Do a Yoga and Writing Retreat in Bali

Do a Yoga and Writing Retreat in Bali

Immerse yourself in Balinese culture for a month of creativity, yoga and self-discovery. For a month, you’ll live with a group of like-minded others amongst the rice paddies, attending daily writing workshops, Indonesian language lessons and yoga classes.

The program is taught by passionate creatives currently working in the media industry: editors, journalists and copywriters with extensive experience both in offices and as freelancers. From feature writing to editorial writing to creative non-fiction, we’ll explore a wealth of genres, and will delve heavily into the practical side of working as a freelance writer as we help you build your portfolio.

Each morning, our in-house yoga guru Kaihla will be teaching yoga suitable for all levels and tailored to individual needs, so that you can progress at your own pace. So whether you’re already deep in your practice or are just starting to explore it, whether this is your first foray into writing or travelling, or whether you’ve got a degree under your belt and have spent your life trotting the globe, we will cater to all abilities and levels of experience!

To break out of the tourism vortex and truly immerse yourself in the local community, you’ll also be learning Indonesian with an esteemed language school. In your free time, you’ll be exploring every nook and cranny of southern Bali so you can put together a comprehensive online destination guide in small teams. You’ll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published, which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.

Learn what you don’t get taught at uni

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between writing privately or having your own blog and entering the workforce as a freelancer or starting your own publication. If you’re a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If you’re already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subject’s credit through your school’s work-integrated learning program. And if you’re not studying and you’re just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, we’ll teach you everything you need to know. We cater to all ability levels, and though experience helps, it’s not at all necessary.

What you get:

  • Daily writing workshops with a range of passionate young people who work in the media industry (writers and editors from publications like Global Hobo, triple j, New Matilda, VICE, Monster Children, Surfing Life, Year 13 and Slam). Think travel-narrative writing, pitching to editors, building a brand and working as a freelancer on the road in exchange for sweet, sweet cash.
  • Yoga every weekday with a certified teacher at the villa
  • 30 hours of small-group Bahasa Indonesia language classes with a top Balinese school
  • A five-course Balinese cooking class on an organic farm in the mountains
  • One month twin-share accommodation in air-conditioned bungalows, complete with WiFi, a shared kitchen and a pool
  • Airport pickup upon arrival in Denpasar
  • Potential university credit
  • Note that flights are not included! Sorry, but we couldn’t possibly tee up sweet deals with every airline and from every city in the world.


  • $3550 per person to cover accommodation, yoga, language classes, cooking school, writing workshops, airport pickup and 24-hour support. Once you’re in, a small deposit is needed to secure your spot, and full payment is due 90 days before the program starts.

Upcoming Program Dates:

  • June 22 – July 19, 2020
  • January 11 – February 7, 2021

Successful applicants will be intelligent, open-minded creatives looking for some real-world journalism experience and to get a taste of Indonesia beyond its tourism vortex. Do note though that the course is just that: a course. You don’t need to already have a foot in the door of the media industry to apply, nor do you already need to be the best writer. All the skills you’ll need to start sculpting your words like a pro and getting published will be taught as part of the curriculum. In fact, many students often keep writing for Global Hobo on a (paid) freelance basis once the course is over.

Travel respectfully and sustainably

We’re passionate about sharing stories that tell more than one narrative about a place or issue, encourage a diversity of voices and open up important discussions about culture, identity, politics, class and travel. We’re also determined to support local businesses in Bali, travel sustainably and make as much effort as possible to immerse ourselves in the local community. What’s more, a percentage of each workshop sold goes directly towards sending skilled volunteers to Chios in Greece. Not everyone has the privilege of travelling for pleasure, and right now, thousands of refugees are displaced from their home countries due to conflict or persecution while they await processing. If you’d like to know more about this project, or read this piece our editor wrote about here.

Get Uni Credit

What’s more, if you’re a journalism, media or communications student, enrollment in the program gives you the potential to receive a full subject’s worth of university credit as part of your institution’s Work Integrated Learning Program; however, this will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis upon discussion with your head of department. So far, we’ve had students from RMIT, Wollongong University, Charles Sturt University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, UNSW, QUT, the University of Queensland, Curtin University and more receive credit, as well as those attending schools in New Zealand, the UK and the USA.


  • I’m still not convinced — what makes Global Hobo different from everyone else?
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