BALI ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE RETREAT 2020

with Komodo Island Sailing Extension

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June 19 - July 1, 2020

With Alexander Technique Teacher Joe Krienke

Join us on this unique opportunity to study the Alexander Technique on the magical jungle island of Bali. Relax and immerse yourself in the gentle pace of Balinese life, complemented with Alexander Technique training to balance and ground your adventure. Experience traditional ceremonies and dance, healthy and delicious food, and massage. Retreat runs from June 19 - 24.

Join us following the retreat for a once in a lifetime adventure as we sail between Bali and Flores on an Indonesian wooden pinisi ship, snorkeling some of the most breathtaking coral in the world. We will visit remote beaches, villages, jungle-clad mountain ranges, volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, a mystical lake, and the legendary Komodo dragons. Komodo extension runs from June 24 - July 1.

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ADVENTURE ITINERARY (June 19 - July 1, 2020)

Bali Alexander Technique Retreat

(June 19 - 24)

With Joe Krienke (see bio below)

Gain grace, freedom, and ease of movement, all while immersed in the healing and magical island of Bali, Indonesia.

This retreat will help participants identify habitual patterns of tension, teach them how to undo those patterns and redirect their energy to increase presence of mind and ease in movement.

Group classes will include work to bring more ease to everyday activities, athletic movement (e.g. running, body weight training, yoga, or acrobatics) and/or enhance performance skills (e.g. Singing, playing an instrument, dancing, acting, or public speaking).

This workshop is open to participants of all abilities and age - no prior experience required.
Participants new to this work
 will leave with an understanding of their habitual patterns of tension and a process to work with those tensions in order to make different choices that will lead to more ease and freedom of movement. 
Alexander Technique teacher trainees will have the opportunity to practice and deepen their skills. 
Teachers of the Alexander Technique will have the space to recharge their own use and thinking and exchange work with other teachers to deepen their sensitivity and refine their handwork.

In addition to the intensive study of the Alexander Technique, you will have evenings free to enjoy Balinese food, performances, and (very inexpensive) massage and spa treatments. Optional activities include kecak performance, morning hike on a jungle ridge, visit to the mask and puppet museum, shadow puppetry performance, Balinese dance performance, visit to a mask-carving studio, and more. If you’re interested in a class or workshop in mask-carving, Balinese dance, shadow puppetry, or a cooking class, we can help set this up.

Bali AT Retreat Day 1: June 19

You will arrive and settle in at your hotel, with plenty of time for rest, pool, and exploration. The retreat will begin with a welcome dinner.

Bali AT Retreat Day 2 - 5: June 20 - 23

Alexander Technique Intensive teaching with evening for exploration.

Bali AT Retreat Day 6: June 24

Those travelers who are sailing the Komodo Islands will continue on their adventure! Travelers who have booked only the AT Retreat will transfer to the airport or other lodging.

Komodo Island Sailing Extension

(June 24 - July 1)

Komodo Sailing Extension Day 1: June 24

In the morning we will travel to the Puri Santrian Hotel in South Bali to board our minibus for Amed in the eastern regency of Karangasem – an exotic royal Balinese kingdom of forests and mighty mountains, emerald rice terraces, mystical water palaces and pretty beaches. With our tour leader providing information along the way, we will stop at Tenganan Village,  a community that still holds to the ancient 'Bali Aga' culture with its original traditions, ceremonies and rules of ancient Bali, and its unique village layout and architecture. We’ll also visit the royal water palace of Tirta Gangga, a fabled maze of spine-tinglingy, cold water pools and basins, spouts, tiered pagoda fountains, stone carvings and lush gardens. The final part of our scenic journey takes us through a magnificent terrain of sculptured rice terraces followed by spectacular views of a fertile plain extending all the way to the coast.

Guarded by the mighty volcano, Gunung Agung, your charming beachside hotel welcomes you with warm Balinese hospitality and traditional architecture, rich with hand-carved ornamentation. After checking in, you can relax and unwind with a swim in the pool or in the calm, clear waters lapping the shore just footsteps from your room.  Or you may prefer a gentle walk, in the surrounding village and hillsides. This will also be an opportunity for those unfamiliar with snorkelling to have a lesson with our tour leader. In the evening, take time to get better acquainted with your fellow guests in preparation for our voyage ahead with sunset drinks in the seaside bar and a Balinese-style welcome dinner.  

Komodo Sailing Extension Day 2: June 25

We will wake in the morning at the resort, have a leisurely breakfast and maybe an early morning swim before being transported the short distance to the boat, which will be waiting at anchor in the bay. Getting up early to see the sun come up with the boat in the background is something rather special. After we board the vessel you will have a chance to settle in before we head off for a snorkel on the lovely reefs that the local area is famous for. Back on the boat, the captain will give the order to raise the anchor and we will head east in the direction of Sumbawa across the Lombok Strait. This deep trench of water between Bali and Lombok marks part of a very important ecological boundary called the Wallace Line, which was first described by Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, the renowned Victorian naturalist. Wallace noticed that the flora and fauna of the islands to the west are home to Asiatic animal and plant species, whereas the islands to the east of the invisible line have a greater similarity to species found in Australia. As we head east we will enjoy lunch along the way and have plenty of time to relax and settle in to our new ocean going home for the next seven days. Sunset drinks on the back deck will be a highlight.

Komodo Sailing Extension Day 3: June 26

We will wake off the beautiful white sands of Kenawa Island in West Sumbawa, where after breakfast we will snorkel, paddle board, swim and explore the island’s beaches, grasslands and corals throughout the morning. After lunch on the boat we will set a course 10 miles further east to Bungin Island, home to a group of Bajau ‘Sea Gypsies’, famous for living in stilt houses above the water and living entirely off the sea. It is the second largest Bajau settlement in Indonesia and will provide you with an amazing and rare opportunity to experience a part of Indonesian culture that is a huge part of the country’s seafaring tradition. Later in the afternoon we will set sail for Moyo Island.

Komodo Sailing Extension Day 4: June 27

This morning we will moor off Labuan Aji village on the island of Moyo, visit the village and then walk to Diwu Mba’i waterfall, where can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below, or simply bathe in the refreshing cool water. Our next stop will be Satonda, a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its centre that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mt Tambora erupted in 1815, causing a tsunami that flowed into the crater. The eruption was the biggest volcanic explosion in the collective memory of mankind; it had roughly four times the energy of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and gave rise to the ‘year without a summer’ because of the effect on North American and European weather. Local people believe Satonda to be magical, and with this in mind, we will walk to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake, alongside which are trees believed to be ‘wishing trees.’ Visitors to the island tie a small stone to a tree and make a wish. If your wish comes true, you are bound to return to the island to offer thanks. The seas surrounding the island are rich with soft and hard corals and colourful tropical fish, so we will spend the afternoon swimming and snorkelling. Another highlight of our visit to Satonda will be the sight of thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. Immediately after sunset, we leave for an overnight passage on a course due east.

Komodo Sailing Extension Day 5: June 28

We will wake up off the coast of Pulau Sangean, an active volcano that towers 1,800 metres above sea level. After breakfast, we will go ashore to a small hamlet, which, because of the active nature of the volcano, is only inhabited for short periods during the year when the local people come to tend their crops and small herds of buffaloes, which we can see swimming in the sea. Luckily for us, the local community of boatbuilders on the mainland has started construction of a brand new and very large pinisi boat on the beach at Sangean village. We will have the opportunity to see the process that built both the Ombak Putin and Katharina in action; truly an impressive sight and a marvel of engineering. We will then snorkel on both a nearby reef and a location on the north of the island where volcanic gasses escape in the form of bubbles from the sea floor among the corals, a most interesting sight. We will then proceed to the island of Banta and its pure white sand beach, for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and hill climbing for the fit. Later that evening we proceed on to Komodo dragon country.

Komodo Sailing Extension Day 6: June 29

This morning, the boat will be anchored off the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park. We will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning ranger-led trek through the park searching for Komodo dragons. In this savannah-like setting of dry, rugged landscape, we will encounter, at a safe distance, these awe-inspiring, giant lizards – Indonesia’s living dinosaurs. We may spot deer, wild boar, sulphur-crested cockatoos, butterflies, rare orchids, and jungle chickens among the strangle-fig trees and the distinctive lontar palms. Later, we will head to Makassar Reef, where we will look for manta rays, and if we spot them, we will go snorkelling with these gentle giants. We will then head to Gili Lawa Darat for some more snorkelling and a hill climb to watch a magical sunset.

Komodo Sailing Extension Day 7: June 30

Today we will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island where we will have another ranger-led nature trek in search of more Komodo dragons, which are indigenous to this small group of islands. Rinca is also well known for its diverse wildlife, so we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer as well. From the top of the hills, the scenery is breathtaking. In the afternoon, we can go snorkelling on the beautiful Siaba Island, before perhaps visiting the lovely Kelor Island. We will also have the option of visiting the adjacent island of Kukusan where we will meet a settlement of ‘sea-gypsies,’ the Bajao people who build their homes on stilts over the sea. That evening we will go ashore to an uninhabited island and get our toes in the sand for a final night’s beach barbeque. With a raging bonfire, great food, dancing and the crew singing and playing guitars, this end-of-cruise celebration under the stars is a quintessential SeaTrek experience.

Komodo Sailing Extension Day 8: July 1

For those early risers, we will have time for one last swim and snorkel, before cruising into Labuan Bajo harbour. At about 9am we will leave the boat for a trip to the village of Melo. Here, local ‘strongmen’ will perform the ‘Caci,’ a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments. The men of Western Flores are famous for this test of daring and skill, requiring lightning quick moves to dodge the infliction of a wound. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered by the village. Besides this, the cultural group will also showcase other traditional dances. After the performance, we will have lunch on the boat before transferring you to the airport for your flight back to Bali.

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Alexander technique teacher

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Joe Krienke

Joe is an Alexander Technique teacher, movement educator, and movement theater maker based in Minneapolis, MN. He was on the core-faculty at The Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater from 2006-2014 where he was also a Company Member, and served as Associate School Director. Prior to that, Joe was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mask Acting and Clown in the University of Missouri, Kansas City's MFA Actor training program. In addition, he has taught workshops or been in residence at another two-dozen educational institutions nationwide. He teaches Alexander Technique, Physical Training, Tumbling, Hand Balancing, Partner and Dramatic Acrobatics, Archery, and Sports Play. He trained at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique under the direction of Martha Hansen Fertman and is certified teaching member of ATI.


Pricing

Bali Alexander Retreat June 19 - 24: $1770

Payment Plan:

$500 deposit on booking, non-refundable, fully transferable: DUE SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
First payment of $635 due December 20, 2019.
Final payment of $635 due March 20, 2020.
Cost is for shared room. Single Supplement Fee is $200
Payment by check or PayPal accepted
SPOTS ARE LIMITED - BOOK NOW.

Included in Pricing:

  • Four days of intensive Alexander Technique training with master teachers

  • Private lessons in Alexander Technique

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Welcome dinner (no alcohol)

  • Two bottles of water in room each day

  • Assistance scheduling activities, transfers,

Not Included:

  • Meals other than breakfast (food is inexpensive)

  • Drinks

  • International Airfare

  • Airport Transfers (we will help you book)

  • Any performances, spa treatments, or extras

Komodo Island Sailing Extension June 24 - July 1: $3280

Payment Plan:

25% due on booking.
Remainder due 90 days prior to departure.
Payment will be processed by SeaTrek. Contact hannahgaff@gmail.com for more details.
Cost is per traveler for shared cabin. Cabins have two twin bunks or one full bed for couples.
Children over the age of two and families welcome.

Inclusions:

  • Full board including all meals and soft drinks, tea, coffee, snacks. Starting and ending with lunch on first and last days.

  • All-Indonesian tour leaders.

  • All park fees, cultural performances, local guides, and off boat activities.

  • Welcome drink and cold towel upon boarding the boat on the first day, as well as each time guests return from all off-boat excursions.

  • Daily room cleaning.

  • Two pieces of laundry each day.

  • Towels and linens.

  • Complimentary cotton backpack, luggage tag, fan, stainless steel water bottle, which guests are encouraged to take home and keep.

  • First aid kit containing all major medicines.

  • Sunscreen lotion.

  • Soaps, shampoo and conditioner.

  • Beach BBQ.

  • Free wine, beer and selected cocktails at beach BBQ.
    Selected wines with special farewell dinner.

  • All port fees.

  • Use of on-board TV and multimedia facilities – (laptop).

  • Library of books, kids’ games and TV documentaries.

  • Use of all facilities on board including snorkelling gear, paddle boards, kayaks, board games.

  • Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck.

  • All transfers to and from the boats.

Not included:

  • Domestic flights

  • Transit hotels

  • Alcoholic drinks outside of special dinners and beach BBQ.

  • Crew and tour leader tips.

  • Incidental expenses on land (souvenirs, private purchases).

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