Find refuge from the distractions and busyness of daily life and come home to yourself. 

Monday May 25 – Sunday May 31, 2020 with Celeste Young and Ayurvedic practitioner Julie Bernier

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This is a unique opportunity to slow down and be with yourself and others on a deeper level, and to practice genuine, true self care that you can integrate into daily life. We’ve designed our time together to be in line with Ayurvedic principles and the wisdom of the Insight meditation tradition so that you can experience what it’s like to live a life of balance. Your body and mind will feel nurtured and nourished, not only from the Ayurvedically-aligned, high prana meals, but from re-aligning yourself with nature’s rhythms and spending time in community. 

Mindfulness meditation invites us to quiet the mind and open the heart, and to connect more profoundly with both our inner life and the outer world. During morning meditation sessions with Celeste, we’ll practice sitting and walking meditation together, nourished by silence and stillness. There will be Dharma talks focused on Buddhist teachings from the Insight meditation tradition to settle the mind and open the heart. 

After lunch, take time to rest, swim, spend time with friends or enjoy the Ayurvedic spa.

Ayurveda is 5,000+ year old system of holistic healing that teaches us how to take care of our body, mind and spirit by living in harmony with nature. During the afternoon sessions with Julie, you’ll learn in-depth Ayurvedic philosophy and practical Ayurvedic tools you can take home for balanced living. 

All experience levels welcome - whether you're new to meditation and Ayurveda or an experienced practitioner. This retreat is designed to be accessible and welcoming to all.

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We’re staying at The Shala Bali, a beautiful retreat center nestled between rice paddies and away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud town. 

It has everything you need for the week: an Ayurvedic spa, a pool, and two healthy vegetarian cafes, and the town is a short 10 minute walk away. The nature here is both serene and rejuvenating; lusciously green, tropical, and filled with prana.

I went into the retreat with no expectations - I felt burned out and needed an escape back to me. I left the retreat with a clear mind, refreshed, invigorated and with an excitement about meditation and taking care of myself that I haven’t felt in a very long time.
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This retreat was balm to my soul- my heart has expanded and I feel radiant and much much more embodied. I’ve deepened my commitment to showing up for myself- to my meditation practice and to my well-being - and I can palpably feel that I am forever changed. Julie, Celeste, thank you. I’m beyond grateful.
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2-5pm – Arrival & Check In
6pm – Dinner
8pm – Welcome Circle

Tuesday – Saturday

7:30-8am – Morning Movement
8am – Breakfast
9:30am-12pm – Mindful Mornings with Celeste
12pm – Lunch
Free time
4-6pm – Ayurveda Afternoons with Julie
6pm – Dinner
8pm – Evening Unwind


7-8am – Morning Movement + Meditation
8am – Breakfast
9:30-11:30am – Closing Circle with Celeste and Julie

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Payment Policy

Your deposit of $500 secures your spot on the trip and is nonrefundable. The balance is due February 25. There will be no refunds on deposits or balances for cancellations after February 25. Exceptions can not be made for any reason, including arriving late, leaving early, failure to attend, weather, flight cancellations, travel delays, personal emergencies or illness. We reserve to cancel the retreat for low enrollment or any other circumstances that make the retreat non-viable and will refund you 100% of your registration fee. 

Questions? Email us at

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Solo travelers are welcome, or you’re welcome to come with friends or a partner. If you’d like a shared room, we’ll assign you a roommate of the same gender unless you request a specific roommate. 

Click here to view photos of each room type.

Double in a Bungalow – $2060 per person

Double in a Standard Room – $2200 per person

Double in a Master Suite – $2340 per person

Single in a Standard Room – $2580



Pre-journey packing list + Ayurvedic travel tips
6 nights accommodation
3 meals a day: delicious, Ayurvedically aligned breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Fresh coconuts during the day
Drinking water + herbal tea available all day
Classes and workshops with Julie and Celeste
All room and food taxes

Not Included

Airfare + transportation to the retreat center
Tips for retreat center staff
Travel/medical insurance

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Fly into Denpasar Indonesia. From there, it’s a 90 minute drive to our retreat center. Roundtrip airport transfer is about $45 and easily booked through the retreat center. 

If you’re coming from LA, we recommend taking one of the Friday late night / Saturday early morning flights. You’ll land in Bali on Sunday afternoon, and can book Sunday night at Shala Bali at a special rate for our students or a hotel of your choice to settle in before the retreat starts on Monday.

If you plan to leave right after the retreat, we recommend taking one of the Sunday late afternoon flights. 

We’ve planned this retreat over Memorial Day weekend so that if you work Mon - Fri, you only have to take 4 days off work to join us! 


Please check the requirements for your country. Citizens of the US and many other countries can get a visa on arrival and their passports must be valid for at least 6 months. 


We know that you’ll book this retreat with the intention of attending, but the unexpected does happen, which is why we HIGHLY recommend purchasing international travel/medical insurance. 

Please do spend the small amount of money to cover yourself for any travel or medical surprises on this trip; it’s worth it. We recommend using World Nomads.

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Celeste Young

Celeste Young has been practicing meditation for over 18 years. She offers mindfulness meditation and Dharma classes, retreats, and individual sessions both locally and internationally. Since 2012, Celeste has taught thousands of students the essentials of mindfulness meditation, as well as traditional Buddhist teachings at InsightLA where she is a senior teacher, offering several classes a week to the community. She also works with various nonprofit organizations and companies bringing mindfulness to the workplace in unique and innovative ways. Celeste received formal teaching authorization in the Theravada Buddhist tradition from Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield. She strongly believes in the power of mindfulness to heal and connect us to our inherent sense of ease and well being. Connect with Celeste at and on Instagram at @celestebyoung.

Julie Bernier

Julie Bernier teaches women and men the art of self-care so that they feel their healthiest and happiest in their own unique bodies. This holistic approach to individualized wellness is rooted in the ancient Indian knowledge of ayurveda: a complete medical science and way of life which explains that our wellbeing blossoms when we align ourselves with nature. 

Julie is a registered ayurvedic practitioner with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), a Certified Massage Therapist, and an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. She studied each of these modalities in the US and straight from the source in India. Connect with Julie at and on Instagram at @juliebernier.

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Celeste and Julie created a truly magical experience, both with their teachings and indisputable kindness. When signing up for the retreat, I had hoped I might gain some meditation skills and Ayurvedic wisdom, and I did, no doubt! But so much more, too. Never did I expect to build the kind of friendships I did, to reach a different understanding of life, to find such profound peace in the present moment. By the end, my heart was so full it hurt. I couldn’t shake the feeling of complete joy.

We’d love for you to join us!