Categories
News Reflections Travel Tips

Our Lost World: 5 Stages of Grief

The future is unknown except for one brutal fact: it is divorced from the past. Yet there has usually been a continuum from the distant past to the more recent past, and from a few weeks ago to yesterday. In our current world, we are dealing with a new ball game. And because it is […]

Categories
Guests Health News Reflections

A massive dark cloud and the potential for a silver lining

About 2 weeks ago I went out to lunch with a couple of friends and due to its noisy atmosphere (Sisterfields in Seminyak) I raised my voice more than usual and came home with a scratchy throat. I began googling and started to read about “the virus”: People may be sick with the virus for […]

Categories
Guests News Reflections Retreat

Pre-Ohana: Moved here a year ago

While still under construction, my wife and I moved into an unfinished apartment here at the future site of Ohana Retreat Bali. Most of the guest rooms did not have windows or doors installed. Staircase railings were strewn across the property, waiting for tile to be installed on the stair’s steps. The pool was a […]

Categories
Local life News Profiles Reflections Tribute

Balinese Spirits return each year

Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremonies. The spirits of deceased relatives who have died and been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings. The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor – bamboo poles with offerings […]

Categories
Local life News Reflections Travel Tips

The beauty of Bali’s rainy season

Sometimes it seems almost surreal that months can go by in Bali without any rain. The dry season in this tropical part of the world can get seriously rain-free. For a 5 – 7 month period there might be a total of 2 or 3 days of rain. Then the rainy season begins and you […]