“The past five weeks have flown by… Hands down one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Every student should make it a point to study abroad!”

Kamilah McGuire, Student
University of California, Irvine

“Our trip was truly amazing! Full of cultural nuances as well as awesome people that truly represented their culture and heritage. . . I was honored to be guided so beautifully and with such warmth by you and the others who assisted in learning about magical Bali!  . . . so much fun sharing our combined insights when traveling in novel experiences. . .  authentic and deliciously homemade meals, visiting temples filled with flowers of offerings and stunning landscapes throughout our stay. . . . Thank you for all your efforts in making it so memorable in my heart and transformative in experiencing another reality in our world.”

Dominican Faculty participant

“The Bali Institute allowed me to explore and understand Bali so deeply that I have carried those indelible experiences with me ever since. Through a degree of cultural immersion, my class and I began speaking the local language, tasting new foods, smelling the surfeit of smells and seeing the wonderful island itself. Marcia Jaffe and her staff encouraged learning and exploration: We learned about Indonesian history, wore traditional Balinese clothes and walked the local streets until our home country actually felt more foreign than Indonesia. Some of us even dug in the mud like the local farmers do every day, or worked up the zeal to climb Gunung Agung! I was able to witness/experience how the Balinese people understood the world, thus enriching my own understanding. Our class also toured Bumi Sehat, the CNN Hero of the Year 2011 Robin Lim’s natural birthing clinic – which I found to be absolutely inspiring. Robin herself was brilliant, down-to-Earth and hard working – I would put my own family in her care without hesitation. I learned a lot from her and the other healers we met along the way – I think these experiences will help inform my medical career and for that I will always be grateful to Bali Institute. Read more at the University of California Irvine Bali Blog. “

Harwood Garland, Student
University of California, Irvine

“I loved my experience here….Bali Institute is a wonderful program with a really great purpose, It gives a lot of exposure to people about the Balinse culture, and it is done so in a way allows room for every individual to learn and grow…”

“All my life I’ve wondered what am I going to do to make me a successful person— how was I going to make a lot of money? What job will help me do that? Now, the questions that guide me are, what am I going to do to make this world a better place? What will I be my footprint on this earth once I leave? The money won’t be there, but the humanitarian work I’ve done will be reflective of who I was. The Bali institute has helped me made that realization and has brought me together with other like-minded students, with whom I’ve made everlasting friendships with.”

“The Bali Institute has truly opened my eyes to global issues…the program provided an amazing opportunity for UCI students to become more aware about global healthcare and community issues of Bali.”

University of California, Irvine Student


“…wonderful, transformative organization profoundly invested in the local culture…your staff are smart, caring, and motivated to really educate participants in their programs. The experience moved me, challenged me, and inspired me.”

University of San Diego Graduate Student

“The Bali Institute is a beautifully designed organization that allowed me to see a diverse picture of life, tradition, history, culture, and values in Bali. I recommend the Bali Institute without hesitation.”

University of San Diego Graduate Student


It is very inspiring to see how our collaboration is starting to grow and take shape. We really value not just BIGR’s fantastic contacts, networks and experiences for our students but, more importantly, the way you you work – full of integrity, collegiality and an ethical commitment to the communities you collaborate with. Our recent interns who worked in collaboration with BIGR have had nothing but praise for you and your Bierrman photoemployees. It definitely makes you an organisation we are very proud to be associated with!

Soenke Biermann,
Director, Australia Program
Long Island University-Global

“I attended the conference with my 17 year old daughter and our lives were changed forever. I watched her turn from being a fierce warrior, on the attack, knowing in her heart that Humanity’s demise was only a matter of time TO a young person coming to terms with what she is FOR more than what she is AGAINST… As a mother who has wept to hear that when her child looks forward she can see only doom – I can hardly express what this shift has meant to me personally …I believe the Global Healing Conference in Bali was integral in making this happen. My daughter herself says that it has been the greatest event of her life!”
– Pat McCabe, Dineh Tribe, participant, facilitator and Advisory Committee member

“Not only did this trip confirm my interest in traditional medicine, but it also rejuvenated my yearning to learn more by introducing worlds of medicine that I have yet to explore.”
– Northeastern University Student

More than any other experience, the Bali Institute helped me widen my world lens to allow me to see multiple perspectives and viewpoints. No other gathering has encouraged me more to step beyond my own believes, connect with others, and take action at the edge of the unknown.

The Bali Institute is risk-taking with global support — a place and time where you know you were meant to be, where the people who surround you feel like longtime friends, and with an authentic sense of common ground that supports a shared vision for a compassionate world and its best future possibility . . . where the people of Bali nurture your soul and rekindle your hope for the future.

Motivated by my Bali experiences, I have moved beyond my responsibilities as a high school principal to join a broader network of leadership coaches and school leaders (Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network) initiating an international focus in high schools across the United States. The Bali Institute helped me replace doubt with possibility, darkness with hope in action.

Don Proffit

– Don Proffit, Retired high school principal, Ethical Literacy Coach for the Institute for Global Ethics and Northeast Steward for The World Cafe Community

“The entire experience was powerful, motivating, and a good reminder of the leader that lies within each of us.”
– Awakening Global Action Delegate

“Without exception the students were moved and enlightened by their experiences…your program exceeded our expectations…we are eternally grateful to Bali Institute and the Balinese people…it was one of the greatest growth experiences for our students and leaders. Thank you for that opportunity!”
– Professor Patricia Kiladis, Northeastern University

“We are thrilled to partner with the Bali Institute to offer service-learning programs in Bali. Your deep connections with the community, experience with leadership development and appreciation and respect for the local wisdom and culture are exactly what we are looking for in a partner. It’s a pleasure to work together with you to develop the next generation of global citizens and leaders.”
– Andrew Motiwalla, Executive Director, Global Leadership Adventures

“…great opportunities to learn from the Balinese and from other participants..you never knew what was around the corner as far as interesting learnings, people or activities… I left energized with commitments for myself, my family, my profession…an incredible journey that did not end when I got on the plane to come home.
– Mark Levy, Bali Institute Participant

“It was a life-changing experience on so many levels. No one could possibly walk away unaffected. I strongly encourage anyone who can attend, to do so!!!
– Pat Ginter, Bali Institute Participant

“Literally EVERY DAY was a magical palate that intrigued all my senses. A truely transformational trip!”
– Mai Vu, International Coach & Agung Rai from ARMA Museum (pictured to your left)

“…the biggest life-changing experience of my life…opening my heart …expanding my intellect and restoring my hope…”
– Quest for Global Healing II Delegate

“BIGR added a dimension that I could never have achieved on my own…with its mission to preserve the culture of the Balinese people, the Institute opened doors to very special people and places…being able to meet and have personal conversations…brought me closer to appreciating the culture and how it’s woven into their everyday life.”
– MM, Marin, Yoga Retreat and Extension

“On behalf of all the participants of Dancing Freedom, I send you all a huge bow of respect, gratitude and delight… We could not have done it without you. Bali institute brought invaluable content, cultural context and connection, social vision, logistical support and LOVE to our training. I thank you for being both wonderfully personable and immaculately professional. The whole group was impeccably cared for. I have never before experienced such ease with such a high level of detail. I thank you all for every gesture, seen and unseen…”
– Samantha Sweetwater, Founder/Director, Dancing Freedom

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