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Silent Meditation Retreats in Ubud, Bali

with Ramananda Mayi & Lily Goncalves

– Free 7 Day Meditation Retreats –

(*minus food and accommodations)

The noble art of silent meditation is a powerful tool to unlock the highest potential of human life and there is no greater gift to give yourself than spending time in silence and deep reflection to open the doors to your life’s purpose.

Silent meditation allows you to find the answers to life’s deepest questions from within, and helps reveal greater states of clarity, well-being and inner peace.  It purifies the mind and opens the Heart so that you may live with greater wisdom and compassion in each moment of your life. The inner transformation that occurs when you simply allow yourself to completely let go and relax into your natural state is truly incomparable.

If you need to spend some time slowing down, clarifying your purpose in the world, or want to go deep within, these free silent meditation retreats are perfect for you. These retreats are for intermediate students who are interested in the yogic approach to spiritual liberation.  These courses provide a strong foundation in which you can continue a meditation and pranayama practice at home, as well as qualify you to teach meditation to others.

In addition to 3 sessions of meditation daily, our Silent Meditation Retreats also features a gentle Hatha Yoga class in the morning that may include Yin Yoga as well as restorative postures, Yoga Nidra (Psychic Sleep) in the afternoon, as well as evening Dharma Talks.

These Bali meditation retreats promise to change your life in ways that you could never have dreamed.  Learning and practicing meditation and pranayama daily is the cornerstone of Yoga practices, and should be made a priority in everyone’s life.  The benefits reaped from such practices extend to all facets of life: our relationships, confidence, wisdom, compassion, sincerity, love, respect, creativity and insight.  All of these attributes arise from a source within, and the only way to access it is to remain silent, listen and witness inside as your highest potential reveals itself.

Retreats Include

3 Silent Meditation Sessions Daily
These sessions are the foundation of the retreat and are a rare opportunity to completely immerse into silent stillness.  A complete method of silent meditation, from the yogic tradition, will be taught and will form the basis of practice. This technique includes controlled breathing methods to stabilize the mind (pranayama), and 3 root practices to concentrate the mind upon silence:

  1. Breath Awareness
  2. Mantra
  3. Self-Inquiry
1 Yoga Class Daily

Suitable for all levels the daily yoga class is a fluid sequencing of postures, linked with the breath, to revitalize and rejuvenate both body, mind and spirit.    These energizing and healing classes help the physical body to let go of habitual tension and channel the subtle energy into the spine.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a powerful, scientific method based on ancient Tantric texts, of complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation.   An invaluable tool for manifestation, letting go of habitual patterns, and connecting to your true nature,  Yoga Nidra releases built up tension, stress and anxiety, providing a perfect tool for the often fast-paced life of the modern world. Yoga Nidra induces the mind to transition from the waking state, through the “hypnagogic” state (between waking and dream), into dream and deep sleep states. This transition however is not done unconsciously. Using the tool of Yoga Nidra the transition is done with full consciousness and allows the practitioner to access layers of the subconscious mind with clarity and mindfulness. This allows for the release of many negative patterns in the mind to unravel and ultimately dissolve. This state of heightened awareness, coupled with the equipoise of mind that yoga nidra promotes, ultimately helps elevate us the higher levels of spirituality where inner wisdom and compassion express themselves effortlessly.


Satsang is simply an opportunity to live in Yoga, or Union, with the Divine.  Through the 3-fold process of listening to the teachings of the Awakened Ones, reflecting upon these teachings and through an uninterrupted abidance in the present moment, our True Self or Natural State emerges.  This natural liberation is one of the greatest gifts bestowed by Divine Grace upon each one of us when our hearts are pure and an intense longing for liberation arises.

These powerful sessions with Lily and Ramananda are a rare opportunity to gain insight into the teachings of the yogis and learn how to apply them into our lives; so we may truly live in Yoga – Divine Union. These “talks” often focus upon clarifying the path, answering questions and resolving doubts, while also transmitting the essence of the teachings by empowering each individual to continually reflect and abide in their own True Self.

"Intensive Meditation Training" Certification Upon Completion

At the end of each retreat, qualifying students will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment.  These certificates are official documents issued by the Blooming Lotus Yoga School to recognize students as having completed a set amount of hours in intensive meditation that can be used to document your training. We issue 3 levels of “Intensive Meditation Training” certification:

Level 1 – 50 hours (upon completion of the 1st retreat)

Level 2 – 50 hours (upon completion of your 2nd retreat)

Level 3 – 50 hours (upon completion of your 3rd retreat)

We also issue a special certificate of “Advanced Meditation Training” for return students that complete 4 or more courses:

Level 4 – 50 hours (4 courses)

Please Note:

1) To qualify for these certificates you must have successfully completed our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses to have learned the basics of teaching meditation to beginners. 

2) These meditation training certificates are not affiliated with the Yoga Alliance.

3) Certification is dependent upon the teacher’s consent and blessings 


Meditation Retreat Teachers

Ramananda MayiAuthor of “The Essential Teachings” trilogy, Ramananda inspires the awakening of the spiritual heart through the wisdom traditions of Yoga, Tantra and Vedanta.  A natural born mystic, vedic astrologer, ayurvedic medicinal healer and founder of Bali’s yoga lifestyle magazine BLISS!, he facilitates yoga teacher trainings & silent meditation retreats at Blooming Lotus Yoga throughout the year.  His teachings originate from the Vedas and the oral tradition of the enlightened saints of India which he received from his gurus and extensive pilgrimages throughout Asia. His extensive knowledge of the mystery teachings of the Vedas and Tantras coupled with his expertise in ceremony, ritual, Sanskrit chanting, mudras and mandalas opens the gateways into….

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yoga retreat teacher in baliLily’s yearning for yoga has brought her to seek out its True Essence; its essential nature of being and the timeless wisdom that embodies these sacred teachings. Lily is honored to have worked with her dear friend Kate Potter on the Yoga T.V.  & D.V.D. series Namaste, and as well as produced her own Yoga Nidra CD’s as tools for meditation, health and healing, and awareness training.  Lily’s special interest lies in Meditation, Advaita Vedanta, Mantra & Tantra, Bhakti Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. Along with her love for the mystic poets, dance, art, music, and sacred pilgrimages throughout India and Asia, Lily shares the multiple ways that our divine nature expresses itself both through the teachings and in our daily lives….

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Accommodation Options

1. ON-SITE: This option is recommended for all Yoga Teacher Training students wishing to join us for the meditation retreat after their YTT course and tourists visiting Ubud.  

2.  OFF-SITE: We recommend this option only for locals that are already established here in Ubud.  As living off-site entails commuting, it can be challenging for someone to arrive in Bali, find their own accommodation and arrange transport to/from the retreat venue, with such an intensive schedule.

Meditation Retreat Venue

For those wishing to live ON-SITE you can enjoy the comfort, luxury, and peace of our amazing retreat venue at very affordable prices.  With spacious rooms, plunge pools in each villa, en-suite kitchenettes, full-sized bathrooms, and a friendly, full time staff who will attend to your every need, these villas provide tropical, outdoor living to connect with the stunning natural surroundings.

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We source as much organic and locally grown produce as possible for the 3 healthy and delicious vegan meals included within the accommodations costs for those staying on-site.

For those staying off-site, these same 3 meals are available for only $96 USD for the entire course.

A light breakfast after the morning class consists of seasonal fresh fruits with scrumptious granola, freshly made coconut milk and honey to keep the body and mind light, clear and full of energy.

Lunch and dinner are a set menu of various healthy, international dishes, including soup, salad, main course and dessert.

*Meals are largely gluten-free, however we use soya sauce in many dishes. We are able to accommodate for low-gluten diets and peanut allergies. However, as all meals are set for the entire group we cannot cater to any other special request, preference or allergy.


  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Orientation
  • 5:30 – 6:00 am: Wake-up Bell
  • 6:00 – 6:30 am: Tea/Coffee
  • 6:30 – 8:00 am: Meditation
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:15 am: Free Time
  • 9:15 – 10:30 am: Yoga Class
  • 10:30 – 10:45am: Free Time
  • 10:45 – 12:15pm: Satsang & Meditation
  • 12:15 – 1:15pm: Lunch
  • 1:15 – 2:30pm: Free Time
  • 2:30 – 4:30pm: Yoga Nidra and Meditation
  • 4:30 – 5:00pm : Tea/Coffee
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm: Free Time
  • 6:00 – 7:00pm: Dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Satsang and Meditation
  • 5:30 – 6:00 am: Wake-up Bell
  • 6:00 – 6:30 am: Tea/Coffee
  • 6:30 – 8:00 am: Meditation
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • Before 12:00 pm: Check-Out
  • For those staying on-site  (6 nights in a shared room), a deposit of $215 USD is due upon acceptance into the retreat and can be paid through an online credit card payment .  The remaining amount will be due on the first day of the retreat and can be paid in cash (USD) or by credit card (in Rupiah).

    Cancellation Policy: Once the deposit is paid we, unfortunately, cannot provide any refunds, as all the funds go directly to the retreat venue to secure your reservation.

    – Schedule –

    september 2020

    18sep(sep 18)2:00 pm24(sep 24)8:00 amMeditation RetreatBlooming Lotus Yoga

    may 2021

    14may(may 14)2:00 pm20(may 20)8:00 amMeditation RetreatBlooming Lotus Yoga

    – Onsite Accommodations –

    All prices in USD

    – Offsite Accommodation –

    Retreat Guidelines

    – Please read carefully, as your consent to meet these conditions is necessary to be accepted into the retreat – 

    Vow of Silence
    Each retreat participant will be asked to maintain complete verbal silence for the duration of the retreat. This essential self-discipline is necessary to maintain the integrity of the retreat and to respect fellow meditators. In the event that you break your silence you will be given a few a gentle reminders. If you are not able to maintain silence you will be asked to leave the retreat in order to preserve the silence for the rest of the group*. We ask that you turn off all cell phones as well as all musical devices during the retreat.


    *Please note that food/accommodation fees are non-refundable

    Class Attendance
    Students are expected to attend all the classes, unless living off-site.
    Vegan Diet
    All retreat participants are asked to practice non-violence for the duration of the retreat. 3 healthy, vegan meals will be provided to help maintain this foundation of yogic practices.

    Modest Dress Code
    We recommend wearing light-colored, loose and comfortable clothing during your retreat.
    Abstaining from Intoxicants & Sexual Activity
    Retreat participants are asked to refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking, or consuming recreational drugs, due to the possible adverse effects that these substances may have when combined with yogic practices. To conserve the vital life force and derive the most benefit from meditation, we advise that all participants refrain from engaging in sexual activity.

    Registration is Simple & Easy

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    We are honored to receive your application, and to ensure the highest quality retreat possible please make sure that you consent to our retreat guidelines, before sending an application form.

    Please be aware that these free retreats generally fill up 1 month before they begin, and we typically receive over 60 applications per course and only accept 30 students. 

    As such, please spend some focused time, in a calm environment,  filling out your application form with all the relevant details asked for, so that we may assess if this retreat is appropriate for you.  Please give us as much detail as possible in the sections regarding your meditation background and experience. Your will receive confirmation within 3 days of applying, whether you have been accepted into the retreat.

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    I'm a complete beginner - will this retreat be appropriate for me?!

    As we receive many applications for the meditation retreats we select students with a long background in both meditation, yoga asana, and in their spiritual path.

    The intensity of this retreat requires each participant to immerse themselves in 6-8 hours each day of sitting meditation (up to 1.5 hours per session).  As such, many beginners find it very challenging, and it is not recommended to anyone that cannot sit for at least 30 minutes in one position.

    We recommend that complete beginners join one of our Beginner Yoga & Meditation Retreats in Bali, that begin each Sunday.  These retreats are tailored to beginners and teach a simple, easy and complete system of meditation that is perfect for beginners.  If you are a beginner please click here to learn more about our BEGINNERS MEDITATION RETREATS.


    What is your lineage, tradition and approach to meditation and spiritual liberation?!

    Our teachings originate from the Vedas and the ancient wisdom tradition of the yogis of India.  Specifically, we teach Shri Vidya, which is an integrative and holistic approach to human evolution that emphasises the cultivation of Wisdom (Jnana Yoga), while using the means of Devotion (Bhakti Yoga) and Self-Discipline (Raja Yoga) as adjuncts to purify the mind and prepare it for enlightenment (Atma Sakshat Kara).


    Our approach of Shri Vidya Maha Yoga emphasizes the non-dual teachings (Advaita Vedanta) of the great sages of our tradition like Ramana Maharshi, Adi Shankara and Amma Shri Karunamayi. Our approach is that ultimately you are the embodiment of Spirit in form and to discover this is to let go of all that which is clouding the remembrance of your true nature. This entails purification of the thought patterns, emotions, memories and samsakaras (imprints) through techniques and practices. Pure Awareness is the principle mode we advise for letting go into this natural state of yoga.  This is an act of surrendering and letting go of all illusions, attachments, and aversions to what Is.  It is the deepest self-acceptance of one’s own self and consequently of all that is.  This is pure love, pure bliss, and pure consciousness.


    Do you offer retreats on any other dates than what is listed on your website?
    Sorry, the dates you see here are the only ones available, and the website is updated regularly.
    Can I start whenever I want?
    Because our retreats are in such high demand, we give preference to students who can be with us and the group for the duration of the programs.  However, if you need to arrive on any other day please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you 🙂
    I'm registered for a YTT and wish to know my options for accommodations/food in-between the YTT and Meditation Retreat?

    If you are already registered for an upcoming YTT and would also like to attend a meditation retreat afterward, you will have a few days in between the programs to relax and enjoy Bali.

    Most students prefer to stay at the retreat venue in between programs, using it as a base from which to explore Bali, while others choose to find their own accommodations elsewhere.

    If you also wish to stay on-site, for any amount of nights, between your YTT and Meditation Retreat that can be arranged with the retreat venue staff once you arrive to your YTT.  For meals, you are welcome to order from our in-house Amrita Vegan Restaurant or eat out when you wish.

    Are meals included? Where do we eat?

    For those staying on-site the accommodation fee also includes a delicious vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the retreat.

    A Light Breakfast before the morning class consists of seasonal fresh fruits with granola, coconut yogurt, and honey to keep the body and mind clear and full of energy.

    Lunch and dinners are a set menu of various international cuisines from Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, India, Greece, Vietnam, Italy, and America, expertly cooked by our chefs.

    For those staying off-site you may choose to eat at home or for only $96 USD you may enjoy these same 3 meals per day.

    We try to source as much local, sustainable, and organic foods as possible for our menu.


    Is there internet/WIFI available?

    We highly encourage you to turn off all devices and enjoy a “digital detox” during the entire duration of the retreat so you may go deeper. However, there is free wifi available in each villa that can be used for essential communications.

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