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Bali – the hot spot to e-tox

Set in the hills north of Ubud lies an enclave of serenity where visitors slow down, unplug and unwind.

It’s an irony of our modern lives that while technology is continually invented that save us time, we use that time to do more and more – and so our lives are more fast-paced and hectic than ever! Slowing down is a conscious choice, and not always an easy one. There is a growing movement of people looking to ‘e-tox’ and slow down. Sharing Bali is the original destination supporting this – the perfect place to simplify, focus and ‘unplug’.

Take charge and take some time out for yourself – work on your body, mind and soul in serene surroundings. Forget your to-do list and be present at Sharing Bali, the boutique fitness retreat destination which offers retreats to restore inner calm– your mind relaxed, your body energized and your senses revitalised.

Sharing Bali provides diverse outdoor fitness and relaxation retreats year round in a small Balinese village, north of Ubud. Surrounded by the sound of running water with cabins set amongst lush rice paddies, the health haven also becomes a training ground for physical challenges – coconuts, rice sacks and bamboo replace traditional gym equipment! For guests who want to do their own thing, Sharing Bali also offers individual stays and activities such as treks and hikes, a volcano climb over Mt. Batur, cycling and white water rafting. Massages are never far away.

FIT SQUAD Trainer, Adam Mulvaney is a fan – “No internet, no mobiles, no TV, no worries. It’s so invigorating to leave this all behind and have quality time face to face at Sharing Bali”

Founder Karen Willis set out to build a retreat…not only a space for working out, but to also escape from being constantly ‘plugged in’. There is no wifi and there is no TV, but there is nourishment, traditional village life and the opportunity to train with some of Australia’s leading fitness figures. And while Sharing Bali encourages retreat-goers to disconnect from their devices, mobile phone coverage allows you to stay in touch with family and friends back home.

“Disconnecting ourselves in order to regain some of the passion, energy, creativity and perspective that gets diminished or lost through the stresses of everyday life is one of the reasons I created Sharing Bali”, says Karen Willis. Cate, who attended the Yoga Plus 5! Retreat in 2012 shares her experience – “This was my first trip to Bali and I can still remember the peaceful feeling I got on arrival. It was an instant release from the busy life I left behind. The simplicity and isolation of the retreat really made me reconnect with what’s important in life”.

To find out more about how you can ‘e-tox’ at Sharing Bali with a pile of books and nothing but peace and tranquillity, visit www.sharingbali.com

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