Bali from Within
"Bali from Within was a life-changing experience for me, and much of the experience
stays with me long after the trip has concluded. It was unlike any travel I have ever experienced
with anyone else or in any other place. Meeting the Balinese people in their homes
and their temples and workplaces was a treat beyond even my wildest expectations.
--Ken Pyburn, Portland, Oregon
Limited to four participants
Nyepi, Balinese New Year, is a wonderful time to immerse yourself in the life, art, and ceremony of this beautiful culture. And for our 9th annual Bali From Within journey, we will take an active part in all the festivities.
For weeks, people all over the island put their creative energies into making giant monsters called ogoh-ogoh. On the first day of the celebration the entire village gathers, with gamelan and torches, to chase the monsters out of town.
The next day is a day of reflection and turning inward. The entire island is silent. Even the international airport is closed. Then, before light on the following day, people go visiting and share food out on the streets.
We'll participate in all parts of the celebration: clamorous, reflective, and social.
And of course, before and after Nyepi, you'll have many opportunities to slip behind the screen of colorful impressions that greet most visitors... and you'll discover Bali from Within!
- Meet and have conversations with a renowned carver of sacred dance masks, an innovative community ecologist, and the leader of a village gamelan orchestra
- Walk through the rice fields and learn about the ancient communal system of agriculture, the subak
- Discover Bali's magic in your own way: luxuriate at a spa, visit art galleries, take a Balinese cooking class, shop, or simply relax on the balcony of your bungalow with a book
Our small group of just four people 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: $4,150, including twelve nights lodging (single occupancy; if you can share a room, deduct $300), 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.
A $750 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place in this program. Use the button below to make your deposit.
If you'd like to pay by check, make your check payable to Vision Arrow and mail to:
PO Box 148
Thompson, PA 18465
If you prefer to pay by credit card, contact Trebbe. A reminder to pay the balance due will be sent to you a month before the program.
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