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7 Days Bhakti Yoga Retreat in Bali

  • Pondok Pitaya Resort, Desa Lalanglinggah, Kecamatan Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan, Bali


Beach Yoga Retreat Bali with Natalie

Reset, reconnect, and rediscover yourself in majestic Bali. Bhakti in Bali will focus on the cultivation of love and devotion through the practice of yoga. The breathtaking beauty of the Balian beach coastline will set the stage for your time in retreat. Through yoga and mindfulness practices like crafting, journaling, chanting, eating, listening, meditating, contemplating, and much more, you are able to reset, reconnect, and rediscover your true self during your time in Bali.


  • Daily yoga practices
  • Surfing, swimming, and more exciting activities
  • Meditation such as walking meditation, and others
  • Mindfulness practices such as journaling, crafting, and more
  • Connect with other like-minded people
  • Daily healthy and delicious breakfast
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Pondok Pitaya Surfer Hotel is a beautifully built, well-managed yoga and surf focused retreat center. This is a truly impressive facility with a stunning yoga studio, a swimming pool, a spa, restaurant, serene gardens, and a sanctuary to sit back and relax in. The beach is perfect for long walks and has all year round waves for surfing. All rooms have been reconstructed from indigenous houses imported from Java, dating back to the 1930s. Rooms include twin share surfer suites and large houses that can sleep up to eight people. It is one of the best places in Balian Beach for surfing and yoga.

The suites

The bungalows are cozy alternative hotel consisting of different types of Indonesian traditional wooden bungalows built of teak woods and boat woods, facing the surf break, swimming pool, conveniently located literally meters from the beach. Each bungalow is unique in its own way. There is no room that has the same design, fitted with queen size bed, ceiling fan, hot shower, and a safe box for guest valuables. In-room fridge is available on the bigger size bungalow. The air-conditioned river suites have more elegant design with the modern touch for a better sleep quality.

This retreat will take place in Bali, Indonesia. Balian Beach is located in west Bali, a 90-minute drive north of Seminyak. Pondok Pitaya Surfer Hotel is located in Balian Beach on the edge of a natural volcanic black sand beach and beautiful cliff crafted by nature itself.

Nearby places

  • Seminyak - 90 minutes
  • 1 surf lesson and surf board rental
  • 2 workshops to learn more and progress your practice
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Adventures such as beach walking, hiking, and more
  • Bonfire ceremony
  • Daily breakfast
  • Mantra, chanting with music
  • Meditation such as walking and group meditations, and individual contemplation
  • Mindful craft-making such as making mala necklaces and mandalas
  • Radiant morning yoga practice
  • Restorative evening yoga practice
  • Welcome ceremony with dinner

Upon arrival in Balian Beach, take your time to relax and unwind. Then, you will have a light, bright yoga practice to stretch and revitalize you from the journey. You will have a welcoming ceremony and family dinner together on the first night to kick-off the retreat. The rest is for you to discover.

There will be two classes per day, the rest of the day is all yours! In the mornings, you will start the day with a radiant morning yoga practice and a healthily delicious breakfast. You will practice meditation such as walking meditations, group meditations, and individual contemplation. You will also practice mindfulness techniques in activities such as journaling, using tools for everyday life, and craft-making. In crafting, you will learn to make Malas necklaces, Mandalas, and more. Other fun mindfulness activities include swimming and surfing. You have one free surf lesson with board rental.

You will also have time to explore the Balian Beach and its surrounding township, restaurants, and shops. In the evenings, you will practice restorative yoga. You will also experience a bonfire ceremony. All in all, it is an experience of a lifetime! Connect with other like-minded people, make new friendships, and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings of Bali.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Transfer from and to the airport is included if you booked to include your flight. If you take the option to book early and stay in Cangu prior to the retreat, the luxury shuttle will pick you up at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning from Serenity Guesthouse in Cangu, taking you directly to the resort center.

Seasonal information

The climate in Bali is considered a tropical climate with an average temperature of 28 degrees. Bali consists of two different seasons, dry and monsoon. Your time spent in Bali is during the most ideal, clear sunny time of the year.

Dressing information

Although you will spend most of your time in a relaxed, liberal environment and beach wear is acceptable, there are some occasions where more modest dress is considerate. Whenever you are away from the beach, shopping, or in restaurants, it is respectful to dress modestly. The locals will appreciate and respect your consideration.

What to bring

Although your trip may seem like a long time, the best packing advice to you is to bring about half of what you plan to! Seriously, you don’t need much more than some yoga attire, swimsuits, and casual clothing. Less is more when packing as you will want to have room for the awesome and cheap gifts and souvenirs you will find along the way. You will get a packing list in your pre-departure guidebook once you sign up.

Extension options

You have the option to stay in Cangu, about an hour from the airport for one or more nights prior to the retreat to explore the area. Luxury shuttle pick-up is at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning from Serenity Guesthouse in Cangu, taking you directly to the resort center.

Travel assistance

You have the option to book with flight included. Price varies depending on which city you are departing from. Flight cost is based on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada departures. To find flight prices from your departure city visit the registration page. The dates are tentative, and the actual dates will be based on flight availability. Your finalized flight dates will be provided long before your departure date to ensure that you are okay with the trip schedule.

Local expenses / money information

It is recommended that you bring your regular bank card from home to use on your travels. Be sure to notify your bank of your travel plans as irregular activity such as a withdrawal from abroad can cause them to flag your card, locking your account. There are many international ATMs available where you can withdraw cash.

Although not a custom in Indonesia, tipping has become common with the increase in tourism throughout the years. A 10% tip on your bill goes a long way for your server and will definitely be appreciated.

Important information

Prices include taxes. Make a 200 CND deposit to secure your spot.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Breathe in Life, Health, and Wellness Travel, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

You will go on adventures such as beach walking, hiking, and exploring your surroundings.

  • Natalie Saari

    Natalie is both a Physiologist and Kinesiologist, serving the Kamloops community in British Columbia, Canada for over 12 years. She specializes in active rehabilitation for orthopaedic and chronic conditions, as well as cardiac rehab. She has also attained certification through the National Institute for Application of Behavioral Medicine in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy in the practice of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Natalie has completed numerous teacher trainings in various styles of yoga: Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Svastha Yoga Therapy.

  • Airfares
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off (if you book your own flights)

A healthy and delicious breakfast will be served daily. The diverse population of Indonesia brings a vast variety of foods and a seemingly limitless assortment of food preparation approaches, resulting in an assortment of some of the tastiest, most vibrant and most colorful dishes in the world. Influences from China and from the Middle East have enriched Indonesian menus with delicious curries, grilled meat, and seafood and tempeh, a unique Indonesian variation of fermented soy. The Balinese chefs at Pondok Pitaya Resort are extremely talented. Every meal will blow you away with unique flavors, presentation, and an array of fresh delicious tropical fruit and juices.

Pondok Pitaya restaurant

This is where you can enjoy a variety of delicious meal in Balian Beach serving a wide variety of authentic Indonesian, Western, and Asian cuisines. The hotel provides you with two restaurants to choose from. The beach restaurant is where you can sit and enjoy the rest of the evening with beach lounge and acoustic music. There is also an authentic Japanese restaurant that serves the finest seafood Balian Beach can offer.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

You can enjoy the beach and fun activities such as swimming, surfing, and more. Also, discover the taste of Indonesia and explore local food.

  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Board rental
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Arrival: Saturday April 1, 2017
Departure: Friday April 7, 2017

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