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The annual 2022 BaliSpirit Festival™ in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia – a week's feast of wellness, yoga, conscious music, ecstatic dance, tantra, watsu, clarity breathwork, therapy, meditation, self-help, crystal sound-healing, mindful mobility, vision-boarding, breatheology and gong baths.

One of Ubud's biggest events, and a definite for your diary next year.

Namaste! See you on the mats in April 2022, Blessed Ones!

Buy your 2022 Bali Spirit Festival Abundance daily or weekly tickets and passes for Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa and Bikram yoga classes at the BSF in Ubud

Bali wouldn't be Bali without the effortless grace and boundless patience of the Balinese people.
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On the 'You' menu for The BaliSpirit Festival™ 2022 – a week's worth of bhakti music, kirtan, capoeira, innerlight revival breathwork, hula-hoop dance workouts, cosmic-flow yoga, embodied dance, yin-and-yang yoga, Wataflow™, personal inner treadwork development, peace-sticks, mindful anger, women's pelvic health, Afro-Latin medicine loops and mantra music.

Dessert? An endless stream of Loveolution® cacao ceremonies...

Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyãsa, Bikram, Yin, Restorative and Iyengar Yoga in Ubud, Bali – Get with the Vibe-Tribe!

The Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud for yoga classes, watsu, water-healers, tantra, sound-healing, gong baths and ecstatic dance in Indonesia

Ubud's very own BaliSpirit Festival™ ~ Watsu® and water-healing, Bikram, Vinyãsa, Hatha and Ashtanga yoga classes, Quantum Breath® sessions and workshops, self-help, communal therapy, tantric yoga and tantra, sound-healing, Quantum Gong Baths™, ecstatic dance and live, conscious music – all in one spot!
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Reach deep inside and find yourself in Bali – a mini-world of untold magic and pleasures – and a playground for new ideas.

Watsu Therapy & Water-Healing at the Annual Wellness and Yoga Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia

A Watsu therapist conducts a water-therapy session at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia

Watsu at work – a water-therapist heals and soothes his female patient at the annual Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia.
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A Watsu water-therapy session is conducted in a swimming pool during the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

A Watsu water-therapy healer conducts a private session in a swimming pool during the annual Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud.
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Blissology Yoga®, Black Metal Yoga™ & Quantum Light Breath Sessions ~ What You Can Expect at the 2022 Bali Wellness and Yoga Festival in Ubud

Indulge yourself in a world-class daytime workshop line-up that might include Blissology Yoga™, Pirate Booty Yoga®, Black Metal Yoga™, Ethnochoreology Yoga™ or Reggaelates® – other highlights include Quantum Light Breath sessions and a Gong Bath.

On a musical note, the One World Stage boasts the likes of the electrifying Elijah Ray And The Band Of Light, Rajastan Josh, Immigrant Bass Music, Conscious Hip-Hop and Tubby Love.


Hula-Hoop Yoga Classes for All Ages at The Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali

Women bliss out during an outdoor HoopYogini hula-hoop yoga class at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

Women bliss out during an outdoor HoopYogini ™ hula-hoop yoga class at the annual Bali Spirit Festival's day-time workshop venue in Ubud, Indonesia.
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A middle-aged female student tries out a HoopYogini hula-hoop yoga class during the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

A middle-aged Russian female student tries out a HoopYogini ™ hoola-hoop yoga class for beginners during the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud.
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Mixed Wellness and Yoga Classes from Beginners to Advanced at the 2022 Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

A male instructor guides his female students during a yoga class at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

A male instructor guides his female students during a mixed yoga class at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
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A mixed yoga class in session at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia

An experienced male yoga teacher bends over backwards for his students during a mixed yoga class in session at the day venue of the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia.
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A mixed yoga class in session at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia

A mixed yoga workshop in action at the day-venue of the annual Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia.
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A mixed yoga class in session at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia

Breatheology at work during a mixed yoga class at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts workshop venue in Ubud, Indonesia.
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A mixed yoga class in session at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia

Yogis and yoginis pushing it at a mixed yoga workshop at the Bali Spirit Festival's day-time venue in Ubud, Indonesia.
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A mixed yoga class in session at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia

A mixed yoga class in session at the annual Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia.
Get ready for 2022!
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A male yogi student meditates during a mixed yoga class at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

Sometimes it's not about following the crowd.
A male yoga student takes a moment to meditate by himself during a mixed yoga workshop at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud.
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Tantra & Tantric Yoga Classes at the 2022 Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali

A female instructor monitors her students during an outdoor yoga session at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

A female tantra yoga teacher monitors her carefully positioned students during an outdoor tantric yoga class at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
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A yogi and yogini practice an advanced yoga position at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

A young, supple tantra yogi and yogini engage in an advanced tantric-intimacy position during the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia.
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Ecstatic Dance & Live, Conscious Music at the Annual BaliSpirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia

An onlooker videos an Afro Flow Yoga session on her iPad during the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

A festival attendee videos an Afro Flow Yoga ™ music-and-dance class on her iPad during the annual Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia.
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Ecstatic dancers in mid-flow, as the journey begins at The Bali Spirit Festival towards wellness and self-healing

Ecstatic dancers in mid-flow, as the journey of the self begins its arc towards wellness and inner soul-healing.
Join the conscious crew with wall-to-wall music and live parties at the 2022 Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia.
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The annual Bali Spirit festivals - when they happen - are a joy to behold

'Every Bali Spirit Festival is an experience never to be forgotten'.
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Buy your 2022 Bali Spirit Festival Abundance day or weekly pass and ticket for yoga classes via Spirit Shuttle to the venue at Bali Purnati near Ubud

Bali wouldn't be Bali without a backdrop of wide, generous smiles and the gentle scent of incense.

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Om Swastiastu.


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Photography ~ Bali's Street Art Scene ~ Urban Artists in the Wild

A Balinese girl in traditional ceremonial headdress prepares for a festival in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Urban art of a girl in traditional ceremonial headdress preparing for a Balinese ceremony in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
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Street art and murals for the masses ~ the most public of Bali's urban-art scene hidden in plain sight on the walls of Ubud, Canggu, Seminyak and Kuta.

Street mural of a young Balinese woman at the side of the road in Singakerta, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Street mural of a young Balinese woman at the side of the road in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Photograph © 2021 Ubud High.

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Bali Portraits

A female Balinese farm-worker carries a 20-kilo bag of rice on her head in order to keep yogis and yoginis fed during Ubud's Bali Yoga Festival at the Bali Purnati venue

A casual labourer who earns approximately US$4 a day carries a 20-kilo bag of freshly-harvested rice on her head in South Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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Behind the scenes, a construction worker takes five on a building site in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Pak Kadek – a 38-year-old labourer on a construction site in Ubud, Bali – earns US$6.80 a day to support his family of three.

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Portrait of the Day

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Young female beggar from Muntigunung, Bali, on the streets of Ubud

A beggar from Muntigunung on the streets of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia.
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Urban art of a young Balinese girl using a smartphone by the street artist Wild Drawing of Bali, Indonesia

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Bali's Street Art

Street art, graffiti and murals for the masses – the most public of Bali's urban art scene hidden in plain sight on the walls of Canggu, Ubud, Seminyak and Kuta.

Street art and graffiti murals at Batu Bolong beach in Canggu near Old Man's bar and restaurant, Bali, Indonesia

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Religion Matters

The Tale of Ganesha the Globetrotter ~ Bali's Elephant-Headed Hindu God

Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, depicted as a spray-can- and roller-wielding street artist in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

‘First stop on Shree Ganesha's round-Asia tour was a spell in Buddhist Tibet with its strong tantric leanings – a convenient spot to re-invent himself as Vinãyaka, and then as the dancing red Nritta Ganapati – before a full-blown alter-ego revamp as the scarlet, twelve-armed Maharakta Ganapati. Now, Maharakta Ganapati was unusually fond of skullcaps filled with human flesh and blood – and this we might charitably put down to a bad trip.

After all, what happens in Tibet stays in Tibet...’

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An American Calonarang ~ Trance & Possession on Bali

Graffiti street art of a Balinese Salvador Dali sipping on a cup of kopi luwak in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

‘To cut an all-night story short, the mask was donned by a dancer who fell into a deep trance. But instead of staying in the temple, he began to run. And run. He became violent and uncontrollable. He ran for four kilometers down the road – the crowd scrambled after him. He ended up in a cemetery just past my house, and in the dead of night began to do frenzied battle with unseen foes...’

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'Nyepi' ~ Bali's Hindu New Year, and the Day of Silence ~ Melasti, Ngerupuk, Ogoh-Ogoh & Manis Nyepi

Balinese-Hindu devotees pray as sacred temple objects are bathed and cleansed during a Melasti ceremony before Nyepi on Pantai Purnama in Bali, Indonesia

‘If previous New Years' Days have seen you waking up with a crippling hangover trying to remember what you did the night before, maybe it's time you headed to Bali in March. Nyepi – the Balinese Day of Silence, and the start of the Hindu Saka New Year – is a day, a night and a day you'll never forget....’

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'Kajeng Kliwon' ~ A Very Bad-Hair Day on Bali

Film poster for Indonesian horror film 'Kajeng Kliwon: Nightmare in Bali'

‘Kajeng Kliwon is the kind of day when anything that can happen will happen. It invariably does.

You have been seriously warned...’

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Personal Stories

Diary of a Market Girl

Photo-realistic urban art by an anonymous street artist of a 1930s market scene in Bali, Indonesia

“When I had my sixth and seventh babies at the hospital – my twin girls – the doctor ordered me to have a Caesarian. And without asking me, he tied my tubes off as well.

I think he thought I'd had enough babies...”

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Food Talk

Durian ~ The King of Stink

“On the third bite,” says one hater, “it was as though I'd just eaten a diseased, parasite-infested animal with a bad case of rabies. I prayed I wouldn't be sick because I really didn't want to taste it again on the way back up...”

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Culture Bites

Cinema Paradiso ~ Bali's Seat in the History of Indonesian Cinema

1932 Virgins of Bali Thirties nudie-cutie bare-native film poster 1930s Bali, Indonesia

‘Boobs and political censorship have never been far from the Silver Screen – in Indonesia, they're its bedrock. The silent flicks of Thirties' Bali sucked hungrily on the island's bare-breasted cabinet-postcard image that encouraged so many gilded tourists – and dodgy film-stars like Charlie Chaplin – to visit its sultry, forbidden shores...’

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Getting Around ~ Bali 'Biking

Surviving Bali on a 'Bike

Motorbike accident victim being treated for a leg-injury in an Ubud clinic in Bali, Indonesia

“For me, some of the most dangerous people on the road are white people. I avoid them like the plague. You can tell the ones who are going to hurt others – the fixed grins, the hunched over the handle-bars, the wobbling around corners and shouts of indignation when they finally hit someone – because they have absolutely no idea how life and the road works around here...”

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It's Silly Season Again ~ Renting a Scooter, and Crashing it, on Bali

A monkey tourist crashes his scooter in a road accident in Bali, Indonesia

‘She tears into the traffic. She can't stop. She narrowly misses hitting a car head-on, swerves past a mum on a 'bike and slaloms across the road. Before she hits anyone – it's a miracle she doesn't – she falls in a bad-sounding heap of bent metal and smashing plastic. A group of Balinese rush to pick her up before the cops see her...’

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The Other Side of the Coin ~ Just Another Motorbike Accident on Bali

Commercial street art mural of a Balinese man sitting astride his Norton motorcycle as his wife hovers with daily offerings

‘She starts sweeping and I notice that she's limping. There's a spreading bruise and an angry graze running past her knee and down her calf. She wants to carry on cleaning – I sit her down and ask her what happened.

She's shy; I press...’

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Health Matters

Let's Get Wet ~ The Rainy Season on Bali

Blue sky pokes from behind a gathering of stormy monsoon clouds over Bali, Indonesia

‘Rule number one on a monsoon day? Don't get wet.

You may not realise that getting caught in a cloudburst or shower on Bali – particularly if you're on a motorbike – is the tropical equivalent of walking naked outside during a Prague Winter after a lukewarm bath.

It'll really slow you down. The shivers, hot-and-cold flushes, a chesty cough, diarrhoea, sneezing, stomach pains, a belting headache and aching bones are all at the top of the list...’

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Scorpions, Mosquitoes, Hornets, Poisonous Caterpillars... And Other Strange Tails on Bali

‘Nowhere is free from the tax of life. We all have to pay for our slice of Bali paradise – and this often comes in the shape of our biting, stinging, crawling, flying insect-cousins.

It's the downside of environment-sharing...’

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Holidays from the Jungle

The Heads of Trunyan

‘Agricultural, and unpractised in the dark art of handling international tourists, the aristocratic farmer-people of Trunyan have acquired a damaging reputation for aggression. Their unique tourist draw – a jungle-cemetery where bodies are left in the open to disintegrate underneath a magical banyan tree – is regularly shunned by travellers on the time-sensitive tourist circuit...’

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Lombok ~ A Line in the Sand

‘Ten meters away and the young man finally looks up – an inane, animal-like grin taped across his face as his girlfriend grips his porcelain butt and grimaces towards the empty blue sky. They disengage like street dogs, utter an invective in Russian, and stare...’

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Tourism & Self-Enrichment

Eat, Pray, Self-Love

I love-heart Ubud, Canggu, Seminya, Sanur and Kuta in Bali, Indonesia

‘My concentration's shot to pieces. The spaghetti keeps falling off my fork. She's on her third large beer now. She starts to say 'facking' even more, and is speaking so loudly that people passing on the street have begun to look her way, and she's spitting bits of ciabatta bread and tomato and fish into her friend's dinner...’

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From Ubud With Love

Will you marry? in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

‘I'm staying at a cute, family-run bed-and-breakfast – a homestay – on Ubud's trendy Jalan Goutama. A young member of the homestay's family tours her compound, blessing it with incense and rice and flower-petal offerings in little hand-made palm-leaf boxes.

All is well in Bali's spiritual capital...’

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A Dutchman Goes to a Gypsy Fortune-Teller

Wooden cock bottle openers, Ubud Market, Bali

‘A Dutch boy in Holland goes to a gypsy fortune-teller who tells him that he is, in fact, Balinese. Afterwards, his uncle visits the Island of the Gods and brings him back a wooden carving of a bare-breasted lady.

Lucky for him it wasn't one of those funny-shaped wooden bottle-openers that looks like a cock...’

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The Land of Self-Healing and Snake Oil

Yoga-wear for an Ubud yogini manifesting her abundance, exploring her Divine Feminine and inserting a Jade Egg at The Womb Temple near The Yoga Barn in Bali

‘Shake out those Kundalini Awakenings with some HoopYogini™ and Bhakti Boogie® at the Yoga Barn. Celebrate The Divine Feminine with a splash of Shakti Dance. Puff up your lungs in a Sacred Breathwork Immersion Workshop®, insert a Jade Egg for luck at The Womb Temple™ and polish it off with some tantalising Manifesting And Abundance.

You know you're worth it...’

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Urban art of a young Balinese girl using a cellphone by the street artist Wild Drawing of Bali, Indonesia

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Fake styrofoam clouds over the main 'Cloud' stage at the 'Plastic-Free Gili Air Music Festival' near Lombok, Indonesia