Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4-8
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms No
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word "Yog" which means Union thus yoga means union of mind and body. There is more to yoga than physical exercises, learn about different paths of yoga, do’s and don’ts, postures, breathing techniques and meditation to free you from stress, anxiety and physical ailments. During this week, practice and learn from our experts in healing techniques of Yoga & Meditation to have a healthy body and a sound mind.

Meditation is the art of focusing your mind, restraining your thoughts and looking deep into yourself. Practising it can give you a better understanding of your purpose in life and of the divine, as well as provide you with certain physical and mental health benefits.

Whatever your experience at yoga and meditation, Ubud has so much to offer, from learning some basic yoga and Bali meditation to relax body mind and body to courses for more experienced practitioners.

Whilst you can sandwich in a session or two into one of our programs, and if that is all time permits, then fine but ideally, if you can, please experience one of our Yoga and Meditation weeks, you will be pleased that you did.

Many people travel the world to be in Bali as they believe it is a unique place for reflection and contemplation and we fully agree with them. In fact, they take this a step further and say Ubud is a sanctuary within Bali, an idyllic environment in which you can experience true tranquility. You have probably travelled halfway around the world to be here, a journey taken to help others through one of our many projects and we would encourage you not to lose this opportunity to rejuvenate yourself.

If you have the time to take this extra Yoga and Meditation week, do it, what you learn in the week you may take away from Bali and practice for the rest of your days.

The physical and mental benefits received from this program are enormous if practiced in daily life. In general, practice of yoga, meditation and Spa will help bring down stress, relieves physical ailments, boosts physical strength, stamina and flexibility, boosts impulse control, and bestows great skill in concentration and self control. They also enhance mental clarity, and boosts the functioning of the immune system while improving overall blood circulation and results in healthy glowing skin and in making you feel younger. Meditation itself will help infuse a sense of balance and help bestow peace of mind, and a more positive and peaceful outlook on life.

Aims & Objectives

The yoga principle stretches further than just physical exercises. It teaches different paths of yoga, postures, breathing techniques and meditation to liberate yourself from stress, anxiety and physical ailments.

Schedule

Monday

On Monday, you will wake up early to practice yoga and meditation while getting an introduction to these two concepts. After the introduction, you will get a short break to eat some fresh fruits and drink tea. Then you will receive your breakfast and relax a little until lunch time. Once you get your lunch and some free time to chill, you will start afternoon yoga and meditation sessions. In the evening, you will once again receive a break and enjoy eating some fresh fruits while drinking tea.

Tuesday to Friday

From Tuesday to Friday, you will follow the same routine through which you can get more training in yoga and meditation. You will start the morning by a yoga and meditation session. After the morning session, you will get a break to enjoy eating fresh fruits and drink tea. After the breakfast, you will get some free time where you can relax further and make your body and mind ready for the afternoon yoga and meditation session. After having lunch followed by some free time, you will then commence the afternoon yoga and meditation session. The session would end followed by the serving of some fresh fruits and tea. The free time is all yours to get rid of your busy lifestyle and to enjoy the tranquility you obtained from yoga and meditation.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        None

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

Participants below 18 are required to provide parental consent letters and participants above 65 should have the medical clearance.

Living & Location

You will be accommodated in one of our houses in the village of Penestanan Kaja. Located on the outskirts of Ubud, village life is quintessentially local here and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life – roosters crowing and all!

The Balinese place great importance on family and our houses are located amongst Balinese compounds, where you will get the chance to interact with local families and practice your newfound language skills. You can expect to share a room (dormitory style) on single gender basis.

If you select the private accommodation option, you will be given a private room with an attached bathroom.

Private villa option, you will have your own room, own toilet, own balcony and even your own kitchen. This is most suitable if you are expecting to spend some quality time all with your family. The number of people that can be accommodated in a private villa is four with kids.

Food Arrangements

Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during your stay. Typical dishes included mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soybeans), we also provide for some of western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.

Facilities

Our houses are located in Penestanan village and it will take about 10-15 minutes to reach the center of Ubud.

There are some grocery shops in the village and 24 hours minimart in Ubud center.

Shopping

In Ubud there are good grocery stores, 24 hour stores and plentiful small, family run shops where you will be able to find everything that you need.

Restaurants and Cafes

If you want to eat out occasionally, there is a wide selection of restaurants with high standards of both international and local cuisine. There are several cafes in the village, where you can relax and hang out with other participants on your spare time.

Swimming Pools

There are two swimming pools, both located a five minute walk from our center.

Gym

There are several gyms around Ubud area.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Since the weekends are free, you are able to go wherever you would like to go. Several popular destinations that you can reach by taxi are:

The Gili Islands, where you will find small resorts and huts for tourists looking to get away from the bustle of Ubud. The islands are a popular destination for snorkelling and diving due to its abundant marine life.

Nusa Lembongan, an island paradise with one of the most clear waters that you will ever see and it is also a place where you can find peace and completely relax. Surfing, diving and snorkeling and amongst the most popular activities that visitors can enjoy.

Lovina, located between the Bedugul mountains and the sea, it is popular for dolphin watching, trekking, hot springs and its gorgeous coral reefs.

Sanur, a stretch of beach in Southeast Bali that contains villa resorts and Zen Villas. Historically, it was used as the landing site for the Dutch invasion troops during the Dutch invasion in 1906 as well as being the entry point into Bali for the Japanese during WWII.

Kuta, a beach known of its surfing opportunities and party atmosphere.

Uluwatu, a temple built at the edge of a 70 meter high cliff at the edge of the sea and inhabited by monkeys.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Republic of Indonesia

Population:        255,461,700 (2015)

Capital:        Jakarta

Language:        Indonesian (official)

Currency:        Indonesian rupiah (IDR)

Time zone:        UTC +8

Country Information

Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia's vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.

Bali

Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Due to its location off the coast from the mainland and unique culture and religion from the rest of the country, Bali is often treated as a destination of its own, “if you’ve only been to Bali, you’ve never been to Indonesia”.

With its pristine beaches, its unspoilt waters ideal for surfing and diving, its lush mountains, its never-ending rice terrace and volcanic hillsides, its spiritually-infused culture and more, Bali has quickly become a must-visit and it often makes its way on everyone’s bucket list.

Flores

Flores is located the East Nusa Tenggara province if Indonesia. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. And if you want to see the famous Komodo Dragons alive, this is the only place in the whole world which gives you the experience. You can visit  the Komodo dragons in their natural habitats in the Komodo National Park islands. Here you will witness the natural treasures still trying to survive in its purest forms.

Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.

Flores, though it is one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.

Climate

Temperatures are pleasant, varying from 20-33 degrees celsius year-round. The monsoon season strikes in November and makes its way until march, bringing in humidity and a significant amount of rain. However, this usually does not stop people from visiting as the rain usually begins in the late afternoons and evenings, meaning the daytime remains sun-filled. From June to September, weather is dry and there is not too much humidity in the air.

Culture

Indonesia is a haven for customs and this can be seen in every corner of the islands. Not to mention the fact the these islands themselves have their own traditions and customs which are different from one another.

Bali

A good example of this are the small offerings containing flowers, rice and even cigarettes (sesajen) found in every house, restaurants, stall and even at the check-in desks at airports. The offerings are set with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water three times a day before every meal.

There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the Bali island and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, the temples are guarded with statues of gods and goddesses.

Keep, in mind, however, that the Hinduism you will see in Bali is often different than the one seen in India, for example.