A once in a lifetime experience in the heart of an Orangutan Sanctuary

Immerse yourself into an unforgettable week, whereby you return home with memories that will last a lifetime.

From walks in the rainforest to watching orangutans roaming free on the sanctuary islands, a week on one of these retreats is for anyone looking for a transformative experience. Prepare yourself for something entirely different—a place where you can absorb the natural world and reinvigorate the human soul.

What to know:

• Available in English
• In Samboja Lestari, Borneo
• Availability: 16 October 2022, 19 March 2023
• 6 nights / 7 days
• All organic meals included
• Up to 10 people

Connect with nature, rejuvenate your body and soul, expand on yoga practice and above all, watch rescued orangutans roam freely on specially designed sanctuary islands.

 

Yoga & Pranayama

Our specially chosen and skilled yoga teacher from Bali will take you through a Vinyasa inspired morning yoga class to start your day off just right, while the evening restorative session will slowly wind your body down as the sun sets. This retreat is open to ALL LEVELS. Most yoga offered will be considered intermediate, with both modifications for beginners and challenges for more experienced practitioners provided. Let us know in advance if you have any queries.

About Diaz Chairullah

About Diaz Chairullah

Your yoga experience will be taught by the energetic Diaz from The Dancing Warrior. Diaz projects happiness and creativity in his teaching, blending Vinyasa Flow, Budokon, Qigong, and Inside Flow to make a dynamic fusion between mindfulness, movement, strength and challenge.
He’ll guide your practice out of the box and set your mind and body to expand all sort of possibilities. Look forward to deep stretching, training of strength, moving like dancing to a new dimension, and being awakened by what your own mind and body can shape!

Your activities in a nutshell

Orangutan Sanctuary

A highlight and extreme privilege of our retreat is touring Samboja Lestari Orangutan Sanctuary. Samboja Lestari (translated as ” Samboja Forever”) is currently a home to over 200 orangutans that have been released into 6 islands around the lodge. Our detailed tour, will get you one-of-a-lifetime opportunity to deepen your orangutan knowledge but also observe the behaviour of rehabilitated individuals living within the complex.

Waterfall Trip

Half of the day to enjoy walking, swimming and being with nature.

Sungai Hitam River Cruise

Following a 30 minute drive from Samboja Lestari, you take a boat ride along the Sungai Hitam river to see highly endangered proboscis monkeys.

Bukit Bangkarai Full Day Trek

Within a protected forest area there are around 80 orangutans and a home for Malayan sun bears, proboscis monkeys, 242 species of birds (9 species of hornbills!) and countless other species. Upon arrival we meet our local guide and start searching for all those beautiful creatures.

Tree planting

It takes a lot of knowledge to plant trees properly, finding the best locations regarding amount of sun, water needs, proper soil balance and nutrients, etc. It is very educational and you will be able to experience for yourself the value of the local workers.

Sun bear Sanctuary

The BOS Foundation also looks after a number of sun bears, smallest bears in the world. You will get to see staff feed the bears but you will also get an opportunity to participate in building daily enrichment.

Accommodation

We have chosen a special place for our yoga retreat. Located in the Borneo Orangutan Survival’s beautifully appointed eco-lodge where aesthetics and artisanal handicraft blend seamlessly into its breath-taking surroundings. You don’t have to even move from your bedroom with its panoramic views to enjoy the abundant wildlife all around.

Two room choices available, a private double room or a shared twin. Each room has its own en suite and exceptional views of the rainforest. For an extra fee, you can book a king room on the top floor of the lodge with an 180 degree view over the forest canopy, or a queen room below that features an intimate 180 view of the forest understory. An unforgettable experience.

Wildlife that you may see

Orangutan

Pig-tailed macaque

Sun bear

Probiscis monkey

Asian otter

Water monitor

Hornbill

I loved walking through the forest, thevariety of plants, flowers, trees and animals. There was so much to discover. It was so peaceful and quiet – and still you could always hear different animal noises.

Petra Stuber

Thanks to the organizers of the program! What you and BOS achieve in general is unimaginable and to see it upclose is wonderful. I would also like to commend the staff at Samboja Lodge. Everyone is very friendly, motivated and seems very happy.

Nico Bärtsch

Extended activities

If you prefer to arrive earlier or leave later, we are happy to arrange it for you!
Optional independent trip extensions are available. Please enquire.

Derawan Archipelago

Welcome to paradise! The classic tropical islands of the Derawan Archipelago are where you go to trade jungle trekking and orangutans for white unspoiled beaches, palm trees and warm blue sea. Snorkel or take an optional scuba excursion to see schools of barracuda, whale sharks, green sea turtles, manta rays and more near Derawan’s coast.

Komodo and Flores

Visit the Komodo dragon feeding grounds, swim in a beautiful coral garden, or simply relax by the ocean, and prepare to have your breath taken away by such unforgettable locations as Batu Cermin cave, the Rinca & Komodo Islands, and the famous Pink beach! During your time you will have the chance of witnissing animals include the water buffalo, monkeys and, of course, the famous Komodo dragon.

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Further info

Covid-19

We are closely following the advice of the UK Government in relation to Coronavirus. If the BOS retreat falls at a time when Indonesia has decided to close its borders / has isolation measures in place and the UK Government advises against travel to Indonesia, then the retreat will not go ahead.

Allergies & dietary requirements
The price for your accommodations also includes all 3 meals per day (not including alcohol). Please note that while we can cater for different diets, we would like to be informed about your dietary requirements/allergies in advance.
Weather
Considering that the retreat takes place within a rainforest, the weather can naturally be unpredictable. Please note that we may be prevented from doing some of the activities if this is the case. Replacement activities will be offered during these times.
What's included

Full board accommodation, transportation in Borneo and all day and half-day activities mentioned in the program.

What’s excluded

Airfare.
The airport shuttle is only included on the day the retreat begins and ends. An extra fee will be added if you arrive or depart on alternative days.

Flights
Any flights arriving in Borneo on the first day of the program and departing after program finishes. Let us know if you are planning to arrive/depart on different days. Please remember that airfare is not included. The airport shuttle is only included on the day the retreat begins and ends. An extra fee will be added if you arrive or depart on alternative days.
Cancellation policy
Please note that unless the retreat is cancelled, your deposit is non-refundable as costs need to be paid for in advance.
Contact us
If you have any queries or like to chat about the best options for you, please contact us via email on events@bos-uk.org or phone us at: 07496 428 237.