Join Dr Deb Kern for a special Women’s Retreat – 7 days / 6 nights (with a bonus 7th night explained in Travel and FAQ’s!) immersed in the healing energies and vibrancy of the Balinese culture. Bali offers a stunning geography of ocean, mountain, volcanos and jungle with an incredibly diversity of wildlife and marine life. The Balinese people are characteristically warm and welcoming with a rich spiritual history.
Book your flight to land at Denpasar international airport and be whisked away to Floating Leaf eco-luxury retreat center for the week. We’ve hand chosen this distinct location for it’s privacy (we will be the only guests this week) and for it’s design and location. Floating Leaf is set in a small traditional Balinese village amongst verdant rice fields. This secluded location nestled between Sukawati and Pantai Purnama on the eastern shore of Bali puts us far from the traffic, pollution and the crowds of tourists found in Ubud and southern Bali, but we are still conveniently located close to the beach, airport and other key Bali landmarks.
Floating Leaf is close enough to visit Ubud (just 20 minutes), but nicely removed enough from the city energy and just a 15 minute walk to black sands beaches.
Nothing compares to the beauty and reverence of the daily of the Balinese. From the moment you land in Bali, you begin to shift from your fast-paced, material-focused western lifestyle and slip into natural time as you take in the explosion of colors from flowers, offering baskets, art, architecture and fabrics. That’s why I love guiding my Bliss Retreat in Bali. Everything from the food we eat to the dances and yoga we do to the excursions we experience is designed to awaken your senses with pleasure, liberate you from constricted patterns, heal your mind/body/emotions and free you to step back into your life as the woman you were born to be.
Rather than telling you about it myself, I’ll let three of the women from our last Bali Bliss Retreat describe their experience in their own words:
I can’t even begin to do the experience and the connections I made justice with words. Bali herself is amazing. The people, the rituals and the believe system still ring out in my memory along with the terrain and the amazing use of basic materials and the earths gravity itself to nourish not only the body but the soul…. Give yourself and those around you a gift.
Camber, Kansas City
While I have travelled with Deb Kern to many amazing destinations & participated in incredible retreats & adventures, NOTHING compares to Deb + Bali! To be with her in her true element of nature & to see the marriage of her beliefs & that of the beautiful Balinese culture is the perfect combination, the perfect journey for the soul, & the perfect trip of a lifetime.
Life-altering, Amazing, Peaceful, Sisterhood, Bliss, Safe, Powerful, Eye-opening, Wild, Exotic, Unveiling the lost feminine……
I got off the plane all battered, bruised, rundown from all the everyday demands life throws at us every day and I am immediately embraced and awestruck by the alluring charm of Bali and the Balinese people. Truly breathtaking. I had NO IDEA what to expect out of this trip. I took a leap of faith and said yes because I knew deep down in my soul that “something” had to change in my life. And it did!
Prepare to shed MANY layers of unnecessary baggage. When I released all of mine I felt freed; free to live a different life, to live MY life!!!
Deb has a unique gift. She creates a safe place, one of total acceptance and love. She, ever so elegantly, guides you through this incredible journey back to your own Divine.
Take the time, invest in YOU. I promise that you will come back even more amazing than you already are.”
Pam, New Orleans
Upon your arrival in Denpasar, you’ll be greeted at the airport and whisked away to our little paradise. We’ll nourish ourselves with life-filled organic foods and practice yoga in our open air yoga studio complete with breathtaking views of the rice terraces, coconut trees, and ocean. We’ll learn about Balinese culture, learn some of their traditions, visit a healing water temple and an artisan village. A black sands beach is just a 15 minute walk from the property where surfing is possible. Of course ,we encourage you to indulge in the incredible Balinese massage and spa treatments which are offered on site
Included in your week:
- Daily Classes with Deb (2 on most days)
- Introduction to Balinese culture. This special discussion is designed to help you understand the mystical and magical culture of Bali and what you will experience while on The Island of The Gods. Culture, spirituality, customs, money exchange, what to do and what not to do, and much more is covered. You’ll also learn about the area and extra activities you might choose add into your week.
- Offering Making Class
Learn the power, symbolism, and purpose of these ubiquitous spiritual artworks found all over Bali. In a hands on workshop, learn to create your very own all natural flower offering which you can use in your purification ceremony, a ritual of your own, or to have in your room with you as a reminder of the mystical spirituality found on the Island of the Gods.
- Temple Purification Ceremony
The purification ceremony will be held at Tirta Empul Water Temple. After the Purification Ceremony, we’ll visit a coffee plantation to sample special teas and coffees including the worlds most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak (optional), and a traditional painting village and Balinese compound. We go in the morning to return for lunch, but you will also have the option top be dropped in Ubud for a walkabout and shopping in you prefer. You can easily take a taxi back to the retreat center if you decide to do this.
- Art and Shopping tour
Bali is famous for its arts and crafts. Fine jewelry (especially silver), wood carving, batik, painting, clothing and so much more. Our exclusive was created to help our guests get the very best of what is available. We bring you right into the workshops of the best artists to not only show you how it is made but ensure you get the absolute best deal on top quality merchandise. Our hosts can help you bargain on already special prices for our groups. They have longstanding relationships with the very top producers so we know they craft high-quality goods. This is crucial for textiles, clothing and especially woodcarvings.
- Black sands beaches plus plenty of pool and relaxation time
The beaches are just a 15 minute walk from Floating Leaf, and of course, the center is your paradise for the week if you prefer to spend time relaxing and indulging in Balinese spa treatments!
Your retreat starts with dinner on Sunday July 7th, but we know many flights from the US arrive late at night and some of you may like to arrive a day early.
Because of this, we have arranged to have ALL ROOMS available and paid for the night of July 6th as well.
If you arrive during the day or late night on the 6th (at midnight this becomes the 7th), your room will be available for you to relax and acclimate from the time change. Breakfast is included on the morning of the 7th and the retreat starts with dinner on the 7th. Lunch on the 7th or other meals on the 6th can be purchased a la carte.
Of course, you can also arrive on the 7th during the day and all arrivals on the 6th or 7th will receive a driver / airport shuttle to bring you to Floating Leaf. If you arrive in Balie earlier than that on your own, please arrange transportation to meet the group at Floating Leaf on the 6th or 7th.
Do I need a visa to visit Bali?
Yes, depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a visa in advance, or you may be eligible for a visa on arrival. For US citizens, you may be required to pay for a $35 visa upon arrival (or you may not!) The customs officers do accept other currencies and credit cards. Make sure that you have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the arrival date or you will be turned away from your departing city. You must also have proof of a return ticket. Visa regulations have been changing in Bali for almost a decade, so it is recommended that you check with your consulate for the most up-to-date information.
What airport do I fly into?
Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) is the international airpot you will be flying into. Remember you can lose up to two days with the time change and flight time, so double check your arrival date and retreat start date.
How do I get from Denpasar to Floating Leaf?
We will arrange transportation for group members arriving on the start and end date of the retreat. (For those arriving one day early, we will still provide this pick up) Expect a survey to collect your travel details. Upon exiting the airport, a trusted driver will meet you with a Floating Leaf sign.
What is the electrical currency/outlet in Bali?
Bali electricity runs at 220V and uses the European plug (two round pins). Adapters will be necessary if you are bringing any electrical items.
Traveling outside of you home country can expose you to bugs your body might not be used to. The odd case of “bali belly” (diarrhea) is not uncommon. Packing an anti-diarrheal can put you at ease. It’s always nice to check in with your family doctor or local travel clinic if you need any information on vaccines or medications to bring with you. We’ve got some great pharmacies (“Apotek” in Indonesian).
Is there internet access on property?
Floating Leaf offers free wi-fi throughout the property. While we know its important to stay connected with friends and love ones, sometimes the unexpected storm can slow down or cut out the internet temporarily.
What will the weather be like?
Because it is located near the equator, Bali tends to have fairly stable weather with the “wet” season occurring between November and March and the ‘dry’ season between May and September. It is generally always warm with temperatures hovering in the mid-to high-80s and up.
What should I pack?
We recommend light clothing that breathes but can also protect you from the sun. Being near the equator, the Balinese sun is hot and you can burn much faster than what you might be used to. Sleeves or a light jacket is also helpful in the evenings if you decide to take a scooter ride. W
What is the currency?
The currency here is called Rupiah. You can bring your own currency over and convert it, or use ATM machines to withdraw Indonesian currency. ATM withdrawal fees vary bank to bank, so make sure you check in with yours to get all the info. Many restaurants and stores take credit cards. Don’t forget to let your bank or credit card company know you are traveling!
- Free WiFi throughout the property
- Unlimited drinking water
- Solar charging stations for personal electronic devices
- In room safe (Pool View Rooms)
- Organic shampoo, body wash, conditioner and body lotion
- High quality robes and slippers
- Smart multi electrical sockets
- Baggage service
- Laundry service
- Hair dryers
- Koi feeding opportunities twice daily
We have only 10 rooms available for this retreat and can therefore only offer 2 single occupancy rooms (first come first served)
Please reserve your preferred room quickly early as we anticipate a sell out.
POOL VIEW ROOMS
The upstairs rooms boast a wrap around balconies with views of the surrounding rice fields, Indian Ocean, Bali’s outer laying islands, the most sacred spot on the island, Mount Agung, and of course The Healing Pool. The 2 spacious ground floor rooms offer indoor/outdoor garden bathrooms with rain shower.
Pool View Room Top Floor with wraparound balcony
Double Occupancy: $2695 per person
Single Occupancy: $3595
Pool View Room Bottom Floor
Double Occupancy: $2695 per person
Single Occupancy: $3595
Step across the koi pond to four beautifully appointed rooms set in a lush organic garden. Blending traditional Balinese antiques with contemporary sustainable comforts; each spacious room has a private terrace, air conditioning, and fan. These second floor rooms offer sweeping views of the surrounding rice fields, Indian Ocean and holy Mount Agung. The entire green rooftop is a flourishing fruit and vegetable garden and offers the best views Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat has to offer.
(1 roommate space available and 1 room still available for single occupancy)
Single Occupancy: $3395
- 7 days / 6 nights accommodations
- bonus 7th night on July 6th for those who need it
- Airport transfers
- All yoga classes with Deb
- Organic meals starting with dinner on the 7th
- Introduction to Balinese culture
- Offering making class
- Temple ceremony
- Visit to an artisan village
- Special farewell dinner
- Airfare to Denpasar
- Spa Services
- Additional optional excursions
- Alcoholic beverages
If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through April 2019, unless other arrangements are made.
We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAVEL GUARD offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical. Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.
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