How can one describe the indescribable?
The sea, the moon, the way a fruit ripens? A kiss, a song? How can we possibly? We can only try, and we will do so over this week in movement, savoring, adventuring, writing, reflection, and embodiment.
Bali is one of these indescribable places on this earth. The land pulses with life. The tides, volcanoes, wild rains, thick jungle. Stunning flowers cascading in rainbows. Fire-y sunsets. The pulse of culture is alive with honoring the earth: plants, rocks, buildings, bridges, even cars and computers receive offerings for their rare earth minerals which keep them humming along and for all they provide. The wide smiles, family traditions, and deep knowing of Balinese culture is vital, thriving, and an honor and delight to be around. It is with great and humbling pleasure that I invite you to the Ring of Fire, beautiful Bali, Indonesia!
Spend seven days and nights on Bali’s west (sunset!) coast at Puri Dajuma Eco Resort and Spa. Located directly on the ocean, this gorgeous eco resort does its best to care for the earth with zero marine waste, recycling, organic food, and community organized clean ups.
Lodging is charming to say the least! We are surrounded by painstakingly detailed wood & stone carvings, artworks, traditional floral decorations, and fresh flowers are sometimes sprinkled on your bed each night before you return back from your evening meal. Each room has one or two comfortable beds, private bath, an outdoor patio with seating and perhaps a hammock, and easy access to one of the three wonderful pools and a short walk to the beach.
Our group excursions will include a visit to one of Bali’s sacred sea temples Rambut Siwi Temple at sunset. We will visit a WWF initiated sea turtle conservation site, trek through a tropical fruit plantation to a pristine waterfall for a swim, visit a traditional market and a sacred banyan tree. We’ll do a community beach clean up, and enjoy the resort’s sustainability practices (filtered water and pitchers to refill provided in all rooms, straws made of bamboo, organic & local food when available).
When not touring the island, we’ll go internal with daily writing practices, dream work, meditation, creative visualization, and of course yoga. Yoga asana (postures / vinyasa) will be offered near daily with special workshops including Building Your Home Daily Practice … Mantras for The Heart, for Peace, and for the Earth … Full Moon Intention Ritual and more. Dr. Shawna Weaver will be sharing a workshop on building resilience especially as we move through this difficult time of environmental crisis and political strife. She’ll talk about personal resilience and practices we can add to our daily life to build our resilience, as well as ways we can help our families and communities build resilience. Shawna will also be hosting a writing workshop that will help you use writing to express emotions, explore your voice, and try out creative nonfiction as a grounding exercise. Whether writing for catharsis, or to inspire change, it all starts with the same pencil and paper and an openness to what your heart wants to get out. Our writing time together will help us connect our heart and mind to our writing hand.
You will also be serenaded daily for a song or more by a critically acclaimed songwriter (me, your retreat guide!). No active creative work required, NOR is any yoga experience required. All is optional! We are all creative beings in the way we choose to live our daily lives.
Each retreat goer receives a beautiful Balinese aromatic massage (while gazing into a bowl of fresh flower petals!) … a fruit basket and gift bag awaits you upon arrival … and from all directions, the scent of frangipani and ylang ylang wafts into your cells as you take a break from winter … And SO MUCH MORE adventure and relaxation awaits!
This retreat is for you, and the emphasis is SELF CARE. If the group is heading out for the day to explore and you want to stay in and rest, sleep, dream, have a cosmic colada while staring out to sea or take your own excursion around the island, that is YOUR prerogative! Also please note that my yoga instructing and all guest instructors are very careful and sensitive about self adjustments during yoga classes (like, probably none) unless requested. Also, if you want to opt out of any group activities, sharing sessions, writing practice, you will not be judged by any means. Also note that during group sharing, the sharing will be (kindly) timed so that no one speaks way more than the others and those who maybe wouldn’t share will always get a chance (or choose to pass). At this resort and during the retreat, there will be plenty of space to be on your own with built in breaks. Meals will be taken at the restaurant on you own timing during their regular dining schedule.
Our 7 nights and days together at Puri Dajuma Eco Resort and Spa (arrive Friday evening February 11th stay til the following Friday morning March 18th) include (activities subject to change):
- Three nourishing organic meals each day from the resort’s award winning restaurant (the vegan and GF options are phenomenal!). Arrival evening and departure morning meal also included.
- Round trip transportation from Bali Ngurah Rai / Denpasar International Airport (approx 3 hour drive from airport). *If arriving from elsewhere on island, this can also be arranged, potentially with an additional fee.
- Daily* yoga classes (except for full day excursion + optional day of silence)
- Meditation, Pranayama (conscious breathwork), and Yoga Nidra
- Beautiful accommodation with private baths (some are outdoor!)
- One aromatic Balinese massage
- Visit to Rambut Siwi Temple at sunset
- Excursion to WWF initiated sea turtle conservation programme at Perancak estuary
- Visit to traditional Balinese market of Negara
- Tour to the Bunut Bolong sacred Banyan Tree
- Trek through plantation of clove, cacao, Bali coffee, mangosteen, durian, mango, snake fruit & jackfruit
- Visit to Jeruk Manis waterfall for pristine afternoon swim
- Optional day of silence / reflection
- Dream work
- Developing a Luscious Daily Home Practice workshop
- Building Resilience workshop with Dr. Shawna Weaver
- Mantras for the Heart, for Peace, and for the Planet workshop
- Group sharing
- Full moon intention setting ritual
- Writing practice & guided writing prompts
- Community beach clean up
- Learn the art of Balinese flower arranging (Puri Dajuma staff)
- Balinese dance lesson (guest instructor)
- Balinese cooking class with Puri Dajuma chefs
- Carving lesson with wood or stone (Puri Dajuma staff)
- Swim in the sea or any of the three ocean-view pools
- And more
- AND a gift basket of tropical fruits awaits you in your lovely room!
- Passport fee (please note your passport must be current and must not expire for 6 months after trip … also please note it is required you need a visa if you stay longer than 30 days in Bali)
- Travel insurance (recommended!)
- Medical care
- Additional massage / bodywork / manicures / pedicures / spa treatments, etc.
- Transport costs before or after retreat is finished (happy to help arrange transportation if you are staying on island longer or coming early)
- Alcohol / minibar items / fancy coffees or smoothies, additional snacks beyond meals. Bali coffee, teas, juice, purified water are included.
- SUP or surfboard rentals / lessons, additional excursions. Happy to help coordinate!
We are SO grateful for your interest in joining this retreat experience to Indonesia. To reserve your spot and learn about payment options (digital & check), please email Mary at marybue @gmail.com (no spaces) OR at the contact form here.
$1,899 (per person) Shared Room (two twin beds)
$2,199 – Single Private Room
$500 Deposit (non-refundable)
Please note that preferred payment options are check, Apple Pay, or Zelle. A small fee will be added for PayPal or Venmo due to their admin charges.
Full payment is due by August 31st, 2022
As the retreat approaches, you will receive an informative email with more information about Bali, getting there, what to pack, what to expect, and will introduce you to your roommate if you chose to be paired with someone. You’ll also receive a waiver of liability to sign, knowing that you choosing to participate in this experience at your own risk.
Full refund (minus deposit) before April 1st 2022*
50% refund (minus deposit) between April 1st-August 31st, 2022*
No refunds after August 31st, 2022*
*In the case that Bali is not allowing United States citizens due to the pandemic, if a 10 day quarantine is still in effect, or there are other catastrophic world events, your deposit / payments will be refunded less a small administration fee OR, if you choose, pushed forward to a determined rescheduled date (right now March 2023 is booked!).
** Air travel to Bali currently may require vaccinations for COVID-19 as well as a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival. Please take into consideration before registering for this retreat that there will be no refunds for anyone who doesn’t get the potentially required vaccination for foreign or domestic air travel.
About your retreat guide Mary Bue
I am a lifelong musician, traveler, poet, journal writer, vegan, adventure seeker, solitude craver, and yoga instructor of 10+ years. I traveled – FINALLY – to Bali in 2019 for Jessa Walter’s Sacred Womxm’s Retreat in Ubud (who has graciously given her blessing for this retreat)!! I had been dreaming of traveling to Bali and finally took the leap of faith. It has proven to be fateful as I found myself for many days at Puri Dajuma Eco Resort and started planning to share my new-found and natural love of this island with others. I believe deeply in the richness of a creative life that is ever unfolding. One doesn’t have to play an instrument, write a novel, paint like Frida, or write like Mary Oliver to live a creative life. Every moment that unfolds offers opportunities to make something beautiful. While this may seem like a lot of pressure, rest in knowing that potential is ever unfolding, even in the silent and restorative times (like sleeping!). I look forward to sharing this beautiful and deeply relaxing place with you in 2020. Please let me know if you have ANY questions. I am pretty much an open book (most of which can be discovered in this website or listening to my music!). Contact me via the contact link here or at marybue @ gmail.com
About Guest Instructor Dr. Shawna Weaver
I have always been fascinated by how thriving people thrive. Without knowing how to put that interest to words I wandered through a labyrinth of early career choices in mental health, spirituality, athletics, music, and teaching. I came to realize that those who truly thrive do so by being in sync with their surroundings: they live sustainably. Sustainability includes good habits like reducing our wasteful consumption, but it’s so much more than that. To thrive is to create a holistically sustainable microcosm in which our weight on the planet is light, while our demands on our body, mind, and soul are supported. After burning myself out as a mental health therapist in my 20’s, I studied sustainability and wrote a dissertation on sustainable community building. Committing to sustainable living led me to yoga teacher training, writing, and sustainability consulting (www.blueskyalchemy.co). I am excited to lead us in a workshop to appraise and enrich our personal microcosms.
From Taos Creativity + Yoga Retreat 2021:
This retreat was transformative for me. From the moment Mary welcomed me to the Blue Sky Retreat Center to the moment we left, I felt loved, supported, and surrounded by new friends. Doing yoga in a circle in the yurt was especially spiritual and created meaningful connections between us. There was a great balance between time together, organized excursions and time to be alone, with everything being optional to fit our personal needs. Mary’s energy and radiance was evident in every aspect of the retreat and the concert in the yurt was amazing! I feel incredibly blessed to have had this experience and hope to make it to the next retreat. – Mary Z.
Mary Bue is truly an inspiration. I could not be happier with my first experience on a yoga retreat. I felt heard, cared for, and elevated. This retreat is suited for any and all experience levels with yoga. The friendships and connections I made with myself and others will last a lifetime!! So grateful!! – Melissa R.
The most calming, nourishing, peaceful time of my life – Maren L.
This was my first retreat with Mary Bue, and it won’t be my last. Mary did an awesome job crafting an interesting itinerary, and making changes as needed due to COVID restrictions. It was very obvious that she cared that each of us had the best experience possible. Our retreat allowed for time to bond with other retreaters as well as exploring the beautiful Taos town and culture. I recommend Mary and her retreats to anyone looking to enrich their life and make life long connections and memories. – Lisa P.