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Sacred Arts Purification Retreat with
Jennifer Isaacson

June 11-24 2012

Yoga in Bali
On retreat we’ll enjoy two yoga classes on most days in a warm tropical environment. Incorporate the color and texture of this lush land as we immerse into Bali’s Hindu culture through, daily yoga, temple and ashram visits, time with a  healer, bodywork, hikes, snorkeling, and healthy foods. Bali's people, arts, and environment demonstrate sacred devotion in all practices, this will be the connecting theme in our purification immersion.

Art and Culture
In Bali, art is part of religion and in some cases, healing. This trip includes several performances of Balinese music and dance. Some are private, some part of regular tourist performances, and some take place at temple festivals. All are of the highest quality.

Massage is regarded as an important healing art on the island of Bali. Because every family has a member who practices this art, there are many professionals. These special Healers are even called upon in emergencies to set broken bones or dislocations. Each participant will receive a traditional massage on retreat.

Purification ceremonies are an important part of Bali Hindu religious cycles. Usually held during times of stress, plague, or purification, these ceremonies are held within the village temples. During the rituals, those who fall into trance communicate the wishes of the high and low spirits to their attentive observers. Our trip includes purification at the elegant temple and Sacred Springs of Tampaksiring

The Balian
Besides visiting a western-style doctor when ill, the Balinese consult a Balian, a traditional healer. These men and women work in different ways: some mix herbal remedies; some create drawings of magical inscriptions and symbols to protect the wearer; and some, while in trance, communicate messages from the Bali Hindu deities that dictate the creation of certain offerings and ceremonies. A visits with a local esteemed Balian to watch him work is included in our itinerary.


"I'll remember everything - the trip was just so life changing, special and magical for me. The purification ceremony was the most memorable thing. I'll remember the great conversations with both Judy and Surya and the special stories and treatments from you both. I felt like you guys were just so personable, attentive and amazing in every way. You really made the trip for me!! I'll remember the spirit of the Balinese and how nice and smily all of them were. I've made some friends for life, and we've met up back up in the states, and we'll always share this special bond of the magic we shared in Bali! I just smile every time I think of it. Best money I've ever spent. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Judy and Surya!"
Jeanna Barrett, Sept. 2011

"Thanks for all of your effort in making this a truly extraordinary trip, Judy. I had a fabulous time and learned a lot! I'm always so wary about group trips (it's not typically my travel style), and this one far surpassed my expectations."
Heather Rogers, Sept. 2011


Mon. June 11: Travel Day. Depart Seattle a little after midnight on Eva Airways via Tai Pei. Cross international dateline and lose one day, which you make up on your return.

Tues. June 12: Candi Dasa BL Arrive Bali mid-afternoon, and be transported by minibus to east Bali and our beach front bungalows at Candi Dasa. Check into hotel and bask in short restorative yoga session to get out the kinks before dinner together.

Wed. June 13: Candi Dasa BD Early yoga, followed by breakfast. Then we venture off by minibus to our waiting boat and a optional snorkeling excursion to a nearby coral reef preserve with dozens of tropical fish. Afternoon downtime.  Lunch and first orientation session focusing on basic Indonesian manners & customs, and a demonstration of how to wrap your traditional sarong. We have yoga session with Jennifer followed by late afternoon walk to the center of the village to see the temple for which Candi Dasa is named and tour Bali's only Gandhian Ashram. dinner prepared by the ashram members.

Thur. June 14 Candi Dasa B  Early Yoga, breakfast, followed by a visit to nearby Tenganan aboriginal village, where Bali’s finest basket making and textile weaving takes place. We see a demonstration of calligraphy and weaving.  After lunch the second orientation/language session focusing on the Bali/Hindu religion and caste system.  Late afternoon yoga and meditation.

Fri. June 15: Candi Dasa B Early departure for an optional climb up Gunung Lempuyang, a sacred, yet accessible (there are steps) volcano. After our descent, we move on to Tirtagangga, a fabulous “water palace” created by the region's last Raja. You can swim in the crystal clear, Olympic-sized pool, and have lunch at the gourmet cafe overlooking the pools and statuary. Late afternoon yoga.

Sat. June 16: Candi Dasa BD  Early Yoga followed by breakfast and third language session and talk focusing on Rites of Passage, their symbolism and importance in Balinese life. Free day for another optional snorkeling excursion (there are 2 other good sites in our area of east Bali), relax and enjoy the pool, indulge in further bodywork, explore Candidasa, and do last minute shopping. Late afternoon yoga. Group farewell dinner at La Rouge!

Sun. June 17: Ubud  BD Early morning yoga. After breakfast, depart Candi Dasa for Ubud, Bali's "Cultural Center."   Check into our eco/permaculture retreat center. Downtime. Late afternoon talk on Cakra's and Balinese beliefs about Tantraism, before our yoga session at the hotel. Dinner together.

Mon. June 18: Ubud  BL Early yoga, followed by breakfast and  guided tour through the organic garden of our lodge with a hands-on experience, learning about permaculture and tropical flora and fauna. Then we enjoy a Balinese cooking class with their professional cook. Pick vegetables in our organic garden, learn about local dishes and ingredients, prepare and cook the food. Enjoy your meal! Included organic coconut oil massages begin, followed by late afternoon yoga. Enjoy dinner out on the town in Ubud!

Tues. June 19: Ubud BL Early Yoga followed by breakfast. Then we transfer to Ubud town begin our walk through rice paddies with a guided tour of natural medicinal herbs both growing wild and cultivated in an herb garden near a organic restaurant where we will have lunch. Afternoon yoga and evening free.

Wed. June 20: Ubud B Early morning departure for the sacred springs of Tampaksiring, believed to have healing properties. There will be a purification ceremony for those who wish to participate, and then we visit the adjacent temple. Lunch overlooking Gunung Kawi temple, and onsite, our our third language class (words related to food) and seminar on Rites of Passage. Return to hotel for late afternoon yoga. Evening free.

Thur. June 21: Ubud  BLD  Early Yoga. Depart for the home of an esteemed local Balian (Healer) to watch him practice and perhaps have a "checkup.” Onsite seminar on traditional healing, and box lunch included . Late afternoon yoga and dinner together at the lodge. Evening performance of the Kecak (Monkey Dance) and fire trance dance.

Fri. June 22: Ubud BL  Early morning Yoga. Depart at 9:00 for a performance of the Barong dance at Batubulan, and then we visit the family home of your guide to tour the traditional compound and meet the family and learn about making Jamu, traditional medicine. Then we enjoy a tasty buffet lunch, created by family members. Return to our eco-resort for late afternoon Yoga. Evening on your own.

Sat. June 23: Ubud. B Final day in Ubud. Free day to shop & relax!

Sun. June 24: Transit BD Depart for airport for your return to the USA, or stay on for further adventures.

Although no one is required to attend any activities, there will be no refunds for missed activities. Anyone who leaves the tour at any time, for any reason, is on their own.

Trip Package Includes:
  • Two yoga & meditation classes most days with Jennifer.            
  • A traditional Balinese massage
  • Attendance at 2 traditional dance performances.
  • Visit and guided tour to Tenganan village 
  • Visit to Tampaksiring & Gunung Kawi temples and  & Purification Ritual
  • Visit to Tirtagangga Water Palace & trek up Gunung Lempuyang volcano
  • Visit to your guides’ family home, including a medicine making workshop and lunch,
  • Lunch at Ashram Candi Dasa and  final dinner in Candi Dasa
  • Airport transfers (except for those doing their own air).
  • Services of Madé Surya, professional guide.
  • 5 nights at Lotus Bungalows, Candi Dasa Beach
  • 7 nights near Ubud at Jiwa's Damai Eco-Lodge
  • Garden tour and cooking class at the Eco-Lodge
  • Ubud herb walk, transport and lunch at Sari Organic 
  • Visit to one of Bali’s most esteemed healers.
  • 2 organic dinners and one box lunch at the Eco-Lodge
  • Transfers to all excursions mentioned in itinerary
  • A snorkeling excursion to the Blue Lagoon
  • RT air from Seattle to Bali and Return.
  • Pre-trip information and onsite handouts.
  • Seminars on basic Indonesian, manners and customs, Bali-Hinduism, Rites of Passage, history, traditional healing, etc.

Not Included:
Meals except where noted in itinerary, laundry, airport taxes, overweight fees, additional sightseeing, and snorkeling equipment rental. “Optional “ activities such as snorkeling excursions.

Tour cost: $3923.00 based on two persons sharing a twin-bed room with bathroom. Ground transportation only deduct $1800.00 (does not include transfers). Group size limited to 20 participants maximum, minimum 8. Potential participants are warned that the price is based on airfare: $1800.00, and might go up. Early signups are absolutely necessary to ensure your seat on our high-season flight. Registration/release forms may be downloaded at

Roommates: Single people may sign up for accommodations desired on a shared basis; roommates can be chosen from other tour members. If a roommate is unavailable, the participant will be notified of the adjusted price for a single supplement: $362.00 extra.


Deposit: A deposit of $350.00 per person is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due 45 days before departure. Deposit minus a $75.00 cancellation fee is refundable until 60 days prior to departure.

Final payments due 45 days prior to departure, after which there is a 50% cancelation fee. No refunds will be made 2 weeks before departure. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.

Passport, Visa and Health: A passport, valid six months from date of entry with proof of onward transportation. Indonesian visa is not required for tourists staying less than 60 days. No inoculations are required.


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