with Khalid “Greens” Freeman and Sanggar Cudamani

Thursday, 13 February 2014, 7:30 p.m.


Betel Nut Restaurant, Jalan Raya Ubud

Tickets:  Rp 150,000/at the door the night of the event only 

If you’ve never seen Body Music, you are in for a treat!  The Wall Street Journal says it is “like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, bellies, rumps, and mouths engage in an endless musical ballet.”

The only instrument used in Body Music is the human body.  Body music includes clapping, snapping, stepping, and many kinds of vocalizing.  The different styles of body music from around the world reveal other times and other cultures—they hold memories, cultural legacies, wisdom in rhythm, embodied in the body.  From the tundra to the tropics, people can’t resist the urge to snap, clap, step, holler, and sing artful music. This universal resonator—our bodies—and its myriad global sounds ignite audiences with music you can see, dance you can hear.  It’s the oldest music on the planet, and it’s brand new.

We in Bali are lucky enough to have Khalid “Greens” Freeman, currently on tour with Michael Jackson; the Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil where he stars as a featured character and dancer, performing in collaboration with members of Sanggar Çudamani—probably Bali’s most innovative musical group– for a fundraiser for Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset’s health and education projects.

Both Freeman and Cudamani performed in the 2013 International Body Music Festival at the San Francisco Jazz Center, wowing the audiences with their body rhythms and vocals. 

 Enjoy an amazing and unusual evening while knowing you are helping school youngsters and bringing clean water to hundreds of Balinese schools.

25 January 2014

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27 January 2014

“Jeromy is an engineer and safe technology advocate from San Francisco. A few years ago he started experiencing headaches and other negative health effects when using wireless technology. This led him to research the health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF). What he found shocked him. There is a vast body of evidence that EMF pollution damages our biology. However, most people do not realize this and use technology in a way that may eventually damage their health.

In this talk, Jeromy will share some of the most interesting research along with very simple techniques to greatly reduce the biological harm of all the new devices that now fill our lives. He will also bring a few meters that measure EMF pollution.Whether you are concerned about your own health, or that of your children and grandchildren, this talk will be well worth attending.”

13 January 2014

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20 January 2014

The evening talk will be on STC Indonesia, Fauna and Flora International and the British American Tobacco company’s project to reforest Lombok’s watersheds and create alternative fuel supplies for the small industries and tobacco farmers of Lombok. In 4 years over 500,000 trees have been planted and over 10,000 of agricultural waste have replaced coal and kerosene.

Thomas Fricke and Sylvia Blanchet are avid, lifelong “Ecopreneurs” in the areas of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. Thomas first got his feet wet by building a biogas plant at the Bangli Mental Hospital and stimulating organic vegetable production in surrounding villages during his first stint in Bali from 1974-1975. Sylvia Blanchet began her work in sustainable development as an organic agricultural and appropriate technology trainer for Guatemala. They co-founded ForesTrade Inc, a pioneering company for certified organic, Fair Trade, and sustainably harvested spices, coffee, and essential oils with operations in Indonesia, Guatemala and the Netherlands. ForesTrade received the World Sustainable Business Partnerships Award in 2002 at the Johannesburg World Summit and the Sustainability Award from the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) in 2005 for co-creating the first Fair Trade coffee cooperative in Aceh. In 2007, they moved full-time to Bali and Indonesia, and Co-Foundered the company Sustainable Trade and Consulting (STC), which is developing bioenergy initiatives from Sabang to Merauke (Aceh to Papua). Thomas speaks English, German, Spanish, Indonesian, and enough Balinese to keep him out of trouble most of the time. Sylvia is a Brennan Healing Science and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner on the side.

15 December 2013

Fabulous Christmas Fundraising Buffet Dinner!

The aim of this wonderful Christmas Dinner Fundraiser, at Taksu Restaurant in Ubud, is to raise funds for local projects including health care, safe drinking water and sanitation at Balinese schools.

Come and get into the Christmas Season by supporting the many Rotary projects that help local Balinese communities and schools.  Sanitation, safe drinking water, health care including doctor and dental visits to local schools along with eye checks and glaucoma remedies are among the projects that Rotary is involved with.

Call Taksu now for reservations:  (0361) 971-490

13 January 2014

Sebastián “Suki” Beláustegui, National Geographic photographer

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1969. He currently lives in Tepoztlán, México.

Self-taught, as a documentary photographer he has been dedicated, since 1991, to register the native world of Latin America, publishing in 2003 the book “Guardians of Time”, Portraits of the spirit of Latin America. For this, he traveled across 8 countries and lived in 25 native communities. José Saramago, Nobel Prize in Literature, wrote the prologue.

He is currently working on his new editorial project “Africa in the Americas”, documenting the existing heritage of African people in the Americas.

His works have been published in books and magazines such as National Geographic (Cover February 2005), Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Camara Arts, and The Sunday Times; and have done numerous lectures, workshops and exhibitions in museums and art galleries throughout the Americas.

Sebastian Belaustegui in Bali:

06 January 2014

30 December 2013

23 December 2013

16 December 2013

Desak Yoni. 

The Strength of a (Balinese) Woman—a Talk for Rotary Club, Ubud 
by Desak Yoni, author of RENDITIONS OF MY SOUL
I would like to talk about some of the issues I have addressed in my book, RENDITIONS OF MY SOUL.
Women in Bali cope with an inordinate number of duties in their home and village, duties that seem to be the ‘divine right’ of the female sex. Not only do most Balinese women have to juggle their daily duties as wives, mothers and business women, either continuing their career or running their own business, they also have many time-consuming spiritual duties. In fact, Balinese women seem to have a lot more burdens than their western women counterparts. Their temple duties often require them to be at the temple until late at night, regardless of having to sell things in the market early the next morning, or do hard physical labour such as carrying bricks, sand or other building materials on their head in the heat, all day long. 
I would also like to share with you the struggle it can be for Balinese women to keep up with their traditional ‘adat‘ and the demands of today’s modern world at the same time. It seems we continuously have to adjust our boundaries of acceptance in order to keep our families together, and for other good purposes such as keeping up with our family commitments in the village. 

09 December 2013

09 December 2013


Gusti Ngurah Bagus / BAWA manager will lead the presentation.  He has been with BAWA for 4 years. He joined BAWA as information/data manager during our first rabies pilot program. He leads seminars on animal welfare, runs our education team and is thoroughly committed to helping Bali’s animals with emphasis on Bali’s Heritage Dog.    
BAWA is dedicated to the health and welfare of all animals in Bali.  We run free humane population control programs (spay/neuter), education in public schools and communities, free medical care and a 24/7 ambulance service for un-owned animals and for animals owned by Balinese who cannot afford proper treatment, particularly for their dogs. We lead seminars on animal welfare, often with the Hindu Dharma society, and with the Indonesian government.

We run both foster and adoption programs for homeless animals, have a daily street-feeding program and we advocate against inhumane facilities and practices including unhealthy and cruel animal markets, bloodsports including Pit Bull fighting and the shocking dog meat trade. BAWA was instrumental in bringing the 2008 rabies outbreak on the island under control.

BAWA works with many local and international organisations and individuals to achieve sustainable improvement to animal welfare in Bali. Recently we have accepted invitations to assist in both Lombok and Sumbawa.

02 December 2013

21 October 2013

07 October 2013

District Governor Imam with Pres Sue Winski and Assistant Governor Marilyn Carson in Bangkok last June

District Governor Imam with Pres Sue Winski and Assistant Governor Marilyn Carson in Bangkok last June


There will be no Guest Speaker at our meeting this week, as we are hosting the Rotary District 3420 District Governor Imam from Makassar.  We will be hearing from him about the District’s goals for the year, we plan to induct new members,  and will have a presentation of the club’s projects. Guests are welcome, as always.

About DG Iman:

a. Joined Rotary since 1995 in Rotary Club of Ujung Pandang.
b. President of Club : 2001 / 2002.
c. Assistant Governor several times.
d. Committee chairman at district and club level many times.
e. Rotary convention attendee: Singapore (1999), Bangkok (2012).
f. District Conference: Bandung, Jakarta, Semarang, Solo, Surabaya, Bali.
g. Bali Rotary Institute 2011.
h. Selangor Rotary Institute 2012.
i. Host family of inbound students from: Australia, Mexico, The USA, Canada, France.

28 October 2013

NO MEETING TONIGHT. We will be going to KUTA for a Rotary meeting there on Thursday 31 October.

31 October 2013

20 October 2013

30 September 2013

Suzana Chandra.  “Once, I was asked a question about how much money do I want in life and why? I remember thinking all the numbers I want to have, but having trouble justifying the “why” question. After thinking long and hard, I come to the conclusion that one of the most simple reasons for wanting such money in life is the ability to give it to others, on top of wanting to provide for my family.”

Rotary gives her such joy. It gives her a vehicle to contribute to others as well as to experience the joy of fellowship among all rotarians. Rotary also gives lots of opportunities for personal development.  The beauty is, no matter how much or how little contribution we give, together with all Rotarian in the world, that contribution makes such an impact to other people’s lives.

Currently she is managing Lestari Living, which main business is in property development, property investment and property management. Monthly she contributes to M&I magazine (an entrepreneur magazine), casual trainers for professionals, Past President of RC of Bali Denpasar 2011-2012, District Trainers for District 3420 as well as resource Trainers for District 2410 and District 3420 under Rotary International ZONE 7

Engage Rotary, Change Lives!

21 October 2013

Wiwik Dharmiasih “Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak system as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy” Wiwik Dharmiasih is lecturer and acting head of Department of International Relations, Universitas Udayana, Bali. She has a master’s degree in Politics with specialization in International Relations. Her research interests are International Relations theory, Political Geography, Conflict Transformation, and Community-based Natural Resources Management. She provided social and legal analysis for the UNESCO nomination of Balinese irrigation system (subak) under the supervision of Steve Lansing of the University of Arizona.

14 October 2013

14 October 2013

Kadek Gunarta 

HOUSE OF COMPOST is a planned facility and will be a center for “environmental” education; focusing on the garbage aspects.
This place was built by the grassroots in Padangtegal (includes 635 head of family) with funding set aside from entrance fees at the Ubud Monkey forest.
Basically this place is the village office for handling waste management for residents of Padangtegal and we will later have several auxiliary facilities to simultaneously provide information about waste, pilot production of organic fertilizer from organic waste that has been sorted, provide free tutorials for people who want it and expect the future will be able to provide workshop facilities for school children.   

23 September 2013

Ellie Donnelly.   

I am Ellie Donnelly BA MSc and I am, joyfully, the Co-founder and Lead Therapist for Daisy Retreat. This is my story in a nutshell. I am in my early forties and I undertook my clinical training in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy with University College London, at the Middlesex Hospital in 1998. Since then, in addition to my own private practice, I have held senior positions at the Priory, the Capio Nightingale and the Cygnet Hospitals in London, England.

I have a bipolar disorder, as generations of my family before me, so I have lived with depression since October 1971. I had my first severe episode in 1986. Since then, depression came in colossal waves, bringing with it the salty stigma of mental illness.

I was terrified I’d be found out as bad, crazy, mad, lazy and unlovable. I was certain I was all of these things. In my twenties I feared I’d be seen as a rogue therapist; someone unfit to teach others. I understood, in great detail, the effects of the illness and how to deal with the symptoms but I could not accept my illness. So I could function but I couldn’t accept myself and thrive. My depression was a wild flower, no matter which chemicals I used to destroy it, it kept coming back and it was stealing nutrients from the front garden I was trying so terribly hard to make perfect.

The beauty is that this illness of the mind, and all the suffering it brings, has, in many ways informed my nature and served me well. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has given me tried and tested systems to survive, and my survival, at times, required a grave battle. Deeper healing began when I withdrew from my inner and outer conflicts and that takes more than logic to occur. Mindfulness increases my capacity to let things be and to sometimes surrender.

16 September 2013

Farquhar Stirling.    “The project is completed, and the money has been spent. But did we achieve our project goals? The Rotary Foundation has standardized methods and protocols for conducting the Monitoring and Evaluation of Rotary Grants, and any global grant application must include a detailed Monitoring and Evaluation Plan”. Mr. Stirling will talk about the background to M&E, with examples from the EduCare Program Evaluation in the elementary school in Tulikup, Gianyar, earlier this year.   He has had a long career in survey research and polling, starting with the BBC World Service in London, and ultimately with the Nielsen organisation in SE Asia. He now lives in Ubud, and consults on survey design and interpretation.

16 September 2013

09 September 2013

The Idea of Preservation: Thoughts on Balinese Language, Script and Literature
Richard Fox.  What is Balinese cultural heritage? And how might written language figure in efforts toward its preservation? This brief talk will outline two rival styles of thinking about Balinese script and writing, with an emphasis on how they interact on the contemporary scene. The first set of ideals about writing are closely tied to a state bureaucratic model of cultural identity and tradition. The second is guided by older sensibilities regarding the nature of life, power and efficacy. In exploring the interaction between these two sets of ideals, special attention will be paid to practices such as elementary school language classes and the recitation of traditional literature, but also the production of protective amulets and chirographic weapons. These remarks are inspired by the recent protests against national curricular reforms that would reduce the number of class hours devoted to the study of regional languages, including Balinese.
He now teaches in the Institut für Ethnologie at the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg, where he is also a member of the collaborative research project on Material Text Cultures. Prior to this he has held research and teaching positions at Williams College, the University of Chicago, Universitas Udayana and Harvard University. His primary interests focus on the ethnographic and historical study of religion, media and performance in South and Southeast Asia, with a special emphasis on Indonesia and the wider Malay region. In addition to a monograph on religion and media in contemporary Bali (Brill 2011), and a co-edited volume on entertainment media in Indonesia (Routledge 2007), his most recent publications have appeared in Archipel: Études interdisciplinaires sur le monde insulindien, Modern Asian Studies, theAsian Journal of Communication, Jurnal Kajian Bali, and Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde.

02 September 2013

26 August 2013

Janice Mantjika speaks  about life in Bali in the sixties….a decade when much of Bali was still without electricity or water on tap,  when time still meant nothing to most, religious ceremonies were simple relatively unadorned events,  children still used slates to write on in school, and farmers wore sacks instead of shirts. A quiet  time of undeveloped beauty and serenity ,  when roads were unsealed tracks,  rice fields reigned, armies of ducks “owned” the roads, and fireflies glittered everywhere at nights.  – yet a time also of lack, of hunger, of political turmoil and death, while in the midst of it,  mass tourism began to  slowly take root.

She is also Chairwoman of Yakkum Bali.  It is a rehabilitation network for the physically challenged –  YAKKUM Bali is about providing opportunities for improving mobility and learning useful skills. It’s about giving people dignity by earning a living, by raising a family and sharing fully in the life of the community.  It has won many awards.

19 August 2013

Agung Putri who will speak about politics in Bali.  The Director of Policy Research and Advocacy (Elsam), Agung Putri, said recently that the government’s efforts to reform its law and human rights enforcement agencies had stagnated due to poor realization of human rights-related programs. 

I am sure we will all get a lot out of this speaker.  See you there.

12 August 2013

12 August 2013

Ketut Yuliarsa has lived and worked as a writer, actor and musician in both Indonesia and Australia. In 1986 he established the first bookshop in Ubud, Bali, Ganesha Bookshop which has become a well-known literary centre.  The bookshop is the only one of its kind on the island and strives to showcase Indonesian Literature in both Indonesian and in English.  In 2004 he established the BOOKS FOR BALI PROJECT which was set up to foster literacy and learning throughout Bali by the donation of books to local schools and libraries.​

05 August 2013

Marco Adda began his actoring work in 1993. Since ’97 he deepened his knowledge about body, movement, voice, rhythm and singing. Since ’99 he collaborated with the balinese actor and trainer Tapa Sudana, sharing a theatre-pedagogical way around didactics and practices of training and non-formal education. He worked as actor with many contemporary and traditional theatre companies; then as performer, director and light designer. He participated in short and long movies, as an actor and also as an assistant to the director. 

Interested in research, experimentation, fusion of languages and traditions, over time Marco is developing PerformerZen®, a working system that combines theater, martial arts, dance and other arts, focusing on human beings and animal behaviors,all according to a strong connection with nature. 
Very active as an educator, he leads workshops for children, teenagers, teachers, students, people with special abilities, and masterclasses for actors, psychologists, managers and other professionals.


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24 June 2013

Rucina Ballinger – Rucina Ballinger is a member of Banjar Sengguan, Abianbase and this year she and her husband are the klian adat or traditional leaders of the banjars.  With her nearly 40 years of experience on Bali, Rucina will talk about some of the pros and cons of the banjar in modern Bali.

The banjar has generally been a good thing for Bali and during the riots in 1999 banjar Kuta patrolled to keep rioting youths from destroying tourist infrastructure. The banjar is the main force that prevents the Balinese from becoming a disenfranchised population like some other cultures in the developing world. It insists locals are used for construction and hired as staff. During religious events the banjar will determine what streets are blocked off and this is enforced by the banjar traffic cops, the pecalang. It is the one social group in Bali that has the respect (in some cases fearful respect) of most people. A couple of years ago banjar Seminyak decided to close down all bars and nightclubs for a weekend to make a point. They stayed closed and the point was made.

29 July 2013

Carmencita Palermo

Expert in Balinese Mask Performance Carmencita has been exploring the life of the mask though dancing tradition for over 20 years with several re-known Balinese teachers such as I Ketut Kantor, I Made Sija, I Ketut Kodi, Ni Nyoman Candri, I Nyoman Cerita. She has a Master’s degree in Performing Arts from the University of Bologna-Italy and an Advanced Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Leiden University-Netherlands. Her PhD in Asian Studies – Balinese Performance is from the University of Tasmania. The thesis is on the embodiment of the Balinese mask, its cosmological implications and its cultural context. Carmencita has been teaching and performing in Europe, Indonesia and Australia. Based in Australia she currently is in a round-the-world journey from Tasmania to Brazil via Indonesia and Europe Searching for Women’s Breath; Cross Cultural Dialogues in Performance to teach, perform, create… share her passion for Balinese masks.



Phone: (+61) 0438582876 (also viber)

Skype: carmencita.palermo



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22 July 2013

 Sally (Sierra) Silverstone, CFO, Director of Agriculture and Forestry Biosphere Foundation  Sierra will speak about the Biosphere Foundation and Biosphere 2. 

Our website is and my talk will begin with a brief description of the Biosphere 2 project in Tucson Arizona, – a totally sealed structure in the Arizona desert in which myself and Abigail Alling( president of Biosphere Foundation and Mark VanThillo (our chief operations officer) lived for two years. This unique experiment was the inspiration that urged us to found the Biosphere Foundation which has carried out conservation work, mostly in the area of marine systems throughout the tropic world. We are currently working with local NGO’s in co-operation with the National Park to help protect the natural resources of the area, including the marine life around the island of Menjangan.

Our work here also includes education programs, forestry restoration work, promotion of organic agriculture, and we plan in the future to start projects to deal with the ever increasing trash problem in the area. My talk will also include a description of this work.

15 July 2013

Ron Jenkins, PhD – Forgotten Voices; The Spice island that changed the world.

A presentation of a work in progress being created by the Balinese artist Made Wianta in collaboration with the American writer/director Ron Jenkins and the swiss historian Urs Ramseyer.  The team will create a book, performance and art installation to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the 1667 Treaty of Breda in which the Dutch agreed to give the English the island of Manhattan in exchange for the island of Run, now part of Indonesia’s Banda islands.

08 July 2013

08 July 2013

01 July 2013

Alissa Stern, a U.S. based nonprofit organization, is bringing together Balinese linguists, anthropologists, and language software specialists to develop the first interactive materials for spoken Balinese, a language with only a million speakers left, and Balinese script, which is already endangered.

Many factors contribute to the decline of Balinese. Since independence, the national government, like those of many multilingual countries, has pushed for a unifying, national language — in this case Indonesian — to be spoken in schools, government meetings, and official public settings. The media, which until recently was required to be in Indonesian, encourages children to speak Indonesian. Social networks like Facebook, which are a more popular mechanism for messaging in Indonesia than email, compound the problem since there is a reluctance to use Balinese when it’s not clear that everyone in the “group” can understand. So, Indonesian Bahasa became the default language (until very recently, when the first three Balinese-only language groups were formed).

10 June 2013

29 June 2013

17 June 2013

Robin Lim – Millions of people around the world watched as Ibu Robin Lim became the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year  for her work providing free prenatal and birthing services to low-income Indonesian women through her “Yayasan Bumi Sehat” (Healthy Mother Earth) clinics. She became a professional midwife after her younger sister died from pregnancy complications and since 2003 has dedicated her life to providing medical assistance to thousands of women in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia.

10 June 2013

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27 May 2013

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13 May 2013

13 May 2013

06 May 2013

21 April 2013

17 March 2013

08 April 2013

Aaron, Lindsay and friends

Aaron, Lindsay and friends

Aaron and Lindsay Fishman

Aaron and his wife Lindsay have created East Bali Cashews,  an innovative food production business based in the dry mountainside of Bali, Indonesia. “We combine sustainable, eco-friendly business practices with our mission of community improvement and women’s empowerment. Located in dry and impoverished Northeast Bali, we buy the few agricultural products that flourish in this climate directly from farmers and process them at international quality standards. During our first year of operation, we have created over 100 desperately needed jobs, employing and empowering an almost entirely female workforce.”  

For more info, and to support their cause:

Very interesting story on how the company was named and created a marketing plan here.


29 April 2013

RH 2012Rodney Holt, Bali Sports Foundation

Bali Sports Foundation aims to improve the lives of children in Bali & East Indonesia by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace. And to create a healthier and safer East Indonesia.

Rodney Holt grew up in Italy,has been living in Bali & SE Asia since 1992,.  A Chef / Businessman with companies in Bali & Singapore, Rodney has represented three countries internationally including the Olympics in four different sports. First Bali Rugby  player to represent Indonesia. Co-founder and Bali Rugby President 2007- 2009. Founder & Organiser of HOTAIR! in 2006 till present , Indonesia’s only kitesurf comp, Founder & organizer of Sanur Village Festival sports program now with 7 sports, 2006-till present.  Winner 2007 Bali Sports Personality of the Year.2011 Bronze medallist Eskrima – Singapore Cup Stick Fighting Championship.2012 Indonesian Team member Eskrima to World Championship.  Morgue volunteer in the 2002 Bali Bombings.Founder of the Bali Sports  Foundation in 2009.

26-28 April 2013

22 April 2013

rotaract logo

Tari Alexa, President of Rotaract Ubud

will join us and we will discuss

Rotaract projects throughout the year.

15 April 2013

PC-11B.TIFRoger Paget joins us again to talk about the cauldron of violence that consumed Indonesia for several months in late 1965/early 1966, which represents a dark specter in the modern history of this country.  This legacy is reminiscent, in certain ways, of the American civil war,.   Only now, nearly fifty years later, as emotional fall-out has begun to abate, do we see public conversation begin to revisit that period and to question some of the conventional explanations authorities instantly imposed at the time.

This should surprise none of us.  Twentieth Century carnage in Europe, Indochina, Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere has seen similar intervals before serious conversation was possible.  He will help us examine the context of G-30-S, as Indonesia’s explosion of political violence is often euphemistically termed.
Roger Paget lived in Indonesia throughout the period of intense confrontation.  Under grants from Ford Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, he was in the country to study economic, political and social conflict.  He traveled to Bali, all parts of Java, and to North Sumatra, where he interviewed leaders and many other individuals as part of his research.
Of possible interest, Roger was intimately connected to the real story on which the film, The Year of Living Dangerously, was based.  His first book was dedicated to his research assistant, the real-life individual played by Linda Hunt.

08 April 2013

Lindsey and Aaron on Cashew project

01 April 2013

PC-11B.TIFRoger Paget , longtime scholar of Indonesia, will be speaking about US – Indonesia relations over the past forty years!

25 March 2013

sara lewis“The Secret Life Of Manta Rays”  is the subject of our guest speaker tonight, Sara Lewis, Project Leader, Indonesia for the Manta Trust.  

Despite being the largest ray in the world very little is currently known about mantas and there are also many misconceptions. Sara will be revealing the fascinating knowledge that we do know about them, discussing the threats that are impacting manta populations globally and explaining the work her organization is doing to help understand and conserve these magnificent rays.”manta trust logo

18 March 2013

18 March 2013


Fauzia Kusuma

 Guest Speaker Fauzia Kusuma  has been working as a Community Builder for a year at a local NGO in Bandung, West Java, that provides non-formal education for kids. This NGO mostly explores the urban issues that are quite crucial, but unfortunately the current education system doesn’t cope with that. In the belief that education is the key for a sustainable development, they also believe that change is only possible when it comes from the people, the onea who truly experience the problema. Therefore, sustainable development has a tight relationahip with the grassroots movement.

11 March 2013


ogoh-ogoh1 On this evening the monster ogoh ogoh’s will be paraded around communities all over Bali.

The monsters are huge, created over the past month by talented monster makers…

The following day, 12 March is the NYEPI holiday.  This is the day of silence.  No one goes out, no cars, motorbikes or busses on the roads.  Only the ducks and the birds and the frogs voice freely…




04 March 2013

 SH Logo (2) high res Exterior Building

Guest  speaker Peta Johnston from the new Siloam Hospital in Bali will talk about the new hospital,  its centers of excellence and the benefits of the state of the art equipment and what that means for the health and well being of Indonesians and expats alike.

18 February 2013

Tjokorda Raka Kertyasa
cok raka
What it’s Like to be a Bendesa
As well as being a Rotarian and member of our club,  Tjokorda Raka Kertyasa is the bendesa of Ubud Village, which means he is charge of ensuring that all of the traditional rituals and community affiairs run smoothly.  An artist and poet in his own right, Tjok Raka has been a pillar in the Ubud community ever since he returned from Australia a few decades ago.  He will be speaking about his role, what it means and how the traditional Balinese community works.

17 February 2013

New Generations

Fellowship & Fundraising



Rotary Foundation

President Nominee (2015-2016)

President Nominee (2014-2015)

Immediate Past President



Executive Secretary

Vice President

Vice president

President Elect


14 January 2013

Rebecca Sweetman

“Greening the Island of the Gods”

greening ofthe godsWe welcome Rebecca  back with us to screen her latest film showcasing grassroots solutions for the trash problem in Bali.  RCBUS love her work, and we are supporting an educational follow-up which will be developed to accompany the film as it goes into schools.


25 February 2013

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“Chainsaws and Stethoscopes.”

Kinari Webb is an American physician who first came to Indonesia in 1993. In the US, Kinari founded Health In Harmony to support the work in Indonesia and then, six years ago, she co-founded Yayasan Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) in West Kalimantan with dentist Hotlin Ompusunggu.

ASRI addresses both short-term and long-term health issues by focussing on the foundations of good health: access to high-quality health care, environmental protection, healthy livelihoods and improved knowledge. They hope to replicate the model worldwide and will discuss a toolkit for doing so in her talk “Chainsaws and Stethoscopes.”

11 February 2013

11 February 2013



INO-Franki Raden


Franki Raden is a prominent Indonesian composer, music critic, ethnomusicologist and festival organizer who has been working in local and international music scenes for the past 40 years.  

In 1978 and 1986 he received the Best Film Music awards (Piala Citra) for his scores in November 1828 and Nagabonar. In 1986, he received a visiting composer grant from ASIAN CULTURAL COUNCIL to live in New York City.

Recently, he was invited by Civitella Ranieri Foundation to become a composer in resident in Umbria, Italy. His works have been performed in Indonesia, Japan, Australia, United States and Canada.



28 January 2013

Yayasan Alam Indonesia Lestari / The Indonesian Nature Foundation  (LINI)
Our speaker will be Hannah Purdy, an Australian volunteer working with LINI as

Business Development Officer.  She will share the work of LINI as it relates to the community development implications and benefits that can come out of marine conservation and restoration initiatives.

Yayasan Alam Indonesia Lestari, or The Indonesian Nature Foundation (LINI), is one of the few Indonesian non-profits working to promote sustainable fisheries in Indonesia. LINI works to support the conservation and management of coastal marine resources through the education and empowerment of coastal communities. Their work is primarily implemented through collaboration with local stakeholders including local government, community groups, the private sector and local NGOs. They work closely with fishermen’s groups in northern Bali to pilot reef rehabilitation programs. Healthier reefs have been the basis for improved and sustainable livelihoods in the communities they work with.

21 January 2013

liza pic role-for-spu1Our speaker will be Liza Dawn, from Role Foundation,

speaking on their program


Liza will focus particularly on the results and future plans of Role Foundation’s  Waste-to-Wonder Program.

The Issues: Waste Management, Development and Poverty in Bali.
→Rapid development, construction, and with it the disappearance of farm lands means traditional jobs in agriculture are fast drying up;
→Because of localized overfishing, traditional jobs for coastal communities are all but gone:
→Because of the mass influx of workers looking for jobs, because of high unemployment and underemployment on many other islands; the illiterate and unskilled in coastal communities, especially women of Bali Island are under extreme pressure to find viable work and are falling through Bali’s tourism driven prosperity cracks.
→This is compounded by the near non-existence of liquid and solid toxic and non toxic waste management and by ever increasing monopolization of the food industry in Bali by national and multinational corporations, driving up prices, putting food and basic commodities out of reach for some sectors of the community.

14 January 2013

04 February 2013


07 January 2013

Jon Leonard
 “Swallowing factory food”

jon in baligarb

A former farmer, government worker, world traveler and sustainable tree harvesting trainer in Southeast Asia, Jon became interesting in the ancient hindu/buddhist culture.  He came to Bali to deepen his understanding of this culture
Long interested in wood and steel, Jon started his Pande (blacksmith) project in Bali in  2009, where he supported struggling Pande families, taught them new methods, styles, marketing, and introducing them to the world blacksmithing fraternity.
A blacksmithing journey over to Buleleng in late 2011 accidentally opened a return to teaching sustainable farming, where he sponsored and supported poor farmers in the Batur caldera. From his experience as a free range organic farmer, he has been able to teach new ideas and stronger methods for sustainable and cleaner food.
 The industrialisation of what we eat, and how chemicals make it cheaper, but not necessarily better has been the motivation behind teaching farmers in Bali how to diversify and empower their thinking.

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11 June 2012

Ewa Wojkowska: Life-Changing Technology for the Last Mile

Ewa Wojkowska left a decade of service with the United Nations to launch Kopernik – an on-line marketplace for technology designed for the developing world.  Since its launch in 2010, Kopernik has reached 65,000 people with life-changing technology – such as solar lanterns, fuel efficient stoves and water purifiers – to communities in the ‘last mile’ – many across Indonesia.  Ewa will talk about the unique Kopernik model as well as some of the successes and challenges with setting up distribution channels in remote rural communities.

06 August 2012

William B. Mahoney has worked with the Denver Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) to assess the nature and causes of erosion and sedimentation in developing countries, and to evaluate possible low-technology solutions to these problems.


He will be on Bali to visit a sustainable agriculture/erosion control project with the East Bali Poverty Project.

25 June 2012

Hubud: Sharing Everybody Else”s Ideas Liberally
presented by Steve Munroe on behalf of the Hubud team

Our instincts and education tell us to guard our ideas or advance them only within our own circle or discipline.

We had an idea about that because we feel the opposite is true. Even better, the other people we invited to occupy our prototype for a collaborative workspace had even more ideas about that. Our presentation to WBN is about how we learned from coworking for two weeks alongside Ubud”s diverse geniuses, and our anticipation of radical collaborations to come.

Hubud [hub-in-Ubud] popped up in Ubud, Bali, for a two-week prototype of a community coworking space, ending on 1 June 2012. Café Kendi on Jl Bisma was transformed with blackboard walls, blazing internet, a mother table, casino jameshallison a beanbag nest and all the stick it notes you could want in an experiment of what a collaborative workspace would feel like. Hubud is co-founded by John Alderson, Steve Munroe and Peter Wall.

Steve has worked for the United Nations for the past ten years, saving the world one wretched report at a time. This has included stints in Indonesia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya and – of all the forlorn places – Copenhagen. He currently does short-term change management gigs, co-owns a vegan restaurant called the Living Food Lab, and cheats when playing Monopoly with his two sons (Lochlan and Seth) and partner Renee.

09 April 2012

Aceh after the 2004 tsunami

Eight years ago, in 2004 , a catastrophic tsunami devastated the coastline and communities of West Aceh. The initial influx of international NGOs and government relief efforts responding to the immediate emergency has largely receded;  however survivors are still faced with rebuilding their land and lives.

One organisation still actively assisting at the grassroots is Yayasan Bumi Sehat. Based in Ubud, Bali, and mainly known as a gentle birthing centre, Bumi Sehat recently received world recognition when founder Robin Lim was named 2011 CNN Hero of the Year. Less well known are Bumi Sehat’s activities responding to disaster in Haiti and  Aceh, and their work developing the vocational and communication capacities of young people — the parents of the future.

Rotarian Gabe Monson, who recently traveled to affected areas of Aceh, and Bumi Sehat volunteer Jen Richardson present images, stories and a vision for the youth of Meulaboh, the ‘ground zero’ of  2004.

Donald Bennett

Donald is a retired high tech executive, loves to travel. He enjoys doing projects for Rotary Ubud Sunset and the Woodside/Portola Valley Rotary Club, in California.