So many travel articles focus on accommodation, restaurants and the new "in" thing that has everyone talking. What if you want something deeper, more meaningful that fills the heart.
My sabbatical to Ubud in October 2014 introduced me to these wonderful places and practitioners that I will always hold dear in my heart. So if you are thinking of visiting Ubud any time soon and looking for some medicine for the soul make sure you track down some of these contacts.
* Photo with Dewa from Golden Hands Massage
Golden Hands Massage - Jl Kajeng, 19, Ubud, Indonesia
Dewa & Oka
I found this massage place in my first few days in Ubud. I was intrigued, the feedback stuck in the window was amazing and the setting comfortable but certainly no frills. I booked in with Dewa (see his hands in the photo attached - how could they not be healing hands?) I did not visit another massage place for the remainder of my trip. I had some massages as well with Oka, Dewa's wife and they were lovely as well. The massage goes for 1hour and costs approximately 110,000 rph ($10Aud)
Intuitive Flow Yoga
There are a myriad of yoga studios in Ubud and all are unique in their own way. For me my favourite was Intuitive Flow Yoga in Penestanan. This studio is set high in Ubud with the most divine views. The practice is incredibly nurturing and soulful and not as busy as places like the Yoga Barn or Radiantly Alive. Make sure you continue along the path to Yellow Flower Cafe after your class.
Ubud Yoga House
This studio completely caters to the tourist Yogi. If you are only in Ubud for a few days this place is very beautiful set in the rice fields. It is open like a pavillion so you are so close to nature. Definitely worth the photo! Sheila is very helpful and great at sharing resources of what is on around Ubud. Give yourself plenty of time to find it as it can be a little tricky, make sure your head on up that path to Sari Organics afterwards for a refreshment.
White Lotus Meditation -
Jalan Kajeng 23, Ubud, Bali
I passed a tiny sign in the laneway to my hotel advertising White Lotus. I went there in my first few days and ended spending nearly 3 nights a week there for the remainder of my trip. Sandeh offers meditations on her rooftop on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. The Monday night was my favourite moving meditation - nothing short of magical (especially if you are lucky enough to experience a full moon at the same time). This would also be a fabulous place to stay if you are travelling alone and wanted to get your bearings in a nice safe spot for a few days.
Sound Healing - Yoga Barn - Wednesday nights 7.30pm
Sound Medicine: Tama-Do Sound Harmonization – EVERY WED, 7:30pm
Sound Medicine at Yoga Barn presents live world music and sound healing talents every Wed evening. Joined by guest musicians & with Balinese Hindu chants and blessings from Ashram Gandhi Puri, each Sound Medicine is a unique experience combining 60+ acoustic instruments, silk color scarves, & natural essences. World musician, John De Kadt, says of his experience: "Shervin's Sound Medicine is a gift to the sonic world. His deep sensitivity and skill combined with his giant heart make his workshops some of the best musically healing experiences on planet earth"~John De Kadt, World Musician. Sound Medicine can also be arranged for private groups & retreats.
Once again I stumbled across something magical, Ubud never ceases to amaze me. These sound healing evenings are so very powerful, your heart is opened and your entire body balanced out. Shervin the facilitator is incredible in assisting so many individuals all at once. After my first night, where he did some energetic balancing I was an emotional wreck the next day, so unexpected but equally so needed. In my most recent trip back to Ubud, I had a private session with Shervin which was something completely unique and very healing. His voice in song, hits a place in my heart that completely opens me and my capacity to love. Make this a must on your Ubud "to do" list
White Star - Healer - Mystic - Ubud
I had a session with White Star in my most recent trip to Bali. From the 1 hour reading I got so much clarity of my personal journey, my soul path, some past life information and so many sign posts to take with me to the future. If you like some spiritual seeking courses she runs some them all throughout Asia. I am manifesting to go on some of them as what I got from a 1 hour session, I cannot comprehend 5 days with her.
Arjana 2 Bungalows - Kajeng St - Ubud
Ubud has so many amazing accommodation options depending on your budget. For my trip I was looking for something simple, affordable, quiet and in beautiful surrounds. Arjana 2 Bungalows was perfect for me. The accommodation is simple but comfortable, the grounds and pool area are incredibly tranquil and the laneway where it is situated is a delight to walk along. I loved that each bungalow is freestanding with your own outside sitting area. If you went to the left outside the main entrance you would be in the rice paddies within 2 minutes and this connects to a rice paddy walk which can end up rather long if you get lost!! I paid approx $20 Aud per night and that included breakfast - brilliant.
Ubud Sari Resort - Ubud
An affordable resort to assist you to detox and come back into balance. Perfect if you are nervous travelling alone and want to fly in and have everything taken care of. They will pick you up from the airport. They offer many retreats including fasting, de-toxing, massage, colonics, healing.
I stayed here for 3 days in the Zen villas, so beautiful ($50aud per night) while I found my accommodation for the remainder of my stay. I was watching people transform before my eyes. I will definitely come back here someday and do one of their de-tox weeks. ** Found the yoga pretty ordinary here so go offsite for yoga classes - closest ones would be Ubud Yoga House in the Rice fields
Smiling Buddha Colonics
Colonic Hydrotherapy is a wonderful therapy where the body gets to eliminate built up of waste and toxins. Leslie from Smiling Buddha Colonics is a brilliant practitioner who stays with you the entire session, explains what is going on and essentially counsels you throughout the session. As emotional upsets often cause the physical imbalance, having a practitioner that has the capacity to work at this depth with the emotional as well as physical aspects is essential. Leslie uses a closed system so it is very clean, comfortable and pleasant. She even has a video camera on the tube so you see and learn what your body is eliminating. Loved it. Many practitioners are known to leave you to it to do it on your own and not be present in the room with you - this is not proper colonic therapy; so shop around!
Bali Holy Spring Water Temple - Tirta Empul-Tampaksiring
A beautiful temple renowned for its Holy Water 30 minute drive from Ubud. A friend and I partook in the blessings on this day and it felt very powerful, especially as it was an auspicious time for the full moon festival as well Make sure to have your shoulders covered, wear a sarong and be prepared to share the change room with 100's both male and female! See link below on the temple.