Farewell to Bali..for now…

Oh, Bali, why you gotta be so nice? So many things are so great about this island culture. We are fairly certain we will return. We met some incredible people here doing incredible things. I mentioned John and Cynthia Hardy in posts and wow, they are inspiring. We also saw gifted artisans in ceramic, textile, glass and carving of all sorts. We visited a great heritage group called Threads for Life who are working with weavers around the region to make sure the traditional methods of weaving artistry are not lost and that the skillful artisans who create them are compensated fairly and recognized for their talent. We met a representative of a new company called F-cubed that is working to create innovative solar methods of desalinating and distilling water. Wow. Inspiring.

We also saw unbelievable beauty and tasted yummy Indonesian tastes. We saw a temple on basically every corner. We witnessed ceremonies and processions to the temples where everyone is dressed beautifully and the women carry elaborate offerings on their heads. We travelled teeny tiny roads with more cars and scooters traveling on the same road than I thought possible. We passed miles and miles of statues along the road sides, hand carved and for sale by individual incredibly skilled artisans. We saw kites! We got in the Indian Ocean. We saw monkeys and birds and geckos and a really big bat! We saw surfers.a neighborhood temple, Ubud, Bali

tight fit in Ubud, Bali

awesome temple statue, Bali

signs in Sanur Beach, Bali

a neighborhood temple, Ubud, Bali

kids wishing us well as we leave the Bali Kite Festival

small road in a sweet art district in Ubud, Bali

paver in Ubud, Bali

Antonio Blanco museum

miles of statues line the road side on the way to Ubud

On the way to a Hindu temple ceremony

the road is filled with all kinds of transport, Ubud, Bali

Aly wanna cracker? Ubud, Bali

sharing the road in Ubud, Bali

Bali Kite Festival, Padang Galak, July 2012

offering spot at a seaside restaurant, Jimbaran Beach

fishing boats at Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran Beach

Padang Padang Beach

Surfers at Blue Point, Uluwatu, Bali

Blue Point, Uluwatu, Bali

Green School

John Hardy and his wife Cynthia were well known in certain circles for their international jewelry brand, John Hardy Jewelry. John Hardy moved to Bali in 1975 with his first wife and they began the jewelry brand with one-off pieces sold one at a time from out of their house. 30 years later John and his second wife, Cynthia, had built the business to an amazingly successful international brand and were the largest private company employers in Bali. So, to me, it is something of a surprise to find that in 2006, they sold the business (and the name) and used that life-long investment to fund a new dream, the Green School.

The Green School mission: Empowering global citizens and green innovators who are inspired to take responsibility for the sustainability of the world.

With that in mind, maybe this dream isn’t an entire departure from their jewelry design past. John Hardy Jewelry had a mission of sustainable luxury, which is in keeping with this new vision…but aside from that, moving away from a fashion customer base in jewelry to an education and sustainability base with a strong focus on architecture. Yep, it’s an entire shift away from everything and into something new. I find that amazing.

There are about 14 million references and articles about Green School, not counting its website, so I won’t really go into details. Basically, it is a school that started just 4 years ago, in 2008, for kindergarten through 8th grade. Their first 12th graders will be this year. They teach all the basics, but they flip learning on its head. Put the classrooms outside. Build the school sustainably using natural materials and natural light. Take away the walls. Add sustainability and creative process into the curriculum, and empower the next generation to not only be responsible global citizens, but creative, questioning, ideating citizens as well.

Just think about your primary and secondary education…what if YOU would have learned in this environment:

Green School

Soccer Field and outdoor lunch and meeting area

Garden and Electrical Room

This garden supplies food for the school. The building is the computer and electrical brain of the facility, housing all of the ugly power boxes etc in a pretty form – YAY!

Green School

This is a small lecture/class in the round. It has maybe 16-20ish seats.

Green School Bridge

The kids cross this bridge to cross the river as they arrive and leave school (picture taken from Green School website)

Green School

Centerpiece of the Green School, class areas and meeting spaces.