Bali from Within
"Traveling to Bali with Trebbe is a great adventure. We saw beautiful mountains with terraced rice fields, snorkeled off lovely beaches, bargained at lively markets, and ate fabulous food. The best part, though, was contact with the Balinese, which could never have happened were we traveling on our own. Dance concerts, temple festivals at the full moon, meetings with traditional musicians, mask makers, puppeteers and batik makers—these were the true highlights of our trip. Trebbe did a masterful job of making it all happen."
Limited to four participants
Every visitor to Bali is struck by the mystery.
Each day, the Balinese—yet rarely including them.
Where, for instance, are those women going as they walk down the street wearing ceremonial clothes and balancing towering offerings of fruit and flowers on their heads? Where is that gamelan orchestra playing, off behind some wall in the darkness, and why? What is happening in the village, that the streets are suddenly abloom with festive decorations?
Visitors feel very welcome in Bali, and they are struck by the beauty, the obvious sense of community and ceremony unfolding all around them, yet it seems so... off-limits.
On this one-of-a-kind trip, you'll be one of only four people journeying with three Balinese guides and an American author and rites of passage leader. Together we'll penetrate the scrim of colorful but often mysterious impressions that greet visitors to the island...and you will discover Bali from Within.
During this, our seventh annual, journey you'll attend a temple ceremony in Ubud, the cultural hub of the island, and receive a blessing ceremony at the sacred spring, Tirta Empul. In the secluded mountain village of Munduk in the north, guided walks will take you off the beaten path to stand before a venerable waterfall, walk through rice paddies that have been maintained through community tradition for hundreds of years, and slip among the labyrinthine branches of a gigantic and sacred banyan tree that once hid a band of Balinese patriots from the Dutch soldiers who pursued them. In Sidemen we enjoy two days of rest and relaxation, and you can take gentle walks among the rice fields, visit weavers of the beautiful, ceremonial songket fabric, or relax by the pool at our guesthouse. We conclude the trip in Jimbaran, where we visit Uluwatu, one of Bali's nine directional temples, see a dramatic performance of kecak dance, and eat a dinner of fresh fish on the beach
Our small group will have the opportunity for private discussions with a village priest, a maker of sacred masks, and a gamelan musician who makes these traditional instruments by hand. And of course you’ll have ample time to visit galleries in Ubud and luxuriate at Bali Botanica Day Spa, and have time on your own to explore or relax. Each night we will stay in elegant lodging, Balinese style: usually a small bungalow with private garden shower, beautiful views, and local furnishings.
This journey is for those who view the pilgrimage as an opportunity not just to collect impressions and memories, but also to share your own joy, fascination, and sense of adventure with others. It is an invitation to celebrate your own seeking spirit and discover how your longing for joy and creativity in life meets your desire to make a difference in the world.
Ten percent of the profits of the trip will be donated to Tamblang Sacred Springs Conservation Project in Munduk.
Guides: Trebbe Johnson and in Bali: Rucina Balliner, Wayan "Budi" Budiasa, and Nyoman Sutarya
Cost: $4,050, including twelve nights lodging (single occupancy; if you can share a room, deduct $250), dance performances, entrance fees, honoraria to speakers, transportation within Bali, guides, drivers, preparation materials, and all meals except three dinners and three lunches.
Does not include international air travel, personal tips, and fees to events not included in the group trip.
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A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place in this program. Use the button below to make your deposit.
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PO Box 148
Thompson, PA 18465
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