We offer daily drop-in yoga classes in our tree house studio, a whole foods café, accommodation, co-working facilities, workshops, retreats and creative events.
With an emphasis on high-quality service, heartfelt teaching, sustainability and inclusive community, we aim to create a magical experience for all our guests – whether they practice, eat, co-work, or stay with us.
We have designed our centre based on site-specific principles building around existing trees rather than imposing a concept on the land and chopping any down, in order to maximise natural cooling systems and reduce the use of energy. We also have utilised natural cooling/ventilation systems in our building design with all open air non-enclosed communal and studio spaces.
We have used natural and sustainable building materials such as bamboo wherever possible and minimal use of concrete. Many of our bricks were made from sand dug up for our pool- the rest were made on site from sand brought in from Lombok.
We have used recycled teak antiques for our furniture and upcycled and repurposed old teak doors for our office, storage doors and decorative features.
We collect and recycle water from our Air conditioners for the garden and offer a water refill station and do not sell or promote in any way the use of plastic bottles. We do not use plastic straws in our cafe-instead use bamboo straws. We also actively promote their use by selling them to customers-which also provides a micro business for our local bamboo craftsman Joe as we don’t take any of the income from the sale of these straws.
We do not use packaging or take away containers in the sale of our cafe food products- wrapping food in Banana leaf if it is to go. We are in the process of contacting Avani to order some of their products- but until then we just don’t do take away drinks as we have a strict policy regarding takeaway food containers.
Our toiletries are all natural products ordered from Bali soap and we refill dispensers rather than having single-use application packaging. We are improving our practices even more here and in future will be reusing leftover conditioner, shampoo, liquid, soap and moisturiser from Alila hotel. This both supports their zero waste program and our sustainable practices of keeping products in the life cycle for a longer period of time. We will commence this for our next order. We also purchase their old aqua bottles for our toiletry dispensers and vases and coconut oil products which we are developing with our staff and their families to sell at our local products shop.
We use natural hand-cut soap which we order without packaging from a lady in Lombok who makes them from home. We now though have started working with Widra from the book greener meeting-to supply all our hand soaps in future- We also buy the soaps without packaging or with natural woven bamboo packaging, to sell in our shop.
In our cafe, we make all of our food products from scratch-using produce from a local producer that comes with only a box as packaging. Our grocery items like nuts and seed we buy in bulk to reduce individual packaging. In this way, we have very little packaging waste from the products we buy.
We are developing a composting system for our food waste and separate out our plastics and paper. To be honest though-until there are island-wide systems to support rubbish separation this is not always the most effective sustainability measure as everything gets mashed back together when it is collected.
It is still an idea in its infancy stage but I am currently in talks with Piet Van Zyl from Positive Impact to develop a zero waste program for the island. This could be a way of making rubbish separation more relevant.