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First Ubud Village Jazz Festival a Resounding Success


At the height of Ubud's bustling windy season, the first Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF) launched with a two-day tour de force (August 9-10). Stormy weather did not discourage hundreds of jazz fans from heading to Agung Rai Museum of Art to enjoy more than two-dozen performances across three outdoor stages. A vibrant vendors' market offered diverse Western and Asian fare, and sponsor Plaga Wine enlivened the atmosphere with free-flow vino. Eco Bali provided recycling services to keep the festival grounds clean and green.

Featuring more than 100 musicians from around Indonesia and the world, UVJF welcomed acts like Yokohama Association of Artists (Japan), Peter Beets Trio (Holland), Uwe Plath, with Indonesian native and legendary jazz vocalist Dian Pratiwi (Germany), and a late addition and crowd favorite, Ventura Trio (Brazil). Nationally renowned acts included Dewa Budjana, guitarist and songwriter of rock band Gigi, together with Acehnese flautist Saat Syah; pianist Dwiki Darmawan with guest guitarist Ivan Nestorman from Flores; and young and hip jazz quartet The Jongens from Jakarta. Bali's own cast of talent included Koko Harsoe, Ito Kurdi, Balawan and the Gamelan Masters, and Astrid Sulaiman. Festival co-founders Yuri Mahatma and Anom Darsana, avid supporters of music education for Balinese youth, also welcomed teenage talent from the Underground Jazz Movement to share the spotlight.

UVJF daytime events included jazz workshops at Puri Lukisan (Friday) by Bali Institute of Arts (ISI) Professor I Nyoman Windha and at Betelnut (Saturday) with saxophonist Ben Van Den Dungnen (Holland).

According to Darsana, "This festival was born out of the local community, and we're very proud to be holding this in Ubud, and for Bali. We look forward to making this an annual event."

BaliSpirit Featured Listings


7-Day Bali Detox Residential Retreats

At The Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali

  • Sept 4-11, 2013
  • Oct 2-9, 2013
  • Dec 4-11, 2013

This residential Detox program is the first step in your healing journey -- a unique journey to balance, well-being and positive change.

When our bodies are out of balance, everything in our lives is affected – our physical health, our relationships, our energy levels, our weight, the way we do our jobs and manage stress and how we feel about ourselves. The next seven days will give you the tools to achieve and maintain your well-being, empowering you to manage your physical, mental and emotional health for the rest of your life.

Our 7-day Retreat Includes:

  • 7 nights at The Yoga Barn Retreat Center OR not, if you decide to book your own accommodation
  • Detoxification Manual c
  • Daily group workshops in detoxification, nutrition, healing and personal growth with expert facilitators
  • Special Indonesian detoxifying herbs
  • Optional one-on-one sessions with healers from the The Yoga Barn in CranioSacral, Reiki, Soundhealing, Trinfinity 8, Ozone, Chiropractic, Oneness Blessings, Spiritual Healing and more
  • and more…

Detox + Yoga Barn accommodation: USD$1750.00

Detox Only: USD$ 1252.00

To book this detox retreat, please fill out the reservation form or email healing@theyogabarn.com

The Yoga Barn Launches a NEW Guesthouse!


The Yoga Barn has newly opened its 10 room guesthouse to complete its retreat center facilities. Each room is complete with either Fan or A/C, a gorgeous bathroom with hot water and a comfortable beds and a quiet and peaceful ambiance. Currently there are 4 rooms available (can be sgl or dbl occupancy), and one dorm room with 4 bunks. All rooms include breakfast at The Yoga Barn Garden Kafe, with the exception of the dorm, which is for travellers on a budget.

"Staying at the Yoga Barn in one of their beautiful new rooms was a treat. I only had to roll out of bed, into one of the yoga studios, breakfast at the the Kafe, back to a hot shower, sit on the deck outside the rooms and read for a bit.... was a wonderfully relaxing way to start each day." Alissa, July 2013

Guesthouse Introductory Prices:

  • Room Fan: Rp.550.000 - Single / Rp.600.000 - Double, breakfast included
  • Room AC: Rp.700.000 - Single / Rp.750.000 - Double, breakfast included
  • Dorm Share: Rp.250,000/per bunk, no breakfast

To reserve a room, email guesthouse@theyogabarn.com

Reiki Training and Certification with Allison Eaton e-RYT Reiki Master

The Yoga Barn Ubud – Bali


Reiki Level I/II:

  • September 18-19, 2013 - 9 am – 5 pm

Reiki Level III/Master:

  • August 26-27, 2013 - 9 am – 5 pm

Learn Reiki, a hands-on healing technique that promotes stress-reduction and balance of mind, body and spirit. In Reiki Level I, you learn how to give a full Reiki Healing Session on yourself and on others and receive Reiki Level I Certification. In Reiki Level II, you learn the Reiki symbols and Distance Reiki and receive Reiki Level II Certification. In Reiki Level III, you learn Aura Clearing (Psychic Surgery), Reiki Crystals, Reiki Sound and Color Therapy, Chakra Balancing and receive Reiki Level III Certification. In the Reiki Master Class, you learn how to give Healing Attunements to enhance your Reiki sessions, how to give Reiki Level I, II, III and Master Attunements, how to organize and teach a Reiki class and receive Reiki Master Certification.

Everyone can learn Reiki.Reiki Level I is open to all. Reiki Level II, III and Master have the prerequisite of the preceding level.

  • Reiki Level I: $125 USD
  • Reiki Level II: $175 USD
  • Combined Reiki Level I/II: $250 USD
  • Reiki Level III: $225 USD
  • Reiki Master Class: $275 USD
  • Combined Reiki Level III/Master: $450 USD

To register, visit: www.allisoneaton.com. For more info, email info@allisoneaton.com.

Allison Eaton, e-RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher, is an international teacher of Reiki, Yoga and Meditation. She teaches Reiki in the UsuiTibetan lineage, combined with modern healing art theory and modalities. Allison is the author of the Reiki Flow Manuals, the Yandara Yoga Asana Manual, and is featured in the music and meditation CD, Sat Nam. www.allisoneaton.com.

Yin Yoga Teacher Training (200hrs Yoga Alliance) with Jo Phee and Joe Barnett

The Yoga Barn, Ubud - Bali


1 - 26 September 2013

A rare opportunity to study Yin Yoga with senior Yin Yoga Teacher Trainers, Jo Phee and Joe Barnett - both long time students and teaching assistants for Paul Grilley (founder of Yin Yoga). Included in the training is a module on Traditional Chinese Medicine (Meridians), a first of its kind in any Yin Yoga Teacher Training programs. Other modules include Yin Yoga: Theory and Practice, Chakras and Meridians, and the Anatomy of Yoga.

Early Bird Price ( end April): US$2950 Normal Price (1 May onwards) : US$3200

For more information please email info@yinspiration.org or visit our website : www.yinspiration.org

Shades of Yoga 200 & 500 Hour RYT Teacher Training with Various Teachers

Taksu Retreat Centre, Ubud – Bali


2013 Teacher Training Date:

  • Sep 16 – Oct 09, 2013 (200 H) Taksu Spa, Ubud
  • Nov 04 – Nov 27, 2013 (200 H) Taksu Spa, Ubud
  • Dec 16 – Jan 08, 2014 (200 H ) Taksu Spa, Ubud

Shades of Yoga teacher-training course is Yoga Alliance accredited and Internationally recognized. Completion of this Yoga course gives you tools to transform your own life and deepen your personal yoga practice while being a catalyst for transformation for people worldwide through the medium of yoga. The course is designed as a life-skills course, taking yoga beyond the physical practice of asana and awareness through breath and addressing many other elements of holistic living and wellbeing.

For more information click here

Fivelements Master Series 2013: Heal Yourself Through Mindfulness with Merta Ada

Fivelements Healing Resort Mambal – Bali


September 15 – 21, 2013

Learn this life-enhancing meditation technique.

Imagine learning how to heal yourself through concentration, mindfulness and wisdom, achieving harmony of the mind – a meditation technique which can become your most vital tool for life.

Discover and practice this powerful technique with MertaAda, one of Southeast Asia's leading meditation gurus, during a special Meditation Retreat at Bali's FivelementsPuri Ahimsa.

In this intensive health programme, participants will learn how to heal through "loving kindness" and embrace a life of joyfulness. The healing meditation focuses on how we can train our mind to surrender negative thought patterns, anxiety and worry to reach a harmonious mind. Noble Silence is practiced for several days throughout the retreat to help strengthen your concentration and spiritual awareness.

Last few places left.

For more information please call +62.361.469206 or visit our website www.fivelements.org

Asia 1st Energy Healing, Spirituality and Science International Workshops with Various Teachers

Sanur & Ubud – Bali

September 23 – 26, 2013


These 4-day international workshops will be facilitated by a plethora of world renowned scientists and experts. Pineal Toning Techniques by Dr.Todd Ovokaitys, a profound system that produces sound syllables with complex overtones and harmonics. Use of the system has produced deep states of relaxation, expanded awareness, and balancing of bodily systems. Dr. Brian Dailey and Dr. Sergey Sorin, trained in traditional Medicine, multiple complementary and alternative medical therapies will be guiding a 2-day workshops - designed to provide participants direct experience with expanded states of consciousness, develop skills to improve intuition, sleep, and manifest health and abundance in your life.

"Meet the future today in state of the art technology", founder of Sqann, Mr. Fred Rijksen, using Holographic Scaling Techniques to read a person or group in seconds for Scanning and Healing.

Or learn to live in harmony with EMF radiation by Drs. Marc Schechtl. Founder & CEO Floww International. Know why has EMF radiation such an impact on our health and well-being and have a test and analyze on your EMF radiation exposure yourself. More workshops not to be missed too.

For more information please visit www.gaialifeinternational.com or www.biophysicalaspac.com


Ubud – Bali



  • October 14-18, 2013
  • October 21-25, 2013

The Big Tree Farms Chocolate Factory is the world's largest commercial bamboo structure as featured on CNN (www.bigtreefarms.com) and will host our morning yoga sessions. Yogalicious!

Our afternoon yoga practice will be overlooking the beauty and serenity of the Ubud rice terraces.

Accommodation is in an authentic Balinese homestay (mawarhomestaybali.com) and offers a unique opportunity to experience traditional Balinese family life. Mawar Homestay has served as part of the University of Guam's Balinese Cultural Studies course for the past 15 years.

Price: $895: Includes 3 hours of yoga per day for 5 days, accommodation including breakfast for 6 nights, airport transfers, & daily transportation to the chocolate factory. Yoga classes are suitable for beginners and intermediate students.

Optional excursions to temples, Balinese healers and the surrounding areas of Ubud available at an additional cost.

For more information click here

Radiantly Alive 200, 300 & 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings with Daniel Aaron and International Faculty

Ubud - Bali

Radiantly Alive - Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training

200 & 500-hour Yoga Alliance® Registered

Level I – Four week Residential w/all raw food, 300-hours

  • Oct 6 – Nov 3, 2013

Level II – Iintensive immersions toward 500-hours certification

  • Nov 17 – Dec 1, 2013 – Advanced Therapeutics and Alignment

Just released - 2014 Dates!

Prenatal Vinyasa + Doula Certification:

  • June 18 – 30, 2014

Level I:

  • April 13 - May 11, 2014
  • Oct 26 - Nov 23, 2014

Level II:

  • June 1 – 15, 2014
  • Dec 14, 2014 - Jan 11, 2015

Drawing on extensive yoga practice and training with today's modern masters in the spiritual setting of tropical Bali, dive deeply into a spectrum of today's yogic styles, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Tripsichore, Iyengar and more. Discover how you share yoga by learning what's come before you.

Join Daniel Aaron along with Alanna Kaivalya, Chris Kummer, Deborah Williamson, Edward Clark, Elaina Love,Heather Bonker,Nicki Doane, Phillip Urso, and more – for a comprehensive experience that encourages forth your highest potential. Together we create the ultimate Yogic environment for education and transformation, an international community awakening our true selves. Magic happens as every component is top caliber: the expertise of exceptional guest faculty; asana and traditional yoga methodology; ancient scripture in a contemporary context; spiritual Bali; meditation; music; personal transformation; community and much more.

The Level I Trainings are for anyone - whether you are already teaching, about to begin or new to the benefits of yoga, waking up to who you really are not only frees you to live the life you always knew was possible -- it also frees others. Level II immersions are a rare and profound opportunity to deepen into yoga life and teaching, features themes specific to the modern yogi illustrated by rotating faculty.

For more information please email us YTT@radiantlyalive.com and/or call us 1-(315) 791-4415 (UTC/GMT -5 hours) or Click here to see our video

Embracing Health 9 Day Detox, Healing & Raw Food Retreat with Leisa Wheeler

Ubud - Bali

October 24 - November 2, 2013


The Embracing Health 9 Day Detox, Healing & Raw Food Retreat from the 24th October – 2nd November 2013, is being held in beautiful Ubud, Bali. Featuring a beautiful 5 day juice fast, followed by four days of raw, gourmet foods. Receive a wealth of information, not just in the daily lectures, but by being a part of a friendly, like-minded group discussing all manner of healing concepts. You will be pampered with a deep-tissue massage, and reconnect with your body through yoga, walks in nature and sauna and pool time.

Be inspired by the presentations on emotional healing and the guided meditations. Enjoy the experience of total rejuvenation from all of the above as well as plenty of personal space to rest, sleep, journal or lay by the pool in the sun.

For more information please visit our website www.embracinghealth.com.au/retreat/ubud-bali to book now and secure your place.

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Katiza Satya, Sahaj Wood, Govinda Kai and Many Others.

Bali Eco Village Badung – Bali

November 1 – 30, 2013

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

The Sva-Dharma Teacher Training Level 2 is an intensive training where the main focus is The Heart. This training is moving into the next level of yoga with a deeper connection to the breath and prana. The training still has a strong foundation in Asana, but rooted in a more spiritual lineage.

The goal of this training is to give direct experiential tools to re-awaken the body, heart and mind based on the traditional Yoga teachings, where yoga is a path to full awakening. The program is about developing intuition, connection, surrender and wisdom. It gives a concrete experience of the subtle energy body, liberating blockages within the subtle system.

This is a continued education program, a previous 200+ hour Yoga Teacher Training based on the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system is required.

For more information please visit our website: http://delightyoga.nl/en/training/niveau-2-het-hart-200-uur/

A Day At Our 10 Day Retreat with Amy Rachelle

Ubud - Bali

November 1 - November 10, 2013


Our place is a day retreat. Students come for a full day, beginning with yoga and meditation in the morning, followed by a group sharing circle that keeps us connected with each other are doing and share what we're experiencing. Next our morning raw and detox theory class that gives students a comprehensive understanding of the how's and whys. From there we move into our studio kitchen that has tables and appliances set up for students in groups of six to work from, after watching the teacher demonstrate a recipe or technique. Following we take a break where students can lounge in a hammock or on one of our comfy resting places, sauna, get a massage, go into town, or connect with other fellow students. To end the day, we either present a expert speaker, or go on an adventure to tour a professional raw kitchen, visit a herb and vegetable garden, or immerse ourselves in local culture at a water purification temple. All segments of the day are optional so students can pick and choose what they would like to attend. Our students stay at a near by hotel or house within walking distance.

Price: $1,650 USD / 1,068 GBP

Like to become a certified Holistic Nutrition & Detox Coach? This 10 day retreat is included in our Coach program - upgrade for: $1,850 USD / 1,197 GBP (plus food contribution fee $250 USD / 162 GBP

For more information please visit our website: http://amyrachelle.com/info/10-day-raw-food-chef-detox-retreat/ or http://amyrachelle.com/hotel-suggestions-click-here/

Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy for Yogis, Bodyworkers, Energy Workers and Healthcare Practitioners with Cat Kabira and James Newman

The Yoga Barn Ubud – Bali

 November 11-15, 2013


Learn basic Craniosacral Techniques taught in a biomechanical background with an introduction and awareness to the biodynamic field. This therapy is grounded in anatomy and teaches specific "unwinding" techniques  - in particular-the Upledger 10-step protocol.  Along with this mechanical awareness, you will also learn about the different kinds of "tides" that can be sensed in the body and how to work in the biodynamic field.

This training can reveal to you to the possibilities of your own personal healing and how to authentically hold space for another.  A beautiful complement to other bodywork/energy trainings/yoga therapy and will show you a new way in approaching a client's system.

No experience necessary.

Price: 6million Rupiah

For more information contact Cat Kabira at: CatKabiraYoga@gmail.com

New to Bali "The Shiva Process Method" Retreat with Vilasini

Sanur – Bali

November 14 – 18, 2013


This is an exclusive Self Inquiry Meditation that turns the mind within to ask empowering questions. This is a powerful meditation and will revolutionize and enliven every aspect of your life, career, relationships, health and spirituality. This Retreat will be led by Vilasini who is the only accredited Facilitator of this process in Bali. All inclusive, including accommodation in twin Share (Private room can be arranged upon request for higher rate) Most Meals supplied, except when on our Day trip away.

This is going to be an amazing adventure and is open to beginner meditators to advance. You will definitely learn some great new skills to work on yourself and share with others. You will also gain inner peace, happiness and greater insight.

For more information click here

Private Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Cat Kabira

Ubud – Bali

November 18 – December 7, 2013


Class size limited to 10 students MAXIMUM so that every student gets the individual attention she/he needs. Intimate, in-depth, training to hone your practice and teaching skills with passionate, knowledgeable teachers.  This course is great for those who already have been teaching, are already assisting and adjusting in class and want to bring both their practice and teaching to the next level.

You will spend time on how to use your own tools of intuition, knowledge of asana, anatomy, and breath to assist students in their healing journeys and to understand how to hold space for the different needs of your students.

What this course includes:
Intensive Pranayama Practice, Philosophy, Anatomy: Review and Going Deeper, Refinement of Your Teaching Skills, Refinement of Alignment, Honing one's "Seeing" Skills as a Teacher/"Body Reading," Meditation Practice, Advanced Asana, Therapeutic Adjustments, Yoga with Kids as well as Kids with Special Needs,Prenatal Yoga

Cat Kabira, Emil Wendel, Chris Kummer, Lindsey Wise, Bex Tyrer, Carlos Romero.

Price: $2697 USD

For more information Contact Cat Kabira directly at CatKabiraYoga@gmail.com

BaliSpirit Featured Events

Sound Medicine Events

Sound Medicine Events

at The Yoga Barn - Weekly

Sound Therapy is known to be excellent for physical health problems, back pain, energy elevation, emotional stress, anxiety release, inner awakening, organ empowerment, soreness, relaxing the nervous system as well as for its other benefits.

Sound Medicine: Tama-Do Sound Harmonization – Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Sound Medicine at Yoga Barn presents live world music and sound healing talents every Wed evening. Joined by guest musicians & with Balinese Hindu chants and blessings from Ashram Gandhi Puri, each Sound Medicine is a unique experience combining 60+ acoustic instruments, silk color scarves, & natural essences. World musician, John De Kadt, says of his experience: "Shervin's Sound Medicine is a gift to the sonic world. His deep sensitivity and skill combined with his giant heart make his workshops some of the best musically healing experiences on planet earth"~John De Kadt, World Musician. Sound Medicine can also be arranged for private groups & retreats.

Bali Sound Healers Collective – Mon, Wed, Fri at 1:00pm
Facilitated by Shervin, each session highlights a different sacred musician or sound therapist from the newly formed Bali Sound Healers Collective. There are a variety of sound healing styles experienced at these daytime group healing sessions, such as: Balinese Hindu Chants, Devotional Heart Songs, Storytelling, Native American Sounds, Hindustani Healing Sounds and Sacred Instruments such as Didgeridoo, Crystal Bowls, Japanese Bowls & Mantra.

Private sessions in Sound Healing, Tama-Do Sound Therapy, Acupuncture & Musical Spine, Sound & Color Therapy, Tuning Forks, Facial Rejuvenation, TEP Sound & Acupressure with Shervin Boloorian are also available.

For more information see TheYogaBarn.com


Meridian and Yin Yoga Workshop with Beta and Liana

Taksu Spa Ubud – Bali

  • August 30 2 – 6pm
  • August 31 – Sep 1 8.30am – 12.30pm

Long, deep, relaxing and stretching Yin poses unblock energy pathways, restore joint mobility, support the fascia and connect you with your own subtle energy to heal and find inner peace. Unlike most yang based yoga, yin targets your interior, support structure known as the fascia.

The Course:

  • Understand the relationship between meridians and yin yoga postures
  • Realign chakras to free emotional blockages
  • Learn basic myofascial anatomy and physiology
  • Assist your personal practice with myofascial release props
  • Simplify yin postures for personal and teaching purposes
  • Gather Prana, the life force, with a dedicated yin practice
  • Receive 15 hour Yoga Alliance certification

Three phenomenal days for Rp 3,000,000
August 30 from 2 – 6pm
August 31 and September 1 from 8:30am – 12:30pm and 2 to 6pm

40+ Years of Combined Teaching Experience
Beta and Liana are an amazing fusion of experienced holistic professionals trained by experts in their individual fields. Beta holds a masters in Health and Wellness, and is certified in Myofascial Release by the Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork and studied with Yin Yoga's founders.

Liana's skills come through an integration of her practice and degrees in Western medicine, traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition therapy and therapeutic yoga.

Both are Yoga Alliance teachers.

For more information please call (0361) 971 490, email reservations@taksuspa.com or visit our website www.taksuyoga.com

BaliSpirit Featured Retreats

School of Sacred Arts Teacher Training

School of Sacred Arts Teacher Training

at The Yoga Barn Ubud – Bali

  • November 17 – December 15, 2013
  • March 30 – April 26, 2014

Facilitated by the gifted and respected SOSA team – including many of Yoga Barn's most beloved teachers – this 200 –hour Yoga Alliance accredited training offers students a deep exploration of the ancient art and science of yoga, and includes Vinyasa/Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga as it's foundation.

A transformational event that continues to change lives by inspiring the powerful, loving being within to more fully blossom.

For more information, please visit: www.schoolofsacredarts.net