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~ Yogyakarta ~

New dates

28th Sept~ 2nd Oct 2024

26th ~ 30th April 2024

Mandala Art & Culture Expedition
A Temple Journey Around Borobudur & Prambanan 

A three-day, four night Mandala expedition in Yogyakarta, Central Java.

Drawing classes will take place in Umah D’Kali Villa located in the cultural village of

The Clay Crafts, Kasongan, just 10 minutes from the centre of YOGYAKARTA (less than 3 km).

Nestled along the edge of a river in the middle of lush vegetation,

Umah D’Kali offers more than a place to stay,

a unique experience of life in the midst of nature.

The Villa is a modern fusion of different eastern influences.

The enchanting and colourful garden with a pristine and large private swimming pool.


The expedition will include cultural guided visits to two of the most remarkable

9th Century Buddhist and Hindu Temples in the world .

Students will draw and discuss in depth ~

The Hidden Geometry of these two architectural using traditional tools ~ A compass and ruler. 

Patterns are analysed by Stephanie June Ellis ~ Your host, guide and teacher


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~ Brief insight ~



We will visit Prambanan during Sunset ~


The temples at Prambanan is known locally as Roro Jonggrang,

coming from the legend of the ‘slender virgin’

The ground plan of Prambanan follows the Hindu system of Vastu Shastra, which literally translates as "science of architecture"

and is laid out according to a mandala, or geometric pattern

that represents a microcosm of the universe.



~ We will visit Borobudur during sunrise ~


The largest Mandala & Buddhist Compound in the world ~

A spectacular three-dimensional Mandala. 

(Budur) comes from Javanese term bhudhara ("mountain").

Mountains and high places are the abode of ancestral spirits or hyangs.

 Borobudur represents a stupa as well as Mount Meru, the mythical mountain regarded in Hindu and Buddhist mythologies as the axis of the world.


The sacralised territory extended as far the five mountains—Sumbing, Telomoyo, Andong, Merbabu and Merapi—that encircle the temple. The JICA experts argued that the Saliendra dynasty built their capital based on the pattern of a specific type of mandala, the Pursha Mandala.


This mandala was formed when various parts of the crushed body of a primitive man called Pursha were inhabited by the gods to prevent him from causing a commotion on Earth. 

(The Heritage Site of Borobudur as a Cultural Landscape ~ Adèle Esposito Andujar )

The monument's three divisions symbolise

the three "realms" of Buddhist cosmology, namely


(the world of desires),


(the world of forms),


(the formless world).


~ Investment ~

~ Expedition Full cost package with accomodation ~

Please message Stephanie to book

and organise your accomodation

Villa One

Villa with King Bed, Balcony & Bathroom 


Single Occupancy ~ $1300

Twin Share $900 pp 


Villa Two

Shared entrance and bathroom

Queen Deluxe Room (Fully Booked Sept 2024) $1200

Standard room with Double Bed $1000 ~ One Available 

Villa Three

Shared Entrance and bathroom

Queen Deluxe Room  (Fully Booked Sept 2024) $1200

Standard room with Double Bed $1000~ (Fully Booked Sept 2024)


Villa Four 

(Fully Booked Sept 2024)

Queen Room with Bathroom Single Occupancy ~ $1200

Standard Room

(Fully Booked Sept 2024)

Standard Room with queen bed and bathroom 



~ Inclusions ~

Transfers to and from the airport


Drawing workshops and specialist materials

Daily Breakfast 

x 2 lunch in the Umah d’Kali Villa

Excursions ~ Transport and Temple Entrance Fees with guide

~ Exclusions ~

Return flights ~ These are approximately $150 return from Bali A 1 hour 20 minute journey.

Stephanie is more than happy to help organise these for you.

All meals not listed in the inclusions.

These generally cost between $4 and $12
Expenses of a personal nature (shopping etc).

Gratuities / tips.
Travel insurance.



~ Expedition without Accomodation ~


~ Inclusions ~

Drawing workshops and specialist materials

Excursions ~ Transport and Temple Entrance Fees with Guide

x 2 Lunch in the Umah d’Kali Villa


Please contact me for more information and reservations

Please note ~ If you are booked into a

Bali Retreat Or Teacher Training 

 ~ you will receive a 10% discount. 


~ Please note ~

A 50% deposit is required to hold your spot.
The remaining 50% to be paid 2 months in advance. 

Please note ~ A strict refund policy is in place. 

3 months ~ Deposits are transferable
2 months ~ No refunds or transfers


~ Preliminary Timetable ~

Day one

 Guest who are staying in the accomodation will arrive and relax.

~ Free time to explore ~

Day Two

10:00 ~ 17:30 

~ Presentation ~

Morning Drawing Class

Lunch Break

Afternoon Drawing Class

~ Dinner ~


Day Three

Sunrise Borobudur 4am wake up call

Lunch Break

Afternoon Drawing Class 17:30 finish

~ Dinner ~

Day Four

This day will be dedicated to finishing off our geometric Mandalas followed by painting with natural pigments.

In the afternoon we will depart for our Sunset Tour of Prambanan

~ Dinner ~ 

Day Five


11am Checkout

Note ~ Evenings are for free time ~ 

There are many restaurants near by, local and western. 

Guests also have the opportunity to visit Yogyakarta's famous

Malioboro shopping district: a single street that runs north to south, crammed on each side with kiosks, department stores and markets

selling batiks, traditional Javanese sculpture, artwork, and The Prawirotaman Street market food. 

Or simply relax at the villa.

~ Accomodation ~

~ Umah d’Kali Villa  ~

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 2 seperate rooms with garden and terrace

BALI Villa

 2 seperate rooms with garden and terrace


 2 rooms seperate rooms with garden and terrace

JAVA Villa

1 Room 

Please note each room has a Queen Bed 

Suitable for a single person, couples or friends happy to share

Drawing Classes are open
to the novice and experienced geometer.

No skills are required ~ just a little patience.

~ About Yogyakarta, Java ~

The land of Ancient temples, street food and quirky street art. 

Yogyakarta boasts stunning architecture and a truly spiritual sensibility. 

Known for its arts and handicrafts, Yogyakarta is a cultural hub,

a nerve center for classical Javanese fine arts such as ballet,

batik textiles, drama, literature, music,

poetry, silversmithing, visual arts, and Wayang puppetry.

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