Where Bali’s creatives champion the environment, art and wonderful causes
For the 5th year running, Bali’s artists and performers, musicians and magicians, travellers and athletes, entrepreneurs and paradigm-shifters gathered in the soaring mandala at Fivelements for TEDxUbud 2016.
Hosted by Indonesian photographer Rio Helmi who also blogs for the Huffington Post, the line up brought an outstanding series of inspirational talks and performances guaranteed to challenge, motivate and uplift the sold-out, 300-strong, barefoot audience.
Local culture was represented by Jaran Poleng, a beleganjur gamelan orchestra of seven mainly percussive instruments. Designed to accompany armies into battle, they delivered a rousing and blood-curdling performance that drummed an incredible, tangible energy into the entire mandala.
We are very excited to announce that Fivelements has been nominated for the 2016 World Spa Awards™! This is no small feat. The World Spa Awards are some of the industry’s most credible and sought-after awards, as they celebrate and reward industry excellence and have a reputation for being fair and transparent. They not only serve as a definitive benchmark, they also help foster growth in the spa industry.
We are asking you to support us by voting for us in Indonesia's Best Wellness Retreat 2016. Please click here to vote now!
As former retreaters and guests of Fivelements, you know best the quality and journey that Fivelements offers. Please do use your first-hand experience to let the spa industry know that we stand out as the best of the best. Voting closes 25th July – you have nine weeks to tell the world about our retreat.
One of our favorite day trips here at Fivelements, Bali is a quick boat ride over to the wild scenery of Nusa Penida and the neighboring islands. While a visit to Goa Giri Putri temple is often the main event, we always take time to explore the island and its waters before returning to Bali. A long snorkel and then a coconut on the beach is the perfect way to end this day of rebirthing and reconnecting to nature.
Healing with Five Balinese Elements
Panca Mahabhuta, meaning 'the five elements’ originating from the ancient Vedas, is our most popular holistic wellness retreat. The private retreat combines Balinese master healer therapies with epicurean plant-based cuisine, awakening sacred arts sessions – physical, creative expression and mind-body awareness programmes - and Balinese blessing ceremonies. Our aim is to gently guide our retreaters through a highly personalised integrative approach supported by extraordinary people and impeccable services.
At Fivelements, our Panca Mahabhutra retreat is inspired by the ancient wisdom of the Balinese, and the Panca Mahabhutas refer to the vedic five elements, earth, water, fire, air and ether, that map out the internal and external forces at work in the Universe and in ourselves. Understanding and balancing the way these five elements interact and affect us helps us to maintain harmony in our own lives.
“The five elements are utilized and interwoven to facilitate awareness and consciousness in our Panca Mahabuta retreats,” says Nilanti, Wellness Liaison. “The sacred healing journeys within lush nature also support reconnection with the "self" through these five elements in their raw, authentic expressions, while guided by our wellness staff.”
Serves 6 – 8
A beautifully moist and rich chocolate treat that’s full of goodness
I’ve used zucchini to make raw dips and zoodles. I’ve roasted them, baked them and eaten them raw. Because of their bland taste they are easy to mold into anything you want them to be, like these delicious brownies. Zucchini are particularly great for making cakes because their high water content makes it easy to achieve a moist cake. I also used Medicinal Flower Extracts because they are high quality extracts with such a range of flavors to choose from and xylitol from birch sap to reduce the sugar load.
If you have time to just read one blog today, read this one. A beautiful aha-moment, Love in Action explained gives you a glimpse of how to be a better person, describes the all-encompassing, limitless power of love, and its transformational influence when you feel it, receive it, embrace it and give it freely.
Love in Action is the meaning of life.
At Fivelements Love in Action informs our thoughts and actions, it guides our interactions, it forms our plans. Through Love in Action we, a passionate company, are driven to support our guests, our family, our community and the wellness of humanity. While this may sound like a lofty dream, it is in fact very real, and we invite you to join us.
Expressive Arts - Playing in and Creating Openness
Expressive Arts helps us to break down habits of movement expression (and feeling) and enter into a space of unknown – a space of open exploration which is the starting point to connecting to our creative source.
Divinely Inspired – with Debra Moffitt
Co-founder Lahra recently went on award-winning author Debra Moffitt’s radio show Divinely Inspired, to talk about Fivelements as a transformational business. She discussed the mission, values and vision of Fivelements, the role intuition played in the making of the retreat, and the divine magic that infuses every stay and helps love in action and life transformations blossom for their guests. “Fivelements is not an escape, it is a place where you plug in to yourself,” she said.
“I am grateful to be a humble instrument
in the divine orchestra of this life.”
Nilanthi, one of Fivelements amazing Wellness Liaisons, has been a holistic wellness consultant for over 18 years. She has experience in numerous modalities and wellness skills, and has led healing retreats around the world. Her powerful senses of intuition, mindfulness and understanding make her a powerful healing force, helping guests to empower themselves to live in harmony and balance, enjoy deep, joyful connections and experience a true sense of freedom.
“Fivelements is the manifestation of our vision, our dreams, our love.
And we have created this Balinese sanctuary of healing, happiness and wellbeing for guests
to discover their own vision, dreams and love in turn.”
Lahra and Chicco Tatriele
Five years ago, the eco-wellness retreat, Fivelements, opened its unique healing space to guests for the first time in Bali. Since then, the beautiful bamboo-designed sanctuary by the Ayung River has offered a restorative and spiritual space for personal transformations and love in action. Combining traditional wisdom with a spirit of innovation and excellence, Fivelements has surpassed our expectations, our dreams. We have won awards, attracted the best in wellness partners and truly reinvented what it means to retreat.
Here at Fivelements we practice Ahimsa – love and respect for all life. This practice includes showing compassion for some of the less popular creatures that we live amongst, such as the dreaded mosquito. In order to understand how we can more happily coexist with these little nuisances, we have recently made it our business to learn how they live and breed.
Upon hearing that familiar buzz in the ear, most people use a commercial repellent, and some chemical sprays are quite effective. However, if you take a careful look it turns out there are many environmentally friendly ways to minimize the annoying presence of mosquitos without killing them.
Read on and you’ll get some ideas for a zzz-free home...
Raw Chocolate Tarts
Makes 5 tarts
Deliciously chocolaty, these treats are full of nourishing goodness
These are not your average chocolate tarts. Packed with nutrients the chia seeds pack a calcium, protein and fiber punch, the avocados and bananas bring the potassium, plus the avos’ healthy fats, and the raw cacao powder is full of antioxidants. Scrunch through the irresistible flavors while knowing you’re doing your body, mind and soul plenty of good.
What is Happiness?
We all want it, but is it something we can buy, sell, create or invest? Can it last, can it fade? Where does it come from? Where does it go?
These are just some of the questions I have asked myself over the years and now, on International Happiness Day, I ask you.
Earth Hour is on Saturday, 19 March 2016 8:30 p.m. local time.
The international ‘Earth Hour’ is upon us and, being a healing space dedicated to
life transformation and love in action, we feel it is a crucial act that carries an incredibly important message and
feel it is a concept that we should all embrace.
Taking place on 19 March between 8.30 and 9.30pm local time, the lights off event unifies people across the globe to shine a light on climate action, where individuals, businesses, cities and landmarks switch off their lights for one hour to draw attention to climate change.