There are no dates currently set for this retreat, you can however grab 6 buddies and book this retreat for a private group, this requires 7 people in total. Please contact us for more details or complete the expression of interest below 🙂
Bali is renowned for its enchanting mixture of refined artistic culture and unique spiritual heritage, sacred temples with colourful daily ceremonies and friendly locals.
Creative expression may come in many forms on this wonderful women’s retreat, through meditation, or walking in the rice paddies, through making your own signature piece of silver jewellery or through an art therapy process. There are so many opportunities during this trip to connect with the sacred creativity within yourself though the magic of Bali. This is the ultimate girls getaway, a week of fun, food, massages, workshops, play, dancing, yoga, laughter and much more ….
There are no pre-requisites for this retreat. No artistic ability required. This is for anyone who wants to experience the art and culture of Bali in a fun and supportive way, whilst in the company of like minded women. Perfect for solo adventurers, but also great for friends and family members. We hope you can join us!
Your Journey Leader:
Tammie Day, is an Australian counsellor and group facilitator of 17 years. She is the founder of Vibrant Women. Tammie organises retreats and workshops worldwide and has a particular interest in the positive psychology movement, Buddhism and cultivating mindfulness. Tammie is a yoga, nia dance and mindfulness teacher who tries to experience the beauty that is all around. The Balinese call this “cuci mata” to wash your eyes or to see the ordinary in a new and extraordinary way. Tammie adores Bali and feels it is her second home, and is excited to share some of it’s magic with you.
How This Inspirational Journey May Benefit You:
Reduce stress, promote health and happiness
Connect with another culture and expand your awareness
Get your creative juices flowing
Give yourself time to reflect
Rejuvenate your soul
Bring the mind and body into the present moment
Activate your bodies senses
Uncover personal insights
Have fun, loosen up and bring joy into your life
Connect with yourself and other like-minded women
Ubud is culture, yes. It’s also home to good restaurants, cafes and streets of shops, many selling goods from the region’s artisans. The local village of Penestanan where we are staying in is home to “The Young Artists of Bali”.
Ubud’s popularity continues to grow, adding on the hoopla created by the bestselling Eat, Pray, Love.
Our Villa is located in the compound of the Bali residence of Indonesia’s famous art and craft guru Warwick Purser. Spread over a three-storey building, seven en-suite bedrooms with six double and one twin beds will accommodate us.
The Villa has many little sheltered break out areas over three levels so you can always find a quiet space to read a book or catch up and chat with a friend over coffee.
At the ground floor we will prepare your breakfast in an open-style kitchen and you will be enjoying it facing a tropical garden and a long lap pool. You will find two living rooms – one opened, one closed – and one bedroom. You can even relax at the sauna, which is quite exceptional in Bali.
The first floor gathers three bedrooms – two double and one twin – three salons and a opened terrace. The top floor bedroom – called “The Honeymoon suite” – features a pavilion and open terrace. You will enjoy massages in a quiet atmosphere, close to heaven… On the other side of the pool a small villa houses the additional two bedrooms and small kitchen and living space.
There are no televisions in the rooms, which leaves time for reading, relaxing, swimming, spa treatments and taking afternoon naps. Please note that at our villa we have six white doves and lots of fish. If you have allergies to these animals please let us know, you do not need to interact with them but we think its important you know they will be around from time to time to make you smile and keep you entertained.
We are also located in a local village within walking distance to Ubud town, however nature is prevalent so it is important to know that village life and nature may also contribute to your experience in the form of religious ceremonies, small geckos, insects and crowing roosters. Apart from this you can expect to have a peaceful time.
Check in from 2pm (Additional nights accommodation may be able to be arranged for $150AUD per room per night, depending on availability please discuss your needs with us) spend the afternoon, unpacking, familiarising yourself with the villa or having a swim in the pool.
4pm – Overview and introductory session, includes afternoon tea
*IT IS COMPULSORY TO ATTEND THIS INTRODUCTORY SESSION. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR ARRIVE AT THE VILLA IN TIME TO ATTEND.
6pm Depart for Welcome Dinner at Bridges Bali (included)
7:00 – 8:00am – Yoga
9am – Breakfast
10am – Depart for walking tour of local area and lunch
2 – 5.30pm – Spa Treatments. Total pampering is scheduled for this afternoon as you indulge in one of Ubuds finest spa sanctuaries for their “Relaxation Bliss” package.
This package includes a massage, body scrub, flower petal bath, facial and manicure or hair cream bath.
6pm – Sunset cocktails at Indus overlooking Mount Agung followed by dinner and hopefully dancing!
7:00 – 7:30am – Early Breakfast
8:00 – 1:00pm – Casa Luna Cooking Class and Market Tour
Includes lunch (of course we’ve just cooked it!!).
The Casa Luna Cooking School classes provide a fascinating insight into Balinese life, beliefs and culture through learning about its food, cooking and culinary myths. This class includes a tour to the local traditional food markets, where locals shop everyday for fresh produce, herbs, incense and flower.
Class discussions are relaxed and friendly and are held in the elegant grounds of the Second Honeymoon Guesthouse. They include specific references to the role of food in Balinese society, its ceremonial use and religious importance.
Participants learn about the exotic herbs and spices used in ceremonial and everyday Balinese dishes and are encouraged to actively help prepare the lavish Balinese feast that will then be enjoyed with a glass or two of the local rice wine or homemade hibiscus tea.
During our cooking class we will be making:
Roasted white eggplant
Green coconut crêpes
1pm – Free afternoon for day spa, shopping or relaxing
7pm – Dinner
7:00 – 8:00am – Meditation
Exploring Your Artistic Creativity
The experiences presented to participants include:
10:00 – 1:00PM – Rudolf Steiner’s Colour Theory. Through a series of exercises carried out in various media participants learn to submerge their own ego and identity in specific colours and colour harmonies. This leads to a greatly enhanced sensitivity to colour and a dramatic increase in technical and artistic skills. Participants rapidly discover that they can create extraordinarily creative and original art of their own.
1:00 – 2:00PM – Lunch
2:00 – 5:00 – Art Therapy
All artistic activity is potentially therapeutic – Colour can be extremely therapeutic to work with creatively and at Bali Centre Artistic Creativity this is the most popular approach. But drawing: line, shape, form, all kinds of painting, e.g., acrylics, oils, pure pigment, water colors are available.
6pm – Return to the Villa for Dinner
7:00 – 8.00am – Yoga
8:15 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 Silversmith Class
Studio Perak is a creative, fun and relaxed space that has been listed in the Lonely Planet travel guide as having a “friendly atmosphere and specializing in Balinese silversmithing”.
Make a silver ring, earrings or pendant of your own design in just three hours from start to finish, while learning the basic skills of silversmithing.
1pm – Free afternoon for a massage, shopping or relaxing
5pm – Canang Sari Class followed by Balinese Dance Performance
Venturing to a small local village we will learn about the Canang Sari. The ritual of presenting offerings to the Gods is an integral part of the daily life for every Balinese. This interesting class is to help you understand the construction of the simplest offering and to explain the meaning behind the ritual.
Following the offering class, we will attend the Barong Dance which is probably the most well known dance in Bali. It is a story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality.
The story goes that Rangda, the mother of Erlangga, the King of Bali in the tenth century, was condemned by Erlangga’s father because she practiced black magic. After she became a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits in the jungle, the leaks and the demons, to come after Erlangga. A fight occurred, but she and her black magic troops were too strong that Erlangga had to ask for the help of Barong. Barong came with Erlangga’s soldiers, and fight ensued. Rangda casted a spell that made Erlangga soldiers all wanted to kill themselves, pointing their poisoned keris into their own stomachs and chests. Barong casted a spell that turned their body resistant to the sharp keris. At the end, Barong won, and Rangda ran away.
Somebody can die or get seriously injured in a Barong dance. It is said that if Rangda’s spell is too strong, a weak soldier may not be able to resist it, even with the help of Barong. He may end up hurting himself with his own keris.
The masks of Barong and Rangda are considered sacred items, and before they are brought out, a priest must be present to offer blessings by sprinkling them with holy water taken from Mount Agung, and offerrings must be presented.
6:00 – 7.00am – Early morning Camphuan Ridge Walk
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
10am depart for an 11am experience an Ancient Sound Healing sessions in the Pyramid of Sun, a spectacular 14 meter gold painted Pyramid built to 1/16th scale to the Great Pyramid of Giza.
When you enter the Pyramid of the Sun, choose one of the many comfortable mattresses and just relax – we provide a pillow for your head and a bolster to place under your knees. A special blend of aromatic oils with a base of sandalwood enhances the experience in a gentle and comforting manner.
The interior is designed to support you in achieving a state of total relaxation and a feeling of bliss like never before. Lunch at the Pyramids *Self Pay
Free afternoon for massages, shoppin, relaxing by the pool
6pm – Farewell Dinner at Mozaic – Ubuds most famous Restaurant. this is a six course gastronomique menu ($70 per person self pay not including drinks)
When you enter through its Balinese doorway, Mozaic Restaurant offers you an evening of repose and pure enjoyment. A walkway leads you to a tropical garden with its widely spaced tables and simple elegance, where, once seated, you are immediately charmed by the unique setting. Mozaic Restaurant is a fresh oasis of ingenuity in the world of gastronomy.
Sleep in on the last morning
10am – Brunch
12:00pm Departure Time – We hope you have had a fantastic time with us. We will take you to your next destination.
Click here to view testimonials from the last retreat and here if you would like to visit the photo gallery.
* Please note that the program outline is subject to change, not dramatically, but it is Bali people and things happen 🙂
6 nights accommodation in clean, comfortable rooms
3 Course Welcome Dinner
Relaxing Bliss Spa Package – massage, body scrub, flower petal bath, facial and manicure or hair cream bath
Meditation, yoga and dance classes
Balinese Dance Performance
Sound Healing at the Pyramids of Chi
One 3 hour class designed to explore your artistic creativity using Rudolph Steiner Colour Theory
One 3 hour group Art Therapy session
Make a silver ring, earrings or pendant of your own design with Ketut from Perak Studios.
Casa Luna cooking class including morning market tour
Learn how to Make Canang (Balinese offering) and the ritual and ceremony that goes with this.
Visit to local art galleries
All materials and workshop instruction
Airport transfer to and from the resort
Tax and service fees of 21%
What is not included
Airfares to and from Denpasar Bali, Indonesia.
Entry and exit taxes from Indonesia – Australians are no longer required to pay for a visa on arrival to Indonesia, yay!! You can stay for 30 days.
Lunches and Dinners (budget between $10 and $15 per meal)
Travel Insurance (which is compulsory)