Bali Photo & Yoga Retreat

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Itinerary

Bali is known as the “Island of God”. The Balinese culture is deeply steeped in spirituality, art, music, and community. Traveling through Bali, you will experience the coastline, beautiful vista of hills, mountains and verdant and golden rice fields. Sacred statues of Hindu Deities are in the center of most towns and villages.  Smile back to the Balinese, as they are sincerely kind and gentle people who warmly welcome your visit to their island. As you travel, notice how the skies change throughout the day. You have arrived in paradise!

Day 1

Arrive at Denpasar Ngarah Rai International Airport; your arranged driver will meet you as you exit the airport. Look for the driver with your name on his/her sign. There will be many, many drivers. Take a deep breath and slowly scan the group of drivers. A great way to help the driver is to have your name on a hand-held sign as well. Grab a cold drink prior to getting into the auto, sit back, relax and enjoy travelling to the mountains. Arrive at Uma Agung Villa & Spa in Sidemen Village approximately 2.5 hours later.  Sidemen Village is a pristine area that is nestled within terraced rice fields offering a majestic panoramic view of Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain. We will be at the hotel to greet you upon arrival, if you arrive late in the night, we will greet you in the morning. Reception and dinner will be at 7:00 pm with uplifting traditional Balinese music performance after dinner. We will gather and pause after dinner for a star light night meditation lead by Emily.

Day 2

Yoga/Qigong class begins at 7:30 am, and concludes at 8:30 am. Breakfast served 8:45 to 9:45 am. We take an optional stroll into Sidemen Village (1-1.5 miles walk) and shop at the traditional weaving shops in Sidemen. Sidemen Village is home to the traditional Balinese weavers. We will stroll back to the hotel and take a cool swim in the pool, relax and prepare for lunch at 12:30-1:30pm. We will depart for Klung-Klung, the previous ancient capital of Bali. Klung-Klung is the location of the King’s Palace; a historical tour awaits you there. We will visit the King’s Palace and have time to shop in the bustling Klung-Klung market. We will return to Sidemen Village around 6:30 pm. Dinner is on your own. At 8pm we will gather for a star light night meditation lead by Emily.

Day 3

Yoga/Qigong class begins at 7:30 am, and concludes at 8:30 am. Breakfast served 8:45 to 9:45 am. We will depart by 10:00 am to visit the highest mountain in Bali, Mount Agung. Along the way, we may stop at local warungs (family-owned shop or café) to purchase snacks or a beautiful papaya. We will visit the Pasaragung Temple, which is also known as the Father Temple. This is a rare opportunity to visit a temple that most tourists do not visit. We will have an offering ceremony at the temple. There will be plenty of time to walk about the grounds. We will have lunch at an organic restaurant located close to the home of the late famous writer Walter Spies. We will return to our hotel around 3:00 pm, just in time for a cool plunge and perhaps a spa treatment. Dinner is on our own. At 8pm we will gather for a star light night meditation lead by Emily.

Day 4

Yoga/Qigong class begins at 7:30 am, and concludes at 8:30 am.. We will gather for a mindfulness Meditation practice after our class. The meditation practice will begin our journey to our next destination. Breakfast served 9:00 to 10:00 am. We will depart for a 3.5-hour trip to our next destination in North Bali, the small village of Sembiran. Villa Boreh is located at the beautiful Sea of Bali. This trip is breath-taking as we travel through the mountains to the Sea of Bali. A lunch snack will be provided to have with you on this trip. We will arrive at our next hotel by 2:00 pm. After getting settled into your room, perhaps you will explore the Sea of Bali with a swim and snorkel experience, take a nap or outdoor relaxation by one of the 3 pools. During the evening, we will gather for a reception and dinner at 7:00 pm.

All meals will be included at Villa Boreh. “I can tell you from my personal experience the food at Villa Boreh is delicious and healthy”.

Day 5

Yoga/Qigong class begins at 7:30 am, and concludes at 8:30 am. Breakfast served 8:45 to 9:45 am. We will depart at 10:00 am for our next tour. Today we will explore nature with a hike to a local waterfall. We will visit a temple on our return to the hotel. The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy a spa treatment; practice optional archery or book a kayak, snorkel or swim. You may also want to visit the local healer. We will gather at 6pm for our meditation with Emily. Dinner begins at 7pm.

Day 6

Yoga/Qigong class begins at 7:30 am, and concludes at 8:30 am. Breakfast served 8:45 to 9:45 am. We will depart at 10:00 am for Ubud, the cultural and artistic center of Bali. Arriving in Ubud at 12:00 noon, we will have lunch together at Casa Luna, a famous Balinese resturant owned by an American/Balinese couple. If desired, you will have an exciting opportunity to shop-till-you drop! We will attend a Kecak dance performance at 7:30 pm and depart to Lovina after the performance. Dinner is on your own prior to the performance. There are fantastic restaurants in Ubud. Returning late that evening to Villa Boreh.

Day 7

Yoga/Qigong class begins at 7:30 am, and concludes at 8:30 am. Breakfast served 9:15 to 10:15 am. Today will be a restorative day! We will relax all day. Rest the pool, schedule an optional spa treatment or perhaps explore the area with a driver. Meditation class will be at 6pm with Emily.

Day 8

Dolphin watching begins our day together at 6:00 am. Yoga/Qigong class begins at 8:30 am-9:30 am. Brunch served at 10:00 am. We will depart for a 3-4 hours tour of the Botanical gardens, Floating Temple, Lakes and the Market for more shopping. Lunch will as a picnic by the Lake. Upon return to Villa Boreh you will have time to relax. The evening dinner will be a grand celebration by the Villa Boreh staff. We will have a dance party after dinner to close our retreat together.

Day 9

Yoga/Qigong/Meditation class begins at 8:00 am, and concludes at 9:30 am. Brunch served at 9:45 -10:45 am. Farewell ceremony with the staff is after breakfast. Prepare for departure. The driver will transport you back to the airport. If time permits, visit the coffee plantation on the way to the airport. If your departure is later in the evening you may relax at Villa Boreh, light snacks will be available.

The 2013 Bali Photo & Yoga Retreat Itinerary is subject to adjustment due to weather and other unplanned scheduling changes. We will do our very best to provide this itinerary to you.

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