Two of Bali’s most celebrated Festivals united in 2011, as BaliSpirit joined forces with the 8th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWF). The UWF kicked off with comments from its founder Janet Deneefe over the thematic commonalities between the two popular global Ubud events. “It’s about relationships, it’s about love… we felt it was a good way to bring writers together,” said Deneefe of the UWF’s Festival theme, “Cultivating the Land Within,” which keeps with the self-awakening message of the annual BaliSpirit Festival.

BaliSpirit’s programmatic presence was also strong at this year’s UWF, with The Yoga Barn hosting a free Book Launch event in partnership with the Writers Festival, and providing media and outreach support as an official Media Sponsor.

The Yoga Barn book launch, featuring local author, businessman and spiritual guide, Richard Pursell, accommodated the official release of his book, Cause No Harm: A Handbook for Humanity, and attracted over 40 guests.

Pursell, called on his audience to “do some yoga”, and take greater responsibility for each other and the environment through a “Cause No Harm” philosophy. “When we think positively and for the good of all, then we have hope for a sustainable future,” Pursell asserted.

“This is a time for action; time for us to rise up and do something” Pursell attested, “we need to bring ourselves back together as a community.”

In the spirit of the Writers Festival’s theme, Cultivating the Land Within, Pursell also underscored the importance of self-belief and developing a positive attitude inside the individual, “Cultivate within you the words and the deeds you have to offer,” urged Pursell, “It’s up to you to determine what it is you do to unfold how you want to cause no harm.”