Bali Yoga Retreat Cultural Adventures

The cultural excursions on my Bali Yoga Retreat set it apart from every other retreat. We include more because the yoga of travel is one of my favorite types of yoga off the mat. You’ll learn why I am in love with this part of the world and its people.

Learn more about what you’ll experience!

Ubud Tour and Monkey Forest

This combination trip begins in Ubud and includes Monkey Forest where you can feed the monkeys,then we’ll walk to a traditional local market and have lunch at the famous Clear Cafe.

Clear Cafe’s (http://www.clear-cafe-ubud.com) philosophy is “eat the food you wish to be”. In the spirit of this idea we have created a must see sanctuary where everyone can enjoy organic, delicious, pure and natural food while experiencing the magical and nurturing ways of Clear’s pure Balinese team.

“Sit with friends, laugh, eat, drink and watch Bali time stand still.” – Michael Franti

Come on in, choose your favorite table/sofa and hang out as long as you like. At Clear we are quite known for our music so please enjoy the tunes. We have over 6000 hand-picked songs (on rotation) that you will love! Our music is a little bit of all your favorites.

-FOOD- we use all natural ingredients from local Balinese farmers. At clear we believe that energy can be transferred through food, so it’s very important to us how our chef’s and kitchen staff are feeling. That is why we pride ourselves on laughing, playing, and having a good time while preparing your food, so that it may be charged with life. Hee hee, it’s true. Why should healthy food be boring? At clear we promise it’s not so. Clear drinks/foods are so diverse that you may never get bored. At least we hope not. hee..hee..

Bedugul Mountain Tour

Experience the local handiwork, fresh fruits, botanical garden and sights of Pacung, Bedugul and Lake Bratan. A highlight of this trip is a visit to Ulun Danu Temple, one of the most picturesque and most photographed temples in Bali. The temple was built in 1633 by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the lake goddess Dewi Danu.

Rice Terrace Tour & Lunch at Sari Organi

(http://www.sari-organik.com)

Sari Organik specializes in growing organic vegetables and rice and making other products that can be processed from local produce. Sari Organik bases its practices on fair trade standards and tries to enrich the environment and the life of farmers and their families.

‘Sari Organik’ is Indonesian and means ‘Essence of Natural’.

“We at Sari Organik started to grow organic produce 12 years ago. We started experimenting with vegetables, fruit, rice and animals, trying to find a balanced system that will sustain it self and the environment with minimal input from other outside sources. Our aim is to build a model farm, a small family business that will grow organically with the market demands and benefit all. We are building a model farm that serves as an educational center and hope to see other farmers join our efforts to bring on “Green Bali”. See menu http://www.sari-organik.com/restaurant-in-ubud-bali/organic.html

Sanur Beach Club & Day Spa

The island of Bali is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south where we’ll be at Sanur have white sand and the ones on the East have black sand. There is good reason why Bali wins “The Island of The Year Award” almost every year. For instance, Bali received the Best Island award from Travel and Leisure in 2010. And according to BBC Travel released in 2011, Bali is one of the World’s Best Islands, ranked second after Greece. (Source: Wikipedia). This trip is a not to miss opportunity to enjoy a day spa and beach club along with riding a bike along the boardwalk if you want. Or kite surf, wind surf or just play in the water in between spa appointments.

Visit Kopi Luwak Coffee plantation for tasting and tour

“Kopi Luwak coffee comes from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an area well-known for its excellent coffee. Also native to the area is a small civit-like animal called a Paradoxurus. That’s the scientific name, the locals call them luwaks. These little mammals live in the trees and one of their favorite foods is the red, ripe coffee cherry. They eat the cherries, bean and all. While the bean is in the little guy’s stomach, it undergoes chemical treatments and fermentations. The bean finishes its journey through the digestive system, and exits. The still-intact beans are collected from the forest floor, and are cleaned, then roasted and ground just like any other coffee.

The resulting coffee is said to be like no other. It has a rich, heavy flavour with hints of caramel or chocolate. Other terms used to describe it are earthy, musty and exotic. The body is almost syrupy and it’s very smooth.”  – http://coffeetea.about.com/cs/kindsofcoffee/a/aakopiluwak.htm

In the U.S. it will go for $300 per pound. Your tasting is included as part of your retreat. And it’s up to you to purchase some to take home, we always do! And it’s a whole lot less expensive in Bali.

Balinese Cultural Dinner & Dancing

We will enjoy a tour of an ancestral home, learn why it is organized as such and what the meaning is behind everything. You will learn how to make traditional Balinese offerings. And we’ll enjoy an incredibly generous dinner buffet with dance performance. See details and more photos on line.

Komune Keramus Beach Club Sunset Aperitivo Black Sand Beach & Pool Party!

Komune Keramas Beach Club is designed as your all day place to hang, re-charge and charge. Kick back & listen to tunes, scope the net, check the waves and mix good times with good people. Komune Beach Club is located at Keramas in-front of one of the world’s best high-performance right hand reef breaks which makes for spectacular viewing day & night.

Jon Huberman from Surfline, wrote this article on Keramas Surf Break…

“Once an ultra-secret hideaway of tightlipped Sanur expats, in the past few years, no other spot has received more media attention than Keramas. Whether it’s Andy Irons dropping in out of a Helicopter, or any of dozens of international professional surfers adding a section to the latest surf movie, Keramas is no secret anymore. The good news is that Keramas does live up to its’ hype. It’s an excellent reef break in a classic black sand beach and rice field setting, and.. In a land of perfect lefts, it’s one of a few perfect rights.

Keramas is a fun right-hander for hot dog surfing when it is smaller. In the past few years, surfers have been pushing the limits of what is considered too big to surf at Keramas. Even on the biggest days of the year, some local and international chargers have been paddling out there, returning with stories, film, and photos of glory.”

CINEMA

Komune’s Keramas Beach Club includes a beachfront outdoor cinema set amongst the coconut trees of keramas with a views over the ocean, the restaurant and bar. Komune live streams weekly webcasts of the latest surfing and sporting events when avaliable.  The highlights from the days or weeks surfing are blasted on the big screen for all too see as well as regular screeningof latest release movies for your viewing pleasure.

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Balinese Etiquette

Daily Etiquette
1.     Body language: it is rude to point with the index finger.  Use, instead, your thumb and always your right hand (left is seen as impure).  The head is seen as sacred, so avoid patting children’s heads, and refrain from displaying the bottoms of your feet (also seen as impure).  Talking with your hands on your hips is a sign of contempt, anger or aggression.
2.     Hospitality: handshaking is customary for greetings (again, use only the right hand).  A common method when greeting in passing is to press your palm to your friend’s palm in front of your chests, fingers point upwards.
3.     Visitors: are always welcomed with refreshments, but refrain from eating or drinking until host says ‘silakan’ (please begin).  When eating with hands, first wash hands, then use right hand only.  Sandals and shoes may be left outside the entrance the home. 
4.     What to Wear: When visiting rural villages, skimpy attire is not considered appropriate. Cover your shoulders, do not wear short shorts, cover your knees.
5.     Bargaining: in a Balinese market, haggling over price is not considered impolite, but be pleasant.  Bali is not one of those places where making an agitated display of negotiations is considered part of the process.  Smile, and insist on the price you want to pay, and if they refuse your price, smile, say ‘thank you’ (terima kasi) and walk away.
6.     Shoes:  You will always remove your shoes before entering any store or restaurant. This is customary for all.

Temple Etiquette
For BOTH men and women, when entering a temple, you MUST wear a sarong around the waist and sometimes a sash is also required.
WOMEN ONLY – you must cover your shoulders and your knees.
Please ask permission before taking pictures.
Please avoid pointing the soles of the feet towards the shrines if sitting on the ground.
And when in doubt just in case you find yourself not knowing the etiquette learn how to say ‘ma’af sekali’ (very sorry).
Women on their cycle are not allowed in the temple, nor are women who have recently given birth

Names
Basically, the Balinese only have four first names:
First child: Wayan or Putu
Second child: Made or Kadek
Third child: Nyoman or Koman
Fourth child: Ketut
Fifth child: Start over with Wayan or Putu, and so on….
So don’t get confused if you feel like everyone you meet has the same name!

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Bali Yoga Retreat Testimonials

Our time at Soulshine was reinvigorating, almost transformative. I can’t imagine a more beautiful place – it’s like a slice if Eden. Everywhere you turn there was a new scene of lush beauty. And the staff was so great, you can’t help being happy just being there. The trip into Ubud is quick and cheap but going back to Soulshine was like going back to an oasis, removed from the entertaining bustle of Ubud. Walking down the long path from the road along the gurgling stream, passing by local fishermen, a local batik artist’s workshop and small tiered rice field and finally passing through the two yellow flags marking the beginning of Soulshine was like coming home to a place I didn’t know I was missing. Go. You won’t regret it.
Dr Lon, Chicago, January 2013

Soulshine grounds are stunning, set in the rice paddy fields with the most friendly staff I have encountered. No reason to go to any other restaurants in Ubud, the restaurant they have on site has divine dishes that will satisfy anyone (also caters to those with special dietary needs!)

balifunstufftodoThe yoga studio is set on the top floor of the main building and is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. The views are stunning from there and you can feel a light breeze passing through … you feel you’re in heaven. They also have high quality yoga equipment on site for use!
Nicole, LA, Stayed October 2012, traveled solo

My first introduction to Indonesia could not have been more sublime. As a yoga retreat center, we were surrounded by the most beautiful nature could offer. The staff of soulshine is warm and gracious.We were treated to breakfast with our yoga package of gorgeous fruits and other yummy delectables every morning. As much as I ate, you would think I should have gained more weight…but instead became leaner by the end of the retreat, partly due to the yoga and I’m convinced due to the freshness and preparation of the meals.
Genie, San Francisco, November 2012, traveled solo

“Imagine a place so beautiful and mystical. A place where lush vegetation and fields of rice patties fill the mountainous landscape. A place where everyone walking around is smiling from ear to ear. Food so incredibly fresh and delicious that you can’t wait until the next meal. That was my Bali and staying at Soulshine was even more of a slice of heaven. I couldn’t have imagined a more serene environment. Everywhere I turned there was a new scene of lush beauty, whether looking out of my cozy bedroom, the open air yoga room or lounging by the infinity pool, I was constantly seeing and breathing in the tropical environment. Wayan, Agung and the staff were so friendly and accommodating, from the first ginger mint smoothie to dinner with Agung and his family, I felt as if we were all lifelong friends and I was staying at their home. Bali was the most invigorating and transforming trip I had ever been on…it’s no wonder I lost track of time and worries, or as they say in Bali, “Kin Kin.” I already can’t wait until I go back.”
Lexi, Seattle, Stayed October 201, traveled solo
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