Bali 2014

Grounding the Vision: bringing the magic of astrology into working practice

1st – 10th December 2014
Cat Cox and Carole Taylor
Meditation and Full Moon Ceremony Facilitator: Melanie Reinhart

Bali 2007

We are very excited to be teaming up with Faculty Diploma holder Evelyn Roberts of Heaven and Earth Workshops in a specially designed programme of study in the idyllic town of Ubud in Bali.

Astrology is both a divine art and a practical craft.  As astrologers we find the mythic themes in the chart, depicted through a language of symbols, each symbol rich in meaning and connecting us to the ancient gods, with their complex weave of myths and stories.  It is a world of magic which can only be fully understood through the imagination and through a deep connection to the symbols themselves and to the chart in front of us.

As a practice though, astrology has both an imaginative and a technical foundation – like its ancient mythic ruler, Hermes-Mercury, it brings together both sides, the right-brained intuition which is invaluable in understanding a chart with the left-brained skill of applying method and technical knowledge as t
he container within which the astrology itself can come alive.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis course weaves together those threads – at its core will be the interpretation of natal charts in depth and detail, finding the themes and the stories, and the integration of forecasting factors into a cohesive whole, a process which will allow us to connect with our own charts more deeply and make us more effective when reading charts for clients.

We will explore various factors in the chart first, and in particular those things which are the most challenging, such as difficult aspects and aspect patterns, the Nodal Axis, element imbalances and the angles as axes of incarnation, with a focus on thinking creatively around these.  We will also work systematically through the process of bringing together a whole chart interpretation by finding the themes and exploring its deeper levels of meaning, and integrating this with transits and progressions which are catalysts for the unfolding development of the individual.  From a strong technical foundation, we will build up our understanding of the natal chart as a reflection of the life as a work in progress, with the individual called to live out the unique pattern inherited at birth.  Our work will be practical and thorough, but rooted always in the idea of the planets as symbols of living energies so that we honour and bring together both these aspects of our craft.  There will be plenty of time to work on the participants’ own charts during the course of the week.

In order to benefit from the workshop, you should have some prior knowledge of astrology and of working with charts – a basic working knowledge of transits and progressions would also be useful but is not essential.

For anyone who might wish to work towards the Faculty’s prestigious Certificate and Diploma awards, this workshop attracts 40 credits (360 are required for the final Diploma qualification).  In other words, you will automatically be awarded the credits for Modules 1 and 2 of our regular programme of courses (on completion of a short piece of home study after the workshop is finished).  Thus you would be able to move straight into Module 3, a module which you can take either by Distance Learning, at our classes in London or at our annual Summer School in Oxford.  If you have already taken some of our modules, contact the tutors, Cat and Carole, to discuss your credit options for the workshop.  For more information about the Faculty’s courses, including the syllabus, examinations and qualification process, click here.

balidanceWhether or not you wish to gain our Certificate or Diploma, you will be give automatic access to our online course material for Modules 1 and 2, each of which is a comprehensive collection of supporting articles covering planets, signs, houses, angles, aspects & aspect patterns, the Moon’s Nodes and the lunation cycle.

The two tutors for this course, Cat Cox and Carole Taylor, are both experienced teachers and practitioners of astrology. Both have been professional astrologers for many years, in private practice and as tutors and managers at the Faculty.  As Vice-President and Head Tutor at the Faculty, Cat is responsible for the Faculty’s tutor team and plays a key role on Council; as former Summer School Organiser, Vice-President, President and now Director of Studies, Carole has been involved in shaping the Faculty’s courses and operations for many years. Both teach regularly on the Faculty’s distance learning programme, its live programme of classes in London and at its annual Summer School at Oxford University, covering all aspects of the Foundation and Diploma course from beginner level to advanced.

Daily Schedule:

To start the day, there will be an optional early morning meditation, consisting of simple stretches and a short period of silent meditation, followed by contemplative work on astrological themes. This session will be facilitated by Faculty Patron and tutor, Melanie Reinhart.

7:00 am - 8:15 am - Buffet Breakfast for hotel residents.suki7
8:30 am - 12:30 pm - Morning Session
10:15 - 10:45 - Coffee and Coconut break
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Buffet Lunch for hotel residents.
Some Afternoons will have organized activities and some will be for relaxation
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Afternoon Session
Evenings Free

Arrival Day:

Monday December 1st, 2014 - Everyone is required to arrive by this date so there will be time for acclimatising and recovering from jet-lag.  Once everyone has arrived we will have an introductory meeting in the hall, probably early evening. We will schedule this once we have all travel itineraries.

Starting Day:

Tuesday December 2nd - Our 1st official morning will begin with a very simple Balinese offering ceremony. We will ask everyone to be in the hall by 8:50 am. The rest of the day will follow the normal schedule.

Full Moon Ceremony and Kecak Fire/Trance Dance: 

Saturday December 6th


This day is a Full Moon.  At 6:00 am in the morning we will head for an ancient Balinese temple in a town called Tampak Siring. Here 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.

We will return from the ceremony at around 9:30 am, have a late, light breakfast and then a short break. The group will then meet in Melati parking lot at 11:00 am and be taken to a local home for a traditional Indonesian cooking class, after which you eat what you have made.

The group will return to Melati at around 4:30 pm; there will be a break until 6:30 pm. At this time you will again meet in Melati parking lot and be taken to the Arma Museum for the dance performance.


Wednesday December 10th at 6:00 pm is our official closing, with departure day being Thursday December 11th for anyone not joining us for the Borobudur trip.

Trip to Borobudur


After the course, there will be an optional 2-day tour of the Buddhist temples of Borobudur on the island of Java following the workshop, December 11th - 12th, 2014.

Please go to Borobudur Tour for more information.

For fees, travel information or to book your place go to the Heaven and Earth Workshops website or contact the organiser Evelyn Roberts at

For more information about the content of the course please either Cat on or Carole on

N.B. The course schedule may be subject to slight alteration as we develop the programme.

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