The Fourth International Bali Meditators Festival will this year again take place in Ubud, Bali, from September 20-23, 2012. The Festival carries the theme, “One Earth, One Sky, One Humankind: Towards Global Peace and Interfaith Harmony through Meditation.”
The annual Bali Meditators Festival has attracted the world’s attention, and this year, registered participants attending are from the United States, France, Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, Germany, and Malaysia, while from within Indonesia, confirmed participants are from Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Lampung, and Kalimantan.
Last year’s event was attended by around 1,000 people, and this year, organizers expect the numbers to increase significantly.
International speakers from a number of spiritual organizations in the world will share their knowledge and experience, and teach meditation and yoga techniques during the festival.
“IBMF 2012 shall be the place where people meditate and celebrate in love and togetherness. While meditation builds and strengthens human beings’ inner cores, celebration is the way to share the overwhelming joy. Together, participants are going to re-learn the forgotten language of love, and create a path towards a peaceful world and a united mankind.”
The Festival features music and dance performances, apart from formal sessions such as panel discussions and workshops. Special events will include various programs such as yoga for kids, yoga for youth, and many more. There is also a bazaar area with a beautiful view on Ubud’s green landscape.
In connection with the International Bali Meditators Festival, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies in Bali (ASITA Bali), Bagus Sudibya, told the press that Bali was rapidly becoming increasingly popular as a spiritual tourism destination, as evidence from requests made by foreign travel agents for their clients, said Bagus Sudibya. Most groups are from Australia, the United States, Japan, and Europe, and their itineraries include yoga and meditation.
ASITA estimates that already 10 percent of tour programs handled by Bali ASITA member include Spiritual Tour Itineraries. Sudibya estimates that some 5 percent of all incoming foreign tourists to Bali enjoy spiritual tours.
“This shows that Bali has the potential to become a meaningful spiritual tourism destination, and most importantly, spiritual tourism can contribute to providing deeper meaning to Bali’s tourism development.” Today, travel agents actively offer tour spiritual tour packages to their clients, and the response has been positive since a growing number of people in the world seem to be looking for inner peace and happiness through self-healing amidst problems and turmoils in their lives.
IBMF was initiated by Anand Krishna, a world spiritual leader and founder of the Anan Ashram foundation. While the aim of the Festival is to spread awareness, wisdom, and care towards other human beings and the environment in order to create communities that are bright and healthy holistically.
For more detailed information and attendance, please click: http://www.balimeditates.org/ .