We are Green to the Extreme, including no garbage, please.
NO GARBAGE IN; NO GARBAGE OUT.
We don’t let any non-compost-able garbage onto the retreat. After taking a hard look at the land fill areas all over Bali, we made hard choices:
Nothing comes onto the land that can’t be composted or re used. If it slips in with a guest, such as a toothpaste tube or battery, we ask them to take it back to their own country to bury into their own lands.
We know where all our garbage goes: kitchen foods to the village pigs and everything else is composted or recycled. There’s even a special composting trough from feminine hygiene products which guests are given a special paper bag for disposal. See our article on our Library of Articles page https://www.balisilentretreat.com/do-you-know-what-happens-to-your-garbage-we-do/
Organic is an interesting word and we know that many gardeners and farmers feel that it simply means not using pesticides. For us, it means NO commercial anything; no bags of fertilizer, fungicide, herbicide, insecticide and taking dead clay soil and resurrecting it into life-giving-food:
Poopook day is every day from our 3 Balinese cows.
- Watering the gardens with fish pond water.
- Breaking up clay soil by growing cassava, burying an old banana trunk to hold the moisture in dry season, resting the soil with nitrogen fixing crop and then trying to grow a vegetable we like to eat. For each new crop we introduce more rice husks and compost. This process of resurrecting the land from chemical rice farming, takes a long time.
- Saving our seeds lovingly and selecting their location depending on their need for light and water and then trimming them back at just the right times.
- Cherishing the Balinese native foods that naturally reproduce themselves and thrive.
- Harvesting and serving within 3 hours.
- Adding worms and worm castings to the compost.Raising red tiger worms for fertilizing our orchids with the worm “juice” (urine)
- Watching what grows, where, and how well.
- Moving water the Balinese way.
- Experimenting with creative non-chemical solutions to insect and disease problems; asking questions and more questions.
- Allowing medicinal herbs to flourish and using them in our recipes, juices and smoothies.
- Letting the land rest – everything needs a rest sometimes
- MOSQUITOES? Ponds with a solar night lights and fish to eat mosquitoes.
- See the Library of Articles section called Green Clean Alternative for interesting info on controlling mosquitoes, garbage philosophy, building with bamboo and yes . . . worms.
It’s more simple here and we’d like to keep it simple.
- Reset expectations for the “aha! experience” (read our Off the Grid page).
- Know where your garbage is going.
- Don’t buy products that aren’t easily composted and don’t put them in a plastic bag.
- Remember we’re care takers of our environment.
- Do everything as though it matters; it does.
|LIGHT & WATER||Set out your solar light in the daytime so you have light at night. Shower when the water is hot from the sun. Drink solar distilled/purified water. Use a sarong for a towel instead of a heavy towel requiring Big Quantities of energy to dry.|
|EAT||Help pick fresh live organic vegetables for meals. Eat what you dish-up, compost waste, wash your simple dishes.|
|ENGAGE||Listen to the wild-n-crazy frogs at night. Watch the stars from your balcony. Walk the jungle path or rice fields or subak channels in the day. Awaken to surrender in a walking-meditation in the labyrinth.|
|DISENGAGE||Read, write, sleep, ponder, pray, meditate, take some really deep breaths.|
|DON’T||think for even a second about buying Balinese land . . . leave it to the Balinese and the glory of rice.|
|DO||engage in an internship. Frequently rather well known teachers give small workshops in perma-culture, medicine herbs, breath work, sound healing, inner-voice awakening, etc. Email us for a current list of what’s going on: email@example.com|
|GARBAGE||We know where our garbage goes. It’s recycled or composted or burned. Our gray water goes to the garden and our black water goes to the teak forest. We have worm farms and fish ponds. Any grease from the kitchen goes to the village pigs. It’s all full circle.|
We’re Off the Grid, using solar electricity and every possible form of catching the sun:
- solar water distilling
- solar herb dehydrating
- solar lanterns, path lights, and motion sensor spot lights
- solar desk lights
- solar flashlights
Why do we use the sun for our electricity? It’s the responsible thing to do and the systems are sophisticated enough now to make it possible. Using public electricity means burning coal. Our lifestyles require more organization and conscious behaviors, in all aspects, which removes taking for granted many many things.