August 11th ~ 20th,
Steven Forrest and Melanie Reinhart
to behold this night earth-treading stars
that make dark heaven light."
~ 'Romeo and Juliet' Act 1 Sc. 2
Life changes us. The realities we actually experience cannot
be captured by static astrological definitions. The Universe
is dynamic and participatory. So it is in astrology, and also
within the soul which astrology mirrors. A lively, soul-centered
approach to astrology breathes and grows. It allows the unexpected,
the whimsical, the poetic. The heart is touched.
Used wisely, astrology is a way of helping us become more present to
who we really are, and to honour our place in the unfolding Universe.
The birth chart describes countless worlds we might inhabit or manifest,
inner and outer, painful or pleasurable. Many are creative, vibrant,
erotic, alive. Some are found by paths of fire and light, some through
airy flight; others take us through stormy waters, or dark narrow
passageways. Still others are accessed through stillness and introspection.
All contain jewels of awareness in our imagination and experience, when
approached with sincerity and compassion.
It is our own attitudes and
beliefs which pre-condition the experiences we have, not our horoscopes.
Come explore this kind of living astrology in mystical Bali with Melanie
Reinhart and Steven Forrest. They share
a commitment to a spiritual
approach to astrology that is also psychologically grounded, and both
enjoy exploring soul work through the medium of creativity and art.
They are astrologers of long experience in consulting and teaching
within the modern tradition. Both are commited, not only to honoring the
metaphysical traditions that are astrology's roots, but also to
integrating the new, emerging reality of the solar system - asteroids,
Centaurs, Kuiper belt objects.
The workshop itself will be a creative experience. We'll have nine days
in the realms of magic. Our map is a sketch on a napkin. We expect
Dates: August 11th through August 20th, 2008
Everyone is required to arrive on August 11th so there will be time for
acclimating and recovering from jet-lag,(that night's accommodation being
part of the Melati package).
Once everyone has arrived on the 11th we will have a welcoming orientation
meeting in the Meditation Hall, this will be held early evening or early in
the day on the 12th if there are late evening arrivals.
The workshop proper will officially begin on August 12th. At 10.30 am we will
come together in the Main Meditation Hall, starting at our official opening
time of 11am . We have chosen our starting time astrologically, and you can
view our" opening" chart
6:30am - 8:00am ~ Optional Daily Yoga
7:00am - 8:45am ~ Buffet Breakfast for Melati Cottages residents.
9:00am -12:00pm ~ Morning Session
12:00pm - 3:00pm ~ Lunch/Relaxation Break ~ Buffet Lunch for Melati
3:00pm-6:00pm ~ Afternoon Session
Steve and Melanie will alternate teaching morning and afternoon sessions,
and on occasion will work together. At some point during the program they
may each take a (if needed) day off, and the other will teach a full day.
There is a term in Indonesian 'jam karet'.. it means 'rubber time', and it
would be wonderful if participants would stay flexible to the schedule
changing or morphing into something that suits this particular group. Any
group of people has its own life-force and the work we will be doing(and the
place where we are doing it!), will be particularly potent in this regard.
Because many participants are restricted as to their time in Bali, we will
be having a half day one day(to be decided upon later). Steve and Melanie
will teach a joint session that morning that will end around 1 pm. This will
leave a half day and evening to explore the island, go to the beach, go
shopping or to spend an ecstatically hedonistic time in one of the spas.
are fortunate enough to be in Bali for a Full Moon/Lunar
these are time of great spiritual significance for the Balinese. At 6am in
the morning we will head for an ancient Balinese temple
in a town called
Tampak Siring, where we will join the local people in a ritual
bathing/purification ceremony followed by a temple blessing. This is of
course an optional event, and women during their cycle do not participate.
That evening there will be another optional group trip to watch a
Kecak(fire) Trance dance. This will be paid for individually(approx $10US).
That day(either August 16th/17th.. the Balinese sometimes celebrate
lunations the day before), we will have a teaching session between the time
we return from the temple, around 10.30am, until 1pm, and then a shorter
session from 2~4pm. There will then be a break before we all go to the dance
Our Program will end after the afternoon session on August
20th. We will be having a farewell dinner that evening
(paid for individually) at a beautiful restaurant close
by, and we hope all participants will join us for this.
This workshop will be of great value to astrology
students/practitioners at any level. Basic astrology will
not be taught, however basic understanding of the planets,
signs, house and aspects is all that is required for participation.
We will also be working with personal astrology charts
and we invite people to bring theirs with them to Bali
for this purpose. We do have the use of an LCD projector.
Melanie will be doing some private readings while in Bali,
please contact her directly if you wish to schedule one.
Steven's time in Bali is more limited, so he will not
be doing readings.
We are planning a professional quality recording of the
whole workshop, and this will be available to workshop
participants through Andrew Sylte's website, so if you
miss any part of the program you will have an opportunity
to hear it later. Participants are welcome to record the
program themselves, but only from where they are seated,
it is too distracting to everyone if people constantly
get up and down and place things in front of the speakers.
We thank you for understanding.
2-day tour of the
Buddhist temples of Borobudur on the island of Java
August 21st ~ 22nd
Evelyn Roberts, D.F.Astrol.S.