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Today we received several truck loads of rice straw and you can see our Balinese Team along with our volunteers working closely together and transporting the loads into the organic gardens to be used as mulch. When broken down in the rains, the straw offers a nutritious layer of top soil. Another very important function of the straw is to prevent the grass and weeds from growing in the garden beds. In our tropical climate this is a major challenge since the weeds grow throughout the whole year.
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Take a stroll around our expansive premise and visit the huge tropical forest.  Enjoy the lush green vegetation and the fresh air. There is a lot to discover… tropical plants and trees, little animals as well as several beautiful spots for meditation and contemplation…

A little pathway will lead you around…

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Teak Tree

Teak Tree

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Bridge to the Home of the Water Angel

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Our secluded Meditation Spot – Home of the Water Angel

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When I arrived at Jiwa Damai as an intern, I had to organize the production of the Coconut House.  A very interesting and exciting project that I enjoyed doing with the help of Margret and Libby.

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Entrance of the Coconut House on a sunny morning. The whole procedure takes place in this small building.

The production begins with Nyoman and Ketut opening  the coconuts in the tropical garden.The coconut meat is extracted before being transformed in flakes with a grinder.

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Nyoman and Ketut are opening the coconuts which were just harvested from the trees.

Inside, in a green atmosphere, fruits are drying while the filtering process of oil is done by hand.

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The green roof of the coconut house immerses the room in a green light.

Empty jars and glass bottles are ready to package the delicious virgin coconut oil.

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Production, packaging and labeling are carefully organized

You can use it on your skin or for cooking. It is a really healthy food with lots of benefits. I had the pleasure to enjoy it in the delicious Balinese meals that are prepared by Made. Finished products are then nicely put together in the small shop of Jiwa Damai and other outlets.

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Clara, our intern, in the small sales area of Jiwa Damai with the organic products.

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… from our international friends.

Our two wonderful volunteers, Laia from Spain Catalan, and Aitor form Equator are engaging in garden work, using the Balinese sickles to clean an area from Tapioka.

Tapioka is eaten as a vegetable, prepared with grated coconut meat.

Thank you for your contribution to Jiwa Damai!

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BALI Internship: Permaculture Through the Heart
May 15 – June 14, 2013
This innovative program blends the core principles of tropical Permaculture gardening with Self exploration from a transpersonal psychological perspective. “Experiencing Permaculture through the heart” presents a unique opportunity to combine class room Permaculture learning with “hands-on” experience, complementing the active physical engagement with the soil with an inner attitude of loving alignment with the earth.
The internship is a combination of personal growth processes, allowing our heart energy to flow into our work with the earth, environment, water, soil, plants and people. This program is the first of its kind, working with the psychological framework of the mind, theoretical Permaculture principles, design and planning, planting, harvesting and food preparation – all in alignment with the heart energy.
“Permaculture through the Heart” is a modular seminar. You can choose if you want to book the entire program or if you only want to book the 1. and/or 2. week.
Join us !
For more information please inquire at:  info@jiwadamai.net and visit our website www.jiwadamai.netpermaculture through the heart

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…. is what counts.

A wonderful flower arrangement made by our Kanti in front of the Jiwa Damai Logo at the dining area.

The flowers are fom our pond garden.

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…selling our organic products ! 😉

On Sunday mornings at the organic market in Ubud.

All our products are Organik Indonesia Certified

We offer Bali Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Honey, Dried Bananas, Pineapple, Jackfruit, Peppers, Tomatoes, Papaya, Pumpkin,…. possibilities are plenty !…considering the abundance of our organic garden.

Check out our website to see the full range of products we are producing and offering:  www.jiwadamai.net/our-products

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Organic market

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One of our guests, Simon Bradley, who stayed with us for 3 weeks wrote a beautiful article about Jiwa Damai, which is published on the website ‘weekend notes’.

What a find to unwind
Our needs were simple. We required a break in a secluded location to relax, meditate and detox. We had three weeks to spare but didn’t want to break the bank. Our search led us to Jiwa Damai Bali Retreat located about 20 minutes from Ubud, Bali.

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Read more at:  www.weekendnotes.com/jiwa-damai-bali-retreat/

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Jiwa Damai’s pool

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…from our friends… Jiwa Damai is developing and blooming. 😉

One of our great volunteers, Justin from Chicago, gave a wonderful contribution to Jiwa Damai.

Justin helped us very much to improve our website and to promote our organic products. He designed a new label for our products, for our product line, and photographed all the items. He then uploaded all pics, along with new product descriptions to our website.

TERIMA KASIH !!

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Justin working at our small office

Check out the excellent work he’s done:  www.jiwadamai.net/our-products

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TERIMA KASIH !!

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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.

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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.

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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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