Creative Contemplation Meditation Retreat

Event Highlights

  • The style of meditation which we will use during this retreat is little-known among the plethora of meditation techniques available to most people. This has the potential to bring new life and inspiration to one's spiritual practice.
  • The combination of philosophical discourse and deep meditative experience also has the potential to bring a greater understanding and appreciation of this world and our place in it.
  • Learn a simple and effective form of meditation for achieving deep relaxation and interiorization
  • Bring a greater sense of meaning and purpose to life
  • Learn about the non-dual Shaiva tradition


8:00 AM - Short Philosophical / Metaphysical discourse
8:30 AM - Meditation
9:30 AM - Asana & Pranayama Practice
11:00 AM - Meditation
12:00 PM - Break for Lunch and Free time
4:00 PM - Philosophical / Metaphysical discourse + Q&A
5:30 PM - Meditation
6:30 PM - Meditation
7:30 PM - Meditation
8:00 PM - Break for Dinner and rest

About This Event

A unique meditation experience, for cultivating insight into some of the deepest mysteries that philosophers and mystics have ever explored
What is real? Why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? Does life have innate meaning or purpose? What is the connection between consciousness and physical existence? Is free will an illusion? What is the nature of bondage and how does one aspire towards liberation?
This retreat is for anyone who:
* loves to meditate!
* wants to deepen and explore new meditative practices
* wants a better understanding of themselves and the world
* is searching for deeper meaning and fulfillment in life
* has an inquiring mind and enjoys pondering on the mysteries of existence
* is interested in Non-dual Shaiva Tantra (Kashmir Shaivism)

"If the mystic is to traverse the boundary between the transitory and the eternal, they must die to the mundane condition. They must depart from a world devoid of light to be reborn into the higher, sacred state of enlightenment, into a world they recognize to be full of light. It is a vision of the world radiant with the light and life of the divine reality within all things, and yet beyond them. The most profoundly satisfying experience possible is the recognition that the light of one's own consciousness is all things." - Mark Dczykowski, The Doctrine of Vibration

Venue Highlights

Samyama was created with meditation and inner work as the inspiration. The center is designed to support deep contemplation and healing of the mind, body and spirit in a quiet, peaceful and supportive environment. We are equipped with a yoga hall, a dark room retreat space, a soundproof meditation room, a salt cave, massage rooms, steam sauna, salt water ice baths, restaurant and are situated in the picturesque Balinese countryside where the natural beauty and simplicity leads the spirit towards inner freedom.

Our local massage healer is one of the best in Ubud, working intuitively where you need it the most so you will never feel like you are getting a “routine” treatment. We have a rotating staff of yoga therapists, reiki masters, homeopaths, ayurvedic practitioners, acupuncturists and more.


We have multiple accommodation options including a 4 person dormitory for budget guests, two double rooms, and a 6 person villa. Nestled along the path leading to Samyama there are also 3 small cottages available for rent.

Beijaflor - Dormitory - Our shared bunk room sleeps 4 people. The two single bunk beds include plenty of storage space, with stairs instead of a ladder leading to the top bunk for optimal comfort and safety. There is no en-suite bathroom but the shared bathroom facility is a few steps away and offers private bathrooms and hot showers. Wake up to rice paddy views and beautiful morning sun, meditate under our “life cycles” mandala and enjoy your inner journey.

Samarasa - Queen rooms - These are perfect for a couple or a single person. Kamala is themed after the goddess Lakshmi (known as Kamala or Kamalatmika in the tantric tradition) and imbued with abundance, prosperity, fertility, beauty and love. Samarasa means “even essence” and is considered one of the ultimate non-dual states, where all life has the same taste of creation. This room is perfect for the serious seeker of self-realization. Each meditation corner has a small altar aligned with the theme of the room. Feel free to add to the altar or use the desk to journal. There are no en-suite bathrooms but the shared bathroom facility is a few steps away and offers private bathrooms and hot showers.

Villa Samyama - Located next to the meditation center is Villa Samyama, a beautiful, private, semi open-air villa, complete with a pool, a river running by and the best views on the property. There are two private bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and one mezzanine bedroom with downstairs bathroom. This luxurious villa offers privacy while still in alignment with our vision of creating community. Depending on the retreat, the pool and garden area may be opened up to the entire retreat group during break hours as per the agreement made by the organizer and their clients.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian


Our cafe offers a unique combination of communal kitchen, buffet and restaurant. For retreat participants, we offer a choice of meal plans, served in a buffet style. There is a community fridge and shared counter space for preparing your own beverages and snacks. If you are hungry for cooked food in between meals, you can place an order from our restaurant menu. Loaded with fresh, local fruits and veggies, whole foods free of preservatives, artificial flavors or additives and cooked with love our menu is designed to support your optimal health. All meals are vegetarian, occasionally including cheese or eggs.


Samyama is located south of central Ubud, in the Banjar of Kumbuh, Mas. We are off of a quiet road, about a 5 minute drive to the center of town. 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 a 1.5 hour drive from Denpasar International airport.

Airport transfer is not included in the price and should be arranged with the group coordinator prior to arrival. Please send full guest name, arrival date, time, and flight number at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Transfers are provided only to and from Denpasar Ngurah Rai airport.

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