'Nourish You' Women's Singing Retreat, a blissful week of singing, vocal play, laughter, yoga, contemplation & creativity
26th July - 1st August, 2020
Rediscover your voice as you travel on a journey to a more nourishing and authentic relationship with yourself through song, mindfulness, laughter, inspiration, curiosity and open heartedness.
Relax and gently immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Villa Gaia Ubud, as you are welcomed in true balinese style.
What can I say?? I attended the Betsy Hanson Nourish You Singing Retreat in July 2019. I didn't know anyone else who was going and it was just what I needed at that time. A precious week out of reality and a real treat. Time to reconnect with other beautiful women.
I didn't have to make any decisions, make any beds, do any cooking.
It was bliss. The rooms were lovely, the food was delicious and plentiful, the other woman were and still are amazing and the retreat programme was one of the best experiences I have had.
I feel as though I have made 17 new friendships. We ate and played and sang and meditated and shared all things together. Had a ball. Found my singing voice, found my centre.
First time to Bali and it and the people are just beautiful. Definitely going back for 2020.
Kim Chandler - Storey, KINGSTON BEACH TAS
I have participated in the Nourish You, Singing retreat in Ubud for the last 3 years in succession. Before my first year I had not tried to sing at all in a group. In fact, I was told to not give up my day job.
I had no idea where my voice was sitting and it soon became apparent that I felt most comfortable and happy singing in a low key. I've had a great time at all of the 3 retreats with the singing, the wonderful new friendships and so much fun.
Since I attended my very first retreat I have now joined the local choir and I have started playing and singing with a group of Ukulele players in our local area.
All of the wonderful changes in my life from my retreats have been surprising and I highly recommend the Nourish You Singing retreats. They really have changed my life.
Cathy Woodhams, MURRUMBATEMAN NSW
"The way I sing is now, is completely different - more free and emotive, and this is the way I live now too"....
On leaving the retreat I was frustrated by my inability to express the profound impact it had on my entire being, but one month on I have clear evidence of the effects of it on my life. Situations that would normally ignite panic are opportunities to present my calm, regulated self. The way I sing is now, is completely different - more free and emotive, and this is the way I live now too. Any blocks around creativity are miniscule and I have motivation and energy to apply myself to my music and other feats without self-criticism. My once persistent doubts and fears are only shadows in the background and the main event is hope and love and excitement.
I feel healed, transformed, and none of this would be possible if not for every activity on the retreat, and most of all, the wisdom of Betsy, Jan and Milinda
Nikola Martino, DIANELLA WA
I came to Bali looking for a better voice to give to the choir with whom I have been singing with for 10 years. In the truly nourishing space of this retreat, I found my feet, I found my heart, I found new friends to cherish and during the retreat I discovered t that the voice I already had was authentic and true for sweet harmonies, bold unison, chants and rounds.
For the joy, love and laughter, Suksma Betsy, Jan, Milinda and Gillian. I hold you all dear in my heart.
Nell Hilliard, SANDY BAY TAS
"This was the best week of my life".....
I enjoyed the pampering, the nurturing and the freedom from having to organise. I enjoyed knowing that this week, was just for me and that I got to reconnect with the Indonesian culture.
Debora Bryan, LENAH VALLEY TAS
"I Rediscovered the unadulterated passion I used to have for music, as well as my Love for Singing"...
I previously trained as a vocalist at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Training under constant scrutiny in such a high pressure environment, I came to believe over time that I really had nothing of creative worth to offer others. Before attending 'Nourish You', my lack of self-belief had escalated to the point where I had significant performance anxiety that prevented me from singing in front of others. I honestly did not believe it was possible to undo years of fear and self-doubt in the space of a week, but Betsy and 'Nourish You' proved me wrong.
Being in such a non-judgmental and positive environment gave me the supportive space I needed and for the first time since training, I felt safe enough to face my fears. I can honestly say without reservation that Betsy, Milinda and Jan changed my life. I rediscovered the unadulterated passion I used to have for music, as well as my love for singing - something that had left a void in my soul since it disappeared. I now feel complete, fulfilled and at peace, and could not have done it without the amazing women who fostered and nurtured such a magical environment for growth, creativity and genuine joy.
Keryn Keast, PERTH WA
I really enjoyed the Nourish You retreat. I found the combination of the program and the personal growth-promoting activities, the singing & free time for reflection and the pampering, to work well. The singing was great and I loved how the group came together in harmony so well.
The setting at the lovely Villa Gaia was perfect, a beautiful relaxing atmosphere, amazing food & lovely staff who looked after us so well. It provided a good mix of activity & space.
Some of my friends had been following my exploits on facebook and are keen to come to the next retreat.
Caro Field, NEWNHAM TAS
What I enjoyed most about the retreat was: The singing, morning reflections and sharing around the circle. The great space at Villa Gaia with amazing food, amazing hospitality, being so completely looked after, the circle of loving and accepting women, the support and care given to experiment and play with my voice.
Incredible gratitude and thanks for creating a nourishing, gentle, supportive and inspirational space for us. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Suzanne Schulz, HOBART TAS
Nourish You, Singing Retreat will be held in beautiful Ubud. Located in the mountains of Bali, Ubud is considered the island’s Arts & Cultural Heartland. A Sacred place for those seeking Inspiration, Peace, Healing, Spiritual Growth, Traditional Medicine, Yoga & Massage.
Join us in beautiful Ubud and take time to re-calibrate, relax and find your true voice as you explore Authenticity, Simplicity, Gratitude, Beauty and Open-Heartedness. We invite you into a more nourishing relationship with yourself and others through:
DAILY SINGING SESSIONS with Betsy - fabulous contemporary, world music and indigenous songs with gorgeous harmonies, exploring your voice, what it means to you to express yourself through singing as well as working together as a group to improve your skills and confidence. Whether or not you consider yourself a singer, you will discover a deeply important part of who you are as you immerse yourself in song and bring your music to the surface and out into the world.
YOGA - We absolutely love our daily yoga sessions and rest assured if you have never attempted Yoga before, you will soon feel at ease and the sessions will be gentle!
GROUP SESSIONS facilitated by Betsy Hanson and Milinda Rodziewicz - sitting together in a circle, you will have some thought-provoking discussions and honest, gentle conversations about authenticity, beauty, music, creativity, feeling good and learn a little more about how to ask ourselves better questions in order to move through life's sticky moments! Sharing your collective experiences and wisdom, you will come away with some great new ideas/thoughts/tools that will support you on your individual journeys.
You will have plenty of time to relax around the pool or the dining table to have some engaging chats. For those who only have the week in Ubud, we will have some free time for you to go off on your own adventure.
MEDITATION/RELAXATION - Every evening to help you sleep, Milinda will guide you through a beautiful meditation and relaxation session with different sound experiences including sound bowls.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR RETREAT?
7 days/6 nights - Twin Share accommodation with exclusive use of the property, especially for our Nourish You Singing Retreat at Gaia Retreat Centre Ubud.
Your retreat commences at 3.00pm, Sunday 26th July and ends at 11.00am on Saturday 1st August 2020.
*** It is essential for all participants to arrive at the retreat venue by 2.00pm as we all prepare to commence our retreat together at 3.00pm on Sunday 26th July.***
All meals are included, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Our Chefs prepare delicious meals in the Art of healthy cuisine and delicacies.
FREE TRANSFERS FROM YOUR HOTEL OR ACCOMMODATION
For participants on Sunday 26 July and departing Saturday 1 August 2020.
COMPLIMENTARY - Welcome Drink on arrival.
MASSAGE - One complimentary, 1 x hour massage for each participant. (Additional Massage services available on site)
GIFT - A journal for you to record your retreat experience at Gaia.
FREE DAILY SHUTTLE BUS
Daily shuttle bus for participants travelling in to Ubud. Bookings required, please see reception.
Super Early Bird: $2,499 per person, twin share
Payment in Full, save $400
Expires 31st October 2019
Early Bird: $2,599 per person, twin share
Payment Plan, save $300
Expires 31st October 2019
Payment 1: $499 deposit due on registration
Payment 2: $1050 due 28th February 2020.
Payment 3: $1050, final payment due by 1st May 2020.
Full Price: From 1st November
$2,899 per person, twin share
Payment 1: $599 deposit due on registration
Payment 2: $1150 due 1st March 2020
Payment 3: $1150, final payment due on or before 1st May 2020.
You Deserve To Treat Yourself
To a gift, just for you
Sharing a week of Song, Laughter & Friendship
As you Nourish You....
Who we are...
Betsy Hanson, Facilitator
Over the last 20 years, Betsy has been a Choir Director and Workshop Facilitator and has run music programs for Youth and she is passionate about what she does!!
Betsy takes great pleasure in creating choir arrangements by taking amazing songs and making them unique by creating a new version with 4 part harmonies and a range of different instruments or A cappella.
She loves teaching and creating a space for gorgeous singing, fun and laughter and the deep feeling of fulfillment that comes from creative collaboration.
Her work with at risk young people is also something close to her heart and she feels blessed to work in an environment of support and encouragement, teaching singing and music. Betsy loves exploring the deeper emotional and spiritual aspects of singing and is excited to be developing work that supports people on their singing journeys. Sitting down by herself and just singing and playing for pleasure, as well as jamming with others is one of Betsy's favorite past times.
"Nourish You Retreat is a unique way to explore at a deeper level, our own voice and the stories we have around it. Within a supportive group environment we can shift, find and connect with a more authentic singing voice and experience the joy that comes in singing with others. Within a beautiful environment and being deeply nourished by others, you are freed up to re-connect with yourself and with other kindred spirits! Come and join us at Gaia in 2020, Betsy Hanson.
Jan Boyanich, Co-ordinator
Jan will organise everything, answer your questions and look after you, before and during the retreat. She will also set you at ease, sing like an angel and be your go-to gal. Jan has sung in duos, with Nourish Choir, in an acappella quartet and she has also co-ordinated events and hosted Open-Mic sessions. She is a whizz bang administrator and she is happiest when joining all the dots, being so full of ideas and seeing it all come together! She is an amazing ball of energy and passion.
One of the most rewarding aspects of her role is having the privilege of witnessing the incredible transformations that participants have experienced on their journey at Gaia.
Milinda Rodciewiz, Guest Facilitator
Milinda is a dedicated seeker of truth, knowledge, wisdom and feeling good! Most of her life she has been asking the big question, “why are so many people in the world so unhappy”?
Most recently her research has led her to discover a fundamental flaw in most people’s quest for happiness, including that of her own – we are asking the wrong questions!
Milinda’s knew big question to the world is: “who do we need to be in order to experience happiness”? (The true answer will rock your world!!!!)
During her 20 years working in the health industry as a massage Therapist Milinda combined and practiced Massage with the art of compassionate listening and incisive questioning which resulted in what she calls courageous conversations. These conversations open people up to new possibilities, deeper truths and transform their lives.
Milinda is excited to be joining us in Bali again for some courageous conversation and finding answers to your big questions!
Milinda’s qualifications and experience include, but are not limited to the following; Associate Diploma in health science (sport and exercise) , Diploma of clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, Reiki practitioner, Food and Spirit practitioner, Diploma in children’s services (centre based care), Infant massage instructor, Children’s book writer and self confessed personal transformation nut!
Gillian Pereira, Yoga Teacher
We are thrilled that Gillian from Murrumbateman Yoga, is returning to join us again in Bali. Gillian is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and a graduate of Trinity Yoga (Vinyasa Flow).
Gillian has completed her Trinity Core Yoga Instructor Certification and has studied 'Teaching Therapeutic Yoga to Seniors' with Yoga Lightness, and has completed the 'Silver Age Yoga' (senior health & yoga).
Gillian has also completed a Bachelor of Music (Cello) from ANU, enjoys teaching cello at Orana Steiner School, and playing cello for concerts and events in Canberra.
Since 2007 Gillian has resided in Murrumbateman with her husband David and their three children.
Early Bird expires
31st October, 2019
Call Jan on 0408 156 946 for more information