Learn about batik and indigo dyes, deepen an interest in Indonesia's natural dyes art, develop your own creative projects


Our HALF-DAY BATIK CLASS offers hands-on experience of batik making and indigo dyeing as well as a unique insight into the botany, dye processes and practice of Indonesia’s textile traditions. You will learn about the traditional dye plants used across Indonesia. You will be taught to use the traditional batik tools of canting (drawing pen) and cap (stamps) using wax to create resist designs on cotton. And you will apply natural indigo to create your patterns and learn how the indigo dye is made from the plants in the garden.

Our 2-DAY STUDIO INTRODUCTION explores the making, meaning and application of Indonesia’s traditional plant-sourced dyes of indigo blue, Ceriops and Woodfordia brown, jackwood yellow, and mud black and grey through the practices of batik, yarn and swatch dyeing. For those with a practice or those curious about the art, this workshop is based on field research and studio practice since 1998. The studio introduction also teaches the work methods of our studio and may be followed by day use of the studio for personal creative projects.

STUDIO DAY USE offers access to the dye studio to practice the use of natural indigo blue, Ceriops and Woodfordia brown, jackwood yellow, and mud black and grey. The studio practices batik, shibori, and tannin painting with mud dyeing, but practitioners may practice their own surface design techniques, too. Completion of the 2-Day Studio Introduction or any longer workshop offered by the studio is a pre-requisite for booking day use.




Surrounded by tranquil rice fields, Umajati Retreat’s two elegantly converted 100-year-old Javanese wooden homes offer daily, weekly and monthly rentals. Each is hosted by a full time staff, including cooks that specialize in healthy and vegetarian food. Umajati is a lush garden property with a shared swimming pool that offers easy access by complimentary shuttle to Ubud’s many restaurants, spas, and cultural opportunities.

Umajati Retreat also hosts one- and two-week small group workshops on fiber arts with natural dyes and Bali’s cultural arts. All are held on site at the Threads of Life natural dye studio and the Bebali Foundation dye plant garden, and are taught by international teachers or the organizations’ dyers who each draw on over fifteen years of field research documenting, testing, and teaching the archipelago’s natural dye traditions.

Wates Bangbau House

This 2-bedroom house sleeps up to 5 guests in relaxed luxury and borders open rice fields on two sides. The main bedroom has a king size bed or twin beds. The second bedroom has a queen-size bed. Both have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. In the great room, a day bed sleeps one more guest with direct access to the main bathroom.

Bugoharjo House

This 1-bedroom house accommodates up to 3 guests in peaceful seclusion. The air conditioned master bedroom has a queen size bed and en suite bathroom. In the great room, a day bed sleeps one more guest with access to a second bathroom. A patio offers open air dining and rice field views. Below this, a resting pavilion has views down to the river.


The staff we employ are trained on-the-job. They don’t have hotel-school backgrounds, but are excellent cooks.


The center of the property hosts a 15-meter lap pool, with a shallow corner for relaxing.


Umajati is set in half a hectare (one acre) of rice field, coconut grove, and woodland bordering the Tirta Tawar River.


Umajati is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) northeast of the center of Ubud, and a 10-minute ride by our complimentary local shuttle.