The Best Meditation Retreats and Centres in Bali

Fivelements Bali is an eco-wellness retreat offering restorative programmes that include yoga, massage, meditation and plant-based nutrition – in a luxurious sanctuary setting
Fivelements Bali is an eco-wellness retreat offering restorative programmes that include yoga, massage, meditation and plant-based nutrition – in a luxurious sanctuary setting | Courtesy of Fivelements / Expedia
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11 April 2021

Yoga shalas, meditation retreats and wellness centres are blossoming all over the Indonesian island of Bali – a cherished destination for soulful travellers seeking calm and respite. Whether you’re following mindful mountain moments or seaside stretches, get ready for a wave of serenity and discover the most peaceful places the Island of the Gods has to offer. Namaste.

The Yoga Barn

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The main yoga studio at The Yoga Barn, in Ubud, Bali.
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An oasis of calm at the heart of the island, the Yoga Barn is more than a simple studio: it’s a holistic healing, wellness and community experience. In central Ubud, the barn has seven yoga studios and more than 130 yoga, meditation and dance classes per week, together with healing and Ayurvedic treatments. And there’s more: Tibetan bowls, sound baths and ecstatic dance sessions are bolstered by delicious raw vegan food from the Garden Kafe. Paradise on earth.

Fivelements

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4.4/5 (66 Reviews)
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Stunning, luxurious accommodation aside, Fivelements offers more than meets the eye. The retreat programme here provides a healing journey Balinese-style, with all its rituals, cultures and traditions. Choose your package: rejuvenation, detox, culinary or wellness – each has its own focus, but all are geared towards transformation, and the goal of a balanced life. Better still, you’ll get a glimpse into local healing rituals, making Fivelements a cultural and spiritual experience all in one.

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Bali Eco Stay

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Imagine a road winding through emerald rice fields leading to a place of calm surrounded by nothing but nature. On the slopes of the Tabanan mountains, Bali Eco Stay is a magical oasis of meditation, silence and health. The rooms complement the landscape of the valley and the views are phenomenal. The yoga shala is equipped for retreats and seminars and most of the food is sourced from the surrounding gardens. Here you’ll have the chance to switch off fully and find time for yourself, surrounded by the soothing sounds of waterfalls, birds and the river.

Samadi Bali

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At Samadi your instructor is also your life coach, chakra balancer, craniosacral therapist, body mechanic and soul food artist. In the heart of the popular surf spot Canggu, near Echo Beach, this yoga centre offers classes for all abilities and focuses on healing and renewal. There are two shalas available for hire and 10 comfortable rooms for guests; choose from many styles of yoga and follow your own path to restoration.

Desa Seni

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Desa Seni is a village resort with a dreamy, open-air, tropical yoga studio. The teachers here are passionate about their practice and offer a variety of yoga styles including vinyasa, hatha, restorative and yin, as well as alignment and meditation classes. Local culture, traditions and art are fostered through workshops and events and there’s also the holistic spa, organic farm and restaurant for guests. In short, everything you need for a restful, sustainable stay in Bali.

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Bali Silent Retreat

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Bali Silent Retreat is an eco-sanctuary for meditation and prayer. Surrounded by green rice fields and protected by the sacred Mount Batu Karu and caressed by natural hot springs, this is the ideal place to start an inner journey of quiet contemplation. You can choose how long you stay and what you spend your time here doing, so long as you follow the mandate to respect the art of doing nothing. Breathe deep and relax.

Shambala Oceanside Retreat and Spa

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For soul-seeking adventurous types and ocean lovers, Shambala Oceanside Retreat and Spa is the ideal spot. Found in the far north of the island, the centre overlooks the gentle waves of the northern shore. Your daily yoga and meditation practices are complemented by trekking to waterfalls, exploring local reefs and swimming with dolphins.

Intuitive Flow

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North of Ubud, on the Penestanan Kaja hill, Intuitive Flow is an intimate, airy shala overlooking the lush Balinese jungle and volcanic peaks. The quality of the teaching here is remarkable and the views are unique. Here you can try Yoga Pranala, a special blend of traditional yoga and ancient Balinese teachings and practise your morning yoga with the sun rising and bathing your skin.

Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness

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4.6/5 (5 Reviews)
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If you’re looking for a mixture of mountains and sea as the backdrop for your personal development, East Bali is where to go and Nirarta is the place to stay. Half an hour from both Mount Agung and the ocean, this dreamy centre offers one-to-one work, retreats and seminars aimed at unfolding physical and psychological renewal. Come here to unwind and experience the healing power of nature, and to enact some deep transformation work.

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Prana Dewi Mountain Resort

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Prana Dewi is another jewel cloistered in the mountainous Tabanan region, one of the wildest areas in Bali. Wake in the morning and start your day meditating on the sacred Mount Batu Karu. The restaurant, stocked with organic, locally-sourced food, will feed your body, while the natural water swimming pool and local trekking trails will nourish your soul – for a well-rounded mindful experience of self-exploration and beauty.

These recommendations were updated on April 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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