Water Purifications that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Bicycle rides through the rice paddies. Yoga at sunrise. Meditation at sunset.

Come away for a rare and exclusive immersion into the Spirituality, Art and Beauty of Bali, island of the gods.

November 5 - 11 2018. Ubud, Bali. Followed by 2 Nights snorkelling/mangrove exploring on nusa lembongan island, a fast boat from Bali. Lisa's guided retreat ends Nov. 13, 2018.

Be independent, while being part of a group of fantastic women.

We'll be staying within the cultural heart of Bali. where authentic architecture and historic Bali temple art will engage all of your senses, along with organic food, spa experiences, pool and palm thatched yoga studio.  

 Tirta Empul, Bali, is one of the largest and most sacred water temples in Indonesia. The temple was founded in 926 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu God of Water. We'll be joining locals in our sarongs, bringing floral offerings and performing cleansing rituals with water fed from a natural spring.

Tirta Empul, Bali, is one of the largest and most sacred water temples in Indonesia. The temple was founded in 926 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu God of Water. We'll be joining locals in our sarongs, bringing floral offerings and performing cleansing rituals with water fed from a natural spring.

Flights: Independently arranged.

Proposed Itinerary: 

November 5, 2018, Lisa greets Christina, Louisa, Diana and Tamara at the Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali. (Visa free for Canadian, American, Australian and UK visitors!) 

Drive with Bali friend/driver Nyoman in our pre-arranged van to Honeymoon Guesthouse, Ubud, Bali. (Airport pick up included in your Admin fee.) 

Exhausted, jet lagged...but there's a 3-course welcome dinner at Honeymoon Villa, where the food is wonderful, fresh & local. (@$15 per person.) Meet villa owner, Janet DeNeefe, author, founder of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Ubud Food Festival. 

 

Accommodation at Honeymoon Guesthouse, Ubud, Bali. Currently on hold under Lisa Rochon: 4 x Surya AC Room with 1 Queen Size Bed at Rp. 720,000 net/room/night incl breakfast @ $65. Also on hold Twin bed with fan. Please contact Elisa directly at Honeymoon Guesthouse to secure your room ASAP and provide your booking information: reservations@casalunabali.com

Nov. 6 Slowing Down, feeling the wellness vibe of Bali

Yummy yoga stretching. Delicious breakfast. Cantika Zest Spa for open-air pampering - manicures, pedicures, body massages, your choice - within a jungle setting. All products made on site. (Confirmed 3 Pedicures, 2 facials. 11 AM.) We have the option of learning how to make lotions, shampoos, conditioners from ingredients grown on the property. Afterwards, with stops at market stalls, local wood and stone carvings, sarongs and jewellery, in Penestanan and Ubud, we walk through rice fields to Sari Organik for lunch. Option to continue walking to Pyramids of Chi for sound healing session.

Nyoman picks up Bettina and Kyla at the airport. Dinner. ZZZZZ.

Nov. 7 Into the landscape & the architecture - traditional and contemporary - of Ubud

Yoga with Lisa. Hatha & Ashtanga Flow. Identifying your own Animal Totem. Delish Breakfast, then we'll walk the Campuhan Ridge, the vast, green spine of Ubud. ($3) to Karsa Spa for massages. ($17 each for one hour.) Lunch. Siesta. Meditation. To experience a typical Balinese family compound, we’ll visit friends of Lisa’s in a traditional village next to Ubud. Then, a magical evening at the candlelit Bambuh Indah restaurant and villas, founded by Canadian jeweller John Hardy.

Nov. 8 Clearing the Mind, Engaging all Senses

Yoga with Lisa. Hatha & Ashtanga. Delicious Breakfast. Booked: Visit to local market. You're already familiar with the exotic tastes of Bali: Lemongrass, garlic, turmeric. Ginger, cloves, coffee. Cardamon, nutmeg, galangal.  Chili, Chocolate, Papaya. It's all local! Optional Indonesian cooking class hosted by Honeymoon’s Balinese experts. ($40) Or, tour ARMA Art Foundation for beautiful grounds, orchid gardens, contemporary Indonesian art, and meet up at Seniman Coffee for ultimate zen coffee time. Trip to Pura Gunung Kawi, a stunning monument carved into rock cliffs at the base of a lush valley. And cool off at a local waterfall where Balinese go to invite positive energy, and rid themselves of demons. (Driver fee, $10) Meditation and chill. Dinner in Ubud at an open-air restaurant. 

Nov. 9 From Arts & Crafts to Global Beach Club

Another delicious breakfast! I'll show you the sacred temples, the dragon bridge and the naughty monkeys at Monkey Forest. We'll continue walking to the the exquisite arts village Nyuh Kuning, and experience yoga - as I did during my year living there - taught by a local Balinese teacher, also trained in India. Expect a mix of Balinese and English. Visit to local textile supplier with fabrics from around Indonesia. Lunch at vegan restaurant Sage in Nyuh Kuning. Then we'll visit Green School, a highly progressive international school designed without walls in the jungle, which attracts visitors such as Jane Goodall and congratulatory letters to graduates from Al Gore. Maybe we'll raft down the river, or visit the Bali Sparling sanctuary. Sunset at Seminyak beach on the epic edge of the Indian Ocean. Dinner at groovy, beach club with infinity pool, Potato Head! Dinner reservation for our group: 18:30 PM

Nov. 10 Bicycling thru the Rice Fields

Yoga with Lisa. Hatha & Ashtanga. Coffee or Tea, then an Idyllic Bicycle Day Trip with Bali Eco-Cycle Tours (Booked) through the Rice Paddies, past temples wrapped in traditional protective ribbons, temples with alang-alang grass thatched roofs, travelling along easy going trails and backlanes. Breakfast in the north near Mount Batur. Learn about Luwak coffee, benefits of local turmeric. Buffet Lunch. Including driver, all inclusive. $70 On our way back, we'll see world famous Tegalalang to walk some of its iconic rice fields. Finishing in the afternoon  with a spiritual cleansing at Pura Tirta Empul, one of Indonesia's most sacred water temples. Option for an evening concert of traditional gamelan music with actors and full gamelan orchestra.Or shopping on Jalan Hanoman. (Cost, $20 driver; $15 concert, $4 temple.)  Or, Dinner. Book Salon. Tell a story. Share some knowledge.

Nov. 11 Fast boat to a Beach House

Yoga with Lisa Hatha & Ashtanga. Breakfast is amazing. Reflection on the island, its unique gifts, our experiences there. Pack up and drive to east coast of Bali to hop in a fast boat ($50 return trip). Head over to nearby Nusa Lembongan. We'll be staying at an authentic wooden pavilion right on the beach, next to the surf shops. Unpack, unwind, walk the beach, travel by local boat into the mangroves

Nov. 12  Snorkelling with amazing marine life

Beach run. Snorkelling with local guide.($20) Lunch. Siesta. Walk to a nearby massage on the beach. Option to take motorbikes to adjoining mini island of Nusa Ceningan. Cliff jumping? 

Nov 13 Reflection on the Retreat. Stay or Fly Home!

Late morning, Fast boat back to mainland Bali. Highly recommended if you have extra time: Flores island, Komodo Dragon island with overnight boat. Or, stay in Lisa’s villa in traditional village near Ubud where she stayed for a year. ($60 per night.)

 

 

 

 Given its culture of design, craft and authentic construction techniques, Bali offers sumptuous architecture showcased throughout the island.

Given its culture of design, craft and authentic construction techniques, Bali offers sumptuous architecture showcased throughout the island.

 
 Bali is a place of deep spirituality and exquisite, ongoing expression of the arts. We'll be visiting holy shrines and sacred baths for water purifications, some of them dating back to the 11th century. This one, Pura Gunung Kawi, located at the base of a valley, features meditative caves, epic stone walls and a temple carved out of the rock.

Bali is a place of deep spirituality and exquisite, ongoing expression of the arts. We'll be visiting holy shrines and sacred baths for water purifications, some of them dating back to the 11th century. This one, Pura Gunung Kawi, located at the base of a valley, features meditative caves, epic stone walls and a temple carved out of the rock.

 
 Experience the colours of Bali: the rudraksha seeds fresh from trees that are peeled to create mala beads; the flowers for offerings to family health and happiness we can make altogether; the Bali Starling - seen here at the Bali Starling Conservation Project at Green School, another place we'll be visiting for its inspired bamboo architecture.

Experience the colours of Bali: the rudraksha seeds fresh from trees that are peeled to create mala beads; the flowers for offerings to family health and happiness we can make altogether; the Bali Starling - seen here at the Bali Starling Conservation Project at Green School, another place we'll be visiting for its inspired bamboo architecture.

 We'll be hitting the beaches, and trying some surfing, in Seminyak and Kuta. Let's hop in a fast boat to Nusa Lembongan to experience more beaches and fantastic snorkelling...rich coral colours, exotic fish and, if we're lucky, a chance to swim with MantaRays.

We'll be hitting the beaches, and trying some surfing, in Seminyak and Kuta. Let's hop in a fast boat to Nusa Lembongan to experience more beaches and fantastic snorkelling...rich coral colours, exotic fish and, if we're lucky, a chance to swim with MantaRays.

Ready to book? Looking for more information? Contact me at lisarochon28@gmail.com