Short story - we loved it - we would love to go back soon again - it is the perfect organic and sustainable oasis in the heart of Bali - so it is right for you if you a) seek retreat from the mayhem that is kuta or your busy main city living, b) interested in organic / sustainable living, c) you love nature. Jiwa Damai is not for you if you seek room service, alohol, party.
My husband and I stayed unfortunately only 3 nights at Jiwa Damai. If we would have known how good it is we probably would have amended our itinerary to allow for additional days.
When you arrive at Jiwa Damai you step into a whole new world. Like this bubble of peace and serenity amidst the exciting but sometimes hectic and loud worlds of Bali. Jiwa Damai is actually a permaculture foundation that is teaching the locals about sustainable and organic living as well as educate children in schools about waste management (which is very needed). Plus they have well known names in the field of permaculture visit to teach certification seminars. Anyways, consequence of the retreat being a permaculture foundation, all food you eat there is organically home grown and prepared with love, and tastes absolutely delicious. Plus you get all day herbal teas (like lemongrass, or gingner, or mint, or all three together). Also the breakfast is amazing - try their Nasi Goreng for breakfast I loved it so much I had to eat it every day.
We stayed in one of their Balinese Lumbungs, which is this open, modern, but traditional construction or hut, where your bed is a very comfortable mattrass on the top floor that is encaged in mosquito net (so basically the whole top floor is like your bed). Because everything is open you fall asleep and wake up to the sound of frogs, to the light of the sun the moon the stars, to the sight of trees in front of the big windows. Its like being sheltered amidst nature. Each Lumbung has a really great open air hot water shower (I loved it as it is like a fountain, the water comes out of this frog).
The other great thing about Jiwa Damai is that its care taker and founder is Dr. Margret Reuffler, who also is a well known transpersonal psychologist, who developed the Heartself Intelligence Program, and is available for private sessions or workshops, as well as her publications are available. there. We did one of her introductions to Heartself Intelligence as a couple and had some profound insides that most definitely will shape the next step in our relationship.
Consequently staying in Jiwa Damai is an amazing, tranquil and rejuvenating experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jiwa Damai is a hands-on, socially responsible organic garden and retreat center. We are located amidst lush tropical vegetation in the heart of Bali. We provide a sanctuary in an idyllic, powerful environment where guests can experience tranquility and re-connect to the life-giving qualities of the earth. It is a meeting place for people from all over the world to find and initiate peace; to learn from each other and the land. Beautifully decorated guest rooms, a spacious lounge and dining area, a fresh water pool, several ponds and a large permaculture garden all situated within an abundant tropical vegetation make Jiwa Damai a perfect retreat place to relax in alignment with nature, learn about permaculture principles and find time for reflection and contemplation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jiwa Damai Organic Garden & Retreat Ubud, Bali