10 Sep Sharing Bali- Health and Fitness Retreat

Sharing Bali retreat is nestled in the mountains just outside of Ubud, Bali. It is truly a breath of fresh air after the hustle and bustle of the built up, over westernised tourist coast of Bali. My family and I stayed at Sharing Bali after 4 days Seminayk, and let me say it was just what we needed!

Staying at Sharing Bali gives you a chance to become a part of Bali village life, smack bang in the middle of rice paddies and farmlands it was a very welcome break to the hectic vibe in Seminyak. Owners Karen and Wayan have built the bungalows on the edge of the rice fields, streams of mountain water wind throughout the retreat and the constant sound of flowing water combined with the amazing mountainous  view gives the whole place a certain natural ambiance. There are no big walls around the retreat which makes it really feel a part of the surrounding village.

At Sharing Bali there are no strict rules of deprivation or detox, your body is in your own hands and you decide what you will get out of your stay. Sharing Bali hosts a load of retreats including Yoga, Crossfit, Pilates, and Bootcamps. You can also go trekking, climb the volcano, and do cooking classes. During our stay we went on a beautiful 2 hour trek through the hills. We explored through farmland, rice paddies and crossed rivers. We did some yoga in the beautiful open air timber yoga loft followed by a family yoga session so the kids could get involved. We also joined in on a morning bootcamp session with Brisbane based personal trainer Lesley O’Donaghue who organises retreats for women to Sharing Bali from Australia. Of course even Bootcamp had it’s own “Sharing Bali” touch, there was no gym equipment or weights involved, instead we used coconuts for weights and trained on the uneven ground for natural resistance.

Indeed a highlight of our stay was the food…Wow! All the food is freshly picked/grown from the surrounding farmland and prepared there by the staff. Nothing is processed and everything is healthy, traditional Balinese food. “REAL” balinese food is hard to come across in the tourist areas of Bali, and it is hard to stick to relatively ‘clean’ eating habits while in the tourist areas with the majority of restaurants serving western fried food. For me this wholesome cooking and fresh ingredients was heavenly!  I took a cooking class and took with me some delicious recipes for me to recreate at home.

Our stay at Sharing Bali was a real highlight of our month away. For all of you who enjoy healthy, fresh, food and an active lifestyle I cannot recommend Sharing Bali highly enough. The fresh mountain air, clean eating, and combo of activity and relaxation will have you feeling great!

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Freshly picked ingredients for lunch

Not a bad position to work from!

Not a bad position to work from!

Boot camp using coconuts to train with.

Boot camp using coconuts to train with.

Fresh Lemongrass and Ginger Tea

Fresh Lemongrass and Ginger Tea

The kids settled right in to village life.

The kids settled right in to village life.

There was always someone around to climb a coconut tree and get us the freshest coconut water you will ever taste.

There was always someone around to climb a coconut tree and get us the freshest coconut water you will ever taste.

All the bungalows are made from recycled timber from old indonesian huts.

All the bungalows are made from recycled timber from old indonesian huts.

 

The view from our bungalow across the rice fields and mountain range.

The view from our bungalow across the rice fields and mountain range.

 

Out picking fresh produce

Out picking fresh produce

 

Mandi Lulur a traditional Balinese body scrub hand made by the staff. My skin felt AMAZING after this! It is made from ground rice, turmeric and macadamia, you mix it with water and scrub the skin with it. This is then followed by applying natural yogurt to the skin for hydration. Once rinsed off my skin felt great.

Mandi Lulur a traditional Balinese body scrub hand made by the staff. My skin felt AMAZING after this! It is made from ground rice, turmeric and macadamia, you mix it with water and scrub the skin with it. This is then followed by applying natural yogurt to the skin for hydration. Once rinsed off my skin felt great.