Dominican University of California

Alumni, Colleagues & Friends
In Partnership with Bali Institute for Global Renewal

• March 5 – 13, 2016 • Bali, Indonesia •

• Optional Extension: March 13 – 16, 2016 •

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Join Dominican University of California Alumni & friends for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure into the very heart of Balinese ceremony and ritual during the time of Nyepi*, the Balinese Hindu New Year. Participate with the entire island in ancient ceremonies and raucous festivities followed by a full 24 hours of silence and reflection. Then we will travel to a remote ocean village where nine mountain peaks descend to the shore. This custom-designed trip offers all the magic of travel within unique opportunities for cultural understanding and deep immersion.

frogDig deep into Balinese culture for your first few nights in Ubud, the cultural and arts capital of Bali. Spend your nights at a Balinese boutique resort owned by the Royal Family of Ubud, with full amenities and easy access to Ubud village. Activities will focus on the many ways Balinese prepare and celebrate Nyepi*. Witness this extraordinary culture and its honoring of ancient traditions at its best. Watch how local villages finish their artistic (and often humorous) masterpieces of Ogoh Ogoh’s, giant-size representations of internal demons and bad spirits. Participate in the processions and be part of the ceremonies at the nearby ocean, called Melasti, where the prayers and singing you will hear are for cleansing the village, the island, and the whole world! You’ll also visit remote temples with private guides, meet with visionary Balinese, experience healers first-hand, and enjoy a private meeting with of one of the Royal Family princes and visit his palace. Enjoy a special Balinese dance performance too!

Your journey will continue to the northwest remote ocean village of Pemuteran where you will spend a few nights staying right on the beach in a gorgeous villa resort with your own private swimming pool. Considered the “spiritual capital” of Bali, experiences will include visiting one of the most unique temples of Bali for an evening visit and blessing ceremony, dinner at a local Balinese home compound, snorkeling in some of the best areas of Bali, learn about the coral reef restoration UNESCO-recognized project, and dine on fresh organic tropical foods, fruits and more. Attend local ceremonies as available.

• 9 days/8 nights of rich cultural immersion with local Balinese
• All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners (water and one soft-drink/juice in included with meals)
• Special private ceremonies and blessings from a high priest
• Join the Nyepi celebration in a fascinating authentic village atmosphere
• Participate with local Balinese in a global cleansing ceremony
• Meet royal family members and enjoy a private palace tour and dinner (if available)
• Visit unusual Balinese healers with optional personal session
• Enjoy a ride on a traditional fishing boat at sunrise with snorkeling available
• Temple visits
• Meetings with cultural and academic leaders, royal family members and visits to NGO sites
• Gorgeous 4-5 star Balinese Style Hotels

Price $2150**

SAVE $160 now and reserve your space at the Early Bird rate of $1990 by registering and paying your $500 deposit by January 30, 2016! 

Balance due by February 15, 2016*

Price includes all of the above (transportation, hotels, some meals, all activities, and airport transfers if arrival and departure are on the first/last days of the program or extension between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm). Not included are optional side trips, laundry, some meals.

Special extension package available (March 13-16) for an additional 4 days/3 nights of healers, massage, sacred lands and more. See below for details.

* Full program fee due at time of registration for any reservations placed after February 15, 2016.

**Our pricing is based on shared rooms and we will do our best to match you with a roommate. Single rooms are available for an additional $425. Single rooms for extension package is $200.

EXTEND YOUR STAY – March 13-16, 2016
Price $750**

10025945063_f0a37450b2_oSpecial extension package available (March 13-16) for an additional 4 days/3 nights including staying in the gorgeous rice-field village of Mengwi at the royal family home compound and villa resort, visit to iconic Tanah Lot temple built on the water, meeting with local healer, village visit, special evening walk thru rice fields and torchlight ceremony, and more. Last day/night back in Ubud for final time of shopping, museums and final dance performance.

**Our pricing is based on shared rooms and we will do our best to match you with a roommate. Single rooms are available for an additional $425. Single rooms for extension package is $200.

For more information:
Click Here to contact Kati Bell, Dominican University
Click Here to contact Nina Reed, Bali Institute

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“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.”                 
2016 Dominican Faculty participant

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*More on Nyepi

IMG_1559Nyepi is one of the most important festivals in the Balinese calendar, and it marks the new year according to the Hindu calendar. It is a day devoted to self reflection. The Balinese will not speak a word or engage in any type of entertainment for 24 hours and all shops and businesses are closed. Only hotels and emergency services are allowed to stay open. The local people take their period of silence seriously and even foreign visitors will be expected to stay in their hotels on this day.

IMG_3659Spirituality plays a key part of life on Bali, and the Balinese believe that they need to perform regular offerings to the gods and placate demons. The New Year is seen as a time of renewal, and the local people use it as a chance to purify their bodies and mind. It is hoped that by doing so it will mean that they will enjoy prosperity over the coming year. On Nyepi Eve there will be a real celebration atmosphere with parades and fireworks – probably the noisiest day of the year. And then, all of this excitement is followed by a day of complete silence. There is no other festival quite like it anywhere else on the planet.

Image 2bThe preparations for Nyepi begin months before, with each village preparing its own unique “Ogoh Ogoh” – a giant artistic representation of a favorite “demon”. These Ogoh Ogoh’s are being built on every main village road, and at night, as members of the community work together to create these monsters, the excitement is building. About three to four days before Nyepi, all Balinese prepare with the purification of temple objects – this is called the Melasti ceremony. The holy symbols that are of importance to the Balinese are taken to the sea for cleansing. This event involves processions and gamelan music.

Celebrations on Nyepi Eve (aka Tawur Kesanga) tend to be very noisy gatherings for an important reason — the goal is to drive out evil spirits. With this in mind the villagers parade their Ogoh Ogohs proudly through the streets and into the main village square. Songs and skits are often developed by different village groups. As they pass through a village the procession will stop at every crossroads and turn the Ogoh-Ogoh around three times – the aim is to confuse the spirits so that they will be forced to leave the island. As well as trying to frighten away demons and spirits, the local people will cook enough food to last them for the next couple of days. Nyepi Eve is one of the days when cock fighting is allowed because it is believed that the spilling of this animal’s blood can have a purifying effort for the entire island.

Day of Silence on Bali

The Balinese are expected to spend this day fasting, praying, and meditating. They will avoid all forms of entertainment, and they do not speak a word if possible. In fact, anything that could get in the way of this period of self-reflection is frowned upon. The TV and radio stations close down for the day, and it is even forbidden to cook food or light a fire. Foreigners are asked to also stay off the streets and remain as quiet as possible although hotels continue to prepare food and allow guests to roam the hotel area. No one is allowed on the streets at all, and Balinese police enforce this for 24 hours.

The day after Nyepi is called Ngembak Geni, and this is also considered a holiday. This is a time for people to leave their homes so they can ask for forgiveness of past mistakes from friends and family.


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