Every dawn brings a new day, new offerings, new possibilities and new causes for gratitude. For these reasons, Four Seasons Resort Sayan is launching Bali’s first year-round wellness retreat. Inspired by Ubud’s unique healing energy, and the Balinese daily rituals of thanks, guests can check-in any day of the year and embark on a personal journey of discovery into their ‘well of being’.
‘Guided by Gratitude’ has been mindfully designed by a former Buddhist nun and a meditation master. The programme includes various meditation sessions (guided, candlelight Mala, kirtan chanting, walking meditation and more), yoga classes, a Balinese water blessing ritual, sound therapy with crystal singing bowls, chakra rebalancing spa treatment, and an exclusive Sacred Nap experience: guests rocked to sleep in a silk hammock while listening to nature’s melody and Buddha’s story.
Retreat participants will be supported in all their wellbeing choices with the option to observe silence throughout the programme. The resort also offers a flexible approach to dining. While breakfast is included, all other meals are add-ons: from the lush setting of Riverside restaurant to Modern Indonesian cuisine at Ayung Terrace, extensive wellness selection including vegan cuisine, and 7-course Balinese Chef’s Table at Sokasi.
The year-round Retreat will have an auspicious launch too. The first guests will be able to check-in from March 2019, coinciding with Nyepi (Balinese New Year). Known as the ‘Day of Silence’, Nyepi is a time of self-reflection involving prayer, offerings of gratitude and meditation. From dawn on 7 March until dawn on 8 March almost all activity ceases – airports, roads and business are closed; no fires are lit and no electricity is used – providing a unique opportunity to connect with self and surrounds, unhindered by the usual distractions and industry. The stars shine ever brighter and the sound of nature is dominant as Mother Earth is given a full 24-hours of rest. The perfect way to mark a fresh start in Bali, Guided By Gratitude.