, Just this morning I was saying to myself, “Self, eleven months have passed; you’ve written three posts about your trip to Bali and you’re still not finished. What’s with that?”
- Post #1 – https://joylenebutler.com/may-2020-iwsg-me-encountering-manila/.html
- Post #2 – https://joylenebutler.com/june-2020-iwsg-tuban-kuta-bandung-bali/.html
- Post #3 – https://joylenebutler.com/july-2020-the-long-flight-to-bali/.html
There are five reasons why I’m not finished:
1. All my photographs won’t fit in one post.
2. It was a huge experience, hard to wrap up in 3000 words or less; at least, for me.
3. If I’m putting this out in the world, I need to do it justice.
4. Long posts take time to read .
5. I’m an author. When I finish a book, I say goodbye to my characters. I don’t want to say goodbye to Bali.
- Oct 1 – I left Canada.
- Oct 3 – Arrived in Manila and stayed at the historical Luneta Hotel.
- Oct 5 – Flew to Denpasar and stayed at the beautiful Novotel Hotel.
- Oct 6 – Traveled north to the Blooming Lotus Yoga Bliss Retreat.
BTW: I did this BY MYSELF!
I returned to Canada on October 17, 2019, looking like the same ole joylene, but I wasn’t. I’d visited heaven on earth and I came away breathing a more joyous, loving, and compassionate life.
Now 11 months later, COVID-19 later, I yearn to go back to that glorious feeling of awareness, peace, and gratitude in Indonesia.
The wise one inside of me, the one who’s always been, even though I don’t always feel her, knows I don’t need to go back. I have the capacity to be aligned with my spirit without having to travel 13000 km. All I need to do is be still and breathe.
The Blooming Lotus Yoga Bliss Retreat is set in the lush jungle of Bali. The place is magical. There are classes in the sacred wisdom of Yoga, Tantra & Vedanta. My 7 days encompassed the Hatha, vinyasa, & yin styles of yoga asana.
What you’re seeing in the photo below is the compound. The three tiers house private and shared villas, which can have 2 to 6 guests in each. Please forgive the poor quality photos. They didn’t transfer from iPhone to Dropbox to WordPress the way I’d hoped.
I stayed in a single room, (centred in the photo) under the yoga studio, sharing the villa with 4 others. Each villa had its own swimming pool. The community swimming pool near the bottom of the photo is next door to the spa.
The top tier with the rows of lights is the dining room on your right with the large yoga studio on your left.
There were 26 in attendance … from all walks and countries. Five travelled from Canada. The others were from Spain, Australia, Turkey, Sweden, Korean, Denmark, United States, Switzerland, and the UK.
Among these beautiful souls were a nurse, yoga instructor, doctor, teachers, computer coders, designer, government worker, animal rescuer, accountant, banker, lawyer, prosecutor. I was the only author.
Going out on a limb and admitting I was the oldest person in attendance.
My room, behind the glass doors.
The interesting thing is my room was very white, not the colour in the photo at all. I had the room to myself.
I did have a single suite like the one below, but I moved to be closer to the studio.
Breakfast was at 7:30 sharp each morning.
Dinner was 7:30 pm sharp…
There was a temple across from us.
Blooming Lotus is strictly vegan so some of us went to town for junk food.
One day we all went to a temple and had our chakras cleansed.
A moving experience.
Our teacher and angel: Bindi
I will conclude my posts on Bali next month, summing up my impressions of the people, the landmarks, and the overall trip. If you are considering a trip to Bali in the future and have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. I’ll answer next month.
So much happened that I’m left a little overwhelmed, still. I don’t feel as if I’m adequately showcased just how special my trip was. It was life-changing.
“In Yoga everything is centered upon letting go and falling in love with love itself.”
… Ramananda Mayi
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