How Bali Transformed my Life

And why I chose to do my retreat in Ubud, Bali 

I visited Bali in 2014 when I was doing my advanced yoga teacher training and it rocked my world. I was in a really interesting phase in my life. In a weird “in between”. At this point I knew I was wanting to live abroad, I just didn’t know where I wanted to go yet. I had already left my yoga teaching jobs, my part time job as a care giver and left university (again). I wasn’t really living anywhere, I knew the relationship I was in would be ending and all my things were already packed up, so I arrived in Bali knowing that after my trip my life was going to drastically change. In this “in - between” I was very uncomfortable. Anxiety tore through me as I began my journey into the unknown. I was filled with worry, doubt, insecurities and distrust in myself for what the future was to hold. I questioned everything. Here I was in the most beautiful place on Earth, worrying about the future. But Bali held me so sweetly as I was sick from fear and shedding infinite amounts of tears every night…

There’s something magical about this island. I can’t put it into words. The only other place I’ve felt this is India, Whistler and the Scottish highlands. It’s as if my breath was coaxed into becoming longer, deeper, more relaxed. And yet there’s this buzz in the air like you’re about to spot a fairy. And even though I knew there was medicine in the air, the landscape still managed to take my breath away. The water tastes, smells, feels more clear than you could imagine and it saturates your cells with the most perfect nutrients. Bali demands you to stop and see what is right in front of you. Not ahead, not behind, right in front. Her beauty demands your attention, you cannot ignore it. 

And that’s just the elements. Then there’s the people, and the Balinese know what’s up. You will see offerings everywhere, on the streets, on the statues, they pray to their food, I even saw a ceremony to pray for their motorbikes! What an beautiful way to live, in absolute honour for what we have. And I got to be in the energy of that, of sincere and deep gratitude for life. 

While in Bali, I did some self care treatments that were really transformative. I saw Wayan from Eat, Pray, Love and she gave me herbs, foods and different natural treatments to help me heal. It was a 2 day process of one treatment after the next and ingesting all sorts of teas and eating the strangest things. I got rocked. I also did a 3 day colonics treatment which was actually life changing, and I'm not exaggerating! Years of built up junk, physical and emotional, was cleared from my body. It was an emotional process and I let go, in every sense of the word, and cleared myself of toxins. I left Bali a different woman. 

Being immersed in the sunshine, the jungle air, practicing yoga, ingesting beautiful foods and being surrounded by incredible humans rocked my word. Something changed not only on a physical and emotional level but it went right down to my cells. I came back to Canada different, in the greatest way. And from that place, I made my scary decision to move to Glasgow, which was by far, one of the greatest decisions of my life. 

This island is nothing short of magic, that really is the only word I can use for it. It helped heal me in ways I didn’t know I needed. Everything from the sound of the rain, to the crisp, sweet sun, to my favourite meal, Nasi Gorang, was magic. I promise this won’t be anything short of an experience of a lifetime. I promise, Bali will transform you too. 

There are still spaces left for my retreat! I'd love for you to come. 

  • When: March 10 - 17th
  • Where: Ubud, Bali
  • Investment: $1895 USD - Early Bird Special $1795
  • Contact steph@kalicollective.com for more info!