Reconnecting with yourself at this Bali retreat is simple: by removing the demands of life and embracing the art of nothing. Found within the UNESCO protected rice fields of Jatiluwih, on the rich heritage of the Kingdom of Tabanan, Bali Silent Retreat was once a sacred ashram erected by the king for his unwell son.
For many travelers, Bali is a dream destination, with everything from beaches to food to spirituality on the agenda. But too often, people get stuck in a rut when it comes to places to go, with Seminyak and Ubud always top of this list. How about veering off the well-trodden tourist-path to areas unknown?
Bali Silent Retreat is exactly what it sounds like: no talking, no music, just silence and the noises of nature.
Have you ever wondered why the word ‘silent’ and ‘listen’ are spelled with the same letters? Deep in the heart of Tabanan, at the base of the Balinese holy mountain Batu Karu, I finally understood why.
I found it liberating not having to consider social niceties or think about how I was being perceived in any exchange. It freed up a shocking amount of mind space to think about what I wanted personally and my priorities, independent of others.
by Rebecca Henschke, Camera: Haryo Wirawan, Producer: Pamela Parker / BBC News
These days a digital detox is not nearly enough for city dwellers glued to computers, screens and devices. Silent retreats are proving to be an increasingly popular form of escape from the stresses and noise of urban life.
There are so much insights into the art of Balinese culture from the weekly session of Tea Circle at Bali Silent Retreat. Bali & Beyond’s magazine contributor investigates and shares her findings here.
Yogi Times has ventured into beautiful sanctuary to experience the practice of silence and is loving it! “This is perfect place to cultivate the art of doing nothing. Or as the Italians say, ‘dolce far niente’. Rest, Sleep, Eat and Repeat”.
At a time when life is more fast-paced than ever, where everything demands to be attended at once, it is refreshing at times to just switch off and go inward to listen to the one that needs attention the most
As human beings, can we ever stop talking? When our phone is glued to our hand and becomes the extension of our limbs, it’s hard to imagine a day without “communicating.” Bali & Beyond contributor went into the remote Bali Silent Retreat to experience the art of silence.