We have sad news from the lodge to share with you.

Our Traditional landowner of 20 years, Ketut Arimbawa has died suddenly this week

on the 9th April 2012

He was buried today in Sarinbuana village, with hundreds of family, friends and local villagers joining in the 4 days of preparation & ceremony.

Ketut was husband to Wayan ( jero) , father to Putu & Susi, brother to Gede, Ariwati & Astini.

Ketut was a unique character, with an abundance of enthusiasm, he helped to pioneer Eco tourism in Bali and to develop our Eco Lodge, he cared daily for our Bali Starling breeding program and was a wonderful informative rainforest guide for many years.

We will all miss him dearly.

If you would like to pass on a message to Ketut’s family, please go to our Facebook page and I will pass your messages on to Jero & family


Hi there, Friends of the lodge, We have a new project


Recently we met to talk with our staff about their dreams and aspirations for the future…

Here are their Wishes… if you would like to contribute to help make these wishes come true , please email me through the CONTACT US page.

Pak Ketut

Pak Ketut – Our village carver Ketut teaches guests to carve at the lodge, freelance. He fell from a coconut tree and was immobile for 5 years. His wife & son left him as he was not able to work.

During this time he taught himself to carve wood and stone. He now makes a good income from teaching our guests how to carve in wood or stone.

His dream is to set up a shop with his carvings for sale, this requires some input to buy wood and set up an area for displaying his work.

Project cost: Rp 5,000.000 (USD$450.00)


Our gardener aspires to teach Maths & science at our local school, he is a wizz at maths, and currently we dont have a maths teacher at the school so we would like to support this dream although we would miss him.

He would need Rp 1,200.000 (USD$ 105.00) per month to teach daily at the school.

Project cost: (USD$1,220.00) for 1 year.


Komang our amazing handyman would like a gas oven and gas bottle for his mum to cook their meals – currently they use a wood fired oven.

Project cost: Rp 1,200.000 (USD$150)


Eka has been working hard to build a new kitchen and toilet, she would now like to tile her earth floor so it will be dry for her family in the wet season.

Project cost: Rp 2,000.000 (USD$235.00)


Lena’s son was born prematurely with 1 leg shorter than the other, now he is 8 years old. She would like to have some orthopedic shoes made for him.

Project cost: Rp 3,000.000 (USD$340.00)


In early December 2009, 25 of our sponsored Silat class members from Sarinbuana village went by mini bus to Tabanan to compete for their black belts.

Along with ten other competing villages, our silat class did very well with all children receiving their black belt.

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social social social

This month Oska & I joined our Balinese families children Putu & Susi in the Potong Gigi ceremony.

It was an amazing experience with most of the community calling in over 5 days, sharing food, helping to make elaborate decorations, finishing with a traditional dance in the evening with a local dance troop and gamelan orchestra.


This month saw the opening of our new family temple at the lodge. With the staff, guests our Balinese family and our family all joining in.

The Balinese believe the family temples are a place for them to give daily flower & incense offerings to the spirits who protect the people, land and water on our property.

Although Norm and I are not Hindu we are grateful for this daily appreciation of life.