Tune into the sacred rhythm of Balinese life
For the Balinese, everything is alive with subtle energies interacting with
each other in the great unfolding of Life.
The tradition emphasizes respecting
the subtle energies of life in nature and ourselves and bringing these energies
into balance and harmony.
At Nirarta you can join in with some of the activities which support this.
N.B. Some of the these activities are not open to ladies during menstruation.
So please check with Dayu, if this affects you, as we feel it is important
to respect the tradition.
Small offerings are placed daily in our temple, little shrines, on the ground,
and where food is cooked, honouring both higher beings of the Spiritual realm and the elemental forces of Nature.
Extra offerings are prepared or purchased and special prayers offered on many special days each month, in the family temple and around the house and grounds, including
- full moon
- dark moon
- the magical 'Kajeng Kliwon' day, recurring every 15 days
- special monthly days to honour the different realms of life, such as plants, animals, books and the arts, weapons and cars, etc.
Besides the above, many other vital festival days are celebrated in the course of a year. And every temple, including the family's own temple, has a special anniversary ceremony once or twice a year.
All this activity helps to keep the sense that your home, your surroundings,
and the Island as a whole is alive, and the different parts of it are in harmony
and balance, and we are, too, with each other and our context.
If you would like to come closer to this celebratory rhythm of respect and
reverence, we can propose some of the following activities:
When we have a ceremony coming up, you can join Dayu and her helpers to see
how they are prepared. You can also learn how to make some of the simpler ‘canang
sari’ and learn about their symbolism as expressions of the basic patterns
- When offerings are in preparation for our own ceremonies or ritual
activities, you are welcome to watch or join in, without charge.
- At other times, a 2-hour session is available on request, with a €10
fee per person for instruction and materials, per 1 – 5 participants.
You can join us at prayer in our temple or one of the nearby temples if
a festival is in progress. On request, Dayu or one of the staff can teach
you the simplest pattern of Balinese prayer and share with you a little
of its beautiful and subtle meaning.
If your visit coincides with a temple festival or another ceremony, where
appropriate, you can accompany us or our staff to enjoy a taste of how
these activities contribute to the social and spiritual cohesion of the
- No charges apply for attending local ceremonies, when invited by
ourselves or Nirarta staff.
- For ceremonies further afield, basic transportation costs may apply
and if a guide is requested
From time to time, the Balinese may visit a High Priest for a cleansing blessing,
called 'Melukat'. If you would like to experience this, please let us know,
as we will need to let the high priest know and prepare some offerings for
It is also possible to visit the High Priest's home and receive a simpler holy water blessing.
- 'Melukat' ceremony 1 – 5 people: €30
- Vist to High Priest's home 1 – 5 people: €15
transport, donation, offering basket, and English speaking guide).
Charges: A number of these temples are included in our guided
walks and tours. Other destinations can be arranged on request. Charges
for transport, offerings, and guide will apply.
For the Balinese outward actions are the expressions and reflections of
inner meaning. Many Balinese will thus visit particular shrines or temples
when they receive the impulse or inspiration to do so, as a way of saying ‘thank
you’ or of asking for blessings from the manifestation of the divine
connected with a particular spot.
Many of these temples and shrines are in natural settings, on hills, mountains
or beside the sea in locations, where the energy of nature feels divine in
nature. Some, but not all, of these temples are in quite remote locations and
may require a lengthy hike, or something of a climb up many steps.
If you would like to visit one or more temples, we can arrange this with you,
choosing a place, which will reflect the kind of energy you seek.
Visits to Healers
Faced with health disturbances which prove intractable or appear to have non-physical
causes, or to require expensive treatment beyond the family’s resources,
many Balinese still visit traditional healers for a variety of treatments – herbal,
spiritual or ritual guidance, bone-setting, energy balancing, trance mediumship,
and so on.
On request, we are able to arrange visits to a number of traditional Balinese
healers. Choice of healer will depend on what kind of help you are looking
for. These visits will generally require driving an hour
or more from Sidemen.
For the above activities, you will generally need to wear a sarong and a sash.
If you don’t already possess these, we can help you purchase them in
Sidemen or we may have something you can hire for the occasion.
Charges: Cost of transportation, offerings, guide, and any fees vary according to the healer requested. We will supply a quote on request.
Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness
Address: Sidemen, Karangasem 80864, Bali, Indonesia
+62 811 388 0065
+62 81 246 52 123
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