I cannot recommend the Creative Spirit Retreat in Java highly enough. Led by the cosmic duo, Dani and Anna, it combines immersion into meditation and art (absolute beginners in either discipline are more than welcome) with an exploration of Java’s extraordinary scenery and delightful people. My experience was spiritually profound; connecting with the land, the elements, the temples and much else allowed insights to fledge full and a sense of personal empowerment to emerge. Meeting the artists in their studios or workspaces was a particular privilege and I am thrilled with the rather large painting I just had to buy! Perhaps it was the intensity of the spiritual and creative activities, or perhaps it was the most wonderful group of women I came to know often over many glasses of wine and whom I now affectionately call my Java sisters, or perhaps it was the energy of the place, but whatever it was I returned happier, stronger, and with renewed excitement and enthusiasm for life and it’s endless possibilities. Thank you Dani and Anna, it was a blast!!