Bali is a small island community like no other place on earth. Known as the island of peace and serenity that holds great therapeutic powers, many people travel here for spiritual healing. With a similar climate to Kerala in India (the birthplace of Ayurveda), this fertile island is also a favourable place for an authentic Panchakarma. With the humidity, moist fresh air and the elevated location about 500 m above sea level, the region is regarded by Ayurvedic physicians as an ideal setting for detox and rejuvenation.
In addition, the Balinese people have their roots in Hinduism, Buddhism and animism, and it is therefore easy for them to adapt to the science of Ayurveda. They are also known for their innate sense of hospitality, kindness and professionalism. Life in Bali is different to the rest of the world and encourages us to learn to let go, respect and embrace new ways of living, thinking and believing.
Claude Chouinard, co-founder of Bali’s Oneworld Retreats and initiator of Oneworld Ayurveda, tells us that visitors coming to Bali value the island for its rare tranquility and distinct beauty. Chouinard, a Canadian expat entrepreneur for the past 16 years, and his team have developed an authentic Ayurvedic Panchakarma centre in the central hills of Ubud. After exploring Ayurveda for many years, a recent Panchakarma in Sri Lanka in 2015 proved to Chouinard the benefits of Ayurveda and Oneworld Ayurveda was born.