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Shanti Toya

Shanti Toya is a retreat center for yoga and well-being, and the home of the Gokul Yoga Bali school of yoga, which specializes in retreats and training.

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Reviews 126

Zdenka Tomisova

from United Arab Emirates, April 2018

"A special place to recharge your energy "

I really enjoyed the programme throughout the whole stay, yoga classes were diverse and also focused on the spiritual part of yoga which I really appreciated. The non yoga programme was about Balinese culture, very rich, informative and interesting. We really enjoyed these activities with our group.

The location itself couldn't be better. In the middle of forest, far away enough from loud streets gives you an opportunity to truly relax. Also the pool is very enjoyable. If you want to, you can visit Ubud which is only half an hour ride and visit its sights.

I found the food tasty and it was always more than enough so I didn't have to buy anything else to eat throughout the whole stay.

Staff was really kind and helpful.

All in all, I am really happy that I chose this place. I had such a great time in Shanti Toya that I was really sad to leave.

Annabel Lamb

from Indonesia, April 2018

"Great value retreat, wish I could stay longer"

Very calm and chilled vibe, set in a rainforest like location. This retreat is great value, around 15-20 people staying so it was not too busy but easy to meet people. Yoga instructors were great, learnt a lot this week and left feeling refreshed! Fresh water pool was lovely as well for a dip.

The food was plant based and very healthy!

Edwin Benavides

from Bangladesh, April 2018

"Shanti Toya bliss"

Location, between the rice fields.


from New Zealand, April 2018

Shanti Toya is an oasis. It feels like home. I met a group of friends there that I plan to keep in touch with for quite some time. Thank you for everything! If you are trying to decide if you want to do this retreat, just do it! You won't regret it.

Radka Blumlova

from Czechia, April 2018

An amazing experience - great yoga teachers, lovely location, great food, friendly staff. For sure, I will come back.

Richard Smith

from United States, April 2018

"Wow Wonderful Shanti Toya"

Great yoga great food and wonderful staff and fellow Yogi

Melissa De Sole

from United States, April 2018

"Unique, Incredible Experience. 100% Recommend!"

This retreat was a fantastic experience, and Shanti Toya surpassed all my expectations. The optional daytime experiences are all authentic and very well planned; the staff are welcoming and funny; and there is a delightful variety of styles in the yoga classes. I have already recommended this gem to many friends and will continue to do so.

Patricia Agasso

from United States, April 2018

Yoga practice above and beyond

Sarah Cortez

from United States, March 2018

"Shanti Toya March 2018 "

This retreat was absolutely superb. It was a priceless experience! And for the price - can’t beat it! I’m beyond grateful for all that Shanti Toya had to offer. Life-changing.

Naomi Ashcroft

from Indonesia, March 2018

"Amazing surprising little retreat"

Loved the activities, they really offer more activities than expected and they are all amazing. We loved the chakra dancing, the morning yoga, the village tour was the highlight - it was wonderful! The other people on retreat were also the best part, they were a great group.

Charlotte Aneriksson

from Sweden, March 2018


Area is so relaxing, not far from Ubud If You want to eat, shopp or just have some more noise around You. Perfekt vewie of the mountains in the morning, all the people who works there are so Cute, super nice and Very helpful :)

This place Will give You so much positive and relaxing energy

Karen Gould

from Australia, March 2018

"A fantastic holiday experience"


Philip Dent

from Indonesia, March 2018

"Peaceful bliss"

This retreat was awesome...such a beautiful location, wonderful people, amazing activities and of course great yoga! Food was gorgeous as well!

Daniela Isca

from Republic of Italy, March 2018

The Place in The middle of The forest,The staff was kind,The yoga classes


from United States, March 2018

"Fantastic yoga week"

The location, quiet amidst the ricefields - the swimming pool - the friendliness of staff - the lush green nature - the variety of yoga teachers.

Gabriela Bujanda

from Philippines, March 2018

"Beautiful place!!"

Environment, place, staff


from Indonesia, March 2018

"Local and relaxed experience - great as a budget retreat!"

The food was amazing - local, vegetarian, simple! Nothing pretentious about this place, just relaxation in the jungle - the pool was great, the yoga was good, the staff was nice. The "Balinese experience" outing was very good!

There was nothing too fancy about the place which I really liked. It was clean and orderly, but you don't get served by people all the time, you do your own thing, and that made the place very relaxed.


from United States, March 2018

The yoga classes, meditation and additional activities were very good. My favorite instructor was Marie. She really seems to understand people and gives good advise how to correct your pose. The "Balinese experience" was nice as well. We went to the local rice paddies and a local explained to us Balinese living, culture, religious festivals and much more.

Concerning the theft that some people mensioned, they're having metal locker boxes now and guards at the entrance. During our stay, nothing was stolen.

Concerning the food: The food is prepared by the locals and is traditional Balinese and Indonesian food with lots of fruit, greens, tofu, tempei and delicious spices. As a vegetarian, I really enjoyed the food.

Mike Claytor

from Australia, February 2018

"Exceeded all of my expectations"

My experience at Shanti Toya was revelatory. And it exceeded all of my expectations. All of the staff and instructors were very kind and helpful. There was a lively mix of activities coupled with sufficient downtime to encompass day trips to Ubud. The vegan cuisine was fantastic. Every room seemed to have its' own personality and unique appointments. I remain mystified that all this came for such a modest price. An unintended consequence of this trip, however, was finding new friends within our group of 11. I'll never forget this experience and the fine people that I met there.

Your Babe

from Indonesia, February 2018

"Perfact place where i was exactly looking for"

No words can express how happy I am to be in this place.

 Every single inch of this place is just mind blown !

 Well 1 week in and a thousand photos later, what a fascinating place, I think the Balinese  culture is amazing, if I could adopt some of way of life here I would be always in a better place. On a 2nd note, every staff I meet here in Shanti Toya, very helpful and greeting and warm.11 of other guests In Time for making this so memorable❤️ Positive energy will be missed forever.

Kate Rudichuk

from Australia, February 2018

"An amazing week in the jungle!"

This retreat was so lovely. The staff and all of the instructors were so friendly and kind and hardworking to ensure our stay was perfect.

The food was so fresh and delicious. I am not normally a vegetarian but enjoyed all of the meals that were prepared for us.

The facilities and accommodation were in the middle of the jungle and rice fields and it was so peaceful and relaxing.


from Norway, February 2018

"Yoga in paradise"

Amazing location with super friendly staff. Made friends for life. I want to go back and make it an annual trip!

Emily Hellyer

from Australia, February 2018

"Definitely recommend!! "

Set in a beautiful quiet place not too far from Ubud! Yoga instructors were all amazing and food was delicious .. very good value for money! Can’t wait to return .. definitely recommend!


from United States, February 2018

"Amazing yoga experience in an authentic and local setting"

Loved the food, the property is gorgeous- a perfect spot for a nature lover. The schedule was awesome with extras to yoga like mediation, dancing, cooking class and local experiences.

Katharina Fabricius

from Australia, February 2018

Great not-for-profit ashram, with all funds going to the village. Clean, peaceful shady setting with awesome spring-fed pool - no chemicals added. Excellent vegan food, small family like communal area. We loved all aspects of our stay!

Anna Mitchell

from Great Britain, February 2018

"Just a perfect place , incredible experience beautiful place"

Everything was perfect , incredible experience. The place is so special . Welcoming , the food was amazing . Wonderful yoga practice. The Balinese experience day was incredible. Welcoming amazing friendly .

Patricia Aguiar

from Australia, January 2018

"Good for yoga and to spend a calm week in jungle "

I loved the yoga twice a day, the instructors were helpful and knew their stuff. The property itself was very beautiful and everyone was always very welcoming. The food was lovely but after a few days a bit repetitive. But there was always more than enough. The dining hall was nice with stronger wifi connection than inside the rooms. Decent value for money. The Bali experience was also very worthwhile and a unique day out.

Hannah Bushell

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Great value for money, beautiful location"

Lovely staff and people at the retreat. Amazing vegetarian food and varied enough each day for me. There was a wide range of yoga each day and I definitely improved my practice as the week went on. The jungle setting was gorgeous - be prepared for noisy ghekos at night, but I loved it. The surrounding area of rice fields was beautiful. If you want tip-top cleanliness and luxury, this may not be for you. If you want a calming retreat with basic accommodation in nature then come here - very good value for money. I will be back!

Meryl Dunton-rose

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Perfectly peaceful"

A fantastic location away from the hubbub of Ubud in the ricefields of a local village. A genuine yoga experience, providing employment for local people and offering a connection to the local community. The Balinese experience day was amazing learning much about traditional culture. The chef Wayan provided delicious food three times a day. An absolute highlight was the spring fed pool with crystal clear water and no chemicals! Thank you Shanti Toya for all your kindnesses, for chasing after the taxi with my forgotten shoes when we left to letting us use a room for late checkout. We hope to see you again!

Elie Amaral

from Canada, January 2018

"Shanti Toya Yoga Retreat Bali"

People were nice, not too crowded, food was very good and so was yoga!

Annabell Johannsen

from Australia, January 2018

"Great experience!"

My week at Shanti Toya was the best! I could've stayed there so much longer. It was really a great experience. My room was nice and clean, the air-con was working perfectly. The food was really good too. I've met the most incredible people at this retreat and would definitely go there again. The activities were really good too, it was such a great experience.

Thank you all for everything!


from Indonesia, January 2018

"Value for money! "

incredible location in the jungle and amongst rice fields, friendly staff, includes more than expected and met wonderful people there. very serene experience

Diane Jones

from Great Britain, November 2017

"Excellent yoga teachers, lovely peaceful jungle location "

The yoga instructors were excellent (eg one taught at exclusive Four Seasons resort as well as at Shanti Toya). Yoga platform and equipment was of high quality and bug spray was gratefully received for evening sessions - it is in jungle area so expect bugs!

The food was local vegetarian Balinese and was ok but limited choice. Location was in jungle area surrounded by paddy fields near village - superb and serene. Accommodation- I paid for single occupancy en-suite room which was definitely worth it. It was 2 huge rooms 1. Kitchen and dining room 2. Bedroom with large en- suite with double sinks and walk in shower. Others who did not pay extra were not so lucky and their rooms needed a good deep clean. Bedding and towels were clean and you need to ask for them to be changed. Staff were lovely and helpful.


from United States, November 2017

"Very nice simple yoga retreat."

Love the people and yoga instructors there especially Annie.


from Croatia, November 2017

"Wonderful experience"

A wonderful week long experience in the jungle of Bali. Met so many wonderful people from around the world and really advanced my yoga practice in 6 days. The food was absolutely delicious and opened my eye to vegetarian eating. The activities helped add fun and flavor to each day. The yoga instruction was perfectly suited for all levels.

I was nervous about being a beginner but I was not alone and felt perfectly comfortable.

Jackie Wynsouw

from Croatia, November 2017

Loved the setting of the retreat. So peaceful! Loved the food and the Balinese experience! Yoga was nice and suitable for all levels. Really liked the fresh water pool

Lerato Matalasi

from Republic of South Africa, November 2017

"Great experience "

Meeting new people and well organized program.


from Finland, November 2017

"Included much more than expected"

Most of the yoga classes were very good, with good teachers.

I also liked the Balinese experience activity, now I know much more about the culture.

The staff were nice and friendly. Food was very good.

Very good value for the money.

Jon Ruiz De Loizaga

from Japan, November 2017

"A great place for relaxing and recharging batteries"

The location and nature of the place is just magical.

Claire Butterfield

from Australia, November 2017

The wonderful like minded people I met and spent time with. I loved being in the jungle and doing yoga in the outdoor yoga shala. The teachers were amazing. The spring water pool is a highlight, so clean and perfect temperature. The Balinese experience tour is not to be missed. Shanti Toya is incredible value for money.

Simon Thomassen

from Denmark, October 2017

"Love it cant wait to come back"

Such a great place, 6 out of 5 stars, they could improve the cleaning but becides that, everything was perfect.

Scott Morris

from Australia, October 2017

"Our first yoga retreat"

The jungle, making friends with all the other participants and having similar interestes. The freshwater pool was the best thing, so clean and fresh and at just the right temperature. The slightly isolated location was great, we all dinned together and became the best friends.


from Australia, October 2017

"Hidden gem"

A lovely little community away from the crazy tourist trap. Great local yoga teachers and an all around energizing experience. The retreat has is in a residential village but the jungle and river is lovely. I found the experience really cosy.

Larissa Lima

from Ireland, October 2017

"Shanti toya is a really special place with special people."

The staff, food, yoga classes, extra activities everything was really special

Monica Wadwa

from Great Britain, October 2017

"Absolutely blown by this place. The most perfect retreat! "

I never normally write reviews for places but I felt this one really deserved a great one and everyone needs to know how amazing this place is. I came away feeling so incredibly relaxed and with friends for life. Staying there for a week also fulfilled my dream of Living in a paradise jungle luxury treehouse. I've never stayed anywhere like it before and it was absolutely magical! Also it was my birthday on the Monday and they went above and beyond to make the day special for me; they gave me a cake (which are hard to find in Bali!) and gave me presents and a beautiful card!! Everyone sang to me and it was just such a special birthday in general. Feel so lucky to have experienced staying in this place and I highly recommend it to everyone!!

Juli Sofijski

from United States, September 2017

"Awesome time"

I loved yoga classes and the family atmosphere.


from Norway, September 2017


Anna Natalya

from Indonesia, September 2017

"Unforgettable experience "

Great place to connect to the nature, with amazing beautiful people from around the globe in our retreat group. Friendly helpful staffs, great food, lovely activities, 5 star yoga instructors

Jo Woollacott

from New Zealand, September 2017

"Shanti Toya is an unexpected gem."

I liked the quality and variety of yoga instruction, the tranquility, the safe surroundings, the friendly people, the tasty food, and the lovely spring fed pool.

Cristina Zarauz

from Indonesia, July 2017

Location and people, magical

Chelsey Bennett

from Australia, July 2017


This retreat was literally everything I had hoped for and more! Not only was the yoga and meditation perfect the other activities and experiences were amazing. The two teachers were so welcoming and kind that it bettered your activities even more. The food was so yummy and everyone who worked at Shanti Toya is so helpful and welcoming. Sarah who runs the retreat is so helpful and it was so lovely that the people who worked there got to enjoy time and were interested in getting to know you. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!!

Kasey Brown

from Australia, July 2017

"Amazing experience!!"

The food, staff and location was incredible. Such a magical week and incredible experience.

Jack Helme

from Democratic Cambodia, July 2017


Shanti Toya, first of all, will forever be a place that brings happiness and peace to me every time I think of it's name.

From the varied and traditional food, to the incredibly friendly and welcome staff - everything at the retreat ensures you'll be able to find the right mindset to both ground yourself internally and appreciate those around you whilst amongst the natural jungle that surrounds this Eden.

It's impossible not to mention the unbelievably good value for money, alongside the yoga and meditation, there is the opportunity to experience Balinese culture through many different enriching activities from a cooking class to dance performances and lessons.

These locally led activities go hand in hand with the yogic practice - delivered by amazingly friendly and thoughtful instructors - to form a powerful, spiritually nourishing experience that will give you the best platform to fulfill any intentions and goals whilst bringing you the joy of realising and achieving so much more.

Abigail Serafin

from United States, July 2017

"Shanti Toya, forever in my heart!"

This little ashram is everything I hoped for and more. Driving through rice fields that lead to this hidden gem in the jungle was an experience in itself. The guided yoga practice and meditation were lead by wonderful instructors and the whole staff was incredibly friendly and warm! I cannot think of a more wonderful place to be.

Tony Richards

from Australia, July 2017

"A rrrrrrA real surprise"

This retreat is exceptional value ! ...So much so that i decided to stay another 7 days added on to my original 7 day booking.

Mitt and Sarah and the local staff are very welcoming and friendly.

The morning and evening yoga were most enjoyable and of a high standard where

all participant skill levels were catered for.

With people coming from all over the world the vibe is fun and very interesting.....

Beautiful lush surrounding jungle........

Go ahead and book this one !.

Katrine Sonnenschein

from Australia, June 2017

The quiet environment. The nature. The good and healthy food. Yoga was great.

Julieta Fioriti

from Malaysia, June 2017

"Just perfect!"

I wouldn't have enough words to describe my week at Shanti Toya. Everything was better than imagined. The yoga classes, the pool, the food, the staff, the teachers, absolutely everyone made our stay just perfect. Each one works with so much love for what they do that you can feel it. They even threw me a birthday party that i will always remember. Be sure you don't miss the balinese experience which is wonderful and if you are reading this and you are doubting about booking or not (which i was), just go for it!

Simon Jones

from Australia, June 2017

"We live shanti toya"

Was our first retreat , so no expectations. From the moment we walked through their door to the moment we left. The staff made a very special effort towards us. Both teachers gave us a very special yoga experience and our group of fellow yogis were very special too.

I can find no fault with this retreat except that we ate too much:)). Because the food was so nice. Thankyou very much

Dominica Brown

from Thailand, June 2017

"Great experience!"

Amazing staff! So friendly and helpful they made my stay the wonderful experience that it was.

Ronnie Gillissen

from Australia, May 2017

"Awesome 8 day stay in paradise "

Yoga, food, activities, guests, staff, location and the fresh water pool!

Megan Malloy

from Vietnam, May 2017

"Absolutely amazing experience! "

The accommodation was clean & airconditioned. Ariel, Sara , other Sara & staff really make shanti toya an incredible experience. The grounds are kept up very well and are always cleaned. Three incredible puppies for when you need some extra love. This place felt like home after a week which made if very difficult to leave. I can't recommend Shanti Toya enough !

Zoe Peters

from Thailand, May 2017


I had the best time, would recommend to everyone. Staff are so friendly and helpful. Really didn't want to leave at the end of my week. As someone who has never done yoga before, I not only felt more confident by the end of the week but had so much fun doing it! Thank you Shanti Toya, I'll be back soon!

Slawa Walczak

from Great Britain, May 2017

"Amazing budget yoga retreat"

The place was amazing. All the staff super friendly. Yoga classes and yoga related classes were run so nicely. I had a blast there. Also via the group of yogis was such a lovely bunch too :) oh and a spring water pool was amazing .

Michele Baker

from Belgium, April 2017

"We had an amazing time at Shanti Toya. The location was great, the yoga fantastic and the food delicious. We met such wonderful people during our stay in this special place. We would definitely return in the future."

The programme was great. Yoga twice a day, meditation and cultural trips. It was very nice to have three meals included. The owners were very helpful and friendly chatting to us during dinner each night. The yoga instructor was amazing- very knowledgeable, supportive, well versed in many types of yoga as well as chanting and meditation. We not only had a great week of Yoga but we also made friends with some amazing people.

Victoria Whittaker

from Indonesia, April 2017

"Incredible yoga paradise!"

Our stay at Shanti Toya was excellent. It was the cheapest retreat we could find in Bali so we went with relatively basic expectations and were pleasantly surprised. The class sizes allowed for a really personal experience, the retreat grounds and surrounding are so so beautiful, the food was varied and tasty, and the cultural activities (canang making, Bali experience etc.) made the whole package even better value for money. The safe, friendly atmosphere really allowed for us to be open to the new experience and over the week we forged wonderful friendships with the teachers and fellow guests. Don't waste time considering other, more expensive retreats; Shanti Toya is the best around! Thank you for stay.

Denise Van Egdom

from Netherlands, March 2018

"Lovely sanctuary"

The place is beautiful, very green and peaceful. I loved the veggie food! All our activities were fun.

The pool is super clean and there are no chemicals in it.

Great variety of yoga classes I really enjoyed the partner yoga, Satya and chakra dance.

Mercedes Caro

from Philippines, March 2018

"Incredible experience !!"

The place is amazing, good location as it’s only 15km form Ubud. Very good food, the staff is amazing. YOGA is beautiful And all the additional activities are very nice and enjoyable:) I absolutely loved it! Go for it !!!

Veronika Strobl

from Austria, December 2017

"Tolles Preis-Leistungsverhältnis"

Herzliches Personal, verlässliche Umsetzung des Programms,Lage, Pool, Essen, Wasserkanister im Zimmer


from Indonesia, November 2017

"Beautiful Bubble"

Spending this week with beautiful people, excellent food, goog yoga & a great pool.


from Germany, November 2017

Die Yoga Kurse waren super und auch das angebotene Programm.

Victoria Termann

from Germany, October 2017

Amazing Yoga Retreat in an amazing environment with great people, interesting additional activities and delicious food, an unforgettable experience!


from Germany, October 2017

Super freundliches Personal!!!!! Alle sehr hilfsbereit!!!! Leckeres Essen!!!! Massage war der Hammer!!!!

Wenn man die Ruhe und Abgeschiedenheit sucht, dann ist man hier genau richtig. Eine kleine Idylle im nirgendwo. Zwischen Reisfeldern und Jungle... Träumchen!!!!!

Hilde Mertens

from Belgium, October 2017

"Yoga in een mooie rustige groene omgeving"

Naast de verschillende yoga stijlen , de kennismaking met de Balinese cultuur zoals bezoek aan een familiewoonerf , koken, dans....

Agnès Lagaize

from Indonesia, October 2017

"Une semaine parfaite et des rencontres inoubliable "

Tous m a plus, je vais commencer par le personnel qui sont des personnes exceptionnelles, Très accueillantes, toujours le sourire et très attachant.

L organisation de la semaine était super.

Les repas très variés.

Le site était magnifique et calme.

Débutante en yoga il n' y a eu aucun problème.

J ai rencontré de très belles personnes pour ma part =)

C était une expérience et une semaine que je n oublierai jamais...

Merci shanti toya

Lorena Bahamondes

from Chile, September 2017

"El instructor era pradya "

Marine Léonard

from United States, September 2017

"La retraite yoga parfaite !"

Quand on arrive à Shanti Toya, on se sent comme hors du temps, dans un cocon.

Toute l'équipe est à l'écoute, ouvert à la discussion. C'est un vrai plaisir de partager à propos du yoga et de la culture balinaise.

D'ailleurs l'expérience balinaise était si bien ! Loin des tours bondés de touriste, nous étions moins de 10 personnes. Cela nous a permis de réellement pouvoir discuter, poser des questions et découvrir paisiblement les coutumes et les rizières du coin.

Les cours de yoga sont d'une telle qualité ! Les professeurs n'hésitent pas à expliquer quels sont les bénéfices des postures et à décomposer le mouvement pour que l'on puisse y parvenir plus facilement. Ils nous corrigent et nous aident à pousser plus loin si on le souhaite.

Enfin, les repas sont excellents ! Wayan est un vrai chef qui ravira vos papilles à chaque repas.


from France, September 2017

"The perfect yoga retreat to dive into bali's heart"

The ashram is quiet, into the wild, everything is as green as possible, and staff is kind, joyful and helpful.


from Canada, September 2017

L'emplacement. Le personnel . Qualité des cours et activité.

Ellis Van Oosterzee

from Netherlands, June 2017

Very sweet staff, great food, beautiful location

Simone Gartenmann

from Switzerland, April 2017

"Heaven on earth"

Yoga and méditation with Jenny, la piscine, l'ambiance générale et la simplicité, tranquillité du lieu, l'accueil des propriétaires, la gentillesse du staff....tout!

Testimonials 5

a traveler South Korea

airbnb website

Good place for retreat. friendly staff, beautiful swimming pool, perfect yoga session.

Greta Pasztor

Shanti Toya's Facebook page

A great place for relaxing, making new friendships and connecting with nature. All of this through yoga, meditation, massage, pleasant social activities, ect. Whether alone or as a couple or a smaller group, you will enjoy this place, that is guaranteed. I highly recommend it, I have had one whole week of the above lately and it was a great, refreshing experience I will always have as a sweet memory.

Joe Hard Blitar

Shanti Toya's Facebook page

The great of meditation.

a traveler New York, United States

airbnb website

Overall peace n serenity. Host is genuinely trying to provide an oasis for guests. Have found forever friends here. Thanks for welcoming me like a family

Ashley Canada

airbnb website

Absolutely perfect place to relax, meditate and do yoga. The food is incredible - the location is stunning. There are local markets and shops nearby (15 minute walk). Hire scooter and can go everywhere! Quiet and peaceful. Wish I could stay much, much longer

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