Dharma in the Body

About This Event

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This yoga retreat on Bali and is unique, and amazing. The venue is lovely and the yoga practices are deeply refreshing for mind, body and soul! We will reside in the beautifully terraced region of Eastern Bali. An optional add on excursion would have you on a pilgrimage to Borobudur Stupa in Central Java.

Trishna is particularly excited and inspired to offer the opportunity to practice both Hatha Yoga and the Nepalese dance meditation form called Charya Nritya in Bali and at the ancient Buddhist Stupa Borobudur in Central Java.  



Daily Yoga

Our Hatha Flow Yoga, for two+ hours each day, is dynamic and intelligent. Through well-rounded classes which include pranayama (practices with energy via breath technique), Vinyasa (a vitalizing sun salutation practice), Asana (meditations in held poses) and other subtle works we will dedicate to sustaining energy and awareness in our lives.

Trishna has been evolving and teaching ‘Being Yoga’ for 20 years and enjoys nothing more than sharing and supporting the discovery of the self as yoga.  She will invite us to view our practice through the lens of tantra, awake to the internal dance of elemental qualities, cognizant of everything that arises as the teaching.

Mudra Meditation

We will also explore the idea of ‘Dharma in the Body’ with the study and practice of Charya Nritya, a Buddhist dance meditation, each day. This practice includes a guided meditation that purifies and awakens the chakras, senses, and channels in the body. We will also work with Mudra (gesture), Mantra (songs, in Sanskrit), and movement. Our Charya Practice will involve warm ups and mudra dances which are subtle and powerful, but not strenuous.

Sacred Sites on Bali

On two separate days our group will visit Holy water shrines in Central Bali, Gunung Kawi wth its candis and shrines carved into stone, and the Mother Temple for the Balinese called Pura Besakih which is not too far from our retreat venue.

Free Time

Our itinerary during our time in Bali gives some space for rest, personal reflection, journaling, poolside lounging, rice field walking and connecting with each other between the morning and the late afternoon sessions.


abian ayu

In Bali

At Sideman village, in the lush and fertile rice growing region of eastern Bali, we will stay at the lovely Abian Ayu Villas. There is a beautiful pool and garden, massage practitioners on site, a cafe, and views to the sacred mountain Gunung Agung.

Accommodation is available for single or double occupancy. There is also one family bungalow which can sleep three or four people. Generous breakfasts and family style dinners are provided for us, and other meals and snacks are available at the cafe. The largest bungalow is converted into a yoga shala for our group.

Besakih, the Mother Temple in the Balinese Religion, is close by. Our group will visit there. (Trishna will inquire as to whether there are any temple celebrations scheduled before determining which day. If we can arrange to be there on a celebration day, we will!)

Sideman is known for it's natural beauty, textile arts, and views to Gunung Agung, the great volcano which in Balinese cosmology is said to be the center of the universe.

Optional Java segment

If you would like, you may travel with Trishna to Borobudur in Central Java. (Please see more about the stupa below).  Trishna has reserved some beds at a reputable resort/guesthouse nearby and plans to offer practice as well as group excursions to other local sacred sites, offering the Mudra Dance at the stupa for those who would like to, and soak in the ambience of this Indonesian heartland. There will be an extra cost for this if you chose to join. For about $400 you could have round trip airfare between Bali and Java, three nights of shared accommodation, guided practices, ground transportation and entry fees for group activities. As people sign on for these additional days of pilgrimage style retreat we will check to confirm available accommodation.

gunung agung, bali (photo: trishna)

Borobudur Stupa (photo: trishna)


Borobudur was founded around 800 CE. at the peak of the reign of the Sailendra dynasty in Java. At that time Buddhism was thriving there. Hindu and Buddhist cultures are thought to have co-existed harmoniously. The exact timing and reason for it remains a mystery, but sometime between the 10th and 15th century Borobudur was abandoned. For hundreds of years it lay forgotten under volcanic ash and jungle growth. In 1814 it was rediscovered and over the next two hundred years, excavated and renovated. It is the largest and thought to be one of the greatest Buddhist monuments ever built. One of the eight wonders of the world.

Relief panels on the stupa depict the Mahayana/Vajrayana iconography of the Five Buddha Families. For those interested in the potency of ancient symbolic art, and the jewels abounding in Buddhic Dharma, this is a phenomenal pilgrimage site.

panorama from the top of borobudur at sunrise. (photo: trishna)

Trishna is a lifelong dancer, yoga teacher and student of Sanskrit based philosophy.

As well as a full two+ hour Being Yoga Flow practice, she will guide a purifying meditation sadhana and share preliminary songs and dances and hopes the insights she has as a result of her ongoing inquiry are applicable and enjoyable.

She has been involved in the study of Charya Practices for 13 years in a dedicated way and was requested to introduce and support the practice by Prajwal Vajracharya.


Trishna is happy to help with travel arrangements.

A full list of what to bring as well as a file with articles and graphs pertaining to this adventure and practices will be sent upon registration.

Please confirm with Trishna before purchasing your ticket to Indonesia!

Included in the cost of this adventure: All accommodation, all breakfasts, all dinners, all instruction and guidance with Trishna. Ground transportation relevant to group outings and activities. Entry fees at all sites visited.

Not included in the cost: Air travel, travel insurance(required), transportation to Sideman on Day one, meals other than breakfasts and dinners, tips, other personal and incidental expenses.

Note about the cost: Trishna offers support in Charya  study and practice without request for payment. The cost of this retreat has to do with the expenses involved, and Trishna's livelihood as a Hatha Yoga teacher.





Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Amelia Straton   October 17, 2019

      Amazing trip to a quiet and welcoming Greek Paradise

    I love how Trishna turns reclaiming my yoga practice into a discovery of not only of myself and my edges, But also I discovery of a way of life and a living culture. There were just the right amount of tours in which we never felt like tourists: herb walk with lunch from a working farm, olive oil tasting at another working farm, greek dance lessons, hiking, swimming in the buoyant costal waters. Beautiful lodging. I can not over state the sense of rarity the opportunity held. Both my daughter and I want to do it again.

  • Paula Day   October 17, 2019

      Yoga retreat Crete

    Trishna offered vast insight to a yoga practitioner of any level. Trishna's knowledge and grasp of yoga is deep and profound. The culmination of years of inquiry. If Trishna was my daughter I would be very proud of her. It's was an honor to revel in all the jewels that she has integrated. Trishna shares her extensive and ecclectic teachings with Grace and skill.

  • kim bender   January 08, 2018

      Inner Adventure Travel Sierra Hot Springs Retreat

    I love Trishna's approach to yoga. It's an immersive experience. She starts out the first hour with very gentle meditation and movement, working up to an active Vinyasa that really warms up the body. The second hour is dedicated to deep Asana practice, which develops inner strength. She often ends the two-hour session with a meaningful Sanskrit chant. Trishna's voice is soothing and encouraging. Her guidance helps me get stronger - while never feeling the need to push myself into places of discomfort. The pace of each class is just right. Trishna clearly thinks about muscle groups that she will focus on in any given session and makes absolutely sure that we warm up properly before doing the deep stretches. It's a pleasure to participate in yoga practice with Trishna.

  • Amelia Straton   January 08, 2018

      ReNEWel and Dedication

    As a dedicated practitioner of the Dharma of eastern language and method, Trishna brings a wealth of experience into her teaching that makes access available to the immediate fruits of practice. She has the wisdom to allow for the limitations of the body while encouraging that her students explore their own thresholds and tendencies. Practicing with Trishna is always a whole body, speech, and mind reflection that reveals the inner yoga and source of strength and wisdom in the body. She is highly qualified to teach to a beginner and an advanced student with the humility to reveal how yoga belongs to the participant and is not about competition or endurance - but ones inner relationship with who and how they are in life. I always highly recommend her and would not trust the depth of my practice with anyone who lacked her uncommon dedication to her students.

  • Michelle Schwartz   December 30, 2017

      Private Yoga for a Family Reunion

    Trishna was a wonderful teacher for our family yoga class on Thanksgiving morning. We have a tradition of doing yoga together despite our wide range of ages (25-77) and yoga experience (novice to experienced) and Trishna was able to teach and cue us so that everyone had a meaningful experience. She is a very thoughtful and experienced yogi !

  • Annonymous   September 21, 2017

      Presence and Dedication

    I have worked with Trishna for many years. Attending her retreats in California as often as possible. I love her dedication to my individual success and spiritual and physical growth. I will continue to attend her retreats whenever I am able to do so. Hopefully I will be in California for her annual winter retreat. It is the best way to start a new year and the location and hot springs are magical. ~ Amelia Straton

  • Annonymous   September 21, 2017

      Experience AND Passion

    Trishna has been my yoga teacher for over a decade, and the impact she has made on my life is profound. She is the most studied teacher I know: her classes are fluid and concentrate on an oscillation between inner and outer strength, and her guided meditations and mantras immediately place you in the perfect state for her yogic flow. She is careful about her students' bodies, encouraging an approach that allows risk but prevents injury. Her smile and laugh is contagious, and her classes are filled with joy as well as a quiet respect for this sacred tradition. Her technique follows me into every yoga studio, and her spirit stays in my heart. ~Molly Maguire

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