As you may know I spent a few weeks discovering Bali some time ago. Today I wanted to share with you my first experience joining a Yoga Retreat in Indonesia.
I went as a solo travel and It was an amazing experience where I met beautiful people. I will share with you all the activities we did during the week I stayed here, at Shanti Toya (It is not sponsored, I just loved it and wanted to share it with you).
We started our mornings at 7am with 1.30h yoga class. Each day was a different style, from Yin Restorative, Hatha, meditation to Power Yoga. And a second class every day at 5 pm. They are all optional and do not need to attend all of them if you don't want to.
I didn't do much yoga at home but they were very kind and helpful. I have to admit I didn't feel my body after 3 days of Yoga!
Photos taken by Jenn
After our first breakfast we started our day with a Balinese Offering making class. If you've been in Bali before you'd have noticed the streets and house are full of this little flower offering basket.
They make them a few times a day for their god in order to prevent accidents, good luck and good fortune.
We had so much fun doing them and loved learning the balinese culture.
On our second day we went for a walk around the village next to our retreat. It was only 20-30 min from Ubud, very relaxing and quiet surrounded by rice fields.
Our first visit was the local school, I was surprised to find out they are an organic and eco school were the kids were taught to grow their own vegetables. They were all very sweet and spoke very good english!
The local guide took us to visit a traditional house where we learned how to make coconut oil and the rice process. Such an adventure!
Tip: Check What To Do In Ubud
We had two different cooking classes. At the first one, we learned how to make a traditional veggie salad with homemade peanut butter.
On the second one they taught us to make an herbal healing drink. It was a very strong drink, done with turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, raw palm sugar and other spices! They always drink it when they feel sick or want to heal their soul.
Taken by Jenn
It was a funny class! For an hour we learned their dances wearing the typical sarong. It was not as easy as it seems! We had an amazing time, laughing and enjoying ourselves.
Taken by Jenn
One of the main reasons I chose this retreat was because everything was vegan. I knew I wouldn't have any problems, like I usually do.
If you are thinking.. should I stay at a vegan retreat? The answer is yes! We were 12 people and only 3 of us were vegan, and believe me, everyone loved the food. It was so energizing and really healthy.
Every morning after yoga we went together upstairs to start our day with a big breakfast. There were many options, from rice fruit porridge to banana leaf bread or even pancakes. We always had fresh papaya, bananas, dragon and snake fruit.
For lunch and dinner, we had a buffet with 4-5 different choices. Marinated tempeh, steamed tofu, curry, noodle soup, veggies, salads, rice and homemade sauces. The cuisine was balinese style and they served us the same meals they usually eat at home.
Oh, you also get a daily fresh coconut with a non plastic bamboo straw! Everything was a dream.
Tip: Check my favorite Vegan Cafes In Bali
I'd say for anyone that wants to spend a week surrounded by nature, sunbathing by the pool, little trips around Bali, that loves healthy food and yoga.
As I mentioned before I'm a yoga beginner and probably half of the people were to. Teachers are very helpful and will teach you the right postures, so don't worry.
It is something you need to do at least once in your life. I'm sure you will love it and will meet amazing people. Everybody went alone and left as a family!