A BIG warm Welcome to Freyr’s Bamboo Home located 15-20min from Seminyak – in Denpasar, Bali – to our helpers, local and international families and community partners, workshop participants, artesians craftspeople and travellers….. Aiming to nurture an inclusive family environment where people with disabilities and their family members can be involved in a collaborative manner, this project is a co-operatively managed local venture sustaining the needs of families and individuals through helping together, supporting local businesses and enriching each other so that we may have quality-of-life experiences enabling a sense of productiveness and fulfillment; where everyone’s contribution is valued whether physical, financial or through less tangible means…
Together we are designing and building a maximally sustainable tropical urban bamboo house design that is accessible and affordable for local populations in developing countries in tropical/semi-tropical regions combining traditional and modern BAMBOO design with EARTHSHIP principles also utilising waste and recycled materials. The method aims to be: Non-toxic, minimise waste and maximise self-sufficiency; demonstrate village-scale preservation and production techniques with bamboo and affordable low-cost technology that ensures sustainable local resource use and encourages local awareness and education on zero-waste principles.
Freyr’s Bamboo Home is intended to be a place where Freyr, my daughter who has special needs, can live, work and play – and where her friends (of all abilities) can come and be part of co-creating an activities and events progressing towards an inclusive post-school program, community business model and learning space for skills and cultural exchange. We are networking with local yayasan Matahari Terbit Foundation and other local and international families who would like to share this space and cooperatively organise/establish shared-care activities and workshops where we can learn together, while helping each other and make a better life for everybody.
See Here for more Information about the Friends of Freyr Project
We are currently in the final phase of building our prototype model for a sustainable and affordable bamboo home and we invite you to join us and learn skills while helping in building this building which will offer space for day programs and activities for kids with Special Needs.
We are now welcoming: Interns; Angel-investors; Workshop participants; Skilled professionals and artists; Parents/carers of special needs ‘kids’ (they will always be our kids); Adults with special needs; Local businesses/start-ups; Interested travellers and helpers, musicians, therapists; and, Teachers/educators to contribute to our Vision and assist in its development.Contact Bamboocreativebali@gmail.com for more information
Learn to Design and Build With Bamboo…
Join our Day Workshops to learn how to build with bamboo and recycled materials
From half-day bamboo cutlery and carpentry to full-day tailored workshops eg. vertical gardens, join our focused workshops. If you’re looking for a longer and more intensive learning program, see our Internships page (also in the menu bar) and our VIP programs or send us a message to enquire about something specific. Half-day workshop sessions for carpentry and craft are held on Mondays and Tuesdays; Vertical Garden Workshops are happening on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays (full day) and workshops on weaving bamboo, making cups, jewellery and other groovy stuff are on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm or by arrangement.
Friends Of Freyr Kids Club
Friends of Freyr club is open to all abilities on Friday afternoons at Freyr’s Bamboo Home in Denpasar from 2 until 8pm. Specialised day activities and overnight camp programs can be arranged also. Friday workshop activities include bamboo-building and craft, cob (earth and straw) building, eco-brick (repurposed plastic), cooking natural food and pizza-making. The workshop space and activity area are wheelchair-accessible and we have assistant carers to supervise activities and assist special needs. MORE INFORMATION on our Kids Club page
Bamboo is an art form different from wood in that it is “worked” more by feeling than logic. It seems to bring out a more intuitive creative side in us. Indirectly, working with bamboo, alongside masters of this craft brings us into Community through learning, repetitious/meditative “crafting” and just hanging out Making Stuff.
Community is what is NEEDED on this planet right now… and I believe Special Kids have a purpose to help us to step out of the ISOLATION we have been conditioned into – and that they are the perfect medicine for our planet right now; here to help us exit our “greed mentality” and become a compassionate sustainable global nation.
Revive and Connect!
For International families with special needs kids, or adults with special needs, we are welcoming guests to join our Bamboo House-building project – for day-workshops and also to stay with us and learn skills in natural building with bamboo, cob, bottle/eco-bricks and recycled materials. Now in the final phase of building completion, we welcome you to come and learn some tricks of the bamboo-building trade, try your hand at smaller crafts, and experience local culture and see the more non-touristy side of Bali.
We offer specific workshops and one-on-one classes (as well as general daily activities) for learning about Bamboo from our master craftsmen and bamboo builders Arief Budibasuki and Supri Yanto. Jeni Key teaches finer crafts and coordinates our helper program and internships onsite.
We have so far had guests from Malaysia interested in learning about building with bamboo for an Autistic Community project, a Japanese skateboarder interested to learn about bamboo craft and building, a Philippino designer and engineer who impressed us with his “floating bamboo house” and are now taking bookings for families wishing to come and stay and experience support and inclusion within our larger community project here.
Our intention is to connect with other families seeking to develop inclusive community spaces and village environments for themselves or/;and/or for the loved ones they care for – and, to support people with special needs (and their families) coming to Bali on holidays, and those who would like to spend some time here and get to know more about what we are doing and may be thinking about getting more involved as a co-contributor. We can help organise carer support, transport, meals, accommodation and accessable tours if needed.
We can assist in supporting parents/carers who need some time out to find some solitude/sanctity for a little while… Kids can come and stay in our dorm room with Freyr and our carers) and join Freyr’s school program at Sunrise School: Mon-Wed (9am to 3.30pm) and Thursday (9am to 1.30pm). Parents can stay also or find a quiet place nearby. We know of several fabulous spots to unwind from Kintamani to Tabanan and Ahmed. We can offer carer support starting in January with our carer if support is needed through as well as for adults with special needs in need of assistance/support (part/full time).
Everyone is welcome to join our activities at the bamboo house with building and making crafts from bamboo, recycling and up-cycling… I like to share with others my own vision for living in Revivement Community with my daughter and would like to discuss and create the potential for such a village to exist in Bali/Lombok and also in Australia. I look forward to evolving this idea with others and co-creating events which will enable groups of families to have supported time out and create a wider discussion and platform to make it a tangible reality.
Through our Social Exchange, visitors can join in our antics and contribute to the “ground-zero” level of the project (for skilled professionals who have skills and creativity to offer our project as a co-contributor). We also accept interns who are willing to commit their time to help building and developing this project physically and/or assisting our Special Needs Kids Program involvement at the nearby Sunrise School as a kind of work exchange. Through our Internships Program, Creatives and Skilled Professionals can offer their skills and experience to assist us to develop programs, sub-projects and working relationships with our local community (3-6 weeks stay). In the overall picture of our project, we wish to attract/invite creative individuals/groups who can contribute to the social fabric, built environment, gardens and food-growing, health care and sports/activities in an in-kind form of contribution which can help to make ALL our lives more family-like experience… And in which people are recognised as MORE than just as ‘volunteers’ but at a co-contributor level and as members of our village network/s with whom we may have an ongoing collaborative relationship with.
Therapists may also join us and offer their skills/programs to local kids with special needs as interns, and also through Family Retreats (in a way so that everyone benefits, regardless of their financial status/capability) being hosted 1-2 times per year through our local partner Meitha Soekotjo (Good Shepherd Management). Therapists interested in joining us for 3-6 week internships or for those interested in partnering with our Family Retreat schedule… please get in contact with us here:
Join Here to become part of our project and further our goal of sharing renewable technologies and knowledge of treatments methods for making bamboo a long-term sustainable resource in developing countries:
Bamboo Creative Bali is a collaborative joint project between Natalie Davenport, mother of Special Needs teenager Freyr (both from Australia) and local Indonesian craftsmen, designers, bamboo specialists, artists, and parents/carers/teachers of special needs kids locally and internationally.
This project has been entirely self-funded so far. It has been a means for me to develop my own skills and knowledge and fulfil my human potential outside of my caring role while finding avenues to help my daughter be part of an awesome inclusive community and contribute to the bettermant and expansion of care and facilities for special needs “kids” here in Bali. In the long term I aim to enable connection of this project more widely through SE Asian and “western” communities establishing mutual benefits to communities empowered to participate in connecting our global family together through being present and inspired as part of a natural community environment and setting for our kids and enabling our purpose in giving to the Greater Good and forming a caring network of people and experiences. We would love your contribution to help provide disability access for wheelchairs and to develop our program by engaging and employing additional carer staff and/or teachers to see our project flourish…
Eastern cultures embody feminine principles still and hold skills, time and cooperative qualities essential to human emotional health; they make us feel valued as individual humans…. something the western world/culture has forgotten, with its largely masculine results-oriented values.
If we can come together and form complimentary partnerships where we can relearn to see eachother and honour our human qualities, time, skills, eachother and utilise our finances to effectively bring about relationships which can succeed the current era; we may also be able to live in harmony and acceptance, learn tolerance and share knowledge which can help all human lives on this planet.see more at www.friendsoffreyr.com
Sustainable Sunday – Trash Hunt, Eco-bricking Cob Workshops
Invite us to facilitate a Eco-workshop/eco-event at your school or community centre… or come to our Bamboo House Project in Denpasar. We deliver a 3-part bamboo, ecobrick and cob hands-on contact workshop for learning skills in natural building with bamboo and cob, and incorporating responsible disposal of soft-plastic trash and building with it! We can cater for up to 20 people at our project site in Denpasar. Contact us here to discuss further details:
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