On the Balinese calendar there is a day that is set aside for self-reflection. The international airport is closed.
People must stay at home but no electricity can be used, lights and fires must be out. No work, travel or entertainment is permitted. Instead, Bali’s New Year starts with silence, introspection and meditation.
Welcome to Nyepi, the Day of Silence.
The usual bustle of the island’s traffic, restaurants and bars, shops and shores is reduced to the sound of the birds and the wind in the trees, the occasional dog barking, the waves lapping. Villages, streets and beaches – everywhere is deserted. Only the pecalang (security men) are on the streets, ensuring rules are followed.
A holistic health and wellness expert, Isabelle Jan has lived part time in Bali for eight years. Her job takes her to some of the world’s most beautiful locations and prestigious hotels. But she often finds herself craving the raw, vegan, living foods at Fivelements Sakti Dining RoomTM.
Employee of The Month of December 2014
Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa Management is proud to announce I Ketut Suparta as December's 2014 Employee of the Month! Ketut Suparta has worked with Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa since October 2010 as a Security Guard.
Fivelements wins Luxury Lane Awards Hong Kong 2014 in the following categories:
- Finalist: Best Healing/Holistic Therapy, Asia Pacific - Healing Dance Aquatic Bodywork
- Winner: Best Wellness Retreat, Asia Pacific
Luxury Lane HK, founded by the Luxury Lane group, is a unique lifestyle e-zine that focuses on luxury. The e-zine is dedicated to bring readers news and opinions on luxe travel, hotels and spas, restaurants and bars, fabulous new stores and the coolest gadgets that are hitting the shelves. Luxury Lane works with the most savvy, edgy and classic brands the lifestyle market has on offer.
The Luxury Lane Awards aim to provide recognition for service excellence, innovation and world class facilities in the Asia Pacific region and are recognized globally.
It may be a cliche, but the phrase ‘you are what you eat’ should ring in your ears at every meal. Take a moment to look at your plate and consider where your food comes from, what it consists of and the repercussions it will have inside your body. Eat mindfully like this and you may find your food choices automatically improving.
Anji Bignell recently stayed at Fivelements while writing a story on ritual and healing. She shares with us her experience of our signature Agni Hotra fire ceremony.
“This ritual is all about symbols that we can relate to and use to rid our minds and bodies of unworthy thoughts as well as make sense of time and space.”
While treating yourself to a spa therapy is the ultimate in comfort and relaxation, there are several effective beauty treatments you can do at home. Fivelements’ Beauty Wellness Team has some ideas for home pampering.
Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa Management is proud to announce I Wayan Sadar as October's 2014 Employee of the Month!
Wayan Sadar has worked with Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa since October 2010 as a Guest Service Supervisor.
Wayan Sadar has great dedication, service excellence and commitment to serving our vision and mission and all superb overall performance.
He is a shining example of what it takes to be a GREAT employee. He always has a positive attitude and does not let a heavy work load take the smile off his face.
Thank you for all that you do!
Congrats, Wayan Sadar!
One of the first destinations with raw vegan cuisine to have ever been awarded “Spa Cuisine of the Year”, Fivelements luxury healing resort in Bali has been pioneering the raw food movement in Asia from the start. Its concept “Cuisine For Life™” promotes living foods as a key rejuvenating tool and it plays a central part in all Fivelements’ healing programmes.
Lahra Tatriele, Vision Director, Fivelements: “We are extremely honoured to receive this award, and really proud of our entire team. Promoting the enormous benefits of raw food nutrition and living foods is an integral part of our mission, and we are really excited that this is becoming a reality; only four years after our opening, our team is making culinary history. Fivelements vision is to promote well-being, eating for energy, beauty and longevity, as well as being open to learn about the highest form of nutrition on the planet”.
When Fivelements co-founder Lahra Tatriele first asked me to become a part of the Fivelements team, I replied, “I’m an educator, not a healer.”
She just smiled and said, ”Come to a meeting of artists. I want to create a Sacred Arts program at Fivelements and I see you as part of the group.”
Lahra had met me within an educational community in Bali and knew of my work in art and education, in particular the arts and holistic learning.
Months later, I found myself at Fivelements’ very first Sacred Arts meeting in Mandala Alit (one of the retreat’s beautiful bamboo studio rooms). I was seated in a circle with a group of different people, many of whom were Balinese. Lahra asked us to go around the circle and share how we came to find healing through the arts. She asked us to share our unique stories and journeys of how the arts touched our lives and brought us healing.
As I listened to each touching journey of how the arts and arts practices came to each person in the room I was deeply moved. Each person’s story was unique, but each one touched on how deeply moving and transforming their arts practices were. Some had rejected their hearts yearning and desire to dance, and lived lives separated from artist exploration and expression. Heart and spirit yearnings brought them serendipitously back into their artistic expression, and as a result deep healing emerged. Others didn’t believe in their gift or their approach to their arts expression and allowed others to dictate what they could and couldn’t do. Eventually coming to terms with the fact that only they could determine their own paths in and through the arts, they found deep healing and were transported to places beyond their imaginations.