ABOUT KOLONIAL HOUSE BALI REHAB CENTRE

Mission

Kolonial House was build to help healing and most of all: to give back. As our main beneficiaries, we proudly support the children at Jodie O’Shea House and Sari Hati School. Established in 2010, we are a semi non profit company, motivated by service to others.

Relax. Breathe. Be Mindful. Give.

Values

At Kolonial House we do our best to respect the laws of the land, as required. We are a fully legal company and our western employees have legal work permits. We pay tax and we endeavor to be respectful members of the expatriate business community. You will not have your retreat canceled, prior or during, by immigration, and risk loss of your valuable time and money.

“Honesty and Integrity”

Take a look at our team

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Paul
Program Director

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Paul is our program director, oversees all aspects of the program management and is passionate about helping all our clients during their recovery process.
Originally from Australia, he made Bali his second home as he loves the culture and spirituality of the people. Semi retired now, he has been assisting with Pono and Kolonial House management for several years, with a wide ranging background, including farming, ambulance officer, and chairing several community committees.

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Amelia
Program Coordinator

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Amelia co-ordinates the rehab programs at Kolonial House bali rehab centre, retreats and trainings, which operate at the centre. Your initial contact is likely to be with Amelia, as she will connect you with the most suitable specialist for your initial advice. Amelia will then assist you with all the details of admission, including travel and other special requirements.

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David Wiles
Consulting Psychotherapist | Counsellor

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David grew up in Australia and in his early work years was employed as a Youth Worker, Government Social Worker and Community Worker. At the age of 30 he moved to Indonesia and worked in various fields including teaching English as a foreign language, University lecturer in Academic Studies and Maths, and the past several years after becoming an Indonesian citizen working as a Recovery Therapist and Coach here in Bali.
David has a master’s degree in Counseling & Psychotherapy and is a certified Focusing Oriented Therapist and Trainer, a trained Level 2 Internal Family Systems Therapist and continues training in Bowen Family Systems Theory. He enjoys working with people battling substance abuse, helping them to identify the emotional patterns in their behavior, assisting in relieving trauma and wounds and aid the learning to develop a more solid, differentiated self. David is also a certified TRE (Trauma Release Exercise) provider and uses this body oriented method to assist clients attain a more regulated and relaxed nervous system which can allow for greater movement into mindfulness and change.

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Vernon Hartshorne
Program Clinical Director | Counselling

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Vernon has many years of experience in the field of addiction. Initially with alcoholism and drug addiction, moving into co-addiction and other behavioral health disorders, including sex addiction, anorexia, bulimia, depression and anxiety. Vernon has worked in a variety of leading global 12-Step rehabs, including Life Works and The Priory in England, and Castle Craig in Scotland. He has also worked in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Indonesia where he was the Clinical Director. In addition to his work in private practice, Vernon has worked with various charities, and the private sector. He is a qualified person-centered therapist who has worked as a bereavement counsellor and facilitated emotional support groups within schools and prisons. Vernon has also worked with perpetrators of domestic abuse. More recently he has really enjoyed developing the treatment approach for ‘Help Me Stop’ after visiting Los Angeles and studying their successful intensive outpatient programs. He is passionate about creating the right conditions for growth and using only what works to create change.

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Monika
Neuropsychologist | Counsellor

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Dr. Monika is a Neuropsychologist and worked at different universities as well in diagnostic clinics, neurorehabilitation, and outpatient therapy.
She has worked 9 years at the National Institute for Medical Rehabilitation in Hungary and has 10 years of experience in trauma treatment, special need therapy, and addiction treatment in developing countries.
Her approach to healing is holistic, combining different body-mind methods, helping identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation, and a variety of other challenging symptoms.
Monika has a long-standing Buddhist meditation practice and adheres to mindfulness good practice guidelines.
She is also a qualified yoga teacher (yoga therapy, trauma-informed yoga) with Yoga Alliance and has a special interest in the neuropsychology of mindfulness, compassion, and meditation practices.

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Bernie Khan
Integrative Counsellor | Therapist

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Bernie is a therapist who qualified with a BA honours degree in integrative counselling over a decade ago. As a professional counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), she is an individual who uses her personal and professional life experiences to form therapeutic alliances and work on a deep relational level with people from diverse backgrounds, in a variety of settings. She is an inclusive, patient and non-judgmental practitioner. Bernie has also been working as a counselling support worker and advocate over the past 15 years and will help our rehab retreat program with her extensive experience of using her counselling model with alternative mediums/tools where necessary.
Bernie has been in personal recovery for fifteen years; is an active member of O/A (Overeaters Anonymous), ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), and RCA (Recovering Couples Anonymous). She enjoys socializing, swimming, yoga, singing, dancing and reading, attending 12-Step fellowship meetings/retreats/conventions, and CPD trainings.
Bernie is a great organizer who can manage and resolve practical and emotional issues by being insightful, calm and empathic. She has grown into an aware therapist and learned the importance of treating each client as a unique individual in line with our mission statement at Kolonial House.

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Lia
Meditation | Yoga | Counselling

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Lia is one of the most popular head teachers at our wellness center.
She is a very experienced, understanding member of our team and has been working with people overcoming addictions and alcoholism for many years.
Passionate about helping clients discover the benefits of a holistic approach, Lia is introducing them to simple meditation practices, yoga exercises and breathing techniques to improve mental, physical and overall spiritual wellbeing. She likes to combine the principles of the 12step programs with her way of teaching. She’s leading both groups and is also able to design specific programs for individual clients. With her genuine caring and positive nature, Lia enjoys helping people and making new friends.

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Dr. Peter Connor
GP specialised in addiction medicine | Consulting Specialist

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Dr Connor is an addiction specialist with many years of experience in recovery treatment. He is a resident GP specialized in addiction medicine at Abbotsford Private Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. We consult with Dr Connor for specialist advice and refer clients in need of expert clinical care and medical detox, when considered necessary.

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Dr Abishek Joshi
Ayurvedic Doctor (PhD) & Yogi

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Dr Abishek is a highly trained Ayurvedic physician from India. He is one of only a handful of PhD practitioners, and has extensive experience treating patients in recovery. Dr Abishek also practices yoga, and is known for his spiritual and calming nature. His family runs one of the leading traditional Ayurvedic medical hospitals in India.

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Doctor Ari Sudhewa
Resident GP | On call 24/7

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Dr Ari delivers 24/7 medical and nursing care to clients at our Bali rehab centre. He is a very experienced GP, who is also backed by fluent English language skills. Dr Ari’s clinic is one of the best in Bali. His services include overseeing all of the medical needs of our clients, including medications and general care.

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Tony Lim
Chinese Medicine | Acupuncture

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Sensei Tony Lim is a highly advanced traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. He specialises in acupuncture and other forms of Chinese Medicine that heal and support individuals through the process of rehabilitation. He has many years of experience in treating people for addiction and works with clients at the Power of Now Oasis.

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Merta Ada
Meditation & Traditional Healer

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Merta is a famous local healer and expert meditation teacher, with an abundance of experience helping people through addiction recovery, trauma, depression and other illnesses. He conducts meditation retreats at his sanctuary, which our clients can be a part of. Chris has been a student of Merta for over 20 years and believes he is one of the most amazing teachers and people.

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Ibu Dayu
Ayurvedic Treatments & Yoga and Meditation Instructor

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Ibu Dayu specialises in Ayurveda, a system of traditional medicine and practices, which focus on healing the mind, body and spirit. Ibu’s Ayurvedic treatments are supported by her yoga and meditation teachings and can be particularly beneficial to recovering clients. She is always smiling and loves laughing yoga.

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BIANCA
E-RYT 200 + 1000hrs

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For the past 10 years, Bianca has been teaching yoga to adults, children and fellow teachers. First and foremost, she believes that she is and will forever be a student of yoga. 

 

Along with a deep love of Bali, Bianca has a high level of respect for the people and culture of the island. With over a thousand hours of formal training in a variety of healing modalities, Bianca is experienced in but not limited to teaching classical yoga asanas. 

 

The practice, the lifestyle, the community and the spiritual path of yoga has been guiding her through her life, across the U.S. and now in Indonesia. Over the years she has attended numerous workshops, clinics and trainings with senior teachers to grow her knowledge and understanding of yoga. She also applies this learning to her own personal practice and in her teaching as well. 

 

Bianca teaches beginner to advanced levels of Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, yoga for surfers, inversion/backbend workshops, restorative and yin yoga. She also teaches pranayama, guided meditation, yoga nidra, and mantras. She integrates these disciplines within classes. She is also trained in Ayurveda, Thai Yoga (massage), ZenThai Shiatsu, Craniosacral therapy, yoga therapy, kids yoga, partner yoga, teaching yoga to children with special needs and teaching yoga to at-risk populations.

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Menik
GP & Yoga Teacher

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Menik is a practising physician and passionate yogi. She is also one of the lead teachers at the wellness centre, bringing a wealth of knowledge, together with a friendly and empathic approach to treating and teaching clients. Menik has worked at an international hospital in Bali since 2015, but now balances her medical work with grounding yoga practice and teaching.

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Chris Sampson
Founder | Support

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Chris founded the Kolonial House Bali rehab centre, primarily to help himself by helping others struggling with drug addiction. From a young age, Chris faced his own struggles with addiction. He credits yoga, meditation, surfing, the principles of the 12-step program and the recovery community in Sanur, for his own recovery and hopes the program can encourage others to transform their lives.

Benki

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Accommodation Management | Housekeeping | Food

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Benki takes care of guest relations, housekeeping, and property management at Kolonial House, together with the house staff, who are like a family. His work includes organising food for our clients in-house, as well as coffee, tea, juices and take away delivery. Ingrid never stops, and loves to connect and be of assistance to our guests.

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Support Team

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Our support team assists clients as companions, drivers and guides. These amazing people have been through the rehabilitation process themselves, and are now stable in recovery. They’re here to listen and encourage you on your journey, while sharing their own personal experiences and having some fun along the way.

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Ayu, Indah and Yuyun
Wellness Support Staff

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Ayu, Indah and Yuyun run the wellness centre together. They ensure you are cared for, while also managing all wellness therapies, appointments and yoga classes, as well as the Juice Bar, sporting and adventure activities, and cultural excursions. They are a ray of sunshine and go above and beyond to ensure you have an amazing stay.

TESTIMONIALS / REVIEWS

“I felt like I was given a second chance at life.”

Jennifer

At first I was nervous because I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had been diagnosed with clinical depression due to the insurmountable pressure from my personal life in 2020 and for the past few months before taking the leap with Kolonial House Bali rehab centre, I truly felt hopeless. My anxiety was at an all time high, up to the point where leaving my home to join the world, even for a slight moment, gave me intense anxiety. I knew something had to be done because my mental health was declining everyday and I was getting to the point where I was losing hope for my future. I was encouraged to try outside help, particularly in a rehab style facility that specializes in depression and generalized anxiety and I came across Kolonial House. I’ve been to Bali before so going back to Bali to find the healing that I so needed felt like the perfect fit for me.

My initial email to the team was nerve wrecking, but the timely response with the coordinator, and not to mention her immediate positive energy in wanting to help me helped in tremendously easing my anxiety. The initial conversation was warm and sincere, with every question I had being answered thoroughly, and that was when I decided to take the leap and go on this journey to self healing. My intake appointment with the clinical director was difficult because of my social phobia, but Vernon made me feel safe and I was able to open up to him and be honest about my struggles without feeling any judgment or contempt.
When I got to Kolonial House I was immediately welcomed by all of the staff. The staff made me feel at home immediately and there was an energy of genuine care and concern for my well-being. A schedule was created for me, and throughout my days I was well taken care of. My clinical team, which consisted of three magnificent therapists, were well aware of my issues and immediately had plans to help me with my recovery. It was not an easy process but I appreciate the sincerity of them wanting to help me and I greatly appreciated them not babying me in any way. In order to make positive changes in my life, I knew I had to put in the work and they encouraged me to do so in every way. I was given multiple readings and assignments and had to report back to the therapists and that helped in my realizing the changes that I needed to make in myself in order to regain control of my life.
Not only does Kolonial House focus on clinical practices but they also focused on other holistic practices such as acupuncture, Ayurvedic and yoga. I practiced yoga every morning at the Pono yoga studio and that helped tremendously in calming my inner sense of self and my overall mental state. The acupuncture was well needed as it helped with my anxiety levels and that overall was a magical experience.
Staying at the Kolonial house during my retreat was magnificent. It’s a quiet, beautiful home that had me felt safe and I was never alone. The staff were amazing in making sure I ate properly and were very caring. I made friends with them and it felt like being with family.
I will always be grateful for my experience at Kolonial House. I felt like I was given a second chance at life. I now understand that I am not a lost cause; the skills I’ve learned to gain more control of my emotional state and my overall life will be carried with me for a very long time, and I encourage anyone who is suffering from depression and anxiety to open up their hearts to this facility. I promise you that you will be in good hands and the experience and teachings are well worth it.

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KOLONIAL HOUSE BALI REHAB CENTRE: ETHOS

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Our mission/ethos is to provide a high standard of service, with integrity, delivered by professionals at an affordable price, to genuinely help individuals and families with honest advice. Our semi non-profit foundation support and cross subsidy program for locals, together with successful outcomes for clients, is our primary motivation, not just commercial gain.

Charitable Foundations

At Kolonial House rehab centre and Power of Now Oasis wellness centre, we proudly support various causes in the local community. A large percentage of our profits are donated to the children’s and local foundations. When you stay with us during rehabilitation and retreat programs, you are not just helping yourself, but also supporting some very worthy local causes.

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Jodie O’Shea House

Built in loving memory of Jodie O’Shea, who tragically died as a result of the Bali bombing in 2002, this orphanage cares for just under a hundred children.

These are a great bunch of kids that appreciate any help offered to them. You can also practice yoga with the children from Jodie O’Shea when they come to our Wednesday, 5pm class and every month, we host a movie night for the children along with dinner. You are welcome to be a part of our gatherings during your time with us.

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Sari Hati School

Sari Hati provides a free school for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities, ranging from mild to severe, in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Sari Hati’s Aims:

  • To create a safe, happy environment in which participants can develop to their potential.
  • To nurture self-confidence, self-awareness, self-appreciation, and self-love.
  • To develop awareness and appreciation of the surrounding physical environment and the external world.
  • To promote social skills and an awareness of others.
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