6 Days Ignite Your Inner Power, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Retreat Taipei, Taiwan

  • Origin Yoga & Wellness, 18 Haiwan Xincheng, Shimen District, New Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan

6 Days Ignite Your Inner Power, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Retreat Taipei, Taiwan

  • Origin Yoga & Wellness, 18 Haiwan Xincheng, Shimen District, New Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan

Empowering Yoga Retreat Taiwan

Limits, both physical and mental are boundaries that you have created for yourself. The things you are afraid of doing, the dreams you have put on hold and the feelings you are unable to express. Your greatest weaknesses can be nurtured to become our greatest strength. Join Origin Yoga & Wellness in yoga and Jiu-Jitsu adventure to get inspired as well as learn to how to move past these self-imposed limits and live an empowered life with grace, balance as well as power.

Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga and meditation by the beach
  • 3 Jiu-Jitsu foundation and "Ignite the Power Within" workshop
  • Local tours to mountain temple, Old Street, hot spring, and waterfall
  • Ocean therapy and beach restoration session
  • Raw desserts and homemade kombucha
  • 3 daily wholesome vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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Located in the same complex above Origin Yoga & Wellness' yoga space is the guest residence. Guests can enjoy comfortable shared or private accommodation with stunning panoramic ocean view. Origin Yoga & Wellness can accommodate up to eight guests with two levels of open space, elegantly designed rooms, lounge areas, small kitchen and floor to ceiling windows with lots of natural sunlight.

The place features different styles of accommodation making it easy to find the style that fits you best. Choice of beach front shared or private accommodation is available. What makes Origin Yoga & Wellness most special is that their yoga space is hidden inside a rustic building by the ocean that's been abandoned for more than 40 years. The exterior of the building may not be pretty but when you step inside, it is a secluded heaven with a stunning panoramic ocean view that brings peace and joy to your heart.

The Ocean Room features four single beds with ocean view, walk-in closet, private bathtub and shower. The Sky Room features two single beds with ocean view, small balcony and private shower. Moreover, the Sapphire Room features one double bed with ocean view, walk-in closet and private shower.

This special place exemplifies what yoga is truly all about: an inward journey to connect with our natural self. Origin Yoga & Wellness also specializes in Ayurvedic treatments as well as consultations and this can be added as part of your stay.

The ancient art of yoga and Jiu-Jitsu naturally complement each other with so many similarities and mirrored truths. This retreat is perfect for those who wish to explore the key essence of the yoga and Jiu-Jitsu teachings. You will master the foundation of yoga and Jiu-Jitsu both as a physical and spiritual practice to help you ignite the power within.

This yoga and Jiu-Jitsu retreat includes two private guided cultural excursions to local attractions and one relaxation visit to hot spring. Depending on the season and weather, local attraction may vary from hiking to waterfall, mindfulness walk along cherry blossom trail, tour of a monastery on the mountain or sampling the culinary delights of old town.

Schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 Arrival and welcoming
  • 16:00 Intro and tea tasting
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Inspirational talks with Steve Lin
  • 22:00 Lights out

Day 2

  • 07:30 Good morning yoga, pranayama and meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Free time
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 "Ignite the Power Within" workshop
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Candle light mindfulness time
  • 22:00 Lights out

Day 3

  • 07:30 Good morning yoga, pranayama and meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Local tour to mountain temple
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Tour to Old Street
  • 15:00 Jiu-Jitsu foundation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 Free time
  • 22:00 Lights out

Day 4

  • 07:30 Good morning yoga, pranayama and meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Beach restoration time / ocean therapy
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Jiu-Jitsu foundations session
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Mindful calligraphy experience
  • 22:00 Lights out

Day 5

  • 07:30 Good morning yoga, pranayama and meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Tour / hiking to waterfall
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Jiu-Jitsu foundation
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Tour to hot spring
  • 22:00 Lights out

Day 6

  • 07:30 Good morning yoga, pranayama and meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Free time
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Loving kindness meditation and closing circle
  • 17:00 Departure
  • Hiking to waterfall
  • Hot spring visit in the mountain
  • Old Street tour
  • Tour to mountain temple
  • Lydia Chang

    Patanjali International Yoga Foundation Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

    Lydia Chang is the co-founder, creative director and principal teacher for the regularly scheduled weekend retreat and signature yoga vacation at Origin Yoga & Wellness. In 2014, she traveled to India and completed the 200-hours Yoga Alliance teacher training with Patanjali International Yoga Foundation. She dedicated herself ever since to the practice, study and teaching of yoga. While rooted in classical Hatha yoga, Lydia continued to deepen her practice and expand the scope of her studies in Ashtanga and Ayurveda yoga.

  • Steve Lin

    Professor Lin is a guest teacher at Origin Yoga & Wellness. Professor Lin is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt and lifelong martial artist with over 29 years of experience. Having competed successfully in Canada and the USA at the national and international level, Professor Lin combines his experience as an athlete and competitor with his passion for sharing an art he truly loves with his students. He is respected as one of the best, most technical and accomplished BJJ instructors in Canada. He has consistently produced successful local, national and world champions.

This retreat takes place at the most northern tip of Taiwan that is reachable by car from Taipei in less than one-half hours, making it the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The northern coastal region is complete with beautiful beaches, natural hot springs, lush green forests, mountain temples, traditional farms, Sakura plantations, cycling trails, surfing and other water activities.

Origin Yoga & Wellness offers gourmet vegetarian meals prepared with love to inspire and nourish the soul. Origin Yoga & Wellness' dedicated chef uses seasonal, locally sourced, organic and minimally processed whole foods wherever possible. Their produce is hand-selected from farmers they know and partners they trust to guarantee quality. All meals are thoughtfully designed to provide a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat as well as a complete array of vitamins and minerals.

You can have a mindfulness walk along the cherry blossom trail during this retreat.

  • 3 daily gourmet vegetarian meals
  • 3 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu foundation workshop with Professor Steve Lin
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 7% Good Karma charity
  • "Ignite the Power Within" workshop
  • Daily yoga and meditation with Lydia Chang
  • Gratuities
  • Ocean therapy and beach restoration session
  • Private local excursions and nature walks
  • Raw desserts and homemade kombucha

Driving directions from Keelung (south bound)

  • Go on number 2 Provincial Highway towards Baishawan Recreation Center.
  • Origin Yoga & Wellness is located 500 meters ahead of the Baishawan Recreation Center along number 2 Provincial Highway.

Driving directions from Chungching North Road Interchange (north bound)

  • Go on number 2B Provincial Highway.
  • Continue to number 2 Provincial Highway towards Baishawan Recreation Center.
  • Origin Yoga & Wellness is located 500 meters ahead of the Baishawan Recreation Center along number 2 Provincial Highway.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request

Origin Yoga & Wellness is happy to arrange round trip transfer by car to and from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). This service cost an additional 110 USD or 3,370 TWD. The transportation is a car and seats up to four people.

Arrival by bus

You can take the MRT Red Line to Tamsui Station. Please take exit 2. After exiting the station, you can proceed to the bus waiting area right outside of the station and board buses number 862, 863 or 865. Please get off the bus at the De Mao which is one stop past Baishawan. The buses are available approximately every 30 minutes. However, the bus journey may take up to 45 minutes depending on traffic. Please be sure to check the electronic signs by the bus waiting areas for boarding times.

Arrival by train

Origin Yoga & Wellness is happy to arrange round trip transfer by car to and from MRT Tamsui Station. This service cost an additional 40 USD or 1,200 TWD from Tamsui Station. The transportation is a car and seats up to four people.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookMartialArts.com reviews

  • J
    Review by Joyce Sin from Hong Kong

    2017-Sep-14 14:45:10

  • T
    Review by Trivinia Gan from Singapore

    Great experience

    CONS Cons: Accommodation.

    PROS Pros: Yoga class and personal consultation with Zen Master.

    2017-Apr-17 06:50:39

Testimonials

  • Review by Clare from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I visited the Origin Yoga & Wellness Retreat for a weekend in June 2017. Located about an hour or so drive outside of Taipei city, on the northernmost point of Taiwan. Lydia, the retreat owner, helped me to arrange my travel to and from the retreat. I arrived on the Friday afternoon and stayed for two nights. My room was comfortable and clean - Don’t let the exterior of the complex put you off, inside the café, yoga studio and sleeping accommodation it is in excellent condition and is tastefully decorated with beautiful views over the beach."

    "On Saturday, after a tasty breakfast we spent the morning doing yoga. The yoga is easy to follow and Lydia is an excellent teacher. Clear explanations and working to everyone’s different levels and capabilities - with Lydia’s guidance I was able to do my first freestanding headstand! In the afternoon we had a meditation session with Lydia’s father the Zen Master, it was an interesting introduction to mindfulness that I found both useful and relaxing.Then we took part in community beach cleaning before a meditation session on the freshly cleaned beach. In the evening we took a trip to the local hot springs."

    "Sunday, I was the only guest at the retreat so had an early morning one-to-one yoga session on the beach which was the highlight of my stay. In the afternoon Lydia took me to visit a temple and shopping on a traditional old street. The food was delicious! Edward, Lydia’s brother and the retreat chef, made a wide variety of fresh, healthy vegetarian, raw and vegan food including some traditional Taiwanese dishes. All washed down with the retreats own specialty Kombucha drink. On my return to the UK Lydia has kept in touch and sent me some of the recipes that I enjoyed during my stay and given me advice on how to brew my own Kombucha."

    "I would definitely recommend the retreat to everyone looking for a relaxing break in a peaceful location with good company and nourishing food. Perfect. Thank you Lydia and Edward!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Toronto
    10 out of 10

    "I was visiting from Canada and so happy to have found this place. From the outside you would never know there's such a beautiful place inside. Accommodation space is clean and comfortable with a gorgeous view. I signed up for a full day yoga retreat with Lydia and was not disappointed. Been doing yoga for many years but still learned lots from Lydia. The retreat was wonderfully planned to provide guests a truly holistic experience. Lydia's brother Edward is an excellent cook, the healthy meals and homemade dessert are not to be missed. Totally recommend Origin yoga for a unique and relaxing yoga holiday."

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  • Review by Jen
    10 out of 10

    "To celebrate the International Yoga Day, our wonderful yoga instructor, Lydia guided us through pranayama, asana practice in the studio, the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful morning beach view! Learning about Mindfulness in the early afternoon with the Zen master (Lydia's father) brought me inner peace and so much gratitude. "

    "Beach cleaning in late afternoon is such a great way to connect ourselves with the Mother Nature and restore her beauty. After the cleaning, Lydia wrapped up the day with a peaceful meditation at the sand beach while appreciating the sunset...(love it!)"

    "The food (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea) prepared by their talented chef, Edward (Lydia's brother) was exquisite! Everything is so fresh, healthy and delicious! The homemade Konbucha, the product of Orgin Wellness is very tasty and I can't recommend more!"

    "What touches my heart most about Origin Yoga & Wellness is the pure essence of everything: Down-to-earth owners promoting the simplicity of life, genuine service, excellent food with freshness, and connecting to not only the beautiful nature, but within ourselves. :))"

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  • Review by Flora Leung
    10 out of 10

    "My half-day retreat at Origin Yoga & Wellness was an experience to remember. It was a delight practicing yoga and meditation with the amazing beach view in front of us, and the gourmet vegetarian lunch that followed was delicious. After lunch, we enjoyed a peaceful beach cleaning session while taking in the beautiful scenery, and then ended the afternoon by meditating on the beach. The studio is bright, clean, and comfortable, and Lydia's warm, jubilant personality is a joy to be around. Thanks, Lydia, for a 5-star experience!"

    Origin Yoga & Wellness Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Zoya Lu from Taiwan
    10 out of 10

    "We went to the Origin Yoga on Sunday and spent a lovely afternoon in Baishawan. I loved Lydia's beautiful presence and loving heart. And I admire her for organising beach clean-ups - we really need to offer more love to the Mother Earth. Oh, and her raw vegan cranberry cheesecake with some tulsi tea was an amazing treat! We'll be back!"

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  • Review by Sylvie Mitchell from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing experience! Beautiful ocean view and great food. Lydia is a wonderful yoga instructor. I am visiting Taiwan from Ottawa Canada and this was one of the highlights of my trip so far. Thank you Lydia for everything and thank you to Edward for the most amazing food."

    Origin Yoga & Wellness Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Sam Hartley from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I'm visiting Taiwan from Canada and came here for a one day retreat and absolutely impressed by Lydia's hospitality and yoga teachings, and the amazing culinary talent of her brother Edward - your taste buds will not be disappointed. Lydia is also passionate about her hometown and the environment, and I was humbled to take part in her "cleaning the beach" ritual. I look forward to returning again."

    Origin Yoga & Wellness Facebook page, edited

Northern Taiwan, Taiwan

Origin Yoga & Wellness is a passion project that offers yoga retreats which have the warmth, the joy, and the magic for natural healing and healthy living.

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6 days / 5 nights

Availability

Arrival: Friday March 30, 2018
Departure: Wednesday April 4, 2018

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