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.
At Fivelements, Balinese spiritual teacher, Acharya Vibhakarananda Avadhuta (Dada) tells us that Nyepi, part of the Saka calendar (from the Sanskrit Isakawarsa), has been celebrated from as far back as AD79. The book Babad Bali (the history of Bali) tells of the tolerance and unity that allowed this Hindu festival to become a fixture.
Our successful foundation would not be possible
without the amazing people whom over time have become part of the greater Fivelements family.
Here members of Fivelements family share how Fivelements has inspired them over the years.
Chicco Tatriele, Co-founder & President Director
Love in Action!
Finding Practical Answers in Tri Hita Karana
by Gove Donal DePuy
Our social relationships are, “every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet and not smoking,” in terms of affecting long term health and lifespan. In line with a recent trend of supporting ancient wisdom with science, a recent article by Harvard Medical School has re-stated this long standing truth.
Here at Fivelements we couldn’t agree more. The Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana (translated loosely as the “three paths to prosperity”) has promoted for centuries that the most important relationships in our human lives are those with God (or personal spirituality), with our natural environment, and with our fellow humans.
8 – A beautiful way to get a glimpse of the magic that is Fivelements is to choose one of our Romantic Day Experiences, like the Signs of Love. Experience the profoundly relaxing ambiance of our spa villa, open to the sacred river, while we pamper you with a Signature Couples Ritual. Choose between Chocolate Love (imagine a chocolate and almond scrub, body mask and massage) or Hibiscus Prema (a divine body massage with our signature patchouli and rose essence, followed by a hibiscus flower bath). Mixing nature and nurture, you’ll leave physically, mentally and emotionally uplifted.
A layered dessert that can be beautifully presented in cocktail or dessert glasses. The dessert includes some preparation time, but goes faster when you will have the right equipment to work with. You need a good quality high-speed blender to get the right creamy texture. You can omit the mango and orange compote with other fruits like banana, papaya, pineapple, pears, berries etc. So feel free to change and substitute ingredients and add different spices in the recipe to come up with your own variation.
The Making of Fivelements
“We have found a spark here in the jungle
that might just set the world on fire…”
Gove de Puy, Environmental Liaison
The Fivelements concept could really only have been born, have developed, in the nurturing verdure that is Bali. Over the past five years we have been nestled in the embrace of this ancient culture at the village of Baturning, discovering and re-discovering what is possible when traditional wisdom meets a spirit of innovation and excellence. We do not claim to have perfected our art just yet, but we can honestly say that we have found a spark here in the jungle that might just set the world on fire.
These rolls are great as an appetizer, salad or even main course. Fresh vegetables are wrapped in thinly sliced jicama. Many variations of this recipe are possible. You can substitute the vegetables and use cucumber, lettuces, zucchini, radish slices or cabbage leaves as a wrapper or simply use soaked rice paper. You also can serve the rolls with various Asian dipping sauces.
11th Annual AsiaSpa Awards Honours
the Best in the Travel, Spa and Wellness Industry in a Dazzling 2015 Celebration
[Hong Kong, 10 November 2015] Hong Kong’s most anticipated spa and wellness event of the year, the 11th annual AsiaSpa Awards took place on November 10 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, which was filled with the best in the business for the glamorous occasion. Themed ‘Oriental Harmony’, the 2015 Awards honoured nominees, industry icons and special guests, who were dressed to the nines in luxurious white and gold.
Zucchini Pasta Salad with sun dried tomato pesto, black olives, capers and basil
A flavorful Mediterranean pasta salad with healthy zucchini pasta
This salad can be served as an appetizer or as a main course. For a warm “pasta dish” heat the dressed noodles in a double broiler until warm to touch (40 degrees maximum) so you will retain all the nutrients. For a variation, swap the tomato pesto with a fresh basil pesto.