COMMITTED TO YOU
Floating Leaf Eco-Retreat is an innovative retreat center for groups, couples and individuals. We offer yoga, spa services, healthy cuisine, deep cultural experiences, traditional Balinese healing, and holistic relaxation for body, mind and soul. Combining ancient Balinese wisdom with modern luxury, our Bali retreat provides a safe place for relaxation, personal transformation and a return to balanced wellness.
DISCOVER FLOATING LEAF
Bali Floating Leaf offers much more than just a vacation in paradise. Bali Floating Leaf is a peaceful retreat center situated in a lush oasis – the perfect setting to nourish, recharge and heal your mind, body and spirit.
Stay in our luxurious villas and take part in expert-curated retreats and guided experiences in areas such as yoga, wellness, Bali arts and culture, photography, surfing and many more.
Enjoy our Balinese spa and open-air Yoga Sanctuary with views of the Indian Ocean and Mount Agung Volcano. Guests can also look forward to the Healing Pool, specifically created with relaxation and replenishment in mind. The grounds also feature an organic permaculture garden as well as a large open kitchen where our private chef will prepare delectable healthy meals, juices and snacks with locally grown organic nutrient-rich food. And anyone looking for action will find world-class surf steps away.
THREE WAYS TO ENJOY FLOATING LEAF
THE BALI TRI HITA KARANA
Floating Leaf has based our approach on the fundamental Balinese Hindu doctrine of Tri Hita Karana. This Sanskrit term translates to “three paths to peacefulness and prosperity” and is based on a trio of harmonious relationships, the balance between humans and God, between humans and other humans, and the equilibrium of man and nature. When all three are in balance; harmony and prosperity is the result. Tri Hita Karana teaches us:
- The Gods give us life and created nature.
- Nature offers subsistence, nourishment, beauty, and fulfills all needs of human beings.
- Human beings have an obligation to preserve nature, and to discuss and solve problems together.
Floating Leaf is rooted in a deep commitment to Bali’s environment, its people, and sustainable tourism. We are proud to be an exemplary model for true sustainable living without sacrificing luxury, comfort, or convenience.
THE BIRTH OF FLOATING LEAF
The Perfect Location
Floating Leaf was conceived of many years before it was finally opened in 2012.
The land was purchased almost a decade earlier and donated to the village so they could grow whatever crops they needed most. This dedication to supporting the community continues today as we operate a multitude of initiatives to bring prosperity to our Balinese neighbors while protecting the sacred land on which we operate.
Each and every phase of construction and planning of Floating Leaf was executed in strict accordance with Balinese tradition and culture.
Mikaku and Putu completed the arduous, circuitous and seemingly Sisyphean task of obtaining all of the permits, permissions and certificates necessary to build and operate their eco-retreat 100% in accordance of Indonesia’s laws and regulations. This process alone took two years, numerous headaches and the patience of Gandhi.
They then met with their local village many times as it is important to them that they are active participants in village life and support the banjar (local village organization).
Permission From The Gods
It was then time to begin an important series of Balinese Hindu ceremonies for the land. When a new dwelling or temple is to be built in Bali, several ceremonies are undertaken in order to purify the land and establish balance and harmony between the environment, humans and Gods. They met with their Pemangku (village priest) to determine an auspicious day for the ceremonies. Abundant traditional offerings were prepared consisting of flowers, bamboo, holy water (tirta), and fruits.
The first ceremony is called the Ngeruak Karang ceremony. This ritual is designed to give thanks to the land for all it has provided and to ask permission for a change of function. For example, the land has been used as a rice field for generations; one must now ask that it be used for a home and a place that fosters learning and spiritual growth.
The second ceremony is to honor the rice Goddess Dewi Sri and to seek her permission to relocate from the rice fields to the village temple. A third ceremony, Banten Nasarin, consists of the Pemangku wrapping the bricks of the foundation in a white cloth, anoints them with holy water and places them into the foundation of the building.
The breaking ground ceremony for Floating Leaf took place in late December 2011. The team toiled to create this unique and challenging structure. They built with environmentally friendly materials and methods. Each aspect of the rooms, Yoga Sanctuary, Healing Pool, Melati Spa, kitchen and gardens have been carefully created to be eco-friendly, comfortable and visually appealing. Art, science and Balinese tradition have been combined to make Floating Leaf an example of sustainable living in a traditional Balinese village setting.
The final purification rite, or Melaspas, gives thanks to the materials that were ‘sacrificed’ in the construction of the building. Previously they were separate entities such as stone, wood, bamboo, etc. They have now been reincarnated into a united living being.
Finally the day had come for FLER’s first guests to arrive. It was our proudest moment and to this day we still feel deep gratitude for each and every individual that walks through our doors.
The Management and staff are thrilled to be your hosts. We look forward to demonstrating services and skills distinctive and special Floating Leaf. Please rest assured that the entire Floating Leaf team will continue to not just provide the highest standards of service, but will exceed your expectations at every opportunity. If there is anything we can do to make your vacation even more special, please just let us know.
It is indeed a delight to have you staying with us and we want to wish you a very warm welcome to Bali.
Thanking you in anticipation of your patronage.
With our warmest regards,
Mikaku and Putu
Owners of Floating Leaf