there's a little shop on ubud main road
owned by a javanese couple
that sells beautiful hand-spun and -woven plant-dyed textiles.
i've bought a few of their fabrics over the years.
this is a top i had made from one of the indigo-dyed batik fabrics...
so this time while in bali
i asked the owner of the shop
if he would teach me indigo dyeing.
he ordered 1/2 kg of indigo powder from java
plus a couple of other ingredients
and off we went...
the indigo powder is collected from the fermented leaf solution (see here).
we also had another dried leaf which intensifies the colour
and some natural soap to fix the colour.
all three were mixed into a bucket...
then we added some wool tops
and some silk scraps that i had tied up...
and here are some of the results...
more to come soon...
We will meet at the charming Taman Bebek. Places are limited. Book early.
EARLY BIRD OPTION UNTIL 20 DEC
The Grain of Rice
What is it? A six-day creativity retreat with Horst and Jennifer Kornberger,
Paul and Nicole Lawrence and their Balinese friends.
There are many stories about rice. It is said that Buddha lived on one grain of rice. Jennifer has written a story about another. If you want to be part of this new story (in which there is no fasting) come along and write some of it yourself. Become a story teller. Be an actor, even if you've never acted before. Draw. Stand under a sacred Banyan tree. Walk to a holy spring. Meet a master Balinese dancer and learn from him. Eat at the Yellow Flower Cafe. Talk (because you have the time). Inspire and be inspired by a great crew in a great location.
A DIFFERENT RETREAT
Paul and Nicole have lived in Bali. They speak the language.
Some of the best Balinese musicians and dancers are their friends.
They know the best places to eat, where to go and when.
They can tell Bali time.
Horst and Jennifer have never lived in Bali and don't speak the language.
They don't know where to go but they are happy to go there.
Their forte is being creative and helping others to become creative too.
OUR GUEST TUTORS
Durga - the refreshing, no-nonsense goddess and companion of Shiva
Devi Sri - the Balinese Rice Goddess
Various deities of place - holy springs, rice paddies and temples
A Gamelan orchestra
Kadek Isa - Balinese master dancer
Kasta - Local Stage Manager
The taxi drivers of Ubud
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
'The best thing I have ever done in my life!' Anonymous
'This is it!' Abraham Lincoln
'Imagination is more important than knowledge and this is the retreat where
you will get it.' Albert Einstein
'This is the holiday I should have taken.' Ned Kelly
i am taking part in a recipe swap.
and because i love cooking and baking
it wasn't easy to choose a recipe.
in the end i settled for
one of my favourite indonesian dishes.
it consistes of a spicy nut sauce over raw and/or cooked veggies
and can be served with rice and tofu and tempe.
here's what you need for the nut sauce:
the basic ingredients are:
1 cup of nuts (i used almond and hazelnut. experiment with cashew and brasil nut too)
or 100g of nut butter
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup palm sugar (or raw sugar)
1 tbs soya sauce
salt & pepper to taste
fresh coconut or coconut milk
fresh ginger and turmeric
place all the ingredients in a blender and add enough water to turn it into a thick sauce...
this sauce tastes great with a selection of raw and cooked vegetables...
serve with rice and fried tofu and tempe
and don't forget to sprinkle with
lots of lime juice...
HOLY WATER SACRED FIRE
A five-day creativity retreat in Bali
with Horst & Jennifer Kornberger and Paul & Nicole Lawrence
14 - 19 July 2012
Bali is a place of imagination. On this island, earth, water, fire and air weave a living atmosphere of inspiration. We will meet for five days in a unique environment near Ubud, overlooking a spectacular ravine in the cultural and spiritual heart of Bali.
Please click here to begin your journey!
paul and i first had the idea of a retreat in bali 15 years ago.
back then it was really hard to organise something like that - just imagine... no internet!
when we went back to bali last year the idea came up again.
and this year we did some serious research while we were up in bali...
and it is so exciting to see it all come together now!
we've been planning and sending emails to our friend up in bali almost on a daily basis.
and then our teenager designed the beautiful website.
we've even had the first people sign up already!
so... if you want to join us at the retreat, have a good look at the website and send us a message in the 'i want to come' section.
do you know that feeling... no matter what you do it's never quite enough?
i'm a stay at home mum/homemaker/artist/occasional teacher. i get up early to cook fresh breakfasts and lunches for my family. i love doing that. i love to provide them with healthy meals and a nurturing home environment.
but hang on... doesn't one of my friends also bake for her family every afternoon? am i really doing enough? maybe i should be more organised...
i also love being creative. making things with my hands... exploring new things... so i potter around in my studio. a bit of felting, a bit of spinning, i love to knit, i want to do some sewing, i also enjoy painting and drawing...
but is it quite enough? shouldn't i come up with some major idea? be really disciplined in my work? plan ahead and work towards something bigger...
these kind of thoughts and questions have been burdening me over the years. i am not a very ambitious person, i do what i do because of who i am, because i love doing it. but is that enough?
the answer to that question came in bali when i had my balinese horoscope read:
'you don't have to make any major decisions or plans. just go with the flow...'
it has taken a while to digest the month in bali. and i am starting to feel the message sinking in. i feel a step closer to 'being enough'. there is less pressure and thinking about what i should or could do. and with that more calm enjoyment in what i am actually doing and who i am.
let's just hope i don't get to relaxed ;)
today for lunch i tried out some new recipes:
and bali super food no-sugar treats
from diana von cranach's new book:
diana also owns four stunning villas
on a remote beach in north west bali
here are two images of puri ganesha:
for more info go to their website
in 1987 i took some black & white pictures of some of my balinese friends and their children with a very cheap camera that i had bought in denpasar. here are three of those images...
these three young people have grown into beautiful adults, all married and with children or expecting their first baby soon...
and i have started taking pictures of the next generation...
we all love little dipta - he is soooooo cute! unfortunately he starts crying every time he sees me :(
we have just spent two nights down in seminyak near the tourist mecca of kuta and legian because our boys wanted to see the 'other bali' - the bali of surf and pub-crawl culture in kuta, of cosmopolitan designer boutiques in seminyak, the bali of total traffic jams (it took us one hour yesterday to drive a distance of 8kms/5miles!) and gourmet restaurants, the bali where the rich and beautiful come to play and the poor and down-trodden workers (imported from other islands) build another five-star resort for them...
it's overcrowded and polluted, it's not my world, and yet, the balinese manage to infuse it with beauty with their big smiles and their patience and a sense or natural artistry.
here are a few snapshots that you would't find in the glam mags...