Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul–Marcus Aurelius
A Mindful Retreat With An Indulgent Bend–Really? The answer is, yes. There really is a place designed for discipline and letting go. To find this exquisite getaway you need to head to BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia.
Why Bintan Island?
Well, as you may know, most practitioners of mindfulness retreat to the Pagoda and the Sangha for space and community. Someplace new is on the horizon!
The Sanchaya has rooted itself to the Island of Bintan, from where they offer a retreat venue unlike those that have come before. It is liken to the eco-resort, Santani, in that The Sanchaya retreat fuses traditional aspects, such as silence and calm, with extraordinarily delicious foods and fine wine.
The 10-hectare beachfront estate has joined forces with renowned Australian pilates specialist and personal trainer Rosie Gregory and app-based lifestyle and fitness platform GuavaPass to introduce the inaugural “The Sanchaya Sangha – An Indulgent Mindfulness Retreat” from June 4-8 this year.
The Sanchaya (Sanskrit for ‘collection’) is just a short ferry ride from Singapore.
The intimate four-night retreat balances morning beach boot camp sessions, meditation workshops and afternoon yoga and pilates with delectable spreads from the resort’s kitchens, premium vintages from its cellars, European cheese and rarified conversation.
The Sanchaya’s estate manager Magnus Olovson said the experience was designed for those in need of a getaway, combining some physical exertion and meditation with the finer things in life, such as dialogue with like-minded people.
“At The Sanchaya, we have an idea that mindfulness need not always be accompanied by abstention,” Olovson said. “It’s like Plato once said, ‘Nothing more excellent than wine was ever granted by the gods to man’.”
Gregory, who divides her time between Singapore, Australia and London and helps clients worldwide develop and strengthen mind-body connection, said participants would tune into themselves by combining muscle and mental training to boost healing, stress relief and health.
“But we won’t take ourselves too seriously,” she said. “All too often, we try to change our habits drastically in the continuing mayhem of our everyday lives and soon discard our well-intended goals into the ‘too hard’ bin.”
Rhyce Lein, GuavaPass’s general manager for Singapore, said that relocation to an environment removed from the usual stressors, triggers and schedules could enable small, sustainable shifts in the mind and body.
“The retreat is a prime chance to unload tension, reset and cultivate a new state of mind and, of course, have a whole lot of fun training with like-minded individuals,” he said.
As a fledgeling community, the retreaters will gather to chat and share ideas at various venues. The venues include the glass-walled wine cellar and wine and cheese tasting area, Decanter, and at the outdoor Tasanee Grill restaurant by the infinity pool with the ocean beyond.
Catering to a maximum of 10 people, the retreat is priced at USD3760 for a single participant with their own accommodation, and USD 5400 for two participants sharing accommodation, inclusive of the mindfulness program, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner including house beverages, as well as pre-dinner cocktails and canapes.
Getting to The Sanchaya
The Sanchaya is one an hour from Singapore and a world apart. With unrivalled luxury, tropical glamour and world-class service, the exclusive beachfront estate features 29 villas and suites plus a stunning private residence with spectacular views of the ocean.
The Sanchaya is also home to two restaurants for its residing guests’ exclusive use, 24-hour in-villa dining, a bar, wine cellar, library, boardroom, 50-meter long infinity pool, intimate spa, gymnasium, beachside yoga pavilion, croquet lawn, herbs and vegetable garden and much more.
Opened in December 2014, the estate has won numerous awards including a coveted spot in the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 “Top Resorts in Asia” category.
If you have not heard, GuavaPass is one of the fastest growing lifestyle and fitness platforms in Asia and the Middle East. The start-up launched in early 2015 and has rapidly become the largest provider of fitness classes in the region.
The app-based platform delivers convenient access to over 100,000 superior fitness classes at over 1,000 boutique studios across 10 global cities. In addition to Singapore, GuavaPass is currently active in Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Shanghai.