Consciousness, Culture, and Community in Bali 2013

Thirteen students from  University of Vermont, USA flew to Bali to learn about Consciousness, Culture, and Community in Bali. The participants were graduate & undergraduate students, professionals, and other individuals interested in a transformative travel opportunity lead by David Osgood Ed.D, M.P.H, and Carla Osgood, EdD. The course provided opportunities to develop intercultural communication skills including cultural awareness, cultural adaptation, cultural empathy and non-evaluative listening. In addition students had opportunities to develop skills in the domain of consciousness or transcultural communication.

“Our students were honor to have the opportunity learning from a Balinese psychiatrist, healer, and activist, Prof. Luh Ketut Suryani with her rich experience combining both traditional and contemporary approaches to what she calls bio-psycho-spirit-socio-cultural well being”, said Dr Osgood during the time in Nirarta sanctuary.

UVM Bali 2013

UVM 2013

“I am happy that western people willing to learn about my culture, but in the same time I feel sad that my own people start to forget their own culture”, said Professor Suryani after share her wisdom and knowledge on spirituality. More and more western people come to Bali teach yoga and meditation as their business while the Balinese share their knowledge with heart without thinking any profit. Life is balance and harmony in Bali, but for how long this balance can still be in balance?

Finding Identity for Parents with mental disability children’s

Hundreds parents of disabilities children attends the meeting to find self identity in the capital city of Gianyar as a preventative way to make parents understand better on their special children’s who’s suffering a mental disabilities. In the realities no data on the number of mental disabilities children has been acknowledge by Bali’s government as the children keep on suffering from their condition by being discriminate.

“Many parents blame them self of having a disabilities child in their family, and we want to make them see from a different point of view by re framing their childhood memories”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as she lead the program together with Yayasan Sukacita yesterday morning.

Many of mental disabilities children still hide in the community without any attention from community nor government. The parents have to raise their children without having any education. “There’s not enough school nor teachers for all the children if we want to put them in school, because the government doesn’t know how many are they and how many still don’t get education”, said Marieke Nijland, special education consultant  from Yayasan Sukacita. For that reason Suryani Institute take an initiative together with Yayasan Sukacita to run a survey in community and find the unfortunate one and give them a hope for a better life.

University of Vermont seeks Consciousness, Culture, And Community in Bali

Western education and thinking tends to emphasize the rational mind, categorization, analyzing, splitting, and prominent elements in the foreground of our awareness. In contrast, Balinese tradition, as with many Asian societies, tends to emphasize feeling, intuition, relationship, sensitivity to background context, complexity, balance, and a capacity to embrace change, while maintaining its core, In Bali the arts, healing, spirituality, and community are interwoven in daily life in a way that is unique in the modern world.

“We will form a learning community with working agreements. This community will operate within the larger Balinese community which will allow students 1) to become more at ease with the intercultural and trans-cultural skills, 2) deepen their sense of community, and, 3) help them learn how to balance their own needs with the needs of others”, said David Osgood Ed.D, M.P.H accompanied with his beloved wife Carla Osgood as they lead the UVM students walk across the Balinese Culture through Professor Luh Ketut Suryani’s wise approach in the community.

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Holistic Approach in the Creation of Tourism Professionals

The development of tourism industry in all parts of the world energy demand – skilled and trained manpower in the field of their expertise. Elizabeth International as a campus and the most popular modern hospitality at this time answering questions that the industry beings want the creation of tourism professionals who have the content and context of the maximum. Elizabeth International also said public anxiety towards education and training institutions of modern hospitality, quality International and not just focused on purely intellectual but mentally capable of providing inspiration to be the ones who have the integrity and toughness in a holistic life.

“We invited Professor Luh Ketut Suryani for a special purpose is to make our students healthy in physical, mental and spiritual”, said Nyoman Sukadana, A.M.Par, SE as the Founder and Director of Elizabeth International before the special program of holistic approach to be given to the students. “”Meditation is a bridge connecting the spiritual ability with the state of mind that can outburst the automatize default “, said Professor Suryani  during the program.

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