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Jiwa Damai Organic Garden & Retreat
Ranked #149 of 622 Specialty Lodging in Ubud
Reviewed May 26, 2013

What a wonderful place Jiwa Damai is! The property is beautiful including fascinating food and medicinal plants. I stayed for three nights in a traditional Lumbung. The space was really beautiful with its own bathroom and an upstairs bedroom. All of the staff were very caring and looked after me particularly well. The food was great, prepared with love and organic vegies and fruits from the gardens. The pool was magnificent, big enough to do laps. An unexpected bonus given I was there primarily to experience the organic fruit and vegetable gardens - which I did - and had great chats with the gardeners who were happy to share their knowledge and experience! A mixture of luxury and down to earth realness - including some remnant forest on the property, wonderful for walks. I would highly recommend Jiwa Damai to anyone particularly if you are interested in organic gardening and love a little luxury too!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

I stayed in Jiwa Damai for 5 weeks in February/ March 2013, as a volunteer there. At that moment, I was travelling in Indonesia for more than 7 months and I was looking for a quiet and peaceful place for my stay in Bali. Jiwa Damai proved to be just that: a resort that offered me the recovery I needed. Not to mention the fact that I truly enjoyed the activities I was part of as a volunteer.
The resort is beautiful, being very well taken care of. There are various types of rooms from which a guest can choose, including the lovely traditional balinese lumbungs. The gardens are really big and offer the perfect setting for a stroll during any moment of the day. I also enjoyed a lot swimming in the outdoor pool, which was the perfect way to end a hot day.
The staff were very friendly and always helpful with whatever you needed. They helped me understand a lot about traditional customs and celebrations in Bali.
I also appreciated very much the indonesian food prepared by the balinese cook and the fact that the fruits and vegetables were fresh, gathered from the own garden.
The yoga sessions held in the morning and the meditation sessions held in the afternoon made the experience even more enjoyable. They truly helped me relax my mind and my body.
All in all, I left Jiwa Damai promising myself that I have to come back as soon as possible. Because staying there was everything I expected and much more.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Ana M
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

I stayed in Jiwa Damai for more than one month, from 11th of February till 17th of March, I was a volunteer there during this period of time. In the same time there was a Permaculture Design Course held on the location, for 2 weeks, so I was happy to help them with everything they needed organizing this event and also learn some principles from the workshops. I loved working in the garden and learning about all kind of local fruits and vegetables they had.

My experience in Jiwa Damai was amazing! I had a great time there and I learned a lot of things.
The staff was very nice, they are amazing people and very willing to help every time.
The food was delicious, very healthy and fresh. The place is great if you are looking for peace, quiet and connection with the nature.
I loved the yoga lessons in the morning, who where held by different volunteers during the time I was there - Jiwa Damai has a special area for this so I could go practice by myself every time I felt the need, which was great. The meditations held by Margret, the caretaker of the place, in the evening were an amazing experiment for me, very helpful and relaxing.

All in all, the experience helped me a lot to be more balanced, aware of my feelings and emotions, in touch with nature, understand different people from different cultures and their behavior in diverse groups and it gave me a great positive energy for all my further actions.
I have been travelling through Indonesia for 6 months already, seeing all kind of places and people and definitely Jiwa Damai is one of my favorite! Congratulations!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

It was fantastic experience to discover this retreat center in such pristine and untouched environment. We had 2 workshops there with 35 Russian women (March 28-31st) and 15 women (April 3rd-7th). It was a beautiful space for all practices which we did, very quiet and intimate. The staff was very friendly and helping and the food was amazing. Margaret, the caretaker of the place, was inventing everyday something new to suite Russian tastes in food, and people were very happy about it) Would definitely come back there.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank kirnata
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Jiwa Damai - (March/April 2013)
I had the opportunity to work and stay as a volunteer at Jiwa Damai for almost 3 weeks.
All information I had prior to my arrival were from the internet, so I was very curious what would expect me.
As I soon realisied, Jiwa Damai is a place of peace, quietness and lovely, helpful people.
I worked in the green, very productive and diverse gardens and harvested various fruits and vegetables, that we had for the meals later.
The food provided in Jiwa Damai convinced me even more than I already was, of the quality and diversity of the balinese cuisine. Prepared with love, very diversified, fresh and most of all, almost completely from the own gardens.
A very interesting and enriching experience were the morning yoga lessons and heart meditations in the evening. Jiwa Damai for me presented the perfect setting therefor.
All in all I can say, if you are looking for a quiet and peacefull place to stay on Bali, with wonderful surroundings and people, Jiwa Damai is a perfect destination!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank Queue66
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

After an amazing 7 months working and living in Bali, I came to Jiwa Damai as a volunteer. I was hoping for a peaceful environment in which to work, contribute, learn, and also to prepare--physically and emotionally--for my upcoming return to the U.S... and I have to say, Jiwa Damai exceeded my expectations on all counts. My accommodations were simple, which was exactly what I wanted, and far better than other volunteer locations that I've been to in Bali. The staff was friendly and accessible at all times, always ready with a smile.

The property is incredible, with tons of fruits and vegetables growing all around... not a single meal passed that we didn't incorporate some produce from the garden, which I know to be true because I was lucky enough to be a kitchen assistant for 2 of my 3 weeks. The food is DELICIOUS. The kitchen staff works overtime to experiment with new recipes, always willing to accommodate the dietary preferences of the people staying there, always pouring love and care into preparing each meal. It is hands down the best Indonesian food that I've had since being in Bali (which is really saying something!) Working in the kitchen, I was given a heartfelt intro to the ins and outs of Indonesian cooking (with an organic, healthy flair) and treated like family. Other than that, I valued every moment that I got to spend there, whether working in the garden or office or simply having time to BE, to heal, and to learn.

The owner, Margret, allowed me to teach yoga every morning, and also encouraged me to participate in daily meditation. These sessions brought us together as volunteers, and gave me new knowledge and insight into--and appreciation for--my surroundings. We laughed, shared stories, and sat down to meals together each evening. I am truly grateful to her for helping me through a difficult personal time, for sharing her knowledge, and for encouraging me to share my knowledge with others.

While there, I helped clean and cook for a group of more than thirty women on a retreat, and watched each of them make a beautiful transformation. There is something special about Jiwa Damai--a beautiful, healing energy--and I feel lucky to have experienced it. It's quiet, not within walking distance of Ubud... so if you are looking to be immersed in that energy, it will probably feel too mellow. But for what I was looking for, for a chance to appreciate and give back and meditate and heal, it was perfect. Everything I was hoping for and more.

Room Tip: The lumbungs are gorgeous.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

I recently stayed at Jiwa Damai for a permaculture design course. The facility was much different than the website and reviews portrayed. It is not in my nature to complain, but i wish i would have been made aware of what i was getting into before traveling.
There were multiple room choices listed on the website. However, the room i was in was not even on the website. It was well below the quality of the other rooms the other guest were staying in. The yoga instructor was let go just a few days into the course. So there was no yoga instruction given. I was extremely disappointed in this. One of the reasons I chose to take this course in Bali. Two people from the course were bitten by the owners dogs, breaking the skin, and nothing was done. In fact, the owner lied about the fact that these events had occurred. After she lied to the entire group of guests, i was in no way going to attend the meditation led by her. Honesty is a fundamental principle in spirituality and I was completely turned off after this betrayal. The food served was NOT from the garden (nothing but coconut and rambutan grow in that garden) and less than half of it was even organic. We were there to study organic, local agriculture. Basically the same meal was served daily, which is ok, but not for the money that is being spent to stay at Jiwa Damai.
The staff was the best part of Jiwa Damai. They were extremely helpful and everything was done with love. Interestingly, the last review seems to be written by one of the staff members. And i don't recognize anyone from Barcelona, Spain. Just interesting to note.
Finally, like i said before, I don't usually complain. It is less the accommodations and more the integrity of these advertisements that i am trying to clarify. Once the owner lied to the group over the dogs biting someone from our course, the entire experienced changed for me, and i became less tolerant of the fact that i was paying good money for less than what i was promised. Please take this into account before traveling to Jiwa Damai. Bali is a beautiful place, and Ubud has many places to chose from that uphold the vibrant, holistic spirit that one might be traveling for. Much love <3

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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5  Thank yem41481
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Jiwa_Damai, Manager at Jiwa Damai Organic Garden & Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2013

We appreciate your feedback and are sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations.

Re: accommodation, The package you bought was advertised and offered with dormitory accommodation. With the registration the option was given to upgrade at an additional fee to a higher standard room for single occupancy. Several participants choose to do so.
As to the evaluation on trip advisor, it was written by another graduated participant of the course. The other evaluation in question is from prior guests visiting JIwa Damai.

In regards to further clarifications, please address Jiwa Damai Team directly.
Jiwa Damai Team

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Additional Information about Jiwa Damai Organic Garden & Retreat

Address: Jl. Melati 2, Ubud 80352, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #149 of 622 Specialty Lodging in Ubud
Price Range: $56 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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 
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