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Çudamani Summer Institute (CSI)

June 23 - July 9, 2019

WHO ARE WE? Providing instruction to the children and youth of Pengosekan has been the primary goal of Sanggar Cudamani for twenty years.  While rooted in the conviction that gamelan and dance are a powerful means of developing spiritual discipline, Directors Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Susilo also understand the critical social role the arts can play particularly for youth in a rapidly modernizing world.  For the past twelve years Çudamani Summer Institute has extended their educational reach by bringing hundreds of international students to their village Sanggar.


Over the years Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Susilo have refined their approach to teaching a diverse student body. Their pedagogy is unique in Bali and supports the beginning student as well as those who have studied Balinese Gamelan and Dance for many years.  Key to the success of the program is the team of Cudamani teaching assistants.   Their participation keeps the artistic level of every class at a very high level by providing individual instruction, encouragement, and models of excellence. Past participants have included: University music and dance professors as well as students; professional artists eager to extend their creative and performative reach;, educators who want to expand their classroom teaching, and young people who have fallen under the spell of Balinese performing arts.

For more than twenty years Çudamani has enhanced village life in Pengosekan by teaching hundreds of Balinese children, youth, and adults.   CSI is the one time you have an opportunity to be incorporated into Çudamani’s teaching program. Pengosekan residents young and old always enjoy having CSI students in their village because they know you appreciate and take their culture seriously.  As you can imagine the tourist industry can be overwhelming.


2019 ACTIVITIES- Daily ensemble classes with Cudamani musicians and dancers are further enriched with special activities related to the religious cycle of temple ceremonies and cultural events on the island.  As the religious calendar allows, Cudamani members and friends organize visits to temples ceremonies within their circle of contacts.  We provide an orientation to the ceremony and accompany the group to insure we attend in respectful and appropriate ways.   Some years this includes watching Cudamani perform as an offering for temple ceremonies.  You never feel like a tourist when accompanied by Cudamani.  In addition, we will have opportunities to see performances at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar.  In 2019  both the Cudamani Youth (boys and girls) may be invited to perform at this festival. While still in discussion, if this should occur during the CSI program, you will be in for an amazing experience.  More details will be available in the spring of 2019.


The core of the teaching program includes daily gamelan and dance study.  A hallmark of the Cudamani Summer Institute are the many assistant teachers who are able to offer each student personal support; as a result, even players/dancers new to Balinese performance are able to accomplish an enormous amount in the limited time of the program.  Our senior teachers carefully guide students to the level of complexity that allows each person  to get the individual attention they need to develop artistically.

Over the years we have taken special pleasure when colleges and Universities bring small groups of students already versed in Balinese performing arts to join the CSI. Special group rates can be arranged for groups of four or more.  The nature of the program easily incorporates musicians and dancers of all levels, including advanced students who wish to refine their skills at the more complicated instruments such as the drum and reyong or dancers wishing to learn more advanced repertoire.

The program is further enhanced by lecture demonstrations by members of Cudamani; invited lectures by guest speakers; and one field trip to cultural sites in our area.  The program concludes with a final performance with CSI students sharing a program with members of Cudamani. After twelve years of experience Dewa and Emiko have created a balanced, dynamic and inspiring educational experience that has students returning year after year.



It is worth repeating that students are surrounded by a community of artists- ranging from master teachers of international renown, to the senior members, to the young teenage members of Cudamani.   There is no better summer vacation for these youth than spending their time couching music and dance to international CSI participants.  Cudamani Summer Institute is a non-commercial  program as such students feel they are invited into the Cudamani family of artists as well as their village of Pengosekan. International and Indonesian students realize immediately that they are studying in Dewa and Emiko’s own home.  With children running around, women making offerings within sight, or the home cooked meals at lunch, you understand what life is like in a Balinese family.   This intimate context provides rewarding cultural and personal insights that go beyond the technique of music and dance.


Adding to the reward of study is the proximity of the home village of Pengosekan to the vibrant tourist center of Ubud.  Artini Resort is in walking distance to Sanggar Cudamani, as well as in the midst of a wide range options for your evening meal.  You will soon realize that Cudamani is near this tourist center but is not of the tourist scene.  However, for those looking forward to the relaxation, shopping, even massages, will find all available to enjoy after class hours.

GAMELAN PROGRAM– Daily sessions in Cudamani’s open air studio teach you the techniques of Balinese gamelan, expand your repertoire and improve your musicality. Under the Direction of Dewa Putu Berata, ten senior Cudamani players join studio sessions, ensuring individual attention as well as the robust sound Cudamani is famous for. The opportunity to play a wide range of pieces under astute leadership of Dewa Putu Berata will advance the musicianship and musical understanding of gamelan players from around the world.  The gamelan program works primarily on the gorgeous Semarandana instruments. Core to the concept of the program is  working along side master musicians and dancer to develop the Balinese sense ensemble and musicality. In addition, small-group sessions allow advanced musicians to refine skills, try new instruments, and learn repertoire, while beginning musicians have time to learn the fundamentals of gamelan in an environment that is challenging yet supportive and incredibly fun.


DANCE PROGRAM- If you have always wanted to try Balinese dance, but have told yourself, “I’m not a dancer” then send us an email. We have a great program for beginners, and welcome you. You can do it! If you have some experience with Balinese dance, but need to deepen your understanding and repertoire, then this is an incredible learning environment for you as well. You will be working with the masters of the tradition, honing your dance skills, expanding your repertoire. Delve deeply into the  powerful practice of Balinese dance. Under the supervision of Emiko Saraswati Susilo, participants work with some of Bali’s most reknown teachers- Ibu Ni Ketut Arini and Bapak I Nyoman Cerita. Dancers learn both male as well as female technique. Dancers of all levels will learn a lot from dancing alongside some of Bali’s most talented young performers. No matter where you are in your study of Balinese dance, the program will challenge and inspire you!

SELECTION CRITERIA – We invite individuals who wish to work intensively with other artists from around the world with a proven interest in living in another culture. Paraticipants must be 18 years or older, unless prior approval of CSI Directors. Beginners as well as experienced gamelan musicians and dancers are encouraged to apply.  We have had great success with faculty who wish to deepen their understanding of Bali, bring back material for their research and teaching. In addition undergraduate and graduate students have found the program an ideal way to travel to Bali and have a concentrated first hand experience of the performing arts of Bali.


Important Dates

  • June 23    Check in Artini Resort and Welcome Reception
  • June 24     Opening prayers, orientation, instruction begins
  • July 7         Final Performance shared with Cudamani members
  • July 8         Wrap up,  final circle, and closing prayers
  • July 9         Check Out Artini Resort

Special field trips and guest lectures will be determined upon arrival.

Application and Registration Fee  Due:  May 1, 2019
Tuition Fee Deadline:  June 1, 2019  (guaranteed rooms at the Artini Resort)

If space allows we will accept applications after these deadlines, however, hotel rooms are limited and may not be available.


Tuition Fees


Tuition WITH Housing

Tuition with housing at Artini Resort:
Double occupancy: $1900;
Private room: $2,350;
Youth rooming with adult (11-17 yrs with paying family member) $1,500.

This Option Includes:

  • Private or shared accommodations 15 nights at the Artini Resort hotel
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Airport pick up July 13th and return July 28th  (Arrivals and departures outside these dates on your own)

Tuition WITHOUT Housing

Tuition without housing:  $1500; Youth (11-17 yrs with paying family member) $1,100.    This ‘instruction only’ program allows participants to secure their own accommodations, arrange their own airport transportation, and other personal details.  Simply show up for class.

Tuition Includes

  • Welcome reception
  • Daily instruction in Gamelan or Dance
  • Lunch on days in session
  • Admission to all events
  • Local transportation for CSI events
  • Welcome reception
  • Farewell dinner
  • discount on tickets to Çudamani Festival (July 25,26,27, 2019)


Participants are responsible for making own travel and visa arrangements as well as travel health insurance. Indonesia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States of America for a stay up to 30 days.- for longer says please see web site:


CSI is our major mean of funding  Çudamani’s children/youth and master artist programs. All proceeds go to support our education program.

Help us retain maximum benefit by sending funds directly by MAILING A CHECK payable to:

Foundation for World Arts
12200 Lawler Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90066

Paypal is also accepted with an additional surcharge.

Cancellation after the June 1st date will forfeit 50% of tuition.



“The performance in the temple was the most important for me. It was brilliant to have been able to perform in a meaningful celebration and to apply whatever had been taught for that purpose.”

Elaine Pedly
Dancer/Choreographer, Class of 2007

“I know that many Americans come to Bali to take lessons individually, but getting to do this through a group situation, in which we were able to form something of an ensemble by the end, and in which I was able to form a connection with a group of people who feel just as seriously passionate about the music and culture as I do, seems to be really special. I got to spend a lot of time with a lot of fabulous musicians, listening to and playing and practicing gamelan several hours a day. I felt inspired every day, and I feel like I’m definitely hearing gamelan music differently now than before the program.

I now have a much better understanding of the relationship between the music and dance, and a greater sense about what it means to have a community ensemble of musicians who actually work together, play together, collaborate, and live that spirit through their music-making.”

Lynda Paul
Musician, Class of 2007

“The strength of the Institute is the opportunity to be completely immersed in Balinese culture through learning music and dance, yet with enough Western teaching methods to facilitate our learning.”

Donna Eshelman
Dancer/Choreographer, Class of 2008

“I came away with a deep respect for the integration of the arts into daily and ceremonial life in Bali, and sadness at their estrangement in western culture. The access to master teachers — I was honored and humbled over and over again by the talent, skill and artistry of our teachers, all of which they so lovingly shared with us.”

Rosemary Candelario
Dancer/Choreographer, Class of 2008

“Çudamani Summer Institute has opened my eyes to Balinese culture in ways I could not have experienced in any other program. The musicians, dancers, and staff are welcoming and kind and teach respect and compassion — cultural aspects I will carry with me back to my home and school in the United States. Learning the music and developing new friendships goes hand-in-hand in gamelan music. CSI has further enhanced my appreciation for this island’s rich art and culture. I’ll carry this experience with me always and appreciate it for the rest of my life.”

Claire Fassnacht
Musician, Class of 2012

“It was a phenomenal experience with a mix of students ranging from ethnomusicologists and semi-professional players to graduate and undergraduate students with some experience in gamelan or at least percussion performance… All in all it was superbly arranged and delivered, and many of the students were returnees or, like me, hope to return… read more "

Greg Youtz
Musician, Class of 2012

“I’ve attended many dance festivals and intensives in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and elsewhere. The Cudamani Summer Institute stands out as an glorious immersive practice within the extraordinary arts and culture of Bali, a land where the arts are as earnestly sophisticated as they are genuinely sacred. Being invited warmly into the the Cudamani community, practicing in studios in family homes, sharing meals, attending temple ceremonies, and participating in both public and private performances provided for an inspiring artistic exchange connecting along our universal human dimensions amongst cultures from various corners of the planet.”

Paul Laurey
Artist and Filmmaker, Class 2015
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