2018 Bali Retreat

with Don DeMercurio 


Retreat Overview

We are being offered a rare gift to share in an experience of life as ritual and celebration with sacred lineage holders and traditional families on the island of Bali.

For 2 full weeks we will be living at Nararta Center for Living Awareness at the foot of Gunung Agung, the Mother Mountain. It is honored as the abode of the gods and the ancestors and where you return to when you die. It is the origin of water and volcanoes. This place of power is central to the movements of all life within the Balinese Hindu tradition. We will be arriving just prior to the most important festival of the year, Galungun and the anniversary of the temple of Nararta.

During our first week we will join with family and staff in the cleansing, preparation and celebration of this time and receive instruction in the form of prayer and ritual in this ancient Hindu tradition. 

Our second week will be guided by the energy of the group as we journey  into surrounding villages to meet with healers, priests and families connected with our retreat hosts, Peter Wrycza and Dayu Mayuni.

As with all of our immersion retreats, the flow of the retreat will change according to the unfolding of the group and the rhythms of our host families. We leave behind ordinary time, space, perception and expectations as we open to the living mystery of our home away from home.

"Balinese tradition, as with many Asian societies, tends to emphasize feeling, intuition, relationship, sensitivity to background context, complexity, balance, and a capacity to embrace change, while maintaining its core. In Bali the arts, healing, spirituality, and community are interwoven in daily life in a way that is unique in the modern world." - David Osgood

Retreat is limited to 12-14 participants.


May 23, 2018 - June 6, 2018  (14 nights)


$3500 twin shared room               $3900 single occupancy                                                                                                                                                                                       Includes: all lodging, meals, twice daily meditation, meetings with healers, priests and teachers,  ritual and ceremonial instruction and transportation to and from sacred sites and venues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Does not include: international airfare, occasional meal out, optional individual bodywork.  

*Tipping in Bali is not a customary practice.  All of the staff, healers and facilitators will be compensated completely by your retreat fee.


 $750 non-refundable deposit due with registration.  (Space is guaranteed upon receipt of deposit).                                                                                                               $2750 final payment due February 1, 2018    

Cancellation Policy:

Your deposit of $750 is non-refundable once it has been received by Essence Institute, LLC.
Balance is non-refundable 60 days or less from departure. There are no exceptions to this.

If cancelled 61 days or more prior to departure, full refund less initial deposit of $750.

If group airfare is purchased and cancellation will affect the reservation or fare of the group, airfare will be forfeited.

*To cover yourself in the event of a last minute need to cancel you should purchase trip cancellation insurance upon registering for the trip.

Trip Cancellation and Medical Insurance:
You are required to purchase trip cancellation and Medical Insurance prior to leaving the US. This is relatively inexpensive.  

Vaccinations & Medical preparations:
Make sure that you check with your doctor and procure any vaccinations necessary to travel.  

Make sure that you have a valid passport which is good for at least 6 months following your entrance into the country.

What to pack, foreign currency details, etc.
I will be putting together a tips for travelers packet once I have received registrations which will be sent to you separately.

International Flight US - Bali
We will be flying into Ngurah Rai airport (DPS) near Denpasar, Bali and then taking a 90 minute trip by ground transport . The cost of the transportation within Bali will be covered by your fee.