If you’re a foodie, there’s nothing quite like being witness to a talented chef’s imagination, beautifully presented on a plate, for the first time ever. To give feedback and perhaps have some sway upon whether it appears on the regular menu brings you closer to the experience of being a chef. Minus the stress, sweat and tears, it’s the next best thing.
Even though there are thousands of so-called super foods out there, a true super food is any natural food with a high nutrient density in its original state.
Usually these foods grow in the wild and are often pulled out as weeds in the garden. They are not cultivated or hybridized, but are sturdy plants with a strong life force energy. In addition to their nutritional value they often have medicinal value; they are both food and medicine.
These potent life-giving foods can assist us to meet and exceed all of our body’s nutritional requirements and nourish us at the deepest level possible. They are an excellent choice to improve our overall health, boost the immune system, elevate serotonin production, enhance sexuality and cleanse and alkalize the body.
Best of all, eating these superfoods can be fast, easy, fresh and fun.
1. Raw Cacao
I like raw cacao for its rich, deep taste and layers of tropical flavours. Raw cacao is the purest, highest quality of cacao, and it can make us feel euphoric and energized for hours. It also has therapeutic properties and is a medicine for the heart.
Into the Light, Fivelements monthly meditation and spiritual teaching series
Topics like morality, biopsychology, how to have a meaningful life, fasting, Tantra, yogic science and the mystery of creation are all on the table and can take an infinite number of paths depending on the personal experiences shared.
Through his satsang talks, Balinese spiritual teacher Acharya Vibhakarananda Avadhuta (Dada), provides an opportunity to do just that. To feel yourself rise above the cares of the week, absorb the calming energy of the natural world around you, and deepen your understanding of what it means to live with the spirit of love, harmony and human progress.
“Let the soul of the produce shine.”
Chef Felix Schoener
The most recent addition to Fivelements’ award-winning Sakti Dining Room™ is exciting new chef Felix Schoener. Originally from Bremen, Germany, Chef Felix has had an illustrious career apprenticing and working for a series of exclusive and Michelin-starred restaurants, before developing a passion for sustainable organic living and the natural, vegetarian and raw food movements.
He has trained with Fivelements’ friends Gabriel Cousens at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Centre in Arizona and Cherie Soria at the Living Light Culinary Art Institute in California, where he also instructed.
Since then, experimenting with his own healing path has led him to marry his love of raw living foods with a fascination in the ancient philosophies of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, as well as macrobiotics, avant-garde, modernist cuisine and the emerging green gastronomy movement. Taking raw living cuisine to the next level, it is this combination of holistic lifestyle philosophies combined with culinary arts that he presents as part of Fivelements' unique revolutionary cuisine concept, Sakti Dining Room's™ famous tasting menus and the retreat's Cuisine for Life™ program.
Was becoming a chef a passion that stemmed from an early age?
My biggest influence was my Grandpa, a great pastry chef. In our family, like in many, love was shown and expressed through food, and my Grandpa had so much love to share, which you could taste in every meal he prepared for me. Everything he cooked was so tasty and nourishing.
“Susan and Susiawan have honored each child's voice, opinion and contribution. This is not a neat, slick, packaged deal, but an incredibly creative and mindful exploration of art, drama, and music, which balances each child's inner gifts with gentle guidance…” Annie Murdock, mother of Liliana who plays Simba
Yellow Coco Creative Nest, Ubud’s community based art space, has re-created their own version of The Lion King ready for their performance on Earth Day, 26th April, at Fivelements. Inspired by Julie Taymor’s work with puppetry and mask in her famous Lion King, which was ignited by her four year stay in Java and Bali, Yellow Coco founders Susan Allen and Susiawan have enhanced the connection to Bali still further by incorporating elements of Balinese barong and mythology, shadow play and mask, local animal study and research. And of course the performance is rich with dance, movement, story theatre and music.
Employee of The Month of January 2015
Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa Management is proud to announce I Kadek Subagia Employee of the Month of January 2015! Kadek Subagia has worked with Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa since October 2010 as a Security Guard at Human Resources Department.
He has great dedication, service excellence and commitment to serving our vision and mission and superb overall performance. He is a shining example of what it takes to be a GREAT employee. He always has a positive attitude and does not let heavy work load take the smile off his face.
Thank you for all that you do! Congrats, I Kadek Subagia!
Love in Action,
Management Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa.
There are so many books and talks about happiness and being happy. Seems like everyone can give you a couple of tips. But the way to becoming truly happy isn’t always that easy and obvious for everyone.
Eiji Han Shimizu is a producer of the “Happy” movie. He is a friend of Fivelements whom Lahra and Chicco met 4 years ago at his “Happy” film screening at Qi Global conference in Singapore for Asia's future leaders. Eiji lives in Bali and Fivelements has supported his mission and screened “Happy” at Fivelements in the early years. For International Happiness Day we've prepared a short interview with Eiji, and we hope it will inspire you to spread love and happiness today and everyday!
On the Balinese calendar there is a day that is set aside for self-reflection. The international airport is closed.
People must stay at home but no electricity can be used, lights and fires must be out. No work, travel or entertainment is permitted. Instead, Bali’s New Year starts with silence, introspection and meditation.
Welcome to Nyepi, the Day of Silence.
The usual bustle of the island’s traffic, restaurants and bars, shops and shores is reduced to the sound of the birds and the wind in the trees, the occasional dog barking, the waves lapping. Villages, streets and beaches – everywhere is deserted. Only the pecalang (security men) are on the streets, ensuring rules are followed.
A holistic health and wellness expert, Isabelle Jan has lived part time in Bali for eight years. Her job takes her to some of the world’s most beautiful locations and prestigious hotels. But she often finds herself craving the raw, vegan, living foods at Fivelements Sakti Dining RoomTM.
Employee of The Month of December 2014
Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa Management is proud to announce I Ketut Suparta as December's 2014 Employee of the Month! Ketut Suparta has worked with Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa since October 2010 as a Security Guard.
Fivelements wins Luxury Lane Awards Hong Kong 2014 in the following categories:
- Finalist: Best Healing/Holistic Therapy, Asia Pacific - Healing Dance Aquatic Bodywork
- Winner: Best Wellness Retreat, Asia Pacific
Luxury Lane HK, founded by the Luxury Lane group, is a unique lifestyle e-zine that focuses on luxury. The e-zine is dedicated to bring readers news and opinions on luxe travel, hotels and spas, restaurants and bars, fabulous new stores and the coolest gadgets that are hitting the shelves. Luxury Lane works with the most savvy, edgy and classic brands the lifestyle market has on offer.
The Luxury Lane Awards aim to provide recognition for service excellence, innovation and world class facilities in the Asia Pacific region and are recognized globally.
It may be a cliche, but the phrase ‘you are what you eat’ should ring in your ears at every meal. Take a moment to look at your plate and consider where your food comes from, what it consists of and the repercussions it will have inside your body. Eat mindfully like this and you may find your food choices automatically improving.
Anji Bignell recently stayed at Fivelements while writing a story on ritual and healing. She shares with us her experience of our signature Agni Hotra fire ceremony.
“This ritual is all about symbols that we can relate to and use to rid our minds and bodies of unworthy thoughts as well as make sense of time and space.”
While treating yourself to a spa therapy is the ultimate in comfort and relaxation, there are several effective beauty treatments you can do at home. Fivelements’ Beauty Wellness Team has some ideas for home pampering.