The Bali Kites Festival is a kiting event that takes place annually, between July and August (sometimes through October). It kicks off notably at the start of the windy season in Bali. The main festival takes place along the eastern coast of Padanggalak, just north of Sanur. This is usually held near the end of June and confirmed following favourable weather. Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites. Oftentimes, alongside international teams with modern kites in various shapes and sizes. The kite festival in Bali started off as a seasonal agrarian festival. It was held to thank the heavens for abundant crops and harvests. The festivals then became a competitive ground for communal ‘banjar’ youth groups, who send their ‘sekaa layangan’ kite teams to participate and win prize money. A competition is also usually held for ‘new creation’ kites. These may include detailed three-dimensional figures and unusual designs, ranging from Hindu gods, cars and motorbikes, to mascots and brand sponsors. A gamelan orchestra accompanies each troupe. This adds to the joyous spirit of the Bali Kites Festival and the dramatic take-offs.

The Balinese traditional kites are gigantic, measuring up to four metres in width and 10 metres in length. Some other versions, such as the ‘janggan’ type have impressive flowing ribbon tails. Tails often reach 100 metres or more in length. Jointly built at the communal ‘banjar’ village halls all over Bali, skilled youths, supervised by elders, craft bamboo frameworks for weeks up to the major event. Lightweight fabrics are selected according to an agreed-upon colour scheme. Some are fitted with intricately carved heads. The final results await transport – usually by truck and requiring special escort along small Balinese roads – towards the Bali Kites Festival flying grounds on Padanggalak Beach. The ‘bebean’ type is the most common design with a traditional outline of a fish. This is the common ‘giant kite’ of Bali that dominates the skies. The ‘janggan’ somewhat resembles birds, with shorter and rounder wings. Their long flowing ‘kedeber’ ribbon tails also often outshine the kite’s body once airborne. In each competition, the task of assembling and flying the entailing ‘kedeber’ is major challenge for the piloting troupe. A troupe normally comprises a dozen or so boys and men. Categories to win include ‘best launch’, ‘best design’ and ‘longest flight’. Occasionally, the kites descend over nearby rice paddies. Team members must dash onto the fields to retrieve their painstakingly built kites.

The skies over Padanggalak are dominated by these flying giants during the Bali Kites Festival. Nevertheless, you’ll witness kite-filled skies on any given day between June and August – every year. Skies over Bali are just as elaborately decorated as any Balinese procession this windy time of the year. Some kites are even fitted with sound instruments in the form vibrating bows called ‘guwang’. These generate a resonating hum that can be heard from far. Enjoy Bali’s windy season sights and sounds! Don’t worry if you missed out on the main opening festival events in July. There are various side events and competitions to witness throughout the second half of the year. These are also highlighted annually as part of the festivity. Following is the tentative line-up of 2018 Bali kite events. Updates are announced throughout the year by the Bali Kites Association or Pelangi (Persatuan Layang-Layang Indonesia, Bali chapter).

BALI,TEJAKULA RETREAT
GRAEME & LEONIE
ASHTANGA YOGA CHIKITSA

Tejakula, ‘Place of Light’

There is a legend that a miracle once took place in Tejakula. A bright light with a yellowish glow began shining from the village and could be seen from all over Bali and beyond.

Tejakula is a place where the magic of Bali still exists. May its light and peace touch the heart of your practice and life.

Yoga Fee Only

1-Week Retreat $550 (7 Nights)

2-Week Retreat $1000 (14 nights)

50% deposit with balance due July 25

Please register for the Retreat with Leonie & direct room & meal bookings to Gaia-Oasis.

Cancellation Fee: $100 up to July 1

No return deposit after July 1

Booking & Banking

Contact Leonie
ashtangayogachikitsa@gmail.com
www.AshtangaYogaChikitsa.com

Accommodation,Meals& Facilities

Contact Gaia-Oasis Resort

www.gaia-oasis.com
eta@gaia-oasis.com
+62 362 3436304

The Retreat

Graeme and Leonie direct their teaching towards connecting students to the powerful healing potential of Ashtanga Yoga through body-mind awareness, increasing fitness, promoting relaxation and the pure enjoyment of practice. Especially for those wishing to deepen and explore their practice in a place of light and tranquil beauty far from tourist crowds and distractions.

‘Breath of the Sea’ Regaining Balance, Sensing Space &Time, Breathing Deeply, Rhythm of the Waves

Arrival Saturday August 25 – Departure Saturday September 8

Commences Saturday 4pm with Gaia’s Welcome Ceremony, followed by the group introduction, Practice begins Sunday am. 1- week retre at completes Friday pm August 31, with departure Sat September 1.

Mornings: 2 hr Ashtanga self-practice with the occasional Informative Led Class

Afternoons: 1-1/2hr sessions on alternate days, to deepen awareness and understanding in physical asana practice and relaxation practices for body/mind/spirit.

Pantai : On the beach, time is measured by the turning of the tides. Enjoy quiet beaches, swimming in a clean clear ocean or snorkelling the colourful offshore reefs. Plenty of time for hammock hanging, pool lounging, and great massages and body treatments at the Wellness Spas.

Bungalow Rates per night: Single Occupancy IDR 750,000/Twin-Share IDR 500,000p.p.

Daily Menu : Wholesome vegetarian meals from homegrown organic produce, fresh fish caught daily, tropical fruit juices, lassies, specialty coffees and complimentary afternoon teas served daily.

1/2 Board Recommended : IDR 220,000 (buffet breakfast/dinner) Optional a la Carte lunch from menu

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Full Moon

Purnama or full moon is a special day for the Balinese. On this day, extra offerings are made to be placed on the ground at the entrance and around the family compound.

Passion and Possibilities

September 10 – 15
Gaia Oasis Pantai Beach Resort

Treat yourself to relaxation, inspiration, renewal and self discovery at beautiful Gaia Oasis.
We have two passion possibilities to choose from or you may choose a complete immersion. You will be guided by a leadership team made up of master coaches from Australia, New Zealand and Scotland.
You will wake up with yoga, meditation and movement, offered everyday to prepare you for the day.

Come and join us!

September 10-12
In the Personal Passion Mapping Course You will explore the nature of your passions and how they connect to bring about a potent and enduring sense of deep essence, purpose and vision for life and work.
The Relationship course, for couples, friends or business partners, builds on the Personal courses, in finding your highest shared intention for the relationship, in exploring and connecting your shared passions. You will create a shared Passion Map which can become the deep conscious and passionate basis for your relationship.

September 13 – 15
In the collective program you will experience different facilitation techniques which draw upon the power of passion. You will experience the harmonising of everyone’s passions to generate a shared field of passion which we all can use to empower our individual intentions. It will also create the space to connect, collaborate and co-create initiatives which will be a force for good in our world

To find out more about the courses and the pricing, click here.

Open Your Heart in the Island of Gods

The mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place; it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.

From magnificent mountains to rugged coastlines to volcanic hillsides to black sandy beaches, Bali is also known as the Island of the Gods, housing thousands of Hindu and Buddhist temples.

During this retreat we will immerse ourselves in Balinese traditions and ceremonies while practicing and deepening our own spiritual journey. Spend 10 days rejuvenating with yoga, meditation, chanting, spa treatments, lounging by the pool or on the beach plus a selection of Bali’s best cultural, spiritual and wellness activities.

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Full Moon

Purnama or full moon is a special day for the Balinese. On this day, extra offerings are made to be placed on the ground at the entrance and around the family compound.

Tirta Empul is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. The site serves as a legendary setting of a traditional tale about good versus evil. It is also a national cultural heritage site. The complex, built circa 960 AD, is also a silent witness to the old Balinese kingdom years, particularly at the time of the Warmadewa Dynasty. Another nearby and prominent site on top of a hill is the presidential palace, Istana Tampaksiring, built during the years of the nation’s first president, Soekarno. Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring’ is actually the name of a water source located within the temple. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. Various sites throughout the region and many other archaeological relics relate to local myths and legends.

As is common with Balinese temples, the Tirta Empul Temple complex has three key divisions, namely a front, secondary and inner courtyard. Visitors to Tirta Empul first come upon the lush gardens and pathways adorned with statues and tropical plants that lead to its entrance. After stepping through this typical ‘candi bentar’ (temple gate), a vast walled courtyard welcomes visitors to the bathing pools where a large ‘wantilan’ meeting hall stands at the right. Inside the central courtyard, referred to as ‘madya mandala’ or ‘jaba tengah’, pilgrims first approach a rectangular purification bath where a total of 13 elaborately sculpted spouts that line the edge from west to east. After solemn prayers at an altar-like shrine, they proceed to enter the crystal-clear, cold mountain water. With hands pressed together, they bow under the gushing water of the first spout, carrying on to the eleventh. The water from the last two of the 13 spouts is meant for purification purposes in funerary rites. The myth behind the curative and purifying spring tells of a Balinese ruler, known by the title Mayadenawa, who is depicted to have defied the influence of Hinduism and denied his subjects religious prayers and practices. The legend goes that this eventually angered the gods, and in a campaign, god Indra sought Mayadenawa’s subdual.

Tirta Empul Temple Highlights The hide-and-seek tactics of Mayadenawa fleeing Indra’s troops took place at various places all over the region, from the rivers Petanu to Pakerisan, and up to the north of Tampaksiring. Hence, the names of the sites and natural features all reflect an episode from the tale, such as Tampaksiring – tampak meaning ‘feet’, and siring meaning ‘sideways’, depicting an episode when the fleeing king left his footprints up the hill. It was here that through his magical powers Mayadenawa created a poisoned spring from which Indra’s exhausted troops drank and succumbed. Indra noticed the fall of his men, and soon thrust his staff into the ground where a holy purifying spring spurted out, to cure the troops and to even bring some of them back to life. This escapade became the legendary background to the holy spring of Tirta Empul, as well as the holy days of Galungan and Kuningan celebrated by the Balinese Hindus.

Besakih Temple, known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’ for over 1,000 years, sits 1,000 metres high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung. Besakih is an artistic and unique complex that comprises at least 86 temples which include the main Pura Penataran Agung (the Great Temple of State) and 18 others. Besakih is the biggest and holiest of the island’s temples and is surrounded by breathtaking and scenic rice paddies, hills, mountains, streams, and more.

To the Balinese, visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. Mount Agung’s high location gives it an almost mystical quality. Many stairs lead up to the sacred mountain, leading to the many temples that vary according to types, status, and functions. Pura Besakih features three temples dedicated to the Hindu trinity. Pura Penataran Agung in the centre has white banners for Shiva, the destroyer; Pura Kiduling Kreteg on the right side is with red banners for Brahma, the creator; and Pura Batu Madeg represents Vishnu, the preserver, with its black banners. You can visit other temples in Pura Besakih, but many of their inner courtyards are closed to the public as they’re reserved for pilgrims. Pura Besakih is the only temple open to every devotee from any caste groups. This is because of its nature as the primal centre of all ceremonial activities.

History of Besakih Temple Pura Batu Madeg, containing a central stone, indicates that the area of Pura Besakih was already regarded a holy place since ancient times. In the 8th century, a Hindustani monk had revelations to build homes for people during his isolation. Throughout the process, many of his followers died due to illness and accidents. On its completion it was called ‘Basuki’, referring to the dragon deity ‘Naga Besukian’, believed to inhabit Mount Agung. The name eventually evolved into ‘Besakih’. Other shrines were gradually built and Pura Besakih was made the main temple during the conquering of Bali by the Majapahit Empire in 1343. Since then, Pura Besakih has had several restorations as earthquakes in 1917 and Mount Agung’s series of eruptions in 1963 damaged the complex. The lava flow passed by Pura Besakih and it is believed to be a miraculous signal from the deities that they wanted to demonstrate their power without completely destroying the holy complex their devotees had built for them.

Besakih Temple Highlights and Features The largest temple in the complex, Pura Penataran Agung, has different areas representing seven layers of the universe, each with their own shrines. Pura Pasimpangan on the downstream side (on the east of the main street) and Pura Pangubengan upstream are approximately three kilometers apart. Located on higher ground, the closest to Mount Agung’s peak, Pura Pangubengan has great vistas and it’s about a 30-minute walk from the main Pura Penataran Agung. Around 10 minutes to the east of Pura Pangubengan is Pura Batu Tirtha. It is where holy water is sourced for the ‘karya agung’ ceremonies at Pura Besakih and Pekraman villages. Four temples in the complex reflect four forms of God at compass points: Pura Batu Madeg in the north, Pura Kiduling Kreteg to the south, Pura Gelap in the east, and Pura Ulun Kulkul in the west. ‘Batu ngadeg’, literally ‘standing stone’, is found in the shrine of Meru Tumpang Sebelas at Pura Batu Madeg. This is where Vishnu is believed to descend. Still in the courtyard of Pura Batu Madeg, in front of Meru Tumpang Sebelas is the Pesamuan shrine (quadrangle-shaped with two lines of 16 poles) as a symbol of how Vishnu’s power interrelates with the world. At least 20 minutes to the northwest from Pura Batu Madeg, down the footpath to the valley and along the river, is Pura Peninjoan – erected on a tiny hill. The beautiful views from here include all the shrines of Pura Penataran Agung, beaches and southern Bali in the distance. On the west is Pura Ulun Kulkul, famous for the main and most precious ‘kulkul’ (Balinese wooden slit gong) on the island. Kulkul is a signaling device to summon or convey special messages. On the northern side of Pura Ulun Kulkul is Pura Merajan Selonding where the ‘Bredah’ inscription mentions a king in Besakih, and a set of ancient gamelan called ‘Selonding’ are kept. Pura Gua, located on the eastern side of the main street, is the home of the dragon deity. There’s a big cave at the canyon of the river on the east that has its mouth closed due to erosion, but people still sometimes practise yoga there. Pura Jenggala, southwest of Pura Penataran Agung, is also often called Pura Hyang Haluh by the local devotees. The ‘Setra Agung’ burial grounds is south of the temple. Here are sacred ancient stone statues in the form of the mythical garuda bird. Pura Basukian Puseh Jagat is located southeast of Pura Penataran Agung, the main foundation of Pura Besakih.

Welcome to Living Unity, a new expression of Inner and Outer Adventures Pty. Ltd. Living Unity is an invitation for just that:
To Live in Unity.
Living Unity supports the vision of one earth and one humanity, a vision of peace, love, freedom and oneness consciousness. It facilitates a total transformation of the individual and the awakening to a new consciousness. You are very welcome to join us on this adventure.

Among many touching commentaries and feedback, a well known couple from Sweden wrote:

“You’ve taken us on a journey we didn’t know possible, into a world we thought we knew but had barely touched. We’ve also learned how to explore the rest of this vital world on our own.”

As always each course will be held at the beautiful and tranquil Gaia Oasis, Tejakula, Bali, Indonesia
Please write us soon to secure your place and we will send you the price and more information.
For English speaking please write to rahasyanura@gmail.com
For Chinese speaking please write to udayasun@gmail.com

To find out more click here.

Welcome to Living Unity, a new expression of Inner and Outer Adventures Pty. Ltd. Living Unity is an invitation for just that:
To Live in Unity.
Living Unity supports the vision of one earth and one humanity, a vision of peace, love, freedom and oneness consciousness. It facilitates a total transformation of the individual and the awakening to a new consciousness. You are very welcome to join us on this adventure.

Among many touching commentaries and feedback, a well known couple from Sweden wrote:

“You’ve taken us on a journey we didn’t know possible, into a world we thought we knew but had barely touched. We’ve also learned how to explore the rest of this vital world on our own.”

As always each course will be held at the beautiful and tranquil Gaia Oasis, Tejakula, Bali, Indonesia
Please write us soon to secure your place and we will send you the price and more information.
For English speaking please write to rahasyanura@gmail.com
For Chinese speaking please write to udayasun@gmail.com

To find out more click here.


Pagerwesi is the concluding day for the ‘wealth’ series of celebrations. It signifies spiritual ‘reinforcement’. Its name, combining the words pager and wesi, suggests ‘iron fence’ in English. Anything of high importance, the soul and spirit in this sense, should be protected from negative influences. The day is the final significant highlight in this series of holy days in Bali. It aims to protect the blessed subjects of spiritual assets celebrated in the previous days.

Full Moon

Purnama or full moon is a special day for the Balinese. On this day, extra offerings are made to be placed on the ground at the entrance and around the family compound.

Far from the chaotic tourist regions, the village of Tejakula awaits to nourish
your Soul.
Looking out across the ocean, the beautiful beachside resort of Gaia Oasis
Pantai has a serenity of traditional Bali from yesteryear. I invite you to come
and revitalise your essence on a progressive journey through the gross and
subtle energies of your being, with an intention of renewal.
Using ancient yogic practices, specic to the design of this retreat, the natural
world and our innate knowledge, we journey into a deeper connection with
our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. We will explore the natural
flow of our life force as it is lived through us, helping realign to that which is
ever present – our essential nature.
This retreat is open to both men and women and is accessible for beginners
to advanced students. Come and explore yoga beyond the postures. There
will also be plenty of free time daily; to journal, enjoy the pool, beach and
massages.

To find out more click here.

Immersion in Breath, Movement & Meditation

Combine your blissful holiday with self exploration & deep relaxation

This Fully Experiential group process and training is designed to break through layers of body armoring, releasing mental, emotional and physical resistance down to your core. As a result you will intimately re-connect with true yourself and your longing for an open heart. Going through this experience will leave you with ability to intimately connect with yourself and others. BioDynamic Breath & Trauma Release® enables you to experience the full range of sensations and emotions available to a human being. Furthermore expanding your capacity to contain and support the free flow of your energy. This work restructures at a cellular level, supporting the opening of your spine and ultimately transforms you into being increasingly present and conscious in your life. You open up to acceptance of yourself and others, celebrating life in it’s fullest.
Gaia Oasis on Bali’s North Shore is a carefully chosen venue for this experience. It provides perfect support through a very beautiful ecologically conscious environment, comfortable accommodations, delicious wholesome food and and great supportive staff.

Giten Tonkov and Chetana Barkan will support you through your journey with their expertise in working with people, outmost loving care and dedication.

To find out more click here.

Full Moon

Purnama or full moon is a special day for the Balinese. On this day, extra offerings are made to be placed on the ground at the entrance and around the family compound.

The founders and directors of the Learning Love Institute, Krishnananda and Amana offer a holiday intensive in Bali once a year over New Years, called “Learning Love in Paradise”.

“Learning Love in Paradise” is an opportunity to explore the Learning Love Work in a relaxed tropical setting combined with group adventures. The work focuses on learning how to develop self-love and how to be in a deep intimate and committed relationship. This seminar is an opportunity to have a holiday combined with a deep experience of inner work.

It is open both to individuals and couples and those who have worked with us before or who are new to the work.

This is an eleven-day workshop in a beautiful meditation resort center directly on the ocean on the North side of the magical island of Bali.

During these days, we will be exploring love, relating, and meditation in a relaxed and gentle way.

We will also be taking excursions like walking to a 50 m waterfall, visit and meditate in a Buddhist temple overlooking the island and taking an early morning boat ride to watch the sunrise and if we are lucky the wild dolphins.

The resort has a spa which offers massages and many kinds of beauty treatments at very reasonable prices.

Because of the length of the seminar and the lovely setting, it is a joy for us to offer this deep, intimate, and relaxed experience.

Space is limited because of room availability so it is good to book early. It is recommended to arrive a few days in advance to relax and adjust to the change of environment.

The quality of meditation and witnessing is a foundation for this work, a theme that we integrate into the seminar. We explore what it means for each of us to relax and we do specific meditations and guided meditations to strengthen our quality of watchfulness and acceptance.

To find out more click here.

Galungan

Galungan, This is a major holiday lasting 10 days, during which the gods and ancestors descend to earth, and Good (Dharma) triumphs over Evil (Adharma). Galungan features sacred temple dances, and ‘penjor’, tall bamboo poles splendidly decorated with woven young coconut leaves, fruit and flowers, beside every house entrance. Ceremonies are held throughout the island.