Bali Arts Immersion

• 2 weeks July 22-Aug. 5, 2018

The small island of Bali first appeared to world attention in the 1920’s and 30’s, when a handful of adventurous artists from northern Europe set sail for the Dutch East Indies to investigate stories of an amazing Hindu-culture where art and life intermingled as one. They were soon followed by Margaret Meade and Gregory Bateson, pioneering anthropologists, looking for another relatively untouched culture to explore after Samoa. The painters taught local artists to paint western-style and helped them market their work to the infant tourism industry. The famous New York artist Miguel Covarrubias spent time on the island, writing a classic book that he also illustrated, and Bali leapt to the attention of New York society from Covarrubias illustrations on the cover of Vanity Fair. Connoisseurs began collecting wood carvings of sensuous, elongated Balinese dancers.

At the Colonial Exposition in Paris in 1931, attendees were charmed and surprised by the troup of Bali dancers and musicians in their first exposure in the west. In 1952, and American John Coast organized the first company of traditional dancers and musicians to perform to sell-out audiences on Broadway.

In 1974 Anthropologist Stephen Lansing published “Evil in the Morning of the World: Phenomenological Approaches to a Balinese Community. “ The second paragraph of the introduction stated: “Artist, is the second most common occupation in Bali, after farmer.” How can a society support the arts to this degree? Would you like to find out?

This unique travel/learning experience invites the participant to live in the cultural center of Bali, meeting the artists and dancers, getting to know the people and their customs, and to visit rituals and ceremonies. To spend time with working artists in their compounds, learn from them, and watch daily life evolve. This is a chance to know a fascinating and vibrant culture from the inside.

Choose from an assortment of classes—you can take as many as you have stamina for: mask dance, women’s dance, Gamelan, batik painting, shadow puppet crafting, mask carving. We have also organised classes in basket weaving, silver smithing, ceramics, acrylic painting, pinked (wind chime) making, cooking, offering making.

Judy Slattum MFA Spent 14 years as an academic before starting her own educational travel company in 1985. She has organized and led study tours to Bali since first visiting the island on sabbatical to study mask dance in 1978. Judy has published many articles on Balinese culture and her book, Masks of Bali; Spirits of an Ancient Drama was released by Chronicle Books in 1992, was featured in Time Magazine has sold thousands of copies, and was reprinted by Periplus Editions in Sept. 2003. Her museum exhibition on Balinese Masks toured the USA as part of the Festival of Indonesia for 5 years and has now relocated to Bali. Judy is a frequent lecturer at Colleges, Universities, and museums.

Featured Speaker: Made Surya could best be described as a Balinese Renaissance Man. He carves his own traditional masks, and has performed mask dance and many Colleges, Universities, and Museums, including the Asian and the De Young in San Francisco. He has led culinary tours, been a guest chef at several restaurants, and his recipes are found in several cookbooks. Lonely Planet has declared him the local expert on Balinese traditional healers, and he has lectured and assisted numerous scholars and film crews on such subjects as Hindu religious rituals and practices, vocal music for ceremonies, traditional architecture, and herbal medicine.



Sun. July 22: Ubud Arrive in Bali, and transfer to our hotel in the heart of Ubud, Bali’s cultural center for a good night’s sleep.

Mon. July 23: Ubud 9:00 Meet in the pavilion overlooking the pool for your first language class and orientation session (on manners and customs), followed by a walking tour of Ubud, cultural center of Bali, to familiarize you with the local amenities: money changers, postal pick-up, community organizations, clinic and market. Visit the Saraswati Temple–Hindu goddess of the arts and patron of Ubud. Meet our batik and shadow puppet making Instructors, followed by optional group lunch. Afternoon free to relax or experience a traditional massage. At 7:30, enjoy your first experience of traditional dance: The Legong, ad other classical dances for which the area is known.

Tues. July 24: Ubud 9:00 AM 9:00 second orientation session (on social structure and caste system) & language class. The transport for a guided tour of the Neka museum—the best collection of visual art on the island, to observe the evolution of Balinese painting. Lunch at another favourite cafe. Afternoon free, until an evening performance of the Jegog, Giant Bamboo instruments, also known as “Sounds of the Earth,” with classical dance.

Wed. July 25: Ubud Meet for third language and orientation session (on history), followed by excursion to Mas and Singapadu villages, home of Bali’s famed wood and mask carvers. Tour of the mask and puppet museum—perhaps the largest in the world. Meet a carver of sacred masks and learn about the process of creation, and then the mask carving teacher. Lunch at a favourite cafe, followed by a introductory workshop in Gamelan with the Gamelan music Instructor. Late afternoon workshop with Made Surya on east/west dance. Evening performance of Barong, a classical story dance from the Mahabarata by the islands best dancers.

Thur. July 26: Ubud Free Day.

Fri. July 27 Ubud Classes Begin. All instructors are wonderful human beings, as well as respected, English speaking Balinese working artists. You get 9 classes with your trip package and can take more or less as you wish for a small supplement 6:45 Be ready to depart for a performance of the entrancing Kecak, and Fire Trance Dance.

Sat. July 28: Ubud Classes continue. Late afternoon meet for a lecture/demonstration on the difference between eastern and western dance.

Sun. July 29: Ubud Classes cont. Optional 3 mile sunset hike through small villages and

undulating rice fields from the heron preserve at Petulu village.

Mon. July 30 Ubud Classes cont. In the afternoon, an offering making class with Nyoman Suarti.

Tues. July 31: Ubud Classes cont. Evening performance of Women’s Gamelan with children dancing.

Wed. Aug. 1 Ubud Classes cont. In the afternoon, an excursion to Gungung Kawi temple—a stunning 11th century relic.

Thur. Aug. 2: Ubud: Classes cont.

Fri. Aug. 3: Ubud Last day of classes. Last day of classes & dance recital. Show of batiks, puppets, and masks. Evening feast of Balinese food (ristaffel).

Sat. Aug. 4: Ubud Second day of island tour. We wind our way through Bali’s eastern district, stopping to observe the double ikat weaving demonstration and the making of traditional palm-leaf books at the aboriginal village of Tenganan. After lunch in Candi Dasa, we travel on to Amlapura and visit the Dutch-colonial style Raja’s palace, and then stop at an organic, beach-front organic chocolate factory for a tasting. Back to Ubud for dinner and final night end the night.

Sun. Aug. 5 Transit Check out of hotel by noon, or stay longer in Bali or visit other islands on Indonesia.

Other situations will arise that cannot be predicted until we are in Bali. It is highly likely that you will also visit a cremation, and a temple festival. You may attend whichever tour activities you wish, however there will be no refunds for missed tour activities. Anyone who leaves the tour for any reason is on their own. Visits to the studios and homes of artists and crafts people enable participants to observe and photograph the creative process as well as purchasing art directly from the creator, usually at considerable savings.


Three week tour includes:

  • 14 nights of superior accommodations in Ubud, the cultural center of Bali.
  • 8 classes of instruction in traditional dance, batik painting, mask or puppet carving, shadow puppet making, basket weaving or Gamelan orchestra with some of Bali’s finest working artists.
  • A class in making Balinese offerings.
  • A workshop in playing gamelan.
  • 2 full-day island tour excursions to classic temples, secluded beaches, museums, remote villages.
  • 6 short excursions to ancient sites, terraced rice fields, nature reserves, homes and studios of artists and crafts people.
  • 5 Performances by nationally acclaimed dance and Gamelan performing groups and shadow puppet theatre..
  • Farewell feast
  • Introductory classes in basic Indonesian and seminars in customs and culture, religion, dance, sacred masks, history, rites of passage, etc.
  • Breakfast every day and one dinner.
  • Services of Judy Slattum, who has been leading cultural tours to Bali since 1979.
  • Pre-trip information.

Not Included:

  • RT Airfare
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals except where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips


For the land portion, a cancellation fee of $300.00 is assessed up to 60 days prior to departure, when half the final payment will be refunded. No refunds will be made from one week before departure. Trip cancellation and medical evacuation insurance is recommended.

ACCOMMODATIONS: All accommodations are based on two persons sharing a twin bedded room with private, western-style bath. Single supplement available for $385.00.

ROOMMATES: Single people may sign up for accommodations desired on a share basis and will be assigned a roommate as circumstances permit. If a roommate is unavailable, the participant will be notified of the adjusted price for a SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $385.00

MEALS: Full American Breakfast daily. One traditional dinner. Although meals (excluding breakfast, the final feast) are not included in the trip, we do organize some group meals at the start of the trip to familiarize you with local dishes and acquaint you with our favorite, cost-friendly restaurants.

SIGHTSEEING AND EXCURSIONS: All sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary will be carried out by air conditioned motor coach. All admission fees are included.

TIPS AND TAXES: In most cafes a service charge is added to the bill. Most hotels have a group tip box. Optional gift will be collected for drivers at the end on the tour.

PASSPORT, VISA AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: A passport, valid six months from date of entry to any country visited with proof of onward transportation. Those wishing to stay longer than 30 days should apply for a 60 day visa from any Indonesian Consulate. No inoculations are presently required or suggested.

Our Hotel: Oka Wati Hotel superior room, Monkey Forest Road, Ubud Bali:


Call toll free 888-476-0543 or email for further information.
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13 Reviews

  1. Carol Okay, San Jose CA 2016
    July 10, 2011 at 6:30 am

    “Thank you so very much for your kind stewardship of our travel to Bali. We would never have appreciated the sacred island as much without your clear eyed, objective guidance. You so clearly love and appreciate the Island and want so much to transmit your enthusiasm.

    Your appreciation and insite into the culture is so valued by the students that you bring as well as your Balinese friends, of which you have many. You are a great teacher.”

  2. Lisa Wright, Palo Alto CA, Exp. Arts 2011
    July 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Getting to know Oka, my carving teacher, and spending time in his home and meeting his family was very special. There was a great variety of activities and our tour leader was very knowledgable.

  3. Stan Peterson, Oakland CA
    October 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    What I liked most was the learning aspect – a survey course of Balinese culture, arts, rituals, and religion. Judy was a knowledgeable adjunct professor and I really enjoyed all the people on the tour.
    Judy’s overview on all things Balinese was like a college course. I just want to learn more! It was really ideal to use her book on location at a mask carver’s studio.
    My teacher, Ida Bagus Oka is now my mentor woodcarver. It was a life changing experience to carve in his class and now to become friends.

  4. Marlene Robbins, San Jose CA & Karen McFall Greenwood, CA
    October 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    The quality of activities were excellent all around. We loved visiting the temples & historical sites,–also Neka Museum. Had a great cooking class as well on our free day.
    The people of Bali are so kind and generous, everywhere I went. The food was fantastic too!

  5. Judy Butler, Newcastle CA
    October 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    The teachers were all knowledgeable and helpful. It was a pleasure getting to learn about their techniques, skills & craftsmanship. What I will remember is the warm and friendly people, the beautiful vistas, the challenges the Balinese face, and a greater understanding of Hindu culture.

  6. Carole Knowles, Bend OR
    October 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I’ll remember the personal experiences with the locals. The cremation was extremely interesting & educational. The cooking class we took was a highlight and helped us in reading menus the rest of the tour, and Judy & Surya’s explanation of the culture. Thanks for a wonderful trip.

  7. Madelyn Chavez, Exp. Arts 2011
    May 15, 2015 at 4:43 am

    I loved staying at our hotel, Oka Wati’s. Its a great combination of relaxing and close to shops, restaurants, and classes. The rooms are comfortable enough to hunker down for a few hours, but simple enough so that you want to get out and about every day. I will remember the different and amazing people I have met–thank you for a great trip.

  8. Julie Sheehan Livermore CA, April 2014
    November 19, 2016 at 4:11 am

    “ What an amazing woman you are! Passionate about your ideas, loyal to the ones you value, and funny as all get out. Thank you for hosting us and making some dreams I did not even know I had come true.”

  9. Emily Bitton, W. Orange NJ, April 2014
    November 19, 2016 at 4:13 am

    “Thank you for making this trip seem like the very first one for you. Thank you for your commitment to listen, your knowledge, and desire to make this the best trip possible.”

  10. Janet Wittenauer, St. Charles, MI 4/14
    November 19, 2016 at 4:14 am

    “Thanks for all you arranged for us. I love and appreciate your passion and enthusiasm for the various Bali art forms. Thanks for sharing your expertise of Bali masks and Bali in general. You have unique experience with Bali, and I feel fortunate that you had a major part of this experience. The hotel stays were perfect.”

  11. Janet Graves, Kilauea, HI 4/14
    November 19, 2016 at 4:15 am

    “I just love what you have created on your own and with Surya. What a beautiful success story of a cross-cultural marriage. Long-lasting relationships are a source of great nourishment for me.

    I appreciate your honesty, your fun teasing that kept me on my toes and your real interest in me—in all of us, and in our comfort, fulfillment and happiness. I just want to refer you to to everyone who wants an authentic Bali adventure/experience.”

  12. Emily Young, Sedona AZ 4/‘14
    November 19, 2016 at 4:16 am

    “You’ve shown me that its more than possible to escape Dallas permanently and with such enthusiasm, beauty and grace, for which I think you. You are a beautiful woman who has, with your work, broadened my world and enriched my life.”

  13. Christine Long, Santa Barbara CA 4/2014
    November 19, 2016 at 4:17 am

    “Thank you for your ever-present, light-up the room smile, generous spirit, ready for a good time or a new adventure, & perhaps a hint of mischief. You shared that joyful smile & so much more. I can’t thank you enough for bringing me to Bali in so many ways. I wish you love, fun and more.”

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