Bali Spiritual Retreat Itinerary« Back to Trip Overview
Day 1 (-/-/-) Bali!
Upon arrival in Bali at the Ngurah Rai Airport in Denspasar, you’ll be met and transferred to your village bungalows with private gardens at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang. Here you can start “unplugging to plug into” Bali. Enjoy the palm-lined beach, facing the Indian Ocean towards the east; Sanur is also an excellent place to see the sunrise as “Bali is the morning of the world.” Offshore reefs protect the beach against the waves, and make it popular for windsurfing, boating, and other water sports. You may want to arrive a day or two early before beginning your trip.
Day 2 (B/L/-) Uluwatu Temple & Sunset Kecak Dance
Start your journey with your first moving meditation beach walk in silence at your first Balinese sunrise because “Bali is the morning of the world.” After your morning of complete unwinding, in the early afternoon you’ll have a Welcome Lunch at your hotel to connect, set intentions, and get a cultural Balinese briefing. In the late afternoon you’ll visit Uluwatu Temple; its location on the cliffs of the southern most tip of this magical island guards the Balinese from the evil spirits of the Indian Ocean. You’ll also attend a performance of the most unusual and memorable kecak dance, as the sun is setting over the Indian Ocean – a must-do for every traveler to Bali! Overnight at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang.
Day 3 (B/-/-) Munduk countryside
Expand Bali’s magic working in you with a sunrise moving meditation walk on the beach in silence. Today’s full day tour connects you with Mother Nature and takes you to the market at Candi Kuning to smell, see and shop the exotic spices, fruits, plants and textiles of the island; this is followed with a gentle meditative stroll through the grounds and gardens that lead you to the Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Beratan and finally; enjoy a drive through the Munduk countryside – an area of spectacular terraced rice fields.
You’ll take a short hike to Munduk Waterfall for a special ritual. A stop will be made for lunch at a coffee plantation with panoramic views (lunch not included in price). Then you will head to your hotel in Ubud – Bali ’s cultural heart located in the cool mountains. This traditional country town is the home of the Balinese Royal Family and a flourishing arts center where you’ll find most of Bali’s museums. Be prepared for serious pampering with five nights accommodations in a suite room at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang.
Day 4 (B/-/-) Tampaksiring Holy Temple, Pura Tirta Empul Temple & Dukun
Continue healing with a morning moving meditation in silence along the rice fields. This morning you’ll participate in a ritual purification ceremony at the holy spring of Tampaksiring like thousands of spiritual pilgrims from all faiths. The temple and its two bathing spots have been used by the Balinese for over a thousand years for good health and prosperity; the Balinese believe that the spring water really does have the power to cure.
The special ceremony for all of us will be overseen by a Hindu priest. (Bring a towel, as you’ll get wet as you go through the pool’s fountains that represent stages of purification.) You’ll also visit a dukun (Balinese healer) to learn about healing using traditional methods. (Donations not included for individual consultations.)The afternoon is at your leisure to reflect and journal. Overnight at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang.
Day 5 (B/-/-) Nourish Your Soul with Service & Creativity
Reflect with a morning moving meditation in silence at a special location. Later in the day you’ll have a Balinese dance lesson and will learn to sing a Balinese song. You’ll also learn the story behind the song. The balance of the day is at leisure to reflect and journal. Overnight at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang.
Day 6 (B/L/-) Unique & Exclusive Mountain Village Day
Today you’ll travel to a small mountain village for a very unique and authentic Balinese experience. This is an area that’s completely off the beaten track and is rarely seen by visitors to Bali. On the way to the village, you’ll visit an elementary school where you’ll visit a classroom and deliver a gift of school supplies and share your newly learned Balinese song (subject to classes being in session).
On arrival at the village, you’ll visit a farmer in the fields. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in preparing farm implements, and planting or cultivating rice using traditional methods. Or, feel free to just observe and take pictures. Continue to the village compound where you’ll see a demonstration, have a short lesson, and participate in playing the instruments of the village gamelan orchestra and show your new dancing skills if you choose! You’ll have an opportunity to sing the Balinese song that you learned. In addition, you’ll learn how to make a temple offering and a woven bamboo hat to take home. You’ll also take a rice field trek and will visit a local hot springs to relax after your day’s activities. An authentic Balinese lunch is included in the village compound. Overnight at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang.
Day 7 (B/-/D) Sacred Pasar Agung Mountain Temple at Full Moon
Allow more transformation with a morning moving meditation in silence by the resort’s river. Rest and reflect this morning and early afternoon at leisure to prepare for tonight’s special experience. In the late afternoon you’ll travel to the sacred Pasar Agung Mountain Temple (Bali’s highest temple) at the base of a volcano for the full moon ceremony. Experience prayer and meditation in two areas of the temple proper with a Hindu priest; you will feel the power and energy of the sacred mountain as sunset falls and the lights of Bali turn on like a star-studded carpet with breathtaking panoramic views. At the temple you’ll have a box dinner and can also eat the offerings that you bring to the temple. Return home in silence until breakfast time with a renewed perspective, peace and inspiration for you and your life intentions. (Note: If it’s raining, your attendance at the temple and full moon ceremony may be canceled and refunds can not be made.) Overnight at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang.
Day 8 (B/-/-) Celebrating Balinese Traditions
Expand last night’s experience with a morning moving meditation in silence. Later this morning you’ll attend a performance of the classical Barong & Kris Dance. The Barong is the magical protector of Balinese villages. As “lord of the forest” with a fantastic fanged mask and long mane, he is the opponent of Rangda the witch, who rules over the spirits of darkness, in the never ending fight between good and evil.
In the late morning you’ll travel to eastern Bali with stops at the ikat factory in Sidemen Village where the Balinese buy their special temple clothing and the textile markets at Klungkung. Transfer to your beach hotel at Candidasa on Lombok Strait for three nights accommodations in a superior bungalow at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang.
Day 9 (B/-/-) Pamper Your Body
Day at leisure. One-time snorkeling is included, either today or tomorrow. And since body work is an important Balinese value, you will also be pampered with a one-hour healing massage that is included either today or tomorrow; imagine relaxing and reflecting on your journey out by the ocean in a private, tented area with only the sounds of the waves to carry you away. Overnight at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang.
Day 10 (B/-/D) Farewell Dinner
In gratitude, celebrate with a morning seated meditation in silence along the beachfront. Day at leisure. Then tonight is our special dinner to be held at Amankila, a luxury resort high on the cliff overlooking Lombok Strait. We will dine like goddesses and gods on exquisite foods on a candlelit terrace next to the sea to close your transformational chapter in Bali. Overnight at Komaneka at Rasa Sayang.
Day 11 (B/-/-) Farewell to Bali until…
Celebrate your last Balinese sunrise and seated meditation along the beach front because “Bali is the morning of the world.” Transfer to the airport or Bali cities if staying longer. Make a date in your heart to return to Bali~