Freediving champion Davide Carrera is in Amed, Bali

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Wise-man of free-diving, ocean yogi and multiple national and world record-holder Davide Carrera is in Amed.

Breaking records for over 20 years, this gifted freediver has a wealth of knowledge which he is happy to share. All are welcome, free of charge, in Blue Earth village 6pm thursday 14th.

You dont have to be a freediver or a yogi, just curious.. Come and meet a water jedi…

Check out his profile here.

The last week has been full of cool stuff, yoga, meditation and mind/body  workshops, pub quizes, SUP and freediving adventures… And all free. (with any donations going to the evacuees)

We want to give a big thanks to all of those have been sharing their skills, time and energy.

You know who you are👍


Ban all plastic bags in Bali or in ten years the island of the Gods will drown in a plastic tide.

Yesterday when we went down to free-dive we saw that the beautiful bay had been invaded by the Plastic plague.  To escape the disgusting sight of thousand and thousands of plastic bags we went to the outside line where there is more water movement. Even there was the odd bag floating past.

Every three or four weeks the mess comes around again, and every three or four weeks we sigh and dive in another place. Anyone who spends time in the water, knows the saddening truth that our oceans are starting to fill up with plastic and the increasing damage to marine life seems inevitable. Mother Nature looks to be in trouble everywhere.

Context is everything and if we look at the night sky we can see we live on a small planet in in an infinite space. In the context of the universe our woes are insignificant. We may screw things up for ourselves but Mother Nature will always continue creating.

In the context of Humankind’s all encompassing need to consume, banning plastic bags in Bali is also insignificant. But if Bali is to continue using plastic as it does now in ten years the island of the Gods will drown in a sea of plastic, in the context of Bali that would be an environmental, moral and economic tragedy.

There is a face-book page started today on ‘Earth day’ to collect pictures showing the beauty that is Bali and the ugliness that is the plastic plague. If enough people post pics and comments, the maybe we can link up people who would like to see Bali plastic free, which is surely anyone who lives here or has ever visited.

please share this page and post pics.

Who knows, maybe common sense will prevail.

Silent Day in Bali

Traffic was stopped today at crossroads all over Bali for picturesque scenes of demon appeasement, as Balinese gathered in their ceremonial dress laden with offerings for the restless forces of nature. Wholes villages sat on the ground in their finest clothes while offerings were made to maintain the cosmic balance between man and nature.

When it got dark, after the purifications and offerings,  the demons came out to play. The children and teenagers came screaming through, carrying huge papier-mache Ogoh-Ogoh monsters mounted on bamboo platforms. They  bounced them and span in circles, making them come alive, sometimes charging so close to the crowd they left scrums in their wake, all the while howling. Some Ogoh Ogoh were comical and some were frightening enough to give children nightmares. All of them took many hours of work and were preceded by gamelan bands playing percussion while kids as young as ten chugged on kerosene and spat fire.

These demons symbolise the disruptive power of nature and the evil in man. After raising a unholy chaos at the crossroads they are taken away and burnt.

Balinese love a show and it was good one, which is just as well because tomorrow there is nothing going on. As in nothing, no work, no cars, no electricity and no leaving your house, there aren’t even flights into the international airport, you’re not even supposed to have sex.

During the silent day of Nyepi, Balinese will practice Yoga Semedi and Catur Berata Penyepian meditation, Amati Geni, which forbids them; from lighting fires and switching on lights, Amati Karya, from working, Amati Lelanguan, from enjoying leisure activities and Amati Lelungan, from leaving their houses.

After tonights carnival Bali will be darkened and silent for the whole day, while the devout will fast and pray, contemplating Sunia, the sacred silence within. This is Yoga, Balinese style. Ritual chaos, purification by fire and water followed by silent union between man and his universe.

Free-diving and Yoga will resume the day after tomorrow on the first day of the new year.

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