10-Day Vipassana Course: Enlightenment or Hell?

The past 10 days have been by far the most difficult I have ever endured, both physically and mentally. I knew going into it that it wasn’t going to be easy, but in all honesty if I had even had an inkling of what it was really going to be like, I probably wouldn’t...

How I Learned to Love Myself in Bali

There is a line in the movie Eat, Pray, Love that is repeated twice that says, “Everyone has a little love affair in Bali.” I found this to be true for me in my two month experience in Bali, except that my love affair was with myself. It has been a bit of...

Ubud, The Yoga Barn and Seminyak

Ubud After emerging from six weeks of isolation at Bali Silent Retreat, the noise, crowds and activity of Ubud was much welcomed. My experience at the retreat was well worth it and something I needed to experience, but I was more than ready to move on and begin...

Creatures, Critters and Creepy Crawlies

Bali is crawling with creatures, critters and insects (no pun intended, lol). And they are not only plentiful but they are about twice the size of anything I’ve ever seen. Have you ever seen a queen bee? Yeah, well pretty much EVERY bee here looks like a queen bee....

The Food

I should begin by prefacing that the food at Bali Silent Retreat is not traditional Balinese, in fact it’s very different from what I understand. However, in my opinion the food is one of the best parts of the retreat and meals are certainly one of my favorite parts...

Bali Silent Retreat

Bali Silent Retreat is located in Penebel Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia, about a two-hour drive from the Denpasar airport and a little over an hour drive from Ubud. The retreat has been open for four years (today is actually its fourth birthday celebration) but it took...

Silence, Solitude and Loneliness

I have officially made it three weeks into my stay at Bali Silent Retreat, the halfway point. I am just now beginning to blog about my experience because the first few weeks were just so filled with emotion, I needed some time to process and sort through some of that...

No Keys

For the first time since I was 16 years old, I have found myself with no keys. No house key, no car key, no mail key, no work key. It was strange taking my last key off my keychain after I sold my car and moved out of my apartment in Denver and was left with just an...

Yoga Teacher Training in India: To do it or not to do it?

I am often approached by current yoga teachers or students interested in teacher training about whether I would recommend doing yoga teacher training in India based on my experience. A couple of things drew me to India to do my 200-hour teacher training. When I began...

Cusco

Cusco (pronounced “Costco” we later learned) was by far a more authentic experience than Lima, although still very touristy because of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Luckily we weren’t there during the high tourist season which is December through March and...

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