Responsible tourism: Dance and meditation holiday in Bali
For this journey we carefully chose accommodations that are equiped using sourced local materials e.g. Good Karma Bungalows in Amed, which features bamboo bungalows with private terraces steps away from Banyuning Beach.
As well as Puri Lumbung in Munduk – a unique eco-resort honouring traditional Balinese culture, environment, healing, wellness, architecture, design, arts, farming and cuisine, there is Puri Lumbung, meaning ‘rice barn palace’, which is an eco-resort set in a stunning location high in the cool, fresh and clean mountain air of Munduk in North Bali, with spectacular views of dramatic mountain peaks, rice fields, lush green valleys, clove plantations and the coastline of the Java Sea in the distance.
The History of Puri Lumbung The ‘lumbung’ or rice granary is part of Bali’s unique cultural heritage. Traditionally used to store rice under the protection of the goddess Dewi Sri, lumbungs are now seldom used bcause farming techniques have changed.
We discovered several disused lumbungs averaging 80 years old, and with minor adjustments adapted them into simple but charming accommodation. Of course we held a special ritual to transfer Dewi Sri back to the rice fields, but her gentle energy remains.
Puri Lumbung is set in the cool mountain air where fans and aircon are unnecessary. Our compound is designed in the traditional Balinese manner modeled on the sacred human form with shrines at the head, guest accommodation at the heart and other facilities at the foot.
The first of its kind in Bali, Puri Lumbung is more than a hotel – it is an eco-tourism project dedicated to the discovery, conservation and enhancement of the unspoiled area around Munduk. The people of Munduk Village are involved as much as possible in caring for our guests. We not only provide employment, but engage them in activities that maintain the tropical rainforest and preserve water. We also encourage the young villagers to keep their cultural heritage alive with traditional dance, music and crafts.
A Fair Deal On this journey we offer local artists good working conditions with a chance to meet international artists and therefore gain new contacts. They get a fair wage and have the opportunity to join our professionally recognized dance workshops.
Friends & Neighbours This dance journey was created as a collaboration between artists, tour guides, accommodation providers and spiritual seekers. People that have history and experience in supporting many different community-led projects and events around the world, with the goal of ensuring that the money made from our traveling to a region goes directly to those most in need, in order to make a lasting difference in the local communities that we visit.
Part of money gathered from this journey also goes to support local artistic communities (hand - crafters, musicians, dancers...) in Bali, to support a Museum of Balinese Masks in Mas Village and to support Puri Lumbung eco-tourism project dedicated to the discovery, conservation and enhancement of the unspoiled area around Munduk.