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We are taking bookings starting from January 2020. We offer four packages:
- One week intensive ($1500 per person)
This is an intensive, immersive dive into Bali. Because the program is very packed, we only recommend this package for travellers who have already adjusted to potential time-zone differences. This package would be a great addition to a larger itinerary of exploration of South East Asia.
- Two week immersion ($2000 per person)
This deep exploration of Bali provided a good introduction to the ways of Bali that have sustained the region for thousands of years - and if adopted by the rest of the world - hold the key to humanity's sustained survival.
- One month comprehensive (US$3500 per person)
This package is for travellers who are truly searching for ways to make their lives and the lives of their home communities more sustainable. This package provides a very good understanding of the foundations of Bali life, rooted in the land, nature, God, and people. Over the month, you will start to develop the deep relationships that humans need to sustain life on this planet. Through intensive discussions over the month, you will develop a blueprint for transforming your life.
- Nine month/gap year residency (US$18,000 per person) - certificate program
This program is an exploration of not only what makes Bali sustainable but also what needs to change in the West in order to save the world. After spending three months in the fields and surrounding areas understanding local culture and how farming is the basis of and metaphor for life in the region, you will develop and implement a program in Bali that addresses and fixes a local problem that Western practices have created. You will also develop plans for transferring your learning to your own local context. After successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a certificate in sustainable transformation. The certificate is granted jointly by the heads of the local government and agricultural region.
If you are a university instructor or educator who wants to develop a field school experience, please contact us. We are more than happy to develop a semester-long program in collaboration with you and your institution.
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Frequently asked questions about the 1 month and 9 month coursesWhen does the first course start?
Farmstay Bali will begin offering courses from 1 Jan 2020. Courses start anytime that suits participants on/ after 1 January 2020.
Do you have to apply?
You will need to contact us, however there are no selection criteria other than a willingness to participate in and learn about sustainable farming activities that can be applied to change the world.
Our only limitation is space. As a result, we only accommodate 10 participants simultaneously.
When are enrolment dates?
This is an ongoing program and we are able to accept participants at any time according to participants' availability.
What sort of certification will students receive upon completion?
The 30-day program will grant successful participants an introductory certificate in principles of green farming and community living issued by Subak Uma Lambing - the administrative authority of the agricultural district.
The 9-month program will grant successful participants an advanced certificate in green agriculture, sustainable transformation and responsible tourism issued by Subak Uma Lambing - the administrative authority of the agricultural district.
Are these courses/programs accredited? If so, by whom?
All certificates are issued jointly by Desa Sibang Kaja (the local Government) and Subak Uma Lambing (the administrative authority of the agricultural district).
What is the difference between the 1-month and the 9 month courses
The 1-month course is for students who want to learn how to make their lives and the lives of their home communities more sustainable. This course provides a very good understanding of the foundations of Bali life, rooted in the land, nature, God, and people. Over the month, you will start to develop the deep relationships that humans need to sustain life on this planet. Through intensive discussions over the month, you will develop a blueprint for transforming your life and that of others.
The nine-month course is an exploration of not only what makes Bali sustainable but also what needs to change in the West in order to save the world. Over the 9 months, you will also learn the languages of Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Bali, how to play gamelan (traditional musical instruments), traditional Balinese dance, and Balinese cooking. After spending the first three months in the fields and surrounding areas understanding local culture and how farming is the basis of and metaphor for life in the region, you will develop and implement a program in Bali that addresses and fixes a local problem that Western practices have created. You will also develop plans for transferring your learning to your own local context. After successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a certificate in sustainable transformation. The certificate is granted jointly by the heads of the local government and agricultural region.
Do students have to do the full course (in the case of the 9-month course) or can they do parts of the course (like 3 or 6 months)?
At the moment, Farmstay Bali is offering only 7-day, 14-day, 30-day and 9-month courses. You could choose to repeat the 30-day course several times, however there are no 3-month or 6-month courses being offered at this time.
If a university student wishes to spend a semester at Farmstay Bali, he/ she will need to get approval from his/ her university and an agreement from the university to grant credits for the Farmstay Bali experience. Then, the student can share his/ her study plan with us and we will see if it is possible to develop a customized program to fulfil his/ her study requirements.
If a university instructor wishes to run a semester- or 2-semester-long field school at Farmstay Bali, please contact us (email@example.com) so that we can work with you to develop a study plan that will meet our objectives as well as your and your institution's academic requirements.
How would getting visas to study in Bali work? Do students need to keep leaving and re-entering the country?
The 7-, 14- and 30-day courses are all able to be completed within the time-frame of a 1-month visitor's visa.
For the 9-month/ gap year program you will receive an educational study visa for the duration of the program
How much would the course cost? And what is included in the cost?
The 1-month course costs $3,500 USD and the 9-month course cost is $18,000 USD. The fees include accommodation, all meals, all tours and experiences that are part of the program. Wifi is also free at Villa Salakan.
What’s not included in the course cost?
We do not cover travel costs to and from Bali or visa costs. However, travel costs of getting to/ from Singapore to receive a new social-cultural visa are included in the costs (the cost of the visa itself, though, is not included).
Would these courses be done in cohorts or is this a solo study?
You may be part of a cohort or solo, depending on the timing of your course. While certain activities will require new participants to start at an "intro" stage, and more experienced participants will be doing more advanced activities (like Bahasa Indonesia/ Bali or gamelan lessons); you might find yourself doing activities (like farming or local trips) with other participants who are at different stages in the program. Daily discussion sessions will enable participants to share what they have learned with those who are just joining or who have already been through certain experiences.
If you want to bring a few friends to do a course with you, we would be very happy to run a cohort program.
What can students hope to achieve post-course? What are these courses setting students up to do?
We believe that the world needs radically new things to be done and radically new ways of doing things. There are not a whole lot of programs that set students up for disrupting the status quo. Most educational programs set students up to do the things that others have done before. The courses at Farmstay Bali hope to set you up to make radical changes to your lives and the lives of others. The West needs a reboot. It needs an infusion of different thought and action. You will be immersed in action and discussion about what has worked in Bali for thousands of years, and why it has worked, and how this relates to changing things in the west to make things sustainable. The expectation is not that you will copy-and-paste Balinese practices into Western life. Instead, we hope to transmit to you a value system and a set of interrelated activities that enact these values that need to be introduced into the West if we hope to survive the future that we have created.
At the end of the course, you will not be farmers. You will have an understanding of how farming is truly representative of Bali culture - steeped in tradition, founded in religion, rooted in trust, and dependent on and supportive of community. While you will have a better knowledge of sustainable farming than you started out with, your certification will not declare that you are proficient farmers. Instead, it will indicate that you have an (introductory/advanced) understanding of sustainable farming and community principles that you could build on when you returned home.
Instead, the 1-month course will set participants up to begin to identify ways to change their lives and the lives of others. The 9-month course will set students up to identify systemic problems caused by capitalism and other western ways of living, and design and implement proactive, action-focused, community solutions to these problems.
Both courses will challenge you to be radical. To start things that do not exist. To change things in ways that disrupt and break the system that is leading us towards catastrophe. We hope to set you up to be brave, with the knowledge that - if you start at the right place, with gratitude, faith, community and the planet in mind - that you can make a difference.
What level of study are these courses? Continued education? Post-bachelors?
Anyone can participate in these courses, and we anticipate that people will engage at different levels. These programs cover the spectrum of academic intensity and will be suitable and challenge all levels of student as you navigate the vastly different ways in which people, communities and society function. We will have discussions about capitalism, colonialism, sustainable, environmental science, agriculture, biology, botany, physics, social issues, politics, architecture, culture, etc. The more participants are willing to explore these topics - even if they come knowing very little about them in advance - the more they will get out of the experience.
Why should students take this course? Why does it help them? How does it allow them to help others (if applicable)?
At their core, these courses are designed to show participants how to live sustainably by introducing them to Bali farming practices, and to enable participants to confront that and how we live unsustainably in the West and that we cause destruction to the world through our current practices. However, each participant will engage with and take on these challenges and calls to action differently. So, at the end of the day, these courses are set up to explore how YOU want to be and act in the world. Hopefully, through the courses, you will discover more about you and where and what you want your impact to be.
What is in the syllabus? What topics will students learn?
The courses involve participation in the fields every day. Then, we will engage in other activities in the community and in the neighbouring areas. For example, we might visit local parades and art/ theatre productions. We will definitely visit a number of important religious temples. We will participate in a night market. We will learn Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Bali, gamelan traditional music and Balinese dance. We will learn to cook Balinese food. We will also have extensive discussions about community, spirituality, privilege, responsibility, values, intentionality, organic farming, and legacies.
For the 1-month course, participants are able to get a taste of a variety of experiences in Bali. The 9-month course allows for much more embedded learning and engagement in and with the community. Because you will participate in daily life in Bali, you will gain a very good understanding of the impact of Westerners in Bali, and how this represents our impact on the world as a whole. Through extended amounts of observation and experience, you will fully explore what actions must be changed in Bali, and how one or more programs might be rolled out to enact change. You will then implement and assess the impact of your proposed change. The final months of the course will involve considering the changes that need to be made in the West to undo damage and bring about positive impact; and to explore what role you will play in making these changes.
Where will the classes take place?
Our base is Villa Salakan (for sleeping, eating and discussing) and most farming activities will take place in the fields of Subak Uma Lambing. For the 9-month course, we will go beyond the subak to engage with communities outside of Sibangkaja and learn about their challenges and solutions.
Do students have any required readings? Any projects?
The more you read, the more you can share and draw on as you acquire new skills. You are not required to have pre-knowledge before coming to Farmstay Bali, but a good grounding in what is wrong with the world from an environmental, social and economic perspective would be helpful.
What type of people are you looking for to take these courses?
We are hoping that anyone with an interest in leading change in the world will join us at Villa Salakan for our experiences.
Why are you offering these courses?
Farmstay Bali is a partnership between a number of players focused on supporting sustainable life in Bali and on the planet.
Firstly, Subak Uma Lambing, the local agricultural authority, has a focus on supporting its community by providing sustainable and nutritious food. It also has a focus on engaging youth in farming to continue and revitalize traditional Balinese farming practices. Farmstay Bali courses enable farmers in the Subak to share their vast knowledge of sustainable farming practices in Bali and, by engaging foreigners in farming, so highlight to the youth the importance of farmers and farming in Bali.
Desa Sibangkaja, the municipal authority, has a focus on maintaining a sustainable, beautiful, community-oriented area for its residents. Part of this involves ensuring that tourism in the area is sustainable and contributes positively, socially and environmentally. The Desa has an explicit interest in showcasing the area's agricultural practices and rolling out programs that highlight the area's focus on sustainability and traditional values.
The course co-ordinators are environmental activists, social entrepreneurs and educators who are passionate about bringing about sustainable change in the world through action. Their focus is on enabling participants in educational programs to "get their hands dirty" and "do" change. Farmstay Bali enables participants to do things completely differently to how things are done in the West; providing the foundation for creating and implementing the radical changes that are needed to ensure our survival as a species.