Tea Ceremony. Flower Meditations. Yin Yoga. Tibetan Singing Bowls. Ancient Gong Sound Healing.
The perfect recipe for two hours of energising bliss.
I’m back at Pyramids of Chi for the new ‘Balance + Bloom’ session ‘to tap into the beauty of flowers, along with the wisdom of tea, the gentleness of Yin and the power of sound’.
It’s everything they promised. I’m feeling incredibly energized yet blissed out. Full story here. You have to go.
Based in an Ubud hideaway, the Bali Insiders Fitness Retreat by Sharp Moves is the retreat to discover our Bali insights with a little fitness on the side. Think bike, spa, cook, wellness. The good news is Jo has a XMAS SALE ** 4 places available $950pp AUD** (twin share must be paid in full within 10 days of booking). BOOK NOW.
I swapped my lace kebaya and temple ceremony for a lace dress and mojito at the opening of Velvet the latest restaurant and late night bar to hit the outskirts of Ubud. Think deep red velvet curtains, shimmering chandeliers, avant-garde art and late night vibes. If you’re looking for a night of mystery, indulgence, cocktails and maybe a little romance, Velvet is your place. Dress up. Read my tale of opening night here.
Tucked away upstairs in an unusual space on the edge of Ubud, is Lazy Cats Café one of my fave places for breakfast or an afternoon wine. It’s a combination of café, bar and artspace put together bohemian flair. Food ranges from breakfast bowls to tapas to tempeh burgers. (Vegans and vegetarians this is your place). The perfect place to escape the hum of Ubud. Read about it here.
Tired of resorts? Looking for a longer stay more local than hotel like? Indah Homestay is my go to place when I need to need to be closer to Ubud for events or meetings. Or when I’m completely undone by my village WiFi signal.
Located in Payangan, half way between my village and Ubud, it’s perfect if you’re looking for more of a local stay and don’t need a pool. It’s particularly ideal as a base if you have your own transport and are planning a longer stay. Its so affordable, friendly and calm. All the deets here.
Experiencing a Balinese Ceremony for the first time can be quite bewildering. I can personally recall so many awkward moments, unsure of where to sit, what to wear and when to join a particular ritual, or not. Many years later, thanks to being watched over by my village friends, I am more at one with what to do. So I’ve put down my version of Ceremony Etiquette for you. These nine tips will help you avoid the awkward moments. I do love a Writers Retreat. Londoners Jacq Burns & John Williams are back in Ubud Feb 2019 to help get your bestseller done. Jacq’s hosting another Write A Bestseller retreat at a gorgeous location just outside Ubud. If you have a goal to be an “authorprenuer” Jacq and John have the perfect Write A Bestseller Mentorship Retreat for you. *There’s an early bird deal for the Write A Bestseller Retreat. Contact Jacq.
Retreat Leaders looking for a venue, get in touch. The Retreat scene is thriving in Bali. Private villas, hotels and resorts are adapting to the needs of a retreat group. Everything from luxury to economic is available. Some have more heart and soul than others. I’ve come across some new places recently, and am happy to make recommendations. Basundari is a new one just out of Ubud, ideal for Yoga Teacher Training Retreats, it’s a beautiful, thoughtful space. Drop me a message and I’ll connect you.
Please feel free to contact Komang, my friend and the safest nicest driver in Bali. (Check his Fb for comments from grateful clients!) Komang knows all my fave places, can pick up from airport and will hook you up with my mountain guides if you’re planning a sunrise volcano trek.
Need a hotel on your travels? I use Agoda.com.