The 10 Best Meditation Retreats and Centres in Bali

Meditation in the jungle
Meditation in the jungle | © Jared Rice / Unsplash
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30 July 2018

Over the last decade, Bali has become a cherished destination for soul-seeking travelers. Yoga shalas, retreats and meditation centers are blooming all over the island. Get ready for a wave of serenity and discover the most peaceful places the Island of Gods can offer.

The Yoga Barn

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The main yoga studio at The Yoga Barn, in Ubud, Bali.
The main yoga studio at The Yoga Barn, in Ubud, Bali | © The Yoga Barn
An oasis of peace in the heart of the island, The Yoga Barn is more than a simple studio: it’s a well-rounded experience of healing, wellness and community. Located in central Ubud, hidden off a little alley, the barn has seven yoga studios and 100 yoga, meditation and dance classes per week, together with healing and ayurvedic treatments. And there’s more: astrology sessions, acro yoga jams, ecstatic dance, kirtan concerts, Monday movies, topped up with the delicious vegan, raw and ayurvedic food of the Garden Kafe. Paradise on earth.

Fivelements

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The lush garden at Fivelements in Bali
The lush garden at Fivelements | The lush garden at Fivelements
More than just stunning and luxurious accommodation, Fivelements offers more than meets the eye. Their wellness retreat program provides a healing journey the Balinese way, with all their proven rituals, culture, and traditions. Guests can decide what package to indulge in, from the rejuvenation, detox, culinary and wellness retreats. Each package has its own focus, but all are geared towards a transformation you need to make, in order to lead a balanced and well life. Better still, tourists can get a glimpse of local healing rituals, making it a cultural and spiritual experience all in one.

Bali Eco Stay

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The emerald green slope that is home to Bali Eco Stay
The emerald green slope that is home to Bali Eco Stay | © Bali Eco Stay

Imagine driving up a road crossing emerald and lush ricefield, leading to a place of calm surrounded by nothing but nature. Located on the slopes of the green Tabanan mountains, Bali Eco-Stay is a magical oasis of meditation, silence and health. The rooms intertwine with the forest and the view, oh the view. Their yoga shala is fully equipped for retreats and seminars and the food on offer is sourced from their permaculture garden. Here you’ll have the chance to fully switch off and dedicate time for yourself. The soothing sound of the waterfalls, birds, and river, and the breath of the forest will smoothen your thoughts, for a feeling of bliss nurtured by nature.

Samadi Bali

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Samadi Bali
Relax and find your Zen-like state | © Samadi Bali
At Samadi Bali, your instructor is also your life coach, chakra balancer, craniosacral therapist, body mechanic, and soul food artist. Located in the heart of the popular surf spot Canggu, this yoga studio offers classes for all levels and abilities. In addition, the studio offers various yoga styles to choose from – if you don’t have any preference and are open to any style, their specialty is the traditional “Mysore Ashtanga Yoga.”

Desa Seni, A Village Resort

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tribal statue at Desa Seni in Bali
Tribal statue in the garden at Desa Seni | Tribal statue in the garden at Desa Seni

Desa Seni is a village resort with a dreamy open aired, tropical yoga studio. The passionate teachers offer a variety of classes, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Yin, Alignment & Adjustment and Meditation. Also, they foster local culture, traditions and art, through workshops and events. And there’s more: the holistic spa, the organic farm and restaurant. All you need for a conscious and sustainable stay in Bali.

Bali Silent Retreat meditation center

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Rice terrace in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Rice terrace in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia | © Christophe Faugere / Shutterstock

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.

Shambala Oceanside Retreat

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Blue space meditation
Blue space meditation | Blue space meditation

For soul-seeking adventurous types and ocean lovers, Shambala Oceanside Retreat is the ideal spot. Located in the far north of the Island of Gods, the center is rocked by the gentle waves of the northern shores. Your daily yoga and meditation practices will intertwine with chasing waterfalls, discovering mesmerizing reefs and swimming with the dolphins.

Intuitive Flow, Indonesia

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Intuitive Yoga
Try some yoga at Intuitive Flow | © Intuitive Flow
Located on the Penestanan Kaja hill, Intuitive Flow is an intimate and airy shala overlooking the lush Balinese jungle and volcanic peaks. The quality of the teachers is remarkable and the view is unique. Here you can try Yoga Pranala, a special blend of traditional yoga and ancient Balinese teachings. Can you imagine practising morning yoga with the sun rising and bathing your skin? An absolute hidden gem.

Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness

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If you are looking for an excellent mix of mountain and sea, East Bali is where to go and Nirarta the place to stay. Located half-hour from both Mount Agung and the ocean, the dreamy center offers one-to-one work, retreats and seminars aimed at unfolding physical and psychological renewal. Come here to fully unwind and experience the healing power of nature.

Prana Dewi Mountain Resort

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Another absolute gem hidden in the Tabanan area, one of the wildest in Bali. Imagine waking in the morning and starting your day meditating while admiring the sacred Mount Batu Karu. Their organic and locally sourced food will feed both your body and soul, for a well-rounded mindful experience of self-exploration.