Experiences to Explore

Sacred Batik Printing in Ubud

Like meditation in action, the art of Batik centers the mind and liberates the heart through creativity. Explore the simple and exciting process of Batik painting and create a rewarding piece of art to bring home from your travels in Bali.

In this unique workshop your teacher, Ketut Sujana, will help you use this ancient art form to create contemporary designs. Ketut’s gentle and patient instruction helps the student discover in physical form the images that all of us carry in our hearts.

Countryside Bicycle tour through Bali villages to Ubud

Spend the day on our most popular day adventure as you escape to the cooler climates of Bali’s Mountain region. Start the day with brunch served up beside an ancient volcanic lake high in the mountains, then using brand new mountain bikes and safety equipment, wind your way down the trail from Mount Batur through sleepy villages along little-used roads and tracks. All of the guides come from the surrounding regions and are trained to entertain and educate by sharing a broad depth of knowledge in Balinese culture and lifestyle.

Frequent stops are made along the way, giving you the opportunity to view aged temple compounds and shady plantations that grow a bounty of crops. Local women regally carry festive offerings of fruit and flowers to appease the Gods, while village ducks are herded in humorous orderly processions. Young boy’s cut grass to feed the family cow whilst weathered old men gossip at the roadside stall sipping glasses of aromatic mountain ground coffee. This is people watching at its best!

This wonderful morning is followed by a deliciously prepared local lunch in Bali’s village of Ubud (the village made famous by Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Eat, Pray, Love). An air-conditioned escort vehicle is on standby at the end of your trip to take you to a replenishing buffet luncheon before returning to your hotel.

This journey offers an insight into a Bali that is not commonly seen, and allows you to experience the charming culture of rural Bali. A fantastic day out packed with education and fun!

Jungle River White Water Rafting

Enjoy a visually spectacular rafting trip down the Ayung River as you travel to the jungle interior of Bali. This adventure is a wonderful mix of excitement, breathtaking views and well-guided, informative sightseeing.

As you carve through some of Bali’s most appealing landscape, the Ayung River provides a thrill that begins the moment you push off from the riverbanks. As you switch between Class I and II rapids, you will wind through deep valleys with cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs of prehistoric significance.

On the more leisurely stretches through tropical forests you will see Hindu shrines that are brightly decorated on ceremonial days of prayer. Just as you think it is all coming to an end, the unpredictable Ayung River propels your raft into yet another rapid! This wonderful morning is followed by a deliciously prepared local lunch in Bali’s mountain area.

Indonesian Cooking Class

Our cooking class is a unique lifestyle experience seeped in hundreds of years of traditions. Experience the beautiful humbleness of Indonesian dining and cooking culture so you can recreate this exotic richness back home. Classes are held by Iboe Soelastri, an Indonesian chef who learned to cook from her grandmother when she was just four years old. Spend a wonderful afternoon preparing dishes that are part of ritual and everyday life on the magical island of Bali. Finish with a true Waroeng lunch experience as you dine surrounded by oil lamps, stone grinders and traditional steamers on wood-fire terracotta stoves in the open kitchen accompanied by soothing, intimate Javanese music.

Silver Jewellery Making

Visit a Balinese silversmith in Ubud, the cultural centre of beautiful Bali, Indonesia, and learn from Pak Ketut to make beautiful, organically inspired jewellery with silver and semi precious stones.

Receive instruction on traditional silver making techniques of how to make designs are inspired by nature and simplicity, and the natural shape and properties of semi-precious stones and be inspired to make your own spiritually connected jewellery from Pak Ketut’s e Jewellery for the Spirit collection. Enjoy this relaxed and fun space to explore your creativity! It’s the place to make that piece of silver jewellery that you’ve been dreaming about!

Important Itinerary Notes

Please note that some of the activity selections require minimum participants and are subject to change without prior notice due to the fact that we partner with outside suppliers to offer them on our retreats.

This trip is designed to provide maximum flexibility for our guests and as such is fairly fluid. While there is a set schedule for each day, you are not obliged to take part in everything—it is entirely up to you what activities you choose to do.

The activities list is correct at time of printing, although occasionally our offerings are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past guests’ comments and our own research.

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