Itinerary July 26-Aug. 8 2013
Fri. July 26: 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.
Sat. July 27: 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, pointing out the old Dutch homes, 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.
Sun. July 28: Munduk: BD Following breakfast, a guided tour of natural medicinal herbs both growing wild and cultivated in the hotel herb garden. Then take off for an easy walk 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.
Mon. July 29: Munduk. BD Breakfast, followed by walk through hike through the neighboring countryside: small villages, rice fields, coffee and clove plantations, culminating at the magical Growing Stone. Return to hotel for lunch. Massages continue. Late afternoon language session and seminar on the Balian, local traditional healers, followed by group dinner.
Tues. July 30: 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 Rites of Passage, their symbolism and importance in Balinese life.
Wed. July 31, Munduk BD Morning we learn about making Loloh/Jamu, the traditional “tonic” used by most Balinese and Indonesians on a regular basis. Afternoon 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.
Thur. Aug. 1: 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.
Fri. Aug. 2 : Ubud B Your guide has a day off and you are free to explore. Appointments for second massages begin.
Sat. Aug. 3 : 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. Return to Ubud for lunch. Evening performance of the Kecak dance by torch light, and the Fire Trance dance.
Sun. Aug. 4: 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.
Mon. Aug. 5: 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.
Tues. Aug. 6 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.
Wed. Aug. 7: 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. Then visit to the Capitol city of Denpasar and tour the anthropological museum, and hear about the power of sacred masks. Onward to the traditional family compound of your guide, have a wonderful lunch created by the family, and tour the family compound.
Thur. Aug 8: 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 titinerary 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
RT Air, laundry, visa fee ($25.00), airport taxes (currently $17.00), overweight fees, additional sightseeing, tips, meals not noted.
Cost: $1650.00 based on two persons sharing a room with bathroom. Single supplement available. Minimum 8, 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: $295.00 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 Swasti Eco Cottages are committed to respect the environment. They do not use any chemical products for the daily room cleaning and laundry. They recycle as much as possible. Eighty per cent of what they serve in their cafe comes from their organic garden.
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