So there is this little place in the north of Bali called Tejakula, a hidden treasure being safely kept from mass tourism. And within this little town, there is this other little secret oasis called Desa Les. Probably not even mentioned on Google maps, this little enclave plays around a stunning waterfall, being an inducement for high-vibe-peops; light beings drawn in to this place to start off this Golden age, living in freedom, simplicity and surrender completely off-grid.
I was fortunate enough to ran in to this intruded tribe, see their habitats and get notice of this vibrant little ‘Warung’ encountering this intimate new civilization. Mainly raw and vegan treats are filling up this vitrine attracting me from beyond. With a menu overloaded with vibe-elevating-pearls (kombucha, Kefir and green smoothies), there is no other way to get an instant hertz-upgrade in a split second.
Not very surprisingly I could easily stick here for days marinate in this radiant space of earth-loving joy, absorb creativity, enjoy murmuring, being as one. I’m sincerely curious how this proficient place will evolve the upcoming years and the mysticism will be preserved. Already looking forward to report on that😉 .
Gede’s warung RA
Desa Les (Tejakula, Bali)
A pursuit of happiness. This place in the center of Candidasa, at the east-coast of Bali. It´s called an ashram, but it´s not as severe as ashrams are likely to be. For example you have the possibility to chant at 5.00 p.m. But it´s not obligated. You have the possibility to participate in work duties starting at 6.00 p.m. But it´s not needed. And you have the possibility to join the yoga class around 7.00. But all voluntarily. But believe me when I tell you this yogaclass in this setting is a one-to-experience. Set-up in this tropical stage, supported with a mindblowing sea-view in a layer of laughing scool-kids, your day could not start off in a better way.
Though the bungalows are sober, you have everything you need. 3 times a day you are welcomed by a prayer to enjoy the delicious pure local meals. It´s a suitable place for single-travellers: you´ll be surrounded by a community of young-adults who are living continuously in the ashram. Besides that, you´ll find a wide range of fellow-soulsearchers who are constantly attracted by this place.
For 18 euros a day you have your private bungalow with sea-view, 2 yogaclasses a day, 3 delicious meals and a beautiful area to enjoy enrichment. Expect no luxuries, just local standards: a luxury to experience!
In my previous article I mentioned the ignorance of the Balinese people about the impact of non-organic materials on mother earth. And beyond that, the passivity of the Balinese government towards waste management. But what’s needed? What can help to make a valuable transition towards a healthier island? To figure out these questions, we need some background information about the current situation here in Bali.
‘The government is not making any efforts, why should we?’
As said before people are still handling pack-material similar to decades before when everything was organically wrapped. Due to ignorance about the impact of non-organic material on our earth, they nowadays tend to do the same. Due to the lack of pressure from the government, they don’t feel any need to change. ‘The government is not making a big deal out of it, so why should we’ is a phrase which indicates the lack of importance given to this matter. Besides that, a collective stigma on cleaning other one’s waste seems to be relevant; it’s a huge downgrade on the social scale.
A lack of need
It seems like the government doesn’t prioritize waste management. Although when there is money involved, measures will be taken. Look at Kuta. A dump store existing of plastic and rubbish is the morning sight when tides enters. In order to maintain the endless wave of tourists, government provides beachcleaners every morning collecting the waste. Why is it possible over there? Is the financial need to little in rural areas or remoted villages? Well there happen to be some initiatives and funds provided for villages to arrange their own waste management, but generally projects seem to stop after a certain period of time.
There is no control, reporting of after-care which makes continuity challengeable. Not more than once people ran away with the funded money which generally initiates the end of project. It reveals the fact that money is available, but a lack of sustainable plans to fund it in a proper way.
It’s how Bali works
It’s a lovely state of being. Limited regulations, a laidback attitude, little pressure from above. But on the other hand, the lack of pressure and control, makes it hard to implement rules or guidelines. People are not used to be restricted or socially controlled from upper hand. It’s such another way around in, for example my country (the Netherlands) where signals could even restrict me from walking beside the pathway. Everything is being controlled, organized and regulated. In one hand, beautiful; everybody knows it’s way around, streets are spotlessly clean and in case of an accident it’s always clear who to blame. I don’t know what’s better. What I do know, is that change is needed in order to capture the beauty of this island.