Downhill on a Bike in Bali

Shaking out the Rice The highlight of my first trip to the Indonesian island of Bali was way out of my comfort zone. Indeed, I questioned my sanity at setting out on a Downhill Eco Bike Tour, on the singular recommendation of a seventy year old tourist, for I had not been astride a bicycle for more than fifteen years! The great […]

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A Balinese Royal Cremation Ceremony

The Royal Cremation Procession In my memoir, I share my experiences of a trip to Bali which had been on my wish list for many years. the following is an excerpt: “On October 14 2013, a member of the Balinese royal family passed away, giving rise to a special Palebon Agung cremation ceremony. On November 1, I was once again […]

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Petulu’s Sacred Herons

One of Petulu’s Sacred Heron The following is an excerpt from my memoir: “A period of mass murder blighted the islands of Indonesia in 1965, when more than 5% of the population of Bali were massacred. The small village of Petulu, located a few miles north of Ubud is home to mass graves from this terrible period in the island’s […]

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The Balinese Priest’s Bell

My Balinese Priest’s Bell accompanied by a photograph of its creator The Indonesian island of Bali first crossed my travel radar when I read Karen Kingston’s inspirational book “Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui,” around 1996. Karen’s book quickly propelled me to London, and two of her weekend workshops on Spaceclearing – the art of cleansing and purifying the CHI or energy in buildings […]

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