Thanks to the country’s long history of Buddhist and Hindu spirituality, yoga, meditation, and wellness are an integral part of Indonesian culture. Stepping foot on Bali is enough to make you forget all your worries, but when it comes to relaxing your mind, body, and spirit, you couldn’t choose a better island. The impeccable nature in the form of jungles and waterfalls, ornate temples, and beautiful healthy food will have you changing your life in no time.
Bali yoga retreats (Photo: Shanti Toya Ashram via Facebook)
Whether you want a eco-retreat in the Balinese jungle, or a luxury oceanside retreat, we’re certain you’ll find a yoga retreat in Bali that suits your tastes. We’ve compiled a list of the best the island has to offer based on popularity and reviews. Namaste.
From $136/per person
Founder and instructor I Gede Arya Adiwiguna is committed to preserving the ancient Balinese tradition of yoga, meditation, and silat, a style of Indonesian martial arts by sharing it with people from around the world. This cultural and yoga retreat emphasizes Hatha yoga, moving and sitting meditation, and Balinese Pencak Silat sessions. During this retreat, you’ll stay in a traditional village surrounded by the rice paddies of Sesandan village. Rates include a Balinese spiritual massage, transfers to and from Tabanan city, daily vegetarian meals, and three nights’ accommodation in a guest house or homestay.
Shanti Toya is a retreat centre for yoga and well-being that offers monthly meditation and yoga retreats in Mengwi, Bali. This retreat is one of the most popular thanks to the beautiful surroundings and the genuine cultural experience. This retreat offers daily yoga classes in the Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin styles, a sunset rice field excursion, and a Balinese massage treatment. In the afternoons, guests explore the rice paddies or participate in various cultural activities, from Balinese dance, cooking class, and Jamu (local herbal juice) making. Included in the price are daily vegetarian meals made with ingredients from the local garden, unlimited herbal water, and seven nights’ accommodtation in a private or shared room in the ashram.
Bliss Body Retreat offers several yoga and healing holidays, from deep tissue juice detox to reiki healing and meditation retreats in Ubud. They aim to inspire and empower people to live and healthy and purposeful lives. Their retreats will take you on a journey to discover yourself and heal your soul. Depending on the retreat you choose, the rates include six nights’ private accommodation, gourmet raw and organic meals or juices, Reiki healing sessions, excursions to a waterfall for a purification ceremony, and daily yoga and meditation classes.
How are you really? yoga offers oceanside retreats in Bali to help you explore yourself through every aspect of yoga, chakras, Ayurveda, and more. Sarah and Larry, the husband and wife team behind the retreat, will help you improve your techniques and the way you feel through yoga and meditation practice. Their retreats in Pondok Pisang include daily yoga classes, traditional Balinese massage, a visit to a local spiritual healer, and all meals with food from the surrounding areas. Included in the price is airport or hotel transfer, six nights’ shared accommodation in their eco-cottages, and excursions to the Ujung Water Palace and Turta Gangga Water Temple.
Art of Life Retreats offers inspiring yoga and raw food retreats in Bali. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a personalized wellness and cultural experience with raw vegan cuisine, yoga, meditation, dance and art classes, excursions, and healing workshops. The retreat includes daily yoga classes for practitioners of all skill levels, raw vegan cooking workshop, daily meals with dessert, a pampering spa treatment, and a visit to the holy temple of Tirta Empul. Their holidays are a VIP program where you will have an individualized program and choose the classes you do each day. Accommodation is included with private and shared rooms at either Batu Empug, a modern tropical cottage, or Alaya Resort Jembawan, a 37-room boutique wellness hotel.