About Meg

Meg Pappenheim - “Generosity makes the world go round and the practice of giving will always be rewarded.”

Meghan Pappenheim, also known as Meg, is a mission-driven leader with 30 years’ experience as a social activist and entrepreneur. Endlessly creative and possessing a start-up mentality, Meg has spent many years mentoring others in creative and business endeavors and has programmed and presented at many international events throughout the years.

As the Co-Founder & Chief Manifestation Officer of The Yoga Barn and the BaliSpirit Group, Meg is focused on a purpose-driven & community based approach to entrepreneurship.

Meg’s purpose over the years has been to attract socially conscious, culturally sensitive and eco-aware travellers to Bali; in doing this, Meg and her media team have helped to steer the island’s constant need to recover from the devastation wrought by several disasters over the years, including: previous Indonesian currency crashes, the Bali bomb incidents, earthquakes, and the more recent volcano and the 2020 – 2022 pandemic.

History of Meg

A New Yorker by birth, Meg’s love for Balinese culture began when she visited Bali as an Art History, Ethnomusicology & Anthropology major in college, where she focused on the island’s indigenous folk art.

Being the daughter of a Brit and an American, cross-cultural relationships have been profoundly important to Meg. This aspect of Meg’s personality has always been integral to her being and has inspired a major part of her various endeavors.

As a teenager studying at the UN International School in NYC, Meg & her international group of friends, all of whom were from diverse socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds, created their own mini UN community & have maintained life-long friendships ever since.

In the early 90’s Meg made her way to Bali for the first time on a college exchange program called the South East Asian Studies Institute, after joining a similar program in Italy and a stint working in Greece.

It was on that first trip that Meg fell in love with Bali, its unique culture & the Balinese people.

She fell so in love, in fact that she and her Balinese partner at the time, Dekgun, produced two beautiful children who are now teens.

As a visionary entreprenuer who is constantly innovating new product offerings, Meg foresaw the advent of Bali’s value as a global destination for wellness and in the early 2000’s started promoting Bali as such far and wide.

Meg and her endeavors are widely credited with kickstarting yoga & wellness tourism in Bali. 

Her ongoing business & community activities, as well as her online directory, www.balispirit.com, have been promoting Bali as a living retreat center for yoga and wellness, retreat to the agenda that fuels Bali’s relevance in the global map of global wellness.

The annual BaliSpirit Festival, going into its 15th year of operation, is Meg’s effort to drive industry-disrupting change. This multi-cultural festival of yoga, dance, world music and holistic wellness dominates the international festival scene & yoga calendar.

Attracting thousands of dedicated participants from 60+ countries, it has inspired the creation of other transformational festivals in Hawaii, New Zealand, Ibiza, Mexico and Byron Bay-Australia.

Portugal Spirit Festival is another similar event co-founded by Meg in 2017.

The BaliSpirit Group, the Festival & their sister company The Yoga Barn – Ubud, also fund a number of on-going outreach projects that have a social impact on communities in Bali.

Including: a multi-cultural music program, www.BaliConference.com, which runs simultaneously alongside the Balispirit Festival, Bali Regreen, a bamboo reforestation program supporting the poorest areas in East Bali, and Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV/AIDS, an HIV/AIDS awareness program for Indonesian youth.

In addition to the above, Meg is the co-founder and Creative Director for 3 incredible & popular watering holes & two retreat centers in Bali, all of which survived the pandemic. 

In conclusion, Meg fearlessly fosters a culture of integrity in her businesses. She has no patience for “guru” complexes that can afflict the yoga and healing community. Meg believes passionately that all companies, large or small, should include community development as an integral part of their mission and continues to do so to this day.

Accomplishments

  • Founder & Creator of Bali’s original online holistic directly from 2001: www.balispirit.com
  • Co-Founder & Director of 2 of Ubud’s most popular restaurants Kafe-Bali.com and www.kebunbistro.com.
  • Co-founder and producer of the annual BaliSpirit Festival and its sub events such as Portugal Spirit Festival
  • Co-founder and Programming of The Yoga Barn, Ubud
  • Co-Founder of Yoga Barn Online
  • Co-Founder of The Yogi’s Garden, Bali
  • Co-Founder & F&B Creative Director for Kebun Bistro, Kafe Ubud & Pavo Bali, all three of which watering holes, based in Ubud & Uluwatu, Bali. 
  • Founding Board member of the not-for-profit Yayasan Cahaya Pelangi, better known as Pelangi School Ubud, Bali.
  • Founding Board member of Yayasan Kryasta Guna, a not-for-profit community arts and culture organisation, which is the mother non-for-profit for:
  • Co-founder of Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV/AIDS, an HIV & AIDS awareness and education program.
  • Co-founder of Bali ReGreen bamboo reforestation program for villages in Bali.

Skills & Services

Meg is first and foremost known as a socially minded and visionary entrepreneur who has creatively mentored hundreds of individuals over the years to look at their opportunities through a different set of glasses and open up to all the possibilities that life has to offer.

Most recently, in the time of Corona (2020-2022), Meg has been responsible for not only downsizing and restructuring all of her shared enterprises, but for managing teams of 100s of people to help do it – this is after spending several years growing them all. 

Meg is Bilingual in Bahasa Indonesian and has top level skills to advise and mentor in Business Creation & Strategy, Business Planning, Retail, Sales & Marketing Strategy, Creative Direction, Wellness, Programming / Content Creation, F&B (menu/kitchen development), Community Building, as well as overall Facilities & Operations Management, Supply Chain Management & Team Management & Direction.

Meg is actively seeking to mentor budding entrepreneurs and is actively seeking partners for new projects location in Bali and beyond. 

To book Meg for a speaking engagement or if you are interested in connecting, fill out the inquiry form.

Ryan Benner

Financial Advisor & Analyst

"Megan is a visionary and full bred entrepreneur. She sees around corners and spots opportunities before people even know they are craving them. Her success in building many different ventures for the community of Ubud and Bali at large has had a profound positive impact. She has created hundreds of jobs, and has been instrumental in establishing Bali as a world-renowned wellness center. The dynamic energy and vision she shares attracts exceptional talent, enabling her visions to come to life. Meghan never rests, and I can’t wait to see what she builds next."