Sustainability and Spirituality in Bali
Expand your environmental curiosity through sustainability and ecological engineering, developing a love for the outdoors and the unique and vibrant spiritual culture through the arts and food.
Imagine living in a bamboo yurt in the Balinese jungle, waking up to the sound of birds and stepping out into the warm air to survey the gardens and lush, equatorial landscape. This will be our experience during our stay at Green Camp, part of the famed Green School, in our first week in Bali. At Green Camp, we will meet local experts, learn about permaculture, complete bamboo design challenges, climb a coconut tree, and make offerings for a blessing ceremony. From exploring rice fields and enjoying Javanese cuisine to snorkeling with incredible marine life and mangrove habitat restoration via kayak, students will get to experience both the culture and landscape.
Following our stay at Green Camp, we will travel to the cultural center of Bali: Ubud. While in Ubud, students will learn about Balinese Hinduism, which centers around a personal spiritual experience and an individual's journey in finding meaning in life. Through a combination of touring temples and sacred places, experiencing the Gamelan and Balinese music, and viewing the Kecak monkey dance, students will immerse themselves in the daily spiritual life at the heart of Balinese culture.
Our time in Bali will be in the month prior to Nyepi, the Balinese New Year and day of silence so we will be seeing the Island getting ready for the holiest day of the year.
Important Considerations / Student Expectations
All passports must be current seven months past the return date of any school sponsored trip. Please check and plan accordingly.
Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student applications, Head of House / Day Advisor Recommendations, medical fitness for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing. Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process.
Application to this program is not considered complete until both of the following items have been submitted:
Head of House/Day Advisor Recommendation must be completed and submitted to Louise Wright by Monday, October 31, 2022.
Application Survey must be completed by Monday, October 31, 2021.
March 4 - 16, 2023
Includes all required vaccinations.
Target Student Population
Students need to be effective English communicators and willing to speak with adults, both those representing Lawrenceville and Green Camp.
This program is open to III-V formers.
Level of fitness: There will be daily physical activity in a warm and humid environment without air conditioning.
Skills needed: All students will need to know how to swim in order to participate. Students should be able to ride a bicycle and feel comfortable going both uphill and downhill.
There will be time spent on boats, both a large ferry and smaller watercraft (snorkeling boat and kayaks) in potentially choppy conditions. Students will also be required to take a swim test.
Performing Arts Teacher
There will be 4 to 5 required meetings during the Winter term to prepare for our program; students will declare topics/themes of interest for study and instruction while on the program.