Made famous by the book Eat, Pray, Love, Balinese healing has recently been propelled into the limelight as one of the major forms of healing in Asia. Combining herbs, spirituality, and other ancient secrets, traditional practitioners, called Balian, typically have different specialties just as most doctors do.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know from reading this post, that my options were quickly paired down and Balinese healing rose to the top of my list for my 3rd form of medicine to study in Asia.  This was also aided by my communications with Made Surya/Judy Slattum of Danu Enterprises who were very responsive and willing to help.  They offer a program called Healers and Healing Traditions: a journey into the culture and healing arts of Bali in a two-week workshop setting.  She thought this program would be a good fit for my interests.

the Eat Pray Love of Oriental Medicine

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When I asked, she also expressed willingness to help arrange for me to continue working with a Balian for another few weeks after the workshop ended.  As the conclusion and culmination of my 9 months of studying traditional healing in Asia, I think that’ll be wonderful.  Just as Elizabeth Gilbert went to Bali to find balance, by bringing in more spiritual and lifestyle aspects into my experience, I think it’ll round out my studies as well.  The body is not independent of the mind, nor the mind of the body.  “All things in moderations, including moderation” (Mark Twain). In fact, I’ve already had a couple people summarize my plan as the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ of Oriental Healing.