Dreaming of Bali
Read what past participants are saying:
From day one, I knew I wanted to go to Bali. I had heard so much, both from others' personal experiences as well as commercially (Eat, Pray Love). It was a good opportunity to be on my own with a group, and have someone more knowledgeable plan the itinerary, leaving lots of time flexible. It also gave me a chance to spend some time with my sister.
When I travel to a foreign country and culture, it's an opportunity to learn about myself. What feels easy and exhilarating, what is strange and uncomfortable? There are moment-to-moment opportunities to "check in" with oneself, rely on intuition. Being in different environments (beach, city), seeing the dolphins, meeting the Balinese people, eating the wonderful food, and taking part in the moon ceremony, seeing Sut's home, and visiting the Temple were all opportunities to be fully immersed in the culture and learn more about myself.
We were given a loose schedule but had plenty of free time to explore on our own. Access to spa treatments and their low cost allowed us to unwind and nurture ourselves. I also loved the camaraderie of the group.
While Erin was clearly knowledgeable about where we went and the quality of our guides, it was nice to see that she, too, was exploring and open to new options. I've known Erin for 8 years, but my sister had never met her. We were always comfortable, knowing Erin had our well-being in mind as she instructed us about the culture and the small details that can make such a difference on a trip like this. It is clear Erin has a passion about Bali and the Balinese people, and she wants to share it with others. We are so happy she did!
Lisa Feiner, participant in the Bali Retreat May 2012
It's hard to say what I enjoyed the most about the trip to Bali, there were so many highlights- the dolphin boat ride, the cooking class and market tour, all of the bodywork daily, the new friends I made, the beauty of Bali, but I would say the thing that was the most positive for me was the slowness of my breath and the slower pace I was moving to and the peace that came from walking away from all of the chaos and stress that I left behind in Philadelphia. It felt like a layer was peeled off of me and I left it at the airport. And the good news is, it stayed at the airport, the stressful situations were still there when I returned, but they didn't affect me the same way. Yay!
Bali transformed me in such a surprising way. If I had to sum up Bali in one word I would choose the word beauty. The lush greenery and flowers are obviously so beautiful and intoxicating, but the detail to making the simplest things beautiful- like little flower patterns out of stones in the sidewalks, hibiscus flower heads on the back of the toilet in a restroom, all of the beautiful flower offerings everywhere, there seems to be such natural attention to detail and beauty everywhere - it swept me off my feet and I have brought that home with me and am looking to find more beauty in my day to day life.
Being a massage therapist I know the value of regular massage, but after receiving treatments everyday, except for one, while on the trip It reminded me of the importance and I think it helped with jet lag - I had none, either way. I was also moved by the session with the healer, my symptoms have not returned since I saw him and he gave me a beautiful (there's that word again!)visualization to do daily that I treasure.
I almost didn't go on the trip for the usual reasons, time, money, wasn't sure how I would enjoy traveling with people I didn't know...Bali just called me and said you are really going to regret this if you don't go. And that was good advice from "where ever " it came from. Also, traveling with Erin who had previous experience made it so much easier. I literally just showed up for the trip doing very little research on my own, knowing I was in good hands.
Some of my highlights were definitely all of the different spa treatments, you must do one where you soak in a tub of fragrant flowers at the end- divine! My treatment with the healer was very powerful and something I would highly recommend - put some thought in to it before you go, I think you will get the most out of the experience if you are really clear about why you are there. I loved the dolphin boat ride and the market tour and cooking class are not to be missed! Being there during full moon was also a bonus, you are in such a spiritual place to begin with that the added bonus of full moon ceremony was icing on the cake!
Judy Moon, participant in the Bali Retreat May 2012
A commitment I have made to myself is to always say "yes" to opportunities to enrich myself in the company of good people, and I knew that Erin's friends would be growth-oriented, kind people.
Of course there was the pampering (massages, scrubs, hair treatments, etc.) but my favorite part of the trip was learning from others in our group and from the Balinese. I appreciate the focus on spiritual expansion and the healing arts.
Thank you Erin for organizing this trip!
Madeleine Loh, Jr., participant in the Bali Retreat May 2012
What I enjoyed most about my trip to Bali with you was getting to see a side of the Balinese culture that I did not experience during my last trip to Bali.
I loved the food especially and the cooking class just brought it all together for me. Would highly recommend that to anyone. I also gained so much insight into what makes the Balinese tick.
Seeing the family home of our guide, Sut, and learning about all the rituals and traditions that are part of the culture was so eye-opening to me. Westerners tend to "fit in" their spirituality where they have gaps in their highly scheduled lives, but the Balinese seem to do the reverse: it in the daily chores/obligations only after (or in conjunction with) their spiritual needs.
Going to Bali provided such a wonderful change of pace and routine for me and really allowed me to just think about myself and my needs--bliss!
-Danielle Foley, Communications Consultant, Mother of 2, Sydney, Australia