Welcome, Welcome, Welcome…
Aloha Salamat Pagi Greetings of love and light from Maui,HI. I have been going to Bali for close to 30 yrs for business, Balinese culture and for pleasure. Since 2008 I have co created Spiritual retreats to Bali with other teachers. I am doing BALI BLISS 2018 From Mar 19- April 1, 2018. We will dive into our hearts to cleanse,renew and revivify our hearts and souls. We will work with many practices to do this. I will also share techniques to help us step up to being Eternally youthful and a life full of joy. This will be a VERY unique once in a lifetime experience.
Our Hotel while in Ubud is called Melati (which means Jasmine) cottages (http://melati-cottages.com), a Balinese family run Hotel that is full of Bali beauty. I have been using this Hotel for many years. I am friends with the owner and all the staff. The grounds are beautiful and away from any roads therefore peaceful and tranquil. They serve us Breakfast every morning Buffet style with lots of choices. Also some of our lunches will be here prepared by the staff. Especially for us. All your needs will be met be a very caring, loving dedicated staff. Our meeting hall is all wood with open sides so plenty of fresh bali breeze.
My intention for this retreat is for us all to clean out the “cobwebs” of our heart and soul, purify and cleanse what needs letting go of so that we can plant new seeds and fertilize them to grow in order for us to step up to truly being our highest,clearest self. We will do many different practices to help us thru this loving process. Among that will be every day Yoga, chanting and singing, ecstatic dance, being in nature and of course diving into Balinese culture life and religion.
Also there are many different spas and healers in Bali. I gift everyone a welcome massage after you arrive. After that you pay for any treatments you want which are very inexpensive compared to western prices. So feel free to pamper yourself all you want as it is very available.
We will eat very delicious Balinese cuisine as I have many friends with restaurants. They all create a unique buffet style meal for us. Among this will be Indian food, many styles of Balinese food, and all very delicious and healthy, always a wide variety to chose from. We will have several Balinese evenings of Balinese dance and music. Also we will visit many sacred water places of Bali cold water springs, hot water springs and the ocean. I hope you can join us.
Salamat Datang ~ Welcome ~ from Solomon!
We want to invite you to Bali Hati (The Heart of Bali). We will explore the culture, religion, nature and people of Bali. Known as the land of a thousand Temples, Bali is home to a people whose life centers around Temple activities. We will experience being pilgrims on a journey in this magical land by participating in Temple Ceremonies, sacred bathing in pure spring water, hot springs and ocean water. We will also experience Balinese Dance and Music and all the many facets of Balinese daily life. We will explore ourselves as we explore the beauty of Nature in Bali and Balinese Healers. We will be served delicious foods and bask in the tropical weather.
Come join us for this unique experience with our Bali guide Solomon and dive into your heart as we explore the Heart of Bali together. Please look at the enclosed Itinerary and photos to get an Idea of what we will be doing together. I look forward to sharing BAli with you. If you want to join us for this Journey, All Info and prices can be found on the Short Form Registration. Please fill that out and send as emai to Sol33king@gmail.com. Blessings Aloha Solomon
NOTICE: Prior TO DEPARTURE
Please check the expiration date of your passport as it MUST be valid for 6 months PAST the date you are planning on leaving Bali. In this case, your expiration date must be at least October 15, 2018. IF your passport expires before this time then you need to renew it before leaving for Bali.
Please note that there are some things that may change as we move through this magnificent time together and spontaneity calls upon us or mutual collaboration calls upon us or something we cannot control occurs, or something comes up that will add even more magic to our journey! In all cases we are about to have an amazing time; so just relax because ultimately Spirit is in control.
If you are coming early or staying later while in Bali and would like assistance with accommodations, please contact Solomon. Let him know when you are coming in or staying until for him to make arrangements for you.
March is a wonderful time in Bali in terms of the weather. Please pack for the tropics–80’s during the day and 60’s in the evening. Should you forget something, the shopping in Ubud is wonderful and you can find whatever you may need. A suggested packing list will be included in the registration information.
Upon arrival to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) you will be met by our personal Balinese drivers on March 19, 2018 OR earlier if you make arrangements with Solomon. After you clear customs go to exit doors (There tends to be a lot of drivers holding signs etc) So TURN LEFT walk thru the store and there our Drivers will be with sign SOLOMON. Your driver will escort you to a waiting vehicle, handle your baggage, offer you fresh water and get you settled for a short drive, about one hour, to the mystical village of Ubud. You will be taken to our hotel, Melati Cottages. Everyone will be asked to give the hotel a credit card to have on file for any extra charges you might incur.
Depending on your arrival time, after check-in, your driver will be taking you to the Sedona Spa for a complimentary Balinese massage and mandi lulur as our way of welcoming you to Bali as we get ready to start our journey together. They are offering a Balinese-style massage and lulur which is a Balinese herbal scrub made of turmeric, sandalwood and rice powder ending with a hot flower bath. This will be a great way to unwind and relax after hours of airplane travel. Our first evening, we will meet at 6pm in our hotel lobby to leave for a special welcome Balinese buffet dinner.
Our first morning together, after Breakfast (8 – 9 am) we will meet in our sacred space and have a Group orientation and setting of intention. After that we will drive to Pura Tirta Empul for a sacred water purification ceremony. This temple, in the village of Tampaksiring, is known as the “Holy Spring Temple” and one of the most sacred spots in Bali. Water spouts pour water from 12 sacred fresh water springs into one long pool. Each spout purifies a different part of your physical, emotional and spiritual body. Tirta Empul is where the Hindu Priests and Balinese people come for purification, prayers and healing. We will take part in a sacred purification ritual so we will prepare together to release anything and everything that holds us back from being our highest self. We will then enter the Temple to perform a group prayer and offering to the Gods of Bali Balinese style. We are giving thanks for our safe arrival and setting our personal intentions for this journey together. After our morning at Pura Tirta Empul, we will head back to Ubud for lunch and getting massages if you have not had any yet, and free time before our dinner together.
All breakfasts will be at our Hotel. Some lunches will also be at our Hotel. Dinners will be different every night at the many different restaurants that Ubud has to offer. All of our meals will be Gourmet Balinese and International cuisine. All meals will be buffet style with many options. Remember to fill out your dietary needs on the long registration form. Drinks are NOT included. We will provide unlimited pure drinking water the entire time we are together.
Sacred Monkey ForestSanctuary in Ubud — This cool and dense swath of jungle is what Ubud used to look like before it was developed. You will see carvings, a water spring, a Monkey temple and of course lots of monkeys.
Ubud Market — You can find anything at the Ubud Market here are handicrafts from all over the island, a farmer’s market, and special ceremonial items the Balinese need everyday plus much more. This will give you an up close and personal experience of Balinese life and people.
Pura Besikah, Mother Temple — We will have a very scenic drive to Pura Besakih or The Mother Temple. In Bali are found six supremely holy temples, called Sad Kahyangan, or the “six temples of the world.” The most famous temple in all Bali is the triple shrine located in the courtyard of the Pura Penataran Agung at Pura Besakih. At this shrine three Padmassanas (a type of shrine) are arranged side by side. These shrines are dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, God, the creator, God, the preserver and God, the destroyer.
Shiva is responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of the shedding of old habits. In Satyam, Shivam and Sundaram or Truth, Goodness and Beauty, Shiva also represents the most essential goodness. Here we will make offerings in the Balinese tradition and style and also take in the beauty of this unique place.
Balinese Healers and Massage — Everyone will receive a welcome massage, Herbal rub and flower hot bath as a gift from us to welcome you to Bali There are many healers and different styles of massage available here in Bali for you to experience as often as you’d like. All this is optional and requires additional fee and is quite affordable compared with western prices. Solomon is hoping to arrange a group Healing/ceremony with a Balinese Healer friend.
Balinese Shopping — As Bali is the land of artists and creativity we will have lots of opportunity to see and purchase a wide variety of art, clothing, jewelry, crafts and more. Having had a Bali import business for over 30 years, Solomon will take us to some of his manufacturers for you to view and purchase items at wholesale prices. Some of these include Hand painted Silk sarongs, scarves, robes and clothing, Batik sarongs, Silver Jewelry and lots more. There may be experiences that present themselves in the moment for us to participate in one of these is a temple procession and or ceremony. These are happening all the time and in the moment I will adapt our time to fit this in if an opportunity presents itself.
Balinese Performances — We will spend several evenings watching Sacred Balinese Dance and listening to the other-worldly music of the gamelan. One is a private performance in the Village of Celuk (the center of silver manufacturing). At a private Balinese compound, we will experience classical Balinese dance with music provided by a private gamelan (traditional Balinese instrument). Here you will see and feel the heart of the Balinese people and their devotion to the culture. This will be a VERY unique experience at Solomon’s friends’ home followed by a chance to purchase Silver jewelry direct from Manufacturer at wholesale prices.
Another evening we will experience the Monkey Dance (Kechak) in honor of Lord Hanuman where a large group of men in a circle chant to Hanuman along with a few dancers. This classic Balinese performance also includes a fire/trance dance as part of this performance.
Another evening we will have a delicious Balinese buffet style traditional meal in a beautiful garden followed by Balinese Dance performance.
Sacred Waters of Bali
Kintimani & Lake Batur — We will drive to Kintamani, which is the edge of a huge volcanic crater for the incredible views. Then we will drive into the crater to the volcanic lake Batur. There is a natural hot spring and swimming pool where we can soak away our old self. The views are breathtaking. This is a sacred and unique place as we are driving INTO a Volcanic crater.
Tirta Gangaa Water Palace — We will drive to Tirta Gangga (Water of the Ganges) through a beautiful part of Bali passing many local villages, terraced rice fields and expansive views. Tirta Gangga used to be the King’s palace in this Karangasem province of Bali. Now it is a public garden. The water comes from a sacred spring and is probably the cleanest in all of Bali. Here we can walk, relax and take in the beauty and tranquility of this palace garden and swim in the pools that the King swam in.
The rice terraces around Tirta Gangaa are some of the most beautiful on Bali. They sweep out from Tirta Gangaa almost like a sea surrounding an island. Together with the majestic gardens and pools of the palace, Tirta Gangaa is most definitely the jewel of Bali. As we walk through the gardens and take in the amazing scenery, you may find yourself in a state of bliss and inspiration. We will use the power of Mother Nature to help amplify our prayers and set in motion our intentions for the following year.
Padang Bai — This is where the Ferries leave for Lombok and other islands. It is a beach town with 2 different beaches. One is a white sand beach and the other is a black sand beach. Both have clear blue waters for great swimming and relaxation. I will rent us a boat so that we can take turns going out to snorkel in these pristine waters. Snorkeling is optional and you will need to pay for rental of snorkeling equipment when we get there.
Air Sanih — This is another natural cold water spring fed pool. This one is next to the ocean as we drive from Tirtaganga to Lovina. We will rest and have optional swim in these clear cool waters on our way to Lovina Beach where we will spend our last three nights.
Air Panas (Hot springs) Near Lovina (North side of Bali) — Here is another beautiful place in nature where we will bathe and relax in a sacred natural hot water spring in a scenic garden. Also while in Lovina after hot spring we will visit a Thai Buddhist temple with many Temple rooms,statues, stupa,Bodhi tree from a cutting from original Bodhi tree in India and a mini replica of Borabador, the worlds largest Buddhist monument which is located in Java.
Your lodging is paid for from Mar 19 to April 1,2018 13 nights Our group ends at noon on April 1. Yet that is a Sunday where you have option to come to last ecstatic dance that morning. I have hotel reserved thru ap 2. So I suggest you stay one more night for $30 and come dance and play one last day together. Then flt out April 2 or even better stay in bali for Bali Spirit Festival. Ap 2-8. Ck out there website for info. Solomon will gladly answer your questions about options to stay longer.
Price includes: Double occupancy lodging,most meals, purified water throughout, all entrance fees to performances and temples, your transportation from the airport on arrival, transportation around the island for our excursions, your welcome massage and all yoga and meditation instruction.
Price does NOT include: Your airfare to Bali, other beverages besides water, a few meals, your transportation back to the airport in Denpasar, tips to drivers, hotel staff, etc, your personal shopping, extra massages, extra night’s accommodation.
Deposit: $500 deposit holds your space. When you are ready to register, please fill out the Short Form registration and send it in to Solomon with your deposit. The balance of your payment is due on or before March 1,2018 or make arrangements with Solomon for payment in bali
Refund Policy: All money fully refundable less $100 administration fee through Feb 28, 2018; after that time, no refunds unless we can fill your space from a waiting list. Exceptions to this for medical emergencies or other natural disasters.
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