Bamboo Tiny House Earthship Internships…
Applications NOW OPEN!
Through assisting us onsite in our tiny house bamboo and recycled material project build in Seminyak/ Denpasar, you will receive a comprehensive orientation to the world of bamboo. From sourcing bamboo, to treatment of bamboo and construction design and techniques, using tools, making measurements and cutting, joining and carving bamboo… You will have the hands-on experience and develop confidence around the basic concepts and techniques of working practically with bamboo, earth and recycled materials.
Bamboo Creative isn’t just about building, we are also looking at systems (specifically for the tropics) that can help reduce waste; lessen the need for power consumption (by simplifying and locafying our lifestyles); design and sustainable resource use and economics (you wouldn’t even dream of having a horrible closed-in stinky room with an air conditioner when you work out the math)… Greywater gardening systems, energy from human waste and reduction of plastic throw-away consumables to approach a zero waste economy and community.
As the founder of Bamboo Creative, I am passionate about natural building and design, experimentation, raising awareness and sharing skills that can make building bamboo homes sustainable, affordable and accessible – especially for People LIVING IN “developing countries” who make up around 70% of the global population of our planet. I have been learning about bamboo craft and construction for the last four years through my construction project based in Bali where I am creating an Eco-activity Community Centre inclusive of special needs and facilitating eco-product and craft-making, and eco-building using recycled/reclaimed trash, bamboo and earth-building techniques. The overall aim of this project is to provide a community space for young people and adults with disabilities to be and feel included in community life and activities: Weaving, craft skills and other right-brain activities, healing modalities; and at a local level maintain traditions and promote the value of bamboo as a sustainable building material/resource and enable it’s revival and enhancement in ‘developing’ countries.
Prior to living here in Bali my daughter and I lived in the Philippines (Palawan) where we stayed with several families for nearly a year who helped me to take care of Freyr and gave me the support I needed when I had reached my own breaking point in being able to look after her alone (and the sense of isolation we experienced, as she got older, living in Australia). In Philippines, my daughter Freyr was able to be part of a FAMILY, and I was able to freed my focus and attention elsewhere. I hope to return to Palawan again and stay with the families in the beautiful and relatively unspoilt area of the hillsides behind Napsan (probably now like Bali was 30 years or so ago) and bring what I have learned and support their ability to access sustainable renewable technologies which can help improve living standards/ ease/access to things we take for granted in the western world – like running water and light at night.
Living in Palawan, I witnessed local living conditions and this sparked my interest in bamboo; and why it wasn’t being used more/barriers to bamboo becoming a sustainable building material there. I progressed to bamboo after realising that living INSIDE Earthships may not be so desirable in tropical environments (due to insufficient ventilation and high humidity) and had started this design (back in 2013/14) with the intention of having an Earthship base and then a bamboo structure (main living space) above which could be evacuated in the case of a cyclone… However I couldn’t quite convince the locals here on the car tyres … So decided to just focus on Bamboo in Bali (where the most skilful bamboo builders and craftsmen are located) to learn Everything I can about this material and to keep sharing along this journey.
I came to Bali initially to learn about bamboo preservation after finding that, when helping one family to build a small homestay house in Salacot, termites were a huge issue and wreakers of mass destruction without heavy chemical treatment which I avidly wanted to avoid. Also bringing water to homes from nearby water sources to save time and energy manually carrying water was an issue (no electricity in this area). So I came to Bali expecting that the Green School was somewhere teaching this kind of stuff to people. It wasn’t at that time… but I toured the Green School buildings and visited the factory… none of which was really relevant to what I needed to learn. But I started cottoning on to local knowledge, and met Djuka Montenero (Farmers Yard Hostel founder) through helpX and became fascinated with Indoneisan bamboo architecture and building techniques. I realised that Bali was the place to learn about bamboo and helped Djuka build a Lumbung (traditional rice barn) from bamboo which became the basis for my sky-kubu design. I later returned and started this bamboo project with local craftsmen and volunteers.
It’s not the skills themselves… it’s the Environment we create practicing them… maybe not quite like a knitting circle (I don’t know I’ve never been to one… but those crocheting circles in Australia seem quite dangerous and all with those CoalSeamGas nannies and girls going around the city crocheting trees and pushbikes). But it’s this “Being” state, and Being together (drug-addicted rats prefer to be with other rats than take heroin) which nourishes me, brings me out of “isolation”… welcomed into a Real Connection and a sense of family actually. It takes more than a village to raise a special needs child… maybe a multi-layered international village will do the job… It’s this state of Beingness … Connectedness … just sitting around/working with other families and kids around (familyful – my new word for the day)..
We offer a sliding-scale contribution approach to make this learning accessible to the everyone. Please communicate whatever way you feel you can pay/contribute and also offer your skills and time. Whether you’d like to contribute more physically through Skills/Labour or to developing aspects of the disability program with our local school for kids with special needs. We are committed to finding ways to collaborate which are mutually beneficial for everyone. Our subsidised rate is US$150/week (7 days/6 nights) which includes accommodation and meals (work exchange in the morning 9.30 til 12.30pm and bamboo workshop time in the afternoon 2-6pm). You may arrive any day of the week.
We welcome interns who would like to help contribute to our special disability program and who would like to spend time learning about and working with bamboo here in our workshops. We encourage you to utilise our connections and local knowledge to help develop your work. We have connections with local projects, artists, craft/handicraft producers, photographers, IT/Social Media specialists and material sources. We commit two evenings a week to assisting our general interns to work on developing their own bamboo product.
We rely on others sharing their knowledge with us; We rely in/on good-will; We are encouraged to have a spirit of gratitude within ourselves; We believe in paying it forward, balancing the feminine and masculine outlooks to gain peace and prosperity. More than anything, we want to nurture people who genuinely care and are prepared to commit the time to learn a skill and work together with other humans in a harmonious way and help to share these skills and knowledge that can make our world TRULY Sustainable… and that means helping 70-80% of the world’s population who live on less than $10/day access what has been termed “The Sustainable Building Material of the Future”.
Bamboo Creative VIP 1 week stay
Be our very special guest at Bamboo Creative and Live, Breathe and Poop Bamboo with Us! Experience living in our Bamboo Tinyhouse Earthship Skyscraper and experience Local Life in our Urban Jungle Workshop…
Bamboo Creative Workshop VIP Internship 1 week package
All inclusive 7-day Accommodation, Tuition, Tour package: Accommodation in the bamboo house and daily meals are included. Also includes: Saturday afternoon Craft workshop and Sunday Afternoon Plastic hunt and Night tour to the hot spring in Penebel.
We also offer bamboo courses/workshops if you’re interested to come and work with us and learn about building with bamboo and natural/recycled materials in a comprehensive way. Follow the link above for more details.
Enlisting in our Paid Workshops enables us subsidise the costs of others who are less able to contribute financially, but who may have valuable skills, time and abilities to help evolve the bigger picture of our project.
VIP Day Internship
Day Workshop One on One Instruction for developing your skill and/or bamboo product. Available Monday to Friday – Our VIP interns get one-on-one assistance every day for 4-5 hours to focus on and develop their chosen skill/product. Our morning starts at 9.30 with fresh jamu/coconut/coffee and brief intro and chat about what your aims are (you can have input prior so we can tailor the workshop to your needs).
Day Workshop One on One Instruction for developing your skill and/or bamboo product. Available Monday to Friday. Our VIP interns get one-on-one assistance for 4-5 hours to focus on and develop their chosen skill/product. Indonesian-style lunch with vegan options and time for chatting. We continue into the afternoon finishing at around 3pm. Additional tutoring sessions can be booked in advance at AUD$40/hour with our master-craftsmen.