The Not-So-Hidden Secret of Bali BaliSpirit Festival / Via bookyogaretreats.com Indonesia is home to one of the most beautiful gems in the world: Bali. This island in Southeast Asia is well known for its breathtaking landscapes, lots of amazing coral reefs, astonishing beaches, green rice fields and many more jaw-dropping features that make every traveler fall in love with this place. To add on to its natural beauty, Bali is also regarded as a highly spiritual location, underlined by the ever-mindful Balinese population, their fascinating religious traditions and the holiness of unbelievable temples such as Pura Besakih, Ulun Danu and Taman Ayun. But there is something else that has been attracting visitors from over 50 countries the past 9 years. A secret in the town of Ubud that was never well-kept, a secret with so much magic that the word was rapidly spread, an event so inspiring that was impossible to hide from the rest: The BaliSpirit Festival!—So, that's the secret? There are many festivals in the world, how is this one so special?True, nowadays there are tons of festivals all over the world, but very few of them have the luxury of being held on the idyllic island of Bali. That, per se, is an automatic plus. Nonetheless, another aspect that makes it so unique is the huge diversity of people who attend every year. It is quite hard to find more than 50 nationalities in one venue at the same time. Since it is not targeted at a specific group nor a determined level, The BaliSpirit Festival welcomes thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe, it is basically open to any conscious human who wants to join. Whether your desire is to honor the spiritually so characteristic of the region, or maybe to do some yoga in good company, or simply to enjoy good music and meet new people, the festival offers something different to fulfill each taste. —And how exactly do people celebrate at The BaliSpirit Festival?This year's edition has a big variety of activities including traditional Balinese music, sacred chants, African dance; seminars and workshops about sound healing, Ayurveda, astrology, nutrition, the business of yoga; various forms of breath-work and meditation; and plenty of yoga styles and techniques like Yin, Kundalini, Hatha, Tantra, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram and much more. Also, the event will feature two honorable guests, the AyurVedic Astrologer Jeffrey Armstrong, and the Spiritual Master Sri Prem Baba. And as if it was not enough, the night concert's lineup includes plenty of talent of the highest caliber that will delight even the most demanding audience. Kayah, Nahko and Medicine for the People and The Opiuo Band are a few of the great artists playing every night at the BaliSpirit Festival. —OK, that sounds good. But how would I be contributing to the community?Back in 2008, when the festival was really sort of a hidden secret, the motivation to organize the first edition of this event was driven by the passion of its founders to build and support the community through yoga, music and dance. Eight years later, the intentions are still the same. It is not only an inspiring space for sacred celebration, but it also emphasizes giving back to the community through outreach initiatives. BaliSpirit partners with several organizations making the world a better place. Their Karma initiative sends funds to contribute to children's programs, education, health, HIV awareness and environmental protection. Therefore, a good part of the money the attendees spend to have fun contributes to help good causes. Hence, if you are planning a trip to Indonesia because of the magical beauty of Bali, that's fine, totally understandable, it is indeed fantastic. However, if you happen to be available between March 29th and April 3rd, don't forget the not-so-hidden secret that we've shared with you. The BaliSpirit Festival is worth the trip.