Archive for January, 2013

This is one of our lumbungs, located in the middle of our permaculture garden, surrounded by fields with organic veggies and fruit.

A passion fruit plant has grown over the roof of our garden Lumbung and by now it  covers the whole straw roof.

Passion fruit covering the roof of the Lumbung

The plant carries plentiful fruit, but they are not ready to harvest yet. The fruit needs to get more yellow.

Passion Fruit

The ripe passion fruit, after cutting it open, contains juicy brown seeds with a sweet-sour taste. Very refreshing!

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We at Jiwa Damai are extending an invitation throughout the world in hopes of reaching people interested in joining us in Bali for our Permaculture Certification Course, from February 24th to March 12th. Jiwa Damai is an agro-permaculture center located fifteen 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. 

In addition, we are also offering a 4 week internship, Permaculture Through The Heart, from May 1st – 29th. Participants have the option of taking each of the first two weeks separately if desired. Week 1 covers classical permaculture techniques. Week 2 is unfolding the HeartSelf-intelligence; an experiential transpersonal psychological approach to self exploration. These core principles will be combined for the final two weeks in the form of group and individual environmental projects.

If you would like a more detailed description of our program, we invite you to visit our website through the link provided below. 

For more information visit:
http://jiwadamai.net/activities—seminars/

Warm regards,
Dr. Margret Rueffler and the team at Jiwa Damai

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Recently we had to clean the lotus pond at Jiwa Damai, since it was overgrowing with weeds.

Aitor and Justin, our two volunteers, as well as Wira, Jiwa Damai’s coordinator, were getting ready to get into the mud of the lotus pond. To avoid possible skin irritations they covered their legs with large plastic bags, which are held at the top of the legs with tapes.

Preparation to work in the mud

Preparation to work in the mud

However once they were in the pond, they found the mud quite agreeable and liked to walk and work in it, more like a mud bath.

Lotus pond

The growing weeds were pulled out and then the roots separated from the leaves which are used as mulch for our garden. In the ponds also grow large amounts of cancun, Balinese spinach which we use in our kitchen. Most probably we will eat Balinese spinach for the next three days. 😉

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Join us for yoga class !

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