ABOUT US

BeingSattvaa

A retreat dedicated to restoring your complete being

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ETHOS

Conceptualised and created by an ex-banker and a lifelong city dweller, Renuka Vaidyanathan, BeingSattvaa is a labour of love.

Coming from a corporate background, Renuka has a deep awareness of the stresses of corporate life and its negative impact on well being. Introduced to Yoga and Pranayama more than 25 years ago, she has been practicing Yoga and a healthy lifestyle for over a decade. Inspired by the change in her life brought about by a healthy lifestyle, she set about creating a small space for like-minded people who were desirous of healthy living and well being. Thus BeingSattvaa was born.

At BeingSattvaa, we believe in the principle of balance - work-life balance; balancing of the five elements (pancha bhutas) in the human body; balancing work (karma) with contemplation (dhyana), all of which will lead to a harmonious existence, wherein the human being is at peace with oneself and one's surroundings.

BeingSattvaa has been set up with the notion of letting you immerse yourselves in an authentic wellness experience - it is not a typical vacation spa or resort - it is much more. Whether you are here for a short stay, a week, or a fortnight, you can soak yourselves in our magical realm and feel the difference. BeingSattvaa (essence or goodness in Sanskrit) blends ancient Eastern wisdom and sensibilities with modern teachings to create a unique, contemporary wellness experience for the mind and body.

Renuka Vaidyanathan

Renuka Vaidyanathan

Design Concept

The architecture of BeingSattvaa incorporates a seamless blend of Indoors and Outdoors – an "Indoor" garden and "Outdoor" room. The idea behind this is to:

  • Bring greenery inside by maximizing the view.
  • Have private outdoor spaces inside the rooms such as the open bathroom.

The architecture is environmentally friendly as well by incorporating the following features:
  • Minimizing cut & fill in land.
  • Keeping the existing vegetation, as much as possible.
  • Creating artificial water features to reduce the noise coming from outside the land.
  • Collecting rain water for watering the garden in dry season.
  • Using a Sewage Treatment Plan so the waste water produced can be reused for watering the garden.

The architecture also utilizes the unique layout of the land as a design consideration:
  • The layout of each building and its orientation is designed according the potential view of land.
  • Existing natural features such as small river, greenery and rice-field as natural land boundaries.

The resources used in construction are predominantly local:
  • Usage of local materials such as red brick from Bali, white stone from Jogya, roof tile from Java.
  • Usage of local labor as much as possible, from areas around the project.
  • Usage of Balinese local plants in the landscape.

About the Architect:
Gede Agus is a Bali based professional architect, who specializes in tropical resort, villa & residential design, with an emphasis on sustainability of the environment.
website: www.gedeagus.com  |  email: gedeagus@gmail.com

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