Here a simple 7-step guide to accompany you through the process of finding your dream retreat in Bali:
1. Decide on the essentials: location, length and price.
That’s right: Bali is not as small as you thought. Picking the right location for your Bali retreat is a key step towards your heavenly time on the island. And your choice includes a wide range of options: pristine beaches rocked by the impetuous sound of the ocean; luscious green rice fields surrounded by the calming vibrations of nature; the majestic inspiration of high volcanic peaks or the spiritual energy of the highlands. The next essential point is to decide on the duration of your Bali retreat. This not only depends on your availability, but also on the goal of your retreat and on your budget. The length and price choices are vast, usually varying between 300usd for a 3-day retreat and more expensive 1-month experiences.
Tip: if you have any special requests, several companies offer customized retreats in order to meet your needs and wishes.
2. Reflect on your intention
Once you have chosen the essentials, the decision gets deeper. It’s time to ask yourself: What is my ultimate goal? What is my true intention for doing this retreat?
Here some more questions to mull over:
- Do you wish to mostly be by yourself or to meet and chat with like-minded people?
- Do you aim to deepen your yoga practice or to challenge yourself learning a new discipline?
- Do you need to relax and rest or are you craving for an adrenaline hit and boost of energy?
- Are you eager to dive deep into Balinese spirituality and culture or are you aiming to have a solo-trip to the roots of your inner-soul?
- Do you feel that your body needs to rejuvenate, cleanse and detox?
Also, many people choose to take a retreat during a specific turning point in their life. Your Bali retreat could be the perfect place to get through a transition and embrace that blissful life transformation.
Another little tip here: keep in mind we are all beautifully different. If that friend of yours found healing benefits from a 10-day silent and meditation retreat, it does not mean it could be the same for you. Be true to yourself, let any bias and judgement go. Simply reflect on your genuine ultimate goal, and pick your retreat accordingly.
3. Check what’s included in your retreat package
Each Bali retreat is different: read carefully through your package to understand what is already included in the total fee. Basics to be checked are: accommodation, meals, daily practices and airport roundtrips. In addition, you might want to see if there are any special treatments or activities included in the price: massages, private yoga and other practice sessions, cultural trips and outdoor activities.
Remember: Bali will be the perfect place to try all of these experiences out. The island is an international hub of reputable experts and professionals in holistic health, spiritual healing and also adventure sports!
4. Choose your accommodation
Most retreats pre-select accommodations for you. Staying in Bali is safe, affordable...and so dreamy! Choose the option that suits you best, whether that’s a shared room to meet new friends, a traditional Balinese homestay where you can integrate with the locals, a peaceful jungle bamboo guesthouse or a luxurious hotel leading onto the beach. Either way, it will be relaxing and authentically ‘Bali’. Hospitality is deeply rooted into Balinese culture and your accommodation will add so much to your overall retreat experience.
5. Pick your delicious and healthy food
Those of you opting for a detox/juice cleanse retreat have it easy on this one as your retreat will have everything covered for your daily source of vitamins, nutrients and energy. Bali is just the perfect spot for that, imagine all those juicy and healthy tropical fruits ready to heal and re-boost your tired body! If you are vegetarian, vegan, following a gluten free or other special diets, not to worry as nearly all retreats in Bali have wide dietary varieties. Remember to always check the details of your program before enrolling: you don’t want to find yourself following a meal program you had no intention to sign up for!
6. Explore new practices and fun activities
Your retreat in Bali could be your chance to try new sports and to let your adventurous self play. The variety of landscapes on the island makes Bali one of the best places for exciting activities. There are different retreats which include hiking, bushwalking, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling, scuba diving and freediving. Other retreats are created especially for women only, perfect for the solo-travelling girls. Also, there’s plenty of room to explore new yoga and healing practices such as sound healing, chanting and aqua healing and to learn the wisdom of Zen and Taoism and many other ancient philosophies.
7. Get to know the organising company and read past reviews
When choosing your Bali retreat take a look online at past testimonials and reviews. Don’t be shy to ask questions and clear any doubts you may have, but remember to focus only and solely on your own ultimate intention for your retreat. You might even dedicate a little time to research on the organising company and to directly contact them for more specific questions.
All in all, keep this in mind: your Bali retreat is your very own magical time, pick the best one for you and make the most of it. The choice is yours to feel.
For inspiration, have a look through our best holistic and yoga retreats in Bali here