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Do you want to learn and practice one of the oldest styles of yoga in a beautiful Balinese Hindu village? Do you want to deepen and expand your current yoga and meditation practice, guided by Balitrees Retreats' incredible local Balinese teachers and masters? Do you want to learn traditional Balinese pranayama and chakra opening techniques? Then this 30-hour traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation teacher training is perfect for you. During this program, you will reconnect with your truest self and empower the inner you through immersing yourself in the practice of this thousands-year-old style of yoga. Come open-minded, enjoy learning, and have fun!
Balitrees Retreats is 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. Guesthouse rooms are located within the retreat centre, surrounded by stunning rice paddies and coconut trees that will take your breath away. There is also a newly built pool, spa centre, meditation garden, reception, lounge, and yoga shala at the retreat site.
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 own village, of whom we are very proud.
Homestay rooms are located only a short walk away from our 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.
You will share these beautiful 8 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 spirit.
As a joint effort of the local Ashram, Perguruan Seruling Dewata, and the villagers of Sesandan, Balitrees Retreats strives to offer you a truly memorable experience, support the local community, contribute to sustainable eco-tourism in Bali, and spread their love for traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga.
Traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga is one of the oldest yoga practices in the world, originating from Indian yoga. It is said that thousands of years ago, 13 yogis from India (each practicing 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 inner flow of energy in its practice.
It is held by traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga practitioners that without meditation and chanting, believe yoga is just an exercise or sport. The physical practice of yoga is the preparation for meditation, which helps you to silence your mind and heal your body.
During this training, 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 as how they have created thousands of years ago in the Himalayas.
On the 7th day of your teacher training, you'll have your exam at the ashram of Perguruan Seruling Dewata and you will be given a certificate of traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation teacher training after successful completion of your training. This teacher training is certified by World Yoga Alliance.
Apart from your two daily yoga sessions, you can take part in two village or cultural activities every day, such as rice farming, waterfall purification, coconut oil making, Balinese cooking class, Balinese language workshop, Balinese traditional dance performance and more, giving you the opportunity to experience authentic Balinese Hindu culture while learning to be a traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga teacher.
Whether you're a complete beginner in yoga or meditation, you have been in love with yoga for years, or you're already an experienced yoga instructor, this 30-hour Balinese Watukaru Yoga teacher training course will empower you with knowledge, wisdom, strength, and consistency in your own practice of yoga and self-love.
During your training, you’ll learn and practice traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga, meditation, pranayama, and chakra opening. Run only by local people in a traditional Balinese village away from other tourism, this is the perfect place for you to arrive, to learn, and to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
Most importantly, this teacher training course 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. To all of you who share this journey of life, Balitrees Retreats offers an experience of profound beauty, grace, authenticity, wholesomeness, human warmth, respect, and care. They can't wait to welcome and grow with you!
All of the amazing cultural activities/excursions are listed below to choose from:
I Gede Arya started to learn Balinese traditional yoga and healing meditation by the age of 17 in 1993. He is a disciple of the ninth generation of Perguruan Seruling Dewata in Bali. He specializes in the Watukaru yoga tradition (Balinese traditional yoga) of Perguruan Seruling Dewata, Balinese traditional meditation, and snake style of martial arts (silat). He is committed to conserving the ancient Balinese yoga tradition, meditation, and silat by founding Balitrees Retreats.
Krishna is a traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation teacher. She's been studying and teaching Balinese yoga, meditation, pranayama, and charka opening for the past ten years. Her hands-on approach, passion for teaching and loving smiles are mind-blowing and will certainly help you deepen your yoga and meditation practice. She's the kindest, most fun and passionate teacher and friend you'll ever meet!
From a rice farmer and wife who worked over twelve hours in the rice paddies every single day in addition to taking care of a family of six, Dewi transformed her life by studying English and the practice of yoga. Now, she not only manages Balitrees, but teaches Traditional Balinese Watukaru Yoga to both western guests and women and children from her local community. She believes Yoga is a way of life that can lead us to find more peace and joy from within ourselves. When in a class, she teaches with her heart and soul, giving all of her love, warmth and authenticity to her students.
Balitrees Retreats is located at the village of Sesandan, Megati, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. It is close to Mount Watukaru, about 30 minutes from Tabanan city, 45 minutes from Tanah Lot Temple, and around two hours from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) airport.
To all of those who share this beautiful journey of life with Balitrees 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 Balitrees Retreats provide wholesome, abundant, and delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine, made with only local and organic produce. What's more, with each meal, you will get heavenly tropical fruits like dragon fruit, guava, or snake fruit!
It is Balitrees Retreats' 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.
You can also opt for other activities with extra costs, such as additional spa treatments, visit a traditional Balinese Shaman healer for a blessing ritual, tour to Watukaru mountain temple and Penatahan hot spring, or tour to two of the most famous temples in Bali, Ayun and Tanan Lot beach temple. And let’s not forget surfing lessons and sunset horseriding sessions on the beach or through the rice fields!
Enjoy a pampering personalized spa treatment to deeply relax, recharge, and rejuvenate your body and mind. You can choose from Balinese deep tissue massage, modern massage, or traditional massage by a village healer.
Ngurah Rai International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$35 per person
If you arrive by plane, please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar. Please kindly arrange your own transport to the retreat location. Grab is a very useful app to help you with transport in the local area.
Alternatively, the driver can pick you up from the airport with an extra charge of 450,000 IDR (approximately 35 USD) or any other place in Bali (price subject to your location).
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