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.
Everyone here at Fivelements is thrilled about being nominated for four prestigious AsiaSpa Awards this year! They are Spa Cuisine of the Year, Spa Design of the Year, Destination Retreat of the Year and Holistic Treatment of the Year for our Panca Mahabhuta Energy Healing. These awards honour the passion and dedication of our Fivelements team, who guide our guests on their journeys to Life Transformation and Love in Action.
The AsiaSpa Awards winners will be announced on 12th November in Hong Kong.
We can’t wait!
“In Bali, the strong sense of spirit, devotion to ceremony and power of nature stimulates a heightened consciousness, an openness and a desire to experience life and love more deeply. We just need to open our hearts and let Love flow in. And when it does, we can choose to take it, to know it intimately, to be willing to risk all for it, to endure the ever-evolving dance with another – our friend, our lover, our life partner."
Lahra Tatriele, co-founder Fivelements
Hillary and Janur chose Fivelements as their wedding venue back in 2011, and this is how Hillary remembers it:
We were married at Fivelements three years ago. We chose it as our wedding venue for its astoundingly beautiful energy, which emanates from everything, from the architecture and setting to the very people who make its story come alive.
“Nicola’s extraordinary recovery was one of the many powerful
Balinese healing experiences that eventually inspired the making of Fivelements”
Chicco Tatriele, Co-founder, Fivelements
Nicola Martinengo, originally from Milan, has been a close friend of Chicco’s since the early 80s. He and a group of friends would visit Bali, and Chicco, every August. One year Nicola had a near-fatal motorbike accident, and the local healer who saved him changed his life forever.
Nicola tells his extraordinary story of Balinese healing…
I always loved Bali for its feeling of total freedom and the strong spiritual influence it had. It was a good place to heal my soul. This story happened my tenth summer there, and I loved the island even more afterwards.
“A few years ago, I remember meeting a man in Bali who told me that after 10 years living in Nepal and studying meditation under a more rigid style, he came to Bali, met Merta Ada and started practicing silent meditation together. After experiencing the programme, he found himself completely blown away realising that what was missing from his previous meditation studies was ‘the experience of self-Love.’
As surprising as it sounded, it hit me like a thunderbolt! I simply had to try this programme firsthand and when I did, I quickly understood what that man had meant. From then on, it became my mission to support this master meditation teacher, Merta Ada, and offer his self-healing Bali Usada Silent Meditation Retreat to a wider international audience at Fivelements. In particular, I envisioned participants coming from all over the world sharing a common thread – all living demanding lifestyles and in positions of influence or leadership (whether in the family or in business) and thus, able to effect positive change within their worlds with these teachings.
“Bali is famous for being the place of coincidence and instant karma.
You think something and it happens two minutes later.
After all, life is completely run by the Universe; it is that powerful.”
Do you believe in serendipity and the power of the Universe? When Chicco Tatriele set off on a wild goose chase to look at a piece of land in a remote Balinese village he didn’t really have the interest or money to buy, he had no idea he’d be stepping onto land that would set in motion a life-changing series of events, and which would eventually result in Fivelements.
- Before you start, put in your mind, “Meditation is attainable for me.” It is not difficult.
Meditation is about training the mind, eg. When you want to ride a bicycle, you keep trying and after practicing awhile, you can do it, then it becomes easier and easier.
Sit in a relaxed position for your body - on the floor or on a chair.
- Choose an object of focus that makes you feel good, e.g.: breathing, a mandala painting or a photo/image, etc.
Use this as a tool to bring harmony and love to your mind.
Use it as a way to bring about concentration and mindfulness.
- Turn your vision inward and observe your breathing.
By observing your breathing, you will calm your mind naturally.
Observe the fickle-mindedness of your mind coming in and fading away, bringing about a steady concentration.
Allow your concentration to turn into contemplation and slowly, you will forget about both yourself and any form, effortlessly blossoming into meditation.
- Become a source of love and light.
Once your calm mind is steady, let love permeate within you and around you like a radiant light.
- For healing, gently direct your thoughts to make your body healthy, alleviate your mind of stress, send your love to someone in suffering, etc.
Bring inner wisdom to your mind so that it becomes increasingly harmonious, and use this for healing the body, trauma or others in your life.
- Let go and let spirit in.
The practice of meditation will train your mind to become good, full of love – enough to heal yourself and others.
Ultimately, there will be no Form, only Atma or soul in union with the Divine.
• Articulated by Lahra Tatriele, Co-founder & Vision Director, Fivelements.
• Inspired by spiritual teachers from India and Bali.
“A harmonious mind makes your body healthy, your mind peaceful and gives you happiness.”
Are you tempted by five days of blissful silence? Last year Lahra Tatriele joined Merta Ada’s silent retreat and emerged with new self-healing skills. “It is extraordinary,” she says. “I’d do it every year if I could.” She loved it so much she invited Merta Ada to lead the Bali Usada Silent Meditation Retreats at Fivelements. She explains what it is all about…
From the first night you follow noble silence, which lasts for five of the six retreat days. You’re not allowed a computer or phone, book, paper or pen. There’s nothing to read, write or say, and removing those three things is huge. You get to see yourself in a quiet way, without writing things down, without purging on someone else. It sounds die-hard but it’s actually not that difficult.
The Fivelements story is nearly unbelievable. It started in a magical way and has been an extraordinary healing journey for all involved.
The first inkling I had that Bali would be central to my life was thanks to a clairvoyant in San Francisco in 1995, who said I would invest in something very important in Bali that would bridge East and West.
Fast forward to autumn 1996 when I visited Bali for the first time. The moment I arrived, I felt Bali as my home. I felt immediately connected. And I felt God for the first time in my life in a profound way. Bali became my well of wisdom, healing and spirituality. Every time I visited, I left with an important love lesson. I knew I’d live here some day...
My two young daughters and I moved to Bali in 2005. Following a year-long personal healing journey, one morning I woke up with a very strong message. “It’s time. Time to get out there and put intention back into the world. I wish to find my love and life partner and begin a new journey with deep purpose.”
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates
Mother Nature provides us with living foods that fuel our bodies and minds with optimum energy and healing. Take your favorite recipes and gradually adapt them by adding more living foods to provide a fresher and healthier alternative.
Food sources: Select quality, fresh organic produce and whole foods from reliable sources
Shop local: Buy directly from local organic farmers when possible
Buy produce in season: To enjoy the peak of their natural goodness
Buy sea salt vs. processed table salt: For its additional minerals