Writing in Bali - FAQ
When does the Bali Writing Retreat start and finish?
The first session is at 4 pm on 20th May 2023. It is recommended that you arrive into Denpasar airport no later than midday on the 20th in order to make it to Ubud in time for our first session.
The last session is at 4 pm on 25th May, followed by a farewell dinner.
Do I have to share a bedroom?
No. To support your creative process, you will have your own air-conditioned bedroom and private ensuite bathroom.
Can you tell me a bit more about our accommodation?
Each spacious tropical villa has two or three bedrooms, a pool, tropical garden, open air lounge and fully-equipped kitchen with stove top, microwave, fridge, freezer and filtered water dispenser. You will have your own air-conditioned bedroom and private ensuite bathroom..
Do I need to be an experienced writer?
Not at all. Whether you're an experienced writer or someone who's brand new to the craft, Jane's sessions will have you writing with greater authenticity and confidence.
How is the retreat structured?
Your mornings will be spent focusing on your own writing, with a commitment to deliver 2000 words to Jane by no later than midday – because DEADLINES WORK! :).
At 4pm, there will be a two-hour writing workshop, where Jane will share ways to add texture and flavour to your writing.
On several evenings, Jane will also host a writers' circle, where you have the opportunity to share your work in progress.
Is there much free time?
Giving yourself time-out from writing is as important a part of the creative process as the writing itself. Because of this, the retreat program includes a daily four-hour break between morning writing and the afternoon writing workshop.
I want to do some yoga while I'm in Bali. Is there somewhere nearby?
Yes. The Intuitive Flow yoga studio offers a variety of daily classes and is located an easy 10-minute walk from your villa.
Where is the retreat held?
In the hillside village of Penestanan, which lies around eight minutes' drive from the centre of Ubud. Numerous cafes, several shops and various massage options lie within a five minute stroll of your villa.
What about meals?
A villa staff member will visit your villa each morning to take care of cleaning, and to prepare you a simple breakfast of fresh tropical fruits, eggs, toast and Bali coffee. This is included in the retreat cost. All other meals are taken at inexpensive local cafes and warungs,
I have food intolerances. Will I be able to find stuff to eat?
Ubud is food intolerance heaven! Vegetarians are particularly well catered for, and Ubud's best-known vegan raw cafe, Alchemy, lies a two-minute walk from your villa front door. You'll also be able to source gluten-free bread locally.
Do I need to bring a computer with me?
Yes please. You will be emailing your 2000 words to Jane each day and need a means to do this. (All villas have good wifi).
Will I be left to my own devices outside of class times?
Only if you want to be. Most nights, you'll be invited to join Jane for a cheap, early dinner at one of many local warungs.
Can my non-participating partner or family member come with me?
Sorry, no. Booking a place at this workshop is about finally making time for your writing. It has been our experience that trying to double-dip and turn this into a holiday with your non-participating family member hampers this objective. If the guilt fairy is knocking at your door, consider having your loved one(s) join you after the retreat.
How much is the retreat?
$1495, which includes daily workshops with and guidance from Jane, all accommodation, breakfasts and an air-conditioned, private ensuite bedroom in a shared villa with its own pool.
How do I book?
Secure your spot at the 2023 retreat with a $300 deposit – email Jane for bank details.