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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is Bali?

Bali is the most famous island in the Indonesian archipelago. It is north of Australia, south of Thailand. It sits with the Indian Ocean on one side, the Bali Sea on the other.

Where do I fly into?

Denpasar, Indonesia (DPS )is the airport city you fly into.

What is the currency in Bali?

Indonesian rupiah, approximately $1US = 12,000 Rp

What is the dominant religion in Bali?

Although Indonesia has one of the highest Muslim populations, Bali is primarily a Hindu practicing island.

There are Muslims and Buddhists followers also, and they live harmoniously together. You'll hear melodic chanting from both Hindu and Muslim temples on your stay.

One of the most charming aspect of the Balinese Hindu culture is the daily offering rituals you'll see where ever you go. Incense, rice, flowers arranged on a hand made palm plate are offered to greet and honour Gods of light and dark.

You'll see them around the hotels, the storefronts, on car dashboards, in family compounds..... it's a wonderful devotional detail of a gentle people fully integrated with their spiritual lives.

Do I need a visa to get into Bali?

You can get a visa upon arrival at the airport which is good for 30 days. Check to see if your country of residence has a fee. Currently Canada and US and some European countries do not pay a fee. If you plan to stay longer, check out your local Indonesian consulate for details.

Do I need to get any vaccinations for this retreat?

It's good to check with your doctor and local government for any current advisory warnings and vaccine recommendations especially if you are staying a while.

What if I want to stay longer or come early?

Fantastic! Always a good idea to enjoy the full reward of your investment of time and money on the flight.

Just arrange with the resort that is hosting the retreat for your dates. The resort will arrange a pick up from anywhere on the island. Because it's an all inclusive location, it's easy to budget.

Staying in different areas of Bali can be extremely affordable. You can find a nice hotel, with breakfast and a pool, and eat lunch and dinner for $80/day or less. You can also have an authentic homestay experience and live on $40/day or less. There are also 5 star luxury hotels upward of $1000+/day, so it's up to you.

Ideas and suggestions on where to go, stay and what to do are readily available from your travel agent. One suggestion is to arrive, feel the island, and after the retreat, make the decisions about what suits you best in the moment.

Is traveling alone as a woman OK?

Retreat facilitator, Laila Ghattas, has been traveling alone to Bali every consecutive year since 2004, very comfortably staying 6-8 weeks each time and mostly on her own when not on retreat.

It's so easy to meet other travelers, especially in Ubud, you won't be on your own for long.

Retreat locations are rural and far away from the trappings of tourism. In the south, in Kuta, Seminyak, it's very touristy and busy. Common sense and caution with your belongings there is the same as in any other tourist urban area in the world.

 

 

How much should I budget for shopping?

Bali is one of the most affordable places in the world. Bright colourful original crafts, fabrics, jewelry and art can be found for $5 - $50. It's the best place to shop for presents for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, or Holiday ideas. Original fashion and yoga wear galore.

It's also where Laila Goddess Feel Good Clothing are hand printed and tailored. So bring a few hundred extra dollars to leave in the Balinese economy.

 

What should I pack?

You'll get a thorough information package when you register with ideas, tips, packing list, and important travel details. You might budget possible the extra fees to take home a second suitcase full of goodies if you're staying long enough to seriously shop. You can pick up a bag inexpensively at the markets. Some airlines allow 2 bags free of charge on long haul flights.

No matter what you choose, ALWAYS pack 3 days of clothes, underwear & bathing suit in your carry on bag. Just in case checked luggage goes astray.

What's the weather like?

Bali enjoys a lush rainy season from November to March, so we're before the rainy season. Some lovely warm rain will fall for an hour or so mostly in the afternoon, sometimes with thunderstorms.

Average temp of 28-32C or 86 - 94F. Umbrellas are available for guests at most hotels.

How long is the flight?

Depending on where you're coming from, it's about 14 hours from Europe, 20 hours from North America. You can make it easier by stopping on the west coast before crossing the Pacific. Laila sometimes overnights in Hong Kong to split up the journey, enjoy a shower, be alone and really rest before the last 5 hour leg to Denpasar.

As a seasoned solo world traveler Laila has written a very thorough article on how to approach your travel preparation to reduce stress including what to bring with you onboard so you can enjoy your long flight.

How much does the flight cost?

The great news is you don't have to buy this flight too early. Check out discount flight sites and directly with airline sites. Laila departs from Toronto on a direct flight to Hong Kong or Taipei, then another shorter flight south to Bali and has paid as little as $1,400 CAD. EVA Air often has great deals and is Laila's favourite at this time. Sometimes Orbitz.com offers affordable alternatives.

Clients from the US west coast wanting the best price can find deals as low as $795US. It's really up to you what's important and what it's worth to take longer with more stopovers.

Do not delay booking your flight if you choose to travel with points. Many people from around the world take holiday on the island.

No matter what you choose, ALWAYS pack 3 days of clothes, underwear& bathing suit in your carry on bag. Just in case luggage goes astray.

Why is the workshop fee non-refundable?

This retreat is all about deep personal growth and life improvement through the exploration of unconscious patterns.

A successful retreat experience requires the mutual commitment from the facilitator and each participant. This creates common intention and integrity to show up fully for the program.

A non-refundable workshop fee policy encourages grounded, conscious decision making.

Expenses and resources are invested on your behalf many months in advance of the actual workshop dates.

Remember: You receive private self-discovery session credits if you can't participate in the workshop in Bali. You DO NOT LOSE your investment in your personal growth. Win win.

I really really really want to come. Are there special offers.

This retreat is specially priced based on groups of participants registering at the same time.

So find friends who share your healing vision. It'll be wonderful to enjoy this with people you know.

Say out loud three times: I AM WORTH IT!!

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