Your time is here to connect with nature, rejuvenate your body and soul, expand your yoga practise, and above all, watch rescued orangutans roam freely on specially designed sanctuary islands. Every workshop, meal and activity is carefully curated to give you an unforgettable experience.
Through BOS, you have the unique opportunity to help protect and preserve a vulnerable species, while enjoying the benefits of yoga and meditation where proceeds from the trip costs go directly to The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.
Our retreat is limited to a group of 8, to ensure an exclusive and one of a kind experience.
Book now £2199
6 nights/7 days in our private, rainforest located lodge (based on twin/double occupancy, single rooms are available with a supplement)
3 delicious, organic meals a day (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available)
Transport & insurance
- Meet and greet at the Balikpapan Airport
- Airport transports to and from Balikpapan
- Travel insurance included
- Daily yoga & wellness classes and workshops, giving you skills for life
- A private tour of our orangutan Sanctuary
- A private tour of our sun bear Sanctuary
- Waterfall tour
- Sungai Hitam river cruise
- Full day rainforest trek
- Tree planting
- Sun bear
- Asian Otter
- Pig-tailed macaque
- Probiscis monkey
- Water monitor
- Private yoga and one-on-one meditation (pre-booking required)
- Massages (pre-booking required)
- Optional independent trip extensions (click for more)
*Simply get in touch to arrange any extras.
Ideally situated in the heart of 1,800ha of secondary rainforest, our Samboja Lodge is a beautifully designed and sustainable lodge, decorated with traditional artisanal handicraft produced by local and Dayak communities around the area.
Each room has its own en-suite bathroom and access to the balcony with an incredible view of the lush rainforest that surrounds the lodge. There are communal deck areas, with one high above the canopy from which you can enjoy the solitude, peace and sound of the forest. Standard rate is based on twin occupancy, however upgrades to Queen or King Suite are available and strongly recommended.
The East Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program at Samboja Lestari was the first orangutan reintroduction program established by the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in 1991..The work the foundation does at Samboja Lestari includes orangutan rescue, translocation of orangutans from areas of conflict to areas of secure and protected habitat, the provision of welfare and healthcare, rehabilitation, reintroduction and forest restoration activities.
In addition to orangutan rehabilitation and reintroduction, we manage sun bear sanctuary, with around 50 sun bears currently under in our care. Conservation of habitat and wildlife can only be achieved by working together with local communities and other stakeholders, hence in all areas of our work we engage with local communities and schools on community development activities and outreach conservation education.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
Less than one hour drive from Samboja Lestari lies the protected forest area of Bukit Bangkarai. Releasing sites for around 80 orangutans and a home for Malayan sun bears, proboscis monkeys, 242 species of birds (9 species of hornbills!) and countless other species.
There are more than a hundred thousand young trees of many varieties in our nearby plantation. 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.
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.
Yogyakarta with Borobudur Sunrise Tour
Visit Borobudur at sunrise to explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan and harvesting and drying of vanilla and chili.
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 on this tour, you will have the opportunity to witness incredible wildlife endemic to a small selection of islands in this region. These animals include water buffalo, monkeys and, of course, the famous Komodo dragon.
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.
16th-22nd October 2022. £2199
With only 4 spaces remaining, book now to avoid dissapointment
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.
Food and 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.
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.
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.
Any flights arriving in Balikpapan, Kalimantan on Sunday 16th October and departing Balikpapan on Saturday 22nd October. 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.
Please note that unless the retreat is cancelled, your deposit is non-refundable as costs need to be paid for in advance.
If you have any queries or like to chat about the best options for you, please contact us via email on email@example.com or phone us at: 07496 428 237.