Arriving at night made waking up in the morning such an overwelming experience. The view from my level of the bungalow was totally mesmerising that I'd even grabbed the camera before opening the doors to the balcony.
The food every day was unbelievalbly refreshing (no can or packet items) that I purchased a mortar & pestel which will definitely be used in my unfrequently used kitchen. Karen puts her recipies up on the Sharing Bali FB page which I know some of us have already investigated and I'm sure have enjoyed the rewards of such meals.
The pampering of a few massages was definitely what the doctor ordered. Even after the traditional balinese massage, a couple of days later during my full body massage I'm sure some knots & issues were found. I was very excited to know I was going to enjoy a bike ride since I haven't been riding for some time here but to know I was in a different country and roaming around on 2 wheels cycle style I was in heaven. Even the extra 10kms were thoroughly enjoyed and glad Maryanne joined me and was a legand on her own bike!! The yoga made me realise I need to get my pilates DVD back into play and start toning up....hell worth it even if it got the better of me. Also the tips Gabbi gave some of my fellow AWs was absolutely encouraging and felt so postitive for them....even for me in my own way. As for the meditation.....WOW......it just blew me away considering I hadn't done it before. Whether it was the fact i was in a totally different place but was well & truly overwelmbed by the whole experience. The emotions were definitely brought ot the surface but all good though. But it will depend on where you are in your life and what experiences/challenges your going through. It was such an awesome experience.
On a personal note I'd like to thank Sue from the bottom of my heart for hosting such a wondering trip. As previous mentioned anyone leading a group of known & unknown travellers would have been worrying but as always things turned out just as planned. New friends, new adventures & in some cases the start of new travel experiences was well worth the week spent in Ubud and the extra night in Legian. Oh and I never suffered Bali belly or was asked if my hair could be plaited!!
THANKS MISS SUE.....YOU'RE AN AWESOME LEADER & YOU'RE ALL THAT AW STANDS FOR!!
07/06/2011 Vanessa Aevent
10 out of 10 I so enjoyed this trip even more than I expected. From the unbelievable accommodation with there mind blowing views, to the sensational food we got to eat, and all activities.
I would also like to thank you Sue for all the help and support you gave me. Being an in-experienced traveller I received and needed a great deal of help and support in all my queries prior to leaving Perth and also while travelling at the airports, retreat and hotel transfers ECT. All in all a wonderful experience that I will never forget and hope to repeat.
07/06/2012 Maryanne Fevent
We had a wonderful time on the All About You Retreat. My daughter and I spent 4 fabulous days being massaged and pampered within an inch of our lives and it was great. We had private yoga lessons on the beach every morning at 6.30am and a blessing by a balinese priest, lots of tlc throught the course of the long weekend, and our hair was washed and blow dried every evening after the day of treatments had ended, so we could go out straight away, although we were too exhausted by the day of total relaxation to be bothered to do anything but eat and sleep. Delma and her staff are lovely and discussed any issues we had prior to treatment every day, so they could be solved before we began. I started the retreat with a headache which I had had for 3 days prior to leaving for Bali but under their care and a lot of massaging of my shoulders and neck it was gone by the next day. It is a bit more expensive than some other day spas in Bali, but I believe the girls have pride in their work and care about treating us respectfully.
01/02/2012 Jenny Bevent
The Outback Adventure was perfect in so many ways. From the generosity and tolerance of 16 adventurous women who were relative strangers at the start, to Sue's expediant organisational skills, and to the ever-changing beauty of the outback scenery, made this an exceptional journey - physically and spiritually. There was just enough daily travelling, plenty of 'own space' if needed and always someone to have an adventure with. Every day was filled with laughter, as we reaped the benefits of fresh air, unwinding and being at ease with each other and of course being more than suitably fed and watered. Some of us more 'watered' than others. If you hadn't caught a dose of Sue's enthusiasm and drive during this adventure then you must have been asleep at the back of the bus for 9 days. With Sue doing all the co-ordinating I felt safe and assured that all I needed to do was enjoy myself. Camping out under the stars was a dream come true for a city-girl and I came away with hundreds of great memories, and new friends. 'Once in a lifetime' is a cliche I know, but it suitably describes this trip. Brilliant!
07/10/2011 Cathie Levent
Well theres not much to say apart from what an amazing weekend it was :) I had a great time and it was nice to get out with some very amazing ladies, the accomodation was great for a youth hostel and the weekend seemed to run very smoothly. (apart from the wind on sunday but hey, we cant control everything) :) Well done Sue on a great job organising this trip, Ive offically been sold on Adventurous Women, your stuck with me now :)
03/02/2012 Bree Mevent
Awesome - had a great time and met some fun women. Thanks
03/02/2012 Sheree Mevent
I throughly enjoyed my first expereience with Adventurous Women. Thanks Sue for organising such an awesome weekend and being a laid back but organised host. I'm now on the look out for my next adventure :)
03/02/2012 Susan Bevent
Super FAB trip - great organization, great activities, great transportation, great fun! Can't beat that - would definitely do it again. Cannot recommend this trip highly enough --
03/02/2012 Elizabeth Bowenevent
AWesome weekend, can't believe how much fun I had with such a great group of like minded girls/ladies. Everyone was enthusiastic and even though it didn't go exactly as planned (due to Mother Nature) I was not dissappointed in the slightest, with that being the general vibe of all those attending.
01/02/2012 Danae Revent
I really enjoyed this event. The conversation was scintillating and the venue very pleasant. Everyone joined in the discussion of the book and we all wanted to do it again. Thanks Lorelle
21/01/2012 Dale Sevent
Really enjoyed it , The Tour Guide / Driver was a very important factor in the enjoyment of the trip, for us all . Small group size was for me , also a major factor in persuading me to sign up for the trip. I thought that there was a great balance of free time versus / tour time .
I LOVED the fact that there were no long boring spiels..... re housekeeping.....rules....etc. Loved Sue's easy going efficiency. A well rounded touring experience.... with a great mixture of activities.
07/10/2011 Sandra Tevent
Hi Sue I had a lovely time on Friday evening. It was my first event and I found everyone to be so welcoming and friendly. I loved chatting with everyone and felt very comfortable. I found Sue Oldham to be both interesting and inspiring. Julie
13/01/2012 Julie Jevent
It was amazing!!! It was fantastic!!! It was hilarious!!! Best holiday ever!! The friendships made, the comraderie experienced is something I will never forget. It was definitely "a new beginning" for my life.
07/10/2011 Kay Bevent
13/01/2012 Jane Gevent
Fantastic event - motivational speaker!!
13/01/2012 Judy Bevent
Listening to Sue talk was so inspirig especially as I am looking at going from a non runner to someone who wants to do a marathon before the end of the year.
Sue showed that age is no barrier to taking on new skills and achieving dreams.
Having listened to Renae and Sam and now Sue I am looking forward to the next Champagne and sparkling conversation.
13/01/2012 Diane Sevent
A huge thankyou, Sue for making this trip what it was - an absolutely fantastic experience, and the best of my life so far! From my first meeting of Velta at the backpacker hostel in Adelaide to the final tearful farewell to Disha, Cathie, Parul and Trish at the Adelaide Hilton - it was all just fantastic!
It was a privilege to travel with this group of wonderful women and be a witness to changes, (for the better), in each as our trip progressed. Topping it off was of course the amazing outback scenery, and Uluru, which is a must for every Australian to see sometime during their life.
In the words of our fab bus-driver/cook/guide/and everything in between - this trip was "brilliant, ladies, brilliant"!
07/10/2011 Kim Mevent
This was a great intro to AW. I met several other first timers and enjoyed sharing why we have joined the group. It was a small enough event not to feel overwhelmed and large enough to meet a range of people. Looking forward to the bookclub next weekend which is my next AW event.
13/01/2012 Val Gandossinievent
"Womens Outback Trip" What can I say! Brilliant! Lifechanging! Friendships made that will last a last time! This trip was so well organized from start to finish. Our leader Sue ensured that this experience had everything in it to really see & enjoy the many & some of the best parts of Australia! I would not have ventured to a lot of the spots that we were taken too by myself, so that is why this group was so good. All the women on this trip had their own life story to bring (including mine & Steve the bus driver) & I personally learned so many more wonderful life's stories! I have many wonderful memories in photos as well in my mind & can't thank Sue enough for this 'Life Changing Experience" experience! Thank you !!!
07/10/2011 Trish Hevent
Hi Sue, Thanks for a great night. It was nice to meet lots of new ladies from all different walks of life.
We shared different travelling experiences and adventures. The food and champagne was good also.
Sue Oldham was very interesting and such an inspiration.
Thanks for organising a great event.
I look forward to the next one
13/01/2012 Deb Wevent
An escape from the routine of city life was what I needed. Five glorious days of sunshine, kayaking the crystal waters of Ningaloo Exmouth and connecting with an amazing group of Adventurous Women. My perfect 'back to nature' experience.' The dugongs, turtles and snorking - an added bonus
09/06/2011 Natarla Bevent
What an incredible experience!Had never rowed in my life - met some amazing women, worked my arms off and laughed along the way. Can't ask for more than that! GO for it - you will have some SERIOUS fun!
09/06/2011 ELizabeth Bevent
In 2010, I joined Adventurous Women on its first ‘Sea Kayaking at Ninagloo Reef’ Event even though I had never tried sea kayaking before. I was amazed at how peaceful it was whilst kayaking out on the reef and saw lots of turtles. Drift snorkelling over the reef at Turquoise Bay was incredible and since we wore life jackets, even the inexperienced snorkeller felt completely at ease. I count myself lucky to have shared in this awesome camping trip with so many friendly fun loving ladies from which I have forged some wonderful friendships.
09/06/2011 Glennie Mevent