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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.

Instructors 1

Jani Jaatinen

Jani started his yoga journey in the year 2000 with Janne Kontala, a legendary teacher and Jani’s good friend. Since then, he has been practicing Hatha and Ashtanga, and integrating yogic spiritual practices. Mahayogi lives in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia with his wife Jaci, running their own yoga shala. He also teaches internationally, regularly visiting Gokul Yoga Bali for retreats and teacher training workshops. Mahayogi’s dedication and devotion to yoga is an inspiration for everyone who has had the chance to study yoga with him.

Reviews 94

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


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.

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!

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

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