Java Expedition

Wacky Jacky invites you on a tropical quilting retreat to the stunning island of Java – home of the best and most prized Batik fabric in the world!

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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 Java…

Hi, I’m Jacky. I’m a seasoned traveler and have been visiting Indonesia 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 Java 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.

Java 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 Java 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?

The trip starts by flying into Bali, with a one night stop in Legian. The next day we fly into famous Yogyakarta for two nights – the city of magnificent temples and unending cultural attractions, with day trips…. We are staying in an area called Malioboro in Yogyakarta which has lots of night markets, shops and street stalls within a short walk from the hotel.

We then move onto Surakarta where the fun begins. Making 50 metres of your own batik fabric – you can break this down to 5m lots. You will be choosing colours and tjaps (stamps for making batik) to make up your own range and working alongside the staff in a batik factory.

We have 4 nights in Surakarta and the hotel is in one of the larger shopping precincts in the city. Apart from making our Batik, we will be visiting a Tjap maker, famous batik lane, antique market to buy tjaps and batik factories where you can purchase batik at cheap prices.

After our intensive 4 days in Surakarta, we will be heading to a lovely country town in the mountains for 2 nights (spending one day enjoying the sights and a bit of down time). On day 10 we fly back to Bali and head by bus back to Candidasa. The next 4 nights will be spent there and you’ll have time to chill out after a huge 10 days travelling.

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

Jan Ryan’s story:

“I am not a seasoned traveler, but right from the start I thought it was a trip I could do. There was lots of important information, constant communication and feedback, a small like-minded group, so I felt confident to travel on my own”

Joyce Voigt’s story:

“I have been privileged to meet you Jacky and all your staff and artists to whom we have had contact. You have ensured that we have been catered for in all possible areas and times. Your thoughtfulness and caring has been appreciated.”

Robyn Cavanagh’s story:

“Thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the people. Enjoyed experiencing the cultural outing and loved the Batik painting day. The companionship of the ladies was fabulous and sewing by the sea will be an unforgettable experience. Thank you.”

Cathryn Gaskell’s story:

I had a magic time with Jacky this year. Everything about her tours I just loved, so much so that I’m planning one for next year. Cathryn

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What do you get when you join the Java Batik Expedition?

  • Return flight Bali to Yogyakarta
  • All airport transfers – we will be there to pick you up from the Bali International Airport
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Morning and afternoon teas/coffees
  • Make 50 metres of your own Batik (can be broken down into 5m lots) – pick your own colours and tjaps – 4 days working in the factory
  • Chance to purchase batik fabric direct from Factory in Java
  • Chance to purchase tjaps at antique market
  • 8 Lunches, 8 dinners in Java
  • Yogjakarta and Surakarta Hotels in Shopping Precincts (so lots of shopping opportunities)
  • Visit the scenic town (2 nights stay) of Telaga Sarangan
  • A day trip to Borobudur – a must see, the worlds largest Buddhist temple complex dating from the 9th century!
  • A day trip to Prambanan – to explore the UNESCO world heritage site of a stunning ancient Hindu temple complex.
  • Bus for the whole trip
  • 4 nights/4 days in Candidasa to chill after long trip before your flight home
  • Optional days in Bali of batik painting, Balinese cooking Class, Indigo Batik Day, Amed Experience
  • And much more…….

Not Included in your retreat:-

  • Return flights Australia to Bali

Prices for your 14 Day Java Batik Expedition (excluding flights Australia to Bali):

Twin Share – $3599
Single – $4099



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. $1000.

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

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

22 August – 04 Sept 2022

Initial $1000 due on registration
Second Instalment $1000 by 01 January, 2022
Final Instalment due by 01 May, 2022

05 – 18 June, 2023

Initial $1000 due on registration
Second Instalment $1000 by 01 December, 2022
Final Instalment due by 01 March, 2023

(SOLD OUT) 28 August – 10 Sept, 2023

Initial $1000 due on registration
Second Instalment $1000 by 01 February,2023
Final Instalment due by 01 May, 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 the total fare
75 – 31 days 50% of total fare
Less than 30 days Total Fare

Depending on the reason for your cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your travel insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to the insurance company concerned.

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.

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 to other replacement retreats. Any retreats that cannot be held in Bali or Java in the due to Covid Restrictions 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.

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.

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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 Javanese materials

  • You think visiting an exotic destination with someone who knows the location and culture well would be an advantage

I’ve designed The Java Batik Expedition to be a relaxing and energising getaway for quilting enthusiasts.

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What you need to bring:

– 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 will not take signatures.
– Sense of humour and easy going approach to the Indonesian people, as they are one of the friendliest people on earth and really like to talk to guests

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