Tresna Bali Culinary and Culture Retreats (CulCul Retreats)

CulCul is a play on words. “KulKul” is the traditional Balinese communication system in every village centre. When it rings, everyone knows immediately what it means. There are different sounds for different needs - one rhythm to announce the beginning of a ceremony, another urgent banging to get your bucket to help with a fire! As a Balinese, you grow up knowing exactly what each sound is in your village. However, you’ll be lost if you go into the next village as the sounds are different.

Tourists visiting Bali often have a hard time learning about the “real Bali”. Although the Balinese are beyond friendly and caring, due to language and cultural differences, it is very challenging for them to explain their way of life to tourists. You’re not on the same “KulKul” system.

With our CulCul Retreats, you’ll have your very own “KulKul”. With me, you’ll gain an inside perspective of Bali’s sacred culture and food. I’ve lived here for 19 years. Adi and I built one of Bali’s most exclusive travel and wedding agencies (making upmarket clients happy) while living in a Balinese family compound (making Balinese In-Laws happy)!

I am Bali’s only Holyperson from outside of Bali - through a remarkable 6-year process from 2010-2016. For the first time, I’ll openly share my personal journey with you. We’ll spend 6 magical days together where you’ll enjoy unique experiences that I’ve curated for well-travelled foodies.

Our culinary and cultural retreat, CulCul Retreats, is reserved for only 8 special guests. My team and I’ll take care of you personally throughout your stay.

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Behind Bali's Walls

Even if you have been to Bali 20 times before, with this unique retreat, you’ll experience authentic local flavours, traverse the natural landscape, and embrace what it means to be truly Balinese and a chef at heart.

Without a doubt, Bali is beautiful and the Balinese are a loving and peaceful society.  However, the majority of Balinese locals have difficulty describing the rich culture behind the walls of their family compounds.

You’ll experience a Bali that is rarely shared with visitors as you learn about my devotion to Balinese Temple life and my passionate love affair with the best food on the island.

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Your Spectacular Stay

For my CulCul retreats, I’ve chosen the very best resort for your stay, giving you the privacy of your own room, suite or villa, while indulging in the intimate service of a gorgeous boutique 5-star hotel.

COMO Uma Ubud is my favourite hotel in all of Bali. As an upmarket travel agent and wedding planner for 15 years in Bali, I’m intimately familiar with every 5-star resort and villa on the island.

Located in the charming village of Ubud in a beautiful tropical river ravine setting, COMO Uma Ubud is your luxurious home for the duration of our 6-day retreat. The center of Ubud village is just 3 minutes drive or 15 minutes walk away!

You’ll be completely at home at COMO Uma Ubud. The gracious Balinese staff will remember the way you like your coffee on your 2nd morning!

For more information, visit the COMO Uma Ubud Official Site.

Aerial view of COMO Uma Ubud.

Upcoming CulCul Retreats

5 nights, 6 days.

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 – Friday, October 19, 2019
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019 – Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 – Saturday, May 1, 2020 (Please enquire for 2020 pricing)
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Enjoy Traditional Balinese Dishes.

What's Included

  • Culinary and Cultural Talks, led by Resident Holypeople and Chefs: Frances and Adi
  • 5 nights, 6 days 5-Star Boutique Stay at COMO UMA Ubud in a lovely Terrace Room
  • All Meals Included (Beverages are extra charge based on personal consumption)
  • Daily A La Carte Breakfast at COMO Uma Ubud
  • All Lunches: 9-course Balinese Feast that you cook yourself, Babi Guling, Indonesian Rijsttafel
  • All Group Dinners: Welcome Dinner, Balinese Crispy Duck, Jimbaran Beach Seafood BBQ, and Upmarket Modern Asian Street Food
  • Complimentary yoga by COMO Shambhala teachers
  • Morning rice paddy or village walks
  • Spa Pampering – 75 minutes Balinese Massage (x2)
  • Purifying Temple Ceremony and Artisan Village Tour
  • Authentic Hands-On Balinese Cooking Class
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • Transportation to meals and activities

Note: Flight cost not included.

Visit the famouse Monkey Forest.

Early Bird Pricing for all 2019 Retreats | One Time Payment upon Booking – $2,188 USD per person

SAVE $500 USD! This special offer ends on July 31, 2019.

Payment Plan Price – $2,688 USD

Secure your spot with a USD 688 deposit and make 2 other payments of $1,000 USD on August 15 and October 15, 2019.

*Shared Room Rates are based on 2-person occupancy, (same gender sharing a room).

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