Presented by the CIIS Travel Program and the Bali Institute 

Join CIIS Alumna, Dr. Illana Berger and our partner Bali Institute for Global Renewal on one of the more powerfully transformative journeys of your lifetime.  This custom-designed program is a unique opportunity to delve deeply into indigenous culture during one of the most important festivals in the Balinese calendar - Nyepi - The Balinese Hindu New Year devoted to self-reflection, healing, and blessings.

Imagine an entire island closing down to engage fully in silence and stillness for a full 24 hours. It is a time of renewal, and the local people use it as a chance to purify their bodies and mind in order to enjoy prosperity over the coming year. We will meet together during this sacred time to release our own demons, purify our minds and our bodies as we too enter into the deep silence. There are no other festivals quite like it anywhere on earth.  

Following the New Year festivities, we will travel to other parts of the island where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience Bali in a way very few non-Balinese have the opportunity to do.

Bali Program Highlights

Join us as we explore the dynamic creativity of some of Bali's most important artistic and religious traditions. Highlights include:

  • Celebrate Nyepi in rich cultural immersion with local Balinese people

  • Sunrise boat ride above a gorgeously restored coral reef

  • Special private ceremonies and blessings from a high priest

  • Stroll through clove and lush coffee plantations

  • Have a private healing session with a local Balinese healer

  • Delicious Balinese food, incredible scenery, culture and art


Ubud is the cultural capital where you will attend temple ceremonies and deeply immerse yourself in Nyepi- The Balinese Hindu New Year - the most important festivals in the Balinese calendar.


Nyepi is a day devoted to self-reflection. The Balinese will not speak a word or engage in any type of entertainment for 24 hours and all shops and businesses are closed. Only hotels and emergency services are allowed to stay open. The local people take their period of silence seriously and even foreign visitors will be expected to stay in their hotels on this day.  Spirituality plays a key part of life on Bali, and the Balinese believe that they need to perform regular offerings to the gods and placate demons.  

People making offerings


Your days in Pemuteran will be filled with wonderful day excursions.  Enjoy a sunrise boatride and stay in a gorgeous private resort where you can enjoy snorkeling above a beautifully- restored coral reef.  Visit the Melanting Temple, the temple of prosperity.   


Relax in exotic botanical gardens.  Nestled in shady coconut groves you will  meet with local healers and receive blessings from temple priests at Tanah Lot Temple, Enjoy a delicious dinner and special ceremony at a private temple of the Mengwi Royal Family 

Hindu New Year


Travel Dates

March 25, 2017 - April 6, 2017

Very Important:  March 25th is the day your flight should LAND in Denpasar, and NOT the date you leave the US. Most flights to arrive on the 25th will depart on the 23rd or 24th, depending on which air carrier and flight you choose.  We would not want you to miss it!

Program Information

Costs $2,940.00
Deposit: $500.00 (Non-refundable)
Single Supplement: $450.00 additional for solo travelers wishing a private room

Price includes: Beautiful accommodations (double occupancy), daily breakfasts, 10 lunches and 5 dinners,  all  in-country transportation

Price does not include: international air transportation, cost of visa (required) gratuities and optional travel insurance (recommended)

To register, please submit a $500.00 no-refundable deposit after reading  Policies and Procedures.

Program Leader: Dr. Illana Berger

Dr. Illana Berger

The program is led by Dr. Illana Berger, CIIS alumna in the Recovery of Indigenous Mind doctoral program and frequent traveler to Bali. Illana has spent 25 years training with elders, healers and wisdom keepers from around the world. She also has a private practice rooted in the mystical, shamanic teachings of ancient Judaism, indigenous practices and Zen Buddhism. Her work is targeted to help individuals expand their personal awareness and consciousness of the mind, body and soul.

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