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.
Seminars 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.
Day 1. Feb. 8/July 3 10:00 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 excursion to a sacred spring for purification ritual.
Day 2: Feb. 9/July 4 10:00 Meet at Yoga space at Oka Wati Hotel 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 with chance for a check up. Afterward a discussion of experience and details in his work.
Day 3. Feb. 10/July 5 9:00 Meet at Yoga space for an 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: Feb. 11/July 6 10:00 at Yoga space. 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 South Bali to visit the home of a famed trance channeler.
Day 5: Feb. 12/July 7 10:00 Depart for Denpasar and meeting with a guest speaker from the Udayana University Medical Dept. on subject comparison of traditional healing with western medicine. Question and answer session follows. Lunch break. Afternoon Demonstration of making herbal medicine. Final discussion and wrap-up session.
Any of the above program subject to change and will be adjusted if there is qn event and/or “new healer” to be visited for the benefit of the participants. This workshop will take place in Ubud Bali, and will begin and end each day at Oka Wati Hotel, Monkey Forest Rd. central Ubud.
Price: $600.00. Limited to six participants.
All seminars, excursions and field field trips mentioned in itineracy, including transport.
Services of Made Surya as guide and translator.
Deposit: A deposit of $500.00 per person is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due 45 days prior to beginning date. Deposit, minus a $100.00 cancellation fee, is refundable until 45 days prior to tour. For cancellations after June 1, cancellation fee $500. No refunds will be made after July 15, 2021
Not Included: Checkups or treatments with Healers, lunches.
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.