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February 6-18, 2019
Bali is famous for its stunning physical beauty, rich spiritual life, and gracious hospitality. It’s a lush, emerald gem of an island full of majestic volcanoes and terraced rice fields that spill gently into an azure sea. Bali’s rich cultural heritage and deep reverence for life are legendary and make it more than just another tropical island paradise. Bali-Hinduism (an exceptional mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism) guides every aspect of life. Ritual and reverence are everywhere you look, creating an artistic and spiritual mecca unlike anywhere else in the world
Our trip will bring you into three distinct regions of Bali. We will stay in small, locally owned hotels—each with its own yoga space—away from the tourist scene—so you can fully immerse yourself in this unique, evocative culture. In addition to daily yoga classes our excursions will include rice field hikes, treks in the rain forest, snorkeling expeditions among tropical coral gardens, walks through coffee and clove plantations, and lush waterfalls. Each day, your tour guides will give you an insider’s view of Balinese dance, music, art, and sacred ceremonies.
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June 11-23, 2019
Bali, the justly renowned diamond in the necklace of islands that makes up the world’s largest archipelago, is well-known for its inner and outer beauty. Bali Hinduism is the predominant local religion and one that nurtures and encourages the arts. Bali’s stunning geographical beauty includes majestic volcanoes surrounded by terraced rice fields that gently spill into an azure sea.
Bali is also known for its friendly hospitality. Beyond the high-rise tourist hype found at the resorts on the southern tip of the island are back roads never traveled by the conventional tour bus. There are native villages where a foreign face is still an unfamiliar sight.
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July 16-20, 2019
There has been a strong, dynamic and extended movement in western culture to explore traditional medicine from many ancient cultures which received momentum in the early 1970’s. The study of Asian medicine has been in the forefront of this movement, particularly Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine and the practice of Feng Shui. This workshop is conceived as an introduction to the philosophy and use of traditional medicine in Bali—why Balinese use it, its causes–both internal and external, material and spiritual.
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August 12 – 25 , 2020
A Cultural, Spiritual, and Personal Healing Journey in Bali
“A journey can become a sacred thing . . .
May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.”
– John O’Donohue
Rich in dramatic scenery, ancient temples and graceful people, Bali remains one of the few places in the world where the traveler can explore and discover untouched places and witness religious rituals that have not diminished with the passing of time. Every back road is a gateway to the heart of the Balinese people Continue Reading
August 15- 28, 2019
Bali is famous for its stunning physical beauty, rich spiritual life, and gracious hospitality. It’s a lush, emerald gem of an island full of majestic volcanoes and terraced rice fields that spill gently into an azure sea. Bali’s rich cultural heritage and deep reverence for life are legendary, rendering it more than just another tropical island paradise. Bali-Hinduism (an exceptional mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism) guides every aspect of life. Ritual and reverence are everywhere you look, creating an artistic and spiritual mecca unlike anywhere else in the world.
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It is impossible to visit the enchanting island without being aware of the devotion the Balinese show every day in the practice of their religion. With its roots in Indian Hinduism, Bali-Hinduism is a blend of that, Buddhist philosophy, and elements of Animism as well.
Made Surya, the son of a priest, was given special training in religion as a young man, and continues his studies, researching and reading lontar books. Spend the day with Made and discover what a multi-layered spiritual practice this is.
Elements covered include a brief history of the arrival of Hinduism in Bali, traces of Siva Tantra and Sakta School of Hinduism, applied concept of Macro & Microcosm on the island, Agama Tirtha ( “Holy Water Religion” )in practice and Balinese Rites of Passages. Applied concepts of body, mind and spirit concluded the workshop
For several years it has become the “In Thing” for tourists to pay a visit to a healer during their holiday in Bali. With the release of the film based on the wildly popular book “Eat Pray Love”, this August, the demand is bound to exceed all boundaries. I have been told that the concierge at all the top hotels in the Ubud area are expected to know directions to the Pengosekan home of Ketut Leyir, the Balian featured in the book.
But how many of these tourists bother to learn even the slightest bit of protocol regarding such a visit, or study even the most cursory Indonesian in order to greet them? I have been asked to translate for visits to Balian by visitors who landed in Bali 2 days prior, and who had no background in Bali-Hindu culture or religion, something the anthropologists and historians have written volumes about. How to put what they are hearing and experiencing into the larger context that it is set?
Basic Facts about Balians
Balinese trade information about Balians with skill and charisma, because we do not believe in anyone who declares himself a “Healer”. There are bogus practitioners, some quite famous.
Most Balians were “chosen”, they did not choose. They came to discover their gifts in the course of trying to heal themselves.
Balians do not advertise, draw attention to themselves, or like to be addressed as Balian. This can invite jealousy and bad feelings.
Real Balians receive their gifts from a spirit, based on Bali Hindu philosophy. They credit this spirit with giving them their gift of healing. Others through a very long intensive study and initiation from a well-known healer(s) or High Priest(esses). They are the Balinese equivalent of a “doctor”, who has to follow an etiquette and moral code, which is not that different than the modern doctor.
Healers are not regarded like movie stars or celebrities so don’t treat them like one.
There are so many types of healers who work on specific problems, from broken bones to broken heart, mental disorders to “mysterious” problems, so chose one that is appropriate for you.
Expect that it will be a process–expect to receive several treatments at least and that you might have to change Balians if one does not work.
* It is not an instant process; so don’t expect to be healed on your way to the Airport.
Balinese bring an offering to a healer, with a token of appreciation (fee) inside. At the conclusion of the day, the healer dedicates this offering to their spirit in the family temple. People give what they can afford. Foreigners should give at least 100,000rp. Think of what you pay your Doctor! Your offering should never be less than what you are paying your guide or driver.
Balians are regarded on a status similar to priests. Consequently if you visit one, you should show respect by dressing in a sarong and temple scarf.
Remember always to give your offering with your right hand, and never point the bottoms of your feet at the healer. Never ever touch their head or face, which is the most sacred part of their (and your) body.
Madé Surya will be available for private guiding/translation from Dec. 31-Jan. 8, and Feb. 3-7, 2016:
Healers in Bali: A Five-Day Intensive
Jan. 9-14, 2016
Day 1 Mon. Jan. 9: 10:00 Seminar: Introduction of members and background on Bali Hinduism and its relationship to traditional healing. Lunch Break. Resume with talk on types of healers, traditional Balinese medical literature, and mystical aspects of the practice. Late afternoon optional excursion to Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring for a purification ritual .
Day 2 Tues. Jan. 10: 10:00 Meet for seminar on the Four spiritual Siblings, the mystical elements that accompany us throughout our lives and their role in healing. Lunch break. Visit to distinguished healer Cokorda Rai with chance for a check up. Afterward a discussion of experience and details on the use of mudras in his work.
Day 3 Wed. Jan. 11: 9:00 Excursion to the Ubud market and talk about foods with medicinal properties. Embark on an herb walk in neighboring area, with lunch at Sari Organic. Field trip to small village near Mengwi for visit with Healer specializing in bones and muscles.
Day 4 Thur. Jan. 12: 10:00 Seminar on The magic of the Left versus the Right. Love potions, black magic and their relationship to illness. the concept of Cakra’s and misconceptions of Tantra. Lunch break. Afternoon field trip journey to Kerobokan to visit yet another esteemed healer.
Day 5 Fri. Jan. 13: 10:00 Morning visit to Sanur and the home of a famed trance channeler. Lunch break. Afternoon Demonstration of making herbal medicine. Final discussion and wrap-up session with a guest speaker from the Udayana University Medical Dept. on subject comparison of traditional healing with western medicine. Question and answer follows.
Price: $598.00. Limit Five participants.
- All seminars, excursions and field field trips mentioned in itineracy, including transport, donations and
- Informational handouts
- Services of Made Surya as guide and translator.
Deposit: A deposit of $100. with registration/release form insures space. Cancellation fee $50.00.
- Checkups or treatments with Healers
Based on minimum of 3, maximum of 6 participants.
For registration and further information contact Danu Enterprises, firstname.lastname@example.org
Madé Surya is not a Balian referral service, but he will be available for private guiding for those wishing to visit healers in Bali and know more about their practice.
For further information contact: email@example.com