A BIG warm Welcome to Freyr’s Bamboo Home located 15-20min from Seminyak/ Double Six Beach – 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 (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.
Bamboo – because it’s a fast-growing renewable material, we want to share at a practical level how to preserve it and ensure its longevity because without proper treatment bamboo will only last 3-5 years, and most developing/post-colonised communities lack this practical knowledge.
Earthship – because, even though the Earthship ‘signature’ car tyres are not a freely available ‘indigenous’ material in SE Asia where we’re based (we pay $1-2 per tyre), our design aims to create a home that produces its own food and energy, deals with its own waste and lessens unsustainable resource consumption.
Tiny-house – because we aim for a maximum efficiency, low budget portable design that meet the needs of the changing world community who either a) live in developing countries and are bound by the financial constraints of living on low wages (less than $10/day), land area shortages and lack of material availability/affordability or b) are living in developed countries and prefer not to take up lifestyles and jobs which lead to further global decay and want to Be the change by living a low-consumption resource-friendly lifestyle and contribute to the proliferation of renewable innovative technologies… Kubu is a term for small dwelling (usually made from bamboo/natural materials) so we have adopted that term and Sky: Well our building is 13 metres high… not quite a bamboo skyscraper but Sky-Kubu will do …
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. 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”. Read more: ABOUT THE DESIGN
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 – to help to change the common perception in post-colonised nations that bamboo is only for “poor people” (or just the very rich).
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.
Presently, most local people can’t see how bamboo can be of benefit to them. Bamboo workers are generally still low-paid and the practical skills and expertise are being lost at a rapid rate (it’s not seen by locals as an ‘attractive career prospect because it’s low-paid. Further, bamboo may become an industrialised and mass produced “product”, so to maintain it’s value and the art of working with it – we must facilitate it’s cultural revival and facillitate/enable developing country populations fairer deals around worker salaries and empower the formation of local businesses to Access and Utilise it appropriately in the modern context.
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); where there are mutual fair benefits. The 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.
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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
Bamboo Day Workshops focused on carpentry, design, construction and sustainable systems such as vertical gardens, as well as experiential tours, and remote WORKSHOP PROGRAMS and longer programs to learn skills for Bamboo Building, Design, Carpentry and Construction (Intensive Courses, Weekly Programs and Internships)
Join our Day Workshops to learn how to design and build with bamboo and natural/renewable and recycled materials…
Bamboo Craft and Small Design Project Day Workshops – All Our programs are Inclusive with special needs support is available for groups and individuals.
Freyr’s Bamboo Sky-Kubu 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 activities and events progressing towards an inclusive community business/social enterprise model and supportive learning space for skills and cultural exchange… We would like to share this space with local Yayasans/Charities and network with local and international organisations, foundations, individuals and families to collaboratively create awesome programs and activities; long stay, short stay and timeshare residential and day programs, and physical developments to cooperatively organise and establish shared-care activities and workshops where we can learn together, help each other and play – making a better life for everybody. (READ MORE)
The overall aim of this project is 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 and in developing countries in general 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.
It’s this “Being” state, and feeling of Connectedness, especially in the community-project 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) which nourishes me. Actually, it takes more than a village to raise a special needs child… maybe a multi-layered international village will do the job… and It’s this state of Beingness and Connectedness … just sitting around/working hands-on with others, families (and maybe being the object of curiosity for neighbourhood kids) – 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.
Read more about what brought us to be living in Bali.
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:
Working with bamboo, making toys and up-cycling materials, we have topics suiter to 2 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
Sustainable Sunday and Special events – Bamboo, Eco-brick & 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 (or mobile). Contact us here to discuss further details:
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.
Stay with us and learn skills in natural building with bamboo, cob, bottle/eco-bricks and recycled materials and craft/design: VIP stays are for those wanting to contribute to our Disability and Special Needs Program and also for those who would like to develop their own product from bamboo with sliding scale options for physical/financial contribution.
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. You must have/apply for a Social Budaya Visa to join this program.
Through our VIP 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… please apply through our VIP INTERNSHIPS page. If you’d like more info, please get in contact with us here:
Intensive Learning Bamboo Workshops: From Harvesting, Cleaning and Treatment, to Preparing Foundations, Affordable Components and Carpentry, Design and Building – our courses are A-Z running over 6 weeks and divided into sections. Next Course starting in September 2021 ——> MORE
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.
VIP Internships Stay with us and experience Bamboo in the Everyday – Gain a deeper understanding and access to our daily workshops in Craft, Carpentry and learn one on one in a more personalised way tailored to your ambitions. ——-> SEE AVAILABILITY and message for additional details.
For info on other events see our blog..
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 quality care and facilities for special needs “Kids” here in Bali.
In the long term I aim to connect this project more widely with SE Asian and “western” communities 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.
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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.Read more…