Our Journey

When like-minded people come together, new beginning's are possible.  Koi Pond Strategy & the Heaven-In-Bali Resort has been a tremendous source of new energy and new futures for hundreds-and-hundreds of people, including us!  Rick started the business with his wife Lita in 2006 and in 2015, Michael joined a course and never looked back on where best to put his time and experience in helping others.
 And the journey continues....

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Rick's Journey

Rick is truly one of a kind.  His passion and purpose in life is clear, and everything he does supports this.   His journey in life has been amazing, but hardly a straight line.  

Rick was born in the UK and migrated to Australia as a young teenager. He spent thirty-three years in Australia traveling around the region and the world and eventually moved to South East Asia in 1988. He is now settled in the mountains of Bali with his wife Lita and twin girls.

At an early age, while roaming the lush English countryside, he began to appreciate Nature and all its beauty and this he has carried with him all his life.

Returning from the battles of combat in the Vietnam War at just 22-years old, he was a self-described - “broken man”.  Rising up from this, he undertook both a corporate business path in the energy sector, working as a Health, Safety and Environmental specialist at senior management levels, supporting his passion to protect the environment and help people to live safer and healthier lives fulfilled his Life Purpose.

Over the years he also took on a spiritual path studying with masters across Asia.  He became a highly effective counselor and assisted hundreds of people in finding their own hidden talents and passion, along with guiding them to alleviate their own self-created suffering and pain.

These days he runs retreats from his centre in Bali, lectures on Cause No Harm™, continues his writing and managing his business interests, both at home and overseas.

Rick is a TEDx speaker and author, but above all, he is a master at intuitively listening, understanding and helping others see what they cannot see in themselves.

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Michael's Journey

Michael is often described as a “warm fire to be around”, whom you will be comfortable with the moment you meet him.  With experience across a wide range of industries, Michael has coached and collaborated with leaders at the MD/Board level in businesses large and small in the USA, Europe and Asia.  From the seven countries he has lived and worked in, he draws on these experiences and uses a lot of first hand examples and analogies in course discussions and coaching sessions.  Originally from the USA, Michael is based in Singapore and lives in the Tanjong Pagar area, where you can meet him for a coffee when he is not in Bali.  

Lita's Journey

Be warned Lita’s laughter is highly infectious!  Her aim in life is to show people how to divest themselves from “sweating the small stuff” and just be happy.

From humble beginnings in the mountains of Sumatra, Indonesia, Lita studied in the hospitality industry in Medan and ventured out into the world. Working her way upwards in two popular hotels, she learnt the skills of fully understanding her guest’s needs.  

These days she applies all of this experience as Operations Director of the Heaven-in-Bali Resort and the Namaste store in downtown Ubud. 

Lita busies herself raising their twin girls and is engaged in fund raising activities through the Ubud Ladies Champagne Club. Her role could be dubbed as the CLO - Chief Laughter Officer!

Putu's Journey

Putu is a born and bred Balinese.

Rick & Lita met him in Ubud while they were building the Heaven-in-Bali resort.   His charming personality, curiosity and heart-felt smile won us over and he joined the team as Villa Supervisor on the first day of operation back in 2006. 

A very knowledgeable and a highly affable character, he mingles with our guests on course from around the world, chatting about the Balinese culture, life and family.

Married with one young son, he is often mentioned on TripAdvisor reviews, noting his genuine caring and friendliness.  

So far in all these years, the only fault we can find with him is he is a staunch Manchester United fan!