Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bali Quilting Retreat, Fabric and Cultural Tour

The 2016 Bali Quilting Retreat - Fabric and Cultural Tour has been a great success.  Ten wonderful ladies from three Australian states attended and all had a great time.  Mini spending sprees were common at the fabric shops in Denpasar. 

 Two inspirational batik workshops were organised the first using the Tjanting drawing tool method for hot wax.  Chris Dowell, a talented quilter and artist, helped the ladies with their designs.  Chris, with valued help from staff at the venue, then helped everyone create their own masterpiece.  All were thrilled with the results. The second used stamps and the hot wax.
Our inclusive retreats also encourages participants to learn about and experience the culture of Bali and meet local people also enjoy local food and the landscapes. 

The highlight of the trip, for quilters, is the accommodation at beautiful Candidassa  in the Ashyana Resort where they have the opportunity to sew with our machines. The staff at Ashyana resort look after us wonderfully and an air-conditioned sewing room is provided. Ashyana is on the beach and has breathtaking views of the ocean. A Mystery Workshop is included and the results this year were very well received.

Next year (2017) the retreat will be from 28th August – 10th September and is filling fast.  If you would like information on this retreat please contact me.
Comments on this year’s retreat from some of the participants.
Bali was just beautiful and the sightseeing inspirational.
I enjoyed the block of quilting time, as I never seem to be able to spend that much time quilting all at once, at home!!
I am very proud of my achievements and it is thanks to your encouragement and teaching.
It was so good to see all those bali fabrics in the shops in Denpasar -even though I felt like a deer in the headlights with so much choice.
I have laid out my purchases and planned at least 5 more projects with them. When they eventuate will be another story!!
I’m back to my busy days and feel re-energised after my 2 weeks of being pampered.
Thank you again to Dorothy, Chris, John and Eddy. All a complete package that complemented each other's talents perfectly. What a wonderful crafty break that exploded with inspiration from the first day in the fabric shop, through the cultural experiences, culinary pleasures and creative inspiration from our tropical Bali paradise retreat! Loved every minute of it. Thank you all for playing with me over the past 2 weeks! XXX Delwyn
Dorothy, it was our pleasure to be on this tour. I am sure I can speak for us all to say that we appreciated the honour of going to Eddy's home for dinner and seeing the Monkey dance, also to go to the village and see Sari's shop and have lunch at her house. The contact with the local people makes a joy of the trip. 
John's stories and history lessons were wonderful; he has great presentation and content.