Yoga Retreat Bali: The Ultimate Guide

“Palm Trees, Ocean Breeze, Salty Air, Sunkissed Hair… An Endless Summer… welcome to Bali, the island of the Gods!”

If you have been considering travelling to Bali, Indonesia for your next wellness retreat, you MUST read this comprehensive guide before making any plans.

Bali is currently one of the world’s most sought after retreat hotspots. It’s easy to understand why with the impressive number of paradises available off the beaten track.

Alyssa James sums a Bali yoga retreat it up well in her article on travelmag.com:

“Stepping foot on Bali is enough to make you forget all your worries, but when it comes to relaxing your mind, body, and spirit, you couldn’t choose a better island. The impeccable nature in the form of jungles and waterfalls, ornate temples, and beautiful healthy food will have you changing your life in no time.”

Whether you are in need of free silent meditation retreats, or perhaps you prefer the sound of surf yoga retreats on the South coast of the island, or maybe you are specifically looking for yoga spa retreats for women tucked away in the jungle… Bali offers it all!

What’s more, I have made sure that everything you could possibly need when looking for a retreat in Bali has been organised within this guide.

You can guarantee that from your initial idea and inspired thoughts all the way through to completing your booking and packing for the trip, I have you covered!

Simply use the menu at the top of the page to navigate to the section that takes your fancy the most, and then get the down low on everything you need to know before you go.

From hidden gems to exclusive deals, you are sure to find the perfect Bali yoga retreat for your next vacation!

 

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Bali Travel Tips

  • Bali’s high season lasts from April to October — the island’s dry months. This is the busier and more expensive time to visit Bali.
  • The low season is from November to May – for both surfing and tourism. This is a quieter time to visit where the prices will be cheaper and there will be less tourists around.

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Planning A Yoga Retreat

How do I plan a yoga retreat?

To plan a yoga retreat you must first decide on a few of your personal preferences.

For example, this could be the:

  • Locationwhich country would you like to go to for your retreat? Take into consideration your desired environment. i.e. do you want to be close to the beach? or within a jungle?
  • Durationhow long would you like to go for?
  • Time of year – which month/s would you like to go in?
  • Type of retreatwhat is the main focus of the retreat? i.e. for couples? detox? rejuventaing? teacher training?
  • Activities offereddoes the retreat include activities such as hiking, photography, surfing, spa treatments?
  • Style of yogaWhich style/s of yoga would you like to practice during the retreat? i.e. Hatha? Ashtanga? Yin?
  • Budgetdo you have a minimum and maximum price range to cover all costs of the retreat?
  • Dietary requirements – do you want to follow a strict diet? i.e. vegan? lacto-vegetarian? plant-based?

Rather than planning your own itinerary and all the finer details, it is better to search for a pre-made Bali retreat package, as this will save you time and money.

Using online tools such as the retreat search feature on bookretreats.com, you can easily input your requirements to find all the available Bali retreat packages listed within your chosen specifications.

Check out the tutorial video below to watch a walk-through of how to use this online tool to successfully and easily search for your next retreat.

Yoga Retreat Bali Ubud

What is the best yoga retreat in Bali?

The best yoga retreat in Bali depends on your personal preferences. Bali offers a wide range of retreats mainly in the popular destinations of Ubud, Canguu and Seminyak.

Based on the average of all the retreats available on the island of Bali in Indonesia, the best yoga retreat Bali, will always offer a mix of:

  • Traditional experiencesso that you can learn more about the Balinese culture
  • Full or half board mealsso that you don’t have to worry about finding restaurants to eat at every day! These will usually be very nutritious and healthy too!
  • Wifibecause it is not always possible to unplug!
  • Comfortable and safe accommodation 
  • Daily yoga and meditationto help you unwind
  • Excursionsso that you get to see more of the island on your trip!
  • Free return airport transfers to remove any travel worry and stresses
  • Filtered water and herbal teato keep you hydrated in the hot climate!

Take a look at the types of retreats available in the rest of this article so that you can decide on your opinion of the best yoga retreat Bali!

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Surf And Yoga Retreat In Bali

Where is the best place for surfers in Bali?

Bali has countless surf spots and incredible beaches. The best place for surfers in Bali is on the South coast of the island. From Canguu all the way down to Uluwatu.

If you are a beginner surfer and you don’t mind a bit of rain, then you should consider the wet season for surfing Bali, since the waves are smaller and less intimidating, but still consistent.

However, if you do decide to surf in the peak season where the waves are much larger and powerful, then I recommend learning on Kuta beach. The soft tide and average height of the waves make it a good first step for beginner to try out white water surfing (surfing the waves after they break and roll towards the beach). The good thing here is that there are plenty of lifeguards on the lookout, may you get into trouble.

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The other smart idea would be to book yourself onto a surf retreat where you will have an instructor to hand who will take you to the best spots based on your ability.

Check out the latest recommended surfing yoga retreats in Bali listed below:

“In this retreat, you will join group yoga classes led by world-class instructors and have amazing surf sessions (lessons, coaching, or guiding). We’re very small and personal. A stay with us is not a full-service yoga retreat or a cheap surf camp experience.

We make sure that you get the very best yoga and surfing experience that Bali has to offer, but this will probably only take up three or so hours of each day, leaving you with plenty of time to explore the endless sights and activities on offer across the Island of the Gods.”

“Re-lax, Re-flex, Re-connect….. retreat yourself and “Feeeel Alive”

Immerse yourself in Yoga, Surf, and Mindfulness, while you enjoy the sun, rest and tropical vibes. Discover the power and love within yourself. 

A chance to deepen and renew your yoga practice, step out of your comfort zone and ride the waves of life!”

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Bali Meditation Retreats

“Thanks to the country’s long history of Buddhist and Hindu spirituality, yoga, meditation, and wellness are an integral part of Indonesian culture.” Alyssa James

What is a silent meditation retreat?

A silent meditation retreat is a technique used to calm the mind and enhance concentration. Some people refer to this type meditation as Vipassana (meaning to view things just as they are).

It often entails staying at a remote meditation center and meditating in silence for up to 10 days.

Ubud in Bali is the popular region for finding silent meditation retreats. Here you can immerse yourself among local nature in the jungle treetops or the tranquil long stretches of delicate rice fields.

To make it easier for you to find the perfect meditation retreat, use the following quick links:

Bali Spiritual And Meditation Retreat Top Picks

Take a look at the three most popular and recommended retreats vetted by Vibrant Yogini, which includes two spiritual retreats in Bali and a meditation retreat in Bali:

11 DAY MEDITATION AND YOGA IN BALI & GILI AIR

“There will be silence and sounds – the sounds of nature, the sounds of singing Tibetan cups and your own inner voice.

There will be meditation, energy exercises, yoga and swimming (with dolphins, turtles, sharks).

There will be crystal healing, ancient sacred temples and rituals and lots of breathing!”

“Learn how to simply BE without having to DO anything. Still the mind as you watch your thoughts, listen to the sounds, and become a witness to life happening.”

“The divine science of manifesting your soul mate.

Finding sacred love is an ideal retreat for anyone looking to find, create or expand lasting love. Give yourself a gift that lasts a lifetime.”

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Bali Health Retreats

Where is the best wellness retreat in Bali?

Bali offers a variety of wellness retreats in Seminyak and Ubud. Check out the top picks below.

Detox Retreat Bali: Health Retreats Seminyak

  • For more affordable Bali vitality detox retreats, then Seminyak is the place to go. 
  • Although Seminyak is a tourist hub, there are quieter gems hidden away with access to calm beaches and fresh island air.

Yoga Detox Retreat Bali – Ubud Health Retreat

  • Ubud offers a wide array of Bali wellness retreats perfect for soothing the soul.
  • From luxurious jungle tree top Bali retreat centers to riverside detox retreats, you are sure to find the perfect place to rejuvenate your body and mind.

Take a look at the top three recommended Bali health retreats available right now:

“Imagine a place so green and rich from nature’s creation the only noises you hear are exotic birds and butterflies, the views you see are of tropical forests, mountains and sea.

Where the healing foods you eat are grown organically in your garden, a place where your every need is met with a smile, where you are cared for, day and night, with traditional healing massages, refreshing facials.”

“This amazing short break is for those who don’t have the luxury of a long holiday yet want to start some life changes!

As the name says, it’s a Kickstart to Wellness! You will receive a pre-detox diet. By following this a week before your program will be even more effective.”

“Learn the process of a gourmet raw cuisine with a hands-on approach.

Expand your knowledge about healthy nutrition in a new, eye-opening perspective. Give a chance to a new diet to conquer your heart and help you to become vibrant, happy and healthy on all levels.

Raw and live food opens your heart and mind, it makes you feel bountiful and fulfilled, while raising up your spirit.”

Luxury Yoga Retreats Bali

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine what you consider luxurious and relaxing…

If you pictured yourself being pampered in tropical sunshine surrounded by beautiful nature then Bali is 100 times just that!

From deep relaxation and daily meditation to world-class yoga practice, amazing spas coupled with exotic treatments that are inspired by ancient healing traditions, the wide selection of luxury yoga retreat Bali offers will allow you to escape, relax, and ‘get away from it all’.

Plus, there are plenty of open-air activities as part of your chosen yoga luxury retreat that help you connect with Mother Nature. 

Take a look at the most recommended picks by visitors below:

“Join us for an unforgettable experience in Bali! From healing ceremonies to rice paddy treks, spa treatments, and MORE!

Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice.”

“The Panca Mahabhuta (five elements) Retreat is our signature program that comprises a holistic integrative approach designed to tune in on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels, allowing an organic healing process to naturally unfold.

This begins by attuning to your authenticity and honouring your highest potential.”

“A retreat in a lush tranquil environment with all the beauty mother nature has to offer.

This is not just a Yoga retreat where you explore your strength and flexibility and enjoy amazingly healthy food but you will also receive spiritual guidance such as Tarot reading, Crystal/Reiki and Chakra healing and meditation.

Experience and indulge all of your senses!”

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Affordable Yoga Retreats In Bali

Are retreats in Bali expensive?

There are retreats in Bali to suit all budgets. Simply use an online search platform such as bookretreats.com to find a retreat within your preferred price range.

What is the lowest cost of a retreat in Bali?

Depending on factors such as duration and location, retreats in Bali can be as little at a couple of hundred American dollars or British pound sterling.

What is the average cost of a retreat in Bali?

The average cost of a retreat in Bali depends on several factors such as the duration, type and location. However retreats in Bali range from 200 to 10,000 American dollars or British pound sterling.

Bali Retreat Cheap And Cheerful Search

To give you an idea of a realistic yoga retreat Bali budget, then visit bookretreats.com and use the search parameters to organise the retreats by price low to high. You will then be able to see the most affordable retreats available right now. Usually you will find yoga Bali Seminyak retreats the most competitively priced.

However, see the list of  well-researched cheap yoga retreats in Bali below:

“Welcome to Lovina, a paradise in the north with the most tranquil setting. An unforgettable and nurturing experience is what we provide. Immerse yourself in this 9-day long retreat of bliss and beauty.

Each day includes a yoga session to help relax your body and calm your mind complimented by a traditional Balinese massage to soothe your nerves and achieve that renewed, elevated spirit.

Come to this nurturing escape, gift yourself that break.”

“In our retreat in Awakening Self-Love, we will engage in various practices designed to bring us home to ourselves is profoundly healing and transformative ways.

We will participate with Mother Earth, Water and Fire ceremonies; perform yogic exercises in asana, pranayama, and dhyana; dance, chant and sing; and most importantly, rest, relax and reflect.”

 

“If you are looking for a place in Bali where you could base yourself, relax, explore the surrounding surf spots and enjoy amazing Yoga, The Pineapple House is paradise.

Step over the threshold into the open plan garden & living area, complete with calm turquoise pool and cushioned areas to relax after a long day, this is a place to unwind.”

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Yoga Teacher Training In Bali

From 200 hour yoga teacher training Bali to 300 and 500 hour yoga teacher training Bali, you are sure to find the best course to immerse yourself in while you learn how to teach this sacred practice.

Surround yourself in tropical nature and fresh island air for a memorable experience during your teacher training.

The yoga teacher training in Bali are plentiful and perfect for both aspiring teachers and those that wish to deepen their practice by living Yoga to the fullest.

Where better place is there to be able to switch off from distractions while focusing your mind and educating yourself than on the ‘Island of the Gods’?

Check out the top picks of yoga teacher trainings in Bali below:

“The style of yoga we teach has a solid strong foundation that will equip you with the necessary tools to be well versed in teaching yoga. We unpack each asana before we teach you how to put sequences together.

This course is designed not only for aspiring teachers, but for anyone with a desire to immerse in a month of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation through yoga.

We have been running Yoga Teacher Trainings year round for over 12 years. We are proud to be one of the first, original and longest standing Yoga Teacher Training schools on the island of Bali.”

“This teacher training offers something different than what’s out there on the market.

We prepare our students in all aspects of running a thriving yoga business, yet believe in teaching the most authentic and non-commercialized yoga practices based on the classical yogic texts.

Our way of practice and educating will actually provide you with the tools to offer the healing benefits of this practice to others, rather than just a fitness class.”

“Come together with like-minded people in a life-changing and transformative yoga teacher training experience with twice daily asana practices, lectures, workshops, and teaching experiences. 

You will come together for the teacher training and will also leave with new friends for life. 

Being an intensive and fully residential programme will allow you to dive into your practice in a way that is unique, special and transformative.”

Packing For A Retreat in Bali

What do I pack for a retreat in Bali?

For a retreat in Bali, you should pack the following items:

  1. Light breathable cotton loose fitting clothes
  2. Organic mosquito repellent
  3. Suncream
  4. Light rain coat or umbrella
  5. Basic toiletries
  6. Diarrhoea tablets

Do not try to pack too much to take with you on a retreat. Travelling light in Bali is the best way! Ask your retreat manager if the accommodation supplies any toiletries and towels. You can also ask if they offer laundry services.

Be careful with drinking the water and make sure you always drink filtered to avoid getting ‘Bali-Belly.’ This also applies to salad, fruit and any other foods that are washed with unfiltered water.

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How To Book A Yoga Retreat

How do I book a yoga retreat?

To book a yoga retreat, you must first research online, and then contact the retreat manager to make your reservation.

Check out the tutorial video below which gives you step-by-step instructions on how to find the perfect retreat!

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