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Inner Adventure Travel is excited to offer the opportunity to practice both Hatha Yoga and the Nepalese dance meditation form called Charya Nritya in Bali and at the ancient Buddhist Stupa Borobudur in Central Java. Yoga, Charya Nritya, and the Balinese religious culture which is linked historically to Central Java and Borobodur all share the same Tantric roots. By studying and practicing in these places, you will have a chance to explore intellectually and experientially, those very roots.
The accommodation options are on double and single room occupancy basis. During this retreat, you will be accommodated at Abian Ayu Villa, Bali and Manohara Resort, Magelang, Central Java.
This quiet rice growing area is a wonderful setting for this kind of retreat. The rooms are lovely. There is a pool and a cafe on site where breakfasts and dinners are provided for our group. They are converting their largest bungalow offering into your practice space. It is private and beautiful.
Manohara Resort is built within the compound of Borobudur. Being a guest at Manohara includes access to Borobudur during all of its open hours, and the possibility of arriving at the shrine in time to experience the sunrise there.
Daily yoga will be in two-plus-hour long sessions. Classes include a strong and fluid Vinyasa, a deep asana practice, pranayamas, kriyas, and yoga Nidra (deep relaxation). Your yoga practice on this journey will be a dynamic class with gradations of challenge so everyone can participate fully. Trishna will invite you to view your practice through the lens of tantra, awake to the internal dance of elemental qualities, cognizant of everything that arises as the teaching.
Trishna will share and hold space each day for the Buddhist mudra dance meditation, Charya Nritya with refuge and sixteen offerings dances as well as the related sadhana where you work with visualization and mantras to purify chakras and senses, and to protect energy channels. These practices are subtle and deeply refreshing in and of themselves, and for practitioners of deity yoga they are essential. You may also practice dances and songs to praise and emulate deities and their qualities.
You will have an outing to Besakih, the mother temple of Bali, and free time each day to explore, or to rest. As this is more of an immersive study retreat, and less of a tour of Bali, Trishna strongly suggests taking some time on either side of this pilgrimage to explore more parts of Bali. Sideman is known for its natural beauty, textile arts, and views to Gunung Agung, the great volcano which in Balinese cosmology is said to be the center of the universe.
This retreat includes access to Borobudur during all of its open hours, and the possibility of arriving at the shrine in time to experience the sunrise there, which you will do! You will also visit the small shrines of Mendut and Pawon, which historically were places for pilgrims to purify their energy before arriving at Borobudur. There is a large meditation room reserved for you for daily yoga and mudra dance practice.
Charnya Nritya was protected and held for hundreds of years by the Newar Vajracharya clan of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Just in the last two generations has it been made available to study and practice for people outside of that caste. The subtle yoga of this form can provide a unique view into Tantric Buddhism. On this trip, you may enjoy the support of a vital daily yoga, time each day for Charya practice, the support of Trishna and fellow pilgrims, as well as the opportunity to offer the dances at the Great Stupa of Borobudur.
The Charya practice will include meditation, visualization, mantra, mudra, song, and dance. It is not strenuous. Some texts will be provided, as well as practice sheets. When you are in Java, you will circumambulate the Great Stupa of Borobudur with this Mudra dance offering, making this journey a true pilgrimage.
The retreat will take place in Bali and Borobudur, Indonesia.
Borobudur was founded around 800 Common Era, at the peak of the reign of the Sailendra dynasty in Java. At that time, Buddhism was thriving there. Hindu and Buddhist cultures are thought to have co-existed harmoniously. The exact timing and reason for it remains a mystery, but sometime between the 10th and 15th century Borobudur was abandoned.
For hundreds of years it lay forgotten under volcanic ash and jungle growth. In 1814, it was rediscovered and over the next two hundred years, excavated and renovated. It is the largest and thought to be one of the greatest Buddhist monuments ever built. One of the eight wonders of the world. Relief panels on the stupa depict the Mahayana and Vajrayana iconography of the five Buddha families.
For those interested in the potency of ancient symbolic art, and the jewels abounding in Buddhic dharma, this is a phenomenal pilgrimage site. The Tantric Buddhist tradition which raised up Borobudur is visible in the rituals of the high priests of Bali, and in other aspects of Balinese religion, culture, architecture, and art.
Sideman is known for its natural beauty, textile arts, and views to Gunung Agung, the great volcano which in Balinese cosmology is said to be the center of the universe.
The price includes daily breakfast and dinner. Inner Adventure Travel offers vegetarian meals, but chicken and fish are also available.
In your free time, you can explore Sidemen area in Bali or enjoy relief panels on the stupa that depict the Mahayana and Vajrayana iconography of the five Buddha families in Borobudur.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).