddhist language of Pali. Breathe in the aromas of the lotus and jasmine flowers and the burning incense as you offer your alms to the monks.
Then it is your turn to take part in an ancient Cambodian practice by receiving a traditional water blessing.
You can choose from two types of blessing. During the first blessing the monks will lightly sprinkle water over you as they chant harmoniously to wish you good luck, safe travel and a long life.
The second blessing involves blessed water being poured onto your head while the monks chant. If you choose this ritual you will be provided with a sarong to change into so that your clothing remains dry.
After the blessing, the monk will tie a thread around your wrist to bring good luck and prosperity.
Half day tour: Truly Authentic Rural Countryside by Quad (120 minutes)
Today you will take off to discover the very nearby and truly authentic rural countryside of Siem Reap with beautiful rice field and rural scenery along the way. On your quad bike, you will drive on the less travelled road through rural villages and communities.
The Resort’s signature restaurant serves as our chef for our meals during the week to incorporate the vibrant Cambodian and pan Asian cuisine with divine flavor pairings. Our 7 morning buffets and 2 dinners will be created by the Resorts highly seasoned chefs, combining fresh market produce with inventive combinations of spices, herbs and seasonings. While staying at the Resort you can book a reservation at the two restaurants. One is more refined dining and the other is more casual. The Casual is a cafe offering a relaxed atmosphere for drinks or leisurely bites. Open until late, the casual lounge offers both Western and pan Asian comfort food.
An airport representative will meet you upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport and transport you to the Resort. It is a quick 10 minutes away.
The Required Documents for Travel
The United States require you to have a VISA to travel to Cambodia. Please plan accordingly. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched e-Visa, which enables to apply for a Cambodia tourist visa online. Alternatively a visa on arrival service is available at SIEM REAP International Airport.
Social and Cultural Customs
- The United States require a 30-Day Tourist VISA to visit Cambodia that can be arranged upon arrival at the airport ($30). Passport holders from Asian member countries do not require a visa to visit Cambodia. Please have a passport sized photo ready or you can pay $2 at the airport if you don’t have one.
- If you take an electronic device that does not accept 230 volts; 50Hz, then you might require a voltage converter.
- Please dress modestly for any excursions with shoulders and thighs covered as a mark of respect for the local culture.
- If exploring temples, make sure to wear comfortable shoes. It can be extremely hot during the middle of the day and rainy season can mean fierce downpours. Be sure to carry an umbrella and stay hydrated in the middle of the summer days.
- The most frequently used foreign currency is the US dollar and almost all items are priced in US dollar. All the resorts and hotels accept major credit cards, which includes American Express, Visa card, Master card and JCB card.