Post Archive - March, 2013

Posts tagged "spiritual retreat bali"

Spiritual Healing in Bali

Spiritual Bali

Spiritual healing is now well known as an offering in Bali thanks to ‘Eat, Love, Pray’ but what’s it really all about and how can you tell who’s the real deal? That’s where we at Soul Sanctuaries step in. Since we love to be authentic, we join all spiritual healing experiences before suggesting them ourselves.

With that in mind we joined our good Balinese friends Wayan and Nyoman for a spiritual ‘magical mystery tour of Bali’ yesterday. Our remit was to go on a ‘jalan jalan’ (walkabout) together to begin to design some very special sacred day tours in Bali which would slip nicely into any of our Soul Retreats or wellness programs.

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Bali Detox: Blog from the Bog Day 4

 

Thank goodness I woke up at 5.30am today, really couldn’t raise my head though but eventually managed a short meditation in bed. Today has been much more easy breezy for me. I honestly thought that I would lose my marbles not eating for this long but I feel calmer and more lucid than I have in ages. That said, I think the world would be a sad place if a tablet replaced food.

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Bali Detox: Blog from the bog Day 3

 

Woke up at 4.30am again, weird as not feeling hungry. Meditated but I’m feeling very numb and a bit hollow. The thoughts were there, which I usually allow to drift away but they seemed to run around my brain going nowhere. Energy ok in the morning and I learned to keep some of yesterday’s coconut juice for the cleansing drink panacea today!

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1 Giant Mind held 2nd annual meditation event in Bali

 Non profit organization 1 Giant Mind held their 2nd annual meditation event in Bali on the beach in front of Petitenget temple in Seminyak.

1 Giant Mind is a global research and education organization based in California. Their mission is to coordinate the largest simultaneous global experiences of “eyes closed silence” in human history and measure the collective effect through scientific research.  They are working towards uniting 100 million people to participate simultaneously in a global event and have the worlds’ leading scientific researchers’ study the effect on individuals, communities and society.1 Giant Mind also proposes to further the study of the effect of the collective human mind by conducting experiments on a scale never before attempted in human history.

Dedicated to the research and education of the effects of collective meditation, they use the term ‘eyes-closed silence’. Eyes Closed Silence (ECS) refers to any mental process including most common practices of meditation, prayer, observance of the breath, and contemplation that induces a set of integrated psycho physiological changes termed as the ‘relaxation response’.

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Yoga and meditation for children, its a beautiful world

This morning I had the honor of observing my son’s class at Montessori primary school. A beautiful collection of 3-6 year olds, doing their own ‘work’, moving freely from table to table, friend to friend and making their own choices. Then at 9.30am a smiling Indonesian yoga teacher arrived and children who wanted to participate took their mats outside to meditate. Yes you heard me right, little meditators.

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The gift that keeps on giving

 

Central to our business plan for Soul Sanctuaries is a giving program called ‘Give a Little Soul a Sanctuary’. We believe that it will be the icing on the cake if somebody came to partake in one of our health programs or wellness retreats and not only helped themselves but also benefited someone in need too. A portion of each participants payment will go direct to a child in need. You’ll be able to see how children have benefited in our website widget and our Giving Reports as well as Social Media updates.

Spend a moment to recall the last time you helped someone in need, whether donating funds, time or advice. How did you feel afterwards? Pretty damn good eh. That feeling of universality and love is just like the gift that keeps on giving. Lets see what the guru’s say about this…

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A seaside sound meditation

Soul Sanctuaries will offer world weary individuals the opportunity to meet their inner selves, rejuvenate, detox or simply pamper in luxurious surroundings. We think that, if your budget affords it, you don’t have to deny yourself to meet yourself.Think yoga and meditation with living food and personalized guidance with the additional benefits of Egyptian cotton sheets.

We want to be able to tell our clients that we’ve personally experienced all our wellness retreats. Authenticity is key. Sometimes locations fall short but this weekend we experienced the most magical sanctuary imaginable. Read on… Read More

Is it my ego or does this Yoga Retreat suck?

Part of our work in developing Soul Sanctuaries is to seek out amazing off the beaten track havens where we can send guests or run one of our signature Soul Retreats in the near future. So we packed our bags and headed off to a possible sanctuary in the misty mountains in Bali.

Location, tropical wilderness (check)

Greeting on arrival, warm and friendly (check)

Accommodation, luxurious, nice energy and peaceful (check)

Cuisine, mediocre and a bit disorganized

Spa Treatments, automotron comes to mind? When did a soft Javanese massage become a shiatsu?

Yoga class (advance apologies to anyone who thinks my ego got the better of me here but this class was awful, hilarious and a bit dangerous for your health at the same time!)

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Balancing the Chakras Balinese style at Fivelements

Yesterday I took my blocked and spinning chakras up to the sacred space of Fivelements in Ubud. I was met with a warm and open hearted welcome and immediately felt at one with the elements (pardon the pun!). Set at the foot of the sacred Ayung river in Ubud, Fivelements is eco luxury at its best. Imagine bamboo structures with high tech, minimal impact lighting. I was there to experience a Chakra Balancing session with Balinese healer Pak Dewa. Fivelements base all healing treatments on the Balinese principle of Sekala-Niskala. There is an understanding that we all live equally in two worlds; the conscious or seen world Sekala and the unseen or physic world Niskala. At the beginning of our healing treatment, Pak Dewa called upon a higher divine source to help to facilitate the process.

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When did choosing a yoga class become so complicated?

Once upon a time you just rocked up at your local yoga center (or open yoga shala if you’re lucky and live in Asia) and be guaranteed a good, traditional yoga experience to revitalize body and soul.

These days, even in the mystical island of Bali, it’s sometimes difficult to choose your yoga path. You can find yoga set to techno (not my bag!), hot yoga (for goodness sake don’t mention the B word otherwise you might be sued!) or a copyrighted form of Hatha yoga which centers on balancing on your arms for half the class. And, for those of us who can’t bare to share, private yoga classes.

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