|Consciousness, Culture, and Community in Bali:
Intercultural and Transcultural Dimensions to Physical, Mental, and Social Health
Blessing ceremony, Tebesaya
For an overview of the Unfolding In Action Seminar Cycle, click here.
For mental health professionals and those wishing to explore issues of individual and collective health and well-being, refracted through the illuminating lens of Balinese culture
Our programme touches personal, interpersonal, transpersonal, intercultural and transcultural themes.
Our primary emphasis is not on assimilating conceptual material, but on culturing an openness to the seeding of new experiences that can ripen in a process of individual and shared reflection.
Our programme includes short presentations, individual and shared reflection, discussion, scheduled and impromptu visits and cultural encounters.
Participants simultaneously monitor their own responses while opening to new possibilities. As such, each day includes
In this way, a learning community emerges in which each person’s encounter with the edges of knowing provides an opportunity for the group to discover much that could not have been anticipated.
Our development as a learning community in relation to the Balinese context means that how we explore is as important as what we explore. In effect, the ‘goal lies in the way to it’.
A Typical Day at Nirarta:
07.30 Awareness Meditation
Part One at Nirarta begins with arrival and registration on 6 March 2011
Part Two in Tebesaya, Ubud begins Sunday 9 March 2011 and ends with Departure on Saturday 13 March
Week One: Setting the Context – Nirarta, Sidemen (5 full days)
Looking Within: Exploring consciousness and building community
Our first week at the Nirarta Centre, in the rice fields and green hills of rural east Bali sets the context for our journey, as we settle into the Balinese experience, taking time for meditation and reflection, recognizing the rural roots of the Balinese way, while introducing the themes of the seminar. We
We will be joined by Balinese psychiatrist-healer and activist, Prof. Luh Ketut Suryani, with her rich experience combing both traditional and contemporary approaches to what she calls ‘bio-psycho-socio-cultural-spiritual’ well-being.
Part II: Entering the Context – Tebesaya, Ubud (5 full days)
Looking Without: Exploring family, culture, and community health and well-being in a traditional village, attached to Ubud
Centred in Tebesaya, a quiet traditional community ‘Banjar’, close to Ubud. Accommodation will be in Balinese ‘home stays’, permitting close contact with extended families, including the full range of generations from babies to grandparents.
In this community, where the arts are important primary or secondary activities, participants can feel connected to how the Balinese approach daily life, at work and relaxation, socially, organizationally, and ritually, while continuing to deepen and explore and embody the themes of Week One.
Making offerings with Dayu and her mother
Healer Cokorda Rai with Dana and Peter
Kim with mask dancer
'"We worked from a canvas of honesty and self-exploration, into an accepting and loving group of individuals and healers. This environment created many opportunities conducive to self-exploration and healing".
– Krista Italiano
"From the Balinese, I learned that I need to cherish life, slow down, let go of worry and stress, and enjoy my loved ones more...I know in my heart that this journey has changed my life forever, and I am eternally grateful for the gifts that Bali has bestowed upon me".
– Siri Rooney
"I was surprised at how deeply I was able to delve into the place of not knowing...I really appreciated learning about trusting my own experience. I found that the more that I trusted my experiences the more that I was able to enjoy and learn from my experiences".
– Connie Coleman
"I believe that I awakened my spirit while in Bali...I finally opened myself up to my spirit. I was calm and patient enough to finally listen to myself..I feel as though I did a lot of healing as a result."
– Andrea Decoster
"While in Nirarta, the "power spot" was influential to my experience. I for the first time felt a surge of energy. ...It made me realize how much more in touch I want to be with this part of myself. I was able to find this also when meditating in Bali".
– Andrea Decoster
Drs. Carla and David Osgood
Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness
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