Creative Refresh II
1-3 March 2019
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
The itinerary included intimate studio visits, immersive discussions, hands-on workshops, unique culinary experiences and plenty of opportunities to soak in the best of Bali. In short, a behind-the-scenes look at Bali’s fascinating creative ecosystem that not many people get a chance to see.
We began with a delicious coffee and a chance to get to know fellow participants in a simple picnic under the coconut trees, fueled by cold-press Arabica coffee and freshly made Balinese cakes . Then we headed to a two-hour exploration of Indonesia’s natural dye traditions. Each participant had the chance to create a silk scarf dyed with natural indigo using the shibori dye-resist technique.
We ended with an amazing dinner in one of Ubud's design gems on Friday night, feasting on wood-fired pizza, sangria and tiramisu. On Saturday, we headed to our base for the day—a resort perched on the edge of a river valley where we watched kingfishers fly by and a Ubud storm roll in to the surrounds. We immersed ourselves in two different workshops, exploring rare techniques and getting our hands on some fascinating materials. After lunching, we enjoyed a swim in the incredible pool and beautiful private performance.
On Sunday, started early and headed to a studio in the north of Ubud to get our hands in some clay with one of Bali’s quirkiest artists before enjoying a lunch by the rice fields of rice recently harvested from less than a meter away from the table! Finally, to leave us all with a sweet taste, we ended the weekend with a visit to a chocolate-making atelier.
Eye candy and inspiration as far as the eye can see
Bali has a special way of never saying no to crazy beautiful ideas. Whole houses made of bamboo? Why not. Giant dragons made of fresh coconut leaves? Sure. Edible art? Of course.
You’ll notice subtle beauty almost everywhere — from the way an offering sits in a doorway to the gentle hum of giant kites in the windy season — which is why free-thinkers from all corners of the globe flock here for inspiration. We’ll take you into the workspaces of these pioneers, and many more places, to show you how the creative process flows, island-style.
What happens during The Creative Refresh?
Hands-on creation and mind-blowing skills
If you're like most creatives these days, you probably do most of your work glued to a computer screen. The Creative Refresh is an amazing opportunity to create with your hands — not a pixel to be seen, we promise. During your time with us you will be part of four carefully curated workshops, each time creating something completely different with your own two hands. Hopefully this will trigger a waterfall of ideas you can use in your work and give you a new appreciation of the hidden facets of Bali's creative ecosystem.
You'll also have the chance to hang out with Bali's local creative stars and pick their brains about their creative processes and more.
Food, food and more food
No experience is complete without feeding all five of your senses — and that includes your tastebuds! We will feed you well, and often with some of the most interesting and innovative edible delights Bali has to offer.
Come for inspiration, stay for the food.
» Four extraordinary workshops, plus all the materials needed.
» One dinner + two lunches, snacks, water refills
» All transport during Friday, Saturday & Sunday (pick up and drop off in Central Ubud)
» The goodie bag
Exclusions: Flights, airport transfers, accommodation costs. Send us an email with your budget and we'll happily recommend accommodation options.