Embrace the foraging trend and head into Ubud’s tropical ravines and scenic rice fields with Westi and Lilir, a charming Balinese couple who have been leadings guests on nature walks for 15 years. Learn all about cultural traditions, folklore and herbal medicine as you discover plants and trees that have culinary and therapeutic properties. Taste fiery-hot red chilli (said to create vigour), pluck tart buni berries from the bush and scavenge for tender fern tips in the creek beds. Look out for representations of the rice goddess Dewi Sri, made from harvested rice husks, hanging in the rice fields. You can also join the daily jamu (traditional herbal tonics) class in their small shop in Ubud, which also sells a lovely range of handmade natural products from soaps and lotions to face and body masks.
Set in the foothills of Bali, 35 kilometres from Seminyak, Ubud is an arts village surrounded by rice fields, palm groves and dramatic forested ravines. Known as the cultural heart of Bali, it is also a haven for gourmands and those looking to tap into the more spiritual side of the island.
Bali Nature Herbal Walks | Jalan Suweta, Ubud | +62 812 381 6024