THE ART OF TRAVEL IN UBUD WITH DEBBIE MACKINNON (17-23 APRIL, 2020)
Join artist Debbie Mackinnon on a 7 day journey into the cultural heart of Bali, and immerse yourself in its exotic flavour. Enjoy majestic panoramas of hillside terraces, ancient temples, royal palaces, exotic dancers and delicious traditional cuisine.
Set in the central mountain area on the Indonesian island of Bali, Ubud offers a myriad of attractions. Considered the cultural centre of Bali, it has a mind-boggling diversity, from gorgeous vistas of lush, green rice terraces, exotic wildlife, ancient temples, exotic dancers and musicians, as well as a thriving arts scene. April is one of the best times to visit for although Bali is tropical, Ubud has a cooler climate, where the weather is dry and mild with temperatures ranging from 25°C - 30°C.
7-DAY “THE ART OF TRAVEL” WORKSHOP
Join our group of like minded people and immerse yourself in the culture, while creating paintings and drawings of your experiences. Our workshop offers a chance for you to relax and explore, while creating beautiful and exciting travel journals of your travel adventures, in a magical setting.
Enjoy early mornings in the incredible sculptured rice terraces which seamlessly merge into the natural landscape. Then the thrill of drawing traditional Balinese dancers with their expressive hand gestures, to the evocative sounds of gamelan drummers. Visit the markets with their colourful spices and vegetables, giving you an insight into Balinese life and culture. During a cooking class, we will be sketching our ingredients while learning to cook traditional dishes. There is so much to enjoy including sampling the delicious cuisine, relaxing by the pool and enjoying the pleasures of a massage. This will be an experience you’ll remember forever, every time you browse through your travel sketchbooks.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Debbie Mackinnon is a contemporary artist based in Sydney and the Central Coast of NSW. Her paintings are an exploration of the connection between the natural and constructed worlds. Debbie trained as an illustrator and followed a profession as an art director for London publishers Dorling Kindersley and Frances Lincoln and then as an author and designer of a series of award winning children’s books. Moving to Australia 22 years ago, Debbie has lectured at Billy Blue College of Design for 15 years and now paints full time. She founded ME Artspace, an artist run initiative in North Sydney, where she works and exhibits.
While travelling, Debbie sketches and paints every day. Whether it’s sitting in a café sipping on her morning coffee, exploring a new city or enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day, Debbie captures her travel experiences with the immediacy of her artwork. “Looking back at your travel sketchbooks unleashes a flood f memories that a photo will never do!”
ACCOMMODATION AT THE ALAM INDAH RESORT
Set amidst lush gardens, Alam Indah is surrounded by idyllic views looking out to the sacred land of the Monkey Forest temple. The secluded setting of Alam Indah will feel like a retreat, yet the centre of Ubud is easily accessible - just a 10-minute walk through the forest brings you to Monkey Forest Road. There is a wide variety of luxury rooms and suites, all with their own distinctive features and style. All rooms have air-conditioning and ceiling fans.
TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE & THE CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK
The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is part of the cultural landscape of Bali Province UNESCO World Heritage Site and comprises cascading emerald-green fields worked by the local rice farmers. The beautiful green rice paddies stretch on for what seems like an eternity, making it a truly awe-inspiring sight.
The Campuhan Ridge Walk, where we will do a combination of walking, drawing and painting is a lush, scenic location known for its easy hiking trails & sweeping hilltop views. A small bridge over the sacred Campuhan River leads to the majestic Pura Gunung Lebah temple complex. These intricately carved walls and the towering ‘Meru’ tiers of the shrines that are visible from the path provide an exotic and cultural touch to the beginning of this nature walk. The best time to enjoy the Campuhan Ridge Walk is early morning and late afternoon, when the temperature is cool and when the skies show their best hues during sunrise and sunset. On clear mornings or afternoons, you can enjoy a breathtaking backdrop of Mount Agung and outlying small village houses girt by rice fields. Continuing north along the ridge the tall grass transforms into the paddies of the small village of Bangkiang Sidem. There’s a small café here where you can pause for refreshments and admire the view.
THE CASA LUNA COOKING SCHOOL
The Casa Luna cooking school, a world-famous culinary centre that provides a fascinating insight into Balinese life and culture through learning about its food, cooking and culinary myths. We will visit the Spice Markets where we’ll collect our ingredients with the chef, returning to Casa Luna to prepare a lavish Balinese feast to be enjoyed with homemade hibiscus tea.
PURA TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE
The Pura Tirta Empul temple, is a Hindu Balinese water temple famous for ritual purification in the sacred springs by Balinese Hindu worshipers for over a thousand years. This tradition continues almost unchanged today. We will spend time drawing and painting this ancient site.
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