4 Days Heart-Opening Balinese Cultural Experience and Yoga Retreat in Bali

  • 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 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 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 B√ľker 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

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