EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL
Bali is home of the Bali Spirit Festival, one of the largest yoga festivals in the world that takes place every year around March/April in Ubud, the spiritual center of Bali. I was at the Bali Spirit Festival 2016 and loved it so much, I want to make it a regular stop in my yoga travel schedule! If you want to visit the Bali Spirit Festival too, here is everything you need to know:
Where and when is the Bali Spirit Festival
The Bali Spirit Festival takes place over 5 days and nights around March/April each year in Ubud in Bali. In 2018 it’s taking place April 2 – 8. The daytime venue is located a short drive from Ubud at the Bhanuswari Resort, in a stunning setting surrounded by lush green rice fields with a blessed river flowing down below. A shuttle bus is available to get to and from the Bhanuswari Resort to central Ubud.
The evening concerts take place centrally located in Ubud at Arma, with a beautiful center stage of carved stone work set amidst sacred trees.
Both venues are absolutely stunning, lovely decorated and really special with the views of green scenery that only Bali can provide. The setup of both venues is very generous and it never feels too crowded.
You can buy day tickets, a weekend pass or a pass for the full festival (all 5 days).
You can buy the tickets online at the Bali Spirit Festival website. Prices start at $149 for a single day pass.
It can pay to wait for a special promotion – I got my tickets with a 10% Valentine’s Day discount! Like the Bali Spirit Festival Facebook page to get noticed about discounts and promotions.
What to expect
Top presenters from all over the world
At the Bali Spirit Festival 2016 over 60 presenters from around the world have been teaching yoga and meditation, dance and movement, personal development, healing and breathwork. Around them were well known names like Danny Paradise, Simon Borg-Olivier, Pujiastuti Sindhu, Mark Whitwell, Janet Stone, Abria Joseph & Dana Trixie Flynn and many more! Expect the same or even more for 2018!
Music and Songs everywhere
Music is the heart and soul of the Festival and the beats and tunes are ever-present. From live music accompanying a yin yoga workshop, Bhakti Nights of sacred music to participatory concerts such as Kirtan and chanting, music will fill your heart.
Super healthy and delicious food
All that yoga will make you hungry! But fear not, the available food at the Bali Spirit Festival is amazing! Expect yummy vegetarian and vegan fare from the most popular restaurants in Ubud (click here for my list of the best raw food restaurants in Ubud). I was in food heaven!
New global connections
One of the most exciting things about the Bali Spirit Festival is that it’s truly international. You will meet people from all over the world, from young beautiful yoga teachers, hippies in their best age, healers and tourists to normal yogis like you and me. It’s a truly global event and you get to share your ideas and your dreams with the world.
Ubud in Bali
Surrounded by mountains and rice fields, Ubud is known as Bali’s cultural and spiritual heart. It’s also home to great restaurants, cafés and streets of shops. The town center is busy with hundreds of motorbikes and cars roaming the streets, but just a few minutes drive you can be away from it all and relax in the middle of some rice fields.
Beside the Bali Spirit Festival there are great yoga studios in Ubud, the biggest one being The Yoga Barn. Spend a few days before or after the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud to appreciate it properly. Check out my list of relaxing things to do in Ubud here. It’s one of those places where days can become weeks and weeks become months (I can attest to that…).
Ubud has a huge range of great places to stay, including fabled resorts, artful guesthouses and charming, simple homestays. There is something for every budget!
Here are some recommendations in the center of Ubud for a low budget, medium budget and splurge budget:
Low budget: Jiwa’s House
Situated north of Ubud Palace Road (a 15 minute walk to Kafe at Hanoman street), Jiwa’s House offers fan-cooled or Air con rooms surrounded by a lush Balinese garden within a Balinese family compound. A standard room costs around IDR 200,000.
Adress: Jalan Sandat No 9 Br Taman Kaja, Ubud – Gianyar, Ubud, Bali, Indonesien
Telefon: +62 361 975893
Medium budget: Kunang Kunang Guesthouse
Right across the street from Kafe in Hanoman Street, where the shuttle bus to the Bali Spirit Festival leaves, this little guesthouse offers nice rooms and a pool. I stayed here for my first yoga teacher training and loved it. Prices start at IDR 350,000.
Splurge budget: Alaya Resort Ubud
A great option if you want a comfortable hotel stay right in the center of town. You can easily walk everywhere, but still have the seclusion and quietness of a resort. Room costs IDR 5,400,000 per night according to their website (you might find better deals online).
What to bring
Bring lots of yoga clothes and make sure you have some space in your luggage left – Ubud is a shopping paradise! I also recommend bringing:
Yoga mat (you will have to bring your own or buy a new one at the festival – they don’t rent yoga mats)
Reusable water bottle (you can refill your bottle at the festival for free)
Sun cream and a hat
Adapter for your camera and phone if needed (check here)
Official Bali Spirit Festival website:
Have you been to the Bali Spirit Festival or do you plan to go? Don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions about the Bali Spirit Festival, I’m happy to help.
Want to see more pictures from the Bali Spirit Festival? Click here to see my album on Facebook!