10 Ways to Deepen your Spiritual Connection

Deepening our spiritual connection gives us greater balance in our lives. Through greater connection to Spirit and our higher selves, we are able to gracefully deal with the many challenges that occur in our lives. We maintain our center like the calm in the eye of the storm — remaining unshaken at our core even […]

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A Beautiful Union of Rolfing Feldenkrais

A Beautiful Union of Rolfing Feldenkrais What do you get when you marry Rolfing with Feldenkrais A whole new system called Somalogy Tyr Throne founder of Somalogy Youthing Systems and AquaSoma and director of these training programs in the US Europe Canada Central America and Asia has helped thousands of people over the last 30 years He is certified in Advanced Structural Integration Feldenkrais Bones for Life NLP Yoga and Meditation and is also an awardwinning director of dance and theater Tyr has a very special gift which he happily shares with the world He cares about how to help people get back to what they love to do Tyr says he is grateful to the Structural integration work because it helps him to see how to untwist something thatrsquos out of alignment in someonersquos body while Feldenkrais gives him the tools to help people learn how to have better posture and move with greater ease Tyr had grants from the Sida progra

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A Boy Learns to Dive: A Day with the Bubblemaker

This is the story of a long road trip, a young boy who loves to swim and of a remarkable machine called the ‘Bubblemaker’ that took that young boy to the next level by enabling him to breathe underwater. It didn’t take long to convince our nine-year-old son Dian that breathing underwater for the first […]

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A Brief History of Indonesia by Tim Hannigan

When Tim Hannigan first arrived in Indonesia in 2002 as an earnest backpacker with a passion for history, he headed for Bali’s best bookshop in the tourist enclave of Kuta Beach. Among the bright shelves full of books about Indonesia were plenty of heavy tomes and weighty academic histories about the country, but not one […]

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A Cheap Lunch

“Transport, Transport” “How much to go up to the market” “Five thousand rupiah” “Five thousand, I only paid three yesterday?” “Fixed price, fixed price.” “Get stuffed, I’m not paying that much.” “OK boss.” “That was smart you stupid piece of malleable gorilla snot, now how do we get there?” “I don’t care, we’ll walk.” “It’s […]

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A different Take on Trust

A different Take on Trust You may have noticed that many people here promise something but easily break their promise This could be a friend visiting turning up to work completing an order turning up on time or simply turning up In some cultures like Japan for example not keeping your word can have automatic dire consequences you could lose a friend a reputation a job and even a potential career Sure in other cultures we may not keep our promises on occasion but unlike Bali itrsquos not an unwritten rule Here itrsquos as if not keeping a promise ndash being unreliable or worse still not trustworthy ndash is something that is a lot more relaxed in fact considered the norm While people from other cultures may get angry and potentially cut off ties with or fire someone on the spot for being unreliabl

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A different Take on Trust Part II

‘Trust’ in the Balinese family and community context is quite a different kind of trust we’re familiar with in the West. While we learn to trust that our family or neighbours will keep and eye on our house when we’re out or look after a pet while we’re on holiday, we don’t expect much more. […]

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A different Take on Trust-Part III

If you live in Bali, you would have noticed that many merchants are very trusting (even though many of us don’t trust them to give us the local price). Let’s take a warung, for example: you not only pay later, but you are given ‘free reign’ over a number of products on the table in […]

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A Dyeing Art

We take for granted that the clothes and other textiles in our lives are available in a rainbow of colours. But until the middle of the 19th century fabrics could only be coloured with plant dyes, a complicated, lengthy and messy business. Otherwise it was just plain old beige or brown wool, cotton or flax […]

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