A meditation retreat in Bali is a pilgrimage and an opportunity to experience a culture of great heart and spirituality. Our intention is to immerse ourselves fully in the sacred, discovering our own sacredness within. The Balinese teach us to offer everything from our heart and receive the flowers of peace from deep inside. This practice is the source of our infinite heart meditation practice that we share with guests today in our retreats in Assisi, Italy and Santa Barbara, California.
The Balinese have three principals that they live by; Keep balance between yourself and others, between yourself and nature and between yourself and God. By surrendering and returning to calm everyday, we can soften mental activity. While meditating in the heart, we learn to embrace the love that radiates from within. Life arises out of love and returns to the eternal heart of love.
We are practicing calming the mind and entering the treasure of the spiritual heart. Enjoying periods of silence allows us to be present with the many gifts that Bali has to offer. The teachers are always available for questions and retreat direction. Your retreat includes a private session with Ruth on how to deepen your personal meditation practice. And share meditation based on the balinese prinicipal of offering all the beauty of their heart into each day.
We travel to sacred temples & priest/esses. We will visit a local village healer and water temple for these unique blessings here.
The remote village and retreat center where we stay is surrounded by rice fields with a view to Mt Agung, the holiest mountain in Bali.
Dear Ruth & Bruce, What I hear when I listen, is the following message: "Go inside your heart to truly expand. Everything is there waiting for you ...everything. Listen....always listen. Relax, step back, let go and ease into life. Surrender don't struggle." Being in Bali helped me look inside myself, expand my heart and live from LOVE. Having days of mostly silence and observing how the Bali people live helped me go deeper in my spiritual practice. I'm very grateful I had this opportunity. Much love, Barbara
Schedule: Morning and evening meditation. With visits to sacred sites, temple ceremonies, and visiting Bali's most respected teachers. There is ample time to relax in the meditation resort's exquisite gardens of peace. We have exclusive use of this special sanctuary which includes a pool surrounded by rice fields and the most exquisite view of Mt Agung, Bali's most sacred place.
Some of the Temple ceremonies include:
Welcoming ceremony by village priestess.
Learn the meditative meaning of the customary Balinese flower prayers and offering baskets that are included in all temple visits.
A visit to sacred waters that emerge naturally from the earth. These waters are considered a blessing of a lifetime.
We will visit various high priests and priestesses. Some may include a private audience and cleansing ceremonies.
Statue blessing: This statue will be brought alive by the high priest of our mountain village in a sacred ritual of chants, holy water & flowers.
Attend Full Moon Ceremony at the Mother Temple on Mt Agung.
Cost: $2225.00 (per person) Shared Double Room $1200.00 Single room supplement Plus 20% Service Fee
7 nights / 8 days Accommodations - Shared Bungalow Suites. Each suite has a bedroom with two beds, full bathroom, living room and terrace. We will be staying on the eastern side of Bali in a remote village with infinite peace & quiet, far away from large towns or tourist locations and exclusive use of the retreat center, surrounded by rice fields with views of holy Mt Agung.
All meditation sessions, journeys to sacred sites, spiritual guidance and meditative movement.
3 meals a day. All food & drinks (non-alcoholic)
All tips for drivers, food and accommodations
All journeys and vehicle transport to sacred places, teachers and the customary offerings that are given to them.
Additional Costs: Pricing does not include:
Taxi to and from airport - approximately $45 US one way
Temple Clothing - approximately $155 US
Statues or personal purchases
Spa services, laundry services
You will pay for a Visa upon arrival. Stays are up to 30 days.
Dear Ruth and Bruce, I want to thank you both for the opportunity to gather in Bali for a heart opening Silent Retreat. The both of you are amazingly generous in heart and in every other way imaginable. I am profoundly grateful for your introduction into the spiritual way of life of the Balinese people. The daily practice during the retreat has given me a deep and profound shift in my relationship to my One God, the One Source. The impulse has remained with me in my daily practice and with the people that I encounter in my daily life. The releasing and opening into Emptiness, the sincere Offerings of my heart, is a way back to peace and harmony with myself and with that I am in peace and harmony with others. I continue to practice this multiple times a day. I keep repeating to everyone who asks about my experience in Bali, the amazing Balinese practice of daily offerings of flowers that I saw everywhere, with the poor and in even in the resorts, the amazing smiles and contentment in the people I met on my solo walks, whom by our standards have very little materially. I now understand in experience what you both meant by, “In the silence, listen and absorb the heart of Bali”. Words cannot express the experience I’ve had.
Emptiness and Offerings, Susan
The retreat facility in a remote village in Bali has limited rooms. During this spiritual pilgrimage we will be learning to live from a life of offering while practicing meditation & the balinese prayer.
Anyone wishing to attend the Bali Pilgrimage is welcome to apply. This is a retreat in meditative quiet. We are practicing emptiness, calming the mind and entering the treasure of the spiritual heart. The many gifts of Bali await us here.
It is perfect for anyone seeking deeper spiritual meaning in their lives & contemplatives of all traditions. This pilgrimage is a lifetime gift and a unique opportunity to dive into the spiritual heart of the Balinese culture. Please fill out the application form if you would like to attend.
Dear Ruth and Bruce,
What I have learned is that I am the keeper of my Bali Heart. That it's my choice whether I give people, my circumstances or my environment the power to derail me. Because of the experiences of silence and meditation in Bali I feel grounded and connected to God, The Universe and The Earth. My heart and soul became accustomed to being anchored in tranquility and peace. It is a place I love to be in daily and when the distraction comes, it only takes a moment to recognize, breathe and return to my Bali Heart. My heart is full of love for you both and I look forward to the day that we will sit together again in silence. Omswastiastu, Kim
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