Gardening equipment

This is our storage shed for the gardening equipment. The hats are needed to protect form the strong sun as well as from the heavy rains. They are made out of Bamboo and they keep our staff nice and cool and protected.

hats
hats

The boots are for working in the river or in the mud.

shoes
shoes

Volunteers and Woofers are welcome year-round to help us on our organic farm ! Please inquire to> contact@jiwadamai.net

The Art of Learning by Doing

Land before Chinampas

Land before Chinampas

Permaculture in Practice - The Art of Learning by Doing 6th - 30th January 2014

Jiwa Damai encourages a combination of theory and hands on practice in a supportive environment as an important approach to learning and growing. Our internships offer the possibility to design and actualize a project, either as a group or on an individual basis. Our interns receive expert support and guidance while being given the chance to take responsibility for their own learning outcomes.

At this time we are offering places for up to 6 interns to take part in a one-off group permaculture, aquaculture design project, facilitated by our in-house permaculture design trainer Stephanie Garvin.  The project will involve designing and implementing an aquaculture project, including building a chinampa system, a technique used in Latin America by the Incas to successfully grow food in wetland areas.  We have several swamp areas at Jiwa Damai which lend themselves ideally for such a project. To our knowledge it is the first of its kind to be implemented in Bali. It is an exciting pilot project.

This project includes free theory sessions on permaculture design for chinampa systems.

Following this internship the we offer a Permaculture through the Heart course www.jiwadamai.net/education-activities/

Our offering The Art of Learning by Doing is open for people interested in permaculture, sustainable food production and environmental conservation. No previous permaculture knowledge or experience is needed. We also invite Permaculture Design Certificate holders desiring to expand their practical knowledge and design skills. Participants need to be in good health and physical condition since the project will involve manual work in a tropical environment.

Skills that participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice during this internship include:- Permaculture design methodologies Assessing needs and yields Building a stable, productive ecological system Nutrient recycling Using local and on site resources Water management Aquaculture systems Creating energy efficient systems Planning for diversity and habitat creation Using edge effects to increase yield Teamwork and task management Plant propagation techniques Soil building and composting

For more details or information, or to apply for a place on this internship programme, please contact us at info@jiwadamai.net or using the contact form attached.

Optional Extras We can provide on-site, basic accommodation and meals at Jiwa Damai Retreat Centre and Organic Garden at a discounted rate.

[contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

Building a new pond at Jiwa Damai

Our volunteer Shoshi from the US and our intern Andreas from Germany are working close to our parking lot on developing a new pond on our premise. They were digging very hard and now they are preparing the pond lining which should prevent the water from being re-absorbed into the earth.

IMG_1186

IMG_1186

IMG_1185

IMG_1185

For that purpose a lining of newspapers and green banana leaves are left for a few days. Then this is covered with earth  tightly compressed on top. The underlying layer will then create a water resistant lining.

IMG_1182

IMG_1182

Building a natural pond by using the old Russian method of 'gleying': 

The different steps:

- Dig the pond and compact the soil really well.

- Clear the pond of stones and rocks.

- Cover the bottom and sides with a thick layer of organic material (fresh grass cuttings and bananas leaves) and waste paper

- Spread out EM all over to add the bacterias which are necessary for the process

- Add a layer of soil and press down firmly all over.

- The soil keeps out the air and allows a biological process known as ‘gleying’ to take place (its an anaerobic process)

We shall see how well that works. Lets hope for the best ;-)

Internships for international students

We are offering individual internships to national and international students and post graduates in various fields. 

We at JiwaDamai, (LaguDamai Foundation) are an Educational Institution which offers trainings, internships and practica to international and national students and graduates.

The fields can be bio-agriculture, permaculture (including construction, sustainable energy, fish and pond maintenance etc), psychology, marketing, hospitality, alternative health care, environmental research and much more. The actual application of the project in a practical setting is an important part of the internship.

IMG_1031

IMG_1031

Usually this setting is at JiwaDamai permaculture and retreat center located just twenty minutes outside of Ubud in the district of Mambal.  The lush surroundings of the retreat center include a diverse array of Flora and Fauna that make it an ideal environment for students to be exposed to many different learning opportunities. The cross cultural interaction and tropical climate will give an extra dimension to any internship undertaken with us. Students will have access to local and/or international experts  in their respective fields.

To apply please contact us at:info@jiwadamai.net

IMG_1034

IMG_1034

Permaculture Gardening Workshop

This workshop 'Basic of organic edible gardening' was the first one in a series of permaculture teachings we offer in conjunction with unfolding the HeartSelf-Intelligence at Jiwa Damai. It was a two day workshop introducing permaculture gardening for small gardens. Stephanie who is teaching the class presented a wonderful mixture of lecture, movie and practical hands on in the garden. The participants seem to have enjoyed this very much.

IMG_1176

IMG_1176

IMG_1177

IMG_1177

IMG_1178

IMG_1178

The next one will be our 4 week internship program beginning September 2 until September 29: Permaculture through the Heart.

For more information please visit our website:

www.jiwadamai.net

Organic dried fruit from Jiwa Damai

At Jiwa Damai we are producing many different kinds of dried fruit and vegetables. All produce is from our organic farm, harvested and freshly processed in our raw food drying oven.

Dried Bananas

In our

organic garden

we grow about 8 different varieties of bananas. Each taste is unique and they are best eaten when not too ripe and the skin is still greenish-yellow. They are gently and slowly air dried in our dehydrator to keep their extraordinary flavor.

banana-01

banana-01

banana-02 Kopie

banana-02 Kopie

Dried Papaya

Harvested from trees spotting our garden, our papayas are plump and juicy. When dried, the flavor pops and they make a delicious snack for any time of day or a vitamin-packed addition to any meal.

papaya-01

papaya-01

papaya-02 Kopie

papaya-02 Kopie

Dried Jackfruit

The jackfruit grows high up in the trees and can reach a weight of 10 -12 kg. Once the giant fruit is harvested, opened and its inner fruit compartments separated, the fresh fruit is available to be plucked out, its black stone removed, immediately sliced and gently air dried, thus keeping its fresh and aromatic flavor.

jackfruit-01

jackfruit-01

jackfruit-02 Kopie

jackfruit-02 Kopie

Jiwa Damai tropical forest

Take a stroll around our expansive premise and visit the huge tropical forest.  Enjoy the lush green vegetation and the fresh air. There is a lot to discover... tropical plants and trees, little animals as well as several beautiful spots for meditation and contemplation... A little pathway will lead you around...

Bali 2011 748

Bali 2011 748

Teak Tree

Teak Tree

Bali 2011 756

Bali 2011 756

Bali 2011 485

Bali 2011 485

Production of our Bali Virgin Coconut Oil

IMG_1126-1

IMG_1126-1

When I arrived at Jiwa Damai as an intern, I had to organize the production of the Coconut House.  A very interesting and exciting project that I enjoyed doing with the help of Margret and Libby.

The production begins with Nyoman and Ketut opening  the coconuts in the tropical garden.The coconut meat is extracted before being transformed in flakes with a grinder.

IMG_1117-1

IMG_1117-1

Inside, in a green atmosphere, fruits are drying while the filtering process of oil is done by hand.

IMG_1113-1

IMG_1113-1

Empty jars and glass bottles are ready to package the delicious virgin coconut oil.

IMG_1114-1

IMG_1114-1

You can use it on your skin or for cooking. It is a really healthy food with lots of benefits. I had the pleasure to enjoy it in the delicious Balinese meals that are prepared by Made. Finished products are then nicely put together in the small shop of Jiwa Damai and other outlets.

coconut-02

coconut-02

IMG_1129-1

IMG_1129-1

Colorful flowers

Our organic garden at Jiwa Damai is home to various species of plants and animals. Flowers are blooming in all kinds of colors : purple, yellow, red, white, ...

Purple flowers

Purple flowers

yellow

yellow

Beautiful red flower

Beautiful red flower

Seerose weiss_big

Seerose weiss_big

Summer vacations on Bali

Summer vacations are approaching and many people begin to wonder where to spend their free time. How about a trip to the island of Bali ?

How about a stay at Jiwa Damai Retreat Center ?

We offer six spacious guest rooms with view into the gardens with their lush tropical vegetation. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a minimalist modern style and elegantly understated color schemes. Hand colored batiks, stone carvings and furniture reflect the wealth of the local arts and crafts.

accommodation_room2_b

accommodation_room2_b

For nature lovers we offer accommodation in one of our three Balinese Lumbungs. These are traditional Balinese houses made of wood and bamboo. They offer rural comfort and are equipped with a private bathroom.

accommodation_lumbung1

accommodation_lumbung1

accommodation_bathroom

accommodation_bathroom

Filled with natural spring water, our pool offers a refreshing swimming experience. Relax in the sun and cool down in the pool while you listen to the sounds of the teeming wildlife.

facilities_poolview

facilities_poolview

For more information regarding packages and prices please visit our website:www.jiwadamai.net