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Ubud Botany Interactive

Ubud, Indonesia
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About Ubud Botany Interactive
Looking for a locally run, hands-on tour where you can explore Balinese culture and botanical ingredients native to Bali? With our local farming knowledge and team leader Dewi’s master's degree in botany and agriculture (specialising in plant biodiversity), the Ubud Botany Interactive (UBI) team have firsthand experience of Balinese agricultural practices. We love to share our passion and knowledge of Balinese culture and plants with visitors to the region. Embark on a guided walk through the rice paddies and learn about the plants, agriculture and cultural practices of the local Ubud area. Join our Botanical Class where you will use locally grown plants and herbs to make your very own, completely natural beauty products. We hope you'll join us to share our passion for plants and people in Bali.
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Dee J wrote a review May 2022
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Best experience I’ve had in Bali! Honestly the almost amazing time! Learned not only how to make my own products but also about the ingredients used, and more about Balinese culture! Even got to make a traditional tea 😍 Both hosts were beyond friendly and I will happily visit again just to say hello! My boyfriend who wasn’t interested in making cosmetics really enjoyed himself as the hosts made it so fun! Wish we could rate more than 5 stars!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Estelle M wrote a review May 2022
Sydney2 contributions1 helpful vote
I had a private workshop with Dewi, where she took we through the process of making 4 different types of natural care products. It was great to watch her do it and check on my progress as well. During this mindful moment she would also tell me stories about the plants and how they are used in the Balinese culture. I live in Australia, so Dewi sent me her very neat recipe booklet so I could find the ingredients in advance. For every ingredient that I didn’t have, she suggested alternatives I could find locally. A great moment of relax and cultural discovery. High quality and professional approach. Her workshops fund the local farmers so don’t hesitate to jump online and help this community! Thank you so much Dewi
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Date of experience: May 2022
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FedericaG wrote a review May 2022
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One of the most meaningful experiences to have in Ubud. We felt at home with this amazing family. They have lots of activities and we decided to start with the creation of self care products. Winda explained us step by step how to make face and body products using only natural ingredients, she was super patient and kind and also gave us instructions on how to make soaps at home. They also showed us as an extra activity how to make Jamu, a typical turmeric drink. After finishing the creation of the products we stopped by to test the products and chat with the whole family. It’s truly a great experience to start paying more attention on what we put on our body. There is also the option to do it online! Thank you 🙏🏼
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Mary S wrote a review Apr 2022
Jakarta, Indonesia130 contributions29 helpful votes
I haven't visited Dewi, her team and her family since 2017 but right from the get-go, they welcomed me like a cousin who they hadn't seen in years. This time, I joined the water temple experience which was essentially a participation in the Balinese purification ritual of melukat. The first thing we did was build a canangsari -- the traditional offering with flowers you often see in front of shops. Dewi and her family guided me through the process, explaining the meaning of every step and element. Then, she helped me get into the traditional Balinese dress of kebaya. Dewi's mother made a custom kebaya for me to take home after the ceremony and it surprisingly fit even though we haven't seen each other in years. We then drove to the temple with Dewi's husband, Dhika and along the way, there was never a dull moment in the conversation. The ceremony itself was solemn. Once we arrived, we lit incense on the canangsari as an offering to the gods then went into the sacred pool to wash ourselves under the fountain while praying for whatever gifts we ask. We then received the blessing from the priest and a bracelet consisting of three strings that symbolizes protection. Afterwards, came time for lunch made with love by Dewi's mother which includes rice, veggies, traditional cakes and fruits from her garden with an addition of some good old pork meatball soup that Dhika recommended. It honestly felt like coming home to visit Dewi and her family again. She even packed additional herbal tea and massage oil at no additional cost for me after hearing about my mom's illness. They were also incredibly respectful of my own religious beliefs and kept on reminding me that this ceremony is open for any prayers to be said and asked if I was comfortable doing anything at all during every step. Believe it or not, I slept so well that night after long nights of insomnia! Thanks Dewi and family for the incredible experience!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Y. M. Adhimiharja wrote a review Apr 2022
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It was a splendid experience doing their tours and knowing personally the your enterpreneur behind the project. As a bonus, you also meet the community involved. I had to experience making my own skincare and knowing its raw materials used and walking around ubud, identifying the local herbs. And the home made "jajanan pasar". I also bought some of their natural essential oils. My favorites are Ilang2, Magnolia and Lemon grass. That combo evokes the beautiful memory of Bali. If you happen to be in Bali, go to Ubud, and take one or two or all activities they are offer. You will love it. Have fun and thank you Dewi & Dhika.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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