Escape the World
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Very nice retreat program, practicing
yoga in the rice field is some experience,
Merci à tous ceux qui organisent et participent a ce programme tellement impressionnant!
passons une merveilleuse vacance qui nous donne une expérience
Thanks so much for giving us with the opportunity
to face many challenges, physical,
Thank you for a wonderful journey!!
Merci the Zen Team.
What a wonderful experience again.
Thank you Iyan and Claude
and Jon Mason
Dear Claude and Iyan,
It has been a very enjoyable week. I greatly
appreciated all the care and attention to detail that went
into ensuring we had an experience that was both meaningful
Dear Iyan and Claude,
This trip has been beyond expectations.
Thank you and Namaste.
Allen and Brook
Claude and Iyan,
Thank you for such a wonderful week in Bali!
My friends and family have asked if it
was what I had expected, and I quickly let them know that
it was so much more than I'd expected!
Additionally, It was such a very pleasant
surprise to find out that we'd be going to different, wonderful
restaurants all week! The daily yoga was so great - and I
had such an amazing time riding down from the mountains on
a bike, through the villages.
By the way, every time I am at yoga now, doing the quiet meditative moments, I hear Iyan's voice saying, "...thinking nothiiiiingggg...." :)
An email message from
Dear Iyan and Claude,
You spoiled me!!! Here two times.
Cheers and Best of Luck
Dear Iyan, Claude and all staff involved,
Thank you for a wonderful six days ”Escape the World” is so appropriate and fitted exactly what I was looking for. I feel refreshed, re-energized and motivated.A special thank-you to the lovely girls at Bali Botanica Spa. You are all wonderful at what you do.
To Iyan, Claude and all of the wonderful
people who looked after us here in Ubud,
Until we meet again.
Terima Kasih Banyak.
I enjoy everything in retreat, and found
a new world of yoga.
Sampai jumpa lagi, Iyan dan Claude
Thanks for a really wonderful break,
everything I hoped for and more.
Bonjour Claude and Ian,
A world of thanks for the great time I had in Bali...my first time but definitely not my last. I not only truly enjoyed the yoga retreat in Ubud but also the amazing itinerary that you helped me designed. I had such a great time.
I also would like to extend my thanks to your great driver, Dewa who was just fantastic. Please do give him my kind regards when you next see him.
I am now back in chilly London with an over flooding inbox (received over 560 emails in 3 weeks... a record for me!) but with my head full of great and fond memories I am still very much on Balinese mode!
The world being small I am sure our path will cross again... in the meantime keep bringing a smile to people who join your retreats.
With kindest regards,
Dear Claude and Iyan,
A truly life changing experience. We
couldn’t have chosen a better retreat. Thank you to
our wonderful hosts, Iyan and Claude and to all of your staff.
I promise to send you a copy of the book, there’s sure
to be a chapter on tantric yoga.
Iyan & Claude,
A truly AMAZING experience.......THANK YOU!
The entire experience was way over what
I was expecting.
Thank you Iyan, Claude, my new friends,
Zen Bali Team.....and thank you Ubud for putting me back in
touch with nature again!
Thank you for such a lovely ''Escape the
World'' time and for opening my eyes to the world of yoga.
Iyan and Claude,
I had an amazing time and will be talking
to everyone about "Escaping the World". The accommodations
were outstanding and every one of the staff was incredibly
Thank you for a wonderful adventure.
Thank you Iyan and Claude, lovely relaxing 5 days. Yoga great!!! Lots of thought into the journey.
Iyan and Claude,
What is there to say..you do a fantastic
Iyan and Claude,
Thank you for the fabulous week. The yoga, treatments and Gaia Oasis were exceptional.
Everything I could possibly have needed.
Wonderful retreat from the moment I arrived until I left. I enjoyed every second of it.
Terima Kasih banyak!!!
A Slice of Heaven
Thank you to Claude and Iyan.
Claude and Iyan,
I have been bathed in love and beauty that has nourished my body, mind and soul. Blessed in Bali. Thank you so much!!
This retreat was absolutely phenomenal!!
More than I expected!! Claude and Iyan were so gracious and
delightful. The yoga was wonderful; the food was exquisite,
the treatments so relaxing... I can't say enough!! Thank you
It was nothing I expected.. And it was awesome!! I have never been so relaxed and so refreshed, clear and open. You guys were so welcoming and accommodating. Everyone here was so friendly.
Thank you to you, Iyan and Claude. You both are excellent people!!!
This is a very well organized and exciting retreat. I really enjoyed my self very very much.
Dear Claude and Iyan
A very special thank you to you and your team, for a simply wonderful week. I arrived exhausted, and in need of a rest. I left refreshed and exhilarated.
The retreat surpassed all my expectations. You are both such gracious hosts, and the varied program and organization could not faulted. You managed to combine great yoga (somewhat challenging at times for me!) and meditation, with superb spa treatments (ahhhh, the Ayurveda Chakra massage, I was in heaven), delicious meals, good company, lots of laughter, gentle cultural experiences and interesting activities (yoga at dawn facing Gunung Batur, followed by an energetic 22km bike ride back to Ubud, and visits to villages on the way…..a special day).
And, my friends, I shall most
Dear Claude and Iyan,
Thank you for a wonderful Yoga vacation. Everyday has been such a beautiful experience. I have extended myself in my yoga practice with a kind and gifted teacher; have been pampered like a princess, I have laughed, and have eaten like a queen. I can honestly say this is one of the best holiday experiences I have ever had. I truly wish you every success in the future.
Dear Claude and Iyan,
Thank you so much for such a wonderful
week. This was an incredibly unique and special way to practice
yoga, see Bali and have fun with new and interesting people
from around the world. Iyan’s yoga instruction was inspirational
and challenging, made even better by the stunning sight of
the vegetation and views offered by the yoga room. Your hospitality
and personal touch made this a special vacation. Bali and
Ubud felt like my home for the week. Thanks for everything
and I hope to be in Bali again soon.
Without doubt, I can safely say that this retreat/holiday ticks all the boxes. The retreat offers striking accommodation, which promotes a relaxing and calming effect. Iyan and Claude cater expertly to all needs, providing a well thought out and organized program, balancing yoga with stimulating tourism. I extended my stay at the retreat and will be happy to return to the both Zen Retreat and Bali, skeptics or the neutral minded alike, will find their nirvana.
I came to the retreat because I desperately needed a break. I didn't have any expectations when I arrived, but all my expectations have been exceeded. I am so pleased that Claude decided to hold a retreat!! Thank you to Iyan for being a kind of considerate teacher. Most of all thank you for helping me to relax and focus on the positive in life, I will return soon.
To dear Claude and Iyan,
Two of most beautiful people in Ubud, and neither of you are Balinese!! feel so honored and blessed to have participated in the magical week in my favorite part of the world. I do hope that you become part of my Ubud experiences in the future.
PS: Thanks for being so accommodating
to individuals needs.
Iyan et Claude
Voila une parenthèse de pur bonheur
dans la vie !
C’est une semaine magnifique
et superbe que je recommanderai aux gens que j’aime
In ten years of “Retreats”, this is one of the best ever experienced for quality of people, teacher, food, overall program and organization.
My experience was so “Good”, I really escaped from anything. I enjoyed the “Present moment” at all time and the yoga classes, food, nature, staff, people and every little thing was a “Gift” from the Gods. My magic word is “ OBRIGADA” that means “ TERIMA KASIH” .
lot of love and blessing for this beautiful retreat.
A wonderful way to look inside oneself, while at the same time experiencing different cultures, sights and sounds.
A beautiful week of happiness and healing. Helping me back to my truer sense of self.
If you truly want to
Escape the World and be with yourself, then this is the perfect
This retreat is the best gift that I have ever given to myself!! I loved this peaceful place, full of good vibration and fine energy. This was my first yoga retreat, and it seems like I was in paradise on earth. Meditating while hearing the river, the birds and being surrounded by nature’s peace is something very special.
I met a lot of interesting
people….. and I feel like something has changed inside
What do you get when you put
a great bunch of people together from all over the world with
two wonderful hosts Claude and Iyan, smiling, willing staffs
and set them down in magnificent surroundings? You get the
best week you can imagine.
I felt immediately welcome, at home and cared for. It was great to see a friendly face at the airport and to be transported by a trustworthy driver. The surroundings of the hotel plunge you straight into nature, which is wonderful for quiet contemplation day and night.
The yoga classes stretched and challenged me and I came away with a practical understanding of meditation which I hope to continue practicing.
Claude and Iyan were wonderfully open and caring hosts and the staff at the hotel polite and helpful. Everything was run so smoothly which meant I could just relax, knowing all plans and arrangements were taken care of. The spa treatments were very relaxing and an excellent way to soften muscles even more after yoga. The day of silence was a fantastic opportunity to spend time with myself, reflect on my past and think about my future goals and lifestyle.
I left the retreat with a deep inner peace and strength, a lot of sadness from saying so many goodbyes to new friends and a hope that I will be able to return soon and repeat the Escape the World experience! Thank you for a wonderful, unforgettable stay.
It’s difficult to describe what a magical experience this was for me. The beautiful Balinese people and culture combined with the spa, activities and yoga made this a perfect retreat.
I feel in love with Bali – the
people, the culture, everything. The yoga retreat was more
amazing than I ever imagined. Iyan, Claude and the center
itself provided such a nurturing environment that I truly
felt I had “ Escape the World”. Their luminosity
was contagious and I can’t thank theme enough for this
magical experience. I will forever remember the sights, sounds
and smells of Bali. Doves, roosters, the cow behind my room,
the smell of earth and the fragrance of the flower, the rice
fields and the beautiful souls of the Balinese people. I hope
you have a similar awe, inspiring experience. I also made
many special new friends from around the world. Thanks and
gratitude to Iyan and Claude for being such wonderful hosts!
For me, it was truly perfect and beyond my expectations. If you are at a crossroads of your life and you need the time and space to help you make a decision on the right direction, this retreat not only gives you this, it gives you incredible beauty and safety to help you.
work in TV means taking care of and thinking for a lot of
people, ensuring production deadlines, endless meetings and
taking problem solving and reactive solutions. These 5 previous
days absolved me from any responsibilities other than to myself.
For once I was taken care of people were thoughtful about
my needs, talk was gentle and concerning, this peaceful world
filled all my senses and returned me to an earlier innocent
life. There was much joy and laughter here and an appreciation
of self and our relationship to one another. I know many of
us from opposite ends of the globe will continue to stay in
touch after this retreat. It was simply the best gift I could
In my years of traveling,
never have I come across such a wonderful place as this. The
staff, Claude and Iyan and the yoga students too have made
this yoga vacation so very special. To be looked after so
well, to be treated so beautifully and to form such special
relationship is truly a unique experience and one I shall
Iyan is the best yoga instructor I have ever had. This is my third time coming to this retreat and I can’t wait to come back again. The spa treatments are simply divine and Claude and his team of staff are so lovely. You will feel like you are among friends.
I came here to give
myself the space to plan for my next decade. In doing so I
received exactly what I needed and lot more. The yoga, meditation
and environment were perfect for my needs and delivered everything
I’d hoped for. But, what I hadn’t expected, from
what I thought would be a solitary journey, was the nurturing
I received from Claude, Iyan and their staff.
“Escape the World”
is exactly what you will experience. It is a fairytale!! Claude
and Iyan are fantastic and make you really feel you are welcome.
I have never experienced such a high level of service before
although I have been to many resorts.
Petra Beil, Holland
day of silence was wonderful, a truly peaceful and unique
experience. I would have been happy to love more days like
this. With the morning dedicated to meditation and yoga followed
by an Ayurvedic massage, what more could one want? It was
perfect and left the afternoon to contemplate and relax.
rooms are completely private, but not so isolated that you
feel cut off and alone.
The Yoga Retreat was a very
special experience as a dream came through and I enjoyed the
great energy of Bali and Iyan's and Claude's place and the
mentioned people, their team and our group. Learned to go
deeper and let go of old things which are no longer relevant.
Understand the relationship of the nature laws better and
to allow others and myself to enrich our potential and live
it every day.
The ‘Escape the World’ retreat is definitely a place that replenishes your soul, mind, heart and body. I was looking for time to my self, to rediscover who I am and I found myself again here.
The yoga was acknowledged as a beginner
but pushing through and discovering what I was capable of
moved me in powerful way. The meditation and massages stilled
my mind and the day of silence gave me a chance to reconnect
with my self again away from noise and distractions.
Thank you to Iyan for your patience
during yoga and your laughter. Thank you to Claude for making
me feels welcome right from the very first phone call.
I am so glad that I come to
Bali to join this retreat AGAIN.
PS: To Claude, thanks for what you’ve
done that makes me feel easy and enjoyable
Sometimes you are not really sure what to expect when booking something online!
The website gives flattering
pictures; the information boasts numerous offers and testimonials.
Indeed Zen Bali’s website looked impressive, well detailed,
great value for money, so my expectations were high. The retreat,
in fact exceeded my expectations, as there were so many delightful
experiences that couldn’t be put into simply words or
photos. Iyan and Claude are not your typical business manager
or owners in that, they are completely down to earth, personable,
thoughtful and fun yet highly professional in their work.
They are full of life, love, laughter (not to mention connoisseurs
of fine food) and have created a retreat centre that reflects
their “way of living”. For Iyan and Claude, the
point is not to ‘sell’ this idea but rather ‘share’
these ideals. The long conversations over meals, exchanging
stories, learning about each others’ cultures, also
made me realize that Iyan and Claude truly love people. This,
along with Balinese ‘touch’ to everything is what
makes Zen Bali stand out among its retreat competitors. Iyan
and Claude’s dream has given something fantastic to
As someone who has not done yoga in a long time, I was worried that the level of practice would be too difficult for me or too ‘’new age’’ but I felt very comfortable – challenged – yet always supported and encouraged by Iyan. The setting is beautiful and really does allow you to ‘’Escape’’ for a few days, yet also feel a part of a very warm and welcoming community.
It is difficult to leave everything behind and just focus on the moment, but the luxury of the meals and treatments certainly helped to let the world sap away and to get rid of the aches and pains brought on by working my body as well as my brain.
I loved everything about the retreat, It was as if Claude and Iyan could anticipate my very need – they always seemed to have the right solution for anything from hunger to fatigue to all things Bali related.
One of my favorite things about the week was getting to know the other participants and having long laughter filled chats around the dining table. This is a beautiful place, run by beautiful people and their love of life and for each other provides the foundation for a truly wonderful experience.
Terima Kasih, Thank
You… and Merci!
Instead of ‘’Escape
the World’’ you could also say ‘’Enter
This was absolutely
a wonderful experience!
Living and experiencing Bali from the lens of The Zen retreat made me appreciate the Balinese culture in holistic way: From the food, the thousands of rituals, the amazing hospitality and kindness of their people, and the possibility of going into myself to find peace of mind, warmth in my hearth of inspiration for my spirit!!
Its unique experience that nuns every cell of my body and fill me with the energy of strength to go back to my life, and as Iyan said” spread the drop of undonouscional love with our beloved ones”.
The Yoga of Iyan is a gift to be acknowledged his smile of kindness, and yogic frame of mind makes magic touch uplift gives my Kundalini Yoga to a different level!!
Thank you Claude and Iyan for bringing
your vision into the world.
The activities were a great way to get to know our fellow travellers; the cycling was so much fun. The Yoga was just what I needed, not too gentle, not too hard but gentle persuasive all the way from Iyan. The Spa was a wonderful relaxing experience, the food spectacular wholesome and well presented.
I enjoyed speciousness of my room and I love the terrace, the staffs were kind, polite and un-intrusive.
I loved the whole ambience of the cottages
with the simple touches of candlelight of flowers. The view
across the river will be sadly missed.
Mrs Glenda Gandini
If you want to relay while
practicing yoga in a beautiful setting this retreat is the
one for you.
Mrs. Maxine Bourke
rejuvenating and refreshing experience. Martine’s good
humour combined with a sharp attention to the detail of both
the physical and spiritual dimensions of yoga practice made
the classes enjoyable and beneficial. The staff at Kumara
Sakti were outstanding and Claude, Iyan and the rest of the
Zenbali team really went the extra mile at all times to ensure
the comfort of guests and the quality of our experience. Thank
you one and all.”
“A glorious ‘hands-free’
escape from the hectic pace of modern western life –
more than I could have hoped for.
Thank you and Namaste.”
“This retreat is a chance to replenish the mind, body and spirit. The challenges that can arise from an intensive yoga practice are balanced with an abundance of nurturing delicious food and sublime body treatments, which nourish all levels of your being. As the mind becomes free of the responsibilities of everyday life, the senses are stimulated and heightened. The lush green landscape and the sounds of nature provide an ideal backdrop to stretch the body, free the mind and heal the spirit.
Claude and Iyan have created a sanctuary
to attract people from all corners of the world to come together
and journey through these 6 days. With a touch of magic and
lots of laughter this retreat is an opportunity to re-evaluate
your life and make the transition into the next phase with
a renewed outlook.”
“My utter delight
at the room I was lead to was only the beginning of wonderful
experiences to encounter. The yoga setting was breath taking
and Iyan’s experience in his style shone as he worked
our body, stretching at limitations and understanding our
boundaries. Back in the physical body the spa treatments nurtured
our soul under the expertise of the therapists. The culinary
delights bring our taste buds alive and our digestion and
health to another level. I now know where heaven is and am
able to return when I desire.”
“A deeply nurturing
processes with a surprise in how strong my body and mind have
become in just 5 days.
I cannot believe I was given the opportunity to come back again so soon – Iyan and Claude you are such beautiful people – you have created an experience here that is absolutely awesome – I was so happy to see you both. There is nothing in the world that could make this experience any better – every sense is bathed in beauty and depth I will be eternally grateful that I am able to come here.
Iyan you helped heal my heart the last
time I was here – thank you. My retreat this time was
indulging and being kind to myself. I cannot express how happy
I feel deep within me – but I have had this since I
was last here and I know it will be with me forever. Thank
you – Namaste”
I have been so profoundly
impressed with every aspect of this retreat. You have crafted
so much more than a relaxing, pampered holiday…
Thank you from my
heart for a retreat that far surpassed from my expectations.
I love the intimacy, the surrounding, food, yoga, the whole
Gerard Andrews – Adelaide,
This escape the world retreat was a great experience for me. It has taught me how to really connect with meditation. The rituals were a very spiritual and beautiful experience that I would highly recommend as a must do. Overall this was a most wonderful and enlightening experience.
Terima kasih to Claude, Iyan and Martine
know that 5 is the highest rating, however all the staff was
very accommodating. The rating I gave is necessary to me for
the standard as a whole was well worth it. I will return one
day but hopefully more flexible.
Yoga + Spa + Good
food with the rice field view is the best ever!
practice of yoga is to teach one flexibility but” Escape
the world” does more than that. I come a way, feeling
as though life was more flexible then when I have arrived.
That one you surrender to it to the world & all around
it is exactly what you want it to be. Exactly what you create
to be. Like yoga pose, life can more & shift in any direction.
was a maturing and relaxing retreat where I was able to go
very deep into myself. Ian the instructor us the best teacher,
I ever had. I will start doing more yoga and meditation as
a result of this experience. It was a gift I gave to myself
and it worth every penny.
It was really amazing,
I got great inspiration.
"I really enjoyed the "Escape of the World" retreat. The yoga was fantastic and I loved doing sun salutations while watching the sun come up over the jungle. The spa was beyond amazing - the mandi treatment is a must-do!
"I tried to think of a highlight but there were just too many to choose from. The purification ritual was incredible, the spa treatments were heavenly. The yoga overlooking the volcano at sunrise was awe inspiring and even just sitting on my balcony watching the farmers work the rice fields was really special - especially on the day of Silence.
"For me this retreat was the perfect combination of yoga - good healthy food - serene environment - relaxation and cultural experience.
"Having never been on a yoga retreat before, I had no expectations, only to open my mind to something different, a new experience that would have a direct influence on my life should I choose that direction.
One of the most amazing experiences of my life. A fantastic balance between yoga practice in great settings. Experiencing Bali life/cultural.
It's so true that when you're open more, you'll enjoy much more. It works to me from here. I trust in person who know what they are doing and admiring the action of offering only the best. Both Iyan and Claude are this people in my life. I experienced their hospitality and their determine minds in generating stuff. They enjoy and love to do before they are here in Ubud. Just believe in them then I came again for the retreat. Well, I don't know how they knew what I should want before myself realize! Everything is all well thought ahead, smooth as coconut oil!
Korakot Nym Punlopruksa
"FANTASTIC! I came to the 'escape the world' retreat not only to relax and rejuvenate but also to experience Bali in ways I have never done before on gthe many times I've been here. Never before had I participated in a Balinese cleansing ceremony (and I think few Westerners have!) or made the scenic route from Gunung Batur to Ubud. These experiences and the passion for Bali shown by Claude and Iyan made this a very special and unique trip.
"This is my second 'escape the world' experience. It has been such a pleasure to return to Bali and to completely relax under guidance of Iyan, Claude and the Zen Bali team.
"As an inexperienced Yoga student I felt I was catered for v very well. Our teacher went to great lengths to ensure that I was comfortable and did not require me to over extend myself - he was very conscious of my well being.
"If you need to 'stop the world and get off' or even get away from yourself then take the chance and come to this retreat. Amidst the meditation, yoga, silence and treatments you will learn to relax, let go and face what comes up in a beautiful, peaceful environment. It's only for one week, come and discover for yourself what it's like - you won't regret it."
"For me the Escape the World retreat has been a life changing experience. From the moment of my arrival to the time of departure the friendly staff have been welcoming and attentive and always with a greeting and warm smile.
"The 'Escape the World' retreat was the best choice I could have ever made. Being a single 35 year old woman, I was very hesitant to travel alone from the US to Bali. I am so glad I did! It's a life changing experience."
"Thank you for a wonderful, spiritual and thought proud ling experience - the yoga proved to be energising! The service was extremely good and activities were very interesting; would love to return!
"It was truly an escape from everything!"
"The day I arrived I thought I was about to experience a week of yoga, healthy (i.e. boring) food and lots of time on my own to relax. I was really looking forward to it - and desperately in need of a break from the stress of my busy life!
"Escape the World - can only be described as a feast for the senses as well as the soul. I wasn't sure what to expect on this journey, but it was much more than I expected in many ways. Spa treatments were pure indulgence, food was unique and great quality and activities were enhanced by beautiful natural surroundings. For anyone looking to better understand yourself and have a wonderful time alone the way, this retreat is for you.
Jennifer de Kluijver-Burge
"This was a wonderful journey for me. Every day was a different experience allowing me time to reflect on my life to date. The visit to the temple although forcing me to move out of my comfort zone was an opportunity to bring out the concerns I had.
"A fabulous way to truly escape the world' in an idealic setting with gracious and supportive hosts to ensure you have the best possible experience."
"This retreat has exceeded my expectations. It was a wonderful way to experience Bali! A perfect mix of yoga, meditation, seeing the sights of Bali and participating in local ceremonies. The team and the servie all great and the food divine!"
"The retreat for me centred around healing and well-being after surgery. The medicos had done their job and the physical, meditative, social and cultural elements f the program combined to offer me what I needed for complete healing to take place. Added to all this was the unconditional care and attention offered by Claude, Iyan, spa and kitchen staff. My expectations were fulfilled and I c ame away feeling enlightened and healthy."
"Considering I thought this would be way out of my comfort zone having never tried yoga or meditation I was thrilled with my experience. The surroundings were stunning, my room was a haven, the pool was my sanctuary (especially on silence day), my treatments were divine, the food was great, the yoga was challenging yet fun and the meditation gave me a different feeling each time. The visit to Tirta Empul was quite emotional and humbling to be able to share the sacred springs and be blessed by the Mangku. I absolutely loved the day of silence and it was even more special to me as it was my birthday. I felt so spoilt at dinner time when I received a rose, candle and note - not to mention the cake the next day. There is so much magic and wonder in this place that it was easy to be silent and just embrace the surroundings. Seeing the sunrise at Gunung Batur while doing yoga was incredible and the bike ride and villages was again so lovely. Everyone is so beautiful and friendly. The afternoon rain each day was so relaxing and the noises all around just made me realise how lucky I am to be part of this universe. For me Escape The World was really Welcome to the World and what a wonderful world it is. Made even more special by our lovely hosts Iyan (with his gentle and soothing voice through yoga and meditation and his laugh) and Claude too and all the wonderful staff. Not to mention everyone in my group who will always bring a smile to my face and laughter and happiness in m heart. I will be back one day for sure."
"I came to the retreat with no real expectations. I had a fantastic time. The yoga courses given by Iyan were excellent, thorough and most pleasurable.
This retreat has challenged me in ways I had not expected but has been more rewarding as a result. So many highlights .... sunrise yoga overlooking the volcano, silent day, stunning location. I feel very lucky to have been part of this retreat and share it with such a good and diverse group of people!
"Also for someone without yoga and spa experience, this is a great retreat to escape daily life. The group is diverse and you all free to attend activities. Great because 4 hour of yoga and meditation a day is too much for me. I'd recommend the trip to the volcano and the 22km downwhill mountainbike tour! Great accommodation with a spectacular view over the rice fields. Had a great time!"
"I really enjoyed the spa retreat, a lot of attention for service, good food, great ambiance!!"
"The yoga was amazing! Even though most of us were inexperienced we were encouraged, extended and enriched by the explanations.
"A yoga retreat like as this should be 'compulsory' in our busy day-to-day lives. Coming to Kumara Sakti makes you reflect on life, the yoga routine calms and relax your body, meditation calms your mind, the well balanced food sooth your tastebuds and the beautiful private terrace is a temple for your soul - I could sit forever and just gaze out to the rice fields and listen to nature and realise that nothing matters apart from that moment.
"Well organised and thoughtfully planned week of yoga and activities - that leaves you feeling fitter, more relaxed and that you have made some new friends.
"I came to Zen Bali 'Escape the World' and true to its word, I felt I have done just that for 6 days. Not just escaped the world but entered another one where the surroundings, exposure to local culture, and fellow travellers' tales have made the world a happy and joyful place to be this week. The program is fantastic not only because it delivers what it promises but because it delivers more - small touches of kindness, consideration and genuine interest make it a truly worthwhile experience. I would recommend it to any one who is open to embracing all it has to offer. Iyan's smile is infectious and uplifting; the staff at Kumara and Botanica are delightful and Claude is efficient and genuinely concerned that everyone gets what they expected from the retreat. Thoroughly enjoyed it."
A quiet, beautiful setting, a lovely peaceful room, delightful staff mentored and guided by an enthusiastic warm leader. Energizing massages, fine food, a group of diverse people from around the globe. A wonderful yoga teacher who radiates positively and peace and inspires one to look after one self totally. Put all this together and one can really ”escape”
"Iyan is a very experience teacher and a beautiful person. Yoga exercise was very various and could be a total surprise, like with the handstand against the wall. Chair exercise, if your body is sore…yoga is fun! The purification ritual and the offering made a big impression on me. I found it special and I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to experience the BALI rituals.
"I expected nothing and I got it all."
"It really is escaping the world; spoiling your five senses in 6 beautiful days where everything is being taken cared of, and the small details are the icing on the cake. I think everyone came with its own stories, battles and struggles, and by being treated this suburb way, we are ready to go back, to live the world in an enriched way.Thank you so much!"
"A beautiful way to truly escape everyday life and indulge yourself."
"I didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived and I think in retrospect that was a good thing, have an open mind and open heart. This was a very nurturing experience in many ways. The food, the company, service, activities and of course the” young spirit” of Iyan’s teaching in yoga and meditation.
"This retreat offers the ultimate and truly fulfilling yoga experience!"
"The retreat was fantastic! The yoga was good, excellent teacher. The spa was nice, refreshing and wonderful. The rituals where very special. I feel very special that it’s allowed to pray in a Balinese temple as a traveler! My room and the rest of the hotel are beautiful. Big, the view is wonderful. Now, I would like to see more of Bali.The people working here have spoiled me, thank you very very very much for that. I have had a wonderful week, I have learned a lot about myself and I feel reborn. Thank you so much! Next year, I’ll take my best friend with me!"
"Having already read many testimonials on your website upon deciding to come to the retreat, I know, I will be repeating what those before me have written. But when you hear the something from lots of different people, it usually means there’s more than a little bit of truth of it. I have to say the best part of the retreat is service. Iyan’s service us as an instructor, mentor, and guide through all the amazing rituals of Bali. Meditation, and yoga and Claude’s accommodating way of catering to each and every need you may have from retrieving lost luggage to arranging the next part of your vacation in Bali are what really stand out to me. People and service can make or break any experience, and I can’t imagine any better people or service than what we received from Zen Bali, Kumara Sakti, Iyan, Claude and the Bali Botanica Spa staff.
"A little haven tucked a way in the peace and quiet of the rice fields outside of Ubud. The yoga classes were great, challenging and fun. Activities were well spaced and extremely well organized while still being very relaxed. The silence day is a great idea, time to look inside before bonding through activities with the others members of the group. The spa setting is heavenly, the ayurveda treatment sheer bliss. I will be back for more…….."
"Un vrai cadeau que l’on trouve rarement le temps de s’offrir !"
The ambience, especially the sound of the water, the lush garden, the river, and the vista of the rice fields, was perfect.
I’ve decided to come to Bali because of the Escape the World retreat.
The cleansing on the second night is perfect timing.
Iyan is a wonderful teacher and a gracious host. The attitude of staff at Kumara is very positive and they are very eager to please.
The Escape the World experience was a true treat!
I came here open minded and am full of emotion and thankful.
The service is extremely gentle and considerate.
Everything has been thought of, up to every tiny detail.
Overall the retreat was good. The yoga was thorough and well conducted. The spa treatments were the highlight - pure luxury and the therapists were excellent.
This escape is a real treat
I loved it!
I really did Escape the World for a few days. Gently we were moved into our own mind, by Iyan and the yoga and meditation and his beautiful voice and by the lovely hands at the spa treatments. It was all very relaxing and I hope healing! Thanks a lot!
Nell Van Craaikamp
Iyan is a wonderful energy to be around.
His “Happy Buddha” smile and laugh are infectious! It was a beautiful setting and
Ubud is a great place to experience Balinese culture.
The spa treatments were amazing.
I enjoyed the retreat, very much overall. It had been carefully planed and I appreciated very much the small things like the flower on yoga mat and taxi service when needed.
I really was able to escape my busy world back home. No computer, email, phone calls, etc. decisions to make, etc.
I loved it! From the moment I arrived I felt at home.
Such a beautiful place with such lovely people. The treatments were divine.
The yoga was (to my surprise) something I really liked and that I will miss doing on a daily basis. It was good not to have to think about what to do, where to eat or to go and to leave it in the capable hands of others.
This was an incredible escape and the perfect start to one travels. I’m feeling refreshed, renewed and have more self-knowledge.
Iyan’s teaching is always spirited and I leave refreshed inside from the yoga and Bali.
The Escape the World retreat was one of the best experiences of my life. The yoga teacher, Iyan, was just fantastic. We all loved him and we learned so much from him, including yoga techniques, breathing, meditation, and spirituality.
Just as enjoyable were all of the excursions we participated in. The 16 mile bike ride was exhilarating. The sunrise yoga class at the volcano was a once in a life time experience.
This retreat really exceeded my expectations. The yoga was great, the spa was great, the food was great, the staff were great, and the activities were great!! I think the retreat was a very good value for the cost, and all of the services were top notch.
Escape the world is truly a wonderful experience. The set up and location of the retreat are beautiful. The retreat is very complete - the level of yoga classes fits beginners to advance students, and unlike most yoga retreat it includes meditation classes. There is an excellent selection of treatments, cycling and walking activities that gave us the opportunity to experience Balinese life at a very leisurely pace. The management and staff are efficient, warm and very friendly. This was excellent value.
A complete experience, mind, body and soul - from reconnecting with your self to experiencing some of the most intimate of Balinese traditions. It was a world away from the Bali of Kuta. Having lived and worked in the city for the past few years Escape the World really helped me to remember who I am, my aims, goals and desires. I’m back on the path I desire.
The experience was great – from sitting on the terrace in front of your room at night to hearing the river and all the sounds of nature, getting in touch with the beautiful culture of Bali, the purification ritual, the fantastic relaxing massages, the silent day, the 100% service, and the beautiful nature and the great food. And of course there was the yoga and meditation sessions - they were sometimes hard, sometimes relaxed, sometimes great fun and always satisfying. I feel so much more relaxed and flexible after this retreat.
For me it was not escaping the world, but feeling as one with the world.
Jan Willem Ten Haegen
Escape the World is the perfect name for this retreat. The location is beautiful, the staff and spa fantastic and daily yoga and other activities combined to make a well balanced totally enjoyable “escape.”
The Escape the World retreat allowed me to do just that….escape the world (having no mobile reception also helped!). I found the retreat a perfect balance of fitness (yoga, food activities), spiritual (meditation, purification ritual, silence day) and cultural (activities, information). Not to mention the relaxing beauty treatments that encompassed all the benefits of the retreat. A truly holistic experience that allowed me to nurture my self, my soul, my needs.
Thank you for providing a sanctuary of peace and quiet in which to reconnect with my physical and emotional being. The day of silence was a revelation, having the luxury of time to think and contemplate. Iyan’s yoga is a wonderful balance of physical exertion and fun. He is an extremely competent and caring teacher whose words of wisdom. I will take back home with me.
The week was set up brilliantly with a great balance of yoga and spa treatments and activities. It was a spiritual, physical and emotional experience I will treasure for ever. Sharing it with Mum was very very special - thank you Claude, Iyan and everyone for creating Escape the World, until next time! NAMASTE.
I came not knowing what to expect but looking forward to having a special time out with my daughter who lives in Australia - I’m in Scotland. This experience was so special in many different ways. Claude, Iyan and without exception all the team are very special people. Thank you so much. Iyan for meeting my ‘special needs’ at the yoga sessions expertly (next time I mean to surprise you!!!).