Acai berry 1st harvest

Acai Berries – Eco Harvesting the ‘Old School’ Way by Sangtu

Acai Palm, ever so popular by juice bars and health drinks.

Originally from Brazil it’s acclaimed to be high in anti oxidants. Interestingly, the seed is huge compared to the fruit: about the size of a marble (10 millimetres in diameter – about .4 inch/ or just under 2cm). But the fruit is only 1 millimeter, very dark purple and not easy to come off. It also deteriorates quickly – within 24 hours. So once the big seed cluster is cut from the tree, pulling off the pulp needs to be a smooth and speedy process.

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Papaya in the garden

Tree food vs plant food

Eating well is a hot topic, hitting an obesity epidemic despite 3 decades of dietary trial and error (fat or low fat, eggs or no eggs, sugar or fake sweetener?)

It seems we are left with this bit of wisdom: ‘Just Eat Real Food’ (JERF)

So what is real food? And can I even buy real food at a real supermarket?

To understand what we need is to understand what we want to change. The current system that fuels the bodies of nearly 7 billion humans runs mostly on crude oil, natural gas, and other finite resources. The fuel for the machinery, factories, fertilizers and refrigerated trucks that fill up those miracle aisles in our local one stop shop wonders.

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Bali Silent Retreat - View from dorm

A Few Recent Comments

Most of the comments on the evaluation form are equally as complimentary as these and I am so very very grateful Bali Silent Retreat is feeding the needs of the guests who visit.  — Patricia, Founder.

“Easily 3 of the most tranquil and serene days of my life!! I’ll be back!”
— Elizabeth, No California

“The MOST AMAZING garlic onion hummus I’ve ever tasted AND slathered upon some of the most yummy and hearty rustic sourdough bread, warm from the oven.”
— Day Guest, Jaclin, Australia and Bali Read more

Jen yoga

Jen, our Yoga Teacher in Residence

Although yoga teachers frequent our Seva Program, Jen is our permanent Yoga Teacher on Staff. She is amazing! Go Jen!



Buster just arrived to bless us with his good nature and friendly wag. He might greet you with hopes for an ear scratch.

Labrynth Francesca

Making a wish in the labyrinth

An Italian guest makes her wish as she meanders the Labyrinth Meditation Walk.

Pradnya and 2 boys yoga

Yoga with 3 Balinese

How blessed we are to be guests on their island, with the performance of their culture and abundance of their generosity.

All-Day-Grazing Table

All-Day-Grazing Table

All-Day-Grazing Table. . . yummy and healthy. A typical sampling:

  • Garden  Couscous w grated cauliflower and beetroot with apple, raisins, and mint.
  • Chinese cabbage w herb garden dressing.
  • Veggie garden crudités w pesto dip
  • Herb roasted croutons
  • Garden veggie Kiamichi
  • Garden Smoothie: aloe vera,  banana, coconut, turmeric, lemon balm and apple
  • Fresh breads and sticks baked today with herb butter and fresh jams.
  • 10Am bread from the oven featured today-Walnut Bread

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