December 2010:


How The Bali Angels Saved The Day

Sometimes your little world comes crumbling down only to come back together in a remarkably short time, and you are left breathless at the marvel of how fortunate you are. This is what happened to Satori Worldwide was about to cancel its inaugural retreat, and the Bali Angels swooped in to make it happen anyway.

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EARTH TONES PROJECT

Earth Tones Bali is a Project created to enhance a greater awareness in the necessity for protecting our natural environment in Bali, caring for the soil organically and keeping Bali Green. In so doing we are enhancing the wellbeing of the villagers engaged in the Earth Tones Project.

Earth Tones Bali is a Project established to implement a network of sustainable textile collectives in the rural village communities. With the purpose of:

1) Promoting the use of natural plant dyes and bringing greater awareness to the rural community for the need to maintain the traditional organic farming methods.

2) Reviving the traditions of making hand spun woven textile.

3) Training and enhancing the skill of making cebore, batik, block printing

and others traditional textile crafts.

4) Researching and introducing the plants required for

making the dyes, the reforestation of these plants, as well as the farming of cotton, bamboo, eucalyptus, and pineapple for making 100% organic fibers.

The outcome of the project is to demonstrate how a sustainable textile industry can support the villagers, enhance their wellbeing, by using non-toxic fibers and dyes. It is expected that in the future other related collectives will evolve and develop to support and sustain the textiles, e.g.: The production of looms and equipment for the textile workshop…

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November 2010:



Green School Kids Team Up With Bali Angels To Explore Climate Change

“What is the first thing you think of when you think of Climate Change?” This is the question Bali Angels staff asked Bali Green School youngsters on camera as part of a joint environmental education project ‘by children’ – ‘to children.’ Launching the first ever Bali Climate Stories Workshop on October 19th, Bali Angels volunteers gave Green School kids as young as 6 years old a taste of how to develop a personal one-of-a-kind film project about climate, and they were received warmly by students and staff alike.

The workshop, one of a series to be held at Green School, offered expert guidance, technical support, and resources on the process of packaging and delivering a child’s unique perspective on film; to creatively explore questions about the state of the world’s environment, and their own related experiences. Getting comfortable on camera was one of the first skillslearned and the results yielded a wide range of creative, funny, and thoughtful opinions– showing that some kids know a great deal more about the environment than some grownups.

The collaboration with the Green School, one of Bali’s most progressive K-12 education centers, will create an array of films made by the children themselves, working through a host of available means of expression including: video, photo collage, music, poetry, performance, and dance.

Using modern technology, Bali Climate Stories aims to give a new generation of green thinkers based in Bali the chance to express themselves about their rapidly changing environment. The project uses media tools in and out of the classroom to capture the views of our most flexible, creative and forward thinking leaders of tomorrow; to help them (and their parents) focus on and face the challenges of climate change.

Located in one of the most picturesque natural environments on the planet, Bali Green School is known for providing its students with a relevant, holistic and green education, with an implied mission of preparing a knowledgeable and inspired generation of global citizens.

The workshop proved rewarding for all. According to one expert on the Bali Angels team “Creatively articulate and with an energetic passion for the subject, these children gave us their sense of the color of climate change, the sound of the planet and the smell of the future. Their insights and intuitive depth have the potential to powerfully connect and engage us in a real way with what is, for most, an abstract largely political topic.

”Climate Stories is a global multimedia education initiative working with local communities to create films telling real stories by ordinary people around the world. The project works to educate and share global opinions on climate change, and showcase the real impacts of environmental issues on people’s lives. It explores innovations to change humanity’s relationship to nature and provide new perspectives. These compelling stories provide the human face of climate change to improve global awareness, reaching the public and the people with the power to make change.

For more information on ClimateStories, visit http://www.baliangels.com/?page_id=246 .
For more information on the Green School, visit www.greenschool.org

Festival Panel Debates Pros and Cons of Bali’s Tourist Industry

BALI, INDONESIA October 9th, 2010– A Writers Festival panel discussion on the impacts of tourism stimulated a lively debate about ways in which non-Balinese can help to reverse the island’s current challenges, some of which could threaten the Balinese way of life. The panel discussion, which involved writers from different generations and social backgrounds, resembled more of a community town hall exchange than a typical writer’s talk, with the moderator facilitating feedback from the audience over important questions concerning Bali ’s future.

One of the panelists, Basuki Sunaryono, himself a Japanese expatriot, considered the rapid growth of tourism to be the “greatest threat” to the beauty and natural harmony of Bali . He equated tourism’s expansion to neocolonialism and faulted tourism for the rapid loss of habitat, traffic congestion, and massive increases in waste volume on the island.

“Tourism is a trick to let outside capital take over the economy of the island,” said Sunaryono, who suggested that adjusting to the concept of time as a commodity had been a particularly difficult task among the ritualistic Balinese people.

Acknowledging the threat of tourism, panelist Ni Made Purnamasari presented a more moderate viewpoint in contrast to Basuki. She noted that the tourist industry, with its faults, had created success stories and a middle class among Balinese. She pointed out, for example, that 40 percent of tourist dollars supported Balinese arts and religious activities. Moreover, the 50 percent unemployment rate in the aftermath of two tragic bombing incidents in 2002 and 2004 had harshly illustrated the social and economic damage done in Bali when tourism had been involuntarily curtailed, according to Purnamasari.

Preserving the rich Bali environment, culture, and sense of identity in a time of rapid change was the greatest challenge in the face of growing financial investment to the third speaker, Anak Agung Gde Putra Agung.

All panelists recognized that tourism would remain a part of life in Bali , and they seemed to agree that establishing a stronger ethical commitment to the island and finding ways to give back to the community were required in order to overcome conflicts and contradictions created by the status quo.

Audience members who commented on the issues, nearly all of whom were Western visitors or expatriots, were almost in complete consensus about the threat of tourism, and gave examples of rampant economic opportunism from within their own communities. The opening of a new Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Ubud was heavily criticized as a step in the wrong direction by one activist.

While many complaints were raised, few concrete solutions were discussed during the panel discussion. General support for eco-tourism models, better distribution of tourist dollars, more money for infrastructure, and measures to slow construction were raised as some potential areas for future consideration.

Bali Angels hosted an event, supported the volunteer team, and served as an official cosponsor of the five-day UBUD Writers and Readers Festival 2010. For more information about this event and the panelists, visit the Writers Festival website at: http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/events/old-new-writing-bali

October 2010:





Bali Angels to Host Networking Event Featuring Artist Melina Delmar

Bali Angels is launching a series of free social mixers to help connect community conscious people to others who share the same vision, and to provide a platform for organizations, artists, and local businesses to share details about their work. The first event, to be held on October 17th, at Villa Gaia, will spotlight the beautiful canvas art of international artist, Melina Delmar.

Melina uses the technique of oil on canvas, and has hung her paintings at Villa Gaia. According to her bio, Melina’s work invites the public “to share her vision of spirit, the magic of Pachamama {mother nature}, the oceans, Bali, India, Yoga and all the special people that are the key inspirations for this journey.”

At each mixer, Bali Angels will invite a member of the community or other special guest to give a brief discussion about their individual talents, their inspirations, their unique contributions to Bali, and advice on how others can get involved in similar projects.

While the event is free, donations are welcome and very much appreciated. For more information on this event, visit the Bali Angels Upcoming Events website at:  To view Melina’s art, visit her website: http://www.melinadelmar.com/home.php

Event Date not confirmed

Bali Angels Forges New Links with Key Activist Campaign and Media Outlet

Over the last two months, Bali Angels took time to engage with several community leaders to: identify standard needs, explore areas for cooperation, and discuss ways of working toward common goals. This effort culminated in a decision to develop stronger ties to the “Plastic-Free Bali” or Bali Cantik Tanpa Plastik (BCTP) campaign and the newly launched UbudVibe.com online magazine outlet.

BCTP is an environmental sustainability initiative aimed at reducing single plastic bag use in Bali. At a presentation to the Bali Angels Volunteer Leadership Team, BCTP’s campaign coordinator, Anna Sutanto, explained the gravity of Bali’s plastic problem, noting that Bali produces 750 tons of plastic waste each day. Sutanto highlighted single-use plastic bags as one of the biggest sources of waste in Bali.

The campaign has already scored a project success, recording a 35 percent reduction in plastic bag consumption due to their messaging efforts and partnership through a campaign with Hypermart supermarket.

According to Sutanto, BCTP’s 2010 campaign will require considerable volunteer and fund raising support. Potential cooperation to assist with both options was discussed with the Bali Angels team.

Bali Angels looks forward to developing closer friendships with both these important forces for positive change in the community.

For more information on BCTP, contact plasticfreebali@gmail.com or look up Bali Cantik Tanpa Plastik on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=44297661289.

To learn more about Ubud Vibe, go to the website www.ubudvibe.com

Bali Angels Supports Bali’s Disabled Community

Since its founding, Bali Angels has developed a strong partnership with Yayasan Senang Hati, Bali’s principal non-profit service to the X This  local disabled community.  Regular support for Senang Hati comes in the form of Bali Angels’ sponsorship of free luncheons and swimming lessons at the Villa Gaia pool for members.

In the organization’s own words, Senang Hati’s vision is “of a society that welcomes and values the equal participation of people with disabilities. We are working to achieve this by creating programs to develop self confidence, physical and economic independence, and increasing awareness in the general community of the rights of people with different abilities.”

Throughout the summer, Bali Angels sponsored several pool and luncheon events at Villa Gaia for Senang Hati, where 30 to 40 disabled children and adults were welcomed to Villa Gaia, fed, and given a fun afternoon swim and play session in the water. Bali Angels will continue to support Senang Hati and its work and encourages our friends and members to do the same.

To see a series of photos of these very special events, go to:   To learn more about Senang Hati or support its programs, visit the Senang Hati website at: http://www.senanghati.org/

BALI ANGELS HELPS SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN SOCIETY (SOS) RAISE FUNDS

Earlier in the summer, Bali Angels donated 200 of its specially designed Animal Writes pencils as well as a number of specialty boxes to Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS)  to support their most recent fundraising drive. The fundraiser, held at Taksu spa in Ubud, involved a discussion about the work of SOS in protecting the endangered Sumatran orangutan, one of Indonesia’s rare and natural treasures.

The organizers screened a short film, held a raffle, and conducted a silent auction. All in all, the charity event generated over $1,000 for an important Indonesian environmental cause. After the event, E. Poliman, SOS’s Bali office manager, met with Bali Angels representatives to discuss future collaborations, including a potential fundraiser to be held at Villa Gaia. For more information on SOS, visit their website at: www.orangutans-sos.org

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