Ubud is a cultural center and offers a multitude of classes to visitors. Here is a sampling with prices quoted December 7th 2007.
• ARMA Cultural Workshops
Jl. Raya Pengosekan
Choose from a selection of Balinese crafts including:
Painting $44 for 2 hour course
Woodcarving $22 for 2 hour course
Balinese dance $22
Traditional architecture $44
• Balinese Traditional Healing Center
Jl. Jembawan 5
A Balinese healer teaches students how to recognize local plants and how to use them.
300,000rp includes lunch.
• Crackpot Batik
Jl. Monkey Forest
Creative your own design in batik. Check in with staff and don’t be afraid to negotiate.
• Museum Puri Lukisan Cultural Workshop
Jl. Raya Ubud
Ubud’s oldest museum offers a range of classes including batik painting, bead work, basketry, gamelan and Balinese dance. One day courses are around 400,000rp
• Nataraja Dance School
Jl. Sugriwa 20
Balinese dance and gamelan lessons.
200,000rp for 1.5 hours.
• Nirvana Batik Course
Jl. Gautama 10
Offering 1-5 day batik painting courses.
$35 for a 1 day course.
• Nyuhkunung Woodcarving Shops
Ask around in the Nyuhkunung area (southern end of Ubud after Monkey Forest) for woodcarving courses. Nyuhkuning is a village of wood carvers.
• Pondok Pekak
Jl. Dewi Sita
Offering classes in Balinese dance, painting, gamelan. woodcarving and language courses.
Dance 50,000rp per class
Gamelan 50,000rp per class
Woodcarving 300,000rp for 3 hours
Painting 300,000rp for 3 hours
Language 620,000rp for 6 private classes 2 hours each. Language group 3 week course, 2 times a week 720,000rp.
Jl. Monkey Forest in Padang Tegal
Offering dance and music classes.
50,000rp for 1 hour dance & music class.
Silver smithing courses allowing you to create your own silver-work.
175,000rp with 5 grams of silver for 3 hour course.
Threads Of Life
Learn about textiles in Indonesia
Textile introduction course 50,000rp 1.5 hours.
History of Indonesian culture 75,000rp 1.5 hours.
Cookery & Language
Jl. Suweta 1
Half day Balinese cooking courses.
• Casa Luna Restaurant
Jl. Raya Ubud
Cooking courses with trips to Ubud market.
250,000rp Mon, Wed, Fri. Courses are half day.
• Secret Garden Cooking School
Taman Rahasia Hotel (Penestenan kaja)
Balinese cooking courses.
1 day $65, with market tour $75
Bottom end of Jl. Hanoman
Located at the Tegal Sari Hotel, Balinese and Indonesian cooking courses.
350,000rp 10am-2pm 4 people minimum for a course.
Some of the smaller places you will see mentioned in guide books and advertised locally are extremely informal, with classes in a family environment. On some occasions it may be difficult to contact them by phone as they are actual Ubud locals with many family / ceremonial duties. The larger places will always have English speaking staff who can answer questions over the phone. Travelers on a RTW trip often get ‘road weary’. living out of a backpack, endless guest houses and cheap meals, planes, buses and taxis. An art course in Ubud may be the perfect answer the to the road blues.