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In Bali, even today, the enchantment of age-old traditions reverberates in the air, where sacred ceremonies like Malukat are like poems written over the centuries, mixed with deep emotions and ancestral wisdom, transforming the island in a place where the past and the present dance in harmony.

Malukat is an ancient Balinese water purification ritual, where sacred waters become the means by which the soul is freed from impurities, creating a deep connection between divine and human essence. This sacred ceremony, full of emotion and tradition, is a touching celebration that goes beyond everyday life and dives into the spiritual essence of Balinese culture.

Melukat is now also offered to foreigners and My Ideal Traveling offers this experience on holistic retreats in Bali. It may seem profane if done by a traveler or it may seem too “commercialized”, but if approached with an open heart, it is a truly moving ceremony that I myself have experienced and repeat gladly on each of my trips to Bali. This is why I find it wonderful to offer it during a well-being holiday in Bali.

Melukat is born from Balinese mythological tales, it is the narration of gods and goddesses, divine dances and cosmic connections. As the water flows over the hands of the participants, it carries with it the essence of Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice, fertility and prosperity, whose blessings are necessary for a bountiful harvest and a prosperous life. But above all, Melukat has a profound philosophy: water, imbued with spiritual energy, has the power to purify not only the physical body, but also the inner spirit. The Balinese people see this ceremony as a dance with the divine, as the path of life which, like the flow of water, is a constant flow.

As you immerse yourself in the purifying waters, you gain freedom from the burdens and impurities of life, a release from pain, sadness and regret. It is a surrender to the cosmic flow, a sharing of its vulnerabilities. Sacred waters carry with them the stories, emotions and aspirations of those who participated, creating a timeless link between past, present and future.

Malukat is a sacred dance, a connection with life, because the currents of life like water always move us forward. Melukat is part of a wellness journey, which leads us to release tensions and old patterns, to move towards a new flow, accompanied, why not, by a yoga retreat or a wellness holiday.

My Ideal Traveling

“I have often found myself with a goodbye to make, a suitcase to prepare, a radical change to deal with and a new dimension to find. Managing changes in work, life and prospects have led me to my most authentic metamorphosis: to make a profession of the travel experience.

I  wanted to offer a choice of wellbeing paths, itineraries as evolutionary routes, to relax, disconnect the mind, but above all to learn to eat properly, to get moving, and to feel the value and importance of being at one with nature. Traveling is not only advancing, or embarking on a journey, it’s also a way to reach one’s center and direct oneself towards the other, diversity. This is where our true inner wealth is born“.
Monica Bevacqua, My Ideal Traveling founder

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