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The Living Café

Finding Your Inner Balance

Saturday, 4 June 2022
Wednesday, 8 June 2022

9AM – 3.30PM (SGT)

The Living Room @ Balanced Living

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“The groundwork for all happiness is good health.”

– Leigh Hunt

Brought to you by Blue Sky Escapes in collaboration with The Living Café and natural healthcare clinic Balanced Living, you are invited to nourish your mind, body and soul through this specially curated half-day urban escape set in an intimate space in the heart of Bukit Timah.

Hosted by practitioners expert in their fields, devote time for self-care and experience mindful practices to help you destress and re-invigorate your soul. Learn the importance of sustaining a healthy diet to boost your immunity, and experience the gentle healing powers of movement and sound.

This specially-curated half-day experience is part of the inaugural edition of Wellness Festival Singapore.

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Selected Sessions

Qigong & Taichi

Move like water and with purpose as you are guided by masters of Qigong and Tai Ji Quan. A gentle and balanced approach to renew, relax and refresh your body and mind, with practices that have been passed down through 20 generations. Deepen your inner stillness and gain clarity on your qi, the central underlying principle in Chinese traditional medicine and Chinese martial arts.

Gut Health Nutritional Talk

Led by an Australian-trained Functional Medicine Practitioner, learn the importance of a healthy gut microbiome, what a leaky gut is, and how gut health impacts the immune and nervous systems. Discover diet and lifestyle choices, functional testing, and herbal supplements to help improve your gut health, so as to reinvigorate your body from the inside out.

A Healing Sound Journey

Enter a state of deep relaxation and release as you experience a sound bath created with the gong, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, chimes and drum as you lay down on your mat. Conducted by a Certified Sound Therapist, this sound journey will help to enhance and strengthen your personal well-being on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. It can help to address symptoms like stress, anxiety, tenseness, sleeplessness, migraine/headaches, physical discomfort and (chronic) pain, being unfocused or feelings of depression.

A Nourishing Meal

Since opening in 2011, The Living Café has been at the forefront of raw and plant-based cuisine in Singapore. Get taken on a culinary journey into the Garden of Eden with a specially curated 3-course plant-based meal. Simple ingredients and superfoods shine as the stars of the show - enjoy the wholesome natural flavours as you nourish your body.

Raw Chocolate Workshop

Get hands-on with the process of making raw chocolate, with three simple ingredients and tips and tricks to make superfood chocolates that will dazzle your friends. Learn from Emma Paris (Co-Owner of The Living Café) as she shares her knowledge and passion for raw chocolate and its many health benefits.

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Our Facilitators

Joseph Pau

Joseph is a 20th generation Chen Style Taijiquan and 3rd generation Hunyuan Taijiquan disciple. A lifelong teacher, Joseph has been teaching Taijiquan and Qigong for over two decades. His passion is to help students cultivate the internal martial arts and to transmit the genuine nature of what he has learned.​

Emma Paris

A true wellness enthusiast, Emma developed a passion for health through her own wellness journey and health challenges on the road to becoming a mother. After becoming co-owner of the Balanced Living brand in 2018, Emma shifted their business model to an omni-channel for holistic health and wellness, w

Wil Kolen

A soul creativist, Wil’s practices follow a sequential flow of awareness-understanding-acceptance-change. This sequence of personal adaptation forms the basis for the natural and supportive journeys for personal strengthening on a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level. Wil also specialises on developing healing and transformative formats of various sound and energy based modalities like sound journeys, drumming circles, Reiki and Shamanic practice.

Toni Baker

Originally from the UK, Toni is an Australian-trained Functional Medicine Practitioner, Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and Homeopath and has been practising for over 20 years. Her ethos is to provide leading health solutions that best suit each lifestyle and making it a comfortable and achievable journey. She uses a combination of diagnostic testing, medical and lifestyle history, dietary and lifestyle changes supported by supplements and natural herbal remedies.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have prior experience in meditation, yoga and movement?

No, you do not need to have any prior experience. Our expert practitioners will introduce helpful tips to help you get started, as well as to deepen current practices for the more experienced.

Do I need to bring anything to the retreat?

You will be given your own mat (as supplied by Lululemon), pillow and blanket for use during the retreat, so all you will need to bring with you are basic essentials and more importantly, comfortable clothing which will allow you to move freely.

Are the meditations, yoga practices or anything else religious in nature?

No, all the methods we share are free of dogma and are open to people of all belief systems. The methods themselves are rooted in science and we will use inclusive vocabulary open to all people. 

What will the flow of the retreat schedule look like?

You can expect each day to follow this general retreat framework:

Day 1: Letting Go to Invite In
Opening Ceremony
Introduction
Afternoon Meditation Session
Dinner
Evening Meditation Session

Day 2: Day of Silence; Re-Creating Within
Morning Meditation Session
Breakfast
Mid-morning Movement Session
Lunch
Rest
Tea & Refreshments
Afternoon Meditation Session
Dinner
Sound Bath Session

Day 3: Emerging into the New
Morning Meditation Session
Breakfast
Mid-morning Meditation Session with a Guided Discussion
Lunch
Afternoon Movement Session
Closing Ceremony
End of Retreat

Can I arrive late, leave early or in other words, join for just part of the retreat?

As each step on the retreat schedule has been thoughtfully designed to take you on a journey of unfolding and emergence, we would highly recommend that you begin and end the journey as planned so as to experience it as it was intended and get the most out of your retreat experience.

Who is this for?

The retreat is being hosted in a secluded location away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, which will serve as the perfect container for you to experience inner healing and transformation.

This retreat is for:

  • Anyone interested in transformative wellness practices 
  • Anyone looking to devote time for self-care
  • Anyone looking to release stress 
  • Anyone looking to improve their sense of self

Do I have to attend all sessions?

No, all sessions are optional to attend, however we recommend that you attend all sessions as scheduled to gain the most out of the retreat experience.  

Can I go on the retreat alone?

Absolutely, some people are looking for some time out from their lives and they embark on the wellness journey solo, and you’ll most certainly be amongst people having a similar experience. Some of us might just want “alone-time”, or some of us might want to seek new friendships.

Retreats are an incredible place to make great life-long friends. There’s something about going through the retreat experience that can really create strong bonds.

Is participating in the Day of Silence mandatory at the retreat?

No, silence is not mandatory for yourself, but out of respect for the group we ask that you maintain silence in a group setting. We will introduce ‘Mouna’, the practice of maintaining silence at the beginning of the retreat and creating a space for the Day of Silence. It is up to you regarding how deeply you go into the practice and for how long you maintain silence. If you need to chat with other participants who also are not maintaining silence, then we ask that you do it away from the retreat grounds or the group activity spaces.  

Can I use my mobile phone or other digital devices at the retreat?

We ask that you leave your mobile phones and digital devices in your hotel rooms and come tech-free to the retreat. We will also have a ‘drop-off’ box for anyone who would like to deposit their mobile devices at the start of the retreat and collect at the end, in order to be truly free of these devices for the duration. It is up to you what you would like to do, but we are requiring a tech-free zone during the retreat itself, on the retreat grounds. If you need to have access to your phone for any reason, please let us know and we can arrange a private way for you to do so.

What are the safety protocols in place?

The health and safety of all participants, practitioners and our team remain our top priority. Wearing of face masks is mandatory during the retreat, except when eating, drinking and during strenuous activities. We will be abiding by the latest Safe Management Measures as outlined by the Singapore government.

Safe–distancing will be adhered to at all times, with appointed safe-distancing ambassadors on-site for temperature checks. We also encourage everyone to be equipped with the Trace Together app or token and deploy Safe

Entry for contact tracing.  Our team will also ensure that rigorous cleaning and disinfecting regimes are implemented, particularly for high touch surfaces.

Is the retreat compliant with existing COVID-related regulations?

We will be abiding by the latest Safe Management Measures as outlined by the Singapore government. We are permitted to conduct the sessions and workshops for no more than 50 guests in a single room, provided that the relevant safe distancing measures are put in place on site. Guests will remain in assigned groups during the sessions and workshops, while keeping to group sizes as per the prevailing safety measures.

What if I have a specific dietary requirement?

You will get the chance to pick from a selection of nourishing meals before the retreat and share with us any food allergies, dietary plans and dietary restrictions that you may have. We will do our best to adapt to every guest.

What if I'm unwell? Can I still attend the retreat?

No, we encourage you not to. We will not be able to issue a refund after the cancellation deadline but a transfer of space to another may be possible. We will be able to review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

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