Exploring in and around Sidemen
This mystical farming village is a wonderful spiritual experience to add on to anyone’s visit or retreat during their stay in Bali.
Spread out over three separate river valleys in the eastern part of Bali, this valley is perched 1,400 ft up, on the slopes of one of Bali’s most sacred mountains, Mont Agung , the highest in Bali .
Because of its spiritual and natural surroundings, Sidemen offers activities such as visiting one of its many neighboring Hindu Temples, attending a ceremony, walking through the lush of its abundant rice fields, interacting with the local farmers, or picking up some souvenirs at one of the homes of the traditional weavers. There are many photo opportunities here.
Sidemen is also an ideal place to simply experience peace and introspection. We offer a choice of activities that may be combine together or experienced separately.
Balinese Blessing with a High Priest
This activity takes place within a traditional Balinese compound where the High Priest will perform a Purification Blessing that cleanses the soul and purifies the body. It is requested that participants wear traditional Ceremony clothing, such as a sarong with a sash. Women menstruating cannot participate in this blessing, but may visit the home of the High Priest.
Walk through a traditional Village
Trolls through the nearby villages, stopping at the temples and sanctuaries that are important in this community are activities to consider. During your walks you may also see local weaving production, both ‘Songket’ (ceremonial brocade produced at home on simple strap-looms) and ‘Ikat’ (produced in small family businesses on upright handlooms).
Visit of a Hindu Temple
On the other side across the river lies the village of Luah and the temple Pura Bukit. It is a half day trip worth doing, not only because of the wonderful sights, but also because of the sacred trees that surround it, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a moment for prayer and reflection.
Guests may participate in one of the scheduled meditation sessions, or a group session may be arranged.
These sessions are held in meditation room that offers breathtaking views.