A BIG warm Welcome to Freyr’s Bamboo Home/Sky-Kubu located 15-20min from Seminyak/ Double Six Beach – in Denpasar, Bali: – to our helpers, local and international families and community partners, workshop participants, artisans 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 the beginning of my Vision to enable a co-operatively managed inclusion model, which sustains the needs of families and individuals with special needs through helping together, supporting local businesses and enriching each other through spending time IN-COMMUNITY so that we may nurture quality-of-life experiences enabling a sense of productiveness and fulfilment; where everyone’s contribution is valued whether physical, financial or through less tangible means…
Together with helpers and local friends, and other families with special needs “kids”, we have designed and built a maximally sustainable tropical urban bamboo house design that is accessible and (more) affordable for local populations in developing countries in tropical/semi-tropical regions – combining traditional and modern BAMBOO design with EARTHSHIP principles (utilising waste and recycled materials and living food systems production); 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.
Now in the final phase of building our Bamboo “Tiny House” Earthship Skyscraper – we invite you to see how bamboo and up-cycled materials can be used in urban living. Join these workshops for practical hands-on opportunities to learn carpentry and crafting skills: All Our programs are Inclusive with special needs support is available for groups and individuals.
Our Bamboo TINY HOUSE EARTHSHIP borders the Seminyak Rice Fields of Denpasar, Bali, and is based on a Lumbung/Rice barn design that comes from near Jogja in Java (brought to Bali by Djuka Montero of Farmer’s Yard Permaculture Hostel in Canggu, Bali.) The original “knock-down” design has been elaborated into a “Bamboo Earthship Sky-KUBU” AND is suited to tropical and sub-tropical residential/community environments being “low-cost” – able to be built by 4-6 people in an urban or rural area.. (See more about THE BUILD). The design demonstrates how bamboo can be utilised in the “modern sense” and COULD appeal to developing country populations who have existing knowledge and skills in building with bamboo which are at risk of being lost due to the common perception that bamboo is “only for poor people – or just for the very rich”.
With more than 70% of the global population living on less than $10/day, in tropical/subtropical climates, bamboo could be a vital game-changer in turning around ecological decay (one aspect) – However, there are not many examples of bamboo “architecture” which the majority of the world’s population can/could afford or aspire to. I feel it’s vital that we use our “privilege” during these times (of Post-Colonialism) to bring knowledge and resources for building with bamboo in sustainable and “modern” ways –. We need to maintain the intrinsic knowledge and cultural roots of bamboo which span many countries, generations and traditions – and appreciate and learn the SKILL required to work with and understand this material in a hands-on way. Partly so that it can be applied in “the west” affordably and without importing “cheap labour” and also to give value to this cultural knowledge to ensure it is maintained. Our projects and workshops aim to encourage local development to sustain livelihoods and encourage innovation and cooperation to reinvent and make bamboo applicable in a modern sense and become a sustainable source of income at a local level.
We want to Be the change by living a low-consumption resource-friendly lifestyle and contribute to the proliferation of renewable innovative technologies… Our aim is to build a family more than a business, and to nurture relationships to create a strong foundation for the future collective of people to make strong communities and revitalise our culture and families together to restore our planet. Yes, we all need money in some form, to live, build and make things happen – but for me it’s about co-operative culture and working/helping together and sharing the rewards. That’s the Real family… Overall we need to innovate ways to create and manage resources which contribute to the collective good… and we have much to learn from the Balinese culture in that area – as a culture which is centred around village life (still intact) and the local governance of serving one’s community and everyone having a role to play.
I am Natalie and Freyr is my daughter, an amazingly active and talented 20 year old woman with Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome which is like a mix of Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Freyr loves music, swimming, bouncing and making lots of noise! We came to Bali after having lived in the Philippines with local families who helped me to look after my daughter Freyr at a time when I had reached Carer Burnout and could no longer look after Freyr alone. I have created a project in Bali for Freyr to be able to continue having meaningful social connection and so that I can further my knowledge and experience in natural sustainable building and work towards an inclusive community design for people with special needs to be able to participate in daily life and be safe and cared for in “natural community” and to offer support to others – to reduce the isolation that Carers experience in most “western societies”. . .
Living in a family environment in the Philippines was perfect for Freyr to have social connection and be naturally included in day-to-day life while I was able to recover my nervous system and this is where I started to learn about bamboo (while living in the Philippines) while helping the families whom we stayed with to make small livelihood projects (a aquaculture pond repair, a spare room/office and a “homestay”. I saw directly what happens to bamboo if it is not treated when helping to build the small “homestay” kubu in the Napsan area… and I initially came to Bali to learn about non-toxic natural treatment methods for bamboo and made friends here who helped us to build a home for Freyr, Kubu is a term for small dwelling (usually made from bamboo & natural materials) so we have adopted the term Sky-Kubu…for Freyr’s home here – and our building is 13 metres high… not quite a skyscraper but Bamboo Sky-Kubu will do … And having struggling with the Disability system in Australia after retuning there in 2017, and being told that the Vision I have for Freyr and myself to live in inclusive community “Doesn’t Exist”, I thought better I make it myself here in Bali (where the local culture has the same caring sentiment as the Philippines culture) and where I had already experienced the magic and inspiration which had further sparked and developed this Vision.
I want to create inclusive community space/s and activities for young people and adults with disabilities (and their families) to Be and Feel included in community life, and to at a local level to maintain traditions and promote the value of bamboo as a sustainable building material/resource and enable it’s revival and enhancement/celebration in our local community – through uniting traditions, practicing weaving, craft skills and other right-brain activities, listening and healing ; and developing programs for Intentional Inclusive Community Initiatives which reconnect us with local culture, traditions and culture where we can feel /be part of a family environment and relearn to just BE and realise who we really Are… and be able to experience life – as people with a common purpose and sense of joy and love – which i feel is the gift of our special needs community members – our Angels without Wings… as my friend Wayan calls our children with Autism. (KEEP READING) ———————> We are offering programs to families and individuals to provide care support for families to have a holiday together in Bali with Support for special needs, and building towards a time-share model where local and international families can be part of an inclusive community here in Bali.
It’s this “Being” state, and feeling of Connectedness, especially, which nourishes me. Actually, it’s this state of Beingness and Connectedness … just sitting around/working hands-on with others – which I feel will assist humanity to regain harmony and find our strengths, visions, enable synchronicity and come back into a trusting relationship with the Universe/God. (in the community-sense, drug-addicted rats prefer to be with other rats than take heroin – maybe we could come off meds by just re-learning to be IN community). It takes more than a village to raise a special needs child… maybe a multi-layered international village will do the job… and that is my mission and vision: To create community in an all-encompassing sense – where no-one is excluded.
Bamboo Creative Bali focuses on offering and developing unique/hand-made and Individual/customized bamboo building, recycled-design and natural/earth building programs where participants are enabled to be part of the design experience and process of each project. As well, we offer design programs for locally produced bamboo finished products and components [natural and recycled] through partnerships with local families directly (that is, not controlled by a middleman and where the economic shares/financial factors are transparent); i.e.. where there are mutual fair benefits.
Bamboo Creative wants YOU – to be the change!
Come and get lost in Bamboo! We invite you to see how bamboo and up-cycled materials can be used in urban living. For practical hands-on opportunities to learn carpentry and crafting skills join our VIP Day Workshops focused on carpentry, design, construction and sustainable systems such as vertical gardens, as well as experiential tours…. Every week (Wednesdays and Fridays usually) we facilitate Bamboo Carpentry Apprenticeship learning on various topics centred on traditional balinese techniques with bamboo builders at our Bamboo School Collaboration in Belege/Gianyar – (Intensive Courses, Weekly Programs and Internships). Our aim is to ENABLE more local families to have access to building their own “homestay” which could benefit them socially and economically using renewable/recycled materials (bamboo-based) and to open up avenues for more local families to learn about sustainability, and a pathway for “us” to regain our human-ness and a much more authentic experience of local culture which benefits locals directly.
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.
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Find your own Zen learning to Craft with bamboo… Bamboo and Small Craft, Weaving and Product Design Workshops
Our half day crafting workshops offer courses in bamboo cutlery, weaving, bamboo jewellery and other groovy stuff as well as customised sessions: We offer residential internships for learning to create with bamboo: anything from small products and crafts to building your own house/kubu… See our VIP Internships Programs and Inclusive Stays… Enjoy time to Be Creative and learn new skills and be supported to create your own unique product (Join our 3 day 2 night Internship available for pre-purchase on our Gift Voucher page through TAB TRAVEL) Purchase now and receive a special inclusive rate (Available for purchase until 01 May 2022). If you would like to join our VIP Internships (residential) program, you can stay with us and eat, sleep and poop bamboo -> See our VIP interns program.
Through our Social Exchange, visitors can join in our antics as Interns 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 as a kind of work exchange. You must have a Social Budaya Visa to join this program.
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….
Therapists may also join us and offer their skills/programs to local kids with special needs as interns, and through our Family Retreats Program (COMING SOON) in a way so that everyone benefits, regardless of their financial status/capability.. We plan to host Family Retreats 1-2 times per year in partnership with 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…
Join our Workshops to learn how to design and build with bamboo and natural/renewable and recycled materials
Full and Half Day Programs in various aspects of Craft and Carpentry with Bamboo, Upcycled materials and in using Natural Building techniques – Open to all ages and abilities with full support available for special needs individuals and families.
Day workshops and longer programs for learning bamboo skills and helping to build our Bamboo School at Belega (near Ubud) with amazing local bamboo buiilders, craftsmen and artesians.
We offer Introductory to Intermediate Carpentry & Joinery practical day workshops where we share our experience building with bamboo and the design of our bamboo building at Freyr’s Bamboo Sky-Kubu (Denpasar). Basic tool knowledge and techniques; joinery/carpentry styles will be demonstrated and then we work together to make a bamboo item of your choice; You will get to apply your new knowledge practically and be given the the tools to try for yourself… and take home your creation! Check Availability for Carpentry and Joinery Workshops – on Air BNB Experiences.
Working with bamboo, making toys and up-cycling materials; we have topics suited to age groups: 3-6 and 7-12 years. We offer in-house and mobile workshops for regular programs with local schools/ homeschoolers by appointment and also one-off events. See our Kids Club Page for more information
Making toys and up-cycling materials; Kids Workshops – we have topics suited for age groups: 3-6 and 7-12 years with in-house and mobile workshops for regular programs with local schools/ homeschoolers by appointment and also one-off events. … All Our programs are Inclusive with special needs support is available for groups and individuals.
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Bamboo Creative Bali is a collaborative project between Natalie Davenport, mother of Special Needs teenager Freyr (both from Australia) and local Indonesian craftsmen, bamboo specialists, helpers, 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 quality care and facilities for special needs “Kids” here in Bali. In the long term I aim to connect this project more widely enabling 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 living our purpose in giving to the Greater Good and forming a caring network of people and “human-enabling’ / “humaning” experiences.
We would love your help to continue our progress on our bamboo house project!!!
Help us to complete the building of Freyr’s Bamboo Sky-Kubu and adding accessibility options such as a water-powered elevator, driveway surfacing, car canopy, furnishings and finishing, sealing and cleaning/maintenance on the bamboo, roof repairs (birds just love making nests in our grass roof), car repairs and vehicle registrations, bathroom refurbishing. As well as expand our staff training and placement to enable more special needs families to come and stay with us and join in our programs.
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We welcome your contribution towards helping complete the last stages of work on our Bamboo House and manifest: Disability access water-powered elevator for wheelchairs to the first floor, flooring and landscape, interior aspects and surfaces and completion of our underwater classroom/trampoline, bamboo aquaponics system; and further, to develop our program by engaging, training and employing additional carer staff and/or teachers -which will enable this project to flourish…
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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.