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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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