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1. GREEN VILLAGE TOUR

Explore the world of bamboo with us, follow the journey of freshly harvested bamboo to the design workshop, through the renowned Green School campus, the bamboo factory and Ibuku designs headquarters, as well as on to the luxurious private residences at Green Village. Hear the story of our 10 year journey in bamboo design and building, and see first hand the work of master Balinese craftsmen and the advanced  innovation of sustainable architecture, all clustered around a sleepy river valley surrounded by forests and rice fields located mid-way between the beach towns of the south and the arts community in Ubud.

Open new doors to knowledge and enter Elora Hardy’s wonderland world of true magical inspiration and respect to the local nature and craftsmen.

MORNING TOUR

The morning half-day tour starts at 10 am at PT Bamboo Factory, just across the river from Green School. It will take you on an informative walk through the bamboo factory where the incredible architecture of the Green School campus was conceptualized and constructed. The tour continues on to Green Village, where you’ll experience a community of one-of-a-kind bespoke bamboo homes where you can book an overnight stay in the future. The tour is completed by lunch hour, and you can even enjoy a delicious homemade Indonesian meal at the Green Village Warung.

AFTERNOON TOUR

The afternoon starts at 12:30 pm at PT Bamboo Factory, just across the river from Green School. It will take you on an informative walk through the bamboo factory where the incredible architecture of the Green School campus was conceptualised and constructed. The tour continues on to Green Village, where you’ll experience a community of one-of-a-kind bespoke bamboo homes where you can book an overnight stay in the future. After this, you will be able to visit the Green School and be inspired for a better way of educating and sharing knowledge with the next generations.

If you would like to see the world famous Green School only, you can go there directly every day Monday – Friday : 2:45pm and Saturday – Sunday : 10.30am. Entrance fee can be paid directly at the Green School.

GREEN SCHOOL TOUR

Bambu Indah founders, John and Cynthia Hardy, are also the founders of the Green School. Since 2006, Green School has attracted an extraordinary amount of attention for its pioneering attempt to integrate traditional academic education with environmentally sustainable practices, and we have been honored by visits from thousands of people from all over the world.The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools awarded Green School the “2012 Greenest School on Earth“. This was an affirmation of the program we provide to enrich and nurture our students.

Bambu Indah is proud of the Green School, and is happy to organize visits for you to the school so you can see everything from the magnificent Heart of School to the Begawan Foundation breeding sanctuary for the critically endangered Bali Starling. As you spend an afternoon exploring the campus, we encourage you to imagine how you can bring, in your own way, a spirit of positive change and sustainability to your own community. To help inspire you, tour guides will share our vision for the school and future generations of global citizens and green leaders. As a tour participant, you will also be empowering our future green leaders in their educational path since all donations from the tours go directly to our scholarship program for the local children who attend Green School.

You can explore the imaginative campus of Green School in a public tour every day, Monday-Friday at 9-10am (registration at 8.30am) and Saturday – Sunday : 10.30am. However we highly recommend that you book a private tour (minimum 2 people) which can happen at anytime between 10am and 4pm daily. Book 7 days or more in advance and let the Green School team know your exact field of interest, and what specifically you would like to learn about. They will then customize your tour with a guide specializing in that department, at management level.

It is compulsory to book all tours in advance as spaces are limited. We will be very happy to help you organize this stunning and inspiring experience, or you can book directly online via Green School website! For more information please email: tours@greenschool.org

Minang House

 

Minang House is our unique space used for morning yoga, private dinners and special events. Though it isn’t a Balinese design, its story is just as amazing. A Fulbright scholar traveled to the Padang highlands in Sumatra and found the last of the great Minangkabau rumah gadang (large clan house) built from various types of local timber. She measured it exactly, came to us and asked us to create a replica out of sustainable black bamboo from the forests of Java.

The measurements are exact, no wall is straight, no pole is straight. This house was built in 30 days by Ibuku‘s craftsman while the roof took another 60. But as you see it towering each curve of the roof has the exact symmetry of a rising full moon. A place for celebration, a place for special dinners, a place for morning yoga, a place to sit and dream. Also unique is our amazing Minang Harp, installed by sound architect, Rudiger Schodel.

 

2. VISESA UBUD NATURE VILLAGE


Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems according to rules that aim at farming land in complete sustainability and self-sufficiency. Promoting these eco-friendly practices as a signature, Visesa villa Bali Ubud has dedicated more than two hectares of land to organic culture grown exclusively with natural compost.

Besides universal permaculture methods, the Balinese traditional calendar that designates auspicious days for planting, ploughing, seeding and harvesting is strictly respected. From an introductory tour up to a six-day comprehensive program, Visesa is proud to invite its guests to develop awareness and knowledge of sustainable farming principles.

Farming values are supported with extensive permaculture gardening and rice fields traditional cultivation. Various fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices are home grown to support the resort with fresh local produce. For Visesa Ubud, being eco-friendly is not an empty promise aiming at luring devoted guests, it’s a daily lifestyle at the core of a unique hospitality concept.

Ubud performance | Balinese living Art

Dedicated to celebrating the beliefs, rituals and spiritualism that imbues daily life in villages in Bali. Ubud performance theatrical experiences presented in two separate locations: The Puri Kantor Palace in Central Ubud and at Desa Visesa Ubud Resort. The productions have been made possible by the culturally committed Desa Visesa Ubud and created by two living legends in the use of puppetry and traditional dance to convey a deeper appreciation of Balinese culture. Peter Wilson, a renowned Australian theatrical director, has joined effort with Made Sidia, a leading director and Balinese puppet master.

In this pioneering approach to contemporary theatre, elements of fine art and ritual communicate combine to communicate the extensive and intensive role artistic refinement plays in the daily life of the Balinese. Each remarkable performance ends with the audience and artists gathering together on stage, reflecting the age-old generosity of the Balinese who eagerly share their rich culture with Island visitors. Either of both shows are the new “must see” part of any Bali holiday guaranteed to leave audiences with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Bali’s ancient culture.

 

3. TARO VILLAGE UBUD

Why Taro Village in Ubud is Special and Important to Balinese Society ?

Taro Village in Ubud – The beautiful and tranquil Taro is one of popular countryside destinations located in the famous area of Ubud, Gianyar, one-hour drive away from the inner city of Denpasar. Taro used to be merely a traditional Balinese Desa (village) with profound historical legacy. But today, it has completely transformed into a modern attraction for laid-back tourists who crave for tropical countryside beauty, albeit still retaining its spiritual image.

The Legendary Albino Cattle of Taro Village in Ubud

There is a herd of legendary albino cattle in Taro, sanctified by the surrounding communities and Balinese society in general for its spiritual status: the vehicle of Lord Shiva; the bearer of the truth; and the symbol of the motherland. They also serve as witnesses for the Ngasti ceremony, in which the cattle is driven out from the forest and subsequently guided to circumnavigate the whole ceremony area. In this ceremony, the cattle will engage in Mepada (Maideran/Purwa Daksina) procession, where they start dwelling the area from east in a clockwise manner for as much as three times to finally stop again at the same point. After the procession, the cattle is then given offerings and delivered back to the forest.

These white cattle are believed to have inhabited the area prior to the arrival of Rsi Markandya, a Mahayogi (High Priest) from Eastern Java who came to Bali on a spiritual guidance.

An Establishment Laden With Spiritual Values

The history of Taro began when Rsi Markandya arrived in a dense forest beneath Mount Agung (northeastern Bali) where he tried to open residential and agricultural areas with his 8000-strong followers. However, their efforts were hampered by a deadly disease outbreak, leaving only about a half of his followers survived. Seeing this strange phenomenon, Rsi Markandya then meditated in hope of receiving guidance from The Almighty. He realized that they need to ask for permission first by offering a plowing ceremony of Panca Datu at Besakih Temple.

Afterward, Rsi Markandya and his followers accomplished their targets to build residential areas and agriculture around the mountain. Their expansion then widens to a very fertile region named Sarwa Ada which subsequently became the location of a religious school (Pasraman) named Pasraman Gunung Raung – a bid to satisfy The Almighty.

But somehow, he keeps struggling with plethora of problems and obstacles.

Feeling perplexed, he decided to return to Eastern Java to meditate, asking for more guidance. However, he was tipped that he should return to Bali and perform a meditation at the Pasraman. Assured by the guidance, Rsi Markandya acted accordingly and saw a glowing light came from a tree. He eventually decided to build a temple at the location. The temple was named Pura Gunung Raung and gradually became the center of the Taro village in Ubud as we know it. The name itself is derived from the word “taru” which literally means tree.

And We Built Elephant Safari Park & Lodge Nearby…

  

It is near this temple that Nigel and Yanie Mason established the Elephant Safari Park. The first development date back to 1996 in pursuit of adding an entirely new dimension to their Bali Adventure Tours service portfolio. The park initially opened with 9 Sumatran Elephants, a subspecies of the Asian Elephant that were rescued directly from their last natural stronghold in Indonesia. However, the Lodge itself was not opened until 2008 after an intense staff training and perfection period.

Now, it is considered as one of the most renowned destinations in Bali and the world for its lush elephant retreat. The Elephant Safari Park Lodge offers a world-exclusive experience to interact, feed, ride, observe, learn, play and stay with 31 (+4 infants) beautiful Sumatran elephants. These are one of the most rare and endangered species of elephants left in the world today.

If you are coming from Europe and take a long flight also cost more money. It is fair to say when you are visiting Bali, will expect something unique and different, perhaps like Uluwatu temple.

Finally, as you can see from the title, it is about the unique and different point of Taro Elephant Safari Park, from another elephant park that you can get in your country. Below is the unique things of Taro Elephant Safari Park Ubud.

  • It is Sumatran Elephant.
  • Warm tropical environment.
  • Natural tropical rain forest.
  • Of course friendliness of Balinese people.

Most of us know, kids love to see an animal, Water Park, and fun activities, particularly if children can see a live animal and have a direct contact with animal directly. One of animal that safe to have direct contact with the kids is Elephant.

Kids if only seeing an elephant, without doing nothing will not impress them. However, if children see the elephant talent and on capable deliver an attractive show, this will influence your kid’s knowledge about things that elephant can do.

Bali island has plenty of places to watch a live elephant show, elephant ride experience, and elephant feeding. The best one for elephant safari that you can get in Bali is Elephant Safari Park Ubud. Most people who have visited elephant safari park lodge Bali said. It is one of the best things to do in Ubud for kids and family.

Elephant Safari Park Lodge Bali has 3,5 hectares spaces and gets so many of reward in a matter of elephant safari park.

The site also provides 25 rooms of the lodge in a safari style, offers luxury and comfort. On Taro Elephant Park Ubud you can directly interact with Sumatran elephants, you can feed the elephants, ride the elephant, watch, and play with the elephant.

For your information, Sumatran elephants are one of the endangered species. As a result, it is protected by the Indonesian government.

The elephant park design to suit everybody needs, not just only elephant lovers and very suitable if you are on holiday with family especially for children’s.

While riding an elephant, you also can enjoy the beauty of the natural environment. Plenty of honeymooners also tries elephant safari lodge Ubud. So that they can have a romantic getaway, and many of the couples choose to have their wedding ceremony held in this elephant park.

The Taro Elephant Park also provides a trail for elephant rides, botanical garden, restaurant, and accommodation if you want to stay overnight.

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