What can I say? I LOVE Bali. It is a beautiful island in the Asian-Pacific known as "The Island of the Gods," with vast contrasts from seemingly endless stretches of coastline along its beaches to its lush green rice fields.
Bali culture is unique and famous especially for its rich and vibrant arts. Various forms of dance and music have made Bali's arts and culture scene one of the most diverse in the world. Hinduism as the main religion is the major influence behind its development.
Music, drama, dance and costumes become a feast for the senses during temple festivities. Rites of passage at Balinese family households can almost be seen daily; celebrating the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Special cultural dates and highlights also mark the calendar, through annual art festivals and local revelries that visitors should check out to make the most of their visit.
Though Bahasa Bali is the local language spoken in Bali, Bahasa Indonesia is the most common spoken language around the tourist areas.
Helpful Words & Phrases in Bahasa Indonesia
» Good morning: Selamat pagi (S'LAH-maht PAH-ghee)
» Good afternoon: Selamat siang (S'LAH-maht PAH-ghee SEE-yang)
» Good evening: Selamat sore (S'LAH-maht PAH-ghee soh-ray)
» No: Tidak (TEE-dah/)
» Yes: Ya (EEYAH)
» Thank you: Terima kasha (Tuh-REE-mah KAH-see)
» You're welcome: Terima kasih kembali (Tuh-REE-mah KAH-see kem-BAH-lee)
» Excuse me: Maaf (mah-AHF)
» Excuse me (to get past): Maaf, permisi (ma-AHF, pehr-mee-see)
There are a few simple rules of etiquette that can be applied that will show our respect for local culture. You can also look to your guides for help along the way.
Outright anger is to be avoided in Indonesia. Indonesians lose respect for people who do not control themselves. If for any reason you feel you have been mistreated, try to resolve the matter in an amicable way. The first step is to politely express your dissatisfaction. Usually your host will strive to accommodate your request. If this strategy fails, the next best thing is to ask your guide to handle the issue. Remember also that the speaking of English is not yet a widespread practice. A lot of the staff in hotels have a rather limited scope of understanding. In order to not lose face, they will say 'yes' to anything you ask although they may not have understood a word you said. Speak slowly using simple sentence structures, avoid using slang and make sure they truly understood what you wanted. Generally, the employees at reception are the most proficient in English, and you can always refer to them for help.
Religion is the soul of Indonesia; life rotates around religious ceremonies and temples, especially in Bali. You will see a drastic change in dress and customs between Bali and Java; one has a mixed Hindu/Buddhist approach to life where in Lombok and especially Java, Islam is predominant. Muslim women are not supposed to talk to or be seen in the presence of foreign men. You should also refrain from such gestures as putting your hand on somebody's shoulder and especially touching the head or taking them by the arm, if the person is of the opposite sex. A slight bow of the head to express gratefulness is a nice touch. You will notice that there is very little physical contact between men and women in public, even when married. However, friendship among members of the same gender is freely expressed.
Bali is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. So you can expect a tropical, warm and humid climate all year around with two main distinctive seasons: Dry Season and Rainy Season. Its tropical climate creates an environment with temperatures that do not fluctuate much from one month to the next.
There are generally two monsoon seasons: A dry one (May to September) and a wet one (October to April). Monsoon refers to the wind, not the rain. However, even in the wet monsoon season, it is likely it will be sunny for a great part of the day.
The best times to visit Bali are the months of April, May and June because it's still dry season and it's slightly less humid during these months.
The month of April in Bali sees temperatures continuing to climb, almost to the hottest they are for the entire year. The average temperature this month is 27°C (81°F), while the average low is 22°C (72°F), and the average high is a stifling 32°C (90°F).
The month of May in Bali sees temperatures continue to climb to the warmest they will get all year. The "wet season" is over and with it comes the heat. The average temperature this month is 28°C (82°F), while the average low is 23°C (73°F), and the average high is 33°C (91°F).
Although the hottest part of the year in Bali has passed, June is still a warm month. The average temperature in June is 27°C (80°F), while the average low is 22°C (72°F), and the average high comes in at 31°C (88°F).
July is very similar to what it is in June. The average temperature for the month of July is 27°C (80°F), the average low is 22°C (80°F), and the average high is 31°C (88°F). These averages are all identical to the ones in June.
High season is during the months of July and August and tourist activities are highest during these months, affecting traffic, restaurants and beaches.
ACTIVITIES / EXCURSIONS
The team at Balé Tudor private villas and your teaching team have activities / excursions planned, which includes a handicraft activity, a culture walk, a white water rafting trip or a mini spa session per student.
Plus, students can swim directly in front of the villa in the adjacent river Ayung.
The list of options doesn't stop there! Students can venture on their own to explore neighboring Bali Swing or visit Ubud for a weekend of shopping.
Ubud, known for it's night life and shopping, is only 25 minutes from Balé Tudor private villas. They are host to world-class day spas, art galleries and restaurants and, of course, magical scenery.
Balé Tudor Private Villas is a Balinese Tudor-styled property set on the lush and unspoiled banks of the River Ayung, in Bongkasa, Bali, spanning 8,000 square meters (approximately 2 acres). We are approximately 25 minutes drive from the cultural town of Ubud, and conveniently located 45 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport..
Blessed with a captivating view of the Indonesian splendor and beauty, Balé Tudor Private Villas comprises Tudor House, the main house; an attic, where the Yoga Hall is found; a gallery, dining room and game room; the main swimming pool and outside patio area; the Riverside Café; three villas; a mini spa; and two plunge pools.
We feature 9 impressive bedrooms. Sumptuously appointed accommodations with artistic furniture, our unique Bali private villa articulates the identity of the Island of the Gods mingling old-world European craftsmanship.
The body deserves a reward after a hard day of asana practice, and our mini spa serves to pamper the body - from head to toe. The wide selection of treatments caters nicely to the yoga practitioner's needs.
This Tudor-styled, 3-bedroom structure hosts many exquisite features and amenities. With its wide open Main Lounge area on the ground floor, 7 guests can easily cozy up around the traditional Tudor-styled fireplace to engage in intimate conversations long into the evening. Or simply curl up on the large sofa to a good book.
Take a stroll over to the adjacent Game Room and play a few rounds on the snooker table, watch the game on the large, flat screen television, choose from your favorite pop songs and sing along with the extensive karaoke library, or just continue the conversation with your friends in this space that invites 15 people to easily join in the fun overlooking the garden and the main pool. This area has men's and women's bathrooms with showers. So, feel free to take a quick dip in the pool and shower before your meal or class.
The Dining Area, also situated on the ground floor is home to a 10-person dining table with two additional small tables which seats 8 people. Savor your smoothie or vegetable juice seated at the large kitchen island which seats 4 people.
After dinner, retire to the Gallery on the first floor and browse the mini shop. This area ideal for meetings and holds up to 20 people.
Adjacent to the Gallery, you will find the Bronze Corridor. Also located on the first floor, this space is ideal for relaxation. Here you can become absorbed into a great book while seated next to the large view-windows overlooking the dreamscape of the garden.
The Yoga Hall can be found in the Attic, where students will spend the majority of their practical and theoretical hours of course instruction. Located on the second floor of Tudor House, this space comfortable holds up to 20 people and has a bathroom and mini library for additional after class studying.
Situated below Tudor House, Riverside Café is a small restaurant/cafe located on the banks of the river Ayung, and a mini spa is located on the property.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
The newest addition to Balé Tudor private villas is a white water rafting landing or embarkation point with an attached restaurant for river rafters, which includes a hydroponic garden and fish pond. Additionally, 60% of the fruits and vegetables served during your stay comes from Balé Tudor private villa's garden.
This villa has 2 bedrooms located on the lower level, with amenities that include parking for 1 car, private bath, shared plunge pool, pantry, eating area, water dispenser, refrigerator, kitchenette and outside patio overlooking garden.
For more information on the room types, please see "Accommodations" below.
This villa has 2 bedrooms located on the upper level, with amenities that include parking for 1 car, private bath, outdoor shared pantry, eating area, water dispenser, refrigerator, kitchenette, and outside patio overlooking garden.
For more information on the room types, please see "Accommodations" below. VILLA SHASTRA
This villa has 2 bedrooms located on the ground and lower level, with amenities which include parking for 1 car, private bath, indoor pantry, eating area, water dispenser, refrigerator, kitchenette, and outside patio overlooking garden and river. Opens onto outdoor plunge pool.
The upper level has an outdoor shower with a "living" or "green" roof. A living roof or green roof is a roof that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane.
Between the villas and Tudor House is a large grassy area suitable for outdoor yoga practice.
Below the Tudor House are the owners' personal living area, swimming pool and property management office.
Let's get this straight right from the start – Indonesian food is simply delicious – perfect for our raw vegans, vegans and vegetarians alike.
Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colorful cuisines in the world, and bursting with intense flavor. It is diverse, owing in large part to Indonesia's composition of approximately 6,000 islands, populated with over 300 ethnic groups. The variety of regional cuisines which exist are often based upon indigenous culture and foreign influences. As a result, Indonesia has over 5,350 traditional recipes. Indonesia's cuisine may include rice, noodle and soup dishes in modest local eateries, street-side snacks and finer dining establishments.
Swadhyaya Yoga School is happy to offer vegan and raw vegan options at Balé Tudor, including vegetable juices and smoothies.
Balé Tudor private villas cultivates their own fruits and vegetables, much of it straight from their hydroponic farm. 60% of the fruits and vegetables served during your meals comes from Balé Tudor's gardens! Even more reason to join us for your teacher training course.
If you have any specific dietary needs, please bring those items with you.ACCOMMODATIONS
Room Types & Descriptions:
First Floor Bedrooms:
Tudor House #1: Double occupancy bedroom in the main house: Tudor-style four poster king-sized bed with private bath. Wooden bedroom bench at foot of bed, lounging chairs and table, perfect for studying. Private balcony overlooking garden area and shared balcony overlooking main pool. Bay window overlooking fishing pond. Very nice natural lighting in room.
Tudor House #2: Double occupancy bedroom in the main house: Double bed with private bath. Bay window overlooking fishing pond.
Tudor House #3: Double occupancy bedroom in the main house. 2 single beds with private bath. Shared balcony overlooking main pool.
Lower Level Villa #1: Ground-level, double occupancy bedroom with private bath. Opens onto outdoor shared plunge pool, pantry, eating area, water dispenser, refrigerator, kitchenette (with stove top cooker) and outside patio overlooking garden.
Lower Level Villa #2: Ground-level, double occupancy bedroom with private bath, bunk bed. Opens onto outdoor shared plunge pool, pantry, eating area, water dispenser, refrigerator, kitchenette (with stove top cooker) and outside patio.
Upper Level Villa #1: First floor double occupancy bedrooms with private bath, and outdoor shared pantry, eating area, water dispenser, refrigerator, kitchenette (with stove top cooker) and outside patio overlooking garden. Access to outdoor shared plunge pool.
Upper Level Villa #2: First floor double occupancy bedrooms with private bath, bunk bed and outdoor shared pantry, eating area, water dispenser, refrigerator, kitchenette (with stove top cooker) and outside patio overlooking garden. Access to outdoor shared plunge pool.
All Rooms Feature:
Remote-controlled air conditioners.
Rooms serviced daily. Fresh linen and amenities provided on request.
Hair dryers and adaptors available for every room.
A "welcome drink" and cool towels upon arrival.
Tea making facilities.
Outdoor refrigerators, water dispenser, pantry, cooking area, patio.
Maximum occupancy is 2 people per room.
A 400$ USD deposit is required to secure accommodations at the Balé Tudor private villa. Please make your deposit via PayPal payable to email@example.com
$3,500 USD (includes a 400$ non-refundable deposit to hold your spot; this trip will sell out!). ALL rooms are double occupancy.
Please pay your 400$ USD deposit via PayPal payable to firstname.lastname@example.org to make payment arrangements for the remaining balance. All deposits are non-refundable.
This yoga teacher training course is limited to 14 participants!
28 nights Accommodation - Double Occupancy
3 vegetarian and vegan meals and teas
Airport pick up & drop off.
Daily yoga asana classes
Daily pranayama classes
Daily theory classes
White water rafting on River Ayung or mini spa session
Course materials (notebooks, traditional cloth yoga mat, kriya cleansing kit)
Welcome dinner at Balé Tudor private villa
Farewell dinner in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
All travel related to school-sponsored activities/excursions during your 28-day teacher training course, including any tour guides or entrance fees.
One dinner and two lunches are not-included.
Spending money, souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, extra spa services, personal taxis (including emergencies), laundry services, bell-boys, and tips for room service (Tips are appreciated by the wait staff, but not mandatory. We recommend 1-2$ USD per day per person).
Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance (we highly recommend you look into getting your own medical or trip cancellation insurance).
Your visa or passport.
Mimi Adeogba loves traveling and teaching. She loves teaching about yoga asana, anatomy and physiology and the yoga lifestyle – and she wants you to love them as much as she does.
It all started in 2013 when Mimi left big pharma and went on a pilgrimage across Spain, the el Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
That's when she went on her first transformational yoga teacher training experience in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. She has been dedicated ever since (after all, yoga totally transformed her life).
She ended up receiving training in Hatha yoga, Vinyasa flow, and Ashtanga yoga. And would occasionally incorporate Tai Chi into her classes, drawing from several years of South Shaolin Goju Kung Fu training, once she started teaching her own classes.
For the past nine months, she taught yoga anatomy and physiology and yoga asana at Rishikesh Yogpeeth in the world capital of yoga, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. Here she designed and developed curriculum and educated future teachers from all over the world for their 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training certifications.
That inspired her to create her destination teacher training courses in 2016 – Swadhyaya Yoga School, where she began planning and managing TTC courses.
Idyllically situated 25 minutes from Ubud along the banks of the River Ayung, Balé Tudor private villas offers 7 different rooms, many with private balconies, shared refrigerators, and full-service kitchenettes, as well as a beautiful swimming pool. The property hosts 3 swimming pools, in addition to many other beautiful features.
Please see the "Accommodations" section to review the room types at Balé Tudor private villas, to help you choose which room suits you best. Rooms are on a first come first served basis, so book early to ensure you get exactly what you would like.
All rooms are double occupancy; and, each offers its own unique and delightful charm. There are no co-ed options unless students are traveling together.
Each room enjoys en-suite bathrooms with private bath/shower and A/C.
CODE OF THE YOGIC PATH:
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM MIMI**
First and foremost, this is a yoga teacher training course. As such, it is not designed to be as much a "vacation," as it is intended to be a yogic learning experience.
Of course, you will explore different places and things and enjoy many of your experiences during your time with us, but our intention and focus is on spiritual growth and development. Not just sightseeing.
Indonesia is an oasis of political stability and rapid economic growth; nevertheless, it's ecosystem is very different from America or Europe. It's not uncommon for there to be geckos, lizards and other lifeforms in the bedroom and main house. Please understand that to exterminate the creatures that we share space with would be tantamount to creating an imbalance our natural habitat. And yoga is the opposite of this. Yoga is about creating balance. So please resolve that you will coexist peacefully with your environment and our little friends.
Furthermore, it is a commonly held belief in Indonesia that the presence of geckos in the home is an auspicious sign of a blessed and clean home, because these reptiles are known to eat smaller life forms. It is the circle of life and we are all a part of it.
We request our students follow a code of conduct compatible with the yogic path during your stay. This code includes eating predominantly vegetarian or vegan. No meat or fish. Consumption of alcohol, non-prescribed drugs and use of tobacco (cigarettes, pipes,etc.) are strictly prohibited on or around the Center. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the course at any stage and without any refund for breaching this code of conduct.
We will practice asana, pranayama, Japa meditation, yoga nidra, chant mantras and otherwise explore the ancient yogic traditions set amidst the idyllic background of Bali. This training and journey have been designed with the intention of having a magical, transformative, and life-changing experience!
I RESOLVE THAT I WILL REFRAIN FROM
**(on or around Balé Tudor Private Villas) **
Smoking is not permitted on the premises as it is not conducive to yoga practice and may interfere with students' ability to practice asana.
CONSUMING ALCOHOL. Drinking alcohol (including wine and beer) is not permitted on the premises as it is not conducive to yoga practice and may interfere with the students' ability to practice asana.
DRINKING COFFEE. Drinking coffee is not recommended and will not be provided for students during your course. It is not conducive to yoga practice and may interfere with the students' ability to practice asana.