Three Compelling Reasons
1. Bali is an accessible culture.
Bali offers numerous opportunities to access its culture through unique, direct experiences including individual dialogues, visiting temples, meetings with the ordinary to the extraordinary Balinese – from rice farmers to world renowned healers, political leaders to cultural icons, academic specialists to entrepreneurial change agents.
It also provides service learning projects including working alongside farmers, to painting a school, planting gardens for new health clinics, to discovering first-hand the UNESCO-named Heritage Site for its ancient water system that is still in operation today. The list is endless.
Other learning opportunities include experiencing:
- a values-based culture that “practices what they preach”
- collaborative leadership
- respect for and recognition of the “unseen” world
- understanding the importance of “place”
- ongoing practices of ancient ceremonies and rituals
- challenges of an ancient culture participating in a 21st century world
2. Bali provides engaged learning in a variety of subjects. Topics include:
- Leadership – showcasing collaborative, community-based decision-making
- Global social entrepreneurialism
- Global wellness and health
- Alternative medicine, traditional healers, Ayuveda
- Global social issues facing developing countries including mental health, HIV, human trafficking, lack of resources
- Artistic realms including music, painting, dance, puppetry, story-telling, wood-carving, textiles
- Environmental, sustainability, and attached cultural-social issues
- Architecture including use of bamboo and other post-modern designs
- Ancient cultural sustainability within 21st Century Innovation
- Biology including coral reef restoration efforts, plant and animal life, the intersection of land and culture, volcano issues
- The intersection of spirituality, mindfulness, culture and healing arts
3. Bali Institute provides transformative learning through integration of curriculum with cultural experiences. Five ways that showcase this:
- 10-years of on-the-ground work that has built long-term relationships with leaders in all facets of the culture.
- Established, ongoing partnerships with the two largest Balinese universities – Udayana University and Ganesha University. Both MoU’s (Memorandums of Understanding) are with the Rectors of each university.
- Produced over a dozen university programs (many with more than 30 students each) over the last three years, all highly successful with several repeat programs. Additionally, produced three global conferences with over 1200 people attending from around the world including such global dignitaries as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, other Nobel Peace Laureates, Bhutan’s Minister of Culture, Afghanistan’s head of Red Crescent, and many others.
- Capacity to co-create/design and facilitate portions of classroom learning by integrating curriculum with cultural experiences.
- Developing and operating ongoing volunteer opportunities for students and general public in a variety of NGO projects.
Bali is one of the most peaceful, beautiful places on earth. It’s an ideal location for people from every part of the planet to explore new roles they can play in addressing major global issues. This rich culture has much to share with citizens of our shared planet about learning to heal, forgive and live harmoniously with one another and our beloved earth. Balinese rituals and arts all play a role in this new kind of learning. Participants attending our programs encounter the unusual way Balinese ceremony and performance converge with deep dialogue and transformative learning. All of the BIGR programs incorporate Balinese experiences, both linear and non-linear, into the a variety of curriculum.
Additionally, our conferences, workshops and educational courses have brought in well over one million dollars + into Bali’s economy as a gesture of renewed faith that this culture can continue to thrive in a 21st century world. Hundreds of our participants have also continued to donate to personal and collective Balinese causes and educational funds. In addition, innumerable friendships have been formed between the Balinese and our students/participants, which continue to help Bali in ways that are immeasurable but worth an enormous amount to local families and banjars in Bali.
Bali Institute programs – its about really living the experience of Bali. It is not at all about a tour. Time is allowed for the unexpected…it all feels very personal and very real. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to travel from the inside of the culture.
Senior Manager, International Programs
Global Leadership Adventures