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Transcend the Ordinary
Wake Up in Bali Women's spiritual retreats are life–enhancing, upscale, and designed with a personal touch. It’s a wellness and uniquely healing experience that offers the opportunity to develop perspective, wholeness and friendships. Your adventure includes cultural immersion, balinese spa, and meditation in the exotic and magical village of Ubud, the setting of Elizabeth's Eat Pray Love in Bali
Your traveling companions will be other women that also have a passion for intelligent and soulful experiences. It is not just a get-away; it’s a get together that will connect you to a community of new friends. We limit our women's retreat groups to no more than fourteen people to ensure a profound learning and bonding experience.
Trust me, by the end of your ten day life changing trip, you will be a part of the “Inspiring Women's Club” , with stories and new friends that will last a lifetime. There is power in a gathering of women; together we are going places and together we can make things happen.
You will be offered an authentic cultural experience that will expand your world view and inspire your creativity. Full of living colorful images in your mind and your camera, you’ll return home with amazing stories to share, a smile on your face, and fresh enthusiasm for life.
Together with our local Balinese staff, artists, and friends, you’ll enjoy authentic cultural connections and off-the-beaten-path experiences. Synchronicity abounds as we visit hospitable villages and discover unexpected treasures. The energy in Bali is unique, offering soulful nourishment as nature is imposed on life, not man on nature. It’s an unforgettable cultural experience in a tropical paradise as written about in Elizabeth Gilbert's Book Eat Pray love in Bali.
We call our formal program “Reflections.” It is a relaxed hour of time we all spend together in the mornings. Our “Reflections” are carried further in open conversation over dinner. They are designed to expand your brain and open your heart. With time for reflection, we can make wiser choices about what matters and to that which gives meaning to our lives. Participants leave these sessions feeling stronger, wiser, and encouraged.
We will share many adventures, here are a few:
International cuisine with a twist
We’ll be eating at a wide variety of international restaurants. Balinese food is a fresh delicious Asian fusion reminiscent of Thai food. We’ll eat at a variety of restaurants hidden in exotic beautiful environments. You can certainly find Western food, but the Balinese cook with flavors of coconut and spices such as fresh ginger and tamarind and is a vegetarians dream. Largely organic, you’ll come back feeling healthier and hooked by the fresh flavors of Bali
There is no more beautiful place on earth to rejuvenate and indulge in Balinese spa treatments. You will be pampered at several of the most decadent spas imaginable using centuries old Balinese massage techniques. All spa treatments use natural herbs and essential oils. You will have four such spa day experiences with each massage lasting for ninety luxurious minutes of treatment. As an option, you can choose facials or reflexology.
Bali is a place for transformation, and this extraordinary ten day journey is full of meaning and other- worldliness. It’s time to come home to yourself.
Wake Up in Bali is a division of Sterling Ideas, Inc., specializing in experiential journeys to explore culture and self.
Our mission is to inspire, empower, enlighten, and enrich your life through cultural experience and cultural immersion. We do this by blending elements of authentic Balinese culture with an exotic women's spiritual retreat experience. Wake-Up is non-traditional (not a tour), offering very personalized small group experiences. In maintaining small groups, we can more deeply explore the mind and heart connections that we cultivate knowing one another.
We believe that the spiritual dimension does not depend on any particular religious system. We have been coming to Bali for many years and now have an office in Ubud, the setting for the book Eat Pray Love. Our connections are both local Balinese and American expatriates. All our retreats are life enhancing, upscale, and a transformative learning experience. We intend to exceed your expectations with off the beaten path experiences that open your soul and evolve your mind.
My first trip to Bali was ten years ago now. Surrounded by its exquisite tropical nature and Balinese enchantment, my heart kept calling me back, so that after many trips, I now have a part time office in the village of Ubud. I’m convinced that the adventures we have, turn us into something new and different.
I’ve made a vow to grow by inviting wisdom into my life with a ‘beginner’s mind’; and have found some truths must penetrate into one’s consciousness over time. I am both a woman and a child. This realization makes me proud and embarrassed. As Edith Ann expresses, “Growing up can take a lifetime.”
I’m a passionate explorer of inner and outer nature and a devotee to hearing God. I work with dreams, see auras, and try to walk in prayer. I hope to give courage, to stand for something, and to create miracles in myself and others. I am a fearless traveler and love to explore cultures where I don’t speak the language. I have been blessed to have lived and traveled into many parts of the world. I have always tried to delve deeply into life’s mysteries and embedded in my genes, is the desire to help others and evolve myself. I am dedicated to sharing the laughter, joy, and creativity that we carry within, and look forward opening this truly life enhancing experience to you.
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My youngest son, Chris, is co-founder and administrator of Wake Up in Bali. Chris is a world traveler, a classical musician, a wise old soul and loves Bali as much as I do. He’s a blessing to anyone he meets. Cultural immersion has always been his favorite way to explore the world.
You’ll be thrilled with our support staff in Bali. All are bright, gentle English speaking Balinese. Each come from different villages and we are blessed to know their families and children.
Ketut, who you will love and adore, is our mother figure and in charge of local logistics. Ruslan is our cultural expert and also an artist. Gusti is in charge of transportation and will be greeting you at the airport with a big smile. Narendra is our local color advisor and shipping agent. (If you so happen to find a ten ton door you want shipped back, ask him.) Jasi is an expert in natural herbs and a Balinese spa and massage expert.
Our Give Back program: We hope to be a positive catalyst in helping break the cycle of poverty in Bali with the goal of supporting a child’s education. As we are out and about, each retreat group will be on the lookout for a little girl to sponsor. There are many children, but our little girl will be intuitively selected out of love. We can offer her strength and she will give us inspiration… a small offering for a world in desperate need of compassion. Wake Up in Bali embraces the idea that we can be continually engaged in a quest of reaching out beyond ourselves.
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