CHERRY PICKED BALI EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Bali’s spiritual side is almost impossible to miss. Puffs of incense rise from small offerings of flowers in front of homes and business morning and night, centuries-old temples are found scattered throughout urban environments and stunning natural settings, and cultural celebrations are almost always imbued with Hindu practices. We offer cherry picked range of eye opening excursions during your retreat to offer you and your guests an authentic dose of Balinese living.
Here are a couple of our recommended attractions which can be added during your stay at Gaia Retreat Center.
Balinese Dance Performance by Lotus Pond
at Saraswati Temple
The beautiful Pura Taman Saraswati temple features a stunning lotus pond where, making it the main attraction where you can watch classical Balinese dance shows from legong, barong and the infectious sounds of Gamelan music.
Saraswati temple is a temple was built around 1955 by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad commissioned by the Prince of Ubud, in honor of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, education and art in hindu.
Tirta Empul Holy Water Spring Cleanse
Take part in a spiritual cleanse at Tirta Empul, one of the largest and busiest water temples in Indonesia. The temple was founded in 926 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, who is the Hindu god of water. The name of the temple actually means ‘holy water spring’ in Balinese.
The Jaba Tengah is the most famous part of Tirta Empul temple. This section contains the two purification pools. The water in the pools is believed to have magical powers and local Balinese and touristscome here to purify themselves under the 30 water spouts that feed the pools. Not to be missed.
Kecak Fire and Trance Dance
A mesmerizing theatrical experience, the Kecak is essentially a choir dance performed by a large moving mass of bare-chested male dancers in concentric circles, simulated to the sounds of the Gamelan Suara, enacting a battle from the epic, Ramayana. It gets its name from the hypnotic and repetitive chorus that these men chant rhythmically in perfect unison - 'chak-ka-chak-ka-chak.'
Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance. The chorus waves their arms in the air, or sways in unison, dancing while seated to the rhythmic sound of their own voices to show battles and other plot points in the story.
Historical Temples & Chambers of Gunung Kawi
Gunung Kawi is one of the oldest temples in Bali located next to Tirta Empul. In fact, it’s not just one temple, but a series of 15 temples set in a beautiful deep river valley next to towering cliffs and you can spend half a day exploring here.The site is most famous for the five main funeral shrines that are carved into a tall cliff at the centre of the complex - unlike anything else you are likely to see in bali and it really towers over you.
Being so close to the shrines you get a sense of just how much hard work, and how long it must have taken, to carve the shrines out of the cliff face.
Cahaya Mutiara Shiny Pearl Foundation
Why 'Shiny Pearl'? Imagine a sea shell. Although the shell may not be as beautiful as a flower, if you let it grow and support it with a good environment, it will produce a very beautiful pearl. This shining pearl can become useful and beautiful. At Cahaya Mutiara, the foundation strives to be like that seashell.
"While we may have physical disabilities and our lives are challenging, when given the chance and support, we will become unique and beautiful pearls. We would like to offer the opportunity of joining our Foundation to everyone with a physical disability. We do not have paid staff, we manage and administer our own Foundation. Please come visit us when you are in Bali". - cahayamutiaraubud
Sacred Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest, is one of the most popular attractions; a natural forest sanctuary that is home to over 700 playful monkeys free in their natural habitat, 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares of a leafy nutmeg forest to breath in plenty of fresh, clean, crisp air. There are beautiful ancient temples with guardian statues covered in moss throughout the forest to admire.
The site is well preserved thanks to a community-based management program and the monkeys here are said to be spiritual animals that guard the temples.Takes around 2 hours to complete a tour and is 10 min away to Ubud markets for shopping and dining afterwards.
Tegenungan Waterfall is one for nature lovers conveniently located only half-hour away from Villa Gaia in Ubud. Getting to the falls is a pleasant drive down paved village roads lined with stretches of green rice fields on both sides.
The waterfalls are several minutes’ walk down the path past shops and stalls, where you’ll enjoy the vibrant green valley panorama along the way. You can go down to the vast pebbly base and enjoy a refreshing dip in the plunge pool.
MINDFUL 1HR COOKING CLASS AT VILLA GAIA
RAW VEGGIE SPRING ROLLS & HOMEMADE PEANUT SATAY DIP
Spiralized Veggies & fragrant herbs rolled in steamed rice paper wraps and banana leaf paired with a delicious homemade peanut satay dip.
GAIA'S SIGNATURE RAW CACAO BLISS BALLS
Our Signature and Decadent Raw cacao, cinnamon and cashew balls - rolled to perfection with zero preservatives.
Making Canang Sari (Flower Offerings)
When you are in Bali, you see so many offerings being placed all over the island called Canang Sari where canang means basket and sari means essence. They are offerings (banten) made 3 times per day as a symbol of thanks for giving peace to the world and bringing prosperity and good health to the family.
Making Canang Sari is a therapeutic ritual (think, meditation in motion) that will encourage your artistic side and creativity while learning more about Bali's rich culture. Under the guidance of our local Detox Retreat manager - Devi Larasati - will empower you with this daily ritual using an assortment of colourful flowers, bamboo strips and busung (young coconut leaves) to create a canang sari as a gift to take back home with you while learning the purpose behind it.
This labor of love and devotion takes approximately one hour for 1-3 pax.
3hr Mala Beads Making Workshop
By Aum Rudraksha Designs (at Villa Gaia)
Learn to design and create your own Rudraksha beads and Gemstones mala - with intention! In this 3 hour workshop, you will know more about the benefits of Rudraksha beads and Gemstones and walk away with a beautiful sacred gift.
Know more about the benefits of the powerful Rudraksha beads that are regarded as the timeless jewels of the gods, being the most powerful aid in the path of Self-realisation. It is believed that Rudraksha beads grow on trees that have emanated from the tears of Lord Shiva, and used for centuries in Hinduism and Buddhism for Self-empowerment and to live a fearless life.
Once you designed the Mala that is drawn to you, it is now time to make it truly yours,
making sure the beads are connected to your energy and intention. It is all about the energy end the strength you put into your intention. Something is sacred because you believe it is. Creating your own sacral object, we invite you to experience the magic of your own truth and the taste of Bali in its deepest side.
This is a fantastic add-on to your group retreat at Villa Gaia where guests can learn more about Bali's culture, tradition, bond with one another, have fun and walk away with a memorable token.
Terms and Conditions:
A 48 hours prior notice / booking is required.
Minimum of 7 pax is needed.
Price is 600,000 IDR per person and payment is made in advance to Villa Gaia who will pay out Aum Rudrasksha directly.
Sunrise Bali Rice Paddies Walk
A healthy light sunrise stroll into the beautiful rice fields of Ubud led by our Balinese Villa Manager, Pak Ngurah, takes around 1.5 - 2 hours, starting at around 6:10 am from Villa Gaia.
You may spot birds of season such as the Kingfisher while being enlightened about the herbs and their benefits as medicine along your walk. This is a great add on to your retreat to bring movement to the start of your day.
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