In May 2016, I decided to take a solo trip to Indonesia. I had just started my yoga journey and heard so many positive things about Bali, Indonesia. I also watched the famous movie “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts and that movie just reassured my trip to Bali. While researching on google I came upon a highly rated retreat, Oneworld Retreats.
I ended up choosing the retreat that fit my foodie and spiritual needs the most “A Life of Balance.” From the moment I walked into this retreat and until I left the Oneworld Team made be feel safe and secure as a solo traveler in a country I have never been to before. Now to the details…. Aside from daily yoga I will write some of my favorite things I did each day.
Day 1: We were welcomed to the retreat with a meditation and Agnihotra ritual. It was a peaceful and beautiful welcoming.
Day 2: We woke up to the sound of a bell around 6:30am with a pot of hot ginger water to drink on our balcony. This would happen every morning and until this day it is one of my favorite drinks. I would just sit in my balcony peacefully enjoying the view of the beautiful trees and plants. My retreat came with a spa option and I chose the Ayurvedic massage which I loved. Although the massage was great it took days to get the oil out of my long hair. We ended the night by going to Tirta Empul for a purification ritual.
Day 3: It was one of my favorite days, because it was the day of silence. We were not allowed to talk to anyone, had to continue with our daily routine (yoga, eating, spa treatment, meditation, swimming) and avoid using our phone. I enjoyed this day, because I was at peace with myself. I took this day to swim and sunbathe in the beautiful pool.
Day 4: We started the day by practicing yoga on front of Mount Batur which is an active volcano and watched the sunrise. Later on we took a bike ride around Bali just like Julia Roberts did in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” The road was bumpy at times, but the view was unforgettable. It was a great experience riding on a bike through local villages discovering a different part of Bali.
Day 5: We enjoyed a cooking and wine class. On this day I took my free time to explore the market place alone in Bali. At the end of the night we had a delicious farewell dinner where the owner introduced himself and told us some interesting stories.
Day 6: Five days flew by so fast and I didn’t want to leave. Many of us came to this retreat alone and ended up leaving with everlasting friendships. I still keep in contact with most of my group via social media. We started our day with a Balinese offering to the Gods which is part of the daily life of a Balinese person. The offering seemed hard to make at first, but it is easy to learn. There is so much thought an details put into making one. We then continued with a ritual of letting go where you let go of any unwanted emotions by throwing flower pedals into a river. We ended everything by taking our offerings to the resort temple and offering it to the Balinese Gods.
Overall I had a marvelous time and would do it all over again in a heart beat. It was worth every penny. If you would like to get a discount when booking use my ambassador code andreac. I felt safe, at home and the food was up to my standards. If you know me, you would know that I am very picky with food. Also, don’t forget to try their fresh fruit juices. I miss Bali and the spiritual energy so much. I can’t wait to return :).
PS: If you are a wine lover, this retreat is perfect for you. I chose it for the food not the drinks. lol
***Some pictures provided by Oneworld Retreats***