February 6-18, 2019
Bali is famous for its stunning physical beauty, rich spiritual life, and gracious hospitality. It’s a lush, emerald gem of an island full of majestic volcanoes and terraced rice fields that spill gently into an azure sea. Bali’s rich cultural heritage and deep reverence for life are legendary and make it more than just another tropical island paradise. Bali-Hinduism (an exceptional mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism) guides every aspect of life. Ritual and reverence are everywhere you look, creating an artistic and spiritual mecca unlike anywhere else in the world
Our trip will bring you into three distinct regions of Bali. We will stay in small, locally owned hotels—each with its own yoga space—away from the tourist scene—so you can fully immerse yourself in this unique, evocative culture. In addition to daily yoga classes our excursions will include rice field hikes, treks in the rain forest, snorkeling expeditions among tropical coral gardens, walks through coffee and clove plantations, and lush waterfalls. Each day, your tour guides will give you an insider’s view of Balinese dance, music, art, and sacred ceremonies.
Spend your introductory days on the island at the elegant Lotus Bungalows Resort perched right at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Here in Candi Dasa you will snorkel in the crystal-clear Indian Ocean and enjoy the local mountainous scenery. It’s a gateway to East Bali where we will day-trip to swim in spring-fed pools, explore old palaces, and visit artists in an aboriginal village. You will begin to learn about the Balinese people—their language, their culture, and their way of life
From here we travel to Ubud, known as Bali’s “cultural center.” Ubud has much to offer—the possibility of traditional dance and music performances every night, perhaps the best selection of restaurants on the island, a thriving arts community, fabulous shopping, numerous ceremonies, and stunning ancient temples. We will explore a bit of all of these, plus visit the homes of two esteemed traditional healers, to observe their work and perhaps have a check-up.
The journey concludes at a peaceful eco-resort in a friendly mountain village called Munduk. With its dedication to nature, culture, and healing it is the perfect place to decompress from your long journey. Among the stunning views of rice fields, lush greenery, and mountain peaks we conclude our yoga/meditation classes and our time together as a traveling community. This area is seldom visited by tourists and will provide a soothing ending to our yoga tour before returning home to your daily life.
Day 0 Wed. Feb. 6: Depart USA/Canada
Day 1 Thur. Feb. 7: Candi Dasa Arrive in Bali and transfer to our beachfront bungalows in Candi Dasa, where we meet our fellow travelers and gather together for our first dinner in paradise.
Day 2 Fri. Feb. 8: Candi Dasa Early m editation and yoga in the yoga pavilion followed by buffet breakfast. Depart (by private bus) for snorkeling excursion to small, coral-packed lagoon near the port of Padang Bai. Return to hotel and clean up. Lunch at our hotel, followed by a one hour seminar on manners and customs in Bali and basic Indonesian. Afternoon free.
Dinner on your own, at the hotel or in Candi Dasa
Day 3 Sat. Feb. 9: Candi Dasa Early Meditation & Yoga with Jane and Tiffany, followed by breakfast.
Depart (by bus) for a visit to the nearby aboriginal village of Tenganan, to visit the homes of traditional weavers, basket-makers and calligraphers. Transfer by bus to the local ashram for a delicious local lunch.
Afternoon free. 5:00 meet with your local guides for your second seminar on language, and the Bali-Hindu caste system. Dinner on your own, at the hotel or in Candi Dasa. Evening ethnographic film: The National Geographic Special on Bali.
Day 4 Sun. Feb. 10: Candi Dasa Early meditation & yoga followed by buffet breakfast. Depart by private bus for a visit to the last Raja’s Water Palace at Tirtagangga, with a chance for a swim at the crystal-clear, spring fed pool because it’s incredible. Lunch overlooking the pools and statues.
On our return to the hotel, a stop at Charley’s Chocolate Factory for tour and tasting. Swing on the swing over the Indian Ocean for a return to childhood. 5:00 Meet for third orientation and language session, this time focusing on bargaining. Dinner on your own, at the hotel or in Candi Dasa.
Day 5 Mon. Feb. 11 : Ubud (B, L) After early meditation and yoga session and breakfast, depart for Ubud, Bali’s cultural center, Our next stop is a visit to a local NGO, school, and residential community for disabled Balinese adults, for lunch and a drumming session with the members. Arrive in Ubud and check into our hotel. A short walking tour to acquaint you with local amenities, and afternoon free. Amazing evening performance of Kecak (Ramayana) dance and fire trance dance.
Day 6 Tues. Feb. 12: Ubud Early meditation and yoga before breakfast. Depart for a nearby temple for a talk and the Balli-Hindu religion at an important local temple, then visit a local priest who is also a healer, to hear about traditional healing in Bali and perhaps, a check up. Return to Ubud for lunch and afternoon free. In the evening, and performance of classical dance for which Ubud is famed.
Day 7 Wed. Feb. 13: Ubud Early yoga, meditation and breakfast. Visits with artists and craftspeople for whom Ubud is well known, culminating in Lunch. Late afternoon visit the stunning temple of Pura Empul for a purification ceremony in the sacred springs, known for their healing properties. Then we visit the neighboring temple with the possibility to join the local people at prayer. Return to Ubud for dinner.
Day 8 Thur. Feb. 14:Ubud Early yoga, meditation and breakfast. Then we depart to visit a second healer who specializes in bones, joints and muscles, to watch him work or perhaps have a treatment. Return to Ubud for lunch and afternoon free. In the evening, a performance of Jegog, giant bamboo Gamelan with dance.
Day 9 Fri. Feb. 15: Munduk After meditation, yoga and breakfast, check out of our hotel and transfer to volcano country, Our first stop is at Mengwi village for a tour of the Museum of Ogoh Ogoh—giant demonic dummies designed to scare the low spirits from the island at New Years. We wind our way through stunning landscapes and Bali’s fruit and vegetable basket, stopping at the fruit and flower market and Pura Ulun Danu, Bali’s most beautiful temple, named for a goddess, floating on a small island in a volcanic lake. Arrive at our hotel and lunch, before a t rek through lush coffee and cove plantations to Bali’s second highest waterfall, with a chance for the brave to plunge. Late afternoon, meet at the Sunset Bar for afternoon seminar with Made Surya on the Balinese perspective of yoga. In the evening, the first of several included family-style meals together.
Day 10 Sat. Feb. 16: Munduk Yoga and Meditation at the yoga deck with views of volcanos, the Java sea, and numerous clove plantations. Breakfast, and then d epart for trek through small villages and rice fields to the sacred and amazing Rock That Grows! Transport back to hotel for optional lunch and down time.Late afternoon meet Made Surya in the sunset bar for a discussion of Bali’s history. After dinner together, an ethnographic film: The Three Worlds of Bali with focus on irrigation system.
Day 11 Sun. Feb. 17: Munduk After our regular morning meditation and yoga session, breakfast and an excursion to Bali’s only Buddhist monastery, where we can enjoy a brief meditation, then a visit to the near-by hate spring, and a chance for a dip. Return to hotel for lunch and final afternoon in Bali. Gather for Happy Hour at the Sunset Bar and talk/discussion with Made Surya on the truth about Tantra. Farewell dinner together, family-style, followed by a traditional dance and music performance by local villagers.
Day 12 Mon. Feb. 18: Transit Check out and transfer to airport or stay on and enjoy more adventures in Bali and Indonesia.
A reminder about expectations: Best to bring as few as possible. Our itinerary will almost certainly shift and change as unexpected opportunities arise cremation festivities, rites of passage, temple festival and purification ceremonies. Bali does not follow Western-style schedules and forced timelines. Your efficiency apps will not work here. Much depends on the season, the village, the people we meet; you never know what might transpire. If a given activity must be canceled, another similar activity will be substituted, if at all possible. No refunds on activities you decide not to attend. Anyone who leaves the tour itinerary at any time and for any reason will be on their own. Be safe. Be loved.
Yoga in Bali includes:
- Round-trip airfare from Seattle (EVA $971.00)
- Airport transfers and all mini-shuttles
- Daily yoga/meditation/healing sessions with Jane and Tiffany
- Snorkeling excursion in Candi Dasa (excluding mask and fin rental)
- Attendance at four traditional dance & music performances
- Visits with two traditional healers in Ubud
- Guided treks in Munduk through the neighboring countryside: small villages, rice fields, coffee and clove plantations, culminating at the magical Growing Stone, and Bali’s most magical waterfall.
- Guided tours of Ulun Danu and Goa Gajah Temples, Ogoh Ogoh Museum, fruit and flower market, walking tour to Tirtagangga Water Palace, Ashram Candi Dasa, and Tenganan aboriginal village.
- Purification ceremony at Tirta Ampul sacred springs.
- Breakfast every day. Lunch at Senang Hati NGO and at Gandhi Ashram Candi Dasa, four family-style dinners in Munduk
- Seminars and talks on rites of passage, bargaining, history and politics, trance and sacred masks, local customs and culture, language, Hindu religion & caste system, altars and personal ritual.
- Undying services of Madé Surya & Judy Slattum, Bali specialists.
- Three nights accommodations in Munduk mountain village
- Four nights accommodations in Ubud cultural center
- Four nights accommodations in Candi Dasa on the beach.
- Pre-trip information, on-site handouts, and more.
Yoga in Bali does NOT Include:
- Meals that are not noted in above itinerary (expect $6-12+ per meal)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Laundry services
- Massages and spa treatments
- Overweight baggage fees
- Snorkel equipment rental (just a few bucks)
- Any additional activities or excursions not listed
Trip Cost: $3440.00 US (4409. CAD) includes airfare from Seattle.
NOTE: Price is based on double-occupancy room, each with private bath (all hotels have western amenities and two have swimming pools). Includes full breakfast, excursions listed, classes and workshops, services of Judy and Surya, along with several orientation and language sessions. Also includes all hotel transfers, land arrangements. Please note that an unexpected rise in fuel taxes may influence the final price. Those arranging their own air travel will be responsible for transfers from the airport to hotel and back.
Minimum 10 participants, maximum 16. Ground only deduct $975.00.
Deposit: A payment of $500.00 per person is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due Dec. 1, 2018.
Cancellations and Refunds: For the flight portion, cancellation will be governed by the rules and regulations as listed in the flight contract by the participating airline. For the land portion, a cancellation fee of $350.00 will be collected up to 60 days prior to departure, after which half the final payment will be refunded. No refunds will be made from one week before departure. Trip cancellation and medical evacuation insurance is highly recommended.
Baggage: Two (2) pieces of luggage, not exceeding 62 inches. Each cannot exceed 50 lbs. Pack light. It’s Bali.
Accommodations: All accommodations are based on two persons sharing a twin bedded room with private, western-style bath. Single supplement based on availablity for $ 430.00 additional.
Roommates: Single folks may sign up for accommodations desired on a share basis and will be assigned a (totally awesome) roommate as circumstances permit. We draw some very cool people. If a roommate is unavailable, the participant will be notified of the adjusted price for a single supplement.
Passports, Visa & Health: A passport, valid six months from date of entry with proof of onward transportation. Indonesian free visa for 30 days granted on arrival to US and Canadian citizens. No inoculations are suggested or required, except the one against fear and/or worry your guides.
Tour Organizers/Leaders: Made Surya & Judy Slattum: Organized and lead the first Yoga Tours to Bali in 1986 and have continued to do so ever since. Made is known as the top authority on Balinese traditional Healers, and Judy is the author of “Balinese Masks,” the only book in English on this subject.
Yoga, Meditation and Healing Instructors: Jane and Tiffany Loney:
Growing up together in an active and adventurous family, these “yogisisters” have been athletic, creative movers all of their lives. They have been studying the body through dance, yoga and bodywork for the last 20 plus years and have co-taught 2 yoga retreats in Thailand. The classes they teach combine their love of mindful movement with the solid knowledge of strength and stability for bodies of all ages.
Tiffany is a dance and yoga teacher, has taught anatomy and yoga in teacher training programs and also practices Thai massage. Jane is a Shiatsu Massage Therapist (since 1992) and is a yoga teacher.
Given the years of healing work and yoga teaching Tiff and Jane are very adept at creating a fun and challenging class sensitive to needs and pace of every body.