Archive for February, 2012

At Jiwa Damai we have about 150 banana plants, spread all throughout the permaculture garden.

The bananas are harvested green and then covered in a box to ripen. We do have about 8 different kinds of bananas in our garden. Their taste is so incredibly aromatic and sweet.

Bananas from our trees

They ripen throughout the whole year and can be harvested at different times.

We also dry the banans in our food drying oven – these dried bananas are very delicious as well.

Dried bananas

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The rainy season has arrived – but these downpouring rains cause us some problems.

Downpouring rain

Due to the incredible powerful rains, our little river swelled to a ripping torrent.
Many trees along the river were uprooted. Those trees which remained standing, lost most of the supportive earth and now their roots are stretched into the air.

River at Jiwa Damai

To prevent other tree losses, the sand bags were placed directly around the roots to prevent possible future torrents from uprooting more trees.

Roots covered with sand bags

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The Tooth Filing Ceremony (Metatah ceremony) is one of the biggest Hindu rituals on Bali. This ceremony is executed by smoothing down the incisor and eye-tooth. The ceremony is performed on young adults.

In the Hindu culture when a person turns 18 he or she is to be considered well on the way to adulthood. To help make this smooth transition from adolecent into the first phase of growing up, the young will have to take part in a teeth filing ceremony

Sugik, one of our appreciated team memebers at Jiwa Damai, had his tooth filing ceremony recently.

Metatah ceremony is aimed to kill six enemies (Sad Ripu) in people who are often considered the enemy within ourselves.
Sad Ripu include:

  • Kama (lust)
  • Loba (greed)
  • Krodha (anger )
  • Mada (intoxication)
  • Moha (confusion)
  • Matsarya (jealousy / envy)

This ceremony is performed on a certain day based on the Balinese calendar.

Sugik after his tooth filing ceremony

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Some of our readers might already know about the Balinese bee hives that we set up some time ago in the organic garden.

Balinese bee hive

Bee hive up in the tree

We started out with only few bees living in these traditional Balinese bee hives located in different locations all over the garden.

After a few months we were able to harvest the first honey. It was quite difficult to extract the honey from these traditional bee hives and the men doing it had to operate with a lot of care.

(complete post: First honey harvest in Jiwa Damai)

Since then, the bee population has increased, thus more honey is being produced. To give more space to the bees and to facilitate our honey production, we decided to move the bee family from the traditional Balinese bee house  into a new house. In this classical, western bee stock it will be much easier to extract the honey.

The relocation of the bee family was not an easy task.

But now they are living in the new bee stocks and we are excited to see how much honey can be produced.  We will keep you updated !

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