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We will meet in central Ubud at 8:30am.
Pickup is available, upon request, from the Ubud area. We'll message you the specific pickup time depending on where you're staying once we confirm your booking.
In the case of a single person booking, pickup may be by motorbike. Please leave a clear note if you have an objection to this while making the booking.
What you need to bring
Comfortable footwear with non-slip soles that can get wet and muddy are advisable, as well as a hat, sunblock, a camera, and lots of film!
- Bahasa Indonesia (Fluent)
- English (Intermediate)
Lilir and Westi are both qualified guides for unique tours of Ubud’s rice fields and ravines, which introduce the visitor to a wealth of natural remedies growing by the wayside. Ni Wayan Lilir was born at home in 1972 near Ubud and I Made Westi was born in Mambal, Badung in 1973.
Their Mother and Father were both Balinese healers and farmer who have passed on to their children their knowledge, natural love and understanding of traditional herbalism
Knowledge of Balinese traditional herbal medicine came to us naturally through our families. We have also studied the Usada Bali, one of the traditional Balinese Books of Healing, and have spent a tremendous amount of time in the field studying Balinese plants and using them in our daily lives.
Westi and Lilir met at a guiding course and quickly discovered they had a garden of things in common. Lilir's parent’s were healers and herbalists and relied heavily on traditional remedies for their brood of 11 children.
Westi's parents were farmers who remembered how much healthier the soil was before chemical farming. They were both inspired to use their position as guides to help preserve Bali's unique indigenous heritage.
Westi became deeply involved in qualifying himself to teach others about Bali's living pharmacy. "I became interested in herbal remedies," he says. "My father was quite knowledgeable and I spent time learning from him before he died. Now I study with three traditional healers, but they are also very old. There is a real danger that this wisdom will die out if it is not recorded."
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Made was a passionate and engaging host throughout the entire walk. He shared about more than just herbs and healing properties of the various plants; He shared about life as a local Balinese farmer, his beliefs on life and goodness, and about the socio-economic impacts of tourism on Bali's landscape and lifestyle! Learnt so much more about Bali during that scenic walk through the rice paddies. It's amazing how Bali's landscape changes from bustling streets to serene farms within a span of 1m.
We sent an email the night before to request a reservation on this tour. Made responded immediately, instructing us to meet him in front of the Luksian museum at 8:30 the next morning. There was only one other couple who had booked that day, so the four of us set off on our walk through a rice field just outside the city of Ubud. Made was an excellent and knowledgeable guide who converted his rice field into a herbal garden and a business. The scenery is pristine and gorgeous. Made explained the Balinese system of communal rice farming (subak) which is integrated into the spiritual (Hindu) belief system. We were able to taste the different indigenous herbs and learn about their natural properties. We stopped for a break after about an hour where we were served fresh coconuts. The herb walking tour ended at his shop where he sells medicinal herbs, natural soaps, essential oils, incense, and other cosmetic products. There was no pressure to buy anything; in fact, Made is quite modest, humble and adverse to self-promotion. We highly recommend this tour which was highly informative and spectacularly beautiful.
This was a great experience. Walking through the rice field in the middle of Ubud was amazing. You would never know that this exists! We enjoyed walking around and learning about the plants, flowers, herbs, and Balinese culture from Westi.
We had taken nice experience!
You have to try it this tour,If your interesting for "natural" healthy" "beauty".
Host is nice guy and very kind.
And he has philosophy for this Herbal tour.Not business like.
You can enjoy and take a nice time.