Bali has much to offer to first-time or veteran visitors:
- Processions and purifications, temple festivals and timeless rituals to deities and spirits, trance dances of the gods, and mountainous offerings of fruit, incense and holy water
- The gotong royong or mutual cooperation that occurs in village communal life
- The splendor of the dance and music, intricate paintings and woodcarvings
- The Balinese sense of balance as manifested in their temple, village and house compound structure
- Tranquil spots in nature filled with serenity
- The beauty of terraced ricefields and majestic volcanoes
Feel the harmony of this place with Dhyana Putri Adventures' knowledgeable bicultural and bilingual staff. DPA was founded by the late Anak Agung Gde Putra Rangki, a Balinese-identified Balinese and creator of Rangki (the created palace of plants) and Rucina Ballinger, an American who has lived in Bali since 1974 and is the co-author with I Wayan Dibia of Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: An Introduction to the Performing Arts (Singapore: Periplus Editions, 2005).
Both Agung and Rucina have worked with the Academic Semester Abroad Program of the Experiment in International Living and Elderhostel and have been leading cultural tours in Bali, Central Java and South Sulawesi since 1985. Rucina lives in Ubud and has two adult sons.
Spiritual and Cultural Adventures
Journey with us as we take you to rituals and ceremonies where the many layers
of meaning are peeled away.
Feel the extraordinary spiritual power that this island has to offer by
participating in temple festivals or meditating in sacred spots. Experience the
tranquility of the deities—(the mountains) and the spirits of
purification -- (the sea).
Dhyana Putri Adventures can facilitate the journey of serious seekers of
balance and harmony as well as more light-hearted adventurers. We go to great
lengths to ferret out special rituals and ceremonies, rare forms of
performance, life and death cycle rites such as baby ceremonies, tooth filings,
weddings, and cremations for you to witness and document.
There are a number of tours that we can set up for you and we like to tailor them to your tastes. However, we have some "standard" (and nothing is standard for us!) tours we can offer:
- Batur Lake, Volcano and Temple - 6 - 8 hours. An hour from Ubud, thru beautiful countryside and terraced ricefields. In Batur a fantastic view of the caldera, on the way home stop at a garden temple, lunch at a lovely paddyfield-side restaurant. After lunch, a visit to a musuem, artist's studios, shopping, see a dance
- East Bali - 8 hours. To weaving and gamelan factory, Hall of Justice in Klungkung, traditional coin factory, vegetarian lunch in one of the most lush settings on the island, Tenganan Bali Aga village.
- West Bali - 8 hours. Trek thru Batukaru rainforest and lunch at an isolated jungle resort. Visit to typical farmer's home and walk thru village. To Bedugul Lake and Pura Ulun Danu temple, fruit and flower market.
- Performing Arts Day - 8:00am - 9:00 pm. Start off with a gamelan (bronze orchestra) lesson, then to see the Barong dance in Batubulan, stonecarvers, lunch in Ubud, dance lesson (either as participant or observer), dinner and then to a performance in Ubud.
- Village Walk and Architecture - 5 hours. Early morning walk thru village where community system is explained and we visit traditional homes. Then to temples in Pejeng to see the architecture. Lunch in Ubud.
- Ricefield Walk - 3 hours. Early morning walk thru ricefields, seeing a village wake up.
- Temple Festival - 3 hours. After an early dinner, get dressed in traditional temple garb (provided) and visit a nearby temple in the midst of its' anniversary celebrations.
- Shopping. We can customize shopping for you to help you find exactly what you want!
Special Balispirit Rates:
Half-day $120/Full-day $175 (same rate applies for 1 – 4 people—group rates please inquire via email)
Includes air conditioned van and driver, guide, mineral water and snacks, temple clothing.
Does not include: entrance fees or donations, tips, meals.
Educational Study Groups and Workshops
We have been working with various American universities since 1985 in setting up study programs for their students.. ISTA (International School Theatre Association) regularly holds workshops on the theatre arts. Not only academics but students of life have seen Bali through our eyes.
|Learning how to harvest rice with the locals
||Learning Kecak (Interlocking Mouth Music) with Made Sidia
||One of the local village healers explains about the different plants that grow in Rangki
As Bali is renown for its arts, students can study one of the myriad art forms here on the island: dance, gamelan music, stone sculpture, kecak, mask-making, offering-making, painting, sacred kidung songs, poetry—the list goes on and on. Throughout the program, students meet with experts in their fields and listen to lectures, participate in learning activities (how to plant rice!) and go on numerous field trips to experience daily village and urban life in action.
We can set up lectures for one to one hundred people. Want to know how the Balinese think about the current state of the world? Or simply need to know what things mean? We can provide lectures on nearly every subject from geography to tourism, form theater arts to cooking, from women's issues to weaving.
On your own travelling and want to learn dance/music/basketry/mask making and more? Get in touch and we can assist you.
On a practical level, we can set up your hotel or other accommodations, find qualified yoga teachers and healers, suggest healthy places to eat, spas and body treatment and more. We can set up a program filled with a variety of activities or simply give you suggestions on where to go and what to do.
Set in the middle of the ricefields, 25 kilometers west of Ubud and 10 kilometers north of Kuta in a tiny village, Rangki has been designed as a created Balinese palace to preserve the ancient traditional philosophy of Balinese architecture and botany.
Over one and a half hectares of ponds, stages, forest and river, this is the perfect venue for a performance, workshop, special dinner or wedding.
Dhyana Putri Adventures holds many of their workshops and performances here and has hosted groups as diverse as the Ford Foundation, the World Islamic Conference and a group of 72 German paranormals.
Rangki is a "created palace", a sanctuary filled with plants, tress and herbs used in healing and in Balinese Hindu ritual.
It sports outdoor stages, three Barongs, a Semaradhana gamelan orchestra, a sacred spring, hundreds of rare trees and plants, Ballinger River and a myriad of grand gates, carved walls and niches that are all built on the traditional Balinese code of architecture known as Asta Kosala Kosali.
Conceived and created by Anak Agung Gede Putra Rangki (Agung for short), it is a gift to Agung's community, his family and descendents. Agung's great respect for the teachings of his ancestors about plants and traditional architecture inspired him to create Rangki.
At Sunia Gunung he has tried to create a space that will guard the cosmological harmony found in the natural elements of earth, water, flora and fauna that usually integrates with the natural surroundings found here.
Rangki is available to rent for workshops, performances and dinners, weddings, pre-wedding shoots and more.
Contact us for more details
Translation and Interpretation Services
Writing a book or article and need to interview Balinese about their views but cannot speak their language? Or you need some assistance with getting the deeper levels of interpretation? Or you have a document that needs translating from Indonesian to English or vice versa?.
We can find the people to interview and fully translate for you. Subtitling for films is another of our specialties.
Travel to Java? Want to take a side trip to another island but don't know how to start? We can be your travel companions. Our special areas are:
JOGYAKARTA: the temples of Borobodur and Prambanan come alive at sunrise and sunset under our guidance. Want to learn how to do the intricate dye-resist technique of batik? Or try your hand at the languid music of Javanese music? Learn how to make a mean Javanese curry? Live with a family? We can assist you.