Sneak off and have an affair with your most creative self.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic.

How outrageous would it be to go on a holiday with yourself?

What would happen if you ran away deep into the central mountains of Bali to give yourself 7 days of uninterrupted writing time? What would a week of soul-nourishing ME time do to you?

How extravagant would it be to unplug for a week, bath your soul in the verdant lushness of the the southern slopes of MT Batukaru, nourish your body with scrumptous organic food, harvested within walking distance of your plate, begin your days with sun salutations and contemplative stillness?

Imagine tuning into the sound of cascading waterfalls and the rhythm of nature punctuated by the gentle Balinese practices of spiritual worship. Your notebook and pen are scattered on the batik covers of the carved daybed. In front of you organic rice paddies cascade all the way to where to horizon meets the sea.  You’ve lost track of time. You’ve given yourself over to the creative flow of writing and the stillness of mindfulness practices.

Sounds deliciously self-indulgent? Think of it as taking your soul to the spa. To feel truly happy and fulfilled, we need to bond with our creativity, make an appointment with our soul and nurture what sustains us.

Daily gentle yoga, meditation and the ancient sounds of the Himalayan sound bowls will keep our modern souls balanced as we step into the present moment and unleash the wild side of our minds and hearts.

It’s the ultimate gift to yourself. Isn’t it time you made it part of your annual self-care routine?

Explore your creativity with expressive writing, yoga and minfulness.

Refuel your passion & find your voice of wisdom.

What’s included?

  • 8 x nights accommodation in superior shared eco bungalows (single use of bungalow available at additional cost)
  • ALL MEALS (Breakfast, lunch and dinner, morning and afternoon tea)
  • 1 guided nature walk
  • Offering making & blessing with the local munku
  • Daily yoga & meditation
  • Writing workshops & feedback sessions
  • 1 Balinese massage
  • 1 individual singing massage with Himalayan singing bowls & group sound bath
  • unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water
  • group transfer to/from airport (or Ubud if you are attending the festival)

The secluded nature of the retreat means, there won’t be many opportunities to spend any additional money once you are at Bali Eco Stay.

Bali Ecostay

What’s not included:

  • International airfare to Denpasar, Bali
  • Attendance at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival is optional and at own expense
  • Additional activities at Bali Eco Stay can be organised at own cost and on demand.
  • Alcohol, travel insurance and personal items

The cost:

  • The TOTAL cost of the retreat is USD $ 1450
  • A non-refundable deposit of USD $ 350 will reserve your spot.
  • Early Bird Special: Pay 50% of total price by April 15 and receive a USD $100 discount.

Your Retreat Faciliators


Hi fellow writers and creative seekers,

I’ve taught a wide range of forms of communication, writing and reading in over two decades as a university lecturer and education manager.

As a keen traveller, I’ve led academic study tours in Europe, sailed aboard a floating university campus to 12 different ports and developed the curriculum for the first ever Bachelor in Visual Arts for Maldives National University.

I’m also a certified yoga teacher and a practitioner of mindfulness meditation. I divide my time between Vietnam and the Wet Tropics of Australia and regularly travel throughout Asia to deepen my practice.

Since leaving full-time employment for the freedom of the open road, I’ve dedicated myself to bringing together my passion of writing, traveling, yoga and meditation with my other passion, teaching and mentoring.

Writing has always been my preferred way of making sense of the world.

NIgel Rowles

Let me introduce you to NIGEL ROWLES, who will help you unleash your creative genius with unique singing bowl balancing techniques.

NIGEL ROWLES is a  professional musician with over 30 years experience teaching music, playing in bands and as a solo performer.

His first singing bowl massage was life changing. He had never felt so deeply relaxed within minutes of lying down. Four weeks later, he was on a plane to Kathmandu to begin his training with Himalayan masters and to explore how sound can be used to balance the body’s frequencies.

In Nepal he spent many hours hand selecting a set of eight tuned bowls and perfecting his personalised method of playing the bowls. As a trained musician he prefers chord structures, rather than match the bowls to the body’s chakras. By using tuned bowls to create chords, he can generate a larger number of harmonies which bring about inner balance and help relief stress. The sound bowls balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain which helps trigger our creativity.

For more information and a little taste of how the bowls help harmonise the body’s frequencies, visit his website:

Grab your headphones and click here to listen to a sound sample.

So, what do you think would happen if you took your creativity on a holiday in the central mountains of Bali for a week?

WARNING: a retreat can be deeply transformational. For some it’s life changing.

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