Frequently Asked Questions about Bali

Preparation

  • Who organises the flights?

    Flights are not included in the price. Please book yourself; the sooner the cheaper! Do not forget the 100% protection travel insurance!

  • Do you recommend a travel insurance?

    100% complete protection Travel insurance is mandatory at this teacher training. We recommend Austrians Donau (Carina Nagel: C.Nagel@donauversicherung.at)

  • Which visa / travel documents are required?

    All visitors must have a passport with min. 6 months validity. (please bring 2 photo copies of your passport).

    Please check with your embassy if you need a special visa.

    Standard procedures are as follows: You can obtain the visa for your stay in Bali directly at the airport upon arrival. It is valid for 30 days. If you want to stay for 60 days, the costs are USD 35 for a VOA (Visa On Arrival) when you land in Bali.
    We will then collect your passport and start organising your visa. You will have to go to the immigration office at some point to take a photo.
    This procedure organised through our agent (who is trustworthy and who we work with since 20 years) costs Rp. 850,000. You are free to choose cheaper options. Two months (60 days) stay is the maximum for tourists, otherwise you need to arrange a 6 months social visa.
    We can assist you with a social visa. For that you will need an invitation letter from an Indonesian sponsor, which we can help to arrange and with which you may obtain the social visa at your local embassy before you embark on your journey. The social visa needs to be extended (the costs through us for for first two extensions are Rp. 750,000 each and for the next 2 extensions Rp. 850,000 each) – Prices may change anytime.

    To obtain the appropriate visa please refer to your embassy as procedures may change before we get to update this website.

  • Do I need vaccinations or are other medical precautions necessary?

    For Austrians more information is available at MD Travel Health. The complete health recommendations for each country are updated daily.
    For information specific to travel vaccination see the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Health

  • Do I need to bring my own medication?

    Topics: Stomachache, diarrhea, dengue etc.?

    The Bali Belly is widespread, especially among visitors who travel to Asia for the first time. There are Chinese natural tablets, Colloidal Silver and homeopathic remedies which may help you, which we have available. However, please check with your doctor what to bring.

    There is dengue, so please protect yourself against mosquitoes (i.e.: close Mosquito net after 4, wear organic natural mosquito repellent after 4pm and light clothes covering arms and legs). Since we are in good clean open areas, especially around the ocean, the chances to get bitten are much less than in the cities or densely populated areas.

    Medication from outside the country is rarely needed, but if recommended by your doctor, please bring them. Where necessary antibiotics are available locally and there are good clinics in Bali. Beate knows exactly where to go, to whom and what to get. Please let us know about specific medication you need or are taking. Thank you!

  • What do I need to pack?

    Travelling lightly means packing lightly! Also, you’ll most likely shop in Bali, as Bali has so much to offer. There are so many beautiful, unique and affordable items!

    There is an efficient laundry service, so it is not necessary to bring a complete wardrobe for every single day. Please remember, we are in a tropical environment:

    • Yoga clothes: 3-4 short or 3/4 pants (no long pants made ​​of thick material); if t-shirts for yoga, then lightweight cotton, Spaghetti-halter tops or sports bras are ideal for ladies; thin little panties prevent heat rashes
    • Bring your own yoga mat!
    • Sandals (although plastic sandals such as Havaianas are ideal for everyday use & great for rain, we urge you to check out environmentally friendly shoes that brave the rain), open elegant sandals for evening/going out, comfortable shoes, sneakers for hiking. If socks then half-socks only, 1 – 2 pairs of light socks for sneakers
    • Shorts with cotton t-shirts, summer skirts with tops, airy summer dresses, shirts (cotton, airy), 1 lightweight sweatshirt, hoodie, light pants, airy cotton pants, 1 pair of jeans
    • Bikinis, swimsuit, sun hat, sunglasses
    • Sarongs (or buy there)
    • 2 white tops (that cover the shoulders) or light cotton blouses or t-shirts that are long enough that you can fit a belt around – these are for our temple excursions and ceremonies
    • A scarf that covers your shoulders
    • Small carry around umbrella
    • Insect repellent, sunscreen (biodegradable please)
    • Daypack, cloth bag for shopping
    • WATER BOTTLE to refill, NOT out of plastic
    • Camera, Torch
    • Note Book for the teacher training theory, Travel diary or Yoga Journal
    • 2 copies of your passport
    • Extra phone for local calls, direct telephone for international calls
    • international driving license (in case, you want to drive around after or before the training but it is better to hire a driver, they are very cheap and cheerful)

  • What about money? Do I need to bring cash?

    Yes, we recommend to bring some cash in your currency (USD, Euro, AUD etc). You can change currency at the local money changers. We suggest avoiding currency exchanges at the airport as they are expensive.
    If you need money for the taxi when you land, change €20 which is around Rp. 300,000 and enough for a taxi. However, please remember to pre-arrange a driver as a taxi would be too expensive.
    Please only go into money changers that are air-conditioned, bright and behind glass doors; not into some dodgy dark money changers in a side street. Always calculate yourself or take the calculator and type it in. Some calculators “calculate wrong”.

    Please check with your bank that your ATM card is valid internationally and ideally take a second card as well as a credit card.

  • Can I bring my family, my partner or my children?

    Yes! We are happy to suggest alternative activities/accommodation for your family and might be able to arrange discounts.

Arrival / Departure

  • How does the airport transfer work?

    You will be picked up by an Indonesian driver holding a sign with your name at the Airport in Denpasar/Bali once you have cleared customs. You will be driven to Amed (~1,5 h drive).
    Transfer cost for one car holding up to 3 passengers with luggage are Rp. 500,000 (about €35) and Rp. 700,000 (about € 42) for 4 passengers and more.

    For your departure, the villa is happy to organise the airport transfer for you and help you with all details of departure/transfer or assist you shall you decide to travel further through Bali or neighbouring islands. Beate is happy to assist you with tips.

    If you would like to organise your own transport, please let us know!

  • What costs and procedures do I have when I arrive?

    The cost of the transport is to be paid on arrival at the villa.
    If there are open bank transfer fees, it is appreciated when they are paid upon arrival as well. Bali Yoga Wien transfers all accommodation costs in one lump-sum to Bali. The bank transfer fee is divided and shared between all participants to be paid on arrival.
    A further fee when you arrive will be a guest registration fee (it is the registration with the local government); the fee is Rp, 25,000 which is about €1,50. This fee together with a copy of your passport will be handed to the villa owner.
    Please also bring a photocopy of your passport. Thank you!

  • Coming earlier, departing later?

    If you want to enjoy additional time before or after the training, we are happy to assist you with advice. It would be interesting for example to include visits to the nearby islands such as the Gilis or a Bali Round Trip.

  • What is the schedule for the first two and last two days?

    First day

    • Arrival at The Kampung: all day
    • Lunch at local restaurant: 1pm
    • Beach, snorkelling, kayaking: all afternoon
    • Welcome Circle: 5pm
    • Welcome dinner: 7pm

    Second Day

    • Balinese Opening Ceremony: 6am - 6:30am
    • Tea and Smoothie: 6:30am - 7am
    • Asanas, meditation & pranayama: 7am - 9am
    • Breakfast:9am -10am
    • Yoga theory: 10am - 1pm

    Second to last day

    • Morning practice: 7am - 9am
    • Bali Memories: 10am - 1pm
    • Waterfall excursion: 2:30pm - 5pm
    • Practice: 5:30pm - 7pm
    • Good Bye Dinner: 7pm

    Last Day

    • One hour meditation: 05:30am - 06:30am
    • tea break & smoothie: 06:30am - 7am
    • Morning practice/practicum: 7am - 9am
    • Certificate Ceremony: 10:00am - 11:30am

Accommodation

  • Where are the trainings held?

    The Bali Yoga Teacher Trainings are held directly at the sea in Amed at The Kampung

  • Where exactly is the Kampung located?

    The Kampung is located in East Bali in Amed directly on the beach. It is owned by Beate’s close friend and business partner, Vivi.

    Amed is a sleepy fishermen village. Although tourists flock into the area, it is not overcrowded and has kept its charm. Amed is a great place to experience Bali’s natural beauty and culture.

    A one and a half hour drive from the airport, the Amed area is a world away from the tourist centres of south Bali and the stresses of everyday modern life. We will be able to make gorgeous trips from here to see temples, a waterfall, the hills and the jungle.

    Amed is a well know destination for some of the best snorkelling and diving on the island. You can swim and snorkel directly off the beach in front of The Kampung or take a short boat ride to other snorkelling spots! There are kayaks and bicycles freely available from the The Kampung to explore the ocean and the village. Otherwise there are a few pools spread around the property to sunbathe and swim.

    Snorkelling, corals and colourful fish are right on your door step. Please bring your own snorkelling gear or you may rent some for Rp. 50,000 (around €3,50) at the local fishing village.

  • What are the yoga facilities like?

    At The Kampung there is a Yoga Shala, which overlooks the pool, garden and the ocean. It is equipped with blocks, belts, bolsters & blankets The floor is terracotta, so please bring thick mats or two thin mats to stack.

Nutrition & Detox

  • What kind of food is offered during the training?

    The Kampung offers a vegetarian buffet with local, fresh delicacies topped with superfoods.

    Included in the price are 3 daily meals plus 1 morning smoothie, 1 afternoon coconut, tea and water. However, every Wednesday and on the last 3 Sundays, lunch and dinner are on your own. That way, on those days, you can eat exactly what you like.

    There are numerous restaurants around The Kampung. If you want eggs, fish, bread, etc.. on other days than Wednesdays and Sundays you may order at extra charge from the a la carte menu.

    Nutrition is very important to us and we consider proper nutrition a very big part of yoga. We make sure that all food is fresh from the market, of highest quality, washed with the best water and preferably organic.

    We also see this training as a culinary journey with a focus on “new experiences” (introducing Indonesian and Balinese specialties & ingredients, delicacies that you may not yet know, superfoods, etc..).

    We only use olive or coconut oil, sea salt from Amed and organize extra superfoods like raw Balinese cocoa, Chia seeds, etc..

  • What does a sample menu look like?

    Morning Break
    Raw Cacao Smoothie made with cashewnut milk with cinnamon, bananas and palm syrup.

    Breakfast
    Fresh, seasonal tropical fruit / fruit salads / fresh fruit juices, homemade granola, chia pudding, scrambled tofu & super food surprises
    Tea, fresh coconut water

    Lunch
    Fresh mixed salads; raw spring rolls; brown rice with pepes (banana wrapped Balinese delicacies), vegetables and tofu

    Afternoon
    a whole coconut to eat and drink

    Dinner
    Soups as starters; vegetable kebabs with sew potato dishes and salad / jackfruit curries

  • Can I drink the tap water?

    No. Only bottled or filtered water is drinkable. Please bring your own re-useable non-plastic drinking bottle! Please fill up your bottle constantly with the water supplied and drink A LOT, because we sweat even more in the tropics! Dehydration risk. If you experience dehydration we suggest drinking coconut water and at times add Oralit (small sachets for rehydration) to your water and sip it slowly.

  • Can I use this time to do a detox or go on a special diet?

    Special food, nutrition counselling & detoxification are one of Beate’s main areas of interest and study. She is happy to help with special diet or detox plans.
    A detox can be arranged before or after the training or a light detox during the training; if only for a day (24 hour fasting) or a 3-day “cleansing” with colonic irrigation (best in Ubud). If you want to stay longer and seriously consider “cleansing” further, here’s a little tip for a “Healing Week”: www.ubudsari.com.

Excursions

  • What else is there to do in Bali besides yoga?

    There is a lot to do. Bali is so exciting! Never a dull moment

    Tours of temples and other “spiritual” and cultural Balinese sites, hot springs and water temple baths, hiking to waterfalls, biking through rice fields, surfing, diving, beach visits, snorkelling boating, kayaking, sunbathing, massage and Spa visits with traditional Asian beauty rituals (such as body scrubs with herbs, special hair masks with head massages, flower baths with ancient herbs, spicy steams, etc), therapies such as CranioSacral or unique acupuncture, crystal bowls, visiting Balinese and Javanese healers, breathtaking white water rafting, Elephant safaris, Volcano hikes, walks, markets, traditional dances, visits to other yoga studios and famous courses such as Ecstatic Dancing in the Yogabarn, Shopping, secluded beaches, mountain biking, art galleries, painting, stone carving, chatting with the Balinese while they go about their daily chores such as daily crafting of offerings, domestic travel...

    Just driving through Bali and looking out the window is an adventure in itself!

  • Which excursions are part of the training?

    We think it is important to not only learn about yoga but to also get to know Bali in the course of this training. As it is not only breathtakingly beautiful but has a lot to offer, to learn from and to absorb, which is an important part of the training.

    Weekend excursions (examples listed above) are not included. You can enjoy them yourself on your day off and we will happily assist you with suggestions.

    Since Beate knows the island very well and speaks the language, we are safe and know where to venture to. It also saves us a lot of extra costs in terms of transport, guides and tourist “misleading”. The same goes for shopping! That’s why we’ve combined this training with exciting travel across Bali. Costs for the excursions are not included but minimal (for transport usually €2 - €12, temple entrance fees below).

    The following trips are part of the program when we are in Amed:

    1. Lempuyang Temple in the first week (Admission: Rp. 0,000)

    2. Tirta Gangga (holy water source temple) for Melukat (Balinese cleansing ceremony) at full moon at sunrise

    3. Hiking (rice fields, hills, possibly venturing towards Mt. Agung)

    4. Yeh Mampe Waterfall (Entrance Rp., 000)

    The tours are NOT part of the syllabus, neither in content nor financially. Therefore, you are no obligated to join and they incur minimum extra costs. Nevertheless, we highly recommended them due to the beauty of Bali and also the cultural and spiritual part which supports your yoga journey.

    If you decide not to attend one, several, or all trips, please let our assistant know in advance. You may of course stay in the villa with our assistant, who will teach a yoga class. For security reasons we ask you to stay in the villa while the entire group is not around the villa.