Two of our volunteers at their very early climb up to the Batur volcano for the Sunset, Here we find Alejandra using her phone to make a Selfie. She was with her whole Columbian family in the pic to participate in they wonderful sunrise. What a fantastic idea! They all appreciated it very much.
We have started to introduce some basic Shiatsu relaxation techniques this lat week. Margret is showing our volunteers how to make it a moving meditation. Each movement and touch and pressure is done with the out breath and as such it becomes a relaxing meditation in movement and receiving. Our two wonderful Mexican volunteers, Ana and Pao with Evan from Australia. Presently Ana is working with Evan on a short video about each and soil and Paola is supporting the new HeartSelf-Intelligence website(www.heartself-intelligence.me) with graphics.
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At Jiwa Damai volunteers come from all over the world, have all kinds of backgrounds and all ages. They get to enjoy the calm and beauty of Jiwa Damai, but also discover Bali.
Here is Dave, our volunteer from Vermont, USA, standing on Mount Batur on his day off.
If you would like to volunteer at Jiwa Damai we invite you to send us an email at info[@]jiwadamai.net with your CV and other skills you may have. You can read here more details about our volunteer program. We usually request our volunteers to stay for a minimum of one month and we plan their stay with up to three months in advance.
After spending my time in Bali's tourist centre of Ubud it was a relief to arrive at Jiwa Damai. Upon descending the stairs into Jiwa's dining area I was immediately overcome by the tranquil surroundings. Smells of frangipani and other flowers abound as do the vibrant colours that go with them; greens, yellows and pinks that one rarely finds outside of the tropics. Terry, one of the resident Woofers, showed me the expansive gardens and led me to a Lumbung situated in the heart of the organic garden.
As you can see by the photo a Lumbung is essentially a bamboo hut with no walls. Instead of walls a mosquito net hangs to offer some protection from those irritating, and often sleep-depriving, insects. It was so exciting to get to bunk out in nature, protected from the rain and insects but still able to feel the gentle and often cooling mountain breeze.
I awoke the next morning early to the sounds of roosters off in the distance, running water from the river nearby and various birds up in the treetops. It was magical. Another of Jiwa's local residents, Orchid, the cat, had snuck into the Lumbung the night before and was sleeping near my feet. Needless to say I welcomed my new friend.
Lying there I felt a deep sense of calm and an appreciation for the serenity that is Jiwa Damai. Of course, there was much work to be done, but it was nice to really take in the environment before starting the day!