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How you can experience the ultimate ladies quilting retreat combined with a world class tropical vacation!

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Quilting, textile and Batik secrets revealed by renowned fabric and cultural experts

Imagine if you could join like-minded quilters on the ultimate quilting getaway AND have the adventure of a lifetime on the “paradise island” of Bali…

Hi, I’m Jacky. I’m a seasoned traveller and have been visiting Bali for the past 27 years. I’m also a passionate quilting instructor and have designed a fun, relaxed and exciting retreat with all your needs as a ‘lover-of-batik’ in mind.​

As a fellow quilter and hoarder of fabrics let me tell you Bali is a quilter’s dream destination. If you know where to look, there are so many amazing fabrics still made in the traditional way. You can learn and experience more in a few days here than years back at home.

Bali offers some of the most unique and beautiful Batik designs in the world. But when you visit as a tourist, you’ll often pay 3 or 4 times more than you should for each fabric purchase.

There’s an amazing depth of culture in Bali yet when you’re a tourist you just can’t manage to access it without dodging a minefield of “tourist only” products and cultural activities posing as the real thing.

You end up missing out on the real artisans and having authentic experiences.

Are you with us?

There are just so many potential pitfalls when organising a trip yourself.

​As an Australian, I understand the frustrations of many visitors to Bali. I’ve done it all: gotten ripped off, had the transport nightmare experiences and I’ve fallen victim to every tourist scam in the book

So that’s why I’ve painstakingly selected every detail of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in Bali over my last 30 visits, and packaged them together into a fabulous retreat with a focus on quilting, Batik fabrics, and the real Bali culture.

I’ve combined my passion for the real Bali with my 16 years’ experience quilting to make the ultimate tropical quilters retreat.

Here’s your chance to join me as I host and travel with your group showing off the best of majestic Bali – giving you behind the scenes access, tourists just can’t get.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to see the very best of Bali with someone that has local knowledge as well as enjoy your favourite hobby with a group of fun, like-minded friends.

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Here’s what some of my previous clients have to say about the retreat:

Rebecca Parson’s story:

Exhausted by that cruise……only just getting over that seasickness?

Disappointed you only had a small amount of time to follow your passion for fabric on that last family holiday, where you planned, catered and organised everything for your loved ones and are now overwhelmed by the laundry and food shopping?

Tick. The family have had their holiday.

Time to consider this…….seriously!!

A Wacky Jacky Bali retreat is a see worthy holiday without the seasickness and will have you in stitches and wrapped in fabric.

Unashamedly a holiday experience for women of a certain age. You know who you are. Those sporty sorts all have theirs.

A wish to holiday independently but in a group and we all know why.

A desire to pursue your interests in fabric with others and explore the many related artisan skills.

Go, somewhere your interests won’t be dismissed, your skills will be challenged, your imagination nurtured and your creativity inspired! And you can talk away with others without anyone saying you talk too much or too little. Laugh and learn.

Lively, colourful, full of fun with a range of interesting activities, the Wacky Jacky Bali retreat is a rite of passage for women of a certain age with passion for fabrics and all that comes with it.

Be instructed in the art of batik from the simple to the complex.

Party every night.…

Dine each night in the seductive surroundings of tropical splendours where conversation echoes the day’s events and you feel changed from having been immersed in a rich cultural experience of authentic Indonesian crafts. The location of Candidasa is the wonderful Bali full of culture without the crass Western tourists you might find in Kuta.

My girlfriend and I attended Wacky Jacky’s Bali retreat last year in May 2015 and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Rebecca Parsons

Julie’s story:

Very well organised. Jacky was great. Trip was great. Lots of things to do and see. I would highly recommend this trip. You don’t even have to be a sewer. Just go and enjoy the experience and culture of the country. Balinese are very friendly and loving people.

Margaret’s story:

WackyJackys retreat could not be faulted. Everything possible has been thought of. You do not have to be a quilter to come on this retreat. Best trip I have been on. The Balinese are so friendly. Excellent organisation WackyJackys!

I’ve designed The Ultimate Quilters Retreat to be a relaxing and energising getaway for quilting enthusiasts.
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How do you know if the retreat is for you?

  • You want to create meaningful memories instead of being just another tourist
  • You have a passion for quilting or batik fabrics
  • You’d love to experience the real Indonesian culture and get behind the scenes peek at local life
  • You’d like to learn more about batik fabric painting and even try your hand at it
  • You want to have a safe, well organised trip with other friendly like-minded ladies
  • You want to be able to kick back, relax and have fun without worrying about all the small details
  • You love batik fabric and would jump at the chance to make some of your own using authentic Balinese materials
  • You think visiting an exotic destination with someone who knows the location and culture well would be an advantage

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What do you get when you join the Ultimate Quilters Retreat?

  • 10 days in your choice of Triple, Twin share or Single supplement accommodation in a boutique hotel/ villas in the charming and beautiful seaside village of Candidasa
  • A fantastic filling Breakfast daily of your choice of authentic local or western food
  • Return transfer from airport to Hotel in Bali.
  • Full day trip to Bali Safari & Marine Park including the amazing internationally acclaimed “Bali Agung” show – optional
  • Batik painting/panel class intructed by Bali Batik Guru – Nyoman Warta
  • You’ll get to create your very own Bali batiks fabric with the traditional art of tjaps (stamps) along with a fabric/bead shopping tour
  • Immerse yourself in the traditional Balinese culture with a visit to the ancient village of “Tenganan” where you will experience the ancient craftsmanship of double Ikat weaving
  • Experience a cultural scenic trip through the rice paddies on your way to the royal water palace “Tirta Gangga”
  • Many fun afternoons with friends around the sewing table or just relax in restaurant/bar overlooking the stunning volcanic islands jutting through the sea
  • Access to Wacky Jackys Bali fabric shop at special VIP discounted rates
  • A full day’s cultural tour including a trip to a working Bali coffee farm where you can sample the famous Kopi Lewak (That’s the cat poo coffee you’ve heard so much about!)
  • Plenty of good quality local restaurants, shops and jewellery stores to browse through – avoiding all the duds.
  • Our beautiful local staff will gladly cut your fabrics for you, and help take care of you whilst you enjoy the better things in life.
  • Not-To-Be-Missed Batik Painting Class in Ubud + Natural Indigo dyeing/batik factory + single Ikat weaving factory – optional

Not Included in your retreat:-

  • Return flights Australia to Bali

The seaside town of Candidasa:

A quilting and textile retreat in Bali is very unique in itself. But the chance to experience the beautiful ocean front town of Candidasa (pronounced Chandi-daasa) is another treat altogether. I’ve explored all over Bali and have hand-picked Candidasa as absolutely the best spot on the island to hold the Ultimate Quilters Retreat. It’s also now the home of my Wacky Jackys Batik store where you’ll have access to premium fabrics and all my sewing equipment.

​It’s a low key, chilled out fantastic place to holiday far from the tourist crowds, and I’ve assembled a trusted team of local people on the ground that organise everything you could possibly need.

The retreat is held at an intimate boutique resort overlooking the ocean where you’ll hear the lapping waves lull you to sleep. While away the days in this relaxed atmosphere or become and accomplished quilter joining our activities – the choice is yours.

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Prices for your 10 Day Standard Bali Retreat(excluding flights Australia to Bali):

$1890.00 Triple – (note 2 ladies must share a queen bed & one in single)

$1990.00 Twin Share – (one queen bed and one single bed)

$2290 .00 Single – (one queen bed)


You’ll need to pay three easy instalments for your retreat.​

Initial Instalment – This is your deposit required to secure your position on the retreat – $500.

Second Instalment – due 6 months prior to your retreat – $1000

Final Instalment – due 3 month prior to your retreat – Balance

26 Sept – 05 October, 2022

Initial $500 due on registration
Second Instalment $1000 by 01 February, 2022
Final Instalment due by 01 June, 2022

08 – 17 May, 2023

Initial $500 due on registration
Second Instalment $1000 by 01 November 2022
Final Instalment due by 01 February, 2023

(SOLD OUT) 22 – 31 May, 2023

Initial $500 due on registration
Second Instalment $1000 by 01 November 2022
Final Instalment due by 01 February, 2023

11 – 20 Sept, 2023

Initial $500 due on registration
Second Instalment $1000 by 01 February 2023
Final Instalment due by 01 June, 2023

Here is my cancellation policy:

Days prior to Retreat: Cancelation charge:
365 days or more $200 administration fee
121 – 365 days Deposit Amount
76 – 120 days 30% of total fare
75 – 31 days 50% of the total fare
Less than 30 days Total Fare

Corona Virus Cancellation Policy:-

Wacky Jacky’s is not prepared to cancel any retreats or to refund monies due under my cancellation Policy due to Covid 19, but on the other hand would be happy to transfer over monies paid for this year’s retreat to 2021 or 2022 retreats. Any retreats that cannot be held in Bali or Java in the 2020 or 2021 retreat season will be postponed to later dates and you will be provided with a list of dates to choose from. No monies will be refunded but instead will be transferred over to your chosen dates. This cancellation policy supersedes the my standard date Cancellation Policy.

The Company reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. In the event that any changes are made, the revised terms and conditions shall be posted on this website immediately. Please check the latest information posted herein to inform yourself of any changes.

Travel Insurance:

IMPORTANT: Wacky Jacky’s does NOT supply travel insurance. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND you get travel insurance that best suits your individual requirements and the requirements of Indonesian and Singapore Government. Wacky Jacky’s also recommends that you purchase your insurance on booking and paying your deposit for your retreat.

What you need to bring:​

– Optional… Your patterns or projects (we will have a variety of projects in Bali).
– Spending money for lunch, dinners, drinks, souvenirs and shopping days etc.
– Sunscreen, bathers, cool clothes, good walking shoes for shopping.
– Pin number for your credit cards as most shops in Bali will not take signatures.
– Sense of humour and easy going approach to the Balinese people as they are one of the friendliest people on earth and really like to talk to guests.

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