Star Date:  August 2014
Bali, Indonesia



Hello Dear Family & Friends!

"Terima kasih,  Inggi
(Thank you - You are welcome, Balinese and Indonesian)




"I am because we are"
(a quote from our Balinese neighbor in the rice fields)


"A healer's power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.
(Eric Micha'el Leventhal)


The many worlds of Bali.  Sometimes in life we seem to exist in parallel realities.  True healers are able to build a bridge from darkness to light, from sickness to wellbeing, from one reality to the next.  "Healing is Changing.  Changing requires a dive into the unknown.  Our unknown. We are shy to dive so deep. We try to avoid the Work by finding substitutes of a real inner change in new exotic objects, places, masters," (Gilles Bordessoule)  but in the end it is we who must change.

And so my journey began as Ketut Jaya appeared in my life.  He announced that his healing power comes from God, but in the end we must each heal ourselves.  Bridging cultures, beliefs, and traditions we began down a path from the familiar to the unknown.  Working with a healer one must be open, must know that this feels right and that the heart is allowing the healing to begin.  A simple man in his 40's, father of 4, Ketut radiates a humility, a sense of well being and calm through his contagious smile.  He is connected to the Energy that has followed me throughout my trip in Asia.  A golden thread of truth and connectedness in the confusion of life.  Balians or shamans in Bali are common.  Every village has one or two.  Like Ketut Jaya they are often 7 generation healers.  As many young people do he wanted to try his own path, working in the party town of Kuta, being a tour guide, and finally selling wooden antiques to Australia.  He even visited there, a rare event for a poor villager.  He learned English which makes our interactions rich in imparting his knowledge.  His scope or world view is larger than just village life, yet he was drawn time and again back to his healing roots.  True Balians never ask for money.  A chicken or two will do if that is all you can afford.  There are a lot of 'fake' Balians out there stringing foreigners a line.  We have heard negative stories about Balians even squeezing locals who are brimming with superstitions.  "Don't go to the hospital.  Your Dad has to go to Lombak to get this medicine or he will die.  By the way give me $1200 to make this happen."  The Dad ended up in emergency of the hospital anyways with serious pneumonia. 

80% Hindu, the Balinese have an entangled set of beliefs, especially Karma.  If that is true I'd say that dishonest Balian has a good chance of coming back as a chicken!  There are also two types of true Balians: those who deal in white magic and healing and those who deal in black magic and cast spells, sacrificing chickens along the way.  Choose wisely.  Word of mouth seems the only way to be led down that path.

Ketut Jaya heals those who appear before him, leaving the spells and trances to the others.  Ketut from Eat, Pray, Love fame is enjoying his limelight and supposedly is still nearby telling people they are beautiful and will live long.  A friend ended up at an impatient Balian who gave her a memorized line then hit her on the head 3 times and announced his price.  Oh, oh, maybe his Karma will reincarnate him as one of the many pigs that appear in most local diets.  Who knows?

When I first went to Ketut Jaya's home I was taken to the wrong Ketut/Healer by mistake.  We waited for 20 minutes, at which time a man appeared and bluntly stated, "Pay first, palm reading after."  I replied,  "This is the wrong Balian, in more ways than one.  Good bye."  Luckily we had our Ketut's phone number (there are literally a zillion Ketut's in Bali - 4th born in a family).  Off on the motorcycle to the village of Balauan 15 km away, we turned down a dirt road and entered a simple old  family compound.  Ketut Jaya smiled widely, embraced me and offered a glass of homemade Kombucha tea.  Then I joined him in a little room with a massage table, an altar with Buddha and Balinese images and a corner full of herbs, potions and oils.  In a place of reverence was a large covered urn in which the family had been making 'arak' (rice wine) for over 100 years.  He spread coconut oil on me, followed by sea salt collected on the north shore, and just as I was feeling like a chicken ready to roast, he sprinkled some 'arak' or rice hooch over me, "to make any bad spirits drunk and happy as they left my body." Salt opens the windows of the body.

Roosters crowing outside, chicken wire on the windows and me properly basted, he began the healing.  He burned mushrooms, resins, and herbs and waved feathers over me as he prayed.  I felt his energy surge through me.  I had been warned that this was 'pejat' - not relaxation massage or even therapeutic massage.  He found places on my body that were so painful I could hardly stand it.  One by one he rubbed and pressed blockages in my chakras and energy meridians, releasing and clearing the flow of energy, and thus allowing healing.  We are made up of energy, just ask any scientist, and when this flow is blocked illness develops.  Not ever being told what I needed he found the points corresponding to different organs that needed help and healing.  After 2 hours my sometimes sore spine and body felt fluid.  I was then smeared with a mixture of 60 herbs and left out to dry.  Relaxing in a hot sauna for 30 minutes the treatment was done.  A one of a kind Bali experience.

Ketut Jaya offered to take me to Sebatu Temple to wash away any illness and cleanse my body.  Meeting at the large statue in Ubud, I rode behind him on his motorcycle for 20 km not knowing the 'what' or the 'where', only trusting the 'why'.  Driving through rice fields and tropical ravines we arrived at the temple.  We passed a water temple filled with locals and tourists, but thankfully kept going.  Sebatu is a place for only locals; in 2 hours we saw maybe a dozen reverent but smiling Balinese.  We had entered one of those other worlds of Bali, far from the maddening crowd.  All by ourselves, silence prevailed as we absorbed the energy in this beautiful lush valley with water surging through.  Walking down steep steps through a bamboo forest we first paused to drink and splash water from 3 artesian wells.  Further down we offered incense and flowers, honoring and thanking God, the Sun, the water spirits living there, and finally our ancestors.  Each offering has significance.  Multi flowers for thanking all of the spirits around, a single plumeria blossom representing the sun, incense honoring ancestors, rice giving thanks for food, and so on.

Wading into the river I was told to put my face against the rock as the force of the waterfall and river washed and cleansed my body, mind and spirit.  Humbled and cleansed we started the climb back up the steep stairs.  The connection with Nature and the All was overwhelming. 

Back on the motorcycle we stopped at a 'jamu' stand in a tiny village.  We discussed my problem with a UTI and soon we were drinking a special combination of mixed herbs, mine minus the raw egg.  I took some turmeric juice and herb packets to go - kind of a fast food get well stand!  Everyone in Bali tries Jamu and possibly a Balian before going to a more expensive doctor for chemical drugs.  A tradition which is good to see still being followed.  I have been boiling and drinking teas from roots, leaves and pounded bark.  Mother Nature provides once again.  Doctors certainly have their place at times of trauma but just passing out prescription drugs has caused so many unnecessary side effects.  Old and new.  East and West.  Balance must prevail.

Two months later Ketut Jaya, Joseph and I went to Swastiasta Water Temple to cleanse and clear our bodies.  Walking down a country lane, then steep stairs we came to the river.  Again we were the only ones there, joined later by a few locals and even our driver in need of some cleansing.  Water came shooting out of 6-8 pipes, all used to cleanse the body of illness or bad energy.  Each one had a different pressure to help you do your healing.  Joseph enjoyed a long swim in the river while Ketut Jaya and I cleansed and gave offerings at the temple.

Gabrielle Roth wrote, "
In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?" In our little house in the rice fields we broke the all encompassing silence by randomly selecting a dance song or two from our file of '89 favorite
songs' and danced up a storm every day.  Good for the soul!  I dare you to pick a song today and dance like no one's watching!

Mr Ketut.  A gentle spirit.  No talking just doing.  When I walked the ricefields looking for a little place I was literally led to Mr Ketut's house.  Simple, modern it waited for us to call it home.  Not much for talking Mr Ketut, (our nickname for him which he likes), from the beginning just like a magician quietly made things appear.  I mentioned a garden, planting seeds the first 2 days, he materialized 3 little gardening tools, a few days later a watering can appeared in the same corner by the temple.  I asked if he had a bowl so I could arrange fresh flowers on our lanai.  Once again the bowls appeared, now a great source of daily meditation and joy.

One day he offered to do a chakra healing.  Makes sense he would be yet another healer in my life.  Energy work appears as needed.  True healers appear as I am open to it.  A healer for 18 years, Mr Ketut carefully opened my chakras one by one, cleansed them, balanced them and put me back to together, closing in the healing energy.  I almost floated up from his table and out the door.  Thank you Universe for sharing yet another energetic gift.

Walking by our neighbor's compound daily we waved and greeted each other.  One day there was a colorful flurry of activity.  Everyone was preparing for Devi and Wayan's wedding.  They warmly welcomed us to attend and we enjoyed several hours absorbing the excitement and cultural customs of a traditional Balinese wedding.  An interesting new twist seems to highlight the importance of off spring in the Balinese culture.  We were told that often the wife-to-be becomes pregnant first, showing that she can bear an heir. Then her parents do not attend the wedding, showing their disapproval; but secretly they are happy with a new grandchild on the way.  First the daughter has a ceremony in her village or compound during which she says good bye to her former life and family.  She then moves to the family compound of the the husband, where the final wedding takes place and she moves into one of the small rooms with him.

Family and friends are definitely an important part of the healing process.  Life in Ubud was filled with meeting people from all over the world.  Bali gave me many new friends and great girlfriend time full of laughter, sharing and delicious raw, vegan no guilt deserts like chocolate torte, raspberry cheesecake or tirimisu.  Thanks for the fun girls, I know our paths will cross again somewhere 'out there'. 

Our artist friend Dan, formerly from Hawaii, and his friendly wife Sri and children welcomed us to their beautiful, classy villa near Ubud.  We cooked meals together, swam in their infinity pool, caught up on old times then walked the Campuhan Ridge back to Ubud.  Good friends, good food, spectacular 8 km. hike, we slept well that night.  (See his info re renting his villa below in Travel Tips.)

We explored the island with our family this year.  What a wonderful surprise when their trip came together and we saw Mariah, Shane, Kayla, and Kaimana walking down the path to our little home in the rice fields.  We wandered through the rice fields showing them all our favorite organic cafes, shopped at the handicraft market, indulged in massages, scrubs and flower baths; cooked and shared meals together.  Tutu and Grampy babysat the 'chuchus' and gave the hard working parents a break. It was fun to just relax and catch up.  Chillaxin'.  Kayla would wander over across the lane to 'find us' every morning and we would take turns hiding.  Later she made fruit salad with Grampy and we shared it on the lanai.  We made up a game to bounce orange seeds on the floor and land on the ledge of the rice field wall.  She couldn't master the difficult task so she got down on her knees and placed a seed on the ledge, looking at us incredulously and remarking "What's the problem?"  That's our independent Kayla who we love dearly.  Cute little Kaimana is just coming into his own and is already picking up tricks from big sister. After a days activities she would come over to listen to the sounds of the night descend, including the infamous 'fart frog'.  

We took a full day trip up the east coast, having lunch in Candidasa along the ocean next to the Iguana Hotel, then danced across the stepping stones and bridges of the Taman Tirtagangga Water Temple.  Driving through magnificent terraces of bright green rice fields we arrived at the blue waters of the fishing village of Ahmed for a swim.  Kayla and Kaimana loved splashing in the surf.  Weaving our way around the volcanoes, past Sideman Village we returned tired and happy to crash at home.  Our next adventure brought us, with friendly Agus at the helm, to the postcard renowned lake temple Denau Bratan near Bedugal, then hiking to Gitgit Waterfalls.  Through the countryside and scores of villages of the ant hill called Bali, we braved the busy roads of the conglomeration of Denpasar and Kuta to reach the quieter peninsula of Uluwatu.  We arrived just in time to take in the famous Kecak and fire dance along the ocean, swells crashing on the cliffs below the temple.  The next day we chose a surf beach to hang out, home to world class surfing competitions.  After dinner we sadly said good bye to our dear little family as they returned home to their life in Hawaii and we continued doing what we do; whatever that is?  We all have our paths and are at different chapters of our lives.

And so it goes.........................................Next month onward to Malaysia.  Until then Keep Smiling and let's remember we are all connected.  Treat others as you would like to be treated.  Be good to others and be good to yourself.  Take care and Keep in Touch!


Love, Light & Laughter, 

xoxoox  Nancy & Joseph




Travel notes:

1 US Dollar = 11,000 Indonesian Rupiah.  It is nothing to withdraw 2-3 million for spending!

Our little home in the rice fields  JL Bisma:
Contact Nyoman first:
081 999 021 295

Nyomans email: 
or Ketut the owner: 081 338 512 875
(now up to 250,000r a night with a/c)

Mr. Ketut is a wonderful, friendly helpful owner.  Nyoman is a great help also when Ketut is gone.

Contact Nyoman for help finding a rental, or driver or getting fresh coconuts daily, a tour local or island wide, or just about anything.  He will take you on his motorbike for the going rate or go get something for you.  A great guy, helpful, wonderful smile, and honest.  Call or email him for anything you need.
phone # 081 999 021 295

This is the only unit that faces the rice fields.  The other two are nice but face the other direction.

Ibu Dayu - across the lane.  The upstairs unit is great and has views.   Two budget units downstairs.

Angadda Homestay:
Bamboo forest, rushing river, in the middle of Ubud!  Take the alley next to Tino's Market (red sign) across from the Lotus Cafe on the busy Main Rd.  Once you step through the stone gate (right side) of the family compound you have discovered a whole new world.  Experience Balinese family life first hand while friendly Grandma Wayan and young Dad Kodek, Ani and Chica help you with any of your needs.  Stepping on to the balcony of your room transports you to another world - cool bamboo and rushing water drown out the busyness of the central area of Ubud.  (Doubles 150,000r/night - less for one week or more /or for no breakfast.  Hot water, simple, basic but clean rooms. Free wi-fi. 
Email:  Phone:  (0361) 970854

Three Win Homestay - our friends love this
small family environment with Putu helping to make your stay enjoyable.  2 modern rooms 300,000r
off Hanoman.  Putu's website address is:
Family is Putu, husband Sampo, Windi, Winda, Windu (hence 3 Win!)

For a true Bali experience our friends Dan & Sri rent out their magnificent villa.  They have also have built a beautiful apartment next to their home, in the countryside 10 miles from Ubud.  If you want to splurge a little, at the same time getting excellent value for your money, give Dan a call or email him for details. 
phone: 62 0361 8627186
He prefers long term stays but will pick you up in Ubud for a stay of 3 nights or longer.  It is easy/not expensive to call a car to drive you where you need to go.

Organic produce:
Satvika Bhoga:
An excellent health food store in Sanur (they also deliver to Ubud 2 times a week).  Contact Hira or Deepok by email for details:  email:
Fair honest and high quality control for organic produce, all with a smile.

Jl. Hang Tuah no 9 Sanur, Denpasar
tel. 0361 783 6741 dan 284 055

Sari Organik:
Complete selection of organic fruit and vegetables.  Shop down from Alchemy Restaurant in Penestanan.  Best to stop by or order by phone #0361 780 1839

Just past the Yoga Barn turn off is Pizza Bagus (JL Raya Penggosekan) a tasty restaurant serving organic meals and juices.  Next door is a small health food store with unique items.  They are home to the excellent organic market - direct from the farmers.  Saturday 8-2  and across the street, under the tree on Wed 8-1pm.  Support this up and coming organic movement.

Ubud Bodyworks, 25 Hanoman St.
Ask for Astri for massage.  Relaxing to have a strong massage, then a sandalwood scrub, hot flower petal bath (175,000r).  Followed by a cup of ginger tea, papaya and tamarind chutney in the quiet courtyard.
phone ahead:  62 361 975 720

Star Child:
Lotus Lane off of Monkey Forest
# 085237791477 Great relaxing massage amid sacred geometry shop for only 70,000r/hr)  Sister company of the mesmerizing Starship 22 Sacred Geometry store near Gautama  Jl Dewi Sita No 22 
Sacred geometry is a pure language that transcends your religion and cultural beliefs. Transmitting harmonious patterns of frequency, which resonate with our original human blueprint. This innate language exists beyond the reach of philosophy, past belief or disbelief and transcends levels of awareness.

When Bali Hindus, plan to erect anything from a small shrine to an elaborate temple, they first perform a simple geometric construction on the ground, establishing where east and west lies and constructing a square from that point. Their final construction is brought to life with prayers and religious observances.
People experience many different feelings when looking at the patterns of geometry glasswork and jewellery. There are secrets behind the ancient symbols, which can be traced way back in Asian and Egyptian history. Some of the wonderful artisans of Bali have begun to incorporate these beautiful sacred geometry designs into their craft.

Restu - near Seeds of Life on Gautama St
Wayan Arjana - therapuetic massage (175,000 hr.)  Good massage
0361 970483  071 24640762

Chakra Healing by Drs. Ketut Paksa
Puspa Body Treatment, Monkey Forest Rd
0361 975539

Ketut Jaya:
Traditional Alternative Massage and healing
# 087862491927  Batuan (10km from Ubud) to visit his home compound or he will come to your hotel.

Indonesian Jamu is a unique system of traditional herbal medicine that can be consumed on a daily basis for both disease prevention and treatment of serious . 

Jamu: bladder infection: kumis kucing leaf or beetle nut leaf tea.  Turmeric jamu - great for the immune system and even Bali Belly.

Elizabeth Suli,  Above Alchemy Restaurant in Penistantin, 3-5 Mon - Fri 
good prices, reliable, must allow 10 full days to extend or renew a visa.   Best for longer stays to get a 2 month visa before arrival - then you may extend 4 months before leaving.  Or get a 6 month or yearly social visa.  Best deal is a retirement visa if appropriate. 

Komang works out of Bali Buda every afternoon.  The little extra they charge is worth not having to go to Denpasar 1-4 times.

Neighbors Tour company
Pt. Gedong Sari Tour & Travel.  Although we haven't used this company it is owned by our neighbor, Wayan and he says he has good tours phone# 973370

Kasih Ibu Hospital, has a good international clinic.  In Kuta (200,000 to 300,000 for a half day return trip by taxi)  Alarm center: 361 223 036.
Take the  Bus Parwista down then a taxi or to get home you can take the bus from Jimbaran then get off at the Batubulan terminal.  Local bemos 30,000 per person shared.  By a couple extra seats and go sooner.

Monkey Forest Sanctuary:  a must see.  Those monkeys are real characters.  30,000 r p.p.

My favorite Seeds of Life:  Gautama St.
Raw, healthy, vegan food and deserts.  The best juice in town.  Such friendly helpful staff and the owner, Ben, interesting to talk to.  Try a juice, a raw pizza slice with salad or lasagna and top it off with a chocolate torte or raspberry cheesecake.  Guilt free.

Just down the street: Warung Siam for good Thai food

Further down JL Gautama, Soma's,  Johnny and staff share coconuts, juice, salads or entrees with you in a relaxing courtyard away from the traffic

Yoga Barn: (pet name the yogurt barn)
On the circuit for worldwide yoga enthusiasts.  Classes $10 but they have free community classes 5:30-6:30 nightly. They have peaceful grounds, treatments and a restaurant (with the BEST organic buffet every Sunday 12-2 60,000r)  First go to the free form dancing from 11-12:30.  Lively, pulsing, with a quiet spiritual wind down.  Clear the cobwebs then refuel on the buffet as you visit with new friends from around the globe!  A great Sunday tradition.

Another Absolute Must:
Sari Organik:
Turn right up the hill about 200 meters past Cafe Lotus on the Main Road in Ubud.  Watch for small signs.  At turn follow the small middle path which leads out into the rice fields.  The 800 metre walk through the lush green fields is spectacular. Arriving at the open air restaurant you have your choice of fresh organic entrees and juices from their own farm.

Sugriwa Street - one over from Haneman, great organic food.  Large portions, unique recipes.

Angelo Store - nice little herb shop along Sugriwa St.

Bali Buda:  Restaurant and health food store.  Great food and juices - most comprehensive store in town. Bali Buddha down the Main Road, turn right, across from the Post Office.  Great organic menu and small bakery and health food store.  Another wonderful place to chill and hang out with like minded people.

Down to Earth:  A bit more pricey in the cafe and store but a good selection and may have what the other stores do not.

Alchemy Restaurant- Penestanan - up the hill from the Bridge, #0361971981  Best organic salad bar in town.  Only 39,000r

Dewa's Warung - JLGautama
Unfortunately the foreigners this visit have begun doing at Dewas what they wouldn't dream of doing back home - smoking like chimneys right at the large shared tables, right while their table mates are eating.  We gave up and found other smoke free environments.  Too bad - great place.
The best local food in town - friendly family run business.  Fresh tasty food - over 20 vegetarian items.  Say hi to Mama from us!!  Try the fern with fresh coconut, rice and tempe with fresh tomato sauce - or any of the curries.  You can eat the salad here.  They have widened their place since 3 years ago.  It's fun to sit at one of 2 large tables with travelers from all over.  One night we Hawaiians were sharing a meal with 2 girls from Sri Lanka, a couple from Germany, a woman from Australia, 2 girls from Hong Kong, a South African and a man from the Czech Republic.  What more needs saying?


My new friend and Balian healer, Ketut Jaya.


Ketut Jaya in his family compound's healing room.


A tasty leaf.


Mariah, Shane, Kayla and Kaimana made our summer with
their visit from Hawaii.


Fun at the Sunday organic buffet at the Yoga Barn.


Mariah and Shane celebrated their 8th Anniversary at the unique
Lotus Cafe, complete with dinner and Balinese music and dance.


Postcard renowned lake temple Denau Bratan.


Gitgit Waterfalls.


The babies always steal the show at Monkey Forest.


Taman Tirtagangga Water Temple.


Koi pond.


Elegant bridges over the water.


Rice terraces line the hillsides in Bali.


Gunung Agung, 10,308 ft.


Fishing boats at Ahmed Black Sand Beach.


Shane and the kids enjoying a refreshing swim.


The famous Kecak and fire dance along the ocean in Uluwatu;
swells crashing on the cliffs below the temple.


Star performers.


Three beautiful young dancers.


Flying Kayla and Grampy enjoying the pool.

Ketut Jaya preparing his offering at
Sebatu Temple.


Always flashing his great smile, we had entered one of those
other worlds of Bali, far from the maddening crowd.


  Walking down steep steps through a bamboo forest we first
paused to drink and splash water from 3 artesian wells.


Offerings are then made at the temple near the river.


The pure, cold mountain river washes away illness
and disease in your body or mind.


A friendly woman enjoying the morning sunshine along the way.
I sat next to her to warm up after my plunge in the river.


We rode for 20 miles on Ketut Jaya's motorcycle,
 through stunning rice fields and lush valleys.


Such a magical mystery tour through the real Bali.


We stopped at a 'jamu' or herb stand on the way back. 
Kind of a fast food get well stand!  Everyone in Bali tries
traditional Jamu and possibly a Balian (which have been around
for centuries) before going to a more expensive 'new on the scene'
doctor for chemical drugs. 


Cleansing at Swastiasta Water Temple.  Like an ancient
power massage these water streams did the trick.


Dear Mr. Ketut!


The entrance to our rice field decorated for our neighbor's
 wedding.  Intricate hand done decorations are made together
by all the family and community members.


Our neighbor, Devi, and his wife Wayan performing the
traditional Balinese wedding ceremony.


Colorful, intricate decorations and offerings filled the
family compound.


Our artist friend Dan, formerly from Hawaii, and his friendly wife
Sri and children welcomed us to their beautiful, classy villa near Ubud. 


We cooked meals together, caught up on old times & swam in
their infinity pool.


Rural Balinese farmer.


We walked the Campuhan Ridge back to Ubud twice.  Good friends,
good food, spectacular 8 km. hike, we slept well at night.


Adi and the GREAT friendly gang at Seeds of Life vegan, raw cafe.


New friends, Paul & Reese, also on a world adventure, sharing a
delicious organic salad at the Alchemy Restaurant.  It is great meeting
friends from all over the globe and sharing ideas and experiences.  My 'girlfriend and luscious vegan dessert time' was a highlight for me. 
Until next time dear ones ..................





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