You may remember my “Silence in Bali” post from May, when I announced that I was going to Bali Silent Retreat for 7 days. With all the continent and country-hopping I’ve been doing since April, Bali Silent Retreat is a perfect place for me to unplug. I need this now more than ever. Besides that first visit, I’ve never before been to a place like this; my stay at Bali Silent Retreat had such a profound impact on me, that I knew I would have to come back… (But I sure wasn’t planning on coming back so quickly!)
As a few of you know, since mid-September, I’ve had some pretty heavy clouds above me. Traveling around the world may seem fun and exciting; and much of it is. But there is another side of travel that people don’t often hear/read about, because most writers prefer to focus on the good stories (who wouldn’t?!). It is also important to be aware and mindful of the not-so-good side, and one day I will share some of my personal stories with you, just not right now.
Since March, when my year off and world travels began, my life has been on fast forward. I need to slow down, BIG TIME. Bali will be a big part of the answer.
Tomorrow (October 14) I head to Seminyak for 5 nights, where I will experience a bit of Bali’s beach life for the 1st time! Then, I am heading to a villa near the famous rice terrace of Tegalalang, away from the hustle and bustle of city life; a perfect place to practice the art of relaxation.
Then, to go even further with that practice, I will be heading back to Bali Silent Retreat, where I will give myself the gifts of health, silence, rest and reflection!
Below is a video from when I was saying goodbye to the amazing reception staff (you can immediately tell how warm and loving they are!) I can’t wait to see them again! I will save details and photos of Bali Silent Retreat for a future feature story. (Here are a few for now…)
next four months will be full of warm and exciting adventures and reunions; I have a lot to look forward to! In the coming weeks, I will outline my future travel plans in an upcoming post. (I also hope to backtrack and post a few highlight summaries from previous travels).
But….my first priority is to take care of my body, mind and soul and give myself the time to slow down and relax (I really don’t know how to do this!) I have so much to share with you, and I promise my stories will not go untold. It just may take a little longer. Thank you for your patience and understanding:) …For a quick fix, be sure to visit (and “like”) my photography Facebook page, where I more frequently post short updates.
It is 3:22am and my early morning departure from Bangkok will come soon (I have to be up in 1.5 hours!) Stay tuned…PS. Please feel free to leave a comment below!
Travelin’ Tawna in Thailand