Bali Writing Retreat with Tammy Coia

Write with Tammy in Bali from March 3rd to March 13th 2020


MARCH 3 – 7 : UBUD

Ubud is a thriving village in central Bali that is considered the cultural capital of this tiny island. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the village and nearby areas consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. Here you find remarkable architecture as well as historical museums, artists, and an array of interesting cafes, local foods, and non- stop ceremonies. The word Ubud comes from the Balinese word for medicine, so it is here that people flock for healing energies, good spirits, meditation, yoga, artistry, and indigenous knowledge.


  • Arrive into Denpasar, Bali in the early afternoon.
  • Drive to Ubud and settle into the hotel, freshen up,
    and relax.
  • Enjoy your first taste of Balinese cuisine at our welcome dinner, then off to a good night’s sleep.MARCH 4 (B, L, D)
  • Morning orientation to Bali, focusing on practical, helpful tips for your time on the island as well as an introduction to Balinese culture and philosophy.
  • As part of your orientation to Bali, learn from local teachers how to fold beautiful Balinese offerings from coconut leaves and flowers.
  • Private tour and coffee with Agung Rai, the founder and visionary behind the world-renowned ARMA Museum, home to an outstanding collection of traditional Balinese art.
  • Lunch together at a local Balinese restaurant.
  • Writing seminar #1.
  • Dinner in town together.

MARCH 5 (B, L, D)

  • Stroll through winding paths in the lush jungle and through terraced rice paddies on an herbal walk to learn about Bali’s native plants and how they’re used for traditional medicine, food and body care products.
  • Visit to Tirta Empul holy spring temple, considered a sacred site to purify the soul and mind by the Balinese people.
  • Indulge in a delicious lunch above panoramic views of the Mt. Batur volcano.
  • Writing seminar #2.
  • Dinner at a local Women’s Center where you’ll hear the founder’s story and her dream to create a space where Balinese women can support each other and learn new skills.

MARCH 6 (B, L)

  • Spend the day with Threads of Life, a social enterprise focused on maintaining the livelihoods and traditions of weaving in rural communities. Visit their facilities in quiet rural villages and meet the weavers behind the gorgeous textiles in the organization’s shop.
  • Head to Tenganan, a traditional Balinese village famed for its double ikat weaving style. Learn about the village’s unique history and culture on a guided tour, meet the weavers in their homes, and see examples of the most complex and intricate double-ikat weavings in Bali.
  • Lunch among the beautifully serene rice paddies of Sideman.
  • Head on to Sideman, a picturesque village nestled among lush rice paddies, where you’ll visit a workshop focused on a completely different style of ikat weaving as well as other weaving techniques that are becoming more and more rare.
  • End the day at the Threads of Life shop where you can ask any final questions and browse the textiles for sale.
  • Dinner on your own.

Start Your Indonesian Writing Adventure!


Pemuteran is a small fishing village on the northwest coast of Bali. It lies between a gorgeous mountainous region to the south and Menjangan Island in the north, an area considered one of the top dive sites in the world. Pemuteran has the largest area of shallow coral reefs in Bali and is easily accessible, free of strong currents and waves making it perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Pemuteran is home to the largest artificial coral reef project in the world, and the village’s model of community- based tourism and conservation has been recognized by the United Nations.

MARCH 7 (B, L, D)

  • Writing seminar #3.
  • Lunch at Alchemy, Bali’s first 100% raw, organic and vegan restaurant that was created to honor mother nature, promote healthy sustainable living, support healthy habits and well being, and to offer a space of inspiration and community.
  • Head to Cantika, a serene spa in the jungle that overlooks a rushing river valley. Here you’ll experience a workshop on how to make skincare products from natural ingredients. At the end of the workshop enjoy a facial or massage using products created on-site using ingredients from their garden.
  • Put on your special Balinese outfit to attend an exclusive Royal Palace tour & dinner at the Peliatan Palace. Prince Cokorda Agung Krisna Dalem, one of the young Royal Family Balinese Princes located in Peliatan Palace, will meet personally with your group and spend an evening in fascinating discussions about issues facing Bali and its culture in the 21st century.
  • Evening performance of traditional Balinese Legong dance.

MARCH 9 (B, L, D)

  • Writing seminar #4.
  • Lunch together at a local restaurant.
  • Experience a presentation on the Biorock Coral Restoration Project, an amazing initiative using technology to speed the growth of coral reefs.
  • Snorkel over the coral restoration project.
  • Visit a local turtle hatchery where they are working toward increasing the number of sea turtles in Bali’s oceans.
  • Enjoy a special dinner with a local Balinese family at their home.
  • Go on a special night trip to Melanting Temple, Bali’s temple for prosperity.

MARCH 8 (B, L)

  • Meet Made Sumadiyasa, one of the most innovative painters in Bali. His abstract, expressionist works, show the universal aspects of Balinese culture and philosophy.
  • Head to Pemuteran, sightseeing along the way.
  • Pass by the historical Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, renowned for its appearance of
    floating atop Lake Beratan.
  • Lunch together in Bedugul, a cool, mountainous region.
  • Stop at a local village art market to shop or explore.
  • Continue on to Pemuteran and settle into your accommodations
  • Enjoy dinner on your own.

MARCH 11 – 13 : SANUR

  • Sanur is a seaside town in southeast Bali made up of a long stretch of beach with calm, shallow waters. Colorful jukung fishing boats rest on the sand and a paved path snakes along the beach for several kilometers. Sanur is home to great restaurants (many with live music), a wide variety of shops, and a relaxed atmosphere despite being closer to the major cities of south Bali. It’s a perfect spot to pick up last-minute gifts, lounge by the beach or the pool, explore sights along the beach walkway, and enjoy a final sunset dinner.

Let’s Write in Gorgeous Bali!

MARCH 10 (B, L)

  • Head out on a boat trip to Menjangan Island, a small island that is home to one of the world’s most biodiverse array of coral reefs and marine life in the world. Spend the morning snorkeling over the reefs.
  • Lunch on the island.
  • Head to a different side of the island for another opportunity to snorkel over another diverse coral site.
  • Visit a traditional healer who specializes in channeling spirits.
  • Dinner on your own.

MARCH 13 (B, L)

  • Writing seminar #5.
  • Head to Sanur, stopping along the way.
  • Take a break along the drive at a coffee plantation and try many unique varieties of coffees and teas grown there.
  • Stop for lunch at a restaurant tucked among the rice paddies of Mengwi.
  • Arrive in Sanur and settle into your beachfront hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.

MARCH 13 (B)

  • Time to prepare for the journey home, exchange contact info with new friends, and reflect on the memories you created!
    MARCH 12 (B, L, D)
  • Go to the morning market to gather ingredients and try your hand at making some delicious traditional Balinese and Indonesian dishes in a cooking class.
  • Enjoy your culinary creations from the cooking class for lunch.
  • Final writing seminar #6.
  • The afternoon is free to relax, swim, or do some last minute souvenir shopping in the markets.
  • Final sunset dinner together on the beach.



Tjampuhan Hotel & Spa was established in Ubud in 1928. At its inception it was a royal guesthouse where numerous celebrated foreign artists stayed during their time in Bali.
Today, Tjampuhan encompasses a collection of traditionally styled bungalows situated in a timeless landscape of natural beauty, a tribute to Ubud’s artistic heritage.


Taman Sari offers luxurious beachfront cottages and suites surrounded by tranquil gardens and ponds. The resort is situated between misty mountains and the sparkling ocean, creating a truly peaceful retreat.
Taman Sari is committed to the protection of Bali’s natural beauty, which you will see manifested in the community based environmental and social programs housed at the resort. The large coral restoration project, which has been awarded by the United Nations, can be viewed right off the Taman Sari beach.


Puri Santrian faces the beautiful white sand beach of Sanur, where the sunrise and sunset can both be viewed over the expansive oceanfront. The hotel is centrally located in Sanur with shopping, restaurants and bars, and other activities within walking distance. This family owned and operated hotel keeps with the Balinese tradition of warmth and generosity, making each guest feel like a member of the family.


We use 12-15 passenger air-conditioned mini-buses while traveling the island to ensure participants’ enjoyment, comfort, and safety.


Bali Institute is currently working towards gaining certification through Travelife, a leading training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies committed to reaching sustainability. We believe in continuously learning how to improve the environmental and social impacts of our work because we care about contributing to a positive future for Bali and its people. Assessment for the Travelife certification includes management and performance criteria based on leading international sustainability and corporate social responsibility standards and guidelines.



Single: $4,995
Shared: $4,295 per person

"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
Wendy Price, Palm Desert, CA

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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