When my wife Jean and I first came to Bali in the 1980s, staying in Ubud for months at a time, it was easy to access the local culture and meet the people. With the Umajati Retreat we want to make that same personal, cultural experience available to those who can’t stay for months yet still wish to touch the real Bali.
In 1998 I published ‘A Little Bit One O’clock’ about our experiences in Bali that is still considered “a cult classic”, while for most of the 90s Jean and I organized cultural tours. In 1997 we founded the Threads of Life fairtrade gallery to work with traditional weavers, building livelihoods and supporting cultural continuity. We now work with over 1000 women weavers across the archipelago.
With Umajati Retreat we bring together our values of personal service and high standards from our years leading tours, and our deep cultural experience and community engagement from Threads of Life.
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2 BR / 2 BA / Sleeps 5
The Wates Bangbau house at Umajati Retreat is surrounded by tranquil rice fields and set in a lush garden. It is one of two elegantly converted hundred-year-old Javanese teak wooden homes, made throughout with recycled timber, that provide 21st century living in 19th century houses. Just 10 minutes north of Ubud, in the…