Join me for a 7-day retreat and experience the wonders of Bali…
With over 7 years’ experience as a retreat chef – retreats truly are my bread and butter, and my Bali one is like that freshly baked loaf you just can’t help steal pieces from. I have created this retreat, which runs for 7 days November 2020 to not only allow you to explore the beauty of Ubud, Bali but also to allow you to understand and find your own inner beauty through self-care, mindfulness and nourishment.
Ubud undoubtedly has stolen a piece of my heart and I want you all to experience the same kind of love. This retreat which packs in 7 unforgettable days of food, friendship, exploration and laughter has been years in the making – taking every detail into consideration, to ensure you experience the same warmth as I do. We want you to feel at home in every way possible. The venue itself is nestled in the middle of the infamous rice fields treating you to daily insights into the local Balinese life, with giant jungle swings on the porch, multicoloured flowers lining the pavements, coy carp in the centred pond and each room has its own private pool.
When’s the next one?
28th November to 5th December 2020
What can you expect?
Well, apart from a fully immersive food-focused retreat which has strong plant-based nourishment intertwined throughout the week you will also impart on a transformative journey with workshops, cultivated farm visits where we pick our own produce, simple mindfulness and breathing techniques and an abundance of cultural trips to local venues and rice paddies. Sunrise yoga, fire ceremonies and traditional massages, healing sessions with Dewa are also included as this self-care retreat address the mind, body and gut.
Bali is an island formed of a remarkable combination of clear, inspiring energy, wild vegetation, the kindest spirited people and an inclusive spiritual influence which allows us to help you discover its magic for yourself through our three key principles: nourishment, mindfulness and the art of self-care.
Food & Nourishment
Sticking true to my own passions and principles – all of the food is plant-based, 100% organic and locally sourced. Utilising zero-waste and fuss-free recipes I will not only be feeding your soul and bellies with nutritionally healing food but I will also be teaching you how to re-create some of these dishes, and the lasting impact they have so you can recreate them at home, long after you leave. The Retreat includes a fermentation workshop and gluten-free baking workshop and time to go through recipes that have been enjoyed over the week on a one to one basis.
Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation
The gut has often been referred to as our second brain, so by improving the health of our bodies – we are able to nourish our minds. When we eat better, we feel better, and in the amazing environment of our personal retreat space we will be able to take the time to properly relax and rejuvenate our minds through simple mindfulness exercises and daily yoga sessions that can easily be implemented into your everyday routine at home. So you can take a piece of Ubud with you, wherever you go.
The Art of Self-Care & Healing
I firmly believe that before one is able to love others, one must love thyself. Throughout the week I will be guiding you through your own journey to the true art of self-care so that you may truly love yourself and the people around you. From pre-eating moments of pause, gratitude techniques and one-on-one healing sessions with Dewa the Bali Magic man. This retreat allows your body to connect with others and the world around it.
What does a typical day look like?
6.30am: The house wakes to the beautiful smell of incense by the traditional Balinese women that come to bless the house each morning and I provide local herbal teas and smoothies for everyone to enjoy on the way to their morning sound healing session with our Sumatran master.
7.00am – Morning yoga session to awaken the body and soul and get ready for the day ahead.
8.00am: Time for breakfast – the first meal of the day always includes a delicious choice of local fruits incorporated into a delicious plant-powered meal, such as my favourite black rice coconut bowl which is topped with caramelised banana, coconut flakes and fresh coconut cream. And there is always plenty of fresh juice, hand-steeped teas and local treats to tuck into.
9.00 – 11.00am – Free time for guests to treat themselves to massages or spa treatments or just relax around their private individual pools. First Massage and Healing session is complementary and more can be booked on demand.
13.00pm – Time for lunch – a chance for everyone to socialise and get stuck into some delicious food and even better conversation.
15.00pm – One-to-one sessions with Dewa, our resident healer who helps each guest get in touch with their inner bodies and find the balance they are craving and more free time for guests to enjoy the views or just rest and renew.
19.00pm – Time for dinner – every evening has a different theme, feel and colour scheme with local flowers decorating the table and influencing the nights event – learning what each colour means and how we can use this knowledge in the future.
20.30pm – Wind down. We sip on ‘sleepy time’ drinks made from golden milk infused with Bali coconut syrup, cinnamon and turmeric to help aid digestion and reduce anxiety for a truly deep and nourishing sleep. Plus, each guest receives a portion of ‘magic seeds’ a mix I have been using for years that encourages the same thing. We bask in the ambience and chat before heading to bed, ready for tomorrows adventure.
Activities included in the package:
Visit the Water Temple and experience a traditional ceremonial blessing
Visit an Organic Farm where many of the weeks’ veggetables are sourced from
Visit Gaya Ceramics and take part in a workshop and create your own pieces
Take part in a Balinese Fire Ceremony held by the High Priest
Lunch at Moksa (amazing plant-based restaurant)
Accommodation & Prices
Deluxe Single Occupancy
This includes 7 nights’ accommodation for one person in your own villa-suite with private pool. All meals, drinks and daily activities are included. Flights are not included.
Deluxe Shared Occupancy
This includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a shared villa-suite for two with private pool. All meals, drinks and daily activities are included. Flights are not included
Standard Single Occupancy
This includes 7 nights’ accommodation for one person in your own villa-suite with shared pool. All meals, drinks and daily activities are included. Flights are not included.
“I felt nervous before going to Bettina’s retreat if I’m honest. Though I used to go to yoga once a week last year, I hadn’t done it for while. And what sort of people go to wellness retreats? Would I find it all a bit woo woo and tedious?
I needn’t have worried because the minute the group met for the first time, I could tell we all had the same reservations. Some of the group were avid yoga fans, and one had never even done it. The morning started at 7 with a tea before an hour and a half of yoga, followed by an amazing breakfast. We had three hearty meals per day and I never felt hungry or snacked (and nor did I crave booze or alcohol once!). The group were from all walks of life but we all bonded straight away and I really looked forward to chatting at meal times. As we as making the most amazing vegan food with local produce, Bettina reminded us to pause and appreciate each meal, and a colour of the day had us thinking about nature before we tucked in.
As someone who has a busy, stressful job, what I loved the most was staying in a beautiful venue, with a host who had effortlessly organised every meal and daily activities, allowing me to properly switch off for the first time in my adult life. The activities included massages and a daily visit from a magic man, if you so desired; a fire ceremony, sound healing, a visit to water temple and also an excursion to the most amazing farm where much of our food was sourced. The most stressful thing I had to do was wake up for yoga! I felt thoroughly relaxed when I got back to London, and I really can’t recommend this retreat enough. Whether you are after a digital detox and need to switch off, or are looking for a deeper spiritual awakening, there really is something for everyone here. Five stars to Bettina for a life-changing experience in Bali that I will never forget.” Kate x
“Bettina’s retreat is like the best hug ever. I hadn’t realised how emotionally charged I was until I arrived in Bali – I was in a hyper state of mind, thinking too much about the wrong things, aching and not sleeping well. Over the course of the week at the retreat, I felt nourished from the inside out, with the combination of the wonderful locally sourced organic vegan food lovingly prepared by Bettina, morning yoga, healing sessions and blessings. This truly authentic experience took me on a journey where I learned to be still and reconnect with myself whilst making meaningful connections with new people.” Lots of love, Olivia xxx
“What an absolute treat to experience Bettina’s retreat in Bali in such a beautiful venue too! A seamless experience from start to finish with a perfect amount of activities vs relaxation time to self-reflect and rejuvenise before going back into the real world.
I’d never been on a retreat before and I’d expected that we wouldn’t have much opportunity to experience Bali whilst on the retreat but I was pleasantly surprised. The activities included traditional experiences including a water blessing at the temple, a session with a local healer and a fire ceremony so by the end of the week I felt I had a true taste of the island and felt a little more integrated in the culture as opposed to experiencing it as just a tourist.
One of my favourite elements of the retreat was the absolutely exceptional food, some of the best meals I’ve ever eaten… I looked forward to every single meal (especially breakfasts!) and was never left disappointed. Bettina used local ingredients so I was introduced to a load of new fruits, vegetables and spices that I’d never tried before. It gave me inspiration to take back home and experiment with trying new things.
Honestly, I can’t recommend the retreat enough and I’m counting down the days until the next one.” Jade xxx
“I am not a vegan, I am not a vegetarian, I am not gluten or dairy free in my regular diet and going a week on a fully plant-based diet was something that made me a little nervous. I should not have worried for 1 second! Bettina’s visually beautiful food tastes as wonderful going into my mouth, and spending a week in Bali with few things scheduled other than meal times created one of my most memorable experiences to date. A true retreat from daily life, in a vibrant and inspiring location with a diverse open-hearted group of people that healed this slightly lost, emotionally exhausted San Franciscan. I am recommending it to everyone. Thank you Bettina’s Kitchen Bali 2019 crew!” Ulrika
“Every single ceremony impressed me deeply and left traces on me, which I will process in my next books. A two-hour workshop for cooking was of course a must. We were also honoured with a dance performance by three young girls, something that tourists cannot see like this. Without Bettina and all her many helpers I would never have got to know the country in this natural way. We were welcomed by the people with open arms and were allowed to dive into a completely different world with all our senses.” Kirsten & Carsten
“This week has been the perfect combination of education, exploration and relaxation. Not only does my body feel nourished by the amazing food, my mind and body are also nourished by the workshops, mind-blowing blessings, and mindful yoga practice.
My biggest take away is the importance of me-time, switching off from technology to just be.
Thank you for the week I didn’t know I needed so much.” Kathryn Amey