First of all, the resort was clean and surrounded with lots of greeneries, making me feel really comfortable and relaxed during my entire stay. The pool in the resort was really great for days when the weather was hot or for when you want a slow and relaxing swim. There were plenty of spaces for everyone to read or laze around in the resort and never once did it feel crowded.
All of the vegetarian meals served by Kura Kura Yoga Retreat were really delicious and healthy. Though I am a non-vegetarian, I did not crave for any meat at all and I even ate vegetables that I usually do not eat for a change!
Bedroom. Image: Kura Kura Yoga Retreat
I am also really grateful to all the staff who put in lots of effort in ensuring that everyone have a great stay by preparing the rooms daily and making sure that the sarongs and towels for blessing ceremonies were ready. They also made sure that everyone was well-fed, always topping up the plates with more food when it was almost finished!
During my stay, I learned a lot from the yoga teachers, Geri and Steve. Both shared greatly about yoga, were very approachable, and would always chat with us during our meals. Now I am keener than ever to deepen my understanding of yoga and to practice more regularly. I really enjoyed the daily yoga lessons, too, and the two hours of yoga always passed so quickly!
Balinese ceremony. Image: Joyce Loh
One of the things I really loved about this retreat was that I got to know more about Balinese culture too. Coincidentally, the period of my retreat was held near Nyepi, also known as the ‘Day of Silence’. I was lucky to see rituals performed near the resort by the sea and the huge ogoh-ogoh, which are basically statues built specifically for the Ngrupuk parade, a parade that takes place in the eve of Nyepi. We had a similar version of the ‘Day of Silence’ during the retreat and it was an interesting experience for me — I only wished that I had stayed longer to experience the real Nyepi!
Blessing from the priest. Image: Kura Kura Yoga Retreat
Last but not least, I am so thankful to Marlinda for being so patient in answering all my questions as this was my first retreat and I seriously had no idea what to expect. Thank you Kura Kura Yoga Retreat Bali for providing me with such a wonderful experience!
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