11-Day Cultural Immersion Program
October 25 – 28, 2017
Jan. 17-27, 2018
• Bali, Indonesia •
The activities listed below are based on availability and program scheduling considerations, and are subject to change.
Location 1: Central Bali – Ubud
Ubud is a thriving village in central Bali and is considered the cultural capital of this tiny island. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the village and nearby areas consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. Here you find remarkable architecture and other sites—historical museums, famous woodcarvers and artists, and an array of interesting cafes, local foods, and non-stop ceremonies. The word Ubud comes from the Balinese word for medicine, so it is here that people flock for healing energies, good spirits, meditation, yoga, artistry, and indigenous knowledge.
Day 1: Arrival day – head to Ubud (D)
- Arrive into Denpasar, Bali in the early afternoon. As soon as you step out of the airport, Bali Institute staff and drivers will meet and assist you with your luggage, then drive to Ubud. Your first several nights will be spent at a beautiful, authentically Balinese Hotel near the Ubud center.
- Enjoy your first taste of Balinese cuisine at our welcome dinner and then off to a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: Orientation, Banjar Workshop, Palace Tour, Dinner with the Prince of Peliatan (B, L, D)
- Intro to Bali orientation – learn about the Balinese life philosophy of Tri Hita Karana (three causes of goodness) in Balinese life.
- Local village banjar (community center) experience including making offerings, practicing gamelan music, trying out Balinese dance, and woodcarving.
- Visit Peliatan Palace for a private tour of this historically important palace and have dinner with the Prince of Peliatan. Ample time is allowed for a fascinating Q/A
Day 3: Early Morning Market, Purification Temple, Volcano visit (B, L)
- Our first stop is the morning market in Ubud where local Balinese are busy purchasing foods and ritual items for upcoming village offerings and ceremonies. We will take a leisurely walk through rice fields and back roads to experience up-close, the life of rice-farmers in an agricultural island that is quickly on the verge of giving up its ancient ways of existing.
- Drive to Tirta Empul Holy Spring Temple, considered a sacred site by Balinese as a place to melt all the bad influences in the body, purifying the soul and mind by entering the fresh, sacred water springs. Everyone is invited to experience the cool, fresh holy spring waters.
- On to Kintamani, a favorite destination with its panoramic views of the active Mt. Batur volcano (has not erupted in over 50 years) and beautiful Lake Batur, the largest in Bali. Enjoy lunch located at one of the more breathtaking views of the entire island.
- Balance of the day is free to enjoy your hotel or head into town.
Day 4: Herbal Walk, Lunch at Women’s Center, Laughing Yoga (B,L)
- Herbal Walk: Local experts lead this walk around the Campuhan River valley area, as you are introduced to the techniques and practices of traditional and contemporary Balinese herbal healing.
- Next have a delicious meal and conversation at a Balinese women’s center and learn about their job skills and healthy living programs.
- After your first few busy days in Bali, feel rejuvenated after a yoga and meditation session with Kadek Suambara, one of the youngest people in Balinese history ever to be selected as a high priest and spiritual leader of his village near Ubud.
- Dinner on own.
Day 5: Meet Cultural/Museum Icon, Agni Hotra Fire Ceremony (B,L,D)
- Meet founder of ARMA Museum and hear him talk about the philosophy of Balinese culture and traditions as he guides you on a private tour.
- Enjoy lunch at the delicious ARMA restaurant.
- End the day with a very special fire ceremony, the Agni Hotra.
Day 6: Balinese Cooking Class, Balinese Dance Performance (B, L)
- “Mama” as she is known to all, has run a warung and homestay for many years in Tebesaya, a small subsector of Ubud. In her cooking class, she shares her methods for creating delicious, authentic Balinese and Indonesian dishes.
- Afternoon free.
- Witness a Balinese dance performance at the Ubud Palace.
Location 2: North Bali – Pemuteran
Pemuteran is a small fishing village on the northern coast of West Bali. It is located in close proximity to West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island, and Gilimanuk, the port allowing passage between Bali and Java. Pemuteran is home to the largest artificial coral reef project in the world, and the village’s model of community based tourism and conservation has been recognized by the United Nations.
Day 7: Travel to Pemuteran via Ulun Danu Temple and Bedugul Market (B, L)
- Visit the early morning market in Ubud where local Balinese are busy purchasing foods and ritual items for offerings and ceremonies.
- Head to Pemuteran, stopping at Bedugul and visit Pura Ulun Danu, the iconic temple on the shores of Lake Beratan.
- When you arrive in Pemuteran you’ll be staying in a gorgeous Balinese resort, right at the ocean.
- Dinner and evening on your own.
Day 8: Coral Reef Restoration Project, Snorkeling, Balinese Authentic Dinner, Evening Temple (B, D)
Breakfast is served right on the sands of the Bali northern coastline!
- Make a morning visit to Coral Reef Restoration Project sanctioned by United Nations and developed by Agung Prana, owner of the hotel and another Bali Institute global advisor for many years. The project has planted around 70 “bio-rock” coral reef structures, each of a different size and shape, to restore the devastated coral reefs and fisheries of Pemuteran bay.
- There will be time in the afternoon for snorkeling, swimming or massages in the afternoon or just walk around the beautiful grounds and enjoy the beach.
- Dinner at a Balinese family compound and eat a delicious meal with some new local friends.
- Visit the beautiful Melanting Temple, Bali’s prosperity temple. Most Balinese travel here at least once a year for blessings and good luck with their businesses and field crops. We’ll visit at night for a most memorable and magical evening.
Location 3: West Bali – Mengwi
Mengwi is located in the western part of Bali and is famous for its rolling green landscapes, clove and coffee plantations and spectacular rice paddies. The village of Mengwi has a long and rich history associated with its royal family, one of Bali’s main ancient kingdoms, and is nestled in shady coconut groves, surrounded by rice fields and rivers.
Day 9: Travel to Mengwi through Munduk Village, Relax in Rice Field Terrace Suite (B, L)
- After a final breakfast on the beach, we’ll travel through central Bali to the quiet village of Munduk, situated 1500 meters above sea level. It’s known for its breathtaking views, and it’s cloves and coffee plantations. We’ll stop along the way to taste and smell.
- Lunch at a local restaurant before arriving at Puri Taman Sari Resort, a traditional Balinese resort also owned by Agung Prana. Enjoy your new home, surrounded by rice fields.
Day 10: Meet Local Herbal and Fortune-Telling Healer, Discussion with Agung Prana, Royal Dinner & Final Ceremony (B, D)
- Wake up early for an optional walk through the rice paddies. In late morning, session with Agung Prana’s special healer and herbal specialist. You may enjoy an optional private reading.
- Final Afternoon brings an engaging meeting with an internationally-renowned cultural leader and entrepreneur.
- Enjoy a delicious final dinner and end your journey to Bali with a special closing ceremony at an important temple of the Mengwi royal family.
Day 11: Head to airport for return to the US (B)
- Final breakfast and goodbyes, our journey ends today.
Double Occupancy $2250*
Single Occupancy $2750
A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is due upon registration with the balance due not later than 60 days before program begins.
*If you are not traveling with someone you would like to share a room with, we will pair you with another solo traveler, if no one is available, single room occupancy fee may apply.
Each traveler will have their own bed unless you have indicated otherwise. All fees are in USD.
Please be aware that a minimum number of travelers is required to run the program. Please go ahead and register – When minimum enrollment is reached you will be notified by e-mail. Please be patient as it is likely that we will obtain these enrollments, but you should simply be aware that there is a small possibility the program could be cancelled. Should this occur, you would receive a phone call or email.
Included in Program Fee:
- 11 days/10 nights in beautiful Balinese style accommodations
- All transportation throughout the program for activities listed on the itinerary
- Airport transfer on the start and end date of the program
- All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 special dinners
- 24/7 Medical and emergency staff support for the entire duration of the program
- All activities listed on final program itinerary are included in the per person ground costs, including entrance fees, lectures and donations**
**Final program may vary from the preliminary itinerary depending on date of program and availability of activities; however, price per person will not change.
- Visa costs (if applicable)
- Trip cancellation, lost baggage, or medical insurance
- Laundry and personal items
- Meals not listed on itinerary
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Optional activities outside of the program itinerary
- International phone calls
Bali Institute for Global Renewal is the largest provider of cultural immersion and service learning programs for universities and high school students based in Bali, Indonesia. Other programs include internships and practicum opportunities, faculty training programs and other services to international groups and organizations in their quest to provide inspired learning towards global citizenship. Bali Institute is located in Ubud, Bali and San Francisco, California. It is the only affiliate member of ISEP, and an educational partner with Udayana University and Ganesha University —both based in Bali.