January 18th – 27th, 2019

A revitalizing return to what matters most


I believe we are collectively craving a deep reunion with the things that matter most — to step away from technology, daily routines, and to-do lists towards more nourishing and meaningful experiences that truly feed our souls.

The Art of Aliveness is designed to do just that. 

Equal parts cultural immersion, creative kickstart, holistic rejuvination, and soulful vacation, this ten-day adventure will nurture you back to a more vital sense of yourself by tending to your body, mind, and spirit. 

Guided by a  team of incredible facilitators, we will explore mixed media art, mindfulness, movement, writing, holistic nutrition, breathwork, and ceremony. Our time together will also include adventures to local sights, immersions in local culture, along with ample opportunities to relax and “choose our own adventure.”

Our intention is to offer a powerful array of life tools, insights, and experiences that will continue to support and inspire you well beyond our time together. Bali holds a very special place in my heart, and I can’t imagine a more devotional, inspiring, beautiful, and artistic place to hold this once in a lifetime gathering. 

Please note, painting and drawing will be woven throughout our time together, but this retreat includes a much broader spectrum of activities and experiences (see below) than one of my typical workshops or past retreats. If you’re looking for a painting retreat, I suggest one of my Bloom True Workshops


Hi! I’m Flora, and I’m thrilled to curate this once-in-a-lifetime adventure for you. To create a truly rich and inspiring experience, I’ve gathered together an extraordinary group of guides who will each offer their unique offerings and perspectives to the group. I encourage you to check out their websites below – you’re going to love them!

In addition to organizing this retreat, I will also be facilitating a number of creativity and mindfulness explorations throughout our time together. These mini-workshops will serve as in invitation to access your creativity from a place of freedom and curiosity by tuning into your intuition, learning to see the world in totally new ways, and being open to change along the way.

Our focus will not be on finished paintings, but rather on exploring a variety of empowering and accessible jumping off points to get our creative juices flowing. We will use a variety of mixed media art supplies on watercolor paper. I look forward to sharing with you!


keri padon

Keri Padon is an avid adventurer, aerialist, and yoga instructor whose teaching approach is characterized by playfulness, mindfulness, and presence. She will be offering Gentle Yoga classes, focusing on building awareness, self-love, and compassion. Keri will also serve as our retreat manager in Bali. Keri lives in Portland, OR.

Niema Lightseed is a poet, teacher, and healer dedicated to offering experiences of deep embodiment through words, movement, ritual, and art. She will be offering a Medicinal Poetry Mini-Workshop and a Cacao Ceremony to support the work of seeing, accepting, and celebrating the fullness of the human experience. Niema lives in Portland, OR.

Shannon Sims is a passionate holistic health educator and food artist who believes food can be delicious and beautiful and also serve as a living, supportive ally to our bodies, minds, and spirits. She will be offering a Holistic Nutrition Mini-Workshop as well as a Breathwork Ceremony. Shannon lives in Portland, OR.

Melody Ross is an artist, writer, seeker, and founder of the Brave Girls Club. She has led thousands of women on extraordinary journeys back to themselves through art, writing, and soulful explorations. In Bali, Melody will offer her Soul Unfolding Mini Journaling Workshop to help you reclaim your soul’s passion and get on (or stay on) your path to bliss. Melody lives in Boise, Idaho.

Tara Morris

Tara Morris is a professional photographer, world traveler, and yoga teacher known for her inspirational “yoga preaching,” relatability, and humor. Tara will be teaching vigorous Vinyasa Yoga classes for us, as well as documenting our retreat through photography. She will also be offering retreat participants private portrait sessions at an additional cost. Tara lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Rebekah Uccellini Kuby is an artist, community permaculture gardener, educator, and heart-centered activist. She is currently the Project Director at Ethical Coach and the founder of A Fest’s Give Back Day. Rebekah is organizing an opportunity for our group to give back to the local Balinese community in need. Rebekah lives in Northern California.

Pixie Lighthorse mothers the nurture-deficient world by teaching Earth Medicine theory and skills which are akin to the ancestors’ ways. She defines Earth Medicine as the accumulated learnings modeled exquisitely by nature: the creatures, plants and geology which make up our world. She will be offering a shamanic journey on our retreat. Pixie lives in Central Oregon.


Dr. Marie Mbouni is an anesthesiologist, shamanic and energy healer, spiritual guide, author, facilitator of sacred ceremonies and retreats, creativity coach, world traveler, and love anchor. All these techniques help her share her Medicine, which is LOVE. While in Bali, she will be offering Munay-Ki womb healing. Marie lives in Southern California.

Nicole Lawrence is an artist and Waldorf School teacher who first traveled to Bali at the age of 19, found her home away from home, and has since returned several times a year to explore the small villages with her Balinese friends. Nicole will be organizing some of our local excursions and is available for questions about the local area.

Retreat Details:

(More details will be emailed upon registration)


Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


January 18th – January 27th, 2019

We will begin with an Opening Ceremony on the evening of the 18th, and close with breakfast on the 27th.


All materials will be provided.


Our entire group will be staying at the tranquil Bali Swasti Eco Retreat Center, a eco-conscious retreat center located in the quiet Nyuh Kuning neighborhood of central Ubud, a five-minute walk to the famous Monkey Forest.

The accommodations at Swasti are artful, traditional, beautiful, and totally unique! You can see a gallery of images here to get a sense of the place. There are single and shared rooms available. You can share a cottage with a friend, or be matched with another participant of the retreat. If you book a single room and have a friend you’d like to share the space with, please email us to discuss options. There may be space to include a couple more participants in shared singles.


The Art of Aliveness Retreat will consist of approximately 25 participants, plus your team of teachers to ensure a dynamic group with plenty of personal attention and one-on-one support. Upon registration, each participant will be invited to a private Facebook group to foster connections among the group.

Please note, everyone staying at Swasti must be participating in the retreat. We have found that having significant others and/or children staying in the rooms creates too much of a distraction from the experience. Thanks for understanding, this time is for you!


No experience is required to attend this retreat.


You will have the option to pay in full, or pay in a series of three payments, spaced one month apart.

If you choose to use a payment plan, you will need to make your first deposit to secure your spot. Your next two payments will be due over the next two months. You will receive an email when payments are due, and you can pay them by logging into your account on

If we haven’t received your final payment by November 1st, we will need to refund your deposits (minus a $100 processing fee) and open up your spot to our waitlist. Thank you for understanding!


Once you’ve paid your deposit, you will receive a confirmation email with details regarding travel to Bali, packing lists, and other ways to prepare for our time together. Please feel free to email any questions to We are here to help!


There are no refunds for this retreat unless we are able to fill your spot. If we are able to fill your spot, a $100 cancellation fee will apply, and the rest of your retreat investment will be refunded. If we are not able to fill your spot, there will be no refund issued.  

In case of a natural disaster or any other unforeseen reasons to cancel the retreat, we reserve the right to make any changes necessary to the retreat. In this rare case, will offer you a full refund and the option to book another retreat. However, we are not responsible for any changes made to your airfare. For your peace of mind, we recommend purchasing “cancel for any reason” trip insurance in case cancellations or changes arise.


  • 10-day facilitated retreat with eight guides
  • 9 nights of accommodations at Bali Swasti Eco Retreat Center
  • Airport transfer to and from the Denpasar airport to Ubud (1-2 hour drive each way)
  • All transportation to retreat outings
  • Welcome dinner party
  • Daily organic breakfast
  • Traditional Balinese dance performance + dinner
  • Lunches out on our field trip days
  • A traditional Balinese massage
  • Generous goody bags
  • Art supplies
  • Creativity + mindfulness classes with Flora Bowley
  • Daily yoga + movement classes with Keri Padon and Tara Morris
  • Holistic nutrition workshop with Shannon Sims
  • Breathwork ceremony with Shannon Sims
  • Medicinal Poetry workshop with Niema Lightseed
  • Cacao ceremony with Niema Lightseed
  • Writing workshop with Melody Ross
  • Local Giveback service opportunity
  • Sound healing session at the Pyramids of Chi
  • Offering making and traditional dance workshops with local Balinese friends
  • An adventurous trip to Bali Swing
  • A trip to a sacred spring + waterfall
  • Personal time to explore and/or rest as needed
  • Connections and memories to last a lifetime!


  • Airfare to and from Denpasar, Bali
  • Visa + airport exit fee (approximately $50 total)
  • Transportation if you arrive or leave more than two-days before or after the retreat, or if you are needing transport anywhere other than the airport and Swasti Eco Cottages. 
  • Lunches, dinners, and gratuities (other than the ones we will provide — see what’s included)
  • Additional gratuities for the retreat center staff. We will pay the expected minimum of $5 per day per person, but additional gratuities are greatly appreciated and go a long way to support the local staff
  • Any alcohol you purchase during the retreat

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Bali?

Bali is a small Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Bali is located between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. The island is quite small —95 miles wide and approximately 69 miles north to south.

How long does it take to get to Bali?

Of course it depends on where you are coming from.

If you are traveling from the United States or Canada, expect about 30 hours of travel. We will provide more information about traveling to Bali upon registration.

What's the weather like in Bali?

The temperatures in Bali average around 79 degrees Fahrenheit and 26 degrees Celsius in January. January is considered the wet season, so it is likely to rain at some point during our days together. It is also quite humid in Bali year round.

What's the food like? What if I have a specific diet?

The food served in the cafe at Bali Swasti Eco Retreat Center is organic, healthy and will easily accommodate your dietary needs. There are also an abundance of delicious, healthy, and affordable restaurants within walking distance (or a short car ride) from where we will be staying in Ubud. We will provide you with maps and suggestions to some of our favorite places.

Where do I fly into + do I need a visa to travel to Bali?

You will fly into the Denpasar airport (DEN).

You will need a visa to enter Bali, however, you are able to purchase a 30-day visa upon arrival in the Denpasar airport. The cost is approximately $35 US.

You will need make sure your passport is current and valid 3 – 6 months before your travel (depending on which country you are traveling from).

More information about traveling to Bali will be provided upon registration.

Do I need to speak Indonesian?

Nope. English is widely spoken in Bali, but knowing a few local phrases is recommended. We will send you some guidance on this upon registration.

Do I need immunizations?

Please check the CDC website for recommendations for traveling to Bali.

Can you tell me more about Bali?

How will I get to the retreat center from the airport?

You will need to arrange for individual transportation through the retreat center (we will provide instructions on how to do this upon registration). A driver will pick you up outside the airport (with your name on a sign) and bring you the retreat center. This expense is covered as a part of your tuition. Tipping is appreciated.

Do I need any painting or yoga experience to participate in the retreat?

All experience levels are welcome and encouraged.

Do I need to bring my own art supplies?

All your art materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring additional supplies you love to work with (ie your favorite pens, etc).

How should I pack for this trip?

A detailed packing list will be sent upon registration. Think tropical vacation 😉

Is there wifi in Bali?

You will have access to wifi at or retreat center, but it tends to be a little hit and miss and the connection can be quite slow (this may have changed since the last time I was there in 2014). Many restaurants in Ubud also have wifi available, however, we encourage you to take as much time away your devices as possible to recharge 🙂

Do I need to be present for the entire retreat?

Yes. It’s important that everyone is present for the entire retreat to create a safe and inclusive container. Each day of the retreat will build upon the next in a cumulative fashion.

Please arrive in Ubud by the afternoon of January 18th, and plan to depart no earlier than the afternoon of January 27th.

How much physical activity will be do doing?

This retreat is quite physically active. Between daily movement sessions, fieldtrips, moving around the large retreat center, and optional hikes, we will be on the move! The sidewalks and roads in Bali are also quite uneven, so they may be difficult for people with limited mobility.

How do the payment plans work?

You will have the option to pay in full, or pay in a series of three payments.

If you choose to use a payment plan, you will need to make your first deposit now to secure your spot. Your next two payments will be due over the next two months. You will receive an email when your next payments are due, and you can pay them by logging into your account on

If we haven’t received your final payment by November 1st, 2018, we will refund your previously paid deposits (minus a $100 processing fee) and open up your spot to our waitlist. Thank you for understanding!

How does the waitlist work?

If anyone drops out a retreat (it does happen), we will notify everyone on the wait list. The open spot will go to the first person who responds to the notification email and confirms registration!

Can I sign up with a friend?

You will both need to register and pay separately for the retreat, but we are happy to put you in a shared accommodation if you let us know who are you traveling with.

Due to the high demand of interest in the retreat, we are unable to “save spots” for friends.

When will I hear about the schedule and all the details?

You will receive a confirmation email after you register for a retreat. This email will include detailed information you will need to plan your trip and prepare for the retreat. We will send along follow up emails with more details as the trip approaches. We are happy to help make your trip to Bali easy from start to finish!


Please note, there are three different options for accommodations. If you traveling with a friend and would like to share a cottage, please make sure you both reserve the Shared Cottage option and then email us at so that we can coordinate. If you are traveling alone and would like to sign up for a Shared Cottage, we will pair you with another retreat participant. 


Changes do happen. If we have an opening in the retreat, we will email the entire waitlist. The first person to sign up for the spot will get it!