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Bali Sacred Immersion – February 13-26, 2019

Selamat Datang!

(Welcome!)

Congratulations! Before you read any further, I invite you to pause and take a deep breath. I invite you to acknowledge yourself. Why? Because if you are reading this page it means you have reached a place in your life where you are actively investigating new horizons for yourself. No matter how full or amazing your life has already been, you are ready for more growth, expansion and adventure. And that deserves acknowledgement. I honor you and I support your quest for growth. And now, I invite you to read on.

Intention

Through having an amazing time exploring Bali and Balinese culture, the intention for this retreat is to assist each participant in taking the next steps in their personal journey towards full self-empowerment, self-realization and self-expression in this lifetime; to purify and cleanse that which is ready to be released so that we can plant new seeds and cultivate them to grow in order for us to step into truly living our greatest potential; so that we can recognize our gifts and share them fully with ourselves, our families, our communities and the planet as a whole. And, to have great fun while we’re at it!

We will participate in many different activities while we joyously and lovingly embody this journey. Among those activities will be yoga, chanting and singing, ecstatic dance, sound healing, breathwork, sacred ceremony and ritual, being in nature and, of course, diving into Balinese culture, life, cuisine and spirituality.

Although Indonesia is primarily a Muslim country, the island of Bali is primarily Hindu. We will see shrines to Ganesh and Shiva, among other Hindu deities, in abundance. Known as the Land of a Thousand Temples, Bali is home to a people whose life centers around temple activities and frequent ceremony. One of the ways we will experience being pilgrims on a sacred journey in this magical land will be by participating in a number of ceremonies. There are temple ceremonies that happen spontaneously, as well as planned, all over Bali and it is likely that we will be in the right place at the right time to experience some of these. There are water ceremonies, including ritual bathing and cleansing in pure spring water, hot springs and ocean water. There are fire ceremonies, including cacao fire ceremonies. We will experience Balinese art, dance and music and the many facets of Balinese daily life. We will delve into and discover ourselves as we explore the beauty and nature of Bali as well as Balinese ceremonial leaders and healers. 

There are many different spas and healers in Bali. Every participant on this retreat will be gifted a welcome massage upon arrival. As we proceed along our journey you will find an extensive variety of healing modalities at affordable prices. You are invited to pamper yourself all you want as self-nurturing is encouraged.

The nature spirits are palpable and healing here in Bali. We will feel their presence as we explore some amazing waterfalls and other beautiful nature places.

We will be well nourished and physically supported during our journey by delicious Balinese cuisine as we have connections with many excellent restaurants. Most will create unique buffet style meals for us. Among these will be Indian food and many styles of Balinese food, all delicious and healthy. And always with a wide variety to choose from. When you fill out the registration form, please be sure to note your dietary needs.

We will dive into our hearts to cleanse, renew and awaken our bodies, minds and spirits.

You are invited to join us!

Itinerary

Arrival Days

We start our journey on February 13 at 5pm to meet and greet in our hotel lobby. At 6pm we leave for a special welcome Balinese buffet dinner.

We imagine that most people will arrive in Bali on the 13th. Of course you are welcome to come early and enjoy Bali for any period of time you wish before the retreat starts. If you want to arrive early, let us know and we can help plan airport pickup and interim lodging. Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) you will be met by our personal Balinese drivers. Your driver will escort you to a waiting vehicle, handle your baggage, offer you fresh water and get you settled for your drive, about one hour, to the mystical village of Ubud. You will be taken to our hotel, Melati Cottages.

Depending on your arrival time, after check-in, your driver will take you to the Sedona Spa for a complimentary Balinese-style massage and mandi lulur as our way of welcoming you to Bali as we get ready to start our journey together. The lulur is a Balinese herbal scrub made of turmeric, sandalwood and rice powder ending with a hot flower bath. This will be a great way to unwind and relax after your travels.

If possible, it is recommended to find a flight that gets you to Bali early in the day on 13th so that you have ample time to get settled, relax and enjoy your welcome massage before our meet and greet at 5pm. You are welcome to come a day early in order to acclimate and already be here on the 13th. That is the option I personally recommend.

Our first morning together, on the 14th, after breakfast (8 – 9 am) we will meet in our private group space and have an orientation and setting of intention. After that we will drive to Pura Tirta Empul for our first sacred water purification ceremony. Tirta Empul is where the Hindu Priests and Balinese people come for purification, prayers and healing. This temple, in the village of Tampaksiring, is known as the “Holy Spring Temple” and one of the most sacred spots in Bali. Water spouts pour water from 12 sacred fresh water springs into one long pool. Each spout purifies a different part of your physical, emotional and spiritual body. We will start at one end of the pool and take some time at each spout to offer our prayers and intentions for our time on this retreat. We will take part in a sacred purification ritual so we will prepare together to release anything and everything that is no longer serving us in present time. We will then enter the Temple to perform a group prayer and offering to the Gods of Bali in the Balinese style. We are giving thanks for our safe arrival and anchoring our personal intentions for this journey together. After our morning at Pura Tirta Empul, we will go to another amazing temple called Gunung Kawi in the same village. This place is more than 1000 years old and has intricate rock-cut shrines that are carved into some 23 foot high sheltered niches in the sheer cliff face. We will then head back to Ubud, getting massages if you have not had yours yet, and free time before our dinner together. And that’s just the first day!

For the remainder of our journey together our itinerary will be more free flow. We have many special events and places to share with you, and the exact order and timing of things will reveal itself perfectly as the retreat unfolds. The following is a description of some of the experiences and locations we have planned for you.

Pura Besikah, Mother Temple – We will take a scenic drive to Pura Besakih or The Mother Temple, on the slopes of sacred Mount Agung. Gunung Agung means “great mountain”. The mountain and the God it embodies are central in most stories about the origins of Balinese culture, religion and political order. In Bali there are six supremely holy temples, called Sad Kahyangan, or the “six temples of the world.” The most important temple in all of Bali is the triple shrine located in the courtyard of the Pura Penataran Agung at Pura Besakih. At this shrine three Padmassanas (a type of shrine) are arranged side by side. These shrines are dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, God the Creator, Vishnu, God the Sustainer, and Shiva, God the Destroyer.

Although Shiva is known as God the Destroyer, what he is really helping us to destroy are attributes that no longer serve us. For example, self-limiting beliefs or old patterns or habits that we are ready to let go of. In Satyam, Shivam and Sundaram or Truth, Goodness and Beauty, Shiva also represents the most essential goodness. Here we will make offerings in the Balinese tradition and style and also take in the beauty of this unique place.

Full moon fire ceremony and gong bath – The Pyramids of Chi is a spectacular venue just outside Ubud dedicated to sound healing. Two large pyramids were built to the same relative dimensions as those in Giza Egypt. The slightly larger one, the pyramid of the sun, houses a permanent installation of gongs, Tibetan bowls, digeridoos, drums and other sound healing tools. Two sound healing sessions are held there daily. And each month on the full moon there is a special evening that combines a beautiful fire circle ceremony outside and then a full sound healing session inside. Afterwards they serve a delicious vegetarian meal. This will be a special evening.

Kirtan – This is a sacred practice of group singing or chanting to call in the energy and the names of the Divine either in a call and response format or all together. This activity invokes states of bliss and connection. There are several weekly Kirtans in the Ubud area. Our favorite currently happens on Tuesday nights and combines Hindu and Buddhist chants as well as usually ending with an uplifting English chant.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud – This cool and dense swath of jungle is what Ubud once looked like before it was developed. You will see carvings, a water spring, a monkey temple, and of course, lots of monkeys.

Ubud Market – You can find an extensive selection of handicrafts from all over the island, a farmer’s market, special ceremonial items the Balinese use everyday, plus much more. This will give you an up close and personal experience of Balinese life and people.

Balinese Healers and Massage – Although you will have already received a welcome massagethere are many healers and different styles of massage available in Bali for you to experience as often as you’d like. All this is optional and affordable.

Balinese Shopping – Bali is a land of artists and creativity. Although the focus of our journey will be more on experience rather than shopping, we will have opportunities to see and purchase a variety of art, clothing, crafts and more. Some of these include hand painted silk sarongs, scarves, robes and clothing, batik sarongs and exquisite wood carvings. Having had a Bali import business for more than 30 years, our tour partner will take us to some of his favorite manufacturers.

Balinese Performances – We will spend several evenings experiencing Sacred Balinese Dance and listening to the other-worldly music of the gamelan. The Barong dance is probably the most well known Balinese dance. It is a storytelling dance narrating the fight between good and evil, Barong and Rangda. This dance is a classic example of the Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality. The Barong dance is truly a triumphant display of bright colors, elaborate costumes and graceful movements. The masks of Barong and Rangda are considered sacred items and, before they are brought out, a priest must be present to offer blessings by sprinkling them with holy water taken from Mount Agung, and offerings must be presented.

Another evening we will experience the Monkey Dance (Kechak) in honor of Lord Hanuman. A large group of men in a circle chant to Hanuman, along with a few dancers. The dance mainly refers to the Ramayana, an ancient Hindu text, and is traditionally performed in temples and villages across BaliThis classic Balinese performance also includes a fire/trance dance as part of the performance.

Sacred Waters of Bali

Padang Bai – This is where the ferries leave for Lombok and other islands. It is a beach town with 2 different beaches. One is white sand and the other is black sand. Both have clear blue waters for great swimming and relaxation. Snorkeling is an optional activity here.

Kintimani & Lake Batur – We will drive to Kintamani, which is at the edge of a huge volcanic crater. We will then drive into the crater to Lake Batur. The views of both are breathtaking. There is a natural hot spring and swimming pool at the edge of the lake where we can soak our way into full presence. This is a sacred and unique place.

Air Panas Banjar (Banjar Hot springs) – Near Lovina (North side of Bali) is another beautiful place in nature where we will bathe and relax in a sacred natural hot water spring in a scenic garden. The water here is highly mineralized and has a local reputation for being rejuvenating. While in Lovina, after the hot spring, we will visit a Thai Buddhist temple with many rooms, statues, a stupa, which is a dome shaped Buddhist shrine, a Bodhi tree from a cutting of the original Bodhi tree in India and a mini replica of Borabador, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, which is located in Java.

Sekumpul or Aling Aling waterfalls – And/or any of the other bountiful amazing waterfalls in Bali. Here we will have a direct experience of the potent healing energy of the nature of Bali.

Tirta Gangga Water Palace – We will drive to Tirta Gangga (Water of the Ganges) through a beautiful part of Bali passing many local villages, terraced rice fields and expansive views. Tirta Gangga was once the King’s palace in the Karangasem province of Bali. Now it is a public garden. The water comes from a sacred spring and is some of the cleanest in all of Bali. Here we can walk, relax and take in the beauty and tranquility of this palace garden and swim in the pools that the King swam in. Here we will contemplate our inner sovereignty and how we bless the world with our creations.

The rice terraces around Tirta Gangga are some of the most beautiful on Bali. They sweep out from Tirta Gangga almost like a sea surrounding an island. Together with the majestic gardens and pools of the palace, Tirta Gangga is most definitely the jewel of Bali. As we walk through the gardens and take in the amazing scenery, you may find yourself in a state of bliss and inspiration. We will receive the power of Mother Nature to help amplify our prayers and set in motion our intentions for the following year.

Please note that circumstances may change as we move through this magnificent time together. Spontaneity or mutual collaboration may call upon us or something beyond our control might occur, or an unexpected opportunity arises that may add even more magic to our journey! In all cases we are going to have an amazing time as we relax and trust in Divine Guidance.

Are you ready?

IMPORTANT PASSPORT INFORMATION

Please check the expiration date of your passport as it MUST be valid for 6 months PAST the date you are planning on leaving Bali. In this case, your expiration date must be at least Sept 2019 for our Bali Sacred Immersion retreat. If your passport expires before this time then you need to renew it before leaving for Bali.

Logistics

The cost of this unique all-inclusive journey is $2800, based on double occupancy. A single occupancy option is available for an additional $410. Prices are in US Dollars. A $200 discount is available for early bird registration before January 13, 2019. If you pay for your tour in full when you register you will receive an additional $200 discount on the price. Also, if you register for two of my tours at the same time you will receive a $200 discount on each. And, for every friend you bring with you on this Bali tour, you receive a $100 credit towards the price of your tour. So there are numerous ways to save money. Bring 28 people with you and your tour is free! We accept payments by American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover via PayPal.

Price includes:

  • Double occupancy lodging.
  • All Breakfasts, most lunches and dinners.
  • Purified water throughout the retreat.
  • All entrance fees to performances, events, and temples.
  • Your transportation from the airport on arrival and back to the airport at the end of the journey.
  • Transportation around the island for our excursions.
  • Your welcome massage and all in-house yoga and meditation instruction.

Price does NOT include:

  • Your airfare to Bali.
  • Visa fees if needed.
  • Other beverages besides water.
  • A few meals.
  • Tips to drivers, hotel staff, etc.
  • Items of a personal nature, such as gifts and souvenirs, laundry, internet.
  • Extra massages or healing sessions.
  • Extra nights accommodation.
  • Single occupancy surcharge if desired.
  • Trip cancellation and medical insurance are not included but highly recommended.
  • Anything else not explicitly stated in the ‘included’ list above.

Deposit: $500 deposit holds your space. When you are ready to register, please fill out the registration form and send it in with your deposit. The balance of your payment is due one month before the retreat begins. If you register with less than one month before the start of the tour, complete payment is required at that time.

Refund Policy: Deposits are non-refundable. The balance of fees paid above the deposit amount is refundable up to one month before the retreat begins. After that time, no refunds will be given. It is highly recommended to purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel for medical emergencies or natural disasters. This will also cover you during your travels should you need medical treatment of any kind.

Our Hotel for this retreat in Ubud is called Melati Cottages (Melati means Jasmine), a Balinese family run hotel that is full of Bali beauty. Our tour partner has been using this hotel for many years. The grounds are beautiful and away from any roads, therefore, peaceful and tranquil. All our needs will be met by a very caring, loving and dedicated staff. Our meeting hall is all wood with open sides so there is plenty of fresh Bali breeze. The hotel is located in Penestanen, which is the next village over from Ubud. It is much quieter than staying in Ubud center with much less traffic, yet still only a 5-minute drive to Ubud. Across the street from our hotel is one of the premier raw foods restaurants in the Ubud area, called Alchemy. Their raw desserts are spectacular. There is also the excellent Wayan’s juice bar right next door to Alchemy where you can purchase fresh juices or coconut water every morning.

A buffet breakfast with many choices will be served every morning at our hotel. Some of our lunches will be prepared by the staff at the hotel especially for us. Some will be box lunches that we will take on our outings. Dinners will be different every night at the many different restaurants that Ubud has to offer. All of our meals will be gourmet Balinese and International cuisine. Most meals will be buffet style with many options. Remember to fill out your dietary needs on the registration form. Drinks are NOT included. We will provide unlimited pure drinking water the entire time we are together. For lunches and dinners that are not included in the tour, we will suggest special places to go. 

Upon arrival at the hotel, everyone will be asked to give a deposit of $200 cash or a credit card to have on file for any extra charges that you might incur at the hotel.

Your lodging is paid for from the start date at noon till the finish date at noon for this retreat. If you want to come earlier or stay later we will gladly answer your questions about options to stay longer and help you to make arrangements. There is another group right before us and closely after us at Melati. So it is an option to arrive one day early at Melati and stay two days afterward there as well. If you want to come earlier than that or stay later, we will help you find another hotel where you can do that comfortably. And then we will help arrange transfer to/from our hotel for the retreat.

You should be in reasonably fit physical condition. Some of the temples we will go to have stairs and some of the nature walks will be short to moderate in length. Nothing too strenuous, but if you are in a wheelchair, for example, some of this might be a challenge for you.

Most nationalities receive an Indonesian one month “Visa On Arrival” at the airport in Denpasar. Please check the Indonesian immigrations website to verify the details for your country of origin. If you think you might stay in Bali for more than a month, make sure you pay the $35 at the airport before you go through immigration to be able to have the option to extend your visa one more month. There are many visa agents in Ubud that can help you with the extension if you’ve paid that fee. If you don’t pay for that option when you first arrive, you will not be able to extend your visa later. And there are hefty fines for a visa overstay.

February is a wonderful time in Bali in terms of the weather. Please pack for the tropics – 80’s during the day and 60’s in the evening. Should you forget something, the shopping in Ubud is wonderful and you can find whatever you may need. A suggested packing list will be included in your registration confirmation information.

 

Are you ready to join us? Registration below!

Registration Instructions:

  1. Carefully read the Terms and Conditions.
  2. Print and sign the Agreement and Release Form located on page 6 of the Terms and Conditions.
  3. Photograph or scan your signed Agreement and Release Form and email it back to us at info@sacredsitedave.com
  4. Fill out and submit the online Registration Form found here.
  5. Choose one of the deposit options below and complete the payment.

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Submit your deposit of $500 for early bird pricing. ($2600) Balance of $2100 is due by January 13, 2019





Pay in full $2400 for early bird pricing.

 




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