Our Story began in 2010, when our founder, Chris, arrived in Bali to semi-retire. He used to come to Sanur beach every morning and believes he was very fortunate to find the beachfront property in our peaceful area of Sanur. We opened in 2011, and then, in 2013, we were also lucky to find and purchase Kolonial House, previously a small boutique hotel close by.
When we decided to develop our rehab programme, we wanted to offer a high standard of service. We wanted to do it with honesty and integrity, at a reasonable price. We try to incorporate all the best holistic and clinical therapies, proven to be most effective. We decided our programme approach should be flexible, not large group boot camp or isolating individually. Instead, we don’t push guests towards any particular therapies or the 12 step fellowship.
It was also essential to be accredited with the AP, the registration body and network for addiction professionals, ensuring high standards and ethics. Fortunately, as Chris is the sole owner and a self-funded retiree, we are not motivated by profit which makes a big difference to most other commercially orientated rehabs. We spare no expense in our service. Guests safety and wellbeing is a priority. We carefully screen each guest and choose to refer acutely ill or severely detoxing enquiries to expert medical clinicians offsite.
Our team are the best professionals available in Bali, and the facilities and peaceful location are perfect for recovery and healing. Our primary motivation is to provide the highest standard of care and honestly help as many people and their families as possible while supporting the local staff, community, and foundations, who are the main beneficiaries. Our local team are like a family. You will experience this genuine feeling and be fully supported. With us, there is no shame in asking for some help. We understand and genuinely only want to assist people in getting well and recovering for the long term. These are some reasons we believe our programme to be fairly unique and one of the most effective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anshu Singh is an International yoga teacher, breathwork facilitator, intuitive energy healer mindfulness coach, mother of two and all-round advocate for joyful healthy living, at present calling Bali her spiritual home. Being born in India and through exposure to her mother’s practice, yoga has been a part of her life since her childhood
Anshu is passionate to bring fitness-oriented yoga back to its ancient roots and essence. She has been teaching people to create their own home practice of yoga and meditation. She is also the founder of Be Healthy Mindfully, through which she assists people to improve their lives holistically.
Caris uses an integrated approach to therapy sessions which has been developed over years of experience. In addition to philosophical insight, often alternative, creative methods enhance the process by encouraging a deeper connection to emotions. This in turn leads to greater acceptance, awareness and an increased possibility for permanent change.
As a registered Arts Therapist, accredited Emotional Anatomy Practitioner and Yoga Teacher, these practices can be implemented or incorporated to assist sessions depending on the client’s needs. As an AromaTouch Technique and Reiki Practitioner she delivers body work and intuitive channelling sessions appropriate to her clients’ needs. She is passionate about her work and believes that every challenge provides us with an opportunity for growth and development.
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.
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.
He also has a private clinic – you can visit him here.
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.
We highly recommend his 6-day Health Meditation retreat to everyone. They run throughout the year, and you can also learn and practise online daily, for free. Please visit him here.
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.
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.
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.
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 takeaway delivery. He never stops and loves to connect and be of assistance to our guests.
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.
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.
Chris founded the Kolonial House Bali rehab and retreat 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 programme, and the recovery community in Sanur, for his own recovery and hopes the programme can encourage others to transform their lives.
Kolonial House Bali rehab centre changed my life.
Amazing rehab retreat centre!
So so grateful for this programme and every door it has opened for me since completion.
I felt like I was given a second chance at life.