Indonesia

| Finding ‘Undiscovered’ Bali | My quest for ‘undiscovered’ Bali continues. I yearn to be alone in the wilds, with scarcely another tourist within miles, in the Bali of my imagining before it was inundated by outsiders like me. This road trip is to the island’s north coast, following rumors of a sweet treat of […]

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| Down Duvets in Bali? | When afternoon rain clouds part, the limitless panorama stretches well beyond Bali’s southern shores. Ahhhh, this is more like it. Only an hour’s drive from the island’s overcrowded tourist beaches, these Bedugul central highlands feel blissfully remote. And that’s exactly why we’ve come to Desa Atas Awan (Village Above the […]

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| Sacred, Shocking Sustainability | I weave my motorcycle down a narrow, potholed road past exquisitely terraced rice paddies and through a tiny village. This is Bali, but not the Bali of the island’s highly trafficked locales—and I feel deliciously remote from the bustle even though Kuta and Ubud are each only thirty minutes away, […]

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This month’s Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali is considered one of the world’s top yoga, dance and live music experiences. Another is its growing eco-commitment.

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| Ubud’s Green Yoga | I’ve been a big Michael Franti & Spearhead fan ever since my friend Leah practically begged me to purchase the Everyone Deserves Music CD in 2003. So I am not surprised in the least to thoroughly love Franti’s new green Soulshine Bali yoga retreat—it’s just a short stroll beyond the […]

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| Ubud’s Organic Pioneer | The sun is setting over Ubud’s rice paddies, but I’m simply incapable of walking past a hand-painted farm sign proclaiming “organic” without stopping to investigate. Bali’s energy, as I’ve come to appreciate, opens doors to magical experiences. This mystical May evening proves to be no exception—in this case, with the […]

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| Gili Eco Trust | “You really should talk with Delphine Robbe.” Here on the Gili Islands, within eyeshot of the Indonesian island of Lombok and less than two hours by fast boat to Bali, this has been the refrain to all my questions about the environment. Marine conservation?  Garbage collection? Saving horses from neglect […]

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| Greening With Wayan |

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Bali high in Pemuteran

28 December 09

| North to Nirvana | Northern Bali is one big ahhhhhhh compared to the anthill of activity to the south. But with its slower pace and uncrowded vistas come a lagging sensibility about the benefits of green living. Yet there are bright spots. One such is the seaside village of Pemuteran, where local fishermen regularly […]

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| A Paradise Recycled | In our wildest imaginings, Indonesia of our forefathers was never like this, but are we complaining? Certainly not. We are instead humming contentedly on the veranda of Rumah Mandau, a solid teak, handcrafted antique dwelling home in traditional rumah tinggal style that once stood in western Java. Now it sits […]

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