Body as Earth Retreats

An embodiment retreat

Oceanic Body

rituals of deep time

April 26 to 28, 2024
Sugi Island, Riau Archipelago, Indonesia

An Invitation

We invite you to our next embodiment retreat, Oceanic Body: Rituals of Deep Time. With the hopes to gather an intentional group with authentic interest in this work of deepening connection to self, collective, and earth. While widening our capacity for stress amidst the fragility of modernity.

Modern way of life has coerced us towards the violence of rushing, urgency of time, and pursuit of perfection.

In the lifespan of the earth, we are a blink of an eye. In this animistic perspective, time is tectonic.

Oceanic Body: Rituals of Deep Time is a container to expand our embodied notions of time, slowing down through states of movement, collective dreaming, and returning to the rhythms of nature – where there is no rushing, but everything gets done.

With the witness of the ocean, being moved and moving with the waters of our body – we remember ourselves as expansive as that of the horizon.

As drops of the ocean, we come together as our ancestors did – to seek counsel with nature in states of deep time through storytelling, movement, sound, and circles.

Move with us for this intentional gathering.

Within the secluded Sugi Island, Riau Archipelago — we have the internal and external spaciousness, that is often difficult to access amidst urban terrain. This space invites us into the Oceanic Body.

We would be honoured to welcome you.

Chloe & Lisa


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Embodiment Retreat, January 2023 Philippines

Oceanic Body: Rituals of Deep Time

Retreat Program

DAY 1 – FRI 26 APRIL  : GROUND

  • Departure from Sekupang Ferry Terminal, Batam to Telunas, Sugi Island.
  • Orient + Check in + Lunch
  • Embodied Landscapes
  • Sunset Ritual: Offerings to the Land
  • Dinner + Bonfire

 

DAY 2 – SAT 27 APRIL : ENLIVEN

  • Breakfast + Free Time
  • Embodied Landscapes
  • Deep Time: Ancestral Wisdom
  • Lunch + Free Time
  • Cacao Ritual
  • Dinner + Bonfire

     

DAY 3 – SUN 28 APRIL : DEEPEN

  • Breakfast + Free Time
  • Integration Circle: Continuity
  • Check out + Free Time
  • Departure to Sekupang Ferry Terminal

Oceanic Body: Rituals of Deep Time

Overview Retreat

Date: April 26 (Fri) – April 28 (Sun), 2024 
Location: Telunas Private Beach Resort, Sugi island, Riau Archipelago, Indonesia
Just 50km, 2.5hours ferry ride from Singapore

Inclusive of

Not Included

  • Transportation to Sekupang Ferry Terminal, Batam, Indonesia
  • Visa Fees
  • Extended stay
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional activities not included in the itinerary

Intentions

  • Gathering for collective care
  • Deepen our relationship to slow time
  • Restful rejuvenation for the soul
  • Embodiment practice and tools
  • Belonging with self and community

Accommodation

Telunas Beach Resort

We will partner with Telunas Beach Resort, a unique eco lodge with private beach on the secluded Sugi Island of the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia. The island is 50km/2.5hrs ferry ride away from Singapore. They work with locals and are passionate about environmental social impact along side conscious tourism.

Telunas is built entirely over the water and have expansive views, thatched roofs, and natural cooling provided by the natural ocean breezes.
We have reserved two types of accommodation; Standard Room and Bungalow with balcony.

Telunas intentionally does not offer WIFI. There are no televisions in the rooms. One of their unique distinctives is providing the guests with a refuge from the hectic, incessant, over-plugged-in cadence of modern life today.

On this private beach resort and the secluded Sugi island, we will have the internal and external spaciousness, that is often difficult to access amidst urban terrain. This space invites us into the Oceanic Body.

1. Virtual Tour Deck   2. Virtual Tour Beach

Accommodation Details

the overwater rooms (SOLD OUT)

  • Inspired by local Riau architecture
  • 24 square meter room
  • Includes one queen bed and one bunk bed
  • Bathroom, hot shower and toilet
  • Facing Sunrise
  • No aircon, fans only, nice breezy wind and the sound of the ocean waves under your room
  • No Wifi, No TV
  • Over the water

Accommodation Details

Bungalow with Balcony
 

  • Inspired by local Riau architecturea
  • 36 square meter bungalow with balcony
  • Includes one queen bed and one bunk bed
  • Bathroom, hot shower and toilet
  • Sunset views
  • No aircon, fans only, nice breezy wind and the sound of the ocean waves under your bungalow
  • No Wifi, No TV
  • Over the water
  • Balcony

     

Virtual Tour 1       Virtual Tour 2

by Telunas Beach Resort

Activities & Massages

During our retreat, there will be free time for you to do other activities, relax and explore the beach and its surroundings. These services will be provided and facilitated by Telunas and are at additional costs payable to Telunas. The final retreat time schedule will be included in the retreat guidebook.

Massages on the Beach

You won’t need to go to the Maldives to find a massage pavilion! Telunas Massage is located on their private beach. Release stress and muscle tensions after a day on the beach through pampering massage treatments.
Please view their massage menu

Free Activities

  • Volleyball
  • Ping Pong
  • Beach Games
  • Traditional Fishing
  • Jetty Jumping


Activities With An Additional Cost

  • Sea Kayaking
    • Single Kayak: IDR 180k++ hour
    • Double Kayak: IDR 250k++ hour
  • Stand Up Paddleboard: IDR 250k++ hour
  • Shrimping: 100k++ per person
  • Pottery Lesson (min. 2 participants)
    IDR 255k++ per person. Minimum activity charge: IDR 500k++
    Try your hand sculpting pottery at the Telunas Beach Ceramics studio.


Activities subject to 10% government tax and 9% service charge and payable to Telunas Beach Resorts

retreat highlights

Embodied Landscapes™

An embodied exploration enliven nature within. A space to let the body speak before the mind. Through movement as a gateway, we’ll work with the intention to feel free in your body.

We will begin with a somatic (body based) awareness practice, followed by opening the spine through simple yet effective spinal flow sequence. We will then be guided to activate our spatial awareness, and transition into an intuitive flow. We close with a deep nidra and sound bath to bring the body into equilibrium.

Movement and sound acts as a bridge for all bodies to deepen into expressive motion, leading into potential resolution of tension and trauma.

Embodied Landscapes is created by Chloe and has been offered in Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and Thailand. Chloe is trauma aware and assures accessibility in movement for all bodies. This session is supported with live sound by Lisa and Chloe.

 

A Dynamic Dialogue Of Body-Mind Connection​

Embodiment is the practice of being fully present in your body, acknowledging its wisdom and intelligence. Movement is integral to embodiment, serving as a gateway to express emotions, release tension, and enhance the mind-body connection

In a world often dominated by cognitive or mental control, embodiment practices aim to shift the focus to a more holistic approach.

In other words, embodiment emphasizes the bidirectional relationship between the mind and body. It acknowledges that the body holds valuable information, emotions, and intelligence, and by tuning into the body’s signals, we can manage our mental states, decision-making processes, and overall well-being. Embodying a shift from mind control to a holistic integration.

This shift from mind controlling body (top to bottom) to a body integrated approach, where the body informs and guides the mind (bottom to top), is a fundamental principle in embodiment practices.

Embodiment is a journey from mind control to a harmonious integration, where movement becomes a profound tool for self-expression, emotional release, and holistic well-being allowing movements to guide our mind.

 

retreat highlights

Deep Time: Ancestral Wisdom

Deep time is a practice of ancestral talking circles, involuntary non-movement, and a dream journey; while being supported through Theta wave sounds.

An allowing of time to shape shift.

Sharing of our ancestral lines inform how that has made us who we are at present. Leading into a meditative state of involuntary non-movement, inviting the body to melt with nature and be comfortable with discomfort. Closing with a gentle guided dream exploration grounded in the theme of ancestry.

Time shape shifts as we enter into different states of being, the body becomes a source of deep insight, the shared circle become a space of collective care.

Amidst modernity’s backdrop — Can we allow ourselves to slow down time? Can we invite an unfolding of the inherent wisdom stored in our bodies?

retreat highlights

Cacao Ritual - Ceremony

In this ritual, we will take time to ponder upon our place within the earth through meditative contemplation, writing, movement, and being in circle.

We will connect with the deity of Criollo cacao, an heirloom seed that migrated from the Amazon to the Mayans and then the Philippines.

Alongside cacao, we will work with the medicine of eucalyptus, sound frequency, embodiment, sacred thread, and visionary meditation.

Chloe has been embraced by cacao throughout her upbringing. She comes with a deep seat in practices and plants rooted in spiritual evolution. She has sat with many indigenous elders and holds cultural sensitivity in its highest regard.

Lisa will be creating a unique blend of the Criollo cacao with spices and herbs, to add complexity to the flavour, and to work with other herbal allies to enhance our cacao experience. She will also be supporting with sound throughout the ritual.

Facilitators

Space Holders

I take space holding with the utmost sensitivity and care. I do my best to honour our differences and assure inclusivity and accessibility through integrating trauma sensitive practices. Together with Lisa, we hope to assure your experience to be smooth, care-full, and loving.” – Chloe

Chloe (b. 1992, Manila) holds Tagalog-Illocano-Batangueño, Sindi, and Singaporean ancestry. She works within the intersection of movement arts, bodywork, somatic therapy, embodiment facilitation, and education. She responds to the poly-crisis by advocating for ancestral animistic practices through her labor of bridging embodied wisdom to communities. Chloe is trauma informed, queer, and neuro-divergent aware. More here 

Lisa (b. 1978, Amsterdam) is a Dutch entrepreneur born and raised in the Netherlands with businesses in luxury retail, f&b and web development. She moved to Singapore in 2017, embarking on a transformative journey. Born to early Vietnamese boat refugees who received asylum in the Netherlands, Lisa’s heritage is a blend of Chinese roots and Vietnamese Dao ethnic. Over the past decade, Lisa has been challenged with a autoimmune disease that causes hearing loss by immersing herself into sound and as a soundhealing practitioner. Her exploration is an intersection of her classical music background as pianist, Tibetan singing bowls, ocean waves, chimes, and more. Lisa’s passions spans across conscious tourism, food & beverage, web development and hospitality. She will be your hostess for this retreat and guiding the sound journeys.

Rates

Book & Join Us

Prices are in Singapore dollars, based on the accommodation type.
Register early to assure priority booking and best accommodation. First come First serve.

Bungalow with Balcony
 

Private Trio – $1980 (avg. $660/pax)
Bungalow with Balcony for 3 pax

Private Duo – $1468 (avg. $734/pax)
Bungalow with Balcony for 2 pax

Private Solo – $1058
Bungalow with Balcony for 1 pax

Shared Bunk – $688
Bungalow with Balcony, Bunk Bed for 1 pax.
Bungalow will be shared with maximum one other person. You will sleep alone a bunk bed (2 stack beds)

Shared Queen – $788
Bungalow with Balcony, Queen Bed for 1 pax.
Bungalow will be shared with maximum one other person. You will sleep alone a queen bed

*We welcome you to extend your stay at Telunas Beach Resort and manage your own travel pace. Please let us know as soon as possible, so we can assist you with the booking and check with Telunas for availability.

  • Transportation to Sekupang Ferry Terminal, Batam, Indonesia
  • Visa Fees
  • Extended stay
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional activities not in the retreat itinerary
  • Inspired by local Riau architecturea
  • 36 square meter bungalow with balcony
  • Includes one queen bed and one bunk bed
  • Bathroom, hot shower and toilet
  • Sunset views
  • No aircon, fans only, nice breezy wind and the sound of the ocean waves under your bungalow
  • No Wifi, No TV
  • Over the water
  • Balcony
 

No Wifi
Telunas intentionally does not offer WIFI. There are no televisions in the rooms. One of their unique distinctives is providing their guests with a refuge from the hectic, incessant, over-plugged-in cadence of modern life today.

If you must be connected you can purchase a local SIM card (Telkomsel) at the Ferry Terminal or use a personal internet plan with data. Please note that due to the remote location of Telunas Resorts, the signal strength may be intermittent and unreliable.

the overwater rooms (SOLD OUT)

Private Duo – $1198 (avg. $599/pax)
Room for 2 pax

Private Solo – $898
Room for 1 pax

Shared Bunk – $578
Room shared, Bunk Bed for 1 pax.
Shared Room with maximum one other person. You will sleep alone in a bunk bed (2 stack beds).

Shared Queen – $628
Room shared, Queen Bed for 1 pax.
Shared Room with maximum one other person. You will sleep alone in a queen bed. 

*We welcome you to extend your stay at Telunas Beach Resort and manage your own travel pace. Please let us know as soon as possible, so we can assist you with the booking and check with Telunas for availability.

  • Transportation to Sekupang Ferry Terminal, Batam, Indonesia
  • Visa Fees
  • Extended stay
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional activities not in the retreat itinerary
  • Inspired by local Riau architecture
  • 24 square meter room
  • Includes one queen bed and one bunk bed
  • Bathroom, hot shower and toilet
  • Facing Sunrise
  • No aircon, fans only, nice breezy wind and the sound of the ocean waves under your room
  • No Wifi, No TV
  • Over the water 

No Wifi
Telunas intentionally does not offer WIFI. There are no televisions in the rooms. One of their unique distinctives is providing their guests with a refuge from the hectic, incessant, over-plugged-in cadence of modern life today.

If you must be connected you can purchase a local SIM card (Telkomsel) at the Ferry Terminal or use a personal internet plan with data. Please note that due to the remote location of Telunas Resorts, the signal strength may be intermittent and unreliable.

How to Get there

transportation

This retreat is inclusive of transporation from Sekupang  to Telunas Beach Resort, Sugi Island, Indonesia.

We will be arranging a ferry boat for the group from Sekupang to Telunas.

If you travel outside our arranged schedule to Telunas Beach Resort, there will be additional costs that you will shoulder.

All participants needs to arrange their own transport to Sekupang, Batam, Indonesia.

 

How to get to Sekupang

Singapore Residents

You will need to book the return ferry to Sekupang, Batam, Indonesia.
We have arranged transportation from Sekupang to Telunas Beach resort and will depart from Sekupang. Departure time to be confirmed.

We recommend to book the ferry with Batamfast.

APR 26 2024 Departure time to be confirmed.
Harbourfront (SG) to Sekupang (IND)
AM TBC

APR 28 2024
Sekupang (IND) to Harbourfront (SG)
5:30PM 

Please arrive on time on 26th April at Sekupang Ferry Terminal.
Timing to be confirmed

Please keep us in loop of your travel plans, we can help you along the way.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Singapore Passport Holders are exempted for Visa.
If you reside in Singapore and do not hold Singapore Passport, please check here for visa requirements

How to get to Sekupang

Other Nationals

If you are coming from another country than Singapore, we recommend to arrive in Singapore first and take the ferry with our group from Harbourfront (SG) to Sekupang (ID) or meet at Sekupang Ferry Terminal on 26th April, 11am.

Alternatively you can fly to Batam, Hang Nadim International Airport and arrange transport to Sekupang Ferry Terminal.

Please arrive on time at 11am on 26th April at Sekupang Ferry Terminal.

Please keep us in loop of your travel plans, we can help you along the way.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
Singapore Passport Holders are exempted for Visa.
If you reside in Singapore and do not hold Singapore Passport, please check here for visa requirements

Testimonials

What Other People Experienced

This retreat was transformative, kind, and loving. It’s hard to find retreats and people I can trust to hold space for mental health practitioners like me. Chloe, the rest of the team, and the whole community are deep in love and in study, and are therefore trustworthy. I have come out of this retreat reawakened, more kind to my body, and with a stronger sense of belonging.” – Gabes, Psychotherapist, Educator & Community Organiser, Philippines

 

My retreat experience was immersive and inspiring. There is something grounding and nourishing about being in nature, especially when I was feeling disconnected and untethered in city life. A mindfully designed, heartfelt experience led by facilitators who really held space. Overall, a retreat I would go back for – again and again.– Krystle, Marketing Executive, Singapore

 

Sensitive, joyful, nourishing, grounding solidarity building in a paradisiaque location infused with healing energies and tangible practices. Chloe is a wonderful facilitator and collaborator who has woven together a beautiful tapestry that we may drape lovingly on ourselves from time to time after the retreat.” – L.H, Theater Practitioner & Educator, Singapore

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