All our teachers are member of the oldest spiritual ashram in bali
Perguran Seruling Dewata
I GEDE ARYA ADIWIGUNA
Our host at Balitrees is a disciple of the ninth generation of the Organization "Perguruan Seruling Dewata" Adi's mission is to prevent & pass the powerful knowledge about the ancient balinese practices of yoga, healing & other fields of study in the Ashram by running this retreat. His personal focus lays on Silat (trad. Martial Arts), Snake Style, which can also be taught to people interested.
Just recently our master Ki Nantra Dewata, Sesepuh Generasi IX decided to open the gates of the ashram to share the ancient spiritual knowledge with the rest of the world. The primary goal of the ancient practices is to maintain physical and spiritual health by activating a persons kundalini, the internal energy.
Official website Perguruan Seruling Dewata
Besides studying and teaching Yoga Watukaru, Gedes focuses on mastering different pencak silat styles. On top of that, he is a very skilled drawer and knows about specific body practices to create, channel and use human energy.
Krishna is a traditional Balinese Watukaru Yoga and meditation teacher. She's been studying and teaching Balinese Yoga, meditation, pranayama and charka opening for the past ten years. Her hands-on approach, passion for teaching and loving smiles are mind-blowing and will certainly help you deepen your Yoga and meditation practice. She's the kindest, most fun and passionate teacher and butterfly breeder you'll ever meet!
At Perguruan Seruling Dewata the following six fields of study, each holding it's own special self-healing tools, are accessible:
As for many eastern beliefs, this part plays a significant role in the balinese hinduism. Therefor each field of practice has its own spiritual elements to connect with different hindu gods and the five elements of nature by mainly singing mantras, using mudras and meditation as well as visiting holy places with a high energy level.
This meditation technique is implemented in every practice. Chakra can be translated as wheel or circle, whereas the human body holds 7 main chakras as well 'nadis', which are the little channels (blood vessels) connecting the chakras with each other. The ancient techniques trained at this retreat aim to bring the energies in balance, so that your mental and physical energies are activated and come into balance. Usually imbalances manifest in both physical and mental (spiritual) discomfort, causing stress and illness. Improving the balance can have the result of feeling more energized healthier and happier. That is why spiritual and body health is so important!
'Tali Rasa' (balinese 'Thai Chi') with its 72 styles
Another method for physical and mental well being are the practices of Tali Rasa, also known as the moving meditation. Some of our former guest found these practices more appealing than yoga. Anyone coming to Balitrees will get a taste of Tali Rasa to see for themselves.
'Pencak Silat' (balinese 'Martial Arts') with its 72 styles
Martial arts has been used by balinese citizens decades ago and has been the primary weapon to defend themselves during physical conflicts. Today it is see as a sport and body art but the organization thrives to prevent the originality of the traditional balinese silat. At Balitrees we reopen the gate for guests interested to learn about the ancient techniques, which can be classified into soft martial arts and hard martial arts. Soft martial arts use very less energy, suitable for guest who prefer relaxation. Hard martial arts use a lot of energy, suitable for guest who prefer to gain strength. All Balinese pencak schools traditionally keep sportive contests and performance to a minimum in order to emphasise combat effectiveness. An interesting fact about Pencak Silat is that it was influenced it had by a legend: the founder of Zen Buddhism Bodhidharma (Budhi Dharma). More about the history can be found further down on this page.
Students interested in healing have the opportunity to learn different traditional healing methods. If a guest would like to know more about this topic, then we can arrange a meeting with the master trained in this subject. Also, part of the retreat is visit to the healer of the village to receive a deep bone massage.
'Yoga Watukara' with its 13 styles
At Balitrees we teach the original balinese yoga that aims to activate the kundalini in a very spiritual way and therefor includes a lot of meditation, mudras and mantra singing. The ancient techniques of balinese yoga and meditation have not been modified or changed in any way due to the organization effort to preserve the knowledge for a long time and in a very sensitive matter. So today 'Yoga Watukara' has its origin in the himalayas and is now the only yoga in the world, that teaches 13 different types of yoga levels, each having its main emphasis on a different chakra and nadi. It is a very holistic approach by covering more aspects than just the physical part of yoga, so mantras and mudras are a very important part of this field.
NOTICE: At Balitrees guests (non-member) will get an introduction of the basic levels (level I) in all fields but in order to study level II (+) you have to be a member of the organization because the knowledge will only be passed to people that are truly interested and dedicated. To find out more please contact us directly or have a look at the requirements mentioned at the end of this page. More info's on our website and YouTube Channel. For people interested in Yoga Watukara we now have a special 8-Day Yoga Training!
Maybe Yoga isn't your preferred tool for self-healing...
No Problem! You can visit the organization, try different things and maybe fall in love with the practices of balinese Pencak Silat (Martial Arts) or Tali Rasa (Tai Chi). One of the most popular martial arts legends in the world and founder of the known Shaolin Temple style in China as well as the teachings of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma (Budhi Dharma). Some balinese believe that he developed the original style of Kalaripayattu and Kundalini, which are now know as Perguran Seruling Dewata Style. On his spiritual trip from India to China he stopped in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and other places to spread his knowledge about Buddhism. During his 18 year stay in Bali to spread Buddhism, as well learning the 72 original styles of balinese Pencak Silat (Martial Arts) from the last generation of Silat Arda Chandra lineage master, Ki Goplo. Ki Goplo is the last disciple of Silat Arda Chandra, specialized in the Seruling Dewata style. Silat Arda Chandra has 12 styles, one of them is Silat Seruling Dewata. Silat Seruling Dewata, which is divided into 72 original styles and teaches practices such as drunken style, Tali Rasa (Tai Chi), earth and sky style, tiger style, snake, eagle, mantis, crane, monkey, dragon style, and so on.
After mastering all 72 original balinese Silat (!!!), at 641 AD Bodhidharma (Budhi Dharma) announced the founding of Silat Perguruan Seruling Dewata at Mount Batukaru in Tabanan. With the Seruling Dewata style being an independent style, the Silat Arda Chandra lineage continued and Budhi Dharma became the leader of the first generations. Nowadays, Silat Seruling Dewata is led by Ki Nantra, as the leader of the ninth generations.
A few years after founding Silat Seruling Dewata, Bodhidharma (Budhi Dharma) continued his spiritual trip to spread Buddhism to several places and ended in China. After founding the Shaolin Temple, Bodhidharma (Budhi Dharma) did not come back to Bali to lead Seruling Dewata Style but preferred to pass it to his disciples, the second leader, which happen to be twin masters: Ki Mudra and Ki Madra. More info's about Pencak Silat can be found here.