Your Bali, Ubud Academic Writing Retreat

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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

Our co-living / co-working space is designed for an entrepreneurial-minded global community of remote workers… including academics! You’ll have your own private contemporary-designed room and full access to all that the venue offers, including: use of the pool, communal kitchen, laundry facilities, co-working 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 bron@acwriretreats.com 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 tend to range between 20-29C. Tropical climate.

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 the venue, 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.

Larger 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! You’ll also find restaurants, cafés and bars within walking distance.

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 your writing retreat home and is stocked with food and beverages.

Can I drink the water?

Bottled water is the way to go during your stay.

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.

WiFi

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?

We will likely be sharing the venue with welcoming digital nomads, eager to share their startup business stories should you ask. 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 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

Our venue has a rooftop co-working space that’s equip with communal desks, office chairs, fans and power. Standing desks are not provided.

Can I bring my partner?

Yes! If you'd like to bring along your significant other, you can for a small additional surcharge. 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 :) We can accommodate a maximum of one extra guest per participant per room.

Support

If you need any assistance during your retreat, please reach out to Bronwyn at bron@acwriretreats.com

A contact phone number will be provided during your stay.