“Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.”
– Lao Tzu
Come mid-year, you’re invited to hit the pause button, shake off the chaos and stresses of life and embark on a journey into your inner world.
Guided by movement, breath and sound, this day retreat presents you a chance to release into the new and create the space within to re-align, re-invigorate, and re-emerge for the rest of the year.
With kindred spirits and an endless sea of flora and green for company, a nourishing lunch and heart-centred practices, carve out a space for yourself to take stock, release and refresh.
This day retreat is part of the inaugural edition of Wellness Festival Singapore.
The day retreat will take place at a historic colonial bungalow perched atop the forested Labrador nature reserve — Tamarind Hill. At this picturesque and tranquil enclave, sessions will be conducted in a safe and nurturing space conducive for you to take the journey within.
With its timeless interiors, rustic-luxe décor, and epicurean dishes, Tamarind Hill is an amalgamation of Asian and colonial influences, perfectly mirroring the city’s storied past.
The culinary team at Tamarind Hill specialises in heirloom recipes and an extensive repertoire of traditional and modern dishes. At the day retreat, powerful Indochinese flavours are thoughtfully combined to sublime effect, with attention lavished on the quality and freshness of ingredients. A curated lunch menu will come together beautifully to honour both culture and flavour.
Our day retreat opens from 8AM and ends at 5:30PM on Saturday, 11 June 2022.
These are structured meditation methods that consciously bring the practitioner from the periphery to the centre of the storm – to that place of witnessing, where one can reside in awareness while all continues to exist around them. In this retreat, travel to the centre of our being through a variety of movement meditations that use sound, movement and breath practices, allowing us to actively cultivate body awareness as a means to enter the present moment.
Creating drum patterns in a group enhances the connection with the Self and your inner state of mental stillness through the rhythmic collective of likeminded peers. Together, we will physically drum and explore a meditative rhythm, building an energetic collective experience of natural flow, which in turn empties and creates inner stillness of the mind. Become more grounded, aware and connected to self through the powerful flow of a collective rhythm leading to a meditative creative state, releasing tension, calming and refreshing the mind space.
The floor-based Hatha practice of Yin Yoga allows us to connect to our deeper, denser tissues and open up our bodies slowly through holding poses for a longer period of time. We will tap into the yielding, “being” aspects that reside in us, exploring the mind and what is in the stillness as we watch what unfolds moment to moment. The slow-paced nature of this class allows for a perfect gateway to breathwork and mindfulness meditation practices, all the while giving our body the stretch and recovery it deserves.
Enter a deeply relaxing experience through the flow of sounds and harmonics created by various instruments like the gong, singing bowls, voice, drums and chimes as you lay down. The soothing sounds will generate a harmonious resonance that will allow the mind and body to relax, release, shift, restore and to feel rejuvenated. We will be embarking on a sound journey, through a personal flow of connection, reflection and restoration on a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level.
This beautiful sound meditation combines free toning with supportive music and visualization at each energy centre along the spine, as a means to cultivate presence, awareness, alignment, connection and profound understanding. When performed in a group, this method is extraordinary. Participants remain seated throughout the duration.
We will create ceremonial spaces with opportunities to connect with one another and guided discussions to set and release intentions and consecrate transitions for starting and ending this profound process together. This will not only help to deepen our connection to one another, but also gently help to process a collective understanding and provide you with communicative tools for you to integrate and assimilate the retreat experience back into your daily life.
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.
Having gotten her first 200-hour teacher training in 2015 in Bali, Stephanie started her journey with holistic training and elemental theory, following which she’s had multiple trainings over the years with renowned teachers, including Amber Sawyer (PhD). Stephanie brings with her a repertoire of nurturing practices that are heart-opening and expansive, with methods tailored to meet and guide individuals at wherever they are in their journey.
Our Blue Sky Escapes Care Kit is comprised of handpicked items that encourage a deep-dive into each of the sessions and support Blue Sky Escapes’ commitment to sustainability.We would like to thank our generous partners and sponsors for bringing some of their magic to our retreats. If you would like to partner with us, we would love to have a chat to explore.
Early Access (limited spots left): S$599 per person
Standard Access (closes on 6 June 2022): S$669 per person
“One of the most powerful, extraordinary inward journeys I have ever embarked on. It was extremely well organized with utmost attention to detail, a beautiful selection of meditations carefully curated with some amazing practitioners. Everything from the food to the ambience was carefully selected and even after the retreat the team took such great care of us by checking in.”
“What a powerful and life-changing experience! What comes through strongly is the attention that went into the design and preparation of the retreat. Nobody will leave the retreat the same person they arrived. Instead you will leave transformed, feeling empowered, more self-aware and equipped with new tools to lead a purposeful life.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with BSE. It was an extremely beautiful way to set aside time to go and do this. To clear my mind with healthy activities, meditation, movement, food, and rest to strengthen the mind. It was a beautiful experience and sure that I would love to do it again and again in time to come”
“This experience was bliss. The execution was flawless and it seemed everything flowed easily. Although this retreat was a first for me, everything was made easy and felt natural. The day of silence looked like a lot at first, but it actually felt too short. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to step back and reflect, emerge and grow.”
“What I hadn’t expected was to be wrapped up by all that greenery, serenity seeping into my awareness and gently sloughing away stress… Every day, we meditated on joy, gratitude and peace.”
Retreat Participant, for CNA Luxury
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.
You will be given your own mat (as supplied by Lululemon), pillow and eyemask for use during the day 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.
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.
You can expect the day retreat to follow this general schedule:
8:15AM Opening Ceremony
8:45AM Chakra Sounds Meditation
10:30AM Yin Yoga
1:30PM Drumming Circle
3:15PM Healing Sound Journey
5:00PM Closing Ceremony
5:30PM End of 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.
The day 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 day retreat is for:
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.
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.
We encourage that you leave your mobile phones and digital devices in your bags 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 and collect at the end of the day retreat, 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 day retreat itself, on the session grounds. If you need to have access to your phone for any reason, please do so away from other participants.
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 in outdoor settings, eating, drinking and during strenuous activities.
We will be abiding by the latest Safe Management Measures as outlined by the Singapore government. We encourage everyone to remain equipped with the TraceTogether app or token for any relevant checks as required by the prevailing government recommendations. Our team will also ensure that rigorous cleaning and disinfecting regimes are implemented, particularly for high touch surfaces.
We will be abiding by the latest Safe Management Measures as outlined by the Singapore government at the time of the retreat, including but not limited to the keeping of group sizes, safe distancing, mask-wearing, and checks on vaccination status.
Before the day retreat, you can share any food allergies, dietary plans and dietary restrictions that you may have with us. We will do our best to accommodate every guest.
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.
If you’d like to learn more or are unable to join our next edition, sign up here to our waitlist and our wellness specialist will be in touch with you. You will also be notified in the event that spots open up, and be one of the first to be informed of our upcoming retreats, events and new wellness experiences.