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Bali and Lombok: Journeys with a purpose

By Susan Connell and Keith Miller

Rice Fields near Ubud, Bali

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

To learn more about our Bali adventure, join Susan and Keith for wine and botanas
Mon, Jul 7, 5:30pm
Chorro 33A
RSVP Susan Connell:

Susan Connell’s curiosity about other cultures and a longing for travel led her to create Journeys With a Purpose: Science, Education, Curiosity and Adventure (SECA).

“Staying home doesn’t work,” says Connell. “That would smother my passion for adventure.” She has a profound curiosity to learn how indigenous peoples live and how they keep their cultural traditions and beliefs intact in today’s technological world. Travelers on these trips will be transformed by the experience,” says Connell. “They return as ambassadors, opening doors to international understanding.”

Connell has led small groups to destinations as diverse as the Canadian High Arctic, Sicily, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, the Rainforest of Ecuador, and Lake Como, Italy. Focusing on archaeology, cultural anthropology, marine biology, history and fun, her faith in the power of meeting indigenous peoples and understanding new cultures has led her to visit the Berbers in the Sahara, the Bedouin in the Sinai and Jordan, the Innu in Labrador, the Ashuar in Ecuador, the Inuit in Canada, the Maya in Guatemala, and hill tribes in China, Tibet, Laos, Nepal and Cambodia.

In October, 2014, Susan Connell is planning a trip to Bali, Lombok, and the Spice Islands with Keith Miller, a noted artist educated at Ontario College of Art and Sheridan College in Canada.  “Keith totally understands the Indonesian culture,” says Connell. He has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, and with the help of local experts, he will share his knowledge of the rich history of Indonesian art, music and crafts. This will be Miller’s fourth stay on the island of Bali. Travelers will benefit from the unique advantage of his in-depth knowledge of Balinese art and culture as he leads us on trails through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Whether you have an intellectual inquisitiveness or simply a yearning to relax in a seductive setting on a Southeast Asian island, you will find your heart’s desire on this trip.

Bring your camera, your curiosity, your hat and sunglasses, and don’t forget your sense of humor! We are going to enjoy this wonderful trip – come, relax, have fun.

This journey begins with five days in Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali. Tours of art museums and galleries will combine with walks across rice paddies and river gorges, trips inland to Bali’s sacred Gunung Agung volcano to visit indigenous villages, and time on exotic beaches. A short plane ride to the island of Lombok will reveal a landscape dominated by mountains, especially the Gunung Rinjani volcano, dream beaches and a completely different culture. This week will include startling ocean scenery, remote native villages, temples and mosques.

“Most of the places where we will stay are built in the Balinese style,” says Connell. “The drop-dead gorgeous views include tropical gardens, mountains and rice paddies.” A trip to the fabled Spice Islands, a more rugged trip with simple digs and lots of exploring, is an option for an add-on trip.

“The essence of SECA is that I love what I do,” says Connell. “I believe strongly in teaching about other cultures and the power of understanding the beauty in our differences.”

To learn more about this Bali adventure, join Susan and Keith for wine and botanas, Chorro 33A, Monday, July 7, 5:30pm; RSVP Susan Connell:

Also, contact Susan Connell for more information at

For more information about Keith Miller visit or his sketchbook blog at

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