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Bali Retreat Details

Ketut Yuliarsa

​Ketut Yuliarsa has lived and worked as a writer, actor and musician in both Indonesia and Australia. In 1986 he established the first bookshop in Ubud, Bali, Ganesha Bookshop which has become a well-known literary centre.  The bookshop is the only one of its kind on the island and strives to showcase Indonesian Literature in both Indonesian and in English.  In 2004 he established the BOOKS FOR BALI PROJECT which was set up to foster literacy and learning throughout Bali by the donation of books to local schools and libraries.​

Literary Appearances

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2011, 2010,
Byron Bay Writers Festival 2007
Sydney Writers Festival 2007
Auckland Writers Festival 2007
Seminars 2006 – 2012
Bali Arts Festivals 

1. Jatuh Bisu/Falling in Silence – a collection of poetry on contemporary issues facing Bali, Indonesia today (bilingual – English and Indonesian).
2. Suara Malam/Night Voice – a collection of poetry written during residence in Australia (bilingual – English and Indonesian).

Feature Stories in other published works
1. The Morning After (Ed) Vern Cork
2. Bali Today (Ed) Jean Cocteau

Structure of Retreat


We will work a morning writing programme, 9 am - 12.30 pm, and then have lunch together. On one of the days we will walk through rice paddies to a sacred Banyan Tree and have lunch together at this site.

The afternoon programme allows for rest and relaxation (swimming in the natural pool at the Bambu Indah or continuing your writing on the verandah of your hut). You can then join us for a number of afternoon cultural activities that are included in the cost of the retreat:

    a visit to the Neka Art Museum

    a workshop/reading with Balinese writer Ketut      


    an evening dance/Gamelan  performance

Two afternoons are free for you to explore Ubud and surrounds at your leisure. We can provide a list of restaurants where good food can be eaten (Indonesian or Western style) for minimal cost.​

How We Work

We build writing community as we work: a supportive environment where each writer is encouraged to realise their authentic voice. Participants in our workshops often comment that the process has a dynamic all of its own.

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