Nestled on the banks of the Ayung River, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, is an award-winning eco-conscious wellness retreat deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of Bali, making it a peaceful sanctuary to embrace authentic Balinese Healing, Living Foods and Sacred Arts. At Fivelements, "living well" is inspired by Balinese culture, which encourages us to nurture harmony with spirit, the environment and with one another. Our holistic integrative approach is designed to tune in to the physical, emotional and spiritual levels, allowing an organic healing process to naturally unfold.
Our overall aim is to co-create a trusting connection and gently guide you through a highly personalised programme, while providing you with useful life tools to return home with. We invite you on a new healing journey through the mystic culture of Bali at Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa. 2007, Fivelements was conceived as an integrated wellness lifestyle company whose authentic destinations offer an opportunity for inspiration, awareness and progress in the 21st century. Its focus is on designing high impact wellness strategies aimed at supporting individuals, couples and organisations enduring life transitions and transformation. Motivated by a vision for a better, happier and healthier world, our guests and partners have come to be known as "the change-makers of today and tomorrow."
What began as a leap of faith, embraced by its founders in unspoken terms, became a reality driven by a strong will and a mission to participate in the emerging transformation economy. Founded by six individuals, hailing from Bali, Italy, Switzerland and USA, sharing a wealth of experience in the fields of international business, culture-based brand equity building, communications and public relations, holistic health, hospitality and spiritual dialogue. The managing directors bring 25 years in creative entrepreneurship in developing and implementing progressive concepts and strategies for new market segments in USA, Europe and Asia.
They are committed to expanding the mission of Fivelements into new models and international markets. Fivelements successful foundation would not be possible without the amazing people whom over time have become part of the greater Fivelements family. Fivelements, Bali opened in late 2010 as the first of a new genre of wellness destinations bridging the wisdom of traditional healing cultures with innovative wellness concepts. To date, the eco-wellness retreat has been recognised with eighteen international awards spanning across hotel, wellness, spa, culinary and sustainable design industries. Fivelements has earned its position as an innovative leader in wellness concept design, retreats and programmes, plant-based innovative cuisine and wellness hospitality worldwide.
Reserve a Fivelements Signature Couples Hibiscus Prema Body Care Ritual (120 min) and enjoy 20% savings.
Indulge in a secret rendezvous with your loved one.
Synchronize your pleasure, while nestled side by side in the comfort of our couple’s suite, listening to the sound of the rushing Ayung river and jungle wildlife.
This pregnancy Ritual has been carefully designed to nurture you and your baby during this very special time. It begins with a relaxing Mother-to-be Massage, followed by a traditional Balinese tummy mask based on rice and kencur a mild ginger-like root. Balinese woman have used this method since centuries to maximize skin strength, health and elasticity. Combined with the luxury of a face, neck and head massage, it will leave you feeling totally relaxed and replenished.
Dedicated to supreme nourishment, this signature facial is the perfect solution to deeply cleanse and re-activate healthy, glowing skin. Experience the benefits of Bali-grown neem, containing natural anti-oxidant properties, followed by an aromatic floral steam bath. A fresh pineapple serum rich in enzymes will then be applied to draw out oiliness and impurities. Chilled quartz crystals are used to stimulate and re-awaken the skin while fresh Aloe Vera gel renews the complexion. To further nourish your skin, you will receive a relaxing face-decollete and neck massage followed by a spirulina-seaweed mask, to compliment this luxurious journey in revitalizing your skin.
Deep transformation with Shiatsu massage’s ancient, supportive rocking movements, pressure points and stretching.
Shiatsu is the ancient Japanese healing art of unblocking the body’s energy channels/meridians to return us to our natural state of glowing health and profound oneness with the “universal life force”. The Shiatsu massage goes deep, doesn’t hurt and feels wonderful, creating a state of bliss in the receiver and puts the body into passive, supported positions like yoga. It dissolves old patterns through a fluid, symbiotic choreography of interwoven movements that feels as close to being in water as one can be on land. The approach creates a unique treatment that fosters deep trust in the receiver and allows “the river to flow again”. Shiatsu is ideal as a prenatal massage and recommended for woman over 12 weeks.
Mardi Kendall is our in-house Yoga Teacher, Wellness and Guest Liaison and Shiatsu Synergy Energy Healing practitioner. During her years of rich experience she has studied with some of the world’s leading teachers. She has taught Shiatsu, led at least 50 yoga retreats, directed one of Sydney’s first yoga schools and helped develop Australia’s first comprehensive teacher training. She has taught mainly in the US, Australia and Guinea West Africa.
A massage, traditional herbal body scrub, and aromatic flower bath.
Feel the ancient secret of Balinese herbal scrubs, the Boreh. Our experienced therapists will begin with a traditional massage to deeply relax your whole body. Your chosen blend of powerful local herbs (sacred spice, cinnamon-coffee or authentic Balinese), combined with powdered rice will then be applied to free your skin from dead cells and promote circulation. The sensation is of deep penetrating heat that melts away your tension. To complete this healing journey, indulge in an inspiring aromatic flower bath by the sacred Ayung river.
A voluptuous chocolate body scrub, body mask and cacao butter massage.
This mood-lifting experience begins with a Balinese chocolate-almond scrub, followed by a decadent body mask of warm, melted chocolate. The anti-oxidant and soothing properties of cacao and almond will leave your skin feeling velvety smooth and deeply nourished. For the final touch, revel in an invigorating cacao butter body massage - pure sensual delight.
A massage, purifying salt body scrub, and sensuous fresh herbal bath.
Enjoy this ultimate Fivelements experience, specially designed to purify your essence on cellular, emotional and ethereal levels, while activating long-lasting beauty. Your journey begins with a deep muscle relaxation body massage, followed by a re- mineralizing crystal sea salt exfoliation infused with holy basil and lemongrass. Rich in minerals and healing properties, sea salt is nature’s source in aiding our skin’s ability to remain hydrated and promote cell renewal, in addition to improving various skin conditions. To top off this treatment is a revitalizing bath ritual composed of five powerful healing ingredients: lemongrass to activate blood circulation, Balinese orange and lime for essential vitamins, and pandan leaves and ginger to awaken your senses and clear the head. You will leave this treatment feeling luxuriously radiant and full of regenerative Sakti energy.
A massage from a man and a woman simultaneously for personal Yin/ Yang balancing.
The polarities of female and male energies, Ida and Pinggala, merge to produce harmonious state of consciousness. Two therapists; woman and man, massage you through nurturing and powerful synchronized stretches and acupressure. Both deeply relaxing and energizing, you will sense the balance of Ida and Pinggala within you.
An aromatic body massage and red flower bath to experience side by side with your loved one.
Indulge in a secret rendezvous with your loved one. Synchronize your pleasure, while nestled side by side in the comfort of our couple’s suite, listening to the sound of the rushing Ayung river and jungle wildlife. Together you will be massaged from head to toe and surrounded by the love-enhancing and harmonizing aroma of our signature patchoulirose Love essence, Prema. Complete your romantic journey floating in a red hibiscus flower bath, while enjoying a glass of chilled rosella kombucha tisane. Celebrate love.
This gentle facial begins with a moisturizing coconut milk cleanse followed by a sweet corn exfoliation and light face and neck massage. A refreshing honey-lime-cucumber mask will nourish and calm your little angel.
“Little angels” hands/feet dive into a warm flower soak. While a wonderful tasty milkshake is sipped, nails are trimmed, filed and small cuticles are gently groomed. A lotus flower lotion is applied following this care for velvety soft hands/feet.
A gentle massage with incredibly delicious smelling cacao butter and a coconut creamchocolate face mask will hydrate and protect delicate “little angels” skin leaving it silky soft. A milk shake awaits the “little angels,” once returned from this chocolate dream.
A deeply soothing massage focusing on relieving tensions of the back, neck and shoulders.
Focusing on areas of discomfort and muscular tightness, this massage helps unknot blockages and release tension from our important energy centers, the back, neck and head.
Renew the whole body through the ancient art of foot massage with our female therapists.
Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and feet, which correspond to every gland or organ of the body. Performed by one of our experienced female therapists, the main benefits of this treatment include relaxation, pain reduction, cellular rejuvenation and improved blood circulation. Enjoy this healing therapy in our beauty sanctuary overlooking the Ayung River.
Colon Hydrotherapy assists in detoxification of the intestinal tract and is known to encourage better overall health. The colon cleansing process is done with the help of an advanced colon therapy machine from Dotolo Research Corporation, USA, assisted by a trained nurse who will gently guide you through the entire process with care. This treatment begins with a brief consultation, gentle massage and meditation, and continues with the colon hydrotherapy. With proper distribution, monitored pressure and tepid water, combined with specialized massage, the water travels through the colon, permitting the removal of impacted, embedded waste material.
The benefits of colonic hydrotherapy can be observed in the improvement of digestion and many types of skin conditions, greater mental clarity, stronger immune system as well as improvement in inflammatory, circulatory or obesity issues, especially when accompanied by positive lifestyle and dietary support.
* For the best result it is recommended that 3 colonic treatments should be carried out within one week combined with the desired level of fasting.
** The package is valid for 2 weeks from the day of purchase.
Ideal for acne-prone skin, this facial helps treat blackheads, pimples and other impurities while improving overall skin tone and texture. Following a gentle cleanse and stimulating face-décolleté and neck massage for lymphatic drainage, a concentrated turmeric-soya mask is applied directly to the affected areas to heal, purify and brighten your skin’s complexion.
Experience the healing wonder of turmeric, an ancient healing herb well-known throughout Asia for its powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Ideal for acne-prone skin, this facial helps treat blackheads, pimples and other impurities while improving overall skin tone and texture. Following a gentle cleanse and stimulating face-decollete and neck massage for lymphatic drainage, a concentrated turmeric-soya mask is applied directly to the affected areas to heal, purify and brighten your skin’s complexion.
Cultivated over thousands of years as a food abundant in nutrients and essential fatty acids, avocado has been used extensively for its ability to heal and soothe the skin. This deeply hydrating facial incorporates an avocado mask combined with the natural probiotic properties of yoghurt to help repair sun damage and promote the growth of healthy skin cells. Ideal for dry and sensitive skin, this treatment helps balance your skin's natural pH level. Following the mask, a nourishing virgin coconut oil face-decollete and neck massage and peppermint temple massage ensure your skin is left smooth, vital and healthy looking.
This gentle facial begins with a moisturizing coconut milk cleanse and flower tonic followed by a fresh sweet corn scrub, rich in vitamins and magnesium, to free your skin from dead cells. A face-décolleté and neck massage with virgin coconut oil will deeply nourish and relax. A final honey-lime-cucumber mask will activate regeneration leaving your skin velvety smooth and silky.
Enjoy our signature Foot Bath Ritual and crystal sea salt scrub to renew and refresh your feet. After grooming meticulously your nails and cuticles, our Sakti lemongrass lotion is applied to soothe and refresh like a gentle breeze keeping your feet cool and soft.
Let us take care of your hands and feet during this combination of pedi and mani - care.
This wonderful massage involves gentle techniques to increase circulation and energy levels while relieving discomfort on areas that need special attention. A choice of Virgin Coconut Oil or Pure Cacao Butter will improve elasticity of your skin, leaving it smooth, soft and protected. Soft and fluffy cushions adapt to accommodate any stage of pregnancy, keeping you and your baby safe and comfortable.
Feel the benefits of powerful ingredients selected from local gardens and blended together to create this traditionally inspired beauty ritual. The facial begins with a moisturizing coconut milk cleanse, followed by a fresh sweet corn scrub rich in vitamins and magnesium to free your skin from dead cells. A floral steam bath will then prepare you for a nourishing virgin coconut oil face-decollete and neck massage. A final honey, lime and cucumber mask will activate regeneration leaving your skin velvety smooth and silky.
Full body oil massage with traditional Balinese inspired techniques
This treatment is a combination of traditional massage involving a fusion of techniques, including skin rolling, kneading, acupressure and reflexology using super-nourishing virgin coconut oil suitable for all skin types. Each of our female therapists brings her own unique touch to this traditional method. The main goal is to achieve deep muscle relaxation, free-flowing energy and restore the body and mind to equilibrium.
Open your senses with Fivelements aromatic signature oils.
Referred to as “nature’s living energy”, aromatic essential oils have been recognized for more than 6,000 years for healing and relaxation. Inhaling their fragrance can be helpful in improving our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Combined with the soothing power of our traditional Balinese massage, these oils are absorbed through the skin and carried around the body stimulating our natural immune system. Select your favorite scent from our array of Fivelements aromatherapy blends with pure phyto essences promoting inner harmony, allowing an organic healing process to unfold.
Personalised healing energy bodywork with pressure points and massage with secret herbal oils.
This is an intuitive healing treatment in which Pak Dewa Made combines energy work with shiatsu style acupressure and Balinese massage. After scanning for energy imbalances and weaknesses, Dewa relieves stress in points and helps to create energetic harmony by charging depleted areas with prana. The session continues with a full body relaxation massage using Dewa’s own family secret herbal oil blend passed down from his grandfather, a Balinese healer, who also used medicinal herbs to treat various conditions.
Balance body energy for deep healing with strong massage, pressure points and aura protection.
This vigorous full body reflexology primarily focuses on correcting energy imbalances. Join Pak Gede in a silent prayer to begin the session. As you sit in meditation, he performs a body scan, intuitively discovering specific areas that need attention. With eager hands, Pak Gede finds reflexology points throughout the body and massages with sure strokes. As a final touch, prana is channeled creating an energetic shield to protect your aura. This treatment helps the body relax and rejuvenate itself by promoting improved circulation, mood and mental clarity and natural detoxification. It is also a welcome boost for the immunity system.
This is a deep healing treatment and may involve very strong pressure.
A holistic experience combining deep release acupressure with intuitive massage, energy healing, and Balinese blessing.
Pak Tirka, whose name means “Sacred Spring” is a skilled bodyworker who learned from his healer grandfather, that “love is the real healer.” The session begins with a Balinese Sanskrit prayer, an invocation of blessing, divine guidance, and healing energy. Surrender to relaxation as Tirka performs an energy scan and stimulates chakra activation points. Working according to your body’s needs and his intuitive guidance, Tirka’s confident hands drop into acupressure points and knead with therapeutic strength to release tension. Tirka follows with broad sweeping massage strokes, smoothing out the length of muscles, and bringing a welcome sense of completion.
However skilled, he emphasises that the real healer is the Taksu, the heart beyond the hands, the inspiration and power from the source of life. As Tirka closes this healing ritual with mantra, sense the benefits on every level — the whole being treated with reverence.
Sacred, intuitive Massage invoking health and timeless maternal safety and love.
Iluh is gifted female therapist whose warm maternal care is extended through her healing energy and mindful loving touch. As in traditional offering, Iluh begins the session silently reciting a sacred mantra to invoke spirit, health and inner joy. Her careful weighted shiatsu-like palm pressure gives way to artful long strokes, suspended strecthes and gentle acupressure. Through intuitive touch, she is able to attend to areas that need special care. After a timeless period of nourishing, you will find yourself cocooned in a warm flow of subtle energy and embraced with prema, love, blossoming like a lotus.
Seriously move energy for powerful healing with a master healer through foot pressure points. This is a deep healing treatment involving very strong pressure.
With an exceptional skill passed down from his lineage, Pak Agung’s treatment has helped to relieve headaches, fatigue, joint pain, blood stress and many other diseases, including cancer and diabetes. With over 26years of experience, Pak Agung’s powerful hands take you through a healing journey focusing on pressure points of the feet, legs, hands and arms. His touch and energy transfer stimulates circulation and healing of the corresponding organs and glands.
Therapeutic reflexology on feet and hands, emphasising powerful use of wooden massage stick, combined with energy scan and energy transfer. This is a deep healing treatment involving very strong pressure.
Originally an artist, a woodcarver, Pak Gede discovered his talent for healing after curing his own digestive illness which no other medical or traditional treatment could address. Under the guidance of a pranayama master, Gede cultivated his sensitive and pranic ability to detect problems and transfer energy. He has become a healer for his local community, helping with acute and chronic conditions of all kinds.
Danda Reflexology begins with an energy scan to find blocks and deficiencies. Then focusing on the guest’s feet and palms, Gede uses his hands and a wooden massage stick, danda in Sanskrit, with quick rhythmic pressure to deliver the most precise pressure and immediate benefit.
Throughout the treatment, Gede explains the relationship between reflexology points and organs and areas of the body. To improve the blood flow to the spinal nerves and the effectiveness of the treatment Gede may also massage the calves, spine, and skull. Gede closes the session channeling positive energy to fill deficiencies and speed healing.
A cleansing bathing ritual combined with a wonderful energy healing session.
Om in Sanskrit symbolizes the universal vibration of peace. With shraddha (devotion), Putu offers jyotir (light) and blessings in this heart-felt session. You begin with a cleansing bath ritual with Balinese salts, betel nut leaves and golden flowers. Then, chanting sanskrit mantras over an intimate fire offering, accompanied by vibrational sound of the singing bowl, Putu invokes healing, harmony and peace from higher spirit. Energy flows from Putu's heart and hands transfering positive thoughts and love. Embrace the beauty of this sacred healing experience.
A massage with skin-renewing mask followed by an aromatic and detoxifying sea salt bath.
Unwind and stimulate your senses as your body is massaged with a mousse of pure seaweed, one of the most beneficial living microorganisms on our planet. Combined with golden raw honey and a touch of lime, this miraculous blend will re-mineralize, rebalance and renew your skin with its alpha hydroxy acids, vitamins and essential nutrients. To complete your rejuvenating journey, immerse in a crystal sea salt bath with fresh seaweed and fragrant crushed juniper berries to eliminate toxins, promoting balance, good health and radiant beauty.
Reserve a Signature Balinese Massage (up to 90 min) and enjoy 20% savings.
Achieve deep muscle relaxation, free-flowing energy and restore the body and mind to equilibrium.
Bali is often referred to as the island of "holy water" because of the countless number of sacred springs on Bali and because holy water is the key element in their purification ceremonies. One of the five elements, water represents flow of energy (also known as prana or chi), connected to emotion and intuition. Balinese participate in water blessings regularly called, Melukat, and believe that these rituals assist in cleansing our bodies on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
Sitting in meditation in one of our Sacred Spaces, a temple priest prepares the holy water in a vase with flowers and incense while chanting mantras in ancient Sanskrit. Following the mantras, you are invited to receive a holy water cleansing as this blessed water is poured gradually over your head and body, giving a full sensation of having a "holy shower."
Water, the elixir of life and a divine, healing renewing force, has been used in combination with prayer, meditation, herbs and flowers for centuries as a means of providing a spiritual connection with the Divine. A daily spiritual bath is a powerful restorative practice.
Revitalize with lemongrass, Balinese orange, lime, pandan leaves, ginger and our Sakti bath oil.
Relax with an array of colorful Balinese flowers and our Ahimsa bath oil.
Energize with cinnamon, red hibiscus and pacah flowers with our Prema bath oil.
Harmonize with coconut milk and heavenly frangipani flowers with our Shanti bath oil.
Detoxify with sea salt, seaweed, touch of lime and juniper berries with our Sathya bath oil.
Immerse yourself in a traditional healing ritual of deep bodywork or energy balancing performed by healers whose gifted talents have been handed down through generations of Balinese families.
Through dynamic movement, authentic expression and reflection, this program offers a creative journey for cultivating greater peace, inner strength and a deeper connection with others. Awaken to newfound trust, freedom and joy.
Experience the healing wonders of traditional herbal remedies for the face and body, combined with a deeply relaxing Balinese massage focused on clearing energy pathways and improving physical and emotional well-being.
This massage stimulates numerous nerve receptors, lymphatic drainage and toxin elimination. Other benefits include improved blood circulation and oxygen flow as well as increased collagen production. Acupressure techniques and gentle strokes help relieve stress, sinus congestion, migraines and headaches, bringing you increased calmness and clarity and overall wellbeing.
Considered part of the five elements, fire represents, transformation. Attending this Balinese fire blessing offers an opportunity to offer negative thoughts or unwanted energy into the fire to be purified or transformed into more positive energy. This healing ritual is known to be effective in helping one let go of unwanted aspects in their lives and similarly, bring in and manifest new intentions and new life.
The ritual begins with meditation in the Agni Hotra ceremonial fire space, while listening to the hotri(s), ceremony priest or facilitator as he rings the Balinese bell and chants Sanskrit mantras to evoke the Divine and blessings of health and abundance. Following the lighting of the fire, you are invited to participate by making offerings of grains, lentils and other foods into the fire. A silent meditation is shared toward the end to compliment this ancient ritual.
Enjoy an inspiring morning as our Executive Chef takes you on an eye-opening culinary exploration followed by a Beauty Ritual with pure, plant-sourced products aimed at nurturing body, mind and soul.
Revive your radiance in this luxurious journey of supremely nourishing spa rituals. Feel the benefits of Bali’s anti-aging plant force, wild-crafted flower essences and the nurturing care of our Balinese therapists.
Steep in the sacred atmosphere of this ultimate wellness experience, combining traditional Balinese healing therapies, innovative living foods cuisine and an ancient fire blessing. Treasure this memorable exclusive experience.
Indulge as hands are bathed in warm flower soak and exfoliated by a crystal sea salt scrub infused with aromatic herbs. The nails and cuticles are groomed meticulously, followed by a special buffing leaving your nails with a natural healthy shine. Finally our Shanti lotion will be applied on hands and arms to deeply moisturize.
brings her own unique touch to this traditional method. The main goal is to achieve deep muscle relaxation, free-flowing energy and bring the body and mind to equilibrium.
This high-powered Anti-Aging Facial recharges and restores the balance of the skin. Matcha green tea powder is renowned for its powerful health benefits. One of the riches sources of anti oxidants, vitamins and minerals, this macha green tea facial aims to feed the skin while protecting it and activating healthy skin cell growth. Let your thoughts drift away as you begin this treatment with a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage. Your face will then be gently cleansed and exfoliated with an oatmeal-cereal scrub high in silica and amino acids, followed by a soothing face massage with deeply moisturizing virgin coconut oil. A nourishing macha emerald-green tea mask will then be applied to the face and eyes. Enjoy this enlivening experience.
The Yoga Synergy method was developed by Australian physiotherapists Simon BorgOlivier and Bianca Machliss. A practitioner for 50 years, Simon blended his profound knowledge of classical hatha yoga, modern medical science and Chinese internal martial arts into original natural-movement sequences. It merges poses and breath work into a hypnotic moving meditation that creates a surprisingly grounded sensation of physical/ emotional calmness. It encourages strength and flexibility whilst being safe and effective for everyone. Its flowing movements release the nervous system and help our bodies turn stress into pure and lasting joy.
Mardi’s yoga classes restore comfort and trust in our bodies by working gently with each students’ individual needs and interests. She teaches natural dynamic movements and poses that coordinate the body and breath encouraging greater blood flow (healing) and functional body alignment. Working honestly and slowly with our selves as they are at the present moment is often a relief and brings an easy breath and often a sense of humour and lightness about being a human being that is constantly going through changes. The class is always restorative and leaves students with a calm mind and a deep sense of wellbeing.
Suitable for all ages, levels of fitness, beginners and experienced yogis who wish to deepen their practice.
Mardi Kendall, our Wellness Liaison and Resident Yoga Teacher, has 50 years of yoga experience and 30 years of teaching. Yoga brought her back into life after a car accident at age of fourteen. Her dedication to a life of love and service led her to study with the world’s modern root yoga teachers; BKS Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar and with Simon BorgOlivier for 30 years. She directed a pioneering yoga school in Australia where she codeveloped Sydney’s first comprehensive teaching training in 1990. Her classes are known for their compassion and depth combined with playfulness, humour, inclusiveness, body/ mind understanding and practical, fun ways to integrate yoga into daily life. She has taught many retreats, in the US, Australia and West Africa.
Kundalini Yoga, known as the Yoga of Awareness, as taught by Yogi Bhajan PhD is a dynamic blend of postures and movement (asana and kriya), therapeutic stretching, mantra, breathing (pranayama), meditation and relaxation. Using yoga kriyas the teacher leads routines directed towards specific life issues; relieving stress and fosters strength, radiance, confidence and and a return to our essential selves: “happy, healthy, and holy”.
Savitri teaches meditative yoga that honours your body and nature. After establishing natural breathing she adds gradual movements, grounding into the earth while lengthening into stretch to create ease, space and longevity in the spine and joints. This graceful approach respects our bodies, develops self-acceptance, activates healthy breathing, clears and stills the mind and connects the student to the whole of life in the quiet spaces between breaths.
Suitable for all ages, levels of fitness, beginners and experienced yogis who wish to deepen their practice.
Savitri Devi was born and raised in Bali. She is dedicated to bringing ancient yoga wisdom into daily life through her daily devotional practice – weaving together the physical and philosophical limbs of the yoga tree. She has intensive international yoga and meditation training and over 30 years of teaching; including Scaravelli Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, with trainings in Addiction Recovery, Cancer Prevention, Restorative & Yin Yoga, and Akhanda Yoga. She has trained teachers internationally. Her years of experience in holding sacred space allows guests to journey within, find clarity and become empowered. Now an elder, she is an example of the radiance and joy that yoga practice brings.
Ananda means joy or bliss, the happiness that is sought in all human feelings and desires. According to Tantra Yoga philosophy, ananda is achieved by illuminating the soul with the radiance of Divine Love within. In this session, Acarya Vibhakarananda Avt. ("Dada"), an enlightened Balinese spiritual teacher, will share insightful teachings based on the ancient philosophy of Tantra (one’s expansive journey into ananda) and a powerful meditation practice for invigorating the mind and soul with compassionate love and devotion. This is an informative session intended to share useful tools for creating greater peace, harmony and happiness in your daily life.
Dada is a warm and compassionate man devoted to a path of love. He began searching for spiritual answers as a young child, and after several years working in the corporate world, Dada’s strong vision for One-ness led him to leave his job and immerse himself in the path of yoga. He went on to pursue training in India as a sanyasin, senior yoga monk. He then began teaching yoga and meditation in Taiwan and Australia and eventually returned to his native island of Bali, bringing his devotional work home. Dada is a gifted teacher of the heart whose commitment to share the wisdom of Tantra continues to support people through gentle transformation and the awakening experience of ananda.
A modern Japanese martial art, Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba and is a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy and beliefs. In this session, you will learn the foundation of Aikido from the perspective of harmony or unity of life energy with self, with others and our environments. Through hands on practice, you will come to embody the lessons of harmonizing, centering, peaceful mind, respect, understanding, opening and staying in one’s power – invaluable tools for every day life.
Arie, a native of Yogyakarta (Central Java, Indonesia), fell in love with aikido at Samurai Dojo Bali when he first started practicing in 2006. Through his devoted journey, Arie discovered much more than a martial art. He learned that aikido is an art of peace and a way of life. His passion for aikido led him to train in different dojos to improve his knowledge, skill and understanding about this extraordinary peaceful practice. Arie later founded the Kagura Dojo in Yogyakarta, Central Java and the Terakoya Aikido Dojos in Bali.
"Aikido is a life long practice and a journey of life."
Ristie Darmawar, co-instructor, assists Arie in this dynamic session. With over eight years of dedication and practice, aikido has expanded Ristie’s way of thinking about life. A family physician with a masters in anti-aging medicine and an international certified personal trainer by the International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA), Ristie has embraced aikido as an integral part of her life.
Strong massage and acupressure for better back and body function from an experienced heale
Pak Made’s confident hands deliver a strong full body massage featuring long strokes, pointed acupressure and joint mobilization. Among other talents, Pak Made is a healer who treats severe back pain, sprains, strains and joint injuries. With 24 years of experience, his mastery began by assisting his grandfather, a local Balian medicine man, who practiced until he was 115 years old. In addition, he learned many extraordinary skills from his healer uncle, in particular, re-setting broken bones.
ntuitive energy healing session to rebalance body and mind.
A native from the nearby island of Nusa Penida, Wayan was initiated into energy healing by his Balian father at a young age. Beginning with a prayer and meditation, Wayan works to balance buana alit, the microcosm, or five elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether within the body. He then channels a connection with buana agung, the macrocosm, or five elements of the universe, joining them to create a powerful harmony. During this treatment, Wayan’s hands pass over your body, responding to and clearing any unhealthy energy originating from the source of emotional and mental burdens and physical ailments. With the help of a translator, Wayan is able to explain what he experienced during your session and offer suggestions related to your health and wellbeing.
A combination of energy healing and guided meditation. The healer uses intuition to guide him as to where treatment is needed.
With a pure and compassionate presence, Pak Ngurah gently guides you through an open sharing about our bodies' energy and how we can begin to tune in to our physical, mental and emotional conditions. This special energy healing session focuses on the spine, the central energy channel of our body. Moving up the spine with his intuitive hands, Pak Ngurah begins to sense the subtle body energies, helping to clear and awaken any troubled or dormant energy channels of the nadis and chakras, then moves on to other parts of the body in need of special attention, healing, strengthening and activation. A sacred mudra, accompanied by a short, guided meditation, is offered as a powerful gift to support you in your daily life. The great god-son of a traditional Balinese medicine man, Pak Ngurah offers an empowering session inviting pure love to surface and a conscious awareness to flourish for true healing.
Cleansing of the subtle energy body to release negative energy and remove blocks to clarity, calm, and self-love.
Chakra healing sessions re-activate and balance the chakras, the seven energy centres that allow life energy to flow freely into and out of our body. The function of these energy centres is to vitalise the physical body and stimulate the development of our consciousness. The harmonies of our chakras directly influence our physical, mental and emotional health. Although chakras are invisible to the human eye, they can be perceived intuitively. This session begins as Pak Tirka, a Kundalini energy master, rings the singing bowl, surrounding you with sound and dispelling negative energy. As you enter a gentle trance, Pak Tirka scans the body and then uses light touch and sacred Sanskrit mantra to clear and activate energy points, facilitating the awakening and balancing of each of the seven chakras in succession.
As Pak Tirka says, “Love is the heart of the heart of the chakra, the mother of the chakra. When we have stressful experiences we can forget how to love ourselves. When we cleanse this negative energy and the chakra is clear, we will know the depth of our heart. We will know the way forward.”
A pure coconut oil massage followed by a fragrant coconut milk and flower bath.
Known as the “tree of life” in Balinese culture, the coconut has been used for centuries as a vital source of nourishment, natural healing and harmonizing the body, mind and soul. Surrender your thoughts as your body is massaged with pure virgin coconut oil, one of nature’s healing miracles. Indulge in a hydrating coconut milk bath with our signature Shanti essence and heavenly frangipani flowers.
Mindfulness is a process of slowing down and touching deeply into life moment by moment. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and all that you are doing. Utilizing conscious breathing techniques, we focus awareness on the present moment, calmly observing thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations, without forcing, judging, or hiding from anything. We discuss what emerges along the way, allowing for greater self-awareness. Practicing this kind of presence assists you in listening to the still, small voice within you, opening to new experiences, making important changes and wise decisions.
Expressive Arts at Fivelements is a combination of DansKinetics, drama, storytelling and visual arts. It is a meditative, movement journey, sometimes wild and filled with abandon and sometimes quiet and full of grace. It is a beautiful way to connect with your inherent spirit.
This sacred art tends to ignite a joyful passion from within. It is a transformative movement encouraging people to let go and allow for free expression. In addition to being a fun therapeutic process, these sessions can be very helpful in unblocking old or stuck patterns, re-connecting with our authentic self and unleashing a creative energy. Expressive Arts opens a new path for healing, wellness and transformation.
Susan is passionate about the creative process and is inspired through play, connecting to a sense of wonder in nature and bringing the whole body into all that we do. She enjoys exploration and expression across artistic mediums as means to integration and wholeness. She is a storyteller, puppeteer (shadow and other) and DansKinetics instructor and has performed and taught in Canada, Japan and Indonesia with her theatre company, Me and My Shadows (http://meandmyshadows.ca). Susan has taught for over 17 years in the fields of Environmental Education with a focus on Cross-Cultural Communication in teaching and learning, Integrated Arts Education and ESL, and has trained teachers in the methodology of learning through the arts. She holds a Masters in Environmental Studies, has completed 2 years of a PH.D in Holistic Education and has trained as an instructor in Hatha Yoga (recognized by the Yoga Alliance) and DansKinetics.
Through diverse (though deeply intertwined) practices, yoga helps us nurture a heightened sense of awareness through our senses that can lead to a wondrously surprising ability to be present in the moment. To move in the world with more flexibility and to learn to free ourselves from the physical and emotional limitations we yearn to release, yoga can help us find the freedom of spirit and joyfulness within that we all crave. The practice of yoga offers blessed ease and comfort in the body and peacefulness in the mind. More than just exercise, it is a path to personal well-being, expanded consciousness and a renewed sense of self-acceptance. Dedicated practice can lead not only to flexibility of body, but resilience of mind; not only to strength of body, but courage of character; not only to physical balance, but emotional trust, groundeness, stability of spirit, profound humbleness, letting go of burdens and a sense of universal compassion for others and the world.
Our yoga teachers come from unique backgrounds and experiences. They are dedicated to sharing the wisdom of yoga in its fullness as a generous and evolving ancient system from their own personal and wholehearted practices. They have experienced yoga’s nourishment through their own lives; during their own painful, dangerous and challenging experiences and remain somehow passionate to pass on valuable life skills; letting go of judgement and pain, accepting love, sitting still, healing from the past, gaining patience and quieting our monkey minds.
* The morning Yoga schedule is available at the Wellness Concierge.
** The price of Fivelements Retreat Morning Yoga includes 90 min of playful Yoga and a Sakti Green Energy Smoothy.
Let go and float effortlessly in our hydrotherapy pool as our water healing therapist glides you gracefully through the water and applies artful stretches and luxurious massage assisted by the water. As you allow yourself to relax and surrender to the support of the water and free movement, the body unwinds and releases holding patterns, inviting healing on the mental and emotional planes. Profoundly relaxing and nurturing, this therapy recalls the safety, timelessness and peacefulness of the womb. The Balinese concept of Tri Hita Karana comes to life with human and elemental connection and a sense of the deeper connection to Life itself.
Our therapists, trained in the aquatic bodywork traditions of Watsu, Healing Dance, and Water Dance, share this gift of love.