“We have more opportunities available to us in this moment than we realize.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
But it’s up to us to see them.
One day in early March 2020, a group of people from all around the world gathered together to participate in the 11th Annual Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Conference (WLEC) in Bali, Indonesia.
There were a total of three conferences scheduled for March, all hosted by the Tomorrow People Organization. The WLEC was set to be followed by the 15th Annual Education and Development Conference (EDC) and finally the 5th Annual International Conference on Spirituality and Psychology (ICSP).
Villa Mangku: our home away from home
As the days, even hours progressed, it became clear that things were shifting. The WLEC went on as planned, although with less participants than expected and with some speakers sharing “virtual” presentations due to the ever heightening quarantine restrictions in a growing response to the COVID 19 pandemic. The EDC also moved forward, although shortened. But by the week before the ICSP was set to begin, there remained no choice but to cancel it.
Both Directors of the conference, Vladimir Mladjenovic and Vladimir Ilic, the conference Photographer, Laura Sala and one of the Speakers, Laura Reid (www.storyforth.io) soon all found themselves unable to leave Indonesia. This led to them unexpectedly sharing a house together in the middle of an isolated rice field in Ubud.
Cast into this uncertain cocoon, potent with the promise of transformation, they began to explore ways to capture the essence of their shared experience and find a positive way to bridge it with others. They realized that bridge, the common thread, is our stories.
No matter where you are stuck, stranded or quarantined, this is a unique opportunity for good, for growth and for offering our dancing stars, our stories out into the world.