Visit the spiritual village to experience the real bali

-were yoga and meditation is more than just a hype

 

-it's an ancient self-healing tool!

Sesandan- the ancient village

At Balitrees you can have both: cultural travel and a relaxing, enriching yoga holiday. Come and dig deeper into the balinese culture, learn about the true balinese lifestyle as well as the ancient yoga and meditation techniques. We give you the chance to make a unique experience and to take along wonderful ancient self-healing tools...

At Sesandan curios natives welcome you to their community, take you around their  ancient village and show you typically balinese

traditions and rituals that they are proud of.The village itself is settled in a peaceful place, at the heart of bali's wild untouchednature. There, you can watch incredible sunrises/sunsets with a nice view of the famous Mount Batukaru, the place where the ancient

yoga and meditation techniques derived from. Sesandan is the perfect place to find inner peace while making a new, unique cultural experience and pick up knowledge about the ancient Yoga 'Watukara' practices.

Sesandan is a very ancient and spiritual village so you will see villagers wearing their traditional dress-up while preparing and conducting balinese ceremonies. Especially the countless, impressive ceremonies are a highlight for people interested in the spiritual side of Bali. This experiences touches all senses: many colors, costumes, dances, temples, shrines full of offerings and the traditional music orchestra. According to the culture, every life phase (wedding, birth, death e.g.) or anything of materialistic matter (opening of new building, room, purchase of a car e.g.)  is a reason for family and friends to gather, praise and appreciate. Also, all natural phenomena are worth ceremonies, like the moon cycle or the visit of waterfall. Regardless of the cause, each ceremony requires certain procedures, elements and a lot of handmade pieces made from what is given by nature. These ceremonial preparations and processes are called 'Upkara' and are a part of your cultural experience at Sesandan.

After all, the balinese are known for their handicraft skills, which is why they export alot of  handmade items all over the world, for example wooden furniture, statues and more. At Balitrees you can get a taste of their talent, see and learn how to make these ceremonial preparations yourself by attending different unique cultural activities.

Besides that Sesandan has many temples to visit, a trip to the major spiritual temple is a must-do! The villagers believe in the temple's high spiritual energy, which suppose to support the process of activating someones personal (chakra-) energy. Same counts for other places at the ancient village, which is why ceremonies are often carried out at the temple or the beach.

 

 

There are many fascinating places to explore, besides the ancient temples, there's a beautiful natural waterfall and many old original balinese home compounds for instance. For the villagers, three main temples are highly important, whereas some can only be found at Sesandan.

Sesandan is a magical place overall and with it's breathtaking environment and the friendly villagers, it is the place where you make an unforgettable experience!  Here is what one of our former guests says about Bailtrees:

"Amazing experience, very cultural and enlightening for authentic Balinese culture and traditions. The staff are all incredible - friendly and helpful in every way! Surrounded by rice paddies and palm trees with no tourists aside from others in your group it’s a real retreat!"- Brian L.

 

GET AN INSIGHT!

...at our gallery or read more references from our guests, who love to share their personal experiences!!

or watch this video on facebook to see more of the breathtaking scenery of Sesandan

 

Dec 31, 2017

Upcoming cultural events in Sesandan

Jul 23, 2019

Galungan and Kuningan 24.7 - 03.08

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There alot of preparations that need be done for this fest that is why the balinese people start to do the offerings 3 days before the event. The ceremony actually lasts one week, whereby kuningan follows right at the end of galungan.

This fest is the most outrageous one and alot of effort is put in the food and decorations that are being carried to the temple. There, the whole village spends time together. Attending this ceremony, you can witness the real balinese traditions:balinese orchestra, colorful flowers, prayers, body binding with balinese sarong and a variety of traditional food! 

Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremonies. The spirits of deceased relatives who have died and been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings. The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor - bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end.

Dec 28, 2019

New Years 2019

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(Re)start into 2019 with a personal balinese ceremony & ancient balinese self-healing

Looking for a very unique and personal way to freshen up your mind and welcome the new year? In that case you may want to come to our cultural yoga retreat on the 29th of december!

While balancing your body and mind, using traditional balinese yoga & meditation techniques, you will live in a real ancient balinese village. Let the nature, culture and spirit of this hidden gem in Bali teach you new things that will inspire your soul for a new chapter in life.

Overall, many studies have already shown that Yoga heals physical as well as mental sufferings and helps you reduce pain significantly. Watch the following TEDx Talk to find out more about ancient self-healing techniques… https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=951&v=hHrBFYhcQ6c

DETAILS

Depending on your time available, you will either stay 4 or 5 nights in a private room at one of our guesthouses. Each day you’ll have balinese ‘Yoga Watukara’ classes, the traditional balinese style of kundalini yoga. It is a soft, yet powerful approach to heal you throughout. In combination with the yoga, every day you’ll have new options to discover the real bali or to lay back, relax and enjoy the astonishing environment.

Furthermore, freshly cooked balinese meals will be served to you. We also give you the option to join and watch how to prepare these meals. Drinking water as well as the the airport pick-up service are also included in this package. We have a special rate for two, just ask!

What awaits you?

DAY 1

On your first day we want to give you the time to adapt slowly, decelerate and arrive. After picking you up from the airport, you will brought to the ancient village. The villagers will show you around, give you a little intro about the culture, the yoga and the village. This is the best time to wander around, get in touch with locals for the first time and to explore the rural party of Bali. Enjoy your first Yoga Watukara lessons and just relax by letting the environment have its effects on you!

Start sorting out your thoughts and use the meditation to detect all unneccesarry and negative spots in your mind.

DAY 2

Besides traditional yoga, we will show you other spiritual techniques like Tali Rasa (Balinese Tai Chi), so that you can find the right tool for yourself that helps you ease your mind.

Later on, cultural activities such as playing traditional balinese music instruments, balinese dance or cooking class will wait for you. The villagers will also teach you how to make coconut oil from scratch!

Get a massage or make an appointment with either the local healer or our spa lady.

 

DAY 3

Having finished your breakfast and yoga class, this day you will learn how to make ‘canang’, sacred ceremonial offerings. Make your own blessings for your personal ceremony in the evening! For that, you’ll be dressed in traditional clothing and learn how the Balinese pray.

The ceremony will help you to consciously let go of old barriers, concentrate on the positivity in you and reset your focus for the upcoming year. This will help you deepen your transformation and leave an everlasting impression on you..

DAY 4

Time to visit the local waterfall to wash off the negative thoughts for good! At this sacred, beautiful place in paradise, you can wash off all the negativity, the sorrows and let mother nature purify yourself.

Nurish your body with Loloh, a herbal drink made from local plants!

DAY 5

Last day to either catch up with something you haven’t done yet or to simply relax. Give your mind time to manifest all the impressions and processes it has been through the past days…

Dec 23, 2019

Galungan in decemer '19

Biggest Temple Ceremony

There alot of preparations that need be done for this fest that is why the balinese people start to do the offerings 3 days before the event. The ceremony actually lasts one week, whereby kuningan follows right at the end of galungan.

This fest is the most outrageous one and alot of effort is put in the food and decorations that are being carried to the temple. There, the whole village spends time together. Attending this ceremony, you can witness the real balinese traditions:balinese orchestra, colorful flowers, prayers, body binding with balinese sarong and a variety of traditional food! 

Mar 16, 2018

'NYEPI' - SILENT DAY

The worlds quietest new year's celebration

New years last over six days in Bali, whereas one day is solely dedicated to practice awareness. Balinese knows how important silence is- that is why the whole island gets quiet and still,so that the spirits, which were aroused the night before, will think that Bali is empty and will, therefore, leave the island. Only meditation and self-reflection! And they very serious about it: no vehicles, no lights, no flights.. no technology at all. Some people even fasten during that time. It is a hindu holiday but Bali has the biggest celebration in Indonesia. The following day is Ngembak Geni Day when the island comes alive again.

Mar 30, 2018

'Tumpek Landep' -Honoring metal

Every 210 days according to the ceremonial Pawukon calendar

Nowadays Tumpek Landep is a ceremonial day at which offerings are made for objects that are made of metal. The ceremonies start in the morning hours at the village temple when people gather for special prayers and blessings. Afterwards, at the home compounds, additional ceremonies and blessings follow at which offerings are made for the holy family keris that most families own, but also for cars and motorbikes. In these modern times, also other objects that contain metal, such as computers, may be subject to these ceremonies. Most Balinese people truly believe that these ceremonies and blessings will bring them luck and keep them safe in traffic

May 04, 2018

'Tumpek Wariga' -Honoring plants

A special day for nature

Balinese are very nature orientated and the five elements are often found in their rituals and ceremonies in order to honor and appreciate. This day is dedicated to the god of food plants. Blessings are given for good crops.

Apr 09, 2018

Ceremony at the village temple

Ceremony at Sesandan

Like every other village, the villagers of Sesandan celebrate their own ceremonies. This time it will be a temple ceremony: traditional dancing, live music and traditional rituals. You can join us, help us with the preparations if you like and be part of the ceremony.

May 29, 2020

'Galungan' - Celebrating the he victory of the good

Bali's most important holiday!

It represents the victory of Dharma (virtue) over Adharma (evil). A symbol of the holiday is a "penjor," which is a long bamboo pole elaborately decorated with woven coconut leaves, fruit, flowers and cakes. The penjor is placed on the right side of every house entrance, making for a very festive, colorful scene in all the villages. The Balinese dress in their very best clothes and jewels on Galungan.

May 30, 2018

Ceremony at the village temple

Ceremony at Sesandan

Like every other village, the villagers of Sesandan celebrate their own ceremonies. This time it will be a temple ceremony: traditional dancing, live music and traditional rituals. You can join us, help us with the preparations if you like and be part of the ceremony.

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ABOUT US

Balitrees is a cooperation of the local Ashram 'Perguruan Seruling Dewata' and the villagers of Sesandan. Besides offering cultural travel, together we aim to preserve the ancient balinese 'Yoga Watukaru', support the local community and to contribute to sustainable tourism in Bali.

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Sedandan Megati, Selemadeg Timur, Tabanan Sub-District, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82162, Indonesia

 

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