Bali Addiction Treatment and Healing offers 14, 21 and 28-day retreats. Our retreats are designed specifically for anyone affected by an addiction, depression, anxiety, grief or obsessive/compulsive behavior. These retreats take place in the Ubud area of central Bali, Indonesia. Ubudis surrounded by spectacular rice terraces, recognized as a cultural treasure by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage Site. All personal retreats are offered in private residences.
Things you can expect on a regular, if not daily basis, are:
- Pranayama (breathing exercises)
- Transport to Daily Twelve Step-based meetings
- Nutritional consultations
- Cultural and recreational activities
- Yoga therapy
- Addiction therapy
We are dedicated to sharing our understanding of the conditions we treat, as well as the gifts we know can assist in the healing process. Yoga practice, pranayama, and meditation, in the ancient tradition of yoga, are particularly close to our heart. Although more specific to certain dis-eases,the solid Twelve Step community in here in Ubud is also a community we have a strong connection with. We are privileged to be able to introduce these to our clients. As explained, we are not content with simply treating the symptoms of addictions, compulsions, emotional disturbances and so on, but are committed to providing tried-and-tested, readily usable tools for relief, managing emotions, relapse prevention etc. Along with this, we are able to provide a safe and secure space for exploration of the root causes of clients’ ailments, disorders or self-destructive patterns.
Our bespoke approach and the above form a practical system and philosophy, which allow people to take responsibility for their lives. In so doing, they are able to cultivate values, emotions and mindsets essential to their wellness, and in doing so to become once again true to themselves, useful to others, and able to be of service.
All are encouraged to explore the spiritual aspect of their Being, which we know is absent in nobody, though some have yet to find it, and to discover, by turning within and looking to the heart-space, their own Truth, their own understanding of a Higher Power which is greater than the individual. This is a demanding yet profoundly healing process, and one of growth – emotional, mental, and spiritual. If one had to summarize, in a single word, a characteristic, and major cause, of a great many states of trauma, it would be separation. Separation from one’s family, the greater community, the environment, and, most fundamentally, from one’s essential and Divinenature.
Since many of our clients suffer from addictions of some variety, let us remember once again that: "Addiction itself can be a misguided spiritual search and many people find that when they get sober they have some longing in them, and that their addiction has been a longing for connection," but many, many disorders have at their heart a yearning for something deeper, or a yearning to transcend one’s ordinary condition.
For those in recover, Twelve Step meetings allow for people to come together and share in their individual journeys.Similarly, it is well documented that in almost all cases, some form of exercise, especially gentle, is greatly beneficial in healing conditions that affect emotions, thoughts, and behavior patterns. The reason we at Bali Addiction Treatment and Healing include as yoga as our preferred form of moving and connecting with the body, is that it is simultaneously truly an art of conscious living, which invites us to embrace, rather than escape, the present moment or situation. For some people, in and of itself, it can be a holistic route to healing.
Yoga at BATH: There are many styles of yoga, our classes will be based on the traditional Indian Vinyasa system in which a sequence of poses is taught individually to each student, so that he or she can learn at their own pace. The aim of this approach is to enable to student to acquire a sustainable, autonomous practice of their own.
Pranayama: Breathing is something we all do, ninety nine percent of the time unconsciously. Poor breathing patterns can cause tension and emotional unease, likewise our thoughts and emotions affect out breathing. Many of us do not even know how to release and relax enough to simply breathe naturally. Pranayama the practice of breathing exercises that calm the mind, benefit the body and assist in experiencing a meditative state.
Meditation: Meditation is the practice of awareness, of not getting caught up in what the mind or emotions have to say about the present moment, dis-identifying from the running commentary run by thoughts, and seeing simply what is, right now, with no interpretation. It is such an efficient tool in assisting with healing the heart and mind that it is now used in many hospitals and by many therapists around the world. It cannot instantly change our circumstances, but it can change how we relate to them, and to stop constructing a story around our situation or condition.
These practices build skills for calming emotional storms, slowing down the mind-stream, allowing you to be with your fears, giving insight into your inner workings, and bringing you back to your true self.
Philosophy: Our Philosophy at Bali Addiction Treatment and Healing is holistic: our approach combines 12-Step recovery principles with the contemplative traditions of India and Tibet, sometimes complemented by modern therapy modalities where appropriate. In so doing, we create an environment conducive to a change in perception, so that the addict who still suffers can begin to make life choices resulting in freedom. We believe that mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health are all interdependent, which is why our recovery retreats systematically address the dis-ease from all of these aspects.
Activities: Below are some examples of the unique activities possible here in Bali. As well-being, serenity, and renewed confidence grow, our clients are able not only to participate in these but also enjoy them to their full measure.
- River Rafting
- Beach time
- Temple ceremony
- Water temple
- Jungle trekking
- Musical events
- Art Museums
- Balinese Theater
- Ashram events
About Bali: If India is the tree of spirituality, then Bali is the divine fruit. The gurus of India call Bali "The Pure Land". Bali is a Hindu island in the Indonesian archipelago of unsurpassed beauty and spiritual connection. Balinese Hindu religion is amongst the world's most complex and transformational, and Balinese Bhakti yoga ceremony is beautiful beyond language. Ubud is considered to be the cultural and spiritual heart of Bali, where many come to learn, grow and be transformed.
- Dr. Asih
A native of Bali, Dr. Asih was born in 1975 and raised in the Balinese Hindu tradition. She undertook general medical studies at Udayana University in Bali, graduating in 2000, before turning her attention to substance abuse and addiction issues. Dr Asih has undergone intensive training abroad, first in Adelaide where she took a course in Substitution for Drug Addiction Therapy, then the following year in Salzburg, where her focus was on Harm Reduction in Drug Addicts. After a decade of practice and experience, she further added to her credentials by graduating in psychiatry, again from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Udayana University. She is currently working on her PhD in biomedical science there.
Her career has taken her from the role of general practitioner in a clinic, to consultant doctor in hospitals, coupled with a decade of assisting patients with drug and addiction issues in a Denpasar correctional facility. She now holds the position of consultant doctor at BROS hospital in Denpasar, and is both a lecturer and head of the medical education program at FKIK Unwar. Sheismarried and has children.
- Dr. SujathaKekada
Dr. SujathaKekada is the Head Physician and Co-Founder of Amrtasiddhi. She is a certified Ayurvedic doctor (B.A.M.S), who completed her degree in Karnataka, India. Before coming to Bali in 2004, Dr. Kekada worked as an Ayurvedic Doctor in one of the most respected and successful clinics in Kerala, South India. She has also practiced as an Ayurvedic consultant in Europe and at one of the top health retreats in Asia.
Dr. Kekada’s deep knowledge of Ayurveda combined with her warm, intuitive and caring attitude has facilitated deep healing for many people. Integrating not only Ayurveda but also Theta Healing in her approach, she is able to successfully address, and assist with, emotional aspects of healing as well. As a mother of two, Dr. Kekada can offer important advice for pre- and post natal care, including appropriate medication and treatments.
Dr. Sujatha would like to thank all those who have helped her to grow and develop her skills, in particular her parents, Dr. PMS Raveendranath (India) and CokordaGedeRai (Bali).
- Kathy P (ND MA)
Kathy ND MAis an internationally known psychotherapist and naturopathic doctor, whose approach centers on a biospsychosocial model. This is a broad, inclusive and thorough method which encompasses emotional, cognitive, behavioral, neuro-biological, relational, physical, transpersonal, cultural, and experiential approaches. These, in turn, facilitate self-exploration, discovery, growth, and wellness in the process of recovery. With expertise in addiction, relapse prevention, and co-occurring disorders, Dr. Petrone honors the individual experience while providing the skills, tools, support, and compassionate care essential for lasting recovery.
- Doug E
Doug is 51 years old and hails from Perth, Western Australia. He has been living and working in Bali since November 2014. An analytical psychotherapist, David is an expert in the art and science of neuro-linguistics, and a certified hypnotherapist. He works with many modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. He tailors his approach to the clients’ desired outcomes. David has worked as a counselor in Melbourne and Perth, and continues to enjoy his own experience of Recovery.
The core aim of David’s work is facilitating change at a sub-conscious level, by assisting in removing blockages, in order to lead the client from where they are to the place they would like to be. With the client in a light trance state, David can guide them through a variety of processes that work to access the sub-conscious mind. In this way they are able to reconnect to their true, inner selves, and understand the “what” and the “why” of behaviors, patterns, and emotions.
- Rachel Grey
Rachel has made it her life’s work to practice and teach yoga without harm. Based on 18 years of yoga practice and 13 years teaching, she has created a unique and gentle approach to the Ashtanga Yoga system called Ashtanga Therapy. The subject of addiction and recovery are close to her heart as many of her family and friends in London have been touched by it. Upon her mother’s traumatic death following a decade of struggle with both addiction and bipolar disorder, Rachel was able to turn her own life towards a completely different trajectory, and take the path of health and yoga. She is able to teach from a very basic beginner level to advanced alike, and has had a personal experience of these levels, which makes her a patient and more compassionate teacher for it. She is particularly interested in those who are challenged with life’s difficulties, to help them heal with the practice. She is registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
- Jim H
Jim H was born in West Africa and educated in England and France. In his late teens he discovered Buddhism, and began a daily practice of Zen meditation. This led him to study Japanese at university, and subsequently to travel widely throughout Asia. As life challenges arose, presenting him with difficulties to overcome and personal issues to heal, Jim explored other traditions, and was led to Ashtanga yoga, of which he is now a dedicated student and practitioner. He has experienced first-hand how yoga and meditation complement each other, and are powerful tools for transformation. Jim teaches introduction to meditation classes, based on mindfulness of the body and breath.
- Jess G
Jess is currently studying for an in-depth 3 year holistic healing and yoga therapy training program, at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, in Chennai, India. Krishnamacharya’s teachings apply an integrative approach, that links body, mind and spirit – a meeting ground where each individual discovers themselves both at conscious and subconscious levels.
Jess develops individualized complementary yoga therapy programs for students with different kinds of ailments or health concerns. Also a certified clarity breath work practitioner, she uses the ancient practice of circular breathing for healing and attaining higher levels of consciousness. It is a profound technique that encourages the opening of the energy centers within the body, enabling one to release emotional and physical blocks, stress, tension, and to heal and resolve trauma. Jess integrates her knowledge into individualized Yoga Therapy programs.
Scott Bauer is the founder and director general of our recovery programs. He is himself a recovering addict and has helped a great many people from around the world and all walks of life overcome their afflictions. He is an Ashtanga yoga practitioner, a practicing Mahayana Buddhist and a recovery coach.
One of Scott’s roles is to share his experience in an empathic way, and present a practical approach to lifestyle changes that bring about wellness, peace and serenity in one's life. He will present practices that can result in significant changes in perception, attitude, choices and behaviors. As someone who has walked the path to clean conscious living, his contribution is, needless to say, of precious value. Scott's primary hobby is happiness.
Eka is a Balinese “Pemangku” or high priest, an energy worker, healer and spiritual guide, who helps clients understand how to experience contentment and peace, and how to find their inner path. His presence alone is soothing, and his kindness and unshakeable serenity make him a pillar of the team, as an assistant and advisor in accompanying the healing process of each person. He officiates at the Water Purification Ceremonies that are so popular with us, is a meditator and, in Balinese culture, a mediator with the spirit world. His unconditional acceptance of all who approach him, whatever their background, condition or concerns, along with his ability to listen, make him an unavoidable, and unforgettable, encounter during clients’ stay.
Agung is our resident energy and pranic healer. He is a Reiki Master, and uses Reiki, pranic massage, years of experience, intuition and his acquired skills to restore the balance of prana (life energy) in his patients during one-on-one treatments. As a therapist, as his ability to induce a state of profound relaxation and letting go make him a popular stop-over who clients like to return to, as the sense of being revitalized, rejuvenated, and freed of past burdens felt upon emerging from a session with him is unforgettable and incomparable.
NurNur is our principal bodyworker and massage therapist. Trained in Somatic body work, Esalen massage, Reiki and Rolfing, her ability to adapt the intensity and modality of each massage to her clients makes her a precious member of the team. Many people report even long-term chronic aches and pains shifting or even disappearing after just a session or two with her. An hour on Nur’s massage table two or three times a week is a routine not just clients but our staff look forward to as well.