Daily offerings at Jiwa Damai

At Jiwa Damai we respect the local Balinese traditions. We do daily offerings to the gods at the temple including blessed water and incense and some food, which is then eaten by the birds or monkeys.

Celebrating Barong in Bali

The Barong festival, where barons from 120 villages come together in a large temple is held only once every 10 years. Our volunteers, Dave, from USA, Juliana from Brazil and Hussein form Spain where invited and enjoyed the honor very much.

They are all dressed up in Balinese garb and are following  the villagers who are carrying the Barongs for miles to the temple. 

Learn more about being a volunteer at Jiwa Damai here. 

Making coconut oil with love

At Jiwa Damai we make coconut oil with much love. You can see the entire process in this wonderful video. 

At the same time, you can read more about the different stages of making coconut oil on our blog, its benefits, its use in different recipes and also how are interns are using it. Read more! 

See below all the local products that we are offering at Jiwa Damai! 

A health day for the village

Jiwa Damai and Lagu Damai Foundation Bali offered a health day to the village in cooperation with Kula group Karma day. Everyone helped and participated. It took place in the Bale Banja, which is the communal meeting hall.

A slide show was presented with healthy foods preventing high blood pressure and diabetes. Yoga exercises were included and a buffet prepared by the Jiwa Damai kitchen and Jiwa Damai volunteers, consisting of Balinese chicken, a combination of small picked chicken meat with lots of lemongrass, peppers, onions and garlic and ginger. A huge cabbage salad with our special honey mustard dressing as well as lost of sprouts in there. Green salad was also present.

All this was handed out on carefully prepared banana leaves and found a great echo and every one had great fun. To be repeated...

You can read more here. 

Preventative health care day in the village

The volunteers from Jiwa Damai and the participants of the yoga teacher training from Kula Collective prepared a preventative health care day in the village, in the general assembly hall, with powerpoint presentation and food, as well as exercises. It was wonderful! 

If you want to volunteer at Jiwa Damai, find out more here!



Jiwa Damai - yoga retreat

At Jiwa Damai we host yoga teacher training groups. Our guest get to experience the beautiful place we have here. You can see some wonderful photos from the garden tour offered by Margret to the Kula Yoga teacher training group.  We also have photos from the yoga training area and the final group picture with all the participants in the youga teacher training.

If you are interested in hosting a yoga group, contact us! 

Celebrating Galungan at Jiwa Damai

Galungan is one of the most sacred of the Balinese holy days. The large Bamboo pole is erected in front of every home with intricate decorations and sculpting.  All is made by hand and our four Jiwa Damai youngsters were very happy and content to produce this beautiful Penjor. They worked together to cut the huge bamboo pole as well as cutting and carving with the knife the intricate decorations.

Experts in Earthship Building Needed

We are recycling and preparing glass bottles for our future earthship inspired building in the mountains.

Our French volunteers, Camille and Quentin have found the most efficient method to build bottle bricks to be use in the building in a decorative fashion. They cut a line through the bottle and then burn it with a candle and then icecube it. Thus the brick comes out very clean. The two bottle ends are then sealed together with a strong tape.


We are looking now for people interested working with us in a quite remote environment, as experts in earthship building, architect and /or planner and supervisor as well as other volunteers.

The planned beginning is November, this year, all depending on the weather conditions.

Please write to info@jiwadamai.net of you are interested or have someone who might have the knowledge we need. Solar experts are needed as well!

The origin of the Oyster Mushroom

We are using White oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus). Both the Latin and common names refer to the shape of the fruiting body. The Latin pleurotus (sideways) refers to the sideways growth of the stem with respect to the cap, while the Latin ostreatus (and the English common name, oyster) refers to the shape of the cap which resembles the bivalve of the same name.  Many also believe that the name is fitting due to a flavor resemblance to oysters.

Alex, who is with us now for over 3 months with his project of growing mushrooms. They just came out beautiful. Thanks Alex!