Getting close to the end of the year, we are reminded of love, peace and gratitude. It is a time of reflection, time for introspection, to look back and to look forward. Here, on our beautiful island, the second half of 2017 demonstrated again the unconditional love that is so present in the hearts of the Balinese. The sense of community and friendship is one of their core values.
Since September, almost 100,000 people have been evacuated from the danger zone close to the Agung volcanco and the help and support so freely given by the neighboring communities has been remarkable.
There are many reasons why I am in love with this island, but the people are definitely on the top of the list. The Balinese have their own ways to show and share love, sometimes it is as simple as a smile from someone who is expecting nothing in return. I am so often awed by this island where it is seldom to see a parent yelling after a child or people at each other. For me, living peacefully, spiritually and in harmony with each other represents a sense of love that I have not experienced anywhere else on this planet. I love you Bali, your people, your culture and your nature and I am grateful for your welcoming manners towards foreigners like myself. May your gods protect you, always.
Bali remains a safe place to be, except very close to the volcano area which is almost 50 kilometers from where we are. Nobody can say with certainty whether the revered Agung will or will not disturb the daily life of the island; personally I am not afraid.
From me and the whole team, a wonderful Holiday Season to you, wherever you are celebrating this year, and a magical and inspiring 2018!
– Claude Chouinard –
Claude Chouinard is the owner and co-founder of ONEWORLD retreats. Reaching dreams is not new to Claude Chouinard; over the years he has set many goals and has developed ways to achieve them. He shares his passion through Follow your Dreams – a retreat/workshop designed to offer life experiences that take participants into a different dimension, in places to feel freedom. Creating and offering happiness is Claude’s life mission. Read more about Claude