Learn Balinese dances, music and experience a hindu blessing !
Coming for a yoga or meditation retreat in Bali? This program is a great addition to understand deeply Balinese spiritual beliefs.
Dance and music are believed by Balinese Hindu to be mediums to communicate with the gods, explaining why those arts and traditions are still very lively. You will learn the gestures and secret stories of Balinese dances and study the traditional balinese instruments named Gamelan.
Balinese culture is deeply influenced by the belief in the spirit world, which is reflected in daily life, in health, customs and traditions. You may have heard about Balinese priests and healers, respected personalities. We offer to you a spiritual journey to discover the ancestral healing practices while experiencing a traditional ritual of purification in a traditional Balinese compound.
On request - All year round except Balinese New Year day (Nyepi) and important balinese ceremonies (Galungan)
10:00 - 10:15 - Arrival at Bali Countryside
Let's start this day with a fresh juice and enjoy the landscape view !
10:15 - 10:30 Introduction to Balinese dance
In the island of Gods, dance brings people together, interpret the tales and legends from old centuries and give you an insight to understand the Balinese beliefs. Your guide will explain the different type of balinese dances and their use in balinese culture and traditions.
10:30 - 11:30 Balinese dance class
Our balinese dance teacher will perform first the dance you will learn all together. The class then begins and you learn how to position your hands, fingers, hips and eyes games on particular musical rhythms.
11:30 - 12:30 Study the Gamelans, the traditional instruments
Music isn’t just an art but also a universal language and an essential element in the Balinese culture. Try yourself to play the instruments and learn the typical rhythms often played during religious or spiritual events around Bali.
12:30 - 13:00 Show time !
The group perform all together the dance they learnt with the Gamelan music !
13:00 - 14:00 Balinese buffet lunch
We set up a buffet lunch of Balinese dishes and free flow water pitchers on each table to be refilled. The lunch includes coffee or tea.
13:00 - 13:30 Hindu blessing explainations / Preparation of the offerings for the ritual
You will prepare some balinese flower offerings and learn about their meaning and use during the Balinese rituals. Your guide will explain you the balinese ritual named « Melukat-Mebayu » aimed to clean the body on a spiritual and physical level. Balinese regularly attend this ritual to purify the spiritual body from negative and ancestral energies.
14:30 - 15:00 Hindu blessing ritual
You will attend this authentic Hindu ritual in the house of the village priest and to respect the local customs and beliefs, we ask you to follow the information given by your guide beforehand. We will lend you a traditional cloth to wear (sarong). Please kindly wear an appropriate t-shirt for the occasion (no tank top). You will receive a holy shower blessing; so make sure to bring extra clothes for the rest of your day.
We welcome you in the lush valley of Sidemen, to immerse yourself in Balinese’s countryside life. We wish to share the cultural diversity of the island while supporting an eco-tourism development in the area, creating jobs for locals.