The world is changing rapidly - and not for the better. Human-caused climate change is threatening our very survival. The Western world has developed so many modern conveniences and efficiencies yet it cannot take care of its people, where did it all go wrong? Recently, we discovered the land and people of Bali, Indonesia - a society that embraces living sustainably in harmony with nature. We have curated a series of guided experiences to allow you to live and understand how and why the world needs to change. This is a vacation like no other - one in which you are immersed in a culture that will entirely change the way you think about community, food, society and life.
Guests at Farmstay Bali will experience a guided, hands-on, life-changing experience of what life could be like, and should be like, in the Western world if we want to avoid societal collapse. Every day you will meet the most amazing, caring, hard-working and friendly people and learn from their wisdom by participating in and observing their way of life, including farming, food, ceremonies, music, markets, temples and more. Under the guidance of the local farmers and heads of the agricultural community, you will begin to understand the secret to sustainable life and resilient communities. Contact us today to book your experience.
What participants are saying
Kirstin (University student from Vancouver) says: "I had a wonderful time at Villa Salakan. I came to Bali to learn about radical sustainable interventions. I left with a greater understanding of myself and how I wanted to live my life. This past August I had the opportunity to have a 10-day experience in Bali. Myself and my fellow course participants were able to join Pak Made & Pak Wayan in the fields and under their tutelage we learned about the traditions of life in the subak. We learned about sustainable farming practices, the importance of living in community, and being responsible for our actions. We visited markets, and temples, and fields. We took a hard look at the impacts of colonialism and capitalism, as well as how western culture has invaded the far corners of the globe. My time in Bali learning from Lisa and local Balinese farmers, like Pak Made and Pak Wayan as well as other friends like Martana and Giyan, definitely had a large impact on how I view sustainability. I highly recommend spending some time with these wonderful individuals and learning some of the many things Bali can teach you. And for those concerned with eating vegan, this was my first time doing so and it was an amazing experience. The clean, healthy meals made my body happy and had a positive impact on my mental wellbeing. Trust me, you won’t want to leave. I, for one can’t wait to go back! "
Frequenty Asked Questions
- Is Farmstay Bali like a WWOOF or workaway?
No, you will not be here to help the farmers do their work. You will be here to learn about sustinability under the guidance of the farmers. The farmers have graciously allowed us into their lives, but they don't need help. They are generously providing their time and wisdom so we may gain insight into their sustainablbe practices by participating directly in some of the farming activities.
- What is the accommodation like?
Please see the accommodation page for all details about the rooms
- Are children welcome?
Yes indeed. There is something for everyone, although Farmstay Bali is not a holiday at a hotel or spa, this is an immersive experience in nature, culture and community where you and your children will be able to experience a life free of all the uneccessary distractions of the Western consumerist lifestyle. Children can be free to play in the river, get muddy, climb trees, pick fruit and just be children. Working on the farms is fulfilling and rarely feels like work and older children can enjoy harvesting sweet potatoes (ubi) or planting long beans (kacang panjang).
- What types of toilet system do you have?
Villa Salakan has flush toilets in each room, however in order to keep toilet paper use to a minimum, every toilet has a bidet spray system - this superior system offers increased cleanliness and less waste. You are encouraged to bring your own small hand towel to dry off.
- What clothes should we bring?
It is very hot in Bali during the day, and warm or slightly cool at night. Some people like to wear shorts and a t-shirt, while others prefer long sleeves and long, loose pants, especially if they are prone to sunburn. Sunscreen is discouraged as it can be highly destructive to waterways and other plant and animal life, as well as coming in disposable packaging. If you are going to bring sunscreen, please ensure it is nontoxic to the environment and does not come in disposable plastic packaging. You can purchase zero-waste sunscreen here if you need, but long clothing and hats do the trick just as well. Please note that in Bali, people are modest and do not wear revealing clothing, especially in public and at holy places. You will also need sandals or flipflops that you can easily remove and put on as you will be taking off your shoes every time you enter a house, temple, or any building. Also many people prefer to not wear shoes when farming.
- Can we do laundry at Villa Salakan?
Yes, we have a washing machine and the strong sun dries laundry very quickly.
- Are there mosquitoes and should I bring repellant?
There are mosquitoes occassionally although some people tend to not notice them after a while, however we will provide environmentally friendly, natural repellant without disposable plastic packaging to use while you are here
- Do I need to bring towels or bedding?
No you don't need to bring bedding or towels, we will provide all towels and bedding (except you might optionally want to bring a small hand cloth to dry off after using the bidet spray)
- What food will we eat?
All meals and snacks will be provided. All food will be zero-waste,local, vegan and delicious. There will always be plenty of seasonal fruit available including mangos, bananas, watermelon, pineapple, oranges, dragonfruit and some exciting fruit you may be less familiar with (mangosteen, snake fruit). You will also experience the joy and excitement of tasting delicious new food, deserts and drinks.
Is there electricity and wifi?
Yes. At Villa Salakan, like in the rest of Bali and Indonesia, we use a 2 pin socket and plug (the same as is used in larger parts of Europe). The pins are round, not flat or rectangular, however adapters are available. You will be able to use the Villa's free wifi during your stay.
- Will I get dirty?
Yes. Very. You should bring enough changes of clothes only to be able to wash your clothes daily after working in the field.
- Will I need special clothing for ceremonies or visiting holy places?
Yes, but these will be provided at Villa Salakan. You will be able to buy your own ceremonial clothes if you'd like. Please bring one outfit to wear to local restaurants (short sleeves and capri pants are acceptable. Please make sure to cover your shoulders and ideally your knees should also be covered when going out in the evening.)
- I've heard that tourists usually get "Bali belly". Can I bring something in case this happens to me?
You can bring antinausea medication like Pepto Bismol or Gravol, but please make sure to avoid plastic packaging. Even if you take the plastic packaging back home with you, there is no "away" and this plastic will still end up in the oceans and it will never decompose.