Programs, Tours and Workshops

Understanding Balinese Spirituality: A One Day Workshop

Bali Understanding

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

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Balinese Healers and Healing, a Five-Day Intensive

July 9-13, 2019 in Ubud Bali

Bali HealersSeminars on diverse subjects such as: Introduction to Bali Hinduism and its relationship to traditional healing, talk on types of healers, traditional Balinese medical literature, mystical aspects of the practice, the four spiritual Siblings (Kanda Empat)— the spiritual elements that accompany Balinese throughout their lives and their role in healing, 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.

Field trips include a ritual purification at Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring, an excursion to the Ubud market and talk about foods with medicinal properties, an herb walk in neighboring area, an afternoon making making herbal medicine, and a visit to Denpasar meeting with a guest speaker from the Udayana University Medical Dept. on comparisons of traditional healing with western medicine. Continue Reading

Experiencing Nyepi: A Unique Immersion into the Practices of Balinese Spirituality and Mysticism

  • March 14-16, 2018 The Bali-Hindu calendar is on a 210 day cycle, which is over-laid on the Gregorian calendar for the purpose of efficiency, but what happens at one time one year, might be different the next. In March 2018 this major ritual will take place over four days. This workshop is held to take advantage of this unique opportunity.The Balinese believe in both high and low spirits, and both are given offerings in hopes of appeasement, and to acknowledge their existence, and to maintain balance and harmony. The night before Nyepi young adults in the communities, parade giant, demonic images they have created, along with torches and cacophonous percussive Gamelan through the villages in order to chase out malevolent spirits, cleansing the island for the New Years day (Nyepi). Continue Reading