We meet together at our unique Yoga Shala,
Under The Banyan Tree.
The huge tree which enfolds the Shala gives an especially organic quality to our first Sama Yoga class together – a gentle grounding and heart-opening session.
We walk a short way over to our Bamboo House, the house with no walls, which is surrounded by rice paddies and views of both Batu Karu and Agung sacred mountains.
Dinner is served with the peaceful and soothing sounds of the breeze, ducks and frogs in the rice fields.
Together we discuss in detail the 9 day adventure that is about to unfold!
Today our journey will take you through the world-famous rice paddies of Tegalalang. But instead of joining the pack to see them from a tourist viewpoint, we will be cycling along pathways right through these incredible fields, and on the way gaining insight into the complex and millennia-old irrigation system called subak.
We will take a break at the traditional village of Sebatu, or Stone Rock, where we will make our way down the steps to enter the holy water and purification temple.
If you wish we will guide you through the ritual of purification in this holy natural spring water. The Balinese believe that water is one of life’s forces and therefore has great healing effects and can bestow blessings if acknowledged prayerfully.
Wayan invites us to her small warung where we sit, seeming to float in the jungle, and are served traditional Indonesian food and juice made from organic, locally-grown tropical fruits.
After lunch you may choose to continue by bicycle or be driven back to Ubud, where you can spend the afternoon as you wish; the town has so much to offer, from great shopping to wonderful choices in food, art, massage – your choice!
We leave the Ubud area this morning and head north into the foothills of Mount Batur, entering the UNESCO Global Geopark Network. This region is the centre of Bali Aga, the ancient animistic religion practised by indigenous Balinese and prehistoric settlers in this region.
On top of the crater rim we will enjoy lunch with stunning views of the large crater lake, Danau Batur, and the summit of the mountain.
Revitalized and ready for the next adventure we will ride along the crater and through the Pelaga district, situated roughly 800 meters above sea level. We’ll bike through dense mountain shrubbery, past sacred temples and on the way get to feel more intimately the everyday life of the smiling Balinese.
We keep riding through the mountain area and arrive at the 3 sacred lakes – Danau Beratan, Danau Buyan and Danau Tamblingan where we’ll find our home for the next two nights.
Dinner will be served by our friend Nereka, who is an inspiration to the local community with her knowledge of the importance of growing and eating organic food and caring for mother earth.
After rising early we get ready for our next adventure, a hike to out of the ordinary places, discovering natural untouched scenes and hidden waterfalls on the way.
Passing through lush green jungle, clove and coffee plantations, discovering tropical fruits in their natural habitat, visiting hidden caves and then — immersing oneself into the exhilarating rush of endless waterfalls.
We take time to have breaks, swim in the natural pools, wade through small river crossings, shower under the pure spring water, whilst listening to the sounds of crickets and birds, and the whispering of the wind through the trees.
And the best way to bring the day to a close? A change of clothes, a beautifully prepared meal and amazing views out over the jungle.
Today we start in the Jatiluwih Valley, exploring the traditional rice terraces which have been accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing; and then we are back on our bikes for more off the beaten path adventure. Some uphill pedalling has its reward in amazing views, and cruising through villages and rice fields on gentle downhill slopes.
With sacred volcanoes behind us we are greeted by farmers as we see their day to day lives on the mountain slopes. We follow the rivers downstream, rivers that are fed by the waterfalls and end up in the ocean. As we get nearer to the coast the landscape changes and we are rewarded with breath- taking views of the ocean.
We bring this day to a close at the therapeutic natural springs of Jatiluwih. Soak your body in cool or hot springs, relax your sore muscles and enjoy a young coconut fresh from the tree.
Today we wake up a little way out of the famous surf destination of Balian, in a spot where the sacred river flows.
So today we will let our bodies relax. Maybe with a massage, or by relaxing or strolling on the beach, maybe with an ocean or a river swim.
We will drive you downtown to the small village where you can choose between a variety of cuisines; Indonesian, Asian or Western.
In the afternoon we will ride along the sacred Balian river and find hidden trails.
We will rise early this morning and head further north to the small village of Manis Tutu, close to the national park Taman Barat.
Enjoying the cool of morning we’ll cycle past the stunning rice fields and through traditional villages where life appears not to have changed in generations.
We invite you to drop in and meet our own Balinese family, giving you a unique oppor-tunity to experience Balinese daily life.
Stopping by the family’s coconut plantation, Kadek will climb the palms to get you the freshest coconut!
For lunch we are invited to Putu’s traditional compound where we’ll sit in the bale bale to enjoy delicious Balinese food cooked by his mother.
Waking up this morning on the north west side of Bali in Pemuteran, we invite you to do your own thing. Relax by the ocean, read a book, write in your journal, have a massage. Or, maybe swim out to snorkel and appreciate the incredible underwater life amongst the coral. Or, for an extra cost, go scuba diving; its an easy dive with shore-entry and is open to divers of every level and experience.
You could visit Bio Rock, a coral restoration project, and see how local coral reefs are being rebuilt and providing abundant habitat for fish, crabs, sea slugs and shrimp.
As night falls we meet for our final dinner, served on the beach, with the sound of the waves breaking on the shore and the stars overhead.
Our fabulous adventure together comes to a close after breakfast at the hotel.
(Or better still, extend your stay and join the Menjangan island adventure!)