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How do I make a reservation?

Please reserve a retreat with us directly online here. You can also find our contact information here, call or email us to book a retreat.

Where is Flow Retreat?

FlowRetreat is located in Fenglin Township in Hualien, Taiwan. Flow Retreat is the largest retreat center in Taiwan, and is also the first retreat center within a luxury resort. Situated in the midst of nature between Taiwan’s central and coastal mountain range, we welcome you to enjoy a relaxing retreat with us. 

Find us in Google Maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/8uPFgxomGLHbdD8u7

For more transportation information please see here.

We provide limited spots shuttle bus service from Linrong Shin Kong train station, if you need pick-up or drop-off service please contact us in advance to book.

Foreign Tourists Transportation Info

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport ➜➜ Flow Retreat

​1. Public Transportation
*Metro Taoyuan ( Terminal 1 A12 / Terminal 2 A13 ) ➜ Taipei Main Station ( Taipei Main Station A1 ) ➜ Linrong ShinKong Station in Hualien 

Metro Taoyuan   www.tymetro.com.tw/tymetro-new/en

Taiwan Railway    tip.railway.gov.tw/tra-tip-web/tip?lang=EN_US

2.Shuttle Bus ( 6-40 seaters ) Rent
*Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport ➜➜ Flow Retreat
contact us through our Line : @flowretreat  OR email us flow@churesort.com

What can I expect?

Hualien city is known for its lush nature, fresh air, and majestic mountain range views. Enjoying Flow Retreats in Hualien, you can enjoy yoga, meditation, mindfulness and specially themed wellness classes close to nature, taste delicious and nourishing vegetarian cuisine, join specially curated experiences and excursions to connect with our rich local culture and people, bathe in our on-site natural thermal spring, and experience one of our rejuvenating Ayurvedic SPA treatment.

What kind of food and drink do you provide?

Fresh, seasonal, delicious and nourishing vegetarian meals are included in all of our retreat programs. On site, we have clean filtered water and locally grown herbal tea at all times. You can also enjoy fresh juices, and healthy snacks. We can accommodate most special dietary restrictions if given advanced notice of at least one week prior to arrival.

Are retreats conducted in English?

All of our retreats are conducted in both English and Chinese, with translations provided as needed. 

Do you accept drop-in?

Sorry we don’t accept drop-in customers to ensure each guest receives proper attention and care. Please visit our Reservations page and reserve your spot in advance.

What kind of class do you offer?

We offer many varieties of wellness classes and workshops, such as traditional Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Ayurveda, and Singing Bowl Healing. We also have many guest teachers and visiting masters here to share their unique talent and knowledge, you can learn more about our teacher lineups here.  

What can I do in my free time?

At Flow, you’re invited to do as little or as much as you like. All scheduled activities are optional. During your free time, you relax or meditate in our comfortable Forest Chalet, book a relaxing treatment in our Ayurveda SPA, or enjoy our many facilities on site such as our natural thermal spring, cafe and bar. 

Can I visit Ayurveda SPA without joining a retreat?

Absolutely! Please contact us here to schedule an Ayurveda SPA appointment. 

When are you open?

We are open year-round, welcome to join us any time! Our on-going regular retreat programs include: Flow Wellness Retreat, Flow Detox & Renewal Retreat, Flow Seniors Retreat, Go With Your Flow Retreat, and Corporate Mindfulness Retreat. We explore different wellness themes each month, diving deep to offer our guests fresh and unique experiences with each visit. 

What is your cancellation policy? 

Go with your Flow:

  • Cancellation notice provided 3 days before retreat start date, guest can receive 100% refund.
  • Cancellation notice provided within 3 days before retreat start date, guest will be charged 50% of first night’s room fee for penalty.
  • In case of no-show, a penalty of 1 night will apply.

3D2N Retreat (or more):

  • Cancellation notice provided 21 days before retreat start date, guest can receive 100% refund.
  • Cancellation notice provided 20-1 days before retreat start date, guest can receive 50% refund.
  • In case of no-show, a penalty of 100% will apply.

What is your modification policy?

  • Modification notice provided 21 days or more before retreat start date, guest can modify the reservation date without transaction fee.
  • Modification notice provided 20-2 days before retreat start date, guest can modify the reservation date with transaction fee of NTD$1000.
  • Modification notice provided 1 day before retreat start date, guest can receive 50% refund.
  • Modification notice provided on the day of retreat start date, no refund will be given.

What should I pack?

Clothing & Basics

  • Water bottle (Flow Detox & Renewal guests, please bring one large water bottle larger than 500ml)
  • Comfortable and stretchy clothing for yoga (layering is recommended so you can adjust to the temperature accordingly)
  • Long sleeve shirt and pants for nature walks and local excursions. 
  • Rain-proof / wind-proof / warm jacket for nature walks and local excursions.
  • Undergarments & socks. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals. 

Toiletries

For a better future environment, we will not provide disposable amenities in guest rooms (toothbrushes, toothpastes, razors,cotton pads, and slippers). We offer towels and supplies. 

During your stay, we do not automatically change bed sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases, or towels. If you require replacements, please contact the front desk.

Each guest room is provided with a complimentary bottle of bottled mineral water, based on the room’s occupancy. A thermos is available in the room, and you can refill it at the water dispenser in our resort.

Please bring your own:

  • Tooth care – toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Hair care – Hair brush, hair tie, hair clip 
  • Eye care – contact solution, glasses 
  • Skin care – sunscreen, make-up remover, lotion, deodorant, cosmetics

3C

  • Cell phone, camera and charger 
  • Power adaptor (if coming from outside of Taiwan), Taiwan provide power at 110 voltage 

Travel

  • Visa requirement – please check your passport expiry date and visa  requirement prior to booking plane ticket to Taiwan
  • Travel & medical insurance is recommended 
  • Photocopy of your ID, travel & medical insurance (if applicable)

Are there little black mosquitoes around?

Being close to nature, insects and bugs are inevitable including little black mosquitoes. We take great care to clean and maintain our property to reduce the possibilities of mosquitoes. We provide mosquito repellent in all public areas. If you prefer a certain brand of mosquito repellent, you are welcome to bring your own. We also encourage you to prepare long sleeves and pants for extra protection. 

Can I bring my own yoga mat?

Absolutely! Flow Yoga Shala is equipped with lululemon yoga mats and everything you need for class. We sanitize and clean all the equipment after each use. You are also welcome to bring your own. 

What kind of payments do you have?

For international guests, we accept all major credit card payments. For local guests, we accept all major credit card payments, ATM and bank transfers.

Do you offer wireless internet in all areas?

Wireless internet is provided in all areas on-site. 

Do I need to have yoga experience to join a retreat?

No, our retreats are suitable for all levels. Many of our guests come as beginners with little or no previous experiences. Our team of professional teachers will tailor the classes and adjust to accommodate all individuals. 

Can I smoke?

No smoking is allowed anywhere inside resort property.

Can I come when I’m pregnant?

Yes! If you are currently pregnant, please let us know at the time of booking. Our teachers can adjust classes according to your needs. However, we strongly recommend you seek medical doctor’s advice before joining our retreat as every individual is different. 

Can I bring my children and pets?

All guests sign up for Flow classes must be 10 years old or older and pets are not allowed. We will hold some special courses suit for children and pets. You may follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our latest updates.

I want to have a special celebration with family / partner / friends, can you help to arrange?

We love to help our guests plan special celebrations and gifts! Please let us know at the time of booking and we’ll do our best to make your celebration a memorable one. 

Can I join retreats alone?

Of course! In fact, the majority of our guests come by themselves. At Flow, you can enjoy precious time alone and have opportunities to connect with like-minded new friends in a warm and supportive environment. Come as you are, all are welcome!

What’s the weather like?

We are located between Taiwan’s central and coaster mountain ranges. The weather here is tropical, humid, and changes by the season. Summer season (May – November) temperature is around 25°C, July and August are the hottest months with temperature rising to around 32°C and frequent rains. Fall, winter and spring seasons (November – April) are cooler, especially December-February are the coldest months with temperatures falling to around 17°C or 18°C. All of our indoor spaces are equipped with air conditioning and heating, ensuring you can enjoy your retreat in comfort all year round.

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Local Excursion

Bring meditation and excursion into oneness.

Flow Retreat will take you to attractions around Shou-Feng and Feng-Lin. We will explore the mountain and the land. Meeting different people and creating wonderful experiences. Waking up your senses by reintroducing yourself to nature also bringing pure happiness back into your life.

TJ Organic Farm

Moving from the U.S. to Taiwan, TJ and his wife non-stop thinking about ways to live in harmony with nature. They utilize the experience of staying in the state and start to grow their organic agricultural products. By joining the farm activities, travelers will definitely feel how much the couple love the land they live in.

Horse Healing

Animals are always willing to show their true self to us. That’s also why we often feel peace and joy when interacting with animals. During horse healing, we learn how to interact with horses properly. By reading into their actions and state of being, we not only know more about the animals but also become more open with our state of being.

Meditate with river

We listen to the sound of insects, the sound of water, and the sound of your heart at the riverside. Taking one step closer to nature is one step closer to yourself.

Soul Singer x Heart Walker x Thanks Giver

Walking into a bookstore located in the woods and receiving blessings from your soul with books and music. A safe place for you to gently explore your true self.

Go Into the Tribe

Ciyakang is a tribe located by the side of Shou-Feng River. It also means an opened tree hole. Local youth will guide you experience their daily life.

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Flow Team

Lydia Chang, Flow COO & Program Director

Lydia came from a yoga family, and she started learning yoga and meditation from her father at the age of 10 years old. In 2016, Lydia took a leap of faith to leave behind her successful career in Canada as a corporate accountant, to start her own wellness retreat center in Taiwan. Since then, she focused on teaching and guiding personal wellness retreats and mindfulness workshops. Lydia has led over 300 group wellness retreats, and her clients include Google, PwC, GSK, lululemon, and retreat guests from 50+ countries. This year, Lydia is invited to become Wellness Director of Flow Retreat in Hualien, Taiwan. Through Flow Retreat, Lydia is looking forward to expanding her retreat offerings to helping more people discover balance in life. 

Lydia is a certified Canadian Yoga Alliance ERYT500 teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Laughter Yoga Leader, and also Taiwan lululemon legacy ambassador. Lydia’s teaching incorporates nature based healing, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and Ayurveda. She is known for her warm and thoughtful teaching style, making ancient wisdom practical in the modern life.


Dori Tsao, Yoga Teacher & Retreat Leader

Dori had her first experience with yoga was back in college. Slowly she is fall in love with yoga, she is able to find a sense of calmness and concentration, during the process of practice. With the accumulation of experience, she found and understood that yoga is not an exercise, but a way of living, breathing, eating, thinking, letting go and returning to zero. 

Dori has traveled to India, Sri Lanka and Bali to study scriptures with many masters. She has 200 hours certification from the American Yoga Alliance RYT, has over 500 hours immersed Kriya practice with her Guru and daily devoted to spiritual practice. She is good at teaching Himalayan Kriya Yoga, classical Hatha Yoga. Dori’s yoga class focuses on synchronizing Prana and Asana, using static and dynamic methods to find the inner peace flowing between inhalation and exhalation. Also through the adjustment of breathing to stretch muscles, strengthen stamina and lead students listen to the energy and messages from our body.


Prabhat Bhadauria, Yoga Teacher & Retreat Leader

Prabhat holds an engineering and masters degree, has worked for big and small tech companies, founder of startups, an avid explorer and a nature lover. He was born in India in 1984 and has lived in Taiwan since 2012, a place which he loves and now calls home.

In 2018 he shifted his focus on hobbies and mindful living and got the calling to learn yoga. In 2020 he went to Rishikesh to learn more about this ancient science. It was at this time that the coronavirus pandemic struck and he spent the next two years in Rishikesh learning Yoga from true masters. He is now a certified Yoga Alliance teacher (500 RYT), founder of Hub of Yoga and working to promote traditional yoga practices in Taiwan.


Nico, SPA Therapist

Nico, a passionate therapist, has transformed her enthusiasm into a profession. Since 2016, she has been studying techniques in skincare and body massage with the aim of providing relaxation and balance for both body and mind. With previous experience working in the SPA department of a five-star hotel, she learned how to provide high-quality services to meet the needs of guests.

In 2023, Nico was honored to become an therapistat the Flow Retreat- Prana Spa. She is dedicated to using her professional knowledge and warm hands to help guests achieve physical and mental balance and relaxation. Through skillfully blended essential oils and delightful massage techniques, she assists clients in releasing muscle tension, alleviating nerve stress, and enjoying a wonderful experience in the healing ambiance of fragrant therapy.

Nico looks forward to seeing guests feel relaxed and leave with a smile at the end of each session.


Belinda, Flow Retreat Host

​Belinda is in love with delightful sensation after yoga practice, not only the body open up, thoughts also becoming clear. Since join Flow Team she start to realize that yoga is not just a physical practice but a way of living. A simple practice everyday is powerful nourishment for oneself.


Sabrina, Flow Retreat Host

In the past, Sabrina was in a hectic and high-pressure work environment, She neglected her own physical and mental health. In this beautiful land of Hualien, She is rediscovering the balance of body and mind.
Through teaching mindfulness meditation courses, She guide students in practicing stillness, meditation, and self-awareness, helping them rediscover the tranquility and health of the soul.


Yuri, Flow Retreat Host

Yuri is the host at Flow Retreat. She is a Vata domainat nature enthusiast. Two unexpected journeys sparked her love for permaculture living, Raja Yoga practices, vipassana practices, somatic psychology, and biodynamic therapy. Currently, she is embracing a daily life in Hualien, richly woven with the philosophy of the five elements and Ayurveda.

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Flow Retreat’s Mission

Flow Retreat’s mission is to help you find balance through relaxation, self-discovery, mindful living, personal renewal and transformation. 

Each and every Flow retreat is lovingly created to help you to relax, open yourself to new possibilities, and be inspired to get into your Flow. We use three wellness pillars: inner awakening, outer discoveries, and flow in balance to create a complete and transformative wellness experience for you.

Inner Awakening

We believe your outer world – the circumstances and situations in your life – is a direct reflection of what you focus on in your internal world – your thoughts, feelings, and self understanding. 

Flow’s first wellness pillar “Inner Awakening” aims to inspire change from within. “Inner Awakening” focuses on creating opportunities and experiences to help you gain greater self awareness, self love, and resilience. Through sharing mindfulness and emotional fitness tools, you can learn how to cultivate a loving, open, curious, and non-judgmental attitude to access your natural wisdom, compassion, and joy. 

Inner Awakening activities include: meditation, silent reflection time, 1:1 lifestyle consultations, journaling, art therapy, inspirational talks, yoga philosophy, and mindfulness workshops.

Outer Discoveries

Flow’s second pillar in “Outer Discoveries” focuses on exploring the world around you, appreciating the beauty everywhere, and how it comes into contact with your physical senses. To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to dance, to listen to music – it’s all a miracle. We will guide you to discover movements that feels good, savor delicious foods, breathe in fresh mountain air, laugh together with friends, and immerse in the wonders of the local cultures. This pillar helps you remember the simple pleasures of life, to become more present and engaged in each of life’s precious moment.

Outer Discoveries activities include: yoga, dance therapy, breathworks, mindful walking, earthing, Ayurveda seasonal self-care guide, detox principles, inspirational talks, local cultural excursion.

Flow in Balance

Flow’s third wellness pillar “Flow in Balance” is all about integrating your learnings and experiences at Flow to live a more conscious, meaningful, and fulfilling life. We hope your retreat experience at Flow becomes a drop of water in this vast universe. 

Through personal renewal and transformation, you continue to send positive ripples to others. Incorporating wellness into your daily routine, improving relationships with your loved ones, finding purpose at work, and healing your greater environment. Flow in Balance is learning to be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake. 

Flow in Balance activities include: group circles and sharing, positive affirmations, vision and goal setting, volunteering, love & compassion workshops, and our online community support group.