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March 27 – April 1, 2011

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Mystic Journey and Guru Dev will be performing and teaching at the Bali Spirit Festival, March 23-27. Join us at the festival and our special post-festival Retreat!

To hear Mystic Journey perform the song "Suling"
(by Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy)

Click HERE.

(Suling is also the name of the indonesian flute played on this song)


rainbos in BaliJoin Suzanne Teng, Gilbert Levy & Mystic Journey, Guru Dev and Friends on a 6-day magical, musical healing retreat in the tropical paradise of Bali.  Celebrate life, heal your body, mind and soul with like-minded friends in a beautiful private jungle sanctuary called Chakya Muna, located on one of the most sacred rivers in Bali, the Petanu, only five minutes from the cultural epicenter of Ubud.

Together we will create a community that will journey to sacred places on the island, dance at Mystic Journey’s live dance parties and private concerts, practice yoga and meditation with live music, and explore the culture and beauty of Bali with one of the island’s experts as our personal guide. Treat yourself to massages and healing treatments, swim in the healing waters…experience bliss!

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View of the sacred Petanu River from our Retreat Center.


  • 6 days/5 nights accommodation at Chakya Muna Retreat Center
  • 3 delicious and healthy gourmet meals a day
  • Exclusive Mystic Journey Dance Parties and Concerts
  • Daily Kundalini yoga and meditation with Guru Dev (Elizabeth Carovillano)
  • Transport to and from Airport
  • Unforgettable Cultural and Spiritual Excursions (temples, performances with the islands finest talent, ceremonies) with Cultural Ambassador Rucina Ballinger and Beach Excursion
  • Special discount prices for Bali Spirit Festival Pass (5 days of yoga, dance and music)
  • Blessing ceremony with Balinese priest
  • Flute meditations with Suzanne
  • Drum & Music Circles with Gilbert and Suzanne
  • Flute lessons with Suzanne (Native American flute and Indonesian Suling)
  • Hatha yoga, multicultural ceremonies, numerology and tarot readings, Osho dynamic meditation and more…
  • Special gift bag

Price does not include Airfare (as low as $900 RT from west coast)

high vibration food
Beautiful food made by our chef, Rachel!

And available at additional cost:

  • Massage and healing treatments (Very affordable in Bali, @ $15-25/hour)
  • Optional Excursions (We will help coordinate market trips, additional beach trips, bike rides down the volcano, snorkeling adventures, shopping, etc.)
  • Native American flutes and Indonesian flutes (suling) at special retreat prices

Families with children are welcome!  We will have daily childcare and fun activities for the kids as well as tutors if they have school assignments to complete. Bali is a great place for kids.


Retreat Price per person:  

Shared room with shared bathroom

Shared room with private bathroom
Private room with private bathroom
Special family rates please inquire.  

Note: If you plan to attend the Bali Spirit Festival before the Mystic Journey Bali Retreat, you can purchase your passes through us at a significant discount. For example, a Gold pass, which includes 5 days of yoga, dance, and music (all classes, workshops and concerts) valued at $580 will cost only $450.


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The Balinese are such beautiful people. Warm, kind, gentle and very happy. This sweet woman (on the right) was one of my favorites. (ST)

THE SCHEDULE: (subject to change)

Sunday, March 27:

Afternoon: 3pm Check-in, 4pm Welcome ceremony and gathering.

Evening: Dinner. Mystic Journey Music and Dance!

Monday, March 28:

Morning: Kundalini yoga and meditation, Breakfast.

Day: Chakya Muna Time (Swim in the sacred waters of the Petanu river or the beautiful pool, get a massage, healing or tarot card reading. Have a flute lesson, yoga class, take a hike, relax, dream…). Gourmet lunch.

Afternoon / Evening: Excursion - Kecak Workshop (Sacred Balinese interlocking vocalization chant used in a trance ritual, also known as Ramayana Monkey Chant) and Traditional Gamelan and Dance Performance.

Tuesday, March 29:

Morning: Kundalini yoga and meditation, Breakfast. Visit Ubud for shopping, sightseeing. Lunch.

Afternoon: Excursion to the Temple and Holy Baths (Tampaksiring at Pura Tirta Empul). Blessing ceremony with Balinese Priest. Bathing ritual in the sacred waters.

Evening: Dinner. Fire circle by the river, music, night swim under the stars, flute meditation, massage…

Wednesday, March 30:

Morning: Osho Dynamic Meditation, Breakfast

Day: Chakya Muna Time (river, pool, massage, music circle…), Lunch. Optional Excursions (markets, volcano, bike ride, puppet factory, etc.)

Evening: Dinner. Excursion to the Temple Ceremony

Thursday, March 31

Morning: Kundalini yoga and meditation, Breakfast

Day: Beach Trip, Lunch, Chakya Muna time

Evening: Special Farewell Feast and Mystic Journey Concert/Dance Party!

Friday, April 1

Morning: Kundalini yoga and meditation, Breakfast

Day: Chakya Muna time, Closing Circle and Ceremony. Check-out noon. Hugs and kisses.



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One of Bali's foremost dancers, Dekgah, will be performing with Mystic Journey at the Bali Spirit Festival and will join us as well at the retreat!

This Balinese priest was giving us a blessing before our performance for his village. We will experience several of these beautiful blessings during our excursions. (ST

From a recent performance by Cudamani in Bali, taken by Suzanne.  We will experience this type of performance with the island's top performers in a gorgeous private performance space.

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river beautyChakya Muna – Nestled above a magical river, less than five minutes from the cultural epicenter of Ubud, lies an enclave where the cycles of nature are honored and everyone thrives supported by powerful creative and healing energies, sustainable systems and a connection to the sacred land. Set amongst lush gardens are spaces for yoga, dance, healing work, meditation, communion with nature, gatherings, live music and celebrations.

There are many places on the land to be one with nature:  a spring water swimming pool, hidden jungle nooks, swimming holes, waterfalls and sprawling terraces by the river.  Every living space has a distinctive feeling, sanctuaries within the sanctuary.  Love permeates every nook of the land and is expressed through every detail.

infinate poolChakya Muna is blessed with multiple freshwater springs, which supply the water via all faucets, showers and the pool!  It is pumped up from the springs to storage tanks by a RAM pump, which uses no electricity, then purified using a carbon-filter and UV sterilizer, preserving the living vibration of the water.  It is truly healing to drink, bathe, and swim in the pure spring water!

We are on one of the most sacred rivers in Bali, the Petanu.  It is clean and wonderful to swim in.  To the north it is shallower (but deep enough for a swim), narrow with high rock walls and small waterfalls. About 100 meters upstream are beautiful rocky rapids, great for a mid-day for a sun kissed meditation or to let the water massage away anything that wants to be swept away!  Through the southern access point, you can jump from rocks or just wade into a deep swimming hole and be surrounded by waterfalls, banyan, guava and coconut trees.

river deck and swimming


There are a variety of sleeping rooms, all with sweeping river and valley views. Some have private terraces, one has a private garden, others are antique Javanese or Sumatran buildings. All are magical. Sign up early to select your room!

room with outdoor spacebamboo roomroom with outdoors

The Banitilan (open-air pavilion) is for dancing, lounging, hanging out and enjoying the view. The Library lounge is stocked with spiritual and ecological books on Bali and beyond. The yoga temple has a reclaimed-wood floor and beautiful river view. There is a meditation bale (raised covered lounge), a fire circle and multiple terraces by the river. And for those who want to stay in touch with the world, there is free wireless internet access.

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Dance to the rhythms of Mystic Journey in the beautiful pavilion

Special note from Suzanne: “Chakya Muna is one of the most special places that I have ever been to. This past February I was an artist-in-residence in Bali with an international program called APPEX. The timing of this invitation was auspicious. My mother had passed the previous fall and shortly after her passing, I was guided by a clairvoyant to return her ashes to her birthplace. She was born in Indonesia and although I was initially hesitant, I felt I was meant to do this for her. I had a hugely profound experience when I offered her ashes to this sacred river. I knew her spirit was free at last. A dragonfly sat with me and after my time on the river, I knew I was meant to return to this place regularly. This retreat has evolved from that calling. I invite you to join us on this mystic journey on the sacred river… so that you too can experience the magic and healing the spirits have to offer. “ 11/8/10

sacred river

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suzanne and Gilbert

Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy – Partners in music and in life, they create music that touches the soul and gets the body moving to its natural groove. Known for creating healing music, they were selected by Genentec to create a CD for over 50,000 patients with breast cancer to listen to while undergoing Herceptin treatments. In this intimate retreat setting, they will create music that is personalized for the group energy. In meditation, in concert or on the dance floor, this will be a musical mystic journey created for you.

With one of the island’s most knowledgeable cultural ambassadors guiding the excursions, Suzanne and Gilbert have selected their favorite places on Bali to share with the group. Knowing the value of community, they are creating this retreat with many of their closest friends to share and spread the deep sense of connection that is felt when co-creating and manifesting visions together. Miles, their 7-year old and several of his friends hope you will want to share this experience with your children as well. Bali is one of the best and safest places to travel with children. (More extensive bios are under the Bio section of this website.)

mystic journey band outsideMystic Journey is a world-renowned contemporary world music ensemble featuring Suzanne Teng on flutes and winds from around the world, Gilbert Levy on world percussion and strings, Dann Torres on world strings (oud, electric sitar and guitar) and Jon Ossman on bass and Indian dalruba (fiddle). They have been awarded the Independent Music Awards, The Los Angeles Music Awards and The International Acoustic Music Awards as well as numerous nominations. They perform at festivals across the country and internationally, and their three CDs have received critical acclaim from many of the top industry publications. Their music is soulful and ethereal healing music as well as energetic and ecstatic dance music. Mystic Journey will be joined by very special guest musicians and dancers from Bali!


guru DevGuru Dev Kaur (Elizabeth Carovillano) – Guru Dev’s deep passion for the transformative power and healing benefits of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation come through during her empowering classes where she incorporates yoga kriyas (postures), pranayam (breathing) exercises, mantra, mudras and music to create opportunities for the inner wisdom of each participant to shine. Daily morning classes during the retreat will help to awaken your creative potential, harness the energy of the mind and the emotions, strengthen the nerves, glands, and lungs and ultimately, unite you with your soul. Guru Dev has been teaching since 2001 and now plays an integral role in sharing the tools and practice of Kundalini Yoga as the Marketing Director of 3HO International, whose mission is to serve, inspire, and empower humanity to be healthy, happy, and holy. Guru Dev will also be teaching at the Bali Spirit Festival.


rucinaRucina Ballinger, our local Cultural Ambassador, is an American who has lived in Bali since 1974 and is the co-author with I Wayan Dibia of Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: An Introduction to the Performing Arts (Singapore: Periplus Editions, 2005).  She and her husband Agung have worked with the Academic Semester Abroad Program of the Experiment in International Living and Elderhostel and have been leading cultural tours in Bali, Central Java and South Sulawesi since 1985. They live in Ubud with their two sons.

francesca and edwinFrancesca Forese-Lemus will be offering her healing skills to anyone who needs balancing, centering, rejuvenation, aura clearing and cleansings, or just plain pampering, implementing intuitive guided energy work, polarity, reiki and shiatsu. She has over 15 years experience and is a master herbalist/herbal pharmacist and natural health consultant

Edwin Lemus is a facilitator of rituals and ceremonies for individuals, families and communities which he offers for the well being of all human beings and Mother Earth. He is a facilitator of human relations, self-improvement, and emotional release. A native of Guatemala, he will be conducting ceremonies and limpias (cleansings) and will also be working in tandem with his wife, Francesca doing traditional curandero cleansings.

Julie McInally, a native of Scotland, will lead Sivananda Yoga classes as well as offering tarot and clairvoyant readings.

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Space is limited to 20 people. To secure your spot, a $500 deposit is required.

In the event of cancellation:

Two months or more prior to the retreat, your entire payment will be refunded, less $250. Between two months and two weeks prior to the retreat, 50% of your payment will be refunded. Less than two weeks prior to the retreat, no refunds are possible.

For more information and to register please contact:

Suzanne Teng:

(310) 859-5846


Click on the images below to open larger versions of the postcard for the Mystic Journey Bali Retreat.

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Thank you to Jorge Vismara for the use of his photo (Balininese dancer and drummer on postcard)

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