I’m not sure I’m going to be able to encapsulate the goings on of a little over a week in Bali... but I’ll give it a go... - this could be long.. maybe I could break it up... I’ll see at the end.
What drew me there this time was a chance email I sent to Flora Bowley in 2012 asking if she’d be coming to Australia again to do any workshops.. ‘no’ she replied... ‘only Bali this year’ ... so I dived in at the first opportunity and signed up for her Ubud week long yoga and painting retreat.
I felt somewhat compelled to go.. not a lot of things seemingly make sense on the outset these days... so I’m getting more in the habit of following my internal guidance on which next thing to do.
... anyhow... chats, eats.. and excitement settling down into .. being there... and we gathered afterwards for an opening circle.. we each had an opportunity to call something in and to let something go.. I called in ‘Bravery’... and let go of ‘my story about not being able to articulate myself well enough’.
Flora and Lisa Mae were the most gracious and calm of hosts and I think we all felt completely at ease within a very short time.
We gathered at about 1.45pm (along with some heavy rain clouds) and were treated to our first session with Flora... she shared some wisdoms and guidance for our week ahead and proceeded to demonstrate how to get our first layer happening.
This is a many layered process and boy did I realise how much I dislike the fugly middle layers!!! it was interesting and at times painful to observe my feelings about what I was making on my canvas... and I thought later how this could be of great assistance to others to hear... actually ... EVEN though I am proficient at painting my own style that I have been honing for the last 12 or so years... when it came to immersing myself in Flora’s method... I was really challenged, somewhat lost, floundering and not much as ease with it at all!!! I still have to let that all simmer inside to glean all there is to glean from the whole experience... but these notes are what I am noticing for now.
Making new friends, and time with my Nik was Wonderful.
Ever so grateful... and now that a week has passed since I returned home, I'm feeling a lot better and more integrated... taking yourself right out of your comfort zone can tip the scales out of balance for a few days ya know.
bye for now,
love Denise xo