The Meeting: Soulful Relating through Song & Dance

A 7-day Experience at Ananda in Bali, Indonesia
During Nyepi, the Balinese New Year Celebration
with Lisa Goettel and Jocelyn Gordon
March 9-16, 2013

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving at your own door.
~From Love After Love, Derek Walcott

Imagine spending a week in paradise immersed in a landscape of lush green rice patty fields, saturated in tropical brilliance, rejuvenated and inspired by culture and cuisine. You move and sing your bliss in outdoor pavillions surrounded by native flowers and foliage. You greet your stillness in a day of silent meditation and visit ancient temples steeped in devotion. You feel into your heart and meet new, like-spirited souls.

The time is now and the door is open ….

Join myself and Lisa Goettel, Esalen Institute educator and the creator of the Rise Up Singing experience, for seven days of connection, communion and cultural exploration in the rich beauty of Bali. Through movement, sound, meditation and fun, we will guide you into yourself and this devotional land. With the spirit of Bali, we will help you make new space for love and the fulfilling relationships you want to nurture in your life. Paramount is our intent to help you create space to meet and make peace with the most important relationship: the one you have with yourself.

We are so pleased to invite you to Bali and to host your auspicious journey. Your retreat experience will be deepened by Nyepi, the Balinese New Year celebration, March 12, 2013. This day of silence is observed by the entire island and is a day to harmonize and balance each soul and their relationship to nature, humanity and the Great Mystery.

Lisa leading a Rise Up Singing experience in Big Sur, CA

“(Lisa) Thank you so much for helping me find joy in singing;
I have been silent so long… you’ve touched my heart.” ~ Beth Ann

You are invited to:

  • Meet yourself & others with curiosity, compassion and grace.
  • Immerse yourself in the sensuous landscape of an island rooted in devotion and beauty.
  • Visit locals and witness Balinese cultural rituals of renewal
  • Relax into profound peace and stillness during an island-wide, sacred day of silence celebrating the Balinese New Year.
  • Explore meditation, Bhakti Boogie® Yoga and Rise Up Singing as self-care practices inspiring joy and self-knowledge.
  • Delight in delicious meals, enriching community, beautiful music and joyful movement.
  • Live life to the fullest!

“It takes a special teacher + energy to facilitate typically inhibited people into an uninhibited, fearless space to explore themselves – inside + out.”
~ Natasha Hennessy – about Jocelyn’s Bhakti Boogie® Yoga facilitation

Jocelyn leading a Bhakti Boogie® Yoga experience at the Bali Spirit Festival

Your 7-day Schedule at Ananda Resort & Spa, Ubud, Bali:

Ananda Cottages

Ananda Resort & Spa is surrounded by lush, green, fertile rice paddies just outside Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural center. Ananda features three pools, a restaurant, bar and beautiful cottages with rural charm but all the modern conveniences. All accommodations are air-conditioned.

Saturday, March 9th

6:00–8:00pm: Dinner together at Ananda (included in workshop fee) – meet and greet, workshop welcome

Infinity Pool at Ananda
Infinity Pool at Ananda

Sunday, March 10th

10:00am-1:00pm: Soul Relating Through Song & Dance Workshop, open session
1:00-5:00pm: Lunch on your own at Ananda or nearby restaurants & free time
5:00-6:15pm: Core group workshop session
6:15-7:30pm: Dinner on your own at Ananda or nearby restaurants
7:30-10pm: Soul Relating Through Song & Dance Workshop, open session

Monday, March 11th

7:30-8:45am: Movement meditation class
9:00am-12:00pm: Breakfast and personal time
11:30am: Leave for lunch together in the village at Made Becik Warung (not included)
After lunch: Meet Balinese locals as they share Nyepi customs with us
3:00-5:00pm: Shopping and exploration on your own in Ubud
5:00-7:00pm: Meet at Atman for dinner together (included)
7:00pm: Nyepi parades into the evening

Tuesday, March 12th – Nyepi

10:00am: Silent movement meditation class followed by reflective journaling invitations. Chill day (everyone must stay on Ananda grounds all day.)

Wednesday, March 13th

10:00am-1:00pm: Soul Relating Through Song & Dance Workshop, open session
1:00-5:00pm: Lunch on your own at Ananda or nearby restaurants & free time
5:00-6:15pm: Core group workshop session
6:15-7:30pm: Dinner on your own at Ananda or nearby restaurants
7:30-10pm: Soul Relating Through Song & Dance Workshop, open session

Thursday, March 14th

7:30-8:45am: Movement meditation class
9:00am: Breakfast
10:30am: Leave for Batur Hot Springs excursion (included), lunch together there (not included)
5:00pm: Back at Ananda – dinner and evening on your own

Tirta Empul photo by Shenghung Lin

Friday, March 15th

7:30-8:45am: Morning movement meditation class
9:00am: Breakfast
10:00am: Leave for Water Temple excursion (included)
1:00pm: Lunch together (not included)
2:00–6:00pm: Free time – shopping, downtime, service opportunities
7:00pm: Dinner together at Sari Organics (included)

Saturday, March 16th

7:30-8:45am: Morning movement meditation class
9:00am: Farewell breakfast together at Ananda

photo by Cadence Clare Feely of

INCLUDED in your retreat experience:

      • Standard shared accommodations at Ananda Resort. Upgrades to a superior room or private accommodations are available.
Standard shared accommodations at Ananda cottages
Ananda’s superior rooms
      • Light, healthy breakfasts every day and three full dinners with both vegetarian and healthy protein options.
      • Daily movement mediation offerings and reflective exercises
      • Immersive workshop experiences in song and dance
      • Travel to Banjar Kutuh Kaja, a local village, on March 11 for observance of the communal art and preparations for Nyepi
      • Excursions to the Batur Hot Springs and Tirta Empul Water Temple
organic meals experienced at last year’s Bhakti Boogie® Retreat in Bali

Registration: $990

Your workshop fee reserves your space in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. $555 of your fee is non-refundable. After March 1 your entire fee is non-refundable.

Upgrade to a shared Superior room for an additional $125 (total) per person.  Upgrade to private standard room for $280 additional fee (total), and a private Superior room $385 additional fee (total.) Please note your preference in your registration form and we will invoice you for the upgrade after your base registration is paid.

Two Steps to Register:

1) Complete this registration form.

2) Submit your payment for either the payment in full to reserve your space.

Select your retreat option

happy dancers glowing in Bali

Retreat registration does not include:

  • Airfare. We will inform you of great fare deals that can come up throughout the year.
  • Travel insurance. To attend this retreat you’re required to include travel insurance with your airfare purchase. Provide enough coverage for any medical costs and the unlikely situation that you may have change or cancel and change your ticket.
  • Lunches or remaining dinners. Affordable meals are available at the hotel or nearby in the village.
  • Airport transportation. We will help you arrange this with the hotel for approximately $25.
  • Visa and entrance/ exit fees. Upon registration, we will provide you with helpful links regarding travel, weather and additional details related to Bali.
  • Additional excursions. You will have free time during the week to explore the many rich local offerings. There are a wide variety of tours, classes and activities to choose from at additional cost.
  • Spa services. There is a full menu of spa services available for purchase on site at very affordable rates.

More about the Retreat:

Dancing and singing are two of the most natural human expressions. Seasoned facilitators Jocelyn Gordon and Lisa Goettel offer gentle yet and spirited opportunities to release barriers between you and your most authentic, joyful expression. Dance your body into itself and discover your true voice, all while enjoying all the incredible food, landscape and cultural richness Bali has to offer.

This immersion is designed for all people seeking greater connection with themselves and others. Whether you’re single or in a partnership, your presence within our week-long community tribe will be honored and welcomed. All levels of experience in yoga, meditation, dancing and singing are invited, including no experience or negative experience in need of healing.

The BaliSpirit Festival is one of the most vibrant international festivals of art, music and culture in the world and takes place shortly after the workshop, March 20-24 in Ubud. Both Lisa and Jocelyn will be teaching there as well and we encourage travelers to consider extending their Bali stay to attend this very special event. If you do plan to stay, we encourage you to book your accommodations as soon as possible as hotels in Ubud fill up quickly. Click here for a discounted rate to the Bali Spirit Festival.

Traveling in Bali is very safe, easy and extremely inexpensive.  Great meals and spa services are available for an average of less than $10 USD.  Retreat registrants will receive communication and support for their travel planning up until the event.

Click here for a list of Bali travel and accommodation resources.

Nyepi Religious Day & Cultural Event 
Please be informed that Bali island celebrates Nyepi (Silent) Day each year, and in 2013 it falls up on March 12, 2013.  It is a day of absolute silence throughout the island.  For more information about events in Bali, visit and

Ananda Resort & Spa Amenities and Services:

Meals Rate:
Lunch : USD 7.00
Dinner : USD 8.00
Meals rates are inclusive of tax and service charge (per person)

Ananda Amenities, Facilities and Services:

  • 24 hr room service
  • Bicycle rental
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • WiFi
  • Babysitting
  • Hotel/Airport transfer
  • Baby sitting
  • Laundry service
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Concierge
  • Money exchange
  • Coffee shop
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Shop
  • 3 swimming pools

Cancellation Policy:

As we are less than 30 days from the retreat start date, your reservation is non-refundable for any circumstance. Extra travel insurance purchases may cover your workshop fees if you choose.

Your Facilitators:

Lisa Goettel is a singer, composer, voice teacher and facilitator of singing workshops with more than 30 years of musical experience. She guides people of all abilities and experience to sing as a transformational personal practice, healing art and community-building activity. She has been on the regular faculty at Esalen Institute since 2007 and leads workshops throughout the United States.

Jocelyn Gordon is the Creator of HoopYogini™ and Bhakti Boogie®. She travels internationally facilitating life transformation through dance, conscious movement, body-centered coaching and fun! An inspiring educator and lover of holistic fitness, Jocelyn is passionate about being fully self-expressed and helping others experience liberation from TraumaDrama ~ the stories that hold us back from experiencing our full potential. Sign up for Jocelyn’s newsletter to for details on her HoopYogini™ DVD and Teacher Trainings.

“Dancing’s just a conversation between two people.
Talk to me.”
~ Steven Rogers, “Hope Floats”

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