Will James

Insight Meditation



"Having nothing,
clinging to nothing:
that is the Island,
there is no other;
that is Nirvana, I tell you,
the total ending of ageing and death."
~ SN 1094









































































































Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat 2016

May 2016, Bali Mountain Retreat
Mt Agung Garuda

offering priests

Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat 2015

May 2015, Bali Mountain Retreat
priest group

Will and priest jungle walk

Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat 2014

May 2014, Bali Mountain Retreat

The second Bali Mountain Retreat was another unique experience for all who had the good fortune to attend.

This year Robin Macgregor taught the Yoga and facilitated the morning group meetings. Rob taught Dru Yoga twice a day and everyone was very appreciative of her warmth and skill in leading us in this gentle flowing form of yoga and her encouragement to bring mindful attention to the ever changing sensations in the body.

This is such a special retreat with the incorporation of the Balinese culture and the astounding beauty of the location, situated as it is on the side of Mt. Batukaru. The retreat followed the usual silent Insight form but also included a beautiful blessing ceremony with the local Bali hindu priest, a yatra (silent walk) to a temple on the edge of the forest for another ceremony, Balinese massages, to ease tired and aching limbs and of course the sumptuous Balinese vegetarian meals.

What was mentioned in the closing circle was the deep connection that developed out of the silence, a deep sense of family and friendship. This arises due to the shared retreat experience as well as the special circumstances of being away overseas and the obvious influence of being in such a sensitive caring culture. This contributes to a powerful transformative experience with deep insights that were shared in a very honest and direct mannor.
A highlight was the Dharma Inquiry sessions which opened and touched the hearts with the quality of exploration and the depth of understanding that was expressed.


"This well balanced retreat was nurturing, and provided an ideal space to support insight and inner growth. The intergration of sitting meditation, Dru yoga, mindful walking, wholesome vegetarian food, informative and succinct dharma talks, Balinese blessing ceremonies, opportunities for interviews and questions and the beautiful accommodation and garden setting at Bali Mountain Retreat all helped me to find some spacious awareness and peace".
Michelle Chirgwin
Patricipant in 2014 Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat, Bali

"Nestled in the lush gardens of Bali Mountain Retreat, the warm embrace of Balinese hospitality and the generous hearts of our teachers Will and Rob is a beautiful space to deepen exploration, intimacy and healing. To begin each day together by sharing yoga with the breathtaking Bali sunrise, and with eachother, is a wonderful way to open the heart and bring a closeness that remains still now. This connection to people and place is further enhanced with ceremony and prayers offered by the local Priest and Priestess and a visit to the local temple, and nourished by delicious vegetarian meals shared. Held in the kindness of Will's meditation instructions and Dharma talks we are  nurtured by the quieting meditation and noble silence. Did I mention the cool caress of mountain breezes, or the indulgence of hot stone massages......"
Alison Barlow
Participant in 2014 Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat 2013

May 2013, Bali Mountain Retreat 
The feedback from our first Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat was enthusiastically positive.

>Bali Mountain Retreat Centre boasts traditional Balinese architecture, tropical gardens and fantastic views across the foothills to the sea.

The retreat experience was enhanced by walks up Mt Batukaru into the rainforest, visits to the local village temple for traditional Balinese ceremonies to open the energy channels and bless our retreat, tasty Balinese vegetarian meals and daily massage.

The combination of Sitting, Yoga, Inquiry, the natural beauty and contact with the rural Balinese culture led to much insight and awakening.

Please scroll down to view photos of and testimonials from this retreat and the 2014 retreat.

Bali Mountain Retreat

Bali Mountain Retreat

Bali Mountain Retreat


Will James is an extremely skilled teacher of the Dharma whose soft intelligence and wisdom pervaded every moment of the retreat. The retreat is a perfect introduction for anyone wanting to learn Vipassana in a nurturing and loving teaching environment. His approach is both disciplined and gentle, fostering self love and insight. Add this to daily yoga in shimmering dawn light, the beauty of a Bali mountain retreat, superb Indonesian food, and even a massage, this should be everyone's idea of 5 days of Nirvana! I have attended many meditation retreats and many yoga retreats , but none together,  and the combined formula was magic for both body and soul. I intend making this retreat an annual gift to myself.
Merran Morrison
Patricipant in 2013 Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat, Bali