Square the Circle has recently returned from another amazing and inspiring retreat on the beautiful, symbolic island of Bali. We spent 10 days in the Indies villas, an oasis of calm set in a walled garden with its own pool and three stunning villas.
Mornings on the retreat are spent in the large, air conditioned art room at the Indies, exploring different aspects of symbolism through templates, creative play and sharing images. For more information on these workshops, click here. Themes included, the Forest, the Sea, Mother and Father, and Spirituality. In each workshop, we look at universal symbolism then explore our own personal symbolism using the art materials. You can see the varied and wonderfully creative images made in these workshops here
The retreat also included workshops on universal and sacred symbolism, the importance of fairy tales and myth, balinese symbolism and wayang kulit shadow puppets, creating a balinese mandala and how to create your own narratives and journals.
ACTIVITIES AND OUTINGS
This year's retreat was designed around the famous Indonesian puppet, the wayang kulit, meaning leather puppet. This is a highly symbolic and sacred show used in many rituals and ceremonies on Bali. We travelled to Ubud to see a wayang kulit show, spent a morning in the beautiful grounds of the craft museum making our own puppets using leather and traditional tools, and wrote our own narratives, putting on our own wayang kulit show at the Indies at the end of the retreat.
We also visited Kevala ceramics, a busy, working ceramics factory, where we all had tutoring on the potter's wheels, then spent a peaceful and creative hour carving scroffitto on glazed pots created for us by Kevala. These were delivered back to the Indies, fired and perfect, at the end of the retreat!
SPIRIT AND SOUL
A key aspect of our Bali retreat is for participants to explore and get involved in the rich symbolic spirituality of the island of Bali. There are many and varied ceremonies, rituals and offerings across the island on a daily basis, and we had the opportunity to get really involved, including a cleansing ceremony up in the rainforest, giving the daily offerings to the domestic temple in the Indies garden, which we were taught to make by the Indies staff team, and joining in the offerings at Kevala ceramics. The retreat also offered daily morning yoga by the pool at the Indies.
FOOD AND DRINK!
All dinners and breakfast by the pool are included in the retreat. Bali is also full of wonderful local cuisine and great restaurants, both up in Ubud and on the beach. We shared a couple of evenings and lunches out, and there was time for participants to explore restaurants and beach cafes by themselves. The culinary highlight of the retreat was a sunset visit for cocktails and a balinese feast at Bali Asli restaurant, with a terrace overlooking the mighty Mount Agung, Bali's most sacred place.
Thank you to all participants for an enriching and fun retreat. The retreat in 2019 will be 12-21st April. We are limiting it to 8 places - if you are interested in reserving a space for April 2019, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. No payment is required until October 2018. Full details on enquiry
See you there!