Indigenous Wisdom and Collective Leadership: A Travel Course to Bali, Indonesia with Ken Otter, PhD. & Sawako Suzuki, Ph.D.

Join us for this travel course entitled: Indigenous Wisdom and Collective Leadership in Bali  July 28 - August 10, 2017, for this enlivening and transformative 14 day learning journey. This deep immersive experience in the people, place and culture of Bali, steeped in an interconnected and integrative world-view, offers many powerful lessons in leadership in today’s interdependent world.

Join us in Bali on this 2-week transformative learning journey into the heart of authentic Balinese life. Our Balinese partners offer us a unique window into their life, not available to most travelers to the island, which offers many profound lessons in life and leadership. By immersing ourselves in the traditional indigenous culture of Bali, you gain invaluable perspectives about our own culture and values, and open up to new possibilities in both living and leadership.

Through various excursions in traditional Balinese life, you gain insights on how to integrate the various spheres of life—art, spirituality, ecology and community, as well as our western and indigenous heritages.

Through conversation and dialogue with fellow travelers, as well as our local hosts, you get acquainted with new and different ways of living and practicing leadership that is more culturally sensitive, globally aware, and integrated. As Bali strives to keep alive their indigenous heritage in the midst of growing westernization, you learn valuable leadership in navigating the challenges and opportunities of today’s complex and dynamic world.

Past participants described this learning journey as “mind-opening,” “life-changing,” “captivating.” One participant shared: “Bali taught me patience, humility, and gratitude, and that the possibilities for connection are end

The cost of the Bali Leadership Learning Journey is $2500.00 per person twin occupancy for the 14 day /13 night program.

For more information and registration without college credit go here.

For information on how to earn 3-6 units of graduate course credit, send an email here.

About the facilitators:

Ken Otter, Ph.D. has been involved in a life-long quest to awaken and link his western and indigenous heritage to inform and guide his life and work.  For over 30 years, Ken has been focused on designing, facilitating and researching transformative and collaborative learning experiences in service of cultivating creativity, integrative health and wisdom in people, individually and collectively.  For past 15 years, Ken has been actively involved in the design, development, and direction of the M.A. in Leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California—an innovative and transformative education in relational leadership. Ken also co-directs the Leadership Center at the College, and is a core faculty at the Tamalpa Institute, and principal of Leadership Learning Designs. Several times each year, Ken offers his unique approach to the art and practice of leadership in workshops, trainings and learning journeys internationally.

Sawako Suzuki, Ph.D. is currently a Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California. Originally from Japan, Dr. Suzuki completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago and her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Suzuki teaches community-based research in the Educational Leadership Program (EdD) at Saint Mary’s College. She also designs and leads international travel courses for doctoral students to study and experience educational systems outside of the United States. In addition to research on teaching, Dr. Suzuki conducts cross-cultural research on parenting self-efficacy. Currently, she is validating the Berkeley Parenting Self-Efficacy Scale-Revised in English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese languages.

About the Bali Institute for Global Renewal (BIGR): 

BIGR is the largest provider of cultural immersion and service learning programs for universities and high schoolers based in Bali, Indonesia. Other programs include internships and practicum opportunities, faculty training programs and other services for international groups and organizations in their quest to provide inspired, engaged and transformative learning.