Explore & Experience MURFEST (Malaysian Urban Retreat Festival) 2016

Hey peeps…have you all done something fun lately? If not, you should definitely check out the 3rd annual MURFEST (Malaysian Urban Retreat Festival) which is happening next weekend from 4th – 6th November at Matic, Jalan Ampang.  This year MURFEST returns with an amazing line up of of world class presenters, a market place of health and wellness with the JustBe Markets @ Murfest, a glow-in-the-dark dance fitness party and many more. There will be more than 30 Master trainers, 80 workshops and 100 exhibitors for you to explore !


What can you expect in MURFEST?



Experience a wide variety of  FREE yoga workshops including healing yoga, Breath of Bliss, advanced Vinyasa Yoga, pre- and post-natal yoga, Hatha and Manasa Yoga and last but not least Fly Yoga. There will be more than 25 workshops held daily over 3 days and include session such as The Feminine Super Woman, Ageless Living, Breath of Bliss and many more. Join some of the most impressive names from the global yoga world including Simon Borg-Olivier from Australia, Tymi Howard from USA/Canada, Christabel Zamor from Hawaii USA, alongside local favourites Ninie Ahmad and Reiko Soo.



Get your groove on to a wide variety latin dance such Cuban Rumba and Reggaeton. Otherwise, sweat up a storm with Zumba and Salsation. There’s also the modern and folkloric dance to look out for.  Last year, hit dance was Hula Hooping! Let Mishie Hoops from Australia/Bali loop you into her ‘hoopography’ as you explore this fun dance style! Last but not least, show your martial dance moves with famed Brazilian art of Capoeira, by favourite locally-based Brazilian instructors Pimbal Rubens and Lilica Vargas.



Come and learn all about body wellness with Aromatheraphy and Raw Food Consultant Elke Wollschon –  a workshop on essential oils. For those looking to find solutions to healthy eating check out digestive health by Naturopath from USA/Bali Dr Andrea Davis. There will also be a breathing session on Pranayama and Movement Meditation by local darling Jojo Struys.



Music doesn’t just enlighten, it heals. Experience music therapy via workshops conducted by musicians from USA, Iran as well as Malaysia. Keep a lookout for the Gong Therapy session by Reiki master Anne Fong Braillard.



Check out the marketplace with healthy food & drink, complimentary services such as spa treatments, pulse reading, electro muscle stimulation workouts, and more. The Just Be Markets will offer a carnival-like atmosphere with a healthy twist, from food trucks, to unique products on sale such as organic soaps and spa products, delicious healthy snacks and juices, free sampling of products and spa treatments, and even games and entertainment.



Explore & experience the ‘Panaz’ room, the fitness wear brand offering slimming pants, waist belts and arm bands designed to help you sweat! Find out more about their products while you check out all the workshops that will be taking place at their space.



This is screaming my name and perhaps my favourite of all the line up for MURFEST! It’s party time with GLO KL. Featuring a 2-hour dance fitness of Zumba and Salsation by Salsation Master Trainer Luis Calanche and Zumba ZIN DJ Yo Yo from Cuba. They will be supported by local champions and Zumba crowd favourites: Salsation Elite Trainers Eka Yahya and Chacha Garza, as well as Zumba stars ZIN Ramizah Kamis and ZIN Hanif Shawn. Early bird special at RM50, grab your ticket at http://glokl2016.peatix.com



Relax and unwind to the sound of soothing music under the stars on Friday evening. Chill and relax to the vibes of ‘Nadi Night’ while allowing the stress of a hectic week to simply melt away.



The grounds of MaTiC will be rumbling to the sounds of percussionists at the Murfest Finale on Sunday, 6pm. The drum circle will play various percussions in unison, and will invite the crowd to participate with instruments of their choice, bringing the festival to a thundering close.



  • 1-day Escape pass (RM99 for Friday and RM135 for Saturday or Sunday),
  • 2-day Explore pass (Saturday & Sunday; RM275)
  • Full 3-day Experience pass (RM359).

Ooh there’s also Yoga Certification courses (priced separately) that’s available by senior instructors from the USA and Australia.


A big shoutout and thanks to Murfest 2016 sponsors and brand partners:

  • Supported by Ministry of Youth & Sports and Tourism Malaysia;
  • Official Venue Sponsor – Malaysian Tourism Centre (MaTiC)
  • Hotel Partner – Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Hotel Maya;
  • Community Activation Partners – Sony, CORNY, Evian
  • Official Brand Partners – FLYOGA®, Slimming Sanctuary, Grolier, Manduka (Danivy), Raisin’ The Roof, YOUC100 (EH Beverage), Golden Horse Palace, Lorna Jane, Teh Tarik Place, Dyanna, Happy Fresh, Isagenix, Grab Malaysia and Cocoa Boutique;
  • Official Media Partners – Natural Health, Vulcan Post, Discover KL, Festival Sherpa, Yogalife magazine, Little Steps Asia, RedBox & GreenBox, Hop-on Hop Off, Rentak Sejuta, Selebriti Online, Shapestream, CatJira and Tally Press;
  • Workshop Activation Partner – Panaz

Whether you are a yogi, dancer, music-lover, healthy-eating enthusiast or simply on a path of self-discovery to try something fun, new, and exciting, Murfest is the place to be. Come with me to explore and experience MURFEST! For more information, visit  facebook.com/murfest or murfest.com today!

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