Our usual Program:
Nyepi -5th March 2011
Travelers to Bali will have a great opportunity to sense a unique and magical atmosphere when Balinese Hindus celebrate New Year Eve, known locally as Nyepi ( from the word sepi - silent), the Day of Silence .
All activities on the island of Bali will cease on this day making this of the most unique experiences possible.
The Nyepi Holiday (1931) Icaka New Year is yet to be announced for 2010. The Balinese Hindus do not celebrate the New Year with lavish party instead they celebrate the coming of the New Year with meditation.
A month or so before the festival, the construction of large bamboo and papier-mâché demonic effigies called ogoh-ogoh begins in each village.
Join the purification ritual to the beach, then experience the noisy awakening of evil spirits with the climax of firey exorcism of the Ogoh ogoh the day before, then the peace of Nyepi itself, the day Balinese Hindus dedicate to quiet introspection and spiritual cleansing. The day of silence, no fires, no vehicles, no lights (only candles) and no noise. We will adhere to these restrictions and conduct yoga / meditation / discussion sessions throughout this day.
2 days before Nyepi
Melasti, is the ritual during which Balinese Hindus are asked to purify their bodies and souls in the presence of their revered deities.
Many of the villagers join the parade to Soka beach on motorbikes and Cars, led by the local Gamelan on the back of a truck.
Hindus take their sacred objects (joli) and temple effigies to various beaches on the island for a series of purification ceremonies. Water from the ocean - Amerta (the source for eternal life) will be brought back to the village temple.
We will join the locals at the temple and then proceed to the beach in the procession.
March -1 day before Nyepi.
(Pengrupukan - Tawur Agung - Bhuta Yadnya Ritual - )
The ceremony Tawur Agung in afternoon before Ogoh ogoh. The sacrificial ritual is held at every major traffic intersection and public on the island. Through the ritual, Balinese Hindus aim to pacify the restless forces of nature, such as wind, fire, earth and water, restoring the cosmic balance that had been disrupted by man's greed in exploiting the earth
These restless forces are traditionally known as Bhuta Kala, a term that is often translated as "evil spirit".This is a a declaration of gratitude to nature; an acknowledgement that the survival of our existence depends on the continuation of the natural equilibrium.
In the late afternoon till evening the Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed in order to vanquish the negative elements and create balance with God, Mankind, and Nature.
The simulation of chaos : The Ogoh Ogoh, (huge representations of evil spirits) are paraded through the village, accompanied by a cacophony of gongs and cymbals, called Ngerupuk. On reaching the main square or intersection, the ogoh-ogohs are set on fire. The noise, music and flames are supposed to chase away the demons for another year. It is said this is an attempt to scare demon spirits out of the villages. After the Ogoh ogoh Ngerupuk ceremony some holy water (Tirta), from the temple is taken to every household where the ceremony Mecaru is performed. Starts at the pura at the front gate the household (Sanggah),
Then household members circle the compound 3 times making noise with sticks (kulkul) carrying holy water (tirta) and fire (oncor) to flush out any remaining evil spirits.
March-NYEPI (Yoga/Brata Ritual)
Nyepi itself is a day of total silence. The Yoga/Brata Ritual starts at 6:00 AM March 26 and continues to 6:00 AM the following day. No work is done, no fires may be lit, and no one should be seen outside
Most of these rules even apply to tourists, they are not permitted outside hotel grounds. All of the flights at the International Ngurah Rai Airport, harbor and other kinds of transportation are closed all day long.
The main restrictions are:
- No vehicles are allowed on the street and room blinds should be closed
- Lights in public areas, corridors and balconies will be switched off.
- All recreational spots will be temporarily closed.
- no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low);
- no working;
- no entertainment or pleasure; including telephones or TV.
- no traveling;
- no cooking and for some, no talking or eating at all.
We will adhere to these restrictions and conduct yoga / meditation / discussion sessions throughout this day.
March - The day after Nyepi
On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni, social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together.
The Ngebak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindu's to forgive each other and to welcome the new days to come.
Dharma Canthi ( the singing of Pupuh , kakawin and ancient storytelling) is practiced this day.
Rp 700.000 per day per person ( mininmum 3 days) Includes:
*Transfers to and from Bali Mountain retreat,
( from Airport, Kuta, Seminyak, Ubud)