Maybe you have already experienced the magical talent of the Balinese who know things in advance, who feel your thoughts, look straight into your heart, and who know the right timing.

During a magical moment in October of 1999 on my second journey through Bali, I, Ilona Selke, met a very old seer in Ubud, maybe 115 years old, who gave me a reading. In a puzzled way he told me that we are/will be neighbors.

He had no idea what that meant, if it was the future, the past, or now.

I had no idea if my seer was good or not at seeing the future, there was no way to tell. Only time would tell.

But one thing was for sure: I had no intentions to move to Bali, as we had our winter home on the Big Island of Hawaii and we were very happy there.


Why we got started!

Fast forward to Spring of 2005

My husband Don Paris (Ph.D h.c.), and I were staying at a neighboring Retreat Center on the North Shore of Bali on our way to India, because we wanted to look for land in India and possibly even buy into a Retreat Center there.

I used to joke, while living in Hawaii, that one day, when we were old and wise, I would open a sort of Ashram for spiritual studies, one in which multiple masterful teachers were able to teach those who wished to sincerely deepen their spiritual abilities.

Our German friend, who was heading the now neighboring retreat center, invited us to take a look at a home for sale, right on the beach. It took us one minute to decide that this was the house for us.

We thought we would live in Bali for a few months per year, and shuttling back and forth between Bali and, our island home in the US, and Hawaii.

But again, there were other plans in the air. Just like the 105 year-old Seer had fortold that we would be neighborss, and other psychics, Balinese and Westerner alike had told us that they saw us running a retreat center, our personal live was changed byt what seems to be destiy.

We had enough going on in our lives and we didn't need any more work and had no intentions of creating any more than our personal vacation home on Bali..

However, through a series of unusual coincidences, we did buy a narrow strip of land, about 14 meters wide and 100 meters long, right on the ocean next ot our house in order to help prevent the ocean from eroding the alnd and thereby threating to intrude salt water into the ground water. So we purchased the ladn only to build a sea wall.

However, that small sea wall was the begining of Shambala.

A year later we were asked to purchase the land behind the thin strip of land. This larger piece of land was going to be home to a few friends, who were going to become our neighbors.

But those plans fell through and we would up purchasing the land that is now home to most of what you see of Shambala Oceanside Retreat.

We built double-story-octagon villas and single-story-octagon bungalows, because we preffered not to live in square boxes

e were blessed with our builder, Gede Partajana, who meditated on his designs before he drew them on paper, who was and is inspired from a higher source within, and who wanted to not only build for the purpose of functionality, but wanted to create a piece of art.

Our architect built Shambala with the same quality and beauty as he had built our own Bali home . A group of 6 women and 40 men worked 1.5 years to create Shambala. The women became dear to our hearts, as they were carrying every stone, every grain of sand on their heads from the road, along a pathway to Shambala.

We don't have a street that allows cars or trucks to come close to our lands, so every brick had to carried in. The women loved their work, they were thankful to be working, and they blessed every stone, every tile with the energy form their crown chakras as they carried the baskets from the road to Shambala on their heads.

We were moved to tears watching them work diligently, BUT happy that they loved their work. At times we all talked together in joy and gratitude for one another.

We decorated the villas with hand carved furnitures and hand carved doors, stonework and statues, adorned the beds and chairs with silken fabric and the walls with beaded work of arts from our trips to India.

It is a joy to sit in the midst of a 'Dream Come True' and offer it to you. This is a dream that we held dear in our souls, but didn't ever think it would happen in Bali.

Bali is truly a place where Heaven and Earth meet. The many daily prayers of all the Balinese help make Bali magical, and little did we know, that our thoughts and dreams would be manifest here, in the land where thoughts are quickly made visible.


Fast forward again to Spring of 2008, I, while was getting a Refelxology-massage in Ubud, my therapist told me in no uncertain terms, , that I will have a SPA in UBUd, and that I will be his boss.

I laughed, as we were just building our Shambala Retreat Center on the North Shore of Bali and really didn't need any more work.

Lo and behold! Nine months later my husband and I found ourselves opening a SPA in Ubud.

It was a great rainbow-bridge and the clients at the Shambala Spa a feeling for the beauty that would await them at the Shambala Retreat Center. That is how travelers from Ubud came to Bondalem, a village that was not yet well knownt.

At Shambala Spa we wanted to offer great treatments to Bali travelers; treatments that heal, treatments that attend to the finer vibrations of body, mind and soul. We wanted to offer a healing environment, as well as a great place of respect, of honoring the spiritual essence in the clients as well as the therapist.

On the practial side, we wanted to offer better wages to our therapists, and a unique SPA experience to tourists, all in the heart of UBUD, a level of treatments, which were rarely to be found, even in Luxury Hotels.

THAT is what inspired us to open Shambala SPA in the heart of UBUD:

Now you have a littel more insight how Shambala came to be. We were as surprised as you can imageine, when realizing that visions of Seers had come true.

Welcome to Shambala, the place where Heaven & Earth meet. We hope you too will go home touched in a magical way!


Orignially the dolphins brought us to the Northshore of Bali. We have the blessing to watch dolphins swim by Shambala from time to time. And for anyone who wishes to go see the dolphins, you can travel via an outrigger boat of our neighboring fishermen, will take r guests out to see the dolphins at 6 am for sunrise..

We are looking forward to having you stay at Shambala, where Heaven meets Earth!