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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK)

Less than 1.5 hours from Ohana Retreat Bali, the park is massive, and is ideal for those that enjoy walking. You can pay for a ride on a golf cart, bicycle or electric scooter as well. The statue is almost 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York, the size of a […]

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A very special Balinese experience

Our builder, Wayan, is a leader in his local village and twice a year hosts a Balinese ceremony. (Photo: Wayan to my left, his partners, and the site foreman – in a striped shirt) Wayan invited Shelly and I to a post-ceremony celebration of music, dance and Balinese cuisine at his home. It was a […]

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A small celebration for the construction crew

The construction crew is an extended family, from Bali. They work seven days a week and camp out on the property in very modest conditions. They work incredibly hard and yet they do not complain. They do require time to go back to their villages for ceremonies of various types, but otherwise they work reliably […]

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Week #09

Ok I know I mentioned some excitement around the idea of getting the concrete slabs in place for the basement and living areas, but then the workers went off to another Balinese ceremony for three days (it was supposed to be two days). I was warned that there was going to be plenty of ceremony […]

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The Balinese & their Kites

The Balinese are an island culture, but one of their many unique qualities is that spiritually they look towards volcanos (skyward), instead of the sea. It’s not that they don’t like the sea. It’s just that the volcanos represent spiritual elevation and a home for their gods and ancestors. It would be interesting to determine […]