4 Days Balinese Cultural and Yoga Retreat in Bali, Indonesia

  • Balitrees Retreats, Sesandan, Megati, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia

4 Days Balinese Cultural and Yoga Retreat in Bali, Indonesia

  • Balitrees Retreats, Sesandan, Megati, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia

Traditional Bali Yoga Retreat in Tabanan

Join this retreat for a traditional and unique Balinese yoga, meditation, and Pencak Silat experience. Located will be in the spiritual village, close to Mount Batukaru, in the middle part of Bali island. You will have daily morning Balinese moving and sitting meditation practices, daily afternoon Balinese yoga, and relaxing afternoons to enjoy the environment. You will get close and involve yourself into the Sesandan village community with daily cultural activities.

Highlights

  • Balinese spiritual massage
  • Daily afternoon Balinese yoga sessions
  • Daily sitting meditation (mudra & mantra) session
  • Daily morning Balinese moving meditation (Tali Rasa/Tai Chi)
  • Daily Balinese Pencak Silat sessions
  • Transfers from and to Tabanan city
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be staying at Balitrees Retreats. Balitrees Retreats offers an authentic taste of Bali, nestled in the quiet traditional village and the main retreats area are surrounded by the rice paddy farmlands of Sesandan village. It is located approximately 30 minutes west of Tabanan city, 45 minutes northwest of Tanah Lot.

Balitrees Retreats has several different accommodations located in the different location of Sesandan village itself. It takes about five to 10 minutes drive from each side accommodations (side area location) to the main area location.

Balitrees Retreats open the access to the one of the oldest spiritual ashram in the world (Pasraman Seruling Dewata), which still conserves the original 13 types of yoga as how it is created thousands of years ago in the Himalayas, as well open the access to learn Traditional Balinese Meditation and 72 original style of Balinese martial arts (Pencak Silat).

Nowadays, these 13 types of original yoga are only available in Mount Batukaru, Tabanan, Bali. As there are many contemporary types of yoga at the moment, Balitrees Retreats is committed to hosting yoga in their original type. The 13 original types of yoga consist of yoga Surya, yoga Chandra, yoga Siva, yoga Vishnu, yoga Brahma, yoga Isvara, and more. Each type of yoga consists of different type of sequence.

Surya Yoga has 12 types of yoga sequences such as Surya Namaskara, Surya Daryam, Surya Kertalam, Nadwityam Suryam, Surya Arkayam, Surya Khagata, Surya Maricam, Surya Sawitri, Surya Pusne, Surya Bhaskaram, Surya Hiranyagarbha, and Surya Gerhanam.

Yoga Chandra has 16 types of yoga sequences, such as yoga Candra Namaskara, yoga Candra Kirana, yoga Candra Lomawati, yoga Candra Kumari, yoga Candra Mimba, yoga Candra Rekawati, yoga Candra Huta Mahini, yoga Candra Kumula, yoga Candra Satya Wahini, yoga Candra Yumati, yoga Candra Kresna, yoga Candra Rasa Sukisma, yoga Candra Udaya, yoga Candra Gomayika, yoga Candra Asmara, and yoga Candra Gerhanam.

Cakra meditation is one of the most effective methods for minds and body healing and peace. There are seven major chakras controlling humans bodies and minds, such as Chakra Muladhara, Manipura, Swadistana, Anahata, Wisuda, Ajna, and chakra Sahasra.

One of the most popular world martial arts legends, Budhi Dharma, with his original style of Kalaripayattu and Kundalini, is well-known for his spiritual trip from India to China. On the way, he stopped in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and other places to spread his knowledge of Buddhism. One historical place that he stopped in Indonesia is Mount Batukaru at Tabanan, Bali.

He spent 18 years in Bali to spread Buddhism, as well learning the 72 original style of Balinese Martial Arts (Silat) from the last generation of Silat Arda Chandra lineage master, Ki Goplo. Ki Goplo is the last disciple of Silat Arda Chandra from Seruling Dewata style. Silat Arda Chandra has 12 styles, one of them is Silat Seruling Dewata. Silat Seruling Dewata divided into 72 original styles such as drunken style, Tali Rasa (Tai Chi), earth and sky style, tiger style, snake, eagle, mantis, crane, monkey, dragon style, and so on.

After mastering all 72 original Balinese silat, at 641 AD Budhi Dharma announced the founding of Silat Seruling Dewata at Mount Batukaru in Tabanan Bali as an independent style, continuing the past Silat Arda Chandra lineage and Budhi Dharma becomes the leader of the first generations. Nowadays, Silat Seruling Dewata is led by Ki Nantra, as the leader of the ninth generations.

A few years after founding Silat Seruling Dewata, Budhi Dharma continued his spiritual trip to spread Buddhism to several places and ended in China. In China, he founded the world famous martial arts style, which is the Shaolin Temple style. After founding Shaolin Temple, Budhi Dharma did not come back to Bali to lead Seruling Dewata but prefers to handover it to his disciple, the second leader which is the twin master Ki Mudra and Ki Madra.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

  • 15:00 Arrival
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon Balinese yoga session

Day 2

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Morning Balinese Pencak Silat, moving meditation (Tali Rasa/Tai Chi), and sitting meditation (mudra and mantra) session
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Village cultural activities
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon Balinese yoga session

Day 3

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Morning Balinese Pencak Silat, moving meditation (Tali Rasa/Tai Chi), and sitting meditation (mudra and mantra) session
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Village cultural activities
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon Balinese yoga session

Day 4

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Morning Balinese Pencak Silat, moving meditation (Tali Rasa/Tai Chi), and sitting meditation (mudra and mantra) session
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Village cultural activities
  • 14:00 Departure

A trip to Tabanan beach for beach yoga and meditation session, trip to Balinese traditional yoga and meditation organizations or school are included in the package as part of the program.

Balitrees Retreats is located at Sesandan, Megati, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. It is close to Mount Batukaru, about 30 minutes from Tabanan city, 45 minutes from Tanah Lot Temple, two hours from the airport.

Nearby places:

  • Tanah Lot Temple - 45 minutes
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) - 2 hours

During the retreat, you will be served three daily meals, most of them based in Balinese cuisine. Meals will be mostly vegetarian. There is also an original Indonesian cuisine, a favorite for most guests. Tea, coffee, juices, water, and snacks will also be available.

  • Attend village's ceremonial event
  • Experience rice farming activities in Sesandan village
  • Go to Balinese music class (gamelan)
  • Go trekking around the village
  • Take Balinese cooking class
  • Take Balinese Hindu preparation class (making canang, kelatkat, etc)
  • Take Balinese traditional making oil class
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All live event in the village (ceremonial event, spiritual event, etc)
  • Balinese cooking class
  • Balinese Hindu preparation class (making canang, kelatkat, etc)
  • Balinese music class (gamelan)
  • Balinese traditional and spiritual healthy massage
  • Balinese traditional making oil class
  • Beach yoga session and waterfall meditation sessions
  • Daily afternoon Balinese yoga session
  • Daily morning Balinese moving meditation (Tali Rasa or Tai Chi) and sitting meditation (mudra and mantra) meditation session
  • Daily morning Balinese Pencak Silat sessions
  • Daily vegetarian meals, snacks, tea, coffee, water, and juices
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Rice farming class
  • Transport from and to Tabanan city
  • Trekking inside the village
  • Village rice farming class
  • Additional requested activities
  • Additional requested meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Arrival visa
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Please take a taxi/other transport to Tabanan city.Transfer from and to the Tabanan city are included. Balitrees Retreats will pick you up from the airport as well with an extra charge.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 3 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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    Review by Danielle Lydamore-prasad from New Zealand

    One of my most memorable travel experiences yet!

    CONS Cons: Impossible to fault.

    PROS Pros: If you’re looking for a family away from home, a place to meet kindred spirits, experience authentic Balinese culture or somewhere to strengthen your yoga and spiritual practices - then this is the place for you. The wonderful people of this village will invite you into their homes, share their amazing stories and ultimately go out of their way to make sure you’re enjoying your stay. There is something truly unique, genuine and magical about Balitrees and I would encourage anyone looking to reconnect with themselves and other likeminded people to stay here. Thank you so much for everything, I can't imagine it will be too long before I visit again :)

    2017-Sep-19 11:15:12

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    Review by Anonymous

    Perfect

    PROS Pros: Balitrees is the perfect retreat. The people are so freindly and Adi goes out of his way to ensure your stay is enjoyable. Yoga and meditation are really good quality. Took the longest trek around the village and the scenery was amazing. I just wish could have stayed longer.

    2017-Sep-19 05:42:59

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    Review by Erika Massia from Indonesia

    Magical place, wonderful experience

    PROS Pros: That place is a real paradise. I really enjoyed every moment, the village, the people, the different focus of yoga on the tradional balinese school...Teachers are so passionate and patient and the landscape just a treasure!

    2017-Sep-08 07:35:43

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    Review by Chloe Soula from Indonesia

    Un coup de cœur

    CONS Cons: Rien

    PROS Pros: Par ou commencer .. j'ai tout aimé ! A commencer par l'endroit qui est absolument somptueux, relaxant, apaisant, au milieux des rizières et loin des lieux touristiques. J'ai adoré le village dans lequel se situe la retraite! Les gens sont d'une gentillesse exceptionnelle et nous accueillent à bras ouverts. On a vraiment l'impression de faire partie intégrante du village ce qui nous permet de découvrir vraiment leur culture. La nourriture est aussi excellente ! On s'est vraiment régalés à tous les repas ! Je suis débutante en yoga et jai vraiment aimé les cours qui m'ont appris beaucoup et m'ont donne envie de continuer à pratiquer le yoga une fois rentrée en france. Deux fois par jours nous avions des activités de découvertes de la culture balinaise toutes plus intéressantes les unes que les autres ! Adi a été à notre écoute tout au long du séjour et a tout fait pour satisfaire nos envies ce qui était vraiment appréciable. En conclusion : ne vous posez pas de questions, foncez vous ne serez pas déçu !

    2017-Sep-05 05:16:35

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    Review by Emiliana Corrado from China

    Bali bliss...

    CONS Cons: The only thing I would suggest is a more active cooking class, I love cooking very much I would have liked to spend more time in the kitchen maybe cooking dishes from scratch.. But I still enjoyed our time in the kitchen.

    PROS Pros: The family feeling was the thing that I enjoyed the most! Everyone was so kind and helpful and I couldn't feel more welcome.. I really felt I.got.the chance to experience in some way Balinese culture and traditions even if my stay was not long enough.. The activities were very interesting plus Adi the owner always tried to.satisfy our requests. our.yoga teacher Ketut was so nice, and even if balinese yoga style is quite different from what I had practiced before I liked the different insight on the practice! And we experienced different ways to try and connect with our inner self, relax and begin our soul healing practice... And last but not least, going there by myself I was very lucky to share my stay with Sarah and Raman, two wonderful girls and adventure companions! ! I really spent a wonderful time, and brought back home wonderful memories.. Thank you very much! Ps They also bought a cake for me as a surprise for my birthday! Best birthday ever! I couldn't have asked for more! Thank you🙏

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Emiliana, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-30 12:35:18

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    Review by Cindy Solberg from Indonesia

    Magical Bali Yoga and Meditation Retreat

    PROS Pros: Remote and very beautiful location. Warm hospitality and an interesting glimpse into Balinese village lifestyle.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Cindy, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-25 18:52:58

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    Review by Shani Miller from Indonesia

    Wonderful experience

    PROS Pros: Such a beautiful quiet village, all the people are very lovely and welcome you with open arms, I loved the combination of yoga, meditation and some cultural things in between. The food was also great!!

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Shani, for spending a great time with us.

    2017-Aug-10 00:19:48

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    Review by Eleanor Purvis from Indonesia

    A blissful retreat

    CONS Cons: Very little, Adi and his team have thought of everything. To note, a few locals do take photos/video of you without asking permission first. I know most people don't mind this but it makes me feel a tad uncomfortable.

    PROS Pros: Adi and his family were wonderful hosts. The entire experience far exceeded my expectations. Where do I start. The setting of the retreat is in a very rural village. You couldn't get more remote if you tried. Rice terraces, coconut and banana trees. A tropical paradise. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. The meals prepared were simple but extremely tasty. Fresh fruit was always on offer. Meditation and Balinese Tai Chi class every morning. Perfect routines to clear your mind. The afternoon session were yoga focussed. All my instructors were excellent. They tailor the routines to suit my needs. My classes involved a lot of hamstring stretches and back bends. As only 4 guests can stay at one time you receive great personal tuition. I had a day of 1-2-1 classes. You become a member of the family very quickly. Everyone is so friendly. Cultural exchange. Everyday there is an opportunity to take part in a cultural activity. Watching the sunrise, oil making, preparing a Balinese meal, a session with the local medicine man, crafting offerings/blessings. I enjoyed everything I did on the retreat. If you are looking for a relaxing few days, in a beautiful setting and a family environment look no further.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Ellie, for your overall excellent impression. Looking forward to wellcome you back in the future.

    2017-Jun-28 00:23:26

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    Review by Tammy Leung from Hong Kong

    quite and authentic village life

    CONS Cons: Nothing. A lot of us extended our stay because it was so nice here.

    PROS Pros: In this place, you rest and they take care of everything. You live in the village. You practice yoga and meditation twice a day. Adi arranges activities like trekking after the practice. Sometimes you have chance to attend a village event like a wedding. Food is simple and authentic.

    2017-Sep-22 09:45:24

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    Review by Aleksandra Slesareva from Indonesia

    Perfect place for yoga and learning about balinese life

    PROS Pros: I met a lot of great balinese people in Balitrees and Sesandan village, also made friends with other tourist coming to the reatreat. Apart from yoga we made a lot of nice activities like music class, making coconut oil, hindu offerings, cooking, ceremonies, kite festival, visited traditional healer . The place is very beautiful surrounded by rice terraces. It is very relaxing and peacful and I like how the retreat is organized! You have a lot of activies every day ! Ketut and Adi are great yoga instructors, they teach more spiritual yoga than in some western resorts. And the weather is not so hot as at the beach, just perfect for practicing yoga and walk around.

    2017-Sep-19 14:34:13

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    Review by Anonymous

    Amazing cultural & spiritual experience

    PROS Pros: The people there were all super lovely and did everything for us to have a great stay. The location and landscape was also really beautiful. The yoga sessions were nice.

    2017-Sep-16 06:40:03

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    Review by Phaileng Gan from Malaysia

    It is beyond a yoga retreat

    CONS Cons: The water pressure in the bathroom is too low.

    PROS Pros: 1st thing is the people. From the moment I arrived at the airport, Rai and DeDe took good care of me. They even prepared cold drink and welcome snack for me in the car. As it has past lunch hour in the retreat, they brought me to a small "warung" to have lunch. The nasi goreng was yummy and I really like the drink that they specially ordered for me "Deluman", which is a type of jelly made from a type of leave. All the other staff that I met in the resort were also super friendly and helpful, Dewi, Lyana, Ayu.... and everyone in the village. I also miss my little friend Dodok, Dica, Aimi.... whom have made my stay in Balitree feel at home. Food prepared by the retreat was always yummy and the portion is very generous. I also love the local coffee that they serve. The yoga and meditation session. Ketut the instructor was very patient. She always explained every pose in details and shared the benefit. She is more excited than us to see our progress. I also like the meditation session by Adi. I find his session easier to follow as compared with some meditation that I have tried before. The activities arranged for us were also amazing. We have visited a local primary school, got a great massage from a healer, attended coconut oil making session, visited local market, tracking in the village, fishing with the kids and got to participate in the once a year Kite Festival at Tanah Lot. All at no additional charge. Welldone Adi and team! I will surely go back again!

    2017-Sep-15 00:33:34

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    Review by Sarah Wong from Singapore

    Great retreat - location, food, activities, people

    CONS Cons: Perhaps the many spiders and insects around but hey that's part of nature.

    PROS Pros: I loved many things but what I loved most was how Adi and his team made me feel so welcome throughout my stay. They are a sincere bunch who always try to meet your personalised needs as much as possible. It is a great place to book if you are looking into an authentic village experience.

    2017-Sep-09 00:19:52

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    Review by Kelsey Hatchitt from Singapore

    Peaceful and relaxing

    CONS Cons: I was disappointed in the yoga aspect of the retreat. The style is different from what I practice in the US and on my home, which is to be expected as it's Traditional Balinese Yoga. However, I feel as though the emphasis and time spent on yoga was not enough. I would have gladly had three sessions of yoga each day amounting to 6 hours because my expectation was that the day filled with yoga. I liked learning about the meditation and different practice of yoga in Bali but I wish we would have done more of a practice rather than 15 poses and then being finished.

    PROS Pros: The location of the retreat is so ideal - after traveling to Ubud after the retreat I immediately missed the quiet of the village and the bungalow. The location for yoga was also perfect, an open aired bungalow overlooking the rice field. For those who are looking for a retreat away from the tourists and haggling of Ubud and other larger towns, this is perfect for you. The staff and people of the village are also so sweet - we loved getting to know Dewi and Rihanna and the rest of the people. Everyone was welcoming and friendly, the perfect place to relax. Also, the food was fabulous. There is enough variety each day that you never get tired of the food, in fact it's difficult to stop eating it.

    2017-Sep-07 00:52:24

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    Review by Jennifer Young from Indonesia

    Yoga retreat went above-and-beyond expectations

    PROS Pros: 1. Being welcomed into the BaliTrees family: you get to know the villagers on a first name basis and they really look after you and care for you :) 2. If there were any issues, they were looked after in a speedy manner. For example, I experienced some PMS pains and cravings, so Adi's family members went out to the local town to get me pain killers and some chocolate. Amazing! 3. Learning about authentic Balinese yoga and Balinese culture - great to compare the style with my usual practice and to learn from kind, local Balinese people about their daily village life (making offerings, dancing, cooking, massage etc) 4. The food was amazing 5. Being surrounded by beautiful nature: coconut trees (the coconuts were delicious to drink from at lunch time!!), rice fields and fresh air 6. The communication between the host (Adi) and his helpful team was great. They ensured I knew where to go, where to be dropped off at etc.

    2017-Sep-02 06:02:42

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    Review by Ines Oliver from Australia

    PROS Pros: Beautiful place, and everyone in the village is so nice'!!! Everyone try to make you feel comfortable and at home. Really nice experience.

    2017-Sep-01 22:22:00

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    Review by Josefin Rönnerfjäll from Norway

    This place is frickin awesome!

    CONS Cons: Sometimes the breakfast only consisted of sweet things. But thats the only small negative thing I can write cause everything else was so great!

    PROS Pros: Absolutely loved this place! Could go on and on, but Ill try to make it short. The location is wonderful, quiet on a hillside overlooking green ricefields. The staff is super nice and the food was delicious! I was a bit sceptical due to a review about the food, but I loved it! Adi arranged so we could participate in cooking lunch, which was good cause now I have recipes to use back home:) The yoga was better than I thought. Really loved the sunset and moon salutations (even though I thought my back wouldnt), but you got into it really fast and I started to look forward to them. Great overall workout and fokus on meditation. You have a wide range of activities to choose from as well, or you can just relax on the patio. Adi took us into town after a beach yoga session and bought us dinner, that was really nice! I really really recommed going here!

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Josefin, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-31 03:08:02

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    Review by Stefanie Wurm from Austria

    Yoga in a small village in Bali - escape the crowds

    CONS Cons: There was nothing I didn't like - everything was wonderful. I just wouldnt recommend this place to anyone looking for a luxuory resort and who cannot stand a very quiet place.

    PROS Pros: I had a wonderful time at Balitrees - this retreat was definitely a highlight of my trip to Bali. I can recommend this truly authentic experience to anyone who wants to learn about traditional balinese yoga in a quiet, peaceful and relaxing setting. You will meet the friendliest locals, who will teach you everything you want to know about their culture and traditions. When I did the retreat, we were only 5-8 guests and no other tourists around - what a wonderful experience. I already miss the home-cooked food and waking up surrounded by beautiful rice terraces.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Stefanie, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-29 14:41:04

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    Review by Raman Kaur from Singapore

    Good experience

    PROS Pros: 1. Serene location 2. Friendly and light hearted hosts 3. Value for money

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Raman, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-27 07:36:54

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    Review by Yuliia Tartachnyk from Indonesia

    Paradise hidden in the middle of jungle

    CONS Cons: Everything was great ! Loved every single moment ❤️ Might be not a place for you: - if you go yoga just for sport - if can't live without bustling urban places.

    PROS Pros: Well I have to say it was big surprise ! While most of yoga retreats offering spa but not yoga for abnormal amount of money we decided to try out Bali tree . From the first moment when we drive closer to area I knew it Was right choice. We have been in Bali for second time and I can confidently say That only in middle of the island ( and I don't speak about Ubud) u can feel real Balinese culture . This place lost in jungle and it is magic of it. U can see wonderful rice terraces without any single tourist around. You will feel as part of the community. I am disagreeing with previous comments saying it is for beginners ( if you seeking just sport it is not for you) It is just different! -Spiritual , deep, beneficial for body and soul. Also You can always push your body further if u willing to. Mr.Adi introduce us Thai Chi as he practices it for very long time. Apart of daily yoga and meditation classes there was lots of cultural activities what helps to understand Balinese culture better: dance, music , rice cultivation, Hindu ceremonies , coconut oil making, coffe farm, visit to healer . People speaks English and kindly willing to share everything with us. It was priceless experience. Thank you for amazing days with you . Mr. Adi and Ketut thank u for sharing your knowledge with us. I hope to be back one day. And learn more from you 🙏

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Yuliia, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-26 09:24:51

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    Review by Demie Risby from Indonesia

    A true paradise, a must stay!!!

    CONS Cons: local Balinese activities that happen more than once each day, these can range from the locals performing there traditional ceremony. Balinese music classes, cooking classes, yoga at the beach, trekking, traditional Balinese massage done by the local healer, learning how to work on the rice fields and so many more... the best thing is Adi will ask you if you have any requests of what you would like to see he will try his upmost best to do these for you. The yoga is traditional yoga and unlike any yoga you have tried before... one in the morning and one in the evening and they are both fantastic and a truly different and memorable experience. These are done overlooking the rice fields while listening to the wildlife that surrounds you. My birthday was also celebrated at this retreat and in true Balinese style, a blessing from the local women and a whole birthday cake made for me, a wonderful touch to an already perfect experience. This retreat is unlike any other I have ever seen or heard before. It is not luxury it is quality. Amazing food, amazing locals, amazing owner, best value for money I have ever seen. If you are looking for the real Bali you should without a doubt be visiting this place when you are in Bali, I know one day I will return once again, a home for life. Thank you Adi for one of the best and most memorable experiences I have had.

    PROS Pros: Balitrees retreat: Where do I start..... Firstly balitrees is set within the most beautiful surroundings; rice paddies and palm trees galore this place is truly divine. what makes it better is the fact that it is set in a peaceful quiet village with no other tourism apart from this small retreat. The owner Adi is a wonderful man who will go above and beyond to make your time with him truly memorable... this retreat has only been open for 3 months and you get a real feel of authenticity and realism. You get to choose out of 3 accommodation, the main area, the homestay ( 10 minute walk away ) and the villas( 20 minute drive ) each of these suited to wether you want a more personal experience such as the homestay, the villas for a private experience and the main area to be close to the daily activity, food and main yoga! The food is delicious, a wonderful set of traditional Balinese dishes are served each day, breakfast lunch and dinner all included within the package!! All filling and plentiful, you will eat these under a small beautiful bamboo open hut overlooking the rice terrace while sharing the experience with only a few lucky others( only up to 10 at one time) you also receive free water all the time( bottled) you are even provided with your own water bottle to use through your stay which adds a wonderful touch to the whole experience. Also included in the very cheap retreat are local Balinese activities that happen more than once each day, these can range from the

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Demie, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-24 01:32:42

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    Review by Sissil Egge from Indonesia

    Magical Balitrees

    CONS Cons: Leaving. .

    PROS Pros: Everything!

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Sissil, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-21 03:26:11

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    Review by Zakia Chergui from Netherlands

    Much respect for adi, he is a great teacher.

    PROS Pros: This is the most best experience in Life. Adi and the staff are great! The landshape and spirit of the village are impressed. Also the balanese culture is special with the lovely humans of the village. Rest and peace of the rist field. Look inside this world its an yourney the rest of your Life .To invest in your self for your body and Mindset. Thanks in advance for this amazing yourney in Bali.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Zakia, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-17 05:56:27

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    Review by Jessica Agard from Indonesia

    Semaine chez l habitant

    CONS Cons: Ce n est pas une retraite c est un séjour chez l habitant avec des cours de Yoga et méditation en option dans la journée.

    PROS Pros: Les.habitants du village sont très accueillant

    Organizer response: Thank you very much Jessica, for your review. Your feedback will be very much usefull for us in order to improve our accomodation quality, as well for other facilities and activities in the future.

    2017-Aug-12 00:15:19

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    Review by Irene Nissen from Australia

    Bali Trees Retreat - a great retreat

    CONS Cons: There was nothing that I did not like

    PROS Pros: The people ver very warm and welcoming. Nothing was a bother and they would bend over backwards to accommodate the needs of the guests. The environment (both the village and the accommodation) was relaxed and comfortable. Yoga lessons met my needs and were taught in a friendly and fun way accommodations the different levels of the students.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Irene for your excellent review.

    2017-Aug-08 09:49:57

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    Review by Fiesole Marks from United States

    Beyond Amazing

    CONS Cons: Leaving!! This is not the place for anyone who wants to show off their activewear at a trendy vegan yoga retreat, or for anyone who can't handle slow paced days in the mountains. But if you are interested in relaxing in a beautiful, peaceful environment miles from anywhere, spending your time with some of the most friendly people in the world with the most beautiful smiles and learning the spiritual aspects of yoga, tai chi, silat and meditation, give Adi a call. It's nothing like the other places I've been to in Bali - it's like another world. I already miss all the new friends I made in the village and I'm so grateful to Adi for the experience. I will definitely be back to see everyone again and improve my skills even more!

    PROS Pros: I really can't recommend this experience enough! Set in the incredibly peaceful mountains of Bali and surrounded by terraced rice paddies, Balitrees offers an experience rather than a retreat. I have never felt more at home away from home than I did in the village. The scale of time just disappears as the slow pace of life there creates a relaxing environment away from the realities of modern life. Adi's traditional knowledge of spiritual yoga and meditation is extensive and he is able to teach silat and tai chi too. The classes are aimed to provide an introduction and deep understanding of the practices and were perfect for beginners like me as Adi is incredibly patient and passionate about passing on his knowledge. (You can even sign up to study and take the yoga exam if you wish and have the time) Classes are a couple of hours each morning and afternoon and between classes Adi provides opportunities for you to visit various villagers and learn about their way of life. Food was absolutely delicious and not at all what I expected. Simple and slightly repetitive but with fantastic flavours, especially the spiced chicken! Not just vegetarian as previously advertised - when we said we ate meat it was generously provided!

    Organizer response: Thank you so much for excellent overall impression.

    2017-Aug-05 08:38:59

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    Review by Rebecca Staal from Thailand

    CONS Cons: Mittag und Abendessen war super lecker jedoch finde ich das Frühstück nicht so gut weil es immer nur Toast mit keinen wirklichen Beilagen und die Yoga Stunden waren meistens nie in 2 Stunden Einheiten sondern eher 1 Stunde aber ansonsten war alles viel besser als erwartet!!!

    PROS Pros: Die Lage der Unterkunft ist sehr abgelegen von der Stadt aber das hat mir sehr gut gefallen um mal zu entspannen und die Aussicht auf die Reisfelder ist so wunderschön! und die Bewohner im Dorf sind alle sehr nett und helfen immer gerne. Es ist auch interessant ein Einblick in die "eigentliche" Kultur von Bali zu bekommen. Das Zimmer war auch groß, sauber und einfach besser als erwartet.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Rebecca, for your review. It will be very much usefull for our future.

    2017-Aug-01 09:48:49

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    Review by Francoise Heydenreich from Singapore

    Best get away spot in bali with real cultural experience

    CONS Cons: Depending on the expectations there could be 1-2 things people can be bothered about (lets say things were not always following the time and activity schedule)- Me being very flexible, spontanous and easy going, I had nothing to complain about. :)

    PROS Pros: Away from the highly frequented tourist areas and in the middle of balis beautiful nature with its wide stunning range of colors, shapes and smells. This retreat offers a perfect combination of experiencing the balinese culture and getting a soft start into “ yoga land“. Nevertheless, advanced yogis get the chance to expand their knowledge and learn about “watukaru“- the traditional yoga, which has been developed in the mountain nearby. Overall, it was an exceptionel experience and I am happy that 8 had the wonderful opportunity to experience the unique hindu- bali traditions first hand. All villagers were very kind and welcoming. Also, food was better than what we had been served in restaurants. The staff was super caring and gave each guest individual service. Whatever you need, Adi and his community will take care of it even if its about other, personal concerns. Best get away spot in Bali I'd stay!

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Jess, for your excellent reviews.

    2017-Jul-30 04:17:22

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    Review by Emma Sothern from Vietnam

    Perfect escape in a traditional Balinese village

    CONS Cons: Very little but just one piece of (hopefully!) constructive criticism. The food was great but since it was almost the same dish 3 times a day it wasn't great for our stomachs, not used to such heavy things!! If there was a bit more variety, like maybe something lighter for breakfast, or more salads/veg at main meals I think that would be great!! But thank you Dewi and Rihanna for your excellent cooking and serving!

    PROS Pros: I had a wonderful experience at Balitrees. I didn't know what to expect as some of these 'cultural retreats' can seem a bit forced or overly cheesy! Not the case here. The people of Sedandan village were incredibly welcoming and genuinely pleased to have us there. Myself and the 2 other guests were even invited to a wedding...A wonderful experience although they insisted on stuffing us with too much food!! Adi and his team continuously went out of their way to help us, from including a little bucket of toiletries in the bathroom to bringing us to the village healer. Whatever we wanted!! They were all so warm and kind, we were made to feel instantly at home!! The classes were a bit different to what I'd expected but I actually loved them...It was refreshing to see a less exercise-focused and more spiritual approach to yoga. One of my favourite aspects was the moving meditation - like a form of Tai Chi - and I hope I can remember it now!! The schedule's pretty loose so you have time to explore the area if you don't want to get involved in activities. Anyway, if you're looking for an authentic cultural experience with the kindest people, to learn something different in a beautiful setting and to make great friends, you've found it. Thanks Adi, Dewi, Mrs Ketut, Rihanna, Yulia, Yoshi, Rai and everyone there for making it such a special experience (and sorry for all the mis-spellings of the names!) I'll be back one day!!

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Emma for your review. It will help us much to improve our quality in the future. We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the future.

    2017-Jul-12 02:15:12

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    Review by Rosemarie Mansi from New Zealand

    The real Bali

    CONS Cons: I loved it all.

    PROS Pros: If you would like to see the real Bali, practice yoga and recharge, then this is the retreat for you. We started each day with yummy snacks, meditation, sun salutations and tai chi. The day was filled with great simple, local, food and fantastic cultural experiences such as coconut oil making, music classes and cooking lessons. We finished the day with yoga, which was tailored to both experience and flexibility levels, and dinner. It was great to practice different types of yoga with different teachers. I cannot describe how relaxing it is to sit outside meditating, feeling the sun on your back and listening to the cicadas, frogs and roosters. It was pure bliss. The staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly. They just wanted us to experience their village and way of life. They cannot do enough for you and they are great good company. This retreat can only hold four people so it will not be overrun with tourists. I loved my stay at Balitrees and will definitely return. It was by far the best part of my trip.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Rose for your excelent review. This will be very important for the growth of our retreats.

    2017-Jul-11 05:15:31

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    Review by Anonymous

    Incredible experience

    PROS Pros: Everyone was incredibly nice and very friendly! The location is amazing and not full of tourists. The accomodation and food is also amazing!!! Loved my time here!

    Organizer response: Thank you very much for the excelent review, it will be very important for our future.

    2017-Jul-06 04:17:06

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    Review by Elaina Matsko from United States

    Amazing, authentic Balinese experience

    CONS Cons: There wasn't a single part of the retreat that I can say I was unhappy with. Be aware that this retreat focuses more on the entire experience and is a beginner level of yoga. While I loved this, it could potentially be a negative if you are looking for an intense yoga-focused retreat.

    PROS Pros: The first thing you notice arriving at the retreat is how remote you feel among the beautiful rice terraces (that are better than Ubud in my opinion.) It's one of the most relaxing environments I've ever been in where you can disconnect from your fast-paced life and really reconnect with nature. It seems like there is no one around apart from the people who live in the village. A very non-touristy location where everyone you meet is warm & welcoming and the most beautiful views to go along with it all. The early morning challenge of Tali Rasa quickly became my favorite time of the day but the other daily activities also really deliver. You get to sit with the local villagers and learn to make offerings in the traditional way, learn to play traditional Balinese instruments, afternoon yoga alongside the children's lessons (be it yoga, martial arts or dance lessons) and see the daily life of a village that hasn't been overrun by tourists and western civilization. The accommodations were good; comfortable beds, showers with hot water, AC and wifi all made it easy to still get the comforts of home while indulging in this experience. It happened to be my birthday during my stay and I was given a birthday party by the villagers/staff and their children. What a special day they provided for me! The girls put on a Balinese dance, everyone sang Happy Birthday (in Balinese) and they even got me a cake. :) I truly can't say enough good things about every person involved in Balitrees!

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Elaine, your reviews worth a lot for our retreats.

    2017-Jul-01 16:51:49

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    Review by Monique Büker from Australia

    Wonderful culture and yoga experience

    CONS Cons: - As I was the only guest, I ate my meals alone. I did not enjoy that too much.

    PROS Pros: I booked a 4 nights yoga retreat at Balitrees. What I received was so much more than I hoped for :) Mr Adi ( the owner of the place) has been extremely welcoming and happy to share his knowledge about the balinese culture with me. I was the only one staying at this wonderful village. I already miss all inhabitants and hope that I can come back at some point. Everyday I visited another family and did and got to know something different about the balinese culture. The accommodation is great! The beds are comfy... The food is balinese and good. I was lucky to be be the only student in the yoga classes. As I was a beginner, I really enjoyed this. I am sure this is one of the - if not the - most authentic balinese cultural experience. I wish Mr Adi success with his relatively new business.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much for everything Monique, wish to see you back again in the future.

    2017-Jun-20 05:30:15

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    Review by Luciana Rossini from United Arab Emirates

    The best experiencie for body and soul that I've had

    PROS Pros: I went to this retreat looking for yoga and meditation, and some relax. What happened those days is more that what I can tell just with words. I came back home feeling happier and really thankful. Mr. Adi is waiting for you at the airport and bring you to the Village. From then on you enter in a new world, all the people I met, all theirs traditions, their kindness, their humble way of living, made me be in real contact with my inner self and realize what is really important in life. I was the only 'tourist' in the village, the families around opened their doors an their hearts to me. You need to experience this. The whole retreat exceeded my expectations, the food they cooked was simply amazing, the room was clean and nice, the bed comfy, I couldn't ask for more.

    Organizer response: Thank you very much for all your kindness, Luciana. We really hoping to see you back again in our village.

    2017-Jun-13 10:51:04

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    Review by Anonymous

    A Beautiful, Cultural Experience

    CONS Cons: •nothing. All was good •great for beginners of yoga and meditation; maybe not for those experienced

    PROS Pros: •family owned! It is very village oriented and your interactions with locals is unlike most places in Bali •beautiful and very clean rooms •activities were interesting and educational; it was nice to leave feeling like I learned a bit about Balinese life •small group was nice; very unlike the large, crowded retreats around •more of a cultural experience with a bit of yoga

    Organizer response: Thank you very much for the reviews. Your feedback are very important for us to learn in order to improve our retreats quality for the future.

    2017-Jun-02 13:38:31

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    Review by Mijke Brugman from Indonesia

    Highly reconmended

    PROS Pros: It was a great experience, way better then i expected! Adi (the owner) is really nice, going out of his way to make you feel comfortable and make sure your wishes are fullfilled. He even helpt me with my visa extention! The room is nice as well, its clean and everything you need is provided. The rest of the staff is also lovely! The're very friendly, cook amazing meals, clean your room and even do laundry. The lessons are nice and there are also several activities provided. But there is also enough 'me-time', if you want. Overall, i had a great time!

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Mijke, we really hoping to welcome you back in our village again in the future.

    2017-May-31 12:33:17

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    Review by Nava Bastani from India

    Beautiful retreat in real Bali

    PROS Pros: Adi's and his family took such wonderful care of us while we were at his village. We did yoga in the morning and Talia Rossi which is the Balinese equivalent of tai chi and we did short meditation's. The food was delicious and prepare daily by his family. The daily cultural events which happened around the village in neighbors homes was a real treat and something I deeply treasured. The location is very beautiful and out of the regular tourist areas so that you feel like you're in the real Bali. I would recommend you spending an extra night and doing the tour with Adi, he takes you to a lovely temple, Hot Springs and the beach as well as lunch at his family's café in Tabanan. This is more like a cultural retreat where you get the best of all worlds. Very good for beginners .

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Nava, for your excelent reviews. Looking forward to welcome you back to our family and our village.

    2017-May-29 12:19:25

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    Review by Willem Beijen from Vietnam

    The real traditional bali life

    CONS Cons: The organisation of the activities wasnt the best but Adi just opened the retreat so some finetunning was expected.

    PROS Pros: I had a really good time at balitrees. The freedom to make my own choises for what program i prefered where really nice. All the activities with the local people of the village where really fun an gave a good insight of traditional bali life. Everybody was very was super helpfull and friendly. I learned alot and made many new friends.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much Willem for your reviews. This will be very much usefull for us to improve our retreats in the future.

    2017-May-20 02:16:12

Testimonials

  • Review by Patricia Montironi from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "I was there from the 24th to 28th of July, and I had a great time there. Everything was perfect. They took care of everything and I felt like at home in a family."

    "I learned a lot about the Balinese culture and that was I wanted. Ketut the yoga teacher was an excellent teacher, it was so nice to do yoga at the ricefield, at the beach and at Umadarthu, each place had its charm. "

    "Then they tought me to do the offering (canang), to play gamelan (their instrument) .... the teacher had such a patience with me coz I do not have any musical ear !!!! but he managed to teach me the basic. It was fun. Then I went to plant my rice ... so in 3 months somebody will eat my rice. I went to an orphanage (it was my special request) because I brought some english books and pencils that I wanted to give to a school and Adi organized it to me even it was not in the package of activities. And at last as the cherry on top of the cake I had the traditional balinese massage from the healer Ketut. Wonderful! "

    "When we did the tour with bike : real good mountain bikes brand new !"

    "The transfers from the airport and to my second destination were perfect. "

    "The food was really good. "

    "Well for sure if someone of my friend wish to go to Bali I will highly recommend Balitrees Retreat (Megati, Sedandan, Tabanan Sub-District, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82162, Indonesia) for a real meet with Balinese culture in a non touristic part of the island. "

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    "I would give a 10 - the highest score because they diserve all and even more!"

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    "Yours sincerely,"

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    "Patricia Montironi"

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