Bali from Within

Bali from Within
March 2-14, 2020
Bali, Indonesia
Guides: Trebbe Johnson with Wayan Suriada, Rucina Ballinger, and Nyoman Sutarya

(Click here for a complete itinerary: Itinerary Bali 2020.)

Every visitor to Bali is struck by the mystery: each day, the Balinese people can be seen engaging in what is obviously a vibrant, creative, spiritually intact culture in full view of—yet rarely including—outsiders. Where are these people going? What does it all mean?

For twelve years I’ve been working with Balinese friends to offer the Bali from Within trip. It is open to only four participants. Together we penetrate the scrim of colorful, often enigmatic impressions… and we  discover Bali from Within.

During Bali From Within you’ll have conversations with a master craftsman of Balinese sacred masks, a gamelan musician, a women who weaves exquisite songket fabric, and a visionary man working with villagers to rebalance Bali’s ancient farming practices. You’ll visit private homes and temple compounds and take part in Bali’s intricate and beautiful ceremonial life in ways tourists never get a chance to do. You’ll take guided hikes that meander off the beaten path and into the dense green heart of the island, where you’ll discover immense waterfalls, bamboo forests, and native fruits and flowers.

You’ll also have plenty of time to yourself—to take a walk, visit museums, shop, get a massage, visit a traditional Balinese healer, or simply sit on the balcony of your bungalow reading and looking out over the exquisite landscape. Nights, you’ll stay in small hotels where members of our group are treated as old friends: small bungalows with tiled roofs, private garden showers, beautiful views, furnishings made of local woods, and smooth white sheets on which fresh flower blossoms are sprinkled in the morning.

On this trip we make time to share how the rich experiences of the day have affected us personally. Every night the members of our small group share in a “council” session, in which we speak one at a time and from the heart about what has touched us, disturbed us, perplexed and delighted us.

Bali From Within is not for those who wish to pack as many sights as they can into a few days. We seek depth—not only in the island and its people, but in our own responses to what we discover. This trip is an exchange—of interest, information, inspiration, and friendship between the Balinese people and ourselves. Come discover Bali from Within and experience anew how beauty and meaning can shape a life.

Ten percent of the profits of the trip will be donated to Tamblang Sacred Springs Conservation Project, Munduk, North Bali.

Cost: $4,250 [Includes twelve nights lodging (single occupancy; if you can share a room, deduct $250), dance performances, entrance fees, honoraria to speakers, transportation within Bali, guides, drivers, preparation materials, and all meals except three dinners and three lunches. Does not include international air travel, personal tips, and fees to events not included in the group trip.] A $750 deposit is required to hold your place. For more information or to register, Trebbe (trebbejohnson (at) gmail (dot) com.