June 25 - July 2, 2023
Lauren Wood, host of the Women in Trial Travel Summit, alongside KW Court Reporting, hosted a trip for 10 women to Bali, Indonesia in late June of 2023. Attendees experienced a mix of adventure and leisure, while simultaneously checking off six hours of MCLE* specialty credits. This week long program was 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. Attendees lounged on the beach, experienced Seminyak's nightlife, interacted with monkeys and elephants, learned more about Balinese cuisine and did yoga in one of the yoga capitals of the world: Bali. No detail was overlooked, and guests will enjoyed luxury accommodations, private tours, and private transportation with a dedicated driver, all while staying in Bali's finest hotels and resorts.
*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, after which you'll gain 1 hour of MCLE specialty credits in the group's larger villa. If choose to, you can also 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 beach nearby. We'll head back to the resort to get freshened up, then have dinner at The Beach Grill at the Ritz Carlton.
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: the luxury resort of Ritz Carlton, 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 beachside bonfire with hosted appetizers and drinks. 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 catamaran 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 after breakfast before heading out mid-morning. We'll have another optional 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
Your stay in Ubud starts at the brand new Westin property, which is surrounded by jungle. 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 at the resort. Those who choose to stay in town can also grab dinner in town.
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, Aloft Seminyak, 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.