From tea tasting and pottery classes to experiencing life in a Balinese village, get hands on at these workshops and activities in Bali.
Interesting and Creative Workshops, Experiences, and Activities in Bali
Let’s face it, the lack of being able to travel and rainy days are making us all a little stir crazy right now. Why not use this time to learn something new! There are currently lots of fun and creative workshops and activities happening in Bali to take your mind off what’s happening in the world and learn a new skill.
These are a few we’ve tried ourselves in the past few months and highly recommend… Here a roundup of our favorite workshops in Bali.
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Pottery Workshop at Studio Ceramic, Sanur
Did you ever see the movie ghost? For sure an iconic moment in film history that highlighted the skills of wheel throwing clay to make ceramics. Well, you can have your own ghost moment right here in Bali with the many different workshops offered by Studio Ceramics (from the Founders of Kevala Ceramics).
We tried the 3.5-hour wheel throwing and decoration class. We got to create two pieces on the wheel and choose one to be fired to keep. We also got to choose an already made piece to decorate. We learned decorating skills and decorated our own pieces to keep. The firing takes around 10 days and then your pieces are delivered to you. We love using our cups and bowls that we made in our daily lives! This is for sure a workshop you can do more than once, it is so therapeutic and allows you to be super creative… and you come out with your own creations to add to your kitchen. There are other workshop options also that either focuses solely on wheel throwing or on decoration. There is a workshop for hand-building, a paint-a-piece class, and clay classes for kids too!
Check out Studio Ceramic’s range of workshops here.
Take a Tea Tasting Journey With Chontea
At Chontea you can experience and learn about Tea through Tea Workshops
Each month, they have different workshop programs happening. Examples of these include learning about Japanese Tea and how to make Matcha using traditional Chasen, Tea Blending courses ~ using all Indonesian sourced tea, dried flowers, fruits, and tisanes, and some of their workshops are completely mind-blowing such as how to make a tea that tastes like Tom Yum Soup or even learning to make a tea that tastes like Mango Sticky Rice dessert.
Also, if you are missing a good relaxing night over hot of high-quality lavender or chamomile tea, they also sell their own teas on Tokopedia. Find their listing here.
Tea tasting journeys at their Uluwatu tea bar are held on the weekends and can be booked via Instagram.
Create Your Own Signature Scent in a Perfume Workshop by L’atelier
This class can be fun alone, with the whole family or with a group of friends! We tried their 90-minute workshop in which you are taken through the process of choosing and mixing scents, to eventually create your own signature scent that matches both your personality and scent preferences. You even get to name your scent and take it home in a beautifully labeled bottle and box (you do have to wait two weeks to use it though until it is properly combined and settled).
We loved this process and now wear our own scents every day. They also give you a card to keep a record of your recipe, if you want to create your scent again when you run out, you can do that too!
There is also a more rigorous workshop for those wanting to delve deeper into the scent creation space. Maybe you even want to create your own scent to sell! This one goes for three hours and you also come out with your own scent to take home.
Workshops run every day by request in their Seminyak studio.
More details and bookings here.
Make Your Own Dumplings and Feast on Them at Sista Dumpling Kitchen & Bar, Canggu
We love a dumpling feast, but we can now tell you that they taste even better when you’ve made them yourself! Sista Dumpling Kitchen & Bar is famous for its dumplings (which you can enjoy by dining in, or by buying their frozen goods) but they also offer you a class to learn how to make your own dumplings. After which they will cook them up and serve them to you. Word of warning – not all dumplings are created equal – some are much easier to master than others! They are all fun to learn though.
This was a great, relaxed class, and what a treat to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labour at the end by feasting on our own dumplings with Sista’s stunning rice field backdrop.
The session takes around 2 hours and can be scheduled anytime, with a minimum of 4 for the booking. You get to make dumplings in 3 or 4 different flavours (depending on your preference).
For bookings – WA +6281239080861 or @sistadumpling
Experience a Day in the Life of a Balinese Villager, Including Taking Part in a Hindu Purification Ritual
This is not as much of a workshop as it is an experience of what a day in the life of a Balinese villager is like. We helped to create this experience with the villagers of Pacung Sangeh who wanted to be able to share their love of their culture, traditions, and land with others. The day includes taking a walk through a traditional family compound in their village, enjoying a Balinese morning tea with the family in the compound, and learning to make Canang Sari (which you will later in the day use as your offerings in your ceremony).
You then enjoy lunch in a traditional warung, set in the rice fields of the village. After lunch, you are taken to a sacred Holy Water waterfall and canyon to take part in a Hindu Purification ritual. The ritual starts in the canyon of the waterfall and you then make your way up through the waterfall, ending with your blessing at the top. The whole way you will be guided and what you need to do in each area and what each prayer and action means. The Hindus participate in this ritual every six months, to wash away any negativity in their lives.
This is a truly unique, personalised, and sacred day….certainly not your run of the mill tourist experience.
Read more about the Balinese Village Experience here. Mention this blog and get a 20% discount on the published price!
So these have been our experiences of workshops and activities in Bali in the last few months; let us hear about yours. Have you tried any of these workshops? Have you done (or know of) other workshops or experiences that you think we should try and add to this list?
We’d love to hear from you!
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