Archive for January, 2011

Look at this beautiful water lily right after a heavy rain shower.

What an amazing plant!

Teratai indah !

Purple water lily


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Hello, I am Julia from New Zealand.

One of the jobs I had here at Jiwa Damai was to write the labels for the ceremonial garden. Everything for the garden is labelled in Latin, Indonesian and English so I got to learn a lot about the different plants, and Ketut Badung taught me lots about what the different plants are used for which was super interesting!

Lots of writing! But my Latin and Indonesian have improved a lot 🙂

Finally finished!!




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Greetings from Bali! I’m Simone & I work here at Jiwa Damai. I am responsible for the website and all our new Marketing initiatives. I mostly work from Germany but from time to time I will come to Bali for a nice change of scenery & to work on location.

I love this place. I  enjoy starting my days with Yoga.

Look at our surroundings! It is so beautiful and peaceful here. The yoga takes about 45 minutes and it is the perfect way to kick off my morning. Currently there is a WWOOF couple that is at Jiwa Damai with me so I usually do my morning practice with Mark & Giulia. They enjoy it just as much as I do.

Every morning the yoga routine changes a bit. There is never one class that is exactly the same as the last one.

This place is quite special…

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Today I spent the morning cooking with Astri. She is the Balinese cook at Jiwa Damai. She is this beautiful lady who is always smiling and makes the most amazing food. So I thought it would be a fun way to spend my day by being her assistant in the kitchen. Oh. I’m Giulia by the way. I’m a WOOFer here at Jiwa Damai. I basically work 6 hour days, 5 days a week & in return I get to live at Jiwa Damai and get these delicious cooked meals for free. I’m very lucky if I may say so myelf.

The talented Astri hard at work

On the menu for today was Balinese-Style chicken, butter & lemon tuna, curry-style tofu, green beans and red peppers & rice of course. We started working at 10:30 am. We kicked off by making the sauces. Everything is done by hand. There are no blenders, or fancy knives, just a little cutting board. Let’s just say to chop up lemongrass, 3 cloves of garlic, 2 mini onions, 3 peppers it took me about an hour. I do have to give myself some credit though. It was so finely chopped that it almost looked like a paste. A good job indeed. While I was working on that, Astri was making a beautiful mix using our mortar & pestle. I want one of these things so bad to bring back to the States. Too bad it weighs like 15 lbs!

Astri's mortar & pestle at use

After that I started cutting up the string beans. It sounds so easy, but since presentation is pretty big over here, it took me quite some time to make them perfect. I thought I was going to cut my finger off a couple of times, but hey, it was worth it. Look how pretty they came out!

Working hard

Yummy string beans!

Astri & I had a lot of fun cooking together. It is so relaxing & rewarding at the same time. You learn to be very patient! Especially when we made the Balinese-Style chicken where we cooked it and then had to peel the chicken one little strip at a time. It took forever, but oh, does it look good.

Overall, it was an A+ morning. I don’t know if I ever spent 3 hours making a single meal, but it sure was awesome to do so here in Bali. The pace of life is totally different here & that’s what I love about this place.

Now…let’s eat up!

Voila'! Dinner is served.

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In addition to starting this blog, Jiwa Damai is now also on Flickr, the popular photo-sharing service, and Twitter.

We will be continually posting pictures of life at Jiwa Damai at our Flickr account, so you can connect with us there. You can also always access our Flickr photos from our right sidebar here at this blog.

As for Twitter, the account will be run by a variety of people, including volunteers and staff, to hopefully share the depth of experiences available here.

We look forward to keeping in touch with the outside world about the relaxing and nourishing activity here at Jiwa Damai.

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Hello, and welcome to the Jiwa Damai Blog! Jiwa Damai is an organic garden and retreat center located in the heart of Bali. It is an amazing place for guests who are visiting Bali to get a hands-on experience at a socially responsible lodging. We offer a variety of accomodations that can all be found at our main website.

Thank you for checking out the Jiwa Damai blog, and we look forward to keeping you updated with what is happening here.

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