Archive for June, 2011

Here at Jiwa Damai, we are currently in the process of adding to the retreat center with the construction of two Balinese lumbungs. A type of traditional Balinese housing, lumbungs are small, two-story bamboo huts that are open to nature. Ours sit on the hillside and have a scenic overlook to the jungle and swimming pool.

Lumbung construction

The first floor has of the lumbung will feature a couch, living area and patio with large hammock. The second story is a bedroom. The lumbungs are for guests who want to be closer to nature. Here, you will be sleeping open to hum of cicadas, singing of frogs and croak of the gecko. The patio provides a perfect place for meditation and yoga.

In our efforts to be the forerunners in environmental friendliness and to pioneer energy efficiency in Bali, we have installed a BioPro, bio septic tank for the lumbungs. We considered a solar water heater but ultimately decided that it was not worthwhile – too many rainy days here! Our bio tank is one of only two pieces available on the island.

Bio tank

The pipe runs, as pictured, from the lumbung bathroom into the bio tank. From there it goes through a treatment process. Clean, recyled water flows out at the other side.

Connecting the pipes of the bio tank

The outflow of the tank will be used to water the upper garden. This will be particularly useful during the dry season, when every drop of water counts.

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We invited all our workes with their families to spend an afternoon at Jiwa Damai, to explore the grounds and enjoy a careless afternoon with games and food. This was such a fun day !

With the kids we played all kinds of games, like ‘baloon walk’, balancing an egg on a spoon while walking or sack race.

The Balinese families had lots of fun and also our wwoofers took part in the event and enjoyed the day.

Jumping away in the sack race

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We are lucky enough to enjoy salad from our organic garden on a daily basis. We currently grow two different types of lettuce, arugula, basil, cucumber, tomato, and carrot. All combine for a fantastic mixed greens salad.
Astri makes a wonderful salad dressing to go with our fresh greens.

Astri in the garden picking salad


Astri’s Salad Dressing:

This dressing recipe is simple, quick, and easy to make at home.

  • Juice from 4 to 5 limes.
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • A small piece of ginger (to taste)

Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth and well blended. This light and flavorful dressing does not overstep its bounds and mask the many tastes of vegetables. It lends itself softly and combines nicely with any salad. Enjoy!

Enjoy your salad !

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