Golden Circle Retreats


January 5-11th and 16-22nd, 2019



. Welcome .

Golden Circle Retreats aims to take you on a journey deep inside yourself. We combine nourishing plant-based meals, inspiring cooking classes and nutrition workshops with movement and mindfulness, set in the beauty and solitude of nature. Our week-long experience will bring relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation to all levels of your being. Rediscover the joy of being in your body, connect with your food, and find the inspiration to ignite you on your own health journey. We look forward to meeting you in Ubud, Bali at our January 2019 retreat!

In love and light, Sarah B and Mikkala

This retreat is now sold out, we look forward to releasing new 2019 dates!
Golden Circle Retreats with Sarah Britton and Mikkala Marilyn Kissi

Sarah Britton

Holistic Nutritionist, Whole Foods Chef and founder of My New Roots offers a comprehensive culinary program which covers both basics and deeper nutrition issues with workshops and hands-on teachings. Her recipes are vegan, gluten-free, and designed to inspire and educate first-time cooks and knowledgeable foodies alike.

Golden Circle Retreats with Sarah Britton and Mikkala Marilyn Kissi

Mikkala Marilyn Kissi

Founder of Living Yolates – a holistic training program combining Yoga, Meditation, Pilates and Dance Connect with your body and spirit in these totally unique, sessions that break the rules of a traditional class. Strengthen the body, increase flexibility and open up to a greater sense of freedom and love for your entire being!

. Testimonials .

“My posture has changed, the lines in my face have changed, my whole perception has changed. There are not a lot of retreats out there, besides this one, that have such a holistic approach to health.”

Sandra, Australia

“The wellness workshops were so interesting! I felt like I could have sat and listened all day - Sarah is a wonderful teacher and she inspires you with her love of whole food.”

Sophie, England

“The Yolates classes were life-changing. I adored having 4 hours a day, what a privilege. It provided a fast track to happiness, joy and connectedness and I could not be any more grateful.”

Suzy, New Zealand

. The Retreat .

This 7-day revitalizing retreat will restore your balance, cultivate inner peace, and nourish your body from inside out. Learn to take care of yourself on a deep level, and feel empowered moving forward in your life beyond our week together.

We start each day with an energizing Living Yolates or Dancing Yolates Session with Mikkala, followed by breakfast, and a cooking class or nutrition workshop with Sarah. After lunch there is free time to rest, enjoy the pool, the sauna, the shala, take a walk through the beautiful rice fields, or into Ubud. The afternoon offers a second Yolates class geared towards relaxation, followed by dinner, and an optional evening activity.

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on the enchanted island of Bali to connect with your wild heart and your high spirit!

This is an all women's retreat and we have limited the number of participants to 16 to make sure that everyone gets the best experience possible.

Sample Schedule:
8 – 10 am: Living Yolates Session
10 – 11 am: Breakfast
11:30 – 1:30 pm: Cooking Class / Nutrition Workshop
2 – 3 pm: Lunch
Free time
4:30 – 7 pm: Meditation, Breathing, Restorative Yolates
7 – 8 pm: Dinner
8:30 – 10 pm: Optional evening activity

The retreat package includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 fresh, vegan / vegetarian meals per day including snacks and juice
  • Access to our retreat venue's amenities including pool and infrared sauna
  • 4 My New Roots cooking classes
  • 3 My New Roots nutrition lectures / workshops
  • 4 Living Yolates sessions
  • 3 Dancing Yolates sessions
  • 6 Restorative and rejuvenating Yolates sessions

Have a look at our photos from our 2017 retreats in Bali, Ibiza and Portugal to get a feel for the Wild Heart High Spirit experience.

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. Location .

The Ark is a beautiful oasis surrounded by tropical greenery and traditional Balinese rice fields. It’s situated in Penestanan, which is the quieter part of Ubud but you are still in walking distance to cafes, spas, and boutiques as well as a short ride from Ubud center. The property backs onto an undisturbed valley, fringed by rice fields and lush gardens. You’ll see dragonflies in the day and fireflies in the night, a symphony of crickets and frogs, perfect for those who enjoy being in the healing serenity of nature.


For this retreat we offer beautiful single rooms with ensuite bathroom, double rooms with ensuite bathroom (two separate beds) and a seven person dorm. All the rooms are tastefully designed with a mix of comfort, simplicity and the Balinese touch. New this year is the Villa with dorm-style accommodation: seven separate beds in a second floor open concept space, which gives you the chance to join the retreat at a lower price than double and single rooms. The Villa has a full kitchen, dining area, three restrooms and a balcony with a view of the rice fields. The Villa is located a ten minute walk on a quiet path from The Ark retreat venue itself so this accomodation option is for people who are comfortable with a walk back and forth from The Ark (alternatively, a scooter ride can be arranged).


Update: The retreat is now sold out!

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. The Food .

The week’s menu will be My New Roots-inspired recipes and and meals and prepared by The Ark’s own vegetarian chef in collaboration with Sarah Britton, using local, whole ingredients.

All meals and drinks are included during your stay and each meal at the retreat is a true celebration! Sarah’s approach to food is creative, fresh and vibrant, and her passion is bringing out the natural flavours in food, while preserving their precious nutrients. The retreat menu will follow her principles, use vegetarian ingredients, with plenty of raw, vegan, and gluten-free options to suit all dietary needs. Local, and organic ingredients will be used whenever possible.

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. Living Yolates .

Living Yolates is a holistic form of exercise that combines the best of three worlds: yoga, pilates, and dance. Yoga for inner peace, strength, and balance; pilates to strengthen all core muscles; and dance for pure joy and boosting your energy. So much more than a way to work out, Living Yolates is a mindset and a lifestyle - a constant practice of letting go of negative energy such as anxiety, low self-esteem, tension, and limitations, and instead opens you up to the feeling of trust, accepting who you are, and brings you into the beauty of the present moment. In this way, the body becomes strong and flexible, while you are also working with yourself on a deeper level. Living Yolates leaves you with feeling empowered, free, and full of self-love.

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. Book your spot .

- Update: The retreat is now sold out, we look forward to welcoming the participants in Bali! -

Here are the details:
Week 1 dates: January 5-11, 2019
Week 2 dates: January 16-22, 2019
Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Venue: The Ark, Ubud
Check-in: 2 - 3 PM.
Check-out: 10 AM.

In order to create an intimate and relaxing atmosphere this retreat is for women only and each week is limited to 16 participants.

Our retreats respect an honour where you are right now in your health journey. The classes and workshops are for women of any culinary skill level and any physical condition. We welcome everyone with open arms!

Prices are per person. A separate booking must be made for each person in a group, please note in the comment box if you wish to share a room with a friend or relative. If not, you will share it with a friend you haven't met :)

All bookings are final with no refund. In case of illness or force majeure we will do our best to find a solution/have another participant take the space. It is possible to give your space to a friend, just inform us at least 1 week before the retreat takes place via email

Flights to Ubud, Bali are not included.

Spa treatments, alcoholic beverages and excusions outside of the venue are not included.

When signing up for a retreat you agree to our general terms and conditions.

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