1. Visit a Traditional Balinese Healer.
Traditional Balinese Healers, also called Balian, are a sacred part of Bali and something any spiritual seeker should experience here. We visited Tjokorda Gede Rai, who is known as Bali’s master spiritual healer and the son of Ubud’s last king.
He uses techniques like reflexology, Mantras and Mudras, Tantric drawings (done with pen or a small wooden stick on your skin), herbal medicine and more- the experience will vary from individual to individual. The goal of the healing session is to treat physical and mental illness, remove spells, clear your aura, find/clear any energetic blocks in your physical and spiritual bodies and channel information from ancestors.
Visiting a Balinese healer is a beautiful and unique experience that local Balinese consider sacred and essential- it is an honor they extend this sacred space in their culture to visitors. Be mindful of this and know that you are partaking in something culturally sacred that deserves utmost respect. Be sure to follow these tips here to honor and get the most out of your experience.
Need help getting there? Contact my local friend Gede via email. For a small fee he will take you to see the Balian, Tjokorda Gede Rai, and make a day trip out of it if you so please. I recommend visiting Tirta Empul after your healing session. Its a great way to complete your healing session and amplify your cleanse. Gede can take you there afterwards, thats what we did! Email Gede here: [email protected]
2. Visit Tirta Empul
Tirta Empul is an experience you definitely do not want to miss. Tirta Empul, or “holy water spring” in Balinese, was founded in 925 A.D. This sacred water temple is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of water and is visited by locals, visitors, and Hindus around the world to purify themselves in the sacred purification pools and their water spouts. It is a cleansing and calming experience you must try for yourself!
“The water in the pools is believed to have magical powers and local Balinese come here to purify themselves under the 30 water spouts that feed the pools.” –Discover Your Indonesia: Tirta Empul Complete Guide
3. Take a class to learn about Canang Sari and how they are made.
Canang Sari are one of the first things that captivated me about Balinese culture, well that and the beautiful friendly welcome from the locals. Canang Sari are daily Balinese offerings that are used to praise, pray to and thank their gods. They use vibrant flowers and flower petals, coconut leaves, and bamboo, to make these offerings, then light an incense with them to carry their prayer up to the gods. It is quite beautiful to witness, and you will see them all over Bali in temples, streets, shops, home entrances, and more.
Learning how to make them is a great way to understand their significance and take place in their beauty. Click the link below to find a class in Ubud!
4. Do a Waterfall Tour day
Ahh the waterfalls. Bali has STUNNING waterfalls, and an abundance of them. This is quite possibly one of my favorite parts (who am I kidding, everything in Bali was one of my favorite “parts,” it’s an incredible, impressionable piece of this world that I miss every day I’m not there)
Theres not much to say besides you need to go see at least a few of them for yourself. Any of them are worth your time, seriously. Check out this awesome list of 14 waterfalls to see in Bali, from http://www.honeycombers.com
My favorite was Tibumana waterfall, which is not on the list above. This place was recommended to us by a few locals, and I’m so glad we followed their advice because it wasn’t very crowded, and most of the people there were locals. It seems to be one of Ubud/Bali’s little secrets, for now.
From the entrance trail to Tibumana, you’ll see a sign pointing left for Tibumana Waterfall, and right for Tukad Campuhan Tempat Melukat. Make sure you check out both. We went left for Tibumana first, took a little swim and just sat near the waterfall for some time. Afterwards we explored the right side of the trail and went to Tukad Campuhan Tempat Melukat, which is basically another waterfall over some rapids. Theres a nice shallow area where you can sit basically right in the water and enjoy the water flow. Its super peaceful and a great area for some expansive, grounding meditation. Enjoy! Make sure to comment below if you have any notable waterfall experiences, I’d love to hear about them!
5. Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest
Unless of course you’re terrified of monkey’s, which in that case….I’m not sure what to tell you because they’re pretty much all over Bali! But don’t worry, just don’t carry your food around in plain sight, wear a backpack instead of carrying your bags, don’t feed or mess with them, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
That being said, if you want a fun experience and some beautiful backgrounds for your Instagram shots- check out the Sacred Monkey Forest. It definitely feels sacred and is quite beautiful! You’ll walk over some beautiful ridges, be engulfed in the lush tropical jungle, see tons of monkeys, and feel a bit like Indiana Jones on an adventure. Its quite the experience and you definitely don’t want to miss it.
Have you been to any of these destinations in Bali? If so, comment below! I’d love to hear about it.
Thanks for reading!