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4 Days Unique Culture and Jnana Yoga Retreat in Bali, Indonesia

Traditional Bali Yoga Retreat in Tabanan

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Indonesia.

Join this retreat for a traditional and unique Balinese yoga, meditation, and Pencak Silat experience. Located will be in the spiritual village, close to Mount Batukaru, in the middle part of Bali island. You will have daily morning Balinese moving and sitting meditation practices, daily afternoon Balinese yoga, and relaxing afternoons to enjoy the environment. You will get close and involve yourself into the Sesandan village community with daily cultural activities.

Retreat highlights

  • Balinese Pencak Silat session
  • Daily Balinese style seating meditation
  • Balinese Tai Chi (Tali Rasa) meditation session
  • Daily morning and afternoon Balinese Watukaru yoga sessions
  • Daily vegetarian, vegan, or regular meals
  • One time traditional or modern massage
  • Transfers from and to Tabanan city
  • Daily village cultural activity
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • A trip to a local waterfall

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 28

Airport transfer available:
Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport

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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will be staying at any homestay or guest house accommodation, spreading across the Sesandan Megati Village. Balitrees Retreats offers an authentic taste of Bali, nestled in the quiet traditional village and the main retreats area are surrounded by the rice paddy farmlands of Sesandan village. It is located approximately 45 minutes west of Tabanan city, one hour northwest of Tanah Lot. %Balitrees Retreats has several different locations of homestay or guest house accommodation, spreading across Sesandan Megati village. It takes about five to 15 minutes drive from each location of accommodation to reach the yoga area and dining area.

Balitrees Retreats will provide transport to connect each location of homestay or guest house accommodation to the yoga area and dining area.

Balitrees Retreats Bali Meditation Retreat Schedule

Balitrees Retreats open the access to the one of the oldest spiritual ashram in the world (Pasraman Seruling Dewata), which still conserves the original 13 types of yoga as how it is created thousands of years ago in the Himalayas, as well open the access to learn Traditional Balinese Meditation and 72 original style of Balinese martial arts (Pencak Silat).

Nowadays, these 13 types of original yoga are only available in Mount Batukaru, Tabanan, Bali. As there are many contemporary types of yoga at the moment, Balitrees Retreats is committed to hosting yoga in their original type. The 13 original types of yoga consist of yoga Surya, yoga Chandra, yoga Siva, yoga Vishnu, yoga Brahma, yoga Isvara, and more. Each type of yoga consists of different type of sequence.

Surya Yoga has 12 types of yoga sequences such as Surya Namaskara, Surya Daryam, Surya Kertalam, Nadwityam Suryam, Surya Arkayam, Surya Khagata, Surya Maricam, Surya Sawitri, Surya Pusne, Surya Bhaskaram, Surya Hiranyagarbha, and Surya Gerhanam.

Yoga Chandra has 16 types of yoga sequences, such as yoga Candra Namaskara, yoga Candra Kirana, yoga Candra Lomawati, yoga Candra Kumari, yoga Candra Mimba, yoga Candra Rekawati, yoga Candra Huta Mahini, yoga Candra Kumula, yoga Candra Satya Wahini, yoga Candra Yumati, yoga Candra Kresna, yoga Candra Rasa Sukisma, yoga Candra Udaya, yoga Candra Gomayika, yoga Candra Asmara, and yoga Candra Gerhanam.

Cakra meditation is one of the most effective methods for minds and body healing and peace. There are seven major chakras controlling humans bodies and minds, such as Chakra Muladhara, Manipura, Swadistana, Anahata, Wisuda, Ajna, and chakra Sahasra.

One of the most popular world martial arts legends, Budhi Dharma, with his original style of Kalaripayattu and Kundalini, is well-known for his spiritual trip from India to China. On the way, he stopped in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and other places to spread his knowledge of Buddhism. One historical place that he stopped in Indonesia is Mount Batukaru at Tabanan, Bali.

He spent 18 years in Bali to spread Buddhism, as well learning the 72 original style of Balinese Martial Arts (Silat) from the last generation of Silat Arda Chandra lineage master, Ki Goplo. Ki Goplo is the last disciple of Silat Arda Chandra from Seruling Dewata style. Silat Arda Chandra has 12 styles, one of them is Silat Seruling Dewata. Silat Seruling Dewata divided into 72 original styles such as drunken style, Tali Rasa (Tai Chi), earth and sky style, tiger style, snake, eagle, mantis, crane, monkey, dragon style, and so on.

After mastering all 72 original Balinese silat, at 641 AD Budhi Dharma announced the founding of Silat Seruling Dewata at Mount Batukaru in Tabanan Bali as an independent style, continuing the past Silat Arda Chandra lineage and Budhi Dharma becomes the leader of the first generations. Nowadays, Silat Seruling Dewata is led by Ki Nantra, as the leader of the ninth generations.

A few years after founding Silat Seruling Dewata, Budhi Dharma continued his spiritual trip to spread Buddhism to several places and ended in China. In China, he founded the world famous martial arts style, which is the Shaolin Temple style. After founding Shaolin Temple, Budhi Dharma did not come back to Bali to lead Seruling Dewata but prefers to handover it to his disciple, the second leader which is the twin master Ki Mudra and Ki Madra.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

  • 15:00 Arrival
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon Balinese yoga session

Day 2

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Morning Balinese Pencak Silat, moving meditation (Tali Rasa/Tai Chi), and sitting meditation (mudra and mantra) session
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Village cultural activities
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon Balinese yoga session

Day 3

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Morning Balinese Pencak Silat, moving meditation (Tali Rasa/Tai Chi), and sitting meditation (mudra and mantra) session
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Village cultural activities
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon Balinese yoga session

Day 4

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Morning Balinese Pencak Silat, moving meditation (Tali Rasa/Tai Chi), and sitting meditation (mudra and mantra) session
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Village cultural activities
  • 14:00 Departure

Included excursions

One trip to a local waterfall is included in the package.

Retreat location

Balitrees Retreats is located at Sesandan, Megati, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. It is close to Mount Batukaru, about 30 minutes from Tabanan city, 45 minutes from Tanah Lot Temple, two hours from the airport.

Nearby places:

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

Unique features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach

Services

  • Internet access
  • Laundry

Food

During the retreat, you will be served three daily meals, most of them based in Balinese cuisine. Meals will be mostly vegetarian. There is also an original Indonesian cuisine, a favorite for most guests. Tea, coffee, juices, water, and snacks will also be available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Attend village's ceremonial event
  • Experience rice farming activities in Sesandan village
  • Go to Balinese music class (gamelan)
  • Go trekking around the village
  • Take Balinese cooking class
  • Take Balinese Hindu preparation class (making canang, kelatkat, etc)
  • Take Balinese traditional making oil class

Spa treatments

One time traditional or modern massage is included in the package.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All live events in the village (ceremonial event, spiritual event, etc)
  • Balinese cooking class
  • Balinese Hindu preparation class (making canang, kelatkat, etc)
  • Balinese music class (gamelan)
  • One time modern massage or traditional massage
  • Balinese traditional making oil class
  • Visit to local waterfall
  • Daily morning and afternoon Balinese Watukaru yoga session
  • Daily Cakra meditation session
  • Tali Rasa (Balinese Tai Chi) meditation session
  • Balinese Pencak Silat session
  • Daily vegetarian, vegan, or regular meals
  • Tea, coffee, or water
  • Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • Rice farming class
  • Transport from and to Tabanan city
  • Trekking inside the village

What's not included

  • Additional requested activities
  • Additional requested meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Arrival visa
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Please take airport taxi to Tabanan city. Transfer from Tabanan city to Balitrees Retreats is included in the package. Balitrees Retreats will pick you up from the airport as well with an extra charge.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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