Balinese Healers and Healing: a Five-Day Intensive.

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 Peliatan 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. 23 10:00  Meet at Oka Wati’s yoga space, 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. 24 10:00 Meet Oka Wati’s yoga space 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. 25 9:00 Meet at OKa Wati’s for an excursion to the Peliatan 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. 26 Meet at Oka Wati’s. 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. 27 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 yoga space, Monkey Forest Rd. central Ubud.


Price: $600.00. Limited to six participants.


  • All seminars, excursions and field field trips mentioned in itineracy, including transport.

  • Informational handouts

  • Services of Made Surya as guide and translator.

Deposit: A deposit of $100.00 per person is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due 30 days prior to beginning date. Deposit, minus a $50.00 cancellation fee, is refundable until 15 days prior to workshop. No refunds will be made after Feb. 23, 2023

Not Included: Checkups or treatments with Healers, lunches.

For further information, go to Made Surya’s website:

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. The workshop may be joined for fewer days, but they must be sequential.

What People Are Saying

“Just today, I finish to read and correct the book I was writing about my travel in Bali with you… 10 years ago? But unforgettable!
Thanks for those travels you still manage. I hope once I can come back again travelling with you in Bali from France.
My best souvenir to Surya. I will never forget the three weeks with you and healers. ”

— Claire Zmiro, Paris France

“The workshop was a rather overwhelming experience (in a good way!) and it changed my life. Subsequent practitioners I have seen here described my peculiar condition in the same way…almost the same words as Surya”s translation of what the healers were describing/diagnosing me in Bali. I have learnt so much about myself, a much deeper connection to ‘Me” and therefore more confidence to be who I am in the world. Its a challenging but highly creative path.”

— Patrick S., Byron Bay Australia

“Thank you for your willingness to share your understandings with us. I appreciate all that I have learned over the past 5 days and know that my education and in turn my understanding will continue for the rest of this lifetime and beyond. Your knowledge will be important to pass on to westerners, but also your own people.”

— L. Gully, Busselton Australia

“Thank you for this wonderful course that you have both put together
I went to Bali with very heavy energy because of what is happening in my life at the moment and had noticed from the first day and the purification ceremony that this energy began to lift and was so light when I finished the course
I also enjoyed sharing the moments with the healers and insight I to how they do their healing and how trusting they were with their connections
I loved the herbs and concoctions that you show us and am introducing them into my life once I source them here in Australia
Surya you completed the course with your humbleness, knowledge and wonderful energy and I have taken in all that you shared with us and it has changed many things for me on various levels and would not hesitate to recommend this to my friends and associates”

— Beverley Bryant, Capel Australia

“The course you presented was a very good introduction to Bali culture and healing traditions of Bali. My sisters and I know that there is more to learn and 1 week is not enough. I like the general informality of the learning process further made interesting by your enthusiasm for Bali culture, your inherent spirituality, and the fact that you yourself are an artist of several kinds. Thank you too for so many personal touches throughout the course. We had a wonderful time.”

— Agnes G., Lower Hutt, New Zealand

“I am so glad that we were blessed with you as our guide and translator. Thank you so very much, this was truly a special day for us.
I send you much light and many blessings. May your days be full of wonderful moments.”

— S. Bush, Abu Dhabi / UAE

““Made Surya best resembles him of a man, who is fitted with a great character and a man “of an excellent spirit.” I bow to his knowledge, wisdom and dedication towards spirituality and Bali Tradition. His deep interest in sharing his knowledge and spreading the Spiritual Art of Bali to many is indeed one of the most scared contributions he has ever done to the emerging society. Made Surya has not just left with me with a honourable impression but he has given me some of the most remarkable experiences engraved into moments of my life.
I am also truly indebt to Surya who has given me the opportunity to meet with the professor, Dr. Adi Putera of the University of Bali, who is another remarkable person, who consistently energetic and inspiring in the spread the Best of Bali Spiritualism and Science to the next enterprising generation of the society.
I am very lucky to meet these two gentlemen in Bali, who have amazingly transformed and inspire me to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness. God Bless Them!””

— Master Sribala, Singapore, 2016

“Thank you for sharing your culture…and for the unusual learning experiences.
I came back to the Philippines with a clear mind and a light heart.
I no longer try to get in the middle of everything and zoom in for an immediate solution. It’s a circle of balance which always comes to the forefront. We are slowly pushing through with the hospital’s alternative therapy center. It will take a lot of patience and determination but… hopefully… it will become…
May you be able to share with more people the essence of Bali.”

— Z. R. Cagape, M.D., Philippines

“I would like to thank you for the course that I just did in Bali. It was a unique experience one that I am grateful for and still processing. I met some lovely people on it and learnt an untold amount of information that will always sit well with me. It was great to see the healers , especially the trance medium as I am a medium myself and work on a similar vibrations. I had a fantastic time.”

— Kathy Perkins, Perth Australia

““Thank you Made Surya for all the ingredients you laid out on the table-the Balinese pharmacopeia, true intention, to be one with yourself, the force of nature, the four spiritual siblings, mudra, the sacred syllable, direction, magic drawings from the Lontar, sensitivity, awareness, protection, purification, the healer’s touch, outer and inner worlds, Jamu. It is such a gift to hear an authentic voice and travel through a deep layer of Balinese culture. I have so many new words, images, and practices to further explore in my art, writing and therapeutic work with my students.””

— Adele Maze, Marin County CA. 2016