Our partnership with local Balinese teachers, leaders and artists makes Usada unique. Most of our programs, workshops, events and exhibitions are facilitated or directed by local masters. This reflects Usada’s concern for creating an inclusive environment which benefits local inhabitants, their community, and their economy.
Discovering the traditions and culture of Bali through experiences led by local contributors allows guests to drink straight from the source and ensures the preservation of ancient wisdom.
Helping to keep Balinese culture thriving and giving back to the community are two of Usada’s most important commitments. 10% of all profits are donated to local projects that have a positive social impact, such as classes for kids, charities, or local education. In this way, we hope to support growth and encourage a new generation of Balinese teachers and leaders to preserve and share their cultural traditions.
When I first came to Indonesia in 2011 the extraordinary kindness, generosity and happiness of the Balinese in particular, and of the Indonesian people in general, made an intense and beautiful impression on me. While still living in the USA, I had been influenced by Yoga, Ayurveda and Mahayana Buddhist philosophy.
Now, Bali is teaching me the concept of Tri Hita Karana – the right relationship between man and the spirit, man and the earth and the person with the next person. My earlier training seemed like a stepping stone to understanding and aspiring to such harmony.
The idea for Usada was born a little later, in 2015, when I was at Munivara Ashram in Ubud attending a Purnama Puja, a full moon ceremony. Since that time, our organisation has grown to include five partners, all devoted to and working for the cultural arts of Bali and Indonesia.
I take pride in the positive feedback that our work in the Forum and Dapur Kitchen has generated, and I am, likewise, deeply grateful to our amazing staff and the many presenters that have graced our programmes.
SCOTT F. BAUER