Autumn Edrington was born into a military family and moved around the US in her early years. After graduating from Arizona State University with a business degree, she began work in Phoenix, Arizona, for a larger corporation. She knew something was missing from her life but she hadn’t yet figured out what it was. It was during this time that Autumn was introduced to yoga. After her first class, she immediately knew she had found something absolutely life changing. The spiritual connection to her soul was immediate and unwavering.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Kelly O’Brien has always been pulled by the desire to help others achieve their highest potential. With a background in social work, she naturally gravitated toward the healing powers of yoga and its ability to positively transform lives. After trying yoga on a Groupon with a friend, she knew she had found her passion. She quickly noticed the positive effects on her body, mind and overall outlook on life. She was hooked. Kelly received her E-RYT 500-hour credentialed teaching certificate through Authentic Yoga Teacher Training under Cheryl Oliver.
Authentic Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Olivia M Australia
The service experienced with Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat was outstanding! Mikaku & Putu (the owners), were more than obliging to assist and quick to respond to any queries we had from the onset, throughout our stay and long after our departure.
After 5 nights in the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, we were very eager to rest and relax at Floating Leaf. Some of the many services we enjoyed included, a couples 90 minute spa treatment and steam room therapy, amazing healthy and organic meals, delicious cocktails, traditional Balinese dancers, cooling off in the healing pool, and great conversations with the team and fantastic guests (who we dined with for most meals).
The Retreat itself is structurally awe-inspiring. What we loved even more, was that it was built with environmentally friendly materials and all aspects of the retreat are eco-friendly. Floating Leaf’s commitment to the Banjar community is also very prominent, with a number of initiatives in place including free education and a donations program.
The Retreat is located amongst some great areas to explore including, Keramas beach - for the surf lovers, Sukawati markets – for those wanting a bit more of an authentic market shopping experience (outside of Kuta and Seminyak), and Sanur – with some lovely shops, amazing restaurants/cafes and a night food market (for those adventurous to try some traditional local food).
With only 10 rooms on-site, the retreat is ideal for those wanting a more intimate place to stay. It is perfect for small groups and those wanting to join an organised program – such as a yoga or surf retreat. Or for those that are wanting to create their own specialized program with the team, such as an incentive trip or corporate getaway – I know I will certainly be pushing for one of these with my company ;) Even for the single travelers and couples, whichever way you have it - you cannot go wrong with Floating Leaf.
Thank you again Mikaku, Putu and the team – we loved our time with you and can’t wait to return!
Tasha K United States
My stay at Floating Leaf Retreat was like having soul hugs every day. I arrived at Floating Leaf on December 30th and stayed through January 4, 2017. I was with a group of friends celebrating the new year in Bali. Mikaku and Putu, the owners, are on-site and so sweet and accommodating. They take great pride in their beautiful retreat center and it shows in all of the beautiful details around the property - the quiet reflection spaces, the social spaces, the waterfalls and pool area are peaceful and comfortable. The rest of the staff at Floating Leaf is also fantastic. Better service than most 5 Star ‘chain’ hotels I have stayed at in the past. They helped us book several outings off property.
Location: Floating Leaf is about 40 minutes from the airport which is great after traveling 20+ hours to get to Bali. The location is central to all of the must-see places on a first visit to Bali. Ubud is about 25-30 minutes away by car. The beach town of Sanur is about 25-30 minutes. There is also a black sand beach about 10-15 minutes walk from the retreat.
Rooms: I booked a garden view room away from the central pool/dining area and it was quiet and clean. The bathroom was mostly outdoors which was nice. Open air showers always feel more tropical and luxurious! My friends booked a pool view room which was circular (very cool architecture!) with an open air bathroom. A/C worked well so we could sleep comfortably and there were also ceiling fans. We didn’t spend much time in our rooms since there were so many beautiful places to rest and relax on property.
Food: We ate on property most days. There are delicious options and all the food is fresh and prepared with great care. Fresh smoothies every morning and a great variety of options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. I’m not a vegetarian but all of the vegetarian dishes were so good that I could have converted!
Spa: I booked 1 hour massages every day of my stay and they were fantastic. Desak was able to work though my tired/sore muscles with expertise and care. I felt absolutely refreshed by the end of the week thanks to Desak’s magic technique!
Yoga: We booked a yoga teacher to come 3 days of our stay. Krishna was a great teacher and he lead us through some challenging but enlightening yoga classes. The yoga studio is on the top floor of the retreat center with beautiful rice paddy and sea views – I could have done yoga all day in this space!
I would highly recommend staying at this beautiful retreat center. It was exactly the way I wanted to bring in the new year surrounded by old friends (and new!). The owners hosted a wonderful New Year’s Eve party with games and music and a buffet of delicious Balinese dishes. It was truly a magical week at Floating Leaf Resort.
Polly S Spain
This small , boutique, eco oasis will wow you from the start. The design is open to let nature in and all the rooms are stunning. There are lounge areas, an amazing pool , a long communal table in the restaurant so you'll never feel alone, private spaces to read, journal or meditate when you want to be alone, and last but not least- a staff that will quickly become family.
DO wander up to the many patios on the top floor for stunning sunrises and sunsets, take the 7 am yoga class in the amazing open air shala , eat the veggie spring rolls, and have an amazing spa treatment. As a massage snob I can assure you that this will be one of the best you've ever had- just do it. All their tours have been well thought out and are off the beaten tourist path. Mikaku and Putu will show you the real Bali from a local perspective. The "super secret " waterfall day trip was a once in a lifetime experience. Bravo Floating Leaf- you have officially rocked my world! A million thanks.
hkyogi Hong Kong
I have noting but good things to say about The Floating Leave Resort and my experience there. I held a yoga retreat with my students and we were taken care of from the first moment we arrived (foot massages for everyone!) to the moment we walked out the door on our last day. The owners and staff were very helpful with all our needs any time of day. Mikaku and Putu made us feel right at home and gave us tips on where to go and what to see. Mikaku also shared with our group a bit of Balinese history and culture which made being in Bali feel a little more special. We loved the unique resort and the yoga sala on the top floor was perfect for our morning and afternoon yoga practices. We ran all our own classes but there was yoga offered with one of their teachers at other times. The food was wonderful and healthy and the resort is very clean. I could go on and on about the staff - they went above and beyond to make sure all the guests were comfortable and happy and they were also very flexible when we made changes. I actually got very sick at one point and Putu, Mikaku's wife, took very good care of me. The beach is about a 10 minute walk and their drivers are available to take you to any of the nearby towns and beaches. The pool is great place to hang out if you want to unwind and I got an amazing massage. We participated in a water purification ceremony and hiked to beautiful waterfalls (a bit challenging but worth it!). I recommend The Floating Leaf to anyone that wants a peaceful and nourishing holiday and to any yoga teacher that wants to take a group and feel taken care of.
I am so grateful for Floating Leaf Eco Resort and for the enlightening and transformational time that I spent there. It truly is a sacred space to heal body, mind & spirit! The owners and staff at Floating Leaf provided organic, whole food prepared with love that nourished my body. They also provided healers to heal my spirit and mind as well as facilitated trips to sacred spaces such as the water temple to cleanse and replenish my soul. I felt completely safe and cared for while at Floating Leaf. Every detail was anticipated and taken care of. Our group saw immense healing and transformation while there. I highly recommend Floating Leaf as a retreat destination for anyone seeking profound healing and growth! I will definitely return to Floating Leaf to be nourished in all aspects of my life!
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