May 14-24, 2020
Mystical Bali Yoga Retreat
Spirit Quest Tours and Brenda Powell
Enjoy Bali like a native and experience all the magnificence this little island has to offer. Then we will go BEYOND into new and exciting places that tourists never see.
See: A New Way To Be
Feel: A Culture that Lives from the Heart
Change: Your Life, and Our World
Morning Yoga will salute the sun, a beautiful way to start and awaken each day. Some practices will coincide with the rising sun to experience the true meaning of the surya namaskar (sun salutation) and a quiet period of reflection and meditation.
Spirit Quest Tours: Mystical Bali Yoga Retreat Price includes accommodations, local Balinese guides, Spirit Quest’s own guides, transfers, most meals, meditations, and all the wonderful things Spirit Quest is famous for.
Fly into Denpasar, Bali’s bustling capital. You’ll be met at the airport by one of our “Bali Family” and then taken (by private, air conditioned coach, of course) to Ubud, the beating spiritual heart of the island.
Day 1 In addition to a full-time local guide on all tours and private transfers, Brenda Powell, Spirit Quest’s partner, will be with you every step of the way: sharing unique insights, spiritual guidance, and of course, the wisdom and peace of yoga….
We’ll be staying at the stunning Komaneka Rasa Sayang in Ubud. Dinner is a short walk, as you are already in the center of Ubud, or dine in the gorgeous hotel restaurant which features fresh, local, macrobiotic cuisine.
This is where our journey of rejuvenation will begin: in this luxurious, blissful, oasis.
6 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT THE KOMANEKA in UBUD. This hotel is in the very heart of the heart, right in the middle of the flavors and color of Ubud. Birds and flowers of all kinds surround you and you are only steps away from everything.
Your deluxe room features a marble bathroom and gorgeous views, as well as lots of amenities. The beds are swathed in the richest of fabrics. The rooms are huge, with plenty of space for luggage and seating. The whole hotel offers free WiFi, accessible in both your room and at the restaurant, as well as a macrobiotic, made to order BREAKFAST DAILY.
MORNING GET TOGETHER Meet your fellow travelers, and your guides and teacher.
We’ll center in to our shared intention, connect with joy, and begin our practice of union: with our fellow travelers, with this remarkable island, with our place in the cosmos, and most importantly, with ourselves, with our deepest good and our highest purpose.
We’ll learn how the Balinese pray and worship, and be treated to insights about Balinese life, by our guides Hari and Yanta.
AFTERNOON SPA TREATMENT AT THE FAMED UBUD BODYWORKS This is one of the best spas on the island (and where the film crew who made the Eat, Pray, Love movie got all their massages). It’s an incredible locale – very Balinese, and extremely relaxing and peaceful. What better way to soothe our bodies after long travel and get ready for the spiritual adventure ahead Pamper yourself: choose from a facial, Balinese massage or reflexology treatment. Choose your own locally blended aromatherapy oil for your massage, then experience bliss as you relax and float off into a world of comfort.
DINNER at Terrazo– For our first evening together in Bali we’ll break bread at Terrazo: authentic Italian ambiance and incredible, mouth watering Italian cuisine will whisk us away for an evening in Italy.
Save room for Tirami Su.
EARLY MORNING MEDITATION AND YOGA We’ll start the day with a beautiful, centering meditation before moving on to our restorative yoga session.
MORNING READINGS WITH NYOMAN LIYER
After yoga and breakfast, we will visit a local Balian – a traditional spiritual master and healer – for a cleansing ceremony and reading.
This afternoon we visit UBUD MARKET, the renowned outdoor market -filled with bustling daily life, eye-popping tableaus, charming locals, and sight, sounds and smells you’ll never forget! You might need an extra suitcase for the silk sarongs alone!
Then we hit a couple of terrific local craft studios offering hand-made batik fashions and silver and gold jewelry.
We are very pleased with the quality of the crafts on offer and have negotiated a group discount at both establishments.
AFTERNOON VISIT TO THE UBUD MONKEY FOREST Cuddle up with these amazing local monkeys at the Monkey Forest sanctuary. See Mamas and their newborns, up close and personal, take as many pictures as you like, even feed the monkeys bananas. Enjoy shopping afterwards on Monkey Forest Road, a favorite with our groups.
DINNER AT CAFE WAYAN– Tonight we’ll enjoy one of the best meals on the island – the exceptional Balinese cuisine at a wonderful local establishment, the famed Cafe Wayan. Relax and drink in the rich ambiance in a tropical garden, enjoying local delicacies and tastes in the heart of paradise.
MORNING YOGA CLASS –Start the day with rejuvenating, restorative yoga in an open air class with you truly gifted teacher.
BESAKIH TEMPLE – THE MOTHER:
Today we journey by air-conditioned coach to Besakih Temple, the mother of all temples on this island of 10,000 temples.
This trip gives us the chance to worship right along with the Balinese as they do.
Stop to pick up a temple outfit (bring your own white shirt from home) including sash and sarong, then drive through the stunning Balinese countryside on your way to Mount Agung. Besakih is built into the very slopes of this sacred mountain, and you will experience one of the most important spots in Bali.
Inside the temple grounds, our guide will make a special offering of flowers and fruit to the temple, then we will pray with flowers, incense, and rice. You can follow along with our guide and the local Pedanda (Balinese priest). This is a beautiful way to honor the local traditions, and is very appreciated by the locals,
Afterwards, we'll enjoy a buffet lunch at a gorgeous mountainside restaurant.
EARLY MORNING MEDITATION & Yoga – We continue our journey inward toward healing, wholeness and joy. Brenda will guide us to new levels of bliss as we come into greater alignment with the island, with life, with the all…
THE RURAL CHARM OF BALI – Today we trek through the inspiring and peaceful Balinese countryside, strolling though rice terraces on our way to Tumbakasa village, where we’ll visit a traditional Balinese house compound where the buildings are made from plaited-bamboo!
We continue on to the ancient site of Gunung Kawi Temple.
This is native Bali… Ancient, mysterious, compelling....
Lunch will be served in a stunning organic restaurant in tegalalang area, Bagus Jati!
AFTERNOON VISIT TO LOCAL CRAFTS STUDIOS
First, the AYU MAS PAINTING STUDIO, which features room after room of gorgeous paintings in the Balinese, local, and classic styles.
The Ayu Mas is a huge, privately owned, art gallery filled with hundreds of original paintings by dozens of local artists. There’s often a small group of artists working out front. The owner is a charming fellow who’s very knowledgeable in the various local “schools” of painting (i.e. Ubud style, traditional style, etc.) and the staff is friendly and efficient.
BALI BUDAYA WOOD CARVING STUDIO is a magnificent example of Balinese craftsmanship at its best, this enormous studio features works as small as the palm of your hand… up to 10 feet tall! This studio offers stunning, original carvings in a variety of sizes and price-ranges.
EARLY MORNING MEDITATION & Yoga
VISIT TO TIRTA EMPUL – Take in the holy waters at one of the most sacred spots on the island of Bali… Tirta Empul is a delightful and deep way to experience the spirituality of the locals, as you immerse yourself in the rituals of the Balinese people. After purifying yourself, wearing your temple dress, step fully clothed into the waters of Tirta Empul.
Ducking your head under each of the 13 holy springs, feel the significance of the waters as they cleanse your past and you emerge ready to create the future. You will be surrounded by locals who will support and appreciate you as you make this powerful shift. This is a trip very few tourists take, and is a special gift from our Balinese guides.
FAREWELL (to Ubud) DINNER: We dine overlooking the Ayung River at Bridges Restaurant, which fuses French and Balinese cuisine into a delicious combination. Tonight we say farewell to Ubud and and get ready to head to the beach!
Relax and pack, or else take time for one last spa treatment or a final shopping trip into Ubud today.
(OPTIONAL) If you would like an appointment for another spa treatment, the Komaneka offers spa treatments at a special price for us. Relaxation and pampering combine as you choose from Balinese massage, Balinese facial, or traditional reflexology with a Balinese twist – 1 hour treatment.
4 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT THE AYODYA BALI RESORT (DELUXE ROOM)
Enjoy your gorgeously appointed room, with private patio or balcony, marble bathroom, and sumptuous beds.
The fabulous Ayodya is a full-service hotel with a private beach, 5 restaurants, 2 bars, and a full spa.
Daily breakfast is included. As we arrive, begin with a welcome drink and room assignments; then enjoy dinner on your own, or relax and take a walk on the private beach, stroll the grounds, or take a swim in one of the hotel’s beautiful pools.
Dinner on your own in one of the hotel’s delicious restaurants.
SUNSET VISIT TO TANAH LOT TEMPLE
Considered one of the most beautiful temples in the world, Tanah Lot is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
Wearing our temples clothes, we’ll carry our group offering, and journey out to the small volcanic outcropping just offshore, where we’ll receive a purifying blessing from the fresh-water spring before climbing the rough-hewn steps up to the temple where we’ll join the locals in one last ceremony as the sun dips below the horizon.
On the way to back to your hotel a stop will be made at OPIA Restaurant in Jimbaran, enjoy welcome cocktail followed by Asian-inspired meals while adoring the stunning view of Bali.
A day for chillin…
After a day of soaking in the sun, relaxing poolside or at the beach, enjoying the spa or on site fitness center, or shopping at the wonderful Bali Collection , let us take you to dinner at one of the best restaurants in Bali! Bumbu Bali features authentic cuisine and a terrific atmosphere – one of the best meals you will eat on the island is yours this evening. You might even want to take home the Bumbu Bali cookbook.
This evening you will be picked up for your farewell dinner, you’ll reach the exclusive The Semara Resort Uluwatu where, after enjoying in the spectacular views from the cliff top, you’ll take the electric funicular down to the private beach. Relax on the golden sand and swim in the azure waters. Enjoy a sunset cocktail while waiting for your special dinner at Finns Beach Club Restaurant a secluded beach side of The Semara Uluwatu Resort. A fitting end to our delightful Bali journey!
Private transfer from our hotel to the airport for your flight home. Our service doesn’t end until you have your exit visa in hand and are personally walked through emigration, so don’t worry! We will take care of you!
We love and adore Bali and you will, too!
Brenda Powell is an exercise physiologist, Yoga Instructor, Nutrition and Lifestyle coach and a seasoned wellness and spiritual travel guide. She answered the call early in life to combine a holistic lifestyle with coaching, teaching and travel, beginning by embarking on a cultural studies program in Europe and creating her path of discovery bicycling throughout Europe for several months. She put a punctuation mark on this experience by running the Paris Marathon and placing in the top 20 overall. She has a passion and belief that change begins within- and a strong body, mind, spirit connection helps us to create a stronger connection to our place in the world. She recently answered a deeper call to spirit by walking the Camino de Santiago- the sacred 500 mile pilgrimage through northern Spain – as a solo pilgrim and inner voyager. Brenda is very excited to team up with Spirit Quest Tours and add her extensive wellness, yoga and travel experience to his beautifully crafted tours.