Erin's Guide to Self-Retreating in Canggu, Bali

Wim Hof Breathwork at Udara with Rich

Wim Hof Breathwork at Udara with Rich

I’m a traveler, teacher, student and co-founder of The Mind Body Project. I am passionate about emotional well-being and mental health. I have been traveling for work and exploration in Asia for over ten years.  I teach and consult in the realms of education, tech and wellness. I like to attend amazing workshops and conferences, eat nutrient-packed and flavorful foods and work in cafes with a steady hum but not much interruption. I like being active and leaning into my edges, but am not a thrill seeker.  My favorite kind of eating experience is as a long group table where I can casually meet people and also easily walk away.  

In terms of travel, I’m the type of person who loves to explore new places with a small amount of structure and a lot of room to wander.  My preferred modes of transportation are bike and scooter. I keep my laptop nearby and am often creating content for programs I want to teach. In Asia I generally book my flight and the first and last night’s accommodation, and figure out the rest based on local recommendations.  I don’t have a check-list more than two items long for any given trip.  Traveling this way has allowed me to experience epic days and lifelong friendships; it can also can get really lonely, and I definitely work to create more structure and community within the flexibility. 

This fall I’ll be facilitating in China and taking a self-guided retreat in Bali.  I often get asked what I do on these kind of trips, so I decided to write up this guide to self-retreating.

Each day looks a little something like this:

Morning: Yoga Class, Free Dive Practice/Swimming or Personal Workout


Afternoon: Co-work at a cafe or meet with a friend or business contact


Evening: Visit the Ocean, Journal, or Music 


Where do I suggest in Bali?  Well…I’ve spent time in various areas, and Canggu really meets my needs.  I’m not a late night person, I don’t drink or surf, and while all of that is abundantly available in Canggu, I also find that the cafes, co-working and overall vibe suits me better than Ubud. It is getting a little crowded these days and I like to escape to Amed for free-dive trips. 


Yoga in Canggu: 

Samadi Bali

Love their cafe and daily yoga classes in a garden-like setting. 


The Practice

Amazing bamboo hut venue. Best for special workshops.


Udara Bali

Incredible bamboo hut venue with ocean views, just outside a motor-bike ride away from Canggu.  Teachers are more traditional Balinese and the estatic dance community on Sundays is welcoming and alive!


LifesCrate Smoothie

LifesCrate Smoothie

Amazing (Vegan-Friendly) Canggu Eats:

Smoothies: LifesCrate

AddressJalan Canggu Padang Linjong, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Salads: Betel Nut Cafe

AddressPantai Batu Bolong Street No.60, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Food and Potions: Cafe Vida

AddressPantai Batu Bolong Street No.38A, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Quiet Working by a Pool: Pomelo Cafe

AddressJl. Pantai Berawa No.77, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Ristaffel: Ulekan Bali

AddressJl. Tegal Sari Jl. Pantai Berawa No.34, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Vibe: Peloton Cafe 

AddressJl. Pantai Berawa No.46, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Everything: The Shady Shack

AddressJl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Wim Hof Breathwork and Cold Exposure Training: Rich at Re-Align 

Life changing workshops with Rich!  He’s not a super spiritual dude but rather a real person that offers well constructed and potentially life-shifting programs. @richrealign


Free Diving: Liquid Life Indo

Coach Shane Tierney helped take me from nervous in the pool to diving in Amed. His experience helps calm and support you at any level comfort beneath the water.


Co-Working: Dojo Bali

Social hub near the beach filled with freelancers, free-thinkers and global nomads.



I find that you really can’t go wrong in Bali.  If it’s online and has a good rating, it’s usually awesome.  I have literally never stayed at a bad place, but I do balance cost and rating from, here’s 10% off your first stay:

Wind Down Sunset Spot: La Brisa

Low key people and music, lots of bean bags on the deck. 

AddressJl. Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Need a suggestion for a daily online program to provide a bit of structure on your next adventure?  Check out QSATA’s 28-Day Online Communication program.

Founder, MCK, is the most solid listener I know.   Having access to his undivided attention and the daily structure of this program is exactly the combination of check-ins and self-led reflection that I like on retreat.  His program reminded me why I’m attracted to the magic of communication.

Join us Sept 20-30 in Canggu:

Anyone who fits The Mind Body Project vibe of growth mindset, kindness and a passion for science-backed health and wellness tools is welcome to join us.  Email for villa booking details. 

La Brisa at Sunset

La Brisa at Sunset