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
here's what's happening in the tiny backyard...
i am paricipating in flora bowley's online class
after hanging the canvas in the 'outdoor studio'
i started painting the first layer - with my eyes closed...
this afternoon/evening i added another 2 intuitive layers,
just playing with colour
not thinking anything
listening to my favourite music
can't wait to see how this painting will evolve...
thank you Flora for an amazing start to the course!
i woke up at five o'clock this morning, still filled with the impressions of yesterday afternoon, and these words poured out of me:
wednesday afternoons, for the last few months, have become a very special time for me as we immerse ourselves - as individuals and as a group - into the imaginations of a tale: 'The Tale of the Two Flutes'. this play has been written by my dear friend, Jennifer Kornberger, who is an artist and poet. and under the dramatic direction of her husband Horst we learn to ensoul the archetypical characters with flexible emotions that arise out of the imagination.
the play deals with eternal truths that come to life in pictures:
the two flutes, who communicate by truly listening and being in harmony.
the solitary tower, which represents the isolation of our intellect, when the head rules over the heart.
the dragon's breath, our fear, that arises out of ignorance and false identification and leads to actions of destruction.
the sphinx, which poses questions to us that we seem not to be able to answer and have to be met by going deeper, listening to our true self and going forward with courage.
the friede rose, our true self, pure, powerful, mysterious, able to overcome fear and instil us with a sense of peace and harmony.
this last character in particular is represented by music, which my very talented husband paul has composed for this play. we are learning to create a base sound with our voices that carries the mood of the play, and then harmonise and improvise filling the space with the music of the universe.
a scene from the play