Oct 7, 2020
In this lush land of hippies and holistic healing, we could’ve come up with dozens of ways to be at one with the earth. Here are four fully immersive activities that’ll put a roof over your head and fill your belly with both flora and fauna (of the fish variety).
It’s one thing to live in all-bamboo digs in the jungle. It’s another to have designed and built them yourself. Bali’s Green Village, which encompasses the famous all-bamboo Green School, offers a collection of bamboo stays, including the incredible Aura House. During a visit, you can book into a build-and-design immersion course (ranging from one to 11 days) with the architects at Ibuku, who, along with John Hardy of Green Village have set up Bamboo U (“u” as in university), to pass on their skills in bamboo construction, design and joinery.
Rich in nutrients and B vitamins, mushrooms are actually way more magical than we give them credit for. Over a three-day workshop at Kul Kul Farm, also part of Bali’s Green Village, biologist Diego Garrido teaches participants how to grow all sorts of fungi and take advantage of the natural environment around your home. Learn how to clone oyster mushrooms you buy at the market, then stick around for more workshops on permaculture design and creating natural dyes from plants in the forest. From US$295 per person.
If you’re more hunter than gatherer, put your spearfishing skills to the test in the crystal-clear waters of Amed in Bali’s northeast. Fusion Freedive runs courses for all levels, including one-day training for beginners, during which aspiring aquatic hunters will learn basic theory and dry skills from experienced instructors, followed by underwater target practice and challenging hunts aimed to bring home a feast of giant trevally, snapper, mahi mahi, sailfish or dogtooth tuna. US$300 per person.
Want to see exactly where your meal comes from? Bali’s award-winning Locavore restaurant is renowned for its hyper-local ethos and they’re keen to share their knowledge. “We take people out on foraging trips to a cultivated jungle to see how much out there is edible; we always find new things,” says Eelke Plasmeijer, chef and owner of Locavore. At the restaurant’s creative epicenter, LOCAlab, you can indulge your inner science nerd with a private interactive dinner in the lab themed around a single ingredient, such as coffee or bread. Forage journeys are free.
— Jenny Hewett