In that embrace, mystery and transformation quicken and dance! Bali herself is a sensual feast, filled with wonder and light. She has been called by many names … including the “dawning of the world.” Let us ask her to illuminate us, so that we may walk in our beauty nature and reflect our light into the world.
Imagine soaking in this lush emerald green land of Bali, full of majestic volcanoes and terraced rice fields. Experience the sacredness of Balinese daily rituals and traditions, colourful ceremonies and daily devotions … reflecting their deep reverence for life and spirit.
We will partake in these celebrations and they will awaken in you the beauty and possibilities in your life. Embrace your self in this land steeped in the energy of transformation and joyful connection.
Together we will create a circle of abundance, compassion and support as we weave together our stories, wisdom and experiences. By learning to listen and discern our inner landscape, we deepen intuition and clarity and learn to find balance and harmony in our lives.
Our abode in Bali is Bagus Jati, set on 12 acres of hillside gardens surrounded by lush tropical forests in the mountains outside of Ubud, Bali.
“Imagine a place so green and rich from nature’s creation that the only noises you hear are exotic birds and butterflies, the views you see are of tropical forests, mountains and springs, where the healing foods you eat are grown organically in our garden, a place where your every need is met with a smile … where you are offered daily inspirations to live a more healthy, more harmonious way of life.”
Circle and yoga class are in a beautiful circular pavilion with 360 degree views of bamboo forest. Our retreat center has a fresh water pool, spa treatments, Ayurvedic massage, nature walks, treks in the jungle, meditation, Balinese dance lessons and more if you so desire.
Or take the time to sit in meditation, tranquillity and silence on your private veranda where you will enjoy stunning views of the beautiful landscaped gardens and forest during unstructured time. From your veranda you might glimpse monkeys in their natural habitat and hear the chirping of a thousand birds or frogs composing a melodious symphony of natural sounds.
Our opening dinner and circle begins at 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 14. On the first morning we will participate in a blessing ceremony at the temple at Bagus Jati. Our schedule includes yoga class, retreat session, free time and all three meals each day. We will have journeys two half days (yoga and circle later afternoon or evening) and one full day in Ubud. The retreat concludes with breakfast on Sunday, June 21.
Each day is a nice balance of structured time (circle sessions and yoga classes) and unstructured time to do whatever nourishes you: massage, Ayurvedic spa treatments reading on your private veranda, nature walks, jungle trekking, siesta, swimming in the freshwater pool, solitude etc.
We are planning three half-day journeys all close to the retreat centre. One trip is to a traditional Balinese village, home of sacred white cows, where we will visit a temple, meet local artisans and see the countryside.
Another day we will travel to Ubud, the cultural and spiritual centre of Bali. Our last day, we will learn how to make traditional flower offerings and participate in a Balinese purification ritual and blessing ceremony at a nearby temple and waterfall where we will immerse ourselves in the purest water in Bali.
Karen Rosenberg and Lisa Hernandez are the co-facilitators of the Bali retreat. They have been working together for 18 years doing Portals to the Self: A Women’s Circle by the Sea women’s retreats.
Karen Rosenberg, LISW, is one of the co-creators of Portals to the Self: A Women’s Circle by the Sea. She strongly believes in the healing power of community in women’s lives and is committed to the process of creating communities which encourage women’s growth, individually and collectively.
Karen is a clinical social worker in private practice in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with a long history of being involved in multicultural and global social work.
She is currently facilitating Diabetes Public Health Clinics and working with indigenous women to become more self-sufficient through a beading cooperative, both projects in Mexico. She also recently worked on a project providing technical assistance and clinical supervision in Adoption Mental Health in Romania. Karen has lead women’s retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Crete and Bali.
Lisa Hernandez is a yoga therapist with a background in neurological rehabilitation as a licensed occupational therapist. Her teaching emphasises the harmonic integration of body, mind, emotion and spirit resulting in healing on all levels.
Lisa believes that yoga is not only about the physical asanas but it is about awakening and witnessing the consciousness and compassion in us which creates a safe environment for self-exploration and transformation.
Her devotion is to help women inhabit their bodies with loving-attention and respect, inviting us to respond intuitively to our inner wisdom. Lisa is an Ayurvedic healer and does personal retreats focusing on one’s essential self and living in harmony.
She lives in the Yucatan, Mexico at Luum Ayni, a center that embraces permaculture, sustainability and yoga. Lisa tailors the yoga to all levels of participants.
All the food is made from the organic gardens at Bagus Jati. We can accommodate any diet including vegetarian/gluten free/vegan. In addition there will be chicken and fish options.
Retreat accommodation options:
Shared double luxury villa (two beds) sharing a large bathroom with tub and shower
Single luxury villa (king bed) with private large bathroom with tub and shower
Prices are quoted in US Dollars
$2350 for a double accommodation
$650 additional for a single accommodation
Free use of Bagus Jati health and well-being facilities:
Herbal steam bath
Ayurvedic and Wellness Spa Centre:
Variety of massage treatments
Pedicures & Manicures