Dhyana Putri Adventures
Get out there and see some of the island's most interesting places!
Dhyana Putri Adventures (AA Gede Putra Rangki & Rucina Ballinger)
Jalan Bima No. 7, Banjar Kalah, Peliatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
FAX: 0361 971939 - Tel: +62 81 238 05623 or
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||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
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: 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. They live
in Ubud with their two 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:
1. 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
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Ricefield Walk - 3 hours
Early morning walk thru ricefields, seeing a village wake up.
7. 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.
we can customize shopping for you to help you find exactly what you want!
Special Balispirit Rates:
Half-day $100/Full-day $150 (same rate applies for 1 – 8
people—group rates please inquire via
Includes air conditioned van and driver, guide, mineral water and snacks,
Does not include: entrance fees or donations, tips, meals.
Educational Study Groups and Workshops
of Balinese music
learning kidung or sacred Balinese temple singing at Rangki
learning how to harvest
rice with the locals
one of the local village healers explains about the different plants that grow
We have been working with various American universities since l985 in setting
up study programs for their students.. ISTA (International School Theatre
Association) regularly holds workshops on the theatre arts. We also handle all
the Elderhostel programs (three week study tours for over-55 year olds) in
Indonesia. Not only academics but students of life have seen Bali through our
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
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
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.
Location Managers For Film Crews
Planning on doing a film here but have no idea how to find the perfect
location? Get extras? Have sets built? Need crew? Having worked with the BBC,
CNN, ABC and various independent filmmakers, we are quite adept in getting you
what you need and what you didn’t know you needed.
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. It is
available for rent on a daily basis. Dhyana Putri Adventures holds many of
their workshops and performances here.
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. Rangki 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. By conserving rare plants related to
Balinese ritual and healing, and listening to what they have to offer us, we
can discover their essence that has been placed there by the Supreme Entity.
The Balinese divide their space into threes: the utama or head, the madya or
torso/middle area and the nista or lower body. The utama is the most sacred
with nista being the most “polluting”. This tripartite division
begins with the body, extends to the house compound, temple and the village.
Rangki reflects this philosophy with its family temple being in the northeast
(or “head”) portion. The Tri Hita Kirana philosophy (harmony
between people and God, Nature and other Human Beings) is also extant here as
there are sacred springs and temples on the site, a place for the community to
meet and a great respect for the environment.
One of the unique sculptures at Rangki is the Bhuta Siu, which serves as the
aling-aling or false wall to prevent spirits of chaos from entering. It is in
front of this statue that numerous performances are held, both for tourists and
the community. Moonlit dinners under the stars with the soft notes of the
gamelan playing in the background make for a perfect evening.
A 100-year old Torajan house has been rebuilt on the premises and is outfitted
with a complete Western kitchen and bathroom.
With its typical curved roof and buffalo horns on the front pillar, this unique
house is available for long-term rental. It is ideal for a writer, painter or
simply someone who wants solitude in a rustic and beautiful setting.
There is one bedroom upstairs, a downstairs space for living/office and of
course, all the nature of Rangki. This is not a villa with all of the amenities
but rather a special place to learn about Balinese nature and the nature of the
Balinese village. (for more information, see the accommodation section)
|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
Travel to Other Islands
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.
SOUTH SULAWESI: Sulawesi is most famous for the
Bugis sailors and the mountain villages of Toraja. Isolated beach villages in
South Sulawesi are the perfect place to get away from it all. The Torajan
highlands are cooled by mountain winds, filled with terraced ricefields and
intricate textiles and a fine place to hike. Agung is an expert on I La Galigo
(an ancient text of South Sulawesi).
LOMBOK: Often called “Bali from 20 years
ago”, Lombok offers pristine beaches and a feeling of timelessness.