Yoga and the Culture of Bali

Friday, June 15, 2018 - Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bali is famous for its stunning physical beauty, rich spiritual life, and gracious hospitality. It’s a lush, emerald gem of an island full of majestic volcanoes and terraced rice fields that spill gently into an azure sea. Bali’s rich cultural heritage and deep reverence for life are legendary and make it more than just another tropical island paradise. Bali-Hinduism (an exceptional mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism) guides every aspect of life. Ritual and reverence are everywhere you look, creating an artistic and spiritual mecca unlike anywhere else in the world

Our trip will bring you into three distinct regions of Bali. We will stay in small, locally owned hotels—each with its own yoga space—away from the tourist scene—so you can fully immerse yourself in this unique, evocative culture. In addition to daily yoga classes our excursions will include rice field hikes, treks in the rain forest, snorkeling expeditions among tropical coral gardens, walks through coffee and clove plantations, and lush waterfalls. Each day, your tour guides will give you an insider’s view of Balinese dance, music, art, and sacred ceremonies.

The journey begins at a peaceful eco-resort in a friendly mountain village called Munduk. With its dedication to nature, culture, and healing it is the perfect place to decompress from your long journey. Among the stunning views of rice fields, lush greenery, and mountain peaks we begin our yoga classes and our time together as a traveling community. You will begin to learn about the Balinese people—their language, their culture, and their way of life

From here we travel to Ubud, known as Bali’s “cultural center.” Ubud has much to offer—the possibility of traditional dance and music performances every night, perhaps the best selection of restaurants on the island, a thriving arts community, fabulous shopping, numerous ceremonies, and stunning ancient temples. We will explore a bit of all of these, plus visit the home of your local guide to tour the compound, enjoy a tasty lunch, and learn about family life in Bali.

Spend your final days on the island at the elegant Lotus Bungalows Resort perched right at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Here in Candi Dasa you will snorkel in the crystal-clear Indian Ocean and enjoy the local mountainous scenery. It’s a gateway to East Bali where we will day-trip to swim in spring-fed pools, explore old palaces, and visit artists in an aboriginal village. This area is seldom visited by tourists and will provide a soothing ending to our yoga tour before returning home to your daily life.

Trip Cost: $3997.00 – Includes airfare from LA or San Francisco.

Price is based on double-occupancy room, each with private bath (all hotels have western amenities and two have swimming pools). Includes full breakfast, excursions listed, classes and workshops, services of Judy and Surya, along with several orientation and language sessions. Also includes all hotel transfers, land arrangements. Please note that an unexpected rise in fuel taxes may influence the final price. Those arranging their own air travel will be responsible for transfers from the airport to hotel and back.

Minimum 10 participants, maximum 16. Ground only deduct $1400.00.

Deposit: A payment of $500.00 per person is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due April 1, 2018.

Yoga in Bali includes:
• Round-trip airfare from San Francisco or LAX
• Airport transfers and all mini-shuttles
• Daily yoga with Stacey
• Snorkeling excursion in Candi Dasa (excluding mask and fin rental)
• Attendance at four traditional dance & music performances
• Traditional massage in Ubud
• Guided treks in Munkuk through the neighboring countryside: small villages, rice fields, coffee and clove plantations, culminating at the magical Growing Stone, and Bali’s most magical waterfall.
• Guided tours of Ulun Danu and Goa Gajah Temples, Ogoh Ogoh Museum, fruit and flower market, walking tour to Ubud home/studio of a master carver of sacred masks, Tirtagangga Water Palace, Ashram Candi Dasa, and Tenganan aboriginal village.
• Purification ceremony at Tirta Ampul sacred springs.
• Breakfast every day, lunch in your guides family compound and at Senang Hati NGO, dinner at Gandhi Ashram in Candi Dasa, and four family-style dinners in Munduk.
• Seminars and talks on rites of passage, bargaining, history and politics, trance and sacred masks, local customs and culture, language, Hindu  
religion & caste system, altars and personal ritual.
• Undying services of Madé Surya & Judy Slattum, Bali specialists.
• Four nights accommodations in Munduk mountain village.
• Four nights accommodations in Ubud cultural center.
• Four nights accommodations in Candi Dasa on the beach.
• Pre-trip information, on-site handouts, and more.

Yoga in Bali does NOT Include:
Meals that are not noted in above itinerary (expect $6-12+ per meal), alcoholic beverages, laundry services, massages and spa treatments, overweight baggage fees, snorkel equipment rental (just a few bucks), any additional activities or excursions not listed.