In mid-1950’s, Departemen Perhubungan Udara (re)opened Bali’s airport left behind by the Dutch and this became Bali’s first (domestic) airport. My father was one of the original team members. He was a meteorologist and a jazz musician. My mother, who suspended her career to raised the four of us, retired was a high school teacher. She ended her career when she retired as a school principal. My dad came from a long line of shamanic healers, and my mum came from a long line of teachers. I was blessed to be traveling both paths this lifetime. I spent my formative years and early education in Bali and all of my siblings were born in Bali.
I was born in Wongaya Kaja at the tail end of the ’50s. For kindergarten and grade school, I went to Saraswati School then SMPN 1 Denpasar (junior high school). Senior high school was spent in Dabo, Singkep and I went to IKIP Bandung teachers’ college, where my mum obtained her teaching degree. After graduation, I joined the curriculum development department of a Polytechnic University, as a Master Teacher. I left to join a consortium of (the US) Save the Children Federation & The Experiment in International Living, providing ESL & Cultural Orientation to refugees (boat people from Vietnam & Cambodia). A Vietnamese Buddhist nun in this camp was my very first mindfulness meditation teacher.
After having been a School Administrator of a Vocational ESL school for a couple of years, I left to join a UNHCR Field Office on Pulau Galang refugee camp, in the resettlement section. My “workload” included women-at-risk (victims of violence). This was the start of my work with women. After migrating to Canada, I trained as a Classical Hatha and Scaravelli-inspired Yoga teacher, I taught at half-way houses, a pregnant teens’ house, women’s shelters, seniors’ residences and Women-in-conflict-with-the-Law program of the Elizabeth Fry Society. I am passionate about empowering women to make life-affirming choices and inspiring them to find their own gateways to wholeness.
Toronto was my training & a play ground, where I learned everything that I needed to learn to prepare me for my return to Bali. There was a period of shattering the ego, undoing mental constructs, and unravelling all labels, There was also a period of integration and consolidation. After almost three decades of living in Canada, I went back to Bali as a Wellness Director of Spa Village resort in the North Bali. At the end of that assignment, I moved to Ubud and dived into the Yoga & Wellness scene here. First, I was a freelance Wellness Liaison at Fivelements Bali. Since April 2017, I have been Wellness Advisor & Wellbeing Practitioner of Svarga Loka resort, where I teach Kundalini Yoga and lead sadhana.
My gratitude to all teachers, Yoga & spirituality or otherweise
My first guru, my dear mother Ana Saleh-Talahatu, who taught me everything I know. Ibu Muter, my first school teacher at STK Saraswati in Kreneng, Denpasar for introducing me to Gayatri Mantra and for being the first person to recognize the spirit of Savitri Devi. My darling son Antonio Giovanni Rumere-Talahatu, who taught me patience, perseverance and unconditional love, beyond all other “loves”. My god-daughter Jacqueline Nguyen-Bernier taught me to be present and fully inhabit each moment, playful and soulful.
The teachings of Kriya Yoga as taught by guruji Paramahansa Yogananda.
The teachings of Pure Bhakti Yoga under the divine guidance of beloved gurudeva His Holiness Srila Bhakti-vedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja, my Hari-nama & diksa/brahminical guru.
The teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan PhD.
Yoga teachers & mentors
Esther Myers & her EMYS teachers (Scaravelli-inspired Hatha Yoga)
Monica Voss, Tama Soble & Paola di Paolo Satya Kaur.
Sat Dharam Kaur Khalsa ND & Dr. Haridass Kaur Khalsa PhD (Kundalini Yoga)
Yogrishi Vishvketu PhD (Akhanda/Holistic Yoga)
Georg Feuerstein PhD (Traditional Yoga Studies & Yoga Philosophy)