Miss Bali

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Meet Miss Bali, my wallpaper woman started in Bali. What a gorgeous island, what am I doing here in Luxembourg!? I know what …  just couldn’t stand living with such humidity!! Hits you right in your face first thing when leaving the plane. Yet the beauty of the island –  the tropical vegetation, the Balinese architecture, the lovely people and their big smiles quickly make up for it. An island I would visit again any time, so worth a trip! Too bad the retreat was such a rip-off (see end), that’s why I’ve been hesitating posting about it. But I want to show my first XXXL artwork and I really loved working in that size. Needs some preparation though!
Das ist Miss Bali, meine Tapetenfrau begonnen in Bali. Was für eine wunderschöne Insel, was mach ich nur hier in Luxemburg?! Ich weiß was … ich könnte einfach nicht mit solcher Luftfeuchtigkeit leben. Schlägt dir voll ins Gesicht, sobald Du den Flieger verläßt. Doch die Schönheit der Insel – die tropische Vegetation, die balinesische Architektur, die wunderschönen Menschen und ihre großen Lächeln machen das schon wett. Eine Insel, die ich sofort jederzeit wieder besuchen würde, wirklich eine Reise wert! Nur schade, dass das Retreat voll die Abzocke war (s. unten), hatte deswegen mit einem Beitrag gezögernt. 

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Anahata’s workshops were fun! She’s a sweet woman and an incredible and creative artist. She spoiled us with some of her commercial products and Balinese treats. I loved the wallpaper workshop and finally enjoyed working with such a large size. Mandalas aren’t my cup of tea and I wasn’t sad to leave my framed canvas with unfinished artwork behind hehe The perfect ending for the retreat was her half day natural shrine project. We went to the beach, looked for found objects and she challenged us (with sweet tears in her eyes) to create natural shrines which we would leave behind as an offering to the beautiful island. Her sweet spirit touched us all. She has offered these classes also at Artfest, where you can catch her again if you want to take her classes, just avoid Archangelo.

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Anahata’s workshops haben Spaß gemacht. Sie ist eine nette Frau und eine unglaubliche und kreative Künstlerin. Sie verwöhnte uns mit ihren Kommerzprodukten und Sachen aus Bali. Fand den Tapeten-Workshop (Wallpaper People) klasse und hab endlich gerne mal groß gearbeitet. Mandala‘s sind nicht so mein Ding und war nicht traurig, meinen begonnenen Keilrahmen wegen Gewichtsreduktion zurückzulassen hehe. Das perfekte Ende war das halbtägige Naturschrein-Projekt. Wir gingen zum Strand, suchten nach Gegenständen und sie forderte uns auf (mit süßen Tränen in den Augen), Naturschreine zu machen, die wir als Dankeschön and die wunderschöne Insel zurücklassen würden. Ihr Einstellung berühte uns alle. All diese Klassen gab’s bereits beim Artfest, wo Du sie immer wieder erleben kannst wenn Du dies möchtest, vermeide Archangelo.

eat-pray-loveElizabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, pray, love” was a reading recommendation by Anahata. Very funny and interesting reading, especially when you’ve been to Italy, India and Bali! Gilbert is a great writer for sure, but I cannot follow the hype it received. She also writes about meeting a healer in Bali, Ketut Liyer. Haha, his last name should be spelled Liar since it turns that everybody get’s the same reading. Kinda goes well with the retreat, doesn’t it?! No, I didn’t visit him to get a reading, but many others did and paid 25 US$ each. Rediculous. ***  Elizabeth Gilbert’s Buch “Eat, pray, love” war eine Leseempfehlung von Anahata. Sehr lustig und interessant zu lesen, besonders wenn man Italien, Indien und Bali kennt! Gilbert ist zweifellos eine gute Schriftstellerin, aber ich kann den Hype um das Buch nicht Nachvollziehen.  Sie schreibt auch über einen Heiler in Bali namens Ketut Liyer. Haha, sein Nachname sollte besser Liar (Lügner) lauten, denn wie sich herausstellte kriegt jeder die gleiche Handlessung. Paßt irgendwie zur Abzocke der ganzen Veranstaltung. Nein, ich bin nicht zum Heiler gegangen, doch viele andere waren dort und haben je 25 US$ gezahlt. Lächerlich und voll die Verarsche.

If you don’t mind getting ripped off, then book a workshop with Archangelo Productions and stay at Apakabar Villas in Amed/Bali. As for me, NEVER NEVER AGAIN. Like Mexico and India, tourists get ripped off, but this is major rip-off which I don’t even want to link to. Archangelo started out questionably by charging too much from myVISA, of course they ripped me off when reimbursing in Bali. Anahata’s merchandise was mailed out beforehand to all attendees, except those from Australia and me from Europe. We had to schlepp it home, not funny since every gramm/ounce counts from Bali. Most discriminating! Indonesian food is SOOO delicious. Sadly, the restaurant was OK and far from delicious and a rather limited selection. Prices had just raised between 20 to 20 %. The satay ayam (chicken skewers) were more delicious at the stand in front of a nearby market! All rooms are different yet we pay the same price, I had a small one, dark bathroom. Although I cannot complain since some had smelly bathrooms. Nobody tells you that Amed is in the middle of nowhere. One attendee was charged 50 US$ for a round-trip to Ubud (where you really want to go!!), another paid 80 US$. Thye list goes on and on …  just stay away from them. Travel to Bali on your own and take Anas workshops in the US! Obviously it’s lucrative for them and Anahata, so if you innocently booked a Bali retreat with them, no need to stay extra nights there, spend a fabulous time in the south of the island.

Da sicherlich niemand Deutschsprechendes so blöd ist und auf die Abzocke von Archangelo Productions und Apakabar Villas reinfällt, will ich auf Details nicht eingehen. Einfach nur fernbleiben, verlinken will ich natürlich auch nicht.

11 responses to “Miss Bali

  1. Belinda, your trip sounded to be a mixed bag of good and bad! BUT I love your wallpaper sized art! WOW, she is stunning and beautiful and the colors………makes me want to crawl right into the painting! GOREOUS!!!!!!!!
    You have experienced much and I cannot imagine doing everything you do……..so I am thankful that you get a chance to see the world travel around,and take the classes and visit new and exciting places, though sometimes things are not what you wish, it is still the opportunity of a lifetime right? Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Huggies,Patti

  2. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS
    forget about the retreat. the next one will be better again.
    m

  3. The art work is just incredible. The colors are scrumptious. what size was the big piece? I am not into mandalas much either. It really pains me to see people being taken to the cleaners just because they can. I for one am thankful that you posted this as a warning to other unsuspecting victims. People need to know so they can avoid such charlatans. These retreats are so expensive!! I hope you remember all the good.

  4. I LOVE your wallpaper art — she is beautiful!!!! — I wanted to take that class at ArtFest this year but Anahata wasn’t teaching this year. Thanks for sharing your views of your trip to Bali — I really appreciate it when travelers are honest.
    LOL — you have me in your links as Australian — I’m actually in Canada (but you can leave me with the Australians🙂

  5. bali ist wirklich jede reise wert. das nächste mal wird’s besser, danke für die info. wie groß ist denn die tapete? sieht riesig aus. schön, dass du es endlich fertig hast.
    wünsch dir ein schönes wochenende

  6. Beautiful collage!!!!! How big is it, looks huge🙂

  7. So your trip to Bali was’nt so good, but – thank God – the workshop worked out GREAT! Love the art you made! And I am just sóóó jalous … workshop with Anahata … pfff…. lucky girl!

  8. abgesen davon da ich keine kohle habe für so ein trip nach Bali um einfach so an einem workshop teilzunehmen ..hahahaha…..trotzdem,danke für dein info. irgendwann wenn ich in lotto gewinne
    ´fliege ich nach Bali.*lol*
    deine tapetenrolle gefällt mir bestens.

    Liebe Grüße
    Sanja

  9. I wondered why you weren’t blogging all about Bali and your time there. It’s a shame to pay so much money, I think the expectation is that it will be special in every way! Thanks for sharing about it.
    What you’ve created here looks fantastic, I am wondering what the face came from?

  10. The wallpaper hanging is fabulous Belinda…

    Thanks for the travel tips re: the workshops in Bali. Very cheap place to holiday, so no need for them to rip people off.

    Like you I have read “Eat, Pray, Love” and couldnt see what all the hype was about either. It was a good read, but not one of my faves.

    Jacky xox

  11. honest travelers are the best…thanks for the tips!!

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