Created by singer Michael Franti and his friend Carla Swanson, Soulshine Bali is located in the lush and magical Balinese town of Ubud. From the unpretentious small entrance, you would never guess that a little oasis is hidden at the end of an “unreachable by car” path alongside a river.
However, don’t be mistaken! Appearing in front of you, just like a mirage in the desert, is an ashram-like high-end dormitory (separate rooms with large beds and communal bathrooms) and a main villa style building topped with a traditional Balinese roof. The villa is colossal, hosting five large bedrooms with bathrooms, a spacious living room, and a top open air yoga studio on the third floor overseeing picturesque rice paddies, the river, tropical gardens and several small ponds with a lush unpolished natural landscape – an absolute feast for the eyes.
The overall retreat center offers a truly unique experience mixing the comforts of home, the community feel of an ashram, and the personal touch of a boutique hotel. The facilities are new and clean, with a sparse and simple, yet elegant décor.
The atmosphere is very laid back and friendly. Soon after your arrival, you will find yourself with a freshly made fruit cocktail, walking around barefoot in your sarong, chatting with other guests.
Carla or her staff will gladly lead you to the walk to the Durga Temple through the rice fields or refer you to any excursion, restaurant, or traditional Balinese healers you might want to experience during your stay. After all, you are there to relax, meditate and get the best of what Ubud has to offer!
Keep Soulshine in mind if you are looking for a couple’s getaway for a week, to host a yoga retreat, for a group gathering, or to simply spend a night and chill by the pool while enjoying a healthy, traditionally cooked meal by the friendly staff.
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