awaken your elements :: bali yoga retreat
30 Mar - 4 apr 2020

limited numbers only!

The Hidden Paradise

Awaken Your Elements is an invitation to tap into the elements of the natural world - earth, water, fire, air + space that is also a part of you. Experience the flow of the elements moving within you and around you through yoga, breath, qigong and meditation. Join Carol Man on this 6 days journey to explore + awaken your elements in the hidden paradise of Bali, set amongst rainforest and rice paddies.

The Ark is a hidden paradise located in Ubud, Bali backs onto an undisturbed valley, fringed by rice fields and lush gardens. It is your home away from home.


• 5 nights twin-share accommodation (single on request) 

• Delicious and nourishing breakfast and dinner daily (plant based raw/vegan)  

• Elemental yoga, qigong and meditation daily in a beautiful Balinese designed open air yoga shala equipped with all yoga props

• Day trip to Tegallalang Rice Terraces & Tirta Empul Temple

• Mindfulness Mandala flower making class

• Outdoor pool with lounge chairs & infra-red sauna with a direct view of the valley

• One hour massage (choice of Balinese/Ayurvedic/Reflexology)

• Free time to explore Ubud

What’s NOT included: flights, visa, travel insurance and airport transfer (can be organise on request)


Monday 30 March - Saturday 4 April

Check in: 2pm (first day)
Check out: 10am (last day)

When planning for the retreat, you can arrive to Bali before retreat start date and spend extra days after retreat finishes to explore more of Bali. You will have to organise your own airport transfer and accomodation if you decide to spend extra time outside of the retreat.


All rooms are equipped with mosquito nets, hot water shower and Wifi access.

Master Suite

Spacious bedroom with living area, large balcony and private bathroom, complete with an outdoor bathtub under the stars.

Twin share - 1 double and 1 single bed

Earlybird $1790 (before 1 November 2019)
Regular $2090 (after 1 November 2019)

Price includes everything listed on the highlights.

Temple Suite

Enjoy this air conditioned room with equipped kitchen, true Balinese shower with stone floor in a spacious bathroom.

Twin share OR Quad share

Earlybird $1790 (before 1 November 2019)
Regular $2090 (after 1 November 2019)

Price includes everything listed on the highlights.

Open Air

This is a private suite equipped with air conditioning and own private garden. Wonderfully quiet with rice field view.

Twin share

Earlybird $1590 (before 1 November 2019)
Regular $1890 (after 1 November 2019)

Price includes everything listed on the highlights.

Mount Agung

A second floor room with beautiful view of Mount Agung and private outdoor bathroom and outdoor seating.

Twin share

Earlybird $1590 (before 1 November 2019)
Regular $1890 (after 1 November 2019)

Price includes everything listed on the highlights.

Blue Room

Located in the main house with direct access to the communal living space, kitchen and dining area. Features an open air bathroom and air conditioning.

Twin share

Earlybird $1590 (before 1 November 2019)
Regular $1890 (after 1 November 2019)

Price includes everything listed on the highlights.


To book:

  1. Choose your accomodation type.

  2. Click here to fill in this form and wait for confirmation email from Carol to ensure spot is still available.

  3. Pay $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot.

    Bank transfer: My Yoga Essence
    BSB: 484799
    Acct: 503281159

  4. You will receive an email reminder to pay balance (before 1 November for EARLYBIRD and at least one month before retreat commence for REGULAR)

  5. Please wait for Carol’s email before you book flights.

Note: The deposit cannot be refund but can be exchanged to another person. If facilitator cancel retreat for unforeseen reason, a refund will be given minus $50 processing fee.


For questions about this retreat or to book, contact Carol on 0403 268 872 or email


spring Yoga Retreat
27 - 29 september 2019

1 spot left - garden suite

Spring is the spirit of RENEWAL.

An ideal time of the year to shed old unwanted layers, clear space for the mind and emotion and regulate the energy of liver and gallbladder meridians to start a new cycle of growth and expansion. 

Embrace yourself into a weekend of Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Silence, Relaxation, Sound Bath Healing, Bushwalk, Nutritious Vegetarian meals and free time to chill and relax by the breathtaking view of Mount Victoria!

Join Carol Man (Yoga Therapist, Teacher & Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant) for a cleansing Spring Yoga Retreat in the scenic bushland of Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains. This is an exclusive retreat that caters for a small group of like-minded soul in an eco-friendly earth home.

What’s included

  • Daily twice yoga (Yang in the morning and Yin in the afternoon)

  • Daily Pranayama and Meditation

  • Deep Relaxation

  • Sound Bath Healing

  • Time for Silence

  • Bushwalk in nature

  • Outdoor hot bath

  • Free time to chill and relax with a book or enjoy the mountain view

  • All nutritious vegetarian meals

  • Accomodation in an eco-friendly earth home

  • Free pickup/drop off to and from Mount Victoria station

What’s not included

  • Getting there (drive or train)


Located within the scenic bushland of Mount Victoria within the world renowned Blue Mountains of Australia. Approximately 2hrs drive from Sydney CBD or over 2hrs by train with complimentary pickup from Mount Victoria station.


There are 4 types of accomodation - refer pics below ‘booking

Sunset Suite with ensuite bathroom (4 people share)

Garden Suite with ensuite bathroom (2 people share)

Buddha Bunk with seperate bathroom (2 people share)

Banksia Bunk with seperate bathroom (2 people share)


This retreat includes all your meals that will satisfy your tastebuds and suit your dietary requirements. 

The food is delicious and nutritious complimented with fresh seasonal produce. We can cater for most dietary preferences, including gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian/vegan. Tea and coffee are included throughout your stay.


Friday 27 Sep - Sunday 29 Sep
Check in 2pm (Friday)
Check out 2pm (Sunday)


Darling Causeway, Mount Victoria 2786


Sunset Suite - FULL

Garden Suite - 1 spot available

Buddha Bunk - FULL

Banksia Bunk - FULL

This retreat includes all meals, accomodation, yoga and activities as well as complimentary pick up from Mount Victoria station.


1. Fill in this Booking Form and return to

2. Make full payment to secure your spot.

Bank transfer: My Yoga Essence
BSB: 484799
Acct: 503281159

Once form and payment are made, you will receive an email of confirmation.


0403 268 872

Note: This retreat is open to everyone, despite of your yoga background. It is really a treat for yourself to retreat away from your everyday stressors of life.



past retreat

autumn Yoga Retreat
1 - 3 march 2019

AN AMazing nourishing autumn weekend retreat to relax, rejuvenate and restore with an intimate group of yogi and yoginis. thank you so much for sharing your heart in the breathtaking mountain top!


This is my 4th retreat with Carol and comes at a time when I need it most. It is now an essential part of my life and has been fantastic again to stop and reset. I will be at the next retreat for sure! Thanks again Carol!

- Peter Simpson

Caring, nurturing yoga in an exceptional location. Carol is a wonderful teacher who is thoughtful, she makes this a fantastic experience. I feel ready to face the world.

- Marisa Walker

Thank you so much for everything. I had an amazing experience in the retreat. I could find inner peace more than ever during noble silence. It was actually everything depending on my thoughts, physical and mental reactions. No matter where I am or who I am with, how my mind react makes my world I feel like. It is important to feel at the center moments, but if it’s negative thought hurts you, it’s good to know how to let go. And that what I have learn the most in this retreat. Thank you! You are the best.

- Ai Okazaki

Thank you Carol for a thoroughly enjoyable yoga retreat experience. The consideration, planning and variety in the schedule was 100% excellent! A definite experience for all - I’ll be back!

- Julie Wade

A restorative experience in a tranquil magnificent bushland setting with comfortable and aesthetic interiors. The small group provided a more personalised and inclusive feeling. Carol is a gifted teacher who brings out the best in beginners as well as seasonal yoga practitioners. Carol’s approach to yoga encourages you to better understand what it means to flow with your breath and therefore enjoy and savour the poses, rather than pushing hard and becoming rigid. Carol’s Myofascial release is an added bonus which helps release built up tension in the muscles and ligaments.

- Julie Wade



Spring Yoga Retreat
14 - 16 September 2018

A blossoming start to spring is nothing better than sharing a weekend yoga retreat with a group of like minded souls. I feel so grateful to have share this amazing weekend with all of you!


Carol's retreats offer a wonderful blend of structured activities and "free-time" activities. The result is an in-depth retreat that each individual can tailor to their own interests. I'll definitely be attending again!

- Kris

Superb yoga, food and people. It was great to reconnect with friends. A wonderful experience altogether.

- Eva

I learned what it meant to give myself permission to live freely and authentically. My best advise is to go to a retreat! You get to go to an awesome places, do some yoga, have free time to do any other activities your heart desires, eat meals with great people and have good vibes all day long! I thank Carol for creating such a wonderful experience.

- Nancy

What made this retreat special, is Carol's thoughtful and caring instruction and attention ensuring participants can have the most restorative experience possible. The mixed program that includes some more active yoga with Yin and various forms of meditation enables deep relaxation, a feeling of cleansing. The noble silence hours allow you to rally 'get away from it all' and experience real peace. The program allowed just enough free time to explore the natural environment - bush walks and first dip in the ocean for the season. I returned to the din of the city and work feeling as if I had been away for a much longer time than a mere weekend. Thank you.

- Ross Duncan



autumn yoga retreat
20 - 22 april 2018

the perfect autumn weather for a yoga retreat in the mountains - so lovely to see my past, present and meet new yogis who opened their hearts and minds to receive a nourishing weekend to themselves. thank you for joining and i look forward to the next retreat with you!


"Thanks Carol. I arrived stressed and a little apprehensive about the weekend ahead. Your gentle down to earth approach and well structured program sees me leaving restored, enlivened and enriched." - Ross Duncan

"Carol is a very wise and giving person who brings a practical and intuitive approach to her yoga teaching, where she honours the capacity and potential in each individual." - Marissa Zaknich

"An enjoyable retreat with a good balance between yoga, meditation and free time. Enabled me to relax and feel balanced." - Tracey Bragg




autumn yoga retreat
13 - 15 april 2018

A nourishing weekend retreat at the Blue Mountains with an intimate group of yogis, replenishing their bodies and minds with daily yin and yang yoga, pranayama, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation, noble silence and healthy vegetarian meals. Everyone shared so much connection with each other, themselves and nature. Thank you everyone for coming and to a healthier you!


"Loved it! Thank you for broadening my mind to new things, as you always do:)" - Jan Bartholomew

"I feel so grateful to have Carol in my life. Her yoga retreats are like nothing I have experienced before. I highly recommend. I will be back!" - Rosemary Nolan

"We went on Carol's retreat last year to Bali, which was truly life changing for me. This year, challenged with time away from kids we sadly could not manage another week away. This weekend in the Blue Mountains was a fabulous way to still achieve that feeling but squeeze it in to our hectic life!" - Peter Simpson

"Love your classes and it made it easier to be a part of this - calming, relaxing and very reflective for the soul. Thanks muchly." - Terese Abbey

"My second retreat and another amazing experience. Beautiful location, great venue and exceptionally relaxing. Can't wait for the next one!" - Sue S

"It was challenging to settle in to the new environment, new people and new setting, however once I adjusted I found Carol's way of teaching very calming and powerful. The noble silence was an experience and a very positive one!" - Kate Langton



bali yoga & wellness retreat
6 - 12 March 2017

An amazing 7 days of yoga, healthy food, massages, temple visits, shopping and loads of rejuvenation time for this beautiful group of yogis. Everyone looked so amazingly blissful! Thank you for joining our march Bali Yoga Retreat! We look forward to sharing more retreat journey with you! 


"Thank you for an experience that will stay with me forever. Combining strong yoga with meditation and Yin at night, I felt myself progress through the week in my ability, my knowledge, my spirituality and my understanding. Carol was the perfect leader for this journey, calm, peaceful and tolerant but strong in her leadership and direction. Thank you Carol!" - Peter Simpson, Retreat participant

"I came on my first yoga retreat not knowing what to expect, but with an open mind. Carol structured a wonderful programme for us, that gave me an overview of the chakras, introduced me to meditation and gave me tools to continue on my yoga journey. The practice was slow and mindful and beautifully fulfilling. The setting was idyllic, with the cool breeze through the room and the outdoor sounds grounding you in Bali life. I would highly recommend this retreat to beginners and veterans alike, a very special week, time out to re-centre and re-prioritise. Namaste." - Rosemary Nolan, Retreat participant

"Everything was well thought through and perfectly balanced in terms of activities, yoga and free time. I loved the exploration and program based on the chakras. Each lesson was totally professional and in tune to the theme. The retreat was magnificent. Thank you for all your efforts and your energy." - Brielle Jones, Retreat participant

"The opportunity to getaway, develop my understanding of yoga and explore a different culture was a gift. I look forward to seeing where my journey takes me next!" - Kris Clark, Retreat participant

"The most amazing experience. This was my first retreat but it definitely won't be my last." - Susan Slater, Retreat participant

"I thoroughly recommend this retreat to anyone wanting to really get away. An amazing group of people with a great balance of yoga and free time to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit." - Gavin Nealand, Retreat participant