A Taste of Anthropology

An Anthropology Retreat in Bali with Professor Burlingame

This program is currently on hiatus.  Please see HERE for the latest retreat.


Bali is a tropical island province of the country of Indonesia.  It is located in the Indian Ocean east of Malaysia, west of Papua New Guinea, south of the Philippines and north of Australia.  The people of Bali are largely Hindu, with Muslims, Christians and Buddhists also living on the island.  Indonesian, Balinese and English are spoken in Bali.  The main ethnic groups include the Balinese, Javanese, Bali Aga, Madurese and Sasak.  The island itself has been inhabited by humans for approximately four thousand years.  It was a favorite research location for American anthropologist, Margaret Mead.


On this anthropology retreat, you will have the opportunity to both learn about anthropology and do anthropology in this beautiful and ancient cultural region.  The approach will be four fields so you will get to explore human history (archaeology), language (linguistics), culture (cultural anthropology) and biology (physical anthropology) in an integrated and hands-on experience in Bali.


Monday through Friday, you will begin your mornings with yoga and/or breakfast before joining Professor Burlingame for lectures, discussions and activities that will help improve your understanding of core anthropology concepts as they relate to topics in the four fields of anthropology.  

Afternoons will start with lunch and then you will break off from the group to complete individual projects and/or travel with the group on excursions where you will conduct anthropology projects that relate back to classroom learning.  

Evenings will begin with dinner and end with music, dancing and socializing.  

Weekends are free for you to schedule as you please in the Balinese countryside.  However, you may find that relaxing in nature near the pool, enjoying home-cooked meals and ordering a massage may be the height of your weekend plans.


Group anthropology excursions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

♦The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

♦An Indigenous Farm

♦Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet Show

♦Kecak Dance Show

♦Balinese Cooking Class

♦Goa Gajah Temple Cave

♦Indonesian Independence Day Festival

♦Bumi Sehat (Healthy Earth Mother) Birth Clinic

♦Indonesian Language Class

♦Herbal Medicine Walking Tour


Accommodations are in an eco-friendly, Balinese-style house with private rooms and shared bathrooms near the celebrated town of Ubud.  All rooms, meals and household amenities are included in the price of this retreat as are all excursion fees and materials.  You are responsible for your transportation to and from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar as well as your transportation to and from the airport to the retreat location.

You will arrive on Sunday, May 6th at any time after 11 am and you will depart on Thursday, May 31st by 11 am.

Anthropology Retreat Fees: US$6,000.00 to be paid in full by March 6, 2018.  You will be charged a US$1,000.00 deposit once you have been accepted to the program.  This fee will be your first payment toward the full retreat fee of US$6,000.00.  For stays 12 days or less, the fee is US$4,000.00.


Professor Burlingame will only be hosting five people on this anthropology retreat.  

Are you adventurous, fun-loving, flexible, and intellectually curious?  This retreat could be exactly what you need!

All accepted students will be adults aged 18 years or older.  Both American and international students are welcome to apply.  All levels of anthropology enthusiasts are also welcome to apply.


Please apply HERE to be considered for this life-changing experience.  

In the SUBJECT line of your email please write "Anthropology Retreat in Bali".  

In the BODY of your email, please answer these questions: What is your knowledge of and experience with anthropology?  What are your interests in anthropology?  Why do you want to go on this retreat?  Why do you want to travel to Bali?  How do you think this retreat will benefit you personally and professionally?


There are no refunds for this retreat.

If you find that you cannot make it at any time after you have been accepted to the program, you may have travel insurance cover your loss, or you will simply lose your payment.  

Professor Burlingame wants you to respect your time and energy as well as the time and energy that has gone into making this anthropology retreat a reality.  Commitment will be the first thing you will learn in this program.




Professor Burlingame cordially invites you to enjoy this unique and exciting travel experience!  Come join us in Bali!


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