June 25 - July 2, 2023
Join Lauren Wood, host of the Women in Trial Travel Summit, for a specially curated small group trip to Bali, Indonesia in late June of 2023. A group of 10-15 women, one sponsor and your host will make up a small group for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to visit one of the most magical places on the planet: the island of Bali. Attendees will experience a mix of adventure and leisure, while simultaneously checking off six hours of MCLE* specialty credits. This week long program is specifically designed so that attendees will learn approximately one hour of MCLEs (covering topics like ethics, competency and bias) each morning before heading out to sight-see or enjoy group activities the rest of the day. You'll lounge on the beach, experience Seminyak's nightlife, interact with monkeys and elephants, learn more about Balinese cuisine and do yoga in one of the yoga capitals of the world: Ubud. No detail is overlooked, and guests will enjoy luxury accommodations, private tours, and private transportation with a dedicated driver, all while staying in Bali's finest hotels and resorts. If you are looking to spend a week bonding with your female colleagues, sharing trial stories, discussing cases, and checking off six hours MCLE* specialty credits—all while enjoying incredible food and experiencing the magic of Balinese culture—then this group trip is not to be missed.
*Note: MCLE credits are pending State Bar approval.
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8 Day Itinerary
Monday, June 26
On your first full day in Bali, you'll start with a light breakfast, during which you'll gain 1 hour of MCLE specialty credits. As a group, you'll do some restorative yoga before heading out for the day. You will visit the Uluwatu Temple midday, where you'll meander through the stunning grounds and see monkeys along the way. We'll have a casual Balinese lunch in Uluwatu (nasi goreng, anyone?) then head to a hidden beach nearby. We'll head back to the resort to get freshened up, then have dinner at a restaurant either in town or at the resort.
Sunday, June 25
Meet in Denpasar
Meet up with the group midday in Denpasar (DPS). Flights leave Southern California on Friday night and arrive Sunday afternoon. Once everyone is in Denpasar, we will make the approximate 1 hour drive to our first home for the trip: a luxury resort in Nusa Dua. That evening, you'll get situated in your room (either private or shared, depending on your choice) and then we'll all join together for a hosted meal on property. The jet lag going to Bali is fierce so we'll take it easy on the first day, spending our time enjoying the beach on property and getting some rest.
Tuesday, June 27
Boat Charter to the Islands
See nearby Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida (pictured), which you will enjoy by private boat charter for the day. Sip unlimited Bintangs, snorkel, free dive, and explore the island. Or simply lay on the beach or the boat instead. We'll enjoy a sunset sail back to the main island and then head back to our resort to freshen up for the evening. Dinner this evening is considered "free time"--attendees can either choose to eat at one of the many eateries on property, order room service, or head into town to try one of the area's many exciting restaurants. Bali has great dining options, so don't miss out!
Wednesday, June 28
Travel to Ubud
You'll gain 1 hour of MCLE specialty credits over breakfast before heading out mid-morning. We'll have another yoga class together, then pack up our things and head to Ubud to experience the jungle and rice terrace vistas. We'll visit waterfalls, stop for Kopi Lewak coffee, and cleanse the soul at the Tirta Empul temple made famous by Eat Pray Love. Then you'll spend the afternoon exploring the town of Ubud. We'll shop a the Ubud market—famous for finding Bali Bags, beautiful sarongs and bohemian-inspired housewares—and enjoy cocktails at Night Rooster in the evening.
Thursday, June 29
Elephants + Rice Fields
Start the day off bonding with elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary in Ubud, where you'll have the option to ride or bathe the elephants. Afterwards, enjoy the most beautiful sites in the Ubud area with a visit to the Tegallalang Rice Fields and Goa Gajah Temple. We'll split off into groups where guests can choose to spend the afternoon relaxing at the new resort or shopping in town. We'll end the day with an incredible 7-course dinner with paired cocktails at Bali's best restaurant on the island: Locavore.
Friday, June 30
Monkeys + Cooking Class
Start the morning off with a trip to a local Balinese market, then test your culinary skills and learn Balinese cuisine in a cooking class for lunch. Choose to spend the afternoon lounging by the pool, visiting the monkeys at the Sacred Monkey Forest, taking a walk along the Campuhan Ridge Walk, or getting in some last minute shopping in town. This is a "free day" where the afternoon activities are all optional. We'll choose to stay as a group or split off in smaller groups. That evening, we'll all enjoy dinner together at a restaurant in town or at the resort.
Saturday, July 1
We'll start our day with a light breakfast, while getting that final hour of MCLEs. Mid-morning we'll pack up our stuff and head back to Seminyak. On our way back into town, we'll stop for a picnic at a garden along the way. We'll do some shopping at the incredibly chic Seminyak boutiques. In the late afternoon, we'll check into the final hotel, then head out for the evening, where we'll enjoy a final dinner together, capping off the night with some cocktails at some of Seminyak's trendiest bars. Seminyak's nightlife is not to be missed, and surely a great way to round out the trip!
Sunday, July 2
We will stay Saturday night at a hotel in Seminyak. We will all enjoy one final meal together: a hosted brunch at a restaurant in Seminyak before going our separate ways. Most flights depart DPS around midday and arrive back in Southern California the same day (for example, some flights leave at 1 pm and arrive in LA at 5 pm the same day). The departure time to the airport will depend on people's respective flights. Transportation will be provided if you are departing Bali on Sunday, July 2nd with the group.
$4,000 double occupancy • $5,000 single occupancy
7 nights of accommodations, in either a single or double occupancy room
Breakfast each day
Most lunches and dinners
Private group tours & activities
Museum/temple entry fees
A private driver and local Balinese guide
All gratuities (we tip generously on your behalf)
What's Not Included
Flights to DPS
Travel insurance (required)*
Optional add on activities
Meals when not joining the group for the hosted meals
Meals or activities during "free time"
Airport transfers if the attendee chooses to arrive or depart early or late, outside of the scheduled itinerary
Please Read Before Signing Up
Space for this trip is limited and it is anticipated that it will fill up quickly. After registration, you will be sent a link to pay a $500 deposit. Your spot cannot be held without paying the deposit. You will have three (3) days to pay the deposit; after which, if payment has not been received, your spot may be given away to someone else.
This is a group trip. If you cannot commit to being on time—as a courtesy to other attendees—then this trip is also not for you. Similarly, if you do not do well in a small group setting, you may want to reconsider attending.
If you can commit to being respectful of other attendees, are open to trying new foods, and are looking for a trip where you will bond with like-minded female trial lawyers, enjoy incredible dishes and see what Balinese culture has to offer, then it would be our pleasure to host you.
*All attendees are required to purchase a travel insurance policy that includes medical coverage. While any travel insurance policy with medical coverage will suffice, attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase a policy with Cancel for Any Reason coverage. In the event that life gets in the way last minute and you are required to cancel within thirty (30) days of the trip, for a reason that is not covered by typical insurance policies, Cancel for Any Reason coverage may help get some of your money back. Please read the entirety of our cancellation policy, along with general Terms & Conditions, HERE.
Flights & Travel Information
Though how you get to Bali is entirely up to you, attendees are encouraged to take a flight that leaves the United States late at night on Friday, June 23rd (or just past midnight on Saturday morning) and arrives in Denpasar midday or in the early afternoon on Sunday, June 25th (you lose a day traveling, and a day crossing the date line). If you need help with flights, please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren for help.
Travelers to Bali need only to show their Covid-19 Vaccine Passport (vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative molecular or antigen test) for entry. As the Covid-19 pandemic remains ongoing, attendees are advised that travel is at their own risk. Again, please get good travel insurance too.