Bali is a tropical island with a very strong spiritual energy, which like India accelerates healing processes. Bali is part of Indonesia but retains a strong Buddhist/Hindu tradition. At dawn and dusk every day, offerings are made to outdoor shrines at the entrances of households, to bring prosperity and peace to each family.
After a 3 stop, 18 hour flight, we arrived in paradise. Ubud is a small town made famous by the book and film ‘Eat Pray Love‘. We stayed the modest, yet extremely comfortable Puri Garden Hotel. Over my balcony, lush green rice fields reminded me that this bustling town, with it’s plethora of good quality arts and crafts shops, was still strongly connected to the Earth. I was lucky enough to have the best massage I have ever had- 2 hours of bliss – a 4 hand massage with scrub and wonderful flower bath.
The Shangrila resort is stunning. The grounds exude vibrant, pulsing energy: incredible flowers, huge butterflies and bees are all around the grounds. Twenty of us from the UK, Australia, and the USA, stayed in luxurious beach houses, with massage treatments on offer every day and delicious veggie food. Usually on healing courses, I’ve had basic accommodation and early starts but this retreat was truly nurturing and supportive. We had group sessions to heal past issues with Andrew Wallas – an extraordinary character who always gets to the heart of the problem. We had individual sessions with practical solutions from Brigitte Sumner – a strong, powerful goddess of a woman. I talked to her about finances, business, and self-image.We also had fun, energizing sessions with Dipti Patel – an expert on fitness and self-esteem.
It’s difficult for me to explain exactly what happens on these spiritual retreats. We bond quickly, form alliances, create lasting friendships and also push ourselves to the limits. I cried a lot. I went out into the open ocean in just a tiny fishing boat, hoping to see wild dolphins, and got soaked under a pretty waterfall… I danced, swam, laughed, shaked, prayed and came eye-to-eye with a gecko. Most importantly I discovered that at my core I am: open, spontaneous, creative, fun, playful and I am worth it!