‘A Pilgrimage of the Sacred Feminine’ in Bali, The island of smiles
Mar 1st to 7th 2021
Price per person:
Trek Total Distance: 8,3 km
Bikeride: Total Distance: 25 km
Leisure / Moderate
Be Woman Yatra
This will be a 7 day pilgrimage for women, dedicated to nourishment, connection, learning and exploring whilst at the same time discovering an island and culture that sees life as an offering and lives lived in sacred symbiosis with nature and all that is.
In Sanskrit, a sacred journey is called a Yatra - a pilgrimage.
Bali is well-known as the island of the Goddesses & Gods and also of 1000 temples. The moment you step foot on this sacred land you are embraced by smiling people who welcome you with the words; Om Svastiastu, a Vedic greeting that invokes protection and blessing for you and your family, wishing you a happy and fulfilled life.
Life in Bali is seen as an offering, a gift which cannot be taken for granted. Therefore life itself becomes an expression of their gratitude for all that is given, through many and varied forms; rituals, dances, music, ceremonies, pilgrimages to holy places, their care and attention to the growing of rice, paintings, daily acts of worship - everything is embraced as sacred.
What is included
Opportunities to start new practices ( sadhanas ) for a more harmonic and grounded life-style.
Full 7 days Program
All hotel accommodation
- based on sharing accommodation
7 Waterfall trek
Taman Sari Bikeride
Services of local Yatra Tour's guides & support van
Transportation from pick up to drop off
All special events and entrance fees
All equipment for outdoor activities
All breakfasts & lunches
Snacks & Fruits during all out door activities
Appropriate ceremonial clothes and offerings to enter sacred areas
In case of rain, we will provide rain-coats
Transportation from pick up to drop off
Not incl: Gratitude to guides and staff
We fondly call our yoga shala “Under the Banyan tree” since the big “Avatar-like” tree that rises above it gives it a special presence and hangs its branches right down over the yoga floor.
Here, we will meet for the first time and gather in a welcome circle where we see, mirror and honor each other with an ancient Devi ritual.
We walk a short way over to our Bamboo House, the house with no walls, which is surrounded by rice paddies and views of two of Bali’s sacred mountains, Batu Karu and Agung.
Dinner is served with the peaceful and soothing sounds of the breeze, and the ducks and
This day is dedicated to Devi Durga, Great Mother / Mother of the Universe. She is the Goddess of strength and courage, bestowing fearlessness.
At nightfall, after a deep heart-sharing circle, we’ll invoke Goddess Kali , our Bone Woman and the Goddess of time, through a sacred dance, one which is offered in temples during worship and ceremonies.
The next days are dedicated to the Goddess of Laksmi, Goddess of abundance and nourishment and sacred beauty.
Before lunch we’ll make our way down the steps to enter the holy water at the purification temple, Pura Dalem Pingit.
We will guide you through a traditional Balinese ritual of purification, dedicated to Goddess Kwangin - sacred beauty , sacred feminine - in this holy water which falls from a natural spring.
The afternoon is dedicated to self care, nourishment and honoring the body as a temple, as we get pampered at one of Ubud’s beautiful spas.
The moment you surrender to the grace and beauty of Mother Earth, she lovingly embraces you.
The Balinese believe that water is one of the forces of life and therefore has great healing effects and can bestow blessings if prayerfully acknowledged.
Once entering the jungle, we come across the first waterfall of the day, with the option to let it wash off anything we no longer need, may it be sweat, mud, or limiting beliefs.
With soft feet our local friends guide us along the smoothest path through the vegetation, telling us stories of the land, the plants, the seen and unseen while lifting branches and leaves out of our way. Sometimes they will stop and encourage us to listen; at first the sounds all blur together and then, there it is, maybe the distinct song of a certain bird, the frogs’ mating call, or the insistent tune of the cicadas. Together we start to decipher the life of the jungle.
The waterfalls appear in the most perfect intervals just when we need to cool off. Each is unique in its flow, in the way the water has made its way through rocks, stones and trees and created its own dance, its own freedom.
Merging, lines blurring almost into invisibility, was there ever a separation?
In Balinese culture the meeting of two rivers creates a sacred space, where the spiritual power re-ignites. It is no coincidence that our journey’s final destination today is exactly where two rivers merge.
We’re leaving Ubud behind us and heading now to the stunning mountains, which stand proud over the island, and where according to Balinese beliefs the Gods and Goddesses live.
We are about to discover the natural wild jungle and it’s hidden waterfalls.
To bring this day to a close a picnic lunch is served at our humble mountain-cottage, where you are literally on the top of Bali - overlooking the jungle and where, in the
distance, you can see the ocean crashing onto the shore.
The night is spent up in the mountain. A fire will be lit, and connection to Mother earth made with chanting and sacred mantras.
In the freshness of the mountain air, we step in to the natural hot springs and let our bodies be nourished by their warmth and comfort. This is a natural hot spring wellness centre where we soak in a therapeutically relaxing and rejuvenating mineral bath, the hot water bubbling up from deep within the Earth. If you find it too hot, the cooling spring water is an option.
Whatever your choice you will be served refreshing coconut water by the river bank.
Soaking ourselves in either the cooler waters or the hot springs, we let our sore muscles soften, drink the delicious young coconut fresh off the tree and allow the fresh mountain air to fill our lungs.
After lunch Bike ride
The Taman Sari Cycling Trek
There is something eminently peaceful in riding alongside the labyrinth of channels and canals known as ‘subak’. These man-made watercourses have shaped the island’s landscape for well over a thousand years, and are an integral part of the agricultural and religious life on the island. Rice is seen as a gift from the gods and the subak system is an important part of temple culture. Water from springs and canals flows through the temples and out into the rice paddy fields. In this unique environment one may contemplate the Balinese philosophical concept of Tri Hita Karana, which brings into balance the realms of the spirit, the human world and nature.
Our starting point is a traditional Balinese compound outside of Penebel. Here we will choose our bicycles and take them for a test ride. Keen cyclists have the option of venturing 2 kilometers off-road through narrow winding jungle paths. The second option
is to take the main road to the banyan tree where our two paths meet.
From here we will cruise meandering roads, passing through lush rolling hills and mountain terraces, leading to the cool, dark and mysterious Sangeh Monkey Forest. This is home to about 700 long-tailed macaques and 2000 straight-trunked ‘Palahlar’ (Dipterocarpus Trinervis) trees, soaring upwards to 60 meters in height. The forest is more than three centuries old and was originally planned as a royal garden for the Mengwi kingdom.
Our final destination is Tirta Taman Mumbul. Here, magnificent trees shade an emerald green lake which is inhabited by giant koi fish. The temple Pura Ulun Mumbul appears to float upon the lake, while a majestic banyan tree shelters a small statue of an elderly water-bearer. Legend has it that an old woman stopped for a rest at this place, took pity on the dry land, and watered the desiccated plants. The water continued to pour from her small jar, forming the lake that we see today.
The newly created bathing area features a walled shallow pool with 11 waterspouts guarded by statues of 11 different Hindu gods. People come here from all over Bali to receive blessings and ritually cleanse by bathing in the curative and purifying spring waters.
A day full of nourishment as we stroll along the rice-fields, enjoying an organic lunch, and puja at the hidden river. A day to rest.
A ceremonial puja to end this journey followed by home cooked organic lunch Under the Banyan tree.
If you are wishing to join the trek we expect that you are an enthusiastic recreational or leisure good health and with average fitness!
Optional and easier treks are available as an option.
Please let us know if you have injuries or any other health information you need to share with us.
For the most part the ride is downhill and requires an average fitness level.
There are a few inclines and the occasional challenging hill, so it is best if you are a comfortable rider who can maneuver different terrains.
The few climbs on the ride are optional and can be avoided with transfers.
A support van is always nearby to support you in case you prefer to step off or need a break.
Each day we offer an option to take part of a Sama Yoga Class.
We stretch to the sun and bow to the earth, relaxing our bodies as we are guided through a yoga and meditation session, energising ourselves for the day ahead.
Day 1 - Waterfall trek
Please wear athletic shoes that can support your feet under uneven terrain and which will help sustain a firm grasp on slippery rocks.
Wear normal fitness and outdoor clothing.
T-shirt or similar that covers the shoulders. The reason is that we will enter sacred areas.
In the jungle you need to have either long trousers or socks that are covering the full length of your legs. The reason is that there are nettles, that can give a itchie sting.
Bring swim wears and towel
Bring a change of clothes. Don't forget with the afternoon mountain chill plus hours by cascading waterfalls, it is really nice to have a warm set of warm cloths after the trek.
For your comfort, please also bring a thicker jumper or jacket for the morning and afternoon mountain chill.
Day 2 Bikeride
Please wear athletic shoes for your ride.
Please apply plenty of sunscreen before the ride and protect your eyes with sunglasses.
Cap that fits under the helmet is a great way to protect the eyes.
Day 2 Balinese water-blessing ceremony
Wear t-shirt or similar that covers the shoulders
If you have you own preferable sarong, you can bring it. If not, we have one for you!
Bring a change of clothes
Please be aware that women during menstruation can not enter a Hindu temple
In case of rain, we will provide rain-coats
Please inform your guides of any important information that you think can affect the ride (e.g. allergies, previous injuries etc)
Our guides have long experience. In case of any injury and accident we are equipped with the basic first aid kit.
In case of a more severe injury, we will transport you to nearest and highly qualified hospital, which will attend to your needs. Please make sure you have your own personal injury/ accident insurance in case any severe accident/ injury would happen to you.
Please note: The itinerary may vary slightly for your specific tour as we continuously research and develop each trip. Inclement weather may also necessitate minor alterations.