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Telunas Beach



with Julie and Mira

Get away with us for Thingyan! Join Julie and Mira for 4 nights and 5 days of soulful, slow-flow vinyasa, yin yoga, and workshops and meditation based on the techniques and tools of

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The Retreat
In October 2017, we ran our first Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat, which is based on the MBSR tools developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The program was a huge success! Having seen the benefits to the participants, we have decided to offer this retreat on a more regular basis. The next program will be offered during Thingyan, on an island easily accessed from Singapore.  Just 50km off the coast of Singapore lies the Riau Islands of Indonesia, which will be our home away from  home for these 5 days. Soulful, slow-flow yoga and meditation in the mornings and yin yoga in the early evenings will allow you to apply the MBSR tools that you will learn during the afternoon workshops. These are practical methods of mindfulness that will heighten your awareness of your own patterns and, in doing so, will create a positive shift in how you live your life and interact with the world around you. 

The Resort
One of the region’s most outstanding white sandy beaches has been beckoning locals for decades. In the early 2000s three wandering Americans rediscovered this beach and made it home to Telunas Beach Resort. Taking inspiration from surrounding Malay construction, the trio built the beach resort entirely over water emphasizing the expansive views, thatched roofs, and cooling provided by the natural ocean breezes. Telunas Beach Resort is located 50km from Singapore, on the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia. Guest rooms are built over the sea to utilize the timeless natural cooling of over water construction.  At night you can hear the gentle ripple of waves beneath your room.

The Program
Our program uses various tools of MBSR such as body scans, three-step breathing space (3SBS), emotional identification and inquiry to give you practical and tangible tools to work towards a mindful lifestyle. Together, practice and theory will be delivered in an easy-to-understand format so that you begin to experience your own meditation and movement practices as pathways towards greater self-discovery. Morning and evening yoga asana classes will be slower and soulful to support the mindfulness practice. During the afternoon workshops, we will explore various aspects of MBSR in more detail through practice and discussion.

Topics to be covered:

  • Defining mindfulness

  • Auto-pilot: Discovering how we go through life in automatic pilot and how to shift from the “doing” mode that creates stress in our lives. 

  • Power of attention, attitude, awareness

  • Triangle of awareness – body, thoughts, emotions

  • Present-centered practices

  • 8 attitudes: developing the attitudes that will help respond to any situation with curiosity and kindness 

  • Defining stress

  • STOP (space between stimulus and reaction where we can choose a response): Discovering how to respond rather than react

  • Practicing looking AT thoughts rather than FROM thoughts in order to help free ourselves from rumination and negative thought patterns

  • Labeling thoughts and emotions - Recognize, Acknowledge, Investigate, Non-Identity (RAIN)

  • Compassion and mindfulness-based joy

"If there is no peace in the mind of individuals, how can there be peace in the world? Make peace in your own mind first." - S.N. Goenka

What is MBSR?
MBSR is a group-based program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMASS Medical Center, Centre for Mindfulness for populations with a wide range of physical and mental health problems. It uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness and yoga to help people become more mindful. After a retreat led by Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Kabat-Zinn adapted the teachings on mindfulness into the structured eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, which integrates the healing aspects of Buddhist meditation practices with the concept of psychological awareness and healing. Several core guided meditation practices are taught in the course, emphasizing connection with the present moment through expanded awareness of specific aspects of our moment-to-moment existence. The body scan, a foundational practice of the MBSR course, is derived from a traditional Burmese meditation practice called sweeping, which S.N. Goenka teaches in his 10-day Vipassana retreats. While inspired by the teachings of Buddhism, there is nothing inherently religious about mindfulness, and MBSR is taught independent of religious or cultural connotation, so while its roots are spiritual, the program itself is secular. In recent years, meditation and particularly the MBSR program have been the subject of controlled clinical research that suggest beneficial effects including stress reduction, relaxation and improvements to quality of life. 

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1 (April 12):
9:00am Meet at Singapore Harbourfront Batamfast Ferry Terminal
10:50am Depart Singapore for Batam Center
12:00am Pickup at Batam Center by Telunas Private Ferry
2:00pm Check in at Telunas Beach Resort
4:00pm Introductions
5:15pm Evening slow-flow vinyasa yoga
6:45pm Meditation
7:00pm Diner
DAY 2 (April 13) - Day 3 (April 14):
7:00 AM Guided Meditation (Applying techniques of MBSR)
7:30 AM Mindful Flow Yoga
9:00 AM Breakfast
2:30 PM Afternoon workshops (Mindfulness, present-centered attitudes, emotional inquiry, compassion etc.)
5:00 PM Yin Yoga
7:00 PM Dinner

DAY 4 (April 15):
7:00 AM Guided Meditation (Applying techniques of MBSR)
7:30 AM Mindful Flow Yoga
9:00 AM Breakfast
2:30 PM Afternoon workshops (Mindfulness, present-centered attitudes, emotional inquiry, compassion etc.)
5:30 PM Evening program and closing circle
7:00 PM Dinner
DAY 6 (April 16) :
7:00 AM Meditation
7:30AM Mindful Flow Yoga
9:00AM Breakfast
12:00PM Check out and departure to Singapore



Each of our over-water chalet have one queen bed and one set of bunks. Prices are based on triple occupancy. Couples who would like to take a single chalet to themselves, please inquire via e-mail

Bunk bed: USD896
Queen bed: USD967

Price includes:

  • Round-trip transportation from Singapore* to Riau Islands, Indonesia

  • 4 nights accommodation at Telunas Beach Resort

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets while on the island

  • All yoga and meditation sessions (full participation in all sessions requested)

Price does NOT include:

  • Airfare to Singapore

  • Transportation to and from Harbourfront Ferry Terminal in Singapore

  • ​Visa (Citizens from 163 countries receive 30-day free visa into Indonesia, which is non-extendable. Visa information available here. Citizens of most countries do not require visas for short term stays in Singapore with the exception of a few countries. More information for Singapore visa requirements here)

  • Additional food or beverages that are not included in the buffet meals

  • Leisure activities during the free time such as kayak, snorkel etc.

* The group travel point is from Singapore's Harbourfront Ferry Terminal. There are multiple direct, non-stop flights a day from Yangon to Singapore

The Teachers

Julie and Mira have over a decade of experience as yoga practitioners and teachers. Their expertise in delivering their knowledge of yoga and meditation in practical ways makes the deeper philosophical applications of the practice accessible to all. 

About Julie (YYH Partner and Yoga Instructor)

Julie is the creative force behind Luang Prabang Yoga and Laos Yoga Retreats. She is also a co-owner and teacher at Yangon Yoga House. She is a Singapore-born, globe-trekking teacher and life-long student of yoga who has made Laos her home for almost six years now. As of two years ago, she has also settled part of the year in Yangon where you can find her teaching or behind the scenes at Yangon Yoga House. Julie has been leading retreats for over four years. As a teacher Julie endeavors to take the students beyond asana, to see how a complete yoga practice can positively impact life. 

About Mira (MBSR Facilitator and Yoga Instructor)

Mira is a 500hr certified yoga teacher, trained in India in classical Hatha and holistic yoga. Her teaching style focuses on slowing down each asana to reconnect with the body and quiet the mind in order to reap the therapeutic and transformative benefits of the practice. She has been practicing meditation and studying Buddhism and Mindfulness in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions under several great teachers in Asia and the West since being introduced in Sri Lanka in 2011, and became a certified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 2017 in hopes of promoting peace and happiness by offering access to mindfulness practice to a wider audience.

This retreat is operated by Luang Prabang Yoga. Bookings and inquires to be made directly through Julie at or through the retreat booking form here.