Self-Guided Retreat at Nirarta
Reflect and discover

Design your own retreat experience

Enjoy our peace and serenity as you follow your path of self-discovery.

Price: € 0 for retreat. See options below for accommodation and meals costs
Duration: Your choice
Your options: Accommodation, meals, other Nirarta services.
Exclusions: Airport transfers, credit card charges, bank transfer fees, 15.5% govt tax and service.



On a self-guided retreat of your own design,

  • you determine your programme according to your needs and desires, including the length of your retreat
  • meals may be taken in the restaurant area, or in private if you require seclusion
  • you are free to join our morning and evening group meditation (at 7.30 am and 5.30 pm)
  • you may choose to spend time alone in your room, in our grounds, or wandering in the rice fields, hills, and woods nearby
  • we can suggest quiet spots by the river or streams for meditation and reflection
If desired, individual sessions of Transformational Coaching or Re•Patterning may be available on request.


  • being nourished by beautiful surroundings
  • our proximity to peaceful nature
  • simple yet comfortable accommodation
  • a supportive context in which you can relax and feel at ease
  • our balanced and holistic orienting ethos
    • supporting change, learning, and growth
    • sensitive to the larger pattern unfolding in your life
  • the power of Silence as the ultimate Source of resolution and inspiration, in which change, learning, and growth occur spontaneously


Morning stretching
Peace and reflection by the river
River rock meditation


'The stay down here has been awesome. Such a beautiful place. The Nature here has taught me many things. The birds, insects, bats, flowers, sun and starts have all taught me that there is a time for everything and cycle or cycles. There is a time for reflection, contemplation, and sitting and just being. There is a flow to life, just like the river.'

– Norman Maxwell, New Zealand, former rugby international, after self-guided retreat in Gangga Bungalow, May 2006

‘I take the peace of the river away flowing in my heart.’
– I F, Germany, 6 January 2007

Contact Us

Dayu Mayuni

Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness
Address: Sidemen, Karangasem 80864, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:+62 811 388 0065 or +62 366 5551124

Mobile:+62 81 246 52 123

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Payment Terms

Paying by credit card? We accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Transactions will appear on your statement under the name Nirarta. Your charges will include an additional 0% for credit card use.

Paying by bank transfer? Please include your name as reference, and add € to cover bank charges if from outside Indonesia.

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Payment Policy

Your booking is not complete until full payment is received.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you must cancel after registering, please notify us by email. The following cancellation fees apply:
For Individual Programmes and Bookings to Scheduled Programmes:

  • 30 to 16 days prior to arrival – 25% of contracted price.
  • 15 to 7 days prior to arrival – 50% of contracted price.
  • 6 days or less prior to arrival – 100% of contracted price.

For Group Bookings:

  • 45 to 30 days prior to arrival – 25% of contracted price.
  • 29 to 15 days prior to arrival – 50% of contracted price.
  • 14 days or less prior to arrival – 100% of contracted price.





Purpose of Meditation

Ultimately, the purpose of meditation is to help us awaken to our true nature, that subtle Awareness, which is the ground and Source, not only of our individual selves, but of all that is.

True meditation is not intended as an escape from this world. It is a key to practical living. As our consciousness awakens, so do our abilities and achievements. Meditiation helps us become truly present to our experience in the here and now. We find that our minds and bodies function better. We enjoy more happiness in daily life. We become more creative and enjoy better relationships with others. And in bringing peace into our lives, meditation helps bring peace to our world. The practical benefits of meditation in daily life are many and immediate, while the long-term benefits of regular practice to the quality of life are enormous.


Types of Meditation

There are many kinds of meditation. Generally, their aim is to expand awareness, enhance mental clarity and focus, reduce stress, refresh the body, bring harmony to our relationships, and peace to our world.

Although there are many kinds of meditation practice, they may be grouped into a few 'families' of method, according to how they influence mind-body functioning.

Awareness Meditation, as practised at Nirarta, uses a mix of these methods.

  • Mindfulness or presence meditation practices
  • Introvertive or contraction/absorption meditation practices
  • Extravertive or expansion meditation practices
  • Energy meditation practices


Mindfulness or presence meditation practices

These practices assume that we usually forget about the knower or even
the process of knowing to lose ourselves in the various objects of experience.

We live absent-mindedly, often barely conscious of what we are seeing,
hearing, feeling or thinking.

Mindfulness practices attempt to bring us to greater awareness by emphasizing simple attentiveness to what is actually happening in our awareness in the here and now.


Introvertive or contraction/absorption meditation practices

These practices assume that there is a transcendental ground to experience that is 'smaller than the smallest', in and beyond every atom of thought, feeling, and perception.

They involve turning the attention within, directing it towards a chosen object of attention, which becomes increasingly present, but also increasingly subtle, until we pass beyond it to enter and rest in the simple expansiveness of pure awareness itself, beyond all thoughts and sensory objects of attention.


Extravertive or expansion meditation practices

These practices assume that everything we experience is always within our own consciousness, which as such is always 'larger than the largest'.

These practices bring our attention to the ultimate container of knowledge, our own awareness beyond all the various contents of consciousness.


Energy meditation practices

Energy meditations assume that integrated functioning of mind and body depends upon the free flow of a subtle energy which connects the different parts of the body.

When our subtle energy is able to flow freely, we are better able to maintain and enjoy awareness in our lives. We also enjoy great strength, power, and insight.

Energy practices stimulate and direct the flow of energy in the body. This may be a subtle internal process or it may become quite active.

As energy moves in the body, it can encounter blocks or resistance, stimulating sometimes dramatic spontaneous movements and shifts in breathing.

Afterwards we find ourselves more open in awareness and relaxed in body.

Such practice accelerates the ability of the body-mind to purify itself, enjoy better health, and to maintain higher consciousness.