I Heart Bali.

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‘Reflect’

I seriously cannot believe I have been home from Bali for almost a month already!

Woah….life….moves….fast.

However, between jet-lag recovery, a sick week in bed, a rare five-day visit from my best friend and a week of catching up on piles of life and work, I guess it all pencils out. In some ways, the trip feels like a distant exotic dream at this point, but every time I burn one of my treasured Balinese incense sticks, I am magically transported right back to my tiny beloved island on the other side of the world.  Swoon.

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Daily handmade offerings…so beautiful.

This was my fourth trip to Bali which is also hard to believe {insert major gratitude moment here}. Every trip has presented a totally different experience for me with various combinations of painting, exploring, chilling out and teaching.  This year’s trip was all about teaching two week-long workshops in two of my favorite places in Bali—Amed and Ubud.

I will say this was not the smartest schedule I’ve ever created for myself (note to self: need more downtime), but thankfully my “work” also looks a lot like my idea of a really rad time, so it all works out.  Ya know…hanging out with really open amazing people creating art and doing yoga together in beautiful places?  Not a whole lot of room for complaining there. Nope, just a bunch of gratitude for the opportunity to share my passions and bring people for such deeply transformational experiences.  Oh, and for all the pretty flowers, watermelon juice and big Balinese smiles!

I could probably manage to go on and on about all that I learned from teaching (I learn so much EVERY time, it’s crazy.) and all the amazing people I met (they really were a special bunch), but I’m going to go with a picture tour instead.  Seems fitting for such a visually stunning place like Bali.

And, if you’re craving more words, my dear friend Kelly Rae Roberts wrote a lovely blog about her experience at the workshop.  And damn she’s a good writer.  I highly recommend checking it out.  K…on with the pics!

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Opening Night Altar with a friendly reminder to TRUST.

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I’m a total sucker for all the lovely statues decorated with fresh flowers everyday.

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Supporting the local economy and making this woman very happy!

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Yet another crazy pretty flower arrangement.  The woman who made this was worried that it wasn’t perfect enough for me to take a picture.  I told her it would be juuuuust fine.


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Letting go under the sweet guidance of my collaborator, Miss Lisa Mae Osborn, yoga teacher extraordinaire.

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This was the painting scene…not to rub it in or anything.

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LOVED having two of my besties, Lynzee Lynx and Kelly Rae Roberts, along for the ride!

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Giving a demo…not sure if they are captivated or just HOT?

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Some of the gorgeous paintings created by my awesome students.

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Inspiring field trip to the Tirta Gangga Water Palace.

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My second demo painting (inspired by Balinese dancers!)

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And, that’s a wrap.  Until next time…much love, xo flora

 

10 Comments

  1. This trip looks like such a great time.. I am already planning and dreaming of participating in one of these trips.
    I really enjoyed the e course and got a lot of wisdom and insight from it.I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate,it was delicious….
    thank you very much !
    Gracias !
    Suki

  2. This looks like a great time! Beautiful country and the paints are gorgeous! Hope to join you some day! Blessings! – Lora

  3. Hi Flora

    I’m so glad you have enjoyed your fourth visit to our side of the world! It was obviously a really fulfilling time for you and your students, and I’m so glad, as your workshops deserve an incredible location to complement the message you teach :)

    I visited Bali for the first time (I know, right?!) for just 3 days with my daughter Mary in April. It was her 21st birthday and time for something special, given what she’s been through. Bali really surprised both of us – http://www.maliniparker.com/news/a-lizard-at-breakfast-a-snake-at-my-doorstep-and-flowers-on-my-pillow/

  4. This was a lot of fun to read. The paintings are gorgeously rich and inspiring. What a lovely experienced you must have had there!

  5. The photographs are wonderful. The painting so bright. Great.

  6. Wow. This looks like a great experience and you made me wanna go to Bali ;o).
    Thank you for the wonderful experience with the on-line e-course and really hope that I will have the chance one day to join you in person at one of these art retreats. Please let me know if you are coming to Europe.

  7. What and amazing trip you had! All of your pictures are so gorgeous and inspiring. I have taught for a long time but never on location like you do. What a dream! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for sharing your trip! Painting outdoors in Bali :) omg, must put that on my manifesting chart!!! Beautiful!

  9. Wow! The work is beautiful, & says much about your guidance! Have registered for your e-course in September, & would just looove to join you in Bali for the next! The more I learn about you & your work, the more excited I am to have as my guru!

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