Posts by Ilona

Ilona Selke & Don Paris Why we got started at ShangriLa! Maybe you have already experienced the magical talent of the Balinese who know things in advance, who feel your thoughts, look straight into your heart, and who know the right timing. During a magical moment in October of 1999 on my second journey through Bali, I, Ilona Selke, met a very old seer in Ubud, maybe 115 years old, who gave me a reading. In a puzzled way he told me that we are neighbors. He had no idea what that meant, if it was the future, the past, or now. I had no idea if my seer was good or not, there was no way to tell. Time only would tell. But one thing was for sure: I had no intentions to live in Bali, as my husband and I had our winter home in Hawaii and we were very happy there. A friend of mine who had accompanied me to the Seer also got a reading from him. His reading was immediately verifiable and I at least we knew that he was a good seer. Fast forward to spring of 2005. Don Paris, my husband, and I were teaching a seminar on the North Shore of Bali, in a neighboring retreat center. We already had flight tickets booked to go to India after teaching our seminar in Bali, because we wanted to look for land in India and possibly even buy into a retreat Center there. In Hawaii I had held dreams and hopes to one day, when we were old and wise, to open a sort of Ashram for spiritual studies, one in which a body of multiple masterful teachers were able to attend to and teach residents meditators who wished to sincerely deepen their spiritual abilities. In the middle of the seminar in Spring 2005 our German friend, who was now heading the retreat center where we were teaching, invited us to take a look at a home for sale, right on the ocean in Bondalem. It took Don and I one minute to decide that this was the house for us. This is how we originally purchased the beautiful villa right next to ShangriLa, with the thought in mind that we would be quite happy to live here in Bali for only months at a time, and shuttling between here, our island home in the US, and Hawaii. But again, there were other plans in the air. We had Balinese and Westerners tell us that they saw us running a retreat center. Again and again we were told of visions, and were given ideas, of what was to come. All the while we had no intention of following any of them. We had enough going on in our lives and we didn't need any more work. After a series of unusual coincidences however, we bought first one small piece of land right on the ocean, and a year later the larger piece of land that is now the home to ShangriLa Oceanside Retreat. You can still see the signs of our beginnings, as the wall between the ocean side and the garden piece of ShangriLa reflects the original boundary of the first piece of land we bought. The beautiful PURI, the archway with the many Temple carvings, is now the majestic gateway that leads from the Meditation Temple to the ocean. We built the octagon villas and single story octagon bungalows, because both of us always wanted to live in round houses. We were blessed with our builder, Gede Partajana, who meditated always on his designs before he drew them on paper, who was inspired from a higher source within, and who wanted to not only build, but create a piece of art. With the same quality and beauty as he had rebuilt our own Bali home, he now build ShangriLa. A group of 6 women and 40 men worked one and a half years to create ShangriLa. The women became dear to our hearts, as they were carrying every stone, every grain of sand on their heads from the road, along a pathway to ShangriLa. We don't have a street that allows cars or trucks to come close to our lands. The women loved their work, they were thankful to be working, and they blessed every stone, every tile with the energy form their crown chakras as they carried the baskets from the road to ShangriLa on their heads. Don and I were moved to tears watching them work diligently, BUT happy that they loved their work. May a times we all talked together in joy and gratitude for one another. Ilona decorated the villas with hand carved furnitures and hand carved doors, stonework and statues, adorned the beds and chairs with silken fabric and the walls with beaded work of arts from our trips to India. It is a joy to sit in the midst of a 'Dream Come True' and offer it to you. This is a dream that we held dear in our souls, but didn't ever think it would happen in Bali. Bali is truly a place where Heaven and Earth meet. The many daily prayers of all the Balinese help make Bali magical, and little did we know, that our thoughts and dreams would be manifest here, in the land where thoughts are quickly made visible. Fast forward again to Spring of 2008, I, Ilona Selke, was getting a massage in Ubud at a SPA, when my therapist told me, that I will have a SPA in UBUd, and that I will be his boss. I laughed, as we were just building a Retreat Center on the North Shore of Bali and really didn't need any more work. Lo and behold! Nine months later my husband Don Paris and I found ourselves opening a SPA in Ubud. We wanted to give the clients a feeling for the beauty of our ShangriLa Retreat Center up North, so that travelers from Ubud would come to Bondalem, a place that was not well known yet. We also wanted to offer great treatments to Bali travelers; treatments that heal, treatments that are of another kind, that attend to the finer vibrations of your body, mind and soul. We wanted to offer healing, as well as a great place of respect, honoring the spiritual essence in the clients as well as the therapist. We wanted to offer greater wages to amazingly talented therapist and offer a unique SPA experience to tourists, in the heart of UBUD, which were not even to be found in remote luxury Hotels. THAT inspired us to open the SHANGRILA SPA in the heart of UBUD: Win- Win: You may ask yourself, why we would not want to charge more for such high class massages, or pay the usual wages to the therapists and get by with the least amount of effort? We pay good wages as well as % for each massage because we belive we live in a win-win universe. What comes around goes around. We are doing our part and we hope you feel inspired to do your part in helping a Balinese family. Your tips will all go directly to the therapist, and we also offer a SPONSOR A CHILD program on our BALI BLOG: Welcome to SHANGRILA, the place where Heaven & Earth meet. We hope you too will go home touched in a magical way! Don Paris, (honorary Ph.D) and Ilona Selke are both authors, seminar teachers and musicians. Don Paris has created the SE-5 1000, after the inventor of the SE-5 had passed away. Don has written about Radionics in his book Regaining Wholeness through the Subtle Dimensions, which you can read for FREE on-line at: • • (here you can find fascinating effective health tools) Ilona Selke has written about dolphins, telepathy and the power to co-create our life based on the work of Dr. Vernon Wolf's work Holodynamics and Dr. Rod Newton's course Living From Vision. The title is: Weisheit der Delfine und Frei wie ein Delfin beim Ullstein Verlag. Auf Englisch: Wisdom of the Dolphins and Dolphins, Love & Destiny at Ilona's books have been published in five languages. We carry her books at both ShangriLas in English. • • • • As a result of our love for dolphins we have created "Dolphin Swim Seminars" in Florida Key West. Throughout the year people can go out on our boat the Patty C and watch dolphins off Key West: It is the dolphins that brought us to Bali. We have the blessing to watch Dolphins swim by from time to time, and every morning our fishermen will go to take any of our guests out to see the dolphins here on the North Shore of Bali. We are looking forward to having you stay at ShangriLa, where Heaven meets Earth! Heartfully yours, Ilona Selke & Don Paris


One day Dewi our office angel came to me and said: “Ilona, if we could get a sponsor, I would love to sponsor the family that lives right behind us here at Shambala. The family is very, very poor and they can barely make it. They don’t have money to by food, let alone to […]

Carmen May is sponsor for Made WIDIA’s daughter in UBUD

When Carmen came to BALI to attend a workshop with Ilona Selke, we all went to meet the family and home of  our long time friend MADE WIDIYA. Right there, Carmen fell in love with the little girl of Made Widia.You know how sometimes you look into the eyes of a being and you know […]


We are so happy to have found a sponsor for our angel massage therapist SUKERTI’s daughter by the name of Luh Putri Astiti Lestari. Sukerti is one of five children at home, the fourth born with three elder brothers and one younger sister. As is customary, a woman moves in with her husbands family after […]

Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Agus Aries

Agus Aries’ two children Kadek Novi Wijayanti (the girl) and Putu Kelvin Rama Wijaya (the boy) Agus Aries came to Shambala like a deer at dawn. His sensitive nature, his loving heart and his total dedication to doing whatever needs to be done, made us pray that he may find a kind sponsor. He is […]

Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Putu Widayani

Ptu Widayani lives with her husband, and her girl PUTU CITRA WIDIACAHYANI at her husband’s family compound with eight people, including her father in-law, and her husband’s grandmother as well as her older brother in-law, who is also married, and who lives with his wife lives and their only child as well in the family […]

Sponsor Christine Gretner with Dewi’s boy

When Dewi came to Shambala, she had already worked in Singapore, for her training. She spoke  But as her husband was from Bondalem, she did what all Balinese women would do, she came home to live with him and his family. Kadek Ngurah Jivan Raditya

Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Komang Widiasa’s girl

Komang Widiasa lives with mother and with his wife and his daughter PUTU SRINADI PRAWATI. He is the youngest of three boys, of which one died in childhood. His father left his mother when Komang was already 20 years old, to live and marry another already divorced woman.  Her child from a previous marriage, his […]

Sponsor Robert & Marion Monden for the son of EDY

Here is Robert at a Party he called for all his sponsored children and the sponsored children for whom he so diligently found sponsors in Holland I have one family which has an amazing story: There was once a man,  who has already died, who brought to life a family of many children. He himself […]

Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Komang Adi

Komang Adi used to work on a cruise ship for about five years, as a Chef,  and was paid a great salary. This was a boon as the unemployment rate in Bondalem is 80%. However, when his own first born boy kept calling him UNCLE and didn’t relate to him as his Dad, Komang Adi […]

Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Ketut Warta’s child

Ketut Warta came to Shambala at a time when we didn’t have a position open. Yet he wanted to work so urgently, as we have an 80%  unemployment in Bondalem. He was so sweet in his interview, convincing me, Ilona, that we better find a place for him  Ketut had offered to clean the beach […]

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