Experiences at Our Health and Wellness Retreat in Bali

On this page, you’ll find a selection of experiences guests can enjoy during their stay at our Bali health retreat.

Gala Dinner & Performance

Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat & Wellness Spa offers a gala dinner for guests to enjoy their dinner on our lawn area while enjoying the traditional Balinese performance and dancers. Dine under the stars and interact with the dancers while enjoying a beautiful banquet cooked by our wonderful chefs.

Spiritual Healing Ceremony

At Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat & Wellness Spa, guests are offered the opportunity to visit the renowned spiritual healer Ida Pandita Mpu Dharmaya Purusa Parama Daksa (we call him Ida Mpu Nabe, which means ‘the highest teacher’).

The Pandita Priest or spiritual healer offers a range of services, including water purification ceremony, energy reading, energy transferring, balancing and opening of the Chakras. The services available are based on the needs of the guest.

Guests at our health and wellness retreat can choose to visit the Pandita Priest for any of these services during their program. Please speak with our reservations officer, or our retreat management staff once you check, in if you would like to be involved in this experience.

Visits to Tannah Lot Temple

At Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat & Wellness Spa, guests are offered the opportunity to visit the Tannah Lot Temple during their time with us. Tannah Lot Temple is an historical Hindu temple and an iconic location to visit whilst in Bali. Enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the temple, located off-shore on a rock formation. Please speak with our retreat management staff about visiting Tannah Lot during your time with us.

Annual Celebrations

Below you’ll find some of the annual celebrations Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat & Wellness Spa participates in, which all guests will be offered to join should they want to become involved.

Odalan at Pura Dalem Selagendang – 26th September 2018

Odalan is a Balinese village temple festival. It is an occasion when the Hindu village community comes together to invite the gods to visit them, perform religious services together, and offer refreshments and entertainment.

It is an annual event, one that celebrates Balinese Hindu heritage and performing arts. The Odalan celebrations are a social occasion among Indonesian Hindus and have historically contributed to the rich tradition of theatre and Balinese dance forms.

Sukhavati guests are invited to join the staff in watching the procession as the villagers visit the local temple. There is also opportunity for our wellness resort guests to watch the Barong and Pendet dances.

Saraswati – 13th October 2018

Once every 210 days, Bali will celebrate Saraswati, or, freely translated, “Knowledge Day”. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and nature.

On Saraswati day, the Balinese people will bring offerings to the holy books and scrolls in their houses. Generally, in the morning, students will celebrate Saraswati at school and any Balinese people with office jobs will make their offerings at their workplace.

In the afternoon, people are not allowed to read or write books, because all the books are blessed. In the evening, people will read books (preferably religious books) at their home or in the temple.

Pagerwesi – 17th October 2018

Pagerwesi generally takes place four days after the Saraswati celebration.

Pagerwesi (or iron fence) is the day when the Balinese people strengthen their minds and souls against evil forces (the iron fence is a representation of strong, self-preservation).

On the Pagerwesi day, people focus on personal strength building. They do this to make sure that evil will not enter their mind, speech and actions.

The God who is worshiped on Pagerwesi is “Sanghyang Paramesti Guru”. This god is responsible for wiping out all bad and evil beings in the world.

Galungan – 26th December 2018

Galungan is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan, when they return.
It is related to Diwali celebrated by Hindus in other parts of the world, which also celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma.

On Galungan day, Sukhavati guests are invited to watch the parade of Barong dancers in the afternoon and morning.

Nyepi/Silent Day – 7th March 2019

Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar.

Nyepi is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese people. The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year’s Day.

Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents and tourists are not exempt from the restrictions. Although they are free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles responding to life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth.

"Best healthy holiday ever - surrender & reset mind, body and soul." February 2, 2019 - A TripAdvisor Traveler Read 138 reviews of Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa
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