Indigenous Wisdom & Collective Leadership:

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


Coming in 2022!

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.

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the detailed program itinerary.

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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.

Pricing & Registration


  • Double Occupancy – $2500
  • Single Supplement – $650
  • 13 nights at beautiful Balinese hotels (double occupancy)
  • All transportation in air-conditioned buses and vans throughout the program
  • Airport transfer on the start and end date of the program
  • Meals Included during program as listed on the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide(s) and coordination team
  • All activities listed on final program itinerary are included in the per person ground costs, including entrance fees, lectures and donations.
  • 24/7 Medical and emergency staff support for the entire duration of the program
  • Special gifts including sarong, sash & journal
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Airfare
  • Trip cancellation, lost baggage, or medical insurance
  • Laundry and personal items
  • Meals not listed on itinerary
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Optional activities outside of the program itinerary
  • International phone calls

*A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by May 31 to secure your spot in the program.

*Full payment is due July 15.

*For more information on how to earn 3-6 units of graduate course credit, send an email to

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