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Bali, Paradise for Digital Nomads Working in Alternative & Holistic Therapies

If you work in alternative and holistic health and medicine, Bali is for you! There, we find the yoga teachers and wellness coaches, the energy healers and shamans, the herbalists and nutritionists and also the activists, the vegans and those passionated about animal and planet conservation.

Why is Bali so attractive? Because in Bali, you will be able to find the perfect balance between work and travel, playtime and wellness.

Ricefields around Ubud, Bali

I am a digital nomad in the sense that all my work and services are accessible online. I am an author and a cosmic shaman and I offer online private distance healing, guidance sessions and spiritual teachings. I do everything remotely because my work as a shaman makes me travel a lot to gain more knowledge, understanding and experiences about the spiritual world I share with others.

At the beginning of 2020, Bali called me very strongly. I went there 12 years ago and back then, the island of Gods didn’t have the crowd of tourists we know today. The idea of going back to highly touristy Bali didn’t excite me very much but, I got surprised about all the great things Bali still has to offer in 2020, especially with the work I do.

Empty beach in Uluwatu, Bali

The nature in Bali is what makes it worth a visit. The swell offers some of the best waves you can surf in the world. The rainforests are gigantic and are home to several majestic waterfalls. The volcanoes offer some unforgettable hiking experiences. The rice fields sculpting the hills and the Balinese traditions are great reminders of how simple life can be. Balinese still try to live in harmony with nature, the land and the spirits. And amongst the pretty scenery, you will find some of the most beautiful accommodations you’ve ever stayed in.

When Elisabeth Gilbert published her book Eat, Pray, Love in 2006, she depicted perfectly this search of oneself and the enlightenment you can expect to find on the Island of Gods. There is a reason why Bali has its nickname. When you land there, you certainly can feel the powerful energy of the gods surrounding you and be moved by them, whether you believe in it or not. That’s the magic of this island. And as a very intuitive person, I can certainly feel the power of it. In the spiritual world, we say that Bali is the heart chakra of the Earth and you will certainly feel held, loved and supported by life in so many ways over there. It doesn’t surprise me that so many people are attracted to this island.

Sculpture of Ganesha where Balinese do offerings

When the movie Eat, Pray, Love hit the box office in 2010 and social media became a thing, that’s when tourism went to another level. There are many positive and negative aspects of massive tourism in Bali but some things haven’t changed. Locals are still incredibly kind, friendly and hospitable. They would open their home to you, welcome you for food and to join them to a ceremony if you are a bit curious about their culture. You can learn so many things about their way of living. And you might as well bumped into a shaman offering some traditional healing while walking around and talking to people. So, if you are in search of some healing and learning, Bali is the right place to go to.

I travel a lot and I love trying different foods. But, I think that the best meals I had were definitely in Bali, Ubud and Canggu being the ultimate temples for healthy food. If you are into vegetarian, raw, vegan foods or if you have always been wanting to try some delicious raw recipes, you will have more options then you could ever imagine in Bali.

The local restaurants and warungs offer some vegetarian and vegan options. My favourite places are 9 Angels and Kemulan in Ubud. They are typical warungs with yummy vegan food. Or, you can head to more fancy places where westerner cafes have been taken to the next level. Alchemy, Clear Cafe or Kismet just to name a few, offer some of the best Chai Lattes, juices and smoothies you could get, with homemade plant milk and fresh vegetarian, vegan and raw food options. And if you’re interested in bringing back some delicious raw vegan recipes to your kitchen, book the popular Raw Food Chef Training by Sayuri.

Feast at Kismet in Ubud, Bali

Yoga is not a sport, it is a lifestyle and as practising yoga became very popular over the years for the healthy lifestyle it offers, Bali became its temple. People from all around the world come here to do their Yoga Teacher Training. Some places have made their name in the yoga industry such as The Practice in Canggu or Radiantly Alive and the famous Yoga Barn in Ubud. Not only they offer renown teacher trainings but they hold daily yoga classes, women circles, ecstatic dance and other spiritual practices. Those places are perfect for your daily practice and to meet other interesting people working in the same field as you.

If permaculture and learning how to live in harmony with the land are what you are passionate about, you will love spending time in Bali. You can hang out with locals and learn how to make coconut oil for example. Or, you can also visit some of the most innovative architectural places that have mixed modernity with their natural environment  perfectly and, used innovative ideas to have a low impact on the planet. The Green School is a must-see. Also, options to volunteer in an animal shelter or give a hand in some humanitarian projects to help local people are endless. Being part of the local community is very easy in Bali and you can be involved in many ways.

Finally, if you work online like me and health and wellbeing are your things, you will really enjoy your time in Bali and the perfect balance it offers. You will be able to stay in a beautiful setting amongst the rice fields or by the ocean, eat super healthy, exercise daily, be part of interesting projects, meet similar people you can relate to and have some wonderful places where you can work and collaborate with other digital nomads. Bali has some pretty awesome co-working places such as Outpost in Ubud or the Dojo in Canggu. There is no doubt that you will love your stay in Bali.

Nancy Ferger

To know more about Nancy and her work, head to her website here.

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