Art, Yoga & Writing Retreats in Bali 2022


" ... And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than

the risk it took to blossom "

Anais Nin

Creative Living Art and Yoga Retreats return to Beautiful ali  in 2022!

I’m very excited to share these new retreats with you.

For the hundreds of creative people  (and those who didn't think they were creative), who helped to make Creative Living Retreats grow from our one-retreat-a year start in 2011, Welcome Back!  There's so many reasons to come back to Bali in 2022.

Imagine a week brimming with creativity, fuelled by inspirational teachers

sharing their unique techniques in painting, writing and yoga

Dedicated professionals, each gifted, effective and generous, whose joy it is to see you flourish!

I'm thrilled to introduce you to the talented women who will be joining us in 2022 in Bali


The highly acclaimed (and much-followed) artist and designer Este Macleod,  (who is joining me in Sri Lanka for our Serendipity Art +Yoga Retreat in December 2021), and Creative Writing mentor Shelley Kennigsberg, whom I met years ago at the Jaipur Literature Festival, and just knew immediately that I wanted to write with her!

Illustrator and painter, CATE EDWARDS has joined me in Bali since the beginning in 2012. I lovingly call her an ‘art doula’ - her infectious enthusiasm and keen, professional eye has helped birth dozens of paintings from people who didn’t know they could make art. She brings  a new acrylic-on-canvas retreat to us in 2022.


If you love textiles and pattern and texture and pigment and can’t decide which you want to work with most, then Botanical Bounty with JENNI DOHERTY is for you. One of Western Australia’s most sought-after artists, Jenni offers a new richly-imagined Work-on-Paper workshop and a retreat.


Portraiture is a big ask, but NADINE BASTOW's large canvas approach is wildly creative and much-loved -- this will be her 5th Portrait of Bali Retreat! A consummate educator with a passion for teaching, our returning participants trust Nadine to get them to the end of this challenging week with humour and the odd gin and tonic.


At last!  A retreat for writers at Villa Nilaya. I’m thrilled that SHELLEY KENIGSBERG, renowned for her ‘Writing in Paradise’ workshops since 2012, has chosen to bring her time-honed techniques to share with just 10 participants. Here, amongst the secluded beauty of this little patch of paradise, the richness of this week shall unfold day by day, with hard work alloyed with laughter, lightness, rest, good food – and a little more work.  

If you’ve ever thought of doing something like this, then choose to do it now

After all - if not now, then when ?


A week where everything is taken care of – and all you have to do is bring your intention


Offer yourself this time to lean into your longing and treat yourself to a week where you can unleash your creative potential, move into yoga each day, rest deeply and bask in Bali's abundance. A week where everything is taken care of – and all you have to do is bring your intention.

Creative Living Retreats arose from my career as an art gallery director; someone who, as a frustrated artist, a person longing to find a voice with which to write, and who aspired to make yoga a daily practise, craved an opportunity to get away from everything and just ached to make stuff with people whom I admired.

My vision to bring the practise of daily yoga - which I love and abide by – into the creative space has become the hallmark of our retreats, which are held by the seaside at Villa Nilaya

Our morning meditations calm and focus our minds for the joyful day ahead and our serene, sea-facing yoga shala is a blissful refuge at the end of a paint-filled day. In 2022 we welcome back ANGELINA LA MIETTE whose love of dance and poetry inspires her teaching of yoga to both novices and yogis alike.

Lean into your longing

Experience the peacefulness of not having to ‘be’ anything to ‘anyone’ this week



We will alter our retreat dates, where possible,  according to travel restrictions. Subscribe to Spice Voyager News and get al the updates and Early Bird offers as soon as sdates are announced.

You’ll enjoy the service and surroundings of your choice of accommodationmake new friends, make new stuff, and perhaps you’ll also find some new or renewed practices to take home into your daily life for the wellbeing of yourself and others.


If you can't wait 'til 2022, don't forget that British artist and designer Este MacLeod will be presenting a painting and design retreat in Sri Lanka with me, 29 November - 7 December 2021. The Serendipity Retreat

Check  travel advice in regards to Covid travel restrictions for Bali, Sri Lanka and Morocco  HERE


We all warmly invite you to join us in Bali in 2022 

Anna K