MEET THE FAMILY
Surf, yoga, massages and good food – these are the things that Putu (Balinese) and Emma (Dutch) love. Their combined hobby and passion resulted in the birth of their own Surf and Yoga Retreat in the buzzing Bali district of Canggu. Pelan Pelan Bali opened its doors in 2014 and have welcomed travelers from around the globe ever since.
Have you ever dreamed of leaving everything behind, travelling to the other side of the world, falling in love and learning how to surf in a tropical paradise island? Emma made that dream into a reality.
After completing her studies in Movement Science (M. Sc.), Emma worked as a personal trainer in Amsterdam. She enjoyed her job and she was happy, but she could not shake the feeling that something in her life was missing.
Although there wasn't anything wrong with her life, she knew she wasn’t in the right place. While most people spend a lifetime dreaming but never pursuing, Emma chased after her dreams.
She left the city life to move to Bali and opened Pelan Pelan Bali, a surf and yoga retreat, to share her love and passion.
Putu grew up in a village close to Canggu, Bali – practically a stone’s throw away from the ocean. His love for the sea bloomed at a very young age.
He rode his first waves when he was 12 years old. At the time, surfing wasn’t a prevalent sport like it is today. The few boys in Putu’s village that wanted to learn to surf had to take turns sharing one surfboard.
Oftentimes, after hours of patiently waiting for your turn, the waves had already passed. However, it didn’t dim Putu’s burning passion for the sport. His love for surfing kept growing until he became a talented, professional surfer.
At 23 years, he officially became an ISA certified surf instructor, lifesaver and a head coach at a surf camp in Bali.
A STORY FROM THE FOUNDERS
We met in Canggu in 2012 and poured our hearts and souls into one place: Pelan Pelan Bali. Every day in Bali is a happy day. We live in the moment – here and now. We discovered ourselves while running our surf and yoga retreat and have learned so many lessons along the road. Because we combine our work with our private life, we never get bored. Working together with your partner towards the same goals is not always easy, but we have so much fun.
Pelan Pelan Bali is our happy place – a place we created for everyone who shares the same love for surfing, yoga, massages and food! We live here with our always-smiling staff that we treat like family. The people we meet at our retreat are incredible individuals coming from different parts of the world and different walks of life. We feel so blessed to cross paths with countless of inspiring people coming to stay with us to experience an ultimate holiday at our Bali Retreat.