Bali 17th October to october 29th, 2014
In beautiful and tropical Bali we have on offer three different tours that encompass the heart and soul of this magical island. While Australian have been flocking here for decades it was made more famous in the novel Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Bali was the place that Liz learnt to love again as part of the journey of finding herself. Our tours are also designed to explore your inner self while experiencing the unique food, bargain shopping, day spas, markets, mountain villages, meeting locals and helping support local communities that are located away from the traditional tourist trail.
Eleven Day Women’s Retreats
10 incredible women have the opportunity to attend a Women’s Retreat on the tropical island of Bali three times each year. For ten days you will be guided by experienced facilitators to learn about yourself and how what makes you happy can guide and transform your lives. More than ever before our lives are becoming extraordinarily busy and we don’t take time out to nurture ourselves and rejuvenate. So come and join us in an environment that nurtures the soul, in a place where luxury, time and serenity meet the excitement of new possibility, the sharing of wisdom, insights and experience that bring your happiness and goals into life that can enrich your future. Imagine taking ten days for yourself – time for self-reflection, relaxation, massages, visiting the sights Bali is famous for, shopping and of course sampling some amazing dishes. Staying at Villa Di Blayu so that we are surrounded by rice terraces and village life. Each day there will be time dedicated to discussions that allow growth and personal development and will have themes such as Happiness, Reaching Your Potential, Your Story and Looking After Ourselves. There will also be individual sessions to support you on your path. Our facilitator Liesel has 22 years’ experience in facilitating groups and individual work s well as an extensive knowledge of Bali and its culture.
Sharon one of our recent adventurers writes the following about her experience:
I cannot find the words to express how I feel about this adventure to Bali. The culture, the people, the way of life & the magical spell of happiness has been an experience, one greater than I would have ever imagined! Our group is the first to trial Liesel’s Women’s Retreat/Bali Tours. The itinerary includes so many extraordinary places to which would have been difficult & in some cases impossible to go to had we been without a guide. The tour also referred us to reputable places to eat, safe money exchange & bartering tips plus answers to many questions. The invitation to Nyoman’s (our driver) traditional family ceremony at his local village with suckling pig for dinner was an enormous privilege.
Our accommodation we have called home for 10 days has been a paradise in itself. We have made new friendships too & have many, many laughs together!
I am so truly fortunate to have had the opportunity & am forever grateful to those who made it possible! If you have not yet visited Bali I highly recommend you include it in your goal plan as the experience is one you will never forget! Our last day will be spent by the pool & dinner at Kuta before flying out
The program for this incredible adventure is outlined below:
Arrival at Denpasar will see you picked up for private transfer by our two drivers for the week Nyoman and Rio, we will travel to the accommodation that is about an hour’s drive away (depending on traffic of course). The accommodation for our ten nights is at the beautiful Villa Di Blayu which is located on the edge of the rice fields and sitting on the villa terraces you can see life in the village as people go about their normal lives. Some time for a swim and relaxation before a welcome dinner and time to enjoy some traditional Balinese dishes like satay, cap cay, mee goreng and nasi goreng (D).
Some more time for relaxation and a morning swim before we start with the first of our facilitated sessions. Lunch is at the resorts beautiful restaurant which is surrounded by a lily pond. After lunch be pampered by the complimentary Balinese massage and then get ready to travel to Echo Beach for a drink to watch the sunset and then dinner at the Echo Beach Café with a specially selected menu (B,L,D).
Wake to the sounds of the calls to morning prayers and have a relaxing breakfast before we have a session that will begin to help you formulate goals and what makes you happy. Then we will be heading to the local Sunday Market where you can easily get a great bargain. After lunch in Tabanan head back for a swim or head to the local Monkey Forest before a trip to Tanah Lot and a sunset dinner at the beautiful restaurant there (B,L).
Today we will head to Kuta, leaving mid-morning we will stop at Warung Sunset for lunch where you can feast on amazing ribs and Balinese fusion food while sitting in a tropical garden setting. After here we will get dropped at Melasti Street markets where there is so much shopping and haggling for bargains its mind bobbling. Come to our friends Eddi and Agu’s shops for handbags, billabong and rip curl clothing. There is free time to wander all the way down Legian street where we will then finish at Matahari Square. For dinner we will go to Lemongrass Thai restaurant where we will eat the best Thai foods outside of Thailand and the most delicious chicken and cashew nuts I have ever tasted. If anyone is wanting to stay in Kuta/Legian for some nightlife this can be arranged (B,L,D).
Today is a day of relaxation or maybe we will head for some elephant rides and then there is something special planned (B,L,D).
After breakfast there will be some discussion about the evening session and then we are off to Ubud where there is time for more shopping in a different setting before lunch at the beautiful Café Wayan where there meals and desserts are some of the best in town. The trip back to our villas is via the beautiful rice terraces where there is time to stop and take some beautiful pictures. Dinner is at the hotel restaurant where you can eat or order room service (B,L).
A trip into Tabanan and Hardy’s store where you can stock up on shoes galore at local prices. We will then head to Sawah Luas Villa for an easy lunch of home cooked nasi goring and some other local dishes cooked by the lovely Wayan. After lunch we will be joined by Clare McAnley who is the author of the recently released Bali Soul Journals which was inspired by Jack Canfield who was the author of the books Chicken Soup for the Soul. For dinner we will travel to one of the many fusion style restaurants in Keroboken (B,L,D).
We are well on the way to relaxation and discovery so this morning we spend time discussing this and examine what makes us feel love and cared for and how this influences our relationships. Today we also get to experience a cooking school in our Villa kitchen and learn how to make some of the dishes you have enjoyed during this adventure. After this you may want to take an optional bike ride or walk through the rice fields before a relaxed evening (B,L,D).
Some more time this morning for reflection on our lives and our goals then we will travel to Sanur for a snack lunch before going to the Aroma Spa Retreat, then dinner at one of the many restaurants there like Three Monkies or Café Smorgas with its partially Swedish menu. (B,L,D).
Day 10 and 11
These are two days where you get to decide what you want to do! Celebration Dinner at a surprise location (B,L,D).
The last day that you get to wake up next to the rice fields, a relaxed day where there is time for last massages, pedicures and manicures as well as discussions about your journey over these ten days. Lunch at Villa Di Blayu, in the later afternoon we will travel to Kuta for dinner and then onto the airport at about 8.00pm for your 11pm flight home (B,L).
So what’s the cost for this amazing adventure? Just $2700 (less the $100 discount so $2600) for all flights, transport, driver, sessions, speakers, massage, cooking school, entry fees and eating some fantastic food!!!
What’s excluded – $25 US arrival visa, departure tax of 200,000 Rp, drinks, tips to drivers and service staff and travel insurance.
These Women’s Retreats are best experienced in a group of about 10, shared experiences and knowledge enhances the experience.