Women of Spirit

Come join us for an unforgettable time in the sacred temples of Bali and stay with us at hidden places in East Bali.

Journey with a group of powerful women to wholeness. A pilgrimage of self-discovery and opening our hearts; filled with ritual, dance, prayer, poetry and song. We will explore a way of being with ourselves rooted in the reality of the spirit of kindness. We will pamper ourselves, travel into our own Goddess being and celebrate the eternal spiral dance of wisdom.

With the land and people of Bali as our main inspiration and teachers, we will in addition to Kutira’s teaching enjoy Sohana’s knowledge of the island.

“Ecstatic! The transformation happened! Thank you Thank you!!!!!”
– Janaki, Maui

Itinerary Women of Spirit

Day 1
Arriving in Denpasar on the island of Bali.
Transferring to Ubud by taxi (about 40 min). Ubud is the cultural center in Bali, home of many local and international artists. Welcome Dinner and sharing of logistics and schedule. And celebrating YOU made it for this enchanted journey to honor the adventurous woman you are!

Day 2
After a well-deserved beauty sleep, we gather in the morning to open the circle and get to know each other. Lunch and dinner on your own to sample the culinary delights of Bali. Afternoon shopping for our traditional Balinese dress called a Kabaya for visiting the temples and participating in ceremonies. No worries, we will guide you on this shopping adventure and teach you how to dress locally.

We gather again around 5pm for a dip in the swimming pool to relax and connect. Perfect time to travel inward after a busy shopping spree. Evening time off. For those who need to catch up with jet lag or need some private space – this is the time and for  those who still have energy we suggest the near-by “Jazz Cafe” where you can dance till you drop into your bed.

“This has been a most special journey. Unique delightful and full of magic.”
– Mary, Bali

Day 3
A day of pampering ourselves with a traditional Javanese health and beauty treatment. Choose between a Lulur or spice bath or a Balinese Boreh. This treatment is a centuries old recipe using pure and simple herbs and spices, which are designed to increase the blood circulation and ease aches and pains. Or enjoy a one hour massage where after-wards your body is scrubbed with lulur to remove dead skin. Relax in soaking aromatic flowers and slowly sip a spicy ginger tea.

For the evening get dressed for a Kecak Dance which involves a chorus of at least 50 men. They sit in concentric circles around an oil lamp and begin to chant. The sound they make is “cak-cak-cak-cak-“, up to seven different rhythmical combinations of the chant are interwoven, creating a tapestry of vocal sounds as the musical accompaniment to the dance. This fiery trance dance will be a special ritual/ceremony for your journey.

Day 4
Traveling from Ubud through lush green rice terraces via Tampaksering, to the East side of Bali. We will visit one of the most beautiful valleys leading to a Hindu Temple surrounded by Buddhist monk caves. Afternoon resting, swimming, reading, eating, sharing, free time to enjoy the magical new surroundings. In the evening we gather for a sacred circle.

“Words are not enough to express my gratitude for the opportunity you have provided. It has been both life changing and heart opening experience.”
– Greta, Texas
Day 5
Morning at the Water Palace for a ritual and lunch.  Dressed in our Kabaya’s we will visit a Sacred Balinese Tantric Temple, headed by a high priestess. It is rare that a priestess is in charge of the temple, mostly men are holding this position. This will be a special offering ceremony.  An evening with great food and receiving each others “gifts”. Share YOUR knowldge with the sisterhood.

Day 6
A day of play at a picture perfect white sand beach. We swim, drink fresh coconut milk, relax, and enjoy each other’s company; and practice the language of the heart. Let your mind wander and submerge into this blue-green ocean that will carry your body to sensual hights. A special surprise in the evening will await us when the sun sets. Get ready to immerse yourself into the culture of Bali at its best.

Day 7

Have you ever imagined sitting in a small river raft, floating through the amazing green vally of sacred Bali? The excitement catches our breath when the raft goes over the edge and only surrender is the key to ecstasy. This river rafting adventure is always considered a high point in every retreat and your inner “man” is awakend.

A delicious farewell dinner will top everything off and let you know, a part of your heart and soul will be forever lost….. in East Bali at a magical place where only a few find the key to enter.

“The richness of the Bali environment, especially Tirtagangga was the setting for a feast for Body, Mind, Emotion and Spirit.”
– Joan, Maui

Day 8
Traveling back to Ubud, via Klungkung where we will visit the Hall of Justice and the famous market known for its exquisite rare fabrics. (Most of the fabrics in my home in Maui come from this place…. and of course, best prices).  Back in Ubud, we will enjoy the artistic abundance and ground our spirit back into the worldly domain. One more celebration of our bodies with the luxurious offering of water, flowers and delicious oils. Yeah, by then you will be addicted to the loving hands of a sweet Balinese masseuse.

Day 9
Closing Circle after Breakfast.  Kutira and Sohana will share some of their favorite places to shop and eat. The place in Ubud is perfect to extend your stay and some of you may want to continue the journey for a few more days.

Kutira

Kutira is an accomplished, internationally known teacher of Embodied Spirituality and Sustainability. She is a spiritual environmental activist and a talented recording artist. She has a unique gift for creating and holding sacred space for women to follow their true calling. This gathering holds the vision to bring together her fellow peers, teachers, friends and sisters to express and inspire more fully their own deepest gifts to the world. Kutira is truly a modern day priestess who knows how to bring ancient ritual into the present moment. You will experience the Divine Ancient Feminine in the Now. She leads retreats in Maui, Bali and Bhutan, her favorite places to empower the spirit. If you would like to know more about her work, visit www.KahuaInstitute.com website.

Sohana
Sohana has been living in Bali for the past 19 years so she has lots of helpful information to share.  After a personal tragedy, she changed the course of her life from being a librarian to following her passion:  designing jewelry, beading and working with gemstones.  While living in India, she took her art to the next level by  studying the spiritual aspect of gemstones and design.  She trained as a kinesiology practitioner, Aura Soma practitioner and Reiki Master which enables her to tune in to the energy of gemstones and healing.
Recently she attended the Oneness University in India and is certified to give the Oneness Blessing.  She will be doing this for anyone in our group who wishes to receive it.

During our retreat, she will make her collection of Sacred Art available to be worn and felt during our rituals.  She creates empowering, healing, mystical jewelry for the God and Goddess in You.  These are contemporary, symbolic designs of the ancient Spirit; they are power pieces for spiritual transformation and bring radiance to the wearer.

Trip Details
A $600.00 deposit is required in order to secure your space.
All accommodations are based on double occupancy.

The price includes all breakfasts lunch and dinner in East Bali.  In Ubud it includes all breakfasts and one dinner, transportation in Bali, dances, accommodations, teachers and hostess fee.

While in Ubud, you are encouraged to explore the many restaurants and eateries in the local community. Your lunches and dinners in Ubud are left up to your own tastes and desires.

Also not included is your International flight, airport taxes and taxi to and from the airport and any individual spa treatments.

Extras

Balinese massage approx. $10, Spa visit approx. $15 – $20.

We will send you a small, important what to pack list but you will be traveling very light, as you will fill your bags with all the unbelievably inexpensive treasures of Bali. A valid passport is needed to go to Bali, and due to the new security measures, your passport must be valid for 6 months AFTER YOU RETURN HOME.

Cancellation/Deposit Policy for Women of Spirit (8 day journey):
A $600.00 non-refundable deposit will be charged with your enrollment. Payment in full must be received 60 days prior to the workshop preferably with a check. If you need to use a credit card there will be an additional 3% charge. Cancellations 30days prior to the departing date will be transferred to another Bali journey or any other workshop offered by Kahua Institute, within the next two years, but are non-refundable. A $150 office fee will be deducted. Cancellations after that date  are non-transferable and non-refundable.

We are looking forward to celebrating WOMEN OF SPIRIT with you!