It is impossible not to feel connected to something divine when nestled in a land known as “the island of a thousand temples.” – Wild Woman Expeditions
In a place that worships many goddesses, you will feel your own grace and power as you cycle past smouldering volcanoes, participate in a Balinese water purification ceremony, and take in the outrageous colour and energy of the Women’s Kencak Fire Dance.
Trip Organizer: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com
Dates: May 22 – June 3rd, 2017 and September 26th – October 8th, 2017
Activities: Walking, Cycling, Swimming
Price: $3,495 USD
With Wild Woman Expeditions, breathe into Bali with your morning rooftop yoga, then allow yourself to nourish your inner pleasure seeker. Plunge into the sensual warmth of mountaintop hot springs. Surrender yourself to a Balinese massage. Raft through the wilds of the jungle. Or simply stroll along a butter yellow beach at dusk. Everywhere you look this world is a riot of wild colour – from the rainbow hues of a fruit stand to the rich greens of a rice field. And the scents in the air? Gardenia. Jasmine. Oleander.
Whether snorkelling in the waters of the national park reserve, relaxing at the elegant resort accommodations, or bowing before the beauty of the Batukaru temple, this is Wild Woman Expedition will soothe your busy mind, unlock your anxious heart, and make your goddess spirit soar.
DAY ONE: UBUD BEGINNINGS
Arrive at the international airport in Denpansar by 3pm – we will arrange your 1 hour airport transfer to the trip starting point in the cultural hub town of Ubud. Arrive at our Balinese hotel, a real gem in the heart of Ubud and settle in to your room. This unique sanctuary, set in a peaceful and natural surrounding, has a yoga studio on the roof overlooking the jungle.
After a welcome and orientation, enjoy dinner out on the town in Ubud, in a Balinese setting. Then home to get a good night’s rest!
DAY TWO: BLESSINGS AND FIRE DANCING
Join a morning Qigong session on the rooftop. There will be a blessing on this first day so that all women will be protected throughout your trip. After breakfast, you’ll be taken to a spa for a rejuvenating Balinese massage and body scrub. Then join a culinary tour of Sari Organik, an organic farm, and walk around the rice fields. After dinner, you will head to the temple to watch the Women’s Kecak Fire Dance.
DAY THREE: BIKING THROUGH BALI
Today is a day to explore the countryside by bicycle, the best way to really savour the scenery close-up. We start our trip by driving into the spectacular beauty of Penelokan, the gateway to the Kintamani region, nestled high on a volcanic crater rim, where we enjoy breakfast overlooking the smouldering beauty of the volcano, Mount Batur.
You’ll experience the magic and feel the spirit of Bali as we cycle through small villages and the stunning heartland of Bali. We mainly travel downhill on non-touristy routes, along small villages and back roads. Late afternoon you’ll have some free time to explore the artisan shops in Ubud and have dinner out on the town.
DAY FOUR: TEMPLE VISITS
After breakfast we will leave Ubud and head to Pemuteran in the north west part of Bali. On the way, we will visit Batukaru temple, one of the most sacred jungle temples in Bali. We will also go trekking in this beautiful volcanic jungle region at the foot of Mount Batukaru.
After a local Balinese lunch, we will continue travelling towards the northern coast. We will be driving through beautiful rice terraces, lakes, and mountains.
Along the way, we will see the Water temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Then, We take the scenic route passing to Munduk. That’s where we’ll be descending the mountains towards our beach destination. We will enjoy dinner overlooking the beach.
DAY FIVE & SIX: PEMUTERAN BEACH
We’ll be based at a gorgeous beach resort on Pemuteran beach in North Bali. The beautiful resort where we stay reflects Indonesia’s rich culture and island’s beauty. An idyllic haven for rejuvenation, exploration, and relaxation at the beach. We’ll enjoy the beach, practice some Qigong, and head out for a day trip of snorkelling on Menjangan Island in the pristine national park reserve.
DAY SEVEN: HOT SPRING SOAK
After breakfast we’ll travel to the north east side of the island where we’ll stay at a beautiful mountain retreat centre. Along the way we’ll stop at the hot springs, where you can soak with the locals. Lastly, we’ll also stop at a small cacao bean museum and have lunch at Lovina Beach.
At the mountain retreat’s temple we’ll learn about the ‘canang sari’ temple offerings and how Balinese pray. The food at the retreat centre is healthy and delicious with ingredients of their organic garden. Finish the day with an evening meditation session at the yoga sala overlooking the lotus pond.
DAY EIGHT: MOUNTAIN MORNINGS
A morning yoga session is offered by a yoga teacher from the resort. Then, at this eco-friendly mountain retreat centre, we will take a guided walk in the mountains, enjoy another spa treatment and relax at the salt water pool overlooking the mountains.
Afterwards, there will be a closing circle of this short 2 day yoga retreat where the group will talk about challenges faced when on spiritual journeys and how to overcome them.
DAY NINE: BLACK SAND BEACH
Morning yoga session. Today we will visit a Pura Pojok Batu near the Bali sea where Balinese families come for water purification ceremonies. The rest of the afternoon, we’ll enjoy the black sand beach nearby.
DAY TEN: VILLAGE OF SIDEMEN
Morning restorative yoga session. Today we’ll travel down to the eastern side of Bali to a true gem of traditional Balinese life, the village of Sidemen. On the way we will pass Kintamani village and have lunch overlooking mount and lake Batur.
Experience the real Balinese village life in the heart of rural East Bali. We stay in an eco-friendly resort, a very special place, where you will be received as friends and enjoy an authentic Balinese experience.
The resort is in a marvellous valley on the slopes of Mount Agung, the most sacred volcano in Bali. Enjoy your meals in the rural Balinese setting, overlooking the vast rice fields.
DAY ELEVEN: RIVER RAFTING
Morning Qigong. Today we go rafting on the Telaja Waja River, exploring the jungle by waterway. This is a fun active day to really get in touch with Bali’s wild nature… But the rafting will be beginner friendly! Purification ceremony with a female priestess at the holy spring. Followed by prayer & chanting together with the Balinese staff of the resort.
DAY TWELVE: THE CHOICE IS YOURS
Morning Qigong. This final day will be open to relax at the Balinese village resort. We’ll go for a rice field walk, practice some yoga on the deck overlooking the green valley or relax by the pool. This is a day to integrate the inspiration and transformation of your Balinese adventure. We finish the day with a closing women’s circle.
DAY THIRTEEN: QIGONG AND GO
Morning Qigong. After breakfast we will transfer to the international airport for departures after 3pm.
- Guided Temple Tours and Entry Fees
- Qigong and Yoga sessions
- Fully Outfitted and Guided Day Trips; Cycling, Rafting, and Snorkelling
- Afternoon Culinary Tour
- 2 (1,5 to 2 hours) Massage Spa Sessions
- Balinese Women’s Fire Dance Performance and Water Purification Ceremony
- Guided Rice Field Walks and Jungle Day Hikes
- 12 Nights Shared Accommodation in 3 and 4 star Villas
- Airport Transfers (based on two per taxi)
- Fresh, Local Meals; 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
- Ground Transportation in Private Air Conditioned Vehicle
- Female Trip Leader(s)
Veronique (Nici) Van Hoorick – The heart of Nici’s photographic work embraces the integration of ancient traditions with contemporary culture, of the past meeting the present.
Cat De Schaepmeester – Cat knows all the sweet spots and will enrich your experience with her local knowledge.
Wild Woman Expeditions’ events are for women who love the outdoors, have an adventurous spirit and enjoy the company of other women. Wild Woman Expeditions attract women from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, lifestyles, life circumstances and ages. Exploring the differences between women who come to Wild Woman Expeditions are as much of the experience as discovering the similarities.
Women between the ages of 8-86 have come on canoe trips with us, and most trips and events enjoy an age spread. Other than our Women and Girls Canoe trips, which includes girls ages 8-14, the minimum age to join our regular trips is 15. Most women who attend are between 35-55. Some have an extensive background in whatever the activity is, though they may be a bit rusty, while for other women, it may be their first experience with this activity be it a canoe trip or kayaking or cycling. We offer a selection of vacations to accommodate the interests and needs of women in these two categories and those of us in between at Wild Woman Expeditions.