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As far as yoga retreats go, Bali has to be at the top of most people’s lists. Doing a Bali yoga retreat is the ultimate gift to yourself and your health and well-being. Many people think that to really deepen their yoga practice they need to do yoga teacher training. But that really isn’t for everyone (read this), sometimes it is better to take the pressure off having to focus on learning to teach yoga. Instead, why not skip the yoga teacher training and just do a yoga retreat in Bali and take some well-earned time for yourself? 

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What kind of Bali Yoga Retreat should you choose?

Before we go any further it’s good to think first about the kind of yoga retreat in Bali you want. Let’s remove yoga teacher training from the equation and there are two main kinds of Bali yoga retreats. Yoga retreats that are fully guided by a teacher, and personal yoga retreats in Bali. It’s important to consider this as there is a pretty big difference.

On one, you will be part of a group being guided by a teacher. While the other one will be much more focused on you and your needs with most things being customizable. 

Not 100% sure about Bali? I also have guides to Yoga Teacher Training in BaliGuatemalaIndiaCosta RicaThailandMexico, and Colombia. Or maybe consider doing an online YTT.

Guided Retreat In Bali

A guided retreat is a group retreat facilitated by a specific teacher or teachers with set dates. Essentially a teacher will rent a resort on set dates with a specified program for the retreat which can last from a few days to a month. Though there are some guided retreats that are smaller in size and offer more individual programming most have between 10-15 participants. 

There are three key things you should look out for when picking your guided Bali yoga retreat. 

Choose your host wisely 

This is the number one thing you should really be looking out for when choosing a guided retreat. Who is leading it? Most retreats will have one main leader and a few guest teachers who will come in to lead certain elements. You will be spending a lot of time with this person and he or she will be guiding you through a healing journey, so do some research and make sure you choose your retreat leader wisely. 

Ultimately, a guided retreat is an immersive, intimate experience and if you don’t resonate with your host then that’s going to have a big effect on your experience.

Pay attention to the location

This is most people’s starting point. As you have found your way here I’m going to take a wild guess and say you want to do your retreat in Bali. But Bali is several different Islands, so also do a bit more research into the exact area you would like to stay in. For example, if you want the option to explore the markets, monkey forest, and go shopping. In this case, it’s probably not the best idea to head up to the mountains for a month unless they are going to offer you some days off to explore.  

Check the Schedule

On a led Bali yoga retreat, you are likely to be on a tight schedule as there are so many people to organize. Be sure to check this out before you book to make sure it alines with what you want to do. For example, if your main objective is to get some rest and recuperation while maybe doing a class of yoga and an hour of meditation each day then you should probably skip a retreat that is going to get you up at 6:30 am each morning and offer you 3 yoga classes a day. If you want to make sure you get time to explore some of Bali’s hidden gems then you will need to make sure your retreat allows for that. 

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Personal Yoga Retreat

On the flip side, a personal yoga retreat is where you are much more in control of your experience. A personal yoga retreat is when you stay at a wellness resort that has a customizable pre-set curriculum that you can tailor to your individual needs. The great thing about personal retreats is that you can make them work for your schedule. You can arrive when you like and leave when you like. The common misconception with this type of retreat is that it is only for the super-rich, but that’s not the case, especially in a city like Bali. 

On a personal retreat, you can create a tailor-made package at a wellness resort that offers a variety of activities, to make you look ad feel amazing. The first step is normally to have an initial consultation with a member of the wellness team either on your first day or by skype before your arrival. From there you get to pick and choose how you spend your time.

There are always many things to choose from such as yoga and fitness classes, meditation, detox regimes, spa treatments, well-being consultations, workshops, day trips, and more. The beauty of a personal yoga retreat in Bali is that you can choose when you want to wake up and what classes you’d like to take. If you want to enjoy daily massages, they can make it happen. You will also be able to have a lot more freedom to go out and explore at any time being flexible with your wellness journey. I would recommend a minimum of 2 weeks in Bali if you want to balance sightseeing with relaxing. 

Why do a yoga retreat Bali?

Well, the simple answer is, why not! Bali is one of the most beautiful and spiritually awake places in the world. In Bali spiritual retreats are plentiful, let’s face it ever since the world became aware of Eat Pray Love people have been flocking there in search of their own spiritual healing and awakening.

Bali is well known for its delicious food, it’s quite possibly one of the easiest places in the world to be a vegetarian or vegan. Added to that the sheer volume of wellness practitioner offering a whole array of services from gong baths to massages. Where wellness is concerned there aren’t more places in the world as committed to self-care and spiritual development as Bali. Plus once you are done with your Bali retreat you can spend some time exploring all of the amazing places to go in Bali.

So now that’s out of the way, it’s time to answer the big questions…

What to wear on your yoga retreat

Which Bali retreat is for you?

Every retreat is different, and every one of the Bali retreat centers is different. Plus your individual needs are going to be different. So to help you figure out the best retreats in Bali for you I have broken some of my favorites down into different categories and added in links so you can find additional information.

Yoga retreats in Bali for beginners

Are you a beginner? Never stepped foot in a yoga studio before? Not to worry. All of the yoga retreats in Bali on this list are suitable for beginners. If you are unsure then you can always ask the retreat leader before you book if beginners are welcome for reassurance.

Luxury Yoga Retreat Bali

Bali is well known for its luxury. You will not struggle to find plenty of luxury yoga retreats in Bali. Here are just a few of my favorites.

22 Day 200-Hour Yin and Yang YTTC in Nusa Lembongan, Bali

  • Price from: $2473
  • Number of nights: 21
  • Yoga Style: Power, Yin, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin Yang
  • Location: Nusa Lembongan
22 Day 200-Hour Yin and Yang YTTC in Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Highlights

  • Daily yoga asana classes, meditation, and pranayama
  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Tools for creating your own sequences for both a Yang and Yin style class
  • Teaching methodology and techniques, as well as the business of Yoga
  • 1 snorkeling excursion to encounter marine life
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
  • 1 Balinese massage at a spa center
  • 21 nights accommodation

If you like your yoga wrapped up with a touch of luxury then this is the retreat for you. As well as enjoying daily yoga and meditation.

This is a journey of self-discovery whereby you will discover everything that you are not and an opportunity to connect with the deepest layers of your being, areas that have been hidden from years of societal conditioning, and previous experiences

If it’s an escape you are looking for, here at this Bali yoga retreat you will find it!

6 Day Open Water Diver PADI Course with Daily Yoga

Price from: $1911
Number of nights: 5
Yoga Style: Zen
Location: Buleleng

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Highlights

  • Daily pre-dive yoga
  • 4 Ayurvedic treatments
  • Open Water Diver PADI Certification
  • Daily fresh, locally sourced meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Sunrise dolphin sail
  • Airport transfers

My second option if you are looking for a luxury retreat. On the other hand, this retreat is for more adventurous souls looking for an open water driver certification mixed with some yoga. The zen yoga that goes along with the PADI certification focuses on breathing techniques and purification of the physical body from fears and discomfort.

All meals are included catering to your dietary needs.

Short Yoga Retreats Bali

If you only have a few days to spare then maybe one of these Bali yoga retreats would work for you.

Cultural Yoga Retreat Bali

  • Price from: $240
  • Number of nights: 3
  • Yoga Style: Hatha
  • Location: Ubud
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Highlights

  • Afternoon beach yoga session
  • Daily morning and afternoon Balinese Watukaru yoga sessions
  • Daily village cultural and activities
  • Daily vegetarian/vegan/regular meals
  • 3 nights accommodation

This is a short 4 day cultural Ubud yoga retreat. The retreat takes place in a small spiritual village close to Mount Batukaru in the center of the island. Over the 4 days, you can expect daily yoga and meditation practices as well as the chance to take part in daily cultural activities within the local Sesandan community.

If you want a fully immersive short wellness retreat, this is the one for you.

4-day Yoga and Meditation Retreat Bali

  • Price from: $395
  • Number of nights: 3
  • Yoga Style: Hatha
  • Location: Sesandan, close to Mount Batukaru
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Tours to Tanah Lot, Taman Ayun Temple, Kuta, and Ubud
  • Daily meals, snacks, and drinks
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

If you want a shorter Bali retreat then this 4 day yoga and meditation retreat in Ubud might be just the thing. The daily practice takes place in their beautiful garden, right in the center of rice paddies.

Included in the retreat are tours to some key sites in the area, including Taman Ayun Temple and Kuta Beach. Food is also included, as are airport transfers and 3 nights’ accommodation.

Bali Wellness Retreats

If you are looking for a balanced yoga retreat where you can focus on your all-around wellbeing then hopefully one of these Bali wellness retreats is just what you are looking for.

8-day wellness and yoga retreat Ubud

  • Price from: $325
  • Number of nights: 7
  • Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Partner Yoga
  • Location: Ubud
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 1-hour Balinese massage treatment
  • Cooking and herbal tea making class
  • Field excursion and Balinese experience
  • Enjoy traditional activities and Balinese experience
  • Daily vegetarian organic meals and unlimited herbal water
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Chocolate making class
  • Cooking class

Looking to find some balance in your life? This 8-day wellness retreat suitable for all levels may be just the thing. Located at the FireFly resort in Ubud you can look forward to daily asana practice amongst the peaceful rice fields where the resort is located.

The afternoons are yours to relax and enjoy the unique facilities available to you in the resort, or you are free to explore a little further afield.

In the evenings you will understand where the resort gets its name when the sky lights up around you with the peaceful sight of fireflies.

Daily vegetarian meals are included and you will also receive one Balanise massage as part of the package.

Gluten-free Soul Renewal Yoga Retreat in Gili Air

  • Price from: $293
  • Number of nights: 6
  • Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Tantra, Restorative, Nidra, Yin Yang
  • Location: Gili Air
7 Days Soul Renewal Yoga Retreat on Sacred Island Gili Air, Indonesia

Highlights

  • One relaxing Balinese massage session
  • Unlimited yoga classes (4 classes per day)
  • Introduction to meditation and Qigong if you are interested
  • 5 gluten-free options for breakfast every day with coffee and tea
  • Free lunch coupons at the famous “Gluten-Free” cafe
  • Plenty of time for yourself to relax
  • 6 nights accommodation

If you are gluten-free, or trying to be, it can be a struggle, especially those first weeks. What better way to kick start this lifestyle change than while on a Bali yoga retreat?

As well as the delicious daily gluten-free breakfast at this Bali retreat, you can expect a week-long program of daily yoga and meditation sessions that will help you to do some soul-searching and emerge at the end of the week feeling renewed and revived.

Other little extras included in this retreat are a 1-hour massage, aqua yoga, and 2 Eat Pray Love lunch tickets at their gluten-free cafe. The retreat is on the island of Gilli Air, just a short boat ride away from Bali and Lombok. There is no strict schedule and you can feel free to do as much or as little of the set program as you like.

You can expect plenty of afternoons snoozing in a hammock, swimming with turtles, or if you are feeling a bit more active going for a bike ride around the Island.

Surf and Yoga Camp Bali

Bali is a great place to If you are interested in a surf and yoga retreat in Bali, then you have plenty of options! Here are just a few of the ones I have found that have great reviews.

Surf and yoga retreat Bali

  • Price from: $362 / $637
  • Number of nights: 3 / 5
  • Yoga Style: Hatha Yoga & Surfing / Hatha, Power, Vinyasa, Yin, Acro & Free Diving
  • Location: Nusa Lembongan
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Highlights

  • 3 yoga and meditation classes
  • 1 snorkeling trip with the majestic manta rays
  • 2 surf lessons with a highly experienced team of instructors
  • Use of all yoga equipment including mats, blocks, etc.
  • Daily sumptuous vegetarian breakfast
  • Transfers from and to Bali
  • 3 nights accommodation

Isla Indah Retreat and Monkey Surfing offer both 3 and 5-night yoga and surfing vacations all year round. They cater to all levels, so even if you are a total beginner who has never stepped on a yoga mat or caught a wave, you will be in good hands learning some new skills. For those with more experience, you can enjoy doing what you love in an island paradise accommodated right on the beach.

Nusa Lembongan is a small tropical island located close to Bali, it is much less developed than Bali and enjoys year-round good weather. It is the perfect setting for a surf retreat Bali.

This is one of the good yoga retreats in Bali for beginners as it mixes surfing too. This means there will be some surf pros looking to take up yoga, and some yogis looking to take up surfing!

For more information about the 6-day surf and yoga retreat in Nusa Lembongan click here

Affordable Yoga Retreats in Bali

If you are looking for some affordable yoga retreats Bali, there are a few great options that you can consider.

Budget Yoga Retreat in Bali

  • Price from: $243
  • Number of nights: 6
  • Yoga Style: Vinyasa
  • Location: Lovina
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Finally a budget yoga retreat in Bali for anyone who wants to experience a retreat, with a limited budget. Rather than being at an expensive retreat center, or fancy resort. This is a cheap yoga retreat in Bali that takes place at a cute hostel.

You can opt for a single room, or if you really want to save some $$ then you can sleep in a shared dorm.

Included in the retreat is daily meditation and yoga classes, 6 nights’ accommodation, both breakfast, and dinner, plus tea, coffee, and kombucha all day. Each day you will get to participate in Balinese cultural activities, so it is the perfect retreat for anyone wanting to learn more about Bali.

3 Day Spiritual Balinese Yoga, Chakra Awakening, Tai Chi and Culture Retreat

  • Price from: $159
  • Number of nights: 2
  • Yoga Style: Hatha, Kundalani, Chakra
  • Location: Tabanan
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Highlights

  • Your very own Eat, Pray, Love Balinese Cultural Holiday
  • Twice daily Balinese Watukaru yoga and meditation practices
  • Pampering spa treatments to melt away every tension in your body
  • The ideal location to unplug and enjoy the beauty of wild, untouched Bali
  • 3 days, 2 nights accommodation among stunning tropical nature
  • Twice daily authentic Balinese cultural excursions
  • Daily wholesome meals made with love and care
  • Yoga on the beach & beach BBQ fun!

This yoga retreat is all about you. It’s about taking time for yourself to observe yourself, understand yourself, reconnect with yourself, and love yourself in a kinder way.

You will have the chance of not only center your retreat on yoga, but you can join other activities such as rice farming, waterfall purification, coconut oil making, Balinese cooking class, Balinese language workshop, traditional Balinese dance performances, and so many more!

You will also have the chance to connect with other like minded people from different parts of the world.

3 Day Magical Yoga Package on Paradise Island

Price from: $104
Number of nights: 2
Yoga Style: Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Ashtanga
Location: Island Gili Air

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Highlights

  • All levels are welcome
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Unlimited daily yoga (drop-in) classes
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and free drinking water and tea refills
  • Swimming pool access and high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Natural jute yoga mats and props
  • 2 nights accommodation.

This yoga package is designed to nourish and revitalize you, inside and out. Their cafe is vegetarian and serves simple but delicious whole food creations with plenty of fresh, minimally processed, and enzyme-rich ingredients. Their food philosophy is that simple, hearty, fresh, healthy, digestible, and delicious food is best.

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Yoga Shades

Monday 27th of April 2020

With over 80 registered yoga schools in Bali alone, it can be difficult to choose the right course. I found this article which lists the 10 best yoga teacher training schools in Bali

Kathleen

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Great post! I’m shocked to see how affordable Bali retreats can be! I’ll start looking at flights. Thanks so much for sharing!