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8 Days Bali Yoga Retreat Alchemy of Happiness

  • Desa Pejeng, Gianyar, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

8 Days Bali Yoga Retreat Alchemy of Happiness

  • Desa Pejeng, Gianyar, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Art of Relaxation and Cultural Bliss Yoga Holiday in Bali

With over 20 years of experience teaching yoga and leading retreats all over the world, Alchemy Tours is excited to show you the best of Bali. Enjoying yoga along with other wonderful activities will only enhance our joy! Set your expectations that by going away on this yoga retreat to magical Bali we can help you reconnect your commitment to your most important Intentions. Those that support your happiness. “Imagine you have permission to be happy and to really enjoy your life. Your life is free of conflict with yourself and with others.” – Four Agreements. What is being described is the Alchemy of Happiness. You deserve this. No waiting. No conditions. The Four Agreements inspired this Happiness Yoga Retreat. We are confident this experience will change your Happiness Set-Point.


  • Daily meditation
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 1 hour Balinese massage
  • Private evening dharma talks
  • Excursions to some of Bali's best locations
  • Balinese cultural dinner and dancing
  • 3 daily healthy and delicious meals
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Alam Puisi Villas Ubud is nested outside Ubud, Bali’s Centre of Arts. All rooms are beautiful and cosy with all modern amenities including free Wi-Fi. Exotic during the day and romantic during the night, a 2 meter wide subek runs right through the middle of the resort, serenading the resort by sound of soft flowing water. Relax with a 32 inch flat-screen TV to practice your Balinese, or to stay up on the news, and enjoy your very own mini-bar for cold drinks and snacks.

The resort provides with soap, shampoo, conditioner, pool and room towels, fresh, clean water for drinking, a small refrigerator for your use during your stay. There are free shuttles running from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. into the center of Ubud, and bicycles are available free of charge. There is laundry service with 1 to 2 day turnaround. Laundry is priced per item and order forms are in every room with up-to-date pricing. There are also many local vendors nearby offering laundry service if you want other options.

Each spacious, air-conditioned room is thoughtfully appointed in a stylish, Balinese theme that promotes a chill vibe and has its own luxurious bathroom. Each room also has a balcony that overlooks the vibrantly green and beautiful rice fields.

The week will include daily meditation, pranayama, yoga and other fun adventures. Everything is optional. It’s your vacation. Your trip design has been lovingly created especially for you, based on years of experience.


Days 1 and 2 (Earth element - Bhumi)

Day 1 - Sunday

  • 14:00 Check in and welcome drink followed by afternoon pool time, spa, and napping
  • 17:00 Welcome orientation
  • 17:30 Vinyasa yoga
  • 19:30 Welcome dinner

Day 2 - Monday

  • 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:30 Vinyasa yoga followed by breakfast buffet
  • 10:00 Guided tour of Monkey Forest with lunch in Ubud and shopping
  • 15:00 1 on 1 Coaching with Silvia at Pool
  • 18:30 Vinyasa yoga
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 3 and 4 (Water element - Jala)

Day 3 - Tuesday

  • 02:15 Kitamani volcano hike for an additional 30 USD fee
  • 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:30 Vinyasa yoga followed by breakfast buffet
  • 10:00 Goa Gajah Unesco heritage site and Yeh Pulu Temple rice field hike
  • 12.45 Lunch
  • 15.30 Yoga
  • 17:30 Dinner

Day 4 - Wednesday

  • 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:30 Vinyasa yoga followed by breakfast buffet
  • 12:30 Lunch followed by massage appointments, afternoon pool time, shopping, and napping
  • 17:00 Vinyasa yoga
  • 19:30 Pura Dalam Taman Kaja Kecak fire and trance dance

Days 5 and 6 (Fire element - Agni)

Day 5 - Thursday

  • 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:30 Vinyasa yoga followed by breakfast buffet
  • 09:00 Ubud culture tour, water purification ceremony, Sebatu Temple visits, and good karma lunch
  • 16:30 Vinyasa yoga
  • 18:80 Dinner

Day 6 - Friday

  • 06:00 Meditation
  • 06:30 Vinyasa yoga followed by breakfast buffet
  • 08:30 Sanur Beach day at Prama Sanur white sand beach and one on one coaching wtih Silvia at beach
  • 18:00 Vinyasa yoga
  • 19:30 Dinner

Days 7 and 8 (Air element - Vayu)

Day 7 - Saturday

  • 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:30 Vinyasa yoga followed by breakfast buffet
  • 12:30 Lunch followed by spa treatments, afternoon pool time, and shopping
  • 15:30 Vinyasa yoga
  • 17:00 Balinese cultural dinner and singing, and dancing at Agungs Home

Day 8 - Sunday

  • 07:00 Meditation followed by goodbye breakfast
  • 07:30 Vinyasa yoga
  • 12:00 Check-out and pool time
  • 12:30 Departures for those with 16:00 and 16:30 flights
  • Itinerary is subject to change with the ebb and flow of life

Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave

Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ is an archaeological site of significant historical value that makes it a special place to visit. Located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud. An 11th century cave used by monks and was named for the statue of Ganesh found inside. A few minutes drive from Goa Gajah is Tampak Siring, a holy spring temple known as Pura Tirta Empul.

Goa Gajah dates back to the 11th century, built as a spiritual place for meditation. The main grounds are down a flight of steps from the roadside and parking area, which is lined with various art and souvenir shops and refreshment kiosks. Upon reaching the base you will come across a large ‘wantilan’ meeting hall and an assortment of large old stone carvings, some restored to their former full glory. The pool, excavated in 1954, features five out of supposedly seven statues depicting Hindu angels holding vases that act as waterspouts.

Various structures reveal Hindu influences dating back to the 10th century, and some relics feature elements of Buddhism dating even earlier to the 8th century. The cave is shallow; inside are three stone idols each wrapped in red, yellow and black cloths. Black soot lines the cave’s walls as result from the current-day incense burning. Several indentations show where meditating priests once sat. The northern side of the complex is dominantly Buddhist while south across the river it’s mostly Shivaite.

At the southern end are beautiful rice fields and small streams that lead to the Petanu River, another natural site entwined in local legends. Goa Gajah was built on a hillside and as two small streams met here forming a campuhan or ‘river junction’, the site was considered sacred and was built for hermetic meditation and prayers.

Ubud Tour and Sacred Monkey Forest

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Padangtegal is dedicated to educating people about the importance of conserving cultural resources.

The monkeys within the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Padangtegal are commonly called long-tailed macaques. Their scientific name is Macaca fascicuiaris. Macaques are found throughout Southeast Asia and many species of macaques live successfully in areas that are heavily utilized by humans like they do in Monkey Forest. Interestingly, within long-tailed macaque societies, females are typically born into and remain with a single troop for life. In contrast, adult males may migrate between troops. Currently, there are approximately 600 Balinese long-tailed macaques that inhabit the Sacred Monkey Forest.

Monkeys can be the embodiment of both positive and negative forces. The dual nature of monkeys is especially reflected in the Ramayana, the most important epic Indian poem. Within the Ramayana, Sita, the beloved bride of Rama, is abducted by Rawana, an evil king. Rama, an incarnation of Dewa Wisnu, calls upon Sugriwa, king of the monkeys and Hanuman, Sugriwa’s General, to help him retrieve Sita. However, within the Ramayana, there are also antagonist monkeys like Subali that attempt to assist Rawana. In the end, Hanuman, along with his monkey army, defeats Rawana’s evil forces and helps Rama to retrieve Sita.

The Temple inside Monkey Forest represents a sacred Balinese Hindu site. In trying to understand Balinese Hinduism it is important to keep in mind that Balinese Hinduism is unlike Hinduism practiced in other parts of the world today. Balinese Hinduism combines aspects of Animism, Ancestor Worship, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

Some of the first evidence of extensive human inhabitation on Bali dates back to approximately 2,500 B.C. The religion of the Bali Aga, original Balinese centered around both Animism and Ancestor Worship. Ancestor Worship represents the belief that prosperity is associated with a relationship that exists between the living and the dead, prosperity is something that can only be achieved through intense worship and obtainment of blessings from ancestors. Animism represents the belief that inanimate objects and other elements of the natural landscape can possess souls which can help as well as hinder human efforts on Earth.

A Balinese temple is more than just a collection of pagodas and pavilions. The area enclosed by temple walls and the forest area surrounding it is sacred. These temples and the forest are essential for renewing contact with the spiritual world. The activities associated with these areas are essential in maintaining harmony between humans, nature and the cosmos. Not only are ancestral spirits and gods given offerings and prayers, but also the spirits of trees and statues in the Monkey Forest are given offerings and prayers by the Pemangku and local villagers

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, in conjunction with Udayana Univeristy in Denpasar have identified 115 separate species of trees. Some of these trees are considered holy and are used in various Balinese spiritual practices. Examples include the Majegan, which is used exclusively for the building of shrines; or the Berigin, whose leaves are used in cremation ceremonies. Of special significance is the Pule Bandak, a tree that embodies the spirit of the forest, and is used in the making of powerful masks. These masks are only used inside the temple, and the trees are not killed to make them. An auspicious day is chosen and the Priest asks permission of the tree spirit to cut a small piece of its wood. The spirit thus remains embodied in the mask.

This combination trip includes Monkey Forest where you will feed the monkeys, visit the Temple, feel the vibration of the Trees. It will be a wonderful photo taking opportunity. On that day, remove your sunglasses or anything that can be taken by a monkey. Wear a closed purse or bag and know that if you carry bananas the monkey’s will find them.

Clear Cafe

Next you will walk to a traditional local market and have lunch at the famous Clear Cafe. Clear Cafe’s philosophy is “eat the food you wish to be”. In the spirit of this idea they have created a must see sanctuary where everyone can enjoy organic, delicious, pure and natural food while experiencing the magical and nurturing ways of Clear’s pure Balinese team.

Water Temple Purification Ceremony

This experience provides a healing ritual and understanding to the magical mysteries of Balinese spirituality. Water is believed by the balinese to be one of the key forces of life. Holy Water Temple located in the outskirts of Ubud, that carries a mystifying and ancient energy. Upon arrival, you will be provided with a ceremonial sarong and a space to change your cloths at a nearby venue. After, you will be escorted for a guided tour of the beautiful peace and quiet of this Ancient Site prior to the ceremony, where you will learn the history that is held on these sacred grounds. After your tour of the temple, the Ceremony will be conducted by a Mangku, balinese priest). While sitting in meditation the priest will prepare some holy water in a vase with flowers and incense while chanting mantras in ancient Sanskrit. Following the mantras, you will be invited to receive a holy water cleansing as this blessed water is sprinkled over your head.

You will then be guided into the sacred water pools where several Koi fish swim and live. Once you are emerged in the sacred pools, it will be requested that you bow down before each spring, putting your head under the stream of water.

First you will wash the holy water on your face as the symbol of physical purification, then over your fontanel, crown of the head, as the purification of the tirtha. After, you will also consume the water three times as a symbol of spiritual purification. This will create a full sensation of the body receiving a ‘holy bathing’.

After the ceremony, you will be invited to change your clothing where a healthy, high vibe lunch will be served. Post lunch there will be a closing ceremony in the Yoga Studio including meditation, group sharing, journaling and mantra. Afterwards, you will have free time to either enjoy the swimming pool, spa or visit the traditional town.

Sanur Beach

The island of Bali is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south where you will be at Sanur have white sand and the ones on the East have black sand.

There is good reason why Bali wins “The Island of The Year Award” almost every year. For instance, Bali received the Best Island award from Travel and Leisure in 2010. And according to BBC Travel released in 2011, Bali is one of the World’s Best Islands, ranked second after Greece.

This trip is a not to miss opportunity to enjoy a day spa and beach club along with riding a bike along the boardwalk if you want. Or kite surf, wind surf or just play in the water in between spa appointments.

  • Silvia Mordini

    Silvia Mordini is a writer, happiness coach, and internationally recognized yoga presenter. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Born in Ecuador, proud of her Italian heritage, and raised as a world traveler, Silvia developed a sense of global citizenship early on.

This retreat will take place in Ubud. The culture is so rich that almost no week is past without a ceremony held somewhere in Ubud. This is the highland of Bali, and with uninterrupted views of terraced rice fields is this beautiful resort. This is the place to be back to nature. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Bali is an island and the smallest province of Indonesia and includes a few smaller neighboring islands. It is located between Java to the west and Lombok to the east, and its capital, Denpasar, is at the southern part of the island. Bali's central mountains include several peaks over 3,000 meters in elevation. The highest is Mount Agung (3,031 meters), known as the "mother mountain" which is an active volcano. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali's large rice crop is grown. Bali is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and moderndance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music.

The island is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south tend to have white sand while those in the north and west have black sand. Bali received the Best Island award from Travel and Leisure in 2010. The island of Bali won because of its attractive surroundings (both mountain and coastal areas), diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local restaurants, and the friendliness of the local people.

Nearby places

  • Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) - 1 hour
  • Massage
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental
  • Tour assistance

Almost all meals are included, though you may wish to explore on your own at times. This is welcomed and encouraged. You will delight in traditional, healthy, organic Balinese retreat cuisine. You will have a choice of vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten free, halal, and many more options.

Indonesia is comprised of many islands, all with many culinary influences. In Bali, fresh, raw food abounds, and the locals prepare many delicious traditional dishes. Rice dishes served with sides of savory meats and vegetables are often part of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The arts and crafts capital of Bali, Ubud has excellent cuisine from all over the world; no tradition is left unrepresented and with an abudance healthy, organic, raw, vegan, and vegetarian food.

Additional activities are available and are reasonably priced (in the range of 10 to 80 USD per trip for full or half day trips) and include: sunrise volcano bicycling tours, cycling, elephant safari park, rice terrace tours, temple visits, traditional dance performances, monkey chant performances, Balinese cooking classes, woodcarving lessons, batik courses, gamelan courses, and traditional artwork classes.

A one-hour Balinese massage is included in this retreat.

  • 3 healthful, delicious meals per day
  • 7 nights luxury Balinese accommodation
  • A one hour Balinese massage
  • A special eco friendly goodie bag
  • All transportation during the trip
  • Balinese cultural dinner and dancing (learn how to make traditional offerings)
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Energy medicine: earth, water, fire, air rituals
  • Entrance fees to all group events
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tour of Monkey Forest and Ubud
  • Happiness coaching with Silvia Mordini
  • Sanur white sand beach day
  • Taxes included
  • Twice daily yoga classes with Silvia Mordini
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Alchemy Tours will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Rachel Down from United States

    Magical Experience

    PROS Pros: I loved this three week program, full of lots of hard work and lots of fun. Silvia and Emily really put so much time and effort into making this teacher training a full and complete experience for their students. They met me where I was and helped me clear the path for where I go next.

    2017-Aug-30 20:06:58

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    Review by Elsa Donovan from New Zealand

    CONS Cons: In hindsight I would have not shared a room with two other women it was very intense and I could have done with a lot more personal space.

    PROS Pros: Silvia and Emily held space for each student so wonderfully and did their best to cater to everyone, I was so impressed at how they held everything together with such a big group of women, and man! Everything about the whole training was so well coordinated, I would have liked to spend more time on Ayurveda. Thank you ladies :)

    2017-Aug-27 17:41:03

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: There was a lack of authenticity form leadership. Love was preached constantly, yet leaders often singled out individuals, not showing them love or respect at all. There seemed to be a lot of ego in the leaders.

    PROS Pros: Location and accommodations couldn't have been better. Trainers have beautiful practices and are extremely knowledgeable in the world of yoga, Ayurvedics, etc...

    2017-Aug-20 04:21:13

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    Review by Kathie Disner from United States

    CONS Cons: Many of the activities we were promised did not happen. There was no cooking class, and instead of a natural hot springs we went to a spa. There was very little space for the yoga class and we were informed by email the day before the retreat began that we needed to bring a yoga mat, I did not receive the email until I was already traveling. So yoga on a tile floor was out of the question. Getting to see the sunflower fields was high on every one's list that participated, so when it was not our schedule my daughter and I asked Silvia about it. She berated us for being ungrateful and that we were coming from a low self for asking. Then she sent out a very passive aggressive email about non-violent communication. We were not spoken to at dinner after that and when everyone was saying good-bye at the end, she hugged everyone else then told me she could walk fast so that I wouldn't have to be near her. I was stunned and hurt. Fortunately, all of the participants in the retreat were very nice and there was very little drama with them, considering it was 13 women! I will not book with alchemy tours again.

    PROS Pros: We got to see many historic places in Italy, and visited several wineries. Our accommodations were very nice, I loved being out in the country.

    Organizer response: In 10 years of leading retreats I've never had clients like this Mother & Daughter who I have the utmost compassion for. This was their first trip outside of the United States and putting aside their cultural insensitivity, they had been on other yoga retreats. What stood out from day 1 is that they had nothing but sharp criticism and complaints about these other retreats. What this person says about this retreat is NOT True. It is False. They received a comprehensive 33 page Yoga Packet with material from sun salutations to science supporting Yoga Themes for each day. She came to yoga once. They also received Activities Itinerary. ITINERARY: CULTURE 1. The Itinerary was well curated & professional. It was EXACTLY as we promised for the week. With that said they complained so loudly that they hadn't seen Sunflowers they bullied us into requiring we make it happen. 2. In an effort to please them & quiet the incessant complaining, I contracted drivers at additional expense to drive us around Tuscany. THIS WAS NEVER IN OUR ITINERARY. 3. They were brought to HOT SPRINGS Terme Grotto Guisti. They just don't understand the Italian hot springs feed the Thermal Pools! 4. Daily emails with Yoga Philosophy & Happiness Coaching were sent out including NVC (nonviolent communication) system. This is routine coaching material. Also Brain Science, Meditation, & Mantra. These clients do not know how to conduct themselves in group travel. Not a good fit.

    2017-Jul-10 16:04:24

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: No consistent and well thought out location for yoga classes. Mixed messages about need to bring own yoga mat prior to trip so many people did not have access. Yoga not as prominent a feature of the retreat as I had anticipated.

    PROS Pros: The location was beautiful and very relaxing. Food and staff at the resort could not have been better. Enjoyed tours of many beatiful places.

    Organizer response: Dear Kind Soul, The beauty of being in Tuscany for yoga is not to be stuck in one place. On all our retreats worldwide we offer MORE than just one single place for yoga. We meditate outdoors and indoors. We practice yoga asana indoors and outdoors "Under the Tuscan Sun" in covered yoga shala. We meet for Dharma talks and self-development coaching indoors and in outdoor living room at our villa out of Architectural Digest. I can't imagine being in Tuscany and stuck inside one single closed room. We go out of our way to provide our clients with authentic experiences as part of our surroundings. As this was your first time outside of the United States I can imagine that accepting a new culture and new ways of doing things is part of the learning for you. It is also difficult to judge the Meditation, Yoga Asana, Pranayama (Breathwork), Dharma Talks as you attended only 1 class. Without any frame of reference perhaps you missed an opportunity to learn more? With over 15,000 hours of experience teaching yoga (all 8 Limbs) and 20 years of teaching there was so much depth offered to you. It is a shame you choose not to experience this part of the retreat. However as we always say, "this is your vacation, everything is optional. even the yoga." We honor your decision not to try yoga with us more than once and hope you find more of what you're looking for in the future. Blessings from Italia! Namaste and peace in all ways.

    2017-Jul-03 10:44:01

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    Review by Marleen Werniztsch from Germany

    2017-May-22 13:19:48


  • Review by Hannah

    "Silvia Mordini is a teacher of teachers, and a wonderful mentor who compassionately evokes self-inquiry and transformation. Without a doubt, Silvias friendship and mentorship have helped to shape my path to service, adventure, and stepping outwards of my bounds and into a world wide open."

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  • Review by Dana

    "I honestly recommend this training for anyone who enjoys practicing yoga and is interested in personal development and growth. It is an amazing journey you take to know yourself and have a better understanding of who you are. A beautiful, enlightening experience that I would do all over again. It has developed, supported, and empowered me in my life."

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  • Review by Traveler

    "I am impressed on how hard Silvia try to meet everyones schedule, it cant be easy. Thanks to Silvia's dedication and assurance I can flow through yoga poses, I am now actually playing with yoga more and listening to what my body inspires me to do instead of trying to do yoga like everyone else. Yoga has become so much more an enriching experience for me rather than a physical struggle. I am very grateful for all the help she has given me."

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  • Review by Cheryl

    "I enjoyed the training and learning many things. One thing I am very happy about, especially how to incorporate more yoga into my everyday life."

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  • Review by Sue P.

    "I want to thank Silvia Mordini for caring about the quality of our teacher training program, for sharing so much of herself, for teaching from her heart, and for making a difference in my life."

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  • Review by Kelly

    "Im very excited to be a part of this training program and I feel very blessed and lucky. Im so happy to be on this journey especially with everyone in class. I think we have a great group of people and everyone feels comfortable. Thank you for accepting me and letting me be a part of this program."

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  • Review by Martha

    "All the classes are fantastic. I have learned so much and I really appreciate Silvia's teaching ability. Silvia has an innate ability to teach. I can always be at classes for hours. The time always goes so quickly when Im learning."

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  • Review by Lexi

    "Silvia Mordini has been a wonderful mentor, teacher, and guide. I cant thank her enough for all that she has given to me. No one compares to her teaching style, she is truly one of a kind. Im so happy I was able to do my training with her. I'm already looking forward to learning more from Silvia."

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  • Review by Jodi T.

    "I am so grateful for this training program. This training was the first thing I was able to do for myself after having kids. At the time it felt like such a stretch but it was just the first step in an amazing new journey."

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  • Review by Anna M.

    "They really planned an incredible trip. I really lucked out as they not only supplied me with a wonderful yoga group and practice for the week but each day was chock full of things to participate in if I so wished. They gave us access to the real deal Bali by incorporating biking, tours, decadent meals, transport, so many activities, beach time, talks, etc.They have great taste and are very down to earth. They think of everything and are really there to answer questions and provide great resource to things you want to explore. Silvia is such a loving and inspiring yoga instructor. These guys are definitely doing what they were meant to do in life. Great people, great trip. I look forward to doing another trip with them soon!"

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  • Review by Michael N.

    "I attended Alchemy Tours’ yoga retreat in Bali, and I can honestly say it was the most fulfilling travel experience I’ve ever had. It was hard to come back to reality, and not just in the typical “I’ve taken much needed time off to relax and it’s hard to get back in my routine” sort of way… But more, going on this trip made me understand that there was a much greater disparity between the potential for happiness in my life and what I considered to be my “normal” state than I had realized – and that they were further apart than they ever should be. To me, the experience with Alchemy Tours can be divided into two categories: vacation and personal reflection. As a vacation, it was amazing. White water rafting through a jungle ravine, a relaxing bike tour through Balinese rice patties, beaches, exposure to local culture, great restaurants and a gorgeous place to stay that our group had all to ourselves. It was just organized enough to feel active without feeling too busy. Previously, I wouldn’t have asked for more than that in a trip, and it was awesome in that way. But the part that really surprised me was the way Silvia’s constant positivity, enthusiasm and no-pressure encouragement would really make me reflect on the person I am, and I began to conceptualize the things I could change to improve my life as a whole."

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  • Review by Elisabeth G.

    "I had the best vacation ever with Alchemy Tours this Spring. I wanted to do a yoga retreat with equal parts relaxing, yoga and exploring and it was just that. The resort was gorgeous, not your typical overrun Mexico tourist spot but a beautiful, simple, chic bungalow style resort in the jungle and with its own beach. I was skeptical going on vacation with a bunch of strangers but everyone was lovely and I came back refreshed and happy, as evidenced by my yelp profile pic nuzzling a Mexican beach puppy. "

    "Silvia is an inspiring teacher and really helped me to look at what I wanted out of the trip and myself when it ended. Normally my yoga classes are short and intense but this was a wonderful change of pace. I approach most things cynically including yoga talks and journaling but they yoga’d the cynic out of me and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience. Oh and it was an amazing price. And I’m going again next year, the ultimate vote of confidence."

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  • Review by Dawn H.

    "My husband and I went on a yoga retreat to Xinalani with Alchemy Tours. This was our first yoga retreat so we weren’t sure what to expect. Vacation for us means getting outside, being active, eating delicious food and perhaps a few cocktails. This trip provided all of the above and more. Alchemy Tours provided us with a ton of information and helped us set up a scuba diving and surfing excursion. They also arranged for the group to give back to the community we were staying in, which was very inspiring. There was a planned group activity every day which was included and optional. Everything was optional without judgement, even the yoga classes. Classes were taught every morning and evening, with a few workshop options throughout the week. Yoga classes were some of the best we have ever taken. There was a great variety that incorporated fun, music and mindfulness in a way that is rare to find. Every meal was fantastic, fresh and delicious! Every morning I woke up looking forward to that days fresh squeezed juice (and of course coffee). We do not have any dietary restrictions, but many on the trip did, the chef was masterful in handling all of the gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, pescetarian, and vegan request. We will absolutely travel with Alchemy tours again and recommend them to everyone we know."

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  • Review by Maddie L. Haramara

    "Every activity during the week was carefully planned and extremely purposeful, however, there was no feeling of pressure to do things that were not of interest to you. The yoga was great. As beginner yogi I felt welcomed and confident even though advanced yogis seemed to be enjoying the classes and flows as much as I did. The yoga also varied daily. It was always interesting and I was consistently benefiting in various ways from the classes. Best of all, Silvia and Malia assisted in so much besides just yoga. There were chakra talks, happiness coachings, astrology readings, dancing, meditating, photo shoots, game playing and scavenger hunts. The days I spent in Mexico flew by faster and more enjoyably than I could have ever anticipated. Whether you are a hard-core yogi and spiritualist, or someone just looking to get away from the stresses of life I would recommend you to Alchemy Tours. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I will definitely be booking with them again!"

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  • Review by Laura

    "I’ve been on two retreats with Alchemy Tours – one in Bali and one in Mexico, and botanical holding hands loved them both (in fact, we are currently planning to rope our friends into joining us for another!). The two experiences were entirely different to one another, but both contained a wonderful balance of excellent yoga, guided introspection and great fun. Silvia’s the most talented yoga instructor I know, with the added depth of having a background in professional training and development and a natural affinity for study. These talents enable her to deliver elegantly constructed retreats where her yoga classes, self study exercises and fun activities are all weaved together over the week to complement the retreat theme. You will be amazingly nourished by a week which will no doubt include incredible food, exploration of the place you’re in, development of your yoga practice, new activities, personal insights and lots and lots of laughter. I can’t recommend joining them highly enough."

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  • Review by Megan K.

    "I took a trip with Silvia and Alchemy tours in 2012, it was absolutely life changing, botanical jumping beautiful, easy and fun. They are friendly, fun positive energy, and have thought of all the details to create a trip that is both easy, enjoyable and potent. Each person on the trip was amazing, and the activities and nurturing environment of the resort they chose worked beautifully to create new friendships and a great group dynamic. Expect a great time, great insights and to return home refreshed and with a happier outlook on life with wider possibilities! I really can see the whole course of my life shifted with this trip, and it is completely wonderful. I would not hesitate to recommend a trip with Alchemy Tours!"

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  • Review by Shana D.

    "I had so much fun exploring a part of Mexico with them. Their shared love of travel combined with their warmth, humor and creative spirits make Alchemy Tours an amazing group to travel with! I will take many more trips with Alchemy Tours! They absolutely rock!"

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