At Fivelements we are guided and inspired by the universal wisdom of Balinese philosophy and have embodied the notion of Tri Hita Karana, living in harmony among spirit, human and nature, as our definition of "living well." In a world that seems to be run by schedules, appointments and tasks, we recognise the importance of having antidotes that bring physical, mental and emotional calm. Here, we present the first of our series of Fivelements' tips on how to ensure that health, happiness and harmony, rather than stress, lead our lives.
“Imagine the struggle with life slipping away, replaced with the caress of warm waves, soothing silence, hypnotic breath, dance-like movement and… deep gratitude. This is water healing.”
A Balinese Boreh is a centuries-old healing recipe of herbs and exotic spices traditionally used as a "body revival" in the form of a mask and scrub. “Bo” in Balinese means “ready”, and “reh” comes from the Balinese word for blood, ”rah”, so Boreh literally brings your body to life.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
“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.