I’m fortunate to be involved in a second Momenta Workshop in May, this time in the beautiful setting of Bali. A whistlestop visit to see old friends in Singapore and three days on my own in Ubud before the workshop will allow my jetlag to recede and perhaps (!) I’ll get used to the humidity.
Ubud is the cultural centre of Bali and the setting for “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts, based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m going to watch it again before I go and remind myself of Ubud’s beauty but am hoping people don’t think I’m just another middle-aged woman hot on the trail of Bali healers to sort out my spiritual needs! Not that I’m knocking soul searching and following a path of personal fulfillment (I’ve certainly done enough exploring myself) but don’t we all like to feel unique, not one of the pack?
From Ubud I’ll visit Unesco World Heritage rice fields in the early morning, drive to Petulu to watch the herons roosting at dusk and explore many of the stunning temples that are everywhere in the towns and countryside. I’ll explore the town and get to know people as they go about their daily business. I’ll learn more about the culture and challenges Bali faces, the impact of mass tourism for example. Pollution is choking the rivers and destroying the beaches, pressure on the water and electricity supply cause hardship and the rice fields are disappearing as farmers sell their land. The search for paradise has resulted in paradise being spoiled … and I’m only too aware I’m another visitor adding to the burden. But I hope to document this in a meaningful way and will share the good and the bad with you on my return.
Then to Jimbaran in the south; the workshop will be a ten day delight, learning from a small group of passionate, experienced photographers. We’ll share photographic adventures, critique and advise each other, eat delicious Balinese food and learn much more about the island and its people. I can’t wait!
In the absence of images from Bali … (do watch this space) … I’m sharing some from previous trips to Asia.
Vang Vieng, Laos
Statues at Shwedagon Pagoda, Tachileik, Myanmar
New Year Procession, Luang Prabang, Laos
Young worshipper, Tachileik, Myanmar
Dancer in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Phou Khoun Market, Laos
Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat
Market in Luang Prabang, Laos