Your Bali, Ubud Academic Writing Retreat


Pre-Retreat Planning

You'll get the maximum benefit from your retreat if you set yourself a retreat goal. 

Examples include: polishing that journal article that's been in your top draw for months, finishing a thesis chapter, addressing referee comments for a 'revise and resubmit', writing an ethics application, putting the finishing touches on a book chapter, or polishing a literature review. It's up to you!

Whatever your project, decide your goals before turning up to the retreat so you can get stuck into your writing project from day one. We'll be hosting a goal setting workshop to ensure you get the most from your stay.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Venue

ROAM Ubud is a coliving space for an entrepreneurial-minded global community of remote workers. You’ll have your own private contemporary-designed room and full access to all that ROAM offers, including: use of the pool, communal kitchen, laundry facilities, coworking space, private conference room, and the option to join community activities.

How do I get there?

Your retreat includes airport transfers. Please contact Bronwyn at with your flight details to ensure a driver is waiting for you when you arrive in Denpasar.

What’s the weather like?

Temperatures in Bali’s tropical climate tend to range between 20-29C.

What should I wear?

Cotton or linen clothing is best. Bring some flip-flops (i.e. ‘thongs’ if you’re Australian), and a pair of sneakers if you plan on long walks. Sunglasses, a hat, and a light jacket are advised. There's a plethora of cheap clothing, hats and accessories available to purchase in Ubud, which are suitable for the climate.

Other packing essentials

Sunscreen! A laptop and charger, and a book to read by the pool when your fingers need a break from typing. There are no printing facilities at ROAM, so bring along digital or hard copies of any materials you need in order to achieve your writing goals. Towels, linen and soap is provided. You will need to bring your own shampoo.

Can I use my Visa/MasterCard in Ubud?

Transactions in local markets, small businesses, and taxis are cash-based. The local currency is IDR Indonesian Rupiah. Restaurants and supermarkets will likely accept credit or debit cards and attract a surcharge.

What’s the best way to get around?

Ubud is easily accessible on foot. Taxis are plentiful, and cheap. Scooters are available to rent for experienced riders.

Where can I eat?

You’ll be staying within a stone’s throw of the delicious vegan restaurant Alchemy. Their vegan ice-cream is a must try! Within walking distance, you’ll find restaurants, cafés and bars.

Can I prepare my own meals?

Yes! You’ll have full use of the communal kitchen, including your own fridge and shelf space to store food.

Where’s the nearest grocery story?

Bintang Supermarket is located 15 minutes walk from ROAM and stocked with food and beverages.

Can I drink the water?

Bottled water is the way to go during your stay. Free drinking water is available during your stay at ROAM.

Can I use my phone in Bali?

Please check with your provider. If you wish to purchase a SIM card in Bali, most people recommend Telkomsel.


If you have a panic attack at the thought of no wifi, worry not! You’ll have free WiFi access at the retreat. Password provided upon arrival.

Are there laundry facilities?

Yes! There's a washing machine on site, and washing detergent is provided free of charge. 

Room cleaning

Your room is cleaned one a week, or by arrangement with the concierge at the front desk.

What’s the best way to make friends?

The ROAM community is full of welcoming digital nomads. Locals are friendly, and you’ll be in the company of like-minded scholars during your stay. Make sure you say 'hi' when you come across a new face :)

Group communication

During your retreat, you’ll be connected to fellow retreat participants, and to the ROAM community via a WhatsApp group. If you don’t have WhatsApp, please download and install the app prior to arrival.

Power for laptop/phone

Please bring an adapter suitable for Indonesian power sockets.

Work space

ROAM’s rooftop coworking space is equip with communal desks, office chairs, fans and power. Standing desks are not provided.

Can I bring my partner?

Yes! Your retreat price is per room. If you'd like to bring along your significant other, please do. You can also bring a friend, but please note there's only one bed per room, so make sure you're happy to share your pillows :) Price excludes Academic Writing Retreat cost-incurring activities for your guest, but includes all ROAM community activities. We can accommodate a maximum of one extra guest per participant.


If you need any assistance during your retreat, please reach out to Bronwyn at

A contact phone number will be provided during your stay.