The Banyan Tree is one of the most venerated trees in India, known to survive for centuries, symbolizing longevity and grace. With its wide outstretched branches, it is often compared to the shelter given by the gods to spiritual devotees. Its long winding limbs which twist and bind, epitomize flexibility and strength, and the importance of staying grounded and rooted. Even the bark, leaves and fruit hold many healing properties known to renew health and vitality. To this day, people have always gathered at dusk in the cool shade of the big broad leaves, to connect and resolve conflict, to share and be heard, and to find peace. At Banyan Retreats, we seek to bring people together support individual and collective growth through the practice of yoga. This is how we do it.



    Banyan Retreats offers customized support for yoga teachers holding Bali-based retreats and teacher trainings. We are here to simplify your life. Your job is to envision your dream retreat. Our job is to listen, collaborate and make it happen.




    Do you like booking vehicles and planning meals? Tracking payments and organizing registration forms? No? That's great, because we do. From program design to accounting and client management, Banyan's bespoke support and in-country expertise allows you to do what you love most: teach, inspire and relax. Do you see your students surrounded by sprawling emerald rice paddies, or nestled up in the misty mountains? Are your morning meditations at sunrise by the sea? Would you like to make Balinese offerings or raw chocolate? Bring us your ideas, and let us share some of ours with you, to co-create a personalized and unforgettable experience for your group.




    We take the time to genuinely understand your course themes, curriculum and goals. We work with you to clarify how we can best support your vision. Choosing from a menu of hand-picked facilities, we identify the best possible resources for your group. From accommodation and food to the natural landscape to the frangipani blossoms left on your pillows - we know that details matter.


    We work with socially and environmentally responsible retreat centers and businesses. We support their commitment to positive change through their organic gardens, alternative energy supplies, responsible waste management or staff empowerment programs.




    You’ve come so far - why not invite the essence of Bali into your experience? With an inspired, Bali-based local team, our understanding of the rich cultural traditions means yoga teachers can bring unique aspects of Balinese culture into their retreats and trainings. Discover the many ways in which you can infuse your program with extraordinary Balinese ceremonies and performances, ensuring a authentic and deeply profound experience.


    Give back.


    Karma Yoga is the "discipline of action" and the art of selfless service. It is an important part of the yogic path, and of what we do at Banyan Retreats. Through our Compassion in Action initiative, a portion of each student’s course fees are allocated to local NGOs effecting social or environmental change. Teachers decide which organizations to support as well as the percentage allocated to donate, but our belief is that every contribution makes a difference.


  • Upcoming YTTs and Retreats

    Looking forward...




    March 5 - 11, 2018: A Mindful Yoga Retreat in Bali, Indonesia with Laila Dajani


    This retreat is for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of both yoga and meditation and to learn how to integrate it into their daily lives for a more connected and wholesome living. The practices will encourage students to pause and reflect on what is significant for them at the time. To be given the permission to slow down is key to live from a place of alignment that not only benefits oneself but all those we are in close relationships with.


    Each morning will focus on health maintenance with Pranayama and a Yang practice while each evening will invite in stillness interweaving mindfulness with a Yin practice, thus, learning to connect body, heart and mind. What is special about this retreat is the support each student will receive from Laila offering one on one mentoring sessions to all her students during the week.


    We will be staying at the stunning Floating Leaf Eco-Resort, renowned for its luxury accommodations, cuisine and excellent service - an peaceful setting overlooking the tropical coastline and emerald rice fields.


    To learn more about Laila Dajani, visit: www.LailaDajani.com



    (Paid in full by Dec. 1, 2017)

    Single Room: USD $2070

    Shared (double) room: USD $1575


    STANDARD PRICING (After Dec. 1, 2017)

    Single room: USD $2300

    Shared (double) room: USD $1750


    For more information contact: jamie@banyanretreats.com 

  • Past Retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings

    Kate Gillespie and Duncan Parviainen


    About Kate Gillespie:


    Kate lives by this motto: Student first, teacher second. Her practice began about 15 years ago when she discovered yoga to be a tonic for past sports injuries.


    After nearly a decade of practice, Kate pursued her first teacher training program in Costa Rica, with the intention of simply deepening her personal practice and having an extended vacation from a demanding finance career. The rest is history.


    Kate credits the depth of her practice and love of yoga to her esteemed teachers: Schuyler Grant, Annie Carpenter, Ryan Leier, Meghan Currie and JP Tamblyn-Sabo. www.KateGillespie.ca


    About Duncan Parviainen:


    Duncan is a full-time E-RYT500 yoga instructor based out of Toronto, Ontario.


    He graduated from his first 200Hr yoga teacher training when he was 17, and started teaching immediately. After some travelling and working as a wilderness guide, he attended the University of Guelph, where he received the President Scholarship to study Biomedical Sciences. He later transferred to Ryerson University to complete a BFA in Performance Dance. After leaving the program, Duncan eventually transitioned into teaching yoga full-time.


    Duncan has completed trainings in Anusara, Ashtanga, Power, SmartFlow, Vinyasa, Hatha/Gentle Yoga and Restorative yoga. His classes are a blend of rich alignment cues, creativity, fun, hard work, and deep rest.





    Suzanne Faith Slocum-Gori

    Bali, Indonesia


    About Suzanne Faith Slocum-Gori

    With a doctorate within Counselling Psychology, a E-RYT 500, Co-Owner of One Yoga for the People Vancouver & the SARA Foundation for Cancer Prevention, Suzanne's teachings encourage students to dissolve barriers and to dance through an intelligent practice in order to create more intimacy with Grace. In the context of international workshops, retreats, teacher trainings and mentorships, Suzanne offers devotional, mythical, dynamic, bold, mighty and introspective experiences for all. Anchored in ancient teachings and woven to attune to modern duty, Suzanne's teachings progressively awaken students to their own humanity and auspiciousness. Suzanne continues to feed and share her curiosity in life by studying with several highly esteemed scholars and teachers. Suzanne's heart is captivated and mesmerized by her husband, two children and malamute husky, and, by her Gracious yoga community in Vancouver.



    Jan 28 - Feb. 4, 2017: Life This Delicious (Retreat) in Nicaragua with Jacqui Wells and Jennifer Arndt


    Are you ready for a real adventure in yoga and movement? Take a journey with us in Nicaragua this winter. This is a true retreat. A true get-away. It's about removing yourself from all that you know and finding yourself somewhere completely different for a while. Join us as we immerse ourselves in a different culture, experience new sensations, share time with some other amazing people and indulge in the sheer deliciousness of life.


    Set at the stunning El Coco Loco Resort , a community focused eco-resort in Chinandega, northern Nicaragua.




    Feb 11-18, 2017: Ocean Potion Yoga & Surf Retreat in Nicaragua with Kate Gillespie and Matt Phippen


    Practice, surf, play, and repeat. This trip has been so wonderfully received, that Kate and Matt are back to run it a 4th time; it just keeps getting better and better.


    So, turn off your phones, turn up your smiles and come get down and have some fun! Tucked away in our own little piece of paradise, we've got the ocean, white sand beaches and the jungle all around us. Nicaragua is the perfect setting for this retreat with it's stunning landscape, welcoming people, warm weather and nourishing food! This is your time, so make it anything and everything you want it to be.







    March 4-24, 2017: The Yoga Method 200Hr Vinyasa YTT in Bali, Indonesia with Kate Gillespie and Matt Phippen


    We are delighted to announce this opportunity to dive deep into your personal practice and learn to teach what you love.


    This comprehensive 21-day immersion is designed to refine your asana practice, connect you with your voice, explore the anatomy the body and the power of the breath, and understand the science behind it all. A modern vinyasa practice steeped in tradition.


    Nestled into the lush, tropical coastline of Balian Beach in southwestern Bali, surrounded by the rhythm of the ocean's waves, Pondok Pitaya is an ideal setting for such a powerful and transformational journey.


    Co-facilitated by both Matt Phippen and Kate Gillespie, students are assured personalized support and guidance every step of the way.


    We hope you can join us. Bali awaits you...


    Contact: info@banyanretreats.com for more details or visit: www.KateGillespie.ca or www.mattphippen.yoga





    May 1 - 7, 2017: A Mindful Yin & Yang Yoga Retreat in Bali, Indonesia with Laila Dajani


    This retreat is aimed for those who are looking to deepen both their yoga and meditation practice. It will offer practitioners the opportunity to take pause from typical daily routines and patterns. This generous time we gift ourselves on retreat will let us drop into the various body, heart and mind practices for healing and renewal. Daily instruction will include a balance of meditation and both Yin & Yang yoga practice.


    We will be staying at the stunning Floating Leaf Eco-Resort, renowned for its luxury accommodations, cuisine and excellent service - an peaceful setting overlooking the tropical coastline and emerald rice fields.


    To learn more about Laila Dajani, visit: www.LailaDajani.com


    For more information contact: info@banyanretreats.com 






    Nov. 20-26, 2016:

    Align & Shine Retreat in Bali, Indonesia with Duncan Parviainen


    Join us to "align and shine" in Bali at the stunning Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat Centre, for this one-week yoga retreat focused on revolutionizing, transforming and cultivating your strength! With intelligently sequenced and empowering vinyasa yoga classes twice a day as well as yoga workshops throughout the week, get ready to take your yoga practice to a whole new level.


    The retreat offers a wonderful blend of yoga, cultural exploration and self-nurturing.

    Expect healthy, fresh, organic and nourishing cuisine daily. With incredible optional excursions, plan to be exposed to the sheer beauty of Balinese culture and its jaw-dropping rice fields, mountains and beaches. During your free time you can choose to go surfing, explore the beaches, discover waterfalls, visit temples, explore the rice fields, visit the markets, hike mountains, relax at the pool, get a massage, or visit local healers.


    The yoga studio, surrounded by rice paddies and boasting ocean views, will inspire your practice. All rooms are beautiful, modern, spacious, air conditioned and have wifi.


    For more about Duncan Parviainen:








    Jamie Woodall


    Jamie Woodall, has been organizing immersive, cross-cultural travel adventures for over 18 years. She is passionate about utilizing the rich cultural and physical landscapes of Asia as a metaphor for learning about our own inner wisdom and potential.


    As T.S. Elliot so eloquently wrote, "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."


    Indeed, Jamie understands that at the heart of each deeply transformative experience is something which inspires change. It may an experience that challenges our worldview, or our comfortable perception of ourselves. It may be a connection with someone or something that shakes up our world just a little. Or, a lot. Yet, if these experiences are warmly invited, and we are open to the potential they hold for us, we have the opportunity return to the “place we started” with just a little more clarity around who we truly are and what we have to give back to the world around us.

    Yeni Wijaya

    Program Coordinator

    Yeni is our brilliantly talented Balinese host, logistician and overall super hero. As Program Coordinator, Yeni brings to Banyan a wonderful blend of consistently positive and calming energy, a passion for holistic health, along with a natural flair for logistics and information management. Whether greeting people with her friendly smile, getting everyone's ducks in a row, or leading kiran sessions with the group, Yeni always brings something rich to every Banyan program, and is a wonderful asset to the team. 


    Vancouver, Canada: 







  • What People are Saying

    We are here to simplify and streamline retreat and YTT planning. This is what

    teachers and students are saying about us...

    Laila Dajani

    Teacher: A Mindful Yin & Yang Retreat, May 2017

    "It was wonderful, easy and professional working with Banyan Retreats on so many different platforms. Jamie’s experience and knowledge of Bali (because of living there) made it possible for her to understand exactly which retreat centre would be the perfect fit for my group. Jamie’s honest work ethic and drive is why I want to continue working with her on future retreats. She was honest about every detail planning this retreat which also helped me so much in making significant decisions for my group which benefited not only myself as a leader but all participants. Jamie is a professional, everything from dietary requirements to itinerary’s and visas gets taken care of before you arrive so that once on retreat you can focus on why you are there, for personal growth and soul nourishment. Finally, as a mother myself, having someone like Jamie understand that I am a professional as well as a mother and wife, really took pressure off when I needed to focus on family. Once I landed in Bali, I knew instantly, without having even met Jamie in person, that I wanted to keep this relationship between Banyan Retreats and myself going.”

    Kristine Paliuanan

    Student of Empowered Spirit 200HR YTT, 2016

    "I wanted to express my gratitude for EVERYTHING you have done for me and the rest of the group. The resort was absolutely stunning and I have become very close to the Naya staff who now feel like my Balinese family. The training was organized so well! I'm humbled to have had this opportunity to grow my Yoga with such beautiful people and teachers. No words can really describe how grateful I am to you and to everyone - I am truly Blessed.


    The Nyepi (celebration) was such a beautiful time of solitude and the staff worked so hard to keep us comfortable and well fed. I had an incredible time celebrating the "Ogoh Ogoh" processions with the locals and their family! I was overjoyed to be a part of their village and community.


    Again, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!! I can't wait to expand my love and knowledge for Yoga and to be able to share my passion with those around me. I will be back in Bali and that is a promise. Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity.

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