We believe it is our responsibility – as well as our honour – to gives guests the opportunity to personally meet and learn from Bali’s talented artists, who are hand-picked and invited to share their knowledge and skills. Guests can take a lesson in woodcarving, painting, dancing, making offerings for ceremonies, or weaving fine songket.
The new activities program and launch of the Ganesha Cultural Centre represents the evolution of Ganesha Gallery, which was founded in 1995 as an independent fine art gallery. This art space has been refurbished to create an inspiring place for guests and artists to connect and interact. We hope you enjoy meeting our friends at Ganesha Cultural Centre.
Cultural Activities Programme:
Balinese Dance – Every Monday and Wednesday | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Complimentary
The eyes, the hands, the expressive movements; Balinese dance is an enthralling and important part of religious and artistic expression. Children are taught traditional dance almost as soon as they can walk. Observe the impressive skills of children from Jimbaran village, and if you fancy trying it yourself, join in!
Klangsah Weaving – Every Monday and Wednesday | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | IDR 200,000++ per person
Learn how to make a natural roof called klangsah from coconut leaves, used for religious ceremonies at village temples or wedding celebrations.
Ngulat Tipat (Rice Cake) Weaving – Every Wednesday and Friday | 11:00 am – 12:00 noon | IDR 200,000++ per person
Weaving tipat is a skilled art-form and few Balinese master it. It is passed down through family and friends and takes patience and constant practice. Tipat is an offering made from rice cakes, and the Balinese use it for daily worship and ceremonies.
Canang-Making – Every Monday | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | IDR 200,000++ per person
Canang are everywhere in Bali, from temples and shrines to homes and even on the street or ground. These daily offerings thank the supreme God for blessings and protection from evil spirits. In this interactive class, learn to weave and fill your own canang. Find out why the selected items are arranged in a certain way, and why "temptations" such as candy, coins and even cigarettes are often used! Take a Temple Tour and present your offering with our Resort Priest.
Painting Class – Every Tuesday and Thursday | 11:00 am – 12:00 noon | IDR 750,000++ per person
Learn from the masters with a class in Balinese painting, focusing on modern styles as well as primitive forms to remind us of the origins of Balinese painting. Our painter will help you to create your own masterpiece on canvas, drawing inspiration from everyday life.
Ceramic Painting – Every Wednesday | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | IDR 200,000++ per person
This activity uses handmade ceramics as a base for painting classical Balinese scenes that are typically depicted on canvas or art paper. You will paint over an intricate sketch created by the ceramics artist directly onto a plate, showing a scene of daily life such as an offering, ceremony, nature or village activities. You will learn the technique and special materials needed for painting onto ceramics, and even make from scratch your own unique piece of ceramics art to take home (additional charge applies).
Weaving Songket Sidemen – Every Thursday | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | IDR 300,000++ per person for a one-hour class, or Rp500,000++ for a two-hour class
Take a lesson in hand-weaving the beautiful songket, historically worn by royalty and high society. Local songket weavers will show you how to insert threads of gold or silver in the fine silk or cotton to create intricate patterns. Classes are also available to create and finish your own songket to take home, with price determined by the motif and type of material you prefer.
Wood-Carving – Every Thursday | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | IDR 300,000++ per person
Carvings are an iconic feature of Balinese homes and temples, depicting myths, scenes from daily life and symbolic motifs. Intricate and highly developed, wood-carving requires unique skill using a knife, chisel and mallet. Watch our master carver at work and try it yourself.
The Art of Sokasi – Every Tuesday and Friday | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | IDR 50,000++ per person
These coloured woven baskets serve as storage boxes for various items, and are also used to carry offerings for daily prayers. Learn how to weave a sokasi box and paint your initials on one as a souvenir to take home (additional fee applies).
*The featured artists will visit the resort from various villages around Bali. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance.