Posted by: ginalazenby | January 19, 2013

Beautiful New Year in Bali: our women’s transformation programme

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Ending our 9-Days of Transformation programme in Bali at Tejakula by the ocean on the north east coast

We have just finished our Women’s programme in Bali and what a magical 9 days it was. Several months in the planning and preparation and all over in a relative flash!  It was interesting holding it right at the start of the year, before anyone started work commitments and other normal life entanglements. It was a precious space to stand back and really review life. Several participants boarded planes in Europe on New Year’s Eve 2012 stepping off the aircraft in the tropics in 2013….. that was an interesting transition!

A23_1176_BaliXThe photo below is the group on our first afternoon in Ubud, celebrating Antonetta’s birthday, getting to know each other and each participant receiving their blessing card and gift sarong which would be needed for the many ceremonies ahead in Bali. Maybe you might just see a difference in the energy – this group below is a little more tense than the playful ocean shot above and the final group photo at the bottom.

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Our first afternoon together in the villa in Ubud

You may notice that we have children with us. Selina told us she wanted to come but had the challenge of sorting child care … one option might have been her mother travelling with her to look after the two under 10s. Mynoo and I volunteered to create a childcare routine in Bali alongside our programme. As much as we had not really planned to have children present, and we did not know how the other women participants would react, we felt that if we were a women’s initiative intent on empowering women then we could not let childcare issues get in the way. We’d simply be emulating the problems out in the real world where appropriate and affordable childcare can really hold women back from making the career choices that they want. We resolved to be creative and find a way and we did. Our driver was brilliant and entertained the children with his own family and a local Balinese mother was engaged as nanny to care for them when we were in session, then they joined us for meals and outings. I wasn’t sure that I would but personally I enjoyed the presence of the two little treasures who became part of our week and brought their special energy to our group dynamic.  It was a bit radical but it was the right thing to do in supporting Selina and her journey of transformation.

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Our last day together, minutes before we left the resort and took the first girls to the airport for their flight home … back to the real world

In addition, on this event, we had a professional photographer with us as part of our group so we have some stunning photography as a record of our journey. Melanie Rijkers, from the Netherlands took some stunning images which we will be sharing. She has a great project on her website where she recorded 99 brides trashing their wedding dresses.

On our first evening together in Bali, we had dinner with a Balinese family, welcomed into their traditional home compound. We learned how to wear our ceremonial sarongs and watched the intricate work of making the daily offerings.

On our first evening together in Bali, we had dinner with a Balinese family, welcomed into their traditional home compound. We learned how to wear our ceremonial sarongs and watched the intricate work of making the daily offerings.

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  1. Loved reading this -great to embrace the chidren demonstrating how women can support and help each other despite seeming challenges !!!!


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