The writer settling in at Bali Silent Retreat; credit Tommaso Riva
While the location is nothing short of breathtaking, it wasn’t just chosen for its aesthetics: nestling the local temple, the plot of land on which Bali Silent Retreat resides was home to an ashram hundreds of years ago, and holy men have deemed that it sits right on top of a stream of spiritual energy.
But it’s not just the location that’s been specifically chosen to enhance a potential spiritual awakening. Explains Miklautsch: “All aspects of Bali Silent Retreat (food, programs, rooms, walking paths) are designed to create space so as to facilitate ‘experience’, whatever that might be for the individual.”
The program she refers to (over a recommended five-day stay) is a loosely structured series of daily activities, each completed in silence but useful as a form of distraction. Guests rise with the sun, greeted by a symphony of lively local roosters, and retire early when night falls.
Days are punctuated by gongs, welcoming meal times and the next activity; there’s twice daily meditation and yoga, cultural talks, jungle and nearby hot springs to explore, and guided walks through the organic vegetable garden out back, where much of the food is sourced.
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