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Balinese Culture and Yoga Holiday

Join one of the most popular holidays offered in South East Asia. It is the perfect chance for you to get away from the often stressful everyday life to unwind, destress, and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. Make this holiday a special treat for yourself or loved ones with blissful spa treatments to melt away every bit of tension in your body, magical Shamanic healing and blessing ritual to cleanse and replenish your soul, and super fun cultural excursions to choose from. Let’s not forget yoga, meditation, chakra opening, Tai Chi, Martial Arts, and pranayama practices to get your body moving! All in all, this is an authentic Balinese cultural and wellness experience to open up your perspectives, connect with who you are on a deeper level, and explore what it truly means to relax, recharge and find more inner peace and balance. BaliReal Retreats can’t wait to meet and grow with you!

Meet the instructors

I Gede Arya, Krishna, & Dewi
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Highlights

  • Chakra opening work, Tai Chi, and Martial Arts lessons
  • Twice daily Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation practices
  • Pampering spa treatments every other day to melt away every tension in your body
  • A perfect getaway to immerse yourself in the beauty of Balinese Hindu culture
  • Twice daily authentic Balinese cultural excursions such as rice farming
  • 25 nights accommodation among stunning tropical nature
  • Daily wholesome meals made with love and care

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


26 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Indonesian
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Ngurah Rai International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Lounge

BaliReal Retreats is part of Balitrees Group, a joint effort of the local ashram, Perguruan Seruling Dewata and the villagers of Sesandan. During your retreat, you can choose to stay in a shared or private guesthouse room or homestay room.

Homestay rooms are located only a short walk away from the retreat centre (5-8 minutes). They are part of local Balinese people’s homes. Staying in these super comfy homestay rooms offers the guests a great chance to be part of the village life and connect deeper with Hindu culture and people. Each room has a garden-facing terrace, a lounge area, a flat-screen TV, air-conditioner, shower, wardrobe, desk, and cozy beds with Balinese style beddings.

The guesthouse rooms are traditional Balinese style bungalows decorated with a unique bohemian touch. Each ensuite room has a flat-screen TV, air-conditioner, bathtub, shower, toilet, wardrobe, desk, and beautiful beds fitted with soft Egyptian cotton beddings. All the artworks in the rooms are beautifully done by artists from the village, of whom they are very proud of. Guesthouse rooms are located within the retreat center, surrounded by stunning rice paddies and coconut trees that will take your breath away. There is also a newly built pool, spa center, meditation garden, reception, lounge, and yoga shala at the retreat site.

Program

Overview

During the holiday, there will be twice daily Watukaru yoga and meditation classes. You will also be provided with spa treatments every other day and twice daily authentic Balinese cultural excursions that you can choose from. Take this much-needed holiday to deeply relax, destress and recharge your body, mind and soul.

Message from Balireal team

"Dear Guest, if you're reading this, we're sending you lots of love, peace, and light from our beautiful village, Sesandan Megati in Bali. 2020 has been rather difficult for us as many Balinese families' livelihoods rely on tourism. Our team took this 'break' to teach all of our staff yoga and have taken lots of biosecurity measures to ensure our retreat center COVID-19-proof. We are proud to say that we're ready to reopen and can't wait to welcome you!

This retreat is run only by local people in a traditional Balinese village away from other tourism. It is the perfect place for you to get away from busy tourist parts of Bali to unwind, recharge, and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.

Most importantly, this retreat is about you. It’s about taking time for yourself to observe yourself, to understand yourself, to reconnect with yourself, and to love yourself in a kinder way. Take this incredible journey for yourself and come to help Balireal Retreats spread the love for Traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga, share ancient Balinese wisdom, and support the local community!"

Watukaru Yoga

Traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga is one of the oldest yoga practices in the world. It is said that thousands of years ago, 13 yogis from India (each practice their own style of yoga) came to Bali to practice on the top of Mount Watukaru, also known as Batukaru Mountain.

The spiritual energy of Bali (the Island of the Gods) inspired the 13 yogis, who took the best of their own yoga practices and created Balinese yoga. They gave it the name Balinese Watukaru yoga to pay tribute to the beautiful mountain on which they practiced together. Beauty, grace, spirituality, and strength are some of the stunning features of traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga.

It focuses on the mind and one's spiritual awakening, hence the emphasis on meditation and the inner flow of energy in its practice. Held by traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga practitioners that believe without meditation and chanting, yoga is just an exercise/sport and the physical practice of yoga is the preparation for meditation, which helps people to silence their mind and heal their body.

During this retreat, you will have access to one of the oldest spiritual ashrams in the world, Pasraman Seruling Dewata, which still conserves all of the original 13 styles of yoga exactly how they have created thousands of years ago in the Himalayas.

Apart from your two daily yoga classes followed by meditation, you can take part in two villages or cultural activities every day, such as rice farming, waterfall purification, coconut oil making, Balinese cooking class, Balinese language workshop, traditional Balinese dance performances, and so many more!

You will share these beautiful 26 days with like-minded people from around the globe, open your mind to the diversity and beauty of cultures, philosophies, practices, and beliefs. The spiritual energy of this peaceful village of Sesandan will elevate your spirit and renew your body, mind, and soul.

A beautiful opportunity to experience authentic Balinese Hindu culture while practicing yoga and self-love! Balireal Retreats can't wait to welcome and grow with you!

Sample Program schedule

  • (Please note that none of our activities are compulsory, if you feel like taking more 'me' time to read, write or simply rest, then by all means go for it!)

Day 1

  • 14:00 - 15:00 Arrival and settle in
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Afternoon Traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation session
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon Balinese cultural activity
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner

Day 2 -25

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Morning Traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation session
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Morning Balinese cultural activity
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Afternoon Traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation session
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon Balinese cultural activity
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Dinner

Day 26

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Morning Traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation session
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Morning Balinese cultural activity
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Departure

Included excursions

You can take part in two cultural excursions/activities every day, giving you the opportunity to experience authentic Balinese Hindu culture while practicing and learning Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation.

All of the amazing cultural activities/excursions are listed below to choose from:

  • Local waterfall purification
  • Jungle trekking
  • Visit the Shaman to seek answers and a blessing ritual
  • Trash Hero activity (join local folks to make their village cleaner and more beautiful!)
  • Yoga and meditation on the beach
  • Watch the sunrise
  • Coconut oil making workshop
  • Balinese drawing class
  • Visit the village butterfly park
  • Balinese martial arts class
  • Balinese Tai Chi class
  • Balinese music class
  • Balinese cooking class
  • Traditional Balinese Ceremonial Dance Performance
  • Rice farming
  • Balinese Hindu offering making workshop
  • Balinese language class
  • Balinese herbal tea making workshop
  • Visit the village swing
  • Balinese pastry-making class

Instructors

I Gede Arya Adiwiguna

Krishna

Dewi

Retreat location

Balireal Retreats is a peaceful sanctuary away from other tourism located in a spiritual village, close to Mount Watukaru, in the middle part of the magical island of Bali, Indonesia. It is about 30 minutes from Tabanan city, 45 minutes from Tanah Lot Temple, and around two hours from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) airport.

Distances

  • Tabanan city - 30 minutes
  • Tanah Lot Temple - 45 minutes
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) airport - 2 hours

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

To all of those who share this beautiful journey of life with Balireal Retreats, they offer an experience of profound beauty, grace, authenticity, wholesomeness, human warmth, respect, and care. They are passionate about nutrition, healthy diet, and food as medicine. You need to eat healthy to be healthy. You know what your body needs and they are here to provide the care and nourishment your body deserves.

Every day, Balireal provides wholesome, abundant, and delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine, made with only local and organic produce. What's more, with each meal, you will eat heavenly tropical fruits like dragon fruit, guava, or snake fruit! It is Balireal's firm belief that the key ingredient of amazing food is always love. If you have any allergies or special requests, please kindly get in touch with them before your retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Hallal
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Additional spa treatments
  • Visit a traditional Balinese Shaman healer for a blessing ritual
  • Visit the village healer
  • Visit the Penatahan hot spring
  • Visit the Mount Watukaru Temple
  • Visit Tamah Ayun and Tanah Lot Beach Temple
  • Sunset Horseriding session on the beach or through the rice paddies
  • Surfing lessons with a private coach

Spa treatments

Enjoy a pampering personalized spa treatment to deeply relax, recharge and rejuvenate your body and mind. This is included in your package and you can have these spa treatments every other day. You can choose from Balinese deep tissue massage, modern massage, or traditional massage by a village healer.

What's included

  • Chakra opening work, Tai Chi, and Martial Arts lessons
  • Twice daily Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation practices
  • Pampering spa treatments every other day
  • 25 nights accommodation among stunning tropical nature
  • Twice daily authentic Balinese cultural excursions such as rice farming, trekking, and waterfall purification
  • Daily wholesome meals made with love and care
  • Transport during the retreat
  • Unlimited supply of fresh water, tea, and coffee
  • Trip to a stunning local waterfall for purification
  • Yoga on the beach with outside Asian dinner
  • Internet access
  • Bicycles free to use
  • Pick up from the airport

What's not included

  • Additional cultural tours
  • Airfare
  • Airport dropoff
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

From Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, BaliReal Retreats' driver will pick you up from the airport free of charge. The driver will wait for you at the airport exit with a sign that has your name on it.

Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport Airport transfer included: Ngurah Rai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Guests already in Bali or Indonesia can receive  50% off per person the entire stay until the end of this year.

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