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).

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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.