Eat.Pray.Move Yoga Holiday Retreats is inviting you to join a luxury yoga retreat in beautiful Bali, Indonesia. This retreat is part of their Give Back initiative,and they will donate at least 10% of profits to a humanitarian partner in the community where each retreat is held. Their partner, Threads of Life, is an air trade business that works with culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia.
You will be taken care of by an award-winning boutique hotel family that will host you at both locations in Bali. Both hotels offer award-winning design accommodations and even one of the world's top 50 pools in the world.
The first venue by the East coast of Bali is sumptuous yet unassuming - an ocean-front retreat that lies in the shade of Mount Agung, held up as sacred by Balians, and surrounded by opulent coconut groves.
The 53 rooms and two corner suites of Alila Manggis are housed in traditional two-storey thatched Balinese pavilions reminiscent of the village wantilan or meeting hall. Designed to maximize the views across the coconut grove, the swimming pool, and the sea of Bali, hotel rooms at Alila Manggis provide the ideal ambiance for a relaxing getaway.
The two spacious suites are situated on the upper level of the building closest to the ocean. Large balconies surround the suites and are suitable for use as an outdoor dining area or sundeck. The spacious rooms include a living and dining area. All interiors are designed with fabrics and details to reflect the local environment making Alila Manggis unique among other east coast boutique hotels. Bali’s best kept secrets can now be discovered from these spacious seaside hideaways.
Mid-way through the week you'll head into Bali's most famous town of Ubud. You'll be hosted in luxury accommodations - a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali’s central foothills, in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan. There are 56 resort rooms in Alila Ubud, all of them housed in 14 two-storey blocks designed to resemble a Balinese village. All rooms and villas have panoramic views of the magical Ayung River and surrounding volcanoes.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga styles.
That said, for a basic overview, Eat.Pray.Move Yoga Holiday Retreat do a general Vinyasa flow in the mornings about - 60-75 minutes, and enjoy an evening class which is more restorative or themed (hips, heart-openers) for around 40 minutes. There are various meditation times throughout the week with about 15 minutes guidance of various methods and encouragement to take any free time to explore further on your own if you wish. And this week is much more than just asanas (the physical movements of yoga). Hopefully it can be about finding something, letting something go, gaining balance in life, and enjoying many aspects of the holiday - from the cuisine, day trips, a beautiful culture, and new friends!
Style and class levels will be determined and shaped to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfort to deeply explore their practice. Depending on each retreat location, classes will be held in a dedicated indoor yoga space and some also offer outdoor options as well for you to use if the weather is agreeable.
Note that all classes and activities are completely voluntary. You should know that that the retreat weeks are for you...whatever you need. So if you need to take it easy one morning, then by all means, do what you need physically and mentally.
Guests will not only enjoy the grounds of the villa, the outdoor areas including a lovely pool, patio, and lounges, but the retreat includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites. A guided day in and around Ubud will lead guests through an introduction to this area. You'll visit a spice plantation, get to participate in a Balinese healing ritual, and learn Balinese cooking during your cuisine lesson. There will be time in nature, on the beaches, and also you'll get to visit the Indonesian weavers of the Give Back Partner in Bali and learn more about the amazing textiles of the area.
The final full day entails a trip to the luxurious Four Seasons where you'll delve deeper into Bali’s serene beauty and tradition by spending a day in the life of a local farmer - from a private guided walk through rice fields and jungle paths, followed by a picnic breakfast in a rice field pavilion, known as a bale, then you will help local farmers plant rice with traditional methods. Next you will venture to the spa villa close to the banks of the river for a traditional bathing ritual, scrub, and massage. What a way to end the week - in pure relaxation!
Erin has studied various types of yoga disciplines since 1998, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and has continued her education with various specialty certifications throughout the years. She now combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core Vinyasa flow and restorative movement in her personal practice and teaching style.
Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali - a soothing haven of serenity set amidst a coconut grove, nestled between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain. Head away from the crowds to this unspoiled east coast resort in Candidasa, where modern European shapes meet open, tropical design.
Demonstrating creative function, elegant luxury, and pure well-being, outdoors meets indoors throughout this boutique hotel. Bali’s perfect ocean views are captured from four two-storey buildings built around a palm-fringed pool, ideally demonstrating simple forms and Balinese touches.
Days at Alila Manggis are filled with activity and regeneration, pampering at Spa Alila, and pursuits by the sea such as discovering East Bali’s legendary dive sites. This is the life, East Bali style.
Alila Ubud hotel is a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali’s central foothills, in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan. The resort is located 15 minutes from Ubud, the island’s cultural heart. Blending contemporary design and traditional Balinese architecture, the secluded courtyards, spacious terraces, and private gardens of this charming Ubud boutique hotel create an intimate feeling like no other.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience. The meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily either hosted at your hotel or out and about in town. Some even come served on a banana leaf! The cuisine is simple, delicious, and Balinese, using fresh ingredients from local markets. They will take your taste buds further by exploring Indonesian cuisine in a cooking class where you'll learn a bit of how to bring the flavors of Bali back home with you!
Please note that all meals are vegetarian. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Amed is mostly a quiet place with a stunning ocean view and is one of the best places that serves as a scuba divers' haven in Bali. Everywhere you go you will see crystal clear water which you can't get enough of.
The beaches around Candidasa are the most visited and Amed in the far east of the region is becoming increasingly popular. All the way along the south coast from Padang Bai in the west to way beyond Candidasa in the east, you will find attractive waterfront villages, some far more visited than others. Take the time to explore and understand a little of coastal life in the region. The two coves (both with white sand beaches) either side of the port town of Padang Bai are absolutely gorgeous and often remarkably free of visitors.
Standing some 3,142 meters above sea level, Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island and its omnipresence dominates the region. Aside from specifically hosting Pura Besakih, the mountain is of great spiritual significance to the Balinese who regard it as a fragment of mythical Mount Meru and as the seat of the Gods. No visitor can fail to be impressed by the majesty of Agung.
Besakih Temple (Pura Besakih) is considered by the Hindu Balinese to be their mother temple. This is the single most important temple on the whole of the island and is dramatically located on the slopes of Mount Agung. The Besakih Temple complex consists of more than 20 separate temples and numerous other smaller shrines, spread out over three kilometres.
Tenganan is perhaps one of the most secluded and conservative villages on the island of Bali. Protected by a strict code of isolationism, this original Bali Aga village has retained its unique culture and customs over the centuries. High walls surround the village, and marriage to outsiders is frowned upon. The famous double-ikat or ”Gringsing” woven cloth is made here, in a process which takes anything up to four years to complete.
Tirta Gangga literally means "water from the Ganges" and it is a site of some reverence for the Hindu Balinese. Strictly speaking, the name refers to the water palace built here in 1946 by the King of Karangasem. However, it is widely used to refer to the general area which includes the water palace and some particularly stunning rural areas around.
Central Ubud is filled with arts and crafts hubs, boutique cafes, artists' workshops and galleries. There are also some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found. Soak up the atmosphere of general well-being. For some serious shopping, visit the traditional Ubud Market, a busy double-storey warren of stalls selling wood carvings, batik shirts, sarongs and souvenirs.
Goa Gajah is nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The central piece here is a cave dating back to the ninth century, the entrance to which is an ornately carved demon's mouth. Inside are some fragmentary lingam and yoni statues, as well as a statue of Ganesha. Large, carved guards stand around pools near the entrance, and a little path leads to a waterfall, rice fields, and some Buddhist stupa fragments. Some parts of the Goa Gajah complex were not excavated until the 1950's.
Kintamani is home to the active volcano of Mount Batur and its beautiful lake, surrounded by captivating panoramic views. There are six ancient villages around the cauldron of Lake Batur, which often claim to be "Bali Aga" or indigenous Balinese. The local people from these Bali Aga villages maintain their own unique cultures, houses and lifestyle.
In the last day of the retreat you will venture to the spa villa close to the banks of a river for a traditional bathing ritual, scrub, and massage. What a way to end the week - in pure relaxation!
The spa in both venues offers additional treatments that you can book at an additional cost. At Spa Alila, they draw on the benefits of a range of Asian and European massage techniques that can be tailored to your personal wellness needs. Allow the spa host to help you select the appropriate massage therapy and oils to suit your condition.
At the spa you may also choose other therapies and beauty treatments from a selection that includes facial masks, body treatments, scrubs and wraps, hands, feet, and nail care, hair treatments, and personalized beauty treatments.
Feel tension dissolve with this ancient Balinese healing therapy that combines gentle stretching, long therapeutic strokes, and skin rolling to relieve muscle pain. Palm and thumb pressure techniques are also applied to unravel the deepest stress and improve blood flow.
A gentle and nurturing massage therapy dedicated to your little one’s health, well-being, and development, featuring a citrus bubble foot bath and gentle coconut oil massage. Treatment may assist with pain reduction, anxiety, gastric problems, and sleep patterns. But most of all, it just feels like fun!
Enjoy relief from the physical and emotional demands of pregnancy. This gentle, non-invasive approach to massage will ease your discomfort, reduce swelling, and help lower stress. Feel yourself slip into a state of calm relaxation as a skilled therapist uses a lighter touch, concentrating on those areas most vulnerable to changes in your body.
Reflexology is based on the principle that energy flows freely around the body when you are in good health and that there are reflex areas on the feet that correspond to every part of the body, including major organs. Sit back and relax as your therapist applies varying degrees of pressure to specific points on the feet with thumb and fingers to unblock energy flow and promote the body’s natural healing from within.
This 5000-year-old Indian therapy is physically rejuvenating, mentally refreshing, and just pure heaven. Experience perfect calmness and tranquility as a stream of specially blended, warmed medicated oils pours softly onto the third eye transporting your mind and body into a state of deep relaxation. Shirodhara deeply relaxes the nervous system, lowers metabolism, integrates brain function, and induces mood stability. This dreamy treatment begins with an Ayurvedic pressure massage to melt away tension and stress.
Experience a complete body awakening with a combination of therapeutic massage techniques using fluent strokes of different depths and intensity. Long Balinese strokes improve lymphatic drainage and circulation. Swedish deep tissue techniques work into muscles to relieve tension and stiffness. Acupressure points are used for specific stimulation, while Thai movements add elements of stretching to increase mobility.
The therapeutic power of touch combines with the energy of the earth in this muscle relaxing massage. After the signature foot bath, smooth, heated river stones are used in rhythmic flowing strokes over the body to melt tension and soothe emotions. The stones are also placed on various energy points to stimulate the body’s natural healing potential.
The nearest major airport is Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS). Eat.Pray.Move Yoga Holiday Retreats will arrange your transfers between the airport and the villa. The transfers are included in the price package.