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Jiwa Laut Balai "Dormitory & Workshop"

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  1. 10 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 baths
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Our Balai is a way to experience Jiwa Last on a budget for groups, families closest to our white sandy beach:

- Unplug and focus on the simple pleasure in life
- Reconnect with unspoiled peaceful nature, trees, birds, stargazing & the ocean sound and breeze
- Share with the local farmers & fishermen
- Experience an Eco-friendly & zero waste stay
- Get healthy at our organic kitchen with local home made dishes
- Relax, meditate & connect with the positive energy of the soul of ancient Java

The space
The Balai is both our Workshop/Community center, and a spacious dormitory with quality matras on the floor.

Price show on Airb&b is for the entire building for 10 people, 10 single matras, which is the minimum requested to privatise it as dormitory.
You can book bigger group adding more people on your number of person while booking or contact us to get information.

This Eco Balai Javanese House renew traditional local architecture by "Yu Sing" of Akanoma Bandung architect studio.
He was three time awarded in 2015 and 2016 as best sustainable construction design with this balai, our Joglo and the eco infrastructures around.

Especially suitable for big families, corporates events, groups of friends or for group of individuals independent backpackers who are traveling on a shoestring budget and don't mind the simplicity of the facilities with a charming homey touch. It is the closest building to the beach (2 minutes) and most accessible, no need climbing stairs.

Two bathrooms (men/women) with western toilets and showers are located outside just up the building.

No mosquito net included on the price (tidak termasuk klambu). Only electric small repellent. If you need mosquito nets, send us a request. Additional charge per mosquito net may apply.

Ideal size for up 14 people but we can squeeze up to 20 people if needed. Discount may applies depending on season for bigger group. As we can host people in other buildings. Our full capacity at Jiwa Laut is around 40 people with all the bungalows and houses.

The house is within walking distance, about 50 meters, from the pristine quite Watu Kodok white clean sandy beach where you can sunbathe, relax, meditate, enjoy drinking a fresh coconut, swim or try bodybording/surfing.

We also rent out for families and small group with higher standard our Joglo (up to 8 people).

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Beach access – Beachfront
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Patio or balcony
Luggage dropoff allowed
Children’s books and toys
Long term stays allowed
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Where you’ll be

Kemadang, Tanjungsari, Gunung Kidul Regency,, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1) The pristine white sandy beach of Watu Kodok (cleanest beach around). About 100 walking meters away with one of the best sunrise and sunset on the sea (2 hills tops look out surrounding the beach and some other nearby on a short hike like Kosakora, Kukup, Drini). The beach is open to the Indian Ocean and its waves. For good swimmers only.

We can introduce you with the location of our swimming "lagoon" away from the crowd where you can swim and snorkel safely when the tide is right.

2) We are passionate and love meditation. If you want to learn or practice meditation you are at the right place. We can help you with different technics.

3) Exclusive, we can bring you for a local life "Javanese" experience, at our traditional farmer village community, just a couple of KM inland. It is a non touristic total immersion and the level of positive energy and experience reward that you will bring back home depends on you and how you will open yourself to the people and let it go during the activities.

You can trek to the village through Bamboo forest (about 2 hours) or we can drive you there with local farmer pick up traditional truck.

We have 3 activities: The first one, the most adventurous you will be able to descend a non touristic adventurous karstic cave « Jurassic world » hole of about with safe ropes.

Explore (speleology style) an underground horizontal holy pre-islam karstic (stalagmite/stalactite) Javanese last Hindu King Bramijaya V, meditating cave. We can even guide you for a deep Kejawen meditation experience there. It is still a bit adventurous and you may have to deal with your own fears if you have any.
After that you may enjoy a local traditional dinner and drinks at one of the villagers house and sharing their life at the edge of the modern and ancient world.
We will end this experience with a gamelan evening workshop with the local village band where we will all play together traditional Javanese partition inspired from Ramayana stories.

4) we can bring you also to traditional local ceremonies if there is any at the time you are here. Mostly during the month after Ramadan, Equinox, full moons and Javanese New Year.
Some are supra natural experience of trance dance like Jatilan or Rasulan (cleansing) or just traditions or religious like end of Ramadan, reading Quran, wedding, circumsision and any party, concert music gamelan etc... which are all part of traditional javanese life, if there are any at the time of your stay.

5) We can offer you a day, non touristy tour, to the traditional batik woven on textile village or to the batik wood (masks) handicrafts workshop village for learning/try and/or shopping for cheaper than in Yogya (both about more than 1 hour drive east or west of our place).

6) We can organise your trip to explore the most famous and touristic Jomblang cave and Kalisuci tube caving river adventure.

7) We can book traditional massage (acupressure) from our local healer crew member and deep meditation cave master.

8) You can spot pilot whales around Juanly/October just cruising behind the breaking waves at our beach.

9) We can offer you a drive you to visit the true permaculture pioneers of Indonesia at Bumulangit community (about an hour drive) and their unique farm with spiritual philosophical knowledge and their restaurant with amazing healthy organic food you can buy.

10) We are central located to the more touristic famous Gunungkidul beaches like:

- Drini beach with traditional fishermen and fresh sea foods restaurants, kayak rental (within walking distance)
-Sanglen and its natural jacuzzi pool at low tide and beautiful sunrise spot next to our beach (within walking distance)
- Ngobaran Hindu, Buddhist, Islam and Kejawen temples with possibility to attend some ceremony, and on the way the holy Goa Santa Maria (Cave) etc... (about half our scooter distance).
-Krakal best beach around for surfing and bodyboarding about 15 minutes by scooters (Ripcurl Java Gromsearch 2015)
- Kukup for the sunsets and the small rock island and the only place where you can enjoy a cold beer around. (10 minutes scooter)
-Many nice beaches and bays near by to be explored like Timang, Slili, Jogan, Ngobaran, Ngandong, Siung, Kukup, Wediombo, Ngrumput etc to name a few
-Water fall of Sri Gethuk

11) Nglanggeran ancient volcano and Geopark and karst museum

12) Many trekking possibilities around the hills, beaches and bays of Gunung Kidul. Walking trails around rice fields and forest behind the hill. The farmers may show you how they farm in a still traditional way.

13) We can bring you for a day trip to Prambanan temples or to Merapy volcano trip (all about 2-3 hours drive from our place).

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Hosted by Jiwa Laut

Joined in January 2017
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Jiwa Laut means "The Soul of the Sea" in english. But it has deeper meaning as it comes from the old sanskrit word Jiva.

We are a small community of people from different background. The original founders were a group of city people looking to go back to nature and living a simpler more meaningful life. We teamed up with some local villagers already living in the area, to create our non profit organisation, Jiwa Laut, running community based projects and hospitality.

Our area was for long time inhabited by farmers following the wisdom and traditions of the old Javanese way of life, very connected to mother earth and the father universe.

Our philosophy and vision were to merge our modern eco healthy way of life and technics with the already sustainable villagers old traditions.
The result is our place as you will discover which is an eco, social and cultural "hub" and learning center to experiment sustainability on an holistic way. It is a never ending evolving project.

Our goal with hospitality is to demonstrate that living a sustainable healthy life style, can be easy, joyful and a great alternative experience. Maybe you have to leave some city life habits to be rewarded by new experience of being connected as one with the nature. This is the ultimate blissfulness as we are living it for years.

Our place is a 5200 m2 hill above Indian Ocean and Watu Kodok (Frog Stone) beach, along the unique Geopark and white sand costal area, south east of Yogyakarta Province.

You will be part of our activities if you like, as we promote empowering people around us, with use of eco material such as bamboo, ecobricks (from guests and beach collecting trash), support local farmer buying their organic or natural products over market price, fare share sustainable responsible tourism involving communities with guests supporting the people, their activities and projects, support villagers woman cooking simple healthy local meals, wooden workshop, ecoprint, post harvest processing mocaf flour and coconut oil, local handicraftmen etc..

The visual way to understand better Jiwa Laut lifestyle and projects check and follow us on In sta gram @jiwalaut

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Jiwa Laut means "The Soul of the Sea" in english. But it has deeper meaning as it comes from the old sanskrit word Jiva.

We are a small community of people from differe…

During your stay

We are not business hotel professional as we come from different fields. Our primary activity is to run our projects and sustainability experiments.

We try to give the best hospitality from our deep heart to our guests, like hosting family or friends to make our place different from a resort. Our interaction with guests is up to our guests willing to have any with us and our extended community family and of course depends on our presence and availability with our program schedule.

If you want to be sure to meet the founder of Jiwa Laut, book and ask in advance, so she can adjust her busy planning. We all have side activities to help support ourself. At least there is always someone present on site 24h, however some of us have very very limited or no english.

Of course we are willing to share with you our natural surrounding environment, knowledge, philosophy and spirituality and alternative way of life avoiding plastic and high consumerism city life style, close to nature. Don't hesitate to ask questions.

We can help introduce you to local traditions and people living around us. We are willing to show and offer you experiences, activities and bringing you around if you want to. This way your money spent during activities will be shared to our extended communities and used to finance projects. Which is the reason why we opened our Community to Airbnb.

You will never feel bored even if you are on your own.

Jiwa Laut has a philosophy of Woman Power as the women of the group are the real decisions makers ;-)

The founder is Ira a jogjanese eco social entrepreneur woman. She can share her knowledge about nutrition healthy life style, meditation, yoga, local interior design and wooden traditional furniture.
Her passion is Javanese culture and spirituality. She has strong knowledge about meditation and metaphysic, and her love for nature, ocean, animals and sharing with others.

Her husband also living here most of the time, is from the Alps mountains. Abandoned his skis, his passion for electronic music and corporate job to retreat to a more stressless, sustainable life.
He is helping in the garden and little forest, experimenting new alternative concepts. Some people would call it an anarchical wild garden, but it is kind of art, letting the nature express itself freely.
Having his background in coaching, human resources and mindfulness. Don't hesitate to ask him for advise if needed.

We have two sisters which are our “chefs” and “homebodies”, who will make you feel homey and cook for you home made tasty healthy meals. They like to take care of children, so yours will adopt her very quickly. You can learn a lot from her from local cooking and more.

We have our “jack of all trades” who can fix almost everything to make us able to survive into the “wild”. He is also our driver and guide available for pick up/drop off and bringing people around.
He is also the local Javanese man who open the doors to local communities and people, where you will never be able to enter on your own and allow you to enjoy special local activities and experiences.

Last but not least we have our local healer/massage man.
He will do is best to fix any unbalanced and stress, avoiding your energy flow properly inside your body.
Applying hundred of years acupressure local traditions technics from level 1 to level 5 of strong pressure. Nobody ever got over 3, ready to give a go and break to number 4 level?

We have young local villagers who like to guide people for any activities. We also have old people Gamelan band, who like to share their music with you as well.

And then we have all the farmers, coming for the day farming, fishing or working at the beach warungs.
We are not business hotel professional as we come from different fields. Our primary activity is to run our projects and sustainability experiments.

We try to give the b…

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