The Forum, our studio, is the place where all our lectures, workshops and movement sessions take place.
For the display of our many cultural and philosophy presentations, please refer to the culture page.
The sessions below, may also be privately booked for your group.
MOVEMENT & PRACTICES
The Forum provides a diversity of journeys to the inner world. Here you will find a thriving and stimulating space for the community to come together to learn movement-related and contemplative practices
Ancient Chinese Practice of Healing Arts
Chinese Medicine is truly holistic in its approach and maintains that body, mind and spirit are all interlinked.
The harmony of Qi (life force or energy flow) is essential for good health, relationships, career and home life. Qigong works by opening your meridians and releasing tensions in the muscles and fascia within your body in a gentle way. Healing will happen spontaneously when your Qi flows in harmony.
Mysore style of Ashtanga Yoga is known for adding fluidity and a rhythmic breath to the strongly physical form of Hatha Yoga. There is a series of sequences to follow which progresses with the years that one dedicates.
In our courses, the series is taught first by our teachers. Once the sequence of postures has been learnt, the students practice at their own pace and capacity. The teacher offers expert physical adjustments. This characterises the Mysore Yoga style.
Culture in Movement
Dance is an integral part of Balinese cultural life. Not only is it artistic but also performed in honour of the Gods.
In this 90-minute class, we will learn basic steps, hand gestures, and delicate eye movements, then gradually move on to practice a classical dance sequence.
For our guests who have taken these dance sessions, it becomes a delight to travel around Bali and observe the charming dancers rehearsing for performances in the community pavilion. Some of us might even join in!
MEDITATION AND SOUND
The Journey Within
In our Forum space, we present sessions that assist us to still the mind and find tranquility within.
Our adept teachers offer full moon meditations, singing bowl therapy, music and Mantra sessions, and contemplation in a variety of interpretations.
‘Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground’ ~ Rumi
Indonesian Martial Arts
Pencak Silat is an umbrella term for a class of related Indonesian martial arts. Pencak is the essence of training, the outward aspect of the art which a casual observer is permitted to witness as performance. Silat is the essence of combat and self-defense, the true fighting application of the techniques which are kept secret from outsiders and not divulged to students until the guru deems them ready.
While other definitions exist, all agree that silat cannot exist without pencak, and pencak without silat skills is purposeless. Pencak Silat was practiced not only for physical defense but also for mental discipline.
We have selected artisans who are eager to share their knowledge and skill with our guests. The workshops take place on a regular basis in Usada.
For groups these workshops can also be organized upon request.
JAMU MAKING WORKSHOP
Ancient Indonesian Medicine
Learn how to make your own Jamu, the ‘Obat tradisional’ – the ancient Indonesian medicine, a delicious drink made of healing ingredients and spices.
In this workshop you will be guided through each step of the techniques of making Jamu so that at the end, you can take the knowledge back home and prepare this beneficial drink on your own. Our recipes come from an ancient knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation.
BALINESE CULTURE & TRADITION WORKSHOP
Learning Temple Etiquette and Offerings
One of the foremost attractions of Balinese culture are the Pura (temples), where some of the most beautiful and sacred Upacara (ceremonies) occur. The Balinese are happy to share their traditions, culture and ceremonies with visitors from outside their communities. When visiting the Pura or attending ceremonies in Bali, it is customary, however, to follow the local guidelines & traditions.