Real Life at Jiwa Damai, Bali


Written by Analee Scott, former Staff Researcher at NewEarth University (NEU)

Editor’s note: Jiwa Damai Organic Gardens & Retreat Center in Bali, Indonesia is an affiliate of the NewEarth University’s School of Socio-Economics & Ecology. The lush center hosts cutting-edge permaculture courses, consciousness retreats, yoga training and related programs, etc., and is only a 30-minute drive from the NewEarth Haven in Keliki (near Ubud).

To understand that you will be having an experience is one thing, and then to live it is something completely different.

When I initially agreed on a work-trade exchange with Jiwa Damai, I knew I would be in for an experience of personal growth, learning new skills and refining others, healing wounds, and making positive relationships. What I had yet to know was how the life-giving and infinitely deep energy of Jiwa Damai would work its way into every fabric, mental frame, and atom of my being. Sure, I had indeed supposed the concepts of these things- like the personal growth, healing wounds, etc. that I mentioned -“ yet, to be living and working here and feeling these things as alive, vitalized truths is something one cannot simply “know” or “understand” …it has to be lived.

Aha…yes,” I thought to myself when I first started waking up to what is Jiwa Damai’s life-giving energy working its way into me, “this sounds familiar.” Collectively, we have heard these same constructs before, such as – the meaning of life cannot be merely named, or understood, it has to be lived; theory is only 10% of learning while experience is the other 90%. “I have found real life! I have found real life! Life is expressing through me!” I exclaimed to myself when my first epiphany at Jiwa Damai occurred. 

Simply, what I am speaking to can be accessed because everyone and everything already is. The beauty of the process of connecting back to this truth here at Jiwa Damai is that the founder and director, Dr. Margret doesn’t bludgeon you over the head and tell you to “wake up, pay attention, or remember” in order to experience this life-giving energy. The collaborative energy of Margret and the Earth here move in such a way that Jiwa Damai already, definitely is without you having to do a single thing to it. It’s like a 5-star luxury retreat resort where everything is already taken care of for you, and every whim, want, and need of yours will be immediately granted. Then, as soon as you can release your grip to drop your baggage, relax, and open into what services Jiwa Damai has to offer that you, you will then begin your unforetold and insufficiently anticipated process of immaculate, energy healing. The magic of Jiwa Damai is also that regardless of your recognition or not, it will still indeed be able to work its way into you subconsciously on cellular and multi-dimensional levels, so that no matter what, you will leave here better off than what you were when you first came in.

Even though, as I just mentioned, the special life-force of Jiwa Damai works in unconscious ways, I still relish all the opportunities I can get to interact with Margret so that I may consciously connect to this pristine, powerful energy vortex that she has cultivated throughout this space. Whether through our conversations at meal times, working on projects together, attending her nightly Heart-Self meditations, or just randomly seeing her about, learning from Margret is one of the greatest gifts, privileges, and honors of my whole life. And I say of my whole life not only because this experience is thriving with what is life, but also because she taps into the many dimensions of life- past, present, future, personality, psyche, professional, personal, emotional, energetical, etc.- and revives the present, raw energy of what life is truly supposed to be back into my “higher, deeper, innermost Self,” as Margret likes to say. Not forcefully, like I mentioned earlier, but softly and of my own initiative and engagement when I’m able to trust-fall back into the arms of Jiwa Damai.

Beyond being a place for retreats, organic and permaculture gardening, yoga, and meditation, Margret has created a space for individuals to practice, to play, to explore, to unravel, and to go evermore, infinitely deeper within their hearts and Selves. Literally and figuratively, waking up to this sacred, unconditional source-energy of Life is my reality every day here at Jiwa Damai. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

Analee Scott was a resident yoga teacher and volunteer at Jiwa Damai, staff researcher at the NewEarth University, and is founder of One Sweet Gaia –  She taught at the NewEarth Ancient Futures Festival in April, 2017 at the NewEarth Haven in Bali.  She has contributed a complimentary mini-course for NewEarth University entitled, Dreaming Consciousness 101.

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