Indonesian Cruise Adventure

How you can experience the ultimate ladies quilting retreat combined with a world class tropical cruise!

Quilting, textile and Batik secrets revealed by renowned fabric and cultural experts.

Imagine if you could join like-minded quilters on the ultimate quilting getaway AND have the adventure of a lifetime on the “Indonesian Cruise Adventure”…..

7 days in Bali then 14 day Cruise Singapore to Brisbane – Total 21 days
9th to 29th August, 2018 SOLD OUT
2020 Dates TBA

Hi, I’m Jacky. I’m a seasoned traveller and have been visiting Indonesia for the past 27 years. I’m also a passionate quilting instructor and have designed a fun, relaxed and exciting retreat with all your needs as a ‘lover-of-batik’ in mind.

​As a fellow quilter and hoarder of fabrics let me tell you Indonesia is a quilter’s dream destination. If you know where to look, there are so many amazing fabrics still made in the traditional way. You can learn and experience more in a few days here than years back at home.

Indonesia offers some of the most unique and beautiful Batik designs in the world. But when you visit as a tourist, you’ll often pay 3 or 4 times more than you should for each fabric purchase.

There’s an amazing depth of culture in Indonesia yet when you’re a tourist you just can’t manage to access it without dodging a minefield of “tourist only” products and cultural activities posing as the real thing.

You end up missing out on the real artisans and having authentic experiences.

Are you with us?

There are just so many potential pitfalls when organising a trip yourself.

​As an Australian, I understand the frustrations of many visitors to Indonesia. I’ve done it all – gotten ripped off, had the transport nightmare experiences and I’ve fallen victim to every tourist scam in the book.

​How do you feel about spending 7 days in Candidasa, Bali enjoying the culture and warm weather? Candidasa is a low key, chilled out fantastic place to holiday far from the tourist crowds.

We have 2 wonderful tutors champing at the bit to get back to Bali and start creating.

We will spend 3 days in Bali creating the following:-
All batik fabric required for Pauline Rogers “A Mystery to Behold
Batik Panel for Helen Godden’s “A Fusion of East Meets West”

Next, we will fly to Singapore to embark on a 14 days Cruise on the brand new, luxury P&O ship “Pacific Aria” through the Scenic Archipelago of Indonesia to Brisbane, Australia.

On board, you will spend 3 intense days working with your tutor to achieve a finished product.

Helen will teach her unique styles of Free Motion Quilt to finish your fantastic “Wall Hanging” that you will be only to proud to hang when you get home.

Pauline will teach you her fantastic style of quilt as you go and how to use her time savings tools.

How do you know if the Indonesian Cruise Adventure is for you?

  • You want to create meaningful memories instead of being just another tourist
  • You have a passion for quilting or batik fabrics
  • You’d love to experience the real Indonesian culture and get behind the scenes peek at local life
  • You’d like to learn more about batik fabric painting and even try your hand at it
  • You want to have a safe, well organised trip with other friendly like-minded ladies
  • You want to be able to kick back, relax and have fun without worrying about all the small details
  • You love batik fabric and would jump at the chance to make some of your own using authentic Javanese materials

  • You think visiting an exotic destination with someone who knows the location and culture well would be an advantage

I’ve designed Indonesian Cruise Adventure to be a relaxing and energizing getaway for quilting enthusiasts.

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Here’s what some of my previous clients have to say about my retreats:

Robyn Young’s story:

A great experience for my first time in Bali. Even though it was a quilters retreat, it was more like a Balinese tour. I did spend one day sewing! Yan was an amazing driver – caring, funny and informative. Thanks!”

Joyce Voigt’s story:

“I have been privileged to meet you Jacky and all your staff and artists to whom we have had contact. You have ensured that we have been catered for in all possible areas and times. Your thoughtfulness and caring has been appreciated.”

Robyn Cavanagh’s story:

“Thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the people. Enjoyed experiencing the cultural outing and loved the Batik painting day. The companionship of the ladies was fabulous and sewing by the sea will be an unforgettable experience. Thank you.”

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What do you get when you join the 21 day Indonesian Cruise Adventure?

  • Brisbane to Bali Flights
  • Bali to Singapore flights
  • All transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation in Candidasa, Bali
  • Welcome Dinner in Candidasa, Bali
  • Full breakfast at hotel
  • Morning Tea on working days
  • 30% discount in Wacky Jacky’s Batik Shop Bali
  • 14 nights cruise onboard P&O Pacific Aria
  • $75 onboard cruise credit per passenger
  • Cruise Gratuities Included
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties
  • All main meals on board Cruise Ship
  • Complimentary Sewing Machine (this machine is yours to keep)
  • All materials for your project
  • 6 Days tutoring (3 days Bali/3 days on Board)
  • Full use of conference room on Cruise Ship for classes
Guests wishing to depart from other destinations can be catered for.
Non-Australian Guests are responsible for their own Entry Visas into Australia.

– Finally the choice of two world famous tutors waiting to start creating with you –

Pauline Rogers
A Mystery to Behold

Using her fantastic tools – which save time, money and frustration, Pauline will be teaching us several different techniques such as Quilt As You Go, Bias Appliqué, Chenille sticks, rouching & scrunching fabric. All are great techniques that can be used in many other creative ways.

Along with all the texturing techniques you will learn all sorts of Free Motion Quilting that is achievable on an average sewing machine.

Helen Godden
A Fusion of East Meets West

This is a unique opportunity to experience the fusion of two artistic power-houses from two worlds apart.

We have combined the amazing talents of the multiple international award winning Helen Godden with one of Bali’s most famous batik artist instructors to take you on inspirational journey where you will discover new techniques and learn valuable insights from the industry’s best.

Prices for your 21 Day Indonesian Cruise Adventure:

Inside Room – Twin Share $5090
Inside Room – Single $6790
Ocean View Cabin – Twin Share $5190
Ocean View Cabin – Single $6890
Balcony Cabin – Twin Share $6490
Balcony Cabin – Single $9790
Single Supplement – price available on application
Non-textile guests – price available on Application


You can pay in three easy installments for your retreat.

A 2nd instalment of $1000 will be due prior to the 1st December, 2017

​Your final instalment – the balance will be required prior to the 1st April, 2018

Travel Insurance:

IMPORTANT: Wacky Jackys does NOT supply travel insurance. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND you get travel insurance that best suits your individual requirements.

Cancellation Policies:

Cancellations made are as per below:-

Days Prior to Retreat Cancellations Charge
365 days or more $150 administration fee
181 – 365 days Deposit Amount
121 – 180 days 20% of total fare
76 – 120 days 30% of the total fare
75 – 31 days 50% of total fare
Less than 30 days Total Fare

​Depending on the reason for your cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your travel insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to the insurance company concerned.

Airline tickets – Once the tickets have been purchased they are subject to the terms and conditions of the airline and may NOT BE REFUNDABLE, TRANSFERABLE OR DATE-CHANGEABLE.

What you need to bring:

– Optional…….. Your patterns – so you can collect fabric to take home with you.
– Spending money for lunch, dinners, drinks, souvenirs and shopping days etc.
– Sunscreen, bathers, cool clothes, good walking shoes for shopping.
– Pin number for your credit cards as most shops will not take signatures.
– Sense of humour and easy going approach to the Indonesian people, as they are one of the friendliest people on earth and really like to talk to guests

Flight Details:

All Terms and Conditions for flights including cancellation policies are set by the airline, Virgin Australia. Please review their website for Terms and Conditions

All prices are based on the departure point specified. We are happy to organise flights from your preferred departure point and will notify you of any changes to the price. We will do our best to ensure that everyone meets up in Bali at the same time. Sometimes this is not possible and this may incur a small additional fee for transfers from Denpasar to Candidasa.

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