HANDY TO KNOW
Airport Transfer: 40 mins by car
Local Currency: Indonesia Rupiah
(there are lots of money changers and ATM’s)
Credit Card payments are accepted at Amanjiwo
Best time to go: March- November
Eco conscious: *****
Children: Yes under parental supervision, child menus available and babysitting service at additional fee. There's a playroom and our 4yr old adored the babysitting...and climbing Borobudur!
Tips: Bring your own sunscreen and natural mosquito repellant, comfortable clothing, sun hat and shoes for climbing Borobudur. Long sleeved light tops are super for evenings. Casual chic for the restaurant in the evening.
Buddhism in Borobudur
Central Java, Indonesia
Buddhist Retreats and Spiritual Holidays at Borobudur in Java, Asia
Java is not usually first on the list for Buddhist Retreats and Tours. Lost in the midst of well publicized monuments such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, its sometimes hard to comprehend that Borobudur is actually the worlds largest Buddhist monument!
Built in the ninth century as both a shrine to Lord Buddha and a place to unveil the Dharma through meditation and understanding of it’s any reliefs, Borobudur has withstood bombings during wartime and years and neglect. It’s now lovingly restored to it’s former glory.
On this 5 day retreat, you’ll join a small group of soul seekers like yourself who want to discover Java’s ancient past. The pace is relaxing and contemplative. You’ll be led during the trip by our ex-pat Soul facilitator, who, with the assistance of local guides, will uncover Java’s Buddhist past. Each day includes a visit to an ancient temple or a cultural experience, a morning meditation and daily discussions. There will be plenty of time to take it all in and relax on our Buddhist Retreats. We haven’t forgotten that you’re staying at the exclusive Amanjiwo too!
This spiritual retreat also draws on ancient Javanese rituals where guests can practice Semadi, a Javanese form of meditation set within the confines of the Buddhist Mendut temple. Completing this sacred holiday is a half day tour of Java’s spectacular Hindu temple of Prambanan
Amanjiwo means ‘peaceful soul ‘. Aptly named as it’s truly a Soul Sanctuary. The resort overlooks Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist sanctuary, in the rural heartland of Central Java. Amanjiwo provides the opportunity for immersion in Javanese culture and spirituality.
Our Soul facilitators are highly experienced in historical knowledge of Central Java and its religious and cultural history. We love them because they bring to life the past in ninth century Buddhist Java to light. You feel immersed in ancient knowledge and wisdom, able to soak up the spiritual energy surrounding these great temples and find peace in places where thousands of monks tred before.
What to Expect
Visit Borobudur before the crowds and imagine yourself as Buddhist in the 9th century, visiting this epic monument, a living testament of the Dharma. The meaning of its reliefs unraveled. Follow the line from Borobudur and meditate in the Mendut temple, give alms at the local monastery and later visit Hindu temple Prambanan, signifying a movement of the island towards Hinduism. A week of knowledge, fascination, meditation and discovery.
You'll be staying at Amanjiwo and the food is a delightful blend of Indonesian organic cuisine and western dishes. The vista from the semi open air restaurant is spectacular, looking out over Borobudur and the volcanoes. Aman organize an amazing picnic experience for us at Dagi Hill, which is directly opposite Borobudur. Step back in time and relax with a colonial style picnic breakfast under a parasol on the hill.
Who is it for
This retreat is for travelers who are interested in spirituality and history. You don't have to be Buddhist or a meditator to join. Simply a soul seeker who wants a little more than the average tour package. Couples and families or most welcome, as are single travelers.
Borobudur Retreat Program
This retreat program is based on a 3 night stay at Amanjiwo
3 nights accommodation in an exclusive suite at Amanjiwo
Return Airport transfers from Yogyakarta
Breakfast, lunch and dinner as per itinerary
Local guide on all tours
Picnic breakfast at Dagi Hill
Practise semadi, a silent Javanese meditation in the ancient Mendut monastery
1 x Borobudur pass
Enjoy a half-day temple tour in Prambanan Valley or conduct a fortune-telling session with a renowned palm-reader
(Prices are listed as per person and are subject to 21% tax and service)