There are places in this island that make you wanna pinch yourself hard: is it happening to me? How come such a perfection exist? These were our thoughts basically all the 3 days we’ve spent at the incredible Como Shambhala Estate – sort of meditation, really ?
The agenda was to complete the 3-day Oriental Medicine program – to fight a major stress we’ve been going through for the past few weeks and switch the attention to something else, like, our physical and mental health. We’ve got a beautiful room – all wood and pretty textiles – with the panoramic windows opening up to the endless forest of century-old trees, jungle river, and crazy squirrels jumping around. Some people call it ‘bliss’. Not the fans of this pretentious word, but this time – this time we surrender. Bliss it is.
Every day was very, very busy. Sunrise jungle trekking. Qi Gong session, then breakfast with the free flow healthy juice bar. Yoga, aqua therapy under the water jets, healthy life – stress-management, longevity, etc – private coaching session, lunch. LUNCH! They should throw a special ‘Cure by gluttony’ program – as the Glow restaurant delivers some sensational fare. Moving on, back to the daily activities! Guided meditation session. Massage (mmmm!). Restorative yoga. Early dinner, running through 3 pages of a novel, and voila! – snoring in the pile of fluffy pillows by 9pm! 3 days in a row. Now, did we have any spare time to reflect, pity ourselves or be sad? Absolutely NOT. We were busy living that picture-perfect life!
A special hosannah to the oriental medicine team. We slipped into the very good hands right upon arrival. Nancy, our curator, asked us 1000 questions to figure out how could she help exactly. David, the Oriental medicine master, was guiding us through the various practices: basics of meditation, the theory of Chinese health philosophy, qi gong energy pumping. We’ve also had an amazing acupuncture session with him: he did some amazing things with the help of tiny needles [absolutely pain-free! And you are dealing with the biggest needle-phobics here!] and a magic herb called moxa which he was placing on the specific spot of the body and then burned it. The inner knots dissolved. The lumps were smoothed. The mood was up. We were feeling so much more alive! Maybe because David told us that eating chicken is good for our complexion? Gotta love Chinese holistic approach!?
Go check it out: Como Shambhala Estate
Find it: Banjar Begawan, about 20 min drive from Ubud Central
Money:$2.160 for 3 days, all meals, activities and treatments included
/// The lovely images by Como Shambhala