Hidden Bali
Sacred and Secret Sidemen
Mysterious stairway to a mossy and secluded Water Shrine near Tabola

Jumpstart your understanding of the culture and way of life of the people of Bali

  • discover hidden Bali off the beaten track
  • encounter a Bali much as it was before tourism and towns
  • gain insight into the roots of Balinese culture in the land
  • encounter a way of life fundamentally oriented towards balance and wholeness
  • appreciate how the Balinese ‘Way of Unfolding’ might enrich your own way of life
Price: € 337 per person
Duration: 4 nights
Your Guides :
Inclusions: Shared accommodation, programme fee, all materials and activities, all meals, govt taxes and service
Exclusions: Airport transfers, credit card charges, bank transfer fees.
Options Single accommodation, supplement €80; afternoon outing to Klungkung


Your English speaking guide/instructor will introduce you to features of the local way of life, generally through a short walks in and around Nirarta, and the Sidemen area, explaining the meaning and significance of what you see, and interpreting for you as you chat to locals


Hidden Bali gives you deep insight into the Balinese way of life, particularly its foundation in the village and countryside, to which most families, even if working in the city, maintain a connection.

Balinese natural balance and Wisdom

Participants will learn about the fundamental principles and practices supporting the natural balance and wisdom that sustain Balinese culture in the face of dramatic change.

As we see how these principles and practices are reflected in practical daily life, we, too, will find ourselves growing in a spirit of respect for, and connection with, what is Unfolding in and around us.

Besides meeting the Balinese, at home and at work, we will get a sense of the richness and wholeness of a very rare way of life.

Balinese ritual

We will experience how the Balinese very naturally use ritual and symbolic cleansing, as a complement, or in preference to, traditional forms of meditation and prayer.
We will experience how sacred sites of power and beauty in nature provide a source of healing energy and inspiration.

And finally, we will see how Balinese art, music, and dance form part of a way of ife in which beauty is both an expression of, and a pathway to, our deepest Source.


  • Begins with arrival and registration before lunch on Day One.
  • Ends with breakfast on Day Five

A Typical Day

  • 08.30   Breakfast
  • 09.30   Morning Session
  • 12.00   Lunch
  • 14.00   Afternoon Session
  • 19.15   Dinner

Day 1:  Roots of Rural Life

  • Arrival, registration and lunch
  • Walk across the river valley, through the rice fields to the village of Luah
  • Country life in the Sidemen valley:
    1. Observe current farming practice, meet farmers
    2. See the ‘Subak’ rice irrigation system in practice
    3. Learn at first hand how for the Balinese Man, Nature, and Spirit are part of a seamless whole (‘Trihitakarana’)
    4. Discover village life as it unfolds at the cross-roads of time, place, and circumstance (‘Desa-Kala-Patra’)
    5. See at first hand how home, shrine, temples, social centres connect people to each other and to spirit
    6. Meet a Balinese family in their home
    7. Visit timeless temples, where man, nature, and spirit intersect in beauty and mystery

  • After dinner, enjoy a lesson of Balinese masked dance, with a trained dancer and get a sense in your own body of a different way of being and moving through the world.
  • Learn how the arts fit into Balinese spiritual and social life


Day 2:  The Power of Ritual

  • Overview of the Sacred Geography of Nirarta, visit
    1. our family temple and understand its meaning
    2. the key shrines in our garden and homes and learn about their function
    3. places of beauty and power where the Visible (Sekala) and Invisible (Niskala) worlds intersect
  • Learn about the role of ceremony and offerings in Balinese daily life
  • Help prepare the offerings and content of the offering basket for a traditional cleansing and blessing (Melukat) later in the day
  • Visit the home (‘Griya’) of a Balinese Brahmin family and receive a blessing from the high priest
  • Learn more about the traditional Balinese home and family structure
  • See Balinese ceremonial ‘Songket’ weaving being made at home with synthetic and natural dyes

Day 3:  Village Life - Tabola and Sidemen

  • Early morning visit to the Sidemen market food market
  • Meet traders and help purchase fruit and other daily supplies for Nirarta
  • After breakfast walk to Tabola and Sidemen, exploring some of the back alley ways
  • Learn more about the social, economic and spiritual structure of the community
  • Opportunity to visit one of the following:
    • school(s) (primary, middle, or secondary) and meet teachers
    • health centre and meet health practitioners
    • local government offices and village and district administrators
    • ‘banjar’ tradition community centre and elders
  • After lunch, enjoy a refreshing walk, visiting a forest community above Sidemen and see the secret stills for making Balinese ‘hooch’, a potent palm-wine spirit, called ‘arak’
  • Our walk includes some beautiful wooded shrines and temples.

Day 4:  Healing and Harmony

  • According to weather and your fitness, in the morning, you will enjoy either a
    • bracing hill-walk to the peaceful Pura Dewangga temple high above Sidemen, key to balance and harmony in the valley below, or
    • visit to the shrines and temples hidden around the Pura Puseh and rice fields of Tabola.
  • In either case, enjoy a chance to practice the simple and sweet form of Balinese prayer and understand something of its meaning.
  • Afternoon, we offer as free-time to relax and enjoy Nirarta, to wander, perhaps bathe in the river and where you feel attracted to explore something that interested you during the programme in more detail.
  • It is also possible to do one of the following:
    • take one of the Nine Directions Walks,
    • visit and shop in the market town of Klungkung
    • visit a traditional healer

    Extra charges for the above apply.

  • Your formal programme concludes with a session of massage or reflexology after dinner with local healer, Widé

Day 5:  Departure

  • Breakfast and departure, at your leisure.

It is also possible to extend your stay if one or more of the various Getaway or Retreat options attract you.

It will be possible to adjust your programme, if opportunities arise to participate in a temple festival or ceremony that coincides with your stay.


More Photos

Traditional 'songket' weaving in the Sidemen area
Villagers bringing offerings for a temple ceremony
Cremation ceremony


'My heartfelt gratitude to both of you. I stayed in the very spiritual and soothing Gangga. I still hear the river rushing over the rocks.

Dayu, you are a perfect hostess. I felt well cared for every moment of my visit largely because of your overseeing of my program and the delicious food and caring staff.

Peter, your meditation sessions and our brief chats have made an enormous impact on my life. I am going through a very turbulent period yet feel calm and safe most of the time.

I practice meditation daily now as you taught me. I know this is the reason I feel a sense of serenity in the midst of the storm. I believe my brain has actually changed! It is almost non-reactive to the outside chaos. You are a precious gift to us mortals! You are the best!!! (Please say hello to Komang and Ketut for me, two very fine humans, and your wonderous cook who is likewise. How very giving and caring they all are.

These words feel very inadequate to express what is in my heart. Please know I will always think of you and Nirarta as a monumental experience in my life. .'
– Cheryl Nelson, (USA), 2009




Contact Us

Dayu Mayuni

Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness
Address: Sidemen, Karangasem 80864, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:+62 811 388 0065 or +62 366 5551124

Mobile:+62 81 246 52 123

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If you must cancel after registering, please notify us by email. The following cancellation fees apply:
For Individual Programmes and Bookings to Scheduled Programmes:

  • 30 to 16 days prior to arrival 25% of contracted price.
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  • 45 to 30 days prior to arrival 25% of contracted price.
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