Beyond the lush vegetation of southern Bali, we bounce along a pot-holed road, dust flying into dried up rivers with floors of stone. This is a rain-shadow. Beyond the waters of the sea that flows to Java, is a village without water. Wake Water took me there to inspect three water tanks that were helping … More Hands for Water
Every now and then, meeting someone causes me to pause, to check in with my soul and make sure that I truly am living a life of purpose. Last night, Dr Francine Neogo was one of those people. At 85 years of age, tears rolled down her face as she described a life of working … More Noah and his Ark
The views are breathtaking. Waves crash onto the island, the energy of their fury roaring up the cliffs on the wind. Tall trees with spines as straight as a ruler and trunks as white as bleached bones guard the rolling plains. There is no sign of human life. Just a vibrant green expanse that needs … More The theft of Paradise
Bali Soul Journals is the first in the Soul Journals Series. Last week, I travelled into wild and untouched West Kalimantan seeking the next story, and I was overwhelmed with sensory beauty. While this website remains Bali Soul Journals, I will be posting my travels around the globe while working on a companion website, http://www.souljournals.com.au. … More West Kalimantan – Rays of Hope
We can only be said to be alive, when our hearts are conscious of our treasures – Thornton Wilder Look for the beauty, it is in everything, even the back of a dusty old market in Canggu.
I coined the phrase “Serving the Master” in Bali Soul Journals when I was reflecting on where Bali is today. Once, tourism was the servant, bringing a better quality of life for Balinese. But now, that servant has become the master. In some instances, Balinese have become slaves to establishments built on their land. And … More Serving the Master
Last night as I sat listening to the wind rustling through the leaves and the chimes of the nearby temple, words flowed through my mind. I was taken to another place, beyond where we are now, transported from what we see in Bali today – rubbish, environmental issues, lost of heritage. And strangely, I felt … More The spirit of Bali
Driving out through the back of Ubud to a Balinese wedding yesterday gave me the chance to give the purpose of Bali Soul Journals more thought. Sometimes a sense of importance, of urgency, comes across as being arrogant. But what we are doing is really important. All of us. Collectively. We drove from Canggu ‘the back … More Tourism…the road less travelled. Please.
When Bali Soul Journals was born, it was as sibling to another book, Things you need to know about Bali. As author, I had felt there was ‘something missing’, the ‘je ne sais pas’. It wasn’t until I chatted with Jack Canfield, author of the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series, that the penny … More What is a Conscious Traveller?
Part Two of Weaving in Bali “The doors of awareness are opening.” These are the words of a veteran expat who inspired me greatly with his words last week when Trish and I visited him. And these were the words I carried with me as I ‘set sail’ to Nusa Penida on Saturday to visit … More Weaving magic on Nusa Penida Bali
A day in the life A seaweed farmer in Bali can never have a typical day. The cycle of seaweed farming is set by two key aspects. One, the ebb and flow of the tide. Seaweed can only be farmed when the tide is low, so if it needs to be cropped and the low … More The Soul of Seaweed Farming in Bali