Ubud is one of those special places where you can do a little, or not much at all. It’s the perfect place to unwind, go deeper into your yoga and mediation practice whilst sipping on Jamu and eating organic raw food. This list highlights some of the standout activities in Ubud that are slightly off the tourist trail.
Top Things To Do In Ubud:
Sunset over the rice patties at Sari Organic
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When you think Ubud, you probably think rolling green rice patties, and you’re not wrong! The rice patties in Ubud have a certain peace about them and one of the best times of days to enjoy the view is sunset. Just off the main road, Jalan Raya, you’ll find a path leading towards Sari Organic. Follow it up and walk along the path through the rice patties until you reach Sari Organic Cafe. Get there well ahead of sunset to secure front row seats of the view. The café itself is a beautiful concept and a great place to pick up organic produce if you’re in town for a while. If you’ve got time, I recommend heading out there even earlier and keep walking past Sari until you reach a waterfall. It’s a lovely secluded spot that not many people know about (Sari Organic is definitely on the tourist map, but this inclusion makes it count, right?) and makes for a lovely afternoon of waterfall frolicking before heading back for sunset and a coconut at Sari.
Angelo’s Store Natural Medicine and Beauty Products Course
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Ever wanted to learn how to make your own healing drinks, massage oils, hair treatment, body scrubs and face masks? Well with the beautiful people at Angelo’s Store your dreams of being the Betty Crocker of beauty products can come true! These guys are true crusaders in the world of natural healing. Their store is lined wall to wall with incredible, home made, well-priced products. Some of which you can learn to make in their 2.5-hour workshop. The workshop includes tea and a snack, hands-on experience making everything from healing drinks to body oils, take away recipes, a massage and consult from their resident healer. You’re also invited to try out the products you’ve made. It’s probably the best $25 you’ll ever spend.
Kul Kul Farm / Green School Visit
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Kul Kul Farm is located at Green School Bali and run by a gorgeous young couple, Orin Hardy and Maria Farrugia. These two gems are living the dream, creating an abundant farm and community filled with love and dedication.
Every Thursday they offer an open day. It’s a chance to get your hands dirty. Meet people, learn about permaculture and pick up some gardening tips to take home! After the mornings work a community lunch is prepared and enjoyed, it’s delicious organic food straight from the garden and a lovely opportunity to chat with the others you’ve been helping out during the morning. Orin and Maria are a true inspiration and a great example of sustainable, environmentally friendly living.
Whilst you’re there… Head next door to Green School for a tour!
A visit to Green School is not on every tourist list but if you find yourself in Ubud it’s a great initiative to see. This place makes you wish you were six again and could go back to school. An entirely eco built establishment constructed from bamboo. Green School are grooming the eco leaders of the future in style. Tours run everyday at 2.45pm.
Arm Balance Class with Noga at Radiantly Alive
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Arm balances are one of the most fun aspects of yoga asana. This class became one of my favourite things to do in Ubud. Noga is a truly inspiring teacher who can take you to a whole new level of arm balancing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro, Noga caters to all levels and is a true rockstar yogi. The class is run more like a workshop so there’s a chance to chat with your neighbour and help each other go deeper into your arm balance practice. You’ll come out of this class totally inspired and empowered to challenge your fears and get upside-down and on your arms everyday!
Gong Meditation at The Yoga Barn
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No trip to Ubud would be complete without a visit to the Yoga Barn. This place is impressive on a huge scale. There’s a reason they refer to it as ‘the church’. It includes accommodation, huge yoga shala’s, an organic restaurant and has a class on every hour every day. If you’re there for yoga I recommend Bex and Emily’s classes. My pick of the classes on offer is the Gong Mediation. It’s popular so be sure to get there early, like 40 mins early, to insure your name's on the list as they have a strict limit. This kind of makes going to a meditation class a little stressful, but once you’re names on that list you can chill at the café, sip a tea and wait for the class to begin. Gong meditation will take you to a different place and is a beautiful way to absorb all that is Ubud.
Have you been to Ubud? What’s your top tip for things to do?