Bali is replete with cookie-cutter wellness retreats. And while this may be sufficient for those looking to take in a bit of sun, feast on vegetarian cuisine, and sneak in a massage or two, most don’t make for a terribly in-depth experience. Bali Silent Retreat is a bird of another feather. Built on the site of Pura Dalem, a former ashram and temple, within the UNESCO-protected area of Jatiluwih, the retreat is a peaceful sanctuary for non-denominational contemplation and green living.
Bali Silent Retreat turned out to be the highlight of my trip. Surrounded by rice fields and overlooked by Mount Batukaru in the center of the island, the place is a real sanctuary, with an extensive vegetable garden and twice-daily yoga and meditation sessions (the teachers can speak). Rooms are basic — with an open wall overlooking the jungle — and the food is excellent.
Bali Silent Retreat is an eco-sanctuary for meditation and prayer. Surrounded by green rice fields, protected by the sacred Mount Batu Karu and caressed by natural hot spring, this is the ideal place to start an inner journey of silence and self-exploration. You choose how long you want to stay and what you desire doing. There’s only one rule: to respect the “Art of Doing Nothing.” Sounds like a fair principle.
If you are suffering from the stress of modern day life, I highly recommend taking a trip to Bali Silent Retreat in Bali, Indonesia. The name says it all — no talking allowed! Days consist of silent contemplation, meditation, yoga, reading and self-reflection. This may not appeal to some; however, I can truly guarantee you will come out feeling incredibly relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world.
There are two rules at the Bali Silent Retreat: resist using any technology, and no talking is allowed. It might not sound too challenging to do, but in today’s hyper-connected world, I cringed at the idea of attempting three days — or 72 hours — of total silence where I’d be able to do nothing more than eat, sleep, read or just sit and stare into nearby rice fields.
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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.
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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
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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”.
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