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Healers and Healing Traditions:

a journey into the culture and healing arts of Bali in a two-week workshop setting.

Jan. 27-Feb. 9, 2015

This trip offers an in-depth excursion into the culture of Bali through the eyes of the Balinese, for those who wish to observe, appreciate, and experience traditional healing methods, at the same time enhancing their own health with traditional massage.
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 trip 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.

In Southeast Asia local people have long held their traditional healers (called Balian or Dukun in Bali) in high regard. With the advent of western medicine, healers have not been discarded, but seen as adjunct and complementary to what western medicine offers. Besides visiting a western-style doctor when ill, the Balinese consult a Balian, a traditional healer. These men and women work in different ways: some mix herbal remedies; some create drawings of magical inscriptions and symbols to protect the wearer; and some, while in trance, communicate messages from the Bali Hindu deities that dictate the creation of certain offerings and ceremonies. Paramount to the work is the study of the actual practitioners: who they are, the types and varieties, what they do, why they do it, who they work with, etiquette and behavior. Tantamount to understanding Balinese medicine is to understand the magic of the Left versus the Right. Love potions, black magic and their relationship to illness.
We will also explore the history of traditional medicine (Usada), the source of information, and where people learn about it. Medicinal plants & herbal medicines play an important, daily role in the indigenous population and we will spend time investigating the forms and applications of these. Every Balinese knows how to make the simplest medicines for common colds, flu, headaches and wounds. Made from basic ingredients found on the island, these remedies have been time-proven over the centuries to be effective in any country in the world. Most Balinese grow their own herbs, but they can also be found in the local markets. We will go on a herb walk, learn about mixing herbal medicines, and observe the use of these medicines during visits to Balinese healers. We will also learn the art of making a temple offering.

Massage is regarded as an important healing art on the island of Bali. Almost every family includes one member who practices this art, and there are many professionals on the island. These Balian Tulang/Uat are called upon in emergencies to set broken bones or dislocations. Many of the Balian's have received their knowledge from a parent or grandparent, while others have acquired their skills directly from the Hindu deities. During the trip each participant will receive three massages from three respected practitioners, with enough time to schedule repeat sessions.

Purification ceremonies are an important part of Bali Hindu religious cycles. Usually held during times of stress, plague, transgression, or as part of the rites of passage, these ceremonies many times involve sacred masks, and most are held within the villages temples. Each member of our group will experience a purification ceremony

Itinerary Jan. 27-Feb. 9, 2015

Tues. Jan. 27: Munduk. D Transfer to Munduk mountain village hotel on your own to meet Made Surya, have an optional light dinner and a comfortable night's sleep.

Wed. Jan. 28: Munduk. BD Buffet breakfast,followed by an introductory session with Made Surya with focus on basic Indonesian manners & customs. Then a walk to Munduk village,for an orientation, stopping at a coffee mill and also the Munduk market, with an explanation of the "exotic" fruits and vegetables. Afternoon talk on the basics of Bali Hinduism, followed by family style dinner of local specialities.

Thur. Jan. 29: Munduk: BD Following breakfast, a guided tour of natural medicinal herbs both growing wild and cultivated in the hotel herb garden and along the way to Bali’s tallest waterfall with a chance for the adventuresome to take a dip. Lunch, downtime, and included therapeutic massages begin. Late afternoon orientation session, focusing on the caste and banjar system. Group dinner together.

Fri. Jan. 30: Munduk. BD Breakfast, followed by walk through the neighboring countryside: small villages, rice fields, coffee and clove plantations, culminating at the sacred Growing Stone. Return to hotel for lunch. Massages continue. Late afternoon introductory session on Balinese pharmacopeia and seminar on the Balian, local traditional healers, followed by group dinner.

Sat. Jan. 31: Munduk BD Breakfast is followed by visit to a local Balian for an interview and to observe his work. After lunch, massages continue. Late afternoon talk focusing on the traditional view of the anatomy, and Rites of Passage: their symbolism and importance in Balinese life.

Sun. Feb. 1, Munduk BD In the morning we learn about making Loloh/Jamu, the traditional “tonic” used by most Balinese and Indonesians on a regular basis. Afternoon we observe a dance class by village children. Late afternoon talk on Kanda Empat, the “Four Spiritual Siblings” each person is born with. Evening farewell to Munduk ristaffel and performance of music and dance by the village Gamelan group.

Mon. Feb. 2: Ubud B Depart Munduk for Ubud, Bali's "Cultural Center," stopping at Pura Ulun Danu, Bali's most stunning temple floating on a small island in a volcanic lake and the spice and flower market. We wind our way through the towering volcanoes and Bali's fruit and vegetable basket, ending our travels in Ubud. Downtime.

Tues. Feb. 3: Ubud B Your guide has a day off and you are free to explore. Appointments for second massages begin.

Wed. Feb. 4: Ubud. B Early morning departure for the Sacred Springs of Tampaksiring, believed to have healing properties. There will be a purification ceremony for those who wish to participate. We will also see the ancient monuments at Gunung Kawi, an ancient Hindu/Buddhist temple. followed by lunch. Evening performance of the Kecak dance by torch light, and the Fire Trance dance.

Thur. Feb. 5: Ubud B Visit to the home of another local Balian (healer) to watch him practice and perhaps have a "checkup." Late afternoon discussion of healing techniques. Evening performance of Legong classical dance.

Fri. Feb. 6: Ubud B Island tour to East Bali, taking us through striking visions of terraced rice fields and craggy mountains, ending up at the aboriginal village of Tenganan to watch the double ikat weaving process (created only two places in the world), and a demonstration of Balinese lontar or palm leaf books being made. Lunch overlooking the rolling surf in Candi Dasa. Our next visit is to Goa Gajah, an 11 century important temple in Bedulu village.

Sat. Feb. 7: Ubud BD Visit to our third healer--a woman who specializes in trance channeling. Farewell to Ubud feast--an elaborate ristaffel banquet, and performance of the Wayang Kulit Shadow puppet play.

Sun. Feb. 8: Ubud BL 9:00 Depart for a performance of the Barong dance, the struggle between the forces of good and evil, in Batubulan, village of stone carvers. Onward to the traditional family compound of your guide in the Capital city of Denpasar, have a wonderful lunch created by the family, and tour the family compound. followed by demonstration in the making of traditional medicine.

Fri. Feb. 9: B Check out.

Itinerary may change subject to unplanned opportunities. Although no one is required to attend any activities, there will be no refunds for missed activities. Anyone who leaves the itinerary at any time, for any reason, is on their own.

Trip Package Includes:
  • 6 nights at Munduk mountain resort.
  • 7 nights in Ubud, Bali's cultural center.
  • 2 traditional massages with local professionals, with time to schedule further treatments if desired.
  • 3 visits to Balian, Balinese traditional healers
  • Attendance at five classical dance and Gamelan music performances
  • Island tours include visits to Tenganan aboriginal village, traditional markets, and the temples of Tampaksiring, Gunung Kawi, Mengwi, Ulun Danu.
  • Three treks through rain forests, rice fields, and plantations.
  • Six dinners in Munduk, lunch in family home, and ristaffel dinner of Balinese festival food. Breakfast each day.
  • Seminars on sacred masks, local customs and culture, language, and Hindu religion, ceremonies, trance, rites of passage, East/West medicine, etc.
  • Evaluations and discussions.
  • Services of Madé Surya, professional guide who speaks both Balinese and English

Not Included:
RT Air, laundry, visa fee ($25.00), airport taxes (currently $17.00), overweight fees, additional sightseeing, tips, meals not noted..

Cost: $1741.00 per person based on two persons sharing a room with bathroom. Single supplement available. Minimum 6, maximum 16 participants.

Roommates: Single people may sign up for accommodations desired on a shared basis; roommates can be chosen from other tour members. If a roommate is unavailable, the participant will be notified of the adjusted price for a single supplement: $325.00 extra.

Deposit: A deposit of $350.00 per person is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. Deposit, minus a $75.00 cancellation fee, is refundable until 45 days prior to departure. No refunds will be made after departure.

Passport, Visa, and Health: A passport, valid six months from date of entry with proof of onward transportation is required for entry into Indonesia. Visa on arrival with payment of a $25.00 fee valid for 4 weeks. If you wish to stay longer, apply to the Indonesian Consulate for a 2 month visa prior to arrival. No inoculations are required or advised. Everyone participating in this trip is expected to be in good health and able to walk at least three miles unaided.

Trip Organizer/Leader: Madé Surya B.S. is a professional tour organizer and has been leading study tours in Bali for 24 years. He has translated and worked with scholars and educational film and video crews, including National Geographic, and lives in Bali half the year. He was senior research assistant for several scholarly books relating to the Balinese view of the After Death. He is on the advisory board for Sacred Sites International, and has been a contributor to Hinduism Today. Surya has continuously led educational tours to Bali since 1986, and is said by Lonely Planet On-line Travel to be the “top authority on Balinese Healers.“

About our Hotels: The first of its kind in Bali, Puri Lumbung Cottages ( is more than a hotel-it is an eco-tourism project dedicated to the discovery, conservation and enhancement of the unspoiled area around Munduk. The people of Munduk village are involved as much as possible in caring for their guests. They not only provide employment, but engage them in activities that maintain the tropical rainforest and preserve water. We also encourage the young villagers to keep their cultural heritage alive with traditional dance, music and crafts. They were one of the first hotels to separate their trash, and regularly recycle plastics. In Ubud, the charming Villa Sonia is located in the suburbs of Ubud in Nyu Kuning Village, which recently won the most beautiful village in Bali award. Residents are committed to respect the environment. They recycle as much as possible, and avoid use of plastic. Villa Sonia ( features a rural atmosphere of Bali unspoiled charm. Situated far away from hustle and bustle, but accessible to public facilities and run by warm friendly people, it is a small boutique hotel with large rooms and modern conveniences.

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