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 villag,e 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 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!

Health benefits of mushrooms

Mushrooms have always been the cookery delight of Asian countries, especially China. Among the numerous mushrooms utilized in China, oyster mushrooms have got a particular place on the dinner table, because of their higher nutrition content. The oyster mushrooms are frequently sliced as well as sauteed in olive oil along with garlic, that makes an excellent side dish or even snack.

The mushroom is low in Sodium and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamine, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium and Copper.

Visit to Jogjakarta mushroom grower

Jiwa Damai is now experimenting with mushrooms and two of our volunteers went to Jogjakarta to visit a large mushroom grower. 

Here are some beautiful photos from their extremely interesting and useful visit! :) 

Growing conditions for Oyster mushrooms

The Oyster mushroom can grow at moderate temperature ranging from 20 to 300 C and humidity 55-70%.

Due to the cultivation method we use, we have to differentiate among two places in Jiwa Damai.

The first place is in the garden storage, where the humidity and light conditions are less strong, just as it is needed for the first phase of the mushroom's cultivation. 

Second is under the bridge being the butterfly garden, where humidity and light are higher, just as it is needed for the second false of cultivation, lots of humidity and light enough for reading.

And here are the results! 

Garden Tour at Jiwa Damai

We offered a garden tour during the moment the rains stopped for a moment. Margret took our Kula Collective Yoga Teacher Training class of lovely ladies on an extensive garden tour. Here they are standing in front of the butterfly garden, which has been recently mulched with rice straw. The other photo is in the Mandala garden with its flowers and various greens.

You can always take a tour at Jiwa Damai, but you have to book in advance at