A Transformative Learning Journey with
Ken Otter, Ph.D.
Co-sponsored by Leadership Center at
St. Mary’s College of California and the Bali Institute
September 16-29, 2019
Join us in Bali on this 14-day transformative learning journey into the heart of authentic Balinese life. Our Balinese partners offer us a unique window into their life, not available to most travelers to the island, which offers many profound lessons in life and leadership. By immersing ourselves in the traditional indigenous culture of Bali, you gain invaluable perspectives about our own culture and values, and open up to new possibilities in both living and leadership.
Through various excursions in traditional Balinese life, you gain insights on how to integrate the various spheres of life—art, spirituality, ecology and community, as well as our western and indigenous heritages.
Through conversation and dialogue with fellow travelers, as well as our local hosts, you get acquainted with new and different ways of living and practicing leadership that is more culturally sensitive, globally aware, and integrated.
As Bali strives to keep alive their indigenous heritage in the midst of growing westernization, you learn valuable leadership in navigating the challenges and opportunities of today’s complex and dynamic world.
Past participants described this learning journey as “mind-opening,” “life-changing,” “captivating.” One participant shared: “Bali taught me patience, humility, and gratitude, and that the possibilities for connection are endless…“
- Have dinner at the Royal Palace with the Prince of Peliatan
- Experience the practice of traditional Balinese healers, or “Balian”
- Explore an art collection featuring great examples of traditional and contemporary art by both local artists and foreigners who were inspired by the beauty and tradition of Bali.
- Share a special dinner and conversation with the founder of a local women’s center
- Meet with many organizations and individuals that are demonstrating Balinese leadership in today’s complex and challenging world.
About the Program Leader:
Ken Otter, Ph.D. is Director of Leadership Studies Programs and Co-director of The Leadership Center at Saint Mary’s College. Areas of scholarship include: global leadership development, leadership coaching education, multi-stakeholder collaboration, collective creativity, and the application of lifespan and wisdom development in organizational life. Ken’s educational studies include somatic, counseling and organizational psychology, expressive arts therapy, adult development and learning, and leadership. In addition to both a M.A. and Ph.D. degree, he has been earned certificates in the Art and Practice of Leadership Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and in Executive and Organizational Coaching from Columbia’s Teacher’s College.