Bali2019-11-08T14:07:35+08:00

Bali

Love is the Answer

During our 22-days dedicated to the alchemy of yoga we will explore the transformative power of lovingkindness and feel how the rich, Balinese culture integrates this into all aspects of life. Here you will find flowers and smiles for miles and miles, a Namaste throughout the day. The wafting of sweet incense following your every movement. And our Chief Love Alchemist Silvia Mordini along with Special Guest Teachers will hold space for your personal evolution, healing and joy.

Where is Bali?

Bali is an island and the smallest province of Indonesia, and includes a few smaller neighboring islands. It is located between Java to the west and Lombok to the east, and its capital—Denpasar—is at the southern part of the island.

Getting to Bali

Learn about helpful instructions to make your travels to Bali more easeful

Getting to a Hotel

Transfer options between Denpasar airport and Ubud

For all taxi shuttle services you will need to make advanced reservations.

Use my friends Transport company. Owner Agung Alit. The cost is $25-30 per person or per car if you are sharing it with another. Contact Agung his whats app is +62 812 3918 3383

Included in Your Yoga Teacher Training

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Situated in Tegalalang Village north of Ubud, Bali featuring amazing rice terraces set up on cliffs.

These famous rice paddies involving the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system), which according to history, was passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the eighth century, are a joy to behold.

Tegallalang forms the three most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud’s shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan. We will enjoy a privately led hike and ceremony in this epic natural wonder together as a tribe.

Cacao Ceremony

There are many ways to open the heart, so many paths to explore. Ceremonies help us to feel connectedness and belonging. From self-love to universal love. Ceremony deepens our experience, it is really a label that describes a concentration of intent and attention. Cacao Ceremony is focused attention on self-love, and remembrance it is all love.

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 private Traditional Balinese Dance.

Additional Activities

Traditional Balinese Cooking Class

Learn how to use some of the over 1000 spices used in Balinese cuisine to create an authentic and delicious meal.

This cooking class includes a trip to the local market where you will learn about the ingredients that go into each dish. Back at the retreat you will have hands on experience with the chef on cooking such local favorites as Soto Ayam (traditional chicken soup), Rendang Sapi (braised beef in coconut milk) and Dadar Gulung (Balinese pancake filled with coconut and palm sugar).

This half day experience begins at 6am (early risers get the best produce at the traditional local market!) and ends at 1pm. Booking required at least one day in advance.

$30 per person at Bhuwana

Kintamani Volcano Tour

This cultural and sightseeing full day tour visits the artisan centers of Mas and Celuk as well as religious sites and volcanic viewpoints. The tour begins at 9am and it is straight off to Batu Bulan to experience the local Barong dance.

Cuisine

You will delight in traditional, healthy, organic Balinese Cuisine! You will have a choice of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free.

What is the local cuisine like?

Indonesia is comprised of many islands, all with many culinary influences. In Bali, fresh, raw food abounds, and the locals prepare many delicious traditional dishes, such as Nasi Goreng (the national dish of Indonesia & one of our favorites). Rice dishes served with sides of savory meats & vegetables are often part of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

The arts and crafts capital of Bali, Ubud has excellent cuisine from all over the world – no tradition is left unrepresented and with an abundance healthy, organic, raw, vegan & vegetarian food.

Our favorite restaurants to try

  • Sari Organik (situated in the middle of the rice fields, stunning & delicious)
  • KAFE (fresh raw & cooked meals – best dessert in Bali with free wi-fi)
  • Bali Buda Cafe (great juices, raw & cooked offerings)
  • Kue (great coffee, desserts and lunches with free wi-fi)
  • Alchemy (world’s most unique and wonderful salad bar)

Healing & Self-Care

Ubud is world renowned for it’s unique and revitalizing spas and spa treatments – try anything from traditional Balinese massage to reflexology (with hundreds of options in between). For $10-$45 you can have an amazing treatment or series of treatments in a soothing & stunning location. Many of the spas in town will pick you up at the resort and then drop you in town or back at the resort after. We suggest that you plan at least 3-5 massages during the week.

Massage

We include a FREE massage as our gift to you!

Balinese Massage improves overall health and is one of our favorites.

This is for You If

  • You are ready to embrace the deepest authentic YOU!
  • You seek to jump-start your life to align with your heart’s desires
  • Experience whole body renewal for a conscious, energetic, and physical evolution of your best self, best life.
  • You are curious about healing ceremonies, blessing rituals and heart medicine.
  • Bali is on your dream list
  • You want to make lifelong new high vibe friends

Etiquette

When in doubt just in case you find yourself not knowing the etiquette learn how to say ‘ma’af sekali’ (very sorry).

What to Pack

List of recommended items to pack with you to Bali

What to BUY in Bali

List of recommended items to buy

Useful words to know2019-08-22T09:39:04+08:00
  • Good morning: Selamat pagi
  • Good mid-day: Selamat siang
  • Good evening: Selamat malam
  • Good-bye: Selamat tinggal (if you’re leaving)/Selamat jalan (someone is leaving you)
  • Yes: Ya No: Tidak
  • Thank you: Terima kasi
  • You’re welcome: Kembali or sama-sama
  • How are you?: Apa kabar?
  • What is this / that?: Apa?
  • Very good: Baik juga!
  • Please: Silakan Careful: Hati-hati!
  • One more: Satu lagi Finished: Habis
  • Bill, please: Minta bon
  • Excuse me: Permisi or ma’af
  • Doesn’t matter: Tidak apa-apa (Note: letter ‘c’ pronounced as ‘ch’)
  • Do you speak English: Bisa bicara Bahasa Inggris?
  • I don’t speak Indonesian: Saya tidak bisa bicara bahasa Indonesia.
  • I don’t understand: Saya tidak mengerti.
  • Where are you from?: Dari mana?
  • I am from America: Saya dari Amerika.
  • How long have you been in Bali?: Sudah lama di Bali sini?
  • I have been in Bali for…: Saya sudah di Bali…..
  • What is your name?: Siapa nama anda?
  • My name is….: Nama saya……..
  • What time is it?: Jam berapa?
  • Where are you going?: Ke mana? Turn left / right / straight / stop:
  • Belok kiri / belok kanan / terus / stop
  • Where is the bathroom?: Di mana kamar kecil?
  • Can you help me?: Bisa bantu saya?
  • I want…: Saya mau…
  • I want this: Saya mau ini.
  • I would like: Saya minta
  • I don’t want it: Saya tidak mau
  • Do you have?: Ada?
  • I like: Saya suka
  • How much / many?: Berapa?
  • How much?: Berapa harga?
  • Too expensive: Terlalu mahal
  • Cheap: Murah

Counting

1 = satu
2 = dua
3 = tiga
4 = empat
5 = lima
6 = enam
7 = tujuh
8 = delapan
9 = sembilan
10 = sepuluh

More Numbers

11 = sebelas
12 = dua belas
13 = tiga belas
18 = delapan belas
20 = dua puluh
21 = dua puluh satu
22 = dua puluh dua
30 = tiga puluh
57 = lima puluh tujuh
100 = seratus
104 = seratus empat
135 = seratus tiga puluh lima
200 = dua ratus
1000 = seribu
2500 = dua ribu lima ratus
10 000 = sepuluh ribu
15 576 = lima belas ribu lima ratus tujuh puluh enam
1 000 000 = satu juta
3 500 000 = tiga juta lima ratus ribu

Do I need a visa to visit Bali?2019-08-22T09:37:38+08:00

Yes, depending on your nationality. U.S. passport holders will need to show a passport valid for six months after the arrival date in Bali, a return ticket and $00USD for a 30 day visa or $35 for 60 day visa.

Do I need any inoculations?2019-08-22T09:37:14+08:00

Generally speaking, traveling to foreign countries exposes you to new germs and diseases. All inoculations inquiries need to be directed to your physician for an accurate assessment of your individual need or preference.

What is the Balinese national currency?2019-08-22T09:36:44+08:00

The Balinese currency is rupiah, and currently 14,410 rupiah = 1 US dollar. It’s important to note the difference between a 10,000 rupiah note and a 100,000 rupiah note as they are easy to confuse.

Can I use my credit card in Bali?2019-08-22T09:36:22+08:00

While many retailers do accept US credit cards, it is advisable to bring cash to change over into local currency. There are plentiful ATMS in Ubud if you should need more cash.

Where can I change my money?2019-08-22T09:36:02+08:00

The best rate of exchange will be in town (NOT at the airport) and your shuttle driver can stop to help you change money before coming to the resort, or we can assist you once you are on site. You will need cash for taxis around town, tips, spa services outside the hotel (plentiful & inexpensive) and market shopping.

We generally change over a SMALL amount at the airport ($50 or so) and do the rest in town. However, most of you are being picked up directly from airport to town so won’t need any.

DON’T exchange for Indonesian Rupiah outside Bali2019-08-22T09:35:34+08:00

The differences between the buying and selling rates for IDR outside of Indonesia are ridiculously huge, so you are losing out big time no matter which direction you exchange in. Exchange your money when you get to Bali or use ATMs to simply withdraw cash in local currency there. Best is to bring US $100 bills for best rate of cash exchange to Rupia. You get less for smaller bills.

DON’T get confused by all those zeros on the money2019-08-22T09:35:11+08:00

If you’ve ever wanted to know how it feels to be a millionaire, all you need to do is exchange $100. Seeing all those zeros on the bills can get a little confusing and make you feel like you’re dealing with Monopoly money. I found myself mentally subtracting 3 zeros from all the bank notes and any prices I saw on menus, etc. A fair number of shops and restaurants also cut off the last 3 zeros from their list of prices to make it cleaner to read.

How much spending money should I bring?2019-08-22T09:34:35+08:00

Bali is very inexpensive once you arrive, and your expenses are covered with your investment. However, if you want t explore some of the beautiful cuisine in Ubud on your own (see the newsletter we sent yesterday) you can expect to pay $3-$8 per person for lunches and $5-$15 for dinners at many places.

That said, here are a few items to consider when planning how much money to bring.

  • Massages: $8-$38 depending on treatment
  • Shopping is plentiful in Ubud: bring money for gifts!
  • Cab fare: $10 round trip to go into town by car by from the hotel, or you can walk
  • Scooter rental: $5 per day, or $25 per week (prices subject to change)
Do I need to pay an exit tax?2019-08-22T09:33:29+08:00

Yes, the Departure Tax for Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (aka Denpasar Airport) is 200,000 rupia. Keep that ready for when you leave.

DON’T leave a tip2019-08-22T09:32:53+08:00

I don’t mean to say that you should never leave a tip on Bali, but check the menu and the bill carefully first. Most restaurants add a 10% tax and a service charge of anywhere from 3-10% to the bill. As a matter of principle I don’t leave a tip at any restaurant that adds a service charge. A lot of Americans have a habit of over-tipping when they travel in Asia because they’re so used to doing it at home—where it’s a necessity to compensate for the below minimum-wage cost-of-labor loophole that the restaurant industry has created for itself.

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