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A year in Bali on Sabbatical

Sabbatical is a wonderful reason to visit Bali, the act of simply being…

If you happen to have the time to cease work, Bali is the perfect place to gather a greater inspiration. In the modern sense, one takes sabbatical typically to fulfill some goal, e.g., writing a book, exploration, or research.

A year in Bali on Sabbatical, is amazing for writers:

Bali provides such serenity and inspiration that Barack Obama, the American President came to Bali on sabbatical to write a book “Dreams from My Father”: A Story of Race and Inheritance.

A number of writers make their way to Bali each year for the long awaited, “Ubud Readers and Writers Festival”. Nick Cave, singer, songwriter, producer and, literary writer, attended the festival last year as a guest speaker and reader.

2013 marks a mammoth year for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, as Southeast Asia’s most renowned literary event gets set to celebrate its 10 year anniversary, 11 – 15 October in Ubud, Bali. The Festival comes full circle returning to its original theme “Through Darkness to Light” Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang honouring RA Kartini, Indonesia’s beloved women’s rights pioneer.

Beyond paying homage to Kartini, the 2013 program main focus:

  1. Women’s stories
  2. Women’s rights
  3. Educational heroes
  4. Visionaries

Writers across all genres will be embraced, including:

  1. Travel writers
  2. Songwriters
  3. Playwrights
  4. Poets
  5. Comedians
  6. Graphic novelists

A year in Bali on Sabbatical for gathering research:

While in Bali on sabbatical for an extended period of time, International Researcher Dr. Thomas Goreau has dedicated most of his life to understanding and preserving coral reefs around the world, including Indonesia’s. Together with research partner the late Professor Wolf Hilbertz, an architect, marine scientist and inventor, Dr Goreau developed the Biorock Process.

Based on mineral accretion technology invented by Professor Hilbertz, the process became an ingenious means of:

  1. Restoring healthy coral growth
  2. Supporting mariculture
  3. Protecting shorelines

By doing this he was able to build trust and educate, in restoring the balance of the marine Eco system amongst the Local villagers. At Pemuteran, five hours driving northwest of Denpasar’s action, the silhouettes of lava’s massive volcanoes set the dramatic backdrop to a proud fishing community.

The fishing villages understand the importance of avoiding:

  1. Over-harvesting
  2. Cyanide poisoning
  3. Bombing

Prior to his visit, the marine garden had been virtually destroyed.

My years in Bali on Sabbatical: Internal Exploration

As a Westerner, my experience in Bali on sabbatical had been a “blessed internal journey”. I’ve been able to explore, and experience Bali from an insider’s, point of view… Through this journey I’ve been able to explore my creative entrepreneurial nature, as a result I own and write for a magazine.

The best part about being in Bali on sabbatical, is that the local culture has given me gentle reminders not to hurry through life, I’ve learned to:

  1. Explore
  2. Experience
  3. Learn
  4. Enjoy

Anyone visiting Bali, I would offer the “local” advice. The worst weather, or the saddest moments fade quickly when in the presence of the kindness, and beauty of it’s people.

If you visit Bali on sabbatical, please embrace the opportunity. If you are fortunate, Bali will embrace you in return…

Remember to step outside of your car, and take a walk through a rice fields.

You will feel it’s magic, and wonder…

 

 

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