Sustainability and cultural camp for grown ups
During your stay, you will be immersed in Bali nature, traditions, culture and way of life through a series of curated participation and activities. These experiences have been chosen to show you the true Bali in a respectful and insightful way, not as a tourist but as as someone who wants to truly experience and learn how people live in harmony with each other and the planet. In addition to participating in the farms every day, other activities will include a lot of walking tours around the village and farmlands where you will meet the most amazing, kindest and hardworking people who have figured out how to live sustainably. You will also go on bicycle tours where you will be able to explore a bit further afield into even more rural and beautiful landscapes and societies.
A key part of the farmstay experience is participation - in farming, food, culture, music and ceremonies Every day, you will join in various farming activities - a key piece of living sustainably. "No farmers. No food. No future." By participating in all facets of farming (planting, harvesting, tilling) you will gain an understanding of the people, hard work, time, and resources that going into making everything. You will learn what it means to respect the earth and each other and to truly make things sustainable and sustainably. You will gain an appreciation of those we rely on for life. You will learn what it means to truly participate in community, working in the UNESCO-recognized subak irrigation system. From Wikipedia - "Subak is a traditional ecologically sustainable irrigation system that binds Balinese agrarian society together within the village's Bale Banjar community center and Balinese temples. The water management is under the authority of the priests in water temples, who practice Tri Hita Karana Philosophy, a self-described relationship between humans, the earth and the gods. Tri Hita Karana draws together the realm of spirit, the human world and nature. The overall subak system exemplifies this philosophical principle. Water temple rituals promote a harmonious relationship between people and their environment through the active engagement of people with ritual concepts that emphasize dependence on the life-sustaining forces of the natural world. Rice is seen as the gift of god, and the subak system is part of temple culture." The subak system is deliberately designed to share resources (water specifically) to ensure mutual success and survival.
Food, music, and culture
Other activities include, preparing traditional vegan food and exposing your taste buds to amazing new food, participating in beautiful religious ceremonies, visiting holy temples, learning how to play traditional instruments known as gamelan, going to the local food market (pasar) early in the morning and many other immersive and life-changing experiences. All of these experiences have been deliberately chosen to provide you with a deeper understanding of how every activity in Bali is connected to every other activity and centers around respect and support for people and the planet.
* all images provided by Kim Van Photography