8. Bali: Full-Day Private Water Temple Ritual & Yoga Class
Join a full-day yoga retreat in the beautiful landscapes northeast of Ubud. Visit a holy water temple and with guidance choose to take part in a traditional cleansing ritual with holy water. Take part in a guided healing yoga and meditation practice at a secluded villa. Enjoy free time at the villa to lounge, relax, and eat lunch.
After an early pickup, head to Mengening Holy Water Temple, Pura Mengening, located in the village of Saraseda, Gianyar Regency. The temple is sacred as a place of melukat, a ritual in which locals perform self-cleaning or ablution with holy water. It’s also a site where the Balinese request tirtha – the holy water used for Hindu ceremonies.
These springs have been derived from natural sources since the 11th century, and the pools’ bathing waters are cool and clear. Before going in, receive guidance on how to act in the ritual, especially how to present the canang sari flower offering with incense. The bathing rite is said to be both a physically and spiritually rejuvenating yet meditative experience.
After, travel to Tepi Sawah Villa. Enjoy your delicious lunch with both vegan and vegetarian options here as well as some free time to lounge, take a swim in the pool, or explore the grounds.
Later, take part in a Bali healing yoga and meditation practice with Jero Priestess Luh Manis, who will guide you through a spiritual experience that reconnects with nature and the universal energy.