Bali Spirit – 15-day Sacred Journey 11th – 25th September
Bali, the ultimate holiday destination for all ages offers something for everyone. An Island so picturesque it could almost be a painted backdrop. See rice terraces which layer the hillsides like gigantic stepping stones, marvel at volcanoes reaching through the clouds, dense tropical jungles with meandering trails, long sandy beaches, warm blue waters and above all friendly people who don’t just have a culture, they actually live it. This can be seen in their ceremonies, festivals, magnificent temples and palaces. This fascinating culture comes to life with traditional dances adorned with vivid costumes and incredible stemmed fingers. Truly the experience of a lifetime!
Discover the Spirit of Bali and travel with us to this tropical picturesque Indonesian Paradise.
- Deluxe Accommodation
- Mask Making Workshop – open yourself to the spirit and character of the mask
- Be enchanted by the beauty of traditional Balinese Dances
- Witness the primitive Kecak dance
- Learn from Balinese Healers
- Visit Temples & make your own Temple Offerings
- Experience Purification Rituals & Ceremonies performed by Priests
- Explore the jungle on our guided treks
- Snorkel in the blue crystal clear waters, teeming with exotic Fish & Coral
- Guided Meditations
11th – 25th of September
This is a brief description of locations we shall visit. We shall meditate, perform or participate in ancient rituals and ceremonies. This itinerary may alter due to unforeseen circumstances.
Day 1 – Sept 11th Your departure flight To Bali
Day 2 – Sept 12th Upon arrival in Bali you’ll be met and transferred to our beautiful hotel in bohemian Ubud, the centre of arts and crafts. Here we will stay for 6 nights in deluxe accommodation, relax and acclimatise. Our Hotel Resort is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and an abundance of exotic plants, an oasis in the midst of Ubud’s bustling activities and picturesque Monkey Forest Road. Evening: Briefing, Introductions and Meditation.
Day 3 – Sept 13th Early morning visit to Bangli, a village near Ubud tucked well away from tourist routes where we visit the surrounding temples. Then enjoy the mythical, colourful Barong & Kris dance performance, telling their traditional story of good versus evil with a touch of humour. The dancer’s masks appear to come to life during this magical tale. Afternoon relax or take advantage of our hotel’s amenities.
Day 4 – Sept 14th Shopping for traditional Balinese clothes, which we will need for our future rituals, purifications and other ceremonies. Wearing our Balinese clothes, we are invited to have traditional dance lessons, which will be great fun. We then visit Balinese healers, where we can learn healing using traditional Balinese medicines and healing by the use of magical drawings.
Day 5 – Sept 15th An exciting excursion to the eastern part of Bali, to Karangasem and its royal palace, then onward to Turta Gangga Water Gardens & Kusamba, a quaint fishing village, which is known for its brightly painted canoes. We pass picturesque areas of rice terraces on the way to the Bat Cave temple and the aborigines’ village of Tenganan. We may also visit the traditional Ikat hand-weaving factory at Sideman village. Evening, memorable full moon performance of the primitive and breathtaking Kecak dance at Arma.
Day 6 – Sept 16th Morning visit to the Tampaksiring holy spring temple (Tirta Empul Temple). The inner portion of the temple has a Holy Spring. These waters are considered to have curative powers. Here we go through the various levels of purification rituals at different fountains in preparation to receive a blessing by a priest. Return to Ubud and the balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 7 – Sept 17th Visit a small mountain village in an area completely off the beaten track. Call at the local school and deliver a gift of school supplies. Later we have the opportunity to participate in preparing farm implements for planting and cultivating rice alternatively, feel free to observe and take pictures. The villagers invite us for a traditional singing performance and a performance by the ‘Gamelan Orchestra’. We then have the opportunity of a short lesson in playing instruments with the orchestra. Additionally we shall learn how to make a temple offering and time permitting offer it at Batukaru temple. We will also take a short walk through the rice fields. (Lunch at the village).
Day 8 – Sept 18th Departure to Pemuteran in the far north of Bali. En-route we visit Lake Beratan, then the flower & spice market to experience the colors, fragrances and exotic aromas. Onward to the Botanical Gardens and Pulaki monkey temple, where monkeys live in the Temple and are free to come and go as they please. Arrival at our stunning beach side hotel, where we shall stay for 2 nights. Sun-set meditation on the beach.
Day 9 – Sept 19th Enjoy a boat trip to the Menjangan Island. Here we can snorkel in the warm, crystal clear sea experiencing the fascinating underwater world with its colorful tropical fish and beautiful corals. Later we Visit the Pura Melanting Temple and receive a blessing from the local priest. (Lunch included)
Day 10 – Sept 20th Free morning to enjoy the facilities of our beautiful hotel before returning to Ubut. En route we trek the banks of a crystal clear river which leads to the spectacular cascading 40m Munduk Waterfall. This area is thought to be the most beautiful part of Bali. Evening lecture given by a much respected ‘Intuitive Healer’ on body/energy works & how to release blockages by special massage and acupressure.
Day 11 – Sept 21st Mask-making workshop. The mask-maker will demonstrate mask-making and will explain the spirit and character of the masks. In the afternoon visit Petulu where the white herons return to roost every evening. Evening: Performance of the classical & enchanting Legong dance, traditionally performed at royal places by girl aged between 8 and 12.
Day 12 – Sept 22nd Free morning in bustling Ubud for shopping or pampering. Transfer to our amazing Spa hotel, which in itself is a village museum, showcasing Indonesian people’s cultural history where we can see artifacts that constitute the cultural legacy of Indonesia. (Three nights, full board & 2 free daily Yoga classes)
Day 13 – Sept 23rd Morning Meditation Workshop. Today we can take advantage of a free one-hour Yoga class and you are also entitled to a choice of a one-hour traditional Balinese massage with exotic oils from the islands or a one hour reflexology treatment. The hotel offers an extensive range of classes and treatments (to be paid for locally).
Day 14 – Sept 24th A day at your leisure for more pampering or depart to Java.
Day 15 – Sept 25th Transfer to the airport, departure to your destination.
Optional 4 Day Fully Accompanied Java/Bali Experience includes:
Return flight Bali/Java & private transfers & sightseeing tours as per itinerary. Entrance fees & donations. 3 night’s twin-shared hotel accommodation. (1 night in Bali upon return) Daily breakfast, lunch 2x, dinner 1x. Guided Service. Meditation at Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Possibility to meditate & chant with the monks.
Java Experience 3 days / 2 nights & 1 night Bali
Day 1 – Sept 24th JOGJA ARRIVAL – PRAMBANAN – MANOHARA – Arrival at airport Jogja and visit to Prambanan temple. Transfer to our hotel Manohara, the only hotel located inside Borobudur.
Day 2 – Sept 25th BOROBUDUR SUNRISE – JOGJA TOUR. – Early rise to explore Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world and its temple. After our sunrise meditation we return to the hotel for breakfast. Visit to the Mendut Temple and the Mendut Monastery. Transfer to Jogja for check into our hotel
Day 3 Sept 26th JOGJA CITY TOUR – Depart to Kraton by becak (rickshaw) from Mercure. Visit Tamansari, the water castle and continued to Kampong Tirtodipuran to see the process of batik making and then visit Kota Gede for its silverwork and wayang maker. Depart to Denpasar airport. Bali – transfer to our accommodation.
Day 4 – Sept 27th Transfer to the airport, departure to Bali or to your destination.
A small selection of comments from travellers who have agreed that you may email them for further references (email addresses supplied on request):
“The trip to Peru with Barbara Ann was fantastic; she is a wonderful leader and as well as efficient and organised is also kind and compassionate about people’s welfare and wellbeing along the way. In fact, it was so good I returned the year after! Again, this was excellent”. S.A. London
“It was the trip of my life, absolutely unforgettable and very, meaningful. A trip of adventure and personal discovery. The meditations, rituals and the time spent with like-minded people gave me a new energy and optimism.
Well organised and balanced between activities and time to relax. This is an adventure for those who want to discover Incan culture and ones authentic inner self”. E.K. London
“We were protected and looked after to the highest degree. It was also such fun and an amazing adventure. It all far exceeded my expectations ”. F.B. Beds
“In all my years I have never had a holiday so wonderful, so challenging, amazing, and breathtaking…..so full!! I want to come again. This trip was led by a very, very caring lady – you Barbara Ann- everyone’s needs were looked after in a very personal way”. A. B. Cumbria
“The journey was amazing in every way; I learnt so much and feel a far richer person for the experience. The way in which you and Malku guided us and kept us safe whilst allowing us to challenge ourselves on every level was a true gift”. J.B. Sheffield
“I would like to thank you for organising such an amazing holiday, and hope I will meet you again in the future. Peru really has proved to be the trip of my life time. The organisation of the trip was superb and allowed me to concentrate on my spiritual experience and not give any concern to the logistics of the journey. The shamanic works performed by Malku have been truly enlightening, forced everyone to push themselves beyond their conform boundaries which for me was part of the highlights of my Peru experience”. M.A. London
“Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou for a fantastic experience in Bali, I’ve come back with so much, I feel I ‘m ready to move forward in my life in so many ways, what a great group of people we were with, you made all this possible, well done”. R.M. Dubai
The Price includes:
- All twin-shared Hotel accommodations; hotel taxes & service charges (Single room supplement not incl.)
- American Breakfast & some meals as per itinerary
- Transfers & sightseeing per itinerary via private air-conditioned vehicle
- All ground and water transportation within the dates of the tour
- Entrance fees & donations during included sightseeing
- Guided tours
- Tour Guide
- Complimentary cold drinks and cold towels while sightseeing
- Snorkelling excursion & snorkelling equipment
- One hour private yoga lesson as per itinerary
- One hour Balinese massage OR reflexology session as per itinerary
- Meditations, rituals, ceremonies and Spiritual guidance