MEET THE KURA KURA FAMILY
Cher Joy Jones
A life full of wild adventures and many injuries lead Cher to the physical practice of Yoga in 2007. After many doctors and healers and therapists tried to "fix" her spine, knees, and shoulders... the practice of yoga quickly became a self-healing path which lead her to an intimate connection with her body, allowing freedom from physical pain, and opened her mind to understand the interconnectedness of everything and the ever-present bliss inside. After her first year of private one-to-one classes on Maui with Ted Surman, student of Desikichar, she was moved to dedicate her life to continuous study and sharing of this ancient tradition. Cher spent the last few years traveling, studying, and teaching Yoga in Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico. After 10 years of dedication to studying and sharing the teachings of Yoga around the globe, she felt a strong need to find a place to ground and be still while diving deeper into her purpose, continuing to study and share, and create space for others to come to and experience the magic of "BEing". That's when she found Kura Kura. Upon arriving at Kura Kura Cher had an instant feeling that she had arrived in the right place at the right time. Soon after, she met Geri and a partnership/ new adventure of life began...
Being a student of Vedanta Philosophy, Geri gave up the world of Stone to pursue something closer to her heart. She had travelled to quarries around the globe sourcing stone for commercial and domestic projects both in Indonesia and Australia; Exciting as this was it left her empty. Her search to find meaning led her to Bali where a life of teaching Yoga was more in keeping with her nature.
She started to work at Kura Kura as an adolescent and loves to learn. She is ‘the Boss’. Nothing is impossible to her, even in the midst of very difficult times her heart keeps shinning and always finds another possibility or solution. She loves doing the shopping and knows where to find anything. Whether she is in the kitchen or cleaning the house, you can see Kadek with 10 arms, dancing around with her full energy body.
He is our happy Buddha. You look at him and your mind drops. Your concerns are ridiculous in front of his tender and innocence shining heart and big smile. In silence he teaches us … ‘is all ok, do what you need to do’. His willingness to move any obstacle out of the way, leaves a glow of light for all. Made is our guardian, gardener, repair and fix-it man. It is a joy having him around moving with his strong body like a Ganesha-Hanuman fusion. He and Kadek are happily married and form the perfect couple.
Our Kitchen Queen is sophisticated yet humble. She loves the magic of food and loves learning from the ingredients. ‘Everyday another creation’ is her motto. Her pleasant, elegant appearance is like a butterfly. At the same time she is grounded and precise, and as a master, she prepares the most divine meals. She teaches us how to cultivate calm, concentration and dedication and serve others with pride and humbleness at the same time.
He is a true family member. He watches over you and Kura Kura while you are sleeping. You don’t have to be afraid of thieves (as Karma is a big thing for the Balinese people), but he is there just to check everything is safe & sound. So if you see a flashlight in the middle of the night it’s Ninja Made Raka.