Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
For retreat guests and TTC participants
Where is Samyama located and what's the neighborhood like?
Samyama is located south of central Ubud, in the Banjar (community) of Kumbuh, Mas. We are off of a quiet road, about a 5-10 minute drive to the center of town (depending on traffic). Our neighbors include local “warungs,” or cafe’s, other resorts and villas, a fabulous health club, one of the best restaurants in Ubud and more all within walking distance. We are approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Denpasar International airport.
Do I need a visa for Bali? If so, what is the procedure?
As of February 2023, visitors from 140 countries in the world can come to Bali for 30 days for free. A Visa on Arrival costs around 500 IDR (approximately $35 USD) and is valid for 60 days. It must be extended after 30 days, which you can do yourself or hire an agent. Samyama’s manager offers VISA extension services also, so you can organize with him upon arrival. If you do it yourself, you must take 3 trips to the immigration office in Denpasar. If you hire an agent, it costs more but you only have to make one trip to Denpasar.
If you are joining a TTC, we can arrange for a car to take you and other participants together, usually early in the morning so you can be back at Samyama by late morning.
Please consult an Indonesian embassy representative in your home country just to double-check. You can also contact a visa agency in Bali to check on the latest policies.
For those who want to stay longer, there are special e-visa procedures operating until further notice from the Indonesian Government. Contact an agency in Bali for more information about the B2-11 visa.
What kind of shots/immunizations should I get?
Your airline carrier will have the latest information about vaccine requirements for entering Indonesia, and there are many visa agents in Bali with updated information.
As of April, 2023, Indonesia is requesting proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a legitimate health exemption. If you have a health exemption, please note that you will have to arrive early at the airport so that the airline company can call Indonesia to confirm.
No other shots or immunizations are needed for coming to Bali. Ubud is quite cosmopolitan and doesn’t have the tropical diseases that are often found in other parts of SE Asia. There are a handful of reported cases of Dengue fever each year, usually during the rainy season but it is uncommon.
How do I get to Denpasar international airport?
From Europe, the most popular connecting flights go through Doha, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. There are non-stop flights from most cities in Australia. From the America’s, flights connect through east Asia – China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea. (Due to Coronavirus double check with your airline carrier if you have a flight that goes through China) You may find more flight paths through Jakarta, and then connect to a domestic flight. There are domestic flights between Jakarta and Denpasar almost hourly.
How do I get to Samyama? Can you arrange an airport pickup for me?
Most of our retreats and course packages include a pick-up from Denpasar airport. Make sure that you provide us with the flight information (flight number, company, expected arrival time) in detail at least one week before the retreat starts.
If you are coming from elsewhere in Bali, we will also provide a one-way transfer. As above, share details about where you need to be picked up from and when.
If you prefer to use your transfer to take you back to the airport at the end of your stay that is also possible.
What’s the weather like?
Bali’s climate varies from the coast to the mountains. Ubud is 600 meters above sea level and enjoys lower temperatures than the coast. January is often the hottest month with an average temperature of 29 degrees celsius, 84 degrees fahrenheit. July is often the coolest month with an average of 26 degrees celsius, 80 degrees fahrenheit. You will experience lovely “summer temperatures” here year round. Some of our rooms have AC, but generally a fan is enough. In the evenings you may want a light sweater or jacket. From October to March, you might find yourself in a refreshing tropical shower but it will pass. The humidity is higher during those months, however, so plan accordingly. During the dry season between April and September, it is cooler but the sun is strong so don’t forget your sunscreen.
What do I need to bring with me?
There will be towels available in each room if you are staying onsite. We also provide soap that is refilled regularly. Please bring your required set of personal hygiene items but don’t worry in case you forget something. There are plenty of shops and you can buy almost everything in Ubud, including in our very own onsite Samyama Shop which offers a humble selection of items for sale. Some things are more expensive here, such as feminine hygiene products and sunscreen. It is not hard to find organic products but they are also slightly more expensive. Comfortable and light clothes that are easy to wash and dry will come in handy for your daily practice. Otherwise you won’t need a lot of garments other than t-shirts and shorts, light dresses and skirts, and of course flip-flops. For MYTTC participants, it can be nice to graduate in white clothes but it’s not necessary. It can get cool in the evenings and early mornings, especially on the back of a motorbike so bring a light sweater or long sleeved shirt. Bring sneakers if you want to enjoy the mountain trekking the island has to offer, and don’t forget your bathing suit!
Can I buy everything in Ubud?
Yes. Prices on your typical groceries including tropical fruits are most likely to be cheaper than back home. There are many local markets as well as some international chains. Some are open 24 hours. For more information on washing your fruit and vegetables please read here. For early risers, there are local open-air markets with local prices. There is a big supermarket about an 8 minute drive, or a 20 minute walk away. It caters more to tourists so the prices are a bit higher but they have everything from groceries to clothing to electronics in case you forgot your phone charger. There are pharmacies, retail stores, organic markets and more.
Is it safe? What about Coronavirus?
Yes. Bali is a safe place in general, and Ubud in particular. We are located in a popular and developed tourist destination with a low crime rate consisting only of occasional petty crime. We have heard of occasional bank fraud at popular ATM’s such as the ones in the Coco Supermarket parking lot. Avoid those. If you are concerned, go to a bank to take out money. Be sure to always count your money at the money exchange. Living in the jungle comes with its own set of hazards. Though rare, there are venomous snakes in Bali. Be mindful of your surroundings and where you walk, especially at night.
Covid19 has really settled down here (updated Feb 2023). You are not required to wear a mask, or prove any sort of vaccination to enter places. You are required to wear a mask while driving a scooter (which is a good call because there is a lot of pollution).
COVID19 Information, updates and websites.
Travel to Bali
Travel to Bali
The Worldometer is a good source for up to date information. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries
There is an official CoronaVirus Hotline, also operating in English: 021-5210 411 / 0812 1212 3119
How can I best respect Balinese culture?
The Balinese are generally very accepting of foreigners but there are a few important things to be mindful of when visiting Bali.
- They are very serious about their religion so it is important for men and women to wear a sarong when entering a temple. For women, an additional sash around the waste is encouraged, and please do not enter a temple if menstruating.
- Use both hands when giving and receiving, or at least use your right hand and not the left.
- Use your entire hand if you want to point at something instead of your index finger. If you need to call attention to someone, do it by extending your hand and, with palm facing down making a downward wave
- Remove your shoes wherever you see a row of shoes placed outside.
- Do not put your feet on the table or point your feet at another person.
- Please respect the daily offerings of flowers and food that are placed on the street by not kicking or stepping on them.
- In general Balinese do not outwardly express anger or frustration towards strangers. Instead you will be warmly met if you are friendly and smiling.
- Don’t touch people’s heads. The soul is supposed to reside in one’s head, making it off limits for people to touch. Even children (Balinese children that is) should not be touched on their heads.
- Don’t step on offerings in the street. Canang sari are offered to the Creator by locals first thing in the morning. When stepping out, you’ll find these little packages of woven palm leaf, flowers and herbs everywhere, even on sidewalks and stairs. Stepping on one can be deeply offensive to any Balinese who witnesses your misstep. So watch where you go around Bali, especially in the earlier part of the day.
- Don’t interrupt any religious processions. Religious processions in Bali occur fairly regularly so if you’re stuck behind a procession on a narrow road, do not honk your horn, or be very obtrusive.
Do I need to bring a yoga mat and towel?
Yoga mats and other supplies are available at our center, though feel free to bring your own. When using the Samyama mats, we recommend bringing a sarong to place on top of the mats for hygiene purposes. Fresh towels are also provided both in your rooms and in the healing center. If you are joining a TTC we will provide you with a sarong that you can use throughout the course and take home with you.
Are there mosquitoes?
Perhaps because of our location, mosquitos are not a big problem here, but they do live here, yes. There may be more during the rainy season, though they only come out for about an hour around sunset and sunrise. We have extra natural mosquito repellant onsite for morning and evening practice and natural and chemical repellant can be purchased in any pharmacy or market nearby.
What about internet and local mobile?
You can easily acquire a prepaid local SIM card at the airport or in town. All SIM cards are 4G ready allowing you to browse the Internet at very reasonable speed and rates. There’s also free WiFi at Samyama. The country code of Indonesia is +62 (=0062) and the area code of South Bali is 036. If you call a local Bali number from a foreign phone you add ‘0062 36’ (dropping the initial 0 of the local number). Simple mobile phones are affordable, and Bali SIM cards are cheap. You can buy prepaid top up cards for reasonably priced calls in and out of Indonesia in any phone shop or market (Indomaret, Coco Mart etc). Telkomsel and Simpati are good providers. A sim card with 5-10 GB shouldn’t be more than 100k IDR.
Do you have laundry facilities?
We do not have laundry facilities on site, but there is a reliable laundromat a few steps down the road from Samyama. You can drop off and pick up the next day, or arrange for delivery with our staff onsite. Rates for doing laundry are quite cheap. When using outside service providers, it’s best to avoid bringing expensive clothes just to be on a safe side. If you prefer to hand wash your garments, there are some drying racks in the villa and outside our onsite rooms.
Is there a hospital or clinic nearby?
In case you need medical assistance, there’s some options near Samyama:
Ari Canti hospital and Kenak Medika have an international in-patient service and we’ve received very good feedback from both.
Hospital Ari Canti
Kenak Medika Hospital
Also a convenient option for smaller matters is Ubud Care, who also do home visits.
UbudCare Clinic (24 Hours)
What is the local currency and how much money will I need?
Local currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. Unless you want to avoid international ATM fees, you don’t need to bring a lot of cash with you. Banking infrastructure is well developed in Bali. Most businesses and restaurants accept credit/debit cards with a minor surcharge. Samyama accepts cash, credit/debit cards with a 3% surcharge, PayPal and TransferWise/Direct Bank Transfer.
If you are joining our TTC, you will not need much cash as all of your basic needs will be taken care of. You will need to pay for your meals on the 4 off-days, including the evening of the opening circle.
You can choose to live very cheaply here or very lavishly if you want to. As an example, lunch at the local warung (balinese eatery) may cost you $2, while lunch at one of the organic, raw, vegan spots that Ubud is famous for can cost you $7 – $12. If you want to explore you may want to rent a motorbike. This will cost from $40 – $70 per month depending on the model you rent, though gas is quite cheap. If you want to shop, note that imported items will be more expensive than you will find in your home country. Other items made in Bali will often be much cheaper.
Where is the closest ATM?
There is an ATM at Titi Batu Health Club, just down the road from Samyama. There are many ATMs in town that accept all types of cards, VISA and Mastercard preferred. You can also easily exchange your home currency at the airport or at any bank or money exchange in Ubud.
How do I settle my remaining balance?
Our preferred method is Wise. If you are unfamiliar with Wise, it is an App accessible on your phone or web browser that simplifies international bank transfers and has some of the best currency exchange rates. Simply find your preferred currency to transfer money directly from your bank account. If you use a different currency than USD, then Wise is encouraged due to its favorable exchange rates and low fees compared to bank fees.
If needed, we accept PayPal but we charge an additional 5% to cover the high PayPal service fees. Please let us know how you would like to pay and we will send you the corresponding payment details.
All remaining balances need to be paid one week before the course start.
Will I need an electrical adapter?
In Indonesia the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F – the two pronged round ones. The standard voltage is 220/230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If you are coming from Europe, you won’t need an adapter but travelers from the US will need one. Adapters may be available on request and can be purchased in town at a low cost.
What kind of insurance do I need?
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance before leaving your home country. If you intend to ride a motorbike, you may want to check that the insurance you choose covers motorbike accidents. In order to drive a scooter here you will need to possess an international drivers license, wear a helmet and have a copy of the bike papers on you. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself paying fines when stopped by police. If you do get fined, ask for the official catalog of fines and know that there’s room for negotiation. I also recommend to only have a limited amount of cash on you or to say so to the police officer. Samyama is not responsible for any loss of belongings or injuries incurred while on-site.
What does Samyama mean?
Samyama is the state of absorption into the object of meditation where the three stages of concentration, meditation and samadhi happen at once.
What food will I be eating?
Samyama Eatery will be lovingly providing your meals throughout the duration of the TTC’s and retreats. They offer a range of hot and cold dishes prepared with the freshest local ingredients, using organic produce whenever possible. All meals will be 100% vegan to keep you aligned with the yogic principle of Ahimsa: Do no harm. Most meals will be served buffet style and will vary daily. Drinks will also be included. A-la-carte menus are also available. The restaurant is open from 8am – 8pm and you can order additional food, drinks and desserts anytime during open hours.
Can you accommodate special dietary requirements?
Our onsite restaurant is plant-based, almost entirely organic, and has gluten free options. We will ask for your dietary restrictions before you arrive and plan an appropriate menu with our kitchen in advance. We do accommodate some basic needs such as gluten-free food but for very specific needs you may need to come prepared bringing your special supplements or food items with you.
Is there a refrigerator I can use?
Yes. We have a small shared fridge in our lounge area. If you are staying in the Samyama villa, you will have access to the shared kitchen and fridge. Private cottages have small kitchenettes as do many of the neighboring resorts that you may choose to stay at.
What time does the TTC start on the first day? And when do I have to check-in?
The first day of our TTC is Day 0, or arrival day. This is when you check-in and meet the instructors and other participants in our Welcome Circle in the afternoon. Exact timing will be communicated in our ‘students & instructors Whatsapp group’ closer to time.
Check-in is from 2pm on day 0 or beforehand if arranged otherwise. Some participants prefer to come a few days earlier to rest before the course starts. That is completely up to you. Contact us if you would like to book extra nights before or after the course.
Day 1 starts early the next morning and this is when your included meals begin. On arrival day, you can order meals a-la-carte from the restaurant but there will be no buffet service.
Can I arrive early to the TTC or stay late?
It depends on the dates of the course you are attending. It is very likely that this is possible but it depends on the schedule of the center. Please contact Samyama if you would like to book extra nights at [email protected]
Will I have time during the TTC to visit Ubud? How do I get there?
Yes. In the evenings you will have free time to go into town if you’d like. You will also have a day off every week and we recommend exploring some of the beauty and culture that Ubud and Bali has to offer.
You can rent a motorbike for daily, weekly or monthly rates, or hire drivers, though if you’ve never driven one before, we don’t recommend learning during the TTC.
We have reliable local drivers who we work with who we can recommend. You can ask our staff for assistance when booking a car or motorbike taxi, or simply walk up the street to a local taxi stand. For quick trips into town, motorbike taxis are recommended.
Made (pronounced Ma-Day): +62 822-3778-6930
Ketut +62 821-4457-9031
Go-Jek and Grab have drivers too and make it very easy to get around, but due to local competition, they are not welcome in every neighborhood. We prefer to support the locals first, but when needed the apps are also an option.
How can I prepare myself best for the TTC? Is there anything I have to read?
There is not a ‘must-read’ list but if you’d like to be inspired, here are some suggestions:
– T.K.V. Desikachar: The Heart of Yoga
– Paramahansa Yogananda: Autobiography of a Yogi
– Mark Stephens: Yoga Sequencing
– Mark Stephens: Yoga Adjustments
– Ray Long: Anatomy of the Key Poses of Hatha Yoga
– Swami Satyananada Saraswati: Hatha Yoga Pradipika
– Christopher Isherwood: The Bhagavad Gita
– Harish Johari: The Chakras
– Swami Rama: The Art of Joyful Living
– Eckart Tolle: The Power of Now
– Swami Chidananda: Path to Blessedness
What style of yoga or lineage will I be learning in the TTC?
You will be trained in major, classical poses of Hatha yoga obtaining a thorough understanding of their physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual effects.
Samyama MYTTC focuses primarily on tantric hatha yoga addressing the subtle energetic and spiritual effects of our practice. In addition, we offer an introduction to vinyasa, restorative, and yin practices to round out your experience.
You will also be initiated in the following methods:
- Concentration techniques
- Mindfulness meditation
- Walking meditation
- Music meditation
- Spiritual heart (Hridaya) meditation
- Classical Tantra: mantra (sacred sound), yantra (sacred geometry), Kriya (purification) and yagna (Fire ceremony)
- Meditation techniques from Kashmiri Shaivism
- Daily yoga and meditation practice including pranayama, mudra and bandha practices
- Practical application of purification techniques
How much yoga will I be doing during a TTC? What if I’m a beginner?
We have 2 yoga asana practices per day; each one will usually start with the introduction of a technique and continue with practice of the studied asana, pranayama and meditation techniques. We find it suitable for all levels of practitioners for the following reasons:
- We will progress gradually in terms of physical complexity and mental concentration making it accessible to beginners of yoga
- We will elaborate on esoteric effects and meaning of all techniques introduced which are very stimulating for intermediate and advanced practitioners.
Will I be prepared /qualified to teach when I finish the TTC?
Successful completion of MYTTC grants you the credentials to be a yoga teacher and start teaching immediately. You will also be able to teach most of the meditation techniques we will share with you. Some techniques require a special empowerment and they remain for you to experience only during this course.
That being said, we invite practitioners of all levels to have a humble attitude towards becoming a yoga teacher. Please remember that you are taking a good, solid step on the path but we are students forever. Especially if you don’t have a personal practice established already, give yourself time after the TTC to integrate yoga into your daily life. Even if you jump into teaching immediately using this great momentum, always keep a personal practice.
Our certification grants you eligibility to become a Registered Yoga Teacher 200h at Yoga Alliance.
Will I need to apply for Yoga Alliance separately?
Yes. Yoga Alliance requires every certified graduate from an accredited school to apply directly to them via their website. They have a clearly structured system around this. Feel free to check their website for more information. We will also provide you with the necessary links after the course.
Can I take the TTC to deepen my practice if I don’t plan to teach?
Absolutely! If you are not interested in receiving a teacher certificate you can just join it as a long retreat which will definitely serve you on many levels.
How much time will I need to spend on homework?
We have reserved a total of 25h from our curriculum for self-study and some minor homework.
Do you have participants from different cultures and backgrounds?
Yes. People come to Ubud and to Samyama from all over the world. We practice inclusivity and all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and more are welcome here.
Who are the teachers? What are their credentials and experience?
You will have a team of 4 main teachers for the TTC, plus some supporting teachers. Lead and supporting teachers rotate depending on the level of the retreat.
Your main teachers are:
Dijan is an international yoga therapist; meditation and classical Tantra teacher.
She created her brand Dijan to encourage people to do something good for themselves.
She believes life can be experienced in a very juicy, playful, rich and loving way.
The more we open up to life inside and out, the more we can serve others around us with our light.
Andrea has lived on earth for some time and traveled and lived in many countries. He has navigated through business and spiritual communities, experienced bliss and depression, checked out Tantra and Advaita. He believes the genuine play of life sits in living fully all of our sides while watching from the middle.
Devlin is a musician, artist, and teacher. She was first introduced to a simple Thich Nhat Hanh meditation at the age of 12 and has been on a long and winding road to the Self ever since.
She is passionate about the link between art and heart and worked for many years bringing performing arts and mindfulness education to underserved communities in New York City before becoming an international yoga and meditation guide.
Kat is a 500 hr certified yoga instructor, certified Mindfulness coach with a diploma in Sociology and a mother. She passes forward the lineage of Krishnamacharya that comes with a strong focus on breath, felt sense awareness, and safe structural alignment in her Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa infused yoga practices. Influenced by her own health, healing and motherhood journey, she brings a unique sense of empowerment to her teachings.