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 *Evening* Show by the 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. 

*Expect to depart Gaia Retreat Centerat 7pm for the 7:30pm show which lasts until 9pm. 

Kecak Fire and Trance Dance *Evening* Show

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.

*Expect to depart Gaia Retreat Center at 7pm for the 7:30pm show which lasts until 9pm. 

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.

Historic Temples & Meditation 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 breathtaking temples set in a deep river valley next to towering cliffs. You can really 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. 

*Expect 20-30 minutes to reach Gunung Kawi and spend 1.5-2hrs touring the place. So expect to block a total of 3 hours on your retreat schedule.

*Note: The chambers are several minutes’ walk down steep bigsteps, past shops and stalls, where you’ll enjoy the vibrant green nature along the way. 

Cahaya Mutiara Shiny Pearl Foundation 
Included in Tirta Empul & Gunung Kawi Excursion

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 15 minutes to reach,2 hours to complete a tour and is 10 min away to Ubud markets for shopping and dining afterwards. 

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall is one for nature lovers conveniently located only 20 minutes away from Gaia Retreat Center 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 pool. Expect to block out 3 hours of your retreat schedule to enjoy this excursion. 

Learn to make Canang Sari Flower Offerings at Gaia Retreat Center Bali

1hr Canang Sari Flower Offering Workshop

By Devi & Daisy at Gaia Retreat Center

When you are in Bali, you see so many offerings being placed all over the island called Canang When you are in 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 1-1.5 hours held at our venue. 
Price to be shared when retreat is booked at Gaia Retreat Center. 

Holy Water Blessings & Floral Purification
At Gaia Retreat Center

Known in Balinese Tradition as KumKuman, this woody, spicy floral holy blessed water is smoked in a clay pot overnight with specific flowers from Bali.

Using the purified Floral Water the following day, the priest then performs a cleansing water purification called Melukat with our guests, from head to toe. Melukat is a spiritual ceremony for purifying the mind and soul – a process to remove heavy energy from the body, mind and soul.

The ceremony is carried out on a good day by the Priest, who will also help with energy cleansing and energy healing along with his wife. 

2 Days Advance Notice must be given.

This labor of love, healing, purification, blessing and devotion takes approximately 2 hours held our venue.

Price to be shared when retreat is booked at Gaia Retreat Center. 

Sunrise or Sunset Bali Rice Fields Walk
By Pak Ngurah (Villa Manager)

A healthy sunrise or sunset stroll into the beautiful rice fields of Ubud, led by our Balinese Villa Manager, Pak Ngurah, takes around 1.5 hours, starting at around 6:10 am or 4:00 pm from Villa Gaia.

Do you remember the last time you walked barefoot on the beach, through the grass or in the bush and simply reconnected with the Earth? How good did it feel? It's not just the lack of light and vitamin D that makes us feel low and blue. Our bodies need direct contact with the earth to charge and discharge naturally on an energetic level. This process can also help during times of intense anxiety and panic attacks. Being able to feel the ground beneath your feet, is a great way to try to ground yourself during these times and breath in plenty of fresh air, break away from social media and reconnect with nature.

Price to be shared when retreat is booked at Gaia Retreat Center. 

3hr Mala Beads Making Workshop

By Aum Rudraksha Designs at Gaia Retreat Center

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. 

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